U-House / Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates

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Architects:
Location: , Taiwan
Project Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, Effie Huang, ChengHsuan Hung, HungChih Wei, LiuYin Lin
Year: 2012
Area: 355 sqm
Photographs: Lee & Zheng

Courtesy of Gillot + Givry Architectes
Courtesy of Gillot + Givry Architectes

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Gillot + Givry Architectes

The driving force in the proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition was how new technologies can apply to libraries. Gillot + Givry Architectes…, therefore, created a library that would mainly use virtual components. As thinking about South

Woodend Residence / Intermode

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Architects: Intermode
Location: Woodend, Victoria,
Project Collaborators: Carr Design Group VCON
Year: 2011
Area: 523 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

A Sauna / BUREAU A

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Architects: BUREAU A
Location: , Switzerland
Artist: Jérémie Gindre
Built By: L-Sud association
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dylan Perrenoud

Busan Opera House Second Prize Winning Proposal / designcamp moonpark dmp

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The second prize winning proposal for the Opera House, designed by designcamp moonpark dmp, aims at resolving the issue of a lack of much needed public space where people can stroll and enjoy the waterfront activity. The Opera House is an opportunity to give this luxury of space, this water’s edge back to the citizens. Inspired by opera itself and its dramatic scenographies, the facility is designed to create dramatic vignettes of the harbor, the city and the mountains. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Courtesy of WRNS Studio

UCSF Mission Bay Block 25A Academic Building Competition Winner / WRNS Studio + Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.

WRNS Studio and Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.…, recently won a design/build competition for a new faculty office building at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus, which takes cues from the workplaces of high-tech companies. When completed, the 7-story academic

Foote Farm House / McLeod Kredell Architects

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Architects: McLeod Kredell Architects
Location: Middlebury, ,
Engineer: Engineering Ventures, PC – Burlington
Builder: Northern Timbers Construction
Area: 1,500 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Susan Teare

Saint Denis Housing / Ateliers O-S architectes

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Architects: Ateliers O-S architectes
Location: ,
Project Team: Vincent Baur, Guillaume Colboc, Gaël Le Nouëne, Aurelie Louesdon
Area: 2,480 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cecile Septet

TEDx: Brilliant designs to fit more people in every city / Kent Larson

With industrialization came unchecked suburbia and car-centric lifestyles. But now, in the rapidly approaching age of the super city, our current standards of living will not suffice. According to MIT Research Scientist Kent Larson, 21st century will account for 90% of global population growth, 80% of all global CO2, and 75% of all global energy use.

Understanding that the global population faces serious issues of overcrowding, affordability and overall quality of life, Larson presents new technologies that intend to make future cities function like the small village of the past. Folding cars and quick-change apartments with robotic walls are just a some of the fascinating innovations he and his colleagues are currently developing.

Pool House / Joaquín Alvado Bañón

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Architects: Joaquín Alvado Bañón
Location: , Alicante,
Structural Engineer: Miguel Angel Crespo
Collaboration: Vicente Castillo and Miguel Rodenas
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Frutos

Workshop / Covachita Taller de Arquitectura

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Architects: Covachita
Location: , Nuevo León, México
Architect In Charge: Fernando Aguilar, Roberto Nuñez, Ana Cantú, Diana Treviño
Area: 50 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photography: 18·26 Agencia de Fotografía

WSJ names Wang Shu ‘Innovator of the Year 2012′

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The Wall Street Journal announced Wang Shu as architecture’s “Innovator of the Year 2012”, commending his “deceptively simple” vision that is “drafting a new architectural blueprint for his country”. The 49-year-old Chinese architect, whose work has been described as China’s “new regional style”, is one of the most influential architects in what is becoming one of the most important countries in the world.

After founding Amateur Architecture Studio with his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997, the Pritzker Prize laureate has created a succession of acclaimed projects throughout China, from civic buildings to private homes to exhibition pavilions. Some of his most prominent works include the monumental Ningbo Museum of Art, constructed of locally salvaged materials, and the uniquely crafted Xiangshan Campus for the China Academy of Art. Both projects exhibit Shu’s innovative balance between traditional and contemporary Chinese architecture that remains deeply rooted within it’s context.

The Latest in the Wright House Demolition Saga: The Developers Tell Their Side

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The David Wright House, a hidden gem that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son, still stands, but its fate remains precarious.

On October 9th, the  Planning Commission met to discuss the proposed landmark designation for the house, an event which attracted over 100 people. According to The New York Times, only 3 people voted against the designation, including the house’s current owners, the developers of 8081 Meridian, John Hoffman and Steve Sells.

When the pair bought the house back in June for only $1.8 million (from the pair the Wright’s granddaughters had sold the house to for $2.8 million), they thought it was “too good to be true.” The property alone could make up to $1.4 million; the pair hoped that by splitting the lot they could make even more.

Unfortunately however, Mr. Sells had no idea of the house’s architectural significance. As he told The New York Times, he didn’t know the difference “between Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wright brothers. ”

More on the Developers’ side of this demolition tale, after the break…

DGS-Co Office Building / Ali dehghani, Ali soltani & Atefeh karbasi

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Architects: ,
Location: Najafabad, Iran
Year: 2012
Area: 1011 sqm
Client: Mohammad Ayati
Photographs: Farshid Nasrabadi

Roji / Nadamoto Yukiko Architects

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Architects: Nadamoto Yukiko Architects
Location: Yoichi,
Architect In Charge: Yukiko Nadamoto
Photographs: Seiya Miyamoto

Which Grand Central Vision Is the Best for New York?

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The Time’s Michael Kimmelman described it as an “ennobling experience, a gift,” a lesson on what architecture, at it’s best, can be.

Indeed, entering the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal is a pleasure that rivals few others. For me, it took me by surprise: walking, as New Yorkers do, in a determined beeline through an undistinguished tunnel, I was suddenly struck by light. I stopped, as New Yorkers never do, to observe a vaulted, starry ceiling, the changing light, and multitudes of people whipping by.

Grand Central is one of New York’s most beloved icons, one of the few which tourists and natives share alike. Which is not to say, of course, that it isn’t in need of a face-lift.

The Terminal’s upcoming centennial, which corresponds with proposed re-zoning laws that would completely change the face of Midtown, makes now the perfect moment to consider how Grand Central’s grandeur can be preserved and its neighborhood reinvigorated. Last week, the Metropolitan Art Society (MAS) invited three firms to share their visions – and while SOM’s gravity-defying “halo” may have stolen the show, only one truly captured the spirit of Grand Central, and explored the full potential of what it could – and should – one day be.

Landscape Laboratory / Cannatà & Fernandes

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Architects: Cannatà & Fernandes
Location: ,
Design Team: Riccardo Cannatà, Dario Cannatà, Bruno Silva, Marta Lemos, Nuno Castro, Francisco Meireles, João Pedro Martins
Year: 2010
Area: 1387.03 sqm
Photographs: Dario Cannatà, Luis Ferreira Alves, Pepe Barbiere

Sukkahville Design Competition Winning Exhibition: ‘Hegemonikon’ / Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow

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As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in , organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Christina Zeibak and Daphne Dow were selected as winners for their ‘Hegemonikon’ exhibition. The seat of the soul which rules and guides all the others, the project is considered to exist within the heart of all living things. The complete development of the human Hegemonikon comprises absolute rationality; it chooses action according to reason. This philosophy was the foundation and inspiration behind the design concept of this project. More images and the designers’ description after the break.