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Choonwondang Oriental Clinic & Museum / Doojin Hwang Architects

  • Architects: Doojin Hwang Architects
  • Location: Seoul, Korea
  • Design Team: Hajeong Lim, Soohyun Kim, Sun Hur, Euijin Park
  • Area: 1882.52 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park

HomeMade / Bureau de Change Design Office

© Eliot Postma © Eliot Postma © Eliot Postma © Eliot Postma

Le Temps Machine / Moussafir Architectes Associés

  • Architects: Moussafir Architectes Associés
  • Location: Parvis Miles Davis 49 Rue des Martyrs 37300 Joué-lès-Tours, Francia
  • Design Team: Jacques Moussafir with nicolas Hugoo, Alexis duquennoy, narumi Kang, sofie reynaert, Jérôme Hervé and Virginie Prie
  • Area: 1753.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, Jérôme Ricolleau, Benoît Faure, Luc Boegly

© Hervé Abbadie © Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau

Public library Ana María Matute / RSP arquitectos

  • Architects: RSP arquitectos
  • Location: Calle Comuneros de Castilla 30, Carabanchel, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Directors (Design & Construction): Alberto Arias Horas, Ana Maroto de Hoyos, JA Arias Horas
  • Design Team: JA Arias Horas, Ana Maroto de Hoyos, Alberto Arias Horas
  • Collaborators: Rene Cañada González, Inés Idzikowski Pérez, Laura Cuesta Hernández
  • Area: 3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Alfredo Arias

© Alfredo Arias © Alfredo Arias © Alfredo Arias © Alfredo Arias

'Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future' Event

As part of their Cultural Drivers event series, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. will be presenting the ‘Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future’ event from 6:30pm-8:00pm on February 25th.  Cities are increasingly defined by their civic spaces such as museums, theaters, libraries, parks, and cultural districts. Designers, public officials, and non-profit leaders from across the U.S. will share how their cultural facilities and civic spaces are re-energizing neighborhoods, spurring economic development, and responding to the needs of the community. For more information, please visit here.  

Padideh Kish Competition Winning Proposal / Shirdel and Associates Architects

The first prize winning proposal in the competition to design the masterplan of Padideh Kish, a destination resort in Kish Island, Iran, creates a fantastic and exciting place to improve and deepen the experience of a trip and remain in the mind of any visitor. Designed by Shirdel and Associates Architects, their idea of Padideh is a result of juxtaposition, the interaction and development of concepts where each one is dependent on the architectural achievements and architectural history of Iran. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'GROW YOUR CITY' Suburb of the Future Winning Proposal / Elkiær + Ebbeskov Arkitekter

Elkiær + Ebbeskov Arkitekter shared with us their winning proposal, titled ‘GROW YOUR CITY’, in the Suburb of the Future competition. The idea is not to reinvent the suburbs from scratch, but they believe that if one is able to identify their existing strengths and exceptional features, the areas sometimes referred to as “the fringes” may have the potential to become “the cutting edge”. Their design describes a modern area of suburban cultivation – “the Growth Zone” (Vækstzonen) – as a new residential quarter in the town of Nykøbing Falster. Its underlying notion is based on the broad links sweeping from countryside to seaside and on into the close-grained structure of the Danish fields and farmlands. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Regeneration of Part of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) Coastal Zone Competition Entry / Kokkinou - Kourkoulas Architects

Kokkinou – Kourkoulas Architects shared with us their proposal in the competition for the redesign of the existing cereals stock house building facilities (SILO) and its surrounding open space into a Museum for Underwater Antiquities. This also includes the regeneration of part of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) Coastal Zone – transformation into an open public space for outdoor activities. With their main strategy based on preserving the memory and the effective wealth of the industrial past of the port, their goal is the creation of a cultural center at the western edge of the port amongst the wharfs and other industrial infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

9 Houses on the Water /

  • Architects: BLAUW architecten, FARO Architecten
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Carin ter Beek, Roel Lichtenberg
  • Area: 175.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch

Apartment Building in Lootsi Street / HGA (Hayashi-Grossschmidt Arhitektuur)

  • Architects: HGA (Hayashi-Grossschmidt Arhitektuur)
  • Location: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Architects in Charge: Hanno Grossschmidt, Tomomi Hayashi, Pille Heinloo
  • Area: 1701.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Kalle Veesaar, Tomomi Hayashi

© Kalle Veesaar © Tomomi Hayashi © Kalle Veesaar © Tomomi Hayashi

For the Love of Stairs

On this day of love, we bring you a compilation of eye candy capable of meeting or exceeding the specifications of any architect. These seductive staircases demand a double take. From curvaceous to straightforward or no-strings-attached (literally), we’ve got something for everyone. 

They're yours to gaze at after the break. 

Escola da Cidade Last Call for Post Graduation 2013

Courtesy of Escola da Cidade
Courtesy of Escola da Cidade

Escola da Cidade - School of Architecture and Urbanism it's on the final stage for applications for two non degree graduate courses. Since 2009 the college offers specialization courses and the successful results show the consolidation of this proposal.

The program whose main theme is “America Civilization - A Look through Architecture” is structured by the following specializations: 'Housing and City', 'Geography, City and Architecture'. 

Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie to be Complete by 2017

Sitting idol since November 2011, Herzog & de Meuron’s long-running Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany, has left residents wondering when will the music ever begin?

First envisioned back in 2003, the enormous crystalline glass structure stands nearly complete on top a historic warehouse on the edge of the River Elbe. Rising costs, delayed schedules and legal issues with the contractor, has plagued this magnificent concert hall with controversy. However, according a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, contractor Hochtief has initiated a new deal to ensure the completion of the concert hall. 

A revised contract, which is expect to adjust the architect’s fee’s to €94 million (€17 million over the original project cost), has projected Elbphilharmonie will be completed within the next four years. The news is bittersweet, as the architectural community and the residents of Hamburg have been waiting years for this highly anticipated concert hall to be complete, yet they cringe at the news of an overblown €575 million price tag. 

LA Architecture School Boasts Stimulating Post-professional Programs

Two dynamic post-graduate programs offered by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles have been charged with examining core contemporary issues facing architecture today. Spanning topics from advanced manufacturing methodologies and new building systems, to urban planning and design challenges faced globally, these post-professional tracks allow students to rethink architecture and design through the creative lens of the SCI-Arc community. 

The architecture school’s Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media (ESTm) and Future Initiatives (SCIFI) programs are conceived as intensive one-year (three semesters) post-professional degrees in architecture, functioning as think tanks and research engines within the larger framework of the school. 

How Our Cities Keep Us Single (And Why That Has to Change)

In 1969, zoologist Desmond Morris released a book titled The Human Zoo; in it, he argued that human beings, tribal by nature, aren’t wired to live in the big, crowded modern-day cities we find ourselves in:

“Some people call the city a ‘concrete jungle’ — but jungles aren’t like that. Animals in jungles aren’t overcrowded. And overcrowding is the central problem of modern city life. If you want to look for crowded animals, you have to look in the zoo. And then it occurred to me: The city is not a concrete jungle — it’s a human zoo.

Humans in a city are like animals in a zoo. It’s a fascinating claim, one that led me to a rather unusual thought. 

If we take for granted Morris’ claim that the city is essentially a human zoo, and that, as we are all aware, it’s far more difficult for animals to mate in captivity, then - could cities actually limit our capacity for love? As our world becomes more and more urbanized, will it also become more lonely? 

Is there any way to stop it?

Diageo Concept Store / Fourfoursixsix

  • Architects: Fourfoursixsix
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Client: Diageo
  • Budget: $180,000 USD
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Fourfoursixsix

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