MoMA CHENGDU / Wande Wenmai Internaional

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Studio Ramoprimo shared with us their winning proposal for the construction of MoMA in . More images and architect’s description after the break.

2 North Moore / Turett Collaborative Architects

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Architect: Turett Collaborative Architects – Wayne Turett
Location: 2 North Moore, , USA
Square Footage: 11,500 S.F
Interior Designer: TCA
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography

‘Frozen Trees’ Installation / Like Architects

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Designed by Like Architects, Frozen Trees is a temporary installation for Christmas lighting in D. Pedro IV square in . It builds an illuminated, frozen and fractal Christmas landscape that affects and alters the path of passers by as thirty cylinders – structured, self-sufficient streetlights – are placed throughout the square, drawing a new landscape and context and inviting the visitors to new spatial experiences. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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‘The Lost Wall’ / YNL Design

The Lost Wall project by YNL Design… is not meant to be a physical revival of what’s lost, but rather an ideological intervention through the use of controversial architectural intrusion. It redefines the project site by sharply contrasting with the

Two Semi-detached Houses In Barcelona / CAVAA Arquitectes

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Architects: CAVAA Arquitectes / Jordi Calbetó, Oriol Vañó
Location: Santa Coloma de Cervelló, ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 390 sqm
Photographs: Filippo Poli

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Water Works Park / Sasaki Associates

Sasaki Associates…, with RDG Planning & Design and Applied Ecological Services (AES), were recently announced as the winning team of the Water Works Parkitecture Competition. The international design competition entailed the creation of a conceptual plan for Water Works

AD Round Up: Architecture in the Snow

Red House / JV © Nils Petter Dale

Here in the Lower 48, winter weather has been hard to come by. However, Alaska’s snowy landscape has inspired us to compile a list of images, previously featured on ArchDaily, that capture architecture amongst a pristine, white blanket of .

Continue after the break for the complete list!

Rowing Center / José María Sánchez García

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Architects: José María Sánchez García
Location: Alange, Badajoz,
Project Team: Daniel González Guerrero, Julia Ternström, Enrique García-Margallo Solo de Zaldivar, Francisco Sánchez García, Marion Foucault, Cruz Calleja Perucho, Rafael Fernández Caparros, Maribel Torres Gómez, Laura Rojo Valdivielso, Marilo Sánchez García, Marta Cabezón López, Mafalda Ambrósio, Carmen Leticia Huerta.
Structural Engineer: María Concepción Pérez Gutiérrez
Services Engineer: ARO consultores
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,959.81 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Via Regina Public Garden / Lorenzo Noé Studio Di Architettura

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Architects: Lorenzo Noé Studio Di Architettura
Location: , Italy
Client: Town of Brienno
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 230 sqm
Photographs: Marco Introini

AD Round Up: LIbraries Part IX

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Three libraries in , one in Canada and Dominique Perrault’s National Library of France. All part of our 9th selection of previously featured libraries. Check them all after the break.

Palo Verde Library and Maryvale Community Center / Gould Evans and Wendell Burnette Architects
Designed by Gould Evans in association with Wendell Burnette Architects, the Palo Verde Library and Maryvale Community Center is a multi-use facility that includes a large public library collection area, a 150-seat auditorium for recital, drama and public lectures, and a community center that includes a park, pool, basketball courts, running track, and gym (read more…)

City of London Information Centre / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: , UK
Client: City of London
Collaborators: Arup, Davis Langdon
Project Area: 135 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Zander Olsen, Make Architects 

Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected to Increase in 2012

Via Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon.

In 2011, a volatile Architecture Billings Index () reflected the unstable conditions U.S. practices were struggling to deal with. However, the year ended optimistically as the ABI remained at 52.0 for the month of December. So far, January has prolonged the hopeful outlook for the American design and construction industry, as many reports highlight a “modest recovery” in the nonresidential sector for 2012 and an even stronger upturn in 2013.

“Spending on hotels, industrial plants and commercial properties are going to set the pace for the construction industry over the next two years,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The institutional market won’t experience the same growth, but healthcare facilities and places of worship are poised for a positive economic outlook in that sector.”

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Auditorium in Cartagena / Selgas Cano

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Architects: Selgas Cano
Location: Cartagena, Spain
Project Architect: Jose Selgas, Lucía Cano
Project Team: Lara Resco, José de Villar, José Jaraiz, Lorena del Río, Blas Antón, Miguel San Millán, Carlos Chacón, Julián Fernandez, Beatriz Quintana, Jaehoon Yook, Jeongwoo Choi, Laura Culiañez, Bárbara Bardín
Architectural Assistant: Antonio Mármol, Joaquín Cárceles, Rául Jiménez
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 5,628 sqm
Total Square Footage: 18,500 sqm
Budget: 34.5 Euro
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Maier Hall / Schacht Aslani Architects

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Architect: Schacht Aslani Architects
Location: Port Angeles, Washington,
Project owner: Peninsula College (Port Angeles, WA)
Projects Area: 62,950 sf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Doug Scott 

Talking to your Architect

Excuse me architect, but you’re being an ass.

Yes, kind of…sort of…maybe a little bit

Am I bothering you with my petty contract? Is this job just not your “ideal” project? Doesn’t it fit into your “body of work”? your “oeuvre”? Is this project not going to win you any awards?

I know you’re talented. I know you know more about building and design than I EVER will. In fact that’s why I hired you. I need your help. I need you to help me realize this project. I need your skill. I need your experience. And yes, I need your passion.

But, I don’t need any more of your bullshit.

I don’t want you to show me what to build. I want you to include me in the process. I’m not paying you for the privilege of your “vision”. I’m paying you to help me solve this. I assumed I would be a part of that process.

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AD Interviews: Brad Cloepfil / Allied Works Architecture

Recently we had the chance to visit Allied Works office in NY to interview the firm’s founder Brad Cloepfil. It was a great interview, and I really liked the atmosphere of the office: A young team, many abstract study models, beautiful drawings on the boards, and a subtle music playing in the background, it was like seeing the inside of a creative machine at work.

Established in 1994 by Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works Architecture is an awarding-winning practice known for their expressive design and pristine detailing. Portland, Oregon hosts the firm’s headquarters and maintains a close, interdependent relationship with the New York City office. Together the 50-person practice has completed a number of influential public, institutional, commercial, and residential projects worldwide.

Allied Works’ strong reputation started with the Maryhill Overlook in the Columbia River Gorge, followed by the Wieden + Kennedy Agency Headquarters. Currently Allied Works is involved in a variety of commissions, including the Clyfford Still Museum in , Colorado, the National Music Centre of Canada, and the Vancouver Community Connector in Washington.

Architectural historian and critic, Sandy Isenstadt, describes Cloepfil’s work as “aiming to create oases of legibility, spaces that can look out upon the simultaneous contrasts of the modern world to appreciate them from a place no less complex, but one that unfolds over time, with repeated visits, rather than at the speed of a camera shutter, thereby rewarding continued occupation rather than just dazzling the eye.”

Allied Works projects at ArchDaily:

Clyfford Still Museum / Allied Works Architecture

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Architects: Allied Works Architecture
Location: , Colorado,
Project Team: Brad Cloepfil, Design Principal Chris Bixby, Project Lead
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 28,500 sqf
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann

Harbour View / Stephenson&Turner

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Architect: Stephenson&Turner
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Client: 152 Quay St Body Corporate
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Devitt