Beijing Core Area Plan / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

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Designed by Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch, the Core Area Master Plan is a massive civic proposal of over 27 million square feet of building area and an additional 1.5 million square feet of public space design for the Central Business District of , .  More images and architect’s description after the break.

Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv Islands Competition

Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv Islands Competition

Kyiv City State Administration, Kyiv Central Agency for Urban Planning, Architecture and Urban Design with the support of National Union of Architects of Ukraine are pleased to announce the open international architectural competition, ‘Concept of Reservation and Development of Kyiv…

AD Classics: Puerta de Europa / Philip Johnson & John Burgee

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The twin office towers known as I and II located in Madrid, defy the typical conventions of skyscraper construction. Designed by American architects Philip Johnson & John Burgee and commissioned by the Kuwait Investment Office (KIO), these structural expressionistic towers straddle one of Madrid’s most important boulevards – the Paseo de la Castellana. More details after the break.

P[RAY]HOUSE / Julian Palapa + Bayu Rismabuana

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Architects: Julian Palapa
Location: , Indonesia
Design Team: Nurul Andini (Architect Embassy)
Design Principal: and Bayu Rismabuana (as Associates Designer)
Project Manager: Wira Farrel
Project Team: Eri Eko, Arief Hakim, Aris Fanany, Arief Adiharsa, Indrajati
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Ardha Dian Rizki, Julian Palapa

Video: 3D Drawing Machine

Two young artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes have introduced a unique way for drawing using a 3D drawing machine that assists in re-presenting the view in front of one’s eyes. The machine was developed as an exploration of the nature of vision with a goal to recreate realism in the correct proportions and perspective. The artists explain how the machine works; by limiting vision of the scene to one eye and the other to plot the image on concave paper, an illusion occurs where the paper becomes transparent, rendering an effect that you are simply tracing the scene in front of you.  It is an interesting take on creating artwork with amazingly accurate results. Check out the video for their presentation.

Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Architect: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: Busan, South Korea
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: ISOCHROM, Nathan Willock

RAKE Showroom / August Schmidt

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Architects: August Schmidt
Location: , Norway
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marius Waagaard

Fraunhofer Headquarters / Pedra Silva Architects

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Architect: Pedra Silva Architects
Location: Porto,
Project Coordination: Luís Pedra Silva
Project Area: 1,660 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: João Morgado

Kenmore Library / Weinstein A|U

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Architects: Weinstein A|U
Location: , Washington
Design Team: Matt Aalfs, Ed Weinstein
Project Size: 19,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007-2011
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

Living Boavista / José António Barbosa

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Architect: José António Barbosa
Location: ,
Project Area: 5600 sqm Houses: 16 (T4 and T4+1)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: João Morgado

Richard Meier & Partners Design for the New Royal Alberta Museum

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Richard Meier & Partners have released their final design submission for the new Royal Alberta Museum in Canada.  Considered as one of the four finalists the firm, although not chosen as the winning entry, proposed “a timeless work of architecture that would engage the ongoing discourse of civility and urban place making while establishing a forward-looking museum destination and technologically advanced educational facility. While we are disappointed we won’t be working in Edmont this year, we are continuing to expand or work overseas. We thank the jury for their consideration,” commented design partner-in-charge Bernhard Karpf.

Wooden Chapel / Breathnach Donnellan O’Brien & MEDS Participants

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Architects: Kieran Donnellan, Darragh Breathnach, Paul O Brien, with MEDS Participants
Location: , Turkey
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 6 sqm
Photographs: Chapel Workshop Team

WTC: Street Installation and Exhibition

WTC: Street Installation and Exhibition

WTC: Street Installation and Exhibition is a 4×28 foot montage comprised of closeups of the facades of the former Twin Towers- located on East 4th Street between the Bowery and Second Avenue. There will also be nine accompanying prints exhibited…

polypod / Bradley Edwards


Architect: Bradley Edwards, Architect AIA
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas,
Design/Build Team: David McElyea and Bradley Edwards
Owner: Dr. Mark Thomas
Contractor: David McElyea
Project Area: 160 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bradley Edwards

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4th Annual 48HRS Design Competition

The Young Architects Forum of Atlanta invites emerging architects, landscape architects, urban designers, industrial designers and students to participate in the fourth annual 48HRS design competition.
Intended to showcase the abilities of emerging designers and the value of good design…

Punt Road Oval Redevelopment / Suters Architects

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Architects: Suters Architects
Location: Richmond, VIC, Australia
Project Team: Stephen Cheney, Mark van den Enden, Mike McGrath, Joshua McAlister, Kellie Adler, Kris McIsaac, Michael Hubbard, Neil Zimmerman, Rebecca Brewer, Vicky Tsang, Stuart Stark, Shea O’Donoghue
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,600 sqm
Photographs: Emma Cross

Courtesy of Sofia Municipality and Sofia Architecture Week

Metro Station 20 Competition

Sofia Municipality and Sofia Architecture Week invites all architects to participate in a competition for preliminary architectural design of Metro station 20 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The project should be a proposal for a comprehensive sustainable architectural concept for the metro…

Theory: Chapter 4

They walked down the sidewalk and stood at the bottom of the steep asphalt drive leading up to the little garage at the side of the house. The place looked lifeless. The yard had long ago gone to dirt. Neighborhood dogs—and their shameful owners—had left behind little cairns of shit in various states of petrifaction, by which time could be measured. The dogs had respectfully not disturbed one another’s offerings such that they were scattered in some sort of strange canine-logic grid. They looked like ancient religious shrines or deities. Some of those could be as old as you, said Dean. Maybe you could use them in your , James replied. For some reason, a tire was sitting on the roof. It seemed to be a necessary component of the satellite dish.

There was a car in the drive. A nice and completely non-ironic and spotless black Land Rover with dealer plates. It was too nice for the house and seemed to already be making the house disappear. Such spaces of disappearance were familiar in Los Angeles and could be considered a Mike Davis sort of phenomenon: crap house + luxury car = eventual tear-down of said house and re-development of lot into massively obnoxious mansion-like house by, in all likelihood, transplant from another state who came to California to be rich by doing nothing of true significance yet getting paid very well to do whatever it was he/she did. There were two of those irritatingly- and egotistically-proud university stickers on the real window: Cornell and Harvard. One got the sense that the driver had indeed attended those schools. It was the sort of car one had the urge to smash or at least throw pebbles at.