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

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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.

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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

Urban Boutique Hotel / BANG by MIN – Sae Min Oh (O)

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Architects: BANG by MIN (Sae Min Oh)
Location: Dongan-gu, Kyeongki-Do,
Architect In Charge: Sae Min Oh
Design Team: Changwook Kwak, Hyunduck Yoo
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 4586.57 sqm
Photographs: Huh Juneul, Courtesy of , Courtesy of Urban Boutique Hotel

Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture / Nirmal Kishnani

In the past decade Asia’s building sector has slowly come around to the idea of the Green building. The movement has picked up pace since 2005 with the introduction of, at last count, 13 national Green building assessment tools. Despite a steep rise in the number of certified buildings, the approach to Greening is fragmented and cautious at best. The Asian Green building does not do enough to mitigate impact nor do the conventions of Greening address the diverse needs of the region and its people.

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© Alexandr Berzing

Temple in Antis / AG “LesoSplaw”

Located on a hill, on the open area of the landscape, the simplest of a Greek temple is the templum in antis, a small rectangular structure. Designed by the AG ‘LesoSplaw’ team, in front of the cella, a small porch or…

Open-air Market / all(zone)

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Architects: all(zone)
Location: , Thailand
Design Team: Rachaporn Choochuey, Sorawit Klaimark, Isara Junpoldee, Namkhang Anomasiri, Wittida Pyomyong
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of all(zone)

Roberto Cantoral Cultural Center / Broissin Architects

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Architects: Broissin Architects
Location: México DF,
Design Team: Gerardo Broissin, David Suárez, Alejandro Rocha, Rodrigo Jiménez, Mauricio Cristóbal
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Broissin Architetcs, Alejandro Rocha, Paul Rivera

TED Talk: Why Architects Need to Use their Ears / Julian Treasure

In architecture we talk about space and form.  We talk about experience and meaning.  All of these qualities are inextricably the sensory experience of light, touch, smell and sound.  Sound expert Julian Treasure asks architects to consider designing for our ears, citing that the quality of the of a space affect us physiologically, socially, psychologically and behaviorally.

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Amsterdam University College / Mecanoo

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Architects: Mecanoo
Location: University,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Christian Richters

Lude House / Grupo Aranea

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Architects: Grupo Aranea
Location: Cehegín, Murcia,
Design Team: Francisco Leiva Ivorra, Martín López Robles
Technical Architect: Antonio Martínez Sánchez
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jesus Granada © BIS Images

Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979

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What is the connection between sex, architecture and design? Opening tomorrow, September 29, Architecture, 1953-1979 explores the role of architecture in the famous men’s magazine Playboy. Colomina, along with the curators of NAiM/Bureau-Europa in Maastricht, , centers the exhibition around the research of Beatriz Colomina, a professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture and founder of their Media and Modernity program, who has been studying the connection for the past three years.

Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979 illustrates how cities, buildings, interiors, furniture and products have always played an important role in the fantasy world of Playboy. Ever since Hugh Hefner launched Playboy in 1952, its erotic spreads have featured the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Buckminster Fuller, Moshe Safdie, and Paolo Soleri. As Colomina’s program argues, “sexual revolution and architectural revolution are inseparable.” The exhibition reveals how Playboy reshaped masculinity with the influence of architecture and design.

Hollande Béthune Social Housing / FRES Architectes

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Architects: FRES Architectes
Location: ,
Design Team: Laurent Gravier, Sara Martin Camara
Associated Architect: KENK Architecten
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Grace Farms unveils SANAA-designed ‘River’ Building


Grace Farms Foundation, a not-for‐profit charitable organization in New Canaan, , has submitted a proposal to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for a SANAA-designed, meandering structure dubbed the “River”. The project prioritizes the needs of the community by preserving the 75-acre Grace Farms property as a permanent offering of open space and providing an array of public amenities, such as a library, gymnasium and church.

“We are thrilled to be sharing SANAA’s wonderfully sensitive design with the members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and with the community we serve,” stated Sharon Prince, President of the Grace Farms Foundation. “Grace Farms is a place where people can walk their dog, read a book by the lake or simply relax in a beautiful natural setting. By blending so seamlessly into the landscape, the River enhances this experience, almost erasing the barrier between the spaces sheltered within and the natural world outside.”

If approved, the River will be SANAA’s first United States commission since receiving the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010. Continue reading for the architects’ description.

Hydroelectric Power Station Punibach / monovolume architecture + design

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Architects: monovolume architecture + design
Location: Planeiler Alm, South Tyrol,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Video: Nendo Mimicry Chairs, London Design Festival 2012

This year as part of London Design Festival’s Landmark Projects Japanese design studio Nendo have installed Mimicry Chairs, a series of sporadically placed chairs, in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Rising stars of Japanese design, Nendo have already exhibited in Madrid, Milan, Paris, Tokyo and . follow the installation of Mimicry Chairs before speaking with head designer Oki Sato about the project and why Japanese designers always think with their heads, not their hands.

Badoo Development Office / za bor Architects

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Architects: za bor Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,100 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of za bor Architects

Building A / Studio Manfroni & Associati

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Architects: Studio Manfroni & Associati
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Mario Manfroni, Patrizia Burlando, Danilo Sergiampietri, Daniela Cappelletti
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Roberto Buratta