Laurel Park Elementary School / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

© Tom Arban

Architect: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: Apex, North Carolina,
Client: Wake County Public School System
Project Team: Clymer Cease, Donna Francis, Shann Rushing, Donna Ficca
Size: 110,000 sqf
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Tom Arban Photography, Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

A Driving Trendsetter

This post is sponsored by Chevrolet – It’s more car than electric.
Note: The 2012 Chevy Volt has an EPA-estimated 94 MPGe [electric]; 35 city, 40 MPG highway [gas]. Actual range varies with conditions.…
The Chevy Volt* is unique among

Video: Rothschild Bank headquarters / OMA

Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon discuss their design of the Rothschild Bank headquarters in London. Viewing the bank as a “dynamic system”, the main task was to create an “always efficient and always pleasant” machine that will accommodate all of the Bank’s London staff and reunite its connections with the city, including the St. Stephen’s Walbrook. ’s design for the New Court is the fourth iteration of NM Rothschild & Sons’ headquarters, all of which have been built on the dense and narrow medieval alley of St. Swithin’s Lane.

The film was created by Miguel Santa Clara.

Reference: BD, OMA

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: , California,
Associate Architect: Davis Davis Architects
Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Lanscape Architect: Civitas, Inc.
Project Team: Curtis Fentress, Jeff Olson, Robin Ault, Al Roberts, Sharlene Bhyun, Jesse Dzierzanowski
Photographs: Jason A. Knowles

Courtesy of Centre for Central European Architecture

Central European Suburbia Interventions Competition

The Centre for Central European Architecture is organizing an international project focused on the situation of contemporary Central European suburbia. They have just launched an open call which invites architects, artists and other individuals to send their proposals of interventions.…

Capsula Multibrand Store / GöSKE PROJECT

© Tamas Bujnovszky

Architects: Sandor Gocsei, Eniko KorompayGöSKE PROJECT
Location: Budapest, Andrássy Avenue,
Client: Fashion Café Zrt.
Building Technology: Légmester Kft.
Electricity: Lisys Zrt.
Year designed: 2010
Year built: 2011
Gross area: 230 sqm
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

© Carlos Lobão + ARQX

Hotel Liesma Proposal / ARQX Arquitectos + Carlos Lobão

The musical theme is present in the project proposal by ARQX Arquitectos…, therefore in a very metaphorical way, avoiding a mimetic decoration or spatial-appropriation to music reported items. They try not to just show musical objects, but to compose

UMD Swenson Civil Engineering Building / Ross-Barney Architects

© Kate Joyce Studios

Architect: Ross-Barney Architects
Location: , , USA
Project Lead Designer: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Project Team: Michael Ross, AIA (principal in-charge); Monica Chadha (project manager); Jonathan Graves (project architect); Kimberley Patten, AIA (sustainable design and interiors); Marc Anderson; Ricardo Nabholz
Architect of Record: SJA Architects
Project Area: 35,300 sqf
Photographs: Kate Joyce Studios

Ramat Hanadiv Visiting Center / Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects

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Architects: Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects / Guy Teomi, Yuval Amitzi
Location: ,
Landscaping: Amir Blum
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects

Anstruther Sea View Extension / Oliver Chapman Architects

© Michael Collins

Architects: Oliver Chapman Architects
Location: , Fife, 49 John Street
Start on site date: January 2011
Date of completion: July 2011
Gross internal Floor area: 45 sqm
Total cost: £160,000.00
Structural Engineers: David Narro Associates
Photographs: Michael Collins


Watch Urbanized Online, Now!

Starting today, you can now watch Urbanized online while it’s still in theaters! If you’ve got iTunes and you’re in the US or Canada, you can watch it via iTunes as a premium rental. If you’re not in those countries, you can rent it directly from Urbanized website via Distrify. You can also embed the film in your website or blog and share it with folks you know.

More information here.

Poetry Foundation / John Ronan Architects

© Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 61 West Superior Street, , , USA
Project Team: John Ronan AIA, Lead Designer; Tom Lee, Project Architect; Evan Menk, Senior Technical Coordinator; John Trocke, Marcin Szef, Wonwoo Park
Program Manager: U.S. Equities Realty
Project Area: 26,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

SOM receives 2011 Firm of the Year Award

The AIA Chicago chapter has awarded the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP () the 2011 Firm of the Year Award for 75 years of global design excellence. The chapter recognized the outstanding achievements and excellence in the firm’s body of work and their contribution to the advancement of the architectural profession in areas of design, research, planning, technology and architectural practice. This is the highest AIA award a firm can receive.

The Firm Award Jury stated, is the jury’s unanimous choice for AIA Chicago’s 2011 Firm of the Year. It is evident in the submission that SOM has a distinct culture that is collaborative and team-oriented with a history of high aspirations for design excellence. For the professional community, SOM’s innovation continues to impact and inform tall building design around the world, while it is also evident that SOM is an involved and active citizen of Chicago, reaching outside of itself to positively impact the community and its organizations.”

A celebration will take place at the AIA Chicago annual meeting and awards presentation on Friday, December 9th, 2011 at ReBuilding Exchange in Chicago, Illinois.

Here are a few SOM projects featured on ArchDaily:

Leaf-Structured Canopy / SAM Architekten und Partner

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Architects: SAM Architekten und Partner
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of SAM Architekten und Partner


Inverted Warehouse-Townhouse / Dean-Wolf Architects

© Paul Warchol

Architects: Dean-Wolf Architects
Location: , , USA
Partner in Charge: Kathryn Dean, AIA
Project Architect: Charles Wolf
Project Designer: Eunjeong Seong
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 10,500 sqf
Photographs: Paul Warchol

Greening Schools: Future Proofing Schools Competition award goes to CMA+U

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The University of Melbourne together with partners including the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development have just announced CMA+U and Team winners of the Sustainability Award ʻFuture Proofing Schools Competitionʼ . The competition explores design ideas for next generation relocatable 21st century learning spaces as part of ’s research program for Building the Education Revolution. More images and information on the awarded project after the break.

Designing for Autism: More Able Not Less Disabled

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Imagine meeting with a client and writing down only their limitations and dislikes. Now, return to your office and base your design on that criterion alone. How can any architect create an inspiring and meaningful design out of that? Yet, this is how many architects design for people with Spectrum Disorders (ASD).[1] The focus is on what individuals with autism cannot do rather than what they can. Such a negative approach seems misguided and unnecessary. Architects should make people more able not less disabled. It is a subtle distinction, but an important one.[2]

2012 TED Prize Winner Announced!


For the first time in history, the Prize winner is not an individual, but an idea that greatly impacts the future of planet Earth… and the winner is . The City 2.0 is the city of the future, a future in which more than ten billion people are dependent on. The idea is not a “sterile utopian dream” but rather a “real-world upgrade tapping into humanity’s collective wisdom.” More urban living space will be constructed over the next 90 years than all prior centuries combined, so it is time to get it right.

Continue reading for more information on The City 2.0 and details on how you can participate.