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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....

ABI Bounces Back in May

Following the first negative downturn in ten months (what AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Phd, is hoping was just a "blip"), May's Architecture Billing Index (ABI) has bounced back from a score of 48.6 to 52.9. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings (aka an expansion in demand for architects' services). 

Baker notes that "there is [still] a resounding sense of uncertainty in the marketplace from clients to investors and an overall lack of confidence in the general economy – that is continuing to act as a governor on the business development engine for architecture firms.” However, the scores, which revealed the most growth in the Northeast as well as in the multi-family residential and institutional sectors, are good signs for the design and construction industries. 

More results of this month's ABI, after the break...

Health Center in Canet de Mar / Conxita Balcells Associats S.L.P

© Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana

Jacobo Building / DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados

  • Architects: DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados / Javier Durán y María Augusta Hermida
  • Location: Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Area: 913.0 m2
  • Photography: Sebastián Crespo

© Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo

Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition

Canterbury Cathedral is delighted to announce a design competition to find an outstanding team to revitalise the landscape immediately in front of the main Cathedral entrance. The competition is an opportunity for designers to reconsider the way visitors first encounter England’s leading Cathedral and Mother Church.

Fagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune

  • Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune
  • Location: Edsviken, Sollentuna, Sweden
  • Project group: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Lotti Engstrand
  • Builder: Komponent Byggen AB
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman

'Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site' Winning Proposal / Davide Marchetti Architetto

Courtesy of Davide Marchetti Architetto
Courtesy of Davide Marchetti Architetto

Davide Marchetti Architetto shared with us his first prize winning proposal, titled ‘Minicity Detroit,’ for the Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition. Utilizing the surrounding urban fabric as the generator for a new vision of the city, their concept directly responds to the site and its place in the city by bringing the existing physical form and history into the site. More image and architect’s description after the break.

New Montjuic cable car stations / FORGAS Arquitectos

  • Architects: FORGAS Arquitectos - Joan Forgas y Dolors Ylla-Catalá
  • Location: Carretera de Montjuïc, 43, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
  • Area: 4500.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Filippo Poli, Jordi Tost, Courtesy of Forgas Arquitectos

© Jordi Tost © Filippo Poli © Jordi Tost © Jordi Tost

ITESM’S Center For Innovation and Strategic Development of Products (CIDEP)

© Francisco Lubbert
© Francisco Lubbert
  • Architects: Bernardo Hinojosa
  • Location: Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Project Leaders: Aurora Delgado, Manuel Arroyo
  • Area: 9200 m2
  • Proyect Year: 2010
  • Photography: Francisco Lubbert

© Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert

“El Molino” Cultural Center / Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje

  • Architects: Alday Jover Arquitectura y Paisaje
  • Location: Utebo, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Technical Architect: Luis M. Gutiérrez, Eva Brugal
  • Area: 2850.0 m2
  • Year: 2004
  • Photography: Jordi Bernardo

© Jordi Bernardo © Jordi Bernardo © Jordi Bernardo © Jordi Bernardo