Winners announced for the National Mall Redesign Competition

& Weiss / Manfredi Via the Trust for the National Mall

After an intense and highly publicized competition, the Trust for the National Mall has announced the three winning teams selected to redesign the neglected sites of America’s front yard. As reported by the Washington Post, Rogers Marvel Architects & Peter Walker and Partners will redesign Constitution Gardens east of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, while Weiss/Manfredi & OLIN will bring new life to the Sylvan Theater, southeast of the Washington Monument. The Union Square will be forwarded to the Architect of the Capitol and transformed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond.

Continue reading for more on the winning proposals.

Kitchen Makeover Tech Tool

Kitchen Makeover Tech Tool

If you want to update your kitchen with new appliances based on the price tags alone, you should resist the urge to make an impulse purchase. Not only can it be an expensive undertaking, but you’ll have to live with…

Flashback: Cologne Bonn Airport / Murphy/Jahn

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Architects: Murphy/Jahn 
Location: Cologne,
Completion: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy Jahn

  

Courtesy of KMD Architects

PUC Building: 525 Golden Gate / KMD Architects

The PUC Building on 525 Golden Gate Ave, home of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, could have been just another government administrative building.  But, the City and County of San Francisco, along with KMD Architects…, embraced the design

Architect Rem Koolhaas in The Simpsons

As seen in The Simpons, Season 23, Episode 19. April 29, 2012.

In last episode, Rem Koolhaas made a brief appearance where he is shown teaching to a group of students.

As Metropolitan Monk noted in Archinect.com, to appear in The Simpsons episode is the most unchallengeable proof that you have achieved Starchitect status.

The Scene, described by Archinect.com: “ is working – on a cruise ship notabene – as an instructor – probably in iconographic buildings – in KIDZONE ELITE. The ship, just like CCTV, is an emblem of closure. The architect is holding a couple of lego-bricks in his left hand while seeming to fix something to the back of the tower”.

With the excitement of seeing Koolhaas on television, which architect would you like to see on a future episode?

Via www.archinect.com. See the full post here.

 

Courtesy of Manchester School of Architecture

“Consumed” Architecture + Urbanism Symposium

Taking place May 3, the “Consumed” Architecture + Urbanism Symposium, put on my the University of Manchester’s School of Architecture, the event looks to explore the theme of consumption in the urban built environment through a selection of invited speakers…

La Liberté / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Groningen,
Associated Architect: Oving Architekten
Engineering: Dijkhuis Groningen (structures), Zonderman B.V. (electrical engineering), Feenestra (heating and ventilation systems), Gevekebouw B.V. (general contractor)
Client: Christelijke Woningstichting Patrimonium
Site Area: 10,230 sqm
Built Area: 23,400 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Jim Ernst, Mark Sekuur / Prima Focus

House In Praia Preta / Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados
Location: Praia Preta, Sao Sebastiao, São Paulo,
Floor Area: 715 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

Robot Workshop Competition Winners

first place - Courtesy of Julian Liang and Hector Romero

suckerPUNCH recently announced the winners of their Robot Workshop competition. The past few years have seen an exciting rise in the fascination with robotics. Simultaneously, the ability to develop and build robots capable of complex and experimental applications has become easier and more accessible to the general public. From hardware like Arduino to open source programming like Processing, there now exist inexpensive and even free ways to dabble with robotics. With the site located in an open lot in Clinton Hill, , the Robot Workshop will be a place people can come to work on their projects, utilizing shop facilities while simultaneously interacting with fellow robot enthusiasts. More images and descriptions on the winning proposals after the break.

House in Serra de Freita / Oficina d’Arquitectura

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Architects: Oficina d’Arquitectura – Florêncio da Costa, José Pinho
Location: Serra de Freita, Arouca,
Building Area: 316 sqm
Photographs: Oficina d’Arquitectura

 

Courtesy of Manifesto / Modern Atlanta (MA)

2012 MA Prize Competition: Green Dwelling

Modern Atlanta (MA)  and Manifesto Architecture is pleased to announce the second annual MA Prize competition. The 2012 MA Prize entries will be carefully selected by a prestigious international jury of practicing designers and scholars and will be displayed at…

Es Pujol De Sera / Marià Castelló Martínez

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Architects: Marià Castelló Martínez
Location: , Spain
Collaborators: Marga Ferrer, Laura Tur, Carmen Martínez, Josep Castelló, Catalina Verdera, Jaume Luís, Segundo García, Pep Yern y Belén Molina
Area: 201 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Estudi Epdse

 

Courtesy of JOH Architects

‘Sea Dragon’ Sculpture / JOH Architects

Drawing inspiration from Geelong’s history and from a future with strong visions of sustainability and independence, the ‘Sea Dragon’, designed by JOH Architects…, is a wind driven sculptural sea monster in the heart of Geelong, a bay orientated port

Funeral of Matosinhos / Luísa Valente

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Architects: Luísa Valente

Location: ,
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Rui Correia

VIP Wing / Erich Gassmann Architekten – Tina Assmann

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Architects: Erich Gassmann Architekten - Erich Gassmann, Tina Assmann
Location: ,
Cooperation: Philipp Hutzler, Andreas Obermüller, Sebastian Filutowski
Client: Flughafen München GmbH
Photographs: Florian Holzherr

  

Princeton Students win National Competition with ‘Power in a Box’ Invention

Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

An interdisciplinary team of Princeton University students have been awarded top honors, along with 14 other collegiate teams, for their ‘Power in a Box’ invention that converted a standard shipping container into a sustainable source of energy for remote or disaster-torn regions. The 18-month national competition, known as the “P3: People, Prosperity and the Plant Student Design Competition for Sustainability”, began in the fall of 2010 with 165 competitor and culminated April 21 and 22 on the Washington, D.C. Mall. The U.S. Environment Protection Agency has awarded the students with a $90,000 grant to further develop and implement their project.

Continue reading for more information on ‘Power in a Box’.

House 11 x 11 / Titus Bernhard Architekten

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Architects: Titus Bernhard Architekten - Titus Bernhard, Ulrich Himmel
Location: , Germany
Built Area: 182 sqm
Site Area: 1,300 sqm
Completion: August 2011
Photographer: Titus Bernhard Architekten

 

Youth Housing in Stockholm / Scheiwiller Svensson Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Scheiwiller Svensson Arkitektkontor 
Location:Högdalen, Stockholm,
Project team: Ari Leinonen, Hanna Dahlbäck, Herbert Scheiwiller, Jörgen Wohlert, Mårten Nettelblad
Client: Sbc Mark AB
Area: 5,100 sqm
Photographs: Åke Eson Lindman