Expansion of the Hospital de Sabadell / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

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Architects: Estudi PSP Arquitectura
Location: Parc del Taulí, , Spain
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,

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

Lafayette Park (1946) Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo via Flickr CC User MI SHPO.

No architectural gem is safe from ’s foreclosure crisis – not even two of Mies Van der Rohe’s very own creations. The , 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, 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, ,
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, – 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 & 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?

The Shard’s Opening Celebration

Opening Celebration / Tonight at 10.15

Tonight, Renzo Piano’s Shard will officially celebrate its opening complete with an amazing light show.  A dozen lasers and thirty searchlights will beam streams of light across the city, creating a network between 15 other significant landmarks in , such as the Gherkin, Eye, Tate Modern, and Tower Bridge.  (So, if you are in , don’t miss the event at 10.15 this evening, and be sure to share some photos with us!)

Capping out at 310 meters, the Shard has become the tallest building in London, as well as the entire European Union.  We have been following the history of Renzo Piano’s creation, and although laden with financial troubles, a change in developers,  and criticism from Londoners, the project has finally reached completion.

More about the history of the tower after the break.

House at lake Rupanco / Izquierdo Lehmann

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Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann
Location: Rupanco, , Los Lagos Region, Chile
Design Team: Luis Izquierdo, Antonia Lehmann
Engineers: Luis Soler P. y Asociados
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 353.0 sqm
Photographs: Luis Izquierdo

Courtesy of Building Trust International

HOME Design Competition

With less than a week left to register, the HOME design competition, hosted by Building Trust International, seeks to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. The growing rate in single…

House of Garden / mA-style architects

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Architects: mA-style architects
Location: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture,
Design Team: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 91.09 sqm
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Courtesy of Situ Fabrication
Courtesy of Situ Fabrication

Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Exhibition / Situ Fabrication

Situ Fabrication… was hired by MA3 Agency to engineer and build six display structures for Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Exhibition. Designed by Sebastien Leon Agneessens, the structures, entitled ‘Fragments’, house a number of historic Audemars Piguet watches, media

Stadion Miejski Wrocław / JSK

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Architects: JSK Architekci
Location: Wrocław,
Architect In Charge: JSK Architekci
Design Team: Zbigniew Pszczulny, Mariusz Rutz, Piotr Bury (project manager)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: JSK Architekci

H27D / Kraus Schoenberg Architects

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Architects: Kraus Schoenberg Architects
Location: Constance,
Area: 930 sqm
Cost: 1,5 mio.€
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu