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Casa Xonar / Studio Arte

  • Architects: Studio Arte
  • Location: Silves, Algarve, Portugal
  • Design Team: Arnold Aarssen, Meta Roeymans, Pedro Braz, João Carriço, Joana Pinto
  • Interior design & decoration: Janneke Haane
  • Area: 160.5 sqm
  • Photographs: Kees Hageman

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schmidt hammer lassen architects Breaks Ground on Waterfront Development in Shanghai

Following their 2012 victory in an invited international competition, Danish architecture firm schmidt hammer lassen architects has broke ground on what will be a new central urban development in Shanghai. Located on the waterfront site of the 2010 World Expo, the 50,000 square-meter ‘Green Valley’ development will be based off of the Expo’s well-developed infrastructure of green parks, promenades and cultural attractions to create a vibrant new destination for all of Shanghai. 

Hotel + Congress Center Proposal / OOIIO

OOIIO Architecture shared with us 'Unbalance Hotel', their latest project for a landmark hotel and congress building in Lima, Perú. Located in a city which is currently enjoying a constant growth, the interesting topography is what the architects decided to take advantage of to start the hotel design. The outstanding building silhouette immediately grabs pedestrian’s attention and it becomes an actual landmark for the more than 8 million inhabitants of Lima, and the whole country of Peru. More images and architects' description after the break.

Viladrau / MIRAG

  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Location: 17406 Viladrau, Girona, Spain
  • Authors: Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda
  • Structures engineering: Javier Monte
  • Facilities engineering: Oriol Ruiz Dotras
  • Developer: Fundación ‘Salud y Comunidad’
  • Building Engineering: GPCat Toni Floriach y Beth Bacardit
  • Area: 106.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of MIRAG

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Living Architectures: Gehry's Vertigo / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

Fourth project of the Living Architectures series, Gehry's Vertigo offers to the spectator a rare and vertiginous trip on the top roofs of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Through the portrait of the climbing team in charge of the glass cleaning, their ascensions, their techniques and difficulties, this film observes the complexity and virtuosity of Frank Gehry's architecture.

Monterey Design Conference 2013

Hosted by the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), the Monterey Design Conference 2013 will offer participants three days of talks by–and relaxed conversations with– internationally and nationally significant architects. Taking place September 27-29 in the Elysian setting of the Northern California coast, participants will find themselves strolling on the beach, wandering the Julia Morgan designed grounds or sitting on the deck of the main lodge engaging in conversation with a Pritzker Prize winner or many of the most innovative and catalytic thinkers in architecture, as if they were invited into their own backyard. This is truly a premier opportunity to be a participant in the dialog about design. For more information, please visit here.

d3 Natural Systems 2013 Competition

The d3 Natural Systems competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based influences in architecture, urbanism, interiors, and designed objects. This year's competition seeks innovative proposals that advance sustainable thought and performance through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows. By identifying, examining, and applying their structural order on form and function - bottom-up, performance-based solutions for limitless building typologies, functional programs, and material conditions may be realized. The deadline to register is July 1, and submissions are due July 15. For more information, please visit here.

Video: Teshima Art Museum / Office of Ryue Nishizawa

Designed for the artwork of artist Rei Naito, the Teshima Art Museum is a seamless, earthen form of white concrete in which responds to the rolling landscape of an island located in the Inland Sea of Japan. Architect Ryue Nishizawa created the museum to be an open gallery, exposed to the elements, that is shaped by a 25cm thick concrete shell in which spans up to 60 meters.

Video courtesy of JA+U. More images after the break...

"Pictographs - Statements of Contemporary Architects" Edited by Valerio Oligiati

For the 2012 Venice Biennale, Swiss architect Valerio Oligiati curated a collection of images selected from well-known architects.  The concept of the collection - "Pictographs - Statement of Contemporary Architects" - were inspirational images that have guided the work of these architects.  These images portray a wide range of subjects that represent the basis of the architects' work from inspiring images to diagrammatic interpretations of concepts to details and materials.  The collection will be assembled into a book that will contain a total of 44 "musees imaginaires".

Public Realm Plan Proposal / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios + Grant Associates

Westminster City Council has just announced Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, urban designers and architects and Grant Associates, UK landscape architects, as part of a multidisciplinary team to devise a twenty-year infrastructure and public realm plan for Church Street, London, to support the council’s housing renewal strategy. Residents have just voted in favor of proceeding with the first phase of regeneration plans for Church Street in a ward-wide referendum. More images and architects' description after the break.

School Classroom / Loïc Picquet Architecte

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Terminal Conection / Danielsen Architecture

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Piazza Gae Aulenti / AECOM

  • Architects: AECOM
  • Location: Piazza Gae Aulenti, Piazza Gae Aulenti, 20124 Milano, Italy
  • Lead Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli
  • Project Architects: Adamson
  • Design Landscape Architects: James Haig Streeter, Claudio Zappia
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: AECOM / Robb Williamson, Claudio Zappia, Hines - Sketch

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Qinmo Village / Rural Urban Framework

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  • Architects: Rural Urban Framework
  • Location: Guangdong, China
  • Design Team: Joshua Bolchover, John Lin
  • Collaborators: The University of Hong Kong, Kadoorie farms, Sacred Heart Canossian College
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Rural Urban Framework

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The Lodge on the Lake Winning Proposal / Henry Stephens, Nick Roberts, Jack Davies

Designed by Henry Stephens, Nick Roberts, and Jack Davies, the winning proposal for The Lodge on the Lake returns to the issues bound up in Australian identity and issues of modernity. The lodge is both a development and a critique of the Australian relationship of landscape and dwelling, through an intersection of public assembly, intimate domesticity, and ground plane. From the composed house atop a plinth, to the slippages and interpolations that unravel down toward the lake, the lodge on the lake is a democratic marriage of land and architectural typology, introspective private dwelling, and public assembly. More images and architects' description after the break.

Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison Proposal / Margot Krasojevic

Located in the Pacific Ocean, in close proximity to the Canadian coastline, Margot Krasojevic's proposal for the Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison acts as a sustainable, hydroelectric power station. Constructed of reinforced concrete, it's vertical structure consists of a floating tension-leg platform tethered to the seabed eliminating most vertical movement, with depths up to 2,000m. The concrete support is connected to 4-column semi-submersibles further stabilized by a structural ring of floating Tyson turbines. More images and architects' description after the break.

Who Should Win the OMA vs. BIG Miami Showdown?

The Miami Beach Convention Center, a giant box of a building constructed in 1957, is in desperate need of a makeover and two design teams have bravely accepted the challenge. Team 1 is dubbed South Beach ACE (Arts, Culture, Entertainment District) and is a collaboration between Rem Koolhaas's OMA firm, Tishman, UIA, MVVA, Raymond Jungles and TVS. Team 2 goes by the name of Miami Beach Square and includes BIG, West 8, Fentress, JPA and Portman CMC. Both proposals completely re-imagine 52 acres of prime beach real estate and cost over a billion dollars in public and private funds. So, who does it better? 

Vote for your favorite after the break...