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Student Accommodation, Somerville College / Níall McLaughlin Architects

  • Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
  • Location: Somerville College, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Area: 2,541 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Níall McLaughlin Architects, Nick Kane

© Nick Kane © Nick Kane © Nick Kane Courtesy of Níall McLaughlin Architects

Viewingtower at Vecht Riverbank / Ateliereen Architecten

  • Architects: Ateliereen Architecten
  • Location: Dalfsen, The Netherlands
  • Structural Engineering: Adviesburo Elemans B.V.
  • Building Contractor: Wonders Metaal B.V
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Ateliereen Architecten

Courtesy of Ateliereen Architecten Courtesy of Ateliereen Architecten Courtesy of Ateliereen Architecten Courtesy of Ateliereen Architecten

Dent / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa
  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Location: Aoba Ward, Japan
  • Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
  • Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
  • Area: 123.07 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

House J / Bembé Dellinger Architekten

© Stefan Müller Naumann © Stefan Müller Naumann © Stefan Müller Naumann © Stefan Müller Naumann

Lansdowne Park Sports Center Proposal / Cannon Design

The redevelopment of the park, with the “Stadium in the Park” design concept, is an exciting urban design effort that encompasses a renovated stadium and arena, development of 300,000 sf of retail, renovation of heritage buildings, and an urban park for the people of Ottawa. Designed by Cannon Design, the project enhances both the history and the identity of the park by taking advantage of its location on the Rideau Canal. The result is a stadium in the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Straight Up Oslo: Views Within the City by Cameron R. Neilson

Straight Up: Oslo; © Cameron R Neilson
Straight Up: Oslo; © Cameron R Neilson

Photographer Cameron R Neilson, who we introduced in our earlier post about Oslo’s ripening real estate market, has produced some fantastic views from within Oslo.  As part of the Straight Up project, Neilson is challenging both the way in which city-scapes and skylines are photographed and the way that our eyes navigate the urban environment. Check out the remarkable photographs after the break.

Zaha Hadid commissioned to design Miami Skyscraper

The northern portion of the Biscayne Wall © Marc Averette via Wikipedia
The northern portion of the Biscayne Wall © Marc Averette via Wikipedia

The Miami Herald has just announced that Zaha Hadid will be designing her first skyscraper in the Western hemisphere in Miami: America’s Next Great Architectural City. The female powerhouse has been commissioned to transform a waterfront property, currently occupied by a BP Station at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, predominantly into a residential high rise. The skyscraper will rise above the neighboring Museum Park and fill a void in the wall of towering condos, commonly referred to as the “Biscayne Wall”. Details of the design are expected to be released next year. This news comes shortly after Zaha’s loss to Norman Foster in an intense competition to design New York City’s next high-profile office tower on 425 Park Avenue. You can watch the A-list architects battle it out here as they present their ideas to the jury. As we reported last year, Zaha was also selected to design a Miami Beach parking garage at Collins Park, which was approved for construction by the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board last month. Check out the preliminary renderings of the Collins Park garage, after the break…

ABI Reports Strongest Business Conditions Since 2007

ABI November 2012 via Calculated Risk
ABI November 2012 via Calculated Risk

The numbers are in and the American Institute of Architects’ November Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has revealed positive business conditions for all building sectors for the fourth consecutive month. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Understanding this, the AIA is pleased to report that November has reached a five-year high with a score of 53.2, slightly up from 52.8 in October. Since August, the national billings index has continued to increased above 50.0 – the break-even point between contraction and growth – reflecting a steady rise in demand for design services. The West seems to be the only region in contraction, coming in at a score of 49.6. Additionally, November also sees the Project Inquiry Index at 59.6, marking the 47th straight month in which inquiries into architectural services has been increasing. “These are the strongest business conditions we have seen since the end of 2007 before the construction market collapse,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The real question now is if the federal budget situation gets cleared up which will likely lead to the green lighting of numerous projects currently on hold. If we do end up going off the ‘fiscal cliff’ then we can expect a significant setback for the entire design and construction industry.” View the ABI highlights in greater detail, after the break…

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Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building Competition Entry / Ziya İmren and Onat Öktem

The Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building proposal by Ziya Imren and Onat Öktem has placed itself in an important position for the development of city of Mersin and its surroundings. Located at the intersection of the two main axes of the city, the proposal will play a major role in this new developing urban area of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2018 World Cup: Populous Awarded Rostov Stadium

Populous was recently selected as the designers of the new Rostov Stadium in Russia, which will be the fourth Populous-designed stadium in the country to be used for the 2018 World Cup, together with Kazan, Saransk, Sochi. Part of an overall landscape, this urban design is planned for the whole region. It is inspired by the ancient earthworks along the banks of the river, the Kurgans. These archaeological mounds of earth were used for burial pagan rituals, creating major forms in the landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chicago Riverwalk Proposal / Sasaki Associates + Ross Barney Architects

Sasaki Associates, along with Ross Barney Architects, Alfred Benesch Engineers, and a broader technical consultant team, were tasked this year with creating a vision for the six blocks between State Street and Lake Street in Chicago. Building off previous studies, the team’s Chicago Riverwalk Concept Plan, which is currently in progress to be completed, provides the last, critical link between the lake, the city’s circulation, and the river’s urban branches. Once a meandering marshy stream, the river became an engineered channel to support the industrial transformation of the city, making this riverwalk an instrumental design in the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New United States Courthouse Competition Entry / McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects

Courtesy of McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects
Courtesy of McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects

The McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects team just released their proposal for the Design Excellence/design-build competition for new United States courthouse in Los Angeles. Selected to compete thru the General Services Administration two-stage Design Excellence Program, the team is challenged with the approximately 550,000 sq. ft. high-rise building located at 1st and Hill Street. Aiming to be certified LEED Patinum, the design delivers functional efficiency, security, and accessibility for the Court, the U.S. Marshal Service, and the other tenants and users. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Seashore Shell House / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

  • Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
  • Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Structural Engineer: Akira Ouchi /S FORM
  • Constructor: Kenichi Kataoka/KATAOKAKEN KOMUTEN
  • Area: 73.03 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects

Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects

Donate to Architecture for Humanity, Get A Famous Architect's Sketch

Steven Holl 
Concept Sketch for Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Competition. 11/05/11 
Watercolor and charcoal on hot-press watercolor paper 7 x 10. Image via Architecture for Humanity
Steven Holl 
Concept Sketch for Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Competition. 11/05/11 
Watercolor and charcoal on hot-press watercolor paper 7 x 10. Image via Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity has had a busy year. From continuing efforts in Haiti and Japan to their Post-Sandy initiative to open two new offices in New York and New Jersey, they could use a little help to get to their annual goal. 

So they're auctioning off 7 sketches from famous architects - from Steven Holl to Renzo Piano to Frank Gehry.  Everyday this week (starting today!), they will announce which architect's sketch is the piece of the day on their web site. The first $5K donation before 12pm PST gets the artwork. 

Check out which other famous architects have contributed their sketches, after the break...

Daniel Libeskind 
Emerging! | New York, 3/29/12 Ink on Trace Paper 11 x 13.75. Image via Architecture for Humanity Frank Gehry 
pen on cloth napkin. 2012 14 x 14. Image via Architecture for Humanity Richard Meier 
The Getty Center / I-Research Institute ed.11/20. Spring 1998 
Tyler Graphics Print | Original lithograph print on paper 20.5 x 28. Image via Architecture for Humanity Image via Architecture for Humanity

Affordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architetti urbanisti

© Bruno Pelucca
© Bruno Pelucca
  • Architects: studiostudio architetti urbanisti
  • Location: Prato, Province of Prato, Italy
  • Architects In Charge: Elisa Palazzo, Bruno Pelucca
  • Client: Edilizia Pubblica Pratese
  • Area: 3,211 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruno Pelucca, Giovanni Fornaciari, Margherita Stacchi

© Bruno Pelucca © Bruno Pelucca © Margherita Stacchi © Margherita Stacchi

In Progress: Hotel IJDock / Bakers Architecten

© Rene den Engelsman © Rene den Engelsman © Rene den Engelsman © Rene den Engelsman