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Roprachtice House / PRODESI

  • Architects: PRODESI
  • Location: Roprachtice, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge: Vaclav Zahradnicek, Radim Oblouk
  • Contractor: DOMESI
  • Construction: Wooden
  • Area: 138.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jindřich Jelínek, Lina Nemeth

© Lina Nemeth © Lina Nemeth © Lina Nemeth © Lina Nemeth

University of Toronto Instructional Centre / Perkins + Will

© James Brittain
© James Brittain
  • Architects: Perkins + Will
  • Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Design Principal: Andrew Frontini
  • Architectural Team: Alan Mortsch, Alice Wong, Larry Silva, Claudia Bader,
  • Interior Design: Diana Shams
  • Area: 150000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: James Brittain, Ben Rahn/A-Frame

© James Brittain © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame

AD Interviews: Chris Wilkinson & Jim Eyre / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

During the 2012 World Architecture Festival, we had the opportunity to interview Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre, the directors of the UK firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects who received the World Building of the Year Award for their Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay.

Kulturbau and mall / Benthem Crouwel Architects

© Jens Kirchner
© Jens Kirchner

© Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner

Call for Projects: Eme3 International Architecture Festival 2013

Bringing together the new producers of emergent architecture in a space for experimentation, display and debate, eme3 just launched the period for the submission of projects to take part in the 8th edition of eme3 Festival to be held in Barcelona from June 27th to 30th at Fabra y Coats. Inviting architects, designers and artists to present innovative and unconventional projects that go beyond common trends in urban planning and construction, they are searching for projects that are product of a critical reflection to reality, with an eye on the political, economic and social context. Submissions are due no later than April 19. For more information, please visit here.

Demystifying the London Airport Conundrum with Ricky Burdett

There's no denying that London's airport capacity is insufficient (to put it mildly) - not just for its current needs, but, most worryingly, for the future. Nor are architects ignorant to the situation; in the last few years we've published proposals from the likes of Foster+PartnersZaha Hadid ArchitectsBeckett Ravine, and Grimshaw Architects, offering their own unique perspectives on what could be done.

However, for all the proposals (some emphasizing new off-shore airports, others on bulking up infrastructure or existing facilities), it's hard to untangle what's actually being done towards making these ideas reality. To clarify the situation, and lay our doubts at rest, we spoke with Ricky Burdett, one of the commissioners of the newly created Independent Airports Commission.    

In the video above, Burdett, a renowned architect and professor of Urban Studies at the LSE (who has previously served as architecural advisor for both the 2012 London Olympics and the Mayor of London, 2001-2006), explains the political situation in the UK that has been preventing action, and describes how the Independent Airports Commission has been assembled in order to help the government through this process. 

More info on this controversial commission, after the break... 

Collective Eco-Housing La Canopée / Patrick Arotcharen Architecte

© Vincent Monthiers
© Vincent Monthiers

© Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers

Zhongwei Cultural Complex / hpa

Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex
Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex
  • Architects: hpa
  • Location: Zhongwei, Ningxia, China
  • Area: 80000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex

Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex

Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York

As part of Season of Cambodia, a multidisciplinary arts festival taking place this spring in New York CityParsons The New School for Design and Cambodian Living Arts will be presenting a two-day colloquium titled, 'Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York'. Taking place April 6-7, the event will bring together artists, performers, curators, arts managers, scholars and students in a series of facilitated workshops and discussions on how to make the arts central to a sustainable future in Cambodia, in the face of rapid growth and urban development. For more information, including a complete schedule of events, please visit here.

ArchDaily partners with Google for Google Nose BETA

We know a good idea when we see it. That's why as soon as we heard about Google Nose we decided to call our friends at Google and work something between both of us. Google has the power to bring you the scent of food, animals, and all sort of things. But what about buildings? That's were we come in.

Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site

In an effort to generate innovative ideas for the re-use of one of the most important building sites in Detroit’s redeveloping downtown, Rock Ventures LLC has collaborated with Opportunity Detroit to launch the open ideas competition Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site. Entrants are challenged to create compelling visions for a new urban development on the famous 92,421 square foot Hudson's site that would play a significant role in the regeneration of downtown Detroit. 

Pritzker Responds To Denise Scott Brown Controversy

An intense gender debate has been making headlines after Denise Scott Brown called for Pritzker to “salute the notion of joint creativity” and retrospectively acknowledge her role in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize during an AJ Women in Architecture luncheon in late March. Since, nearly 2,000 advocates have passionately rallied in Brown’s support by signing an online petition created by Harvard’s GSD Woman in Design Group. Among the signatures include architects Zaha Hadid, Farshid Moussavi and Hani Rashid, along with MoMA senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli, architecture photographer Iwan Baan, Rice School of Architecture dean Sarah Whiting, and Berkeley College of Environmental Design dean Jennifer Wolch. 

Responding to the outrage, Martha Thorne, executive director of Pritzker Prize, promised to “refer this important matter to the current jury at their next meeting”, respectfully pointing out that this presents an “unusual situation” considering each Laureate is chosen annually by a panel of independent jurors who change over the years. 

Call for Projects: East Centric Architecture Triennale 2013

Open to all architects, designers, urban planners, and landscape architects from any of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Arhitext design Foundation, editor of Arhitext magazine, recently launched an open call for projects to be presented at the Trans(ap)parencies Thematic Exhibition, at the 2013 East Centric Architecture in Bucharest, Romania. Inheriting a common history, the architecture of this region defines its identity today by making renewed use of local resources and by taking a critical stance with respect to international mainstream trends. For this reason they feel the need for a thematic exhibition. The deadline for submissions is April 11. For more information, please visit here.

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Kickstarter: New Model Library in Africa

With only 3% of Africa’s 1 billion population capable of accessing broadband internet and the wealth of information it provides, a multidisciplinary team, led by a strategic partnership between Architecture for Humanity, Gensler, Son & Sons, Librarians Without Borders, has embarked on an ambitious Kickstarter campaign to create a network of low-cost, digitally powered, revenue-generating libraries “deployed along the expanding fiber optic infrastructure in the developing world.”

If successful, Librii will become the first library to actively engage users as content creators, while operating on a sustainable business model and maximizing the potential of high-speed information exchange in developing markets.

Learn more about this initiative and support their Kickstarter campaing here

House in Minoh / Fujiwarramuro Architects

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