AD Round Up: Stadiums Part VI

© Iwan Baan

As you probably know, the 2012 Olympic Games are just around the corner. To get you in the Olympic mood, we have some great projects for our 6th selection of previously featured stadiums. In the main image we have Four Sports Scenarios, a stadium for the IX ODESUR Games in Medellin designed by the talented Colombian Architects Giancarlo Mazzanti and Felipe Mesa from Plan:b. Check out the Universiade Sports Center and Bao’an Stadium by gmp architekten or Diamond Arena in by Atelier 11. Don´t miss Stadium du Littoral – a 4, 000 seat stadium designed by OLGGA Architects. Also, take another look at the main stadiums from last year’s Copa America, Estadio Único de La Plata by Roberto Ferreira & Arquitectos Asociados.

Ant-house / mA-style architects

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: mA-style architects
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Design Team: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Cooper-Hewitt selects DS+R to help with Expansion

Back Garden © Rob Corder

New York City-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been chosen to design the gallery and visitor experience at the historic Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum – the only museum in the United States that is exclusively devoted to historic and contemporary design. The New York City landmark is currently under undergoing an extensive, $64 million transformation that will expand gallery space by sixty-percent. The new environment will be laced with interactive elements in which Local Projects will help integrate into the gallery space as they have been selected as participatory media designer.

The contemporary vision of the re:design aims to become a modern exemplar for museum design, while still preserving the historic Carnegie mansion. The renovation is led by Gluckman Mayner Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle. It will achieve LEED certification and is scheduled to be complete by 2014.

“It is because of their keen abilities to translate ideas and concepts into boundary-stretching design that Cooper-Hewitt selected DS+R and Local Projects as the ideal partners to help re-envision the design of its gallery, visitor and participatory digital experiences,” explained Bill Moggridge, director of the museum.

Are there TOO Many Cultural Centers?

The TAUBMAN MUSEUM OF ART in Roanoke, Virginia, , one of the Case Studies of the Set in Stone Report.
Architects: Randall Stout Architects, Inc.; Associate Architects: Rodriguez Ripley Maddux Motley Architects.

In a word, yes.

While the Cultural Policy Center of the University of Chicago would never put it that way, that is essentially the conclusion of their “Set in Stone” Report, released today.

The Report, a consolidation of 15 years of research involving over 800 building projects and 500 organizations, gathered hard evidence to find out: what influences a cultural building’s success or failure? The question is a relevant one: between 1994 and 2008 there has been a building boom of performing arts centers, museums, and theaters in the U.S., costing cities billions of dollars. And unfortunately, supply has outrun demand.

The biggest problem the Report identifies is that cities and towns, many of which have recently experienced improved education/income and enthusiastically undertake these projects, often overestimate the actual need for these centers in their communities. Thus, when they run into financial difficulties (most do: over 80% of the projects surveyed ran over-budget, some up to 200%), the centers become economic drains rather than cultural boons.

In other words: Just because you build it, it doesn’t mean they will come.

So what does make for a successful Cultural Center? More after the break…

Techne: The Carbon Calculator for Buildings and Sites

The Center for Sustainable Building Research, image via

At the University of Minnesota’s College of Design several projects have been developed to advance more cost-effective, more environmentally aware buildings, infrastructure, and even communities. One very useful program they’ve developed falls under the Building Evaluation category. It’s called the CBSR Site and Building Design Carbon Calculator. What does it do? It measures the carbon footprint of any building or site. In other words, it measures greenhouse gas emissions from sites and from building development. Even better, it can be used by both professionals and the general public alike, for either existing or future structures. Indeed, after downloading the calculator, which is very well-researched and comprehensive, it is clear that this tool is self-explanatory and very easy-to-use.

Winners selected for round two of the Moscow City Agglomeration Competition

Photo Credit: RIA Novosti

The international team, lead by well-known Russian urbanist Andrey Chernikhov, and including , Tower 151, Georgi Stanishev and Ginsburg Architects placed first in round two of the Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept competition. The winning consortium sparked debate by suggesting Moscow officials should consider redeveloping the abundant brown field sites and other available infill spaces within the existing city boundaries before proposing new development. They highlighted vast areas occupied by goods railways and disused industrial sites from Soviet times as prime areas for regeneration and expansion, as well as a re-thinking of transport networks to alleviate pressure on existing systems.

Continue after the break to learn more.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit / London Olympics / Kapoor + Balmond

The ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor + Cecil Balmond

Is it the perfect blend of sculpture and engineering, or it is a twisted form of nonsense?  Opinions are quite varied on the subject of Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s observation tower, ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will serve as a permanent reminder of ’s hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games.  The red steel structure will rise close to 400 feet – taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty and ’s Big Ben – to be Britain’s largest piece of public art.  Criticized for undertaking such a massively expensive project during the country’s recession, Mayor Boris Johnson has claimed that the Orbit will not only enhance visitors’ experiences at the Olympic Games but will also be “the right thing for the Stratford site” beyond the summer time, calling on its potential to become ”the perfect iconic legacy”.

More about the Observation Tower after the break.

Recasting / Donaghy & Dimond Architects

© Ros Kavanagh

Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
Location: Dundrum, Dublin,
Project Team: Will Dimond, Marcus Donaghy, Conal Ryan, Elizabeth Burns, St. John Walsh
Engineer: David Maher
Area: 150 sqm
Completion: Completion 2011
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh, Donaghy & Dimond Architects


Process-Zero, a Net-Zero Retrofit of a Government Building in Los Angeles, originally built in 1965. Courtesy of HOK and Vanderweil
Process-Zero, a Net-Zero Retrofit of a Government Building in Los Angeles, originally built in 1965. Courtesy of HOK and Vanderweil

The Katerva Awards – Open for Nominations

Katerva isn’t looking for ideas that will improve the world in small increments. We are looking for paradigm-busting ideas. Our Award winners don’t simply move the needle when it comes to efficiency, lifestyle or consumption; they change the game

Courtesy of DL+A _ SIZE*
Courtesy of DL+A _ SIZE*

Klaksvik City Center Proposal / DL+A _ SIZE*

In the proposal for the Klaksvik City Center, DL+A _ SIZE*… perceives the need to interact and present the city to the world as an open culture. As a pioneer in the city growing master plan in the region, this

Kumutoto Toilets / Studio Pacific Architecture


Architects: Studio Pacific Architecture
Location: , New Zealand
Design Team: Stephen McDougall, Bret Thurston, Guy Marriage, Peter Mitchell
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: SPA

The Offices of Buck O’Neill Builders / Jones | Haydu

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Architects: Jones | Haydu
Location: San Francisco, California,
Project Team: Paul Haydu, Hulett Jones
Project Area: 1,200 sqft
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Courtesy of KCAP
Courtesy of KCAP

Brazza Nord Bordeaux Masterplan / KCAP

KCAP…’s urban design for the transformation of the Garonne waterfront in Bordeaux-Brazza was recently finalized and officially approved by Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux, and by Bordeaux’s City Council. The project site is a 67 ha area within Bastide

Carroll County Airport Terminal / Modus Studio

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Architects: Modus Studio
Location: , , USA
Architectural Team: Chris M. Baribeau, AIA (principal architect), Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA, Chris M. Lankford, Austin L. Chatelain, Assoc. AIA
Completed: February, 2011
Effective Area: 2,450 sf
Cost: $291,748 | $119 per SF
Site Infrastructure: $43,000
Photographs: Rett Peek 


HUD Lanches Competition to Rebuild Sandy-Affected Regions

© Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

In an effort to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region, U.S. Housing and Urban Development () Secretary Shaun Donovan has launched a multi-stage regional design competition that is intended to attract world-class talent, promote innovation and develop projects that will actually be built. Dubbed Rebuild by Design, the competition will accumulate a variety of design solutions, ranging in scope and scale, for review. Once the best ideas are identified, HUD will incentivize their implementation using funds made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program as well as other public and private funds to actually build the project.

Police Station of Manzanares / Estudio Lamazeta

© Antonio Arévalo

Architects: Estudio Lamazeta
Location: Antigua Carretera de Madrid, ,
Design Team: Lucía Manresa, David Mata, María Moreno
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 554 sqm
Photographs: Antonio Arévalo

Fire Station in Vilnius / Laimos ir Ginto Projektai

© Raimondas Urbakavičius

Architects: Laimos ir Ginto Projektai
Project Team: Gintautas Vieversys, Laima Tumynienė, Adomas Šablevičius, Valdemaras Stupak, Dovydas Čipkus
Completion: 2012
Project Area: 4,000 sqm
Photographs: Raimondas Urbakavičius

greenhouse - water square
greenhouse - water square

Shan Shui Grape Garden – Yanqing Wine Park, Greenhouse and Winery / LocalDesignStudio

The double landscape and architectural competition proposal for Yanqing Grape and Wine Park and Yanqing Greenhouse and Winery by LocalDesignStudio… was organized ahead of the World Grape Conference to be held in 2014 in Yanqing County. The park was meant