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New Law Courts of Caen Competition Entry / Baumschlager Eberle

With urbanistic planning in mind, the proposal by Baumschlager Eberle for the law courts of Caen redefines a new domain in the center of the city. In collaboration with Atelier d’Architecture Pierre Champenois, the shape of the building agrees not only with the tradition but of course with the more complex duties of law courts in the 21st century. An orthogonal pattern constitutes the base for the organization of the needs of the law courts. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ethan Pines + NEW THEME Exhibition & Opening Reception

New Theme Gallery in Los Angeles is proud to present their first solo exhibition of award-winning photographer Ethan Pines. Starting off with an opening reception tonight, February 2nd, from 7pm-10pm, his work documents the peculiarity of forms borne of Los Angeles’ unique urban typologies. This exhibition reveals patterns of urbanization in Los Angeles while proposing a new, sustainable form in terms of New Theme’s recent design of the Green Greenberg Green House. Pines’ award-winning editorial and commercial work has been featured in Wired, Los Angeles Magazine, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Sony Music and Dolby Laboratories. Over the last few years he has also documented the city in terms of private moments separated from the greater agglomeration. For more information, please visit here. More images of Pines’ work can be viewed after the break.

Building Pulitzer Colloquium

Taking place February 8-9, the Building Pulitzer Colloquium, which is free and open to the public, will bring together key participants in the design and construction of this iconic building. The colloquium will provide unique insight into the extraordinary collaboration and dedication required to realize this project. Hosted by the The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Washington University in St. Louis, the event focuses on how this building, designed by an internationally recognized architect, was completed. Topics will include the working structure between Tadao Ando’s office and the St. Louis-based team, the realization of Ando’s design intent through the translation of American methods of construction, and the creation of a work environment that fostered construction excellence. More information on the event after the break.

'Fields Of Knowledge' Sustainable Education Campus Second Prize Winning Proposal / ShaGa Studio + Auerbach-Halevy Architects/Ori Rittenberg(Rotem)

Awarded the second prize in the recent Ramat Efal Education Campus Competition, the ‘Fields of Knowledge’ proposal by ShaGa Studio + Auerbach Halevy Architects/Ori Rittenberg(Rotem) integrates a series of linear ‘knowledge fields’ into a rich and varied learning experience, weaving together exteriors and interiors, the public and the community. Evoking the memories of old agriculture fields in Ramat Efal, their design criticizes an existing plan that splits the campus into three divided plots and suggests instead an integration of both school & public programs within an overall ‘field condition’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mosque (Amir Al-Momenin) Proposal / CAAT Architecture Studio

Focusing on local architecture, the proposal for the Mosque (Amir Al- Momenin) by CAAT Architecture Studio detaches from everyday life and the approach to worship space in accessing the building. The integrated entity of the proposal plays its role as a religious and cultural center in the region scale while communicating with the environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

World-Class Soccer Stadium Underway in Haiti

Courtesy of Project Phoenix
Courtesy of Project Phoenix

Three years have passed since a tremendous earthquake devastated Haiti. The long reconstruction process includes the construction of the country’s first stadium to be completed this year. Partners of Project Phoenix have created plans for Phoenix Stadium, a massive world-class professional soccer stadium soon to be located in Cite Soleil, Haiti. This project developed as a result of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative when collaboration began between Morad Fareed of Delos and Boby Duval of L’Athletique D’Haiti. The vision is to create a world-class stadium for soccer games as well as many other community functions.

Read more about Phoenix Stadium after the break!

Housing in Nyon / Charles Pictet Architecte

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Bluff House / Robert Young

  • Architects: Robert Young
  • Location: Montauk, New York, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Robert Young
  • Design Team: Casey Feeney, Tom Ambler, Shea Murdock
  • Project Year: 2002
  • Photographs: Michael Moran

© Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran

Icon selects San Rocco as Emerging Architect of the Year

San Rocco have been announced as the recipients of the inaugural Icon Award for Emerging Architectural Practice of the Year.

