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Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site

In an effort to generate innovative ideas for the re-use of one of the most important building sites in Detroit’s redeveloping downtown, Rock Ventures LLC has collaborated with Opportunity Detroit to launch the open ideas competition Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site. Entrants are challenged to create compelling visions for a new urban development on the famous 92,421 square foot Hudson's site that would play a significant role in the regeneration of downtown Detroit. 

Pritzker Responds To Denise Scott Brown Controversy

An intense gender debate has been making headlines after Denise Scott Brown called for Pritzker to “salute the notion of joint creativity” and retrospectively acknowledge her role in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize during an AJ Women in Architecture luncheon in late March. Since, nearly 2,000 advocates have passionately rallied in Brown’s support by signing an online petition created by Harvard’s GSD Woman in Design Group. Among the signatures include architects Zaha Hadid, Farshid Moussavi and Hani Rashid, along with MoMA senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli, architecture photographer Iwan Baan, Rice School of Architecture dean Sarah Whiting, and Berkeley College of Environmental Design dean Jennifer Wolch. 

Call for Projects: East Centric Architecture Triennale 2013

Open to all architects, designers, urban planners, and landscape architects from any of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Arhitext design Foundation, editor of Arhitext magazine, recently launched an open call for projects to be presented at the Trans(ap)parencies Thematic Exhibition, at the 2013 East Centric Architecture in Bucharest, Romania. Inheriting a common history, the architecture of this region defines its identity today by making renewed use of local resources and by taking a critical stance with respect to international mainstream trends. For this reason they feel the need for a thematic exhibition. The deadline for submissions is April 11. For more information, please visit here.

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Kickstarter: New Model Library in Africa

With only 3% of Africa’s 1 billion population capable of accessing broadband internet and the wealth of information it provides, a multidisciplinary team, led by a strategic partnership between Architecture for Humanity, Gensler, Son & Sons, Librarians Without Borders, has embarked on an ambitious Kickstarter campaign to create a network of low-cost, digitally powered, revenue-generating libraries “deployed along the expanding fiber optic infrastructure in the developing world.”

If successful, Librii will become the first library to actively engage users as content creators, while operating on a sustainable business model and maximizing the potential of high-speed information exchange in developing markets.

Learn more about this initiative and support their Kickstarter campaing here

House in Minoh / Fujiwarramuro Architects

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Four Faces: Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Atelier WHY

Designed for the Collider Activity Center competition, Atelier WHY's ‘Four Faces’ proposal presents a diversity of images rather than one unified experience. With the building containing many different activities, the architects were interested in branding activities with different concepts.  They focused on how to convey the variety of activities happening inside to those who are outside though the shape of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

FBI's Brutalist Hoover Building Faces Serious Makeover

“Originally seen to reflect the democratic attributes of a powerful civic expression - authenticity, honesty, directness, strength - the forceful nature of Brutalist aesthetics eventually came to signify precisely the opposite: hostility, coldness, inhumanity. [...] Separated from its original context and reduced in meaning, Brutalism became an all-too-easy pejorative, a term that suggests these buildings were designed with bad intentions.” - “BRUTAL”/“HEROIC” by Michael Kubo, Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik 

Brutalism, an architectural movement that peaked in the 1960's, inspired the development of countless governmental buildings in Washington DC as well as across the world. Though Brutalism's original intentions may have been good, many believe that the actual manifestation of these buildings was not and consider them to be little more than an eyesore on the District's landscape. One such concrete structure, the FBI's J. Hoover Building, is currently facing possible redevelopment as the government has decided to relocate FBI headquarters and given the private sector the rare opportunity to transform this so-called "monolith" into a new kind of monument.

More on the Hoover Building after the break...

Museum of Underwater Antiquities Competition Entry / Charry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects + Georges Batzios Architects

Designed by Charry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects + Georges Batzios Architects, their proposal for the Piraeus Museum of Underwater Antiquities, which received an honorable mention, was divided in two elements based on the notion of ‘Viollet-le-Duc’: the negative element being the void, whilst the positive being the vertical and horizontal elements that define a space (walls and slabs). The link between these two elements, which defines the unity of the space is man. Therefore, the architectural space cannot be applied without the presence of man. More images and architects' description after the break.

AIACC 2013 Monterey Design Conference

Founded in 1979, the Monterey Design conference, which is presented by AIACC (California Council), has become the “Renaissance Weekend” for architects. Held in Pacific Grove at the historic Asilomar Conference Grounds founded in 1913, it has been praised as the most prestigious and best attended architectural design conference in the United States. This year, the conference will take place September 27-29 and all are invited to watch, think, interact, learn and recharge your creative energies with more than 700 of California’s best-known architects. For more information, please visit here.

Integrated School of Building: 'Submit a 10'

The Integrated School of Building, the not-for-profit institute in the city of Chicago, recently launched 'Submit a 10', a new lean course proposal system open to anyone, worldwide, interested in delivering courses through InSB.  A 10 is either a 10 slide presentation (, or (up to) 10 minute video (, or both, delivering an opportunity for quick and efficient learning to the public. In order to retain the best faculty, develop and deliver the best courses, and to meet current and ever-changing market demands in our industry globally, these speed sessions will fall under the broad categories that are Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Project Delivery, Urbanism, Real Estate, Interior Design, or Trades. For more information, please visit here.

Centro de Interpretación / dra arquitectos

  • Architects: dra arquitectos
  • Location: Valdemeca, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: DRA, DIAZ ROMERO
  • Promotor: GEACAM S.A
  • Area: 382.96 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Miguel Souto

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Sichang Road Teahouse / Miao Design Studio

  • Architects: Miao Design Studio
  • Location: Kunshan, China
  • Design Architect : Pu Miao
  • Local Architect: Shanghai Landscape Architecture Design Institute
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Pu Miao

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Chicago's Mayor Launches Transformative Urban Farming Plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Growing Power, a Chicago-based urban agriculture organization, announced recently the formation of Farmers for Chicago, a program that will transform vacant south-side Chicago lots into productive urban farms. The program will make available up to five acres of city-owned vacant lots for urban farming activity and "help expand the supply chain for local neighborhood-level food production and wholesale," "improve community access to healthy food, help participants to supplement their incomes, and to foster workforce training."

Read more about Farmers for Chicago after the break.

Day Centre / Diaz Romero Arquitectos

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Francisco Perez Anampa School / Architecture For Humanity

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Courtesy of Architecture For Humanity
  • Architects: Architecture For Humanity
  • Location: Tate, Ica, Perú
  • Design Fellow: Diego Collazos
  • Colaborator: Arturo Novelli - Edificaciones America
  • Project Coordinator: Ofelia Harten
  • Area: 557.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Architecture For Humanity

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Train Station Čeladná / Projektstudio

  • Architects: Projektstudio
  • Location: Čeladná, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge: David Kotek, Kateřina Holenková
  • Project Architects: Pavel Krátký, Lukáš Bobek
  • Area: 205.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jan Šafář

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