From April 8th through the 14th, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will be hosting National Architecture Week in an effort to increase public awareness on the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. With a theme of “Design Connects”, the AIA encourages you to join in an online national conversation. Continue reading to learn more on how you can participate.
A secondary school project in Gando, Burkina Faso, a community center project in São Paulo, Brazil, and an urban renewal plan in Berlin, Germany are the winners of the Global Holcim Awards for 2012. These leading sustainable construction projects were selected from 15 finalist submissions by a jury of independent experts led by Enrique Norten. The finalists were the regional Holcim Awards 2011 winning projects that had been selected from more than 6,000 entries in 146 countries.
All 53 prize-winning projects at the regional level also competed for further prizes based on their contributions to sustainable construction through innovative building materials and construction technologies. The Global Holcim Innovation prizes conferred by a jury of materials and industry experts led by Harry Gugger went to projects in Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Continue after the break to view the winning proposals!
Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados – Jorge Marsino P, María Inés Buzzoni G, Claudio Santander L.
Location: Diamante, Entreríos, Argentina
Site Area: 8 hás.
Floor Plan Area: 254 sq.m indoors + 99 sq.m outdoors = 303.5 sq.m
Budget: $ 61.680.000 clp / u$ 120.000
Client: Jorge Marsino and Cecilia Prado
Structural Engineer: Luis Gaitan
Contractor: Horacio Kapp
Architect (signing the project in Argentina): Raúl Brunatti
Photographers: Jorge Marsino, Y Mariaines Buzzoni
April is Autism Awareness Month, and ArchDaily would like to draw your attention to the architectural coverage we have done on the topic. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are developmental disorders that affect 1 in 88 children. The spectrum is large and diverse. It ranges from individuals who can be socially withdrawn, have extreme learning difficulties and little to no communication to individuals who can be highly intelligent but socially awkward. Each individual, however, exhibits, to varying degrees, impairments in social interaction and communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. ArchDaily’s coverage looks at the various approaches architects have taken when designing for individuals with autism. We hope to get your feedback on the articles and your help in spreading autism awareness.
Architects: GAP Arquitectos - Daniel Jiménez & Beatriz Martínez & Jaime Olivera Arquitectos
Location: Badajoz, Spain
Completion: April 2009
Intervention Areas: 3.025 sqm
Construction Cost: phase 1 (rehab): 979.625 € / phase 2 (garden): 362.215 €
Client: Consejería de Cultura y Turismo, Junta de Extremadura
Constructor: Construcciones e Instalaciones Moreno, SL
Project Team: Daniel Jiménez Ferrera, Beatriz Martínez Martínez, Jaime Olivera Quintanilla
Collaborators: Carlos Olivera Quintanilla, Juan Ruiz, Luis Fernández, Aurora Fernández, Fernando García, Ignacio Jiménez, Juan Yruela, Joao Durao
Photographs: Jesús Granada
Architect: Undurraga Devés Arquitectos – Cristián Undurraga
Location: Los Andes Valley, Chile
Construction Year: 2009
Constructed Surface Area: 620 sqm
Team Design: Undurraga Deves Arquitectos, Cristián Larraín Bontá, Pablo López, Jean Baptiste Bruderer
Altar Design: José Vicente Gajardo
Structural Engineer: José Jiménez, Rafael Gatica Engineers
Constructor: Terrano S.A.
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone
The design intent of Lemay Associés for the Stinson Transport Center in Montreal was to achieve a seamless weaving of the project into the surrounding urban fabric. They then did thus through the introduction of a new dialog element: an interface which will serve as a catalyst for the renewal of the surrounding industrial sector. Characterized by simple and contemporary volumetrics, the project is based on functional principles which give it its geometric singularity. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Location: Zijlweg 2, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Project Team: Paul Diederen, Irene Horvers, Fabianne Riolo, Cyriel Heemels, Edgar Claassen, Ronald Van, Aggelen, Susanne Tissen, Annemiek Bergman.
Advisors: Pieters Bouwtechniek Haarlem bv, Valstar Simonis, advies-en ingenieurs bureau dhv bv
Contractor: Ballast Nedam Bouw, Noordwest.
Interior Architects: Paul Diederen, Fabianne Riolo, Cyriel Heemels, Irene Horvers, Bob Copray
Photographs: Arthur Bagen
The sports center’s concept by Côté Leahy Cardas Architects… rests on the alteration of the site on which it will be implemented. A site which has been metamorphosed from an industrial field (a quarry) into a landfill and will now
Filmed in 1921, Manhatta reveals a typical day in Lower Manhattan in the early part of the 20th century. Painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand created this silent film to discover the relationship between film and photography, while exploring their love to the City. Just as it is today, the City is amidst endless chaos.
Koen Olthuis’s Dutch practice, Waterstudio, has been preparing for the environmental impacts on architecture for ten years now – building a practice on the assumption that a new solution for inhabitation is on the water. Having lived in Amsterdam, Olthuis has intimate experience with the battle against water that people have posed for themselves. In an interview with Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat, Olthuis describes how Amsterdam was settled, what it means to have a city built upon water and the maintenance required. Olthuis’ desire to colonize the oceans is not new, but his techniques, which he touches upon in this TEDx Talk in Warwick, focus on a refined and innovative way of approaching this strategy that is progressive in that it requires far less maintenance.