Review: Richard K. Norton “Knowing and Valuing both Private and Public: What Role for Public Policy, Design, and Planning in the 21st Century?”

University of Michigan Taubman College, like many other architecture schools, has a seasonal lecture series. Their Winter 2012 Series, which focuses on construction, is posted and archived on their website. The lecture above was given by Richard K. Norton, an associate professor in the urban and regional planning program at the University of Michigan Taubman College. Faculty coordinator for land use and environmental planning, Dr. Norton holds a Ph.D in city and regional planning and masters degrees in public policy studies and environmental management. He teaches and conducts research within the areas of sustainable development, land and environment planning, and planning law. His multi-faceted breadth of knowledge and experience is valuable to the issues which he addresses in his lecture “Knowing and Valuing both Private and Public: What Role for Public Policy, Design, and Planning in the 21st Century?“, presented on January 9th at Taubman College.

Read on for more about this lecture.

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Call For Proposals: Living in the Spatial Shift

MOINOPOLIS recently launched call for proposals for their competition, Living in the Spatial Shift. The competition aims examine the multifaceted opportunities and risks associated with the paradigmatic shift in the spatial perception, its architectural appearance and its consequences for our…

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x-WEEK Event

Studio-X, which is GSAPP’s (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation) global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities as part of Columbia University, will be putting on the ‘x-WEEK’ event which takes place March 6-9.…

Alvito Complex / Claudio Sat Unipessoal lda

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Architect: Claudio Sat, Unipessoal, lda
Location: , Óbidos, Portugal
Project Team: Pedro Cancela, Gisela Ferreira, Ricardo Porfírio
Final design: Ana Duarte Pinto – João Manuel Alves, arquitectos lda
Project Team: Diana Parracho, Mariana Pimentel, Nuno Amaro, Manuel Vacas
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Apartment In Lapa / Construir Habitar Pensar Arquitectos

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Architecture: Construir Habitar Pensar Arquitectos
Location: Lapa, Lisbon,
Photography: Francisco Nogueira

‘Fasten Your City Belt’ Exhibit / Haiko Cornelissen Architecten

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On March 8th, the urban transformation strategy Fasten Your City Belt, designed by Haiko Cornelissen Architecten, will be exhibited and published by the Netherlands Architectural Institute (NAi) in , Netherlands. To show how the transforming strategy works, the architects chose the Amstel III office district in for the Europan 11 competition – one of the most prestigious and renowned competitions for young European architects. Based on their research, they found the most important factor for creating lively cities is the density of people, buildings and program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

DP Architects / Collin Anderson

We recently received a monograph of DP Architects‘ work. Started in 1967 have become internationally acclaimed architecture firm with 1200 employees in 12 offices worldwide. have devoted themselves to “improving the quality of the city,” whether it is a small residence in Singapore or a large complex in Dubai. The paucity of the work featured on ArchDaily should not be a reflection of this firms reach and breadth. You can check out the ones we have featured, but be sure to take a look inside this book after the break. We think you’ll want to see and read more about their work once you are properly introduced.

House on College Hill / Friedrich St. Florian Architects

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Architects: Friedrich St. Florian Architects
Location: Providence, Rhode Island,
Structural Engineer: Wilbur Yoder
Contractor: Joseph M. Furtado, Inc
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Warren Jagger Photography, Inc

2012 MoMA PS1 YAP Runner-Up: Coney Inland / Cameron Wu

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ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the 2012  PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) in February. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against HWKN’s Wendy. Cameron Wu(Cambridge, MA) proposed Coney Inland, an architectural strategy which formally unifies and spatially modulates the challenging MoMA PS1 courtyard site. A series of developable surfaces (cones and cylinders) and their base structures normalize the contingencies of scale and shape of the three courtyard spaces, while their legible transformations register the idiosyncratic nature of the overall site geometry.

For generations of New Yorkers, Coney Island has served as the quintessential local retreat from the city. Unfettered access to sky, land, and sea makes it a clear contrast to the urban metropolis, drawing crowds in search of spatial and social release. Through the architectural translation of qualities inherent to this ocean-side precedent, Coney Inland imports the culture of casual beach leisure into the courtyard at MoMA PS1.

