Seminar and Conference Cristal / MHM Architects

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Architects: MHM Architects
Location: Iselsberg,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Paul Ott

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Venice Biennale 2012: ‘GREENHOUSE TALK’

GREENHOUSE TALK, a comparison of design cultures in the great countries of Eastern Asia and Europe, will be taking place August 28 from 9-11am as part of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia. Promoted by the…

Films & Architecture: “Manufactured Landscapes”

is a Canadian photographer whose work is focused on industrial (and post- industrial) landscapes. His pictures were so inspiring that moved  in 2004 to record a documentary based on them. The result is an impressive film full of really powerful images that questions the limits between natural and artificial.

It seems to be a premonitory view of the current development issues, where the scale of industrialisation processes is such large that is capable to generate a whole new environment. A totally new landscape.

Let us know about your ideas of these “manufactured landscapes” and what can we do with these spaces afterwards?

Taoyuanju / Vector Architects

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Architects: Vector Architects
Location: ,
Partner-in-Charge: Gong Dong, Chienho Hsu
Associate-in-Charge / Project Architect: Nan Wang
Architect: Dongping Sun, Han Ling
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Shu He

London 2012: Thinking Past Day 17 / Part III

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In our final segment of Thinking Past Day 17 – our series examining the larger implications of hosting the Olympic Games – we conclude with ideas for the future host cities that involve dividing the Games across 7 permanent sites, complete with reusable architecture and a focus on sustainability at the urban level.

The effects of urban displacement coupled with post-Games housing concerns for the Athletes’ Village in Olympic Park – which we addressed in Part II - will definitely test the future viability of the Olympic Committee’s planning strategies.    It is interesting to note that in relation to the entirety of the Olympic map, the area designated for the Village represents only a minuscule portion of the land that must be reintegrated post-Olympics.   So, if we zoom out from the Athletes’ Village, what will become of the vast expanses of land currently supporting the major sporting facilities?

More after the break.

Frivole Prestige / Theza Architects

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Architects: Theza Architects
Location: Wrocław,
Design Team: Ludwik Kaizerbrecht, Bartlomiej Zaboj
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 240.0 sqm
Photographs: Ludwik Kaizerbrecht, Bartlomiej Zaboj

In Progress: Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland Beijing + HAO (Holm Architecture Office)

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Architects: Archiland Beijing, HAO (Holm Architecture Office)
Location: ,
Project Area: 15,000 sqm
Client: City of Tianjin
Collaborators: Krag & Berglund, Cowi Beijing
Photographs: Courtesy of HAO

Pernambuco Arena / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

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With a seating capacity of 46,000, the Pernambuco Arena will host the games in the group stage and quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014. Designed by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados, the main peculiarity of the project, and what makes it stand out from other projects of cities hosting the FIFA World Cup 2014, is that it is not being built in a consolidated urban area. The design challenge of this project is the creation of a building that is fully integrated into the natural environment and that in a second moment can establish a relationship of unity with the future urban development planned for the region. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hidden House / Teatum+Teatum

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Architects: Teatum+Teatum
Location: , England
Structural Engineer: Fluid Structures
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Lyndon Douglas

Reitarena Stubai / AO Architekten

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Architects: AO Architekten
Location: Fulpmes,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Fiby

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Google Releases Software Framework for Building Interactive Experiences in Physical Spaces

Google recently released a new, intriguing type of software, which allows programmers to make a room come alive with interactive spaces. The new software framework, which is called ‘Interactive Spaces’, works by providing a high-level architecture for building activities that…

House in Dunaujvaros / ZSK Architects

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Architects: ZSK Architects
Location: Dunaújváros,
Architect In Charge: Zsolt Zsuffa
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 180.0 sqm
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

Salvation Army Harbour Light / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: , ON,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 86,000 sq ft
Photographs: Tom Arban

Top Firms shortlisted in Royal Opera House Competition

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’s Royal Opera House (ROH) has launched an invited architectural competition dedicated to transforming the entrances and surrounding public areas of the Covent Garden building into a more “open and tantalizing” space. Seven firms have been invited to participate, including the Olympic Cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick and New York’s Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House said: “We are hugely excited about the ideas and inspiration the competition will generate. The Royal Opera House is looking for the team who, if we can raise the funds needed to fulfill our shared ambitions, will create the next evolution of our building. We are keen to investigate the possibilities of opening up the building even more to ensure that we have the very best facilities to welcome our loyal and existing audiences and to reach out to new ones.”

The seven practices shortlisted for the ROH competition are:

Public Toilets / Gramazio & Kohler

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Architects: Gramazio & Kohler
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Sarah Schneider
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Gramazio & Kohler

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXVII

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We have more than 86,000 photos in our Flickr Pool, so keep them coming! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by brancolina. Check the other four after the break.

Cerrada Reforma 108 / DCPP arquitectos

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Architects: DCPP arquitectos
Location: , Federal District, Mexico
Design Team: Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: Onnis Luque

UNStudio designs the new UIC building ‘V on Shenton’ in Singapore


UNStudio has unveiled their design for the redevelopment of ’s UIC Building (1973), located in the heart of the city’s Central Business District. The concept integrates lush sky gardens throughout a 53-story residential tower and a 23-story office tower, while distinguishing itself with a unique facade made up of five different textures that represent various programs. The climatically responsive structure is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Continue after the break for the architects’ description.