Acadia Parish Conference Center / Trahan Architects

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Located to the north-east of , a small town in Louisiana known to be the “Rice Capital of America”, the Acadia Parish Conference Center by Trahan Architects will mediate the threshold between the urban development to the west and the agricultural fields to the east. Envisioned as an extension of the landscape, the center creates a harmonic balance between the two environments, expressing the importance of local agricultural.

Continue after the break for more on the Acadia Parish Conference Center.

YI Building / Oh Jong Sang

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Architects:
Location: 108-6 Bang i-Dong, Songpa-gu, , South Korea
Client: Yoosukja
Site Area: 361 sqm
Total Floor Area: 1,132 sqm
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

AIA Selects the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building / Salmela Architect © Paul Crosby

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) its Committee on the Environment () have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions. Now in its 16th year, the Top Ten Green Projects program is one of the profession’s best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence.

The highlighted projects are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They have made a positive contribution to their communities, improved comfort for building occupants and reduced environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

All the projects will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, next month in Washington, D.C. Continue after the break to review the top ten green projects.

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Green Architecture Competition Proposal / Lijbers Architect

With the aim of the Green Architecture competition to stimulate and collect innovative proposals on how architecture, urban design & planning, and landscape architecture could contribute to maintain and improve our biodiversity, Lijbers Architect… looked at the decline of natural

“Lost” Le Corbusier Building Sparks Preservation Movement in Iraq

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In Upstate , residents are clamoring to raze down their Government Center, Paul Rudolph’s classic 1970 example of brutalist design. Ostensibly, this is due to flood-damage. But it can’t hurt that, as one resident was quoted in The New York Times as saying, it’s “a big ugly building.”

In Minnesota, city officials would rather tear down M. Paul Fiedberg’s Peavey Plaza, a “Modernist gem” completed in ’73, than spend the time, money, and effort to revitalize it.

In Baghdad, on the other hand, a gymnasium completed in 1982, suffering the signs of decades of violence, poverty, and ill-executed renovation, has sparked a small preservation movement, reawakening a country to its neglected cultural heritage.

The architect behind this Iraqi endeavor? None other than Le Corbusier himself.

Read More on the “forgotten” Le corbusier in Baghdad, after the break…

Atriumtower Hiphouse Zwolle / Atelier Kempe Thill

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Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
Address: ,
Client: Woningstichting SWZ
Building Size: 6,399sqm
Total building budget: € 5,450,000 (excl. VAT)
Design Team: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Cornelia Sailer With David van Eck, Peter Graf, Anja Müller, Takashi Nakamura
Urban Planner: De Zwarte Hond, Rotterdam, partner-in-charge Jeroen de Willigen
Supervisor: Jeroen de Willigen en Matthias Rottmann
Photographs: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz 

  

NaCl House / David Jameson Architect

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Architects: David Jameson Architect Inc. – Ron Southwick
Location: Bethesda, Maryland,
Area: 450 sqm
Site Area: 0.52 acres
Completion: November, 2011
Photographs: Paul Warchol

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‘HOME’ International Open Design Competition

With the support of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA, Building Trust International seeks to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries though their ‘HOME’ competition. The growing rate in single…

Skinspace / AND

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Architects: AND
Location: Seohoori, Seojongmyun, Yangpyeonggun, ,
Construction Area: 112.62 sqm
Gross Area: 130.60 sqm
Structure: RC
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Kim Yong Gwan

2012 Architectural League Prize Winners Announced

TSUTSUI - "Inbetween House," Koji Tsutsui, Koji Tsutsui & Associates

The Architectural League just announced the winners of No Precedent, the thirty-first annual Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers (formerly known as the Young Architects Forum). The League Prize is one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects. The program exemplifies the League’s longstanding commitment to identifying nurturing the development of talented young architects designers. This year’s winners are: Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Rio, Emmanuel Ramirez, and Diego Ricalde, MMX Studio, Mexico City; Jimenez Lai, Bureau Spectacular, Chicago; Sean Lally, WEATHERS / Sean Lally, Chicago; Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim, STPMJ, Brooklyn; Michael Szivos, SOFTlab, ; and Koji Tsutsui, Koji Tsutsui & Associates, San Francisco and Tokyo. More information on the awards, including exhibition and lectures, after the break.

