Beaty Biodiversity Center and Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory / Patkau Architects

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The Beaty Biodiversity Center and the Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory are located on Main Mall, the central north/south spine of the University of British Columbia. Together they form a complex of related environmental science functions; a new campus precinct organized around a generous exterior courtyard space which is bisected by new cross-campus pedestrian and bicycle connections.

The principal exhibition space of the museum located within the Beaty Biodiversity Center is a glass “lantern” featuring an enormous skeleton of a Blue Whale creating a public face for the complex towards the Mall.  Follow the break for drawings and photographs.

Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia,
Client: University of British Columbia
Project Year: 2002 – 2009
Photographs: James Dow

Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life

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Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life at Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery (WUHO) is on view through April 25. The show is the first extensive exhibition on the West Coast of Guerrero’s career as an architectural photographer. Curated by Anthony Fontenot and Emily Bills, JSI director, Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life will highlight the diversity of Guerrero’s subjects taken over seven decades. During that time, he captured the architecture of Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Edward Durell Stone and Eero Saarinen. His wide ranging work included portraits of architects as well as commercial work for House & Garden, Vogue, the Times Magazine and Architectural Record. He is perhaps best known for his close relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition will feature Guerrero’s illuminating portraits of Wright, including twelve photographs of the architect’s hands demonstrating the difference between organic and conventional architecture at the Plaza Hotel in . Continue reading for more.

Belavali House / Studio Mumbai

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Architects: Studio Mumbai
Location: , Maharashtra, India
Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
Project Team: Jeevaram Suthar, Punamchand Suthar, Bhasker Raut
Structural Engineer: Shishir Kulkarni
Photographers: Helene Binet,


2012 President’s Medal / Amanda Burden

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has been making a big impact on the City.  As Chair of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning, Ms. Burden’s efforts to revitalize New York have resulted in the preservation of the High Line, the creation of the East River Waterfront Esplanade, and the future development of Freshkills Park – a former landfill in Staten Island, to name a few.  Both on an architectural and urban level, and also from a sustainability policy viewpoint, Ms. Burden’s years as Chair has effectively “raised the quality of design in our city and our expectations about design and city life.”

This week, Ms. Burden has been recognized by the Architectural League of New York and has been awarded their highest honor, the President’s Medal.  Such an award is rightly deserved as Ms Burden’s impact on architecture and planning initiatives has shaped the public spaces that have grown to define New York.  The President’s Medal is an honor that is awarded by peers from an organization that is independent of any professional or policy agenda, and with this recognition, Ms. Burden joins recent recipients such as Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Hugh Hardy, Richard Meier, Ada Louise Huxtable, Robert A.M. Stern, Kenneth Frampton, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

More about the award after the break. 

Botanical Shop / Rizoma

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Architects: Rizoma - Maria Paz and Thomaz Regatos
Location: , Minas Gerais, Brasil
Collaborators: Inácio Luiz and Sara Fagundes
Client: Inhotim
Completed: 2011
Built Area: 198 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti 

AD Classic: Cordoba House / Emilio Ambasz

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Designed by: Emilio Ambasz
Location: Cordoba,
Architect of Record (Associate Architect): Felipe Palomino Gonzalez
Model #1: Nelusco Salvarani
Model #2: Bradley Whitermore
Project Year: 1975
Photographer: Michele Alassio


Post-Occupancy Surveys: Don’t ask too much from them

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Post-occupancy surveys and/or interviews are a common tool used in architecture to evaluate the success of buildings. They can be very useful and should be implemented as long as architects do not expect or claim too much from them.  Much has been said of their benefits, but it is concerning to see some architects present them as some kind of scientific proof of a design’s success or failure. Although I am a strong advocate for post-occupancy surveys, I think a little pushback is necessary. A brief review of their methodological weaknesses should make any architect pause before claiming a survey has vindicated their ideas.

Video: Nathalie Rozencwajg of Rare Architecture on Town Hall Hotel

Architect Nathalie Rozencwajg tells the story behind the refurbishment of the imposing Town Hall that has been in the heart of the East End since Edwardian times. Now christened Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, the hotel is old-world elegant but with a modern touch.

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Court of Justice of the European Communities / Dominique Perrault

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Kirchberg platform, Grand Duché du
Associated Architects: Bureau CJ4 ( Architecte, Paczowski & Fritsch, M3 architectes)
Site Area: 76,000 sqm
Built Area: 100,000 sqm
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Georges Fessy

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World of Chlorophyll / IAMZ Design Studio

World of Chlorophyll, a project by IAMZ Design Studio…, is an idea for a conceptual skyscraper containing the form of residential units in the near future. Their main concept involves the units taking the form of leaves, stemming mainly

Terraustral Oeste School / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados – Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G.
Location: Av. 4 Poniente, Barrio Oeste, Maipú,
Design Team: Alfonso Kunstmann, Vallerie Haquin, Angela Castro, Francisca Valenzuela, Jaime Fuentes
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Site Surface: 20,300 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 13,400 sqm
Budget: U$ 7,237.440
Budget-Surface Ratio: U$ 540
Client: Inmobiliaria España
Structural Engineering: Claudio Hinojosa Torra
Contractor: Empresa Constructora Guzmán & Larraín
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

Philippe Rahm. Interior Weather installation made for the CCA exhibition environ(ne)ment. 2006

Curatorial Opportunities at the CCA 2012

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is launching the 2012 program to stimulate curatorial opportunities for students and young professionals: the Young Curator Program and the Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program. The Young Curator Program offers the opportunity…

Day Care Center / LÜPS


Architects: ATELIER LÜPS – Mauritz + W-E. Lüps
Location: , Germany
Collaborators: Claudia Peter, Martina Machova
Construction Management: Silke Neugebauer, CLMap GmbH
Structure: Planungsgesellschaft Dittrich MBH
Elecrical engineering: IBM-TGA GmbH
Contractor: Mickan mbH&Co.KG
Photographs: ATELIER LÜPS


MedaTeca / Alterstudio Partners


Architects: Alterstudio Partners
Location: Meda,
Area: 1,910 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Alterstudio Partners


AD Round Up: Restaurants Part IX

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Looking for a nice place to go and have dinner tonight? Here’s some inspiration from project published in 2010. Like the Floating Dinning Room, which floats on over 1,700 recycled plastic bottles. Maybe you like something like the Rockwall Bar & Grill, desgined by Dock4 Architecture in Tasmania. Or Donovan Hill’s tapas bar: Ortiga. Want some pizza? Check out this one in London, by Michaelis Boyd. Looking for something different in L.A.? Try Earl’s Gourmet Grub. Not hungry yet?

AIA Pennsylvania awards Spillman Farmer Architects for ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

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The American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Chapter has awarded a Silver Medal, the institute’s highest honor, to Spillman Farmer Architects for their highly successful ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Located on the landmark Bethlehem Steel site in eastern Pennsylvania, the dynamic performing arts, media and cultural center has served as an anchor for the revitalization effort in the City of Bethlehem that is transforming the once-abandoned historic industrial core into a dynamic, sustainable and livable mixed-use community. The 200-foot industrial ruins towering above the ArtsQuest Center is part of the country’s largest privately-owned brownfield.

AIA jurors praised the project saying, “The design captures the energy and utilitarian beauty that the best of the industrial revolution once offered. At the same time it demonstrates the power that a truly successful marriage of architecture and program can exert in bringing new purpose and hope to the most abandoned parts of our community.”

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Dental Office / Estudio Arquitectura Hago

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Architects: Estudio Arquitectura Hago – Emilio Delgado Martos & Antonio Álvarez-Cienfuegos Rubio
Location: Málaga,
Year of Construction: 2011-2012
Area: 350 sqm
Budget: 350,000 €
Engineering: Estudio Sinergia
Construction Company: Millangar Construcciones Costa del Sol
Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla

Sault College Academic Building / Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson

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Architects: Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson – Scott Robinson
Location: 443 Northern Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,
Completion: March 2011
Project Size: 75,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $21,000,00
Collaborators: Design build project with EPOH; associate architects and Ellis Don; construction firm
Client: Sault College Academic Building
Photographs: Shai Gil