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Tartu Health Care College / Kavakava Architects

© Jaan Sokk
© Jaan Sokk
  • Architects: Kavakava Architects
  • Location: Estonia, Tartu
  • Architect in Charge: Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil
  • Interior Design: Tarmo Piirmets PINK
  • Area: 6480.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jaan Sokk, Martin Siplane

© Martin Siplane © Martin Siplane © Martin Siplane © Martin Siplane

Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Ekoda Branch / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

© Daisuke Shima
© Daisuke Shima
  • Architects: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
  • Location: Nerima-ku, Tokyo
  • Architect in Charge: Emmanuelle Moureaux
  • Interior Design: Emmanuelle Moureaux
  • General Contractor: Shiraishi Construction Corporation
  • Area: 57408.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Daisuke Shima

© Daisuke Shima © Daisuke Shima © Daisuke Shima © Daisuke Shima

Report Suggests Demolishing Unsustainable Mid-Century Skyscrapers in New York

Mayor Bloomberg's controversial plans to rezone midtown New York, allowing for bigger and bolder skyscrapers, has found an unlikely ally in the form of environmentalists.

Re-zoning midtown would ultimately lead to the demolition of the corporate steel and glass skyscrapers, which preservationists argue are emblematic of the cutting edge modernism that swept 1950's America. However, landlords contest that - for the most part - they are poorly built copycats of seminal landmarks such as the Seagram and Lever buildings and are not particularly significant or suited for modern needs. 

More information after the break..

Cambodian Sustainable Housing Proposal / Architetto Matteo Ascani

Designed by Architetto Matteo Ascani (AMA), the main driving force behind the their Cambonian Sustainable Housing project was to somehow recreate the sensation of living in a typical Cambodian house, where people have to maintain their own traditions, but in healthy and safe living conditions. Combined with a type of spatial experience that allows flexibility and the simple method of construction, this environmentally conscious design is able to respond to the needs of this society. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Swimming Center In Barbate / EDDEA

  • Architects: EDDEA
  • Location: Barbate, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: EDDEA
  • Design Team: José M Sánchez Rey, María Romero, Felipe Clemente, Francisco Losada
  • Partners in Charge: Ignacio Laguillo Díaz, Harald Schönegger
  • Quantity Surveyor: Rosalino Daza
  • Area: 2350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of EDDEA

Courtesy of EDDEA Courtesy of EDDEA Courtesy of EDDEA Courtesy of EDDEA

Y-Clinic / ARCO Architects

© Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa
  • Architects: ARCO Architects
  • Location: Tsuchiura , Ibaraki , Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Kimitaka Aoki
  • Structural Engineer: Yasuhiro Kaneda
  • Area: 1989.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa

Fire Station / Van Rooijen Nourbakhsh Architecten

© Cornbread Works
© Cornbread Works

© Cornbread Works © Cornbread Works © Cornbread Works © Cornbread Works

'Future of Cities' Daniel Libeskind Lecture

Taking place this coming Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm, Daniel Libeskind, one of the most celebrated architects working today, will be delivering the 'Future of Cities' lecture as part of the Assembly Series at Washington University in St. LouisHis presentation, sponsored by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Architecture Student Council, is free and open to the public and will take place in Graham Chapel. Well known for his Jewish Museum in Berlin, the museum’s radical, strikingly asymmetrical design, is a true icon for the city and the country of Germany. He has received numerous awards including the 2001 Hiroshima Art Prize - an award given to an artist whose work promotes international understanding and peace, never before given to an architect. Fore more information, please visit here.

Great Fen Visiting Center Competition Entry / Alexandros Avlonitis + Aggeliki Anagnostopoulou

Designed by Alexandros Avlonitis + Aggeliki Anagnostopoulou, their proposal for the Great Fen Visiting Center is derived by the observation of the natural environment of the site and its manipulation by he human factor. The concept is based on an attempt to mimic a very common phenomenon of agricultural terrains: the stacking of blocks of hay, and their impulsive installation in the middle of endless fields. Therefore, the new Great Fen Visitor Center becomes not a building, but a stack of volumes placed in the landscape. More images and architects' description after the break.

