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Zaha Hadid Architects Launch iPhone & iPad App

On October 2nd Zaha Hadid Architects launched their much anticipated (to us architecture nerds anyways) iPhone and iPad App, made available through Apple and iTunes…. This new App will allow users to browse through ZHA current portfolio of design

Brockman Hall for Physics / KieranTimberlake

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Architects: KieranTimberlake / James Timberlake, Stephen Kieran, Jason Smith, Steven Johns, George Ristow, Casey Boss
Location: Houston, , USA
Client: Rice University
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 10,219 sqm
Photographs: Peter Aaron (OTTO), Michael Moran (OTTO), Hester + Hardaway, Red Wing Aerials

Stadium du Littoral / OLGGA Architects

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Architects: OLGGA Architects /  Alice Vaillant, Guillaume Grenu, Nicolas Le Meur
Location: Grande Synthe,
Client: City of Grande Synthe
Engineering: Sogeti ingénierie
Acoustic: Abe acoustique
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,433 sqm
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

Upon its Grand Opening September 4, 2011, the Stadium du Littoral, constructed in Grande Synthe, is the first facility north of Paris integrating five athletic disciplines under one roof. Designed by OLGGA Architectes, this athletic complex includes stadium seating for 617, two club houses, locker rooms, a community recreation room and administrative offices.

Vitra Design Museum: Rudolf Steiner – Alchemy of the Everyday Exhibition

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The exhibition “Rudolf Steiner – Alchemy of the Everyday” demonstrates that design is linked with many other topics of great relevance to society: from art and architecture, natural sciences and technology up to questions of ethics and spirituality. To this day, the practical implications of this broadly conceived understanding of design have an especially strong presence in the Basel region, which served as the centre of Steiner’s life and work over many years. The Vitra Design Museum embraced this local connection as an opportunity to develop an extensive supporting programme for the “Rudolf Steiner – Alchemy of the Everyday” exhibition. It offers a chance to retrace Steiner’s footsteps in the region, take a good look at his contributions, voice criticism and seek connections to the design and architecture of the present. More information on the event after the break.

Ponte della Musica / Buro Happold

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Author: Buro Happold
Location: , Italy
Chief Bridge Engineer: Davood Liaghat
Architect: Kit Powell-Williams with C. Lotti e Associati
Photographs: Emilio Collavino

Update: Spaceport America / Foster + Partners

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In the summer of 2009, we shared Foster + Partners and URS Corporation spaceport project in New Mexico. The structure, which is the first in history, will host commercial operations by private space travel companies, such as Virgin Galactic. Today, we are sharing an update of the project as the Spaceport enjoyed its dedication ceremony a few days ago. Designed to meet LEED certification, The 110,000-plus square foot facility will feature energy-efficient techniques such as earth-tubes that will pre-condition the air to reduce HVAC costs by 50-70%. The architects explained, “The sinuous shape of the building in the landscape and its interior spaces seek to capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists.”

 

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Lyon Confluence – Îlot P / Mateo Arquitectura & Dominique Perrault Arquitecture

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Last September, Mateo Arquitectura, together with the French practice Dominique Perrault Architecture, presented a proposal for the project to urbanize Îlot P in Confluence, to the south of the city of which was recently named as a finalist. This competition forms part of the process of urban remodeling being conducted throughout the Confluence area with the aim of leaving behind its industrial past. The project involved the urban development of a city block (Ilôt P), including housing, commercial areas and offices (laid out in two buildings), and landscaping. More images and project description after the break.

AND-SuperPress-SuperBla Office / Naço Architectures

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Architects: Naço Architectures
Location: , China
Project Area: 80 sqm
Photographs: Xu Wen Lei

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SOILED: Skinscrapers / CARTOGRAM Architecture + Urban Design

Published by CARTOGRAM Architecture + Urban Design…, The semiannual journal SOILED has released its second issue, entitled Skinscrapers. It is now available here, where you can order a printed copy from Lulu or download the free electronic version as

TRILUX Pavilion / Future Cities Lab

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TRILUX, designed by Future Cities Lab, is an experimental pavilion constructed out of three vertical wooden lattice structures that will be on display in downtown until November 20th . It creates an illuminated beacon anchoring the corner of the site and inviting the neighborhood to participate in the museum activities that take place inside it. More images and project description after the break.

Maritime Station of the See Highway / [baragaño]

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Architects: [baragaño] / Ana López, Inés Suárez
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 358 sqm
Photographs: Mariela Apollonio

Place au Changement Public Plaza / Collectif Etc

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Architects: Collectif ETC
Location: Saint-Étienne, France
Client: Établissement Public d’Aménagement de Saint-Étienne
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 670 sqm
Photographs: Collectif ETC

After winning a competition commissioned by the Public Urban Planning Agency of (France), the Collectif Etc designed a public square of 670 sqm and built it with the inhabitants in a participative process in July 2011.

Chicago Children’s Museum Out of New Plan for Grant Park

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The glorious feeling of winning an architectural competition may quickly diminish after the realization that the achievement was only the beginning of the battle.

Officials have confirmed that Krueck + Sexton’s winning competition entry for the new home of the Children’s Museum has been removed from the redevelopment plan of the Richard J. Daley Bicentennial Plaza on the northeast corner of Grant Park.

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The Indicator: Zombies

Back from the grave, the first post from The Indicator series by Guy Horton, published in 2010 at AD.

This town, is coming like a ghost town.
This town, is coming like a ghost town.
This town, is coming like a ghost town.
This town, is coming like a ghost town.

- The Specials, “Ghost Town”

When I look back at the events leading up to being laid off, I think of zombies. Of course zombies aren’t real so what I’m really thinking of are movies about zombies. I haven’t seen them all—there are hundreds—so the zombies I’m most familiar with are the pop-locking ones from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or the funny ones from “Shaun of the Dead”. I never thought that that part of my subconscious that identifies with zombies would get triggered. But, then again, I never thought I would get laid off. There is a first for everything.

So, how does one identify zombies? As I learned from “Shaun of the Dead”, by the time you know, it’s too late. Remarkable as it seems, the people you least expect to become zombies are suddenly shuffling along shedding limbs and trying to eat you. They are, as it turns out, usually your close friends and colleagues.

When the economy began to falter back in 2007, architecture was one of those fields that began to experience a steady increase in zombie population. There were many rumors about which firms they worked for, whose softball teams they were playing on, whether they were more likely to be associates or principals. What about that Arch II with the mysterious limp and the foreign accent? Then there was the designer who always looked like he had had too many late nights out. Maybe those strange interns.

Steven Ehrlich Houses

We recently had the pleasure of having Steven Ehrlich visit our office and give a talk about his work. He is as personable as his work is fascinating. He left us with a recently published book of his work titled Steven Ehrlich Houses. We have featured two of the houses that are covered in the book if you would like a preview of what the book has to offer. (Ehrlich Architects’ projects houses and more) The book, of course, offers a far more in-depth look at the projects including a title page for each project with photographs of what inspired the design. As a world traveler who lived in west Africa for 6 years, Ehrlich’s inspirational photographs are captivating and clearly illustrate the driving force behind each project.

Cleaning Facilities Centre / KBP.EU

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Architect: KBP.EU (a collaboration between POLYFORM arkitekter and Karres En Brands)
Location: ,
Project Team: Thomas Kock, Jonas Sangberg, Nikolaj Frølund Thomsen (POLYFORM), Bart Brands, Charlotte
Ernst, Joost de Natris (KARRES EN BRANDS)
Collaborators: Oluf Jørgensen ingeniører and Ulrike Brandi Licht
Client: Københavns Ejendomme
Total cost: 19 million Danish crones – 2.55 million Euros
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Ty Stange

Frank Gehry Turns to Asia as Development Slows in the U.S.

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Star architect, Frank Gehry, attempts to survive the decline of U.S. growth by turning to Asia. The illustrates the decreased demand for design serves in America by plunging from 51.4 in August to 46.9 in September. According to the American Institute of Architects, a score less than 50 indicates a decline in billings.

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Carsten Höller Gives Museum-Goers a New Experience of the New Museum

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Forget stairs, elevators and escalators, Carsten Höller is bringing a new method of circulation through the New Museum in New York City. It will take visitors down a three-storey, 102-foot tunnel, and may require helmets and elbow pads. What is this innovative invention? None other than the age-old, kid-friendly slide. This insallation is part of a survey exhibition of Höller ‘s work over the past twenty years in which he has explored “such themes as childhood, safety, love, the future, and doubt” in with an attitude towards his work that is “equal parts laboratory and test site.” [New Museum.org] Höller’s pieces explore human sensory experience and perception by creating environments and experiences that over-stimulate or deprive us of our senses. Read on for a preview of what to expect at the New Museum.