Mayors Challenge Finalists Announced

’s Mayors Challenge

Twenty from across the U.S. are competing for nine million dollars in grant money that could fund their innovative solution to some of the major urban challenges that face our communities today. These Top 20 finalists were selected from 305 teams, formed by mayors, architects and local professionals, representing a city of 30,000 or more residents that responded to Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge with a bold idea that could potentially make our government more efficient, solve a serious problem, or improve city life.

The five boldest ideas with the greatest potential for impact will win funding as well as national and local recognition. The winning city will receive a $5,000,000 grand prize and four other cities will receive $1,000,000 to help implement their ideas.

The Top 20 finalists are…

Casa A5 / CSA arquitectura

© Hector Santos-Diez

Architects: CSA arquitectura
Location: Oleiros, Galicia,
Author: Carlos Seoane
Collaborators: Miriam Garcia Ochoa, Santiago Cotón, Jose G. Varela, Oscar Fuertes
Civil Engineers: Rafael Castro, Luis Romero
Construction Managment: Javier Castro
Area: 544 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hector Santos-Diez

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Five great posts from last week that you may have missed! Check out the recently inaugurated Galaxy Soho in Beijing by Zaha Hadid Architects. Don’t miss No Name Shop designed by iranian architects Ali Dehghani, Ali Soltani & Atefeh Karbasi. Revisit, Atelier-Bisque Doll by UID Architects or Algarrobos House in Ecuador by José María Sáez + Daniel Moreno Flores. Finally, you must see Inside The Keret House – the World’s Skinniest House by polish practice, Centrala.

Roblas Cube / Moscato Schere Todo Terreno

© Ramiro Schere

Architects: Moscato Schere Todo Terreno
Location: Buenos Aires,
Design Team: Agustin Moscato, Joaquín Moscato, Ramiro Schere
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Ramiro Schere

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HNTB’s winning concept for LA’s 6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project

winning proposal via Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project

In April, Mayor Villaraigosa and City Council Member Huizar announced an international design competition to redesign the historic, 80-year-old Sixth Street Bridge in . The decision to launch the competition came after engineers warned that the bridge was at risk of failing during a major earthquake due to a degenerative structural problem known as “concrete cancer”. After careful consideration and entertaining the idea of constructing a replica of the 1932 icon, the city committed to moving forward with a major redesign. In mid-October, the national infrastructure firm HNTB, along with team members Michael Maltzan Architecture and AC Martin Partners, were announced as winners of the international competition.

Continue reading to learn more…

Two Social Housing, Miguel Sesmero Tower / GAas architecture studio

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Architects: GAas architecture studio
Location: Badajoz, Extremadura,
Design Team: Raúl Gálvez Tirado, José Algeciras Rodríguez
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Alda

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© COOKFOX Architects
© COOKFOX Architects

Friends Center at Angkor Hospital for Children / COOKFOX

The Friends Center at Angkor Hospital for Children was designed by COOKFOX Architects… as an accessory to the existing Angkor Hospital founded by Kenro Izu.  The pediatric care facility provides free, quality medical services to over 500,000 patients in Siem

Bancroft Project Breaks Ground

Rendering for the Bancroft School in Kansas City, Missouri. Part of a revitalization effort by the community of Manheim Park, the Foundation, and BINM Architects. Photo © BNIM Architecture + Planning

When we introduced you to the Bancroft School in September, the topic of one of the ’s awesome mini-documentaries, or SEEDocs, the revitalization project was still in development. However, this Saturday’s ground-breaking ceremony means that this innovative community complex will soon be a reality.

The building, which was an elementary school from 1904 until it fell into disrepair and closed in 1999, is located in one of Kansas City’s most neglected, lower income neighborhoods: Manheim Park.  However, thanks to the joint-efforts of the Make It Right Foundation, BNIM Architects (the AIA’s 2011 Firm of the Year), and the Historic Manheim Park Neighborhood Association, the once asbestos-ridden school will soon be the center of a revitalization project to transform the urban landscape.

More on the Bancroft Project, after the break…

Zamora 63 / TAE Arquitectos

© Onnis Luque

Architects: TAE Arquitectos
Location: , Mexico
Coordination: Humberto González
Work Tracking : Elizabeth Pérez, Jesús Santillán
Drawing: Georgina Arriaga, Alberto García
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Onnis Luque

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Prothofactory / Marta Garcia-Orte + Aaron Tregent

Rendering by Play-Time, Image Courtesy of +

The Protofactory positions a return of industry to the city, fostering a culture of materialism where the flow of material, production of knowledge and the experience of craftsmanship are offered to society. The Protofactory redefines the factory typology. Based on a flow of knowledge and information, The Protofactory harbors a lateral organization of labor and enhanced feedback of research development and innovation processes supported by local and international education. The notion of production becomes reintroduced into the public realm.

Courtesy of Yale School of Architecture
Courtesy of Yale School of Architecture

‘George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher’ Exhibition + Symposium

On view at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery from November 8-February 2, the ‘George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher’ exhibition and symposium examines Nelson’s work in the context of both its own time and its legacy today. The event…

Architecture for Humanity’s 5-Point Plan for Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction

Hurricane Sandy damage north of Seaside, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

“As whenever disaster strikes, it will be many days before the full impact of the storm is brought to light, and which communities will be in largest need of design support as the broader reconstruction effort proceeds. However we are not waiting for water to recede before preparing a reconstruction campaign.” – Cameron Sinclair, co-founder

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York and New Jersey last week, Architecture for Humanity volunteers have been in action – not just aiding in the recovery efforts, but also analyzing how/where long-term reconstruction efforts will need to be focused. Indeed, Architecture for Humanity’s co-founder, Cameron Sinclair, has already published the organization’s 5-point strategy for long-term reconstruction in the areas most severely impacted by Sandy.

Architecture For Humanity’s strategy for reconstruction (and more information on how you can get involved), after the break….

The SayBoat / Milan Řídký

© Richard Navara

Location: Marina Vltava, , Czech Republic
Designer: František Šťasta
Proposal: Marek Řídký
Execution: Milan Řídký (Arrbo, s.r.o.)
Area: 63 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Richard Navara

Video: Valparaiso Cultural Park / HLPS arquitectos by Cristobal Palma

Parque Cultural de Valparaiso [PCdV] from Estudio Palma on Vimeo.

Winner of an international competition in 2009 after the rejection of a proposal from brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Valparaíso Cultural Center designed by HLPS arquitectos was finished last year with an impressive result. Today we have this great video Cristobal Palma just shared with us, shot a couple of months ago.

You can check some more videos by at ArchDaily:

Courtesy of ACDF Architecture
Courtesy of ACDF Architecture

Keelung New Harbor Service Building Competition Entry / ACDF Architecture

The design proposal for the Keelung New Harbor Service Building aims to reject grand architectural gestures that deliberately exist out of context for the sole intent of making a grandiose statement. ACDF Architecture… rejects the use of elaborate sculptural forms

Cartierville Y Centre / Daoust Lestage

© Marc Carmer

Architects: Daoust Lestage
Architect In Charge:
Projects Manager: Coprim inc.
Design Team : Renée Daoust, Benoît Décarie, Hala Mehio, Carl Pineau, Jean-François Bilodeau, Marie-Josée Gagnon, Stéphane Savoie
Area: 88,000 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Marc Carmer, Marie-Josée Gagnon

Apartment Blocks in Nanterre / X-TU

© Luc Boegly

Architects: X-TU
Location: Nanterre,
Architect In Charge: Nicolas Desmazières, Anouk Legendre
Project Leader: Nicolas Jomain
Area: 13,252 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Courtesy of Institute for Architecture and Landscape
Courtesy of Institute for Architecture and Landscape

‘Emerging Realities’ International Student Workshop

Taking place November 11-18, the ‘Emerging Realities’ international student workshop will take place in Venice as part of the Biennale to feature international guest speakers. The event, put on by the Institute for Architecture and Landscape, LANDLAB ia&l, envisions the…