Footbridge over the River Segre / Ravetllat Ribas Architects

© Lourdes Jansana - Nicolás Markuerkiaga

Architects: Ravetllat Ribas Architects
Location: River Segre, Spain
Project Team: Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas, Nicolás Markuerkiaga, Andreu Estany
Project Area: 3,650 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Lourdes Jansana – Nicolás Markuerkiaga

A Bright Future for Willets Point – Redevelopment on an Environmentally Marred Peninsula

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The New York Economic Development Corporation and Mayor Bloomberg of NYC announced the completion of the final plan for Willets Point - a peninsula on the Flushing River in Northern Queens, . The development of Willets Point is part of the urban renewal project associated with Citi Field – the Mets’ new stadium. Nicknamed the Iron Triangle, the project will include housing for mixed incomes, retail and entertainment amenities, a hotel, a convention center, office space, parks and open space, and a new public school, all of which falls under the umbrella of LEED-certified buildings and infrastructure. As with every redevelopment plan, there are positives and negatives to restructuring the community.

Read on for more after the break.

Cristobal Palma Filmmaker

After his architecture studies at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), Cristobal Palma worked as an assistant in London for a couple years, a time where he honed his photography skills. After this experience he took a more independent route working for some of the best architects in and most renowned publications in the world.

As you may have noticed, since last year we’ve featured a series of Architecture Videos by Palma, the latest of his artistic endeavours that enable us to experience the projects in a different way. Considering this type of media offers a completely new range of opportunities for both architects and publications, we think it’s worth getting to know Palma and his professional journey incorporating audio-visual elements to the representation of architectural projects. The video above, Cristobal’s first completed video and now published online for the first time, presents the España Library in Medellin-Colombia, one of the most iconic buildings of this city’s renovation.

You can read an interview with Palma after the break.

Courtesy of TARQUITECTOS
Courtesy of TARQUITECTOS

Green Carceri (Highline 4.0) / TARQUITECTOS

The Green Carceri, designed by TARQUITECTOS…, arises as a natural extension of the High Line Park, connecting himself with the High Line and flying over the river, thus enabling a continuation of the public space underneath with the neighborhood

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge / Santiago Calatrava

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Architects: Santiago Calatrava
Location: ,
Completion: 2012
Lenght of Bridge: 367,6 m (1,206 ft)
Height of Pylon: 136 m (446 ft)
Photographs: Alan Karchmer

The Life of Gerhard Kallmann

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At 97 years of age, the architect Gerhard Kallmann passed away on Tuesday in Boston.  Kallmann’s career was ignited with the design of Boston City Hall, a neo-brutalist building that received mixed feelings of criticism and praise upon its completion.  After escaping Nazi Germany in 1937, Kallmann studied at the Architectural Association in London before moving to the United States and teaching in Chicago and .  It was in Columbia University where Kallmann met Michael McKinnell and the two would grow to co-found Kallmann, McKinnell & Knowles in 1962 – the same year they won the competition for City Hall.

More about Kallmann after the break.

CGM House / Ricardo Torrejon

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Architects: Ricardo Torrejon Schellhorn
Location: Los Aromos, , Valparaíso Region, Chile
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Ricardo Torrejon, Joaquin Velasco

Cycling Center / We Are You + Erik Hallberg

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Presented at the bike festival of just about a week ago, the Cycling Center by We Are You + Erik Hallberg aims to promote cycling and bring together different cycling communities in the city. With Gothenburg being a city strongly dominated by cars, more than other large Swedish cities, this project has started to turn this around and make Gothenburg a ‘bike city’ with role models such as Amsterdam and the neighboring and great example Copenhagen. In this work of switching over from cars to bikes, their proposed cycling stadium would act as a catalyst. To become a ‘bike city’, the perception of the bike and the cyclist among city inhabitants is crucial. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Flashback: Tower Flower / Edouard François

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Architects: Edouard François
Location: 
Project Area: 2,600 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François

Video: NA House by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Above is a video by Vincent Hecht, an architect and filmmaker in France, which highlights the NA House by Sou Fujimoto Architects. The video is part of a new collection of architecture movies about Japanese architecture. Designed for a young couple in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of ’s dense residential areas.

