KISS Pop-Up Chapel / Z-A Studio

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Built to enable 24 couples to be married free of charge in July 2011 in celebration of the Marriage Equality Act of New York, the KISS Pop-Up Chapel by Z-A Studio won the Architizer + Pop Up Chapel competition. As a literal gesture, the structure is composed of two separate parts, made of the same DNA, but layered differently. Essentially, two unique individuals that when joined together create a stable entity that is more than the sum of its parts. More images and architects’ description after the break.

York University Learning Commons / Levitt Goodman Architects

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Architects: Levitt Goodman Architects
Location: Scott Library, York University, , Canada
Architect In Charge: Brock James
Design Team: Kris Payne, Amanda Reed
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bob Gundu, Ben Rahn © A-Frame Inc.

Henning Larsen awarded the Praemium Imperiale for Architecture

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The Japan Art Association has named Danish architect Henning Larsen the 2012 Praemium Imperiale laureate for architecture.

Created in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Japan Art Association and to honor the late Prince Takamatsu, the prestigious Praemium Imperiale awards recognize outstanding, lifetime achievements in the arts categories not covered by the Nobel Prizes: architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theatre/film.

The 2012 Praemium Imperiale laureates:

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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If for some reason you missed ArchDaily’s featured projects last week , don’t worry, we’ve brought together the best of the week here. You can’t miss Zaha Hadid’s Pierres Vives or Kid’s University in Gandía by Paredes Pedrosa. Check out the Movement Cafe design by Morag Myerscough and L’Atoll Angers by Antonio Virga Architecte + AAVP Architecture. Finally, revisit the amazing National September 11 Memorial by Handel Architects with Peter Walker.

tur(i)ntogreen: Student Competition focuses on the future of megalopolises

tur(i)ntogreen: Student Competition focuses on the future of megalopolises

The Research and Documentation Centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries (CRD-PVS) at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) has launched an international Student Design Competition tur(i)ntogreen… – Farms in A Town. Sponsored by the UN-HABITAT within the “I’m

Layton Pavilion / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Location: , Wisconsin, United States
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 200 sq ft
Photographs: John J. Macaulay

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© Elena Heatherwick

Designer Thomas Heatherwick is Star Guest at Hay Festival Segovia 2012

Hay Festival Segovia just announced that UK designer Thomas Heatherwick… will be the keynote speaker for the architecture and design sessions at the Spanish edition of Hay Festival set to take place in Segovia September 27-30. In an hour-long conversation

Veracruz Architects Association Headquarters / lab07 + JMV Architects

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Located in Cordoda’s downtown area, the second prize winning design for the Veracruz Architects Association’s new headquarters takes advantage of the existing topography. Designed by lab07 + JMV Architects, one of the main features of the project is to break the scheme of close institutional buildings to its immediate context, to become a built space that opens to the city, creating public space between the building and the urban grid. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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© Andreas J. Focke /

Illumination: Small Olympic Hall / pfarré lighting design

With a capacity of 3600 places, and an alternative to its ‘grand sister’, the small olympic hall, is embedded carefully in the protected Olympic Park ensemble as it almost disappears. With pfarré lighting design… working closely with the architects, the

Gisa & FGC / OAB

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Architects: OAB
Location: ,
Design Team: Carlos Ferrater, Núria Ayala
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Alejo Bagué

High Court (roof), 2010 / Architect: Le Corbusier, 1955 (Courtesy Manuel Bougot/Photoink)
High Court (roof), 2010 / Architect: Le Corbusier, 1955 (Courtesy Manuel Bougot/Photoink)

‘Chandigarh: Portrait of a City’ Exhibition

In continuation of their exhibition program on architectural photography taking place in New Delhi, Photoink is currently presenting Chandigarh: Portrait of a City by French photographer, Manuel Bougot… until October 27th. Bougot’s interest in Le Corbusier’s architecture began in the

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Venice Biennale 2012: Unmediated Democracy Demands Unmediated Space / Croatia Pavilion

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Space is a basic resource. Architecture has the capacity to essentially affect the overall management of space. As a result, it is incumbent upon it to be aware of the elementary politics inherent in every architectural activity.

Women going though Kalandia © Harris Silver
Women going though Kalandia © Harris Silver

Kalandia Checkpoint. The First New Gate To Jerusalem in 466 Years.

SCI-Arc graduate Harris Silver has shared his experience passing through the Kalandia Checkpoint during his quest for “an uncanny truth” that would lead him to develop an architecture project in the city of Jerusalem.…
The Kalandia Checkpoint is an opening

Summer International Shopping Mall / 10 Design

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Construction for the Summer International Shopping Mall in Zhuhai, has begun. The project is a mixed-use, 360,000 sqm development is designed by 10 Design and led by partner Gordon Affleck. The client challenged the design to move beyond the “black box” retail model, resulting in the diverse arrangement of forms and spaces of the final design.   Follow us after the break for more on this project.

Artipelag / Nyréns Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Location: ,
Design Team: Johan Nyrén, Lukas Thiel, Staffan Hillberg, Peter Karlsson, Viktor Kjellberg, Måns Kärnekull, Karin Nyrén, Fabian Pyk, Oscar Pyk, Haldur Rohtla, Ebba Sjödahl, Gunilla Stenberg, Carolina Wikström, Mårten Ubbe
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Charlie Bennet

Steven Holl Architects Celebrates Pre-opening of the Sliced Porosity Block

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Steven Holl Architects just celebrated the pre-opening of the Sliced Porosity Block-CapitaLand Raffles City in Chengdu, with a visit of the Prime Minister of Singapore. Creating a metropolitan public space instead of object-icon skyscrapers, this three million sq ft. project takes its shape from its distribution of natural light. The required minimum sunlight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribe precise geometric angles that slice the exoskeletal concrete frame of the structure. The full expected completion is set for this fall. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Aero Pavilion Update

The above video is an update to the Department for Architecture Design and Media Technology‘s Aero Pavilion which was completed just last year. An environmental condition of wind combined with the penetration of light through the structure is utilized as means for architectural articulation. Emphasizing the immediate understanding of the airflow, which defines the perceptive characteristics of internal space, the simplicity of the form consists of planar plywood plates in digital parametric models for simple and fast production and assembly.


Tehran Stock Exchange Competition, 2nd Prize / Hadi Teherani Office + Design Core [4S]

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Designed by Hadi Teherani Office + Design Core [4S], the second prize winning proposal for the Tehran Stock Exchange competition is an elegant and simple two-part structure. While the lower main structure is ten storeys high and hovers above the piazza, the 66-meter high building stands as a dominant design motif in the city. The cubature, as well as the ecological and building services concept, is based on the historic Iranian ‘wind-catcher’ which forms a traditional, Persian architectural element to support the natural ventilation of buildings to convey an optimized state of the art technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.