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Slow Horse / ELASTICOSPA+3

  • Architects: ELASTICOSPA+3
  • Location: Piancavallo, Italy
  • Project Team: Stefano Pujatti, Alberto Del Maschio, Stefano Trucco, Cesare Roluti, Valeria Brero, Corrado Curti, Daniele Almondo, Serena Nano, Marco Burigana, Andrea Rosada
  • Area: 3450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jacopo Riccesi

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Construction begins on OMA’s Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen

OMA has broke ground on a 27,000 square meter, mixed-use development on the banks of Copenhagen’s historic waterfront in the culturally rich Slotsholmen district. Upon its completion in early 2017, Bryghusprojektet will become the new headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC), while also providing housing, offices, retail, a restaurant, and an urban park. These programs will be stacked over and under the busy Christians Brygge, providing city dwellers direct and uninterrupted access to the water’s edge. 

OMA Partner-in-charge Ellen van Loon explained: “Instead of stacking a mixed-use program in a traditional way, we positioned the DAC in the centre of the volume, surrounded by and embedded within its objects of study: housing, offices and parking. The urban routes reach into the heart of the building and create a broad range of interactions between the different program parts and the urban environment.”

More images and the architects' description after the break...

Emergency Station in Alboraya / OMBRA Arquitectos

  • Architects: OMBRA Arquitectos
  • Location: Alboraya, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Pablo Peñín Llobell, Diego Carratalá Collado, Francisco Miravete Martín y Carmen Mellado Vera
  • Area: 2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of OMBRA Arquitectos

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Outside-In / Meir Lobaton Corona + Ulli Heckmann

  • Architects: Meir Lobaton Corona, Ulli Heckmann
  • Location: Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
  • Landscape Consultant: Julia Pankofer
  • Structure Consultant: Hector Triana
  • Area: 40.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fabio Ferrario

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Spiegel / Ippolito Fleitz Group

  • Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
  • Location: SPIEGEL-Haus, Ericusspitze 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Ippolito Fleitz Group
  • Design Team: Peter Ippolito, Gunter Fleitz, Tilla Goldberg, Christian Kirschenmann, Tim Lessmann, Alexander Fehre, Christine Ackermann, Roger Gasperlin, Katja Heinemann
  • Area: 520.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Zooey Braun

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The Indicator: The Lure of the Vernacular

There is something soothing, even easy about vernacular architecture. It’s the territorial and spatial equivalent to Muzak. It evades and pre-dates the self-conscious identity of glitzy, cutting-edge architecture we are so familiar with today. There is an innocence to the vernacular. These are the buildings and environments of childhood.

This is apparent in the exhibition, In Focus: Ed Ruscha, currently showing at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. What captivates about the shots is that they dare to curate buildings that are usually just part of the background. They become objects of curiosity, spectacles, even.

Call for Submissions: MONU Magazine’s #19 Issue – ‘Greater Urbanism’

MONU magazine on urbanism recently announced their call for submissions for their upcoming #19 issue on the topic of 'Greater Urbanism'. In this new issue, they would like to discuss the problems of urban "greatness" in a global context, but also to envision new strategies for the "greater" urban areas of cities in terms of governance, politics, space, architecture, sociology, ecology, and economics. Ultimately, this issue will try to define what "Greater Urbanism" means today in general and in relation to the past and to previous strategies. They are inviting participants to submit radical new strategies, critical thinking, analytical texts, photo essays, pioneer projects, data-based infographics, and historical research. Submissions are due before July 15. For more information, please visit here. For more information, please visit here.

Revival Sunset Chapel / FATmaison

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Courtesy of FATmaison
  • Architects: FATmaison
  • Location: Libreville, Gabon
  • Architect in Charge: FATmaison
  • Realization: SEA MONTAGGI
  • Area: 156.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of FATmaison

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Station Center Family Housing / David Baker + Partners Architects

© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

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Architect Gia Wolff Wins Inaugural Wheelwright Prize

Brooklyn-based architect and Harvard GSD alumni Gia Wolff has been awarded the $100,000 Wheelwright Prize for her proposal Floating City: The Community-Based Architecture of Parade Floats. Now in its first edition, the Wheelwright Prize is a travel grant issued by Harvard University in an effort to foster new forms of architectural research led by cross-cultural engagement. 

Mohsen Mostafavi: “The positive response to the Wheelwright Prize has been extraordinary. It is inspiring to see so many talented architects with clear agendas and visions. I am delighted for Gia Wolff, the winner of the prize. Her proposed investigations at the intersection of design, performance, and temporality will surely provide us with new insights and new directions for the future of architecture.”

Techos House / Mathias Klotz

  • Architects: Mathias Klotz
  • Location: San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro Province, Argentina
  • Project Architect: Mathias Klotz (KLOTZ & asociados)
  • Area: 650 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Courtesy of Matías Klotz Courtesy of Matías Klotz Courtesy of Matías Klotz Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Six Semi-Detached Houses + Isolated House in Rocafort/ Antonio Altarriba Comes

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  • Location: Rocafort, Valencia, Spain
  • Area: 2135.0 m2
  • Photographs: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Studio Terra240 / Arquitetos Associados

  • Architects: Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
  • Architects in Charge: Bruno Santa Cecília y Carlos Alberto Maciel
  • Collaboration: Enara Paiva, Michelle Andrade, Fernanda Rabelo
  • Area: 750.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Eduardo Eckenfels, Leonardo Finotti

© Eduardo Eckenfels © Eduardo Eckenfels © Eduardo Eckenfels © Leonardo Finotti

Can Architecture Make Us More Creative? Part III: Academic Environments

August Kekulé discovered the structure of the benzene ring after having a daydream of the Ouroboros, a famous mythological snake depicted as biting its own tail. Francis Crick figured out the complimentary replication system of DNA when he remembered the process of replicating a sculpture by making an impression of it in plaster, and using it as a mold to make copies. Johannes Keppler attributes his laws of planetary motion to an inspiration from religion: the sun, the stars, and the dark space around them represent the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost respectively.

What’s the point? According to Arthur Koestler, “all decisive events in the history of scientific thought can be described in terms of mental cross-fertilization between different disciplines.” Great discoveries arise not from the isolated hermit working without interference, but from tireless work enlightened by unintentional collisions with an unfamiliar subject. For Kekulé, it was ancient mythology, for Crick, sculpture, and for Keppler, religion.

Creativity and innovation, then, thrive where disciplines collide. And this is true not only for science, but for all subjects. We all have something to learn from one another, and what better place to encourage this cross-fertilization than school?

Keep reading to find out more about how interdisciplinary architecture can foster creativity and collaboration in schools…

Snailtower / Künnapu & Padrik Architects

  • Architects: Künnapu & Padrik Architects
  • Location: Tartu, Estonia
  • Structural Engineering: TARI
  • Builder: Nordecon Ehitus
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Reio Avaste

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Tel-Aviv White City Forum Winning Proposal / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

The Tel-Aviv White City Forum winning proposal by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects is an exhibition center, part of the huge Tel- Aviv wholesale market project currently under construction. Comprising thousands of apartment units, a mall, a school and a sports complex, the Forum will be a platform for genuine urban celebration. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2013 AIA Housing Awards Announced

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the six recipients of the 2013 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards Program, now in its 13th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. All the winners, after the break.