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Green Square Library and Plaza Competition Entry / Felix

The Green Square Library and Plaza designed by Felix aims to be truly new public arena which will act as the hub of the vibrant community. Their design presents a building and landscape that engenders a contemporary public space for the community.  Understanding the demands of a contemporary public library, the plaza has been designed as an essential part of the library’s function. With the proliferation of printed books, the reading room, once the center of the library’s function, is revisited in this library as an experience through the multi-functional community orientated space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Headquarters for the Asturias Association of Architects in Oviedo / Ruíz Larrea & Asociados

  • Architects: Ruíz Larrea & Asociados
  • Location: C/Marqués de Gaztañaga, Oviedo, Asturias
  • Project Architects: César Ruíz-Larrea Cangas, Antonio Gómez Gutiérrez, Gonzalo Ortega Barnuevo
  • Area: 1.572,21 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Cortesia de Ruíz Larrea & Asociados

Courtesy of Ruíz Larrea & Asociados Courtesy of Ruíz Larrea & Asociados Courtesy of Ruíz Larrea & Asociados Courtesy of Ruíz Larrea & Asociados

SKALIA / Arditti+RDT Arquitectos

  • Architects: Arditti+RDT Arquitectos
  • Location: Plaza Corporativa Zapopan, Mexico
  • Construction: CPI
  • Lighting: L + F
  • Automatization: MR Soluciones
  • Aluminum and Glass: Fernando Hernandez
  • Client: Ing. Alfredo Martinez
  • Area: 30,000 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Cortesia de Arditti+RDT Arquitectos

Courtesy of Arditti+RDT Arquitectos Courtesy of Arditti+RDT Arquitectos Courtesy of Arditti+RDT Arquitectos Courtesy of Arditti+RDT Arquitectos

MEA2013: International Design Competition on Mediterranean Sustainable Architecture

Organized by Building Green Magazine, the MEA2013 Awards competition aims at highlighting projects that follow the principles of sustainability in architecture during the last five years in the Mediterranean zone, mainly through environmentally responsive passive design solutions. The goal is to enhance the exchange of ideas on environmentally conscious design, and enrich the ecological sustainability approach. MEA2013 covers all buildings that have been completed in the Mediterranean zone in the following categories: Civic, Urban, Residential, Healthcare, Cultural, Leisure, and Commercial Design Projects. The deadline for submissions is April 5. To apply, and for more information, please visit here.

The Squaire / JSK

© Nicolae Sotir
© Nicolae Sotir
  • Architects: JSK
  • Location: Frankfurt Airport (FRA), 60547 Frankfurt, Germany
  • Area: 140000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Nicolae Sotir, Roland Horn, Martin Joppen, Bavaria Luftbild, Leitner, Euroluftbild

© Roland Horn © Martin Joppen © Bavaria Luftbild © Leitner

Are you an architect & interested in urban design and strategic planning?

The European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU) is a joint program that aims to produce highly qualified, university trained urban designers, physical planners and researchers. The EMU program brings together the strengths and richness of different design approaches and methods, and the long traditions and experiences in urban planning and design of each of the participating universities.

The master course is design oriented and affirms the role of design in the knowledge process, while integrating different levels of scale. Learning by doing, research by design, and the project as knowledge producer constitute the key concerns and standpoints of this European postgraduate master’s degree.

More info after the break.

Conference of Architects Maria Manuel Oliveira and João Mendes Ribeiro

Organized by Note Gallery in Lisbon, a platform for dissemination, discussion and debate in architecture in partnership with the Camara Municipal de Lisboa, the conference of architects Maria Manuel Oliveira and João Mendes Ribeiro is part of the exhibition "VIII Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura e Urbanismo". Taking place this Thursday, March 14th, at 9:00pm, architect Maria Manuel Oliveira awarded with the project of Renovação urbana em Guimarães, and architect João Mendes Ribeiro will be awarded the project Reabilitação da Casa do Arco. For more information, please visit here.

Fatima's House / Salgado E Liñares Arquitectos

© Héctor Santos-Díez
© Héctor Santos-Díez

© Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez © Héctor Santos-Díez

LEGO® Announces BIG Commission

© BIG
© BIG

It's official! Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG has been commissioned to collaborate with Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) and COWI to design the first public LEGO® museum in the company's hometown of BillundDenmark. The "LEGO® Brand House" and "experience centre" is intended to compliment the non-public "LEGO® Idea House", which is also located in Billund.

Bjarke Ingles, founder of BIG stated: “It's going to be looking at LEGO® from all its different aspects—LEGO® as an art form, its cultural impact. When we were doing the research for it [the LEGO® house], we realized, if you would consider it just an art museum, you would be able to fill it with so much user content of such a high quality...it is one of our great dreams at BIG that we are now able to design a building for and with the LEGO® group. I owe a huge personal debt to the LEGO® brick, and I can see in my nephews that its role in developing the child as a creative, thinking, imaginative human being becomes ever stronger in a world in which creativity and innovation are key elements in virtually all aspects of society.”

More on LEGO®'s BIG commission after the break...

Reception Center and Social Reintegration, Residence Henri Durand / Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects

  • Architects: Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects
  • Location: Louviers, France
  • Area: 2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects

© Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects © Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects © Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects © Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architects

Residence and Day Center for the Mentally Handicapped / Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje

  • Architects: Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje
  • Location: Gran Vía 970, Barcelona, España
  • Project Architect: Jesús Arcos
  • Design Team: Iñaki Alday, Margarita Jover
  • Collaborators: Aroa Álvarez, Rubén Páez, Marilena Lucivero
  • Structural Design: BIS Arquitectes
  • Building Services: SIGMA Enginyers
  • Budget and Construction Consultants: Benedicto Gestión de Proyectos
  • Construction Supervisor: Bonet-Andreu
  • Client: GISA
  • Area: 2,098 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Jordi Bernadó, Cortesia de Aldayjover Arquitectura y Paisaje

© Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó

30 Public Dwellings / Aguilera/Guerrero Arquitectos

© Pepo Segura
© Pepo Segura

© Pepo Segura © Pepo Segura © Pepo Segura © Pepo Segura

Yokio Futagawa, Influential Architectural Photographer and Publisher, Dies at 80

Japanese architectural photographer and editor Yokio Futagawa (1932-2013) lost his battle to cancer on March 5 at the age of 80 in Tokyo, Japan. Futagawa was best known as the founder of the distinguished Global Architecture (GA) Publishing Group, which he established in 1970, and director of Global Architecture (GA) magazine. Throughout his 60-year-long career, Futagawa photographed modernist works from some of the world’s most famous architects and presented them in elegant magazine and book series. Two of his most important works include a ten-volume collection of "Japanese Traditional Houses" in the 1950s and a lavish twelve-volume collection that illustrates the complete works of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

The Rise of the Endless City

Aerial view of San José, California, USA. Image via Wikimedia Commons User Robert Campbell
Aerial view of San José, California, USA. Image via Wikimedia Commons User Robert Campbell

"While [...] everyone would like to be as sustainable as Copenhagen, creating true sustainability in a mega-city is a totally different story." 

In this article, which originally appeared in The Dirt, Jared Green explores how mega-cities - expanding and merging with other cities, fast becoming endless cities - must focus their growth in a productive, sustainable way. Expanding on the theories of Ricky Burdett, a Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics, he explores which mega-cities are doing growth right (Bogota, London) and which are only headed towards increased inefficiency and inequality.

Read more about our endless cities - and how limiting them is the key to sustainable development - after the break...

Films & Architecture: "Underground"

Underground is the condensed version of a 5-hour series (originally broadcast on Serbian television in the 90′s) which takes place in Yugoslavia, showing the country from the beginning of WWII through the Yugoslav Wars. This theatrical version, directed by  Emir Kusturica, considered one of the master filmmakers of our time, utilises symbolic elements that require a strong knowledge of story to fully understand, and ends with a memorable finale, with the characters dancing on a floating island that separates them from the continent. This is an extraordinary film that we invite you to enjoy and comment on.

AD Interviews: Fernando Romero / FR-EE

Fernando Romero  is part of the new generation of young Mexican architects that have reshaped the profession in a country with a longstanding tradition.