Live/Work Design Contest

Two well-known arbiters of modern design, Dwell Media and Design Within Reach, recently announced the launch of their Live/Work Design Contest which challenges designers to create a workspace “classic of tomorrow” – a new home-office solution that DWR could potentially manufacture and sell. will accept online only submissions through March 31, 2012. In April, a panel of judges will select up to 10 finalists based on evaluations of both overall design and manufacturing potential. More information on the competition after the break.

House In Lagos / Mario Martins

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Architect: Mario Martins
Location: ,
Project Years: 2007-2010
Design Team: Rui Duarte, Sonia Fialho, Rita Rocha, Paulo Baptista
Photography: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Gdańsk Historic Heritage Center / Mariusz Piesik + Kuba Szymański

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Gdańsk Historic Heritage Center, designed by Mariusz Piesik and Kuba Szymański, is meant to be a multifunctional building and a part of targ sienny / targ rakowy complex – a new project in the very center of Gdańsk, Poland. The building’s main purpose is to host an exhibition of a large scale model of a pre-World War II center of the city and mark the starting point of tourist excursions around it’s streets. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Farm On The Wamberg / Hilberink Bosch Architecten

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Architects: Hilberink Bosch Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Building Area: 492 sqm
Completion: 2008
Project Team: Geert Bosch, Annemariken Hilberink
Photographer: René de Wit

Arctic Research Facility / Polar Ants

Polar Ants, a collaboration between Lukasz Szlachcic, Anais Mikaelian, Laila Selim, Bita Mohamadi, shared with us their project, Arctic Research Facility which is an experimental, architectural project within the framework of the Design Research Lab at the Architectural Association. They propose a living architecture, and challenges the classical modernist notions of permanence and stability. The theme of this proposal, ‘materializing behavior’, necessitates an equally responsive environment. More images and the team’s description after the break.

Courtyard House Somers / Opat Architects

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Architects: Opat Architects
Location: Melbourne,
Design Team: Rowan Opat, Nathan Marshall
Area: 315 sqm
Completed: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Opat Architects

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Farum Proposal / WE Architecture

Farum, the proposal by WE Architecture… for “The Suburbs of the Future” competition initiated by Realdania, envisions a plan that is meant to preserve and enhance the character of Farum as a future suburb, combining the best of suburbia and

BIOMED – Biomedical Research Center / AND-RÉ

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Representing the consolidation of high sustainability concerns, wise program organization criteria, and a strong iconographic language the Biomedical Research Center proposal by AND-RÉ associates a conventional and regular structural system. The pillars and beams are designed under an orthogonal metric of porches of standard sizing, thus allowing a rigorous organization of the interior – with one exterior covering skin covering made of metallic surface modules. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Project Japan: Metabolism

OMA sent us an absolutely fascinating book that tells the history of the Japanese architecture movement known as Metabolism. “Between 2005 and 2011, architect Rem Koolhaas and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed the surviving members of Metabolism, together with dozens of their mentors, collaborators, rivals, critics, proteges, and families. The result is a vivid documentary of the last avant-garde movement and the last moment that architecture was a public rather than a private affair…” You can see a few of the iconic buildings from the Metabolism movement here on ArchDaily: works by Kenzo Tange and  Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower.

YAP MAXXI 2012 Runner-Up: Nami / VeryVery Architecture Office

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ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the Young Architects Program (YAP) 2012 in late February. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against UNIRE/UNITE. NAMI, which means “wave” in Japanese, is a project that reflects contemporaneity, aims to send a message about the importance of harmony, and to create a bridge between people and cultures. This proposal, designed by VeryVery Architecture Office, is very simple and essential: an airy space provided with shadow, movable sitting benches, and a space that can accommodate different types of events and activities. Imbued with an experimental spirit and a strong attention to sustainability, NAMI offers a chance to express the social and cultural values requested by the Young Architecture Program.

Office Building On Leninsky / Sergey Tchoban + Sergey Kuznetsov

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Architects: Sergey Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov
Location: Moscow, Russia
Chief Architects: Sergey Kuznetsov
Chief Project Engineer: Makukhina Lyudmila
Architect Team: Andrey Perlich, Tatiana Varyukhina, Anastasia Kozyreva, Tatiana Lokteva, Evgenia Murinets
Complex’s Total Area: 17,596 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Yuri Palmin, Aborkin Zakhar, Iliya Ivanov

Review: Richard K. Norton “Knowing and Valuing both Private and Public: What Role for Public Policy, Design, and Planning in the 21st Century?”

University of Michigan Taubman College, like many other architecture schools, has a seasonal lecture series. Their Winter 2012 Series, which focuses on construction, is posted and archived on their website. The lecture above was given by Richard K. Norton, an associate professor in the urban and regional planning program at the University of Michigan Taubman College. Faculty coordinator for land use and environmental planning, Dr. Norton holds a Ph.D in city and regional planning and masters degrees in public policy studies and environmental management. He teaches and conducts research within the areas of sustainable development, land and environment planning, and planning law. His multi-faceted breadth of knowledge and experience is valuable to the issues which he addresses in his lecture “Knowing and Valuing both Private and Public: What Role for Public Policy, Design, and Planning in the 21st Century?“, presented on January 9th at Taubman College.

Read on for more about this lecture.

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Call For Proposals: Living in the Spatial Shift

MOINOPOLIS recently launched call for proposals for their competition, Living in the Spatial Shift. The competition aims examine the multifaceted opportunities and risks associated with the paradigmatic shift in the spatial perception, its architectural appearance and its consequences for our…

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x-WEEK Event

Studio-X, which is GSAPP’s (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation) global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities as part of Columbia University, will be putting on the ‘x-WEEK’ event which takes place March 6-9.…

Alvito Complex / Claudio Sat Unipessoal lda

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Architect: Claudio Sat, Unipessoal, lda
Location: , Óbidos, Portugal
Project Team: Pedro Cancela, Gisela Ferreira, Ricardo Porfírio
Final design: Ana Duarte Pinto – João Manuel Alves, arquitectos lda
Project Team: Diana Parracho, Mariana Pimentel, Nuno Amaro, Manuel Vacas
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Apartment In Lapa / Construir Habitar Pensar Arquitectos

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Architecture: Construir Habitar Pensar Arquitectos
Location: Lapa, , Portugal
Photography: Francisco Nogueira

‘Fasten Your City Belt’ Exhibit / Haiko Cornelissen Architecten

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On March 8th, the urban transformation strategy Fasten Your City Belt, designed by Haiko Cornelissen Architecten, will be exhibited and published by the Netherlands Architectural Institute (NAi) in , . To show how the transforming strategy works, the architects chose the Amstel III office district in Amsterdam for the Europan 11 competition – one of the most prestigious and renowned competitions for young European architects. Based on their research, they found the most important factor for creating lively cities is the density of people, buildings and program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

DP Architects / Collin Anderson

We recently received a monograph of DP Architects‘ work. Started in 1967 have become internationally acclaimed architecture firm with 1200 employees in 12 offices worldwide. have devoted themselves to “improving the quality of the city,” whether it is a small residence in Singapore or a large complex in Dubai. The paucity of the work featured on ArchDaily should not be a reflection of this firms reach and breadth. You can check out the ones we have featured, but be sure to take a look inside this book after the break. We think you’ll want to see and read more about their work once you are properly introduced.