AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Five great projects from last week that you may have missed! Check out the Cassia Coop Training Centre in Indonesia by TYIN Tegnestue Architects, or harunatsu-archi’s Villa 921 located in Okinawa, . Don’t miss the most visited project of the week, Strip House by dutch practice, GAAGA. Also revisit the great Kamppi Chapel designed by K2S Architects and the 150M Weekend House by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates.

Video: The Junk King

The Junk King – Vince Hannemann - has spent much of his life constructing the Cathedral of Junk in , TX. In 2010, the City of requested a building permit and Vince was forced to tear down nearly half of his creation. Despite this traumatic event and with the help of many supporters, Vince was still able to keep the Cathedral alive and continue its legacy.

Directed: Evan Burns
Cinematography: Garyle Morgan & Mitzi Morrow
Produced: Eduardo Tobias

Lake Chapel / Divece Arquitectos

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Architects: Divece Arquitectos
Location: , Michoacán, México
Design Team: Paolino Di Vece
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 348,21 sqm
Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

XishuangbanNa Residence / Tokamarch Architects

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Designed by Tokamarch Architects, the XishuangbanNa Residence deals mainly with the relationship between the modern building and local natural environment. The traditional “Dai” village keeps a great balance with the natural environment in XiShuangBanNa. The boundary of every family is divided by bamboo fences or green plants. Luxuriant and multi-layered primitive woods have brought people a green and lively village, The relationship between the living and the natural environment is in a harmonous compatible symbiosis. More images and architects’ description after the break.

U Square / Atelier of Architects

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Architects: Atelier of Architects
Location: , Pathumthani,
Project Team: Salyawate Prasertwitayakarn, Pahol Chokrada, Narongdet Wongwanchai
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 9,700 sqm
Photographs: Krisada Boonchaleaw & Salyawate Prasertwitayakarn

Courtesy of in situ studio + David Hill
Courtesy of in situ studio + David Hill

RA-50: HOME Competition Mention / in situ studio + David Hill

The RA-50 proposal for the HOME Competition, designed by in situ studio and David Hill, AIA…, focuses on building density through alleyway living. By assessing each existing residential parcel in the city of Raleigh, it was apparent that most

Transiting Cities International Open Design Ideas Competition

Courtesy of OUTR and RMIT University School of Architecture and Design

Open to everyone, OUTR (Office of Urban Transformations Research), along with RMIT University School of Architecture and Design, just announced the release of Transiting Cities International Open Design Ideas Competition. How can we rethink, regenerate, rebrand, rework, reactivate cities dominated by singular economies for a vibrant and innovative future? Designing Possible Futures for growth and adaptation of rehabilitated mines, associated infrastructures and the townships that are dependent on their futures. Integrated social, economic, environmental and infrastructural design outcomes. Produce intelligent innovative short and long-term transition strategies for an adaptive and vibrant regional center. Submissions are due November 30. More information on the competition after the break.

Jean Carrière Nursery School / Tectoniques Architects

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Architects: Tectoniques Architects
Location: Nimes,
Associated Architects: Atelier GA
Photographs: Jerome Ricolleau

Courtesy of the Academy of Architecture
Courtesy of the Academy of Architecture

‘OJO – From Solid to Air’ Exhibition

Taking place until October 17th, the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam is exhibiting ‘OJO – From Solid to Air’ which showcases a selection of the work of the architectural practice Office Jarrik Ouburg…. The exhibit can be visited Monday-Friday

W New Orleans – French Quarter / Nemaworkshop

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Design Architects: Nemaworkshop
Architects of Record: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: , Louisiana, United States
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Kleinberg

World Habitat Awards 2013

The Building and Social Housing Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2013 edition of the World Habitat Awards!

The were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. Two awards are given annually to projects from the global North as well as the South that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. An award of £10,000 is presented to each of the two winners at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day.

The deadline for submission is 1st November 2012.

Interview: Krogmann Headquarters / Despang Architekten

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The Headquarters Krogmann in Lohne-Kroge, , by Despang Architekten investigates the numerous characteristics and fundamental opportunities inherent within wood and exhibits a modern approach to the craftsmanship of traditional German vernacular. Designed as a new corporate center of operations for the woodworking company Krogmann,  this new office would need to succeed not only in handcrafting a new image for them, but also serve as a catalyst for future growth while showcasing their ability as ‘makers’ in the field of construction.  Having worked as the builders for several projects for , their choice to retain them as the design architects for their own project was a natural extension of an already solid relationship built upon the dedication to quality and progressiveness. As an extension of this article, we also had the opportunity to speak with Principal and University of Hawaii Associate Professor Martin Despang about the process involved in the making of this project.

More details and our Q&A with Martin after the break.

Recap: Imagining the Lowline / Barasch + Ramsey

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As the “Imagining the exhibition comes to a close, we share a recap of our visit to the full-scale mockup created by Dan Barasch and James Ramsey.  We have been sharing a steady stream of updates on the project, but nothing quite puts the ideas of this transformative ”urban discovery” into perspective as the ability to experience a portion of their underground public park.   The two-week long exhibit in Market Building D in the Lower East Side was aimed at sharing the ideas of the Lowline with the community to hear feedback and gain support to potentially move the project forward.  During our visit, we had the opportunity to speak with visitors of all different professions, backgrounds and connections to , to hear their first impressions of the project and to see if their support lay behind such an idea.

More after the break. 

Casa Océano / SPACE

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Architects: SPACE
Location: Pedregal, City,
Chief Designer: Juan Carlos Baumgartner, Jimena Fernández Navarra
Design Team: Sergio Gaytán, Ana Mallón
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pim Schalkwijk

‘Beyond Green! Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future’ Symposium

Courtesy of Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design of the University of Stuttgart

Taking place October 10-12 at the University of Stuttgart, , the “Beyond Green! – Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future” symposium focuses on how tall buildings be designed, built and maintained in a sustainable fashion. The keynote lectures will be held by Christoph Ingenhoven and Helmut Jahn_Murphy/Jahn. The sessions are dedicated to urban development and economy, ecology, planning and realization, structure and skin and building services. More information after the break.

Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: , CA, United States
Design Team: Marcy Wong, Donn Logan, Tai-Ran Tseng
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,620 sq ft
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph, Billy Hustace

Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair

Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy

The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair is a unique open call to design students and design professionals living in the North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Design an iconic, movable outdoor seating element for NYC’s 25-acre historic Battery Park, AKA The Battery. The winning design will be fabricated for use in The Battery, which annually welcomes six million visitors. They are offering an earlybird registration rate for all who register by this Sunday, Sept. 30. All design entries are due October 30. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Courtesy of IaN+
Courtesy of IaN+

National Museum of Afghanistan / IaN+

Designed by IaN+…, their proposal for the National Museum of Afghanistan aims at harmoniously making it a part of the Afghanistan horizon. They do so by blending with it rather than establishing a conflict in order to restore the