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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.

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

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

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

In Progress: Hotel IJDock / Bakers Architecten

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

Secondary School Azevedo Neves / João Lúcio Lopes

  • Architects: João Lúcio Lopes
  • Location: Damaia, 2715-311, Portugal
  • Design Team: Gemma Vila, Madalena Caiado, Mariana Henriques
  • Structural Enginner: Joaquim Almeida
  • Structural Design Team: Susana Reis
  • Mechanical Engineer: Carlos Leonor
  • Electrical Engineer: Helder Reis
  • Landscape Design: Conceição Candeias
  • Area: 11218.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: João Morgado , Courtesy of JLLA

© João Morgado Courtesy of JLLA Courtesy of JLLA © João Morgado

Educational Institute La Samaria / Campuzano Arquitectos

Courtesy of Campuzano Arquitectos
Courtesy of Campuzano Arquitectos
  • Architects: Campuzano Arquitectos
  • Location: Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
  • Design Team: Gabriel Campuzano Otero, Carlos Campuzano Otero, Carlos Campuzano Castello
  • Collaborators: Juliana Zuluaga, Julio Angulo, Oscar Ruiz, Diana Galvis, Alejandro Rodriguez
  • Strucutral Design: Devaldenebro Ingenieros
  • Consultant In Sustainability: Jorge Ramirez
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Cortesia de Campuzano Arquitectos

Courtesy of Campuzano Arquitectos Courtesy of Campuzano Arquitectos Courtesy of Campuzano Arquitectos Courtesy of Campuzano Arquitectos

Footbridge Over the Railways / DVVD | Architectes - Designers

© Cyril Sancereau © Cyril Sancereau © Cyril Sancereau © Cyril Sancereau

Amida House / Kochi Architect's Studio

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

In Progress: Pulkovo Airport / Grimshaw Architects

Render
Render

Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Webb Chapel Park Pavilion / Cooper Joseph Studio

  • Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio
  • Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Project Team: Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA (PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE) - Chris Cooper, AIA (PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE) - Chris Good (PROJECT MANAGER / DESIGN TEAM) - Read Langworthy ( DESIGN TEAM)
  • Associate Architect: Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture LLP
  • Structural Engineers: Jaster – Quintanilla Engineering
  • Electrical Engineers: Gerard & Associates Consulting Engineers
  • Concrete Consultant: Reginald D Hough, FAIA Architectural Concrete Consultant
  • General Contractor: Phoenix I Restoration & Construction, Ltd
  • Area: 903.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Eduard Hueber

© Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber

Festina Lente / Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić& Amila Hrustić

  • Architects: Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić& Amila Hrustić
  • Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić& Amila Hrustić

Courtesy of Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić& Amila Hrustić Courtesy of Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić& Amila Hrustić Courtesy of Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić& Amila Hrustić Courtesy of Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić& Amila Hrustić

From Psychopath Lairs to Superhero Mansions: How Cinema and Modernist Architecture Called A Truce

Chemosphere, by John Lautner - the architect whose work has been most used (and abused) by Hollywood. Photo © Joshua White/JWPictures.com
Chemosphere, by John Lautner - the architect whose work has been most used (and abused) by Hollywood. Photo © Joshua White/JWPictures.com

This article comes courtesy of ArchDaily friend Charlotte Neilson, the author of the fascinating design blog Casting Architecture, which discusses architecture and production design. Charlotte is not only a dedicated cinephile but also an honours graduate of the University of Newcastle, Australia.

We all know that psychopaths prefer contemporary design. Hollywood has told us so for decades. The classic film connection between minimal interiors and emotional detachment (see: any Bond adversary) or modern buildings and subversive values is well documented - and regrettable. The modernist philosophy of getting to the essence of a building was intended to be liberating and enriching for the lives of occupants. Hardly fair then that these buildings are routinely portrayed with villainous associations. 

What the representation of Modernist architecture in film tells us about our society, after the break...

JH House / Bernardes + Jacobsen © Leonardo Finotti. Ben Rose House, 1952-54, designed by A. James Speyer. Image via Mid-Centuria. The Elrod House by Architect John Lautner. Image via Expoint Realty. Image via Flickr User CC Chris Lott.

361° International Architectural Conference

Taking place in Mumbai, India from March 6th to March 8th, the 361° International Architectural Conference is an initiative by Indian Architect & Builder to create a truly relevant dialogue on architecture. One of the oldest and the most respected design forums in the country, the conference plans once again to host individuals such as Peter Zumthor, Charles Correa, and Fernando Menis, to lead the thought and practice of architecture and as an extension – design in the world. For more information, please visit here.

Influential architect and educator Alan Colquhoun dies at 91

The profession has lost an influential voice that has undoubtedly left a profound impact on the way we think about architecture. Scholar, critic, and practitioner Alan Colquhoun (1921-2012) passed away last week in London at the age of 91. More after the break…

AD Round Up: Hotels Part XI

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman