Saijo Clinic / Aida Atelier

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Architects: Aida Atelier - Tomoro Aida
Location: Shinjuku, , Japan
Design Team: Tomoro Aida & Shinpei Uehara
Completion: 2011
Floor area: 116.56 sqm
Photographs: Tatsuya Noaki

 

NORD announced as architect for Maggie’s Forth Valley

NORD announced as architect for Maggie’s Forth Valley

Maggie’s has proudly announced that the Glasgow architects of NORD… have agreed to design the Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert. The principle funder from Walk the Walk is expecting a “beautiful, unique and

Villa London / CMV Architects

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Architects: CMV Architects
Location: Llucmajor, Mallorca,
Collaborator: Tarjet Living
Client: Writer
Gross Floor Area: 1.294,05 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of CMV Architects

   

RIBA Rethinks Neighborhood Planning

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With the support of the Minister for Local Government Greg Clark MP in the ResPublica and RIBA have launched a discussion paper that changes the fundamental system of neighborhood planning by proposing that communities should have a much greater influence and more power in the design process of urban planners. The paper, fittingly titled “Re-thinking Neighbourhood Planning: From consultation to collaboration“, discusses the value of “real community-led planning” in which professionals, developers, local authorities and communities create partnerships in preparation for planning and design work. The report supports community engagement and outreach, investing in the belief that partnerships and collaboration will bring trust and understanding to the relationship between planners and the communities that their policies affect.

More on this report after the break.

Happy 78th Birthday Michael Graves!

(Watch our full interview with Michael Graves here)

Today we celebrate the 78th birthday of Michael Graves (born July 9, 1934).

Graves is one of America’s most influential figures in architecture and design. Part of the The New York Five, he played a key role in the transition between abstract modernism and post-modernism. His designs communicate a clear point of view reflecting a sense of playfulness with sophistication. The balance of traditional elements (typically through arches, columns, and pediments) and exploration with color convey the lessons of modern architecture while referring to historical details.

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He started his own practice in Princeton, NJ in 1964, and has been a teacher at Princeton University for more than 40 years. Among his recognitions we can find the Felllow of the AIA (1979), the National Medal of Arts (1999), the AIA Gold Medal (2011), the AIA Topaz Medal (2010) and Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture (2012). His works can be found in North America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Michael Graves for Alessi

Michael Graves has also done a vast amount of work in the field of industrial design, including  furniture, artifacts, jewelry and dinnerware for companies such as Disney, Alessi, Steuben, Phillips Electronics, Black & Decker, and his own line with more than 100 products for Target.

We celebrate his 78th birthday with an ArchDaily logo inspired by the St Coletta School in Washington D.C.:

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New Entrance of Careggi Hospital / IPOSTUDIO Architects

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Architects: IPOSTUDIO Architects
Location: Florence,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

AALTOsites: Mobile Guide to Alvar Aalto’s Architecture

AALTOsites: Mobile Guide to Alvar Aalto’s Architecture

The Alvar Aalto Museum’s first mobile-phone service, AALTOsites, brings the Alvar Aalto-designed buildings in the Metropolitan Helsinki region to your smartphone. AALTOsites, downloadable free for smartphones, puts an interface to Aalto’s architecture and design directly into the user’s pocket.
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How to Hack (and Design) a Data Center

The bank architect’s goal is to create a secure edifice. The bank robber’s? To subvert the edifice. And yet consider their commonality: their interaction with space.  Both analyze plans and consider inefficiencies, both inhabit the space much differently than your average spectator. In fact, the Robber’s relationship with space is far more physical, urgent…nuanced. As Mehruss Ahi, a recent graduate from Woodbury University, puts it in his senior thesis: “The Architect is the Bank Robber…and the Bank Robber is the Architect.”

Ahi suggests a Robber-like “spatial hack” of the bank: an identification of its inefficiencies/vulnerabilities/paths of circulation. He also notes the necessity of giving priority to large storage space for goods rather than money (due to “the migration of banking services to the Web”). This new perspective, Ahi argues, will allow architects to design a smarter, more secure bank. The bank of the future.

