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Indiana University Health / Cannon Design

© James Steinkamp
© James Steinkamp

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Perathoner / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

  • Architects: Bergmeister Wolf Architekten
  • Location: Pontives, Italy
  • Architects in Charge: Gerd Bergmeister, Michaela Wolf
  • Collaborator Architects: Roland Decarli, Peter Reichhalter, Ana Soares, Marina Gousia
  • Client: Ulrich perathoner kg-sas
  • Area: 2708.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett, Ulrich Egger

Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett

Re-Think Athens Competition Entry / Harry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects + Georges Batzios + Martha Schwartz Partners

Designed by the collaborative team composed of Harry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects, Georges Batzios, and Martha Schwartz Partners, their proposal for the Re-Think Athens competition, which was named as the 2nd runner up, is an urban landscape element which will characterize the entire center of Athens. Titled 'Belvederes of Athens ', their design concept creates a high velocity urban corridor void of anchors or rest by structuring the street space into a series of terraces, expressive belvederes define individual urban spaces along this perpetual slope. More images and architects' description after the break.

AD Classics: White U / Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito was commissioned for this building by his older sister after her husband sadly lost his battle with cancer in the 1970s. Having lived for a number of years in a high-rise apartment, she and her two young daughters wished to move to a site which had more connection to the ground; as luck would have it, the site next to Ito's own house was being sold at the time.

SUPSI Campus Project / Kengo Kuma

© Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma has paired up with Studio d`Architettura Martino Pedrozzi to develop a two-phase addition to La Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI), an institute of higher-education in applied science located in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. The proposal intends to overcome an existing urban barrier of an expansive railway system to link the university to the city of Mendrisio, utilizing a "skywalk" as well as a large underpass. Because accessibility and movement are at the core of the building's design, the new addition is a fusion of infrastructure as well as artificial landscape.

More on the SUPSI after the break.

Foster + Partners Approved for Mixed-Use Development on London’s Albert Embankment

© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have received the green light from the Lambeth Council for three mixed use towers on the 20-21 Albert Embankment in London. Ranging from 15 to 27 stories, the curved steel and glass structures will provide the area with 253 apartments, including affordable homes for senior living, along with offices, restaurants and a residents’ bar, gym, pool and spa.

Grant Brooker, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners: “We are absolutely delighted that 20-21 Albert Embankment has received planning permission – working alongside our clients at St. James and with great support from Lambeth and the GLA, we hope to transform this important and highly visible site into a vibrant riverside community that sets a benchmark for the regeneration of this part of the river.”

More after the break...

Nach Hause Kommen Winning Proposal / Studio BANG

Studio BANG shared with us their winning proposal for the IBA Basel competition to design a settlement for commuters in Rheinweiler, Germany. With a strong focus on the last part of the commuters daily way back home, this new settlement is composed of 3 different row-housing units with 28 of them forming a structure that is slightly denser than the surrounding single-family house units. Thus, lower building costs and a closer community is enabled. More images and architects' description after the break.

Medical Library Oasis / HPP Architets + Volker Weuthen

© Ralph Richter
© Ralph Richter
  • Architects: HPP Architets
  • Location: Universitätsstraße 1, University of Düsseldorf, 40225 Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Design Team: Myriam Hamdi, Stephan Heimann, Bärbel Walger, Wolfgang Miazgowski, Anja Biechele
  • Area: 19950.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ralph Richter, Jens Kirchner

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Brooklyn Studio / David Berridge Architect

© Adam Friedberg
© Adam Friedberg
  • Architects: David Berridge Architect
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Architect in Charge: David Berridge Architect
  • Area: 5500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Adam Friedberg, David Berridge

© Adam Friedberg © Adam Friedberg © Adam Friedberg © Adam Friedberg

Claremont University Consortium Administrative Campus / LTL Architects

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran
  • Architects: LTL Architects
  • Location: 101 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711, USA
  • Project Team: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David Lewis; John Morrison, Project Manager; Hye-Young Chung, Matthew Clarke, Perla Dís Kristinsdóttir; Michael Tyre, Aaron Forrest, Deric Mizokami, Kevin Hayes and Tina Hunderup
  • Architect of record: Grant / Takacs Architecture
  • Area: 42000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Michael Moran

© Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran

Refurbishment of the Old Benalúa Station and Insertion of Casa Mediterraneo Headquarters / Manuel Ocaña del Valle

  • Architects: Manuel Ocaña del Valle
  • Location: Benalúa, Alicante
  • Architect in Charge: Manuel Ocaña del Valle
  • Collaborators: Miguel Molins Jiménez, Karolina Kurzak, Adriana Cepeda, Paloma Montoro, María Ortiz-Muyo, BeDV Arquitectos, Yolanda Herranz
  • Area: 3100.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos

Where Did All the Patrons Go?

At the close of the 19th century, the funding of architecture was enriched by a new paradigm: that of the wealthy patron and philanthropist, who financed buildings through a sense of moral and social duty. This resulted in a number of grand public buildings, spanning cultural, educational and political institutions: the Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Music Hall, a huge number of Carnegie Libraries and even the UN Headquarters would not have been possible without the generosity of these men.

Where are gifts like these today? Are there modern versions of people like Carnegie and Rockefeller? In the 21st century, an age of encroaching corporatism and “the one percent”, it might be easy to believe that this form of construction funding is dead. This interpretation, however, does not reflect the reality at all. In fact, the recent history of the 'wealthy patron of architecture' is more interesting than you might think, and is rooted in the lessons learned from the pioneers of the past century.

Discover more about the fate of the architecture patron after the break.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care Proposal / SmithGroupJJR

Currently being constructed adjacent to Advocate Illinois Masonic’s existing hospital, the SmithGroupJJR designed Center for Advanced Care is the first of a planned two-phase building program that will add 156,000-square feet dedicated to cancer care, digestive health, and ambulatory surgery services. With completion expected for early 2015, the architects are striving for a building that is a response to the needs of their community. Not only does this building reflect the personality of their organization, but it will give them a platform to transform how they deliver care to their patients. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kinderhouse Arche Noah / Liebel Architekten BDA

© Michael Schnell
© Michael Schnell
  • Architects: Liebel Architekten BDA
  • Location: Kocherstraße 70, 73460 Hüttlingen, Germany
  • Team: Bernd Liebel, Steffen Kainzbauer, Frank Weinschenk, Karin Dischinger-Hänle
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Michael Schnell

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Modern Family Home / Dennis Gibbens Architects

© Ryan Childers
© Ryan Childers
  • Architects: Dennis Gibbens Architects
  • Location: Venice, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Dennis Gibbens Architects
  • Senior Project Architect: Oren Dothan
  • Project Architect: Ryan Turner
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ryan Childers

© Ryan Childers © Ryan Childers © Ryan Childers © Ryan Childers

Infographic: The History of the Pritzker Prize (1979-2013)

MAS Context #17: Boundary

MAS Context #17 Boundary
MAS Context #17 Boundary

The new issue of MAS Context, a quarterly publication released by MAS Studio, explores the actual and perceived divisions of space.  MAS Context #17: Boundary contains varying in discussions of urban development, forced and naturally occurring segregation, the politics of such separations and ultimately, breaking the boundaries that frame our engagement.  Of particular interest in this issue is the philosophical divisions between designers and non-designers and the specialized world that architecture school and the architectural profession construct to define themselves. Through a series of essays, projects, personal accounts and photographs, MAS Context crafts an argument around the boundaries exist in our built and un-built environment - and ways in which we choose to transgress them.

More after the break.