Tino School / AAVP Architecture

© Luc Boegly

Architects: AAVP Architecture
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 7,070 sqm
Photographs: Luc Boegly

landscape walkway

Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building Proposal / Alan Cheung Kwok-lun and Sam Hau Sum-ming

Architectural designers Alan Cheung Kwok-lun and Sam Hau Sum-ming… from Hong Kong have designed a conceptual passenger terminal building for the International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building, in an attempt to link

St. Joseph’s Primary School / Paul Stallan Studio

© Keith Hunter

Architect: Paul Stallan Studio
Location: Blantyre, South Lanarkshire,
Landscape Architect: Tennant Garmory
Client: South Lanarkshire Council
Completed: 2010
Size: 3100m2
Contract Value: £8m
Photographs:  Keith Hunter,

Ravine / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Shirogane Minato ward Tokyo,
Date of Completion: 2011
Site Area: 73.37 sqm
Total Floor Area: 215.93sqm/1F(38.30sqm), 2F(70.48sqm), 3F(65.15sqm), 4F(34.42sqm), PH(7.58sqm)
Structure Engineers: Masaki Structure Laboratory, Kenta Masaki
Facility Engineers: Shimada Architects, Zenei Shimada
Construction: Maekawa Construction
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Ai Weiwei as TIME Person of the Year: Runner-Up

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was selected as one of the runner-up candidates for TIMES 2011 Person of the Year Award. is known in the architecture world for his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, serving as the artistic consultant for the Beijing National Stadium, otherwise known as the Bird’s Nest stadium.

Ai Weiwei is well-known for his political activism, being openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights. Following his arrest in earlier this year, Weiwei was detained and interrogated for over two months without any official charges. He was then fined $2.4 million for back taxes and penalties, which he believes to have been politically motivated.

When TIME journalists Hannah Beech and Austin Ramzy asked Weiwei about what motivated him to merge the Internet with political activism, he credited his involvement with architecture.

“I got involved with architecture. To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.”

Read the entire TIME article and full interview with Ai Weiwei here.

AD Interviews: Oscar Niemeyer

The last part of our Brazilian day, commemorating the 104th birthday of the renowned Brazilian architect and the launch of ArchDaily Brasil: An exclusive interview with Mr Niemeyer himself.

- How did you start your office?

My office in Copacabana -the only one that I have- was opened and organized to meet, since the early 50s, the ever growing demands.The last 13 years I have been the only architect here “at work”; the initial stage of the projects is done by me, up to the basic project, and then I trust its development by other architecture offices, specially the ones directed by my colleague and friends Jair Valera and my dear granddaughter, Ana Elisa.

- For you, what is Architecture?

In my opinion, architecture is invention. And under this prism is how I do my projects, always searching for beautiful, expressive, different and surprising solutions.

Educational Centre of the Medical Faculty of Charles University / DOMY

© Filip Šlapal

Architects: DOMY
Location: Prague,
Client: Medical Faculty in Hradec Kralove
Design Team: Michal Juha, Jan Topinka in co-operation with Roman Repa and Edita Mojzisova
Project Manager: Danica Havlikova
Cost: EUR 3 900 000
Total volume: 11,170 m3
Built up area: 1,060 sqm
Total useful area: 2,070 sqm
Photographs: Filip Šlapal

Infographic: Oscar Niemeyer’s timeline

© ArchDaily by Megan Jett - Click to enlarge.

ArchDaily’s Megan Jett did this amazing infographic resuming the highlights of ’s career, who turned 104 years old today.

We continue celebrating this special day, with the launch of ArchDaily Brasil!

You can download it in PDF, so you can print it and hang it in your wall.

MIMA House / Mima Architects

© Jose Campos

Architects: Mima Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 36 sqm
Photographs: Jose Campos

MIMA started with the intention of planning a dwelling that responds directly to the lifestyle of nowadays’ societies. How can architecture adapt to the quick life changes and ambitions of a well informed and increasingly exigent society? MIMA architects researched for years to design a fast produced, flexible, light and cheap yet good quality product, wrapped up with a pleasant clean design.

Announcing ArchDaily Brasil

Dear readers,

Since the day we started ArchDaily back in 2008, we have stuck to our mission to become a hub of opportunities for architects, and to improve the profession by making architectural knowledge available to architects around the world.

To help keep you architecturally inspired, a passionate team of architects works hard every day to bring our readers from around the world the latest news, projects and any information that is relevant to the architecture world. Working on a global scale has required that we focus on broader aspects of the architectural world. While this has its obvious advantages, it can neglect one of the most important elements an architect has to deal on a daily basis: context.

We know that local issues and national contingencies have more weight over projects than global trends. While the Internet turned us into global citizens, it is now a tool that allows us to connect with the local in an unprecedented way. And at ArchDaily we wanted to provide our readers with the local information that is relevant to them.

We decided to start with , the cradle of one of the most powerful movements in architecture. The works by the Brazilian modern masters can be resumed into powerful structures with humble details, a constant that is now seen among the new generation of talented architects, who respect that tradition but are still able to innovate and give identity to Brazilian architecture. The country is also facing an unprecedented growth, and will host two of the largest events in the coming years, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de janeiro, posing several challenges for architects and urbanists. In this context the local architecture scene has developed interesting projects in different scales, from where several lessons can be learned.

ArchDaily Brasil will have a special focus on everything that is happening in the country related to architecture, mixed with a selection of the best projects to keep Brazilian architects inspired and connected to a global network. Our editorial team of Brazilian architects and correspondants throughout the country strive to keep you informed in the best way possible, interviewing local architects, covering events and lectures, news, etc.

We invite our Brazilian readers to visit ArchDaily Brasil, and also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We’d love to hear your feedback about ArchDaily Brasil, please leave any ideas, suggestions or recommendations in the comments section.

And stay tuned for more exciting news from ArchDaily.

Obrigado!

 

Video: A Conversation with Charlie Rose about the NYC High Line

© Iwan Baan

Charlie Rose discusses the story of the with Amanda Burden, director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Diane von Furstenberg, contributor, Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the and Joshua David, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the .

Click here to watch the video on the Charlie Rose website.

Community Centre for Culture and Leisure UFFO / AG Studio

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Architects: AG STUDIO 
Location: Trutnov,
Design Team: Radek Vopalecký, Luděk Štefek
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of AG STUDIO

   

TIME Person of the Year: The Protester

Tunisian Revolution via cjb22 on flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjb22222222/5373435731/

It began on December 17th, 2010, when 26-year-old street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi drenched himself in paint thinner and lit a match in front of the provincial-capital building in Tunisia. Mannoubia Bouazizi stated, “My son set himself on fire for dignity.” Her 16-year-old daughter added, “In Tunisia, dignity is more important than bread.”

All over the world, the protestors of 2011 have stood-up for fairness and freedom. “Do-it-yourself democratic politics became globalized, and a real live protest went massively viral.” Authoritarian acts of violence and forceful evictions from “” squares further exposed what the protestors were fighting for. In effort to honor the individuals who have made the greatest impact on our world during these past twelve months, TIME has named the 2011 person of the year as “The Protester”.

Courtesy of Little Tokyo Design Week

Tokyo/LA Houses Exhibition Charity Auction

As part of the Little Tokyo Design Week event in Los Angeles this past July, deegan day design of Los Angeles and Open A of Japan curated an exhibition of 40 houses from Japan and California called Tokyo/LA Houses. The…

Bluetube Bar / DOSE

© + Carlos Trancoso

Architect: DOSE
Location: Porto,
Project Team: António Martins, Carlos Foyedo, Luís Grilo.
Client: Ae FAUP
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 9 sqm
Photographs: DOSE + Carlos Trancoso

 

Happy Birthday, Oscar Niemeyer!

 

Architecture is all about passion. Sometimes it can be very complex, slow, even painful… but our passion will make us push until the end, to see our creations come to reality no matter what.  This passion turns into an entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration and the desire to use our knowledge to influence our society and to improve our built environment. For me, one of the best living examples of the passionate architect is the Brazilian master Oscar Niemeyer.

Today the master turns 104 years old, and he is still working at his office in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, from where we interviewed him, delivering projects in and around the world. So passionate about his work, that he can’t stop.

Devoted to architecture and women, he was able to express his passion for both.

mountains/waves/women = curves

It is not the right angle that attracts me. Nor the straight line, tough, inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free, sensual curve. The curve I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the waves of the sea, in the clouds of the sky, in the body of the favorite woman. Of curves is made all the universe.

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Flowerdale Community House / Antarctica

© Antarctica

Architects: Antarctica
Location: , Victoria,
Project Team: Graham Crist (Project Director), Nicola Garrod (Project Architect)
Contractor: Kendall Constructions
Consultants: Keith Long and Associates
Project Area: 460sqm
Completed: September 2011
Photographs: Antarctica

   

V&A Christmas Tree / Studio Roso

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To celebrate the festive period, the V&A has commissioned design duo Studio Roso to create a Christmas Tree for the Grand Entrance of the Museum until January 5th.  The handmade ‘tree’ is made up of 3.3 miles of elastic cord and will reach over 4 meters high. A total of 1500 individual strands have been combined to create the outline of a traditional Christmas Tree. Within these cords Studio Roso has created a number of geometric shapes, referencing both traditional Christmas ornaments and the crystalline structure of snowflakes and icicles, providing a decorative garland throughout the installation. The design for the tree was inspired by the intricate craft of bobbin lacing, a technique often used in traditional Christmas decorations. More images after the break.