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Three Firms Shortlisted for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

01:00 - 29 December, 2013
Three Firms Shortlisted for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image © Flickr user Elvert Barnes
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image © Flickr user Elvert Barnes

Three teams have been shortlisted from a longlist of ten for the renovation of Washington DC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - the only library and D.C. building ever designed by Mies van der Rohe. The three competing teams are:

Quartette Haus / Bluebottle

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
Quartette Haus / Bluebottle, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © Pia Johnson © Pia Johnson © Pia Johnson +10

Nebula / Austin Maynard Architects

00:00 - 28 December, 2013
Nebula / Austin Maynard Architects, Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects
Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects

© Nic Granleese Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese +48

London Cinema Challenge Winners Announced

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
Third Place: Peep(le) Show. Image Courtesy of London Cinema Challenge / Combo Competitions
Third Place: Peep(le) Show. Image Courtesy of London Cinema Challenge / Combo Competitions

The London Cinema Challenge, organized by Combo Competitions, challenged participants to design a new cinema located on Newman Street in central London which should "reflect the participants’ ideas of the cinematic experience in the near future." The scope of the proposal, along with the extravagance of the idea, was decided by the individual competitors with the only criterion being that the design provided a space to watch movies. In addition to the cinema, each proposal had to include a "unique feature helping to serve the main purpose" of the building. Whether "an intimate screening room for indie films, or a commercial multi-storey cinema complex showing blockbusters," the winning proposals demonstrate an array of unique ideas.

SCL – Seoul Creative Lab / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
SCL – Seoul Creative Lab / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, © Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park
  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Nokbeon-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    HyunjoonYoo, Jinsung Huh, Insil Son, Jaehong Mik, Moonchul Choi, Sunkeun Hwang, Seungho Ham, Hyuntak Cho
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park +28

House in Minamikarasuyama / atelier HAKO architects

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
House in Minamikarasuyama  / atelier HAKO architects      , © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts
© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts

© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts +23

Farmstead Refurbishment / Carlo Bagliani

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
Farmstead Refurbishment / Carlo Bagliani, © Anna Positano
© Anna Positano

© Anna Positano © Anna Positano © Carola Merello © Carola Merello +10

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and C+S Architects Win Competition to Redevelop Chiasso Train Station

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
 Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and C+S Architects Win Competition to Redevelop Chiasso Train Station, © Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and C+S Architects
© Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and C+S Architects

The Italian joint-venture between Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners and C+S Architects has been announced as winner of an international competition for the requalification of a former railway station site in Chiasso, Switzerland. The team’s winning scheme proposes a “soft urban design” aimed at giving value to the pre-existing buildings, which are substantially maintained and sewn to the newly designed complex of two fashion schools: SAMS and STA.

MAD Envisions More 'Natural' Chinese Cities in the Future

00:00 - 28 December, 2013
MAD Envisions More 'Natural' Chinese Cities in the Future, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

Ma Yansong of MAD recently presented a 600,000 square meter urban design proposal for the city of Nanjing titled, "Shanshui Experiment Complex," at the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture in Shenzhen, China. The concept takes into account the culture, nature and history of Nanjing while reconsidering the methodology in which Chinese cities are built.

AD Architecture School Guide: National University of Singapore

00:00 - 28 December, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: National University of Singapore, Work by Anggraeni, Azhar Bin Azmi, Chia Ping Howe Edwin, Liew Liewei Wesley, Neo Hwee Tat, Ren Tian, BA(Arch) Students at NUS, Year 4. Image Courtesy of http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/gallery/
Work by Anggraeni, Azhar Bin Azmi, Chia Ping Howe Edwin, Liew Liewei Wesley, Neo Hwee Tat, Ren Tian, BA(Arch) Students at NUS, Year 4. Image Courtesy of http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/gallery/

Ecological design is rapidly becoming a staple in architecture school. Its various names—sustainable, “green,” and environmental—all refer to the objective of designing buildings that have a smaller carbon footprint, from construction materials to functionality post-occupancy. Acronyms like HVAC and PV are now part of the mainstream architecture lexicon. These approaches are not globally applicable, however. For example, in tropical climates, the use of such technology is both impractical and ineffective. Additionally, the carbon footprint resulting from producing these devices and systems can be significant. 

