Bacardi Complex / Frank Gehry

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continues to amaze us – we recently shared the octagenarian’s vision for Zuckerberg’s expanding Facebook campus, and now the architect will tackle a master plan for Miami’s iconic and annex.   Designed by Enrique Gutierrez, a collaborator of Mies van der Rohe, with amazing tile work by Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand, the Latin-infused modernist tower served as the Bacardi headquarters for nearly 50 years.  Just this morning, the National YoungArts Foundation announced that it is the proud new owner of the main 8-story tower, and the “Jewel-box” 1975 annex, designed by  Igancio Carrera-Justiz, with glass mosaic walls based on designs by German artist Johannes Dietz.    The organization acquired the property for a steal – the Miami Herald estimates the buildings’ $10 million price tag weighs in at less than half of its market value – and is excited to make a permanent home to expand their activities.

Gehry work will not involve either of the buildings’ exteriors, which will be completely preserved, but rather, the project will include transforming the site’s parking lot into a park that will connect with a Gehry-designed performance hall just north of the existing buildings.

More after the break. 

Beaumaris House / Maddison Architects

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Architects: Maddison Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Drew Carling, Peter Maddison, Petra Mueller
Photographs: Gerrard Warrener, Rhiannon Slatter

Courtesy of Fernandes Arquitetos
Courtesy of Fernandes Arquitetos

International Airport of Nacala / Fernandes Arquitetos

Designed by Fernandes Arquitetos…, the Nacala airport aims at better utilization of natural lighting and ventilation, reducing consumption of power associated with the use of artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation systems. It will have water intakes and sewage treatment

Oklahoma 93 / C Arquitectos

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Architects: C Arquitectos
Location: , México
Architect in Charge: René Caro
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Onnis Luque

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Courtesy of Be Open

BE OPEN Sound Portal / Arup

Located in Trafalgar Square in London, the BE OPEN Sound Portal focuses on an experience that would be all about the sound. Designed by Arup…, they thought it would be great if people could really concentrate on sound in

Refurbishment of the West Tower in Huesca City Hall / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Huesca,
Design Team: Ana Morón Hernandez, Raimundo Bambó Naya, Pedro Lafuente Lles
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

Gate House / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: Arnhem,
Project Architects: Guus Peters and Bart Schoonderbeek (Schipper Bosch)
Design Team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Team Members: Lorena Valero Miñano, Inés Quinteiro Antolín, Jaewoo Chon
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

‘House of Flags’ Installation / AY Architects

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Installed on Parliament Square, , the ‘House of Flags’ is a flexible, demountable, and totally reconfigurable architectural intallation conceived as a gigantic ‘house of cards’ in the Eames’ spirit. The project was designed by AY Architects after an invited international design competition initiated by the Greater London Authority for the Mayor of London’s ‘Wonder Series of Incredible Installations’. 206 panels depict the flag icons of the nations and combined create a collaged image of the world. All together they make up a large building jigsaw, a united ‘house’ of symbols, shimmering colors and perforations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Riverbank High School / Darden Architects

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Architects: Darden Architects
Location: , California, United States
Principal In Charge: Martin Dietz
Project Architect: Antonio Avila
Project Designers: Alvaro Velasquez, Martin Illic, Mauricio Nachmann
Project Area: 29,039 sq ft
Photographs: Mullins Studio, Bill Wood

Harbonnieres Residential / Chartier-Dalix Architects

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Architects: Chartier-Dalix Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,423 sqm
Photographs: Luc Boegly

CAD SP / PAX.ARQ + Vazquez Junqueira Arquitetura

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PAX.ARQ, in collaboration with , designed this concept for the CAD SP (Digital Arts Center of São Paulo) as a study for São Paulo’s secretary of culture. The transparent, prismatic cube arises from the concepts of inter-connectivity, transparency and respect to pre-existing architectural surroundings. Learn more after the break.

