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OMA, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio Recruited to Design 'Faena District' of Miami Beach

01:00 - 29 December, 2013
OMA, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio Recruited to Design 'Faena District' of Miami Beach, Faena Art Center. Image Courtesy of Faena
Faena Art Center. Image Courtesy of Faena

Alan Faena — prominent argentine developer  — is partnering with an all-star cast of celebrated artists, architects and Hollywood darlings to revive the decadence of the roaring twenties, envisioning a booming cultural "epicenter" for the city of Miami. The development, Faena Miami Beach, would include the restoration of the historic Saxony Hotel (the original symbol of opulent resorts along Florida beaches), the construction of new luxury apartments by Foster + Partners and the Rem Koolhaas/OMA-designed Faena Arts Center and Artist Residency. Review them all after the break.

Kickstarter: REM

00:00 - 29 December, 2013
Kickstarter: REM , REM Screen Shot from Casa De Musica Porto. Image Courtesy of Tomas Koolhaas
REM Screen Shot from Casa De Musica Porto. Image Courtesy of Tomas Koolhaas

UPDATE: REM's Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded! 

International Youth Center in Oberschleißheim / ATELIER 30

01:00 - 29 December, 2013
International Youth Center in Oberschleißheim  / ATELIER 30, © Constantin Meyer
© Constantin Meyer

© Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer © Constantin Meyer +13

Hair Do / Ryo Matsui Architects

00:00 - 29 December, 2013
Hair Do / Ryo Matsui Architects, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan, 〒274-0063 Chiba Prefecture, Funabashi, Narashinodai, 3 Chome18−11 Hair・do
  • Structural Design

    Ryo Kuwako
  • Construction

    Nichinan Iron Corporation
  • Area

    106.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +15

Cast Your Vote for the Audi Urban Future Award 2014

00:00 - 29 December, 2013
Cast Your Vote for the Audi Urban Future Award 2014, Speed Pitch: Philip Parsons & Federico Parolotto (screen shot)
Speed Pitch: Philip Parsons & Federico Parolotto (screen shot)

How will data shape mobility in future mega-cites? This is precisely what three innovation teams are striving to answer for the 2014 Audi Urban Future Award. Review each team’s revolutionary idea after the break and cast your vote on the most innovative solution here. The winner of the voting will be announced by Audi's CEO, Rupert Stadler, at the International CES in Las Vegas on January 6, 2014, and will be one participant in next year's Audi Urban Future Award.

University of Queensland Global Change Institute / HASSELL

01:00 - 29 December, 2013
University of Queensland Global Change Institute / HASSELL, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brisbane QLD, Australia
  • Area

    3865.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +16

Three Firms Shortlisted for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

01:00 - 29 December, 2013
Three Firms Shortlisted for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image © Flickr user Elvert Barnes
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image © Flickr user Elvert Barnes

Three teams have been shortlisted from a longlist of ten for the renovation of Washington DC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - the only library and D.C. building ever designed by Mies van der Rohe. The three competing teams are:

Quartette Haus / Bluebottle

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
Quartette Haus / Bluebottle, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © Pia Johnson © Pia Johnson © Pia Johnson +10

Nebula / Austin Maynard Architects

00:00 - 28 December, 2013
Nebula / Austin Maynard Architects, Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects
Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects

© Nic Granleese Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese +48

London Cinema Challenge Winners Announced

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
Third Place: Peep(le) Show. Image Courtesy of London Cinema Challenge / Combo Competitions
Third Place: Peep(le) Show. Image Courtesy of London Cinema Challenge / Combo Competitions

The London Cinema Challenge, organized by Combo Competitions, challenged participants to design a new cinema located on Newman Street in central London which should "reflect the participants’ ideas of the cinematic experience in the near future." The scope of the proposal, along with the extravagance of the idea, was decided by the individual competitors with the only criterion being that the design provided a space to watch movies. In addition to the cinema, each proposal had to include a "unique feature helping to serve the main purpose" of the building. Whether "an intimate screening room for indie films, or a commercial multi-storey cinema complex showing blockbusters," the winning proposals demonstrate an array of unique ideas.

