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Centra Metropark / KPF

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran
  • Architects: KPF
  • Location: 186 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, NJ 08830, USA
  • Area: 10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Michael Moran

© Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran

Cincinnati Live/Make Competition Results

AIA Cincinnati, in partnership with the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, recently announced the winners of their LIVE-MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati competition. The challenged was to design a membership based facility that will feature private residences, maker-in-residence studios, light industrial studios and an open workshop that will help shape a new economic opportunity for the neighborhood. The grand prize went to Frenchman Olivier Terrisse’s scheme, whose iconic element consisted of a silvery residential loft tower rising from the rear hill over the renovated factories, whose fabric the architect cut to continue the existing street patter and to open up the spaces of the factory building. More information on the winning proposals after the break.

In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects

CityLife Milano is an ambitious commercial and residential development on Milan's historic former trade fair grounds: the Fiera Milano. On the surface, over half of CityLife Milano will be covered with upwards of 168,000 square meters of landscaped parkland dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. This lush, pedestrianized space will be centered around a grand new piazza - 'piazza delle tre torri' - shaped by a trio of towers and surrounded by a cluster of residences, all designed by three world-renowned architects. As previously mentioned, Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei has contributed the Isozaki Tower, which is planned to become the tallest skyscraper in Italy at 202 meters and built alongside the curved, 150 meter Libeskind Tower. To complete the triad, Zaha Hadid has designed a twisting, glazed tower, which will rise 170 meters into the skyline.

More on the Hadid Tower and surrounding development after the break...

Grottammare Cultural Center / Bernard Tschumi Architects

This dynamic cultural center in Grottammare, Italy, will be Bernard Tschumi Architects’ first commission in Italy. Inspired by the city's small medieval center, the roughly 7,000 square meter structure will house a variety of exhibitions, conferences and workshops in an effort to “strengthen people’s ties to the territory with which they identify” by exchanging information about the existing city and envision its possibilities for the future.

The architect's description after the break...

San Lorenzo Residence / Mike Jacobs Architecture

  • Architects: Mike Jacobs Architecture
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Architect In Charge: Mike Jacobs, Artur Growchowski, Dan Nissimov, Maria Tiliakos, Momo Araki
  • General Contracting: MFH Construction
  • Structural Engineering: Gordon Polon Consulting Engineers
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Michael Wells

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'Back2rots' Research Center Competition Entry / Andrea Vattovani Architecture

Designed by Andrea Vattovani Architecture, their ‘Back2rots’ research center proposal consists of a new working environment for young people. Upon developing the program to determine their target and who they wanted to reach, the architects decided to develop a big creative block in which young talented people could find everything. This project would be able to give them everything they need to be creative and to make their dreams a reality by having all the necessary tools. More images and architects’ description after the break.

European Spallation Source (ESS) / Henning Larsen Architects + COBE + SLA

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects, COBE, SLA
  • Location: Lund, Sweden
  • Design Team From Henning Larsen Architects: Jacob Kurek (responsible partner), Michael Sørensen (lead design architect), Helle Basse Larsen (project manager), Mikkel Eskildsen, Daniel Baumann, Martha Lewis, Silke Jörgenshaus, Hanan Ghizzaui, Magnus Kramhøft, Kyd Kitchaiya, Sebastian Mardi, Grace Xu, Uyen Phan and Erlend Lindstad (model)
  • Design Team From Cobe: Dan Stubbergaard (responsible partner), Thomas Krarup (lead design architect), David Engell Jessen, Johanne Holmsberg, Rune Veile, Frederik Lyng, Greta Tiedje, Louise Boss Mortensen and Dimitrie Gridorescu
  • Design Team From Sla: Stig L. Andersson(responsible partner and lead design architect), Katrine Sandstrøm and Laura Parsons
  • Area: 100000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Luxigon

ESS Description

The European Spallation Source (ESS) will become the world’s largest and most advanced research facility for neutron-based research. ESS is located in the university city of Lund in southern Sweden.

© Henning Larsen - COBE - SLA Rendering by Luxigon © Henning Larsen - COBE - SLA Rendering by Luxigon

How To Make Architecture, Not Art

Dessen Hillman is currently a graduate student at MIT, pursuing his SMArchS degree in Architecture and Urbanism. He is interested in investigating the role of architecture in various urban settings through the scope of architecture design. 

Since the modernist movement in architecture (early 1900s), building design has been majorly focused on expressing itself as a unique entity, becoming more of an art than architecture. Buildings are now formally expressive more than ever. After pondering the differences between the two, I have, for now, come to a conclusion on one fundamental difference:

Art is a form of self-expression with absolutely no responsibility to anyone or anything. Architecture can be a piece of art, but it must be responsible to people and its context.

