Oasis – Pastoral Care Voestalpine / x architekten

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Architects: x architekten
Location: Linz,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 840 sqm
Photographs: David Schreyer, Rupert Asanger

Video: Norman Foster’s Humanitas – Oxford University Lecture

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Our friends from architectural videos told us about this video of Norman Foster‘s Humanitas, Oxford University Lecture which took place on November 28th. The lecture considers ‘Heritage and Lessons’ where Foster encourages us to imagine how differently we might understand the modern world if we could travel back in time. We would discover that the cathedrals, the castles and the viaducts that form our ‘heritage’ were once new themselves and were seen as quite alien at the time; and that many of the landscapes we revere as ‘natural’ were in fact shaped subtly by man — some the outcome of the Industrial Revolution itself. We would also find that many of the challenges we face now have been met before.

Smart Design Studio Offices / Smart Design Studio

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Architects: Smart Design Studio
Location: Sydney, Australia
Project Team: William Smart, Anita Panov, Laura Morton
Consultants: Brian Wood, John Tourle, Brenon Liston
Project Area: 267 sqm
Photographs: Sharrin Rees

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Train Station / Metro Architects

Today, the existing station in Helsingborg is built into an anonymous office block. In the proposal by Metro Architects…, the standalone station is expressed as a modern equivalent of the old train station from around 1860 which was located

Emergency Pavilion in Teaching Hospital / DOMY

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Architects: DOMY
Location: Hradec Kralove,
Client: Hradec Kralove Faculty Hospital
Design Team: Michal Juha, Jan Topinka in co-operation with Jan Travnicek, Frantisek Huber
Project manager: Danica Havlikova
Co-ordination of professions: Blanka Handrychova
General contractor: GEOSAN GROUP a.s. , Kolin
Realisation period: 2006- 2008
Cost: EUR 10 840 000
Photographs: Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Algae Green Loop / Influx Studio

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Every industrial energy system inscribes its technological order into the urban fabric. Therefore, what shall be the shape and the fingerprint of the next zero carbon economy in the big cities? While the world is looking for alternatives to fossil fuels, Algae is an unlimited source of energy, food, and most important, a remarkable natural CO2 absorber. So, which spatial implications shall have Algae’s new technologies, and which potential integrations could be imagined for Algae bioreactors in central urban areas? Influx Studio believes re-use is by far the most sustainable option: that’s why the key issue is how to anticipate Algae’s green future in the core of the major cities, transforming existing buildings, where most people live and where emissions of CO2 are the most important. More images and project description after the break.

Waste Treatment Facility / Batlle & Roig Architects

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Architects: Batlle & Roig Architects
Location: , Barcelona,
Client: Consorci per a la Gestió dels Residus del Vallès Occidental
Design team: Enric Batlle Durany and Joan Roig i Duran
Collaborators: Xavier Ramoneda, architect, Mario Suñer, architect, IDEMA, engineering
Work date: 2010
Area: 45.000 sqm
Budget: 74.000.000€
Engineers: IDEMA, engineering
Landscape architects: Enric Batlle Durany and Joan Roig i Duran
Contractor: UTECTRV (FFC + HERA + URBASER)
Photographs: Francisco Urrutia

Hendel Residence / SaaB architects

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Architects: SaaB architects
Location: , Emek
Site area: 755 sqm
Construction area: 175 sqm
Project completed: 2009
Project team: Ronit Barkol & Luciano Santandreu
Construction eng.: Shabtai Mualem
Construction Supervisor: Yehudit Kadmi
Photographer: Luciano Santandreu

Controversy over The Cloud forces MVRDV to Apologize

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Dutch firm MVRDV has received harsh criticism since they revealed the proposal for two luxury residential towers in South , named after its inspiration, The Cloud. The two towers are connected by a “pixilated cloud of additional program.” Critics are outraged, stating the design resembles the collapsing twin towers of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

spokesman Jan Kinkker stated, “We’ve had quite a lot of calls from angry Americans saying it’s a disgrace. 9/11 was not the inspiration behind the design, the inspiration was a real cloud.” He added, “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process. We sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings we have hurt.”

Project developer Dream Corporation selected The Cloud design proposal over a number of other options and will have the final say on whether or not they will consider another alternative.

Reference: BD

Incheon Tri-bowl / iArc Architects

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Architects: iArc Architects
Location: , South
Year: Completed March 2010
Area: 2,869 sqm (Building), 12,300 sqm (Site)
Photo Credits: Youngchae Park

Ibaiondo Civic Center / ACXT Arquitectos

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Architects: ACXT Arquitectos
Location: ,
Client: Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council
Project Team: Jesús Armendáriz Eguillor, Amaia Los Arcos Larumbe, David Resano Resano
Building contractor: UTE SERIDOM / ZIKOTZ
Envirionmental Enegieneering: Juan Luís Geijo Angulo, Iñigo Aguirre Armentia, Elena Gezuraga Torrecilla, Camino Lopez Uriarte
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 14,200 sqm
Photographs: Josema Cutillas

London Unfurled / Matteo Pericoli

London Unfurled / Matteo Pericoli

If you haven’t finished all your holiday shopping, and you need something for someone who loves both architecture and London then we might have the right gift for you. We recently received Matteo Pericoli’s London Unfurled…. This accordion-style book folds out

Affordable Green Housing / OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture

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OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture shared with us their proposal for the Logements where they were invited to conciliate a project where the interests of protagonists are sometimes contradictory: the density of needed housing, the neighbors’ quality of living as well as the conservation of fauna and flora. This is an opportunity to invent new scenarios and to propose a strategy that reconciles history and development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Challenge: Electric Vehicle Charging Station

DesignByMany’s latest challenge: Electric Vehicle Charging Station sponsored by HP and media partners ArchDaily. Historically, the filling station was designed with the basic concept of sheltering those in need of filling up their tanks and nothing more. However, as consumers adopt an environmentally conscious lifestyle and hybrid technology advances, the functionality of the filling station is no longer what it used to be. This challenge is to design an electric vehicle charging station that will define a new era of electric mobility.

DesignByMany is a challenge based design technology community where users post challenges to the community along with their design source files. The community can then post responses with their own source files to solve the challenge. They can also comment on the challenge and interact with other designers throughout the process.

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Bertrand Goldberg Architecture of Invention Exhibition / John Ronan Architects

Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Project Team: John Ronan AIA, Lead Designer; Marcin Szef, Tom Lee
Graphic Designer: Studio Blue
General contractor: Art Institute of Chicago
Project Area: 6600 sqf
Project Year: 2011…

Updated Plans released for Foster + Partner’s new Apple Campus in Cupertino

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Apple has released updated plans revealing an ambitions solar installation for their proposed campus in . Announced back in June, the campus will include an office, research and development building, research facilities, corporate auditorium, fitness center, a central plant and associated parking. Foster + Partners will collaborate with ARUP North America and local civil engineering firm Kier & Wright for the completion of the project.

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AA Athens Visiting School 2012

National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture

Cipher City, 01-07 April 2012

In today’s world of amplified social interaction and connectivity there is a need for the built environment to evolve beyond its current relatively static state. In 2012, Cipher City takes place in one of Europe’s most historical and ever-changing cities, Athens, offering a direct engagement with design models characterized by action. In the capital of , where innovation has been always a force of creativity, the workshop will be hosted by the NTUA School of Architecture.

In its urban context, Athens presents a challenging mixture of historical diversity and current developing territories in the outskirts of the city. The act of reaching from one place to another in a continuous and fluid way therefore becomes the starting point in developing working kinetic prototypes energised by motion on horizontal planes. The workshop aims to bring out the dynamic qualities of the seemingly inanimate urban surroundings, such as urban paths, sense of orientation, topography, and bridge these with the animate qualities of the human body. During this process, participants will have the opportunity to experience the historical, contemporary, and geographical diversity of Athens during studio trips, while challenging the conventional design approach in order to break the dichotomy between the building and the urban realm. Capable of responding to external stimuli, the proposed structures will apply the concepts of motion and real-time reaction to various parameters.

Klanovice House / Prodesi | Domesi

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Architect: PRODESI – Václav Zahradníček
Location: ,
Collaboration: Martin Hujer
Supplier: DOMESI
Construction: Wooden
Total floor area: 141 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Lina Németh