Design Competition for Russian Artist Residence and Community

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Archpolis, a non-profit organization for architects, designers, artists and the performing arts, has invited architects and planners to submit their qualifications for the first stage of a design competition in Nikola-Lenivets Park in the Kaluga Region of . Fifteen finalists will be chosen for the second stage of the competition with the objective to provide a conceptual design of a residential complex for artist in residence, along with a master plan and zoning details for the surrounding area.

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Video: Luis Barragán

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Luis Barragán was a formally trained engineer and self-trained architect. He is known for his emphasis on color, light, shadow, form and texture. In 1980 he received the profession’s highest honor – the Pritzker Prize. This video gives a brief overview of the prominent Mexican architect and his work.

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House in La Morena / M2arquitectura SCP

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Architects: M2arquitectura SCP – Meritxell Lázaro & Mischa Essletzbichler
Location: La Morena del Montsant, Tarragona, 
Completion: 2010
Photographs: José Hevia Blach

   

Video: KAIT (Kanagawa Institute of Technology) by Junya Ishigami + Associates

Above is a video by , an architect and filmmaker in France, which highlights the KAIT (Kanagawa Institute of Technology) by Junya Ishigami + Associates. The video is part of a new collection of architecture movies about Japanese architecture. With the relaxing and calming music in the background, you are able to place yourself in the amazing studio and workspace where students get to spend their days designing.

modeLab Parametric Design Workshop

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Studio Mode / modeLab is putting on a two-day intensive parametric design workshop July 7-8 which will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and essential skills necessary for effectively designing with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, participants will explore concepts such as object attributes/parameters, data types, data structures, composing algorithms, as well as the creation and manipulation of computational geometry through parametric modeling interfaces. workshop curriculum will additionally cover techniques for Ccntrolling the flow of data via functions, conditional statements/logical gates, sampling data, and user interface objects. For more information, please visit here.

Courtesy of reSET Architecture
Courtesy of reSET Architecture

Klaksvik City Center Proposal / reSET Architecture

The proposal by reSET Architecture… for the Klaksvík city center unites the two town halves and acts as a place of meeting, relaxation and celebration. Their design creates a place that represents the new born heart of Klaksvík. The architects

Diné College Library / DLR Group

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Architects: DLR Group
Location: , New Mexico, USA
Project Area: 26,000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of DLR Group

In Vitro Diagnostic Centre / Peter Kovacs DLA + Istvan Lengyel

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Architect: ,
Location: Debrecen, Hungary
General Design: Archiko Kft. and Lengyel Epiteszmuterem Kft.
Associate Architects: Ottó Ferenczi, György Kazamér, Éva Molnár, Lajos Barabás, Tibor Bartha, István Kecskés
Client: University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Centre
General Contractor: Hunep Universal Zrt., Magyar Epito Zrt.
Completion: 2011
Gross Floor Area: 6,260 sqm
Cost: 7,758,333 €
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

  

ⓒ Hoshino Architects
ⓒ Hoshino Architects

Urban Intervention Seattle Center Competition Proposal / Hoshino Architects

With a challenge to make a series of random ephemeral public spaces using a simple structure in the Seattle Center, the intervention by Hoshino Architects… proposes areas of such spaces to be transformed to voids and purely leave the circulation

Lamar Advertising Corporate Headquartes / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

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Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Location: , Louisiana, USA
Consultants: Henderson Engineers Inc. Fox-Nesbit Engineering, Spackman, Mossop+Michaels, ABMB Engineers, Inc.
Completion: 2012
Client: Lamar Advertising Company
Project Size: 115,000 square feet
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Video: Patricia Urquiola


Patricia describes the nature of art and design and the blurring boundaries that surround both. Despite touching into pools of both, she first and foremost identifies herself as an architect and designer.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXI

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We have more than 80,000 photos in our Flickr Pool, so keep them coming! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

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Architecture according to Seth Godin

I just found this interesting reflection about architects on Seth Godin‘s blog, “A lesson from a great architect”:

Architecture is a combination of sculpture and art and engineering and user interface. It is high tech and low tech at the same time, utilitarian and beautiful and virtually always budget constrained.

But do you know what great architects understand?

If you don’t get it built, the work doesn’t matter.

Great architects are able to be great because they know how to sell their ideas to their clients. (Or, they know how to find clients who will build their ideas. Same thing.)

If you’re brilliant and undiscovered and underappreciated (in whatever field you choose), then you’re being too generous about your definition of brilliant.

Kooyong Residence / Matt Gibson Architecture

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Architects: Matt Gibson Architecture
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: SMG

Kickstarter: Fresh Punches //// Experimental Architecture Prototypes

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Help kick start the suckerPUNCH + land of tomorrow exhibition that will feature twenty student projects from around the that explore the possibilities of fabrication and material experimentation at the start of the 21st century. Slated for Fall 2012, this exhibition will have it all – “transmogrifications, strange sensations, primal textures, unfamiliar geometries, self-propagating architectural species, augmented atmospherics, vicissitudinous juxtapositions, reinvented building typologies, sensual pleated skins, a crisis or two, physiologically responsive interfaces, threshold blurring gizmos, and plenty of robots”.

If funding is successful, this exhibition will provide the rare opportunity to display the exploration and research from multiple U.S. architecture schools in one location. The three top projects will have prototypes fabricated by Drura Parrish at PR&vD.

Support this project here. Continue reading for more information. 

Administrative Building of GlaxoSmithKline Inc. / Coarchitecture

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Architects: Coarchitecture
Location: , Canada
Project Area: 37,000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Client: GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Foster to redesign Fidel Castro’s School of Ballet

School of Ballet © toml1959

Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta has selected to redevelop one of Fidel Castro’s unfinished spaces – the School of Ballet on the outskirts of Havana. Acosta studied ballet at the Cuban National Ballet School and has danced with the Royal Ballet since 1998.

The stunning, derelict building was never completed during the Cuban revolution, as the design and architects of the Cuban National Art Schools (las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte, or ENA) were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. However, in March 1999, the three architects – Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti and Roberto Gottardi – were called to lay out a budget to preserve the languished schools. These preservation efforts include the School of Ballet, whose cluster of domed volumes, designed in 1961 by Italian Vittorio Garatti, are connected by an organic layering of Catalan vaults that follow a winding path.

As reported on bdonline, Norman Foster told the Sunday Times: “Carlos is a great dancer who is inspiring the regeneration of an iconic ruin of early modernism outside Havana.”

CPT Office / Rodrigo Araya Manzanares

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Architects: Rodrigo Araya Manzanares
Location: ,
Project Team: Gerardo Beyer,Fernando Sánchez
Construction: Jaime Jiménez y Cia Ltda.
Project Area: 5,300 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs:  Juan Eduardo Sepúlveda Grazioli