Almajayar Offices / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

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Architect: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos
Location: Calle Joaquín Eguarás s/n, Granada,
Client: Dirección General de Patrimonio. Consejería de Economía y Hacienda. Junta de Andalucía.
Budget: 34.930.267,43 €
Area: 46.893 sqm
Construction date: 2004 – 2010
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba Fotografía de Arquitectura

Techne: UCLA Software

HEED, image via www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu

I am, admittedly, a big fan of UCLA. At least in the U.S., college loyalty begins and ends as an undergraduate and if you happen to receive your graduate degrees at the same school, well, the deal is sealed, as it were. But we’re not discussing the basketball team, here. We’re actually talking about academic programs and research.

And it just so happens that because UCLA is a research university, there is a lot of interesting research going on there. For example, at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, there is a program that was begun back in 2002. It’s goal? To help everyone improve the energy efficiency of their homes. For free. It’s called HEED, or Home Energy Efficient Design.

What is it? Basically, it’s a set of tools that help people re-design housing to be more energy efficient. That goes for both new and existing structures. And even better, while it was initially developed for homeowners who were identified by their utility providers—the project began in 2005—the software was restructured to serve professionals in the building industry. That means it was re-made to serve architects, contractors, engineers, and of course, the homeowner to restructure efficiency for both new and existing structures.

Video: Investing in Real Infrastructure, Not “Bridges To Nowhere”

In this video, Brookings expert Robert Puentes discusses the importance of construction projects and infrastructure investments that provide real and lasting value to the American economy. Puentes warns against thinly spreading around smaller infrastructure projects that only provide a short-term, seasonal boost in “shovel ready projects” that temporarily help job creation. Infrastructure investments can and must play a key role in the next American economy. Puentes urges that these smaller infrastructure projects must be connected to a larger infrastructure strategy that focuses on exports and globalization, technological innovation and clean energy. This will not only immediately create jobs and boost the economy, but also provide a framework that will sustain the American economy for the long term.

Also, if you are in the Washington DC area, Brookings will be hosting an event tomorrow, at the John L. Thornton Center at Brookings, to discuss low-carbon development and clean energy in the United States and . Follow this link for more information.

3 Mews Houses / ODOS architects

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Architects: ODOS architects
Location: Dublin,
Engineers: Cora
Internal Floor Area: 190 sqm (per dwelling unit)
Project Design: 2006
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of ODOS architects

Plywood: Material, Process, Form at the NYC MoMA

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Plywood: Material, Process, Form is an ongoing exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City that will be open to the public starting tomorrow, February 2, 2012. We have seen many architectural projects that take advantage of the flexibility this “layer cake of lumber and glue”, as described by Popular Science in 1948, has to offer. Plywood has given 20th-century designers a material embodying  “formal and aesthetic” qualities on an industrial scale.

More on the exhibit after the break.

15 Housings / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architecte
Location: ,
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes

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Sports Concert Complex / gmp Architekten + Collaborators

The challenging task of designing for the Eurovision Song Contest this year was undertaken by combining the efforts of gmp Architekten… von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG, and Nüssli International AG. Taking place in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku

In Progress: Cervantes Theater / Ensamble Studio

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Architects: Ensamble Studio
Location: D.F,
Architect in Charge: Antón García- Abril
Associate Architect: Elena Pérez
Construction manager architect: Alba Cortés
Project Team: Débora Mesa, Joaquín Gallegos, Alba Beroiz, Jaime Alcayde, Cristina Moya, Juan Ruiz Antón, Tomaso Boano, Federico Letizia
Developer: SGAE – GRUPO CARSO
Project Management: INPROS
Construction Company: GRUPO PC
Structural Engineering: COLINAS DE BUEN
Project Area: 11,500 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe,

Vanhaerents / Lhoas & Lhoas Architectes

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Architects: Lhoas & Lhoas Architectes
Location: Brussels,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 9,520 sqm
Photographs: Maxime Delvaux @ 354 photographers

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‘Give More’ Exhibition / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

From February 3 – March 15, renowned Architecture Forum Aedes Gallery in Berlin will be hosting an exhibition with the title Give more featuring projects by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects…. Give more features nine selected architecture projects paraphrasing nine

MoMA CHENGDU / Wande Wenmai Internaional

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Studio Ramoprimo shared with us their winning proposal for the construction of MoMA in China. More images and architect’s description after the break.

2 North Moore / Turett Collaborative Architects

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Architect: Turett Collaborative Architects – Wayne Turett
Location: 2 North Moore, ,
Square Footage: 11,500 S.F
Interior Designer: TCA
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography

‘Frozen Trees’ Installation / Like Architects

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Designed by Like Architects, Frozen Trees is a temporary installation for Christmas lighting in D. Pedro IV square in . It builds an illuminated, frozen and fractal Christmas landscape that affects and alters the path of passers by as thirty cylinders – structured, self-sufficient streetlights – are placed throughout the square, drawing a new landscape and context and inviting the visitors to new spatial experiences. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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‘The Lost Wall’ / YNL Design

The Lost Wall project by YNL Design… is not meant to be a physical revival of what’s lost, but rather an ideological intervention through the use of controversial architectural intrusion. It redefines the project site by sharply contrasting with the

Two Semi-detached Houses In Barcelona / CAVAA Arquitectes

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Architects: CAVAA Arquitectes / Jordi Calbetó, Oriol Vañó
Location: Santa Coloma de Cervelló, Barcelona,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 390 sqm
Photographs: Filippo Poli

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Water Works Park / Sasaki Associates

Sasaki Associates…, with RDG Planning & Design and Applied Ecological Services (AES), were recently announced as the winning team of the Water Works Parkitecture Competition. The international design competition entailed the creation of a conceptual plan for Water Works

AD Round Up: Architecture in the Snow

Red House / JV © Nils Petter Dale

Here in the Lower 48, winter weather has been hard to come by. However, Alaska’s snowy landscape has inspired us to compile a list of images, previously featured on ArchDaily, that capture architecture amongst a pristine, white blanket of .

Continue after the break for the complete list!

Rowing Center / José María Sánchez García

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Architects: José María Sánchez García
Location: Alange, Badajoz, Spain
Project Team: Daniel González Guerrero, Julia Ternström, Enrique García-Margallo Solo de Zaldivar, Francisco Sánchez García, Marion Foucault, Cruz Calleja Perucho, Rafael Fernández Caparros, Maribel Torres Gómez, Laura Rojo Valdivielso, Marilo Sánchez García, Marta Cabezón López, Mafalda Ambrósio, Carmen Leticia Huerta.
Structural Engineer: María Concepción Pérez Gutiérrez
Services Engineer: ARO consultores
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,959.81 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe