An International Ideas Competition for the National Museum of Afghanistan

The Ministry of Information and Culture of the Islamic Republic of , in collaboration and sponsorship with the Government of the of America and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, has announced an International Architectural Ideas Competition for a new National Museum of Afghanistan (IAIC_NMA) in Kabul. The one stage ideas competition seeks to generate new and creative design proposals for the museum. Applicants may be invited to provide full design serves, or may be asked to partner with other design firms to produce the documents for the planning phase. This is seen as a great opportunity between the international and local design communities to collaborate and envision a museum that represents Afghanistan in the 21st. The top three winning proposals will win a cash prize up to 50,000 US$. Continue reading for more details.

7th International Strawberry Symposium / DADA Architectural Design + Planning

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Architect: DADA Architectural Design + Planning
Location: Changping District, Beijing,
Design Architect: DADA- Principal: Wu Hua; Design Partner: Zhao Zhao
Project Managers: Duan Gong, Li Gang, Project Architect: Jonathan Kan
Parametric Design: Zhou Difeng
Design Team: Jessica Strandell, Yao Cong
Architect of Record: ZJHJ
Completion:
Budget: 300M CNY ( US$47.6M )
Built Area: 50,000 sqm
Site Area: 28,760 m
Photographs: Courtesy of DADA Architectural Design + Planning

   

Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings on Exhibit in NYC

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Lebbeus Woods is well known for his conceptual drawings that bring new worlds and spaces into the eyes of their viewers.  In four decades, Woods has shared his imagined worlds, expressing ideas about spaces, inhabitation and technology, and outlined alternate futures.  Through April 6th, Friedman Benda Gallery will be exhibiting Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings from the 1980s, many of which have never been displayed before. The gallery is located 515 West 26th Street in . A preview of the exhibit after the break!

Yomogino Ryokan Hot Spa / Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture

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Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture
Location: , Japan
Client: Tios Group
Contractor: Oba Corporation
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ryuichi Sasaki, Ryota Atarashi

Starry Night Dining / Panorama International Limited

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Architects: Panorama International Limited
Location: WuXi,
Area: 700 sqm
Completion Date: Jan 2012
Client: Star Food Service (Suzhou) Inc.
Design Team: Horace Pan, Alan Tse, Ardy Tsoi
Photographs: Ng Siu Fung

The CCA presents the ‘Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture’ Book and Online TV Channel

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (), Montréal, announces the launch of the book and website related to its current major , Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, on view in the CCA’s main galleries for an extended run until 15 April, 2012.

Produced by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Lars Müller Publishers, the book, in French and English editions, bears the same title as the exhibition and is available from March 2012. Edited by exhibition curators Giovanna Borasi (Curator of Contemporary Architecture, CCA), and Mirko Zardini (Chief Curator and Director, CCA), the book extends the research produced for the exhibition and includes essays by leading academics Margaret Campbell, Nan Ellin, David Gissen, Carla C. Keirns, Linda Pollak, Hilary Sample, Sarah Schrank, and Deane Simpson.

The book investigates the historical connections between health, design and the environment, bringing to light uncertainties and contradictions in cultures informed by Western medicine. Within this framework, the essays it contains reflect on themes related to the exhibition such as the relationship between the built environment and human health; pollution; modernism and hygiene; planning strategies for dealing with urban disease; the challenges of the urban environment on health; the relationship between physical health and the built environment; urban design in an ageing society; and the impact of sun on health.

More about the book, the microsite and the exhibition after the break.

UNStudio to move forward with 257 City Road

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European real estate investment firm, Orion Capital Managers, teamed with development company, Groveworld, and received permission to move forward with a 30-storey tower for 257 City Road Basin in London.  Designed by UNStudio, the tower will become a new landmark residential development with waterside vistas. Aref Lahham of Orion Capital explained, “The Canal Basin is being transformed into one of London’s most stylish waterside residential quarters…With such an exciting design, 257 City Road will be a highlight of this regeneration effort and a landmark for the area.”

More after the tower after the break.

Youth Center In Niafourang / Project Niafourang

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Architects: Project Niafourang
Location: Niafourang,
Project Team Professors: Hans Skotte & TYIN Tegnestue
Project Team Students: Tore Hanssen Grimstad, Andreas Brunvoll, Assad Ansar
Client: Friends of Niafourang
Budget: 100,000 NOK (Approx. 17,200 USD)
Project year: October – December 2011
Sponsors: Lund+Slaatto Architects
Photographs: Project Niafourang

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LINK Solar Power Skyscraper / LED Architecture Studio

Representing the future development of Venice, the LINK Solar Power Skyscraper aims to provide the geographic area of the laguna of Venice with a new landmark: a link between architecture and urbanism, between the ancient city of Venice and the…

Single Family House In Jozefow / ZAG Architekci

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Architects: ZAG Architekci
Location: Jozefow,
Completion: 2011
Useable Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ZAG Architekci

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CEDEI Nursery School / +K Arquitetos

The CEDEI Nursery School, designed by +K Arquitetos…, was conceived with urban dwelling in mind, and with a facade that resembles the manufacturing plants of the neighborhood where it is located. The separate buildings and spaces, each with its

Pool At Fragrant Hill / Zephyr Architects

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Architects: Zephyr Architects
Location: Beijing,
Client: Private
Project Area: 123 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Project Team: Zhao Zhonggui, Yang Ching-Chyi, Xu Xiaoye
Landscape Architect: Fang Musheng
Photographs: Shu He

Downtown Houston Central Station Design Competition Shortlist

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Downtown Houston has exploded over the past few years with development targeted specifically toward attracting citizens into its downtown center beyond work hours.  Some of these efforts have been a huge success; others have yet to justify themselves.  But none so far have reached the architectural caliber that Houston’s latest has.  The current light rail system in Houston is looking to expand rapidly in the near future to keep up with growing downtown attractions, most notably of which being the new and much anticipated Houston Dynamo Stadium by Populous.

The original scheme called for two new separate stations on Main Street – one at the 600 block, and one at the 800 block.  The resolution was then made to create a larger, combined light rail hub in between the two at the 700 block of Main Street, and hold a competition led by Dean Patricia Oliver of the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Dean Sarah Whiting of the Rice University School of Architecture.  A short list was created composed of internationally renowned architecture firms, and the competition winner is to be announced in the upcoming weeks.  More to come once the finalist is announced.

    

Multipurpose Building / GSMM Architetti

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Architects: GSMM Architetti – G. Santagostino, M. Margarido
Location: Dueville, , Italy
Client: Comune di Dueville
Total Area: 1,390 sqm
Cost: 1,315,000 Euro
Design Team: Olga Chiaramonte
Structural Engineering: GAP Progetti
Technical Equipment: Brescia Progetti
Photographs: Michele Gusmeri

Level Apartment / OFIS Arhitekti

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Architects: OFIS Arhitekti
Location: Ljubljana,
Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, William Gibson, Estefania Lopez Tornay, Nika Zufic
Client: Private
Renovation Area: 115 sqm
Photographers: Tomaz Gregoric, Jan Celeda

Orchestra Of St. Lukes / H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

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Architect: H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Location: New York,
Completion: March 2011
Size: 15,000 square feet
Cost: $10,000,000
Client: Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York, New York
Photographer: Francis Dzikowski – ESTO

 

Photovoltaic Factory and Offices / Quadrante Arquitectura

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Architecture: Quadrante Arquitectura – João Rainha Castro
Location: , Portugal
Collaborators: João Rainha Castro
Promoter / Client: Acciona Solar
Project Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2007
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

James Corner Field Operations Team Wins Navy Pier Competition

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Today, the Chicago Tribune has reported James Corner Field Operations Team has been selected to redesign the 3,000 foot-long landmark, Navy Pier. Blair Kamin stated that the pier’s governing board approved the recommendation from the pier’s strategic planning committee to hire the JFCO team as they favored the team’s practical, yet still creative approach over the other, somewhat grandiose, schemes. It has been a big week for JCFO, as James Corner and Rich Scofidio’s latest ideas for the third section of the High Line were released on Tuesday. Continue reading for more information on the latest news regarding the winners of the international Navy Pier redesign competition.