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Roji House / airscape architects studio

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SF Jazz / Mark Cavagnero Associates

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© Tim Griffith

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Happy 161st Birthday Antoni Gaudí!

Antoni Gaudí (1852 -1926), the Catalán architect best known for his imaginative style, inspired by the curves and shapes found in nature, and - of course - for his inimitable masterpiece, the unfinished Sagrada Familia, would have turned 161 today.

Happy 88th Birthday Robert Venturi

Robert Venturi, the architectural figurehead who fought the cause for postmodernism, turns 88 today. Venturi, whose 1966 book 'Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture' coined the term "less is a bore" - to contradict Mies van der Rohe's famous "less is more" - is possibly the most influential of the theorists who worked to steer architecture away from the modernist ethos in which it had become so entrenched.

LEGO® Unveils 3,000 Brick Sydney Opera House

The LEGO® Group has unveiled a new rendition of Jørn Utzon’s beloved Sydney Opera House. Following last year’s unveiling of a slightly smaller edition, LEGO® will challenge the skills of its faithful builders with a new, highly detailed, 3,000 brick model of Australia's most famous landmark. 

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / SZA

Designed by SZA (Studio za arhitekturu), their Taichung City Cultural Center proposal is a complex space structure. With its ground plan being 50 x 50 m, their concept creates an energetic, self-sufficiency throughout the project through a system of a vertical accordion and through an exchange of functional storeys and sustainable construction storeys. More images and architects’ description after the break.

GMG House / Pedro Gadanho

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2013 Foster + Partners Prize Awarded to John Naylor

The Architectural Association and Foster + Partners have announced John Naylor of Diploma Unit 16 as the 2013 Foster + Partners Prize recipient for his project ‘Bamboo Lakou’. Presented annually, the award is presented to an AA Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure. 

Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, said: “John Naylor’s project demonstrates the ways in which infrastructural ideas – and architectural imagination – might today expand beyond the clichés of Modernism to become life itself, literally breathing life into communities, cities and entire countries – today and long into the future.”

Collage Building / Rahola Vidal

  • Architects: Rahola Vidal
  • Location: Carrer del Comte d'Urgell, 139, 08036 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Víctor Rahola Aguadé, Jorge Vidal Tomás
  • Area: 6980.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: José Hevia

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55 Social Dwellings in Can Jordana / Conxita Balcells

  • Architects: Conxita Balcells Blesa
  • Location: Carrer Riera d'en Font, 60, 08391 Tiana, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area: 8149.0 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Marcela Grassi

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Sports Center and Indoor Pool / Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje

  • Architects: Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje / Iñaki Alday, Margarita Jover
  • Location: Zaragoza, Spain
  • Collaborators:  Aroa Álvarez, Rubén Páez, Joana M.Verd, Lorena Bello
  • Technical Architect: Fernando Benedicto
  • Area: 7365.0 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: José Hevia

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Kulturbau / Benthem Crouwel Architects

  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: Casinostraße 21, 56068 Koblenz, Germany
  • Project Team: Markus Sporer, Marcel Blom, Anna Gerlach, Noortje ter Heege, Tina Kortmann, Sascha Rullkötter, Cornelius Wens, Sander Vijgen, Benedikt Krienen, Anna Böll, Frank Deltrap
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Thomas Eicken

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Water Patio House / Drozdov & Partners

© Andrey Avdeenko
© Andrey Avdeenko
  • Architects: Drozdov & Partners
  • Location: Odessa, Ukraine
  • Architect in Charge: Oleg Drozdov, Alexander Strulev
  • Landscape: Jeroen Schipper Architecten
  • Area: 725.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

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'Protective Ecologies: Building Resilience in Jamaica Bay': MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Gena Wirth with Alex Chohlas-Wood and Ben Mendelsohn

Designed by Gena Wirth, with Alex Chohlas-Wood and Ben Mendelsohn, their 'Protective Ecologies: Building Resilience in Jamaica Bay' proposal for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas was recently announced as one of the selected entries. Their concept explores how constructed ecosystems could function as coastal infrastructure in the severely damaged neighborhoods of Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways. More images and architects' description after the break.

Forgetting Women Architects / KCRW Design & Architecture

Today, KCRW's Design & Architecture will air a podcast on the topic of "Forgetting Women Architects." The show will feature ArchDaily columnist Guy Horton's interview with Denise Scott Brown as well as a conversation based on Despina Stratigakos' fantastic article for Design Observer, "Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia." In the article, Stratigakos describes how women continue to be edited out of architecture history and calls for us to "unforget" them by including their stories in online resources such as wikipedia. You can listen to the podcast here. 

'Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture' Exhibition

Curated by Charles Waldheim, Ruettgers Consulting Curator of Landscape, the 'Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture' exhibition opens this Thursday, June 27th, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Examining the montage view, one of landscape architecture's most recognizable representational forms, the exhibit gathers work from a select group of influential contemporary artists and a dozen of the world's leading landscape architects. These composite views reveal practices of photomontage depicting the conceptual, experiential, and temporal dimensions of landscape. The exhibit runs until September 2nd. For more information, please visit here.

Sa Vinyeta Hostel / Ripolltizon

  • Architects: Ripolltizon
  • Location: Ronda Nord, Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Pep Ripoll, Juan Miguel Tizón
  • Collaborators: Fabio Ferone, Katja Brand Lassen
  • Area: 1125.0 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

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