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ANIMA Cultural Center Proposal / Bernard Tschumi Architects

Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects
Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

ANIMA, the first work in Italy by Bernard Tschumi, is a cultural, social, and architectural generator of events. Situated in Grottammare, the project is intended to welcome and encourage a broader expression of creativity and culture. The schematic design highlights the remarkable quality of a building characterized by flexible space and the structure manifests itself to the visitor as both highly permeable and exceptionally receptive. Unveiled just last month, completion is scheduled for 2016, creating stronger ties between the people and the territory. More images and architects' description after the break.

Iceberg / ATOMIC3

Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
  • Architects: ATOMIC3
  • Architectural Design: Appareil Architecture
  • Lighting Design: ATOMIC3
  • Sound Design: Jean-Sébastien Côté
  • Interactive Systems Design: Philippe Jean/Les Ateliers Numériques
  • Technical Coordinator Set: Guillaume Simard
  • Technical Coordinator Sound/Light/Interactive System: Alexis Rivest
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Applied: Research Through Fabrication Competition Results and Exhibition

Courtesy of yo_cy
Courtesy of yo_cy

The Applied: Research Through Fabrication exhibition which took place the first weekend in March highlighted the winning proposal of their competition, titled 'Cast Thicket', designed b yo_cy’s Ken Tracy and Christine Yogiaman. The project was exhibited at the two-day event led by internationally recognized instructors within the field of parametric modeling provided a robust opportunity for participants to be exposed to the highest level of concentrated learning possible. More images and information on the event after the break.

House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo

Courtesy of Retail Design Blog
Courtesy of Retail Design Blog

Graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara has put together a three week-long exhibition in Tokyo focusing on the future of the Japanese house. Hara argues that the housing industry can no longer be isolated but must be combined with other industries, technologies and ideas, including energy, transportation, communication, household appliances, the "vision of happiness" pursued by adults, the representation of Japanese traditions and aesthetics as well as a future vision of health. All of these elements he hopes to present and discuss at the House Vision Exhibition where more than ten types of futuristic houses are on display and daily seminars with expert urban planners, developers, contractors, architects, telecom and even gas organizations have been taking place.

Read more about the exhibition after the break.

Two Films at the National Building Museum During the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

The National Building Museum, in partnership with the Environmental Film Festival will be showing two films related to both the natural and built environment. Taking place Sunday, March 17 from 11:30am to 12:45pm, 'Mother Nature's Child' focuses on nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development is explored through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents, from Vermont to Washington, D.C. Then, on Thursday, March 21 from 6:30pm-7:30pm, 'Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line' film includes a discussion of their projects and interviews with New York City planning commissioner Amanda Burden and other civic figures. For more information on the events, please visit here.

Coal Mill / Atelier Hoffman

  • Architects: Atelier Hoffman
  • Location: Libčice nad Vltavou, Czech Republic
  • Design Team: Patrik Hoffman, Marcela Jirásková, Pavel Hicz, Tomáš Havlíček, Robert Bóžek
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

© Andrea Thiel Lhotakova © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Design Days Dubai

The only design fair in the Middle East and South Asia, Design Days Dubai is the most diverse design fair globally presenting galleries from six continents. On view March 18-21, R 20th Century will be presenting iconic works by Wendell Castle, Oscar Niemeyer and Joaquim Tenreiro, and new pieces by The Haas Brothers, kelly behun | STUDIO, David Wiseman, Thaddeus Wolfe, and Jeff Zimmerman. More information on the event after the break.

