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Four Practices Re-Envision Parking in Long Island Downtowns

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Parks and Rides. Image © Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design and the Long Island Index
Parks and Rides. Image © Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design and the Long Island Index

Long Island’s downtowns have more than 4,000 acres of surface area dedicated to parking lots. That’s roughly 6.5 square miles of prime real estate, a phenomenon quite common in most American cities. When necessary, these lots are often exchanged for a standard “set of concrete shelves” that share little to no connection with their surroundings. This leads to the question, why must parking garages be so monofunctional and, well, ugly?

To help solve this nationwide issue, the Long Island Index challenged four leading architectural firms to envision a more innovative way to free up surface lot space in four Long Island communities. 

See what they came up with, after the break...

Can you prove that you will be the next great architect in just five days?

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Can you prove that you will be the next great architect in just five days?

120 HOURS, - one of the worlds most important student competition, for and by architecture students, challenge you to redefine the meaning of sustainability in architecture. The catch; you only have five short days, and you have to convince OMA-partner Ellen Van Loon. Still up for it?

If you are so lucky as to find yourself with a job after you graduate school, the leap from student life to professional architect can be quite a challenge. From working on projects with deadlines many months down the line, to working day and night on proposals due “yesterday”. This is the harsh reality for most young professionals.

In 2010, three students at the Oslo School of Architecture wanted to create a new arena where Norwegian students could acquaint themselves with life as a professional architect. The result was the birth of the competition 120 HOURS.

Find out more after the break.

Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Ireland’s Most Prestigious Racecourse

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Grimshaw Selected to Redevelop Ireland’s Most Prestigious Racecourse, Courtesy of Grimshaw
Courtesy of Grimshaw

The Irish Turf Club has selected Grimshaw, alongside collaborators Newenham Mulligan & Associates (NMA), amongst 100 other leading practices to envision a concept design for the modernization of Ireland’s most prestigious thoroughbred race course. 

Embedded within County Kildare’s open plains, the historic Curragh Racecourse is need of a masterplan that preserves the site, upgrades facilities and respects the surrounding landscape. Grimshaw’s winning proposal promises to satisfy these requests, in addition to constructing a new grandstand that retains the “intimate and distinctive character” of the existing grounds. 

216 Social Dwellings for students and professors in Cerdanyola del Vallés / Bru Lacomba Setoain

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
216 Social Dwellings for students and professors in Cerdanyola del Vallés / Bru Lacomba Setoain, © J. Bernadó
© J. Bernadó

Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain © J. Bernadó +13

TADAH Office / TADAH Collaboration

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
TADAH Office / TADAH Collaboration, Courtesy of TADAH Collaboration
Courtesy of TADAH Collaboration
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area

    1620.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of TADAH Collaboration

Courtesy of TADAH Collaboration Courtesy of TADAH Collaboration Courtesy of TADAH Collaboration Courtesy of TADAH Collaboration +17

Edificio de viviendas en Barcelona / Mateo arquitectura

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Edificio de viviendas en Barcelona / Mateo arquitectura, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +11

Cliff House / Altius Architecture Inc

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Cliff House / Altius Architecture Inc, Courtesy of Altius Architecture Inc
Courtesy of Altius Architecture Inc
  • Architects

  • Location

    Muskoka Lakes, ON, Canada
  • Architecture

    Trevor McIvor, Tony Round
  • Lead Design Architect

    Trevor McIvor, Tony Round
  • Area

    3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Altius Architecture Inc

Courtesy of Altius Architecture Inc Courtesy of Altius Architecture Inc Courtesy of Altius Architecture Inc Courtesy of Altius Architecture Inc +20

Inacap Downtown Campus / Estudio Larrain

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Inacap Downtown Campus / Estudio Larrain, © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
© Rodrigo Larrain Illanes

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes +36

Residence in Papudo / Raimundo Anguita

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Residence in Papudo / Raimundo Anguita , Courtesy of Raimundo Anguita
Courtesy of Raimundo Anguita
  • Architects

  • Location

    Papudo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Raimundo Anguita , Elvira Guillon
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2003
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Raimundo Anguita, Oliver llaneza

