Five North American Architects / Kenneth Frampton


Five North American Architects brings together five architectural practices that, while all distinct, share a particular sensibility for the impact of craftsmanship and climate on the generation of form, as well as a concern for the expressive tactility of material and the effect of light on the articulation of structure.

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Osiedle Przyjaź University Campus / BudCud

The proposal by BudCud… for the Osiedle Przyjaźń 2.0 is an innovative university campus located in the center of Bemowo district in Warsaw. Founded in the1950s as a habitat of small wooden houses, filled with an abundance of green areas,

The University of the West of Scotland / RMJM

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Architects: RMJM
Location: Ayr,
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Client: University of the West of Scotland
Size: 17,835 sqm GFA
Project Years: 2009 – 2011
Cost: £81 million
Photographer: Keith Hunter

Private House In Barcelos / Rui Grazina

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Architects: Rui Grazina
Location: Cambeses, Barcelos,
Project Years: 2008 – 2011
Area: 300 sqm Total Area; 290 sqm Gross Building Area; 3300 sqm Total Plot Area
Construction: Engiaço Construções Técnicas, Braga
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Architectural Photography: Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo / Thomas Mayer

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From now until October 7th, the southeastern Netherlands city of will be hosting the Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo. Covering 66 hectares, the expo invite visitors to experience nature in a variety of ways through the creation of five unique themed worlds. Wandering through wooded areas, the visitors discover each world and all they have to offer.

Swiss architectural photographer Thomas Mayer has shared with us images of unique pavilions and structures found throughout the expo. Each innovative pavilion is meant to educate and inspire. Continue after the break to view the Floriade 2012 pavilions.

Kilden / ALA Architects

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Architects: ALA Architects
Location: Kristiansand,
Completion: July 2011
Competition Team: ltd, Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston
Project Team: ALA Architects ltd / Helsinki, Kristians
In Collaboration With: SMS Arkitekter AS / Kristiansand
Client: Teater- og Konserthus for Sørlandet IKS
Photographs: Iwan Baan

La Grande Motte / N+B Architectes

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Architects: N+B Architectes - Elodie Nourrigat, Jacques Brion
Location: La Grande Motte City, Montpellier,
Project Manager: Representative
Associated Architect: Julien Wafflart
Client: La ville de la Grande Motte
Site Area: 1,515 sqm
Building Scale: RDC
Cost: 835,000 € HT
Photographs: Paul Kozlowski

   

Jean Cocteau Museum / Rudy Ricciotti

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Architects: Rudy Ricciotti
Location: , France
Year: 2006
Area: 2,700 sqm
Photographs: Agence Rudy Ricciotti, Lisa Ricciotti, Olivier Amsellem

 

The Indicator: Moby, Part 1 / Killing Time

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Below is the . I’m two hours early for this interview because, as usual, I’ve guessed the traffic incorrectly. You see, I’m not really from LA. Have never considered myself from here. I’ve lived here most of my life, but I’m not from LA. Being from or not from here usually goes unspoken. It’s typically assumed you are not from here…and never will be.

I park at a trailhead. I’m in dress shoes. Black dress shoes. Black shirt. But I have a scarf and a jacket to fight the wind. Rain coming. The sky is a neapolitan of grays, blues, and whites, laid out horizontally with little light filaments touching down. The canyon is absolutely quiet even though I can see some bulldozers crawling up and down the side of a precarious ravine in the distance. They remind me of the sandcrawlers from Dune. This seems just the type of place where famous LA murders would have taken place. The fact that Ray Manzarek lives in this neighborhood somehow makes it seem more eerie.

I imagine Moby watching from his tower window, watching me turn away from the house and down the dusty trail in my black dress shoes. I’m obviously early. He might think I’m intentionally heading out for a hike. Like I worked this into my itinerary because I knew there was a trail here. Actually, I had no idea. I have never been in this neighborhood and rarely come to this side of town. Just like I have no idea what I’m going to ask him. At this point, I’ve lost almost all interest in architecture, buildings, and the reasons he’s blogging about these things.

Is Zaha’s Latest Prize Really an Advancement for Women?

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“I have practised Architecture at a time when Architects were full of hope and optimism. At a time when we felt that the changes in Planning and on Architecture would change living conditions and improve the world. A time when there was great hope for the future.”

Jane Drew

Zaha Hadid has been announced, by unanimous decision of the AJ Women in Architecture Judging Panel, as the Winner of the Jane Drew Prize “for her outstanding contribution to the status of .”

The panel has cited Hadid’s many accomplishments (she was the first female architect to win the Pritzker Prize, designed the Sterling Prize-winning MAXXI Museum in Rome and the Guangzhou Opera House in China) as evidence that she ”has broken the glass ceiling more than anyone and is practically a household name. Her achievement is remarkable.”

However, the choice of Hadid, always a controversial figure, brings into question the aim of the Prize, and forces us to explore what is really needed to improve the state of women in Architecture today.

Read More on Hadid and the controvery surrounding the Prize after the break…

G House / Bruce Stafford & Associates

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Architects: Bruce Stafford & Associates
Location: Vaucluse, Sydney,
BSA Design Team: Bruce Stafford, Anna Antoniades, Rachel Kayode
Interior Design: Arent and Pyke
Structural Engineer: Geoff Ninnes Fong
Contractor: C.E. Pilcher & Son
Quantity Surveyor: Heyman Cohen
Landscape Consultant: Jane Grossberg
Photographs: Karl Beath

Video: The Story behind MAD Architects Absolute Towers

The curvaceous Absolute Towers of Mississauga, a suburb located in the Greater Toronto Area, is a residential landmark many of you may be familiar with. Also known as the Marilyn Monroe Towers, the 56-story condominium tower serves as a gateway into the city and is known for its unique curves that correspond to the surrounding scenery. Residents are offered 360-degree views with continuous balconies that wrap the entire building, eliminating vertical barriers that are typically seen in conventional high rise architecture.

Absolute Towers were the first international win (2006) for the Beijing-based MAD Architects. First seen on Design Intelligence, this video shares with you the entire story behind this project. Want more? Follow these links to check out the towers in progress and more photos of them nearing completion back in June of 2011.

Elliott Ripper House / Christopher Polly Architect

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Architects: Christopher Polly Architect
Location: Rozelle, ,
Builder: Paul King Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer: Simpson Design Associates
Landscape Architect: Carmichael Studios
Area: 161 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Brett Boardman

 

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‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition

The ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition, taking place July 15 – October 7 at the Denver Art Museum, will allow visitors a rare opportunity to explore the evolution of airport design and to discover the…

Citizen Architects Running for Office

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Either something’s in the water, or the spirit of Jefferson (our only architecturally-inclined president, turning 269 this Friday) has floated down to Utah, because two of its architects are running for Congress.

Stephen Sandstrom, AIA, is running in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, representing the newly redistricted southern suburbs of Salt Lake City. Soren Simonsen, AIA, is running in the 3rd, and leading a grassroots campaign focused on “diplomacy, thrift, and stewardship.” Sounds pretty darn Jeffersonian to us.

According to the AIA, both men are just two of a growing list of citizen architects running for elective office across the country. If you’re interested in the movement, check out the AIA’s Issues & Advocacy Page.

 

Lanyang Museum / Artech Architects

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Architect: Kris Yao | Artech Architects
Location: , Taiwan
Clients: Yilan County Government
Design Team: Glen Lu, Hua-Yi Chang, Fei-Chun Ying, Chih-Hao Chiang, Shun-Hui Chen, Tien-Kai Yang, Chii-Chang Jong, Christina Tseng, Lei Wang, Nina Yu, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo
Site Area: 39,426 sqm
Total Floor Area: 12,472.74 sqm
Completion: March 2010
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng, Chi-Yi Chang 

   

IDOM Headquarters / ACXT Arquitectos

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Architects: ACXT Arquitectos
Location: ,
Architect in Charge: Javier Perez Uribarri
Collaborators: Oscar Ferreira da Costa, Jabier Fernández Sánchez, Josu Eguileor Astigarraga
Contractor: BALZOLA
Project Area: 14,400 sqm
Project Year: 2010-2011
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

Renovation of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie / David Chipperfield

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A powerful and expressive design it itself, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in is still admired as a concrete, steel, and glass landmark today. Dedicated to culture and the fine arts, the building will be going through a major renovation, which will  be overseen by British architect, David Chipperfield who has recently worked extensively in Berlin, finishing work on the war-ravaged Neues Museum on the Museum Island complex in 2009. The renovation will start in 2015 and last three years, during which time the museum will be closed. The building, completed in 1968, is Mies van der Rohe’s only work in Germany after World War II and is in need of thorough modernization after 40 years. Restoration of the glass facade, stone terrace and concrete and steel structure, along with new security and fire technology are included in the project.