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Santiago Calatrava Again Faces "Leaky" Charges

The architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava has once again made the headlines of Spanish papers - and, once again, for less than favorable reasons.

Calatrava's latest controversy is a lawsuit filed against him by the famous Bodegas Domecq winery, property of the Ysios Laguardia in Rioja, Spain. Both the Valencian architect as well as those involved in the winery's construction are being asked to pay two million euros to the winery, a sum that should help cover a renovation as well as the costs the winery has incurred over the last two years fixing the structure's leaky roof. The owner claims that the leaks have been creating a damp atmosphere (in a building where moisture control is critical for the quality of the wine) and thus damaging his business.

International Criminal Court Ground-Breaking / schmidt hammer lassen architects

Upon winning the competition in 2010, schmidt hammer lassen architects just celebrated the ground-breaking ceremony for the International Criminal Court (ICC) this past Tuesday in The Hague, The Netherlands. Aiming to convey hope, trust and faith in justice, the 54,500 square meter building complex will be the first permanent premises of the unique, international institution. The permanent premises of the International Criminal Court will be finished in the summer of 2015. More images and architects' description after the break.

SYN City Exhibition

SYN City, a postgraduate research & design unit at UCACanterbury School of Architecture, will be putting on an expo at the Doodle Bar London on April 26 at 6:00pm. Architects and guests have been invited and are attending from London including Foster & Partners, Charles Holland of FAT architects and Will Alsop. In 2012/13, Ashford in Kent has been the studio's testbed to explore the dialectical and contested nature of the contemporary city. By focusing on one exemplary context, specific and at the same time, typical and paradigmatic urban conditions are addressed. For more information, please visit here.

New Cliffside Residential Complex Proposal / Romano Adolini Architetto

Romano Adolini Architetto shared with us their design for a new residential complex, carved into the vertical face of an abandoned tufa stone quarry in Civita Castellana, near Viterbo, Italy. Their scheme is a modern reinterpretation of a manner of living and behaving which responds to the need to distance oneself from outside, a new dimension of hidden isolation, of seeking silence and meditation. It is also a new solution to the rehabilitation of quarry sites, currently abandoned and forgotten industrial by-products, located in wonderful landscapes and destined otherwise to become illegal dumping grounds. More images and architects' description after the break.

University at Buffalo's Downtown Medical School Proposal / HOK

HOK recently unveiled their design for the state-of-the-art medical school and integrated transit station at the University at Buffalo's Downtown Medical School, which will anchor the vibrant mixed-use district. Designed for the new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the seven-story medical school will bring 2,000 UB faculty, staff and students daily to downtown Buffalo and, at more than 500,000-square-feet, will be one of the largest buildings constructed in Buffalo in decades. More images and architects' description after the break.

Moscow Polytechnic Museum and Educational Center Competition Entry / 3XN

With the aim to be a meaningful building beyond its iconic form, the new Museum & Educational Center (MEC), designed by 3XN, is about connecting with people, while opening up the world of science, technology, innovation and Russia’s extraordinary achievements in these domains. Through both an internal and external architectural expression of flexibility, this proposal, which was a finalist in the international competition, recognizes that architecture shapes behavior. More images and architects' description after the break.

Malpartida House / SV60 Arquitectos

  • Architects: SV60 Arquitectos
  • Location: Sevilla, España
  • Architect in Charge: Antonio González Cordon, Antonio G. Liñán
  • Area: 572.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Belvedere / MOVEDESIGN

  • Architects: MOVEDESIGN
  • Location: Nagasaki, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Mikio Sakamoto
  • Area: 148.83 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yosuke Harigane

© Yosuke Harigane © Yosuke Harigane © Yosuke Harigane © Yosuke Harigane

Farshid Moussavi Architecture Wins Jardins de la Lironde Competition

This unconventional stack of shifting floor plates forms what will soon be a new, 36-unit apartment block in French city of Montpellier. City officials released the news this week, naming Farshid Moussavi Architecture as winner of the Jardins de la Lironde competition.

The 11-story tower’s unique shape will offer residents expansive balconies with coastal views and a ground level restaurant. Construction is expected to begin in 2014, marking the first phase of a master plan to construct 12 new buildings in the Port Marianne district.

More images and plans of the Jardins de la Lironde tower after the break...

Fisherman's House / ELASTICO + Cesario Carena

  • Architects: ELASTICO, Cesario Carena
  • Location: Asti, Italy
  • Design Team: Simone Carena, Stefano Pujatti, Cesario Carena, Francisco Del Gado, Manuela Luis y Garcia, Luca Macrì, Davide Musmeci, Ester Musso, Cristina Negri, Giovanni Tironi
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Pino Dell'Aquila

© Pino Dell'Aquila © Pino Dell'Aquila © Pino Dell'Aquila © Pino Dell'Aquila

Airport Industrial Park / EDDEA

  • Architects: EDDEA
  • Location: Seville
  • Architect: José Mª de Cárdenas, Ignacio Laguillo, Harald Schönegger
  • Design Team: Covadonga Varela,Ignacio Orellana, Felipe Clemente, Norberto Bueno, Salvador Sánchez, Raúl Toledo
  • Area: 13897.0 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Jesus Granada

© Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada

Make Your Summer Count with Global Architecture Brigades

UT Austin GAB chapter's winning proposal for the El Canton Health Center project in Honduras.
UT Austin GAB chapter's winning proposal for the El Canton Health Center project in Honduras.

While other architecture students spend their summers strolling the streets, seeing the sights, and contently sketching, you could be getting your hands dirty, turning your designs into reality, and making a difference in a community that needs you.

Every summer, Global Architecture Brigades (GAB) activates student volunteers to work with a community in Honduras, helping them alleviate needs in health and education. The program isn’t a lesson in a charity; it’s a hands-on experience of the community-entrenched work of a designer of the 21st century. 

Read more about Global Architecture Brigade’s work in Honduras, and how you can get involved, after the break...  

Icon: Claridge Homes Proposal / Hariri Pontarini Architects

Icon: Claridge Homes is set to become Ottawa’s tallest tower at 45-storeys, transforming the cityscape of the country’s capital and setting a new standard for high quality design and smart densification in the city. Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, and as part of the area’s revitalization, the development will bring a mix of uses to meet both the existing and future needs of the neighborhood. More images and architects' description after the break.

Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City

It has been twenty years since the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City. To mark this, the South China Morning Post has created an info-graphic that details the facts and figures of what life was like inside this architectural oddity. 

Read more about the madness that was KWC after the break...

CSMVS - Visitor Centre at the Prince of Wales Museum / RMA Architects

© Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora