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Ejby Campus Winning Proposal / OKRA, CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation

The fact that Ejby erhvervspark has grown steadily since the 60′s –through many economic up- and downturns- is evidence that their current qualities are a strong foundation for healthy growth. Looking at the development plan the most apparent element is the strong green connection from North to South across the site. We strongly believe that Ejby erhvervspark’s greatest asset is its relation to open, green spaces. In fact this applies not only to Ejby erhvervspark but fundamentally to surburbia.

Conference No. 14: Space

Courtesy of Arquine
Courtesy of Arquine

Architects could never explain space. When we think about space, we have only looked at its containers. As if space itself is invisible.
Rem Koolhaas 

History has granted architecture the role of dividing up space. It manifests itself in providing lodging and orienting humankind, who inhabits this fragmented whole we call space and which is interwoven with time at a tacit and essential level. 

We live in space, in these spaces, in these cities, in these fields, in these corridors, in these gardens. It is plain to see. And yet, it is not possible to quantify space or give shape to it: it is extension and connection, fact and certainty through time and movement. Space may be travelled through and narrated, experienced and actuated. Space contains and is contained, situates and signifies. 

Coca Grill /

  • Architects: Integrated Field
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan

St Leon 10 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Location: Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Architects in Charge: Stefan Antoni & Philip Olmesdahl
  • Interior Design: Antoni Associates - Mark Rielly
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SAOTA

Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA Courtesy of SAOTA

CFA Quimper / Atelier Arcau

  • Architects: Atelier Arcau
  • Location: 24 Route de Cuzon, 29000 Quimper, France
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Atelier Arcau

© Atelier Arcau © Atelier Arcau © Atelier Arcau © Atelier Arcau

BASE / Komada Architects' Office

  • Architects: Komada Architects' Office
  • Location: setagaya-ku,Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Takeshi Komada,Yuka Komada
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tomohiro Saruyama

© Tomohiro Saruyama © Tomohiro Saruyama © Tomohiro Saruyama © Tomohiro Saruyama

LE CORBUSIER REDRAWN: The Houses / Steven Park

Le Corbusier (1887-1965) was the most significant architect of the twentieth century. Every architecture student examines the Swiss master's work. Yet, all too frequently, they rely on reproductions of faded drawings of uneven size and quality. Le Corbusier Redrawn presents the only collection of consistently rendered original drawings (at 1:200 scale) of all twenty-six of Le Corbusier's residential works. Using the original drawings from the Le Corbusier Foundation's digital archives, architect Steven Park has beautifully redrawn 130 perspectival sections, as well as plans, sections, and elevations of exterior forms and interior spaces. 

Suzhou Industrial Park Sports Center / NBBJ

Stadium View from River © NBBJ
Stadium View from River © NBBJ

NBBJ has shared with us their latest design in sports architecture, a multifunctional industrial sports complex for the residents of Suzhou, China. Designed as a community asset, the cultural sports hub will include a commercial center, aquatics facility, gymnasium, arena, professional sports stadium and more. All facilities will be integrated within a lush “Sports Garden” that features an abundance of pedestrian walkways, gardens and sport fields. 

The architects' description after the break...

Friedrich-Ebert-Schule / kreiling rosner architekten

© Ralf Heidenreich © Ralf Heidenreich © Ralf Heidenreich © Ralf Heidenreich

Hyttgardsparken /

© Robin Hayes Courtesy of 42architects © Robin Hayes © Robin Hayes

Preservationists Prevail: Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist Landmark Spared from Destruction

Although preservationists continue to mourn the seemingly inevitable demise of Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, a solid victory for Brutalism has finally been confirmed. Lawmakers in Goshen, New York, have passed a proposal to renovate Paul Rudolph’s iconic Orange County Government Center, authorizing $10 million in design funding. The 15-6 vote was secured by the overwhelming evidence that an upgrade would be more cost effect than County Executive Ed Diana’s fallback plan to replace two-thirds of the building and preserving only the court section. In addition, lawmakers felt the pressure of a March 12 deadline that would risk losing up to $2.7 million in federal funds to repair water damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. 

More after the break...

The Top 5 Earners of 2012 (And How They Did It)

“The World’s 100 Largest Firms Have Been Ranked...But Does It Matter?” 

That was the question I posed yesterday, in response to our publication of The WA100Building Design’s ranking of the world’s largest architecture firms. My conclusion was that ranking, by size, tells you very little about the success of the world’s largest firms. But ranking by income and efficiency? Well, that tells you quite a bit more. 

By looking at the Top 5 Fee Income Earners and the 5 Most Efficient Firms of 2012 - and their strategies - we can understand far more what it takes to be successful in this tough market.  Since The WA100 is much more than a list of rankings, but also a compendium of information, I went back to the source to investigate these firms more. 

The big guns (Aecom, Gensler, etc.) have aggressively pursued a diverse range of projects on an international scale (particularly in China and the Middle East) - a stance that is far from surprising, considering how competitive they are.    

More interesting, however, is that the most “efficient” firms (those firms that, while nowhere near the size nor clout of the Big 3, have earned higher fee incomes per employee), have either stayed in strong markets or diversified internationally, creating a niche for themselves in these markets (a strategy discussed at length in “The 7 Things You Need To Know Before Doing Business Abroad”). 

Learn the business strategies of the top income earners and most efficient earners of 2012, after the break...

Situ Studio's 'Heartwalk' Opens in Times Square

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Situ Studio has unveiled the fifth edition of Times Square’s annual Heartwalk installation - a heart-shaped “room within the city” made of salvaged Sandy debris. Inspired by the “collective experience of Hurricane Sandy and the love that binds people together during trying times,” Heartwalk begins as two weathered ribbons of wooden planks that gradually lift to form an illuminated heart enclosure in the middle of Duffy Square. 

People are already falling in love, as you can see Instagram's #heartwalktsq is filling up with images of elated New Yorkers standing within the “heart of New York City”.  

More images after the break...

The Exhibition Hall / OMA

OMA is designing a new department store concept in Kuwait City. The Exhibition Hall, in the popular 360° Mall, will showcase the creativity of the region alongside international fashion brands through a flexible curated retail space, featuring cultural programs, exhibitions and installations. The project is led by OMA partners Iyad Alsaka and Rem Koolhaas, in partnership with Tamdeen Real Estate Co. 

  • Architects: OMA
  • Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Project Architect: Alessandro De Santis
  • Architects in Charge: Iyad Alsaka, Rem Koolhaas,
  • Collaborators: Tamdeen Real Estate Co.
  • Area: 9400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of OMA

Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA

Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge / Rosales + Partners Architects

  • Architects: Rosales + Partners Architects
  • Location: Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Rosales + Partners Architects

Courtesy of Rosales + Partners Architects Courtesy of Rosales + Partners Architects Courtesy of Rosales + Partners Architects Courtesy of Rosales + Partners Architects

AD Round Up: Flickr Part LXXXIX

It’s time for another Flickr Round Up! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features. 

The photo above was taken by Klaas Vermaas in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Check the other four after the break.