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88 Jerez Dwellings / Daroca Arquitectos

  • Architects: Daroca Arquitectos
  • Location: Av. Rey Juan Carlos I, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • Project Architect: José Luis Daroca Bruño
  • Building Engineer: Roberto Ales Mendez
  • Construction Company: COPISA
  • Year: 2013
  • Photography: Jesus Granada

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Preserving Modern Architecture in the Midwest

On April 24th and 25th, Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) will celebrate the gift and the restoration of the Frederick and Harriet Rauh House, designed by pioneering Cincinnati Modernist John Becker in Woodlawn, by hosting “Preserving Modern Architecture,” a two-day symposium at the house. In September 2011, CPA launched the restoration of the 1938 Rauh House with a festive celebration honoring Emily Rauh Pulitzer, donor of the house and funder of the work. A year later, the restoration of this pioneering International Style residence is complete.

The Prémont Lantern / DMG architecture + Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes

  • Architects: DMG architecture, Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes
  • Location: Québec, Canada
  • Structural: Axys Consultants inc.
  • Mechanical / electrical : Génécor experts-conseils
  • Civil : Axys Consultants inc.
  • Interiors: Optima Design
  • Contractor: Les Constructions Gagnon 1980 Inc
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

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Celebrate National Architecture Week with the AIA

From April 7th through the 13th, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will be hosting National Architecture Week in an effort to increase public awareness on the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. 

Similar to previous years’ observances, National Architecture Week will be virtual and composed of daily pinboards on the social networking site, Pinterest, and an Architecture Is Awesome contest on Instagram. The intent is to use the two social networking platforms to showcase architects’ good designs and encourage architecture fans to share their thoughts and engage with like-minded professionals during the week.

Five Ways You can Take Part in National Architecture Week:

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / SO-AP Architects

By creating a space which is open onto the city and welcoming for visitors, the proposal for the Collider Activity Center  by SO-AP Architects intends to be a place of importance in the city of Sofia. The objective is to propose a building designed to meet the expectations of a wide audience motivated by the challenge and keen on using a place offering multiple combinations of sports and rest, while being able to enjoy views on the city and its surroundings. More images and architects' description after the break.

Woldya Maternity Center / Xavier Vilalta Architects

Located in Woldya, a town in the Amhara region in northeast Ethiopia, the new maternity care center is placed at the entrance of the Woldya hospital becoming a new gathering area for future mothers. Designed by Xavier Vilalta Architects (XVA), maternity is divided in two areas that share an entrance space: the maternity unit and the mothers waiting area. The first one is the functional and operational medical space and the second, a temporary hostel for upcoming patients that need a place to stay before they enter in the final stage of their pregnancy. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Update: Facades+ Performance Symposium

Taking place April 11-12 in New York, the Facades+ Performance Symposium will focus on cutting through the jargon to consider the heart of high performance building envelopes. Presented by The Architect's Newspaper and enclos, they recently announced that an additional workshop will take place on Friday, April 12. This workshop will focus on the fundamental concepts and workflows for creating performance-based design models with the parametric design tool, Grasshopper for Rhino3D. Using Grasshopper, participants will be guided through a series of exercises designed to emphasize the relevant applications of parametric design for professional practice. To sign up, and for more information on the two-day event, please visit here. A video can be viewed after the break.

The New York Times Wants Your Images of High-Rise Life

When one thinks of the stereotypical "American" life, images of Suburbia, of small homes with white picket fences, immediately come to mind. But beyond the stereotype is the lived experience of millions of Americans, who have grown up in cities across the country, and indeed, the world. 

XiXi Learning Community / Atelier Fronti

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Haagsche Zwaan / ZZDP Architecten

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© Michel Kievits
  • Architects: ZZDP Architecten
  • Location: Den Haag, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: Joris Deur, Adam Smit
  • Design Team: Ramon Gianotten, Danny Honhoff
  • Area: 27500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Michel Kievits

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Green Square Library & Plaza Proposal / Gus Wüstemann Architects

The proposal for the Green Square Library & Plaza in Syndey rethinks a common emphasis on new technologies and the transformation of a reading room in a library being an inside storage space of books to a public space that communicates with its boundaries. For this design, Gus Wüstemann Architects suggests a bridge from the virtual world to the authentic world, from nature to culture, society and technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Communicating Vessels / Victor Gonzalez Marti

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Courtesy of Victor Gonzalez Marti
  • Architects: Victor Gonzalez Marti
  • Location: Rambla Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Victor Gonzalez Marti
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Victor Gonzalez Marti

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2012 Worldwide City Rankings Reveal Important Regional Trends

Mercer, a consulting leader that helps other organizations around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their employees, releases a survey annually that helps multinational companies and other organizations compensate employees when placing them on international assignments. Their survey for the year 2012 evaluates over 221 cities around the world on their quality of living with New York City as the base city and highlights several trends that can add onto what we as designers and urban planners believe makes a city successful and livable.

Read on for the 2012 results.

Out of Site in Plain View: A History of Exhibiting Architecture since 1750

Barry Bergdoll, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at New York's Museum of Modern Art and professor of modern architectural history at Columbia University, will present the 62nd A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts Series. The Mellons are among the most prestigious art history lecture series in the world and have been delivered annually since 1952 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. For this year's series, Bergdoll will present "Out of Site in Plain View: A History of Exhibiting Architecture since 1750."

More about the lecture series after the break...

Dialogue House / Wendell Burnette Architects

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman
  • Architects: Wendell Burnette Architects
  • Project Team: Wendell Burnette, Christopher Alt
  • Client: Thomas and Laura Hyland
  • Structural Engineer: Rudow + Berry, Inc.
  • Electrical Engineer: C.A. Energy Designs
  • Landscape Design: Debra Burnette Landscape Design
  • Contractor: The Construction Zone, Ltd.
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman

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House in Kawachinagano / Fujiwarramuro Architects

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