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Rooftecture OT2 / Shuhei Endo

  • Architects: Shuhei Endo
  • Location: Kita Ward, Japan
  • Project Staff: Aoi Endo, Aya Houri
  • Area: 127.7 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stirling Elmendorf

© Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf

CLOG: National Mall

Nearly a million people crowded the National Mall yesterday to witness the second swearing-in of President Barack Obama. The Mall was transformed - from the oft-trampled, dusty track of land separating the Capitol from the Lincoln Memorial - into a space of civic pride and participation. It’s moments like these that reveal to us the latent potential of the National Mall, and it’s important symbolic value as our Nation’s “backyard.”

The National Mall has suffered decades of over-use and under-funding, but has recently come back on the National agenda. With many projects underway - and soon to be underway - now is the time to consider: What is the National Mall? What is its value? And how should it be designed for the future? With informative graphics, varied insights, and interesting case studies, CLOG: National Mall a

Read our review of CLOG: National Mall, after the break...

The Forest House / Espacio EMA

  • Architects: Alessandra Cireddu, Carlos M. Hernández
  • Location: Mazamitla, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Antonio Ramírez
  • Landscaping: Cony Lupercio, Juan Pablo Lupercio
  • Construction: Carlos Hernández Bonilla
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Patricia Hernández

© Patricia Hernández © Patricia Hernández © Patricia Hernández © Patricia Hernández

Zaha Hadid Receives Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership

© Simone Cecchetti
© Simone Cecchetti

Zaha Hadid's success has been highlighted by yet another award. The Iraqi-born, world-renowned architect was honored with the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership yesterday, January 21, at the international DLD (Digital-Life-Design) Conference in Munich. Since 2006, this annual award has honored female digital entrepreneurs for their visionary and successful ideas. Past recipients include The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, former journalist and Wall Street technology analyst Esther Dyson, business magnate Martha Stewart, and more. 

As reported by Herald Online, Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda stated: "Leaders are needed when times are changing, creative leaders change times themselves. They make things - like Zaha. She's unafraid to disrupt, she's very optimistic. Today we celebrate her incredible optimism."

modeLab Dynamic Behaviors in Processing Webinar

modeLab‘s upcoming webinar, Dynamic Behaviors in Processing, focuses on developing rich and responsive behaviors from scratch – think of bouncing balls, particle systems, or flocking boids – can be tricky without an object-oriented approach to our program design. Through a series of short presentations and “live” exercises, which takes place January 25 from 2:00pm-4:30pm EST, you will learn how to successfully structure and implement classes in Processing to create fun and dynamic object behaviors. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

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Atlas of an Irish City Exhibition

Open now until February 21, the Atlas of an Irish City exhibition, hosted by the Irish Architecture Foundation at the Oonagh Young Gallery in Dublin, features an architectural survey of Galway and design projects that explore new ways to think about the future of the city by students of Studio Tom Emerson at the ETH Zurich. The exhibition is free and open to the public Wednesday-Friday 12pm-6pm. For more information, please visit here.  

By Design Inaugural event at Harvard University

By Design is a two-day inaugural event taking place January 25-26 that aims to build a platform of innovation by engaging key stakeholders through the creative process. The event includes a speaker series and a design challenge at the newly constructed Harvard Innovation Lab, Harvard Business School, and the Graduate School of Design. With a focus to reframe the future of education, the model and structure of the conference allows participants to unpack tacit, hidden, and evident knowledge from each corner of the university, through simple yet uncommon dialogue between each school. More information after the break.

'Towards Green Buildings/Architecture for UAE?' Workshop

As part of Ajman University of Science & Technology‘s series of architecture workshops by architects and designers, Emilio Ambasz will be presenting the ‘Towards Green Buildings/Architecture for UAE?’ workshop. The event will take place at the Ajman University February 4-10. To register and for more information, please feel free to contact the workshop coordinator: Dr. Jihad Awad: Dr_jihadaa@yahoo.com, j.awad@ajman.ac.ae.

Buyaka / Uras X Dilekci

© Faruk Kurtuluş
© Faruk Kurtuluş
  • Architects: Uras X Dilekci
  • Location: Ümraniye, Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • Architect in Charge: Durmuş Dilekci, Emir Uras
  • Design Team: Durmuş Dilekci, Emir Uras, Fikret Sungay, Salih Küçüktuna, Handan Akbudak, Aylin Ayvaz, Evren Alpay, Elvan Çakıt
  • Floor Area: 440000 sqm
  • Build Up Area: 248000 sqm
  • Photographs: Faruk Kurtuluş, Ugur Ceylan

© Ugur Ceylan © Faruk Kurtuluş © Faruk Kurtuluş © Faruk Kurtuluş

AD Architecture School Guide: RMIT University

© Student projects, image via www.designresearch.rmit.edu.au
© Student projects, image via www.designresearch.rmit.edu.au

Opportunity. Challenge. Innovation. These words form the backbone of RMIT University (Melbourne Institute of Technology University) in Australia. Too often, architecture schools become enamored of the aesthetics in the field to the detriment of all else. Not so at RMIT. Here, the approach is an ideal combination of meaningful research with design solutions. The architecture program achieves this by teaching design skills based in their practical application and framed by social idealism and cross-disciplinary training. 

Heidelberg Castle / Max Dudler Architekt

© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller
  • Architects: Max Dudler Architekt
  • Location: 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
  • Project Manager: Simone Boldrin
  • Collaborators: Patrick Gründel, Julia Werner
  • Structural Engineers: Ingenieurbüro Schenck
  • Client: Land Baden-Württemberg
  • Photographs: Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller

Thermopyles / SOA Architectes

  • Architects: SOA Architectes
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Team: SOA (architect), Laumond-Faure (BET TCE), Orféa (acoustics)
  • Contractor: LTHS
  • Client: Paris Habitat
  • Area: 1820.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cyrille Weiner

© Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner

Brookfield's Manhattan West Breaks Ground

New York City's Midtown West will be experiencing a large makeover over the coming years.  Shortly after Hudson Yards broke ground in late 2012, Brookfield Properties initiated the first phase of its 5.4 million-square-foot master plan for Manhattan West on the corner of 33rd Street and 9th Ave.  Hovering over Penn Station's Railroad tracks, an engineering feat will support two 60-story towers that will encompass residential and commercial functions,as well as public and community space.

Tuunich Kanab / Seijo Peon Arquitectos

  • Architects Office: Seijo Peon Arquitectos
  • Location: San Bruno, Yucatán, México
  • Architect: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada
  • Collaborators: Marco Sogbi
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Cortesia de Seijo Peon Arquitectos

Courtesy of Seijo Peon Arquitectos Courtesy of Seijo Peon Arquitectos Courtesy of Seijo Peon Arquitectos Courtesy of Seijo Peon Arquitectos