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Mobile School for Burmese Refugees / in situ studio with Matt Weiss & David Hill

The design proposal for the mobile school for Burmese refugees, by in situ studio… with Matt Weiss and David Hill-AIA, is made of a series of collapsable frames that can be easily demounted and rearranged to accommodate a change of

Intermediating Patterns Exhibition

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From the Kengo Kuma Lab in the University of Tokyo, we received this video showing an architecture related exhibition on intermediate space and experimental architecture inspired by Japanese traditional patterns that we recently exhibited in Tokyo, curated by , Matteo Belfiore, and Salvator-John A. Liotta, which is part of two exhibitions and a series of symposia organized by The Italian Cultural Center of Tokyo in concomitance with the UIA International Congress of Architecture.

Some more images after the break.

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Housing Development / Y Design Office

Under rapid housing developments in the past years, Hong Kong has benefited much in terms of economy. However, important values such as value in sense of community and individual identity were lost. This thesis hereby critically reviews current and past…

Exhibit: Distinct Ambiguity / GRAFT Architects

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GRAFT has transformed the exhibition space at ’s Haus am Waldsee into a scenario of the 21st century that presents an introduction of their modus operandi. Visitors gather first-hand experience from installations, pieces of furniture, objects and models that illustrate GRAFT’s take on current issues in architecture and their visions of the future.

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Gyesan Church / iArc Architects

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Architects: iArc Architects
Location: ,
Year: Completed 2005
Area: 16,042 (Total Floor), 10,360 (Site)
Photographs: Youngchae Park

VJAA receives 2012 AIA Architecture Firm Award

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors (BOD) selected Minneapolis based firm VJAA for the 2012 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The internationally recognized design firm was noted for their “research into material innovations and digital practice tools.”

“VJAA creates a place and purpose-specific architecture founded on broad societal, technological, and artistic values. Their work eloquently demonstrates the creative possibilities of joining environmental innovation, material exploration, and a thoughtful and economical response to site and program,” stated Andrea Leers, , of 2007 Firm Award recipient Leers Weinzapfel Associates in her recommendation letter.

The AIA highlighted VJAA’s Charles Hostler Student Center in Beirut, Lebanon and Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life at Tulane University in New Orleans. Leers continues to describe, “In an era frequently characterized by architectural indulgence and excess, VJAA is creating architecture of refinement and restraint.”

Along with AIA Gold Medal winner Steven Holl, VJAA will also be awarded in May at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

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Zimmermann House / SAM Architekten und Partner

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Architects: SAM Architekten und Partner
Location: , Switzerland
Design Team: Dorette Birker, Isabelle Heide, Sacha Menz, Rahime Osmani, Valton Rexha, Matthias Rötzel, Davide Servalli
Client: Zimmermann Family
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Pedestrian Footbridge / Bar Orian Architects

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The winning proposal for a new iconic pedestrian footbridge in the city of Be’er Sheva by Bar Orian Architects is a symbol of the current city’s development. The proposal creates a connection between the university and the future Hi-Tech industrial zone. The perforated steel cladding provides a shaded yet well ventilated space to shield the pedestrians from the harsh desert climate. More images and project description after the break.

Ptuj Archaeological Museum Proposal / Enota

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The Archaeological Museum, design my Enota, fills the gap in the natural edge of the town and recreates the green belt along the entire northern edge of the town. The establishment of the contiguous green belt articulates the transition from the old town core by creating a clear divide between the historical and the later urban structure. The building of the museum of archaeology is placed on the very edge of the former medieval city walls and is dug in as much as the conditions permit it. This way, a view of the renovated complex of the Dominican monastery opens over the new building from the north side, allowing the monastery to re-assume its role as the city’s dominant. The recreation of the monastery’s north courtyard with its original outline further returns the monastery to its former spatial boundaries. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chinese/German Eco-Park / gmp Architekten

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An ecologically designed city quarter for living and working is currently being developed in China’s , on the coast of the Yellow Sea, to plans by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The construction of the Chinese/German Eco-Park in Qingdao goes back to an agreement between the two countries, which was signed by the Federal Ministry for Economics and the Federal Ministry for the Environment during Angela Merkel’s state visit in July 2010; it is scheduled for completion in 2015. More images and project description after the break.

HILTI headquarters / metroquadrado®

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Architects: metroquadrado® architects & designers
Location: Matosinhos, Portugal
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1600 sqm
Photographs: Bernardo Portugal | Susana Saraiva for metroquadrado®

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2012 New Practices New York Competiton

New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as the preeminent platform in New York City to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms. The juried portfolio competition is sponsored by the New Practices Committee…

The Gary Comer Youth Center / John Ronan Architects

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Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, Illinois,
Project Team: John Ronan , Lead Designer; Evan Menk, Project Architect; Brian Malady, Project Architect; Yasushi Koakutsu, Oscar Kang, Brad Kelley, Micah Land, Nageshwar Rao
Project Area: 75,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing, Chris Lake

Strelein Warehouse / Ian Moore Architects

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Architect: Ian Moore Architects 
Location: Surry Hills, Sydney,
Principal Architect: Ian Moore
Project team: Ian Gorton, Danny Mathis
Project Area: 150 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Iain D. MacKenzie 


Social Building / Donaire Arquitectos

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Architects: Juan Pedro Donaire (Donaire Arquitectos), Cristina Rubiño (Surco Arquitectos)
Location: Avd. de la Paz, ,
Client: Public. E.P.S.A. Junta de Andalucía
Project Area: 3,358.00 sqm
Budget: 2.229.718 €
Architect Team:Ignacio Núñez, Jesús Núñez, Tibisay Cañas, Beatriz Hacar,Carmela Domínguez, Delia Pacheco, Pablo Baruc
Photographs: Fernando Alda 


Westside Road Private Residence / Dowling Studios

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Architects: Dowling Studios
Location: , California,
Project Area: 2240 sqf
Photographs: Matthew Millman

Video: Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames

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We ran into this video this morning and just had to share it with you. Before launching his rap career, actually studied architectural drafting. In the video, he describes the he knows. Watch it and leave your comments!

Moscow office of Walt Disney Studios Sony Picture Releasing / UNK PROJECT architects

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Architects: UNK PROJECT architects
Location: Moscow,
Project team: Nikolay Milovidov, Nikolay Fedoseev, Oleg Burmistrov
Consultants for Cinema hall: Janson + Tsai Design Associates
Project area: 685 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Viktor Chernyshov