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Films & Architecture: "Inception"

This time we want to share a very contemporary film. An amazing story stunningly described by Christopher Nolan, in which dreams within dreams can be manipulated by “architects” who can construct an imaginary reality.

Imagine: being able, as architects, to create whole environments, just using our minds as the resource. Let us know your ideas in the comments below, and, while you’re at it, please let us know of some new films we can add to the list!

Vigdis Languages Center Proposal / OOIIO Architecture

Designed for the “Vigdis Foundation”, the Languages Center aims to be a rational building, where modulation is a key aspect. Designed by OOIIO Architecture, there is no architectural excess that might increase the budget, but quite singular and special at the same time, comfortable for users and interesting enough to get the pedestrians attention. Built to host exhibitions, a cinema-theater, café, library, and more, the construction of the building is efficient, quick and with a rational materials use. More images and architects’ description after the break.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Valenciennes Technopole for Sustainable Mobility Competition Entry / Mikou Design Studio

The Transalley Technopole is a metropolitan scientific and technological project of an international dimension, dedicated to transportation and mobility, located on a strategic site of the Valenciennes urban area. The competition proposal by Mikou Design Studio aims to be a real ecosystem of innovation, and it will host the Institut des Transports Durables (Sustainable Transport Institute), the Institut International de Management, and the head office of IRT Railenium, which will be a major research and development center dedicated to railway infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Innovative, Bioclimatic, European School Complex Second Prize Winning Proposal / Various Architects

Designed by architects Costandis Kizis, Platon Issaias, Theodosis Issaias, and Alexandra Vougia, the second prize winning proposal for the Innovative Bioclimatic European School Complex in Crete develops around two fundamental elements of space: light and soil. In response to the intense landscape of the area of Voutes, the architectural gesture, derived from the cliffs and valleys of the region, takes advantage of the microclimatic conditions while at the same time underlining the presence of an educational institution, not by standing out, but by letting the natural landscape play the leading role. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AA Istanbul Visiting School: Vertical Interventions

Courtesy of Architectural Association
Courtesy of Architectural Association

In its third year, the AA Istanbul Visiting School, Vertical Interventions, in collaboration with Istanbul Technical University, will continue to rediscover verticality through novel generative design techniques and large-scale physical prototypes. Abstracted as a fusion of various sub-systems, each subsystem of the tower will be investigated in relation to their various performance criteria. The correlations between the separate sets of performance criteria and evaluation methods will be analyzed, leading to the generation of unified design alternatives for a vertical system typology. In addition to the custom-made digital design and evaluation tools supporting the core methodology, Vertical Interventions will also highlight the fabrication and assembly of a large scale working prototype integrating the performative characteristics of each system in examination. 

As in 2012, the design agendas of AA Athens and AA Istanbul Visiting Schools will directly create feedback on one another, allowing participation in either one or both Programmes. 

Graduating in 2013? You're in Luck...

© Carlos Willis
© Carlos Willis

 is a Vice President at Autodesk and teaches at Yale (see our interview with him here). Last week, we published his "5 Pearls of Wisdoms for Architecture Grads," originally written in 2011. This week, Phil is back to talk to Architecture students again, but this time with some updated advice for the grads of 2013.

It’s been a year since my “Winter Commencement” discussion, and just a few days since I gave my annual talk to our graduating students about the state of the construction economy and what that means for their spring job hunt.  And since ArchDaily decided to repost that blog recently, it seemed timely to reflect a bit on how things have changed since December of 2011, and what those changes might mean for job prospects going forward.

And what a difference a year makes, at least for this year’s graduating class.  The elections are over, most of the economic malaise, while not lifted here in the U.S, is certainly lighter, and designing, building and, most importantly, hiring seems to be on the rise again.  In fact, for the first time since 2009, I suggested to our students that prospects for their employment are the brightest of the young decade.  

Here’s my reasoning...

Find out why Grads in 2013 are facing far rosier circumstances, after the break...