MAAVC / Camilo Rebelo + Tiago Pimentel

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Architects: Camilo Rebelo +
Location: Vila Nova de Foz Côa,
Gross Floor Area: 8,121.31 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Claudio Reis

  

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19th Annual Canstruction® Raises Hunger Awareness with Food Drive Exhibit

At this year’s 19th annual Canstruction: Exhibition, a Food Drive and Design Contest at the World Financial Center in New York City, 26 design and architecture firms have built gigantic, gravity-defying sculptures from thousands of cans of food. Over 100,000…

University Sports Hall / Canvas Arquitectos

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Architects: Canvas Arquitectos - Juan Vicente and Pablo Núñez and Eduardo Duro Almazán.
Location: Linares (Jaén), 
Built area: 2,500 sqm
Client: Govermment of Andalucía, Jaén University and Linares City Council
Completion: 2010
Collaborators architects: José Riesco Urrejola, Francisca Rivera Palma, Marta González Antón, Íñigo Pericacho Sánchez, Jesús Domínguez Miñambres, Carmen Figueiras Lorenzo and Claudia Henao Ocampo.
Collaborators Surveyors: Domingo Infante Chozas, Andrés García Pinto and Victor Zato S.L.
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Salongen 35 / KKA

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Architect: KKA
Location: Västra Hamnen, Malmö,
Client: Höllviksnäs Förvaltnings AB
Area: 400 sqm
Completion: 2011
Design Team: Joakim Kaminsky, Fredrik Kjellgren, Marie Löwenherz, Alessandro Micelli, Yvonne Lohmann, Pamela Paredes, Maria Martinez
Photographs: Kasper Dudzik, KKA

 

Video: Bjarke Ingels Exposes His Roots

As we have shared with you earlier, ’s The Next List has profiled the young, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. Originally aspired to be a cartoonist or graphic novelist, Ingels quickly became fascinated with architecture when a Fall storm rolled through his hometown in North Copenhagen, knocking over trees leaving him a surplus of lumber. It was then that he was inspired to design his first project, the ultimate childhood “fantasy fort” with a moat, drawbridge all.  In Ingels first experience with value engineering, he quickly learned that “unless you really begin with the perimeters of reality you’ll end up sort of amputating your ambitions quite quickly.” Enjoy the video be sure to check out CNN’s recent video focusing on the bold ideas behind BIG.

Additionally, Ingels contributed an essay entitled Rethinking social infrastructure” on CNN’s What’s Next blog. You can check it out here.

Reference: CNN, Archinect

Chameleon Restaurant / Za architects

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Chameleon is a design of a dynamic interior which adapts to changing environment can serve various purposes. The interior of the restaurant adapts to changing environment in the same way as the chameleon changes its color depending on its mood. The created space of the restaurant constantly resorts to mimicry adaptation.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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It was a great week for ArchDaily, featuring amazing projects from every corner of the world. Main image is from Dominique Perrault’s Ewha Womans University in the Republic of . What about J. Mayer’s Police Station in Georgia? Join the discussion in our comments! TEN Arquitectos shared with us the MUSEVI, a museum in Tabasco, Mexico. Which movie would you choose to see at the Archipelago Cinema? Cast Away? The Beach? Last, don’t miss the Eco-Sustainable House designed by Djuric Tardio Architectes in Paris.

Cumberland Park / Hargreaves Associates

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Architects: Hargreaves Associates + EOA Architects
Location: , , USA
Developer: MDHA
Program Manager: American Constructors
Operator: Metro Parks
Photographs: Courtesy of Hargreaves Associates