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Villa Urbana Domus Radicalis / Metrogramma

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Architects: Metrogramma
Location: Bolzano,
Project Team: Andrea Boschetti, Alberto Francini, Enzo Fontana, Nicola Russi, Marco Corazza, Ekaterina Golovatiuk, Tom Hindryckx, Miriam Reuter
Structural Consultant: Stefano Moser
Technical Supplies: Milanoprogetti Spa
Construction Management: Renzo Boschetti, Rudi Lorenzi
Contractor: Prisma S.r.l.
Photos: Metrogramma, Paola De Pedri, Filippo Romano

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Tucker Design Award 2012 / Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), with Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge (CSS)… of Boston, were recently announced as the recipients of the biennial Tucker Design Award for 2012 for their North End Parks in Boston, MA. First presented in 1977, the award

Twin Trees Pavilion / Atelier Archmixing

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Architects: Atelier Archmixing
Location: , Jiangsu Province,
Gross Floor Area: 56 sqm
Completion: 2012
Client: Zhang Hong
Design Team: Zhuang Shen, Tian Danni
Main Contractor: Wang Zikui
Photographs: Tang Yu

Widlund House / Claesson Koivisto Rune Architect

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Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune Architect
Location: , Öland, Sweden
Design Team: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Deta Gemzell, Kumi Nakagaki, Kia Larsdotter, Lotti Engstrand
Client: Karin Meindner and Jan Widlund
Completion: 2011
Builder: Folke Nilsson AB and Finja (precast concrete)
Construction/Material: Solid White Precast Concrete
Building Area: 220 sqm
Photographs: Lindman Photography

AD Round Up: Health Architecture Part IX

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Five great healthcare projects published early 2011 for our 9th selection! Waldron Health Centre was designed by Henley Halebrown Rorrison in London and was completed in 2010. The Moerkerke Medicare And Neighborhood Facility by Krill Architecture answers the following question: How to implement a necessary, but impopular program in a run down neighbourhood? You can’t miss the beautiful Fonderie, designed by Atelier Zündel & Cristea in . And to finish this one, we have two dental clinics: Smile Designer Dental Office Interiors by Antonio Sofan and Dental INN by Stasek.

Cocoon / Mochen Architects & Engineers

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Architects: Mochen Architects & Engineers
Location: ,
Completion: 2011
Project Area: 1,245 sqm
Client: Tianjin Eco-City Wantuo Properties Limited
Photographs: Yao Li

   

Construction begins on SOM’s newest Supertall Skyscraper

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Today, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP () broke ground on yet another supertall building in . The 96-story-tall CTF Tianjin Tower is subtly defined by undulating curves that shape its three programmatic elements while presenting a bold monolithic presence on the TEDA district skyline outside Tianjin. The 1,740-feet (530-meter) tall tower houses offices, 300 service apartments and a 350-room, 5-star hotel beneath its boldly arched top.

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the CTF Tianjin Tower will be the fourteenth tallest skyscraper built by 2020.  Continue reading for more.

Daeyang Gallery and House / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: , Korea
Area: 1,760 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Inho Lee – Erae

Starlight Place / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: , China
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

   

Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard

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Australian architect Andrew Maynard, co-director of Andrew Maynard Architects, has shared with us his article “Work/life/work balance”, published first on Parlour. “Many women leave the profession due to the difficult combination of poor work cultures, long hours and low pay. But these conditions affect everyone – women and men – as well as the viability of the profession as a whole. Andrew Maynard sets out the issues and challenges the profession to end exploitative and exclusionary working practices.”

It is time for architectural work practices to grow up. We must stop deluding ourselves that architectural employees are anything other than a contemporary exploited labor force.

Epicurus argued that humans needed only three things in life to be happy – friends, freedom and an analyzed life. All evidence indicates that Epicurus had a rather good time while he was around. Now he is dead. I wonder if Epicurus became a senior associate at Philosopher & Associates Pty Ltd before he died? Surely this was a priority. Does contemporary architectural employment deny us our happiness; our friends, freedom and the opportunity for an analyzed life? Many would argue that being employed in architecture and the pursuit of happiness are irreconcilable. It can reasonably be argued that most architects, and almost all recent graduates, are working in conditions that are unhealthy, unsustainable and exploitative.