House in Shimoda-Chou / EANA

  • Architects: EANA
  • Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Design Team: Kohei Iwasaki, Tota Abe
  • Construction: Eiko Kensetsu
  • Structural Design: Kenji Nawa, Nawakenji-M
  • Total Foor Area: 142.60 sqm

  • Site Area: 175.10 sqm

  • Area: 77.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

Gag Order Released on the London Olympics' Architects

Although the 2012 London Olympics concluded last August, RIBA president Angela Brady and New London Architecture chairman Peter Murray continued to lead a fierce campaign against the strict International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules that forbid architectural practices who contributed to the design and construction of the venues from promoting their work. Months later, a compromise has finally been met and the architects will now allowed to discuss their contributions freely. 

Steven Holl Architects to design Kennedy Center Expansion

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects have been selected to design a new, 60,000 square foot addition to the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The $100 million project, which will be lead by Steven Holl and senior partner Chris McVoy, is envisioned as three connected pavilions clad in translucent Okalux, glass, and Carrara marble, the material used on the original 1970s building.

Located mostly below grade on the south side of the existing facility, the protruding structures will be embedded within a lush landscape of public gardens. To the west, one pavilion will extend over the Potomac River, offering an outdoor stage at the water’s edge. The expansion will compliment the existing performance center with new classrooms, rehearsal and multipurpose rooms, along with lecture and office space. Both the new and the old will be directly connected underground and through the main plaza. A formal design will be refined and announced in the coming months.

More images and information on the Kennedy Center expansion after the break.

Passive kindergarten Oostduinkerke / BURO II + ARCHI+I

© Klaas Verdru
© Klaas Verdru
  • Architects: BURO II + ARCHI+I
  • Location: Koksijde, Belgium
  • Project Director: Arch. Tom Vandorpe
  • Design Architect: Ir. Arch. Isabel Vlaeminck
  • Project Architect: Arch. Nancy Latruwe
  • Landscape Architect: Arch. urban planner Maarten Vansteenhuyse
  • Interior Architect: Int.arch. Joost Claeys
  • Area: 1246.38 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Klaas Verdru

© Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru

Macrocel / Seijo Peón Arquitectos

  • Architects: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada, Josefina Peon Puerto
  • Location: Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Israel Ramírez Segura, Marco Sogbi Martínez, Claudina Peon Puerto, Alejandra Molina Gual
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Alberto Cáceres Zenteno

© Alberto Cáceres Zenteno © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno

Maipu Building / Nicolás Campodonico

  • Architects: Nicolás Campodonico
  • Location: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Design Team: Nicolás Campodonico, Martin Lavayen, Tomas Balparda
  • Collaborators: Mássimo Triches, Carolina Dangelo, Ylenia Arca, Laura Vitale, Enriqueta Brozzo, Pablo Taberna
  • Structure: Susana Boccaccio, Jose Moya
  • Area: 2,078 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Walter Salcedo, Summa+/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, Martin Lavayen, Simon Deprez

© Walter Salcedo © Summa+/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Summa+/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Walter Salcedo

The Gold Line Bridge / Rivka Night + Andrew Leicester

Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
  • Architects: Rivka Night, Andrew Leicester
  • Location: Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, California
  • Architect In Charge: Rivka Night
  • Artist: Andrew Leicester
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

Talstation / Partnerundpartner-architekten

  • Architects: Partnerundpartner-architekten
  • Location: Baiersbronn, Germany
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten

Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten

House M / Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos

© Quiroga Carrafa
© Quiroga Carrafa
  • Architects: Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos, Analia Messina
  • Location: Lujan, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Authors: Fernando Fritz, Eric Fritz, Analia Messina
  • Design Team: Hernán Feldmann, Christian Moroni
  • Structural Engineering: José Zaldua
  • Area: 300 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Quiroga Carrafa

© Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa

Álvaro Siza Pavilion Will Remain at Venice Bienniale Until 2016

“Recognized by all for its efficiency,” the pavilion that Álvaro Siza designed for last year’s Venice Bienniale of Architecture will remain on display and be utilized as “additional space” by the new curators in 2014 and 2016.