AA Visiting School: Marking the Forest

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Taking place at the University of from August 11-20, the ‘Marking the Forest’ design workshop will be run by Satellite Architects for the Architectural Association as they will explore the inner workings of the forest, investigating the biodiversity of the woodland and the commodification of the tree. They will skim the surface of the politics of the forest and conceptualize this information into a design that will be realized in the forest. The workshop will be divided into research (studio and woodland lectures), experience (raft trip and mill visits), design (studio design and crits with prototype building in the workshop) and assembly (assembly in the woodland). The project will also be documented and presented as a book from AA Publications. The deadline for applications is July 28, 2012. More information after the break.

Titanic Belfast / CivicArts & Todd Architects

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Architects: CivicArts(Concept Design Architects), Todd Architects (Lead Consultant/Architect)
Location: ,
Photographs: Christopher Heaney, Gareth O’Cathain


AD Round Up Easter Special: Churches in Europe

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We continue our Round Up special of churches (and chapels). Today, we’ll show you previously featured projects we published in 2009 in Europe. The Chapel in Villaceron was designed by S.M.A.O. in Spain. KHR designed The Church of the Holy Cross, a 800 sqm church in Denmark. It’s hard to go to Rome and not being able to find a church, so perhaps you’ve ran into Richard Meier’s Church of 2000. You can’t miss the beautiful New Church in Foligno, designed by Doriana e Massimiliano Fuksas. Finally, check the cross in the ceiling of the Farewell Chapel, by OFIS Arhitekti. Churches from Latin America tomorrow!

Lecture: Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular

Known as an architect, artist and cartoonist, has lectured on and exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He is known for his imaginative cartoon narratives and architectural installations. He is the founder of Bureau Spectacular and currently an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago. His graphic novel, Citizens of No Place, will be published by the Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation this year.

Check out his past installations, previously featured here on ArchDaily.

Rockefeller Arts Center Expansion / Deborah Berke & Partners Architects

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Deborah Berke & Partners Architects have released their plans for the expansion and renovation of ’s 1969 Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center (RAC). Located at Fredonia’s State University College in , the visual and performing arts complex has served as a major cultural center for western and northwestern Pennsylvania. Continue reading after the break for more.

Courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA)

Xiqu Center Design Competition

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently launched a design competition to deliver one of the first landmark buildings for the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Xiqu Center. The Chinese opera venue will provide a world-class facility for the…

Courtesy of Slant

Slant Awards Spring 2012 Competition

The Slant Awards Spring 2012 competition, which is open to all, challenges participants to design a concept plan for a city sector which is undergoing urban renewal. The city in question is not a real city, it has been designed…

INGLASS 2012 – Architecture Expo Conference

The Order of Architects in Romania and ABplus Events, along with the partners of the event invite you to INGLASS 2012 – Architecture Expo Conference, Second Edition. The event is dedicated to architects, design engineers and leaders of glass and structures field. At recent architectural accomplishments that are awarded at international competitions for glass appliance in metal, wood and concrete structures.

Among the guests, there will be architects and structure designers, winners of 9 important awards, such as Residential Property Award 2011, The Emirates Leaf Glass Awards 2011, World Architecture Festival 2011 and European Steel Design Awards 2011. Alongside these experts, there are also going to be present world leaders in glass field – Saint-Gobain Glass, Guardian and AGC – and leaders in curtain walls – Permasteelisa. We invite you to INGLASS to meet those who will create tomorrow’s architecture. More after the break.

Writing About Architecture / Alexandra Lange

We recently received a book we wished we had earlier, Writing About Architecture. Lange’s book pulls from “lessons learned from her courses at University and the School of Visual Arts.”  ”The book offers works by some of the best architecture critics of the twentieth century including Ada Louise Huxtable, Lewis Mumford, Herbert Muschamp, Michael Sorkin, Charles Moore, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Jane Jacobs to explains some of the most successful methods with which to approach architectural criticism.” The book “could serve as the primary text for a course on criticism for undergraduates or architecture and design majors.” We here at ArchDaily are now using it as a resource. We have a feeling the pages will be worn through pretty quickly.

front elevation / Courtesy of Jonathan Gibb

The Urban Cloak: Apartment – Brickwerks / Jonathan Gibb

Designed for the Boral Brick Awards 2011-2012, ‘The Urban Cloak’ proposal by Jonathan Gibb… is an addition to an existing inner city 2 storey brick building, to adapt and add a multi-levelled apartment building. A cloaked figure; standing amongst the

Townhouse in Horgen / Moos Giuliani Herrmann Architekten


Architect: Moos Giuliani Hermann Architekten
Location: Horgen, Switzerland
Completion: 2011 
Built Area: 260 sqm 
Photographs: Beat Bühler

Ice Rink In Bern / Ipas Architects

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Architects: Ipas Architects / Architekten Schwaar & Partner AG
Location: ,
Contractor: HRS Real Estate AG
Design Team: Michel Egger, Eric Ott, Salvatore Chillari, Delphine Jeanneret-Gris, Gilles Batista, Michael Desaules
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher, Thomas Houda


SANDWORM / Marco Casagrande

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Architect: Marco Casagrande
Location: Wenduine,
Project Manager: Nikita Wu / C-LAB
Organizer: Beaufort 04 Triennial of Contemporary Art
Built Area: 320 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Nikita Wu


Denimdenim / Word of Mouth Architecture

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Architects: Word of Mouth Architecture
Location: Seminyak, Bali,
Client: Budianto Busari
Size: 60 sqm
Completed: 2012
Project Leader: Valentina Audrito
Design Team: Rene Kroondijk, Indra Santosa, Amy McDonnell, Mitch Hill
Photographs: Moch Sulthonn + Word of Mouth Architecture

AD Round Up Easter Special: Churches in USA

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is here, and during this special time of the year, we decided to prepare a 3-day Round Up special. Today we’ll have churches (and chapels) from USA; tomorrow from Europe; Sunday from Latin America. We hope you enjoy them!

Main image belongs to SOM’s Cathedral of Christ the Light in California. We also have The Prayer Chapel, designed by debartolo architects and if you’re looking for something more unconventional, you can’t miss Trahan Architect’s Holy Rosary Church Complex in Louisiana. We also have a winner of our Building of the Year 2010 Awards: the Tampa Covenant Church. Finally, we had to include one of our AD Classics: USAFA Cadet Chapel in Colorado.

Glacial Water Botteling Plant / Panorama

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Architects: Panorama – Nicolas Valdes Rojic Constanza, Hagemann Muñoz
Location: Queulat fiord, , Chile
Area: 420 sqm
Construction: 2011
Photographs: Cristobal Valdes

Memory Cloud / RE:Site + Metalab

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Memory Cloud is the winning commission awarded to RE:site (Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton, Artists website: www.resitestudio.com) and METALAB (Andrew Vrana, Joe Meppelink and Michael Gonzales, Architecture + Fabrication) by Texas A&M University for the new Memorial Student Center 12th Man Hall. Through a competition and short-list interview process the team demonstrated the ability to harness the potential of programmable LEDs, remote sensing, parametric design and digital fabrication to create an open ended narrative of the story of the University through animated silhouette imagery of past and real-time present student life on the campus.

Memory Cloud will be installed in December of 2012. Continue after the break for more images, video and the designer’s project description.

CATT / Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson

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Architects: Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson
Location: 1001 Fanshawe, London, , Canada
Principal-in-Charge: Tom Tillmann
Designer: Jason McIntosh
Collaborators: Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon; Structural Engineers, Hastings & Aziz; Civil Engineers, Development Engineering; Landscape Engineers, Ron Koudy’s Landscape Architects; General Contractor, D. Grant & Sons
Client: Fanshawe College Centre for Applied Transportation Technology
Completion: 2011
Project Size: 150,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $21,222,000
Photographs: Lisa Logan