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Buckminster Fuller Challenge: 2013 Search for Solutions Launched

Calling all students, architects, designers, artists, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs!

'Frank Gehry At Work' Exhibition

On display at Leslie Feely Fine Art in New York from April 11 to June 30, 2013, the Frank Gehry At Work exhibition features a selection of over 30 diverse process models by Gehry, which are drawn from significant constructions and concepts of the architect’s prolific career. These organic forms, which consist of a wide array of materials, stand as testament to Gehry’s tactile approach, enhancing our perception of this sculptural architect and his work,  illuminating the subtleties of Gehry’s thought—and working—process. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Development Banks of the Meurthe / Atelier Cite Architecture

  • Architects: Atelier Cite Architecture
  • Location: 9 Rue Alphonse Adam, 88110 Raon-l'Étape, France
  • Landscape: ARPAE
  • Light Designer: Scene Publique (Agathe Argod)
  • Structure: Groupe Alto
  • Hydraulic: SINBIO
  • Area: 20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

Pablo Castro Lecture: Hexameter

As part of Cornell University's Rome 2013 Lecture Series, Pablo Castro, founder of OBRA Architects will be delivering the 'Hexameter' lecture this Thursday, March 7th, at the Palazzo Lazzaroni in Rome at 6:00pm. A 2012 Rome prize winner, Castro's design direction at OBRA has produced a body of award-winning projects including four AIANY Design Awards and two Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards. He is also a 2006 NYFA Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures and a 2003 Society of Architectural Historians de Montëquin Senior Fellow, which are just some of the many awards received. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Human.Kind Advertising / PPS Architects

  • Architects: PPS Architects
  • Location: 259 Jan Smuts Ave, Dunkeld, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Lizl Sheridan

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McAllen Main Library / Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle

  • Architects: Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle
  • Location: 4001 North 23rd Street, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Jack Poling
  • Design Team: Leanne Larson, Steven Rothe, Jessica Harner
  • Area: 125000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer

Nature Centre Hindsgavl / AART architechts

© Adam Mork © Adam Mork © Adam Mork © Adam Mork

Mark Magazine #42

What better place to explore inventive homes and innovative architects than a country with a housing crisis? Mark #42 head to Poland, where theylook at an architecture scene in transition, checking in on a 152 cm wide house by Centrala and a drive-in home by Robert Konieczny. Elsewhere, Shintaro Fujiwara and Yoshio Muro discuss the challenges of the Japanese architect, and we visit ‘weird Austin’ to discover a house by Bercy Chen that literally emerges from the bush.

Ramat Gan House 2 / Pitsou Kedem Architects

  • Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
  • Location: Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Design Team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
  • Site Area: 500 m2
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Amit Geron

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Relocation of the City Center of Kiruna Winning Proposal / White Architects

White Architects has just been selected as the winner of the competition to relocate the City Center of Kiruna, located in the north of Sweden. Their proposal, titled “Kiruna 4-ever”, creates a sustainable vision for the long-term expansion of the city eastwards. It allows for the further development and broadening of Kiruna’s mix of cultures and diverse population by creating a welcoming and global city, unique in its placement within the arctic landscape. The proposal strives to create a destination of great dignity, attractive venues and fantastic living environments. More images and architects' description after the break.

Rooms / Ando Corporation

  • Architects: ANDO Corporation
  • Location: Wakayama, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Yoshiaki Nagasaka
  • General Contractors: ANDO Corporation
  • Area: 288.22 sqm
  • Photographs: Kimikazu Tomizawa

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Foster + Partners to Submit Thames Hub Airport Proposal to Airport Commission

Foster + Partners have confirmed that they will submit their proposal for a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary to the Airports Commission, an organisation investigating airport capacity in the UK, by mid-July. The submission will be an important step towards getting government approval of the plan. 

Castle View School / Nicholas Hare Architects

  • Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Location: 51 Foksville Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8, UK
  • Project Team: Essex County Council
  • Main contractor: Skanska
  • Quantity Surveyor: Cost managed by Skanska
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Services Engineer: Skanska
  • Landscape Designer: Macgregor Smith
  • Project Manager: Skanska
  • Area: 10125.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Alan Williams

© Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams

Autodesk Milano Offices / Goring & Straja Architects

  • Architects: Goring & Straja Architects
  • Location: Via Tortona 37, Milan, Italy
  • Design Team: André Straja, Giacomo Sicuro, Simone Marchiorato, Stefan Davidovici, Camilla Guerritore, Elisa Mori, Naohisa Hosoo, John North
  • Project Manager: Jones Lang Lasalle
  • Area: 850.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

India's Evolution vs. China's Revolution

This article, by Austin Williams, originally appeared in The Asian Age as "India, China: Talk of the Town." Williams is the co-author of Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs and director of the Future Cities Project. He teaches architecture and urban studies at XJTL University in Suzhou, China. Email him at futurecitiesproject@gmail.com

As an architect living in Suzhou, just outside Shanghai, I have become blasé about the skyline being transformed before my very eyes. The classic view of Shanghai’s towering waterfront may not represent great architecture, but it’s impressive all the same… and constantly improving. In most cities across China it is the same story: high-speed construction activity, modernisation, transformation and skyscrapers everywhere. There is a palpable sense of opportunity pending — what the émigrés to America must have felt when arriving in New York 100 years ago. 

While many Western commentators point to the failures (the accidents, the pollution and the corruption) with an unremitting Schadenfreude, China marches on. Where else can you watch a modern city grow and change in real time? Where else, indeed? 

Read more of Austin Williams' account of the different kinds of urban development happening in China and India, after the break...

House-T / Tsukano Architect Office

  • Architects: Tsukano Architect Office
  • Location: Miyazaki, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Michiya Tsukano
  • Area: 108.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Kenichi Asano

© Kenichi Asano © Kenichi Asano © Kenichi Asano © Kenichi Asano

Design Excellence of US Embassies: Openness and Security

"The works of our artists, architects, and preservationists provide us with another language of diplomacy. A transcendent language that allows us to convey values that are at once uniquely American yet speak to all of humanity.  Increasingly in this world, art and architecture help us maintain our sense of openness and liberation." -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, April 12, 2010 

An embassy is much more than a building or a work of architecture; it functions as a symbolic representation of countries' relationships to one another.  It represents the universal language of diplomacy - "communicating values and ideals, extending well beyond any moment in time".  An embassy has the difficult task of representing two diametrically opposed concepts: security and openness.  The former typically overpowers the latter in importance, which is most probably why when we think of foreign embassies, it conjures up images of stately monolithic buildings surrounded by tall fences and menacing guards or "bunkers, bland cubes, lifeless compounds", according to Tanya Ballard Brown of NPR's All Things Considered.  

More after the break...

Diamond House / Masao Yahagi Architects

  • Architects: Masao Yahagi Architects
  • Location: Sano, Tochigi, Japan
  • Area: 145.08 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura