Museum of Contemporary Art / Adjaye Associates

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Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: Denver,
Area: 24,963 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Adjaye Assocates

Theater of Cachan Proposal / O-S Architects

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The winning proposal for the new Theater of , designed by O-S Architects, acts as a curtain that rises over the city with the aim to transform the neighborhood with an urban, cultural and social point of view. The overall image of the project is conceived as a technological and functional tool that confirms the dynamism of the city of Cachan, for the sake of architectural and landscape quality. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gelukstraat / Dierendonck Blancke Architecten

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Architects: Dierendonck Blancke Architecten
Location: Gelukstraat, Ghent,
Design Team: Alexander Dierendonck, Isabelle Blancke, Pieter Mouton
Engineering: Arthur De Roover
Surface: 89 sqm
Cost: 137,667 Euro
Realisation: 2011
Photographer: Filip Dujardin

Lavance Shade Screen / Benjamin Hall & Michael Lavance

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The Lavance Shade Screen, a project designed and built by Benjamin Hall & Michael Lavance, was created out of appreciation for the desert climate and its harsh effects on specific materials. This inspiration and architectural concept led to this unique and regionally specific approach in providing much needed shade to a custom residential outdoor barbecue and bar near the downtown of Scottsdale, Arizona. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Urban Intervention: Public Space Competition Proposal / PRAUD

The public space proposal for the Urban Intervention competition creates a new way of creating a dialog between the park and the city. Designed by PRAUD…, each solid and void creates its own topography, and thus the topography of

Pamphlet Architecture 11-20

A short while ago we received 11-20, the second volume that accumulates the continually growing series. Steven Holl and William Stout started the Pamphlet series back in 1978. They wanted to create a venue “for publishing the works, thoughts, and theory of a new generation of architects.” The resulting publications are graphically pleasing and theoretically engaging. Interestingly, as Steven Holl points out, many of these once theoretical ideas are be realized in contemporary ideas. For example, Steven Holl says his “Horizontal Skyscraper” in Shenzhen, “could be considered an outgrowth of experiments began in 1996′s Edge of a City (PA 13).

School of the Arts / WOHA

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Architects: WOHA
Location: Zubir Said Drive,
Project Team: Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, Sim Choon Heok, Chan Ee Munm, Esther Soh, Ian Donlan, Teh Tien Hwa, Alina Yeo, Kwong Lay Lay, Nixon Jose Sicat, Alen Low, Christina Ong, Evi Syariffudin, Germain Goh, Merlinda Song, Muhammad Halim Bin Wahab, Ong Ker Shing, Pamela Choo, Sabrina Foong
Project Cost: S$121 million
Project Size: 52,945.54 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Video: MiniLook Kiev

Due to the popularity of last weekends video exploring Little Big Berlin, we present to you this stop-motion video capturing a Spring day in the city of . Created by Tel Aviv-based artists Efim Graboy & Daria Turetski, MiniLook Kiev highlights the movement of the colorful city. Over a course of five days and two nights, the artist captured 25,000 images only to select 4,500 frames for the final edit.

Music: Adam Burns / Jez Burns – May Flowers

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‘Interpretations: Promiscuous Encounters’ Symposium

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University will be holding the Interpretations: Promiscuous Encounters Syposium taking place Friday, March 23rd from 12:00pm – 8:30pm. Promiscuous Encounters, which is free and open to the public, has…

Hallway House / NL Architects

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Hallway House, a radical residential project designed by NL Architects, has been conceived within the framework of a ‘match making’ program set up by the Dutch Architecture institute (NAi), together with Housing Corporation VANKE. As a Sino-Dutch collaboration in social housing, NL Architects has created a new concept for high-quality affordable housing on a site in Huilongguan, . More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Applied Research Through Fabrication Competition

TEX-FAB Digital Fabrication Alliance is seeking research proposals that actively connect academia, the profession and the fabrication industry in the Continuing Research category and in the Speculative Proposal category new start-up projects. As this is a “design to fabricate” competition,…

‘Vertical Ground’ Skyscraper Proposal / Code [9]

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, a collaboration between Nassim Es-Haghi, George Kontalonis, Jared Ramsdell, and Rana Zureikat, challenges the traditional campus typology that exists today, by looking into education, society, environment and networks with their ‘Vertical Ground’ Skyscraper proposal. Their concept proposes a deployable system that can reconfigure into any environment and function as a flexible and interconnected campus. The synthesis is a new definition of a campus, one that is set within today’s environment and society. More images and the team’s description after the break.

UC Davis West Village / Studio E Architects

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Studio E Architects faced a compelling challenge when designing the first phase UC Davis West Village, which opened last October in ’s upper Central Valley.  Experiencing moderate winters, warm summers, prevailing winds and moderate rainfall within the heart of former agricultural fields, the new addition to UC Davis was to be a net-zero facility. Serving as the largest of its kind and a model for campus communities and environmentally conscious urbanism.  That is sustainable and community oriented.  The program required 123 units of student apartments in one, two and three-bedroom configurations, 45,000 square feet of ground level commercial space all of which would emulate the central park space in downtown Davis and become the heart of West Village.

Follow us after the break to see the sustainable solutions that Studio E Architects came up with!

Dominique Duvauchelle Stadium / Atelier du Pont

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Architects: Atelier du Pont
Location: Rue Dominique Duvauchelle, ,
Programme: Changing rooms and spectator stand (300-seats) for Dominique Duvauchelle Stadium 900 sqm (net), €1,900,000 (pre-tax)
Delivery: January 2012
Design Team: Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier, Stéphane Pertusier
Client: Plaine Centrale of Val de Marne
Completion: January 2012
Photographer: Luc Boegly

   

Green Building and Climate Resilience: A Report by the U.S. Green Building Council + University of Michigan

Urban Science Center / SMP Architects; Photo © Halkin Photography

As many of us have already realized, sustainable design contributes to an awareness of environmental patterns and thereby creates communities that are more resilient to the devastating effects of the natural disasters that we have seen across the globe in recent months.  Many people have accepted the cause and effect relationship that exists between current practices – those that pollute water and food sources, strip minerals, disturb fault linesand throw off ecosystems – with the rapidly increasing changes in climate.  For those that do not, U.S. Green Building Council and the  released this report:  Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions, which addresses pre- and post-emergency management situations while stressing a consciousness about the environment and ways in which to design and build communities that are physically and structurally prepared for natural disasters.

More on this report after the break.

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Masterplan for Nice Grand Arénas / Josep Lluís Mateo

Josep Lluís Mateo, of Mateo Arquitectura…, recently presented his masterplan for the Pôle Multimodal Nice-Aéroport quartier d’affairs Grand Arénas which imagines a city of the future. His brief description and a video can be viewed after the break.

School Farm / Felipe Grallert Architects

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The intention of the design for the School Farm by Felipe Grallert Architects is to enhance the history of the place of Antilhue, once a train station, located in the town. Their design aims to put value on the station area as a large urban public square and create a path along the railroad tracks. Doing so would add history and cultural identity through an urban element capable of enhancing the rural characteristics. This would then translate into concrete action, an element capable of educating and bringing new opportunities based on its own roots, the vernacular and unique place. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: ‘Newly Drawn – Emerging Finnish Architects’ Project / NOW

Above is a video of NOW presenting their project, Kulttuurisauna, a new public building for the city of Helsinki, the World Design Capital 2012. Their design features saunas, cafe, offices, and a courtyard that opens directly to the sea. Using their model as a reference, you are able to get a sense of the spaces and their relationship to each other, as well as to the city itself which is discussed in the video.