Club de Vela / SCT Estudio de Arquitectura

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Architects: SCT Estudio de Arquitectura
Location: Puerto de Andratx, ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: José Hevia

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Parsons Launches New Urban Graduate Programs

Parsons The New School for Design has announced new graduate programs including a Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies and a Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice. What makes these programs unique is their focus on…

Tamina Thermal Baths / Smolenicky & Partner Architecture

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Architecture: Smolenicky & Partner Architecture
Location: , Switzerland
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Roland Bernath, Walter Mair

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Redesign of the Old GSP Area / Theo. David Architects

The idea for this concept of an urban park as a cultural threshold by Theo. David Architects… evolved from thinking about the nature of urban space, the need to create an iconic multi-functional accessible park, a dynamic architectural point of

Horizon Media Office / a + i architecture

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Architects: a + i architecture
Location: , New York, USA
Project Team: Dag Folger – Principle, Bradley Zizmor – Principle, Sommer Schauer – Senior Associate, Anastasia Amelchakova – Project Manager, Amy Mielke – Designer, Phil Ward – Designer
Client: Horizon Media
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 115,000 sqf
Photographs: Magda Biernat


Gebhard Sengmüller

Location: ,
Structural Engineer: DI Karl Fischer
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 315.94 sqm
Photographs: Gebhard Sengmüller

Caramel: Forget Architecture / Caramel Architekten

We recently received a book from . We previously featured four of their projects if you would like a taste of their work (click here). The book is presented in both German and English and offers a wonderful insight into their inspiration and range of work. Project Description: Caramel architectural office was founded by the architects Gunter Katherl (1965), Martin Haller (1966), and Ulrich Aspetsberger (1967) in 2002. The office s motto is: For each project anew! Most construction contracts result from successful bids for both national and international competitions. Some projects were also awarded with prizes, e.g. reklameburo , Einfamilienhaus h , the Kaps farm extension, or the temporary info shop for European Capital of Culture Linz 09. As one of the major offices and no longer as a young architectural office but with a noticeable number of high scale buildings Caramel Architects coin the Austrian architectural landscape.

Japan to Create World’s First Backup City

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The Japanese Government has revealed a radical plan to construct a standby city for Tokyo. The Integrated Resort, Tourism, Business and BackupCity, known as IRTBBC, will provide backup to the capital in an event of an immobilizing earthquake.

IRTBBC will incorporate all vital functions of government, with duplicate facilities for parliament and ministries. Offices complexes, resort facilities, casinos, parks, and the tallest tower in the world at 652 meters, will employ 50,000 IRTBBC residents and over 150,000 workers from the nearby city of Osaka.  The government is considering the existing 1236 acre site of the Itami Airport, located approximately 300 miles west of Tokyo.

A member of the ruling Democratic Party, Hajime Ishii, stated, “The idea is being able to have a back-up, a spare battery for the functions of the nation.”

Reference: World Architecture News

Portal to the Point proposal / wHY Design

Portal to the Point is a design project initiated to honor the completion of renovations to ’s most visible National Historic Landmark, Point State Park. wHY Architecture is one of five finalists selected to redefine the space beneath the Portal Bridge that leads into 36-acre park.

Continue reading for more project information and renderings.

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Slide City Exhibition / Per Kartvedt

In the 70′s Oslo’s own “Man in Black”, Professor of Architecture Per Kartvedt… , started his long lasting lecture series on cities, communities, myths and dreams. Per has since then been an influential character in contemporary architecture, both as principle

Narrabeen Lagoon Multi-use Trail Stage 1 / ASPECT Studios

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Landscape Architect: ASPECT Studios
Location: Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales,
Client: Warringah Council
Consultants : Jeffery Katauskas, Hard and Forestor, Ducros Design
Budget: AUS$1.8 million
Project Area: 2.5 kilometres
Project Year: 2011
Photographer: Simon Wood

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Open Call for MONU New Issue Contributions

MONU magazine on urbanism is continuously looking for interesting contributions. The current open call for submissions for MONU #16 is on the topic of “Non-Urbansim” and closes by the end of December 2011.
This new issue of MONU magazine will…

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Glass Bridge / Hideki Yoshimatu + archipro architects

Architects: Hideki Yoshimatu + archipro architects
Location: Mirasaka, Miyoshi, Hiroshima, Japan
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Hiroshi Fuji, archipro architects, ABBKBB, Hiroshi Date…

Hotel Liesma Proposal / Jevgenijs Busins & Liva Banka

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The proposal for Hotel Liesma, by Jevgenijs Busins & Liva Banka, is designed for a music-themed upscale Hotel Competition in , Latvia. It is the meeting point of waves and coast, wind and pine-trees, ideas and people, various music rhythms and audition. The architecture of the building is characterized by calisthenics of facades. The basic construction has remained untouched but facade has been changed completely. The facade has a wavy shape with vertical wooden constructions. Hence the classical traditions of architecture of have been honored. Wooden materials in various tones and factures are used as the predominant materials in the design. The rhythm of vertical lines of glued pine wood gives the building an appeal as it associates with boles of the wood and embraces the building in the landscape of . More images and architects’ description after the break.

EAMES: The Architect and The Painter

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The husband-and-wife team of are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life — from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age — has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work opening November 18th at the IFC Center in City.

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Antakya Hotel / EAA – Emre Arolat Architects

Architects: EAA – Emre Arolat Architects / Başak Akkoyunlu, Şerif Süveydan
Location: Antakya, Turkey
Responsible Architect: emre arolat, başak akkoyunlu (concept project); şerif süveydan ( final project); gonca paşolar, şerif süveydan (construction project); sezer bahtiyar, şerif süveydan (municipality approval project)…

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Praemium Imperiale Art Awards 2011 Ceremony

Named as the Praemium Imperiale 2011 Award recipient for architecture, Ricardo Legorreta…, was recognized at a formal ceremony in Tokyo last month along with fellow award winners Bill Viola (Painting), Anish Kapoor (Sculpture), Seiji Ozawa (Music), and Judi Dench

Los Feliz Residence / Warren Techentin Architecture

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Architect: Warren Techentin Architecture
Location: , California,
Photographs: Eric Staudenmeier