Architecture Humanitarian Emergencies / Jorge Lobos

2/3 of the world population have no link to professional architecture, it means 4.400.000.000 of people has not relation with academic knowledge of architecture. This book tries to explain how this knowledge can come to everywhere of our planet and how it can support to improve the lack of quality of life for natural disasters or social conflicts of millions of human beings.

Ghost Town planned for New Mexico to test emerging technologies

Pegasus Global Holdings, LLC, a private international technology development firm, has announced plans to build a new billon-plus dollar city capable housing 35,000 people Lea County, . However, no one will live there. The vacant city will be a full-scale, fully functional test city, dedicated to enabling and facilitating the commercialization of new and emerging technologies. Looking for a place to test out that self-driving truck? Look no further. The Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation (CITE) will provide 15-square-miles of resident-free cityscape in the middle of the New Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert.

Continue after the break to learn more about CITE.

Nardini Grappa Distillery “Bolle” / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

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The Nardini Grappa Distillary was completed in 2004, designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas in , Vicenza, – the first impressions of the complex are two otherworldly inflated disks hover over a pool of water. Supported on stilts, the glass and steel envelope reflects the water below. Visitors stroll over paths that criss cross over the pool. A descending ramp leads into the 100-seat auditorium below, forming a natural canyon. Underwater lights illuminate the surface, creating a shimmer across the grounds of the distillery and reflected in the floating volumes above.

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Qingdao Master Plan / HAO + Archiland

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The design for the Qingdao Master Plan, designed by HAO/Holm Architecture Office + Archiland, seeks to further develop and expand the existing elements of the city. Situated within the city of Qingdao and conveniently located five minutes from the airport, the site is divided into three main areas. To take advantage of this, the design takes its starting point around a sunken cultural path that leads visitors through the entire programmatic experience of the new master plan. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Guinness Deep-Sea Bar / Jump Studios

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London-based architecture practice, Jump Studios, recently completed the interior of a submarine for the first ever Guinness deep-sea bar, which recently plunged the depths of the Baltic in the Archipelago. Jump was asked to create an interior for the vessel (fitting a space approximately 11m2) that reflected the Guinness brand statement ‘Alive Inside’. And the solution was a fluid concept, constructed from GRP (glass reinforced plastic), that captures the feeling of being ‘immersed in a dynamic, flowing experience’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

special solution with brick - © Peter Rich

Wienerberger Brick Award 2012 and “Brick’12″ Book

The winners of the Wienerberger Brick Award 2012 have been announced at a ceremony in Vienna’s City Hall. Five international architects were awarded for their outstanding work, for projects using brick as a construction material. The five-person jury chose South…

Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre / NH Architecture

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Architects: NH Architecture
Location: , VIC, Australia
Design Team: Peter Dredge, Hamish Lyon, Andy Gentry, Fiona Collie, Emily Kilvington, Astrid Jenkin, Mitch McTaggart, Chris Reddaway, Silvia Tasani, Jan Vastestaeger, Chad Harrison, Ramiro Marroquin
Completion: 2011
Cost: $6.1 million
Photographs: Dianna Snape

General Manifold / Spatial Ops

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General Manifold is an immersive architectural environment installed in the abandoned Federal Screw Works factory complex in Chelsea, Michigan. This installation was the centerpiece of a collective exhibition organized by the architectural collaborative Spatial Ops and students from their Meta Friche research seminar at .

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PBS lists Top Ten Buildings that Changed America

Vanna Venturi House / © Maria Buszek

PBS has released their selections of the top ten buildings that have changed the way Americans live, work and play. From Thomas Jefferson’s 224-year-0ld Virginia State Capitol to Robert Ventui’s postmodern masterpiece the Vanna Venturi House, each building on the list will be featured in a new TV and web production coming to in 2013. Continue after the break to view the top ten influential buildings and let us know your thoughts!

Nursery in Ourense / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos

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Architects: Abalo Alonso Arquitectos - Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso
Location: Ourense,
Completed: 2011
Collaborators: Berta Peleteiro
Budget: 400,000 €
Area: 327 sqm
Photographs: Héctor Santos-Díez | Bis Images

   

Swiss Clockwork Embassy / Matteo Cainer Architects

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The design of the new Swiss Embassy in , designed by Matteo Cainer Architects, pays tribute to its renewed presence in the Cameroon and a respect for the uniqueness of the site. The resulting proposal is an elegant ensemble that encapsulates the identity and self-image of the Swiss people and their values. The calm external simplicity of the proposal conceals an inner complexity while achieving a sustainable design, which was another key in the process. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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New Bauhaus Museum / Pedro Monteiro, Rodrigo Cruz, Sérgio Silva

The design proposal for the New Bauhaus Museum by Pedro Monteiro, Rodrigo Cruz, and Sérgio Silva… establishes a volumetric relation with the Gauforum in regard to its location. The first thing you see is a tower of light.

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Rio 2016 Olympic Park Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten

Mecanoo Architecten … shared with us their design for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park, which will be the heart of the games. It was important to the architects to change the current paradigm, which opposes the real state logics to the

Alto San Francisco Events Center / Juan Carlos Sabbagh

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Architects: Juan Carlos Sabbagh
Location: , Chile.
Collaborators: Juan Diego Recabarren R, Nicolas Sabbagh C.
Area: 3.154 sqm
Date: 2009 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Juan Carlos Sabbagh

Vivace Control Room A - © Silvia Campos Ulloa

Vivace Music Brings World Class WSDG Studio to Uruguay

Vivace Music, an elegant, high-end recording studio, has debuted in the heart of Montevideo, the ¨Switzerland¨ of Latin America. Acoustically superb, and aesthetically unique, studio details are highlighted by rare wood elements such as doors, window trim, flooring and custom…

Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide / David Bergman

Written for students and practitioners in the fields of architecture and interior design, our new Architecture Brief Sustainable Design provides a concise overview of all the techniques available for reducing the energy footprint of structures and spaces. With clear, simple language and a practical “can-do” approach, author David Bergman covers everything from the profession’s ethical responsibility, to design structures and spaces that sustain our natural resources, to specific considerations such as rainwater harvesting, graywater recycling, passive heating techniques, solar orientation, green roofs, wind energy, daylighting, indoor air quality, material evaluation and specification, and how to work with green building certification programs.

Hamilton Grange Teen Center / Rice+Lipka Architects

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Architects: Rice+Lipka Architects 
Location: , NY,
Project Team: Benjamin Cadena (Project Architect), Karl Larson (Project Manager), Andrew Dadds (Designer) 
Area: 4,400 sqf
Photographs: Michael Moran, Rice+Lipka Architects 

Reactor Films / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: 1330 4th Street, , , USA
Principal in Charge: Lawrence Scarpa
Design Team: Angela Brooks, Jackson Butler, Adam Davis, Mike Ferguson, John Jennings, Gwynne Pugh, Lawrence Scarpa
Furniture and Fixture Design: Mike Ferguson, John Jennings and Lawrence Scarpa (with Dave Scott)
Steel and Furniture Fabrication: Dave Scott of DESU
Construction Team: Brian Crommie and Tom Hinerfeld of BT Builders
Client/Owner: Stoney Road Productions and Reactor Films
Total Square Footage: 7,000 sq. ft.
Costs: $350,000.00 ($50.00/sq. ft.) includes building shell upgrades
Photographs: Marvin Rand