Houses + Origins / David Stark Wilson

The firm’s founder cites his experiences in nature as the most profound influence on his architecture. In this volume he has chosen to pair images of his architecture beside the images from nature that inspired his designs. The origins of the firm’s work are also deeply rooted in the vernacular buildings of California and this influence is clearly illustrated in this impressive monograph.

Helsinki South Harbour Competition Winners

Boegbeeld – second place entry

The panel for the international Kirjava satama Ideas Competition unanimously decided to give four awards among the 201 entries with balanced overall solutions that were suitable to the cityscape; the entries also had especially interesting ideas for the development of different sections. Innovation and ideas were valued higher than the flawlessness of details. There was no single entry that would have attained all the goals of the competition in a way that was clearly superior. The entries Boegbeeld, Meren syleily, Stadi terassi and Tori received an award in the competition for the south harbour. More images and information on the winners after the break.

Naver Line Square / Urbantainer

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Architects: Urbantainer
Design Team: Jiwon Baik, Younjin Jeong, Gayoung Lee, Sujung Lee, Hyeseong Lee
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Urbantainer

Parc Pintor Vila Closes / David Closes

© Jose Hevia

Architects: David Closes
Location: , Spain
Design Team: Núria Bayó, Carles Jaén
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jose Hevia

2012 Disaster Response Grant Recipients

Helping Haiti © NY Daily News

The American Institute of Architects () and Architecture for Humanity have announced the five recipients of the 2012 Disaster Response Plan Grant. Awards totaling $10,000 will help each group implement their locally driven preparedness project in the second half of the year.

The Disaster Grant Program is part of the Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Program, which coordinates the organizations’ advocacy, education and training to help architects make effective contributions to communities preparing for, responding to and rebuilding after disaster.

The 2012 grant recipients are:

Residential Center Cugat Natura / JF Arquitectes

© Xavi Gálvez

Architects: JF Arquitectes
Location: ,
Architect in charge: Jordi Frontons
Architects associates: Xavi Durán – Pau Frontons
Technical architect: Carlos Arilla
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 17.9 sqm
Photographs: Xavi Gálvez

Holiday Home at Aluksnes Lake / AB3D Ltd.

© Edgars Gribusts

Architects: AB3D Ltd.
Location: , Latvia
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 386 sqm
Photographs: Māris Lapiņš, Edgars Gribusts, AB3D

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveils New Columbia University Medical Building

Exterior View South – Courtesy of CUMC

has been at the forefront of medical education for more than two centuries, as it was the first medical school in the to award the M.D. degree in 1770. Now, the Medical Center (CUMC) has announced plans for a new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building that reflects how they believe medicine is and should be taught, learned and practiced in the 21st century.

Located on the CUMC campus in the Washington Heights community of Northern Manhattan, the 14-story facility will aim to achieve LEED Gold certification and incorporate technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center. The design is led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect.

Continue after the break for more details!

Architectural Photographers: Erieta Attali

dNR Architects Max Nunez, Nicolas del Rio ©

Usually, architecture photographers are architects themselves, but today we want to show show the work of Israeli photographer Erieta Attalian actual photographer who started working related to archeology and science, and then got involved with architecture after working throughout Japan covering this country`s Contemporary Glass Architecture.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

SOM breaks ground at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati

OSC Aerial © SOM

Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) has started construction on their 1.4 million-square-foot master plan for The Christ Hospital in , . Demolition will commence on the existing parking garage at the south end of the hospital complex in order to clear the way for the new Orthopedic and Spine Center (OSC). The contemporary 332,000 square-foot building draws on the predominantly red brick character of the existing buildings and surrounding historic Mt. Auburn neighborhood, while providing a new public face on the south side of the hospital.

SOM strives to achieve LEED certification after completion in mid-2015. Continue after the break to learn more.

Moritz Brewery / Jean Nouvel

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

Spanish photographer Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre just shared with us these beautiful photos of one of Jean Nouvel‘s latest project in Barcelona, : A gastronomy and cultural center for Catalan beer company Moritz.

Some more photographs after the break.

Maison Escalier / Moussafir Architectes Associés

© Hervé Abbadie

Architects: Moussafir Architectes Associés
Location: 22 Rue Jacob, 75006 ,
Architect In Charge: Jacques Moussafir with Alexis Duquennoy
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Wallpaper’s 2012 Architects Directory

© Nelson Kon / Mirante do Horto house by Flávio Castro Arquiteto

Wallpaper magazine recently announced their 2012 Architects Directory which features some of the world’s most intriguing young practices that have made their way into the spotlight. More images and a complete list of the architects who made director can be viewed after the break.

Films & Architecture: “THX 1138”

The first film of is without any doubt a master piece in terms of how to represent futuristic spaces. In THX 1138 the underground spaces are absolutely controlled. People’s behavior is driven by different drugs depending on the physical effect required. The movie contained a catalogue of spatial experiences and explore new forms of spaces that are many years forward the ’70 ideas.

We invite you to enjoy this magnificent film and let us know your comments below!

Two family house Giacomuzzi / Monovolume architecture

© René Riller

Architect: Monovolume architecture
Location: , Italy
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: René Riller

‘The Interchange’ in Downtown Minneapolis / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company + Knutson Construction

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EE&K, a Perkins Eastman Company, and Knutson Construction were recently selected by Hennepin County for their design for ‘The Interchange’ in Downtown . The design-build contract for the $79.3 million transportation hub, which is expected to be completed by 2014, will connect transit with culture. Led by architect Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA, the multidisciplinary team envisions a state-of-the-art transit station with complementary mixed-used development and year-round activated public space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wupper-Bridge Opladen / Ağırbaş & Wienstroer

© Thomas Mayer

Architects: Ağırbaş & Wienstroer
Location: Opladen, ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area / Maxthreads

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The second prize winning vision for the Urban Redevelopment Project at Main Station Area responds to the extending aim of positioning in general, and Tainan city in particular, as a major historical based tourism destination. Designed by Maxthreads, their strategy attempts to contribute to Taiwan’s economic diversification from its current infrastructure lead planning system. More images and architects’ description after the break.