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Memory Cloud / RE:Site + Metalab

As an update to last year's post featuring Memory Cloud as the winning commission awarded to RE:site and METALAB by Texas A&M University for the new Memorial Student Center 12th Man Hall, they have shared with us their most recent images upon the completion of their installation this February. Located in a place of deep traditions that are played out on the football field at every game and in the everyday lives of students, will create the imagery that will be played within the layers of the LED matrix at different speeds and durations. The gallery of images, and a video of the project can be viewed after the break.

Cathedral Announces Competition to Design Tomb for King Richard III

Since the remains of Richard III were discovered beneath a car-park near Leicester Cathedral last year, the local church has been left with a perplexing question: what to do with him now? The King's remains are an important part of English history, and an important tourist attraction, but how should they mark his final resting place? 

In response to this issue, Cathedral authorities have launched a design competition asking selected architects to submit ideas for a new tomb for King Richard that will be located in the Gothic Cathedral. The brief is an unusually delicate one; the architects submissions will have to consider appropriate symbolism and practicality in their design, not to mention the challenge of designing, in a modern age, the grave of someone who lived centuries ago. They also need to be mindful of the controversy surrounding the King, as the brief states: "Richard demonstrated both the honorable and dishonorable characteristics of human beings."  Some consider him a great English King,  while others, a bloodthirsty tyrant.

Read more about the brief and see an early submission after break...

Endless Love Of Porcelain / Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
  • Architects: Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
  • Location: Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
  • Design Team: Bo Jiang, Chao Wang, Jie Sun, Xin Xu, Yan Wei, Yuan Zhang, Bo Li, Chenfei Wang, Dongke Li
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

House Zochental / Liebel Architekten BDA

© Michael Schnell
© Michael Schnell
  • Architects: Liebel Architekten BDA
  • Location: Aalen, Germany
  • Team: Bernd Liebel, Steffen Kainzbauer, Frank Weinschenk, Karin Dischinger-Hänle
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Michael Schnell

© Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell

Hotel Pupp / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

© Jürgen Eheim Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim

Pier 40 Parks and Housing Development Proposal / WXY Architecture + Urban Design

In an effort to saving the crumbling 15-acre Pier 40 on Manhattan’s Lower West Side waterfront, seven downtown youth sports groups have released a concept plan prepared by WXY Architecture + Urban Design to open up 40% more space for more fields and park space on the pier, mainly by creating a new development site for two new, 22-story residential buildings in an area along West Street directly in front of the pier. The development approach would open the existing 800-foot-long pier shed building that encloses the park fields to improve connections and access between the Hudson River, the pier, and the park. The result knits together leisure and recreation amenities with a premier waterfront destination. More images and architects' description after the break.

Fountainhead Quad City, East Moline's Future Development Along the Mississippi River

Aerial View, Fountainhead Quad Cities; Developer J. Paul Beitler of Beitler Real Estate Services
Aerial View, Fountainhead Quad Cities; Developer J. Paul Beitler of Beitler Real Estate Services

East Moline, Illinois will soon have an all new, highly developed waterfront mixed use area that will include park space, retail and commercial areas and luxury apartments along its Mississippi River front.  The $150 million development will be a host to 300 apartment units, senior citizen housing, condominiums, storage facilities, a sports recreational center, medical facilities and a variety of amenities that includes neighborhood retail shops, food courts, banks, pharmacies and restaurants, hotels and a central park with will include a band shell.  At over 3.5 million square feet, Fountainhead Quad Cities, developed by Beitler Real Estate Services with James DeStefano of LVD Architecture as the master planner, will bring new residents to the area while attracting the thousands of motorists that pass through the region today.

More after the break.

Neues Museum Weimar Honors Henry van de Velde’s Contribution to European Modernism

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar will present the exhibition “Passion, Function and Beauty. Henry van de Velde and his Contribution to European Modernism” on March 24, 2013 at 11:00am. The press conference will be held at the Neues Museum Weimar in commemoration of  the 150th anniversary of the Belgian architect and designer Henry van de Velde.

Day Care Center Competition Entry / Uri Cohen Architects

With the city of Be’er Sheba standing out in the areas of education, architecture and environment, this proposal for the day care center, which won an honorable mention, is an opportunity for innovative thinking in social services and integration with the community. Designed by Uri Cohen Architects their plan suggests selective exposure to city life for the users, while keeping their privacy and giving the city areas for activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Sheats Goldstein Residence / John Lautner

Question: What does Snoop Dogg, John Cleese, Lucy Liu and Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski have in common? Simple, they have all, at some point in time, hung out in the living room of the space-age Sheats Goldstein Residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright-disciple, John Lautner.

7th Annual Cambridge Talks Conference: 'Architecture and the Street'

Free and open to the public, the PhD program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design is pleased to invite you to the 7th annual Cambridge Talks conference, which will take place on Friday, March 29, from 9:00am to 4:30pm. This year's conference seeks to bring fresh historical themes and tools to bear on the problem of 'Architecture and the Street'. New research promises to enrich and challenge perspectives pioneered by Spiro Kostof, Jane Jacobs, and William H. Whyte. You will be challenged to critically think about questions such as 'How might we theorize and historicize modern streets as sites of cultural memory and nostalgia? And above all, what are the effects of such social, political, and technological forces on architectural form? For more information, please visit here.

Gold Coast International Design Competition

Launching Tuesday, March 26, Council of the City of Gold Coast is calling participants to compete for the opportunity to design a landmark cultural ‘heart and soul’ on 11 hectares of the stunning Evandale site on Australia’s Gold Coast. The Council’s vision for the site includes a Living Arts Centre, for performing arts and cinema; a New Arts Museum for media, art and design; a stunning outdoor garden Artscape and a green bridge to adjacent Chevron Island. Concepts will need to be distinctive and innovative and will have to respond to a comprehensive design brief. The winning design will evolve into the city’s creative commons, a place loved by residents and a must-see visitor destination. For more information, please visit here.

Hotel Avasa / Nandu Associates

  • Architects: Nandu Associates
  • Location: Madhapur, Hyderabad, India
  • Team: B. Nanda Kumar, Ankita Gupta, B.H.Ravi Shankar, B.Naveen Reddy
  • Area: 8179.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutam

© Bharath Ramamrutam © Bharath Ramamrutam © Bharath Ramamrutam © Bharath Ramamrutam

Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute / Cannon Design

© K C Kratt
© K C Kratt
  • Architects: Cannon Design
  • Location: 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA
  • Design Principal: Mehrdad Yazdani, Associate AIA
  • Area: 476000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: K C Kratt, Bjorg Magnea Architectural & Interior , Thomas Mayer, Greg Meadows, Tim Wilkes

© Bjorg Magnea Architectural & Interior © Bjorg Magnea Architectural & Interior © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer

Five Firms Shortlisted to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassies Worldwide

US Embassy in Beijing, by SOM. SOM is one of the 11 firms shortlisted by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings (BOB). Photo © SOM
US Embassy in Beijing, by SOM. SOM is one of the 11 firms shortlisted by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings (BOB). Photo © SOM

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has selected five design teams in a worldwide Architecture/Engineering Design Services solicitation to rehabilitate/renovate facilities that "represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, maintainability, art, culture, and construction execution."

Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide

The London 2012 Olympic Stadium is one of several landmark international sports venues to feature in a fully-updated and redesigned fifth edition of Stadia, the essential and long-established guide to stadia design.

Almost 20 years since it was first published in 1994, Stadia remains the most comprehensive guide to all aspects stadium design, from local club buildings to iconic international venues.