Shih Chien University Gymnasium and Library / Artech Architects

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Architects: Kris Yao | Artech Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Glen Lu, Hua-Yi Chang, Po-Wen Hsiao, Sid Peng, Chao-Li Hsu, Wesley Fang, Wei-Chung Hsu, Liang-Tzu Chen, Jerry Chang, Tzongming Chan, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo, Jeff Lai, Ming-Chin Li, Peter Chen, Su-Ping Lo
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

The New SimCity: A Beacon for Sustainable Design?

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Since it launched 23 years ago (to the day, oddly enough), SimCity has been inspiring would-be urban planners to design, build (and, if the mood so calls for it, blow up) the cities of their dreams. The lasest edition of the game, coming out in February, is no exception – however, it does have a bit of a twist.

In the words of Fast Company reviewer Ariel Schwartz, the newest version ”retains most of the game’s previous elements (including its addictive quality) while bringing a whole new level of complexity to the tilt-shift inspired world. You might not even notice how Maxis is subtly teaching you about the pros and cons of renewable energy, preserving natural resources, and cooperating with neighboring cities. But it is.”

With over 180 million copies of Sim games sold worldwide, and players spanning ages, nationalities, and genders, could be a powerful way (and by far the funnest) to impart to the average citizen the simple fact that Urban Planners have known for years: Sustainable Design is the future.

Find out how SimCity makes Urban Planning and Sustainable Design fun, after the break…

Free Webinar: Introduction to Python Scripting in Grasshopper

Python is the most intuitive language we have found for both learning programming and developing powerful scripts. Beginning with a presentation on the main principles of scripting with Python, this webinar will incrementally unpack a diverse set of Programming techniques through a series of “live” exercises with Python and Grasshopper. With two instructors offering guided curriculum and continuous support it is our goal to provide you with an in-depth and personal learning experience. Additional topics covered will include: the basics of scripting with python, where to look for help and references, and when to script in Rhino3D vs Grasshopper.

This Webinar will last 2.5 hours including a 30 minute Q & A session. A video of the Webinar will be uploaded after the broadcast – all participants will have unlimited access to the webinar content and this video online. We look forward to your participation!

Topics, registration and more details after the break.

Kiss Bridge / Joaquin Alvado Bañon

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Architects: Joaquin Alvado Bañon
Location: , Valencia,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Justo Oliva

Foster + Partners to design Manhattan’s next ‘Iconic’ Building

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Foster + Partners is about to break the mold of ’s static Park Avenue skyline, as they have been announced as winner of the highly publicized competition to replace the aging tower of 425 Park Avenue with a new world-class, sustainable office tower.

Lord Foster said: “I have a personal connection with New York, which has been a source of inspiration since my time at Yale, when the new towers on Park Avenue and its neighborhoods were a magnet for every young architect. Seeing first-hand the works of Mies van der Rohe, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson was tremendously exciting then – I am delighted to have this very special opportunity to design a contemporary tower to stand alongside them. Our aim is to create an exceptional building, both of its time and timeless, as well as being respectful of this context – a tower that is for the City and for the people that will work in it, setting a new standard for office design and providing an enduring landmark that befits its world-famous location.”

Continue after the break to learn more about Foster’s winning proposal and to review the existing condition of 425 Park Ave.

House in Quinta Patino / Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

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Architects: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos
Location: Quinta Patino, Estoril,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

City OKs design of Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters

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With a 3-2 vote, ’s Downtown Design Review Board has voted in favor of Amazon’s plans for a three-block, high-rise complex in the Denny Triangle. The board voted after conducting five, comprehensive meetings over the last six months to review Amazon’s evolving NBBJ-designed proposal. Although this design review approval is simply a recommendation to the city’s Department of Planning and Development, it is still a milestone for the ambitious project.

The five acre site, roughly located between Sixth Avenue, Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue, is currently occupied by expansive parking lots, the Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater. Continue after the break to learn more.