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Childminders Centre (Haus der Tagesmütter) in Selb / TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

The 2013 Architect’s Eye Photography Competition

Organized by International Art Consultants (IAC) and supported by The Royal Photographic Society, the Architect’s Eye competition has been celebrating and encouraging architects’ passion for photography since 2007. Now, in its fourth edition, UK architects are challenged to submit photos into two distinct categories: Architecture and Place and Architecture and People. The former focuses solely on the aesthetics of the architecture and places it creates, while the latter explores and celebrates the interaction of people with the environments created by architects. There are no restrictions on which buildings qualify for the competition.

Breathing Prototypes Workshop

Parametrica [Digi Fab School] invites you to BREATHING PROTOTYPES Workshop (19-25 February 2013) to participate in the digital design build workshop, seeking to create an inventive collaborative environment. The workshop is part of a series of PARAMETRICA events aimed in promoting and exploring the world of parametric design. 

The workshop is aimed at: students, postgraduates, architects, interior, product and urban designers, engineers, anybody interested. All the details after the break.

In Progress: Schwäbischer Verlag / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter
  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Karlstraße 20, 88212 Ravensburg, Germany
  • Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Uta Böcker, Tobias Gehrke, Ramón Alvarez-Roa, Ole Hallier
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter

Student Housing (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) / H Arquitectes + dataAE

  • Architects: H Arquitectes, dataAE
  • Location: Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team H Arquitectes: David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó
  • Design Team dataAE: Claudi Aguiló, Albert Domingo
  • Collaborators: ÀBAC Enginyers, Societat Orgànica
  • Constructor: Constructora d’Aro
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Adrià Goula, Courtesy of H Arquitectes + dataAE

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Kromhout Barracks / Karres en Brands + Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten

  • Architects: Karres en Brands, Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Bart Brands, Sylvia Karres, Lieneke van Campen, Jeroen Marseille, Uta Krause, Paul Portheine, Joost de Natris, Jim Navarro
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders, Aeroview

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders

Reading Spaces, Spaces for Reading: A look at Singapore's Culture of Reading

This article comes to us courtesy of author Jason Weean artist, curator, and writer who directs Grey Projects in Singapore. It originally appeared on the Guggenheim's blog on January 14th, 2013.

Kengo Kuma Designs New Museum at China Academy of Art in Xiangshan

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

To further the promotion of art education, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and China Academy of Art in Xiangshan have announced plans to construct a new university within the hilly suburbs of Hangzhou by the Spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the Museum at the China Academy of Art will harmonize with the lush topography and resist modifying any existing slopes to accommodate the 4,936 square meter facility. Instead, the museum’s configuration will mimic the lozenge shaped pattern that was discovered within the contour lines, generating a fluid exhibition space with linear and altering floor levels buffered by partially external galleries.

In addition, Kengo Kuma is investigating the possibility of reusing clay tiles and stones from Hangzhou's old house district so the body of the museum may appear as if the “soil of the tea gardens” were “transformed into architecture”.

More images after the break.

AD Interviews: Edouard François

Back when I was an architecture student I was very impressed by the early works of French architect and urban planner Edouard François, which introduced new ways to understand the relation between nature and architecture.

Club House Punta Lago / Seijo Peon Arquitectos

  • Architects Office: Seijo Peon Arquitectos
  • Location: Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Architect: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada
  • Collaborators: Marco Sogbi
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Tamara Uribe

© Tamara Uribe © Tamara Uribe © Tamara Uribe © Tamara Uribe

Holiday Home in the Algarve / Hilberink Bosch Architects

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit

Call for Proposals: Deborah J. Norden Fund

In memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, the Deborah J. Norden Fund is calling for proposals from students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies for awards up to $5000 in travel and study grants. A program of The Architectural League of New York, participants must submit a maximum three-page proposal, which succinctly describes the objectives of the grant request and how it will contribute to the applicant’s intellectual and creative development. The deadline for submissions is April 17. For more information, please visit here.

5th Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale*Shenzhen Appoints Curatorial Teams

Courtesy of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizer Committee
Courtesy of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizer Committee

The Organizing Committee of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture today officially announced the Chief Curatorship selection for the 5th Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale*Shenzhen. This biennale will be delivered by two curatorial teams, consisting of Team Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson. Ole Bouman will act as Creative Director. He will collaborate with Stylepark on Urban Labs. Meanwhile, Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson will be the Academic Directors. The 5th edition of UABB*Shenzhen will open in Shekou, Shenzhen at the end of 2013. More information after the break.

'Culture:City' Exhibition

Taking place March 14-May 26, the ‘Culture:City’ exhibition encourages us to think consistently about the future of our cities from this perspective. Curated by Matthias Sauerbruch for the Akademie der Künste, the exhibit takes a critical eye to the relationship between architecture and the social reality of the 21st century and shows the impact of art and culture on cities and architecture. Art and culture have in many ways become key motors of innovative and successful urban design and planning, without which the world’s metropoles would no longer be worthy of the name. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

Taking place October 10-13, this year’s Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, which is considered the world’s largest architecture film festival, is expected to attract an audience of approximately 5,000 international visitors. The event will include screenings of over 100 movies, docs and shorts. For more information, please visit their official website here.

'The City That Never Was' Symposium

Organized by Christopher Marcinkoski and Javier Arpa, in cooperation with the Architectural League of New York, ‘The City That Never Was’ symposium will be taking place Friday, February 22, from 9:00am-5:30pm EST at the Scholastic Building in New York. The one day event will use the current economic and housing crisis in Spain as a lens to reconsider how planners, designers, politicians, and financiers conceive of and realize large-scale contemporary urbanization and settlement. It will be organized through four primary themes — infrastructure, waste, landscape, and instant urbanism – in order to explore new possibilities for how future patterns of urbanization can be conceived, financed, planned, deployed, and inhabited. For more details, including the complete itinerary and speaker information, please visit here.

Architectural League Announces 2013 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

Kukje Art Gallery, Seoul (South Korea) / SO-IL, credit: Iwan Baan
Kukje Art Gallery, Seoul (South Korea) / SO-IL, credit: Iwan Baan

Emerging Voices is an award developed by the Architecture League of New York that annually selects eight practitioners in a juried portfolio selection.  Award recipients are selected from the disciplines of architecture, landscape design and urbanism and display the sensibility of the profession in light of the larger issues related to the built environment.  This year's selection includes: SO-ILPRODUCTORAOgrydziak Prillinger ArchitectsMASS Design Groupgraciastudio , dland studioDIGSAU, and cao | perrot Studio.

Details after the break.