2012 Midwest Tornado Recovery: Architecture for Humanity needs your Help!

Harrisburg, IL 2012 Tornado Damage © State Farm

According to the national weather service, 30 tornadoes struck 6 Midwest states hit by a string a tornadoes. In many places there was a severe weather warning but no tornado alert. Harrisburg, a town in southern Illinois of 9000, was hit the hardest with 300 homes, 25 businesses and 6 lives lost. Illinois and Missouri declared state emergencies and are being assisted by relief organizations.

2011 was the worst tornado season since 1936 and the events of this week mark an early start to the Midwest’s storm season. More tornadoes touched down in Alabama Friday morning, destroying several homes and damaging a prison. More continue to touch down as this message is going out. Harrisburg was spared further damage this week, but storm season has just begun.

Currently, community members and the Red Cross are teaming to repair roofs, clear debris and provide emergency relief services in Harrisburg. Branson, MO, launched a similar cleanup. As lightly-damaged homes and households recover, attention will turn to long-term recovery. That’s where we [the architects] come in.

Yesterday brought an impressive appeal for volunteer and fundraisings support, and has launched the Midwest Tornadoes Recovery campaign with a fundraiser goal of $100,000.

Architecture for Humanity is calling all architects for help! If you are in the area, please consider volunteering. If you are not in the area but would like to help, just go to this link at Architecture for Humanity to donate and support architects volunteering in the Midwest.

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Spiral Gallery Ⅱ / Atelier Deshaus

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Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Tianzhu Rd, Jiading New Town, ,
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Li Jun
Project Area: 560 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Shu He, Yao Li, Su Shengliang

Video: Pavillion Dans Les Arbres

“Pavillion Dans Les Arbres” is an architectural narrative by Evan Mather about the recently-completed Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area Visitors’ Center in ’s Mountains, designed by Los Angeles-based architectural firm Touraine Richmond Architects. Surrounded by native Sycamore trees, the 3,000 square foot building complements other park improvements. With minimal impact to its existing landscape, the intent of their self-sustaining building design is to operate independently off the power grid.

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Steven Holl and Lars Müller in conversation at MoMA PS1

ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 will be launching NY-based architect Steven Holl…‘s newest books published by Lars Müller. These two luminaries of architecture and design will engage in a conversation about their respective projects as well as the collaborative publishing

Accommodation Block Of Sergeants / Filipe Xavier Oliveira

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Architects: Filipe Xavier Oliveira
Location: , Portugal
Structures: Lieutenant Colonel José Melo; Captain João Correia
Property Developer: Portuguese Army
Site Area: 1,080 sqm
Total Floor Space: 837 sqm
Year of Construction: 2011 (5 months)
Photographs: Courtesy of Filipe Xavier Oliveira

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“Presenting Architecture” Exhibition

The AIA San Francisco is currently featuring an exhibit curated by Robert Becker titled, “Presenting Architecture” which is currently on now until April 26th. The show highlights ‘case studies’ of architectural model makers, photographers and visualization experts along with a…

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Michael Meredith: “Playful Experimentation and Criticism” Lecture

The Design Criticism Department (D-CRIT) at the School of Visual Arts will be hosting the “Playful Experimentation and Criticism” lecture featuring Michael Meredith, co-principal and co-founder of MOS. With MOS being an architectural practice that was born out of playful…

Ph4 House / T38 Studio + Pablo Casals-Aguirre

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Architects: T38 Studio & Pablo Casals-Aguirre
Location: Tijuana, Baja ,
Design Team: María José López, Alfonso Medina, Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Mauricio Kuri, Oscar González
Collaborators: Lucía Arroyo, AlinaCastañeda y Adriana Medina
Area: 496 sqm
Years: 2010-2011
Photographs: Alfonso Medina, Oscar Gonzalez, AlfredoZertuche

Flashback: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth / Tadao Ando

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Architect: Tadao Ando
Location: Fort Worth, ,
Site Architect: Kendall-Heaton Associates
Landscape Architect: SWA Group
Structural Engineer: Thornton-Tomasetti/Ellisor-Tanner Engineers
Contractor: Linbeck Construction Corp.
Project Area: 10.96 acres
Project Year: 2002
Photographs: Liao Yusheng