Update: Community Meeting / Friends of the High Line

Interim Walkway at the Western Rail Yards. and . Courtesy City of New York and Friends of the High Line

Last night, ArchDaily joined the community of Chelsea and Friends of the High Line in the crowded auditorium of PS 11: The William T Harris School eager to see James Corner and Rick Scofidio’s latest ideas for the third installment of the High Line.  This last segment of the amazing elevated park project is the designers’ most crucial intervention as it culminates the strategies introduced in Phases 1 and 2 and must adaptively respond to new contextual relationships between 34th and 30th Streets.   Corner and Scofidio’s eloquent and coherent presentation very much responded to the community’s input from the last public meeting held in December, as the design addressed the need for a child’s play area with an idea for a section with rubberized beams, a place for spontaneous and planned performances, and more seating.  Scofidio kidded, “There are some things we could do better, and that’s exactly why we get to do the third phase.”

More about Phase 3 after the break.

La Boyita / Estudio Martin Gomez Arquitectos

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Architects: Estudio Martin Gomez Arquitectos
Location: La Boyita, Punta del Este,
Associate Arquitect: Federico Rodriguez, Domingo Miranda, Florencia Rodriguez, Florencia Rippa
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2007
Time for completion: 60 days for the project and 10 months
Photographs: Ezequiel Escalante

‘Gathering’ Pavilion / Gathering

Courtesy of (Ginna Nguyen, So Sugita, Dale Suttle)

Gathering was a pavilion designed by Gathering (Ginna Nguyen, So Sugita, Dale Suttle) selected out of more than 600 international entries to be built in a “visionary village” in Union Square Park in September 2010. The distinguished jury included Thom Mayne, Paul Goldberger and Geoff Manaugh, among others. Gathering was then purchased by the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and exhibited in Washington, D.C. through October 2010. Sukkah City was a competition that sought to re-imagine the sukkah, a temporary shelter erected each year to remember the biblical exodus from Egypt. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bank Office / Dierendonck Blancke Architecten

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Architects: Dierendonck Blancke Architecten
Location: Harelbeke,
Design team: Alexander Dierendonck, Isabelle Blancke, Pieter Mouton
Engineering: Erbeko – technical, Cobe – Structure
Construction: Vanmarcke NV
Client: Dexia bank NV
Surface: 650 sqm
Budget: 1,300,000 euro
Realisation: 2010-2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

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Oasis Cancer Care Center / WE Architecture

Located in close proximity to the regional Hospital in Næstved, Denmark, the new Oasis Cancer Care Center, designed by WE Architecture…, will help anyone affected by cancer through professional help in exceptional buildings specifically designed for this. In order

Apple / CLOG

If you are an Apple fanatic and architecture lover you should pick up this book. publication is filling a niche that has been created by the hyperspeed of digital media. “In the deluge, excellent projects receive the same fleeting attention as mediocre ones.” slows things down by exploring a single subject from multiple viewpoints, and “on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.” This book offers an in-depth look at the development of Apple’s brand of architecture. Mixed into the in-depth look is an amusing four page collection of one sentence quotes from architects and critics about the new Apple Headquarters. Here are a couple: Eric Owen Moss says, “Internal courtyard could be magic, a new world for adventurous kids only, like going out the back of the CS Lewis/Narnia closet.” Mark Goulthorpe asks, “Sphincter?” Jacob van Rijs says, “I love the garden miss the bite…” and J. Mayer H. laments, “So disappointing…”

SkyVille @ Dawson / WOHA

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Commissioned by the Housing and Development Board as an exploration of the future of affordable public housing, WOHA‘s public housing design for Skyville @ Dawson consists of 960 homes in . As a response to the enthusiasm received by the public, their project is currently under construction and is estimated to be completed February 2015. The design focuses on 3 themes – community, variety and sustainability. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hotel Ayre / Wortmann Architects + Guillermo Bañares Arquitectos + Carlos Narvaez

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Architects: Wortmann Architects + Guillermo Bañares Arquitectos + Carlos Narváez
Location: Rosellón, 390, Barcelona,
Consultants: Juan Almendro Ferrer (HVAC), BOMA (Structure), TRAM (executive site management), José Luís Vázquez (client project management), Michela Mezzavila (lighting), LuchoMarcial + AVA Studio (Interior Design)
Project Year: 2009
Collaborators: Serenella di Dio, Ava Costa, Laia Capellades
Construction Company: Copcisa
Surface: 5,208 sqm (above ground level)
Photographer: Stefan Müller

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Masterplan for Mönchengladbach / Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects…, in association with local project partners Konrath & Wennemar and FSWLA were recently selected to deliver their visionary masterplan strategy for the city center area of Mönchengladbach, Germany. Through close collaborative working with the citizens of Mönchengladbach,

National Library of Public Information / J. J. Pan & Partners

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Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners
Location: Taichung,
Project Team: Joshua J. Pan, Jason Chen, Chih Ming Chang, Sheng Tien Yeh, Sheng-ping Lin, Wen Chih Wang, Chien Yuan Liang, Chia Jung Hsieh, Shih-Fang Huang.
Building Contractor: Kong Chou Construction Enterprise
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Wei-Shih Hsieh, JJPan

MPA Building / Lousinha Arquitectos

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Architects: Lousinha Arquitectos – Paulo Lousinha
Location: , Portugal
Architect Team: José Miguel Figueiredo, Marco Capela, Bruno Vieira
Engineer: Torção-E; J.Granjo; Rui Remoaldo
Completion: 2011
Total Area: 9,913 sqm
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

Lisbon Architecture School faces Closure

House In Leiria / Aires Mateus - © FG+SG (Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra)

Last May, became the third country within the 17-country eurozone in need of a financial rescue to avoid bankruptcy, following Greece and Ireland. Unemployment within the country has climbed up to 14.8 percent as the recession has brought harsh conditions to architects and architecture students alike. Now, the prestigious Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), one that has fostered many great architects such as João Luis Carrilho da Graça and Manuel Aires Mateus, may be forced to close its doors.

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AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Courtesy of Project Orange

It’s been an exciting week at ArchDaily that you couldn’t miss. But just in case you did, here’s our best of the week: A great mixed use designed by Project Orange located in a Victorian industrial brick building. Don’t miss this beautiful church in Italy or the administrative headquarters for Group E in Switzerland. Or you may want to check the latest in our AD Classics: Alvar Aalto’s Muuratsalo Experimental House. But the most exciting news last week was of course our Building of the Year Awards Winners.

Delta Shelter / Olson Kundig Architects

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Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: , Washington,
Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA – design principal; Ellen Cecil – project manager; Debbie Kennedy – interior designer
Contractor: Tim Tanner
Consultants: Monte Clark Engineering – structural engineering; Turner Exhibits – shutter engineer and fabricator
Size: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Olson Kundig Architects / Tim Bies, Benjamin Benschneider

Coastal Residence / Boora Architects

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Architects: Boora Architects
Location: , Oregon,
Photographer: Jon Jensen

Private Residence In La Gorce / Touzet Studio

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Architects: Touzet Studio – Carlos Prio-Touzet, Jacqueline Gonzalez
Location: La Gorce Island, Miami Beach, Florida,
Building Area: 17,871 sqm
Date of Completion: October 2008
Photographs: Mark Surloff

Learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Reena Jana of SmartPlanet recently interviewed the award-winning, Japanese architect Hitoshi Abe on the lessons he has learned from the March 11, 2011 earthquake that destroyed his hometown in Sendai, Japan. Abe believes that the memory of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the coast of northeaster Japan, triggering a tsunami that sent waves as far as six miles inland must remain fresh in our minds. His goal is to educate everyday citizens around the globe, as well as future generations, on how to better cope with large-scale natural disasters. Currently, he is serving as a guest-curator for a travel entitled Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake. This exhibit brings to life the haunting reality of the devastation through a series of large-scale photographs and photographic essays that reveal individual stories of survival immediately following the disaster. The exhibit commemorates the victims and struggles of the survivors, while highlighting the reconstruction and recovery efforts.

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Troldtekt Award for Students of Design and Architecture

Troldtekt, the well-known Danish manufacturer of wood wool acoustic ceiling and wall tiles, is inviting students of architecture and design to submit creative and original concepts for new uses of the wood wool product. Proposals do not have to be just about acoustics but rather innovative and unusual ideas.

The , to be judged by several well-known architects and others, offers a 5000 euro Award for the best concept.

The 2010 winner, an architectural student from Copenhagen, won the first Award for his novel idea of Soundbubbles – hanging coloured globes of wood wool designed to create interest and improve the acoustics of large rooms with hard surfaces, such as schools, swimming pools and commercial buildings.

The Competition has been widened to include international students because of Troldtekt’s increasing visibility throughout Europe.
Students are invited to register for the Award by 1 April with a submission deadline of 1 May 2012. For the full details, visit click here.