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KAFD Men’s and Women’s Portal Spas Proposal / WORKSBUREAU

Seen as geologic formations rising from the land, the design for the KAFD Men’s and Women’s Portal Spas by WORKSBUREAU form great shade porticos beneath long cantilevered masses. Located in two of the civic Attractor beacons of the dense urban King Abdullah Financial District of Riyadh, the project also forms the gateway to the masterplan, framing the main park as it flows into the Wadi pedestrian artery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Notre Dame de l’Assomption - National Cathedral Competition Entry / NC-Office

Recently destroyed by the 2010 Earthquake, Port-au-Prince’s new design for the National Cathedral is presented as an absolute plain wall of concrete which expresses the true character of the construction. Designed by NC-Office, the concrete material is not only structurally appropriate, but it also produces a somber cool space that absorbs light – forming an architecture of shadows. More images and architects’ description after the break.

How Santiago Calatrava blurred the lines between architecture and engineering to make buildings move

Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum

American author Robert Greene has shared with us an excerpt about the work of Santiago Calatrava from his newly released book Mastery

We live in the world of a sad separation that began some five hundred years ago when art and science split apart. Scientists and technicians live in their own world, focusing mostly on the “how” of things. Others live in the world of appearances, using these things but not really understanding how they function. Just before this split occurred, it was the ideal of the Renaissance to combine these two forms of knowledge. This is why the work of Leonardo da Vinci continues to fascinate us, and why the Renaissance remains an ideal.

So why did Santiago Calatrava, now one of the world’s elite architects, decide to return to school in 1975 for a civil engineering degree after asserting himself as a promising young architect?

Continue reading for the complete article.

Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial / Leo A Daly

  • Architects: Leo A Daly
  • Location: Saint Paul, MN, USA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bill Baxley

© Bill Baxley © Bill Baxley © Bill Baxley © Bill Baxley

XYYX Apartment / Naf Architect & Design

© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano
  • Architects: Naf Architect & Design
  • Location: Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Akio NAKASA(manager) ,Tomohiro TANAKA
  • Area: 235.84 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

You've reviewed the work selected by the American Institute of Architects () to receive top honors in architecture and interior architecture at the 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, Colorado. We now present to you the projects and initiatives that have been announced by the AIA as exemplars for excellence in regional and urban design. Check them out after the break.

RGR House / archiNOW!

  • Architects: archiNOW!
  • Location: Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alessandro Gazzoni
  • Design Team: Stella Andriani, Marcello Dellarosa, Luca Foschi
  • Contractor: Gaetano Battistoni
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

© Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali

Bulgari Pavilion / NaNA

The Bulgari Pavilion, a temporary installation commissioned by prestigious luxury jewelry brand Bulgari, was designed by NaNA for the Abu Dhabi Art 2012 event held Saadiyat al Manarat, Abu Dhabi November 5-10. The architects were given a prominent outdoor space at the entrance of the event to create a lounge for VIPs and dignitaries of the art fair. Their design was conceived as an exclusive and private venue with live music, a bar, and a specially curated selection of Bulgari’s high end jewelry. More images and architects’ description after the break.

DawnTown Design/Build Competition Winner / Manuel Clavel-Rojo & Jacob Brillhart

Now in its fifth year, the DawnTown Design/Build competition announced that the international collaboration between Manuel Clavel-Rojo (Murcia, Spain) and Jacob Brillhart (Miami, FL) has been tasked to present their design to the public in the next 30 days. With the challenge of creatiung a low cost, temporary installation on the topic of Evolution in Miami, their winning design will be turned into a reality. ‘Up-Downtown’, the title of the project, is defined by Rojo defines as a metaphor for Miami, “A city is a complex machine, where everything is interconnected and any movement affects the other.” More images and architects’ description after the break.

NACO and HOK Win Expansion Contract for Riyadh Airport

NACO, its Saudi Arabian branch SADECO, and global architect HOK were just awarded the contract to design the expansion of King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The design consists of the expansion of the existing terminals 3 and 4, which will enable the airport to handle 20-25 million passengers per year. Currently, the 30-year-old airport is handling approximately 15 million passengers annually. NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants, a Royal HaskoningDHV company, and HOK will lead the design team for this prestigious project. More architects’ description and their press release after the break.

Operalab Theatre Pavilion Competition Entry / UGO Architecture and Design

Confronted with an original form of the pyramid, the shape of the Operlab Theatre Pavilion proposal, designed by UGO Architecture and Design, is the result of a consistent analysis of the building of the Grand Theatre. The character and function of a row of interior spaces, including the entrance, auditorium, and stage, finds its reflection in the arrangement of forms composing the body of the building. The pavilion then becomes a repetition of this arrangement and gives it additional meaning. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Can Feliç Nursery / Estudio Fernández-Vivancos

© Jose Manuel Cutillas
© Jose Manuel Cutillas

© Jose Manuel Cutillas © Jose Manuel Cutillas © Jose Manuel Cutillas © Jose Manuel Cutillas

Slum Rehabilitation Promise to Mumbai's 20 Million

Aerial View of Mumbai; Courtesy of Flickr User Cactus Bones; Licensed via Creative Commons
Aerial View of Mumbai; Courtesy of Flickr User Cactus Bones; Licensed via Creative Commons

Slums, shanty-towns, favelas - they are all products of an exploding migration from rural to urban areas.  Over the last half century, people living in or near metropolises has risen in proportion to the global population.  Migrations from rural areas to urban areas have grown exponentially as cities have developed into hubs of economic activity and job growth promising new opportunities for social mobility and education.  Yet, with all these perceptions holding fast, many people who choose to migrate find themselves in the difficult circumstances of integrating into an environment without the proper resources to accommodate the growing population.  Cities, for example, like Mumbai, India's largest city and 11th on the list as of 2012 with a population of an estimated 20.5 million.  According to a New York Times article from 2011, about 60% of that number live in the makeshift dwellings that now occupy lucrative land for Mumbai's developers.

More to come after the break.

NIC / n-lab architects

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MAS Context #16: Production

MAS Context #16: Production; Cover by David Sieren
MAS Context #16: Production; Cover by David Sieren

The new issue of MAS Contexta quarterly publication released by MAS Studio takes on the daunting issue of production and consumption impacting cities through the lens of a handful companies operating out of Chicago.  Production and consumption have a negative connotation in today's atmosphere of sustainability and conservation but architecture is fundamentally a celebration of the craft of inventing, designing and making.   MAS Studio, in collaboration with Chicago-based collective The Post Family, looks critically at the social, environmental, and political implications of consumer culture while celebrating the excellence of production.

POD / Greg Wright Architects

© Kate Del Fante Scott
© Kate Del Fante Scott

© Kate Del Fante Scott © Kate Del Fante Scott © Kate Del Fante Scott © Kate Del Fante Scott