Ten Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage List

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson

A recent nomination by the United States seeks to elevate ten celebrated buildings characteristic of influential architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s style to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If the nomination is fulfilled, the collection of buildings will join the 1,007 designated sites currently on the World Heritage List, including some of the most recognizable buildings in the world like the Taj Mahal and Sydney Opera House. These structures are recognized for their extraordinary cultural significance and “outstanding universal values.” See the ten nominated buildings, after the break.

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Welfare Centre for Children and Teenagers / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons

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Architects: Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons
Location: Porte des Lilas, 75019 ,
Area: 6225.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Vincent Fillon

An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li

“We have to try to work with scale and memory. I think in the last twenty years the main problem is that we lost the 归宿感 [sense of belonging]. The people here have been moving from house to house for a long time, the result is that we don’t have a feeling of home… even if you are staying in a nice house or villa you don’t consider it as an ideal or permanent home where you could stay. This might be considered the problem. More than ten years ago we used to have that feeling, the sense to belong to a specific space. We used to live in neighbourhoods where we had a social background, a community, now you don’t have any community, you don’t see the neighbors any more. Now Chinese people are becoming lonely, they are losing that feeling and becoming ‘homeless’.” - Zhang Lei, , 2013

Spanish Firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Awarded 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal

Contemporary Arts Center Córdoba / . Image © Roland Halbe

Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has been selected to receive the 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal. Awarded every three years, the recognizes an office or architect “with outstanding merit in creative architecture.” Nieto Sobejano and its founders – Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano—were commended by the jury for their profound understanding of the local cultures where they work.

“Nieto and Sobejano were key names in the new wave of Spanish architecture, which emerged in the late 1970s. The roots of their architecture lie in Spain, and its multi-layered history and culture,” the jury wrote. “Their works speak a silent language, proving that the precondition of meaningful architecture is an in-depth understanding of local culture and the context of the design brief.”

House in La Rufina / Santiago Carlos Viale + Daniella Beviglia

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Architects: Santiago Carlos Viale, Daniella Beviglia
Location: Córdoba, ,
Area: 316.0 m2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

AD Classics: Bibliotheca Alexandrina / Snøhetta

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina on Egypt’s Mediterranean Coast is a spectacular, state-of-the-art facility with an unresolved architectural identity. Commissioned in 1989 as a contemporary resurrection of the fabled Library at once venerated throughout the ancient world, the present building was intended to serve as a city’s connection to history and heritage. But its stark modernity and technological innovations make it decidedly more forward-looking than historically referential, a cosmopolitan exploration of form and engineering perhaps longing for a stronger sense of regional belonging.

To some critics, the library has political overtones that obfuscate its architectural message, at worst acting as a monument to political posturing whose utility and conceptual integrity is only of secondary concern. And while critical scrutiny of the project necessitates its political and socio-historical contextualization, the building’s architecture—the competition-winning design submitted by Norwegian firm Snøhetta—is worth appreciating and evaluating as an autonomous object and as a precedent for contemporary library design.

Alps Villa / Camillo Botticini

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Architects: Camillo Botticini
Location: Passo del Cavallo, 25065 Lumezzane BS,
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicolò Galeazzi

Mayor Of London Supports Plans For Europe’s Longest Segregated Cycle Lane

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According to a document published last month, ’s aspiration to become “a great cycling city” has taken one step closer to reality. The office of the Mayor of has approved plans to develop Europe’s longest segregated bicycle lane through the centre of the city following modifications to an original plan that drew sharp criticism from residents and commuters. The new plans, which have been supported by a number of private companies and public bodies, aims to maintain vehicular traffic capacity whilst allowing the segregated cycle lanes to cater for a large capacity of cyclists.

Circus Arts Conservatory / ADH Architects

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Architects: ADH
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Benoîte Doazan, Nicolas Novello, Stéphane Hirschberger
Area: 4100.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Villa / Petar Miskovic + Vanja Rister

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Architects: Petar Miskovic, Vanja Rister
Location: ,
Area: 270.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robert Les

Mondeal Square in Ahmedabad / Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd.

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Architects: Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd.
Location: Sarkhej – Gandhinagar Highway, , Gujarat,
Area: 17000.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Blocher Blocher Partners

Hakemiya Nursery School / rhythmdesign + CASE-REAL

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Architects: rhythmdesign, CASE-REAL
Location: Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kenichirou Ide, Mariko Shimada, Koichi Futatusmata, Ritsu Shibata
Area: 778.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoshikazu Shiraki

C&C Design Creative Headquarters / C&C Design

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Architects: C&C Design
Location: , Guangdong,
Designer: Peng Zheng
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of C&C Design

Courtesy of Building Trust
Courtesy of Building Trust

Competition Seeks Proposals for “Cool School” Capable of Withstanding Extreme Mongolian Climate

Building Trust has launched their sixth international design competition: Cool School. Seeking an innovative school design proposal that can withstand the extreme Mongolian climate, the competition is challenging architects, designers and engineers to envision a solution which has the chance to shape the future of school buildings across cold regions globally. Contestants should consider environmental conditions, materials, space, comfort, accessibility, adaptability and aesthetics. Building Trust will work alongside competition partners, World Vision, local government and the school community in Khovd, Mongolia to build the winning school design. More information about the competition, here

Tomoe Villas / Note-D

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Architects: Note-D
Location: Mandva, Raigad, Alibag, Maharashtra – 402201,
Architect In Charge: Hemant Purohit, Smita Khanna
Design Team: Pierre Michael, Sneha Borkar, Bhuvana Selvaraj, Teja Choudhary
Area: 5500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Note_D, Tina Nandi

Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

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Google Earth Pro has dropped its $399 yearly subscription and is now freely available to all. Beyond providing imagery, detailed maps, terrain and 3D building models of the world, Google Earth’s pro-version is particularly convenient for project planning and research; unlike its standard , Pro allows users to print images at 4800×3200, import and pin thousands of addresses onto the map at once, capture HD videos of what’s on screen, and easily measure distances and areas with polygons, circles and more, rather than with just lines and paths. Download it for free and fill out a quick form to unlock its Pro features.

16 Social Housing Units Urban Refurbishment / a/LTA

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Architects: a/LTA
Location: Charleville-Mézières,
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fabrice Dehoche

Newenham Mulligan and Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Dublin’s RDS Arena

Courtesy of Leinster Rugby

-based Newenham Mulligan and London-based Grimshaw have been selected by the Royal Dublin Society and Leinster Rugby to redevelop the rugby team’s home arena in Ballsbridge, Ireland. The €20 million redevelopment, announced just before Ireland’s bid to host the , plans to replace the RDS Arena’s old Anglesea stand with one that increases the venue’s capacity to 25,000.