What Can Architecture Do for Your Health?

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In an effort to make City’s built environment “more livable and hospitable” the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), Health and Mental Hygiene, Transportation (DOT), and City Planning have developed the Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design to be referenced in conjunction with the DOT’s Street Design Manual and other guidelines produced by NYC. The guidelines are written for urban planners, designers and architects and are driven by the need to address health concerns such as obesity and diabetes through intelligent design. Our built environments give us cues as to how to inhabit them and have tremendous effects, sometimes subconscious, on our lifestyles. Do you walk, drive, or bike to work? Do you take the stairs or the elevator? We make these types of decisions, which are largely based on comfort, on a daily basis. But the guidelines established in this manual are intended to give designers the tools to encourage healthy lifestyle choices to address the social concerns of NYC. So, what can planners, architects and designers do to create an active and healthy city? Find out after the break.

‘Can Public Space be Used to Regenerate Urban Life?’ Roundtable Discussion / Casanova + Hernandez Architecten

‘Can Public Space be Used to Regenerate Urban Life?’ Roundtable Discussion / Casanova + Hernandez Architecten

As part of the 5th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, Casanova + Hernandez Architecten… will be putting on the ‘Can public space be used to regenerate urban life?’ roundtable discussion today, June 26 at 3:00pm.
This roundtable discussion is based

Kingston Business School / Hawkins\Brown

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Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Location: London, England
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 7,290 sqm
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Films & Architecture: “Equilibrium”

Equilibrium shows a city of the future where all feelings have been suppressed in order to avoid war. Any means of expression that could urge a sensorial response is censored and terminated. Diversity and free thinking have been replaced by uniformity and an unquestionable authority of a “Father”, who guides lives in this new society. The entire city organization is prepared for accommodating spaces needed by the administration, including public space for citizens to congregate, and several kinds of facilities for control.

Do you think we could deal with this kind of cities in the future, or maybe they already exist? As always, we wait for you to enjoy it and let us know your thoughts in comments.

House in Itaipava / Cadas Arquitetura

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Architects: Cadas Arquitetura
Location: , Brazil
Proyect Year: 2011
Photographs: Denilson Machado

Milestone for 4 World Trade

Construction workers watch as the beam rises 977 feet via The Daily News/David Handschuh

Yesterday, the final steel beam rose 977 feet into the air and was placed atop Center – the 72-story tower designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. As gospel singer BeBe Winans sang “God Bless America”, the 8 ton beam, signed by all members of the team and adorned with an American flag, reached its final destination atop the city’s sixth tallest tower.

At over 80 years of age, Maki is making his New York debut in an elegant manner.  The tower was designed to serve as a “respectful backdrop” to the National September 11 Memorial and not to compete with 1 World Trade.  ”This is a special place with a sacred meaning and we felt we had to be respectful,” explained Osamu Sassa, Maki’s project architect, to The New York Times.   Such a ideology offers a strong contrast with the other architectural statements that will eventually rise as part of the World Trade Center complex, such as Norman Foster’s 2 World Trade and Richard Roger’s 3 World Trade.   While the minimalism of Maki may have kept the design under the radar during its design and construction stages, the grace of its simplicity will craft a dignified presence while visiting the site.  ”The design of the tower at 150 Greenwich has two fundamental elements –  a ‘minimalist’ tower that achieves an appropriate presence, quiet but with dignity, and a ‘podium’ that becomes a catalyst for activating the surrounding urban streetscape as part of the revitalization of lower Manhattan,” explained Maki.

More about 4 World Trade after the break. 

City Gallery / architecture +

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Architects: architecture +
Location: Wellington,
Design Team: Stuart Gardyne, Michael Bennett, Arnie Makan, Damon Peachey, Belinda Tuohy, Nick Whiting, Chloe Phelps, Rachel Logie
Proyect Year: 2009
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Courtesy of RETHINK REUSE
Courtesy of RETHINK REUSE

Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge 2012 International Design Ideas Competition

RETHINK REUSE, an independent group whose goal is to inspire discourse on the topic of reuse is inviting all to participate in their Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge 2012 International Design Ideas Competition. The goal is to envision new, innovative…

Institute Verbeeten / EGM architecten

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Architects: EGM architecten
Location: ,
Project Area: 1,920 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Client: Dr. Bernard Verbeeten Institute
Photographs: Courtesy of EGM architecten

Video: King’s Cross Western Concourse Lighting Design

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In the video above, Simon King, lead MEP engineer for the King’s Cross Station Redevelopment by John McAslan + Partners, discusses the background and challenges that shaped Arup‘s unique lighting design for the new western concourse of this famous London railway station. The transformation of the station represents a compelling piece of place-making for the city of London.

Dwelling Etura / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

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Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura
Location: Barrundia,
Design Team: Roberto Ercilla
Proyect Year: 2011
Project Area: 218.0 sqm
Photographs: César San Millán

Laneway Wall Garden House / Donaghy & Dimond Architects

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Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
Location: Portobello, ,
Project Team: Will Dimond, Marcus Donaghy, Bruno Manuel Vidal, Elizabeth Burns, St. John Walsh
Area: 122 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh

   

Courtesy of StudioWOK
Courtesy of StudioWOK

Klaksvik City Center Proposal / StudioWOK

The proposal for the Klaksvìk City Center by StudioWOK… starts from a thorough study of the natural elements of the place and from a study of the context. The two qualities of the bay and the natural character of the

House for Two Families / Triendl und fessler architekten

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Architects: Triendl und fessler architekten
Location: , Austria
Landscape Architects: Lindle Bukor
Proyect Year: 2010
Project Area: 374.0 sqm
Photographs: Karoline Mayer

Pavilhão de Portugal by Alvaro Siza © Flickr User paulu
Pavilhão de Portugal by Alvaro Siza © Flickr User paulu

Birthdays Abound! Happy Birthday Alvaro Siza and Robert Venturi!

It seems that those born on June 25th were born under some Architectural star…
Apart from Antoni Gaudí, who would have turned 160 today, both Robert Venturi and Pritzer Prize Winner Alvaro Siza also share a birthday today.
Portuguese architect…

Green Forest Athletic Complex / Modus Studio

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Architects: Modus Studio
Location: Green Forest, Arkansas,
Owner: Green Forest Public Schools, John Calaway, Superintendent
Architectural Team: Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA (principal in charge), Chris M. Baribeau, AIA (principal architect), Chris M. Lankford
Completion: September, 2011
Site Area: 200,000 SF
Construction Costs: $1,600,000 total
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

   

Top 250 U.S. Architectural Firms

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Architectural Record has published their annual list of the “Top 250 Firms” in the United States. The companies are ranked according to architectural revenue from the prior year. Gensler claimed the number one spot, with a record high of $764 million in revenue, over the long-standing leader AECOM, whom brought in $445 million in 2011.

The firms classify themselves by:

  • A = Architect
  • AE = Architect-Engineer
  • AP = Architect Planner
  • EAL = Engineer Architect Landscape
  • AEC = Architect-Engineer-Contractor

Continue after the break to review the top 25.

Maison du Maroc / ACDF* Architecture

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Architects: ACDF*
Location: Montreal, QC,
Design Team: Maxime Frappier, Louis-Philippe Frappier, Gabriel Villeneuve, Jean-Philippe Parent, Patrick Morand, Laurence Lebeux, Laure Giordani, Robert Dequoy, Simon Orman, Mathieu St-Hilaire, Veronique Taillefer, Denis Dupuis
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: James Brittain, ACDF*