SCL – Seoul Creative Lab / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
SCL – Seoul Creative Lab / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, © Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park
  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Nokbeon-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Huh, Insil Son, Jaehong Mik, Moonchul Choi, Sunkeun Hwang, Seungho Ham, Hyuntak Cho
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park +28

House in Minamikarasuyama / atelier HAKO architects

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
House in Minamikarasuyama  / atelier HAKO architects      , © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts
© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts

© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts +23

Farmstead Refurbishment / Carlo Bagliani

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
Farmstead Refurbishment / Carlo Bagliani, © Anna Positano
© Anna Positano

© Anna Positano © Anna Positano © Carola Merello © Carola Merello +10

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and C+S Architects Win Competition to Redevelop Chiasso Train Station

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
 Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and C+S Architects Win Competition to Redevelop Chiasso Train Station, © Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and C+S Architects
© Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and C+S Architects

The Italian joint-venture between Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners and C+S Architects has been announced as winner of an international competition for the requalification of a former railway station site in Chiasso, Switzerland. The team’s winning scheme proposes a “soft urban design” aimed at giving value to the pre-existing buildings, which are substantially maintained and sewn to the newly designed complex of two fashion schools: SAMS and STA.

AD Architecture School Guide: National University of Singapore

00:00 - 28 December, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: National University of Singapore, Work by Anggraeni, Azhar Bin Azmi, Chia Ping Howe Edwin, Liew Liewei Wesley, Neo Hwee Tat, Ren Tian, BA(Arch) Students at NUS, Year 4. Image Courtesy of http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/gallery/
Work by Anggraeni, Azhar Bin Azmi, Chia Ping Howe Edwin, Liew Liewei Wesley, Neo Hwee Tat, Ren Tian, BA(Arch) Students at NUS, Year 4. Image Courtesy of http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/gallery/

Ecological design is rapidly becoming a staple in architecture school. Its various names—sustainable, “green,” and environmental—all refer to the objective of designing buildings that have a smaller carbon footprint, from construction materials to functionality post-occupancy. Acronyms like HVAC and PV are now part of the mainstream architecture lexicon. These approaches are not globally applicable, however. For example, in tropical climates, the use of such technology is both impractical and ineffective. Additionally, the carbon footprint resulting from producing these devices and systems can be significant. 

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Architectureis addressing these very issues. Founded in 1958, the Department of Architecture is oriented towards architecture for Asia and the tropics. Kenneth Ho, Design Director and Co-Founder of Hopscape Design + Architecture and NUS alumnus, says, “Everything here [in the U.S.] is about sustainability like HVAC or solar panels. But there, sustainable architecture is passive. For example, when you build a house, it actually breathes because you build it off the ground, the air circulates through the floor and then out through the roof. Because it’s a tropical climate, you have to do this. NUS is one of the leading schools in teaching this in Southeast Asia. Its become a hub for neighboring countries who send their students to study there to learn about this.” 

MAD Envisions More 'Natural' Chinese Cities in the Future

00:00 - 28 December, 2013
MAD Envisions More 'Natural' Chinese Cities in the Future, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

Ma Yansong of MAD recently presented a 600,000 square meter urban design proposal for the city of Nanjing titled, "Shanshui Experiment Complex," at the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture in Shenzhen, China. The concept takes into account the culture, nature and history of Nanjing while reconsidering the methodology in which Chinese cities are built.

Extension of Gubbio Cemetery / Andrea Dragoni + Francesco Pes

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
Extension of Gubbio Cemetery / Andrea Dragoni + Francesco Pes , © Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH
© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH

© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH © Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH © Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH © Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH +30

La Tratto Santa Lucía / DOX Arquitectos

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
La Tratto Santa Lucía / DOX Arquitectos, © David Emir Cervera Castro
© David Emir Cervera Castro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Xavier Eduardo Salas Hernandez, David Emir Cervera Castro
  • Collaborators

    Sandra Shantal Mézquita Hoyos, Abraham de Jesús Basto Tello
  • Area

    383.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© David Emir Cervera Castro © David Emir Cervera Castro © David Emir Cervera Castro © David Emir Cervera Castro +17