Swimming Pool / Pich-Aguilera Architects

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Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects
Location: ,
Architects: Felipe Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle Pagés
Project Team: Angel Sendarrubias, Xavier Milanés, Pau Casaldaliga
Project Manager: Iván Acevedo
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Simón García

Poured resin side table by kelly behun | STUDIO after Lynda Benglis. Photo Credit: Alex P. White
Poured resin side table by kelly behun | STUDIO after Lynda Benglis. Photo Credit: Alex P. White

‘AFTER’ Exhibition / kelly behun | STUDIO

R 20th Century is pleased to present AFTER, curated by Kelly Behun and Alex P. White of kelly behun|STUDIO. AFTER, which is on view September 19-October 27, will feature works from kelly behun|STUDIO…, one of the most innovative, experimental

House RA / Pablo Anzilutti

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Architects: Pablo Anzilutti
Location: , Province,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Federico Cairoli

El Caracol Kindergarten / Demos Arquitectos

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Architects: Demos Arquitectos
Location: Patio Bonito, , Bogota, Colombia
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Demos Arquitectos

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Courtesy of Think Space

Think Space: Past Forward Call for Papers

The Think Space Past Forward Programme just launched its very first Call for Papers, dedicating itself to writing and publishing critically about architecture. Known for using design competitions, exhibitions, symposiums and publications as its tools, they are leaning on historical…

Nettleton 198 / SAOTA

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Architects: Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Clifton, ,
Design Team: Greg Truen, Stefan Antoni, Jacques Prinsloo
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Letch

Tourner autour du Ried / StAndré-Lang Architectes

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Architects: StAndré-Lang Architectes
Location: 67600 Muttersholtz,
Design Team: Bastien Saint-André, Maxime Lang
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 20 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of StAndré-Lang Architectes

OMA’s Reinier de Graaf talks Megalopoli(tic)s

OMA partner Reinier de Graaf explores the relationship between the megalopolis and politics at the Berlage Institute, where he conducted a one-week masters class devoted to the concept of Megalopoli(tic)s – “a very large ambitious political structure dealing especially with the act of governing complex metropolitan areas”.

De Graaf begins by stating we must “think globally”. In 1950, and were the only cities with more than 8 million inhabitants. Currently, there are 26 cities of over 8 million people and by 2020 there will be 37. In terms of population and GDP, countries have been surpassed by cities and cities have been surpassed by corporations. De Graaf states that the city is the physical manifestation of globalization, and as cities continue to rapidly grow, it is imperative that we question the logistics that go into governing them.

Imagine Doxiadis’ global Ecumenopolis city (1967) that depicts the city as no longer a product of nations but rather a international product, which he envisioned as a conglomerate of urbanized regions straddling the world.

AD Round Up: Architecture in London

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Today all eyes are on , so for today’s AD Round Up we have our 1st selection of Architecture in . In the main image is Central St. Giles Court by Renzo Piano & Fletcher Priest Architects, a genuinely mixed use development incorporating office, retail, restaurant and residential use. Look again at the Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form or W London Leicester Square, both designed by Jestico + Whiles. You must check out this bike parking by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Finally, revisit one of our AD Classics: Lloyd’s of London Building by the great Richard Rogers.

The FLOAT House – Make it Right / Morphosis Architects

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Architects: Morphosis Architects
Location: 1638 Tennessee St, , LA 70117,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 88.0 sqm
Photographs: Iwan Baan

University of California Irvine Contemporary Arts Center / Ehrlich Architects

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Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Irvine, CA,
Landscape Architects: LRM Landscape Architecture
Project Area: 55,000 sq ft
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson

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[UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS Winners Announced!

Grand Prize: “OCO – Ocean & Coastline Observatory” – Courtesy of
Architecture for Humanity has announced the winners of the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS competition. Designers were challenged to team up with community groups from across the globe and develop innovative solutions that re-envision closed, abandoned and decommissioning military sites. The response was overwhelming, as 600 international teams registered from 70 countries. A jury of 33 professional evaluated the submissions based on community impact, contextual appropriateness, ecological footprint, economic viability and design quality, and filtered the teams down to only 23 semi finalists. Now, the winners of those finalist have been revealed!

“We wanted people to look at former military installations and ask ‘How can we re-envision spaces that exist in difficult, sometimes hostile environments and transform them into something positive?’” stated Architecture for Humanity executive director Cameron Sinclair, as reported on Wired. “We want to  use the design process to weave the community back together. It might be a quilt of many different pieces, but in the end, it’s a quilt, and that’s what makes it work.”

Continue after the break to review the winning proposals!

Villa SK / Atelier Thomas Pucher

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Architects: Atelier Thomas Pucher
Location: , Austria
Design Team: Thomas Pucher, Christa Pucher, Hannes Stöffler, Gustav Ibing
Project Area: 240.0 sqm
Photographs: Lukas Schaller

Aqua at Dover Street Market / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Dover Street Market has commissioned Zaha Hadid to design this site-specific installation to showcase in their store during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The concept behind “Aqua” references the formal language of Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre.

Zaha Hadid: “Designing for Dover Street Market is an exciting opportunity to install a piece inspired by the fluid geometries of the London Aquatics Centre: a wave of liquid, frozen in time, right in the heart of London.”

Continue after the break for more images.

Futurumshop / AReS Architecten

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Architects: AReS Architecten
Location: Europaweg 165, Zuidwest,
Project Architect: Sen Heesen
Project Team: Tjeerd Hermsen, Rogier Penning
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,158 sqm
Photographs: Thea van den Heuvel

© Stefanie De Clercq
© Stefanie De Clercq

Curo Garden / Raumlabor

The 2012 edition of Parckdesign, a biennial event dedicated to green space planning initiated by Brussels Environment and the Brussels Ministry for Environment, Energy and Urban Renovation, aims to reinterpret industrial wastelands, leftover spaces and interstices in Brussels. With this…

London 2012: Thinking Past Day 17 / Part II

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In our second segment of Thinking Past Day 17 – our series examining the larger implications of hosting the Olympic Games – we explore social issues must address while creating the necessary infrastructure for the Summer Games.

The forty-five minute proposal London presented to the International Olympic Committee in Sinagpore was filled with amazing flyovers of natural terrain depicting the most challenging obstacles, walk-throughs of state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and planning overviews of accommodations for athletes amidst a speckled with old and new cultural offerings.  When the final votes were counted and London won the bid, it was time to turn those glossy virtual images into reality.

Of course, we are accustomed to the blankness of a site transforming into the awesomeness of a dynamic rendering, but an entire city?  Where is all the available space coming from as London is the most populated municipality in the European Union with 8.17 million residents? And, more importantly, what was on the land before the Olympic transformation?

More after the break.

Sacred Museum / Fernando Menis Architects

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Architects: Fernando Menis Architects
Location: Adeje,
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Simona Rota, Courtesy of