© Oliver llaneza © Oliver llaneza © Oliver llaneza © Oliver llaneza +24

Aarau Bus Station Canopy / Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur

00:00 - 5 February, 2014
Aarau Bus Station Canopy / Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur, © Niklaus Spoerri
© Niklaus Spoerri

© Niklaus Spoerri © Niklaus Spoerri © Niklaus Spoerri © Niklaus Spoerri +14

The Living Wins P.S.1 with Compostable Brick Tower

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
The Living Wins P.S.1 with Compostable Brick Tower, © The Living
© The Living

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has selected "Hy-Fi," a “circular tower of organic and reflective bricks” designed by The Living (David Benjamin), as the winner of the 15th annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. An exemplar of the cradle-to-cradle philosophy, the temporary installation will be built entirely from organic material via a new method of bio-design.

Split View Mountain Lodge / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Split View Mountain Lodge / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, © Søren Harder Nielsen
© Søren Harder Nielsen

© Søren Harder Nielsen © Søren Harder Nielsen Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter +28

Teshima Yokoo House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Teshima Yokoo House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Daichi Ano
© Daichi Ano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Teshima, Teshimakarato, Tonosho, Shozu District, Kagawa Prefecture 761-4662, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yuko Nagayama, Daisuke Yamagishi
  • Artwork And Concept

    Tadanori Yokoo
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Daichi Ano, Nobutada Omote, Courtesy of Yuko Nagayama and Associates

© Nobutada Omote © Nobutada Omote © Nobutada Omote © Nobutada Omote +26

Agilent Technologies / SKM

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Agilent Technologies / SKM, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts
  • Architects

  • Location

    679 Springvale Road, Mulgrave VIC 3170, Australia
  • Project Architect

    Anna Maskiell
  • Workplace Strategy + Project Director

    Philip Ward
  • Design Director

    Clinton Murray
  • Project Director

    Andrew Kings
  • Area

    4200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +14

Mun Jeong Heon / A.M Architects

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Mun Jeong Heon / A.M Architects, © Kim Jae Kyeong
© Kim Jae Kyeong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bongsan-myeon, Gimcheon-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim Tae Yun
  • Area

    99.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Kim Jae Kyeong © Kim Jae Kyeong © Kim Jae Kyeong © Kim Jae Kyeong +15

Designing Security into Schools: A Special Report

00:00 - 4 February, 2014
Designing Security into Schools: A Special Report, A rendering of the New Utøya Project a redesign of Utøya Island in Norway - the location of a 2011 massacre. Image © Fantastic Norway
A rendering of the New Utøya Project a redesign of Utøya Island in Norway - the location of a 2011 massacre. Image © Fantastic Norway

When it comes to designing schools, security is always a big issue. This fact was thrown into sharp focus in December of 2012 after the Sandy Hook Tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Last year, we featured an article discussing how design can deal with tragedy - both in order to prevent it and how to deal with the aftermath. Now, a report by Building Design and Construction investigates the measures that could prevent dangerous incidents. While they admit "it’s impossible to stop an armed madman who is hell-bent on killing", the report has a number of simple and sensible recommendations which aid in preventing and responding to a threat. You can read the report here.

Six Firms Named 2014's "New Practices New York"

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
Six Firms Named 2014's "New Practices New York", Haffenden House / PARA-Project
Haffenden House / PARA-Project

The American Institute of America’s New York Chapter (AIANY) has selected six young, and “pioneering” firms as the winners of the 2014 New Practices New York portfolio competition. The award is designed “to recognize and promote” emerging practices that are less than a decade old and based within the five boroughs of New York City. As a result, each winner will be featured in an exhibition at the Center for Architecture from October 1, through January 15, 2015. 

Without further ado, the 2014 New Practices New York winners are:

20 Social Dwellings in El Saucejo / Suárez Corchete

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
20 Social Dwellings in El Saucejo / Suárez Corchete, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects

  • Location

    El Saucejo, Sevilla, Spain
  • Project Architect

    Fernando Suárez Corchete
  • Technical Architect

    Luis Montes Martínez
  • Project Area

    1770.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +12