Foster to redesign Fidel Castro’s School of Ballet

School of Ballet © toml1959

Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta has selected Norman Foster to redevelop one of Fidel Castro’s unfinished spaces – the School of Ballet on the outskirts of . Acosta studied ballet at the Cuban National Ballet School and has danced with the Royal Ballet since 1998.

The stunning, derelict building was never completed during the Cuban revolution, as the design and architects of the Cuban National Art Schools (las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte, or ENA) were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. However, in March 1999, the three architects – Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti and Roberto Gottardi – were called to lay out a budget to preserve the languished schools. These preservation efforts include the School of Ballet, whose cluster of domed volumes, designed in 1961 by Italian Vittorio Garatti, are connected by an organic layering of Catalan vaults that follow a winding path.

As reported on bdonline, Norman Foster told the Sunday Times: “Carlos is a great dancer who is inspiring the regeneration of an iconic ruin of early modernism outside Havana.”

CPT Office / Rodrigo Araya Manzanares

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Architects: Rodrigo Araya Manzanares
Location: , Chile
Project Team: Gerardo Beyer,Fernando Sánchez
Construction: Jaime Jiménez y Cia Ltda.
Project Area: 5,300 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs:  Juan Eduardo Sepúlveda Grazioli

New Computer Worm Targets AutoCAD Drawings

As if it weren’t enough that The New York Times just wrote a story on computer programs making architects obsolete, now it seems that computers are actually on the Architect-attack.

A new computer worm, known as ”ACAD/Medre.A,” has surfaced, and it has a very specific goal: find AutoCAD drawings, send them to China.

Find out how the worm works, and if you could be affected, after the break…

Courtesy of 2:pm Architectures + CUAC Arquitectura
Courtesy of 2:pm Architectures + CUAC Arquitectura

‘Heredity’ Workshop / 2:pm Architectures + CUAC Arquitectura

Organized by Europan Europe, 2:pm Architectures & CUAC Arquitectura… met for a 4-days long international workshop to explore how agriculture and architectural development are in symbiotic relationship. In analyzing the growth of Vienna and Oberlaa, they can easily understand how

The Grow Dat Youth Farm & SEEDocs: Mini-Documentaries on the Power of Public-Interest Design

If you read our infographic, then you know that Public-Interest Design is one of the few growing sectors of the architecture industry. From the prevalence of Design-Build curriculums in Architecture Schools to the rise of the 1% program and non-profits like Architecture for Humanity, Public-Interest Design (PID) is hitting its stride.

Which is why we’re so excited that two of PID’s biggest players, Design Corps and SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design), have teamed up to create SEEDocs, a monthly series of mini-documentaries that highlight the inspirational stories of six award-winning public interest design projects.

The latest SEEDoc follows the story of the Grow Dat Youth Farm - a brilliant example of what we call “Urban Agri-puncture” (a strategy that uses design & Urban Agriculture to target a city’s most deprived, unhealthy neighborhoods) that is changing the lives of New Orleans youth.

More on this inspiring story, after the break…

Guardian Towers / LAB Architecture Studio + ERGA Progress

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Architects: LAB Architecture Studio in association with ERGA Progress
Location: Danet Abu Dhabi – Al Qudra, United Arab Emirates
Design Team: Donald Bates, Oliver Hunt, Peter Davidson, Joseph Sawaya, Faris Hammady
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 53,800 sqm
Client: Guardian Real Estate
Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla

  

Caleu House / arquitectos asociados.lo

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Architects:
Location: Caleu, , Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Labra B., Diego Ortuzar F.
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Diego Ortuzar, Alvaro Reyes

National Stadium and Sports Village / LAVA

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LAVA, the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, and Designsport collaborated with local Ethiopian firm JDAW to win the international architecture competition for a national stadium and sports village, held by the Federal Sport Commission, . Now, football and athletics-loving Ethiopians will have a new FIFA and Olympic-standard 60,000 seat stadium in Addis Ababa thanks to a design that combines local identity with new technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Albert Schweitzer Hospital / EGM architecten

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Architects: EGM architecten
Location: Dordrecht,
Project Area: 41,082 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Client: Albert Schweitzer Hospital
Photographs: Courtesy of EGM architecten

Courtesy of Luka Anic, Danko Balog, Tamara Baresic, Srdan Gajic
Courtesy of Luka Anic, Danko Balog, Tamara Baresic, Srdan Gajic

Badel Block Complex Proposal / Luka Anic, Danko Balog, Tamara Baresic, Srdan Gajic

Presenting an opportunity, remaining largely unbuilt and mostly unburdened by heritage, the proposal for the Badel Block Complex by Luka Anic, Danko Balog, Tamara Baresic, and Srdan Gajic… introduces new spatial configurations to the city center, opening the block area

Cräche rue Pierre Budin / ECDM

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Architects: Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec
Location: 15 Rue Pierre Budin, , France
Project Area: 1,937 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Ville de Paris
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Benoît Fougeirol

The Twins Science Park / 24H architecture

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Architects: 24H architecture
Location: Sciencepark, ,
Project Team: Maartje Lammers, Boris Zeisser
Project Area: 14,000 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Heddes Vastgoed
Photographs: Boris Zeisser

Courtesy of 5G Studio Collaborative
Courtesy of 5G Studio Collaborative

ECR (re)Center / 5G Studio Collaborative

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, designed by 5G Studio Collaborative…, aimed to address the needs and desires of the growing community through sustainable capital improvements on the existing campus that sought to reflect the past and contemporary contexts.

DLW House / Westphal + Kosciuk

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Architects: Westphal + Kosciuk
Location: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Project Area: 545,40 sqm
Project Year:  2011
Photographs: André Moecke

It Me Eco Fast Restaurant / Joanna Pszczółka + Łukasz Brandys

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Architects: Joanna Pszczółka +
Location: Ochaby, Poland
Photographs: Joanna Pszczółka

   

RIBA International Award Winners Announced

Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand FJMT + Archimedia - architects in association © Gollings

Following our previous announcement revealing the 2012 RIBA Award recipients, we now present to you 12 international projects that have also received top honors from . Buildings outside the European Union by RIBE Chartered Architects and International Fellows are eligible for this award. These 2012 International Award winners will now compete for the Lubetkin Prize – an award named in honor of the Georgia-born architect who worked in before coming to London in the 1930s to establish the influential Tecton Group. In 2009, the Lubetkin Prize went to the National Stadium Beijing by Herzog & de Meuron with China Architectural Design & Research Group and Arup Sport for National Stadium Company.

And now, the 12 RIBA International Award winners are…

Extension in the Liberties / Donaghy & Dimond Architects

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Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Will Dimond, Marcus Donaghy, Maire Kiely, Conal Ryan, St. John Walsh
Engineer: David Maher
Area: Existing accommodation 96 sqm; Additional accommodation 16sqm
Completion:  2011
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh, Donaghy & Dimond Architects

   

Techne: The New and Improved SketchUp

Gizmo navigation of SketchUp, image via depts.washington.edu

If you have ever used SketchUp, you probably really like what it does, which is basically allowing 3D viewing and modeling of everything from furniture to cities, as the website declares. At the University of Washington’s [design machine group], researchers in Computer Science and Architecture have decided that SketchUp needs some additional functionality. Why? Because, as they say, while “SketchUp may displace the use of physical models in design, [it] has not eliminated difficulties in the ad-hoc navigation of digital models by non-experts, which often occurs during design reviews.” In fact, as they see it, SketchUp’s mouse navigation requires a great deal of skill. Keyboards and mice are clunky and difficult to use when examining 3D computer models, especially for non-designers, i.e. those who are unfamiliar with using the software frequently.