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College / Nicholas Hare Architects

© Alan Williams
© Alan Williams
  • Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Location: Belgrave Road, Birmingham, UK
  • Structural Engineer & Services Engineer: BDP Engineering
  • Client: Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
  • Area: 14,350 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Alan Williams

© Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams

Stepped House / Seijo Peon Arquitectos

© Alberto Cáceres Zenteno
© Alberto Cáceres Zenteno
  • Architects: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada, Josefina Peon Puerto
  • Location: Uaymitún, Yucatán, México
  • Collaborators: Israel Ramírez Segura, Natalia Ávila Ortegón, Alejandra Molina Gual, Ernesto Valhuerdi Pérez, Maribel Morales Hernández, Rodolfo Pascasio Sánchez
  • Area: 487.0 sqm
  • Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Alberto Cáceres Zenteno

© Alberto Cáceres Zenteno © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno © Alberto Cáceres Zenteno

House that Opens up to its Inside / Florian Busch Architects

  • Architects: Florian Busch Architects
  • Location: Chiba, Japan
  • Project Team: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Momoyo Yamawaki
  • Structural Engineering: ASA (Akira Suzuki, Yosuke Kimura)
  • Textile design: Yoko Ando
  • Contractor: Sudo Corp., Chiba
  • Area: 140.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects

Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects

The Psychology of Urban Planning

Courtesy of Entasis
Courtesy of Entasis

Walkability, density, and mixed-use have become key terms in the conversation about designing our cities to promote healthy lifestyles.  In an interview with behavioral psychologist, Dr. James Sallis of the University of California San Diego in The Globe and Mail,  Sallis discusses how his research reveals key design elements that encourage physical activity.  In the 20th century, the automobile and new ideals in urban planning radically changed the way in which cities were structured.  Residential and commercial areas were divided and highways were built to criss-cross between them.  Suburban sprawl rescued city dwellers from dense urban environments that had gained a reputation for being polluted and dangerous.  In recent decades, planners, policy makers and environmentalists have noted how these seemingly healthy expansions have had an adverse affect on our personal health and the health of our built environment. Today, the conversation is heavily structured around how welcoming density, diversity and physical activity can help ameliorate the negative affects that decades of mid-century planning have had on health.  Sallis describes how much of a psychological feat it is to change the adverse habits that have developed over the years and how design, in particular, can help encourage the change.

Notre Dame de l’Assomption – National Cathedral Competition Entry / YCF Group

Designed by YCF Group, in collaboration with ARCA Consulting and AFH Haiti (Architecture for Humanity), their proposal for the Notre Dame de l’Assomption draws on the life and culture of the Haitian people, while remembering the site’s history and the lives lost on January 12, 2010. Inspired by a Haitian fisherman’s boat, the project’s folded origami form aims links the new cathedral to the old cathedral’s former function as a lighthouse. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Abstraction Installation / Hornung And Jacobi Architecture + Axel Schenke

Exhibited at the Designers’ Saturday 2012 in Langenthal, Switzerland and at the BAU 2013 in Munich, Germany, the experimental installation “Abstraction” transforms shadows and lights into predefined pixels. Created by architects Peter Thomas Hornung of Hornung and Jacobi Architecture and Axel Schenke, their patented system uses the given material properties of Corian and assigned it with so far unknown qualities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Graffiti Artist's Mural Honors Oscar Niemeyer

A true legacy in the field of architecture and beyond, Oscar Niemeyer, who died just this past December at the age of 104, has traveled into the heart of many, one of which is graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra. In honor of the Brazilian architect, Kobra created a 61-yard art piece on the side of a building in Sao Paulo’s financial district. The immense, colorful mural cannot be missed as people pass by and admire the work. Expressing Niemeyer’s love for concrete, curves and Le Corbusier, the mural truly encompasses the architect’s aim to, “…produce an architecture that serves everyone and not just a group of privileged people.” More images can be viewed after the break.

Roche Diagnostics Training Center / SOM

Aiming to provide a new gateway and identity, the two-story, 87,135-square-feet Roche Diagnostics Training Center re-imagines their Indianapolis campus. Designed by SOM, the project just broke ground as it begins to establish a new and consistent brand identity for the Swiss-based pharmaceutical company. The new building’s clean, modern aesthetic embodies Roche’s corporate architectural philosophy and is informed by a 100 year legacy of European design precedents. More images and architects’ description after the break.