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AD Interviews: Iñaki Abalos

Yesterday, Iñaki Abalos was announced as the new Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard GSD; he will begin on July 1st, 2013.

Ramen Bar Suzuki / 07BEACH

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architects: 07BEACH
  • Location: Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Tân Bình, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Designer: Joe Chikamori
  • Area: 154.7 sqm
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

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Fidar Beach House / Raed Abillama Architects

© Géraldine Bruneel
© Géraldine Bruneel

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Visionaries: The New York Wheel

Taking place at Trespa Design Centre in New York, the 'Visionaries: The New York Wheel' event welcomes Richard Marin, President +CEO, New York Wheel LLCNavid MaqamiPerkins EastmanRick ParisiM. Paul Friedberg + PartnersPenny KnopsDesign + Sustainability Management, for one of the first-ever presentations on the proposed New York Wheel project. Located on the north shore of Staten Island (St. George), the 630-foot, or roughly 60-story attraction, promises to become one of the City’s great landmark attractions. The event takes place 6:30-8:00pm EST. For more information, please visit here.

ABC Center House / Kakuro Odagi + Daisuke Narushima

  • Architects: Kakuro Odagi, Daisuke Narushima
  • Location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Area: 93.44 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

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AIA Selects the 2013 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. 

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 17th year, is the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

The 2013 COTE Top Ten Green Projects and Top Ten Plus after the break...

Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects

Courtesy of Denmarsh Photography
Courtesy of Denmarsh Photography

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The Rosebery / BuckleyGrayYeoman Architects

© Hufton+Crow Courtesy of Ben Thompson Photography Courtesy of Ben Thompson Photography © Hufton+Crow

Raising of the School Choisy / Lacoudre Architectures

  • Architects: Lacoudre Architectures
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Design Team: Anne Since, Christian Koch, Anne Derian, Camille Thirouin, Michel Tan, Pauline Ferraeira
  • Area: 15300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nicolas Borel, 11h45

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Novo Mesto Central Market Competition Entry / Enota

Situated in the very center of the historical town core, the Novo mesto central market feels somewhat removed today, being separated by its level and oriented towards the low-quality city space of Florjanov Square. Therefore, one of the basic guidelines for locating the new central market into the space must be to create the best possible entrance from the main square. Designed by Enota, the backbone of the new central market is formed by the covered Market Street, which lies on the level of main city square and connects the two spots closest to it on both access streets.

Porotu Bach / Studio MWA

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Courtesy of Studio MWA
  • Architects: Studio MWA
  • Location: Bay of Many Coves , New Zealand
  • Author: Davor Mikulcic Dipl. Eng. Arch. (Sarajevo) RAIA, ANZIA
  • Project Team: Michael Maddern and Davor Mikulcic
  • Structural Engineer: Meyers & Associates Ltd
  • Area: 4611.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studio MWA

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3 Social Dwellings / Chartier-Dalix architects

  • Architects: Chartier-Dalix architects
  • Location: Conches-sur-Gondoire, France
  • Client: Mairie de Conches sur Gondoire
  • Budget: 315,000 E HT
  • Area: 176.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Samuel Lehuede

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The Future of Places Forum

The Future of Places Forum, the inspiration for our Ten Ways to Transform Cities through Placemaking & Public Spaces article published earlier this week, will open this June in Stockholm, Sweden. The forum will be hosted by UN-HABITAT, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the Ax:son Johnson Foundation and will be the first of three conferences leading up to Habitat III in 2016. Its overall aim is to "contribute to a New Urban Agenda around people and places" and to "highlight how and why cities need to embrace a people centered approach in order to achieve positive urbanization." The conference series will define examples of excellent urban practices from around the world as well as future projects that reflect sustainable and equitable processes which build community, enhance quality of life, and creates safe and prosperous neighborhoods.

Dome of Visions / Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen

  • Architects: Kristoffer Tejlgaard, Benny Jepsen
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Construction: NCC
  • Area: 346.4 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen

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'Superpose' School Extension Competition Entry / OVERCODE

With the intention of restructuring the school complex in the city of Sion, the starting point for OVERCODE was to conceive a compact building deploying a strategy of economy of means and space. Consisting of a school extension, new nursery and new gymnasium, their urban strategy spins around the idea of closing and opening the site at the same time. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parking is Hell (But Designers Can Help)

Most parking is free - but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a high cost. A recent podcast from Freakonomics Radio examined parking in US cities, investigating the “cost of parking not paid for by drivers” - a cost paid not just by the government, but by the environment - due to congestion and pollution caused by people searching for kerbside parking. For example, in a 15 block area of Los Angeles the distance traveled by drivers looking for parking is equivalent to one trip across the USA per day.

One potential solution which they discuss is a San Francisco project called SF Park, which makes use of sensor technology to measure the demand for parking in certain areas of the city and adjust price according to demand. In theory, this would create a small number of empty spaces on each block and dramatically reduce the time that many drivers spend cruising for parking spaces.

Though the idea is certainly an intelligent approach to the problem of kerbside parking, unsurprisingly all this talk of supply, demand and pricing sounds very much like an economist's answer to a problem. But what can designers do to help the situation?

Perhaps, from the designer’s point of view, the real problem with kerbside parking and surface lots is that they are always seen as a provision “coupled with” a building or area of the city. There have been a number of attempts by architects – some successful and some tragically flawed – to make parking spaces less of a rupture in a city's fabric and more of a destination in themselves. Could these point to another way?

Read about 3 examples of parking’s past, and one of its potential future, after the break...

Fideicomiso: When Architects Become Developers (And Everybody Wins)

A decade before Kickstarter made "crowdfunding" a buzzword (particularly in architecture circles), a similar concept - going by a far more poetic name - was already alive and well in the streets of Buenos Aires. 

Fideicomiso is a system of development which gained popularity in Argentina after the financial crisis of 2001; banks crashed, the public grew wary of developers, and a more democratic system of development gained prevalence. Under fideicomiso, the architect himself takes on the risk of development; residents collect their assets and provide them to the architect, who buys the land, funds the project and oversees the design/construction.

Now, Elias Redstone, a researcher who took part in Venice Takeaway (Britain's Pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale) and spent time investigating this model in Argentina, has returned to his home country - and is anxious to see if this system could be applied in Recession-struck Britain. 

Read more about this revolutionary model of development, after the break...

Elsa Morante Public Library / DAP Studio

  • Architects: DAP Studio
  • Location: Varese, Italy
  • Architect in Charge: DAP Studio
  • Structures: GB. Scolari
  • Contractor: Gruppo Edilia
  • Interior Furniture: Habitat Italiana
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Luigi Filetici

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