Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology / CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects

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The project by CHYBIK+KRISTOF Associated Architects for the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Technology is based on the idea of maximal respect to the character of the park’s locality in the city center for which it is designed. It is a complex of separate pavilions based on the floor plan of the existing built-up area of provisional assembled buildings, so-called likusáks. The concept of the project presupposes an interaction between education, culture and the public. Its realization will significantly contribute to revitalize the neglected eastern part of the park on Kraví hora. More images and architects‘ description after the break.

Alternative Car Park Tower / Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski, Borys Wrzeszcz

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The main concept of the Alternative Car Park Tower, titled ‘Sky Street’, by Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski and Borys Wrzeszcz was to create parking spaces as an extension of the street. Typical city-street features with a traffic lane, parking spaces, sidewalk and tram was taken out which helped to shape their building form. More images and project description after the break.

Redevelopment of 150 Holborn / Make Architects

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Ocubis Ltd, development manager for owners Laffly Ltd, has announced that planning permission has been granted by the Borough of Camden in early December for the comprehensive renovation and redevelopment of 150 Holborn, situated at the corner of Holborn and Grays Inn Road. The building designed by Make Architects, which is located immediately adjacent to Chancery Lane Tube station, will be substantially remodelled and extended to create 80,000 sq ft prime office space and six one, two and three-bedroom apartments, which together complement the existing 30,000 sq ft of retail space at ground-floor level. More images and project description after the break.

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) / Sheppard Robson

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Architect: Sheppard Robson
Location: Lancaster,
Client: Lancaster University
M&E Engineer: Hoare Lee
Structural Engineer: SKM Consulting
Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 4,900 sqm
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Free Online Course: Making Green Buildings

Join Professor Martin Fischer in a free online course on Making Green Buildings. Starting this month, the class will focus on improving sustainability within the built environment. In this course, you will learn how to manage project teams in order to better design and construct sustainable buildings. The free course aims to spread the knowledge of the sustainable building process so everyone may participate. “Such integrated and holistic project management approach requires a new mindset and novel methods, which are taught in the class.”

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picNYC Transforms Urban Dining

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Haiko Cornelissen Architecten recently unveiled their picNYC table with a live grass table top.  Inspired by wave of initiatives, the picNYC takes this concept into the house at a micro level. A folded lightweight aluminum table top and legs provide the necessary structure to support the stone drainage bed, soil and grass. With the grass option, spilling water while dining no longer becomes an issue, but rather a necessity. However, should one require a finely groomed lawn on top, the grass will need to be cut by hand. Other options suitable for the picNYC include an endless opportunity for planting with a wide range of greenery ranging from flowers, to fruits and vegetables.

Malpica Harbour / CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos

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Architects: CREUSeCARRASCO Arquitectos
Location: Malpica Port, La Coruña,
Project + Work Directors: Juan Creus, Covadonga Carrasco
Collaborators: Francisco Rosell, Felipe Riola, Roi Feijoo, Belén Salgado, Alexandre Antunes, Bárbara Mesquita, Laura Coladas
Completion: January 2009
Total Cost: 2,843,239.43 euros
Intervention Area: 13,710 sqm
Photographs: CREUSeCARRASCO arquitectos, Xoan Piñón 


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Europan 11 Proposal: ‘Multitalented City’ / PUPA

The ‘Multitalented City’ by PUPA (Public Urbanism Personal Architecture)… is a winning proposal for the Europan 11 which creates a new identity for an old university campus at the periphery of Reims, France. The campus is transformed into a flexible

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Atlanta History Center Proposal / Stanley Beaman & Sears

The story of the phoenix is a well-worn metaphor for the history of Atlanta. Reborn from its own ashes, the mythological bird symbolizes reinvention, difficulties and breakthroughs, a resurgent spirit and a shining unwritten future full of hope. Likewise, the…

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Shebraber School / EthiopiaStudio2.0

Shebraber School is a collaborative project designed by EthiopiaStudio2.0…, a second-generation team of eleven Arizona State University M.Arch graduate students, led by practicing local architect Jack DeBartolo 3. This fall, students had the unique opportunity to travel to a

First People’s Hospital / HMC Architects

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The design for the First People’s Hospital by HMC Architects aims to create a sustainable healthcare architecture, an idea new to the practice of the region. The project, which was the winner of the national AIA Academy of Architecture for Health 2011 Unbuilt award, features green design elements which optimize building performance. In addition, these elements create a healing environment, further its mission for community outreach, and evolve with cultural uniqueness. Its iconic architecture engages the local historical values and building industry/material. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ice Hockey Stadium Of Ondrej Nepela / Fischer Architects

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Architect: Fischer Architects
Location: Bratislava,
Client: Capital city of Slovakia Bratislava
Design team: Dušan Fischer, JánJacko, Richard Koseček, ZoranSamoľ, MojmírVychodil, Igor Lauko, KatarínaFischerová, DušanKolenkáš, Tamara Závodná, JurajZávodný
Completion date: 4/2011
Area: 55,000 sqm
Capacity: 10,076 spectators, 3 ice rinks, 370 parking lots in underground garage
Photographs: Pavel Meluš


Arche Nebra / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Wangen, ,
Project title: Arche Nebra (Nebra Ark)
Type: Visitor center and observation tower
Client: Burgenlandkreis, Kreisverwaltung
Year: 2007
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Assemblage wins competition for Economic Housing in Iraq

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The -based firm Assemblage has won the United Nations HABITAT international architecture competition for the design of new housing in Iraq. The competition is part of a larger program by UN-HABITAT and the Iraq government to construct new housing across the country. After succeeding teams from the Netherlands, France and other Arab states, Assemblage plans to refine their proposal and prepare their design for construction sometime within this year. Continue reading for more details on the project.

XV House / RS + Robert Skitek

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Architects: RS + Robert Skitek 
Location: ,
Project Team: Robert Skitek, Robert Wilczok, Paulina Bełoniak, Michał Lisiński, Barbara Kotas, Dawid Marszolik
Structure: PROBEX Marian Urbanik
Completion: 2011
Project Area: 475 sqm
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski 


Myer Bourke Street Redevelopment / NH Architecture

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Architect: NH Architecture
Location: 314 – 336 Bourke Street, Melbourne,
Completed: December 2010
Project Value: AUS$225 million
Gross Floor Area: 47,000 sqm
Client: Colonial First State Global Asset Management
Photographs: John Gollings, Dianna Snape


La Grajera Winery / Virai Arquitectos

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Architects: Virai Arquitectos 
Location: Finca de La Grajera, Logroño, ,
Design Team: Marta Parra, Jesús Aramendía, Laila Arias, Juan Manuel Herranz, Federico Wulff, Jorge Garrudo, Christian Alvarez, Rodrigo Aragón, Guillermo Lacarra, María Aramendía and Stepan Martinovsly
Area: 6,900 sqm
Year: Completed 2011
Budget: 11,292,757 Euros
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas, Diego Carreño


TEDx: Why does everyone hate modern architecture? / David Chipperfield

In this Tedx talk,  of David Chipperfield Architects was invited to discuss the distrust that people feel about architecture, from a practitioners point of view, with the seductively titled talk: Why does everyone hate modern architecture?  Chipperfield asks us to consider architecture of the everyday – buildings that are being built on a daily basis, not the notable and expensive projects that are the exception.  In looking at today’s architecture, he laments over what he perceives to be, an unsuccessful way in which the majority of buildings are designed.

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