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MONU Magazine New Issue: Next Urbanism

MONU… – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.
This new issue of MONU is dedicated entirely to the topic of “Next

Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center / Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen Architects

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Architects: Boora Architects + Rhotenberry Wellen Architects
Location: Midland, Texas, United States
Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore & Associates
Mep Engineer: Shah Smith & Associates
Civil Engineer: Landgraf, Crutcher, and Associates
Landscape Architect: KDC Associates
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Residence in Karuizawa / K+S Architects

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: K+S Architects
Location: Karuizawa,
Architects in charge: Aya Sato, Nobuya Kashima
Structure Engineer: Takumi Shinpo / SHI
Construction Builder: Niitsu-Gumi
Site Area: 841 sqm
Total Floor Area: 209.47 sqm
Area: 174.15 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Mayor Emanuel supports Prentice Hospital Demolition

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Despite strong opposition from preservationists and architects world-wide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced his decision to support the demolition of ’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. In a op-ed piece released by the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel supported his stance by arguing that Northwestern’s new biomedical research facility would “bring 2,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment” to Chicago. Emanuel believes Goldberg’s “vision is alive in Chicago beyond one building” and allowing Northwestern to build the new medical center is crucial in keeping Chicago at the forefront of scientific innovation.

Emanuel stated, “Chicago’s architectural legacy is part of a larger story of a city that has been a trailblazer from the beginning and remains on the forefront of design and dance, medicine and manufacturing. To honor that legacy and build on it for the next generation of Chicagoans, we cannot simply preserve the past: we must promote opportunity for the future.”

In return, Northwestern has committed to “include a Chicago architect in its design process, adhere to the city’s minority hiring requirements, preserve other historic buildings and ensure public safety around the new building.”

via Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times

National Conservatory / AAU ANASTAS

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Architects: AAU ANASTAS
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Elias Anastas
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mikaela Burstow, Simon Bauchet

AD Round Up: Classics Part VI

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Five amazing AD Architecture Classics for today’s Round Up. The main image belongs, as you probably know, to Le Corbusier’s most unusual project of his career, Ronchamp. Check out one of ’s icon, Marina Bay by or the great Milam Residence designed by Paul Rudolph. Don’t miss Walter Gropius masterpiece, the Bauhaus at Dessau. Finally, revisit an excellent example of postmodern architecture, St. Coletta School by Michael Graves.

No Name Shop / Ali Dehghani, Ali Soltani & Atefeh Karbasi

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Architects: , Ali Soltani, Atefeh Karbasi
Location: Najafabad,
Area: 794 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Farshid Nasrabadi

BIG and Diller Scofidio Renfro shortlisted for Barangaroo Central

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The of Sydney’s an inner-city waterfront precinct of Barangaroo is making progress, as the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) has announced the five teams shortlisted for the master planning services for Barangaroo Central. The project will complete the long term vision for Barangaroo, which was masterplanned by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, by forming the “heart of the site” that will be the transition along the waterfront walk from the southern urban and commercial spaces to the natural form six hectare of the Headland Park.

The full shortlist includes:

Crabill / Tonic Design

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Architects: Tonic Design
Location: , North Carolina, USA
Designers: Vinny Petrarca,
Clients: John and Stacy Crabill
Builder: Tonic Construction
Structural Engineer: Richard Kaydos-Daniels
Year: 2011
Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson

Finalists announced for Japan’s New National Stadium

Zaha Hadid Architects Entry No.17 – Courtesy of Sport Council

and the Japan Sport Council (JSC) have announced the eleven finalists who will compete in the final round of the international competition for the New National Stadium Japan. With the reconstruction, the National Stadium hopes to attract world-class events with the world’s largest spectator capacity and the world’s finest hospitality. The new stadium is already committed to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup and is slated for competition in 2018.

Tadao Ando describes: “Our wish is to see a stadium designed by someone who shares this earth, with wisdom and technology that looks to the future of out planet.”

The finalists after the break…

Will Sandy Finally Convince New York to Re-Design Its Waterfront?

On Avenue C and 14th. Instagram User megetz: “The water came up to my knees when I joined my neighbors on the front stoop.”

Maybe Sandy, the colossal hurricane that has barreled across the East Coast this week, will finally get the message across:  ”We are all from New Orleans Now.”

Thanks to climate change, America’s coastal cities, and particularly , have become increasingly vulnerable to nature’s wrath. Over two years ago, MOMA asked five architects to come up with a redesign of lower Manhattan that would prevent damage in the event of major flooding. Barry Bergdoll, the Curator of the “” exhibit, put it to the architects this way: “Your mission is to come up with images that are so compelling they can’t be forgotten and so realistic that they can’t be dismissed.”

Unfortunately, they were. As the many images from traditional news sources and social media users reveal, Sandy’s damage has been extensive – and perhaps, in many ways, preventable.

It often takes tragedy to instigate change. Let’s hope that Sandy will finally get the conversation of New York’s vulnerable urban landscape on to the table.

More images of Sandy’s damage, as well as plans from MOMA’s “Rising Currents” Exhibit, after the break…

JPGN House / Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

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Architects: Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira
Location: Brasília,
Architect In Charge: Danilo Matoso Macedo
Collaborators: Angela Nemer, Simone Fonseca, Viviane Berlim
Structure: Marcello Usai
Lot Area: 800 sqm
Area: 355 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Joana França

ARBRE / ETB Studio

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ETB Studio shared with us their new project in , . The intervention tries to create an auxiliary building to the existent school building, and generate new urban dynamics for the neighbourhood, and offer to a public space capable of improving the life conditions of the residents.

More images after the break.

Films & Architecture: “Click”

Films & Architecture: “Click”

This week we propose a much lighter film but that still linked with our profession since it shows most of the domestic issues of an architect’s life. Deadlines, unexpected changes of schedule, and overnight work become a routine on the main character’s…

Tower B1 / Valle Architetti

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Architects: Valle Architetti
Location: Roma,
Architect In Charge:Piero Valle, Ugo Tranquillini, Stefano Bindi.
Design Team: Servizio Ingegneria Lamaro Appalti Spa Unipersonale, arch. Rossella Capri
Structures: SBG & Partners: biggiguerrini ingegneria Spa, ing. Massimo Guerrini, ing. Luciano Gioacchini.
Mechanical Systems: ENETEC Srl – Ingegneria Energetica e Realizzazione Impianti Roma, ing. Renato Tito, arch. Giorgio Landolfi.
Client: Porta di Roma Srl.
Building Contractor: ELLEPI S.C.A.R.L., Roma
Year: 2011
Photographs: Giuseppe Dall’Arche

Joe Fresh New York flagship / Burdifilek

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Architects: Burdifilek
Location: New York,
Project Team: Diego Burdi, Paul Filek, Jeremy Mendonca, Jacky Kwong, Daniel Mei, Edwim Reyes, Anna Nomerovsky, Anthony Tey, Daniela Cerchie, Tom Yip; Callison Architecture, Inc.: David Curtis
Design Team: Joe Fresh Design Studio
Area: 17,783 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ben Rahn A-Frame

‘Silver Streak’ Architecture At Zero 2012 Competition Winning Proposal / Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates

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Loisos + Ubbelohde just received the highest award at the 2012 Architecture at Zero competition for their proposal, ‘Silver Streak’. The contest, sponsored by PG&E and AIA San Francisco, was conceived as a response to the lofty zero net energy targets set out by the Public Utility Commission. As the recipient of one of two honor awards, their design for the University of , Merced campus features an administration building that acts as both a threshold to campus and an energy field in the large plane of the agricultural valley. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Fontys Sports College / Mecanoo

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Architects: Mecanoo
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 16,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Mecanoo