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Xiqu Center Design Competition

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently launched a design competition to deliver one of the first landmark buildings for the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Xiqu Center. The Chinese opera venue will provide a world-class facility for the…

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Slant Awards Spring 2012 Competition

The Slant Awards Spring 2012 competition, which is open to all, challenges participants to design a concept plan for a city sector which is undergoing urban renewal. The city in question is not a real city, it has been designed…

INGLASS 2012 – Architecture Expo Conference

The Order of Architects in Romania and ABplus Events, along with the partners of the event invite you to INGLASS 2012 – Architecture Expo Conference, Second Edition. The event is dedicated to architects, design engineers and leaders of glass and structures field. At recent architectural accomplishments that are awarded at international competitions for glass appliance in metal, wood and structures.

Among the guests, there will be architects and structure designers, winners of 9 important awards, such as Residential Property Award 2011, The Emirates Leaf Glass Awards 2011, World Architecture Festival 2011 and European Steel Design Awards 2011. Alongside these experts, there are also going to be present world leaders in glass field – Saint-Gobain Glass, Guardian and AGC – and leaders in curtain walls – Permasteelisa. We invite you to INGLASS to meet those who will create tomorrow’s architecture. More after the break.

Writing About Architecture / Alexandra Lange

We recently received a book we wished we had earlier, Writing About Architecture. Lange’s book pulls from “lessons learned from her courses at New York University and the School of Visual Arts.”  ”The book offers works by some of the best architecture critics of the twentieth century including Ada Louise Huxtable, Lewis Mumford, Herbert Muschamp, Michael Sorkin, Charles Moore, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Jane Jacobs to explains some of the most successful methods with which to approach architectural criticism.” The book “could serve as the primary text for a course on criticism for undergraduates or architecture and design majors.” We here at ArchDaily are now using it as a resource. We have a feeling the pages will be worn through pretty quickly.

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The Urban Cloak: Apartment – Brickwerks / Jonathan Gibb

Designed for the Boral Brick Awards 2011-2012, ‘The Urban Cloak’ proposal by Jonathan Gibb… is an addition to an existing inner city 2 storey brick building, to adapt and add a multi-levelled apartment building. A cloaked figure; standing amongst the

Townhouse in Horgen / Moos Giuliani Herrmann Architekten

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Architect: Moos Giuliani Hermann Architekten
Location: Horgen,
Completion: 2011 
Built Area: 260 sqm 
Photographs: Beat Bühler

Ice Rink In Bern / Ipas Architects

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Architects: Ipas Architects / Architekten Schwaar & Partner AG
Location: Bern,
Contractor: HRS Real Estate AG
Design Team: Michel Egger, Eric Ott, Salvatore Chillari, Delphine Jeanneret-Gris, Gilles Batista, Michael Desaules
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher, Thomas Houda

 

SANDWORM / Marco Casagrande

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Architect: Marco Casagrande
Location: , Belgium
Project Manager: Nikita Wu / C-LAB
Organizer: Beaufort 04 Triennial of Contemporary Art
Built Area: 320 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Nikita Wu

 

Denimdenim / Word of Mouth Architecture

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Architects: Word of Mouth Architecture
Location: Seminyak, Bali,
Client: Budianto Busari
Size: 60 sqm
Completed: 2012
Project Leader: Valentina Audrito
Design Team: Rene Kroondijk, Indra Santosa, Amy McDonnell, Mitch Hill
Photographs: Moch Sulthonn + Word of Mouth Architecture

AD Round Up Easter Special: Churches in USA

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is here, and during this special time of the year, we decided to prepare a 3-day Round Up special. Today we’ll have churches (and chapels) from USA; tomorrow from Europe; Sunday from Latin America. We hope you enjoy them!

Main image belongs to SOM’s Cathedral of Christ the Light in California. We also have The Prayer Chapel, designed by debartolo architects and if you’re looking for something more unconventional, you can’t miss Trahan Architect’s Holy Rosary Church Complex in Louisiana. We also have a winner of our Building of the Year 2010 Awards: the Tampa Covenant Church. Finally, we had to include one of our AD Classics: USAFA Cadet Chapel in Colorado.

Glacial Water Botteling Plant / Panorama

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Architects: Panorama – Nicolas Valdes Rojic Constanza, Hagemann Muñoz
Location: Queulat fiord, Patagonia,
Area: 420 sqm
Construction: 2011
Photographs: Cristobal Valdes

Memory Cloud / RE:Site + Metalab

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Memory Cloud is the winning commission awarded to RE:site (Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton, Artists website: www.resitestudio.com) and METALAB (Andrew Vrana, Joe Meppelink and Michael Gonzales, Architecture + Fabrication) by Texas A&M University for the new Memorial Student Center 12th Man Hall. Through a competition and short-list interview process the team demonstrated the ability to harness the potential of programmable LEDs, remote sensing, parametric design and digital fabrication to create an open ended narrative of the story of the University through animated silhouette imagery of past and real-time present student life on the campus.

Memory Cloud will be installed in December of 2012. Continue after the break for more images, video and the designer’s project description.

CATT / Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson

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Architects: Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson
Location: 1001 Fanshawe, London, , Canada
Principal-in-Charge: Tom Tillmann
Designer: Jason McIntosh
Collaborators: Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon; Structural Engineers, Hastings & Aziz; Civil Engineers, Development Engineering; Landscape Engineers, Ron Koudy’s Landscape Architects; General Contractor, D. Grant & Sons
Client: Fanshawe College Centre for Applied Transportation Technology
Completion: 2011
Project Size: 150,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $21,222,000
Photographs: Lisa Logan

SFMoMA Exhibit: “The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area”

1. and Chuck Byrne, Building Construction/Geodesic Dome, United States Patent Office no. 2,682,235, from the portfolio Inventions: Twelve Around One, 1981; screen print in white ink on clear polyester film; 30 in. x 40 in. (76.2 cm x 101.6 cm); Collection , gift of Chuck and Elizabeth Byrne; © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, All Rights reserved. Published by Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati.

If you are in the Bay Area this weekend, we recommend you stop in at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and check out their current exhibit The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area. This exhibition is the first of its kind, featuring Buckminster Fuller’s most iconic projects as well a focus on his local design legacy in the Bay Area. Though he was never a resident, Fuller’s ideas inspired many local experiments in the realms of technology, engineering and sustainability. Continue reading for more information.

THE SHARE / ReBITA

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Architects: ReBITATsukasa Ono (ReBITA), Kento Horiuchi (Zycc), Kenji Hashimoto (Zycc)
Location: Shibuya, , Japan
Planning & Constructor: Zycc corporation, Satohide corporation
Built Area: 3,155.46 sqm
Completion: January 2012
Photographs: ReBITA

   

Video: Central Saint Martins / Stanton Williams


Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London, has a new home quite different to the buildings it inhabited previously. Designed by award-winning architects Stanton Williams, the brand new campus behind King’s Cross is a space certainly worth exploring. Crane.tv took a tour of the building speaking to architect Paul Williams and Head of College Jane Rapley along the way to hear more about the new campus and why the building will induce even more ambition from staff and students as they move into the future.

The Architect Critic Is Dead (just not for the reason you think)

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As you may have heard,The New Yorker’s Architect Critic, Paul Goldberger, is leaving for Vanity Fair.

If this registers no reaction from you, let me explain why it should. Paul Goldberger is the crowned prince of criticism. He began his career at in 1972, where he worked under Ada Louise Huxtable, our reigning critical queen, and where he won a Pulitzer Prize. In 1997, he switched media empires:

“I thought it was as perfect a life as you could have,” Goldberger told The Observer, “to spend half your career at , half at The New Yorker.”

But, after years of “fighting for adequate space” in an increasingly shrinking column, Goldberger won’t be finishing his writing days as Architect Critic of The New Yorker, but as Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair.

Many will conclude that this is a death knell for architecture; that if architecture cannot justify its own column at The New Yorker, one of the most influential publications in the world, then it must no longer be deemed relevant. This is what happened when Michael Kimmelman, an Arts reporter with no architectural training was appointed to cover architecture at The Times. Critics tweeted: “NYT to Architecture of NYC: Drop Dead” and “Architecture: you’ve been demoted.”

I too will add a cry to the din: “The Architecture Critic is Dead!” But you know what? Good riddance. Because criticism hasn’t died the way you think. It’s just been changed beyond recognition. And frankly, for the better.

Read more on the transformation of architecture & its criticism after the break…

Playtime / TETRARC

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Architects: TETRARC
Location: ,
Client: Lamotte Construction, IRSS
Design Team: Michel Bertreux, Patrick Moreuil, Daniel Caud, Louise Follin, Frédérique Raynal
Plan Area: 3,800 sqm
Total building cost: 8,2 M€ TTC
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau