view from the woods / © Sergio Capasso

New Church of Våler Proposal / Francesco Fiotti

Placed in the southern part of the project area in continuity with the ancient church, the proposal for the New Church of Våler by Francesco Fiotti… architects attempts to recover not only the orientation of it, but also the memory.

Atelier and Office Building / LÜPS

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Architects: LÜPS
Location: ,
Completion: 2010
Collaborators: Peter Megele, Thomas Huber
Structure: IB Heinrich
Photographs: Thomas Huber, Atelier Lüps

The Indicator: How We Write Architecture

Guiseppe Terragni, Casa del Fascio, Como, Lombardy, Italy, 1936. Photo by ilConte via Flickr.

Photo note: The artist, Alfredo Jaar, in a 2006 interview, regarded Terragni’s Casa del Fascio as the “perfect memorial to Gramsci.” Jaar used the building’s blank right facade (originally left uninterrupted for propaganda) as a canvas for projecting a sequence of images about Gramsci. As Jaar noted: “Here, the fascist building is transformed into Gramsci’s grave. My trip is thus complete, the circle closed, and Gramsci’s indomitable faith in humanism and the hegemony of intellect is still alive. People were, I think, touched and empowered by my concept of transformation of the former headquarters of Fascism in Como into a commemoration and celebration of Gramsci. It was hopefully a true manifestation of everlasting resistance to tyranny and death.”

The Indicator is back!

In reading Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks I am struck by his lack of irony and pretense. It is not a resistance to humor per se. It is a restraint. A will to power that puts everything in the urgent light of sincerity.

Thus, stylistically, it reads as somehow awkward and formal in our post-post times. It has me thinking about how we write about architecture…how we write architecture.

True. He was writing from prison. But it’s more than that. He was writing what he believed. There is no escape valve of irony in his text. He was, and is when you read him now, in your face, holding you and daring you to veer away. What he is writing is not to be taken with a wink. He commands humor in his language but the humor drives a sustained sincerity, a concern for humanity—including his own humanity.

Roses IES Cap Norfeu Extension / Javier de las Heras Solé + ​Bosch Tarrús Arquitectes

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Architects: Javier de las Heras Solé +
Location: , Spain
Arquitecture Contributors: Mercedes Sánchez Hernández, Asunción Belda Esteban
Contributors: Blàzquez-Guanter Arquitectes, Proisotec, Jordi Roig Fontseca
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula


New Bauhaus Museum / Johann E. Bierkandt

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German architect Johann Bierkandt has shared with us his second-place winning proposal in the Classic Siftung Weimar international competition for the New Bauhaus Museum. His concept was praised by the jury for its clever integration into Weimarhallenpark through a series of small-scale pavilions that differentiates the museum from the surrounding context. Bierkandt‘s proposal is one of the final four designs still competing in the two-stage competition. The jury is expected to announce the winning design this summer. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Maritime and Beachcombers Museum / Mecanoo

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Architects: Mecanoo Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: Maritiem & Jutters Museum, Oudeschild
Museum design: Kossmann.dejong, Amsterdam
Project management: ABC Management Groep, Assen
Builders: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Utrecht
Installations consultant: Peter Prins, Woerden
Contractors: Bouwcombinatie De Geus & Duin Bouwbedrijf, Broek op Langedijk
Installations: ITBB, Heerenveen
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2010-2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Mecanoo

River Bank House / Balance Associates Architects

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Architects: Balance Associates Architects
Location: , , USA
Design Team: Tom Lenchek AIA, Principal, Lauren Tindall Crocco AIA, Jeff Babienko, AIA
Project Year: 2009
Site Area: 7.3 Acres
House Area: 3,400 square feet
Photographs: Steve Keating Photography


Human Fish Pool in the Postojna Cave / Studio Stratum

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Architects: Studio Stratum - Polona Filipič, Peter Šenk
Location: , Slovenia
Construction date: 2010
Client: Turizem Kras, d.d.
Total floor area: 20 sqm
Collaborators: Klemen Kušar
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Sign this Petition and Help Save Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center

Orange County Government Center by © New York Times - Tony Cenicola

Many of you may already be aware that Paul Rudolph’s iconic Orange County Government Center is at risk of being demolished. Leaky roofs and a damaging flood have convinced Orange Country executive director Eddie Diana to favor this dreadfully mundane neo-colonial office building over Rudolph’s Brutalist landmark. Cost is not an issue, as the price tag for the new building exceeds the cost to renovate the historical icon, and many understand the immense cultural value of preserving a legacy; however, this battle is nearing a loss and only solidarity will save it.

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has launched a petition to oppose the demolition. With the Orange County Legislature deciding the fate of Rudolph’s building next month (May 3), it is important you sign the petition now. WMF needs to collect 20,000 signatures. Sign the petition here.

Tbilisi Prosecutors Office / Architects of Invention

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Architects: Architects of Invention
Location: Tbilisi,
Photographs: Courtesy of Architects of Invention

U.S. Census Bureau reports Los Angeles as the Nation’s Densest Urban Area

Downtown LA, 2010 © Slices of Light

Based on 2010 Census results, the nation’s most densely populated urbanized area is /Anaheim/Long Beach, , with nearly 7,000 people per square mile. Surprised? Not only did the Los Angeles area rank first, but of the ten most densely populated urbanized areas, nine are in the West, with seven of those in California. Continue reading for more.

MOP House / AGI Architects

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Architects: AGI Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Joaquin Pérez-Goicoechea, Nasser B. Abulhasan, Gwenola Kergall, Georg Thesing, Lucía Sánchez Salmón, María Eugenia Díaz, José Ángel del Campo, Daniel Muñoz Medranda, Hanan Alkouh, Nicolás Martín
Completion: 2011
Client: Private
Photographs: Nelson Garrido


Video: AND Architects

While Seoul celebrates cutting-edge architecture modelled after Western aesthetics, Seoul-based architecture firm AND promotes traditional housing with a twist. In a quest to remain true to its roots, AND combines traditional elements with eco-sustainable design. Founder Yeob Jeong and researcher Tae Lee whisk us away to view Villa Topoject, one of the firm’s most renowned projects located in rural Gyeonggido, just an hour away from the city.

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Tehran Tower / CAAT Architecture Studio

To combat the harsh reality of the extreme air pollution caused by urban sprawl in Tehran, CAAT Architecture Studio… proposed building up, locating massive skyscrapers within the city to house masses of residents centrally. Demolishing unimportant old buildings will create

Sake Manzo / Beijing Matsubara and Architects

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Architects: Beijing Matsubara and Architects – Hironori Matsubara, Kazunori Yamaguchi
Location: Tuanjiehu Beisitiao, Chaoyang district, Beijing, China
Total floor area: 382 sqm.
Completion: 2011
Construction: LI Qiyun
Client: Beijing YilinChuangyeShangmao Ltd
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

StudioLofts Hamburg / Pott Architects

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Architects: Pott Architects
Location: Borsteler Bogen, ,
Completion: 2011
Client: ABB Studiolofts
Size: 3,200 sqm
Photographs: Sebastian Treytnar

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Noble Square Park Proposal / Martin Klaeschen & Carl Ray Miller

Martin Klaeschen & Carl Ray Miller… shared with us their first place winning proposal for the Noble Square Park in the Eckhart Park Design Competition. Their design focused on a donor recognition wall with an earthen mound that would act

Roteiro Musical de Sao Paulo / Estudio Guto Requena + Atelier Marko Brajovic

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Architects: Estudio Guto Requena + Atelier Marko Brajovic
Location: 579 Luiz Dumont Villares Avenue, São Paulo, Brazil
Collaborators: Vinicius Capella, Alberto Gomez, Henrique Stabileand Paulo de Camargo
Installation Coordinator: Carmela Rocha
Visual Identity and Graphic Project: Estudia Design
Photographs: Fran Parente