Grand Theater Qingdao / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , Shandong,
Design Team: Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz, Nicolas Pomränke
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 60,000 sqm
Photographs: Christian Gahl

The Gourmet Tea / Alan Chu + Cristiano Kato

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Architects: Alan Chu + Cristiano Kato
Location: São Paulo,
Area: 25,00 sqm
Completion: 2012
Project Architect:
Team: Thiago Moretti
Photographs: Djan Chu

 

Courtesy of AIM (Architects in Mission)
Courtesy of AIM (Architects in Mission)

2012 AIM Architecture Competition

The Architects in Missions (AIM) recently launched their 2012 architecture competition with the topic, “Shengsi Islands: Renewing China’s Traditional Village Lifestyle.” In setting their sights upon the eastern gate of China: Shengsi Islands, participants are challenged in guiding the island…

Portico / Aida Atelier + Kuno Lab

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Architects: Aida Atelier + Kuno Lab
Location: , Japan
Design Architect: Tomoro Aida & Toshimitsu Kuno & Shinpei Uehara (Aida Atelier, Inc. & . / Nagoya City Univ. Graduate School of Design and Architecture)
Executive Architect: Tomoro Aida & Toshimitsu Kuno & Shinpei Uehara & Tomoki Nagase
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 179.07 sqm
Photographs: Tatsuya Noaki

   

KK100 / TFP Farrells

© Carsten Schael

Architects: TFP Farrells
Location: Shenzhen,
Client: Kingkey Group
Interior Design: Laguarda.Low
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Tower height: 441.8 m
GFA: 210,000 sqm
Completed: September 2011
Photographs: Carsten Schael, Fu Xing, Jonathan Leijonhufvud

AD Round Up: Beach Houses Part V

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Five great projects for our 5th selection of previously featured Houses. In the main image is Paraty House designed by the talented brazilian architect Marcio Kogan. Don’t miss again Kuressaare Beach House our one of our AD Classics, the amazing Palais Bulles by Antti Lovag. Revisit Beached House located in Coastal Victoria, Australia. And finally check out the great Casa na Areia by portuguese architect Aires Mateus.

KAA Design Group wins Best Adaptive Reuse for Latitude 33

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Latitude 33, a luxurious collection of beach-side homes ranging from townhouses, penthouses, and single floor units, was partially designed from a forty year-old, nine-storey “eye sore for the neighborhood” that was once an office building. The mixed use development, designed by KAA Design Group, includes residential and commercial spaces in in Southern . The strategic decisions involved with designing these apartments from an early 197os office building earned Latitude 33 two Gold Nugget Merit Awards, one of which was for Best Adaptive Reuse.

Read on for more after the break.

Expansion of the Hospital de Sabadell / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

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Architects: Estudi PSP Arquitectura
Location: Parc del Taulí, ,
Client: Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí
General Constructor:  COPCISA
Structure Consultant: Rafel Bellmunt, Laura Bellmunt (Bb Arquitectura)
Project Year: 2009
Gross Floor Area: 15,641 sqm
Project Area: 1,098 sqm
Photographs: Jordi Canosa, Estudi PSP Arquitectura

Mies Towers for Sale….(Just Read the Fine Print first)

Lafayette Park (1946) Ludwig . Photo via Flickr CC User MI SHPO.

No architectural gem is safe from Detroit’s foreclosure crisis – not even two of Van der Rohe’s very own creations. The Lafayette Towers, two 22-story towers of 584 units, originally part of a major urban redevelopment project in the late 50s early 60s, are up for auction July 18th.

But be warned, there is a catch…

Find out the fine print, after the break.

Video: Design Museum, Exclusive!


The Design Museum is moving. Crane.tv gets a sneak peak of the Design Museum’s plans to move to a new home in Kensington, London in the historic former Commonwealth Institute. Here, Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum reveals architect John Pawson’s plans for the new building and tells us about the museum’s legacy and why it’s ready to grow up.

