What’s in a Number?

Amanda Burden, Department of City Planning Director, and Mayor Bloomberg examine a mock layout. Photo: Benjamin Chasteen for The Epoch Times

What do you think of the number 300?  Mayor Michael Bloomberg found the number to be just the right amount of square feet necessary to attract a younger demographic to live in the city.   In a city-sponsored competition entitled adAPT NYC, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is inviting developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in Kips Bay, Manhattan.  The challenge is to design what Bloomberg calls “micro-units”, between 275-250 sqf of living space, complete with a place a kitchen and a bathroom, but no closet is necessary. “Developing housing that matches how New Yorkers live today is critical to the City’s continued growth, future competitiveness and long-term economic success,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “People from all over the world want to live in City, and we must develop a new, scalable housing model that is safe, affordable and innovative to meet their needs.”

More about the competition after the break.

Church of Seed / O Studio Architects

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Architects: O Studio Architects
Location: , Guangdong,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fai Au, Iwan Baan

New Aalborg University Hospital / schmidt hammer lassen architects

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As part of the Indigo Consortium, schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the competition to design the New Aalborg University Hospital in Northern Jutland, – a project of € 551.5 million. The winning design merges the new hospital complex with the sloping landscape in a smooth transition from the existing Aalborg University. The concept of the new masterplan is to create an urban structure where streets, paths and courtyards form greatly diverse spaces, while referring to the human scale in both the buildings and the spaces in between. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House La Invernada / Felipe Montégu

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Architects: Felipe Montégu
Location: Curicó, Maule Region,
Design Team: Felipe Montegu
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: Felipe Montégu

Courtesy of WEAVA Architects
Courtesy of WEAVA Architects

‘Dove of Peace’ Church / WEAVA Architects

WEAVA Architects… shared with us their proposal for the protestant church of Dong Sheng district, in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. After three years of being on stand-by and having the site relocated twice, the city and the

House in Ovar / Paula Santos

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Architects: Paula Santos Arquitectura
Location: Municipality,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Synagogue Church Mosque / Ağırbaş + Wienstroer

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Architects: Ağırbaş Wienstroer, Architektur & Stadtplanung
Location: Bleckstraße, 45889 Gelsenkirchen,
Project Team: Frank Eittorf, Gülşen Bayrak, Doris Lischnewski
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 160.0 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Calvijn Groene Hart School / Mecanoo Architecten

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Designed by Mecanoo Architecten, the new building of the Calvijn Christian comprehensive school in just celebrated its topping out earlier this week. The 9,000 square-metre Calvijn Groene Hart site offers all forms of secondary-school education for roughly 1,250 pupils. The school building will come into use at the beginning of 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Amir Villa / Nextoffice – Alireza Taghaboni

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Architects: Nextoffice – Alireza Taghaboni
Location: , Iran
Architect In Charge: Alireza Taghaboni
Design Team: Rouholah Rasouli, Masoud Saghi, Farideh Aghamohamadi, Mojtaba Moradi
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Parham Taghiov

Giveaway Winners: Ten copies of ‘How to Make a Japanese House’

Last week, thanks to the courtesy of NAi Publishers, we gave you the chance to win 10 copies of: How to Make a Japanese House. To participate, we asked you to answer the following question:

What is the home ideal Japanese clients long for when requesting an architect to build them a single-family house?

After more than 100 comments, we now have the winners: Isabella Mancini, James Amaya, PJ Far, Josh Graham, Seth Elsworth, Deborah Brooks, Anitha Deshamudre, Cindy Casey, Matthew Conway, and Electra Chong. Congratulations to the winners, you will be contacted through your emails. Thanks everyone for participating and stay alert… more giveaways to come!

Video: A Conversation with Steven Holl inside the Daeyang Gallery & House

Journey through the flawless space of the Daeyang Gallery & House in South and learn about the ideas behind the design from the legendary architect himself, Steven Holl.

Created by the architectural filmmakers from Spirit of Space, the first video takes you on a tour through the “miniature utopia” of the Daeyang Gallery & House. Although the notion of music plays as an underlining theme throughout the design, Holl encourages visitors to focus on the feelings that arise as the body moves through the space. He believes that “architecture can change the way you feel, like music… it can bring you into another world.”

Single-Family Residence / Archiplan Studio

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Architects: Studio Associato Archiplan
Location: Sarginesco, Italy
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Gianni Basso / Vega Mg

AD Round Up: Footbridges

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For today Ad Round Up, we have some great footbridges previously featured in ArchDaily. Here’s five you can’t miss: The Quingpu Pedestrian Bridge, based in Chinese tradition to be a room over the water, more than an engineering device that solves a communication problem. Pedestrian Bridge in Zapallar designed by Enrique Browne. Check out, Pushak’s Lillefjord Rest area & footbridge in Norway. Also you can revisit Knokke Footbridge by Ney & Partners and Turin Footbridge, an arch structure footbridge designed by French architects HDA Paris.

VIDEO: Aquatic Centre / LCLAOFFICE + Edgar Mazo + Sebastián Mejia, by Cristobal Palma

Back in 2010, we featured the Aquatic Centre for the Southamerican Games designed by LCLAOFFICE + + (former Paisajes Emergentes). Today, we have an amazing video of the Aquatic Centre that Cristobal Palma shared with us.

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Real Madrid Assembles All-Star Cast of Architects to Go Head to Head

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. One of three all-star teams will win the opportunity to renovate this stadium. Photo via Flickr CC User Madrid2011jmj

The Challenge: Convert Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium into “an architectural icon for Madrid and an internationally-recognized exemplar of sports infrastructure.

The Contenders: Three teams, each made up of two all-star firms (one Spanish, one not).

The first all-star pairing? Herzog and de Meuron with Rafael Moneo

Find out which other famous Architects are the competition, after the break.

Masonic Amphitheatre Project / design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech

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Architects: design/buildLAB at VA Tech School of Architecture + Design
Location: Clifton Forge,  
Project Team: Tyler Atkins, Lauren Duda, Huy Duong, Derek Ellison, Megumi Ezure, Katherine Harpst, Kyle Lee, Leo Naegele, Margaret Nelson, Leah Schaffer, Ian Shelton, Brent Sikora, Emarie Skelton, Samantha Stephenson, Taylor Terrill, Samantha Yeh (All students of VA Tech). Along with Marie Zawistowski, Architecte DPLG (Professor of Practice); Keith Zawistowski, Assoc. AIA, GC (Professor of Practice).
Year: 2011 – 2012
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Variation Guggenheim 3 / Joaquín Alvado Bañón

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Architects: Joaquín Alvado Bañón
Location: Daya Vieja, ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: David Frutos

Stonehenge, Avebury : Screenshot via World Wonders Project
Stonehenge, Avebury : Screenshot via World Wonders Project

WMF partners with Google to Preserve World Heritage Sites

From the archeological areas of Stonehenge to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project is dedicated to digitally preserving and virtually sharing the World’s Heritage Sites. Users can explore some of the world’s greatest places through panoramic images, 3D…