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Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre / Jackson Architecture +

© Dianna Snape & Tony Miller
© Dianna Snape & Tony Miller
  • Architects: Jackson Architecture, McConnell Smith Johnson
  • Location: Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
  • Design Team: Daryl Jackson, Alex Stephanou, John Zadro, Kathy Lakis
  • Client: Austin Health
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Dianna Snape & Tony Miller

© Dianna Snape & Tony Miller © Dianna Snape & Tony Miller © Dianna Snape & Tony Miller © Dianna Snape & Tony Miller

Levin Residence / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman

La Revilla House / Estudio Mariano Martin

© Ángel Baltanás © Ángel Baltanás © Ángel Baltanás © Ángel Baltanás

2013 Rudy Bruner Award Finalists Announced

Courtesy of Rudy Bruner Award
Courtesy of Rudy Bruner Award

Celebrating those who transform urban problems into creative solutions since 1987, the biennial Rudy Bruner Award (RBA) has announced the 2013 finalists. The prize aims to illuminate the complex process of urban placemaking by seeking out often overlooked urban exemplars whose existence heightens the richness and diversity of American cities. 

In celebration of their achievement, one $50,000 Gold Medal award and four $10,000 Silver Medals will be awarded to the finalists in May. 

The 2013 Rudy Bruner Award finalists are:

Video: Pedras Salgadas Eco-Resort / Luís Rebelo de Andrade & Diogo Aguiar

ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition

Architecture for Humanity Chicago recently announced the launch of their 4th annual ACTIVATE! Design Competition, which is free and open to the public. The competition challenges participants to redefine a public space on a temporary basis and on a budget of $1,000. The designs should aim to leverage community development through the implementation of small scale place making infrastructure. This will be a partnership with Chicago Department of Transportation as part of the ‘Make Way for the People’ initiative. It will focus on four sites in the city: Old Town, Pilsen, Woodlawn, and East Garfield Park. The deadline for entries is March 15. For more information, please visit here.

Huaihua Theater and Exhibition Center Proposal / United Design Group

With the site of the proposed project characterized by a 7m height difference between the south west corner and the north east one and the fastest way to access to it is from the roads west and north of it, the Huaihua Theater and Exhibition Center will be managed by three different subjects adding further difficulties in organizing the layout. Designed by United Design Group, the 60,000 m² complex is equally subdivided between the theater/cinema part (30,000 m²) and exhibitions: 12,000 m² for the museum; 10,000 m² for the urban planning hall; 3000 m² for the fine arts museum and 1000 m² for the local history exhibition. An extra 6000 m² will host the art training center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Almighty Tree' Proposal / Saraiva + Associados

In an effort to search for the city’s own identity, the ‘Almighty Tree’ concept proposal by Saraiva + Associados aims to give people the chance to experience the city of Almaty by hovering above treetops. As seen before in Kazakhstan, this unique style of architecture offers the opportunity to involve everyone in a place where the city, in combination with environmental values and modern design, shapes an exciting and memorable idea. Full architects’ description after the break.

Foster + Partners To 3D Print Structures on the Moon

© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA), has undertaken a study to explore the possibilities of using 3D printing to construct lunar habitations on the moon's southern pole (where there is near perpetual sunlight). The firm has already designed a lunar base that could house four people, and has begun to test the structure in a vacuum chamber that echoes lunar conditions. 

The shell of the base, which has a hollow closed cellular structure inspired by natural biological systems, should be able to protect potential inhabitants from "meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations." According to Xavier De Kestelier, Partner at Foster + Partners, the firm is "used to designing for extreme climates on earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials – our lunar habitation follows a similar logic."

The study will also address the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, and is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as the potential building matter. 

More details from Foster + Partners' Press Release, after the break:

Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China / Bianca Bosker

A 108-meter high Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées Square in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential complex for 200,000 recreates Dorchester, England. An ersatz Queen’s Guard patrols Shanghai’s Thames Town, where pubs and statues of Winston Churchill abound. Gleaming replicas of the White House dot Chinese cities from Fuyang to Shenzhen. These examples are but a sampling of China’s most popular and startling architectural movement: the construction of monumental themed communities that replicate towns and cities in the West.

Patio House / Seinfeld Arquitectos

  • Architects: Seinfeld Arquitectos
  • Location: San Isidro, Lima, Peru
  • Architect in Charge: Cynthia Seinfeld
  • Collaborator: Martín Zavaleta
  • Constructor: Unitas
  • Property: 517 sqm
  • Area: 540.0 sqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano

Penhaligon / Jenner Studio

© Michael Franke © Michael Franke © Michael Franke © Michael Franke

Finalists for Mies van der Rohe Award Selected

Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan.
Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan.

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the five finalists who will compete for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, also known as the Mies van der Rohe Award. Out of 355 works submitted from 37 countries, five have been short-listed, including BIG's Superkilen (also up for an ArchDaily Building of the Year Award for best public facility). 

The overall winner of the Prize, as well as the 'special mention' award for best emerging architect, will be announced in May, with an award ceremony on June 6th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain. See all 5 finalists, after the break... 

Silicon House / Selgas Cano

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Oiio Reveals Proposal for Guggenheim Expansion

Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office
Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office

With many museums worldwide seeking to extend, to accommodate larger collections, Athens-based Oiio Architecture Office have asked: “What if we decided we needed a little more of Guggenheim?”

Their solution is to stretch Frank Lloyd Wright’s original building skywards, by continuing its iconic ramp, creating an additional 13 floors. 

More on the design after the break...