The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2012

Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo /

The results of the 9th Annual Emirates Glass have been announced, honoring the architects designing the buildings and solutions that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community.

The winners were selected from an impressive shortlist by an international jury of architects that included Irving Brauer (chairman, principal of Brauer Associates), Phil Holden (managing director of Pascall+Watson architects), Lucy Bullivant (architectural curator, critic, author), Paolo Brescia (partner of Open Building Research), and Kasia Fiutowska (founding partner of Sketch Design).

The 2012 award winners are:

The Indicator / Report: The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

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The 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, which ran from Sunday, September 23 to Tuesday, September 25 in New York, was, on the face of it, one of those positive seminar-type experiences, with croissant breakfasts, plenary sessions, break-out groups, closing remarks, and all that. But there is a difference between a CGI meeting and the usual convention dynamic: At CGI there is a shared mission of achieving real and positive outcomes by leveraging the power of relationships. People and organizations across different sectors are brought together to realize what CGI calls “Commitments to Action”.

One of the best things about CGI is that it helps bring resources to bear on ideas in need of support. Sounds too good to be true and sort of like a love-fest of pie-in-the-sky, fairy dust optimism? It might sound like this at first, but the meeting is made up of people who have dedicated their lives and careers (same thing) to solving real-world problems. If Greenpeace’s slogan is Think Globally, Act Locally, then CGI’s is something like “If you can think it, you can do it.” Bill Clinton says he started CGI to “help turn good intentions into real action and results.” Toward this end, they basically help funnel money into good ideas that can change lives. They do this not by handing out cash, but by networking financing sources like foundations, philanthropists, and corporations with individuals and organizations who need backing to get their projects off the ground.

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Duggan Morris to Design the New Floating Cinema

Duggan Morris Architects, Winning design for the Floating Cinema Competition, A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects, 2012

and has announced Duggan Morris Architects as winner of the Open Architecture Challenge to design the next phase of the acclaimed Floating Cinema project. This project has been commissioned by the Legacy List with corporate partner Bloomberg as part of the Bloomberg East series of artist-led programs to animate the waterways in East London working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Peoples Meeting Dome / Kristoffer Tejlgaard & Benny Jepsen

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Architects: Kristoffer Tejlgaard & Benny Jepsen
Location: , Bornholm,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard & Benny Jepsen

Tower of Love / dRMM

© Alex de Rijke

Architects: de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects
Location: , UK
Landscape Architect: LDA Design
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Alex de Rijke, Chris Astbury

La Luge / YH2 Architecture

© Francis Pelletier

Architects: YH2 Architecture
Location: La Conception, Laurentides, Québec,
Design Team: François Bélanger, Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Francis Pelletier

‘Richard Meier. Building as Art’ Exhibition

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Taking place September 30-March 3 at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in , , the ‘Richard Meier. Building as Art exhibition illustrates Richard Meier’s complex design process using prominent buildings and projects from his entire work history. The main focus will be on his museum buildings, as well as on the residential projects created at the start of his career in the USA. The works on display included in the exhibition explore the concept of an architecturally composed space on the basis of five aspects: site, proportion, light, route and color. The exhibition includes a selection of models, original sketches, renderings and photographs. More information after the break.

BBK Sarriko Centre / ACXT

© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: ACXT
Location: ,
Project Architect: Javier Aja
Architects : Elena Sa Marques, Beatriz Pagoaga
Project Management: Patxi Sánchez
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

Fenn Young Designers Award Competition

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Open to all young creative minds from all parts of the world from the ages of 18-33, the Fenn Young Designers Award competition is seeking creative, innovative proposals that explore the interpretation of Organic” using the following mediums: Architecture, Interior design, Product design, Fashion design, Photography, and Painting. How do you interpret “Organic” if you are designing a building, a piece of furniture, a fabric, a dress, a painting or any other form of art? Submissions are due no later than October 17. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Hanare / Schemata Architects

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Schemata Architects
Location: Isumi-shi, Chiba Prefecture,
Architects: Jo Nagasaka
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 181.96 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Villa 921 / harunatsu-archi

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: harunatsu-archi
Location: , Iriomote-Jima,
Design Team: Shoko Murakaji, Naoto Murakaji
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 73,44 sqm
Statics: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Courtesy of SURE Architecture
Courtesy of SURE Architecture

Mixed-Used Masterplan of YueHaiWanJia Commercial District / SURE Architecture

The mixed-used masterplan of YueHaiWanJia commercial district aims at combining shops, restaurants, leisure, museum, bars, KTV, cinema, hotels and children amusement together in the same place. Designed by SURE Architecture…, they were able to create a new amusement and

One Raffles Place Tower 2 / Tange Associates

© Marc Tey

Architects: Tange Associates
Project Architects: SAA Architects
Location: Singapore
Photographs: Marc Tey

Masrah Al Qasba Theater / Magma Architecture

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Architects: Magma Architecture
Location: ,
Design Team: Martin Ostermann, Lena Kleinheinz, Hendrik Bohle, Philipp Mecke, Anke Noske, Carlos Lara
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Magma Architecture, Torsten Seidel

Chipperfield criticizes the impotence of contemporary practice

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With a world plagued by the current economic crisis, David Chipperfield fears that the architects’ role is shrinking and the professions ability to influence the shape of our cities is diminishing.

Since the inauguration of this year’s Venice Biennale, Chipperfield has been amidst of a few heated debates, most notably debunking the harsh criticism of Coop Himmelb(lau)’s Wolf Prix – who claimed the “hollow” event was “no longer about lively discussion and criticism of topics in contemporary architecture” – by affirming Prix “hadn’t even visited Venice”.

Interestingly, Chipperfield has now initiated a debate, using similar rhetoric as Prix, that calls attention to the dwindling role of the architect and the impotence of contemporary architecture. The catch? He blames politicians.

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House on Krk Island / DVA Arhitekta

© Robert Les

Architects: DVA Arhitekta
Location: Island of ,
Design Team: Tomislav Curkovic, Zoran Zidaric
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Robert Les

150M Weekend House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

© Pirak Anurakawachon

Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1592,41 sqm
Photographs: Pirak Anurakawachon