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Prince Arthur's Landing / Brook McIlroy

© David Whittaker
© David Whittaker
  • Architects: Brook McIlroy
  • Location: Thunder Bay’s, Ontario, Canada
  • Intern Architect: Ryan Gorrie
  • Consulting Architects: Leonard Alfred Wood Architects
  • Aboriginal Community Consultation: Aboriginal Strategy Group
  • Artist: Randy Thomas
  • Photographs: David Whittaker

© David Whittaker © David Whittaker © David Whittaker © David Whittaker

Public Toilets in the Tête d'Or Park / Jacky Suchail Architects

© Franck Fleury
© Franck Fleury

© Franck Fleury © Franck Fleury © Franck Fleury © Franck Fleury

Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin / Platoon Cultural Development

  • Architects: Platoon Cultural Development
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Area: 435.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin

Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin

Camp at Cabot Beach / Studio North

  • Architects: Studio North
  • Location: Malpeque, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Collaborators: Clayton Blackman, Andrew Choptiany, Sam Lock
  • Area: 3900.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Matthew Kennedy

© Matthew Kennedy © Matthew Kennedy © Matthew Kennedy © Matthew Kennedy

Olarra Winery Centre / IA+B Arkitektura Taldea

  • Architects: Iñaki Aurrekoetxea, Alex Laskurain
  • Location: Busturia, Spain
  • Collaborators: Ignacio Lumbreras, Garbiñe Olabarri, Itsaso Ugarte, Arkaitz Ugarteburu, Saioa Zabala
  • Area: 1066.0 sqm
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz

A Brief History of BIM

"Patrick Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects wrote about the influence of BIM and parametric software in the Parametricist Manifesto, recognizing the impact of software on style in avant-garde design." Image via the Parametricisit Manifesto.
"Patrick Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects wrote about the influence of BIM and parametric software in the Parametricist Manifesto, recognizing the impact of software on style in avant-garde design." Image via the Parametricisit Manifesto.

This brief history of BIM ("the software that has disrupted traditional methods of representation and collaboration in architecture") comes to us thanks to our friend at the Architecture Research LabMichael S Bergin.

Casas Casicata / DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados

  • Architects: DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados
  • Location: Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Architect In Charge: Javier Duran and Maria Augusta Hermida
  • Area: 581.02 sqm
  • Photographs: Sebastián Crespo

© Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo

Despite Controversy, Michael Maltzan Architecture's "Lens" Will Go On

© Michael Maltzan Architecture
© Michael Maltzan Architecture

Despite petitions and pending lawsuits against the project, the St. Petersburg City Council declared last night that Michael Maltzan Architecture's $50 million re-design of the city pier will go on. 

The project, known as "The Lens," has hit speed-bumps due to local dissidents, who have been vocally wary of the new Pier's price-tag/design and have called for a voter referendum. However, the architects have been sensitive to the process; since first winning the competition in January (beating out both BIG and West 8), the firm has taken part in local workshops in order to get community input, making some significant changes to the original design. 

After receiving local criticism that the Pier include more things "to do" and more shading, the firm has adjusted the design to include two restaurants, shaded balconies, and - in order to improve access - a road that can support service vehicles and a tram. Most noticeably, the plan for an underwater reef garden, the signature feature which gave the project its name, has had to be scratched: scientists have determined that a reef garden would be unrealistic with Tampa Bay's dark water

Last night's 7-1 vote determined that the project will now receive funding in smaller, pre-approved increments in order to safeguard against potential legal complications. However, no mater the outcome, the closure and the demolition of the current St. Petersburg Pier will take place between May and August 2013; if all goes to plan for Michael Maltzan Architecture, "The Lens" will open in summer 2015.

See updated Renderings for "The Lens," and a really cool video, after the break...

© Michael Maltzan Architecture According to thenewstpetepier.com, "Adjacent to parking facilities and located on land at the base of the Pier, the Hub will be the primary retail and restaurant destination for the new Pier. An elevated walkway along the water’s edge will offer unparalleled views of the dramatic Pier canopy, and space will be provided for retail, restaurant and other concessions." Photo © Michael Maltzan Architecture. © Michael Maltzan Architecture © Michael Maltzan Architecture

Villa Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

© Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana

Techshed / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

© Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher

To Enjoy To Listen

To Enjoy To Listen is composed of four chapters: cinemas, theaters, music halls and performing arts centers. The book aims not only visually beautiful, but also indeed practical, telling some design skills of theater buildings with a combination of gorgeous photos, elaborate drawings, a fresh layout and vivid descriptions. It even shows in a particular way with images of auditoriums, stages, foyers and corridors etc. Readers may get a deep understanding of architectural design while enjoying plays and music here.

4 Architects Among Recipients of $50,000 USA Fellowships

Although the amount may be nowhere near a MacArthur "genius grant," the $50,000 Prizes awarded by United States Artists are given on the same, awesome premise: no strings attached. 

This year's 50 recipients included visual artists, dancers, musicians - and 4 architect/designers. Check out the lucky 4, after the break...

2013 Folly Competition

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park is currently inviting architects to submit proposals for the 2013 Folly Competition, a design/build studio residency, and chance to build an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, a unique urban waterfront park in Queens, NY. Socrates and the League welcome proposals from all emerging architects and designers for large-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. The deadline for submissions is January 7. For more information, please visit here.

Cabrera / Hauser Ziblat

Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat

Architects: Hauser Ziblat Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina Design Team: German Hauser, Daniela Ziblat Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat

Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat

NR2 House / Roberto Burneo Arquitectos

© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho

Architects: Roberto Burneo Arquitectos Location: Balcon de Valle, Quito Canton, Ecuador Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 904 sqm Photographs: Sebastián Crespo Camacho

© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho