Blouberg International School / Luis Mira Archi​tects & Plus Arquitectura

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Architects: Luis Mira Architects & Plus Arquitectura (Sergio Aguilar)
Location: Blouberg, Cape Town, South Africa
Project Area: 900 sqm (building) – 2000 sqm (Civil works, entrance & walkways)
Completion: 2011
Contractor: Lovemore and Company
Structural & Civil Engineers: Sutherland Engineers
Electrical Engineers: McAvinchey Electrical Engineers
Photographs: Wieland Gleich, Luis Mira Architects

 

Courtesy of ide@s initiative of Cannon Design

‘(un) Made in China’ Exhibition

Sponsored by Cannon Design, the ‘(un) Made in China’ Exhibition will be taking place April 20 – June 20 at the ide@s gallery in Shanghai, China.Thirty years of unprecedented growth have transformed China’s built environment and given it the reputation…

Fractured House / Studio H:T

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Located in , and designed by Studio H:T, Fractured House creates a spatial experience from the fracture implied by splayed property lines. The resulting volumetric fissure of the building mass organizes the horizontal circulation and creates the space of the stair cavern. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos / RUA

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RUA shared with us their second prize winning proposal in the Ideas Competition for the Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of and . Their proposal is for a light concrete structure that “fly’s” over the dunes allowing for a gradual and controlled re-naturalization of the area between the existing promenade and the waterfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Spira Performing Arts Center / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor – GertWingårdh, Jonas Edblad, Ingrid Gunnarsson
Location: Kulturgatan 3, 553 24 Jönköping,
Design Team: Andreas Henriksson, Peter Öhman, Claes Berglöf, Viktoria Wallin, Josefine Kastberg, Foued Hajjam, Therese Ahlström, Aron Davidsson, Anna Palm, Dan Danielsson, Helena Toresson, Sara Helder, Viktor Alm, Björn Nilsson, Anna Nyborg Lafveskans, Charlotta Rosell, Jennie Stolpe, Daniel Frickeus, Fredrik Gullberg, Pål Ericksson, Ola Frödell, Robert Hendberg, Peter Sierts
Client: Landstingsfastigheter, Jönköping County
Contractor: PEAB
Gross area: ca 15,000 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ulf Celander , Lindman Photography, Gert Wing Ârdh

   

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What Makes it GREEN? – Live Jury Interviews, Winners Announcement, and Reception

Designers in the Northwest and Pacific Region create some of the world’s most sustainable buildings. What Makes it GREEN? (WMIG?) celebrates the region’s achievements and the interdisciplinary teamwork required to meet the 2030 Challenge®. For over a decade, WMIG? has…

Rafmognud Nattura / Marcos Zotes

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New York-based architect and artist Marcos Zotes, together with his multidisciplinary team of collaborators, transformed the largest church in , Hallgrímskirkja Church, into a spectacular and interactive light installation titled “RAFMÖGNUÐ NÁTTÚRA”. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Kindred House / Anagram Architects

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Architects: Anagram Architects
Location:
Design Team: Ayush Prakash, Mugdha Upasani, Late S. Sai Satish, Madhav Raman, Vaibhav Dimri, Tarika Jigar Asrawala
Photographs: Andre Fanthome & Ayush Prakash

Archipelago Cinema / Buro Ole Scheeren + Film on the​ Rocks Yao Noi Foundation

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Architect: Buro Ole Scheeren + Film on the Rocks Yao Noi
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Doug Bruce, Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Foundation, Piyatat Hemmatat, Sixtysix Visual

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Courtesy of Rudy Uytenhaak

Did you really missed the amazing projects we featured last week? No problem… here’s the best. Main image belongs to The Hague Municipal Office, which opened last year. Would you want to work there? Don’t miss Inês Cortesão’s beautiful refurbishment house in . Talking about refurbishment projects, would you have guessed this Cultural Civic Center was a former prison? Check out the Court of Justice of the European Communities, designed by Dominique Perrault in Luxembourg. Do you like our Classics? What about Cordoba House, designed by Emilio Ambasz in 1975.

Beach and Howe Mixed-Use Tower / BIG

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Contributing to the skyline, the 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe mixed-use tower by BIG, Westbank, Dialog, Cobalt, PFS, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson, and local architect James Cheng marks the entry point to downtown, forming a welcoming gateway to the city, while adding another unique structure. BIG’s proposal, named after its location on the corner of Howe & Beach next to the Granville Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver, calls for 600 residential units occupying the 49-story tower, which would become one of the city’s fourth tallest buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Leisure Center / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

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Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Location: Lyon,
Developer: SEM Lyon Confluence
Contractor: Unibail
Photographs: Renaud Chaignet, Renaud Araud

MUSEVI / TEN Arquitectos

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Architect: TEN Arquitectos – Enrique Norten
Location: Villahermosa, Tabasco,
Completio: 2011
Design Team: Enrique Norten, Salvador Arroyo, Marisol Moreno, Carolina Angeles, Joe Tarr, Natalia Lomelí, Marina Muñoz
Structure: Alonso y Asociados.
MEP: AKF México
Lighting: Luz en Arquitectura
Landscape: W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Client: H. Ayuntamiento de Centro
Contractor: Grupo Orhnos
Area: 1,445 sqm
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

Family Creche in Drulingen / Fluor Architecture

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Architects: Fluor Architecture
Location: Strasbourg,
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Fluor Architecture

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New Building for the Nantes’ Conservatory & the Pole of Higher Learning Performing Arts / RAUM + l’Escaut

The proposal for the New Building for the Nantes’ Conservatory & the Pole of Higher Learning Performing Arts by RAUM + l’Escaut… proposes to open the different practices to the city. Dance studios and music classrooms create a perception of

After the Meltdown: Where does Architecture go from here?

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You can get into Architecture for one of two reasons: good architecture or bad.

For Cameron Sinclair, the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, it was the latter. As a kid, Sinclair would wander his rough-and-tumble South London neighborhood, contemplating how it could be improved (and creating elaborate Lego models to that effect). Instead of soaring skyscrapers or grand museums, he was inspired by buildings that “integrated your neighborhood in a way that made people feel like life was worth living.”

But that’s not Architecture. Or so he was told when he went to University.

Architecture Schools have created curriculums based on a profession that, by and large, doesn’t exist. They espouse the principles of architectural design, the history and the theory, and prepare its hopeful alumni to create the next Seagram Building or Guggenheim.

Unfortunately, however, has made perfectly clear that there isn’t much need for Guggenheims – certainly not as many as there are architects. As Scott Timberg described in his Salon piece, “The Architectural Meltdown,” thousands of thousands are leaving the academy only to enter a professional “minefield.”

So what needs to change? Our conception of what Architecture is. We need to accept that Architecture isn’t just designing – but building, creating, doing. We need to train architects who are the agents of their own creative process, who can make their visions come to life, not 50 years down the road, but now. Today.

We’ve been trained to think, to envision and design. The only thing left then, is to do.

More on the public-interest model and the future of Architecture, after the break…

UP House / ES-arch

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Architects: ES-arch – Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
Location: ,
Client: Private
Completion: 2011
Area: 145 sqm
Project Team: Arch. Daniela Riva, Arch. Luca Trussoni
Structural Engineering: Ing. Christian Panzeri
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

2012 Architecture Awards / American Academy of Arts and Letters

St Nicholas Church / Architect

Beginning in 1955, the American Academy of Arts and Letters have awarded architectural accolades to those who made a significant contribution to architecture as an art.  Recently, the organization began giving such awards, formerly called Academy Awards, to honor  American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction or explores architectural ideas through any medium of expression.   This year’s winners include Kathryn Gustafson (Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture), Hilary Ballon (Arts and Letters Award for medium expression), Marlon Blackwell, Elizabeth Gray & Alan Organschi and Michael Maltzan (Arts and Letters Awards for personal direction)a mixture of architectural academics and practitioners, landscape designers and fabricators.

More about the winners after the break.