Casa Cor Bar / BCMF Arquitetos

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Architects: BCMF Arquitetos / Bruno Campos, Marcelo Fontes e Silvio Todeschi
Location: , MG, Brazil
Client: Casa Cor / Arcelor Mittal / Stella Artois
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 69 sqm
Photographs: Jomar Bragança, Leonardo Finotti

International Competition Winner of Government Building in Sejong City / Tomoon Architects & Engineers

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The 3-1 Zone of Government Building in Sejong City is a symbolic gate of the central administration town. The Urban Gate, where nature and citizen are together, and the Urban Plaza, which anybody can freely use, are planned for here. It is designed as a comfortable and cozy resting place shaped after nature. It will be used for various events including festivals and various culture and art activities. In terms of urban scale, the linear shape of existing master plan had been maintained.

Urban Interventions / Vallo Sadovsky Architects

recently sent us their latest book, Urban Interventions. We have featured one of Vallo Sadovsky Architects’ projects before, BA_LIK. That project gets to the heart of what this book is about. Small urban interventions can completely transform and revive a space and city. This book is filled with writings and examples that expand on that idea. “The proposals in these pages are, with few exceptions, practical solutions to real urban problems, most of them having to do with the creation of place or connecting disparate places together, by shifting the perception of the value of a piece of open space or mending a neighborhood from the effects of a multilane freeway. Some of the most inspiring are also the most modest, replacing lost trees with potted plants that provide seating for rest or perhaps a conversation with a neighbor,” writes John Peterson.

Take a look inside after the break.

New Commitments for Environmental Transparency

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An increasing trend towards sustainable construction within the building industry has resulted in a steady stream of “green” products into the marketplace. It is not uncommon to see products labeled with numerous claims that are certified by previously unheard of governing bodies. Industry leaders recently gathered in at Greenbuild to focus on avenues to increase the transparency of such claims made in the marketplace, and develop an integrated information source to reduce confusion and increase reliability.

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Some of the players that are beginning to influence the conversation include the US Green Building Council and the US Forest Service, both of whom are advocates for increased regulation and standardization of Environmental Product Declarations. Architecture 2030 has also introduced a new initiative aimed at the reduction of dependency of fossil fuels in the building life cycle,  reductions in greenhouse gas embodies products, and an overall reduction in energy consumption to carbon-neutral by 2030. With the latest update to the AIA 2030 Commitment, these new initiatives mark an increasing awareness of the overall building life cycle costs and their impact on our environments.

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Flight Assembled Architecture Exhibition

From December 2nd to February 19th, Flight Assembled Architecture, the first installation to be built by flying machines, will be conceived as an architectural structure at a scale of a 600 m high “vertical village”, the installation addresses radical new…

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Update: Covington Farmers Market / design/buildLAB

For those of you that enjoyed our post on the Covington Farmers Market you might enjoy visiting an exhibition that features Jeff Goldberg’s images and the students’ bass wood models of the project at The Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia. The…

Media Complex / CAAT Studio Architecture

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CAAT Studio Architecture shared with us their design for a media complex located in the main cultural zone of . Their goal is to show that the human itself, acts as a media in the project. During the day, the presence of humans can make the project alive by moving towards different parts of it such as amphitheatre on the roof and other spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yarra Lane / Hassell

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Architects: Hassell
Location: Melbourne, VIC,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Hassell

The design of South Yarra’s vibrant new Yarra Lane Precinct has seen HASSELL win a 2011 Melbourne Design Award. The team won the Interior Design, Hospitality award for their work on the precinct and its three exciting new dining venues: Outpost Dining Room, Mopho Noodle Bar and Deba Sushi Bar. Developer Michael Yates wanted the laneway, which runs off Melbourne’s lively Chapel Street, to be characterized by a diverse mix of individual shops – a village high street – that encouraged street activation and vibrancy.

