‘Emptiness: The Potentials of Vacancy’ Summer School Session

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The school of architecture at IE University and TU Graz is putting on an intensive 8-day studio-based design workshop that will be held in , from July 6-13. This year’s program, titled “Emptiness: The Potentials of Vacancy”, will deal with the consequences and opportunities that derive from the gross overbuilding of the past decade. After years of construction-fueled euphoria, we are now confronted with the after-effects: a city riddled with empty masses, incomplete plans, and urban spaces hastily conceived and neither fully constructed nor consolidated. The moment is challenging and profoundly liberating; it is a crisis that demands creativity and gives us license to invent. For more information, please visit here.

The Soweto Theatre / Afritects

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Architects: Afritects
Location: Johannesburg,
Project Architects: Clara Cruz de Almeida and Tatenda Mavunga
Company’s Owner: Laurence Chibwe
Project Team: Sergio Duarte, Tony de Oliveira
Completion: May 2012
Total Area: 5,900 sqm
Client: Johannesburg Property Company (JPC
Photographs: Courtesy of Afritects

AECOM’s Urban SOS Student Competition

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AECOM recently shared with us their 4th annual Urban SOS student competition brief. Created to engage students in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental restoration, and engineering and allow them to propose solutions for the issues that are confronting modern cities, and viewed by established professionals in their field. The theme for this current year is Frontiers. AECOM is seeking proposals that engage urban sites that are currently facing chronic liveability challenges that are largely the result of a city’s location on a natural, political, cultural or economic border. Submitted proposals should fall under at least one of the following criteria; “On a political border,” Ports and trade,” Migration and population shift,” Transnational destinations,” and “Shifting geo-political conditions.” The winners have the potential for their project to be engaged by a local organization to assist in advancing the project.

Unlike many international competitions, there is no entry fee. There is, however, a sizable cash prize! The final deadline for submission is August 31, 2012. For more information regarding the details and competition brief visit AECOM’s site here.

Budget cuts threaten the U.S. Capitol

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The American Institute of Architects () and 10 other groups have sent a letter to Congressional leaders warning that cuts to the Architect of the Capitol (AOC)’s budget could lead to further deterioration of the U.S. Capitol and wind up costing taxpayers more in the long run.

“There is little disagreement that the federal government, including Congress, must live within its means and be judicious in its consideration of short and long term expenditures,” the letter states. “However, the AOC’s FY2013 budget is focused primarily on needed maintenance and repair projects that are designed to keep the buildings of the Capitol complex – some of them nearly two centuries old – in proper working order.”

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Einosato Nursery School / Shogo Iwata

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Architects: Shogo Iwata
Location: , Japan
Building Area: 781.82 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ogawa Shigeo , Araki Yoshihisa

   

Donbass Arena / Arup

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The Shaktar 50,000-seater stadium, the Donbass Arena, designed by Arup, will play host to the opening game in Group D between France and England, as well as several other matches, including the second semi-final. , who played a key role in the design team that produced the €320 million Donbass Arena, will feature alongside the football talents of Ashley Young, Franck Ribery and the rest of the players at this year’s European Football Championships. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

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The Sancak Mosque, designed by Emre Arolat Architects, aims to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space. Located in Buyuk Cekmece, a suburban neighborhood in the outskirts of Istanbul, the high walls surrounding the park on the upper courtyard of the mosque depict a clear boundary between the chaotic outer world and the serene atmosphere of the public park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wakefield One / Cartwright Pickard Architects

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Architects: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Location: Wakefield,
Year: 2012
Area: 124,500 sq. ft.
Client: English Cities Fund
Photographs: Courtesy of Cartwright Pickard Architects

Ministry of Justice

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Architects: Architects of Invention
Location: K. GamsakhurdiaSqu, Ozurgeti,
Design Team: Niko Japaridze, Gogiko Sakvarelidze, Dato Canava, Eka Kankava, Eka Rekhviashvili, Viliana Guliashvili, Nika Maisuradze, David Dolidze, Soso Eliava, PM Devi Kituashvili
Budget: $2 million
Client: Ministry of Justice Georgia
Area: 3638.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nakani Mamasakhlisi photo lab

Do Architects Help? The Profession in International Development Event

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Taking place June 19th at 7pm at RIBA in London is the Do Architects Help? event which will examine the role that the built environment industry plays in overseas development. This London Festival of Architecture discussion, sponsored by Dunbar & Boardman, and put on by Article 25, emphasizes that in a world that is becoming increasingly urban and populous, architects and other built environment professionals are well placed to use their specialist knowledge and skills to influence development policy and help communities better prepare for and recover from disasters. Despite this their expertise is largely lacking for mainstream international development practice. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Kindergarten in Paris / Eva Samuel Architect Urbanist & Associates

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Architects: Eva Samuel Architect Urbanist & Associates
Location: Ecolematernelle, Dalle des Olympiades, Paris,
Design Team: S.Romain Architect, S. dirvariu, F. Laheurte assistants
Renovation Surface: 2,400 sqm
Budget: $8,5
Completion: 2012
Construction: Eiffage
Photographs: Gaston Bergeret,

Jansen Campus / Davide Macullo Architects

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Architects: Davide Macullo Architects
Location: , SG, Switzerland
Client: Jansen AG
Principal: Davide Macullo
Project architect: Lorenza Tallarini
Design collaborators: Ah Lom Kim; Aileen Forbes-Munnelly; Karen Abernethy; Michele Alberio; Samuela Pfund; Alias Spa – Grumello del Monte I; Sara SA – Tenero TI; Stoll Giroflex – Lenzburg AG
Completion: May 2012
Total floor area: 3,300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Davide Macullo Architects

   

Zaha Hadid places a bid on London’s Design Museum

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As reported on bdonline, is currently the preferred suitor for the London’s Design Museum. The Pritzker Prize winning architect has apparently wooed the sellers with her plans to turn the 1950s building into an architecture museum. She has reportedly teamed up with a private backer and is one of eight pursuers for the Design Museum, which will be relocating into a new home in 2014.

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Video: John Pawson, Plain Space


World-renowned architect John Pawson, labeled a minimalist by many, discusses his career, his design aesthetic and his working relationship with Calvin Klein and Karl Lagerfeld. Focusing on space and light, his unique approach to both renders his work a pioneering example of contemporary architecture.

House Like Village / Marc Koehler Architects

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Architects: Marc Koehler Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Team: Marc Koehler, Miriam Tocino, Anna Szczurek, Maarten Verhelst
Project Area: 160 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

House in Mexilhoeira-Grande / Marco Arraiolos

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Location: Mexilhoeira-Grande, Portimão,
Completion: 2011
Photographs: João Morgado

Green Cast / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Odawara-shi, Kanagawa prefecture in
Total Area: 1047.80sqm (residence area: 181.61sqm)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kengo Kuma & Associates

House in Kyobate / Naoko Horibe

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Architects: Naoko Horibe
Location: Nara,
Project Area: 165.34 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Eiji Tomita