Rock House / UN Arquitectura

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Architects: UN Arquitectura
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 266 sqm
Photographs: Natalia Vial

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Venice Biennale 2012: SPAINLab / Spain Pavilion


During the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale opening, we had the chance to interview Débora Mesa, curator of the Pavilion together with Antón García-Abril, partners at Ensamble Studio.

SPAINLab, the name of the exhibit, looks to expose the research process behind the works of contemporary Spanish Architects:

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More photos about the pavilion and description from Anton and Débora after the break:

Update: ABI September

via Calculated Risk

We are happy to share on the beginning of this working week that the Architecture Billings Index has moved into positive territory for the first time in five months! The drastic three-point leap has launched the to 50.2, up from last month’s 48.4, and the new project inquiry index moved to 57.2, up from mark of 56.3.  As we have reported previously, the ABI is our profession’s economic indicator and any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings.  Regionally, the South leads with 52.2, followed by the West with 51.2, Northeast at 45.5, and Midwest at 45.3.  In terms of architectural sectors, multi-family residential and institutional place above 50 while institutional, commercial/industrial, and mixed practice all remain above 46.  “Until the economy is on firmer ground, there aren’t likely to be strong increases in demand for design services,” said Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. . “In the meantime, we can expect to see design activity alternate between modest growth and modest decline.”

We hope this positive score will let your Monday be a little bit merrier.

Platform of Arts and Creativity / Pitagoras Arquitectos

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Architects: Pitagoras Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: Fernando Sá, Raul Roque, Alexandre Lima, Manuel Roque
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jose Campos

Video: Sagrada Familia / Moment Factory

A huge creative and technical challenge was recently undertaken by Moment Factory. They were invited by the City of and the City of Montreal to create the first sound and light spectacle to be projected on the complex façade of the Sagrada Familia in . This 15 minute-long multimedia show, using video mapping techniques and their X-Agora playback system, was presented within La Mercè Festival in this weekend. The inspiration: to realize Antonio Gaudi’s dream. The architect wished for the façade to be full of colors.

Dental Bliss / Integrated Field

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Architects: Integrated Field
Location: Bangkok,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 91 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Integrated Field Co.,Ltd

Happy World Architecture Day!

From upper left: “Chicago Thaws Into Spring,” “Bustling Beijing,” “Approaching London” © Flickr User CC Stuck in Commons

World Architecture Day, celebrated on the first Monday of every October, was set up by the Union International des Architects (UIA) back in 2005 to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat” (not coincidentally, today’s also the United Nations’ World Habitat Day).

To mark this occasion, take a moment to consider the potential of architecture – and, indeed, socially-conscious architects – to transform the lives of human beings across the globe. If you need some inspiration, look back on the amazing Public Interest Design (PID) projects we’ve featured over the years – including dozens of Architecture for Humanity projects – as well as our PID infographic and editorial on the Inevitable Rise of Public Interest Design.

It may be easy to forget in the daily grind, but take today to appreciate the great work you do, and the potential it has to better our world. Architects of the world – Enjoy your Day!

Courtesy of Design Museum Boston
Courtesy of Design Museum Boston

Street Seats Design Challenge

Design Museum Boston recently announced the call for entries for Street Seats Design Challenge — an international outdoor furniture design challenge that will culminate in new waterfront seating, an outdoor design exhibition, and a walking tour around the channel. The…

Alexandre Vachon Pavillon / STGM Architectes

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Architects: STGM Architectes
Location: Québec City, Québec,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Zero Space & VIP Lounge / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán
Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga
Lighting Consultant: Susaeta Prolighting
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

Courtesy of Urban Playground
Courtesy of Urban Playground

Lighthouse for the Dutchman / Urban Playground

Designed by Urban Playground…, the ‘Lighthouse for the Dutchman’ project was proposed for the chapel at the entry of the Los Dutchman State Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Through a rearrangement of an embryological, mathematical reference known as “Shrek’s Surface”,

Bayside House / Grzywinski+Pons

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Architects: Grzywinski+Pons
Location: Bayside, New York,
Design Team: Matthew Grzywinski, Amador Pons
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 3,200 sq ft
Photographs: Floto + Warner/OTTO

2012 Small Projects Award Recipient: SPECS Optical Façade, Minneapolis / Alchemy Architects © Geoffrey Warner and Scott Ervin
2012 Small Projects Award Recipient: SPECS Optical Façade, Minneapolis / Alchemy Architects © Geoffrey Warner and Scott Ervin

AIA Small Project Awards 2013 – Call for Entires

The Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the ninth annual Small Project Award Program to recognize the work of small project practitioners and to promote excellence in small project design. This Award Program strives to raise public awareness of…

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Five great projects from last week that you may have missed! Check out the Cassia Coop Training Centre in Indonesia by TYIN Tegnestue Architects, or harunatsu-archi’s Villa 921 located in Okinawa, Japan. Don’t miss the most visited project of the week, Strip House by dutch practice, GAAGA. Also revisit the great Kamppi Chapel designed by K2S Architects and the 150M Weekend House by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates.

Video: The Junk King

The Junk King – Vince Hannemann - has spent much of his life constructing the Cathedral of Junk in , TX. In 2010, the City of requested a building permit and Vince was forced to tear down nearly half of his creation. Despite this traumatic event and with the help of many supporters, Vince was still able to keep the Cathedral alive and continue its legacy.

Directed: Evan Burns
Cinematography: Garyle Morgan & Mitzi Morrow
Produced: Eduardo Tobias

Lake Chapel / Divece Arquitectos

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Architects: Divece Arquitectos
Location: , Michoacán, México
Design Team: Paolino Di Vece
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 348,21 sqm
Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

XishuangbanNa Residence / Tokamarch Architects

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Designed by Tokamarch Architects, the XishuangbanNa Residence deals mainly with the relationship between the modern building and local natural environment. The traditional “Dai” village keeps a great balance with the natural environment in XiShuangBanNa. The boundary of every family is divided by bamboo fences or green plants. Luxuriant and multi-layered primitive woods have brought people a green and lively village, The relationship between the living space and the natural environment is in a harmonous compatible symbiosis. More images and architects’ description after the break.

U Square / Atelier of Architects

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Architects: Atelier of Architects
Location: , Pathumthani, Thailand
Project Team: Salyawate Prasertwitayakarn, Pahol Chokrada, Narongdet Wongwanchai
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 9,700 sqm
Photographs: Krisada Boonchaleaw & Salyawate Prasertwitayakarn