The Greater Texas Foundation Headquarters / Furman + Keil Architects

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Architects: Furman + Keil Architects 
Location: , Texas,
Planning: City Lights Design Alliance
Interior architecture: Dunnam Tita Architecture + Interiors
Project completed: July 2011
Area: 9,600 square feet
Photographs: Casey Dunn 

  

Kutaisi Airport / UNStudio

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We are continually impressed by the variety of projects from UNStudio’s office.  The firm just unveiled a new vertical city highrise for Singapore previously featured on AD, and recently, the Dutch studio’s international air terminal and traffic control tower for was officially presented by Mikheil Saakashvili, President of .  The country is growing quickly and changing rapidly, with new tourist and economic activity, plus different political developments.  As such, the design for the new airport seeks to showcase new identity by providing a contemporary gateway to the country.

More about the airport after the break. 

Courtesy of Ali Ghorbani, Ali Kashfi, Hosein Shirazian

Velayat Park Entrance Gate Proposal / Ali Ghorbani, Ali Kashfi, Hosein Shirazian

The Ghalemorghi Airport, the first airport established in Iran, was opened in 1922 on 300 hectares of land in the south of Tehran and the first ever flight in Iran took place from this airport. When Tehran municipality decided to…

Visitor And Nature Interpretive Center / Manuel Fonseca Gallego

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Architects:
Location: Albacete, Spain
Execution Project team: Jorge Muñoz Ibáñez Architect, Manuel Ruiz Machuca Quantitysurveyor
Construction: Empresa de Transformación Agraria, S. A. (TRAGSA)
Completion work date: March 2009
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Courtesy of Khoury Levit Fong

Changzhi Planning Exhibition Hall / Khoury Levit Fong

The Planning Exhibition Hall by Khoury Levit Fong… is a new urban institution with a particular spatial constitution and purpose. While most are based on familiar building precedents, such as museums or convention halls, they believe that the unique dedications

House DM-VL / GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten

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Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten
Location: Hoogstraat 1 – 9890 Gavere,
Interior design: 2009-2011
Site area: 663 sqm
Built area: 219.1 sqm
Photographs: Philippe Brysse

8 Washington Development / SOM Architects + PWP Landscape Architecture

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 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and PWP Landscape Architecture shared with us their proposal for the 8 Washington development in downtown San Francisco. The plans will continue the revitalization and support enjoyment of the historically under-utilized northeast waterfront by reconnecting the City with the Bay and providing housing and community amenities which include: dynamic pedestrian corridors linking Pacific Avenue and Jackson Street with The Embarcadero; a children’s play area featuring interactive sculptural gardens; an expanded health and aquatics center; cafés, restaurants and retail; and centralized underground public parking for the Ferry Building Waterfront Area. More images and project description after the break.

Seongbuk Gate Hills / Joel Sanders Architect and Haeahn Architecture

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Architects: Joel Sanders Architect, Haeahn Architecture
Location: Seoul,
Client: LIG Engineering&Construction Co.
Size: 8,000 squaremeters / 2 acres / 86,111 sf
Units: 12 at 3,000 sf each
Photographs: ChaiSoo Ok

   

Flashback: The New 42nd Street Studios / Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

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Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 225-229 West 42nd Street, New York,
Completed: 2000
Photographs: Elliott Kaufmann

Study shows Architecture Graduates with Highest Unemployment Rate

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A recent study released by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce states that students who have recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture have experience the highest rates of unemployment. The information was gathered using 2009 and 2010 data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Continue reading after the break for more detail information about the study.

HOME:Unusual Store / Luigi Valente

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Architects: Luigi Valente
Location: ,
Year: 2011
Design Team: Cristian Farinella, Lorena Greco
Lighting Plan: Luigi Valente, Cristian Farinella, Lorena Greco
Client: Salvatore Gaglione
Photographs: Stefano Pedretti

   

Hudson River Education Center And Pavilion / Architecture Research Office

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Architects: Architecture Research Office
Location: Beacon, New York,
Project Team: Principal-in-charge: Adam Yarinsky; Project Team: Jeff Hong (project architect), Neil Patel, Jejon Yeung, Si Eun Lee
Gross Square Footage: Barn = 8,000 SF; Pavilion = 2,700 SF
Total Project Cost (including park): $8,720,000
Client: Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc.
Photographs: James Ewing

Nomura 24 House / Antonino Cardillo architect

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Architects: Antonino Cardillo architect, Yukinori Nagao
Location: , Japan
client: Nomura Koumuten
project year: 2010
Project area: 150 sqm
budget: ¥ 59.900.000
Photographs: Antonino Cardillo

   

The Imbued Potential of Vacant Land

Vacant land is a looming problem for many cities, especially when it remains undeveloped for years or is transformed into garbage dumps and parking lots. But when designers begin to notice these voids within the activity of a city they are able to unlock the inherent potential in the land. That is precisely what “Not a Vacant Lot”, as part of DesignPhiladephia, did this October. Philadelphia’s 40,000 vacant lots are both a challenge and an opportunity for young designers, artists and architects to tranform these under-utilized spaces into experiences within the fabric of the urban environment. The focal point of the design intervention was at the University of the Arts lot on 313 S. Broad Street, just a few blocks from Philadelphia’s center. It featured a reinterpreted map of Philadelphia by PennDesign students and Marianne Bernstein’s Play House, an 8′x8′ aluminum cube which, in its simplicity, could unlock the potential of this particular lot. But this engagement of vacant land was just one such intervention in a series artist installations throughout Philadelphia.  Another such intervention, GroundPaper, was designed by two collaborating artists, Mike Ski and KT Butterfield.  The site of their choosing was along the banks of the Delaware River in Fishtown, a neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Read on to see what artists can accomplish with no budget, a vacant lot and an inspired idea.

Grebovka Pavilion / SGL Projekt s.r.o.

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Architects: SGL Projekt s.r.o.  – Jiří javůrek, Vladimír Thiele
Location: Prague,
Date completed: 03/2010
Photographs: Filip Šlapal

Adding Green Spaces to Suburbs

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The quaint and picturesque suburbs have insulated themselves against the urban environment with miles of highways, strip malls and the traffic between endless sprawl. To get to the artificial nature of surburban streets and parks you must first make an exodus out of the city, arriving in an area that is usually unwalkable: no sidewalks, large streets impossible to cross and large distances between destinations. Kaid Benfield looks at Montgomery County, Maryland’s streetscape initiative to address some of these issues in his article “Fixing Suburbs with Green Streets that Accommodate Everyone”.

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CANMET Material Technology Laboratory / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Structural Engineer: RJC Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Consultant: Cobalt Engineers
General Contractor: Ellis Don
Project Area: 165,000 square-feet
Project Year: 2011
Photos: Peter A. Sellar

Courtesy of EASTERN design office + KAWAGUCHI & ENGINEERS

Light Thread / EASTERN design office + KAWAGUCHI & ENGINEERS

EASTERN design office + KAWAGUCHI & ENGINEERS… shared with us their project, Light Thread, China Agricultural University’s Gymnasium / Wrestling Arena for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. During the Olympic Games, the wrestling arena has a 10,000-person capacity. After the