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Maison 2G / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

© Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma © Cristobal Palma

Four House / Hernández Silva Arquitectos

© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona

Architects: Hernández Silva Arquitectos Location: Zapopan, México Architect In Charge: Jorge Luis Hernández Silva Design Team: Alejandro Aponte Gómez, Andrea Assad Álvarez Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 584 sqm Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona

Solar Towers Proposal / AAIMM

Designed by AAIMM, the project of the Solar Towers is based on the analysis of the urban fabric of the city Sabadell, Barcelona. A medium-scale, self-sufficient and productive infrastructure promoting energy production from renewable and clean sources, the project also intends to promote the enhancement of healthy mobility through electric bicycles and electric cars, and to generate productive urban farming spaces and social community spaces for elderly, temporarily unemployed, or displaced inhabitans; all in one single infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bjarke Ingels in Sydney for HASSELL and AIA

Bjarke Ingels, who heads up the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), was in Sydney recently and did a talk at the Australian Institute of Architects, which was sponsored and organized by HASSELL. With the common design values and easy fit between BIG and HASSELL, they make a powerful team. So BIG, whose projects we have published here, visited Sydney to explore the potential for future project collaborations. More information and a video after the break.

Video: Glithero / Design Miami

11 Renowned Firms Shortlisted by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

US Embassy in Beijing, by SOM. SOM is one of the 11 firms shortlisted by the Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings (BOB). Photo © SOM.
US Embassy in Beijing, by SOM. SOM is one of the 11 firms shortlisted by the Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings (BOB). Photo © SOM.

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), whose mission is to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government in U.S. foreign policy objectives, has shortlisted eleven design firms for the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Worldwide New Construction A/E (Architecture/Engineering) Design Services solicitation. The shortlist of firms, selected out of 88 prospective offers, presented projects that were “well conceived and executed, displayed innovation, and showed strength in identity and public image.” A complete list of the shortlisted teams are listed after the break.

Films & Architecture: "Oscar Niemeyer - Life is a Breath of Air"

By now, there’s no architect in the world unaware of Oscar Niemeyer’s passing, or the legacy he left over his 104 years.

In honor of the greatest Brazilian architect of our time, we invite you to enjoy this interesting documentary, which shows how Neimeyer’s work, which changed the paradigm of architecture and went beyond any stereotype, was just as unique as his noble perspective on life.

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / PRAUD

PRAUD shared with us their concept proposal, titled ‘The Heart of the Metropolis’ for the Helsinki Central Library competition. With the intent for a building that serves a larger civic function by creating a space for congregation at an urban scale, their library design aims at becoming a ‘Living Room’ for the city. The result is a true metropolitan building that not only creates a dialogue with the city, but one within the architectural language, making it timeless and essential for Helsinki. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Freedom Square And Zdunski Market Place Second Prize Winning Proposal / Mado Architekci

© Mado Architekci + Marcin Gierbienis
© Mado Architekci + Marcin Gierbienis

The aim of the competition for the Freedom Square And Zdunski Market Place was to select the best urban and architectural design in Kutno, Poland. Such features as spatial development, functionality and practicability were taken into consideration. In the second prize winning proposal by Mado Architekci, they combine the current appearance with the original to create a hybrid square. The hybrid would combine the features of a pro-community, commonly accessible square without any motor traffic, with a square that would satisfy the needs of a modern city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Active Cranes Research Proposal / JAPA

An industrial and harbor city divided in the north and south by the river Göta, Gothenburg is currently lacking a coherent relationship between the city and the river. The great differences between the north and south sides of the Göta River are in scale, function, and density. The project, proposed by JAPA, Javier Ponce Architects, re-introduces the Göta river to the citizens by means of a urban re-generation; the river seen as a green system connected with the existing landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Prince Arthur's Landing / Brook McIlroy

© David Whittaker
© David Whittaker
  • Architects: Brook McIlroy
  • Location: Thunder Bay’s, Ontario, Canada
  • Intern Architect: Ryan Gorrie
  • Consulting Architects: Leonard Alfred Wood Architects
  • Aboriginal Community Consultation: Aboriginal Strategy Group
  • Artist: Randy Thomas
  • Photographs: David Whittaker

© David Whittaker © David Whittaker © David Whittaker © David Whittaker

Public Toilets in the Tête d'Or Park / Jacky Suchail Architects

© Franck Fleury
© Franck Fleury

© Franck Fleury © Franck Fleury © Franck Fleury © Franck Fleury

Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin / Platoon Cultural Development

  • Architects: Platoon Cultural Development
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Area: 435.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin

Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin

Camp at Cabot Beach / Studio North

  • Architects: Studio North
  • Location: Malpeque, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Collaborators: Clayton Blackman, Andrew Choptiany, Sam Lock
  • Area: 3900.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Matthew Kennedy

© Matthew Kennedy © Matthew Kennedy © Matthew Kennedy © Matthew Kennedy

Olarra Winery Centre / IA+B Arkitektura Taldea

  • Architects: Iñaki Aurrekoetxea, Alex Laskurain
  • Location: Busturia, Spain
  • Collaborators: Ignacio Lumbreras, Garbiñe Olabarri, Itsaso Ugarte, Arkaitz Ugarteburu, Saioa Zabala
  • Area: 1066.0 sqm
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz

A Brief History of BIM

"Patrick Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects wrote about the influence of BIM and parametric software in the Parametricist Manifesto, recognizing the impact of software on style in avant-garde design." Image via the Parametricisit Manifesto.
"Patrick Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects wrote about the influence of BIM and parametric software in the Parametricist Manifesto, recognizing the impact of software on style in avant-garde design." Image via the Parametricisit Manifesto.

This brief history of BIM ("the software that has disrupted traditional methods of representation and collaboration in architecture") comes to us thanks to our friend at the Architecture Research LabMichael S Bergin.