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DMB House / act_romegialli

  • Architects: act_romegialli
  • Location: Montagna Province of Sondrio, Italy
  • Design Team: Gianmatteo Romegialli, Angela Maria Romegialli, Erika Gaggia
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Filippo Simonetti, Courtesy of act_romegialli

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House N / Bembé Dellinger Architekten

© James Silverman © James Silverman © James Silverman © James Silverman

New Vision for Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1 Forecourt / Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects recently announced their completion for a detailed masterplanning study for Fraport, which provides a new vision for the existing forecourt area at Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1. Using creative design solutions, the masterplan embraces the challenges presented at the site by bringing light, greenery, and fresh air into the heart of the airport. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Never Built: Los Angeles

Six Teams Shortlisted for Museum and Educational Center in Moscow

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A shortlist of six international teams has been chosen to advance to the second stage of the architectural competition for the Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The competition’s objective is to create a Museum and Educational Center that will compliment the historic Moscow Polytechnic Museum – one of the largest and oldest technical museums in the world – on the new territory of the Moscow State University (MSU). The new center is envisaged as a meeting point for the Russian and international scientific community. It will demonstrate the most recent scientific and technological discoveries using state-of-the-art multimedia technologies, for accommodating multiple displays and exhibitions as well as for conducing scientific educational programs for over 1.3 million annual visitors. The shortlisted design teams are:

Is the American Dream Shifting Towards Density, In-fill Housing and Accessibility to Amenities?

Ipera / Atlas Architecture Consulting © Gürkan Akay
Ipera / Atlas Architecture Consulting © Gürkan Akay

A recent survey into the billing activity of architecture firms across the country has revealed a growing trend in homeowners’ preferences. The AIA Home Trends Survey released a series of charts, marking the rise between 2011 and 2012 of preferences for low maintenance, and energy efficiency home options with a rise in a desire for homes that have a proximity to neighborhood amenities. What this means is that home buyers are moving away from the auto-centric lifestyle of mid century suburbs and are coincidentally opting for the more sustainable choice where walking and public transportation may take preference. AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA, notes that in many areas, there has been a rise in interest in urban infill locations over exurbs, and a general push within communities for public accessibility and proximity to work places, retail options and open space. What is behind this trend? Is the influence of sustainable design breaking into the mainstream of the American home-buying conscience? Is sustainability changing the “American Dream”?

Lego Housing Units on the Street / Jaye Moon

In an effort to alleviate some of the stress and frustration associated with New York’s continued housing crisis, Jaye Moon, a Brooklyn-based street artist, decided to leave new buildings made of Legos cradled in the limbs of trees, or wrapped around their trunks. Carefully designed, the blocked geometry of her architectural construction is considered to allow for the expansion of tree limbs and to avoid damage. Catching the eye of local New Yorkers and captivating anyone who may pass by her creations, Moon says she chose Legos as a medium because they are ready-made objects that mimic industrial, mechanical uses and because they summon a certain childlike innocence and sense of play. More images and information after the break.

2012 IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America Awards

The IIDA recently released the photos on the winning projects for their 2012 Best Interiors of Latin America Competition. The competition was created to recognize, honor and celebrate outstanding Interior Design/Architecture projects that represent the highest level of creativity, originality and design excellence in the following countries: Argentina, Aruba, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. The design project(s) must have been completed between January 1, 2010 and June 31, 2012. A complete gallery of the winning projects can be viewed after the break.

Hanking Nanyou Newtown Urban Planning Design Proposal / Jaeger and Partner Architects

Jaeger and Partner Architects shared with us their Hanking Nanyou Newtown Urban Design proposal for the renovation of a parcel of Nanyou in Nanshan District, Shenzhen. Their concept focuses on creating a ‘multi-functional ring’ which combines the planning theories of the compact city, green city, and digital city. Acting as a unifying element, the multi-functional ring at the site’s core is a prominent feature of the design, providing the best site accessibility solution to an otherwise difficult to manage site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Forest Road Youth Centre / Matthew Lloyd Architects

  • Architects: Matthew Lloyd Architects
  • Location: London, UK
  • Project Architect: Alex Sherratt
  • Project Manager: Regen First
  • Structural Engineers: Akera Engineers
  • Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon
  • M&E Engineers: Mendick Waring
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mikael Schilling

© Mikael Schilling © Mikael Schilling © Mikael Schilling © Mikael Schilling

Al Punto Restaurant / Estudio Mariano Martin

© Ángel Baltanás
© Ángel Baltanás
  • Architects: Estudio Mariano Martin
  • Location: Avda. Machupichu, 85 (Parque del Conde de Orgaz) Madrid, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Isabel Martínez
  • Area: 340 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ángel Baltanás

© Ángel Baltanás © Ángel Baltanás © Ángel Baltanás © Ángel Baltanás

Iron Gallery / Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio

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Novo Nordisk Corporate Centre / Henning Larsen Architects

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Casa La Punta / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

  • Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos
  • Location: Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Architects In Charge: Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
  • Area: 795.0 m2
  • Proyect Year: 2012
  • Photography: Marcos García

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García

Marianne McKenna Invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada

Marianne Mckenna, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, OC, founding partner of KPMB Architects © Ann Marsden (CNW Group / KPMB Architects)
Marianne Mckenna, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, OC, founding partner of KPMB Architects © Ann Marsden (CNW Group / KPMB Architects)

The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, has bestowed Officer of the Order of Canada – one of Canada’s highest honors – to Toronto architect Marianne McKenna of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects. Similar to the Order of the British Empire in Britain and the Kennedy Center Honors for artists in the United States, the award recognizes Canadians for a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Office of the Secretary to the Governor General stated:

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas to design Cultural Center in Chengdu

© Studio Fuksas
© Studio Fuksas

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas has been announced as winner of an international competition to design and construct the first cultural center in Chengdu, China. In their winning proposal, Fuksas combined four, elliptical shaped buildings with a spiral structure to create an inclusive artist complex that offers a center for the performing arts, a cultural center, offices Writer and Literary Association, and an apartment building for artists. Learn more about the Chengdu Tianfu Cultural and Performance Center after the break.