Read on to find out how changing the way we snap images coud change the way we evaluate architecture, after the break...

Metropolitan School Extension / Paz Arquitectura

  • Architects: Paz Arquitectura
  • Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Architect In Charge: Alejandro Paz
  • Collaborators: Axel Mendoza, Gabriel Rodríguez, Alex Titus, Mario Roberto Paz, Jeaneth Loucota Claudia Pezzarossi, Wolfgang Shoenbeck
  • Structural Engineering: Roberto Arango
  • Contractor: DyC
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Andres Asturias

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Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition Results

The results of the Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition were recently announced with the collaborative team of architects Antonopoulos Evangelos, Vetta Thalia, Gavalas Georgios, Riga Maria – Kiriaki, and Stamouli Anastasia, and Pilarinou Maria announced as the first place winner. The challenge was for the design of a new landmark for the city and the port of Piraeus, with main reference to the culture, quality tourism and sustainability as well. Piraeus Port Authority is organizing an open exhibition with all the proposals that were submitted to the competition at the “Petrini” (Stonebuilt) Warehouse – future Museum of the History of P.P.A. and Museum of Immigrants – within the zone of the Cultural Coast. The opening of the exhibition is planned on 28th March 2013. More information on the winning proposals after the break.

Re-Think Athens Winning Proposal / OKRA

OKRA, in collaboration with Mixst urbanism and Wageningen University, was recently announced as the winning team of the prestigious competition ReThink Athens towards a new city centre. Changing the heart of Athens into a true contemporary metropolitan city centre requires transformation of the city triangle into a lively part of the city. The project aims to strongly contribute to the change of Athens and improve the environment of the city plus activating the area economically. The team is supported by the Greek Architects of Studio 75 and Werner Sobek Green Technologies. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Classic: Norton House / Frank Gehry

Designed in 1984 for artist Lynn Norton and writer William Norton, Frank Gehry’s Norton House is known for its eccentric form and eclectic materiality. Much like his own house in Santa Monica, the Norton House is a sculptural assemblage of everyday materials. The Nortons had in fact seen Gehry’s house in 1983 and obviously approved of his experiment. So, a year later, they commissioned him to design their house on a narrow, ocean-facing plot of land on Venice Boardwalk. With the commission, Gehry continued his exploration of creating architecture with everyday materials, low costs, and sculptural forms.

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House in Reckingen / Roman Hutter Architektur

  • Architects: Roman Hutter Architektur
  • Location: Reckingen, Switzerland
  • Architect In Charge: Roman Hutter, Carola Wies
  • Collaborator Architect: Harry Heyck
  • Area: 135.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Markus Käch

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5 Robots Revolutionizing Architecture's Future

Robots fascinate us. Their ability to move and act autonomously is visually and intellectually seductive. We write about them, put them in movies, and watch them elevate menial tasks like turning a doorknob into an act of technological genius. For years, they have been employed by industrial manufacturers, but until recently, never quite considered seriously by architects. Sure, some architects might have let their imaginations wander, like Archigram did for their "Walking City", but not many thought to actually make architecture with robots. Now, in our age of digitalization, virtualization, and automation, the relationship between architects and robots seems to be blooming...check it out. 

Keep reading to see five new robots making architecture.

ETH Zurich: "Programmed Wall" Sci-Arc Robot House "Flight Assembled Architecture" KUKA/prc Grasshopper Plugin

Community Centre / Beer Architektur Städtebau

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Telescopic 'Culture Shed' for New York

The expandable multi-use cultural venue dubbed "Culture Shed" is one of the most radical proposals to come out of New York's Hudson Yards Development Project. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro - the New York-based interdisciplinary practice that played a major role in designing the High Line - in collaboration with the Rockwell Group, this 170,000 square foot cultural center will be located at the south end of the Hudson Yards, with the main entrance located near the conclusion of the High Line at West 30th Street.

More information on the Culture Shed after the break...

'Never Say the Eye Is Rigid: Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind' Exhibition

Opening March 11, and on view until April 30, Rome’s Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery (Via del Portico d'Ottavia 7) will offer Never Say the Eye Is Rigid:Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind, the city’s first exhibition of architectural drawings by the world-renowned architect. The exhibition includes 52 original drawings from eight diverse Libeskind projects in Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States, including the architect’s signature work, the Jewish Museum Berlin (2001), and Memory Foundations, Ground Zero (2003), the master plan for the World Trade Center site. More information on the exhibition after the break.