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© Javier Callejas Sevilla
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'Gwangju Swarms' Installation / NADAAA

The Gwangju Swarms installation by NADAAA was designed as part of the Urban Folly Exhibit, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale. The installation site is characterized by a road crossing with a diverse set of scales and building types that anchor each corner, a site in transition. Inhabiting this corner, the installation is chameleonic; encrytped within the logic of the branches, a seemingly animated structure floats overhead, peeking around the corners giving body to the space that was once occupied by the city wall. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tianjin Hotel Proposal / HAO

The hotel concept for the five-star hotel in Tianjin, China incorporates the traditional hotel amenities such as conference rooms, restaurants, and fitness areas with a vibrant gallery for art and changing exhibitions showcasing local and international artists. Designed by HAO/Holm Architecture Office, the building orients the building mass to create better views towards downtown Tianjin while curving back part of the volume to create a covered area for the hotel entrance and drop-off. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Trans Ganga Masterplan Proposal / Studio Symbiosis

Spread across 1156 acres, the proposal for the Trans Ganga Masterplan by Studio Symbiosis is envisioned as an iconic city on the banks of Ganga, aimed at being a self sufficient sustainable city. Developed as a mixed use project, this will provide the most influential and dominant context for the master plan. More images and architects’ description after the break.

HG House / Agraz Architects

  • Architects: Agraz Arquitectos
  • Location: Plata, Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
  • Design Team: Ricardo Agraz
  • Collaborators: Brenda Barrón, Juan Antonio Jaime, Javier Aguirre, Gaby Villarreal, Miguel Sánchez, Ian Beckman, Alejandro Saldaña, Sara Tamez
  • Construction: Salvador Aguirre
  • Area: 546.0 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photographs : Mito Covarrubias, Cortesia de Agraz Arquitectos

© Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias

Apartments For Young People, Nursery And Park In San Sebastián / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos

  • Architects: Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos
  • Location: Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Ignacio Quemada
  • Design Team: Leticia Uribe, Maitane Urdangarín, Nagore Armendáriz, Ibón Pérez Murguiondo
  • Structure: José Antonio Gurruchaga
  • Installations: JG Ingenieros
  • Technical Architect: Daniel Barroso
  • Landscape: LUR Paisajistak
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Alejo Bagué

© Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué

House In Villa Belgrano / FKB Arquitectos

© Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte
  • Architects: Faraci Kustich Barrionuevo Arquitectos
  • Location: Jacobo Joule 5434, Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Argentina
  • Design Team: Mariano Faraci, Ivan Kustich, Juan Barrionuevo
  • Plot: 1,014 sqm
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Gonzalo Viramonte, Cortesia de FKB Arquitectos

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte

Stockton Campus Center / KSS Architects + VMDO Architects

© Barry Halkin © Barry Halkin © Barry Halkin © Barry Halkin

Vodafone / Baumschlager Eberle

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher

AIA Awards: Topaz Medallion for Architectural Education & Kemper Award for Service to the Profession

Both Robert Greenstreet, Intl. Assoc. AIA, and John D. Anderson, FAIA, have won prestigious AIA award. The Board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) named Robert Greenstreet as 2013 recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. In addition, the AIA Board of Directors elected John D. Anderson as the 2013 recipient of the Edward C. Kemper Award in recognition of his many leadership roles within the AIA at the state and national levels. More information on their awards after the break.

FXFOWLE Lounge Installation / FXFOWLE Architects

FXFOWLE Architects shared with us their custom-design for the inaugural Miami Project art fair. Their installation, known as the ‘FXFOWLE Lounge’, features a free-standing architectural pavilion housed within a well-appointed lounge and bar area. The pavilion – which pairs technologically-sophisticated scripting software with simple museum board – comprises 180 varying segments that, together, take the form of complex structural geometries. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Green Line Ideas Competition

All are invited to participate in the challenge to create proposals for the public use of an overhead transmission line corridor (a.k.a. hydro corridor) in midtown Toronto. This design competition aims to demonstrate the potential of the particular hydro corridor site and also to foster a discussion on public use of other similar spaces in North American cities. The ideas will not be built, but they are meant to get the communities who live, study and work near the site to start thinking about its future. Submissions are due no later than February 4. Among the competition’s many organizers and sponsors are Workshop Architecture Inc., Davenport Neighborhood Association, Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Association of Architects. For more information about the competition, please visit their official website here.

Mickey Jacob, FAIA, Inaugurated as 2013 AIA President

With more than 25 years of AIA participation and holding many leadership roles, Mickey Jacob, FAIA, managing principal at Urban Studio Architects in Tampa, Florida since 1989, was inaugurated as the 89th president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The announcement was made during ceremonies held on December 7th at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. He succeeds Jeff Potter, FAIA, in representing over 80,000 AIA members. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Jacob graduated from the University of Detroit in 1981 and began practicing in Tampa, Florida where he was licensed in 1986. More information after the break.

Happy Birthday Oscar

Oscar Niemeyer in front of the Palazzo Mondadori. Photo via Mondadori.com
Oscar Niemeyer in front of the Palazzo Mondadori. Photo via Mondadori.com

Today would have been Oscar Niemeyer's 105th birthday. The Pritzker-Prize winning, Brazilian master died last Thursday, December 6th, due to complications from a previous kidney condition.

My Boon / Jaklitsch - Gardner Architects PC

© Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners
  • Architects: Jaklitsch - Gardner Architects PC
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team: Stephan Jaklitsch, Mark Gardner, Christopher Kitterman, Mariana Renjifo, Bjarke Ballisager, Margaux Schindler, Liz Kelsey
  • Architect: Kukbo Design
  • Collaborator: Milan Vukmirovic
  • Area: 622.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners

Boiler House Ceres / diederendirrix architects

© Arthur Bagen
© Arthur Bagen

© Arthur Bagen © Arthur Bagen © Arthur Bagen © Arthur Bagen

HELIX, Forensic Psychiatric Clinic of Stockholm / BSK Arkitekter

  • Architects: BSK Arkitekter
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area: 17000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Max Plunger

© Max Plunger © Max Plunger © Max Plunger © Max Plunger