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Casa Munita Gonzalez / Arias Arquitectos + Surtierra Arquitectura

  • Architect Office: Arias Arquitectos, Surtierra Arquitectura
  • Location: Batuco, Santiago, Chile
  • Architect: Patricio Arias, Pablo Alvear
  • Collaborators: Lía Karmelic, Francisca Gómez
  • Contractor: Surtierra Arquitectura
  • Calculation: Gerardo Fercovic Musre
  • Area: 275.0 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Luis García, Pablo Alvear

© Luis García © Luis García © Luis García © Luis García

New Headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Service Competition

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) just announced the launch of a new design competition on behalf of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to create a new central London Headquarters - replacing their existing New Scotland Yard building. The Invited Design Competition provides architects/practices with the opportunity to produce a design for the renovation of this landmark in one of London’s most important and historic areas - to provide a modern, flexible and secure office environment for the MPS. The deadline for submissions is June 27. For more information, please visit here.

'Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype' Exhibition & Installation

Opening October 11 until December 1, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will present 'Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype', an exhibition and public art installation which highlights the well-known American architect's work, including several original, rarely seen Woods drawings from private collections. Complemented by a symposium and catalog, this exhibition in the SCI-Arc Gallery and related large-scale public art installation in the Arts District’s Bloom Square, aims to demonstrate the fearless nature with which the late visionary architect and draftsman created. More information on the exhibition after the break.

580 Carroll Street / TEN Arquitectos

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Madison House / XTEN Architecture

  • Architects: XTEN Architecture
  • Location: La Quinta, California
  • Architect in Charge: Austin Kelly AIA, Monika Haefelfinger SIA, Scott Utterstrom, Tina Rothermund, Jae Rodriguez, Qichen Cao, Christina Kaneva, Dana Nishimura Bryan, Stephanie Sent
  • Landscape: Pamela Burton & Company
  • Structural Engineer: Axial Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Sladden Engineering
  • Civil Engineer: RCE Consultants
  • Electrical Engineer: OMB Electrical Engineers
  • General Contractor: M.A.P. development
  • Area: 10650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Steve King, Art Gray, Jeremy Bittermann

© Art Gray © Art Gray ©  Steve King © Jeremy Bittermann

Wong House / MC2 Arquitectos

  • Architects: MC2 Arquitectos
  • Location: valle de Casablanca
  • Architect in Charge: MC2 Arquitectos
  • Area: 95.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of MC2 Arquitectos

Courtesy of MC2 Arquitectos Courtesy of MC2 Arquitectos Courtesy of MC2 Arquitectos Courtesy of MC2 Arquitectos

AD Architecture School Guide: Portland State University School of Architecture

Social justice. How can that be achieved? At Portland State University School of Architecture, faculty and students are exploring just this issue in different forms. Often when people think of Portland or the state of Oregon, images of “crunchy” eco-“warriors” come to mind, but these issues are not simply proxies for a lifestyle or consumer choices. Rather, when discussing people and ecology, the issues are about resources. Specifically, how do humans use and allocate resources to promote fair, well-distributed advancements rather than exploitation, oppression and conspicuous consumption.

New operations center Rolle / Burckhardt + Partner

  • Architects: Burckhardt + Partner
  • Location: Rolle, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge: Burckhardt, Partner
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Burckhardt + Partner

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48 Logements BBC / Atelier Tarabusi

  • Architects: Atelier Tarabusi
  • Location: 35 Avenue Jean Moulin, 93390 Clichy-sous-Bois, France
  • Architect in Charge: P. Tarabusi, C. Thiret, M. del Gaudio
  • Graphic Designer: J. Boitias
  • Executive Architect: V. Falcucci
  • Engineers: Sibat
  • Contractor: Bouygues
  • Area: 4750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Benoît Fougeirol

© Benoît Fougeirol © Benoît Fougeirol © Benoît Fougeirol © Benoît Fougeirol

New Tryvann Tower Proposal / MAD Arkitekter

With a unique, prominent position in the urban landscape of Oslo, the Tryvann Tower is an existing TV transmission tower high up on the forested hills surrounding the city. Launching the idea of developing a new Tryvann Tower, MAD Arkitekter envisioned a tower with an elegant and bold design, placed in the same position as today’s tower. The new Tryvann Tower would be both higher and more spacious, giving increased room for a public program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

First Israeli Team to Compete in The Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon, also called the “Olympics of Sustainable Architecture,” is a design competition that takes place biennially and challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are Net Zero Energy Buildings and are affordable, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends cost-effectiveness, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Summer of 2013 will be the first year that a team from Israel will participate in this worldwide competition. Their hope was to develop and display a method of planning and design in which buildings could better respond to change, with the potential to be deconstructed, taken apart, modified and recycled. Values of environment, community, society and Israeli culture are all intertwined in a design that aims to raise awareness of these four elements and better incorporate them into Israeli architecture.

Read on for Team Israel's Decathlon design.

Project Lost Homes / Tsukihashi Laboratory (Kobe University)

A collaborative effort by Osamu Tsukihashi + Tsukihashi Laboratory, many professors and architecture students at all over Japan, "Projects Lost Homes" aims at lamenting lost towns and considering the disaster and the damaged areas brought about by Great East Japan Earthquake. Damaged areas were looked at dreadful circumstances, and the original sites were flowed away by Tsunamis, especially lots of areas on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Tohoku. Since 2011, their project has consisted of restoring damaged towns and villages, especially the coastal areas devastated by the following terrible tsunamis, by 1:500 scale models. More images and architects' description after the break.

Tony's Organic House / Playze

© Bartosz Kolonko
© Bartosz Kolonko
  • Architects: Playze
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Team: Mengjia He, Pascal Berger, Marc Schmit, Martina Knotkova, Mching Wang, Didier Callot, Felix Zheng, Maggie Tang, Benny Hou, Daisy Yuan, James Liu, Chao Yu
  • Light Design: UnoLai
  • Area: 1230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Bartosz Kolonko

© Bartosz Kolonko © Bartosz Kolonko © Bartosz Kolonko © Bartosz Kolonko

Cafe del Bosque / Castro Arquitectos

  • Architect Office: Castro Arquitectos
  • Location: Medellín, Colombia
  • Architects Designers: Ana Elvira Vélez Villa, Lorenzo Castro Jaramillo
  • Team Director: Jhenny Nieto
  • Team Members: Eliana Beltrán, Julia Cano, Juan Camilo Vaquero, Ligia Cardona, Andrés Castro
  • Built Area: 1034.69 m2
  • Area: 2116.61 m2
  • Year: 2006
  • Photography: Ana Velez, Lorenzo Castro

© Lorenzo Castro © Lorenzo Castro © Lorenzo Castro © Lorenzo Castro

2013 Pritzker Prize Ceremony, Toyo Ito

Last night we attended the Pritkzer Prize ceremony, where the 2013 laureate Toyo Ito accepted the prestigious award at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.

On his acceptance speech, Toyo Ito recognised the team that has worked with him during his 42 years of practice, including engineers and architects who attended the ceremony, including a very special former employee: Kazuyo Sejima, who worked with him for 7 years before establishing her practice, and also a Pritzker laureate (2010). As Ito said "Making architecture is not something one does alone; one must be blessed with many good collaborators to make it happen".

And then, Ito continued his wonderful speech on how modern architecture and nature have been in a constant clash, how he has approached this relation and what he hopes for the future, appealing to JFK's famous quote "ask not what America will do for you” to propose the question "What can we ourselves do for the freedom of man?".

The full speech is reproduced below, so you can understand how Ito's passion for architecture and critic view of the state of world turns into a message of union for architects:

Dexia / Atelier Pierre Hebbelinck

© Marie Franáoise Plissart © François Brix © François Brix © François Brix

Micro Housing Ideas Competition 2013 Winners Announced

The winners of the 2013 Micro Housing Ideas Competition were just announced by the Denver Architectural League in an effort to catalyze new ideas, and elevate the conversation about urban housing solutions in the west and beyond. Hypothetically based on an actual site located across from the TAXI development in Denver's up and coming River North District, the challenge included the design of an eight-unit micro-housing complex. More images and information on the winners after the break.