AIACC names Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects as 2013 Firm Award Recipient

AIACC names Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects as 2013 Firm Award Recipient

American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) has awarded Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects… with the 2013 AIACC Firm Award. The jury praised the practice’s ability to achieve a delicate balance between producing high quality architecture and having a long-standing commitment

Video: TOKYO SKYTREE® / Nikken Sekkei

This short video via ja+u takes you on a brief journey through the Tokyo Skytree’s various observation decks that range in altitude from 340m all the way up to the 450m high spiral Tembo Galleria. A quick time lapse of the construction that took place from 2008-2012 illustrates the tower’s growth as it quickly surpassed the Tower’s 333m pinnacle.  See our previous coverage here.

Parking Garage ‘de Cope’ / JHK Architecten

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Architects: JHK Architecten
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 3,000 sqm
Photographs: Burg + Schuh, Sander Copier

© Philipp Ohnesorge
© Philipp Ohnesorge

Luxodrome / Charles Wagner

The proposal for the Luxodrome, designed by Charles Wagner…, is a concept started after analyzing the recent topography of a velodrome, which is most of the time just a circle built by two lines and two half circles. With

Courtesy of Andrea Zuniga + Daniel Caven
Courtesy of Andrea Zuniga + Daniel Caven

‘The Seed of Light’ Powerful Design Competition Proposal / Andrea Zuniga + Daniel Caven

Designed by Illinois Intitute of Technology architecture students, Andrea Zuniga and Daniel Caven…, the winning proposal in the Powerful Design Competition held this summer in Chicago will redefine Chicago’s south side skyline, adding a new member to the series

Casa Diego Rivera / DCPP arquitectos

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Architects: DCPP arquitectos 
Location: City, Distrito Federal,
Architect In Charge: Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 240.0 sqm
Photographs: Onnis Luque

Writer’s Studio / Cooper Joseph Studio

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Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio
Location: Dean Road , NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Wendy Evans Joseph
Project Manager: Thruston Pettus
Desing Team: Farzana Gandhi, Jonathan Lee
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Elliott Kaufman

New York City’s The Battery Conservancy announces International Design Competition

The Battery Conservancy announced today that it is launching the Americas Design Competition, an open-call opportunity for designers across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean to propose designs for innovative portable outdoor seating for The Battery, the 25-acre green oasis at the southern tip of Manhattan overlooking New York Harbor. will fabricate the winning design for use in its new Battery Green scheduled to open to the public in 2014 adjacent to the park’s Broadway entrance.

Registration for The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: “Draw Up A Chair” opens July 31, 2012, and submissions are due no later than October 30, 2012. All interested designers are directed to The Battery Conservancy website for additional information: More information after the break.

ROCA London Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects © ROCA
ROCA London Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects © ROCA

Explore London’s Iconic Buildings on Maggie’s annual Night Hike

Now in its eighth year, the Maggie’s London Night Hike invites you to participate in a ten to twenty mile “hike” through the capital city and explore a number of landmark buildings and iconic structures. In collaboration with the Open…

Hope Street Geelong West / Steve Domoney Architecture

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Architects: Steve Domoney Architecture
Location: West, Victoria, Australia
Architect In Charge: Steve Domoney
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Arundel Square / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

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Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Location: Arundel Square, N1, UK
Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards
Client: United House Developments / Londonewcastle
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of PTE Architects

ONE Prize 2012: BLIGHT TO MIGHT Finalists Announced!

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Terreform ONE has announced the finalists of the “ONE Prize 2012: BLIGHT TO MIGHT” – an international design competition powered by the idea that social, ecological, and economic struggles can simultaneously be addressed through collaborative action and innovative design. Situated in the context of a struggling U.S. economy and the tension of stagnant unemployment, ONE Prize 2012 called to put design in the service of the community, to reinvigorate deindustrialized and depressed urban areas, and to repurpose spaces for economic growth and job creation.

The competition attracted 115 teams and 655 team members from more than 20 countries and five continents. The Jury will select the final winners in late September.

The twenty, ONE PRIZE 2012 finalists are:

LEGO Turns 80, Remains Architecturally Awesome

National Building Museum’s Towering Ambition exhibition by Architect Adam Reed Tucker. Towering Spiral via Flickr User © 2010 Brian Mosley

“Legos were the ultimate building tool, capable of making the most advanced space ships, powerful vehicles, impressive buildings, and incredible cities. As a child, everyone I knew loved Legos, and this never seemed to change. In high school, whenever a conversation with friends happened to shift upon Legos, everyone would gleefully reminisce about their days making fantastic structures out of those awesome little building blocks. [...] No doubt Legos played a supporting role in my growth in appreciation for architecture.” - Architect Albert Lam, in a Blog post for the LPA

When you ask architects what inspired them, almost all (according to one study, 99%) can trace the calling back to the same, simple origin: playing with their bricks.

The LEGO Group, which turns 80 today, can boast that there are approximately 62 LEGO bricks for ever person on earth.  However, it wasn’t until 1958, when the newly-plastic LEGO bricks incorporated the classic knob-and-tube-connecting-system, that they overtook the Froebel block (Frank Lloyd Wright’s toy of choice) to become the massively popular architectural inspiration they are today.

But while the influence of LEGO on architects may be self-evident, not many know about Architecture’s contribution to LEGO. In fact, only through the lens of Architecture, can you truly understand why LEGO merits its bold moniker as “The Toy of the Century.”

Find out Architecture & LEGOs unlikely relationship, after the break…

HouseK / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: ,
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Contractor: Sinei Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Roger Sanchez deconstructs tech house with “Zaha Hadid”

Start your weekend early with this Zaha Hadid-inspired track by the internationally renowned DJ, Roger Sanchez. The former Pratt architecture student is currently working on a starchitect-themed, tech house series that musically interprets the work of his favorite architects, such as Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, IM Pei, Tado Ando and Gaudi.

Sanchez explained to bdonline, “The song [] – it’s tech-house, futuristic, minimal but with lots of varying elements that are opposing but work together beautifully. It has an angular high at the end which conforms to the form of her designs and there’s a crescendo in the middle that reminds me of her focal points.”

Reference: bdonline, Artinfo

In Progress: School Library Gando / Kere Architecture

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Architects: Kere Architecture
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kere Architecture

Courtesy of Trimo Urban Crash
Courtesy of Trimo Urban Crash

Trimo Urban Crash Summer Challenge

The organizers of Trimo Urban Crash, a biannual international competition for students of architecture and industrial design, just launched this year’s summer challenge, which is a relatively simple task. All are being asked, not just students, to present their thoughts…

P.S.P Office Building / Olgoo Office

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Architects: Olgoo Office
Location: Pardis Technology Park,,
Architect In Charge: Mehran Khoshroo
Project Team: Almara Melkomian, Adel Ataee, Mehdi Atashbar, Amir Masoud Nafisi, Mahsa Mamaghani, Soodabeh Ghorbani, Kourosh Asadzadeh, Hamid Reza Etemadi, Syamak Yazdanian
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 2050.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Baraks Studio