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Zhengzhou Airport District Urban Planning EXhibition Centre Proposal / AUA

Constituting the northern portion of the planned ‘Future Square’ in the rapidly developing Airport District of Zhengzhou, China, Atelier of Urban Architecture (AUA)‘s design is an iconic addition to the area. The proposed urban planning exhibition centre and associated landscape consists of various programs that are organized on the folding floor slabs, bringing visitors around the centre piece of the exhibition – the physical model, which itself is positioned within a sunken space on ground level. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Landmark Miami DawnTown Ideas Competition

DawnTown is launching Landmark Miami, their latest ideas competition for the 2013 season. The competition is centered around the idea of how cities are recognized and perceived through architecture. Many cities worldwide are instantly identified by their exclusive architectural elements: Seattle has the Space Needle, St.Louis has the Arch, Paris the Eiffel Tower, etc. So what is Miami’s landmark? They are calling all designers, professionals and students to add a new landmark representing what Miami is about today and for the future. The deadline for submissions is April 15. For more information, please visit here.

BIG’s West 57th Pyramid Wins Final Approval

© BIG
© BIG

After an “arduous” public review and a heated debate over affordable housing, New York’s City Council has unanimously awarded final approval to BIG’s tetrahedral-shaped West 57th apartment building in Manhattan. As reported by Crain’s New York Business, a compromise has been made to include 173 affordable housing units within the 32-story, 750-unit residential building and the neighboring industrial building that will be converted into 100 additional rental apartments. As you may recall, the community board and Councilwoman Gail Brewer initially threatened to “torpedo the project” if the apartments were only made affordable for a 35 year period. However, Durst apparently won them over by contributing one million dollars into an affordable housing fund. 

"The good news, which is the matra of my office and community board No. 4, is there will be, yes, by law, 35 years of income-restricted affordable housing," stated City Councilwoman Brewer, who represents the area.

Amarante’s Hospital / ACXT

  • Architects: ACXT
  • Location: Amarante, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: David Coutinho Correia
  • Design Team: Inês Coelho, Francisca Bastos, Marcelo Dantas, Francisco Eloy, Jorge Paquete
  • Structure: Silvia Castillo Martins, João Almeida, Rita Fernández
  • Environmental Engineering: Álvaro Santos, André Mendes, José Sereno
  • Client: Centro Hospitalario do Tâmega e Sousa
  • Area: 21,000 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

GENyO Laboratories / Planho

© Alejandro González
© Alejandro González

© Alejandro González © Alejandro González © Alejandro González © Alejandro González

Non-Design: Architecture's (Counter-Intuitive) Future

Quinta Monroy development after occupation. © Cristobal Palma
Quinta Monroy development after occupation. © Cristobal Palma

Global architecture underwent a seismic shift in the 20th Century. Governments, keen to mitigate the impoverishing effects of rapid urbanization and two world wars embarked on ambitious social housing programs, pairing with modernists who promised that design could be the solution to social inequality and poverty. Today, the problems inherent in these mid-century tower blocks are well documented and well known, and these modernist solutions to poverty are often seen as ill-conceived failures.

If the 20th century was all about designing to solve social problems, then the 21st century has been about the exact opposite – not designing to solve social problems. These days, it is much more common to see architects praising the social order and even aesthetic of illegal slums, which in many cases provide their residents with a stronger community and higher quality of life than did many formal social housing projects of the past. The task of architects (both today's and tomorrow's) is to develop this construction logic: to use design and, rather counter-intuitively, non-design to lift these urban residents out of their impoverished conditions.

More on the social potential of non-design after the break...

Wanka House / Galera Estudio

  • Architects: Galera Estudio
  • Location: Cariló, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge: Ariel Galera
  • Design Team: Horacio Riga, Diego Ballario, Veronica Coleman
  • Structure: Carlos Bereilh
  • Plot: 1,000 sqm
  • Area: 470.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Diego Medina

© Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina © Diego Medina

Budapest Students Design Sustainable House for Indoor and Outdoor Living

It may look unassuming, but this sleek black box is the culmination of a two-year long collaboration of more than 50 students from 7 different faculties of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Initially envisioned by two architecture students and built for the European Solar Decathlon 2012 in Madrid, the goal of Odooproject was to encourage a new sustainable life by designing a house where as much time as possible can be spent outdoors.

More information about Odooproject after the break...

© Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi

BRG Neusiedl am See / Solid Architecture

© Kurt Kuball
© Kurt Kuball
  • Architects: Solid Architecture
  • Location: Neusiedl am See, Australia
  • Site Area: 26270.00 sqm
  • Gross Area: 9206.00 sqm
  • Useable Surface: 6812.00 sqm
  • Built up Area: 5648.00 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Kurt Kuball

© Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball

Interstice / Fabi Architekten BDA

© Herbert Stolz
© Herbert Stolz

© Herbert Stolz © Herbert Stolz © Herbert Stolz © Herbert Stolz

Raffles City Ningbo / SPARK

  • Architects: SPARK
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann, Stephen Pimbley
  • Design Team: Jacky Chen, Yuhua Chen, Yuen Yuen Chen, Jan Felix Clostermann, Shu Fan, Jiarkai Guo, Vivian Huang, Akin Jabar, Yun Wu Jian, RenJie Li, Wenhui Lim, Minghao Liu, Oren Rabinowitz, Christian Taeubert, Wao Tao Wang, Chengming Xu, Wenzhen Yee, Hua Zhang
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: FG + SG

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG

Valle de Egüés Town Hall / Otxotorena Arquitectos

  • Architects: Otxotorena Arquitectos
  • Location: Egüés, Navarra, España
  • Architect in Charge: Juan M. Otxotorena
  • Collaborator Architects: Gloria Herrera, Iñigo Jiménez
  • Structural Engineer: José Ignacio Etayo
  • Construction Company: ACR
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas

RDM Innovation Dock / Groosman

  • Architects: Groosman
  • Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Theo Peekstok

© Theo Peekstok © Theo Peekstok © Theo Peekstok © Theo Peekstok

House VMVK / dmvA

  • Architects: dmvA
  • Location: Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium
  • Design Team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Valerie Lonnoy, Katrien Geerinckx
  • Area: 506.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Frederik Vercruysse

© Frederik Vercruysse © Frederik Vercruysse © Frederik Vercruysse © Frederik Vercruysse

Hi-pod / BKK Architects +

© Peter Bennetts © Mark Wilson © Mark Wilson © Mark Wilson

In Progress: The Biomuseo / Frank Gehry

The Puente de Vida Museum, more commonly referred to as The Biomuseo, will be Frank Gehry's first design in all of Latin America. It is located in Panama in the area called Amador, which sits only a few blocks from the country's principal cruise port and is adjacent to Panama City. The mission of the Biomuseo is to "offer an impressing and educational experience about the biodiversity and emergence of the isthmus in Panama in order to motivate all Panamanians to get to know and to value this natural component of their identity, as well as to generate in all its visitors the need to protect the environment" (Biomuseo Website). The Biomuseo intends to explore the importance of Panama's biological systems and its emergence as a geological link between North and South America, both of which have had global impacts many are unaware of.