Ex House / GarcíaGermán Arquitectos

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Architect: GarcíaGermán Arquitectos
Location: Castillejo de Mesleón, ,
Project Team: Jacobo García-Germán, Marta García Jiménez, Verónica de Miguel, Clara Aramburu, Pablo Fernández-Villaverde
Construction: KLH (cross-laminated panels), Altermateria (panel installation)
Paisajes con Madera (facades), Schüco-Alucer (alluminium windows), Intemper (green roofs)
Project Year: June 2011-January 2012
Project Area: 135 sqm
Approximate Construction Cost: 980 e/sqm
Photographs: Jorge López Conde

Flashback: Caltrans District 7 Headquarters / Morphosis

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Architects: MorphosisThom Mayne
Location: 100 South Main St., , California, United States
Project Team: Team
Client: State of California, Department of General Services
Construction Years:  2002-2004
Building Area: 1,200,000 gross sq ft
Photographs: Liao Yusheng, Roland Halbe

Guilhermes Home Studio / Studio Guilherme Torres

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Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Local: São Paulo,
Year: 2010
Area: 130 sqm
Photographs: Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio

   

Heads Up: 10 Fastest Growing and Declining Cities

Santiago, : Photo by Flickr user Gord McKenna, licensed through Creative Commons.

According to Derek Thompson’s article for The Atlantic, the Brookings Institute recently published a ranking of the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies. The Global MetroMonitor division of the Brookings Institute, published the report on January 2012. In this brief synopsis, he reveals the “10 Fastest-Growing (and Fastest-Declining) Cities in the World”. Among the fastest growing is Santiago, Chile, the only Latin American country in the top 10. The top 10 is primarily populated by Asian countries – , Turkey and Saudi Arabia all have multiple cities in on the list. Conversly, the tail end of the list is dominated by Western European countries most affected by the economic downturn, with just two cities from the US – Sacramento, California and Richmond, Virginia.

The survey primarily focuses on their economic development comparing income and job growth, to say nothing of the cultural, societal, and political circumstances which may or may not be contributing the dynamism of each city’s economy. Thompson points out, two of the fastest growing cities in the world, Izmir, Turkey and Santiago, Chile are also among the poorest. Developing countries have the most to gain as they join the global economy but it may still be sometime before the economic growth balances a comfortable standard of living.  Watch the interview with Alan Berube from MetroMonitor.

With all of that in mind, follow us after the break for a look at the list.

Ecotourism Center In France / Inca Architectes

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Architects: Inca Architectes
Location: ,
Design Team: Cap Paysage, Arpente, Alpes Structures et Rostain Coste, M. Forgue
Client: Seine et Marne tourisme
Budget: 1,000,000 € H.T
Surface Area: 5400 sqm converted; 250 sqm built
Completion: 2011
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Climate Protection Supermarket / LOVE Architecture

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Architects: Love Architecture
Location: Graz,
Area: NSF 1,100 sqm, GFA 1,500 sqm
Completion: December 2011
Photographs: Jasmin Schuller

Pilgrimage Center at Røldal Stave Church / Lund + Slaatto Architects

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The Pilgrimage Center at Stave Church, designed by Lund+Slaatto Architects, seeks to reconcile a complex program under the same roof. The building is both a defined end point for the pilgrims and tourists and a gathering place for the locals. The building is present as an object, while remaining deferential to the stave church and the cemetery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Haxi New District Office Building / ZNA

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Architects: ZNA / Zeybekoglu Nayman Associates
Location: , China
Site area: 18,100 sqm
Building area: 23,109 sqm
Project Years: 2007-2009
Client: Haxi Traditional Manufacture District Redevelopment, LTD.
Photographs: Gao Han

   

Update: Xi’an International Horticultural Expo 2011

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Throughout the past year we have been keeping you updated on the events leading up to the commencement of the Xi’an International Horticultural Expo which ran from May through October 2011 and welcomed over 15 million visitors during its 178-day run. As the largest and best attended international horticultural event of 2011, the Expo offered architects and landscape architects the unique opportunity to design for a traditional event model which became the precedent for the world’s fairs of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. To define the expo’s primary experience, the organizers held an international competition, selecting the “Flowing Gardens” project by -based design firm Plasma Studio and GroundLab. Developed in collaboration with the local landscape practice , “Flowing Gardens” is comprised of a 37 hectare master plan, including a 5,000SM Creativity Pavilion, a 4,000SM Greenhouse, a 3,500SM Gate Building and various landscapes which run along an extended spine that delineates the site. The project initiated the redevelopment of a large area of Xi’an between the airport and the city’s ancient center, famous as the home of the Terracotta Army of the Qin Dynasty. More after the break.

Alto Forninhos / RVDM

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Architects: RVDM
Location: São Bernardo, Aveiro,
Client: Varela Ferreira Construções Lda
Project Architect: Ricardo Vieira de Melo
Design Team: Ricardo Senos, Jorge Brito, Damião Santos and Nuno Marques
Engineering: JR, Engenheiros e Consultores Lda e Protega Lda
Construction Area: 379 sqm x 6 + 1 X 437 sqm
Construction Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of RVDM

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream at the MoMA

Photographs by Don Pollard. © 2011 The Museum of Modern Art.

Starting today, through July 30, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will be running an exhibit featuring the proposals of five interdisciplinary studios that were asked to re-think and re-invent the future of housing in the midst of the foreclosure crisis that remains a threat to many Americans and their homes.  Over the Summer of 2011, WORKac, MOS Architects, Visible Weather, Zago Architecture and Studio Gang Architects selected five “megaregions” across the country on which to speculate the form that housing could take: physically, socially and economically.  Late this summer, ArchDaily has provided coverage while the work was in progress. Opening today, the results of those speculative efforts will be presented at the as part of an exhibit called Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.  The Open Studios exercise was organized by Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, with Reinhold Martin, Director of Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.

Read on for more on the proposals and details about the exhibit.

Baan San Kraam Sales Office / Somdoon Architects

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Architects: Somdoon Architects Ltd
Location: Hua Hin,
Landscape Architect: Sanitas Studio
Client: Sansiri PCL
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Wison Tungthanya

Techne: Virtual Tools for CAD

Tool in Hand / Tool Engaged / Updated CAD Model - Images via vrcim.wsu.edu

Architecture professionals often agree that CAD applications, whether in the PC or Mac platforms, could use some help. Revit of course offers some dramatic improvements but not everyone uses it. So some Engineering faculty at Washington State University have come up with an alternative solution. The Virtual Reality and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory or VRCIM offers a unique solution for increasing the effectiveness of CAD-based design and visualization.

The approach is very simple: embed VR capabilities into CAD to improve the tools and effectiveness of CAD. Basically, we are discussing the ability to perform such simple tasks as visualization and tracking to complete haptics drawing within the CAD platform. This first step in improving CAD involves the construction end of projects using VR and CAD. Thus, one can envision the assembly and disassembly of projects using VR versions of mechanical tools such as wrenches and the like. And the functionality is easily adapted to haptic devices. And of course, the team has designed templates that can be easily implemented.

Courtesy of ShaGa Studio w/Doro Dietz Arch.Visualization

‘The Lantern’ Metro Station and Public Arena / ShaGa Studio + MaDG

ShaGa studio, in collaboration with MaDG…, shared with us their proposal for The Lantern, a new metro station and public arena for the future extension of Metro Line 1 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Shortlisted from over 130 entries in

The Shadow House / Liddicoat & Goldhill

© Tom Gildon

Architect: Liddicoat & Goldhill
Location: , UK
Site: 38a St. Paul’s Crescent, London, NW1 9TN
Client, Architect and Main Contractor: David Liddicoat & Sophie Goldhill
Structural Engineers: Peter Kelsey Associates
Completion date: Winter 2011
Gross internal floor area: 77 sqm
Total construction cost: £210,000
Photographers: Keith Collie, Tom Gildon

  

Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Archtitects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: , UAE
Design: Zaha Hadid
Project Architect: Graham Modlen
Project Team: Garin O’Aivazian, Zahira Nazer, Christos Passas, Sara Klomps, Steve Power
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters

Sea Side Apartment / Ooze Architects

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Architects: Ooze Architects
Location: , Belgium
Project: Holiday Apartment for a Dutch art collector
Area: 150 sqm
Team: OOZE, Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg, Mauricio Freyre, Rene Sangers
Consultant: Mobile Kitchen / Tiles: Maxime Ansiau – Artist
Dining-table: OOZE & Vincent de Rijk – Designer
Curtain: Erick Klarenbeek – Designer
Site manager: Ruben Cattrysse – Crux architecten
Project Date: July 2010
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

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Kyiv Islands Masterplan Proposal / BudCud

Designed by BudCud…, the Kyiv Islands masterplan proposal, one of the finalists in the open international urban competition, responds to the ‘genius loci’. In the wild area, it is humble and almost invisible, but where the islands make visual