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© Flickr CC User Mathieu Thouvenin

Apple Awarded Patent for Flagship Store Design

The US Patent and Trademark Office have awarded a patent to Apple for the design of their flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, reports MacRumors. The patent, applied for by Apple in 2012, applies to the above-ground glass cube, which was originally designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and – after a renovation in 2011 – is made of just 15 glass panels with minimal steel fixings. More on the patent after the break.

VARA / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: 1880 Mission Street, , CA 94103, USA
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Jeorge Jordan, Will Chu, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Olivia Ward, Justin Ackerman, Al McKee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Move Over, Green Walls: Living Canopy Comes to West Vancouver

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Imagine walking beneath an illuminated canopy of lush greenery, in the form of inverted pyramids sculpted to perfection. In early August 2014 visitors were welcomed by this succulent living roof to the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Guests were guided through the fairgrounds beneath the 90-foot long canopy, creating an immersive sensory experience befitting the interdisciplinary creative arts festival. Designed by Matthew Soules Architecture and curated by the Museum of West VancouverVermilion Sands was created as a temporary for the ten day festival.

Submerge yourself in Vermilion Sands with photos and more info after the break.

PortMiami Tunnel / ArquitectonicaGEO

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Location: , FL, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robin Hill

New York’s Oyster Bar: Serving up Reefs and Resiliency

Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects’ designs for Pier 42. Image Courtesy of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

As part of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects‘ ongoing blog at Metropolis Magazine about effective implementation of landscape design principles, this article discusses one of the more unusual methods developed to create resilience and prevent storm damage: oysters. Drawing on her experiences creating an oyster reef at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects’ Pier 42 project in New York, Johanna Phelps explains the challenges and opportunities that arise in establishing this unusual type of natural infrastructure in an urban location.

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York in 2012, the city’s waterfront design discussions have focused on ideas of and planning for storm events. The recent Rebuild by Design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Presidential Rebuilding Task Force, featured six winning proposals that all envisioned a beefed-up Manhattan shoreline capable of handling large storm events and other hazards effects of climate change. Of the handful of ambitious designs, Scape/Landscape Architecture’s Living Breakwaters plan was the most interesting: the project called for the reestablishment of New York’s erstwhile oyster reefs, which the architects said would improve local ecology.

Penthouse Plata / Greenfield

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Architects: Greenfield
Location: , Nuevo Leon,
Design Team: Kenji Rivera, Samuel Contreras, Alain Navar, Julia Briones, Dolores Maximino, Antonio Flores, Marisol Barrios.
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Documentación Arquitectónica – Adrián Llaguno , Courtesy of Greenfield

The Rockefeller Foundation Kicks Off its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

OMA’s proposed Hoboken Waterfront for the “” competition, which focused on resilience, sustainability and livability. Image Courtesy of OMA

The Rockefeller Foundation has kicked off its 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which aims to help “build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world.” Each of the 100 cities selected will receive funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer and assistance in developing and implementing a resilience strategy.

“We can’t predict the next disruption or catastrophe. But we can control how we respond to these challenges. We can adapt to the shocks and stresses of our world and transform them into opportunities for growth,” the 100 Resilient Cities’ site reads. While shocks include events like earthquakes, fires and floods, stresses include high unemployment, inefficient public transportation, endemic violence or chronic food and water shortages. The Challenge aims to help cities be better prepared for these adverse events and better able to deliver basic services in both good and bad times to all members of the population.

Learn more about the Challenge after the break…

Google Launches New Virtual Experience that Takes You Inside Alvar Aalto’s Works

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The Alvar Aalto Foundation has begun a collaborative project with Google to make Aalto buildings even more accessible to the public. Using Google’s revolutionary Street View navigation tool, along with its virtual Institute, the project offers a look inside some of Aalto’s most iconic works of architecture. Learn more about this initiative and see the virtual journey for yourself after the break.

P2Villa Shinsyo / Szki Architects

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Architects: Szki Architects
Location: , Shizuoka Prefecture,
Area: 66.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Katsuya Suzuki’

Mecanoo Begins Work on Vast Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

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Dutch based practice Mecanoo, nominated for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize for the Library of Birmingham, have begun work on vast cultural centre in Shenzhen marking their first project to break ground on Chinese soil. Comprising of a large public art gallery, a science museum, a youth centre, and a book mall, the 95,000 square metre development will strengthen Longgang District’s identity by “providing citizens and visitors with a renewed sense of place.” Forming a dynamic link between the high-rise of the city’s commercial district and the open spaces of Longcheng Park, the four sculpted forms emerge from the ground to create a series of arches and sheltered spaces to facilitate public events.

See the full set of images and an illustrative film after the break.

Lanserhof Tegernsee / Ingenhoven Architects

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Architects: Ingenhoven Architects
Location: Marienstein, 83666 , Germany
Area: 21000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: H.G. Esch

SALT Festival Installations / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Fylkesveg 478 430, 8130 Sandhornøy, Norway
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gunnar Holmstad, Marte Antonsen

Four Houses in Baleia / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Baleia – Praia da Baleia, São Paulo, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Area: 2340.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall / Affleck de la Riva architects

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Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
Location: 7 Rue Doctor Wilfrid Locat North, Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, , QC J0K 3H0,
Area: 1560.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Bold Urban Renewal Projects in City of Port Phillip, Melbourne

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The near Melbourne is taking bold measures to enhance the vibrant atmosphere and livability of their city through a variety of urban renewal projects. Promoting a four part community plan of working together to take action, neighborhood development, community leadership, and monitoring progress, and fifteen priorities for action, the city’s commitment to environmentally and socially conscious design and policy alongside a strong support for the arts has resulted in a number of noteworthy projects, attracting designers such as Simon Oxenham of Convic, Gregory Burgess Architects, and Paul Morgan Architects to take part.

Read on after the break to see three videos featuring the award winning projects, created by our friends at Traces Films.

Savyon House / Michal Sheffer

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Architects: Michal Sheffer
Location: ,
Area: 473.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Epstein

Preserving Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hemicycle Spring House

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The Spring House, also known as the Clifton and George Lewis II House, is the only private house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that was ever built in Florida. The design embodies the final and shortest stylistic phase in Wright’s career – the hemicycle style. The plan is characterized by concentric and intersecting circles, while the elevations are consistent with Wright’s other designs in how they accentuate the horizontal.

After the death of her husband in 1996, Clifton Lewis formed the Spring House Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic property and turning it into a public legacy. In order to restore and complete the house (some elements were never built, including a semi-circular pool on one of the terraces), the organization needs to raise $256,250, which will then be matched by the Division of Historical Resources to pay the $512,500 purchase price. To meet the Division of Historical Resources’ October 15th deadline, they have launched an IndieGoGo campaign with a target of $100,000. For more on the historical landmark and the organization’s fundraising efforts, keep reading after the break.

Grha Adhi Media Complex / Atelier TT

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Architects: Atelier TT
Location: Jalan Bintaro, Pondok Aren, South Tangerang City, Banten,
Architect In Charge: Jan Steven Tjandra, Lisa Teo, Arddy Berylian, Dennis Liandy, Duhita Anindya Hanifati, Grace Vania
Site Area: 3500m2
Area: 2900.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Martin Westlake, Dennis Liandy