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House in Higashiyama / Shin Ohori - General Design

  • Architects: Shin Ohori - General Design
  • Location: Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
  • Site Area: 139.64 sqm
  • Built Area: 83.69 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 254.10 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

Children’s Day Care Center In La Trintite / CAB Architects

© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
  • Architects: CAB Architects
  • Location: La Trinité, France
  • Architect In Charge: Giancarlo Ranalli
  • Design Team: Jean-Patrice Calori, Bita Azimi, Marc Botineau
  • Architect Assistant: Sophie Delage
  • Area: 1,287 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Aldo Amoretti, Serge Demailly

© Serge Demailly © Serge Demailly © Serge Demailly © Aldo Amoretti

La Vorada Center for Seniors / taller 9s arquitectes

© Adrià Goula Sardà
© Adrià Goula Sardà

© Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà

Vo Trong Nghia named Vietnamese Architect of the Year

Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa © Hiroyuki Oki
Stacking green / Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishizawa © Hiroyuki Oki

By popular vote on the architectural website Ashui.com, Vo Trong Nghia has been announced as Vietnam’s Architect of the Year 2012. The Quang Binh native was awarded over two other nominees after a four day public vote. A graduate of Japan’s Nagoya Institute of Technology class of 2002, Vo Trong Nghia leads an award-wining, self-titled practice known for its intricate bamboo and sustainable structures. View a selection of his work after the break.

AIA President Mickey Jacob Urges Congress to Aid Sandy Relief

© Amanda Kirkpatrick
© Amanda Kirkpatrick

In response an outrage that broke out amongst Democrats and Republicans, after House Speaker John Boehner failed to vote for Sandy relief before the end of the Congressional session two days ago, the House of Representatives have approved a $9.7 billion relief measure to aid flood victims of Hurricane Sandy. This is good news, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) recently warned that it would soon run out of funding if no measures were taken. Senate approval is likely to come later in the day and a second congressional vote is scheduled to take place on January 15 for a larger $51 billion request. Understanding the importance of issuing this federal support, AIA President Mickey Jacob has offer Congress three key objects for helping these communities recover. Read AIA President Jacob’s letter to congress and his three objectives after the break…

North Brother Island School for Autistic Children / Ian M. Ellis & Frances Peterson

Designed by architecture students, Ian M. Ellis and Frances Peterson, their proposal for the North Brother Island School for Autistic Children in New York City aims to provide a necessary resource for the Bronx, which is heavily underserved in terms of school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The project is also designed with the intention that it will dissolve the negative stigma of the island, stabilize its naturalized growth as habitat for the birds, and introduce research and education programs to provide a cutting edge learning environment for the public, parents, and children. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Clae Pop-up Shop / mode:lina architekci

Courtesy of mode:lina architekci
Courtesy of mode:lina architekci

Completed just last month, the Clae Pop-up Shop, designed by mode:lina architekci, is a shop for Clae footwear. Located at the Galeria Malta in Poznań, Poland, their challenge was to maximize the shopping experience using the lowest budget possible due to the shop’s temporality. To create this space, they picked worn out euro pallets used during KontenerART 2012. More images of the project can be viewed after the break.

Pharrell to Collaborate with Zaha Hadid

Courtesy of Great Spaces
Courtesy of Great Spaces

Hip-Hop artist Pharrell is used to collaborating with big names - Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and now? Zaha Hadid.

Arena Office / CUAC Arquitectura

© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla
  • Architects: CUAC Arquitectura
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team: Javier Castellano Pulido, Tomás García Píriz
  • Collaborator: Francisco Puga Ortiz
  • Constructor: Aguirre Obras y Construcciones S.L.
  • Promotor: Arena Media Communications España S.A.
  • Installations: Juan M. Fernández
  • Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Eladio 13 / Biagioni - Pecorari Arquitectos

  • Architects: Gabriel Biagioni, Sergio Pecorari
  • Location: Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Collaborators: Matías Gabrielloni, Virginia Aranda
  • Area: 468 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli

Environmental Interpretation Centre in Flores Island - Azores / Ana Laura Vasconcelos

  • Architects: Ana Laura Vasconcelos
  • Location: Santa Cruz Das Flores, Portugal
  • Engineering: Batiaçores, Lda
  • Structural: eng. Helena Batista
  • Mechanical: eng. João Paulo Veloso
  • Lightning: eng. João Mota Vieira
  • Constructor: Somague-Ediçor, Engenharia SA.
  • Cost: € 1.000.000,00 euros
  • Area: 490.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: FG + SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG + SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG + SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG + SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The Indicator: The Responsibility of Beauty

©  “Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness.” –Stendhal. Steilneset Memorial by Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeos. Photograph by Andrew Meredith.
© “Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness.” –Stendhal. Steilneset Memorial by Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeos. Photograph by Andrew Meredith.

In his 2008 book, The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton argues that architecture has an extraordinary power when it comes to influencing who we are. In giving shape to our living environments, it plugs into our emotional existence. I would take it a step further and say that as we reside in architecture we so reside within ourselves, emplacing ourselves in both physical and psychological worlds. 

But this is by no means a new argument. As de Botton explains in his most recent collection of essays, Religion for Atheists, the Catholics and Protestants have been elaborating on this theme for centuries. The world around us has a profound impact on how we think, feel, and perceive. Without this underlying logic there could be no architecture. 

House Heilbronn / k_m architektur

  • Architects: k_m architektur
  • Location: Heilbronn, Germany
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hagen Stier

© Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier © Hagen Stier

Jack Nicklaus Golf Club / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

© Wan Soon Park
© Wan Soon Park
  • Architects: Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign
  • Location: Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea
  • Design Architect: Heerim Architects and Planners
  • Executive Architect: ARUP
  • Engineering: EDSA
  • Client: The Gale Company
  • Photographs: Wan Soon Park

© Wan Soon Park © Wan Soon Park © Wan Soon Park © Wan Soon Park

Elementary School in Velká Chuchle / Grido

  • Architects: Grido
  • Location: Velká Chuchle, Czech Republic
  • Design Team: Peter Sticzay-Gromski, Juraj Kováč, Valérius Lalkovič
  • Area: 615.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tomáš Malý

© Tomáš Malý © Tomáš Malý © Tomáš Malý © Tomáš Malý

School in Tarragona / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes

  • Architects: Enric Batlle, Joan Roig, Iván Sánchez
  • Location: Tarragona, Spain
  • Collaborators: Albert Gil, Oriol Vañó, Carla Cadavid, Matteo Lencioni
  • Area: 3555.0 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Cortesia de Batlle i Roig

Courtesy of Batlle i Roig Courtesy of Batlle i Roig Courtesy of Batlle i Roig Courtesy of Batlle i Roig

Studio R / Marcio Kogan

  • Architects: Marcio Kogan
  • Location: Sao Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
  • Co Architects: Gabriel Kogan, Oswaldo Pessano
  • Interiors: Studio mk27
  • Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Eduardo Gurian, Elisa Friedmann, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
  • Collaborators: Fernando Falcon, Fabiana Cyon
  • Area: 373.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG