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Deployed House / Seinfeld Arquitectos

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
  • Architects: Cynthia Seinfeld Lemlig, Peter Seinfeld
  • Location: Lima, Perú
  • Collaborator: Daniel Barúa
  • Area: 495.0 sqm
  • Photography: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano

Ten Points for Liveable Cities: Lessons from Singapore

Urban populations are expanding at an exponential rate as people are migrating to city centers where economic opportunities promise social mobility and access to education, health resources, and where employment is more abundant than in rural areas.  Nations once considered in the "third world" are making leaps to accommodate growing populations with thoughtful considerations in designing these new urban capitals.  Population trends have shifted considerable and have contributed to some of the densest urban cities never before seen in history.  The rise in the classification of cities as "mega-cities" and the problems that such high population densities face speak to the fact that our cities have reached a saturation point that needs to addressing. 

Urban Housing Winning Proposal / ETAT Architects + Spridd Architects

ETAT Architects + Spridd Architects recently won the first prize in an invited competition for a mixed-use building of housing and commercial space. Located in the centre of Norrköping, on the fringe of the historic 19th century textile industry area of Sweden, the exterior architecture interprets certain characteristic themes in the historic industrial area. These include elements such as large windows, local towers, repetitive and rationally organised fenestration, an emphasis on vertical elements in the façade, and exposed building material of stone. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Classics: Walden 7 / Ricardo Bofill

Walden 7 is a project implementing some of Ricardo Bofill's earliest ambitions and addressing most of the problems of modern city life. It is located on the same lot as Taller de Arquitectura, based in the refurbished ruins of an old cement factory. The housing structure benefits from Bofill's earlier research and the idea of providing public spaces and gardens for residents to enjoy an enhanced quality of living.

Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Model Home Gallery / NADAAA

© John Horner
© John Horner
  • Architects: NADAAA
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Principals in Charge: Nader Tehrani, Katie Faulkner, AIA
  • Project Coordinator: Kevin Lee
  • Project Team: : Dan Gallagher, Ellee Lee, Richard Lee, John Houser, Ryan Murphy, Samuel Jacobson, Tom Beresford, Tim Wong
  • Area: 105000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: John Horner

© John Horner © John Horner © John Horner © John Horner

Banking Branch in Colmeias / 2L Atelier Arquitectos

  • Architects: 2L Atelier Arquitectos
  • Location: Colmeias, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Eduardo Rodrigues
  • Collaborator: Carlos Lagoa
  • Engineering: id2p engenharia
  • Client: Caixa de Credito de Leiria
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado

Bing Concert Hall / Ennead Architects

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
  • Architects: Ennead Architects
  • Location: Lasuen Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
  • Design Partner: Richard Olcott
  • Management Partner: Timothy Hartung
  • Senior Designer: Stephen Chu
  • Project Manager: Steven Peppas
  • Project Architects: Chris Andreacola (Concept), Mahasti Fakourbayat (Design), Greg Clawson (Construction)
  • Project Team: Gary Anderson, Andrew Burdick, Jeff Geisinger, Kyo Jin, Joerg Kiesow, Stephen Kim, Lindsay McCullough, Charmian Place, Yong Roh, Andy Sniderman, Aimee St. Germain, Na Sun, Marcela Villarroel-Trindade, Todd Walbourn, Desiree Wong
  • Area: 112365.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Do Architects Really Understand the End-User?

Since the time of Vitruvius, we architects have pondered the effect that our work might have on those who use the spaces we design; unfortunately, however, we set ourselves up as universal models, judging what 'works' or not for the occupants, without any explicit evidence to substantiate those ideas.  Of course, the profession has changed over the last three decades; the experience of the occupant is paramount, and evidence-based design - particularly when it comes to performative environments for work, health and learning - has risen substantially in importance.

But as much as we claim - as architects, interior and urban designers - to understand the people who will occupy the spaces we design, how much do we really? Where does our knowledge come from and how do we use it? Do we help contribute to the evidence? Do our clients (and, if they do, do they pay for it)?

Architectural Research Consultancy (ARC), a company that researches how the built environment affects the way people think, feel and act, is attempting to find out the answers to just these questions. And they're conducting a brief, anonymous online survey (it takes only 2 minutes) to learn more. They'll be publishing their data later in the year, and we'll be sure to share those results with you.

PechaKucha Celebrates 10 Years!

After coming to the realization that architects tend to talk way too much, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture devised a lecture format that ended up revolutionizing the way we present. For the past 10 years, PechaKucha 20x20 has inspired creatives from 600 cities to informally gather in dimly lit spaces around the globe and conduct 400-second presentations to their friends and colleagues. The beauty of PechaKucha Night is that anyone can participate - as long as they stick to the 20 image, 20 second format - thus providing ample amounts of stimulating information, ideas and inspiration in just a short, booze-filled night. Who wouldn’t like that? 

Zaha Hadid to Develop Plans for New London Airport

As pressure mounts to solve the UK’s aviation crisis, the Mayor of London has appointed Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) alongside a world-class team of aviation experts to develop plans for a new major airport in southeast England. The team is expected to resolve the debate on how and where the capital’s next multi-runway airport hub should be constructed, a decision that will play a critical role in the future of the British economy.

Zaha Hadid said: "This work is essential to deliver the most integrated transport solutions for London and the UK. It will enable London to maintain its position as one of the world's most important economic, commercial and cultural centers; outlining the city's future growth and development which has always been founded on global connectivity."

See who made the list after the break...

City Buisness Centre / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi

  • Architects: Andreescu & Gaivoronschi
  • Location: Timisoara
  • Author: Vlad GAIVORONSCHI
  • Co Author: Dan M. MUNTEANU
  • Photographs: Ovidiu MICSA

© Ovidiu MICSA © Ovidiu MICSA © Ovidiu MICSA © Ovidiu MICSA

Filament Mind Installation / E/B Office

Filament Mind is a human information-driven installation by E/B Office which is designed to visualize the collective curiosities and questions of Wyoming’s Teton County Library visitors through a dynamic and interactive spatial sculpture. The project is inspired by the concept that our civic spaces should be intelligent and responsive, communicating as much to us as we do to each other, enabling a form of intra-environmental social interaction between our thoughts and the material of our built environments. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cove 6 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

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'Stairway to Heaven' Second Prize Winning Proposal / Arquitectos + Nomos Groupement d'Architectes + Pascal Heyraud Architecte Paysagiste

Inspired by the adjacent canal's pragmatic linearity and the industrial buildings located on the left bank, the second prize winning proposal, titled 'Stairway to Heaven' for the new high school appears as a linear volume located in the extension of the Veveyse promenade's perspective. Designed by PYO Arquitectos + Nomos Groupement d'Architectes + Pascal Heyraud Architecte Paysagiste, the basic organization of the building is staged with a central staircase of generous proportions linking a sequence of public spaces that interrupt diagonally the classrooms structural grid.More images and architects' description after the break.

Regional Labor Court / Corsi Hirano Arquitetos + Reinaldo Nishimura

  • Arquitetos: Corsi Hirano Arquitetos , Reinaldo Nishimura
  • Localização: Goiânia - Goiás, Brasil
  • Project Leaders: Daniel Corsi, Dani Hirano e Reinaldo Nishimura (autores)
  • Competition Team: Laura Paes Barretto Pardo e Liana Paula Perez de Oliveira
  • Executive Project Team: Sérgio Matera, Thaís Velasco, Andrea Key Abe, Taís Lie Okano, Renato Borba e Pamella Porto Kaninski
  • Project Area: 85000.0 sqm
  • Ano do projeto: 2012
  • Fotografias: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Rehabilitation Hotel Moure / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos

  • Architects: Abalo Alonso Arquitectos
  • Location: Loureiros nº6, Santiago de Compostela, España
  • Design Team: Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso
  • Collaborators: Francisco González Varela, Carlos Bóveda, Manuel Sanmartín, René Valiñas, José Noya
  • Budget: 933,244.29 €
  • Promotor: Hermanos Liñares Bar
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Santos Díez

© Santos Díez © Santos Díez © Santos Díez © Santos Díez

UT Visual Arts Center / Lake|Flato Architects

© Frank Ooms © Frank Ooms © Frank Ooms © Frank Ooms