Transiting Cities International Open Design Ideas Competition

Courtesy of OUTR and RMIT University School of Architecture and Design

Open to everyone, OUTR (Office of Urban Transformations Research), along with RMIT University School of Architecture and Design, just announced the release of Transiting Cities International Open Design Ideas Competition. How can we rethink, regenerate, rebrand, rework, reactivate cities dominated by singular economies for a vibrant and innovative future? Designing Possible Futures for growth and adaptation of rehabilitated mines, associated infrastructures and the townships that are dependent on their futures. Integrated social, economic, environmental and infrastructural design outcomes. Produce intelligent innovative short and long-term transition strategies for an adaptive and vibrant regional center. Submissions are due November 30. More information on the competition after the break.

Jean Carrière Nursery School / Tectoniques Architects

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Architects: Tectoniques Architects
Location: Nimes,
Associated Architects: Atelier GA
Photographs: Jerome Ricolleau

Courtesy of the Academy of Architecture
Courtesy of the Academy of Architecture

‘OJO – From Solid to Air’ Exhibition

Taking place until October 17th, the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam is exhibiting ‘OJO – From Solid to Air’ which showcases a selection of the work of the architectural practice Office Jarrik Ouburg…. The exhibit can be visited Monday-Friday

W New Orleans – French Quarter / Nemaworkshop

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Design Architects: Nemaworkshop
Architects of Record: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Kleinberg

World Habitat Awards 2013

The Building and Social Housing Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2013 edition of the World Habitat Awards!

The were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. Two awards are given annually to projects from the global North as well as the South that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. An award of £10,000 is presented to each of the two winners at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day.

The deadline for submission is 1st November 2012.

Interview: Krogmann Headquarters / Despang Architekten

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The Headquarters Krogmann in Lohne-Kroge, , by Despang Architekten investigates the numerous characteristics and fundamental opportunities inherent within and exhibits a modern approach to the craftsmanship of traditional German vernacular. Designed as a new corporate center of operations for the woodworking company Krogmann,  this new office would need to succeed not only in handcrafting a new image for them, but also serve as a catalyst for future growth while showcasing their ability as ‘makers’ in the field of construction.  Having worked as the builders for several projects for Despang Architekten, their choice to retain them as the design architects for their own project was a natural extension of an already solid relationship built upon the dedication to quality and progressiveness. As an extension of this article, we also had the opportunity to speak with Principal and University of Hawaii Associate Professor Martin Despang about the process involved in the making of this project.

More details and our Q&A with Martin after the break.

Recap: Imagining the Lowline / Barasch + Ramsey

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As the “Imagining the Lowline” exhibition comes to a close, we share a recap of our visit to the full-scale mockup created by Dan Barasch and James Ramsey.  We have been sharing a steady stream of updates on the project, but nothing quite puts the ideas of this transformative ”urban discovery” into perspective as the ability to experience a portion of their underground public park.   The two-week long exhibit in Market Building D in the Lower East Side was aimed at sharing the ideas of the Lowline with the community to hear feedback and gain support to potentially move the project forward.  During our visit, we had the opportunity to speak with visitors of all different professions, backgrounds and connections to , to hear their first impressions of the project and to see if their support lay behind such an idea.

More after the break. 

Casa Océano / SPACE

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Architects: SPACE
Location: Pedregal, City,
Chief Designer: Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Jimena Fernández Navarra
Design Team: Sergio Gaytán, Ana Mallón
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pim Schalkwijk

‘Beyond Green! Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future’ Symposium

Courtesy of Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design of the University of

Taking place October 10-12 at the University of Stuttgart, , the “Beyond Green! – Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future” symposium focuses on how tall buildings be designed, built and maintained in a sustainable fashion. The keynote lectures will be held by Christoph Ingenhoven and Helmut Jahn_Murphy/Jahn. The sessions are dedicated to urban development and economy, ecology, planning and realization, structure and skin and building services. More information after the break.

Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: San Francisco, CA,
Design Team: Marcy Wong, Donn Logan, Tai-Ran Tseng
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,620 sq ft
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph, Billy Hustace

Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair

Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy

The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair is a unique open call to design students and design professionals living in the North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Design an iconic, movable outdoor seating element for NYC’s 25-acre historic Battery Park, AKA The Battery. The winning design will be fabricated for use in The Battery, which annually welcomes six million visitors. They are offering an earlybird registration rate for all who register by this Sunday, Sept. 30. All design entries are due October 30. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Courtesy of IaN+
Courtesy of IaN+

National Museum of Afghanistan / IaN+

Designed by IaN+…, their proposal for the National Museum of Afghanistan aims at harmoniously making it a part of the Afghanistan horizon. They do so by blending with it rather than establishing a conflict in order to restore the

Urban Boutique Hotel / BANG by MIN – Sae Min Oh (O)

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Architects: BANG by MIN (Sae Min Oh)
Location: , Kyeongki-Do, South Korea
Architect In Charge: Sae Min Oh
Design Team: Changwook Kwak, Hyunduck Yoo
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 4586.57 sqm
Photographs: Huh Juneul, Courtesy of , Courtesy of Urban Boutique Hotel

Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture / Nirmal Kishnani

In the past decade Asia’s building sector has slowly come around to the idea of the Green building. The movement has picked up pace since 2005 with the introduction of, at last count, 13 national Green building assessment tools. Despite a steep rise in the number of certified buildings, the approach to Greening is fragmented and cautious at best. The Asian Green building does not do enough to mitigate impact nor do the conventions of Greening address the diverse needs of the region and its people.

© Alexandr Berzing
© Alexandr Berzing

Temple in Antis / AG “LesoSplaw”

Located on a hill, on the open area of the landscape, the simplest of a Greek temple is the templum in antis, a small rectangular structure. Designed by the AG ‘LesoSplaw’ team, in front of the cella, a small porch or…

Open-air Market / all(zone)

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Architects: all(zone)
Location: ,
Design Team: Rachaporn Choochuey, Sorawit Klaimark, Isara Junpoldee, Namkhang Anomasiri, Wittida Pyomyong
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of all(zone)

Roberto Cantoral Cultural Center / Broissin Architects

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Architects: Broissin Architects
Location: México DF,
Design Team: Gerardo Broissin, David Suárez, Alejandro Rocha, Rodrigo Jiménez, Mauricio Cristóbal
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Broissin Architetcs, Alejandro Rocha, Paul Rivera

TED Talk: Why Architects Need to Use their Ears / Julian Treasure

In architecture we talk about space and form.  We talk about experience and meaning.  All of these qualities are inextricably the sensory experience of light, touch, smell and sound.  Sound expert Julian Treasure asks architects to consider designing for our ears, citing that the quality of the of a space affect us physiologically, socially, psychologically and behaviorally.

More after the break.