The Commune Social / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
©  Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

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Green Hills Kinder / Broissin Architects

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Courtesy of Broissin Architects
Courtesy of Broissin Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rancho San Juan, Ciudad López Mateos, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Gerardo Broissin, Jose Luís García
  • Design Team

    Gabriela Maldonado, Alejandro Rocha, Enrique Guillén, David Suárez, Alfonso Vargas, Rodrigo Jiménez, Mauricio Cristóbal
  • Project Area

    1800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

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Rio de Inverso: CityVision Competition Entry / Buro AD + Spectacle

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
grid. Image Courtesy of Buro AD + Spectacle
grid. Image Courtesy of Buro AD + Spectacle

Designed by Buro AD and SPECTACLE for this year’s CityVision Competition, their Rio de Inverso proposal critically addresses the historically cyclical attempts by urban planners to impose order post ex-facto on Rio de Janeiro's informally created, complex and spatially rich urban fabric. With the theme of the competition ‘sick and wonder (wonder and disgust),’  the architects demonstrate how the city was the arena for a continuous struggle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Casa 45 / Alex Plana

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

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OMA Selected to Masterplan New Civic Center in Colombia

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Aerial © OMA
Aerial © OMA

OMA (NY), along with local collaborators Gomez + Castro Arquitectos, has been selected to masterplan the Bogotá Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN) in Colombia, a mixed-use civic center roughly the size of Washington DC’s National Mall. Located at the midpoint of Calle 26 Avenue, the city’s main axis that has symbolically charted its growth from the historic downtown to the airport and the international gateway of Colombia, CAN will serve as a new city center and government headquarters with additional programs of residential, educational, retail and cultural developments.

Shohei Shigematsu, director-in-charge of OMA New York, commented, “Our proposal enables CAN to be a lively node, providing a continuous public domain that curves through the site to connect the park, the university and Calle 26. With a single gesture, the arc achieves a clear urban identity while accommodating programmatic diversity.”

Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland Shortlisted Proposal / BIG

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

As we announced last week, BIG+WHR+Arup has been selected as one of three design teams to participate in the second phase of the design competition for Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland, a 124,000 square meter acute hospital in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen. BIG’s proposal for the new hospital, serving over 300,000 people, seeks to "preserve the site’s existing natural features while optimizing the efficient hospital machine."

Read on for more from the architect's description...

Exodus Cube / Personal Architecture

00:00 - 27 August, 2013
© René de Wit
© René de Wit
  • Architects

  • Location

    Overblaak 56, 3011 MH Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Maarten Polkamp, Sander van Schaik
  • Design Team

    Leendert van Grinsven, Wiepkjen Kingma, Froukje van de Klundert
  • Construction Design

    IMd raadgevende ingenieurs
  • Contractor

    Hijbeko, Capelle aan de IJssel
  • Interior

    Nelison, Berkel en Roderijs
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit +26

Huit House / tactic-a

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Gerardo Dueñas
© Gerardo Dueñas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lagos de Moreno, JAL, Mexico
  • Architect

    Carlos Morán, Juan Martín
  • Project Area

    284.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Gerardo Dueñas, Diego Torres

© Diego Torres © Diego Torres © Diego Torres © Gerardo Dueñas +16

Blairgowrie House / Wolveridge Architects

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

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Portable House ÁPH80 / Ábaton Arquitectura

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Juan Baraja
© Juan Baraja

© Juan Baraja © Juan Baraja © Juan Baraja © Juan Baraja +21

'Balance Through Buoyancy' Floatastic Pavilion / QASTIC Lab

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
Courtesy of QASTIC
Courtesy of QASTIC

Designed and constructed by QASTIC Lab, ‘Balance Through Buoyancy’ is a temporary researchpavilion called “Floatastic” which was designed and built for a private client to serve as a shade pavilion for a wedding ceremony. Situated in Edgerton Park, in New Haven Connecticut (an Olmsted planned landscape), this deployable structure aims to create a floated shelter which avoids imposing any loads to the ground, which traditional structures require. Instead, it proposes a well-fabricated balloon, which is filled with Helium to raise the imposed loads of fabric veils and any possible dynamic environmental loads toward the sky. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Top Firms Compete to Design Kazakhstan's World Expo in 2017

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© J. Mayer H. Architects (Germany)
© J. Mayer H. Architects (Germany)

Zaha Hadid Architects, Coop Himmelb(l)au, UNStudio, and Snøhetta are some of the 45 shortlisted practices competing to design the International Specialized Exposition (Expo 2017) in Astana, Kazakhstan. Each practice, selected from more than a 100 proposals worldwide, has submitted their own interpretation of the expo’s theme: "Future Energy". Come September, the jury will announce which vision best represents what will be the country’s first world fair.

“The theme of our exhibition is closely related to 'green economy', which takes into account the possibility of using alternative energy sources and the autonomous water and heat provision in each of the constructions," said Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

C-Mine Expeditie / NU architectuuratelier

00:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

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U-Boat Hall / BOLLES+WILSON

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Olaf Mahlstedt
© Olaf Mahlstedt

© Olaf Mahlstedt © Olaf Mahlstedt © Olaf Mahlstedt © Olaf Mahlstedt +14

House of Children in Saunalahti / JKMM Architects

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

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Bold New Suburbia: Meet The Architects Daring to Better the 'Burbs

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Flickr User CC tango_28
© Flickr User CC tango_28

This article originally appeared the National Endowment of the Arts' quarterly magazine as "The Suburban Canvas: An Emerging Architectural Model of Artistic Possibilities"

For much of its existence, American suburbia has been considered an architectural wasteland. From shopping malls to McMansions to residential developments, suburbs from Connecticut to California look eerily similar and share a similar pattern of quick, cheap construction that has left little if any room for thoughtful design.

But with the recent foreclosure crisis and growing environmental concerns, new opportunities have emerged to re-imagine the suburbs into sustainable, architecturally innovative communities. Although the other art forms examined in this issue have fully established themselves, suburban design -- traditionally the realm of profit-driven developers -- is only now beginning to emerge as an artistic field. Fueled by exhibits such as the Museum of Modern Art's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream and Dwell magazine's Reburbia Design Competition, architects and designers are beginning to explore what the suburbs could potentially look and feel like. We spoke with several architects who are leaders within this growing trend, and are quite literally designing new artistic possibilities for all those "little boxes on the hillside." In their own words, here are some of their concerns, projects, and visions.

BLLTT House / Enrique Barberis

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
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© Alejandro Peral

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Landscaping Saint-Barthélémy d’Anjou / Atelier Arcau

01:00 - 27 August, 2013
© Atelier Arcau
© Atelier Arcau

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