Daqing Highway Passenger Transportation Hub / Had Architects

  • Architects: Had Architects
  • Location: Daqing, Heilongjiang, China
  • Design Team: Tang Jiajun, Wang Conglong, Ji Qiang
  • Area: 29576.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun

© Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun © Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun © Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun © Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun

Earth Sciences Building / Perkins + Will

© Martin Tessler
© Martin Tessler
  • Architects: Perkins + Will
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Design Team: Peter Busby, Aneta Chmiel, Maginnis Cocivera, Paul Cowcher, Anna Espinoza, Jana Foit, Jeremiah Deutscher, Joerk Gravenstein, Herman Kao, Jon Loewen, Teresa Miller, Soren Schou, Eric Stedman, Julie Wong
  • Area: 15794.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Martin Tessler

© Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler

Brazilian Architect Carla Juacaba Wins Inaugural arcVision Women and Architecture Prize

Pavilion Humanidade 2012; © Leonardo Finotti
Pavilion Humanidade 2012; © Leonardo Finotti

Brazilian architect Carla Juaçaba has been announced as the winner of the inaugural arcVision - Women and Architecture Prize, an international social architecture award instituted by the Italcementi Group. The prize honors Juaçaba’s work for exemplifying significant qualitative excellence and attention to the core issues of construction, such as technology, sustainability, social and cultural implications.

'Infrastructural Monument' Conference

Taking place April 8-9 at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning the 'Infrastructural Monument' Conference hosted by the Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU), focuses on the development of infrastructural research agendas and projects which is a key mission for MIT’s CAU. This conference is the first in a series, devoted to a series of strategic design challenges facing cities worldwide. The conferences challenges you to answer the question, 'Can a typical American city be transformed from a collection of fragments assembled regionally by interstate highways, to a more durable regional constitution, using targeted infrastructural investment projects?' For more information, please visit here.

Qingdao Harborfront Redevelopment Proposal / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company

Designed by EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company, their proposal for the Qingdao Harborfront Redevelopment project was recently awarded a 2013 Urban Design Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter. The Harborfront occupies 26 hectares of former maritime/industrial uses in Downtown Qingdao, facing Jiaozhou Bay, and represents the anchor redevelopment for the city’s waterfront revitalization initiative. With the relocation of commercial port activities across the bay, antiquated docklands and shipyards throughout Downtown are now poised to become new mixed-use communities that will re-unite residents with their waterfront. More images and architects' description after the break.

Covus / sbp

  • Interior Designers: sbp
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Client: Covus Central GmbH, Berlin
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Karsten Knocke

© Karsten Knocke © Karsten Knocke © Karsten Knocke © Karsten Knocke

Cinema Hall of Locarno Film Festival Proposal / Mauro Turin Architectes

The design of the future Cinema Hall of Locarno Film Festival by Mauro Turin Architectes was inspired by a strong urban vision. The main goal of the project therefore resulted in the will to create a building that is at the same time unique and harmonious, which refuses to be a stand-alone project by participating actively to the landscape of the city of Locarno. More images and architects' description after the break.

Fronton Bizkaia / Gastón & Ruiz Pardo

  • Architects: Gastón & Ruiz Pardo
  • Location: Calle Luis de Castresana, 2, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Javier Gastón, Marcelo Ruiz Pardo
  • Technical Architect: Juan Luis Urresti
  • Collaborators: David Gastón, Carolina Lombana, Carlos Viladoms, Daniel Alvaladejo, Naia Landa
  • Area: 24011.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jesus Granada, Jorge Allende

© Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada

INTERIORS: An Analysis of Space in the Oscar-Nominated Film Amour

Screenshot from Amour (2012). Image © Sony Pictures Classics
Screenshot from Amour (2012). Image © Sony Pictures Classics

Michael Haneke, known for his cold, disturbing and bleak films, such as Funny Games (1997), Caché (2005) and The White Ribbon (2009), goes for a little compassion with his latest, Oscar-nominated film Amour (2012). The film, which explores the private life of a married couple, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), is a meditation on how individuals cope with the loss of a loved one.

Haneke sets his film within a single location, a Parisian apartment, which was constructed in a soundstage. The filmmaker, who often obsesses over the sound and production design in his films, had complete freedom with the construction of this space. In The Hollywood Reporter, we learn about how specific he was with the design of the space itself. “The crew had to install and reinstall the parquet floor to make sure it creaked just right.” In lieu of shooting on actual locations, Michael Haneke recreated an entire location according to his specifications to create the space he desired for his film. 

Read more about how the spaces in Amour allow for the story to unfurl, after the break...