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Gag Order Released on the London Olympics' Architects

Although the 2012 London Olympics concluded last August, RIBA president Angela Brady and New London Architecture chairman Peter Murray continued to lead a fierce campaign against the strict International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules that forbid architectural practices who contributed to the design and construction of the venues from promoting their work. Months later, a compromise has finally been met and the architects will now allowed to discuss their contributions freely. 

House in Shimoda-Chou / EANA

  • Architects: EANA
  • Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Design Team: Kohei Iwasaki, Tota Abe
  • Construction: Eiko Kensetsu
  • Structural Design: Kenji Nawa, Nawakenji-M
  • Total Foor Area: 142.60 sqm

  • Site Area: 175.10 sqm

  • Area: 77.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

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

Graduating in 2013? You're in Luck...

© Carlos Willis
© Carlos Willis

 is a Vice President at Autodesk and teaches at Yale (see our interview with him here). Last week, we published his "5 Pearls of Wisdoms for Architecture Grads," originally written in 2011. This week, Phil is back to talk to Architecture students again, but this time with some updated advice for the grads of 2013.

It’s been a year since my “Winter Commencement” discussion, and just a few days since I gave my annual talk to our graduating students about the state of the construction economy and what that means for their spring job hunt.  And since ArchDaily decided to repost that blog recently, it seemed timely to reflect a bit on how things have changed since December of 2011, and what those changes might mean for job prospects going forward.

And what a difference a year makes, at least for this year’s graduating class.  The elections are over, most of the economic malaise, while not lifted here in the U.S, is certainly lighter, and designing, building and, most importantly, hiring seems to be on the rise again.  In fact, for the first time since 2009, I suggested to our students that prospects for their employment are the brightest of the young decade.  

Here’s my reasoning...

Find out why Grads in 2013 are facing far rosier circumstances, after the break...

Álvaro Siza Pavilion Will Remain at Venice Bienniale Until 2016

“Recognized by all for its efficiency,” the pavilion that Álvaro Siza designed for last year’s Venice Bienniale of Architecture will remain on display and be utilized as “additional space” by the new curators in 2014 and 2016.

House M / Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos

© Quiroga Carrafa
© Quiroga Carrafa
  • Architects: Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos, Analia Messina
  • Location: Lujan, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Authors: Fernando Fritz, Eric Fritz, Analia Messina
  • Design Team: Hernán Feldmann, Christian Moroni
  • Structural Engineering: José Zaldua
  • Area: 300 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Quiroga Carrafa

© Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa

Maipu Building / Nicolás Campodonico

  • Architects: Nicolás Campodonico
  • Location: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Design Team: Nicolás Campodonico, Martin Lavayen, Tomas Balparda
  • Collaborators: Mássimo Triches, Carolina Dangelo, Ylenia Arca, Laura Vitale, Enriqueta Brozzo, Pablo Taberna
  • Structure: Susana Boccaccio, Jose Moya
  • Area: 2,078 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Walter Salcedo, Summa+/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, Martin Lavayen, Simon Deprez

© Walter Salcedo © Summa+/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Summa+/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Walter Salcedo

Macrocel / Seijo Peón Arquitectos

  • Architects: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada, Josefina Peon Puerto
  • Location: Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Israel Ramírez Segura, Marco Sogbi Martínez, Claudina Peon Puerto, Alejandra Molina Gual
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Alberto Cáceres Zenteno

© Alberto Cáceres Zenteno © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno

The Gold Line Bridge / Rivka Night + Andrew Leicester

Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
  • Architects: Rivka Night, Andrew Leicester
  • Location: Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, California
  • Architect In Charge: Rivka Night
  • Artist: Andrew Leicester
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Courtesy of Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

Talstation / Partnerundpartner-architekten

  • Architects: Partnerundpartner-architekten
  • Location: Baiersbronn, Germany
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten

Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten Courtesy of Partnerundpartner-architekten

Hanging Home / Chris Briffa Architects

  • Architects: Chris Briffa Architects
  • Location: Naxxar, Malta
  • Design Team: Chris Briffa, Darren Cortis, Ivan Buttigieg, Lawrence Briffa
  • Structure Consultant : Ivan Buttigieg
  • Area: 311.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: David Pisani

© David Pisani © David Pisani © David Pisani © David Pisani

Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities / Urban-Think Tank & Iwan Baan

Torre David, a 45-story skyscraper in Caracas, has remained uncompleted since the Venezuelan economy collapsed in 1994. Today, it is the improvised home to more than 750 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous squat, that some have called a “vertical slum.”

Urban-Think Tank, the authors of Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities, spent a year studying the physical and social organization of this ruin-become home. Richly illustrated with photographs by Iwan Baan, the book documents the residents’ occupation of the tower and how, in the absence of formal infrastructure, they organize themselves to provide for daily needs, with a hair salon, a gym, grocery shops, and more. 

Almagro´s Courthouse / Estudio MMASA

  • Architects: Estudio MMASA
  • Location: Ciudad Real, Spain
  • Authors: Patricia Muñiz, Luciano G. Alfaya, César Escudero, Paula Monedero, David de Miguel, Jorge Lamas, Francesca Tiri, Ezequiel Fernández, Obradoiro Enxeñeiros, S.L (ingeniería), Ingelco(), S.L(asesor geotermia)
  • Area: 2,136.91 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hector Santos-Díez

© Hector Santos-Díez © Hector Santos-Díez © Hector Santos-Díez © Hector Santos-Díez

Sam's Creek / Bates Masi Architects

Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects
Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects
  • Architects: Bates Masi Architects
  • Location: Bridgehampton, NY
  • Structural Engineer: Steven L Maresca
  • General Contractor: Breitenbach Builders
  • Landscape: The Sweetbay Group
  • Area: 6500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

New Culture Centre and Library Winning Proposal / schmidt hammer lassen architects

Designed to gather the city’s cultural functions under one roof, the winning proposal by schmidt hammer lassen architects for the new cultural centre and library in Karlshamn, Sweden will be the city’s new meeting place. The 5,000 square metre cultural centre will get a sculptural and flexible building containing a library, an exhibition area, a cinema, a tourist office and a café, which together work to embrace diversity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

INGLASS 2013 International Architecture Conference

Organized by the Order of Architects of Romania and ABplus Events, this year’s INGLASS International Architecture Conference, which takes place March 5, will feature Professor Wolf D. Prix, co-founder, Design Principal and CEO of Coop Himmelb(l)au, Austria, as the special guest. “Glass architecture and engineering”, will be the general topic in the discussion of glass construction, architecture and engineering, facade systems and solar energy. The event will also address the entire glass industry, architects, engineers, glass producers, processors, equipment providers. More information after the break.

Sports Hall Competition Entry / Studio EL

In search of the architectural and spatial form for the designed sports hall in Białystok, Studio EL, through their investigation of applied form typologies used in sports facilities, decided to use the coating system. This type of design is characterized by freshness, terseness and coherence in form and in contents of a function. The design consists of two-curvature, two-layered, steel space frames which will cover the space of the sports hall and will be based on the double buttresses located in its ambit. More images and architects’ description after the break.

modeLab Advanced Data Trees Webinar

Taking place February 1 from 2:00-4:30pm EST, Advanced Data Trees: The Art of Navigating and Manipulating Data Structures in Grasshopper will focus on how to effectively navigate and use multi-dimensional data in creative ways. Effective use of Data Trees cannot only help accelerate project development and increase productivity, but in many cases, implementing an advanced Data Tree strategy can lead to greater communication across a team. Through a series of short presentations and “live” case studies, learn to streamline your parametric workflows using advanced Data Tree strategies. To register, and for more information, please visit here.