Archaeological Space in Daroca / Sergio Sebastián Franco

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Architects: Sergio Sebastián Franco
Location: Daroca, Zaragoza,
Collaborators: Fernando Muñoz, Miriam Tambo, Jesús Molinos, María Jesús Velázquez, Pablo Sebastián, José Delgado
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Sergio Sebastián, Gabriel López

Study Proves Design Significantly Impacts Learning

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For decades, schools have slowly morphed into prison-like facilities with artificially lit rooms and barricaded playgrounds. However, the trend is beginning to shift. With a highlight on sustainable design, a focus on safety and an increased demand on positive learning environments, more people are paying attention to the way we design our schools.

In light of this, the University of Salford in Manchester and the architects of Nightingale Associates have released the results of a year-long pilot study revealing the significant impact well-designed learning environments have on a student’s academic achievement over a year, which is proven to be as much as 25 percent!

Professor Peter Barrett, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford said: “It has long been known that various aspects of the built environment impact on people in buildings, but this is the first time a holistic assessment has been made that successfully links the overall impact directly to learning rates in schools. The impact identified is in fact greater than we imagined and the Salford team is looking forward to building on these clear results.”

More on the study after the break…

Villa Řitka / studio pha

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Architects: studio pha
Location: Řitka,
Architects In Charge: Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl
Collaborators: Filip Tomášek, Gabriela Fišarová, Eva Bukovská Tomáš Trojan
Area: 490 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Filip Šlapal

AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni

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Casa del Fascio which sits in front of Como Cathedral is the work of the Italian Fascist architect . Built as the headquarters of the local Fascist Party, it was renamed Casa del Popolo after the war and has since served a number of civic agencies, including a Caribinieri station and a tax office.

The Biggest Complaint of 2012: Insufficient Pay

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For many young architects the biggest complaint of 2012 has been insufficient pay in exchange for hard work and long hours under the guise of an . As if graduating with a degree in architecture is not grueling enough, NCARB, the US architectural licensing board also requires three years (amounting to thousands of hours) of training under a licensed architect, followed by a seven-part exam.  Becoming an architect takes an exceptional amount of commitment, time and money.  College graduates are already shaking under the weight of student loans and a stunted economy and job market; but what makes matters worse is that architecture as a profession has gained a reputation for exploiting recent graduates by hiring them as interns with little or no .

2013 can be the year to turn this trend around.  Is the architectural profession willing to make this resolution?

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© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: ANMA
Location: Haussonville,
Design Team: N. Michelin, M. Delplace, C. Trétout
Landscaping Associate: APCA
Area: 18,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Coffee and Literature Stand / Clavel Arquitectos

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Architects: Clavel Arquitectos
Location: Plaza del Cardenal Belluga, ,
Architect In Charge: Manuel Clavel Rojo
Collaborators: David Pérez Martíne, Ricardo Carcelén González, Mauricio Méndez Bustos, David Hernández Conesa
Area: 40 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: David Frutos Ruiz

Consell Kindergarten / RIPOLLTIZON

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Location: Avinguda de Francesca Homar i Pascual, Consell, Illes Balears,
Architects In Charge: Pep Ripoll, Juan Miguel Tizón
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: José Hevia

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Courtesy of Anna Ulak
Courtesy of Anna Ulak

‘Storming Medusa’ Proposal / Anna Ulak

Architect Anna Ulak…, inspired by the popular James Bond films, shared with us her ‘Storming Medusa’ proposal, the new villain’s lair in our ecologically and politically precarious present. Ulak notes how James Bond movies can be considered phantasmagorias which

Trond Clubhouse / Bjørke Arkitektur + Steffen Wellinger

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Architects: Bjørke Arkitektur +
Location: Trondheim,
Project Architects: Runa Bjørke, Steffen Wellinger
Client: IL Trond , Rosenborgbanen AS
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Bibliothèque Raymond-Lévesque / Manon Asselin + Jodoin Lamarre Pratte

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Architects: Jodoin Lamarre Pratte + Manon Asselin
Location: Montréal,
Client: Ville de
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Maryhill Museum of Art Expansion and Renovation Project / GBD Architects

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Architects: GBD Architects
Location: Goldendale, Washington,
Principal In Charge: Gene Callan
Design Team: Agustin Enriquez, Dick Kirschbaum, Lucas Posada
Area: 25,500 sq ft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Josh Partee

S11 House / ArchiCentre

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Architects: ArchiCentre
Location: , Selangor,
Architect In Charge: Tan Loke Mun
Civil & Structural: Jurutera Perunding TSSC
Landscape: Tan Loke Mun
Contractor: Atlantic Builders
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lin Ho

Miraflores House / Cekada-Romanos Arquitectos

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Architects: Cekada-Romanos Arquitectos
Location: , Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Design Team: Sebastián Cekada, Juan Andrés Romanos
Project Area: 194 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Walter Salcedo

House FF / Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos

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Architects: Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos
Location: Avenida Nordelta, Buenos Aires Province,
Authors: Fernando Fritz, Eric Fritz
Project Team: Hernán Feldmann, Christian Moroni
Structural Engineering: José Zaldua
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Quiroga Carrafa

Eduardo Souto de Moura to receive Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize

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Breaking news from Tel Aviv: The Wolf Foundation has announced that Pritzker Prize laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura will be honored with ’s prestigious Wolf Prize. The Portuguese architect was named “to reward his advancement of the craft and ideas of architecture.”

Since 1978, Wolf recipients have been annually award to honor those who have advanced the fields of art and science. Often, they are considered to be strong contenders for Nobel prizes, as about one out of every three laureates in chemistry, physics and medicine have gone to receive the Nobel.

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BAE Systems – Sterling Heights Facility / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: Michigan,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

13 Class Primary School in Beausoleil / CAB Architects

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Architects: CAB Architects
Location: Beausoleil,
Design Team: Jean-Patrice Calori, Bita Azimi, Marc Botineau
Area: 3,482 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Serge Demailly