Seed House / Peter Kovacs DLA, Istvan Lengyel

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Architects: Peter Kovacs DLA,
Location: Debrecen,
General Design: Archiko Kft. and Lengyel Epiteszmuterem Kft.
Associate Architects: Lajos Barabás, Tibor Bartha, Ottó Ferenczi, György Kazamér, István Kecskés, Éva Molnár
Client: University of Debrecen Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences.
General Contractor: HUNÉP Zrt.
Completion: 2011
Gross Floor Area for the 1st Phase: 2,591 sqm
Gross Floor Area for the 2nd Phase: 3,500 sqm
Cost: 3,416,083 €
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

Musée de la Romanité / Elizabeth de Portzamparc

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Facing the roman Arenas and amphitheater of , crossed by the ruins and the archeological remains of the ancient roman fortifications, the main challenge for the design of the Musée de la Romanité was to design a museum that would become a reference on an international scale. This winning proposal by Elizabeth de Portzamparc creates a strong architectural dialogue between two architectures separated by over two thousand years of history and facing each other. The project is located on the backbone of the site, on the old limit that used to separate the medieval town from the modern city. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Villa Jian / CU Office

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Architects: CU Office
Location: , Shandong, China
Architect In Charge: Che Fei, Zhang Xuefeng
Design Team: Zhao Chao, Li Huihui, Zhang Xin, Cui Jingyi, Zeng Yilan, Chang Yue
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Brando Posocco

World Architecture Festival: Last chance to submit your projects

Now in its fifth year, the World Architecture Festival moves from to Singapore (October 3rd-5th). And for this year, we are happy to announce ArchDaily as a media partner, and as part of the jury!

The architecturally intense event includes the awards and a festival gallery, with more than 700 entries from around the world in 30 categories, accompanied by live presentations from the finalists, a seminar and keynotes with renowned international architects. In these, and other activities (full summary), you will be able to exchange ideas with over 2,000 architects representing more than 65 countries, broaden your horizons and your contacts book.

Last day to submit your entries is June 30th, 2012.

Any projects completed between 1 January 2011 – 30 June 2012 can be entered or if you don’t have a completed project you can enter any future projects you have on the drawing board.

Learn more about the conference rates, and details on how to submit your projects.

We have a special discount for our readers, more information after the break:

Williams Tsien and Davis Brody Bond selected for new U.S. Embassy in Mexico City

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has announced the selection of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Davis Brody Bond to design the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in City, . After an intense round of presentations and interviews, the duo was selected from a talented shortlist of nine architectural/engineering teams. As reported on the Latin American Herald Tribune, the jury believed that “their portfolio of work is compatible to the local culture and shows sensitivity that highlights their connection to the character of the site.”

The project is the first solicited under OBO’s Design Excellence program. It will embody a holistic approach that values the balance of aesthetics, cost, constructability and reliability. The design phase is expected to take place over the next 20 months and a construction contract is expected to be awarded in 2015.

Reference: Latin America Herald Tribune

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Just in case you missed any, here’s our selection of best projects of the week. Check out the dwellings Eco Modern Flats by Modus Studio. London 2012 Olympics is right around the corner, so don’t miss The Olympic Shooting Venue by Magma Architecture. Also you can see the 71 council and private flats in Sète by CFA or House in the Mountains designed by Italian firm GEZA. Finally,Teruel-zilla, a new urban topography for Teruel, by Mi5 Arquitectos and PKMN[pacman].

America Revealed: Nation on the Move

Yul Kwon of travels coast to coast to reveal how America’s transportation systems make the nation the most mobile place on earth. Woven together by 200,000 miles of railways, 5,000 airports and 4 million miles of roads, America’s car culture has shaped our cities and defined our lifestyles. However, as roadways become more congested, many predict people will eventually give up this car-centric lifestyle and embrace mass transit. Recently we announced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s selection of Gruen Associates and Grimshaw Architects to design the new master plan for Union Station in Los Angeles. Their winning proposal gives a hint of what America may look like by 2050, as it transforms into a more mass transit centered nation.

The video above is a clip of the in-depth PBS video America Revealed: Nation on the Move. Watch the entire PBS documentary here.

Centre for Virtual Engineering / UNStudio

© Christian Richters

Architects: UNStudio
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Ben van Berkel
Proyect Year: 2012
Photographs: Christian Richters