Ahi’s assertion about the need for physical storage space (as turn to the Web), got me thinking. Our world depends less and less on physical storage, and more and more on the bits of information flying through the wires and cables of the internet. Ahi’s theory, while an interesting insight into bank design, is even more powerful when applied to the bank’s modern day equivalent: the Data Center.

Convent de Sant Francesc / David Closes

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Architects: David Closes
Location: Santpedor,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 950.0 sqm
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

Does the Shard Need Time?

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The disappointment generated by the Shard’s opening laser light show is not so surprising for a project that has been grounded in controversy for over a decade.  Since 2000, when Piano sketched his initial vision upon meeting developer Irvine Sellar, the project has consistently met obstacles such as English Heritage and the financial crash of 2007.   But, the biggest opposition of the tower has been its height.  English Heritage claimed that the tower, formerly known as Bridge Tower, would “tear through historic like a shard of glass” (ironically, coining the new name of the tower), and Piano counters that, “The best architecture takes time to be understood…I would prefer people to judge it not now. Judge it in 10 years’ time.”

Leading us to wonder…does the Shard simply need time to be fully appreciated?

Chemical and Biological Library / Giuseppe Rebecchini

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Architects:
Location: , Province of , Italy
Design Team: Giuseppe Rebecchini with Chiara Naseddu
Photographs: Andrea Cordoni

Technology Center / gmp Architekten

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The first prize winning design for the Technology Center in by gmp Architekten converts a former industrial heritage building into a modern technology park. With an area of about 110,000 square meters, the center includes an exhibition hall, laboratories, offices, a seedbed center for research affiliated with the university, and teaching facilities such as lecture halls and university institutes. In addition, there will be conference facilities, including hotel and service areas such as shops, a day nursery, restaurants and refectories to be established in the former power station. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VNG Office / Openbox Company

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Architects: Openbox Company
Location: Bangkok,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

Culture and Congress Center / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Worms,
Design Team: Volkwin Marg, Hubert Nienhoff, Kristian Uthe-Spencker
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

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‘Breathing Architecture’ Exhibition / WOHA

WOHA…‘s traveling exhibition, ‘Breathing Architecture’, is on its way to Taichung, Taiwan after a successful run at the acclaimed Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt. Taking place at the Taichung Info-Box July 26-September 23, the exhibition features concepts of open

Sherbourne Common Pavilion / Teeple Architects

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Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: Sherbourne Common, Waterfront, Ontario,
Completion Date: April 2011
Gross square Footage: 227 sqm
Principal in Charge: Stephen Teeple (OAA, Fraic)
Project Manager: Bernard Jin
Design Team: Mark Baechler, Allan Wes Wilson
Photographer: Shai Gil

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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If for some reason you missed ArchDaily’s featured projects last week , don’t worry, we’ve brought together the best of the week here. In the main image is Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel by chilean architect Rodrigo Duque Motta. Are you looking for house designs? You must check out this three great houses, Maison Escalier by Moussafir Architectes Associés, House in Rokko designed by Tato Architects and Maison L, one of  the 2012 Award Winners by Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles. Finally,  you can’t miss Grand Theater Qingdao by german firm .

MASS Design Group wins the Zumtobel Group Award 2012

Butaro Hospital, Rwanda / – Courtesy of Zumtobel Group

MASS Design Group was announced as winner of the for their innovative and cost-efficient Butaro Hosptial in Rwanda. They triumphed over the 230 projects from 30 different countries that competed in the “Built Environment” award category. Additionally, Atelier d’architecture autogérée (France) was selected as winner of the “Research & Initiative” category for developing a strategy of urban resilience known as the R-URBAN project in Paris.

“Through their decision this year, the jury have underlined the fact that it takes a holistic approach to make truly sustainable improvements in the built environment,” said Zumtobel Group CEO Harald Sommerer, who was also a member of the 8-strong jury. “We are particularly pleased to see that, this year, young and dedicated architectural practices have won the award with approaches to resolving social and ecological issues, both in the industrialized world and in developing countries.”

Continue after the break to learn more.