Viewpoint House / 2.8x arquitectos

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Architects: 2.8x arquitectos
Location: El Herraje, , Peru
Design Team: Nikolás Briceño, Jaime Sarmiento
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: 2.8x Arquitectos

641 Avenue of the Americas / Cook + Fox Architects

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Architect: Cook+Fox Architects
Location: , NY
Client: Cook+Fox Architects LLP
Completion: July 2006
Size: 12,121 SF
Photographs: Cook+Fox Architects

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Asakusa, Taito, , Japan
Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Okayama Naoki, Kiyoaki Takeda, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu, Hiroaki Saito
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi

Designing Healthy Communities: A 4-Episode Investigation into the Health of Our Communities

How does it sound when Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, host of Designing Healthy Communities says that we are among the first generation in modern history to have shorter lifespans than our parents? It is a frightening thought, especially when it is compounded with the idea that the way in which we have designed – that is our buildings, our streets, our infrastructure, our food, our lifestyles – for decades has contributed to it. Designing Healthy Communities is a project that is dedicated to confronting contemporary issues of public health associated with the built environment and offering solutions that encourage reshaping our interactions, lifestyles and design strategies. In a series of episodes, Dr. Jackson discusses various factors within our environment that has caused rampant chronic health problems, the most prominent of which is Type 2 Diabetes caused by obesity.  It comes down to an environment that promotes a sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices.

More on this series after the break.

Selvika / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 10.0 sqm
Photographs: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Quote: Tadao Ando

Langen Foundation building by Tadao Ando, Germany – Photo by reiser+reiser via Flickr

“We borrow from nature the space upon which we build.”

-Tadao Ando

Bridging the gap between management & design

It is quite controversial that in general terms 80% of architects are entrepreneurs. This potentially could be the highest share in comparison to other professions. Yet if you think about it, it is still true that architects don’t receive special training in managerial skills & that the market is already is prepared for an evolution. IE School of Architecture & Design is keen in being at the edge of this reinvention. In 2010 IE was ready to launch its unique Master in Architectural Management & Design, a blended format program that combines online & onsite periods taking place in Madrid & London in collaboration with the Royal College of Art. Since then IE has been leading debates with top practitioners worldwide about bridging the gap between management & design.

Great leaders such as OMA, SCB, Aedas, Zaha Hadid, SOM, Foster & Partners are part of the structure of the master program, among others top tier global practices in a module called “The Architect’s Backstage” (brief video below). Each one of these practices excels in coupling their management and design strategies and share with students their experience in the necessary back office work to achieve outstanding design. IE School of Architecture & Design started an unexpected shift in education that has been recognized by the Design Intelligence Report of 2010 where it is ranked as “Hidden Gem of Global Architecture” (among few non-US schools to receive mention).

More after the break.

Data Centers: Anti-Monuments of the Digital Age

375 Pearl, originally built in 1975 as a Telephone Communications building, was bought in 2011 to be repurposed as a Data Centers. The intimidating, unbroken facade is typical of a . Photo via Flickr CC User wallyg.

Your Macbook Air has come at a price. And I’m not talking about the $1,000 bucks you shelled out to buy it.

I’m talking about the cost of lightness. Because the dirty secret of the “Cloud” – that nebulous place where your data goes to live, thus freeing up your technological devices from all that weight – is its very physical counterpart.

Data Centers. Giant, whirring, power-guzzling behemoths of data storage – made of cables, servers, routers, tubes, coolers, and wires. As your devices get thinner, the insatiably hungry cloud, the data centers, get thicker.

So why are you struggling to picture one in your mind? Why do we have no idea what they look like? What they do? Where they are? Because Data Centers have been hidden away and, although carefully planned, intentionally “undesigned.” The goal is to make the architecture so technologically efficient, that the architecture becomes the machinery, and the machinery the architecture. In the words of author Andrew Blum, Data Centers are “anti-monuments” that ”declare their own unimportance.

But if architecture is the expression of our society’s values and beliefs, then what does this architectural obliteration mean? That we are willfully ignoring the process that creates the data we daily consume. As long as the internet works, who cares where it came from (or at what cost — and there is a considerable cost)?

So can design change our alienated relationship to our data? Should it? And if so, how?