Refurbishment of Son Canoves Houses / Duch-Pizá Arquitectos + Iciar De Basterrechea

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Architects: Duch Pizá Arquitectos +
Location: Secar de la Real, Palma, Baleares Island,
Architects: Duch Pizá arquitectos, Iciar De Basterrechea
Design Team : Gimena Riveron, Teresa Garau
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

FLOCK Talks at the Roca London Gallery

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Roca London Gallery, together with design collective FLOCK, will be presenting ‘FLOCK Talks’ September 18th from 6pm-8pm. The event will consist of short presentations with designers from the fields of architecture, products, jewelery and fashion design. Speakers will include Architects, Naomi Filmer, and Flock co-founders Pernilla Ohrstedt and Simone Brewster who will each present a snapshot of their portfolio of work. For more information, please visit here.

Curator Wanted for 2013 UABB in Shenzhen

Curator Wanted for 2013 UABB in Shenzhen

Shenzhen officials are currently searching for the next curator of the 2013 “Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale” (UABB)…. Established in 2005, the bi-city biennale has explored the interdependent relationship between architecture and urbanism. Last year, chief curator Mr. Terence Riley attracted over 150,000

Ranco House / elton+léniz arquitectos asociados

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Architects: elton+léniz arquitectos asociados
Location: Lago Ranco,
Architects: Mirene Elton, Mauricio Leniz
Collaborators: John Fieldhouse, Nicolas Jure Wilkens
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

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Venice Biennale 2012: Arum preview / Zaha Hadid Architects

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With their early work inspired by Russian Suprematism, Zaha Hadid Architects’ pays homage to the historical lineages of collective research that has led to the major works of today’s contemporary architecture at the 2012 Venice Biennale with the installation ‘Arum’. The pleated metal structure is derived from the work of German architect Frei Otto, who paved the way for material-structural form-finding processes. This installation is a response to David Chipperfield’s belief that the theme of ‘Common Ground’ is meant to “reassert the existence of an architectural culture, made up not just of singular talents but a rich continuity of diverse ideas united in a common history.”

Continue after the break for the architect’s project description.

Shaw Contract Group Design is…Award Winners

In its seventh year, the Shaw Contract Group recently announced the winners in their Design Is… Award program, which honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Through these winning projects, selected from commercial spaces from around the globe, we see how design is redefining the way we work, play and organize our lives. Out of 285 entries from 19 countries, the following five winning firms that won the Design Is… Award for 2012 can be viewed after the break and seen in the video above.

M House / D.I.G Architects

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Architects: D.I.G Architects
Location: Nagoya,
Design Team: Akinori Yoshimura, Maki Yoshimura
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi

4 Things Afghanistan Can Teach Us About Healthcare

Prototype outside of Kabul, Afghanistan / International Organization for Migration, USAID, and . Rendering by .

A few months ago, Deborah Sheehan, a Principal and Healthcare Leader at Cannon Design, was given the task of designing a prototype healthcare facility in Afghanistan, a country averaging about one hospital bed for every 2,400 people.

The challenges that Sheehan and her colleagues faced were considerable: limited construction materials, few skilled tradesmen, political corruption, tribal rivalries. But the resultant design solutions were smart, low-cost, and high-quality – they had to be, after all.

To a certain extent, Sheehan was expecting her team to come up with an innovative design; what she didn’t consider, however, was how applicable the design strategies would be to our own troubled system. In her article for HealthCare Design, Beautiful, Broken, and Broke,” Sheehan outlines the 4 things the Afghanistan healthcare system does well, frankly better than the American,  and what we could gain by applying them here…

Read after the break to find out the 4 design strategies employed in Afghanistan that could help our Healthcare System…

Casal Ses Veles / Duch-Pizá Arquitectos

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Architects: Duch-Pizá Arquitectos
Location: ,
Technical Architects: Crhistoff Brhanna y Antoni Arqué
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

House W / 01Arq

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Architects: 01Arq
Location: Huentelauquen,
Architects: C.Winckler, P.Saric, F.Fritz
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 130 sqm
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, Mauricio Fuertes

Courtesy of Siberian Center for the Promotion of Architecture
Courtesy of Siberian Center for the Promotion of Architecture

Symbolic Object Dedicated to Russian Avant-Garde Competition

The Siberian Center for Contemporary Art and Siberian Center for the Promotion of Architecture is inviting all to participate in the open international competition for the architectural concept of the symbolic object of city environment dedicated to Russian avant-garde (or…

Tokyo-Berlin_Berlin-Tokyo / Toyo Ito, Florian Busch and Christoph Cellarius

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Architects: Toyo Ito, Florian Busch and Christoph Cellarius
Location: Berlin, Germany
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Christian Gahl,

© Marcin Ratajczak
© Marcin Ratajczak

Voivodeship Police Headquarters / mode:lina Architekci + Pracownia Architektoniczna Poznań Projekt

Pracownia Architektoniczna Poznań Projekt, in collaboration with mode:lina Architekci…, shared with us their design for the main entrance to the Voivodeship Police Headquarters in Poznań, Poland. The building, which is part of a historic urban structure, aims

OCO – Ocean & Coastline Observatory wins [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS 2011

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As previously announced, the Portuguese architects behind “OCO – Ocean & Coastline Observatory” have won Habitat for Humanity’s Open Architecture Challenge: [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS 2011. Over 500 teams from 74 countries submitted innovative solutions for the recovery and reuse of disabled and abandoned military sites. These submissions were filtered down to 13 finalists by a jury of 33 esteemed professionals. The Lisbon-based architects of OCO claimed grand prized with their vision to redevelop a desolate military site, that once defended the coast of in , into a civic space that promotes coastal preservation.

Continue after the break for more. 

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Main image is from Gramazio & Kohler’s Private House in Switzerland. An amazing  refurbishment comes from England, is The Granery by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects. You can’t miss two great houses we featured this week, K House designed by D.I.G Architects and Casa O by Chilean architects . Finally, visit The Waterhouse at South Bund designed by Neri & Hu.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Poland Pavilion

Venice Biennale 2012: Poland Pavilion

The Poland Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale will feature a design exploration into the interaction between sound and architecture in creating our environment.  The project, by Katarzyna Krakowiak…, is a sound sculpture that presents architecture as a primary

Toulouse Rangueil Hospital / Art&Build Architects

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Architects: Art&Build Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 13,000 sqm
Photographs: Vincent Boutin

National Library of Israel Competition Entry / ODA

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The proposal for the National Library of by ODA takes on special significance as a site where past, present, and future converge. Unlike traditional libraries, often closed fortresses of knowledge, the new library is organized around a variety of platforms of activity that enhance interaction between the users, enabling the library to become a forum for cross-disciplinary conversations. Through the form of a floating monolith that visually connects to the foundations of Parliament, the library underscores the idea that education and learning are the bedrock of democracy. More images and architects’ description after the break.