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Architectureis addressing these very issues. Founded in 1958, the Department of Architecture is oriented towards architecture for Asia and the tropics. Kenneth Ho, Design Director and Co-Founder of Hopscape Design + Architecture and NUS alumnus, says, “Everything here [in the U.S.] is about sustainability like HVAC or solar panels. But there, sustainable architecture is passive. For example, when you build a house, it actually breathes because you build it off the ground, the air circulates through the floor and then out through the roof. Because it’s a tropical climate, you have to do this. NUS is one of the leading schools in teaching this in Southeast Asia. Its become a hub for neighboring countries who send their students to study there to learn about this.” 

Extension of Gubbio Cemetery / Andrea Dragoni + Francesco Pes

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
Extension of Gubbio Cemetery / Andrea Dragoni + Francesco Pes , © Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH
© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH

© Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH © Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH © Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH © Alessandra Chemollo_ORCH +30

La Tratto Santa Lucía / DOX Arquitectos

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
La Tratto Santa Lucía / DOX Arquitectos, © David Emir Cervera Castro
© David Emir Cervera Castro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Xavier Eduardo Salas Hernandez, David Emir Cervera Castro
  • Collaborators

    Sandra Shantal Mézquita Hoyos, Abraham de Jesús Basto Tello
  • Area

    383.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© David Emir Cervera Castro © David Emir Cervera Castro © David Emir Cervera Castro © David Emir Cervera Castro +17

Call for Classics Interns for Spring 2014

00:00 - 27 December, 2013
Call for Classics Interns for Spring 2014

ArchDaily is in need of an architecture-obsessed, history buff to delve into the world of ArchDaily Classics for Spring 2013 (January 15th – May 15th)! If you want to spend your days researching/writing about the best architecture around the globe – and work for the world’s most visited architecture website – then read on after the break…

MCC / JHK Architecten

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
MCC / JHK Architecten, © Palladium Photodesign
© Palladium Photodesign
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prins Bisschopsingel 53, 6212 AB Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Project Management

    Brink Management en Advies bv
  • Main Contractor

    BAM Utiliteitsbouw Maastricht
  • Structural Engineer

    Aronsohn Raadgevende Ingenieurs
  • Building Services

    Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs
  • Area

    4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Palladium Photodesign © Palladium Photodesign © Palladium Photodesign © Palladium Photodesign +8

LF USA Womens Apparel Group / Spacesmith

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
LF USA Womens Apparel Group / Spacesmith, © Paúl Rivera
© Paúl Rivera
  • Architects

  • Location

    United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Jane Smith
  • Design Architect

    Branko Pahor
  • Project Manager

    Will Wong
  • MEP Engineer

    Robert Derector Associates
  • AV Engineer

    Robert Derector Telecommunications
  • General Contractor

    Icon Interiors, Inc
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Paúl Rivera © DFB Sales © DFB Sales © Paúl Rivera +10

Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge

00:00 - 27 December, 2013
Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA / Photo © Philippe Ruault
Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA / Photo © Philippe Ruault

Opened to a full house, last year, at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto, Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, explores the elegant, and oftentimes, elusive intersection between the aesthetics of architectural form and the technicality of structural design, through the lens of earthquake engineering. Curated by Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng and founded/curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, this exhibit emerged from their research on the resiliency of emergency shelters and civil protection buildings, such as schools and hospitals, in earthquake zones throughout the world.

Envisioned as a "science center" for design, the exhibition, which is tailored not only for the architecture and engineering communities, but an invested public as well, will feature full-sized seismic technology utilized in buildings, architectural and structural models, seismic testing videos, including clips from Tomas Koolhaas’ new documentary titled REM, and a 500N shake table from North American Wave Spectrum Science and Trade Inc.

Urban Villa Beaumont / 2b architectes

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue de Beaumont 22A, 1012 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Philippe Béboux, Stephanie Bender, Tiago Borges, Gudrun Warnking, Carolin Jung, Gloria Asami Lili, Marianne Baumgartner, Fatma Ben-Amor, Julien Blanc, Augustin Clement, Patrizia Gabrielli, Sylvie Grimm, Emiliano Quaresina
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei +23

Seniors' Residence + Nursery / a/LTA

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
Seniors' Residence + Nursery / a/LTA, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cure de Notre Dame de Lourdes, 26 Route de Rennes, 44300 Nantes, France
  • Project Team

    Isateg + Auxitec
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +40