It Me Eco Fast Restaurant / Joanna Pszczółka + Łukasz Brandys

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Architects: Joanna Pszczółka + Łukasz Brandys
Location: Ochaby,
Photographs: Joanna Pszczółka

   

RIBA International Award Winners Announced

Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand FJMT + Archimedia - architects in association © Gollings

Following our previous announcement revealing the 2012 RIBA Award recipients, we now present to you 12 international projects that have also received top honors from . Buildings outside the European Union by RIBE Chartered Architects and International Fellows are eligible for this award. These 2012 International Award winners will now compete for the Lubetkin Prize – an award named in honor of the Georgia-born architect who worked in Paris before coming to in the 1930s to establish the influential Tecton Group. In 2009, the RIBA Lubetkin Prize went to the National Stadium Beijing by Herzog & de Meuron with China Architectural Design & Research Group and Arup Sport for National Stadium Company.

And now, the 12 RIBA International Award winners are…

Extension in the Liberties / Donaghy & Dimond Architects

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Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Will Dimond, Marcus Donaghy, Maire Kiely, Conal Ryan, St. John Walsh
Engineer: David Maher
Area: Existing accommodation 96 sqm; Additional accommodation 16sqm
Completion:  2011
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh, Donaghy & Dimond Architects

   

Techne: The New and Improved SketchUp

Gizmo navigation of SketchUp, image via depts.washington.edu

If you have ever used SketchUp, you probably really like what it does, which is basically allowing 3D viewing and modeling of everything from furniture to cities, as the website declares. At the University of Washington’s [design machine group], researchers in Computer Science and Architecture have decided that SketchUp needs some additional functionality. Why? Because, as they say, while “SketchUp may displace the use of physical models in design, [it] has not eliminated difficulties in the ad-hoc navigation of digital models by non-experts, which often occurs during design reviews.” In fact, as they see it, SketchUp’s mouse navigation requires a great deal of skill. Keyboards and mice are clunky and difficult to use when examining 3D computer models, especially for non-designers, i.e. those who are unfamiliar with using the software frequently.

AD Round Up: Interviews Part VI

For today’s AD Round Up we’ve compiled a few previously featured ArchDaily Interviews. It’s never too late to watch these interviews, which offer various points of view from these outstanding architects. You must watch the interview of Pritzker Prize winner, Richard Meier. Don’t miss the Thomas Phifer interview, a closer look at one of the winners of the 2010 ArchDaily building of the year. You can also watch an interview with Mark Sexton from Krueck & Sexton firm or an interview with Stephan Jaklitsch and Mark Gardner from Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects, who have made a name for themselves by designing buildings that engage their users and respond to their culture. Last but not least in today’s AD Round Up, you can see the double interview of Eugene Kohn and William Pedersen from Kohn Pendersen Fox.

Museum of Medical History and Innovation / Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects

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Architects: Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, Inc
Location: Boston, Massachusetts,
Principal in Charge: Jane H. Weinzapfel, FAIA
Project Manager: Winifred A. Stopps, Senior Assoc. AIA LEED AP
Project Architect: Alan Christ, AIA LEED AP
Design Architect: Tom Chung, Senior Assoc., AIA LEED AP
Project Team: Kevin Bell AIA, Susan Crowe Knight, Laura Duncan, Shih-Min Hsu AIA, Hannah Jackson RA, Irene Kang AIA LEED AP, Matt Petrie AIA, Jared Ramsdell, Marley Wright RA
Project Area: 12,270 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Grassl/Esto

2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced

Turner Contemporary, Kent by David Chipperfield Architects © Richard Bryant

The 2012 Award winners have been announced! Since 1966, has set the standard for architectural excellence across the with the RIBA Awards. As bdonline points out, this year RIBA has halved the number of projects who have received awards in an attempt to harden the competition. Shortlisted from 739 entries, the 59 winners chosen from the UK and EU will now be considered for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize – the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize whose 2011 winner was the Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: “The judges were delighted to see so many well considered, crafted and innovative projects, and the use of beautiful materials; these projects are truly exciting and inspiring.”

Continue after the break to review the RIBA Award winners.

MÉCA – Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine / BIG

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Team BIG+FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A wins the competition to design a new 12 000 m2 cultural center on the riverfront of , merging three cultural institutions into one single building. More images and complete press release after the break.

Lessons from Stanley Tigerman

In April, Black Spectacles filmed a discussion with Stanley Tigerman and the AIA Chicago Education Knowledge Committee revealing an intimate look at Tigerman’s 60+ years in the profession in his own words. The discussion is guided by a series of questions from the audience that send Tigerman into stories from his experiences, his attitude towards the profession today, technology and ethics.

Read on for key points from the interview after the break.

Ridge House / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: Valley in rural
Project Team: Todd Howard, Steve Raike, Jackie Bacon
Principal for Design: Peter Q. Bohlin
Project Manager: Jeffrey Jones
Project Area: 6300 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

Courtesy of Conceptual Devices
Courtesy of Conceptual Devices

Globe/Hedron Rooftop Farm / Conceptual Devices

The Globe/Hedron Rooftop Farm is a bamboo greenhouse designed to organically grow fish and vegetables on top of generic flat roofs. Designed by Conceptual Devices…, the structure is optimized for aquaponic farming techniques: the fish’s water nourishes the plants

Why Skateboarding Matters to Architecture

Studiometro's Bastard Store, a cinema converted into office space, showroom, and bowl.

Every June 21st since 2003, Go Skateboarding Day has rallied skateboarders around the globe – in skateparks and public plazas, downtown nooks and parking lots – to grind, ollie, and kickflip it with the best of them.

If I didn’t lose you at “ollie,” you’re probably wondering: what the heck does this have to do with architecture?

Well, I could talk about the architectural challenge that a skate park, as an interactive public space with specific topological requisites and social implications, offers architects. I could show you some cool testaments to the fact, such as the Architecture for Humanity-sponsored projects in Afghanistan and Manhattan, opening today.

But, rather selfishly, I’m more interested in what skateboarding has to offer us beyond skateparks. A skater, unlike your typical pedestrian, experiences space just as intensely and consciously as an architect himself, albeit in a different way. He/she is alive to the possibility of space, not in its totality, as an architect would be, but as a collection of tactile surfaces to be jumped on, grinded, and conquered.

The skater offers a revolutionary perspective for the architect: one that allows you to see  buildings beyond what they were intended to be, to see (and design) buildings as “building blocks for the open minded.”

Copperhill Mountain Lodge / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Associate Architects: AIX Arkitekter AB
Location: , Sweden
Project Team: Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, Principal for Design – William D. Loose, AIA, Project Manager
Project Area: 183,000 GSF
Project Year: 2009
Photographer: Nic Lehoux, Jonas Kullman

Update: ABI May

Via the WSJ

We continue our coverage of the Architecture Billings Index with a not-so optimistic report for May.   The economic indicator showed a substantial drop in the Index (which had previously been inching upward over the past five months).    In fact, all regions reported a decline in demand for design services and all regions fell below 50 (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).     The official report for May was 45.8, with the regional breakdown as follows: Northeast (48.6), West (47.6), Midwest (46.8), South (46.1).  “For the second year in a row, we’re seeing declines in springtime design activity after a healthy first quarter.  Given the ongoing uncertainly in the economic outlook, particularly the weak job growth numbers in recent months, this should be an alarm bell going off for the design and construction industry,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “The commercial/industrial sector is the only one recording gains in design activity at present, and even this sector has slowed significantly. Construction forecasters will have to reassess what conditions will look like moving forward.”

We will keep you updated and hope for some different news for June.

 


Cloud House / McBride Charles Ryan

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Architects: McBride Charles Ryan
Location: VIC,
Design Team: Rob McBride, Debbie-Lyn Ryan, Marie Chen, Cathryn Panaterri, Ben Inman, Gabriella Muto
Proyect Year: 2012
Photographs: John Gollings

AA Projects Review Exhibition 2012

© Hélène Solvay

From next Friday 22nd will take place the AA Projects Review Exhibition. The place of the event is located in the ’s main building at 36 Bedford Square, WC1B3ES.

Projects Review offers an overview of the AA’s 2011/12 acadamic year. On display are hundreds of drawings, models, installations, phogographs and other materials documenting the diversity and experimental nature of the AA School.

‘At the AA architecture is pursued as a form of cultural knowledge, across year-long design projects and portfolios. We believe that truly great schools don’t just nurture and support architectural talent: they build audiences for experimentation, out of which new architectural ideas, visions and projects emerge. Please join us as part of this audience, which the AA remains committed to promoting at the cutting edge of architectural cuture, practice and learning.’

The access to this Friday event required invitation but will be free the rest of the days until 14th July.

More images after the break

a21house / a21 studio

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Architects: a21 studio
Location: Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 40.0 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Colombo Mixed-Use Development / Safdie Architects

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Safdie Architects was recently selected to design a new mixed-use development in , . The 69-storey mixed-use project will be the first for Moshe Safdie in , and is expected to be the tallest residential building in Colombo when it is completed. The design includes expansive family and community space amenities such as community gardens, shared outdoor spaces within the upper levels of the building, and individual roof gardens or terraces for every residence, a hallmark of Safdie’s design philosophy to provide access to outdoor spaces in high density urban housing. More images and architects’ description after the break.