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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.

Penhaligon / Jenner Studio

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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

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...

5.6 House / Avignon-Clouet Architectes

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Libeskind Shortlisted for Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial

Daniel Libeskind is among three semi-finalists competing to design the Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial in Columbus. The privately funded memorial will be built south of the Ohio Statehouse on the grassy 10 acre Capitol Square, just east of the Scioto River.    

The West Village / Doojin Hwang Architects

  • Architects: Doojin Hwang Architects
  • Location: seoul
  • Architect in Charge: Doojin Hwang
  • Design Team: Jeongyoon Choi
  • Contractor : Janghak Construction
  • Structure Engineer: Hwan Structural Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: GeoTech Engineering & Consultants
  • Mechanical Engineer: Daekyoung Engineering
  • Area: 209.83 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park

Buidling for 37 Apartments and a Primary Health Care Centre in Les Preses / LEP Arquitectura + XCM Arquitectura

  • Architects: LEP Arquitectura, XCM Arquitectura
  • Location: Les Preses. Garrotxa. Girona, Spain
  • Design Team: Josep Pla I De Solà-Morales, Xavier Cornejo I Mata
  • Collaborators: Carme Vich, Eva Micaló, Xavi Martín, Arnau Teixidor, Abel Bernal, Ferran De Toro, Irene Llusent, Cristina Cardenas, Laura Delgado, Jordi Pujol
  • Structure: GMK Associats SC
  • Engineering: Enteq
  • Constuctor: Sather
  • Budget: 2,976,179.23 €
  • Promotor: Incasol
  • Area: 3,427.47 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Espai Androna

© Espai Androna © Espai Androna © Espai Androna © Espai Androna

Echeverrría House / Nicolás Pinto da Mota

Courtesy of Eduardo Moras
Courtesy of Eduardo Moras
  • Architects: Nicolás Pinto da Mota
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Design Team: Amina Foramitti, Pablo Vidal Hann
  • Area: 510 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cortesia de Eduardo Moras

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Shoreditch Rooms / Archer Architects

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The 8 Things Domestic Violence Shelters Can Teach Us About Secure School Design

Flexibility within communal spaces stimulates and encourages a variety of uses. Project Name: Truman High School, a Federal Way Public School. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.
Flexibility within communal spaces stimulates and encourages a variety of uses. Project Name: Truman High School, a Federal Way Public School. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.

In our last Editorial, "Post-Traumatic Design: How to Design Schools that Heal Past Wounds and Prevent Future Violence," we discussed how architects must conceptualize school design in the wake of the tragic shootings that have affected our nation. Rather than leaning towards overly secure, prison-like structures, the Editorial suggested a different model, one better suited to dealing with student needs (particularly for those who have experienced trauma): domestic violence shelters.

While the comparison may seem bizarre at first, shelter design is all about implementing un-invasive security measures that could easily make schools safer, healthier spaces for students. To further elaborate this unlikely connection, we spoke with an Associate at Mahlum Architecture, Corrie Rosen, who for the last 6 years has worked with the The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence [WSCADV] on the Building Dignity project, which provides Domestic Violence Shelters advice to design shelters that empower and heal.

Find out Corrie Rosen's 8 strategies for designing schools that can improve security and student well-being, after the break...

Sprach und Bewegungszentrum / eins:eins architekten

  • Architects: eins:eins architekten
  • Location: Rotenhäuser Damm 40, Hamburg, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Christoph Roselius, Julian Hillenkamp
  • Client: GWG Gewerbe
  • Structural Engineer: Imagine Structure GmbH
  • Services: Ebert-Ingenieure GmbH
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Bernadette Grimmenstein

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Ueberflieger Bridge / Agirbas & Wienstroer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer

Fire Shelter: 01 / SHJ Works

Designed by SHJ (Simon Hjermind Jensen) Works, Fire Shelter: 01 is a personal project located in at Sydhavnstippen in Copenhagen. Taking inspiration from architecture of ethnic and nomadic people, the starting point for the design emerged from a fascination of the place. It´s a temporary project and a design experiment that aims to celebrate the place. The project has public access, and it establishes experiences of spatial and social character. More images and architect’s description after the break.