Fletcher Hotel / Benthem Crouwel Architects

© Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders
  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Project Team: Jan Benthem, Peter Kropp, Okke van den Broek, Pieter Rijpstra, Volker Krenz
  • Project Management: M. Caransa b.v
  • Area: 7000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders, Courtesy of Rene van Dongen

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders Courtesy of Rene van Dongen © Jannes Linders

The Mississauga Public Library Project / RDH Architects

  • Architects: RDH Architects
  • Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Architect in Charge: RDH Architects
  • Design Team: Tyler Sharp, Bob Goyeche, Graham Gavine, Sanjoy Pal, Marnie Williams, Scott Waugh, George Agnew
  • Landscape Architect: NAK Design
  • Structural Engineers: Halsall Associates Ltd
  • Civil Engineers: Valdor Engineering Inc
  • Contractor: Brown Daniels Associates
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of RDH Architects

Courtesy of RDH Architects Courtesy of RDH Architects Courtesy of RDH Architects Courtesy of RDH Architects

Apartment Building in Chailly / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
  • Architects: Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects
  • Location: Av. du Temple 41 1012 Lausanne
  • Architect in Charge: Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects
  • Civil Engineer: SD ingénierie Lausanne SA
  • Environmental Engineer: Planair SA
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Arup Documentary: Traces of Peter Rice

Peter Rice has been described as both one of the best engineers and architects of the twentieth century. Unhappy with the role that engineers play in designing buildings, Rice dedicated his life to championing brave innovation and poetry through structure in a way that helped bridge the gap between engineering and architecture. His desire to work in tandem with architects, towards a shared vision, made him one of the most in-demand engineers of the twentieth century.

Assess: Who Cares for Chilean Cities?

“Assess: Chile at Columbia” is an initiative led by the Latin Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s (GSAPP) of Columbia University that discusses, in several formats, the state of contemporary cities in the southern country by addressing the question: who cares for Chilean cities?

This project aims to raise questions and skip external, often patronizing understandings of Chilean practices. To do so, “Assess: Chile at Columbia” invites Chilean scholars who— closely in touch with both national practices and international debates in the fields of architecture, public space, and urban projects—are uniquely positioned to initiate a critical conversation.

Distinguished Chilean scholars Luis Eduardo Bresciani, Romy Hecht, and Rodrigo Pérez de Arce selected three projects to represent each of the aforementioned categories in the exhibition Answers form Architecture, Public Space and Urban Projects, to be held on the 100 Level of Avery Hall. This show will inform the Conference “Who cares for Chilean cities?,” at which renowned US-based scholars Saskia Sassen, Stan Allen, and Iñaki Ábalos will assess the topics and works presented by their Chilean peers, opening up a further discussion moderated by GSAPP faculty Clara Irazábal, Galia Solomonoff, and Enrique Walker.

Bear House / Onion

© Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya
  • Architects: Onion
  • Location: Cha-Am beach, Thailand
  • Architect in Charge: Onion
  • Interior Architect: Arisara Chaktranon, Siriyot Chaiamnuay
  • Area: 380.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya

Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport VIP Terminal Winning Proposal / CPG Consultants

CPG Consultants recently won the Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport VIP terminal design competition, which was organized by the Airports Corporation of Vietnam. Expected to be completed in late 2014, the lotus flower-inspired design with its iconic petal-shaped pavilion roof will extend a ceremonious welcome to Heads of State and dignitaries as they arrive or depart from Hanoi. The new VIP Terminal will feature an octagonal geometry in plan, with the reception hall, state lounge and president lounges forming the centerpiece while the VIP lounges and function rooms form the angled part of the perimeter. More images and architects' description after the break.

Venice Biennale 2014: Lateral Office to Represent Canada with Nunavut Exhibition

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" as winner of a national juried competition to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in ArchitectureLateral Office of Toronto will organize and curate an exhibition designed to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Canada's largest but least populated northern territories, known for its pristine arctic wilderness and Inuit lifestyle.

Read more about Canada's contribution to the Biennale after the break.

BBC Radio 4 Competition: Design the Listening Project’s Pod

BBC Radio 4, in collaboration with RIBA, just launched a competition for the design of a portable ‘pod’ to enable their conversations, which have become essential listening, valued moments in their hectic broadcasting schedules, to take place in different venues around the UK such as shopping centers, libraries and festivals. For some people it might be the chance to capture memories, to relive shared moments, to put down for posterity how we feel about each other - or to have  the one conversation they have always wanted to have. The Listening Project enables more of the general public the opportunity to record a conversation. The deadline to register is April 18 and the submission deadline is April 23. More information on the competition after the break.