The Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research (SDC), designed by Henning Larsen Architects in Copenhagen, is devoted to Chinese-Danish collaboration. Otherwise known as the Swan Building, the new SDC reflects a vision to develop Danish presence in China. The Swan Building is a distinct landmark with a unique Danish identity on the new GUCAS campus as it combines Denmark’s national bird and self-perception and the Chinese perception of the swan as a symbol of ambition.
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The Compostela Architecture Summer Program 2011 will integrate students in the historical context of the city of Santiago de Compostela, to experience walking, travelling, and living among architectural masterpieces.
The students in this program will participate in a sort of “architectural pilgrimage” to buildings by Alvaro Siza, David Chipperfield, and others. Students will also have the unique opportunity to visit the construction site of Peter Eisenman’s largest project to date, the Cidade da Cultura, which embodies some of the most intriguing ideas the architect has been developing for decades.
In addition, this program will focus on issues of sustainability in contemporary architecture. Lectures and seminars will discuss new technologies and new approaches to create more sustainable buildings within a new context.
These different dimensions of learning will be smoothly integrated into a single coherent educational program, complemented by the spiritual experience of own architectural pilgrimage.
The Compostela Architecture Summer Program will run from July 18th to August 6th and they are currently accepting applications until April 29th. Further details can be found here.
These 98 rental units of supportive affordable housing serve tenants with special needs, such as physical and developmental disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and chronic homelessness. Folsom + Dore is the first new building in San Francisco to receive a LEED Silver rating, and its sustainable features both reduce its environmental impact and curtail the energy costs borne by residents.
Architect: David Baker + Partners
Location: 75 Dore Street, San Francisco, California, USA
Associate Architect: Baker Vilar Architects
Landscape Architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architects
Electrical Engineer: Bhatia Associates
Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden
Structural Engineer: Treadwell + Rollo
Mechanical Engineer: Tommy Siu + Associates
Acoustical Engineer: Wilson Ihrig + Associates
Contractor: Cahill Contractors
Civil Engineer: Luk + Associates
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Brian Rose, Courtesy of David Baker + Partners
Ed Mazria, founder of Mazria Inc. and Architecture 2030 as well as developer of the 2030 Challenge, will lecture at The Cooper Union’s Great Hall this coming Wednesday, April 20th from 6:30pm-8:oopm. His lecture, Architecture: on the Brink, explores how the built environment is the major driving force behind current global events tied to energy, climate change, and the economy and visually illustrates its transformation, which is currently underway. He will discuss the significance of this transformation and what is being done to accelerate it.
This event is free for AIA Members, Cooper Union students and faculty. More details can be found here.
The KH+DH Houses designed by Vladimir Kalinowski aim to accomodate two elderly couples. Conceptualized around the idea of a centrally located courtyard, the homes are connected both visual and programmatically by the garden. The relationship between inside and outside also became a crucial aspect of the quality of space.
The challenge was to transform the interior of a 10,500 sqf banal retail center into a salon and education facility worthy of the Paul Mitchell brand while meeting an extremely tight budget and rapid construction schedule. In order to meet the challenge, the design solution focuses on three key elements: color, light and composition.
The V&A Exhibition Road design by Amanda Levete Architects in London, England strives to break down the boundary that exists between the V&A Museum and the street by taking the museum onto Exhibition Road and bringing Exhibition Road into the museum. It unlocks a the potential to bring new audiences into the museum by exposing it to passersby.
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Brazil will be the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics which will be held in 2016, but first the country set their sites on building the world’s tallest LEGO tower, a record previously held by Chile. The community of Sao Paulo constructed their 500,000 piece LEGO tower last weekend which rose to a height of 102 feet-three inches. School groups, families both kids and adults, joined in the team effort assembling the independent LEGO bricks that were stacked on top of each other eventually using a crane.
Eme3 is pleased to announce the the deadlines to present projects to be selected and exhibited in the 6th edition of the eme3 International Architecture Festival, which will take place form 1st to 3rd of July in the COAC, ARTS_SANTA_MONICA, ELISAVA and DHUB of Barcelona.
The eme3 guideline, a festival that questions and confronts differents points of view on architecture and its relationship to society, will be maintained this year wanting to provide concrete answers to global solutions presented and discussed in the last edition 2010. Thus, among other topics, the questionings will revolve around the contradictions between sustainable development and “greenwashing”, around the appropriateness of the use of technology resources compared to “low cost”, aroud the urban impasses in cities, or the micro -urban policies that affect citizens in their daily lives.
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Currently under development, OKRA’s Xiang’he Garden City, consisting of a masterplan for the Park of the Floating Gardens, defines challenging ambitions, turning the former clay pits into a water park. A new garden city of approximately 700 hectares will arise close to the future 7th ring of Beijing, China. The ambitions for the park are high and should create the perfect setting for the first housing development. The park should be a place for recreation, for running, for barbequing, for celebrations and more. It should also contribute to a sustainable environment, combining green design and water. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Group Goetz Architects (GGA) is proud to serve as the lead designer for Michel the newest restaurant by Michel Richard. Located in the Ritz Carlton at Tyson’s Corner, Michel infuses the hotel with the character and life the James Beard Award-winning chef is known for. The space combines the elegance of his Georgetown location, Citronelle, and the business atmosphere found in his latest venture, Central, also designed by the nationally recognized Group Goetz Architects. Michel is a destination for business breakfasts and lunches and transforms into an elegant evening dining venue serving innovative modern French cuisine in a contemporary setting, where guests can enjoy everything from duck with figs and cinnamon to chocolate crème brulee.
Architect: Group Goetz Architects
Location: 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, Virginia, USA
Project Team: Lewis J. Goetz, FAIA, FIIDA (Principal-in-Charge), Al Gooden (Project Manager), Tom Mulhearn (Tom Mulhearn), Laura Madge, NCIDQ (Project Interior Designer)
Project Area: 4,800 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Group Goetz Architects
Modular Arts is a Seattle-based company that designs and produces technologically advanced gypsum based 3-dimensional wall panel materials used by designers worldwide. Their growing business recently relocated to a light-industrial building with accommodations for both office and manufacturing functions. Heliotrope Architects was brought in to collaborate on the office interior tenant improvement, which required replacement of all existing finishes, systems and furnishings.