‘Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today’ Discussion

‘Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today’ Discussion

Co-sponsored by the AIA NY Marketing and PR Committee and the Oculus Committee, the Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today discussion will take place Monday, February 27, 6 pm – 8 pm at the Center for Architecture…

Cultural Place In Domaine de Bayssan / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Domaine de Bayssan,
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes


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“Building Intelligence Project” Think Tank

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will present the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) sixth International Think Tank on February 24, 2012, at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York.
Leading educators, architects, engineers, fabricators, contractors,…

Flashback: Basilea Station / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos and Giraudi-Wettstein

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Architects: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos  in collaboration with Giraudi-Wettstein
Location: Basel train station, Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel,
Completion date: 2003
Collaborators: J. C. Mulero, M. Velasco, L. Gutiérrez. Cruz y Ortiz arquitectos M. Delmenico, T. Radczuweit, P. Vitali. Giraudi-Wettstein, Itten + Brechbühl AG., Technical Surveyors, Passera & Pedretti, Structural Consultant, Rinaldo Passera, Erich Borer, Tadeusz Tzsesiac, Suiselectra Ingenierunternehmungn AG, Services Consultant
Built area: Footbridge: 9.000 sqm
Parking: 14.700 sqm
Client: Passarelle Bahnhof Basel SBB
Photographs: Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos


Abu Dhabi International Airport / KPF

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The new Midfield Terminal Complex at International Airport was just approved by the Executive Council of . Within master plan, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the terminal is conceived as a gateway to the city. The design creates large, unimpeded internal zones that will enhance the passenger experience, and can accommodate long‐term adaptability to industry demands. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Water Circle / UnSangDong Architects

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Architects: UnSangDong Architects
Location: 555-9 SongSan-li SeolAk-myeon GaPyung Kyeunggi-do,
Client: Cheong-shim
Bldg, Area: 505.00 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 637.40 sqm
Structure: R.C.
Photographs: Kyung-sub Shin

Park Brow Community Primary School / 2020 Liverpool

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Architects: 2020 Liverpool
Location: Broad Lane, Kirkby, , Merseyside L32 6QH,
Client: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Structural Engineer: 2020 Liverpool
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: 2020 Liverpool
Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Completion Date: 2011
Site Area: 47,041 sqm
Photographs: Infinite 3D

Is the Field of Architecture Experiencing a “Meltdown” or is it just Evolving?

Butaro Hospital © MASS Design Group

Many of you may have probably noticed Scott Timberg’s article “The Architecture Meltdown” (Salon, February 4, 2012) circling the internet. The gloomy article discusses the unknowing future and possible demise of the architectural profession – the “glamour profession of the creative class”. Timberg describes struggling professionals that are either unemployed or working full-time at intern wages within a profession that is largely focused on the 1 percent.

There is no doubt that many architects and recent graduates are struggling. Architecture succeeded with the and crashed with it as well. With statistics revealing the highest unemployment rates among those with bachelor’s degrees in architecture and articles flooding the internet with titles “Want a Job? Go to College, and Don’t Major in Architecture” ( Times, January 5th, 2012), there is not doubt that people are scared and unsure of where the profession is heading. Meanwhile, the (AIA) is cheering for a “2.1 percent rise in spending this year for non-residential construction projects”, a bit of optimism many are grasping onto for hope. However, we are headed somewhere. As Timberg states, “People will always need houses, cities and nations will always need schools and libraries and civic buildings, and trendy restaurants will need redesigns. Architecture will never die completely.”

Please continue reading to see Thomas Fisher’s response to Scott Timberg.

House In The Moscow Region / Sergey Nasedkin

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Architects: Sergey Nasedkin
Location: , Russia
Completion: 2010
Total area:210 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Sergey Nasedkin


Raakspoort Haarlem / BOLLES+WILSON

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Location: Raaks Kwartier, Zijlvest 39, NL-2011 VB Haarlem,
Client: MAB Development Nederland B.V
Deisgn Team: Prof. Julia B. Bolles-Wilson, Peter L. Wilson
Size: 18,500 sqm
Costs: 18.3 Mio Euro
Completion: October 2011
Photographs: Christian Richters

The Dike House in Wierumerschouw / Onix

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Architects: Onix
Location: ,
Photographs: Rob de Jong, Mark Sekuur


Chicago Navy Pier / Team X, led by Xavier Vendrell Studio

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Led by -based Xavier Vendrell Studio, Team X seeks to respect, reveal and amplify the physical and experiential qualities of the authentic Navy Pier. Team X rejuvenates the Pier with a unifying system capable of evolving and changing over time, understanding that “the transformation of an existing place, done well, is responsive, organic and flexible”. A lush landscape contrasts the hardscape of Chicago, creating an urban park that functions like a plaza. Circular disks of varying circumferences puncture the landscape with various types of program and natural growth, accompanied by pocket parks, terraces and kiosks. “Horizon walk” platform attracts people to the Pier’s edge, as it the final destination that offers unobstructed views of Lake Michigan.

Continue reading for more!

MYZ Family House / no.555

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Architect: no.555 - Tsuchida Takuya
Location: ,
Structural Design: Frame works, Megumi Akimoto
Completion: 2011
Site area: 335.96
Floor Area: 97.39
Photographer: Koichi Torimura


Video: Bjarke Ingels featured as a CNN “Next Lister”

Dr. Sanjay Gupta of ’s “The Next List” features the bold and innovative ideas of Bjarke Ingels, focusing on the West 57th project that is transforming Manhattan skyline. Ingels states, “In the picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit the way we want to live our lives.” The video also features comments from Robert A. M. Stern, Dean at Yale School of Architecture, and Douglas Durst, the developer of West 57th. Check it out!

Reference: CNN

Stewart Museum / Les Architectes FABG

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Architects: Les Architectes FABG  - Éric Gauthier,
Location: Montreal, Canada
Project team: Marc-Antoine Fredette, Dominique Potvin, FrançoisVerville
Year: 2011
Ara: 32,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Les Architectes FABG


Techne: Educating architects with VR

Example of Modern architecture, image via www.learn.columbia.edu

Virtual Reality used to be the stuff of third-rate movies and tv shows with really fantastical plots that made one think, “how did these people get this job?” Fortunately, there are many university researchers who have constantly toiled at making real VR a useful and integral reality.

Take the VR learning site at Columbia. For anyone curious about western architecture there are some interesting structures to explore. It’s true that Columbia and the core Art History class that initially inspired this site is unfortunately Eurocentric: for example, French structures seem overrepresented.

Center for Individuals with Disabilities / g.bang architecture

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Architects: José Javier Gallardo Ortega ///g.bang///
Location: Camino del Abejar, , Spain
Project Team: Daniel Borruey – co-developer, Angélica Fernández
Construction Management: José Javier Gallardo Ortega – co-ordinator/director | Zaira Peinado – co-director | Gabriel Frag – execution assitant
Structure: Guillermo Choliz
Installations Engineering: D3i
Constructor: EDUPA
Client: Nuestra Señora del Carmen Neuropsychiatric Centre | Hermanas Hospitalarias del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús
Building status: 2011
Site size: 12,000 sqm
Photograph: Jesús Granada, bis-images

Science Park Linz / Caramel Architekten

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Architects: Caramel Architekten
Location: ,
User: Johannes Kepler University, Linz
Structural Engineering: Werkraum ZT gmbh, Vienna
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus