On Oikonomia: Saarinen’s Ezra Stiles College Open After $55M Renovation

under construction, 1961. Copyright Balthazar Korab Ltd.

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT–Yale’s Ezra Stiles College, designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1961, reopened to students last month after a one-year, $55 million dollar . The project was the last in a complete overhaul of all the residential colleges at Yale, which started in 1998 and has cost over $500 million (adjusted for inflation).

Students are happy with the work, praising the new brick pizza oven in the dining hall, shift from single to suite-style rooms, and improved furniture and lighting. Jon Rubin ’12 told the Yale Daily News (YDN) the renovated Stiles is “definitely a step up” from the college he lived in two years ago.

Monconseil Sports Hall / Explorations Architecture

© Michel Denancé

Architect: Explorations Architecture
Location: Tours,
Design team: + Integrale 4 engineers
Client: City of Tours
Cost: 5m €
Project Area: 2700 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Michel Denancé

Razgledi Perovo Housing / dekleva gregorič arhitekti

© Miran Kambič

Architects: dekleva gregorič arhitekti
Location: Kamnik,
Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist),Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist)
Client: SAVA IP d.o.o., Ljubljana
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1760 sqm
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Eco-Cube Proposal / A-lab


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A-lab is currently working on a design proposal for an eco-cube for the UNION group which will be a pilot project for A-lab’s eco-BIM technology.

The Økern area of faces significant changes in the near future and is being developed as a new destination in the city. The new Økern center brings shopping, culture and housing to the area. Lørenveien 68 will function as a broker between the new Økern center and Løren’s established residential area. More images and project description after the break.

Park Residence / MACK Architect(s)

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Architect: MACK Architect(s)
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Mark Mack, Gerardo Rivero, Alia Hasan, Kyle Richardson, Luca Ponsi, Matt Bean
Associate Architect: Dongwoo Architects
Structural: Parker-Resnick
Geotechnical: Geofirm
Civil Engineering: Lawrence R. Wlezien, Inc.
Landscape: Land Architecture
Title 24: South Bay Energy
Builder: Oligino Construction Services
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 4,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of MACK Architect(s)

“When Blogs Plagiarize”: A message to our readers

Dear readers,

First of all, I’m sorry about my delay on sending you this update. For the last few weeks I’ve been on multiple planes traveling around the world, connecting with and interviewing architects in an attempt to give you, our readers, all of the latest projects and insights in the architecture world. From San Francisco to Arkansas, , London and Basel, in just a few days.

On September 18th, we featured a story titled “Harlem’s New Renaissance”. The article was taken from Jenna McKnight’s article “Harlem’s New Renaissance” featured on Arch Record on August 25th. ArchDaily’s article written by Irina Vinnitskaya took the ideas proposed by Jenna and several of the quotes and information she used, accompanied by a link back to Architectural Record and photography credits, but failed to properly credit the person who came up with the original story idea, Jenna McKnight. Our mistake, a big one.

When Jenna noticed this (as Arch Record constantly reviews our content to syndicate it on their website and on their daily newsletter) she was very upset and contacted me immediately, but given my low email access due to travelling I saw the note a few hours later rather than instantaneously. Immediately upon receiving the email and noticing the improper crediting, I took down the article redirecting it back to Arch Record. In the meanwhile, Jenna posted a story on Arch Record stating that we plagiarized her story with all the given facts.

I reached out to Jenna, told her that there had been no bad intentions and gave her my apologizes as ArchDaily’s editor in chief and assumed my responsibility. Jenna replied, and she was ok with my apologies.

After that, a few blogs picked up on Jenna’s blog post and called this a “blog wars”, trying to add more fuel to the fire. Sadly none of them even asked us our side of the story, except for Sydney at StinkyJournalism.

Our mission at ArchDaily is to provide knowledge to architects around the world, and we will continue bringing you our highest quality of original content, along with information from other respected and useful sources we think will add value to our readers, always sticking to the best practices of fair use.

I hope that this doesn’t affect our relation with Arch Record, as we are both voices of the architecture world. As I mentioned before, Arch Record syndicates our content on their site and includes links on their newsletter (pointing to their site, not ours) citing ArchDaily as the source (but not crediting the specific author, failing to provide a byline). They stopped doing this as of last week.

Dear readers, our commitment is to every architect around the world. Rest assured that the passionate team of architects here at ArchDaily will do their best efforts to keep serving you, as you continue improving our world’s built environment.

- David Basulto

zeep-soori of Professor Kim’s House / Moohoi Architecture

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Architect:
Location: SeoDaemoon-Koo, Seoul, Korea
Lead Architect: Kim Jae-kwan
Written Material: Kim jae-kwan
Construction: Kim Jae-kwan
Site Area: 133.6 sqm
Project Area: 140.2 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Park young-chae

Museum Closure Exposes Financial Risk of Signature Architecture

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–Although the American Folk Art Museum has avoided dissolution thanks to a cash infusion from trustees and the Ford Foundation, the institution’s ongoing financial troubles raise difficult questions about the relationship between signature architecture and cultural capital.

Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza

© FG+SG – , Sergio Guerra

Architects: Alvaro Leite Siza
Client: Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
Location: Lugar das Carvalhinhas – Alvite, freguesia de Cerva, Ribeira da Pena District
Site Area: 1000 sqm
Constructed Area: 180 sqm
Contractor: Óscar Gouveia
Landscape: Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
Materials: Concrete
Services: GOP
Project Start: 2000
Project Complete: 2005
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Gardiner House / 4site Architecture

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Architects: 4site Architecture
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Kevin Hui, Monique Choi
Builder: A.T. Interiors & Construction Pty Ltd
Engineers: Coulthard Shim Pty Ltd
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 39 sqm
Photographs: Kevin Hui

Is it too late to get out of Architecture?

John Picacio's cover art for 'AGE OF MISRULE: WORLD'S END'

Within the last few months, the number of emails I have received from people asking whether or not they should get out of architecture has been staggering. Equally surprising are the emails I receive that ask for direction on whether or not they should go into the field of architecture. The answer to both questions is easy:

Maybe?

For some people, the first question I ask them – the ender question, is always the same:

“Why do you want to be an architect?”

‘Fierljep’ Polder and Information Centre / Bureau B+B

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The city of is located 430 kilometers north of Beijing in the province of Liaoning and lies 20 kilometers inland. The Longqiwan New Area is an urban development on the coast of the Bonzai Sea. Part of this development is a park, for which Bureau B+B is building a ‘fierljep’ polder and an information centre. This polder-garden will open during the Jinzhou World Landscape Art Exposition in 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Scape House / Andrew Simpson Architects

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Architect: Andrew Simpson Architects
Location: Cape Liptrap, Victoria, Australia
Project Team: Andrew Simpson, Owen West, Steve Hatzellis, Dennis Prior, Stephan Bekhor, Eugene An
Builder: GK and KM Trease Builders
Structural Engineer: Adams Consulting Engineers
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Christine Francis

Fall Museum Exhibits

West Hollywood Library / MDA Johnson Favaro

Beginning this October, get ready to experience … lots of them!  Whether you’re located in Los Angeles, London, Montreal, Arkansas or New York, check out some exciting exhibits taking place this Fall.  “It is a group of seasonal offerings that reflect the state of the profession, to be sure. Credit remains tight for commercial and civic projects, for the most part, which means that there is plenty of time for retrospective analysis — and that completed buildings continue to get outsize attention,” explained Christopher Hawthorne for the LA Times.

Check out the list of museums after the break.

2011 Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition

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The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition recognizes architectural visualizations from talented artists all over the world and represents the longest running delineation competition on record.

Ken Roberts was a Louisiana native and an architect who worked for the firm Craycroft-Lacy & Partners during the late 1960′s in Dallas. He then left to join forces with Dick Savage and later with Clutts & Parker to form Iconoplex, Inc in 1973. As his former boss Jack Craycroft recalls, Roberts was “a great designer and even better architect”. In addition, Roberts produced numerous immaculate ink perspective drawings of small residential and commercial projects that testified to an impressive facility for architectural rendering by hand. More information on the competition after the break.

Elamang Avenue / Luigi Rosselli

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Architects: Luigi Rosselli
Location: ,
Project Architects: Candace Christensen, Patrick Bless, James Horler, Sean Johnson
Landscaper: Terragram, Vladimir Sitta
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Justin Alexander

Long Slow Distance / Upsetter Architects

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Architects: Upsetter Architects
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 33.4 sqm
Photographs: Yusuke Wakabayashi

Aptos Retreat Residence / CCS Architecture

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Architects: CCS Architecture
Location: Aptos, ,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: Residence, 2800 square feet; Barn, 1600 square feet
Interior Designer: Lynn Ross Designs
Landscape Designer: Natalain Schwartz Designs
Structural Engineer: Ron Belknap
Civil Engineer: David Dauphin
Tent Cabins: Sweetwater Bungalows
Photographs: Paul Dyer