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Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal / Grimshaw Architects

Emerging from a design excellence competition held by the Parramatta City Council, the Aspire Tower, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is a landmark mixed-use tower set to establish a new benchmark for innovative, passive-environmental design in Australian high-rise developments. Designed to act as a catalyst project for Parramatta Square, the tower provides high density, urban residential living which is not only affordable but also sustainable. More images and architects' description after the break.

City Library in Seinäjoki / JKMM Architects

  • Architects: JKMM Architects
  • Location: Seinäjoki, Finland
  • Main Designer: Asmo Jaaksi – architect SAFA
  • Design Team: Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Aaro Martikainen (project architect), Teemu Toivio (project architect) - architects SAFA, Harri Lindberg – arch. student, Päivi Meuronen (interior design) - interior architect SIO
  • Area: 4430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman, Hanu Vallas

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Mika Huisman © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo

Notre Dame Haiti Cathedral Competition Entry / TABB Architecture

Designed by TABB Architecture, their proposal for the Notre Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral in Port au Prince optimizes resources, producing designed solutions and teaming up for a change. Designing a New Cathedral for Port-au-Prince,not only will imply a beautiful, energy saving, affordable building, but a complete strategy plan to generate the labor force in order to sustain the local economy, teaching people construction techniques to support future needs. More images and architects' description after the break.

Re-Think Athens Competition Entry / Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects

The proposal, ‘Athens PubliCity: an urban neuron for a new city center’, for the Re-Think Athens competition organizes a public space processing system which develops and expands like an “urban neuron”. Designed by Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects, their concept becomes an entire living framework aiming to re-activate and revitalize the urban body. The system acts as a familiar, habitable and dynamic framework able to “contain” events and situations of both collective and individual actions.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Stage a lot' Flat Lot Competition Entry / Ksestudio

Designed by Ksestudio, their “Stage a lot” Flat Lot competition entry, which received an honorable mention, is a constantly transformative intervention that responds to the call for a temporary structure from the Flint Public Art Project. The project invents a ballet of ropes and pulleys animating four suspended rectangular pieces of white tyvek that in a neutral position hang vertically to form a topless cube. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Benagalbon Tower Education Center / Republica DM

Courtesy of Republica DM
Courtesy of Republica DM

Courtesy of Republica DM Courtesy of Republica DM Courtesy of Republica DM Courtesy of Republica DM

Can Design Act as Gun Control?

With the United States Senate opening up the debate on legislation for increased gun control, we felt it was time to revisit a question we've asked ourselves in the past: what can design do to prevent gun violence?

Read more about the recent debate about the potential of design for gun violence, after the break...

BIG Wins Europa City Development in Paris

Danish architecture firm, BIG - led by Bjarke Ingels - has been announced as the winner of an international invited competition for the design of Europa City,  a 800,000 square meter cultural, recreational and retail development in Triangle de Gonesse, France.  Combining city development with an open landscape, Europa City creates a dynamic center of activity for visitors and residents, appealing to the variety of functions of city life.  Europa City is situated along the route from Charles de Gaule Airport to Paris and has a wide range of programs that is part of a larger initiative to attract international tourism into the northern parts of Paris.

More on the project after the break...

Infant School Student In Vereda / Rueda Pizarro Arquitectos

  • Architects: Rueda Pizarro Arquitectos
  • Location: Calle Zamora, 66, 28914 Leganés, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: María José Pizarro, Óscar Rueda
  • Collaborators: Alberto Galindo, Juan Navarro, Pablo Sáez, Laura Montero, Miguel Chillerón
  • Technical Architect: Alfonso Prieto
  • Constructor: PEYBER
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Rueda Pizarro, Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Sørenga 3 / JVA

  • Architects: JVA
  • Location: Sørenga, Oslo, Norway
  • Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli, Kazuhiko Yamada, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Jeanette Alvestad
  • Collaborating Architects: 4B Arkitekter AS, Context AS
  • Client: Sørenga Utvikling AS
  • Area: 14500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nils Petter Dale, Knut Bry

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Knut Bry © Knut Bry

Résidence Nguyen / Atelier Moderno

© Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau

Moscow Polytechnic Museum - Education Center Proposal / Leeser Architecture

Designed by Leeser Architecture their design concept for the Polytechnic Education Center takes its cues from the rich history of modern Russian architecture of the early part of the twentieth century. Located in the Lenin Hills section of Moscow, which play an important role in the history of Moscow as a place of radical experimentation, the new institute symbolizes this incredible energy and conflation of future inventions with past achievement as a new symbol of global importance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Open Call 2013: AF Project Space

The Architecture Foundation recently launched their annual international Open Call for innovative independent exhibitions and installations for its central London Project Space. Intended as an incubator for independent positions and architectural experimentation, projects selected through the Open Call will punctuate the AF’s ongoing curated program. This program, competitively selected through a jury process, will give space to individuals or organizations to activate the AF Project Space as a testing ground for modes of exhibition and 1:1 scale spatial experimentation, an open studio, a public residency or other diverse formats. The foundation's recent initiative, 'We Made That', was a project selected through the 2012 Open Call. The deadline for submissions is May 10. For more information, please visit here.

Taizu Restaurant / Pitsou Kedem Architects + Baranowitz-Amit Design Studio

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron

Daniel Libeskind: The Art of Memory Lecture

A 1970 graduate of Cooper Union's architecture program, world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind will be delivering 'The Art of Memory' lecture, a free event, on Tuesday, April 30th, at 6:00pm. The master planner for Ground Zero and the architect of one of Europe’s most visited museums, the Jewish Museum Berlin, will discuss the role that memory played in his work on those projects and others, such as the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, England; the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. He will also talk about the acute sense of responsibility he feels, when accepting commissions for projects addressing Jewish history, to create work that honors not only the harsh realities, but also the resilience of the Jewish spirit. For more information, please visit here.

The Dome in the Desert by Wendell Burnette

This article, written by Arizona-based architect Wendell Burnette of Wendell Burnette Architects, recounts the story of Paolo Soleri's 'The Dome' in the desert. 

A glass house in the desert? Was it an architectural caprice, a folly, or was it a solution to the problems of desert living whose appropriateness is still not recognized? Having had the experience of living in The Dome for a full year, through all the seasons, I felt it incumbent upon myself to take a fresh look at this remarkable work of architecture.

Paolo Soleri, its designer, was born in 1920 in Turin, received a PhD in architecture from the Torino Politecnico, and in 1947 came to America to study with Frank Lloyd Wright, remaining with him for just over a year. Mark Mills, who assisted Soleri in the construction of The Dome, was born in 1921, received an architectural engineering degree from the University of Colorado, and studied with Wright for four years. It was at Taliesin that Soleri and Mills became friends. In 1948, when they and two other apprentices were working on an experimental structure at Taliesin West, which became what is known as the Sun Cottage, there was a misunderstanding with Wright that led to all four of them leaving. Soleri and Mills went to work with a developer, providing design work for some condominiums at the base of Camelback Mountain, below the north face in Paradise Valley. Soleri developed a scheme that involved a tower element supporting a hex form canopy and he and Mills built a mockup of Camelback out of concrete block and wood. It was shortly after this that “the Cli,” as she was fondly called, came along.

The complete article after the break...

Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Awarded to Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson, co-founder and director of Bolles+Wilson, was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, their highest accolade, at a ceremony last month in Canberra. The Institute bestows the medal upon architects who have designed, or executed, exceptional buildings, promoted the knowledge of architecture, or have made some defining contribution to the field.