Continue reading after the break. 

PointCrowd Workshop Giveaway

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With the forthcoming release of Rhino 5.0, RhinoScript will be moving to a new syntax: Python.  The new, more intuitive interface for manipulating Rhino from the inside gives us the opportunity to quickly and easily create a wide variety of complex systems based on simple rules that are easily implemented with no prior programming experience.

We introduce RhinoScript for absolute beginners, including the basics of programming techniques (variables, flow control, etc.) as well as the working knowledge of how Rhino represents geometrical objects such as points, curves, surfaces and even text. We then move quickly into techniques for automation and generative design which address the specific ways in which each participant can use Rhino.Python.

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Vertical Urban Factory: East Asia Exhibition – Last Event with Sebastian Knorr

Taking place today, May 15th from 6:30-8:00pm is the last event hosted as part of the Vertical Urban Factory: East Asia exhibition at New York University. The exhibition focuses on the impact of global economies on the physical space of…

3 Houses In Maitencillo / SML Arquitectos

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Architects: SML Arquitectos – Juan Sebastian Lama, Felipe Moreno, Franco Somigli
Location: , Chile
Area: 190 sqm
Constructor: Manuel Arredondo
Years: 2010-2011
Photographs: Juan Sebastian Lama, Franco Somigli

 

Architectural “iphoneography” / Lynette Jackson

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According to Spillman Farmer Architects‘ blog “Speaking of Architecture“, Lynette Jackson aka Flickr user Page67_Lynette Jackson uses her to document, design and publish images of the built environment around her through Instagram. Taking a series of images that zoom deeper and deeper into the nuances of architectural form and space, Jackson’s use of pop-art imagery and graphic tools bring out details that otherwise go unnoticed and creates a narrative about each individual work of architecture that she documents.

Follow us after the break for a selection of images from her work.

Book Launch: “Resilience” Pamphlet Architecture Number 32 by James A Craig and Matt Ozga-Lawn

This next Wednesday 16th, the book “Resilience”, number 32 from the Pamphlet Architecture series will be launch at the Architectural Association Bookshop.

The competition for Pamphlet Architecture 32 centred on the theme of resilience. By addressing the capacity to cope, the ability to bounce back, and the mitigation and management of risk, participants were asked to showcase a fresh understanding of the architectural opportunities found in resilience. and Matt Ozga-Lawn’s winning entry successfully takes on the topic through an investigation of the ravaged city of Warsaw. By identifying, interrogating and ultimately reinforcing both the physical and immaterial conditions of the landscape, the project allows the space to become something new and yet hold on to what it is, truly exhibiting resilience.

Films & Architecture: “Blade Runner”

Following with the films we will recommend every week, this time we want to introduce . Another classic from the ’80 that shows a future with an atmosphere that intents to shape the urban space within which we will move in the current century. The soundtrack, composed by Vangelis deserves to be mentioned as it plays a fundamental role in the comprehension of this futuristic American city.

More info after the break.

Concept Stadium / DCA

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Concept Stadium by DCA (Design Crew for Architecture) is an exercise of reflection willing to propose an unconstrained answer, free from whether economic or programmatic concerns, in order to provide a prospective vision of what could be, in their opinion, the ideal rugby stadium. Today, stadiums are iconic shapes answering to the representation stake, as they are bearing the image of a club, a city, a region. But paradoxically, these formal thoughts are concerning the shell and therefore establish the singular stadium status as autonomous object, disconnected from its environment. Their designs aims to become a useful object with urban concerns. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tusculum Residence / Smart Design Studio

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Architects: Smart Design Studio
Location: , Australia
Client: Kevin O’Neill and Johnson Chan
Project Team: William Smart, Victoria Judge, Richard Storey, Edmund Spencer
Construction: 2010
Gross Floor Area: 325 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Smart Design Studio