Pro Bono Work in Exchange for Loan Relief?

Just as NPR reported yesterday that the Nation’s student loan debt has exceeded one trillion dollars, the American Institute of Architects () and the American Institute of Architecture Students () called for Congress to pass legislation that will allow architecture school graduates loan debt assistance through pro bono work. This news comes as both President Obama this past weekend and likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney yesterday urged Congress to head off a scheduled increase in student loan interest rates this July.

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Aristides Maillol Municipal Sports Complex / Magma Arquitectos

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Architects: Magma Arquitectura – Luis Beriain, Jose Angel Cicero & Lluc Coma
Location: Les Corts, Barcelona,
Completion: 2011
Client: Barcelona City Council
Surface: Pavilion: 200 sqm, Environment Improvement: 1500 sqm
Photographs: Magma Arquitectura

New Headquarters of Bank of Georgia: Illuminated Translucent Concrete for Interior Design / Architectural Group & Partners

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The idea of light and nature showing through a building was the fundamental concept of redesigning the headquarter of Bank of . Designed by , a great and extraordinary office building was created: Incorporating nature in the whole interior design in forms of light. The architects also realized a special highlight by using illuminated translucent concrete. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Xove / Jesús San Vicente Domingo

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Architects: Jesús San Vicente Domingo
Location: Xove, Lugo,
Collaborator: David González
Built Area: 310 sqm
Site Area: 2,200 sqm
Photographs: Ángel Baltanás

Budva Residential and Business Complex Proposal / AGM

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The first prize design by AGM for a new residential and business complex in Budva, complements the urban tissue of the very center of the city by adding content and shape to improve the existing quality. The present surrounding is the framework for the creation of an architectural morphology which is to upgrade the input of the location. Thus the fusion of heritage and modernity is the answer to the needs of time and its value system. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Inspiration and Process in Architecture is a series of monographs on key figures in modern and contemporary architecture. It offers a reading of the practice of design which emphasis the value of freehand drawing as a part of the creative process.

Update: Cronton Colliery Competition Winner Announced

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RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) recently announced Michael Lee Architects as the winner of the Cronton Colliery Competition at a private event held on Thursday 19 April. The challenge to design a pioneering new visitor destination on a former colliery inspired creative teams across the world to push the boundaries of landscape and architecture. The Land Trust’s international design competition attracted 50 entries from all over the world, including innovative projects designed by teams in , Japan and Italy. More images and information on the winner and finalists after the break.

Monash University Student Housing / BVN

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Architects: BVN Architecture
Location: , Australia
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2012 New Zealand Architecture Awards

Under Pohutukawa by Herbst Architects Ltd

Twenty projects have been recognized in the 2012 New Zealand Architecture Awards. Proving that design quality is not governed by the size of buildings or type of work, winners in the country’s leading architectural awards program ranged from the Auckland Art Gallery to a Napier artist’s studio, from a chapel in an inner-city church to a café on the side of a mountain, and from an airport hotel to a lakeside school. The jury will select one project from among the New Zealand Architecture Award winners to receive the 2012 New Zealand Architecture Medal, the top award given in any year by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. That decision will be announced at the Awards function in Wellington on 25 May. More images and information on the winners after the break.

House in Piedra Roja / Riesco + Rivera

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Architects: Riesco + Rivera Arquitectos Asociados – Francisca Rivera P. and Jose Riesco U.
Location: Santiago,
Client: Natalia Chellew and Ricardo Ventura-Junca
Structural Calculation: Pedro Escobar
Construction: Casas Modernas
Lighting Design: Paula García-Huidobro
Project Size: 236 sqm + terraces
Cost: US$ 678/sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Sebastián Wilson León

Power Stations Bjornstokk and Ovre Forsland / Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As

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Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor As shared with us their design for new hydraulic power stations in northern . The main idea is that the power stations should adapt to the site. More images and architect description after the break.

Developer Plans for New York’s Next Iconic Building

425 Park Ave. © John W. Cahill / CTBUH

Boxy replicas of high-end offices dominate ’s Park Avenue skyline, with only two modernist exceptions breaking the mold – Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Lever House. As the static skyline has remained largely untouched for nearly four decades, New York City developer L&L Holding Co. has announced plans to replace the aging tower of 425 Park Avenue with a new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified skyscraper. Norman Foster, , Zaha Hadid and Richard Meier are just a few of the eleven distinguished architects that L&L has invited to join in a competition for the redevelopment of the 65 year-old tower.

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Mixed Use Building Bizovik / Tria Studio

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Architect: Tria Studio
Location: ,
Project Team: Jernej Hočevar u.d.i.a., Matevž Vrhovnik u.d.i.a., Martin Lovrečić u.d.i.a., Blaž Češka u.d.i.a., Anže Kveder g.t.
Client: Razum d.o.o.
Builder: Panta Rhei d.o.o.
Completion: 2010
Floor Area: 320 sqm
Photographs: Črt Slavec & Photo Shark

Yue Art Gallery / Tao Lei Architect Studio

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Architects: Tao Lei Architect Studio – Lei Tao, Bozhou Kang, Mingliang Zhao
Location: , China
Structure Area: 1,600 sqm
Structure Design: Qinghai Wang
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Tao Lei Architect Studio

Acadia Parish Conference Center / Trahan Architects

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Located to the north-east of , a small town in Louisiana known to be the “Rice Capital of America”, the Acadia Parish Conference Center by Trahan Architects will mediate the threshold between the urban development to the west and the agricultural fields to the east. Envisioned as an extension of the landscape, the center creates a harmonic balance between the two environments, expressing the importance of local agricultural.

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YI Building / Oh Jong Sang

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Architects:
Location: 108-6 Bang i-Dong, Songpa-gu, , South Korea
Client: Yoosukja
Site Area: 361 sqm
Total Floor Area: 1,132 sqm
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

AIA Selects the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building / Salmela Architect © Paul Crosby

The American Institute of Architects () and its Committee on the Environment () have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions. Now in its 16th year, the Top Ten Green Projects program is one of the profession’s best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence.

The highlighted projects are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They have made a positive contribution to their communities, improved comfort for building occupants and reduced environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

All the projects will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, next month in Washington, D.C. Continue after the break to review the top ten green projects.

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Green Architecture Competition Proposal / Lijbers Architect

With the aim of the Green Architecture competition to stimulate and collect innovative proposals on how architecture, urban design & planning, and landscape architecture could contribute to maintain and improve our biodiversity, Lijbers Architect… looked at the decline of natural