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Casa del Agua / THiNC

© Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro
  • Architects: THiNC
  • Location: Colonia Roma, San Francisco Tecoxpa, 12600 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Interior Design: THinC (Ignacio Cadenas + Héctor Esrawe)
  • Architecture: Héctor Coss y Alejandro Tazzer
  • Landscape: Alejandro Tazzer
  • Landscape Architecture: Héctor Coss
  • Proyect Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro , Rocío Serna

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

Tangram Theatre Second Prize Winning Proposal / Gras Arquitectos

With the city of Zhangjiagang, China lacking their own identity, Gras Arquitectos aims to create a presence and scale with their Tangram Theatre, which won the second prize in the international competition. This mutual need can enable the creation of a new urban icon, an item that addresses a new identity to the city. Historically, the icon of Chinese cities is the pagoda: from the forbidden city to the unknown monument in rural China. The architects intend to create a theatre that becomes a sort of pagoda, icon for the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Situ Studio to Construct Valentine's Day Installation with Salvaged Sandy Debris

© Situ Studio
© Situ Studio

Situ Studio has been selected from eight competitors as winner of the fifth annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, cosponsored by Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, along with Design Trust for Public Space. The young, Brooklyn-based practice won the jury over with their Heartwalk proposal made of New York and New Jersey boardwalk boards that were salvaged from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The installation will be unveiled on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, and remain on view until March 8, 2013. Learn more about Situ Studio’s winning proposal after the break.

Farewell to Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center in Gettysburg

Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. Photo via Artinfo
Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. Photo via Artinfo

After a intensive, 14-year preservation battle, the fate of Richard Neutra‘s mid-century Cyclorama Center in Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg National Military Park has been sealed. Yesterday, the National Park Service confirmed their plans to demolish the modernist structure and restore the site to its original 1863 appearance just in time for the 150th anniversary commemoration of the battle. It is a victory for Civil War purists and a loss for 20th century architecture advocates. As we announced last September, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia directed the park service to conduct an environmental analysis on the demolition and to consider “non-demolition alternatives” such as moving the structure or leaving part of it intact. Following the release of a 200-page analysis, the park confirmed that the service had “no need for the continued use of the building” and that it “conflicted with the overall goals of the park.” More after the break…

Book Presentation and Signing of Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References

The Graham Foundation of Chicago will host a book presentation and signing of Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References, a new book edited by Robert McCarter and designed by Irma Boom exploring the notion of ‘A Wonderful World’. The event will take place Friday, February 1st at 6:00pmCST. The evening will begin with a discussion and debate between Arets and McCarter, introducing the book’s origins as well as the work of Wiel Arets Architects, after which signed copies of the publication will be available for purchase. More information after the break.

Call for Proposals: 'SMART CITY: The Next Generation' Exhibition

Architects, Urban Planners, Engineers, and Activists with projects in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines are invited to send their proposals for an exhibition titled ‘SMART CITY: The Next Generation’. Organized by Aedes Architecture Forum, with the Goethe Institut/South-East Asia, under the guidance of curator Ulla Giesler, the exhibition will be held in Berlin at the their Architecture Forum between May and July 2013 within the framework of the Asia-Pacific-Week Berlin 2013. More information after the break.

2013 Design for Biodiversity Symposium: Architectural Approaches to Urban Ecology

Taking place February 1-2 at Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall at Cornell University, the Design for Biodiversity Symposium will focus on the extended threshold between building and environment. Since its emergence in the 1970s, the field of Urban Ecology has investigated relations between living organisms and their urban environments, and has primarily addressed the city at the scale of urban planning. Within this framework, architecture, at the building scale, has thus far not been extensively tackled. How might architecture actively support multi-species habitats? Can these habitats help us replace existing, fossil fuel dependent, mechanistic systems with low impact, ecologically integrated systems that leverage natural sources? How does reimagining the city in this way change how we think about urban form and phenomenology? And finally, what are the appropriate models to study? These questions will be answered at the event and more. For more information, please visit here.

House in Godella / Orts - Trullenque

  • Architects: Orts - Trullenque
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Design Team: Marta Orts, Carlos Trullenque
  • Collaborators: Ana Ábalos, Nacho Fós
  • Structure: Javier Cases
  • Technical Architect: Enrique López
  • Installations: GIA
  • Contractor: Construcciones Faios-Dupolo
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Marina Lofts / BIG

Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG
  • Architects: BIG
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
  • Partners In Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen

  • Project Leader: Daniel Kidd

  • Contributors: Chris Falla, Suemin Jeon, Andreia Teixeira, Jenny Shen, Marcella Martinez, Michael Zhang
  • Area: 80,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of BIG

Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG

CLOG: National Mall Launch

MOMA P.S.1, where CLOG hosted an event to launch the publication of their latest edition: National Mall
MOMA P.S.1, where CLOG hosted an event to launch the publication of their latest edition: National Mall

The folks behind CLOG, the publication that "slows things down" and takes a good, long look at the issues facing architecture today, launched their latest edition - National Mall - today with an event at MoMA PS1. The event, called "THE FUTURE OF THE MEMORIAL," was a part of MoMA PS1's Sunday Sessions and included a conversation, hosted by CLOG, between Friedrich St. Florian, Nicholas Benson and Lucia Allais. 

Utsunomiya Beauty School / Shin Ohori - General Design

  • Architects: Shin Ohori - General Design
  • Location: Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Site Area: 1564.10 sqm
  • Built Area: 716.86 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 2135.84 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

Estación de Policía Montblanc / taller 9s arquitectes

© Adrià Goula Sardà
© Adrià Goula Sardà

© Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà

Godiva House / Empty Space Architecture

© João Morgado
© João Morgado
  • Architects: Empty Space Architecture
  • Location: Cascais, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Luis Mendes
  • Collaborators: Nuno Gonçalves, Simone Cunha, Tiago Leal, José Maria Santos
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado

Herrera Studio-House / Cekada-Romanos Arquitectos

© Juan Andrés Romanos
© Juan Andrés Romanos
  • Architects: Cekada-Romanos Arquitectos
  • Location: Pérez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Design Team: Sebastián Cekada, Juan Andrés Romanos
  • Structural Engineering: Gustavo Caggiano
  • Contractor: César Ortola
  • Construction Manager: Sebastián Cekada, Juan Andrés Romanos
  • Project Area: 66 sqm
  • Photographs: Juan Andrés Romanos

© Juan Andrés Romanos © Juan Andrés Romanos © Juan Andrés Romanos Rendering

Scherpenzeel Multifuntional Complex / Slangen + Koenis Architects

© Mark Prins
© Mark Prins
  • Architects: Slangen + Koenis Architects
  • Location: 3925 Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands
  • Chief Designer: Erik Slangen
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Mark Prins, Petersen Tegl

© Mark Prins © Mark Prins © Mark Prins © Mark Prins

6 Residential Houses / RÜBSAMEN+PARTNER

  • Architects: RÜBSAMEN+PARTNER
  • Location: Bochum, Germany
  • Engineers: Rübsamen + Partner Architekten BDA Ingenieure
  • Landscape: Kipar Landschaftsarchitekten
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of RÜBSAMEN+PARTNER