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Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab Lattice Lab

Lattice Lab is a two-day workshop put on my modeLab, which takes place November 10-11. The lab will focus on the topic of topological/subdivision modeling with paneling tools and weaverbird. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover…

Groupe Scolaire Normandie-Niemen / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

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Architects: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes
Location: , Île-de-,
Area: 3720.0 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Hervé Abbadie

Museu da Baleia / Espaço Cidade Arquitectos


Architects: Espaço Cidade Arquitectos
Location: Madeira,
Architect In Charge: João Silva Vieira
Year: 2011
Collaborators: Helder Cláudio, Jorge Bernardo, Luís Portela

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Courtesy of China Academy of Art

‘Made With Bamboo: Architecture, Arts & Crafts’ Event

Hosted by the faculties of Architecture and of Inter-Media at the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, the ‘Made With Bamboo: Architecture, Arts & Crafts’ event will take place Monday, October 29th at 6:30pm. The aim of this presentation is…

Westcliff Pavilion / GASS

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Architects: GASS
Location: , South Africa
Architects: Georg van , Clare J. Eisenstein
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bernard Viljoen

Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates

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Architects: Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Project Team: Hsuyuan Kuo, Effie Huang, ChengHsuan Hung
Year: 2011
Area: 2572.52 sqm
Photographs: Jin Ming Zheng

MVVA and Thomas Phifer to transform Austin’s downtown with Waller Creek redesign

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(MVVA) and Thomas Phifer & Partners have been announced as winners of an international competition set to transform 15 blocks of the neglected Waller Creek in downtown , Texas, into a vibrant local attraction. Co-sponsored by the nonprofit Waller Creek Conservancy and the City of , the ambitious project intends to spearhead redevelopment within the city’s central business district with the 1.5 mile urban scheme that represents approximately 11 percent of ’s downtown.

“Today, we glimpse a transformation of Austin through a new community gathering place. This design team selection illustrates our City’s desire for great civic space, unique culture and opportunity for interaction with nature,” Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole said during the City Hall announcement. “We look forward to each new milestone of this development.”

Visitor Centre for Equestrian and Mountain Biking / Jasmax

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Architects: Jasmax
Location: Paremoremo, , New Zealand
Architects: Euan Mac Kellar, Mark Craven
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Simon Devitt, Mark Craven

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CEI 3 / bauzeit architekten

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Architects: bauzeit architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Architects: Yves Baumann, Peter Bergmann, Roberto Pascual
Year: 2011
Area: 7,580 sqm
Civil Engineer: SD Ingénierie Neuchâtel SA
Electrical Engineer: Scherler ing.-conseils SA
Project And Work Coordination: Roberto Pascual and Matteo Romano
Work Coordination And Site Supervision: Patrick Burkhalter
Photographs: Yves André

Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman’s proposal to save Prentice Women’s Hospital

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The preservation battle continues over the fate of Bertrand Goldberg’s 1970’s Prentice Woman’s Hospital. As we reported in July, an ever-growing community of prominent architects – such as Frank Gehry, Jeanne Gang, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien – have joined preservationists in the fight to save the late modernist structure that is at risk of being replaced by a new biomedical research facility for Northwestern University.

The seven-story concrete cloverleaf, cantilevered 45 feet from the supporting core and floating atop a glass and steel box, is an engineering feat ahead of it’s time as well as an important icon within the Chicago skyline. As architecture critic Michael Kimmelman argues, “Great late-Modernist buildings, innovative and ruggedly beautiful, deserve respect and, increasingly, careful custody. Prentice is a good example.” However, it is not suited for 21st-century research labs and many Chicagoans hate it. Currently, Northwestern University is leading the debate by arguing that a new building would “bring to the city millions of investment dollars, create jobs and save lives”.

Could there be a compromise? Solutions are rarely black-and-white. Kimmelman has consulted Chicago architect Jeanne Gang to envision a proposal that would satisfy both opposing sides. Continue reading to learn more.

10×10 House / Nicolás del Rio + Max Núñez

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Architects: Nicolás del Rio / Max Núñez
Location: Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Architects: , Max Núñez
Associate Architect: Felipe Camus
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Erieta Attali

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US Air Force Academy CCLD / SOM

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Construction has commenced on the US Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD), designed by SOM. This new building will be the most recent addition to the Air Force Academy’s Campus in Springs, , which was also designed by SOM in 1954.  The design and construction of the new facility gives SOM the opportunity to revisit the significant project of the 20th century and incorporate the values of the initial design to the addition.

Join us after the break for more.

House O / Peter Ruge Architekten

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Architects: Peter Ruge Architekten
Location: -Mittelmark,
Design Team: Peter Ruge, Matthias Matschewski, Kayoko Uchiyama, Akane Tazawa
Year: 2011
Area: 360 sqm
Structural Engineering: ASBA Ingenieurbüro Bauplanung GmbH
Facade Engineering: Frontplan Ingenieurbüro
Construction Company: Horst Kasimir Bauunternehmung GmbH
Client: Otte-Projektmanagment
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

UPDATE: The Keret House – The World’s Skinniest House – Actually Built

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Last year, we brought you images of what was planned to be the world’s narrowest house: The Keret House, in Warsaw, Poland.

Well, against the odds, this skinny project has actually come to see the light of day, thanks to funding from The Foundation of Polish Modern Art and Warsaw Town Hall.

The Architect, Jakub Szczesny of Centrala, designed the home with a semi-transparent, polycarbonate surface so light would enter and the resident wouldn’t feel claustrophobic. However, that fate may be difficult to avoid – after all, the 3×5 ft structure is wedged between two buildings, can only be entered via ladder, and has no windows. Even the fridge can only hold two drinks at a time.

Check out the images and renderings of the world’s skinniest house, after the break…

Final Vision for Grand Central Station, by WXY Architecture + Urban Design

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We showed you Foster + Partners’ vision, then SOM’s - now we bring you the third and final re-imagining of New York’s iconic Grand Central Station, by WXY Architecture + Urban Design.

All three architects, asked by MAS to present at their 2012 summit in honor of Grand Central’s approaching centennial, considered not only how to improve and renovate the aging station (suffering from acute overcrowding) but also how to best adjust the surrounding neighborhood for upcoming changes in New York’s zoning laws (which will increase Midtown’s population density).

Much like the other two plans, WXY’s vision expands access points and public space, making the terminal far more pedestrian-friendly. However, the plan differs in that it focuses on harnessing the “untapped potential” of a few key locations along the station’s edge and proposes a tower with “sky parks” (to symbolize New York City’s commitment to green and healthy spaces). As Claire Weisz, Principal at WXY, said of the project, it would “make the Grand Central neighborhood a place people enjoy being in [and] not just running through.”

Check out WXY’s description of their plan for Grand Central Station, after the break…

Flat Iron Building / Rosenbergs Arkitekter

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Architects: Rosenbergs Arkitekter
Location: Torsgatan, Lilla Bantorget, , Sweden
Architect In Charge: Inga Varg
Design Team: Pär-Åke Wiberg, Kalle Dinell, Joel Klehn
Year: 2009
Area: 18,200 sqm
Client: Skanska fastigheter AB
Photographs: Åke E:Son Lindman, Tord Rikard Söderström

Center School S.Miguel de Nevogilde / AVA Architects


Architects: AVA Architects
Location: Rua da Escola, Oporto,
Architect In Charge: Carlos Jorge Coelho Veloso, Rui Filipe Coelho Veloso
Design Team: Inês Costa
Year: 2011
Area: 3,761.98 sqm
General Contractor: Costeira Empreiteiros, Sociedade de Construções S.A.
Client: GOP- EM da Câmara Municipal do Porto
Photographs: FG+SG

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Centerstage: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion / Oyler Wu Collaborative

Oyler Wu Collaborative… was once again asked to design the architecture for SCI-Arc‘s graduation ceremony along with other faculty members. The challenge included rethinking the event of the ceremony while keeping the existing pavilion they had previously designed. Essentially, the