Agenda: 4 Ambitions / Rem Koolhaas

As the 2012 Jencks Award winner, charts the evolution of his ideas and built projects in this lecture provided by . He describes a double life split between practice and theory, two ventures reflected by his studios, OMA and AMO, the Office of Metropolitan Architecture and the Architecture Media Organization. Enjoy!

The lecture is chaired by Charles Jencks, designer, author and broadcaster.

via RIBA

Best of 2012: Most Read Articles

Before we welcome the new year, lets take a look back at ArchDaily’s most popular articles of 2012. From inspiring projects to influential editorials, this top ten list illustrates some of the year’s most important moments. Review them all, after the break.

Toy Library and Offices / taller 9s arquitectes

© Adrià Goula

Architects: taller 9s arquitectes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Oriol Cusidó, Irene Marzo
Area: 1,055 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Courtesy of FGMF Arquitetos
Courtesy of FGMF Arquitetos

Edifício Itaim Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

The proposal by FGMF Arquitetos… for the Edifício Itaim consists of duplex and triplex apartments, between 882 and 1066 m2 in size. The plans act as a huge brise-soleil, shading the north façade and minimizing the impact of the west,

Centre Léonce Georges / Calderon-Folch-Sarsanedas Arquitectes

© P. Viladoms

Architects: Pilar Calderon, Marc Folch (Calderon Folch Sarsanedas arquitectes) – Gérald Lafond
Location: ,
Area: 3541.37 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: P. Viladoms

Courtesy of Sotero Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Courtesy of Sotero Arquitetura e Urbanismo

Renova Energia Proposal / Sotero Arquitetura e Urbanismo

Designed by Sotero Arquitetura e Urbanismo…, their proposal for Renova Energia’s headquarters is a head office that interprets the general concepts of the company and invites residents to take part in this process. By exploring the production of wind

EHA Family Trust Residence / Ward+Blake Architects

© Roger Wade Studios

Architects: Ward+Blake Architects
Location: Wilson, Wyoming,
Structural Engineer: Pillar Structural Engineer
Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing Engineer: Van Boerum and Frank
Landscape Designer: Verdone Landscape Architects
General Contractor: Tom Stoner Construction
Area: 3,988 sq ft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Roger Wade Studios

Costa Esmeralda House / BAK Architects

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Architects: BAK Architects
Location: , Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Project: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk
Contributors: Arq. Nuria Jover, Enzo Vitali
Area: 120.6 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of BAK Architects

Courtesy of NPC Grupo Arquitetura
Courtesy of NPC Grupo Arquitetura

Escola Senai Proposal / NPC Grupo Arquitetura

Designed by NPC Grupo Arquitetura…, their design for the Escola Senai is designed with the theme of an industrial technical school. Their concept has characteristics that associate concerns with the teaching program and industrial activities, which, while conflicting, complement

Salvartor Car Park / Peter Haimerel Architektur

© Gero Wortmann

Architects: Peter Haimerel Architektur
Location: ,
Area: 7,500 sqm
Photographs: Gero Wortmann, Florian Holzherr

Best of 2012: Most Bookmarked Projects

Goodbye 2012, is never late and always exciting to review the year. We begin this year review with the 5 most bookmarked built projects of the year. What are you waiting for start your own library in ArchDaily?

Beckett Rankine unveils Offshore Airport in the Thames Estuary

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With both Heathro and Gatwick pushing their limits, it is imperative that the UK begins to move forward with expanding their global aviation capacity. Over the years, multiple proposals have been presented, including Norman Foster’s “London Britannia Airport”. Now, Beckett Rankine has unveiled an inventive, offshore proposal located on the Goodwin sands in UK territorial waters nearly three kilometres off the east coast of .

Continue after the break to learn more.

Louvre Lens / SANAA

© Julien Lanoo

French photographer Julien Lanoo has shared with us a first look at the Musée du Louvre’s new sister gallery: Louvre Lens. The design, first conceived as part of an international competition in 2006, was created by the Pritzker Prize laureates of SANAA, in collaboration with New York studio , landscape designer Catherine Mosbach and museographer .

The 360 meter long, steel and glass structure is integrated within a 20 hectare wasteland that was originally used as a coal mine before the 1960s. It is expected to attract 500,000 visitors every year and envisioned to help revitalize the post-industrial town.

Continue reading for the architects’ description.

Crosswinds Apartments / VSDP

© Pallon Daruwala

Architects: VSDP
Location: ,
Project Team: Vivek V. Shankar, Dhanaprakash, Jano Christopher, Jhanavi
Cladding: Hunter Douglas India Ltd
Façade Installer: Srinivas
Structural Engineer: Pase Group
Building Contractor: Babji Mali
Landscape Design: Earthworks
Area: 8,300 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Pallon Daruwala

Renewal of the Old Main Seminar of Comillas University / Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos + Ulargui y Pesquera

© Duccio Malagamba

Architects: Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + + Ulargui y Pesquera
Location: , Cantabria, Spain
Design Team: Alberto Alonso Ortiz, Joaquín Barrientos Barquín, Eduardo Fdez.-Abascal Teira, Floren Muruzábal Sitges, Eduardo Pesquera González, Jesús Ulargui Agurruza
Area: 8,869 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

Courtesy of De Fournier & Associados
Courtesy of De Fournier & Associados

Cranes of Palermo Proposal / De Fournier & Associados

The architectural proposal for the Cranes of Palermo is based on the relationship between the intervention image and the rich local history of Sicily, particularly its Baroque of scenographic and ornamented elements. Designed by De Fournier & Associados…, the

Scandic Hotel Fornebu / NSW AS

© Einar Aslaksen

Architects: NSW AS
Location: Fornebu,
Design Team: Tore Schjetlein (Responsible Partner), Gudmund Stenseth (Project Architect), Tiffany Otis, Emelie Tornberg, Luis Santos, Chiara M. Zorzi, Geir Klefstad, Taylor Ferring
Area: 25,000 sqm
Photographs: Einar Aslaksen

Courtesy of FGMF Arquitetos
Courtesy of FGMF Arquitetos

Multipurpose Complex Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

Intending to create a new architectural reference for the region of Brasilia, the Multipurpose Complex becomes a new destination in the city. Designed by FGMF Arquitetos…, the building creates a landmark in the landscape through the uses of retail,