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AIEP Building / Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

Courtesy of Schmidt Arquitectos
Courtesy of Schmidt Arquitectos
  • Architects: Horacio Schmidt Cortés, Horacio Schmidt Radic, Martin Schmidt Radic
  • Location: Ejército Liber 11-201, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Associate Architects: Rafael Pino, Cristián Pino, Rodrigo Toro
  • Area: 4500.0 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Courtesy of Schmidt Arquitectos

Courtesy of Schmidt Arquitectos Courtesy of Schmidt Arquitectos Courtesy of Schmidt Arquitectos Courtesy of Schmidt Arquitectos

Servef Center in Novelda / Calatayud-Navarro Arquitectos

  • Architect Office: Calatayud-Navarro Arquitectos
  • Location: Novelda, Spain
  • Authors: Carlos Calatayud Revert, Jesús Navarro Morcillo y José Ramón
  • Surveyors: Javier Delgado Vallés y Juan José Navarro Martínez
  • Engineering: Consulting de ingeniería ICA SL
  • Construction: Castelló Construcciones e Infraestructuras S.L.
  • Client: Servicio Valenciano de Empleo y Formación
  • Area: 1004.54 sqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Shortlist Announced to Design Moscow's First Park in 50 Years

In the 20th century, it was going to be the site of the world's tallest skyscraper, but it became the world's largest hotel. In 2006, the hotel was replaced with a fence, the largest advertising space in all of Europe, enclosing acres of undeveloped, highly valuable land. In 2014, it will become Moscow's first - and most important - park in over 50 years.

Zaryadye Park, located on 13 acres of land just a minute's walk from the Kremlin and the Red Square, will become a gateway to Moscow, one that will "project a new image of Moscow and Russia to the world." Because of the Park's significance, the city of Moscow (with aid from the Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design) has decided to host an international competition for its re-design.

The 6 finalists shortlisted for this significant project, after the break...

'Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out' Exhibition

Focusing on key projects and using previously unseen archival material, drawings and personal items, the 'Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out' exhibition will explore Roger's career, from the influence of his Italian family to his impact on how we experience cities today. From July 18-October 13 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, visitors will gain an unprecedented insight into this leader of modern design. This blend of political, social and ethical concerns, as well as popular culture, technology, art and urbanism is manifest not only in his architecture, but also in his roles as a speaker, writer, politician and activist. For more information, please visit here.

'Densify' Discussion at the Center for Architecture

Presented by AIA New York, the Densify discussion is set to take place June 26th from 6:45pm-8:30pm EST at the Center for Architecture. The event looks at proposals for Manhattan’s Midtown East, that could significantly increase land use intensity at Manhattan’s densest urban core, and Micro-housing that will significantly decrease the allowable dwelling size in New York City. The program will also include interviews with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on high-rise mix-use development in London, focusing on the Shard, and comparisons between Micro-housing in NYC and Asian precedents. For more information, please visit here.

Els Gorgs Institute, Cerdanyola del Valles / BAAS, Jordi Badia

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute
  • Architects: BAAS, Jordi Badia
  • Location: Carrer Àliga, 63, 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect: BAAS, Jordi Badia
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute

Frederiksberg Courthouse / 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Location: Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge: 3XN
  • Engineer: Lemming, Eriksson
  • Landscape : Schønherr
  • Contractor and Facade: Pihl & Son
  • Area: 5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Adam Mõrk

© Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk © Adam Mõrk

Beyond the High-Line: Re-Imagining Open Space for our Crowded Urban Future

This article, by David Gensler, co-CEO of Gensler, originally appeared in Fast Company

Those of us associated with the building of cities are often asked to do tricky things. Build a 632-meter-high skyscraper and give it the world’s tallest and fastest single elevator, traveling at speeds of more than 40 mph so folks can soar to the top in fewer than 40 seconds with no transfers. Build a data center in Houston that makes its own electricity (handy during a hurricane) and turns rain water into an asset. Design an office building that makes people happy to come to work.

But one of the biggest challenges facing us today requires, perhaps, one of our best magic tricks of all time: Creating open space when there seems to be none left.

How do we give people in cities public spaces (parks, gardens, squares, even wide tree-lined streets) to gather and room to breathe in our increasingly built-up and built-out urban environments?

More on David Gensler's thoughts on reutilizing public space, after the break...

Navalmoral de la Mata / Matilde Peralta del Amo

  • Architects: Matilde Peralta del Amo
  • Location: Cáceres‎, Cáceres, Spain
  • Area: 1200.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Luis Asin

© Luis Asin © Luis Asin © Luis Asin © Luis Asin

Huishang Bank Headquarters / Y Design Office

Y Design Office has released a proposal for the new headquarters of the Huishang Bank, located in the new financial district of Hefei, Anhui. The site is at the cross-section of two major roads, Yun Gu and the Luzhou Road. Yun Gu Road is the new financial street which connects directly to the new city center. Luzhou Road connects the site to the older city centers. 

Virgin Atlantic EWR Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

  • Architects: Slade Architecture
  • Location: Newark airport (EWR), 3 Brewster Road, Newark, NJ 07114, USA
  • Principals: Hayes Slade, James Slade
  • Design Team: Tian Gao, Kristina Kesler, Magda Stoenescu, David Iseri, Rasmus Kristensen, Ana Lopis, Allesandro Perinelli, Garrett Pruter
  • Client: Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.
  • Collaborators: Virgin Atlantic In-House Design
  • MEP Engineers: ADS Engineers Ambrosino, Depinto & Schmieder
  • Structural Engineers: Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
  • Quantity Surveyor: PT Projects - Peter Turvey
  • Lighting Design: Focus Lighting
  • Kitchen Consultant: Next Step Design
  • Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Millwork: Allegheny Millwork
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Anton Stark, Courtesy of Slade Architecture

Courtesy of Slade Architecture © Anton Stark © Anton Stark © Anton Stark

4 Porches and 4 Skylights House / Ferran Vizoso + Jesús Cardona

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

How Virtual Public Squares Are Changing the Nature of Political Protest

"Most social movements become social moments when they appear in a public square," says Seyla Benhabib, a professor of Political Science at Yale University, in the video above. "These are informal spaces of deliberation and communication."

Occupy Wall Street, which took over New York's Zuccotti Park, is just one example of this phenomenon. As we've reported, the social movements that spread through Turkey like wildfire took physical form in Istanbul's historic Taksim Square and Gezi Park. Only a few days ago, protests took similar shape in the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as citizens protested a raise in bus fares as well as many other social issues. There are countless other examples throughout history of people utilizing public space as a vehicle for self expression and social change, but what's different about today's social movements is that they also occupy cyberspace - heavily.   

A few days ago, Google+ released the short video above about these digital spaces, what they call the "virtual public square". Of course, the physical places that people use to express themselves are certainly no less important; however, it is interesting to consider the vital role social media and virtual communication now play in the unraveling of political events. 

More after the break.

AIA Honors Joint Creativity by Revising Gold Medal Award Criteria

In the wake of Pritzker’s refusal to retroactively acknowledge Denise Scott Brown’s role in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors have voted to expand the prestigious Gold Medal award’s criteria to include either an individual or two individuals working together in a collaborative partnership. In order to be considered, partners must have created a singular body of distinguished architectural work. 

LAX Completes First Phase of its $1.5 Billion Terminal

Phase 1 of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles, has been completed. The new airport, designed by Fentress Architects to be a LEED-certified landmark for the city, will feature a flowing, ocean-inspired roofline, a three-story,150,000-square-foot Great Hall, and one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) in the world. The $1.5 billion project has been funded solely from LAX’s operating revenues, without public funds.

First Presbyterian Church / Frank Harmon Architect

© Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson

The Winged House / K2LD Architects

  • Architects: K2LD Architects
  • Location: singapore
  • Project Team: Ko Shiou Hee, Leong Lai Ping, Elita Ong
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Model Photo © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall

When Projects Go Sour: 3 Architects' Candid Interview

In a recent interview, Spiegel speaks candidly with three architects who have one thing in common: projects in Germany plagued by severe delays and spiralling costs. Christoph Ingenhoven is head of Ingenhoven Architects, designers of train station Stuttgart 21. Meinhard von Gerkan of Gerkan, Marg and Partners is responsible for the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, and finally Pierre de Meuron represents Herzog & de Meuron, designers of Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie.

These projects are well known in Germany as much for their designs as for their construction costs, and Spiegel is not shy about getting to the bottom of these controversies. Of course, the architects themselves have their own ideas about the bad press (namely that they're being unjustly blamed). Meinhard von Gerkan, for example, says:

"It's a big mistake to voluntarily serve as a figurehead, because then everyone knows whom to target. We are these figureheads, not the clients and not the construction companies. And we are liable for everything."

More of these gems from the architects, after the break....