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Apartment “H” / Re-Act Now

  • Architects: Re-Act Now
  • Location: Constanta, Romania
  • Design Team: Mario Kuibus, Adela Antoniu
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Andrei Margulescu

© Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu © Andrei Margulescu

KAP / Komada Architects' Office

  • Architects: Komada Architects' Office
  • Location: Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
  • Consultant: Yasushi Moribe
  • Area: 140.18 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

© Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima

Where Does Zoning Fit Into Our Future City Planning?

Let’s dump the word “zoning,” as in zoning ordinances that govern how land is developed and how buildings often are designed. Land-use regulation is still needed, but zoning increasingly has become a conceptually inappropriate term, an obsolete characterization of how we plan and shape growth.  Roger K. Lewis 

Zoning, just over a century old concept, is already becoming an outdated system by which the government regulates development and growth.  Exceptions and loopholes within current zoning legislation prove that city planning is pushing a zoning transformation to reflect the goals and needs of city building today and in the future.  To determine how zoning and land use need to change we must first assess the intentions of future city building.  Planners and architects, legislators and community activists have already begun establishing guidelines and ordinances that approach the goals of sustainability and liveability.  The AIA has established Local Leaders: Healthier Communities through Design and has made a commitment to the Decade of Design: Global Solutions Challenge. NYC has come up with Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design and its Zone Green initiative in regards to updating its zoning resolution.  Philadelphia has augmented its zoning to include urban farms and community gardens.  It is safe to assume that many other cities will follow this precedent.  

Yuguandi - Sales Pavilion & Gallery / BLVD International

  • Architects: BLVD International
  • Location: Hangzhou City, China
  • Design Team: Honglei Liu, Jiang Min, Zongmao Lin, Haijun He, Yijun Lin
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sun Xiangyu

© Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu

Architects of the 21st Century: Speak Up, Speak Out

"Take Five: A Titan of Architectrual Criticism has Died, but Architects are Best Prepared to Carry on the Conversation" was originally published in AIArchitect.

In a stirring call-to-action written for AIArchitect, Robert Ivy, FAIA and AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer, reflects on the state of architecture criticism today. He recognizes that the late, great Ada Louise Huxtable was unquestionably the best critic of our time. However, the time of the singular architectural voice has passed; in the 21st century, and with the rise of the Internet, we have all become architectural critics - architects, informed citizens, and, often most vociferously, not so informed citizens. In this world of critical noise, Ivy proposes that the architect must step up to take on the role of architecture critic... and advocate. 

Read Ivy's stirring article in full, after the break...

Bratislava Culenova New City Center Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects

The design for the Bratislava Culenova New City Center by Zaha Hadid Architects is based on a dynamic field strategy which aims to organize the city's new city center program along a gradient of circular and elliptical patterns. In a series of larger tower extrusions, a fluid field emerges from its underlying matrix to activate the ground throughout the whole site and provide public spaces of the highest quality. More images and architects' description after the break.

Dental Clinic in Oporto / Paulo Merlini

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Future Floda Winning Proposal / Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

With the goal to inspire new visions for the future development of the central part of Floda, Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden’s proposal was recently selected as the the winner of the architectural competition for the future planning of Floda’s city center. Their ‘Down by the River’ concept focuses on and develops Floda’s strongest qualities: water, nature and Garveriet. The public spaces along Säveån refine and develop Floda’s existing character and identity as a community around the water. The proposal’s hook is the Blue Square - an innovative reinterpretation of the square as a public space where the rushing river creates a natural spectacle all year round. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ULI Announces Finalist Teams for 2013 Student Urban Design Competition

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected the finalist teams in the eleventh annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. Graduate-level student teams representing Harvard University, Yale University, a joint team from Ball State University and Purdue University, as well as another join team from Kansas State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Kansas are all advancing to the final round of competition, scheduled to take place in March and April. This year’s finalists were charged with proposing a long-term development plan for downtown Minneapolis that creates value for property owners, city residents, and the greater Twin Cities region.

'The Competition' Screening

As a follow up to 'The Competition' trailer we published this month, architect Angel Borrego Cubero of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS) announced that the documentary he directed and produced is going to be shown at Instituto Cervantes New York, as well as Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. The screenings will take place March 4th, 7:00pm and March 8th, 4:00pm respectively. The screening at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, an event curated by Daniel Ibañez, will be preceded by a small introduction given by director Angel Borrego Cubero, and followed by a discussion with the audience and professors from the GSD. For more information, please contact: pr@o-s-s.org

Houses in Setubal / OW arquitectos

  • Architects: OW arquitectos
  • Location: Setúbal, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Sónia Carvalho Cabaça
  • Design Team: Patrícia Esteves Vicente, Sónia Carvalho Cabaça, Susana Cruse Maio
  • Structural & Civil Engineering: Engilaje lda.
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

NBBJ's Samsung Headquarters Addition to Silicon Valley's Architectural Transformation

NBBJ's design for the new Samsung Headquarters in Silicon Valley will become one of the new buildings to relieve the the city of its dull, nondescript two-story office architecture that dominates the landscape and introduce a new culture of office environments with a little push from the architecture itself.  According to the LA Times by Chris O'Brien this architectural endeavor is just one move to establish ground in the rivalry between Samsung and Apple, whose highly anticipated spaceship-like Foster + Partners-designed Cupertino Campus has made waves in the design community.  Technologically innovative and influential companies like Samsung, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Nvidia have engaged in a cultural shift of the work environment to create a hospitable and creative community for its employees.  The architecture of the campuses and offices introduced by each of these companies reflect the goals of an innovative business model that engages its employees in an innovative work environment that fosters collaboration and creativity.

See how the new Samsung Headquarters innovates office building design after the break.

AD Interviews: Michel Rojkind

While in Mexico City, we had the chance to visit Michel Rojkind 's office in La Condesa to interview  him and jam on his recording studio hidden in the architecture workshop. We have been big fans of Michel's work, the result of constant investigation and iteration pushed by by the collaborative character of his studio and multiplied by Michel's passion for architecture.

Focal Point Community Campus Proposal / HDR Architecture

Located in one of the most vibrant yet blighted neighborhoods in Southwest Chicago, HDR Architecture's proposal for the Focal Point Community Campus represents how hospitals can no longer be hermitically sealed from their surroundings; rather, they must embrace the communities in which they reside. Offering a supreme opportunity for this type of change, their concept follows a breakthrough model, which will make it a financially self-sustaining community campus. The vision for the project was developed by Chicago's Saint Anthony Hospital and will be brought to life under The Chicago Southwest Development Corporation, the not-for-profit organization established to develop and maintain the Focal Point property. More images and architects' description after the break.

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