Verbund Headquarter Facade / SOLID Architecture

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The headquarters of the Verbund AG is a block perimeter development built around a central courtyard in ’s first district. It was erected between 1952 and 1954 to designs by Carl Appel and is bordered on three sides by public streets or squares. The street facade extends from the square known as Am Hof along Heidenschuss towards Freyung and into Tiefer Graben. The block perimeter development is made up of two volumes, one facing onto Am Hof and the other towards Freyung. In formal terms the building refers back to the architecture of the interwar period. On the other hand the economical use of design and decorative elements, for example the window reveals of real stone, is characteristic of the post-war era. As this facade design had reached the end of its useful life, an invited competition was set up for the redesign of these areas. This competition was won by SOLID Architecture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

North American winners of Holcim Awards competition announced

Gold 2011 - Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

The Holcim Awards Gold 2011 for North America and USD 100,000 was awarded to the Arctic Food Network (AFN) regional food-gathering nodes and logistics infrastructure for the scattered Inuit communities in Northern Canada. The project by Lateral Office / InfraNet Lab based in and Princeton, New Jersey, enables a better distribution of local foods, serves as a series of bases for the reinforcement of traditional hunting, and also establishes new foundations for a sustainable, more independent economy.

Silver went to a two-level zero energy certified school building design to be constructed on multiple campuses throughout Los Angeles. The project led by architects Swift Lee Office of Los Angeles uses “off-the shelf” components and modular panels to create a pre-fabricated system that features a double-layered façade for solar, acoustic, and environmental control and achieves a climate-responsive solution for each site.

Holcim Awards Bronze was presented to Julie Snow Architects of Minneapolis, for a border control station on the US frontier to Canada at Van Buren, Maine. The approach meets a range of stringent regulations for safety, operation and durability, sets zero net energy and water saving targets, and yet is a highly aesthetic structure marking the national frontier.

You can see more info and images on the winners after the break. For a complete list of the winners including the acknowlodgement prizes and “next generation” prizes please click here.

Yellow Apartment Renovation / Pedro Varela & Renata Pinho

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Architects: Pedro Varela & Renata Pinho
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: José Campos

House BFW / [tp3] architekten

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Architects: [tp3] architekten
Location: Haag am Hausruck ,
Contractor: Genböck Gmbh
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Ulrich Kehrer

Z5 / Christophe Gulizzi Architecte

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Architect: Christophe Gulizzi Architecte
Location: ,
Commissioned by: SCI 5ZS_Zinedine Zidane
Cost: 7,000,000.00 € (excl. VAT)
Photographs: Philippe Ruault, Luc Boegly, Christian Michel, Lisa Ricciotti

Video: SCI-Arc Robot House

SCI-Arc‘s introduction of the Robot House (spring 2011) – a multifunctional robotics lab that enables the exploration of techniques, manipulation of high tech materials, and numerous  methods for simulation – has brought about a new and intriguing component to the school. Designed by faculty members Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser, its primary goal is the advancement of next generation platforms for the experimentation and future speculation of architecture.

The state-of-the-art Staübli robotic systems are housed within a 1,000 sqf double height research room between studio spaces and the shop.  Given the nature of work that is being produced at SCI-Arc, it will be interesting to see the new projects that take full advantage of the Robot House and the adjacent Robotics & Simulation Lab.

Railway Control Centre / Moreno del Valle Arquitectos

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Architect: Moreno del Valle Arquitectos
Location: ,
Client: adif
Lead Architect: David Moreno del Valle
Project Team: Daniel Vazquez Míguez, Arquitecto; Borja Martin Melchor, Arquitecto; Antonio Pascual Ciudad, iccp; Jose Zamora Garcia, Aisin Simarro Levia
Quantity Surveyor: Mariano Oviedo Oviedo
Engineer: Javier Ruiz López, Jorge Alvarez Garcia, Francisco Garcia Fernandez, Carlos Díaz Palacios
Construction: Thales
Project Area: 2,031.13 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Alda

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Review: Common Ground in a Liquid City by Matt Hern

Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future… by Matt Hern is a collection of ten essays about the future of city-living – or living in general – with very specific examples derived from his

Tianjin West Railway Station / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Beijing,
Client: Tianjin Ministry of Railway
Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Project Leader: Jiang Lin Lin
Structural Engineers: schlaich bergermann und partner
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 179,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of gmp architekten

Definition of Architecture

I can’t believe I’ve written this blog for over a year and never bothered to define Architecture. A glaring ommission to be sure. Perhaps I could get some help on this one? What’s a good definition of “Architecture” ?