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MAXXI's 2013 Young Architects Program Finalists

The MAXXI Museum in Rome has announced the five young designers who will compete for the opportunity to design and build a space for live summer events in the large courtyard of the MoMA PS1 in NY, the MAXXI Plaza in Rome, and - for the first time - at Turkey's Istanbul Modern.

Each of the finalist's projects will also be displayed as exhibitions at the four institutions participating in the Young Architects Program (YAP): the MAXXI, the MoMA PS1, Constructo (a Chilean cultural institution), and Istanbul Modern. 

The five finalists have until January 2013 to submit their proposals. The chosen project will be constructed and inaugurated in June. 

More information of the five finalists, after the break...

Villa K / Baumschlager Eberle

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe

Nike Pop Up Showroom / Maggie Peng & Albert Tien

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Nursery School in Dos Hermanas / Carmen Sánchez Blanes

© Lolo Vasco
© Lolo Vasco
  • Architect: Carmen Sánchez Blanes
  • Location: Dos Hermanas, Sevilla, Spain
  • Area: 1,319 sqm
  • Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Lolo Vasco

© Lolo Vasco © Lolo Vasco © Lolo Vasco © Lolo Vasco

Nursery In Zarautz / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos

  • Architects: Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos
  • Location: Indamendi Kalea, 20800 Zarautz, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Ignacio Quemada
  • Design Team: Ibón Pérez Murguiondo
  • Structure: José Antonio Gurruchaga
  • Installations: JG Ingenieros
  • Technical Architect: Juan Cruz Lizarraga
  • Budget: € 765,794
  • Area: 692.0 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Alejo Bagué

© Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué

Seville 24/7 Center Proposal / Ayrat Khusnutdinov & Zhang Liheng

The Seville 24/7 center, proposed by Ayrat Khusnutdinov & Zhang Liheng, adopts the famous Spanish traditions of street life. Their project would create a retreat from the harsh sun of Andalucia, Spain and extend the street life to 24 hours of the day and 7 days of the week. Seville 24/7 is not only about holiday or cultural side of Seville, but more importantly, everyday human interaction. More images and architects’ description after the break.

RC House / Esc Arquitectos

© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes

Architects: Esc Arquitectos Location: MTZ, Veracruz, México Design And Construction: Rafael Ojeda Núñez Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes

Tower of London Competition 1890

© Descriptive illustrated catalogue of the sixty-eight competitive designs for the great tower for London compiled and edited by Fred. C. Lynde
© Descriptive illustrated catalogue of the sixty-eight competitive designs for the great tower for London compiled and edited by Fred. C. Lynde

While the Eiffel Tower was negatively received at first for its utilitarian appearance, it soon became a major attraction for Paris, France in the late 19th century. It represented structural ingenuity and innovation and soon became a major feat, rising to 300 meters of7,500 tons of steel and iron. Just three years after its unveiling, London sponsored a competition for its own version of the tower in 1890. The Tower Company, Limited collected 68 designs, all variations of the design of the Eiffel Tower. Proposals were submitted from the United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Turkey and Australia.  Many of the designs are bizarre interpretations of utilitarian structures, following the aesthetics of the Eiffel Tower, only bigger and taller. Join us after the break for more on the story of the Tower of London.

Video: Ross Lovegrove & Mariko Mori, In Conversation

Moleskine Debate: Wiel Arets, Peter Wilson and Cino Zucchi

The Sketch, Script, Score. Figures of Architectural Thinking event is a conversation between Wiel Arets, Peter Wilson and Cino Zucchi presenting the “Inspiration and Process in Architecture” Moleskine book series. The event takes place at ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin on December 14th at 6:00pm. Which role does drawing still have in the design process? Which are the most frequent sources of inspiration to influence the theoretical work that is behind the making of architecture? The debate means to investigate the role that tools like drawing, sketching, taking notes, still have in the design process of contemporary architects. The discussion will encourage debate on what could be the tools of architectural thinking and design, in relation to drawing which remains the most powerful means of conceptualizing and representing architecture.

Sustainable Market Square Competition Entry / Joan Alomar

The proposal by Joan Alomar, of Estudio Lunar, presents a building that completes the urban block and blends in to the neighborhood of Casablanca. This concept leads the architecture that mimics the events at it’s surroundings, the nature, vernacular architecture, etc. To blend is the rational sustainable concept to exist without causing a disturbance. Sustainability as a complete concept is not only about saving energy, the building first needs to be socially useful and improve the neighborhood, that’s the first target of this market; it’s not only a market hall. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yad Lebanim Competition Entry / Moshe Fluhr, Lee Davidson Lehrer, Yinnon Lehrer

The proposal for the ‘Yad Lebanim’ (Fallen Sons’ Commemoration) memorial homes are designed as programmatic hybrids, teaming a military memorial hall with a civic community center. Designed by architects Moshe Fluhr, Lee Davidson Lehrer, and Yinnon Lehrer, the project reflects a constant dualism in Israeli Society, struggling to exist between the extremes of past and present, war and peace, sacred and profane. The 2.5 hectare site, which is situated in the entrance to Ramat Yishay, gives the opportunity to answer the needs of the community, while creating a building that emblemizes local values. More images and architects’ description after the break.

47% House / Kochi Architect's Studio

  • Architects: Kochi Architect's Studio
  • Location: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Kazuyasu Kochi
  • Constractor: Nakano Koumuten
  • Site Area: 172.1 sqm
  • Area: 97.7 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daichi Ano

© Daichi Ano © Daichi Ano © Daichi Ano © Daichi Ano

Rotherham Central Station / Aedas

© Daniel Hopkinson
© Daniel Hopkinson
  • Architects: Aedas
  • Location: Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK
  • Structural Engineer: Arup, Leeds
  • Funding Contributors: Yorkshire forward, Network Rail (Access for all Scheme)
  • Client: South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE)
  • Area: 1150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson

© Daniel Hopkinson © Daniel Hopkinson © Daniel Hopkinson © Daniel Hopkinson

Mandeville Canyon Residence / Griffin Enright Architects

  • Architects: Griffin Enright Architects
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Architects In Charge: John Enright, Margaret Griffin
  • Area: 427.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter

Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter Courtesy of Tim Street-Porter

Brasilia Government Forges Controversial Contract with Singapore

Aerial View of Brasilia: Capital of Brazil
Aerial View of Brasilia: Capital of Brazil

One of the most talked-about topics of the XXIV Pan American Congress of Architects (XXIV CPA), which took place this November in Maceió, Brazil, was the Brazilian Government’s controversial move to contract consulting company Jurong, based in Singapore, with designing a new Masterplan for Brasilia.

Jurong’s "Brasilia Plan 2060,” which was chosen by the government with no outside participation or input, was criticized not only by Brazilian architects and urban planners, but by the majority of American and European professionals present at the XXIV CPA.

President of the UIA (International Union of Architects), Albert Dubler, stressed that community participation must be a crucial part of any wide-scale urban planning endeavor such as this. "We can not solve the problems of Brasilia without consulting the public. You need governance. I cannot imagine how this dialogue will happen with Singapore.” Dubler continued: “To have an idea represents 5% of a project. The design,10%. But 85% of any project is to discuss it with people - to convince the public."