Portland Street Duplex / MPR Design Group

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Architects: MPR Design Group
Location: , New South Wales, Australia
Design Team: Kevin Ng, Luke Durack and Brian Meyerson
Completion: 2011
Area: Approximately 750 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman

   

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‘LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition’ Exhibition

Three companies demonstrated their commitment to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. by recreating significant works in LEGO® bricks in the spirit of the Museum’s current and landmark exhibition LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition. These three new models, containing more…

Block 64 / Loos Architects

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Architects: Loos Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: De Principaal / De Key, Amsterdam
Design: Miguel Loos
Design Team: Tamara Hopman, Ewoud Ruifrok, Jacco van der Linden, Belen Ramirez, Raoul Vleugels, Luca Miserocchi, Zuzanna Bujacz, Katarina Vranova
Completion: 2011
Building Costs: € 10,250,000 – (excl. VAT)
Floor Area: 10,600 sqm
Photographs: Allard van der Hoek

Steigereiland / diederendirrix

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Architects: diederendirrix
Location: Steigereiland, ,
Area: 270 sqm
Client: Mr. van Bree, Mrs. van Winden
Project Team: Paul Diederen, Fabianne Riolo, Cyriel Heemels
Photographs: Arthur Bagen

Demolishing Freeways and Reviving American Cities

San Francisco Embarcadero © Russell Mondy

As cities grapple with budget cuts and rising infrastructure costs, the value of removing costly freeways has been gaining more attention. Boulevard conversions are now being considered as a cost-effective, practical alternative to rebuilding expensive expressways. At first, most residents gasp at the thought of removing their local freeway and for good reason; it seems counterintuitive. Nobody likes it when their drive home is prolonged due to heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic, so we should make our freeways wider! Not tear them down…right?

John Norquist, former Mayor of Milwaukee (1988-2004), current CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism and author of The Wealth of Cities, was recently interviewed by Next American City to discuss highway removal and “our congestion obsession”. Norquist’s best known achievement as Mayor of Milwaukee was demolishing the Park East Freeway – 1960s-era expressway that restricted access to the city’s downtown.

Continue reading after the break for more on this subject and to view the top twelve freeways pending their demise.

Volksschule Wallenmahd / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten

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Architects: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten
Location: , Bachmähdle,
Client: Stadt Dornbirn
Project Years: 2010 – 2011
Floor Space: 2,000 sqm
Volume: 17,500 cbm
Building Costs: 4.5 million Euro
Photographs: Bruno Klomfar

   

Renovation for a Two Storey House / Studio GGA

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Architects: Studio GGA
Location: Jardim América district, São Paulo,
Completion: 2012
Total Area: 145 sqm
Project Designers: Gianpaolo Granato, Pedro Domingues Silva, Leandro Gushiken, Edson Maruyama e Marcela Arone.
Photographs: Fran Parente

Video: Panel Discussion on Filming Architecture

Imagine Jeanne Gang’s Starlight Theater. You are standing under the origami-shaped roof as it begins to open like petals on a flower. One moment you are sheltered by a heavy metal roof and the next you are staring up at the blue sky. Many expect architectural filmmakers have the goal of recreating architectural experiences such as these, however architectural filmmaker Red Mike disagrees. He believes film is not meant to compete with the actually experience of architecture, but rather “help communicate architecture for the betterment of architecture.”

In this panel discussion architecture critic Edward Lifson, architecture film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, architecture filmmaker Red Mike and architecture critic Lee Bey discuss the different art forms of architecture, film and digital photography. Join the discussion and share your thoughts as they compare an architectural filmmaker to a “bird watcher”, an architectural photographer to a “hunter” and question whether architectural film and photography has physically changed the way we design.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital / HKS Architects

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Arizona’s Phoenix Children’s Hospital, designed and renovated by HKS Architects, is an 11-story tower facility that is one of the largest pediatric campuses in the country.  The building is part of a larger campus and a part of Phoenix’s community, which was a factor in determining the aesthetics of the new architecture.  The design team was challenged to enhance the campus, improving upon its existing planning and flexibility, and staying true to the facility’s vision of providing children’s care in a comfortable atmosphere.

More on this project after the break.

 

Architectural Photographers: Christian Richters

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Born in Munster – Germany and now based in Berlin, Christian Richters‘ working area is currently all over Europe, the and Asia, shooting projects for some renown architects like Bernard TschumiToyo ItoZaha HadidUN Studio and David Chipperfield among others. He studied design and photography at the Folkwang Art School in Essen, but it was architecture that finally drove his career to the next level… And we are very lucky for that. He now works with VIEW Pictures, where you can check out his extensive portfolio of amazing architecture.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I have always been photographing – it started as a hobby when I was a young boy, and already then it was buildings, streets, industrial sites, ships which fascinated me.

After finishing my studies at Folkwang Art School in Essen, Germany, I initially mainly photographed historic architecture for books and magazines. In the early 1990s there was a shift towards contemporary architecture, and more and more architects were becoming my clients. This is what I am focussed on today, but I still maintain working on long-term historic projects for book publishers or NGOs.

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New Finnish Architecture – The New Generation / Newly Dawn – Emerging Finnish Architects

New Finnish Architecture – The New Generation, taking place April 20-21 in New York, will include two events on young architects & architecture practices by Newly Dawn – Emerging Finnish Architects…. The events introduce the most interesting young, up-and-coming

Villa S / buerger katsota architects

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Architects: buerger katsota architects
Location: Hietzing, , Austria
Built Area: 650 sqm
Design Team: Stephan Buerger, Dimitra Katsota, Tassos Govatsos
Completion: 2011
Photographer: Jürgen Hammerschmied

   

Fukoku Tower / Dominique Perrault

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: 2-4, Komatsubara, Kita-ku, Osaka,
Client: Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
Associated Architect: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
Engineering: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
Development Director: Mitsubishi Estate Group
Site Area: 3,900 sqm
Built Area: 68,500 sqm (including car park)
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

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theCharrette / Tulane School of Architecture

theCharrette, an architecture and design publication written and produced by students at the Tulane School of Architecture, focuses on the power of journalism to expose and investigate themes, trends, and subtleties in an interdisciplinary context both within the city of…

Contemporary Home on the Range / Zervas Group Architects

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Architects: Zervas Group Architects
Location: , WA,
Structural Engineer: BTL Engineering, Eric Dann
Site Area: 120 Acres
House Area: 2,500 SF
Owners: Howard and Judy Holz
Photographs: Doug Scott

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Skanska: Bridging Prague International Design Competition

The Skanska: Bridging Prague International Design Competition, announced by reSITE Festival, ARCHIP (Architectural Institute in Prague) and Skanska, seeks to find new conceptions and proposals for the River Vltava, in Prague, Czech Republic. The scope of the competition is the…

CAI Perifericos / EDU

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Architects: Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano EDU - Medellin Taller de Diseño Gerencia de Proyectos Urbanos
Location: Medellín,
Year: 2009 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of EDU

Changzhou Culture Center / gmp Architekten

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gmp Architekten was recently awarded the first prize in the international competition to build the Culture Center in the newly created city center. With a total floor area of 365,000 square meters, the building in this city of three million, between Wuxi and Nanjing, is six times the size of the Louvre in Paris. Reflecting elements of ’s southern Chinese culture and the city’s prominent water features, their design includes a number of museums such as an arts museum, a science and technology museum and a library, together with service facilities supporting the center for culture in the Xinbei district of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.