SOM’s vision for New York’s Iconic Grand Central Station

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In honor of Station’s upcoming centennial, three architects were asked to present how they would re-imagine the iconic New York terminal at the MAS 2012 Summit earlier this week.

While Foster + Partners’ plan emphasized the need to alleviate the Terminal’s acute overcrowding (“designed to support 75,000 people a day, Grand Central, one of the world’s busiest transport hubs, routinely handles about ten times that much ”), SOM’s contemplates the potential for new zoning laws to increase population density, and thus sees itself as an answer to the future demand for public space.

The plan highlights three solutions: pedestrian corridors to alleviate circulation; additional levels of public space; and, most provocative of all, a circular pedestrian observation deck, which rises/lowers above Grand Central for a 360-degree panorama of the city.

More images and info from SOM, after the break…

CINiBA / HS99

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Architects: HS99
Location: Bankowa, Katowice,
Design Team: Dariusz Herman, Piotr Smierzewski, Wojciech Subalski
Year: 2011
Area: 2,910 sqm
Structural Design: Jan Filipkowski, Joanna Jacoszek, Jerzy Rawski, Mariusz Staszewski
Collaborators: Rafal Sobieraj, Adam Kulesza, Jacek Moczała, Wojciech Słupczyński
Client: Consortium of the University of Silesia and University of Economics in Katowice
Photographs: Jakub Certowicz, Tomasz Zakrzewski

Combatentes Educational Center / Cannatà & Fernandes

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Architects: Cannatà & Fernandes
Location: ,
Authors: Fátima Fernandes & Michele Cannatà
Team: Riccardo Cannatà, Dario Cannatà, Bruno Silva, Marta Lemos, Nuno Castro, Francisco Meireles, João Pedro Martins
Year: 2008
Area: 5,271 sqm
Implantation Area: 2440.97 m2
Exterior Spaces: 3421 m2
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves, Dário Cannatà

Video: the charmer / Jonathan Segal

Breadtruck Films shared with us their seven minute documentary on architect Jonathan Segal‘s ‘the charmer’. The project consists of a 19 unit residential complex in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood and recently won a 2012 project of the year award. By building on the tradition of the courtyard apartments, he shows how architecture can create community and add a little charm to the neighborhood. The outdoor spaces at complex carry just as much importance with Segal as the buildings themselves. He believes that beauty and livability are crucial, and often overlooked, components of environmental design.

 

Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Chartier-Corbasson Architects

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Architects: Chartier-Corbasson Architects
Location: Amiens,
Year: 2012
Area: 1,800 sqm
Photographs: R.Meffre & Y.Marchand

Golden Moon / LEAD

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Architects: LEAD
Location:
Architects: Kristof Crolla, Adam Fingrut
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kevin Ng, Grandy Lui, Pano Kalogeropoulos, Courtesy of , Courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects / © Anthony Palmer
London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects / © Anthony Palmer

Mike Taylor: ‘Track Record’ Lecture

Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union as part of the program put on by the Architectural League, Mike Taylor… of Hopkins Architects will be delivering a lecture on his current work at the

Glen 2961 / SAOTA

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Architects: SAOTA - Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Oranjezicht, ,
Design Team: Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni, Kate Del Fante
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adam Letch

CyD House / V.Oid

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Architects: V.Oid
Location: ,
Architects: Felipe Ferrer, Alonso Toledo
Year: 2012
Area: 450 sqm
Collaborators: Karlos Riojas
Structure: Antonio Blanco
Photographs: Juan Solano

Forest Corridor – Highway Noise Barrier / BREAD Studio

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The ‘Forest Corridor’ proposal has won one of the 2nd prizes (Professional Category) in the Open International Competition for Noise Barrier/Enclosure organized by the Government. Designed by BREAD Studio, the project gives an alternative insight to the noise mitigation structure design in the dense urban environment of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ecole Maternelle La Venelle / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

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Architects: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes
Location: ,
Year: 2008
Area: 3,283 sqm
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Thalia Theatre / Gonçalo Byrne Architects & Barbas Lopes Architects

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Architects: Gonçalo Byrne Architects & Barbas Lopes Architects
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Architects: Gonçalo Byrne, Patrícia Barbas, Diogo Seixas Lopes
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: DMF

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WORKac to design new Assembly Hall in Central Africa

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WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) has won an international competition to design new Assembly Hall in – the capital city of Gabon – for the 2014 Summit of the African Union. The City firm impressed the jury with their proposal L’Assemblée Radieuse, which offers a self-shading, circular structure that maximizes active and passive design while incorporating the vibrant ecology of the Gabonese Republic.

The new landmark is scheduled to break ground in February 2013 and will be completed in June 2014. Continue reading for the architects’ description.

Trondheim Student Housing / MEK Architects

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Architects: MEK Architects + Link-Signatur (associated office)
Location: Trondheim,
Design Team: Clara Murado, Juan Elvira and Enrique Krahe
Detailing: MEK +
Building Site: MEK + Link-Signatur
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mathias Herzog, Miguel De Guzman

The Offset / Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

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Architects: Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build
Location: , Ontario,
Year: 2012
Area: 2,000 sqft
Structural Design: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Photographs: Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS

SCI-Arc’s Gehry Prize awarded to ‘Phantom Geometry’

SCI-Arc Masters of Architecture graduates Liz and have been awarded the inaugural Gehry Prize for developing an interruptible 3D printing method, dubbed Phantom Geometry, that allows designers to make alterations to the design while it is being printed. The Phantom Geometry method is a convenient alternative to the conventional, static 3D printing systems available today. The system’s main components includes a UV light projector, a special photo-sensitive resin, and controlled robotic arms from SCI-Arc’s Robot House.

In their own words, the authors’ describe:

New offices of the Botín Foundation / MVN Arquitectos

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Architects: MVN Arquitectos
Location: ,
Architects: Diego Varela de Ugarte and Emilio Medina Garcia, MVN architects
Project Manager: Santander Global Facilities
Technical Architect: Maria Lamela Martin
Year: 2012
Area: 1,541.95 sqm
Collaborators: Alfonso García del Rey, Laura Sánchez, María Pascual and Alicia Castilla, architects
Interior Design Consultant: Juan Luis Líbano
Landscape Designer: Luis Vallejo Estudio de Paisajismo
Structural And Service Engineers: Ingenor
Contracto: Ferrovial
Photographs: Alfonso Quiroga

Stephen Sondheim Theater / COOKFOX

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Architects: COOKFOX
Client:  Bank of America at One Bryant Park, LLP, a joint venture between The Durst Organization and Bank of America
Location: , NY
Completion:  2009
Size: 50,000 SF