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Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team)

Designed by BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team), their proposal for the new City Cultural Center grows from the earth, with the strength of the sea and mountains, to show to the world how Taiwan is; how Taichung is. The design uses this strength to configure an astonishing landscape architecture able to project the cultural center internationally. More images and architects' description after the break.

Future Town Hall of Tønder Competition Entry / WE Architecture

Designed by WE Architecture, their proposal for the future town hall of Tønder draws a discreet profile in the landscape,that will stand out as a landmark in the city. The building aims to strengthen the character of Tønder, emphasize the story of the marshes, and will be the starting point for tourists traveling and exploring the Danish wetland nature. The new town hall is not just an expansion, but a link between marsh on one side and the existing City Hall and Slotsbanken on the other side. More images and architects’ description after the break. 

Healthcare Center in Tordera / Carles Muro + Charmaine Lay

  • Architects: Charmaine Lay, Carles Muro
  • Location: Carrer P.P.Carretera de Foga, 08490 Tordera, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area: 1600.0 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Carles Muro + Charmaine Lay

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D.H.C Energy Production Center / Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje

  • Architects: Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje
  • Location: Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Team: Iñaki Alday, Margarita Jover, arq. autores; Lorena Bello, arq. responsable, Elena Albareda, Jesús Arcos , Nicole Lacoste, Andreu Meixide, Shinji Miyazaki, Rafael Pleguezuelos, Filippo Poli, Marta Serra, Enric Dulsat, Saida Dalmau, Catalina Salvá arq. col., Eulalia Valldosera, artista, Artec3, Maurici Ginés, Virginia García
  • Lighting: Grupo JG, Amalia Fuentes,
  • Facilities: Benedicto
  • Technical Architects: Gestió Projectes
  • Client: Expoagua 2008 S.A.
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Jordi Bernardo, José Hevia

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'Far Rockaway: Accommodating Nature' - MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / archedesign

The ‘Far Rockaway: Accommodating Nature’ proposal by archedesign for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas accommodates nature, instead of fighting it. Selected as one of the winning entries, the concept both creates a more fluid connection between the urban neighborhood and the surrounding water, and helps to minimize future environmental damage.  It does this by re-purposing the concrete structures remaining from the dilapidated boardwalk, and creating pathways that will channel surge water to flow between the ocean and the bay. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura To Create Temporary Pavilion in Sao Paolo

Thanks to Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portugal's two Pritzker Laureates, Sao Paulo will soon have its own temporary summer pavilion - a la the Serpentine Gallery - in the city's most important green space: Ibirapuera Park. 

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Strømbu Rest Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

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51 Public Social Dwellings / Conxita Balcells Blesa

  • Architects: Conxita Balcells Blesa
  • Location: Carrer de Sardenya, 95, 08018 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect: Conxita Balcells Blesa
  • Area: 3875.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Courtesy of Conxita Balcells Blesa

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'Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site' Competition Entry / H Architecture

The Incubator Matrix: Live/Work/Play proposal for the Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition consists of a facility for a new industrial ecosystem to revitalize downtown Detroit. Designed by H Architecture, their design is a live/work station for high-tech start-up companies and creative young artists to continuously challenge each other and spark innovation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Three Finalists Selected for PXSTL Competition

Launched by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, three finalists were just selected for their PXSTL Competition. Focusing on the interplay of art, design, architecture, and urban life, PXSTL invited designers, architects, and artists to re-imagine and develop a vacant lot in the St. Louis Cultural District. The finalists include Design Collective Rebar, Collaborative Freecell Architecture, and Artist Oscar Tuazon. More information after the break.

AIA 2013: Citizen Architect

Cameron Sinclair at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver © ArchDaily
Cameron Sinclair at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver © ArchDaily

“When you build a beautiful building, people love it. And the most sustainable building in the world is the one that’s loved.” - Cameron Sinclair, Co-founder of Architecture for Humanity

Cameron Sinclair is a man who sustains his passion for helping improve the world, one project at a time, by tapping into the skilled enthusiasm of like-minded architects from all over the globe. Since co-founding of his non-profit organization with Kate Stohr in 1999, Sinclair and his interdisciplinary teams of citizen architects have provided shelter for more than two million people worldwide. 

Under his leadership, Architecture for Humanity’s infectious mantra has inspired thousands to join its cause every year, allowing the organization to expand at an unbelievable rate and become the exemplar of public interest design. Considering this, it is no surprise that Sinclair was selected to be the keynote speaker on day two of the 2013 AIA National Convention. 

As his speech continued the momentum of yesterday’s inaugural presentation, in which TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie shared his success story of “doing well by doing good,” Sinclair urged architects to hold close the true value of their profession. 

Learn what Cameron Sinclair believes to be the true value of architects after the break.

Video: IE Paper Pavilion / Shigeru Ban Architects

Shigeru Ban Architects shared with us their timelapse video for their latest construction, the IE Paper Pavilion. Made up of 173 paper tubes, this temporary structure is located in the grounds of IE’s Madrid campus and will be used to host executive education events and other activities. The structural design is eminently efficient. It took only two weeks to build, is based on sustainability objectives, and there was a requirement that it be a temporary construction. For more information on the project, please visit here.

Rossend Montané School / GGG

  • Architects: GGG
  • Location: Sant Pere Molanta, Olèrdola, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Gustau Gili Galfetti
  • Area: 2791.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: José Hevia

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Child School at Can Nebot / Rahola Vidal

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  • Architects: Rahola Vidal
  • Location: Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, Eivissa, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Víctor Rahola Aguadé
  • Area: 512.0 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photographs: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

Mixed-Use Building in Paris Winning Proposal / SOA Architectes

Constructing on such a vast area in the very heart of Paris, where nothing has been built yet, calls for an encounter between the remote and the present. With the challenge to produce architectural continuity and convergence to determine the new architectural style of the site, this winning proposal by SOA Architectes aims to establish familiar ties with its environment. It is not only about unveiling what is already present in the urban unconscious of the Tolbiac district but also about inventing a new way of telling its story. More images and architects' description after the break.

Designers Don't Get Science (And That's A Dangerous Thing)

This article, by Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros, originally appeared in Metropolis Mag as "Science for Designers: The Meaning of Complexity." 

Today’s designers seem to love using new ideas coming from science. They embrace them as analogies, metaphors, and in a few cases, tools to generate startling new designs. (Computer algorithms and spline shapes are a good recent example of the latter.) But metaphors about the complexity of the city and its adaptive structures are not the same thing as the actual complexity of the city. The trouble is, this confusion can produce disastrous results. It can even contribute to the slow collapse of an entire civilization. We might think that the difference between metaphor and reality is so obvious that it’s hardly worth mentioning. And yet, such confusion pervades the design world today, and spreads from there into the general culture. It plays a key role in the delusional expectation that metaphors will create reality. 

Psychiatrists speak of this as an actual disorder known as “magical thinking”: if our symbols are good enough, then reality will follow. In the hands of designers, this is very dangerous stuff. 

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