The CCA presents the ‘Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture’ Book and Online TV Channel

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (), Montréal, announces the launch of the book and website related to its current major exhibition, Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, on view in the CCA’s main galleries for an extended run until 15 April, 2012.

Produced by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Lars Müller Publishers, the book, in French and English editions, bears the same title as the exhibition and is available from March 2012. Edited by exhibition curators Giovanna Borasi (Curator of Contemporary Architecture, CCA), and Mirko Zardini (Chief Curator and Director, CCA), the book extends the research produced for the exhibition and includes essays by leading academics Margaret Campbell, Nan Ellin, David Gissen, Carla C. Keirns, Linda Pollak, Hilary Sample, Sarah Schrank, and Deane Simpson.

The book investigates the historical connections between health, design and the environment, bringing to light uncertainties and contradictions in cultures informed by Western medicine. Within this framework, the essays it contains reflect on themes related to the exhibition such as the relationship between the built environment and human health; pollution; modernism and hygiene; planning strategies for dealing with urban disease; the challenges of the urban environment on health; the relationship between physical health and the built environment; urban design in an ageing society; and the impact of sun on health.

More about the book, the microsite and the exhibition after the break.

UNStudio to move forward with 257 City Road

257 City Road . © . Image by dbox branding & creative

European real estate investment firm, Orion Capital Managers, teamed with development company, Groveworld, and received permission to move forward with a 30-storey tower for 257 City Road Basin in London.  Designed by UNStudio, the tower will become a new landmark residential development with waterside vistas. Aref Lahham of Orion Capital explained, “The Canal Basin is being transformed into one of London’s most stylish waterside residential quarters…With such an exciting design, 257 City Road will be a highlight of this regeneration effort and a landmark for the area.”

More after the tower after the break.

Youth Center In Niafourang / Project Niafourang

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Architects: Project Niafourang
Location: Niafourang,
Project Team Professors: Hans Skotte & TYIN Tegnestue
Project Team Students: Tore Hanssen Grimstad, Andreas Brunvoll, Assad Ansar
Client: Friends of Niafourang
Budget: 100,000 NOK (Approx. 17,200 USD)
Project year: October – December 2011
Sponsors: Lund+Slaatto Architects
Photographs: Project Niafourang

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LINK Solar Power Skyscraper / LED Architecture Studio

Representing the future development of Venice, the LINK Solar Power Skyscraper aims to provide the geographic area of the laguna of Venice with a new landmark: a link between architecture and urbanism, between the ancient city of Venice and the…

Single Family House In Jozefow / ZAG Architekci

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Architects: ZAG Architekci
Location: Jozefow,
Completion: 2011
Useable Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ZAG Architekci

entrance / © Damien Murat & Thiago Mendes

CEDEI Nursery School / +K Arquitetos

The CEDEI Nursery School, designed by +K Arquitetos…, was conceived with urban dwelling in mind, and with a facade that resembles the manufacturing plants of the neighborhood where it is located. The separate buildings and spaces, each with its

Pool At Fragrant Hill / Zephyr Architects

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Architects: Zephyr Architects
Location: , China
Client: Private
Project Area: 123 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Project Team: Zhao Zhonggui, Yang Ching-Chyi, Xu Xiaoye
Landscape Architect: Fang Musheng
Photographs: Shu He

Downtown Houston Central Station Design Competition Shortlist


Downtown has exploded over the past few years with development targeted specifically toward attracting citizens into its downtown center beyond work hours.  Some of these efforts have been a huge success; others have yet to justify themselves.  But none so far have reached the architectural caliber that ’s latest competition has.  The current light rail system in is looking to expand rapidly in the near future to keep up with growing downtown attractions, most notably of which being the new and much anticipated Dynamo Stadium by Populous.

The original scheme called for two new separate stations on Main Street – one at the 600 block, and one at the 800 block.  The resolution was then made to create a larger, combined light rail hub in between the two at the 700 block of Main Street, and hold a competition led by Dean Patricia Oliver of the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Dean Sarah Whiting of the Rice University School of Architecture.  A short list was created composed of internationally renowned architecture firms, and the competition winner is to be announced in the upcoming weeks.  More to come once the finalist is announced.


Multipurpose Building / GSMM Architetti

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Architects: GSMM Architetti – G. Santagostino, M. Margarido
Location: Dueville, Vicenza,
Client: Comune di Dueville
Total Area: 1,390 sqm
Cost: 1,315,000 Euro
Design Team: Olga Chiaramonte
Structural Engineering: GAP Progetti
Technical Equipment: Brescia Progetti
Photographs: Michele Gusmeri

Level Apartment / OFIS Arhitekti

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Architects: OFIS Arhitekti
Location: ,
Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, William Gibson, Estefania Lopez Tornay, Nika Zufic
Client: Private
Renovation Area: 115 sqm
Photographers: Tomaz Gregoric, Jan Celeda

Orchestra Of St. Lukes / H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

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Architect: H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Location: New York,
Completion: March 2011
Size: 15,000 square feet
Cost: $10,000,000
Client: Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York, New York
Photographer: Francis Dzikowski – ESTO


Photovoltaic Factory and Offices / Quadrante Arquitectura


Architecture: Quadrante Arquitectura – João Rainha Castro
Location: Moura,
Collaborators: João Rainha Castro
Promoter / Client: Acciona Solar
Project Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2007
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

James Corner Field Operations Team Wins Navy Pier Competition

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Today, the Chicago Tribune has reported James Corner Field Operations Team has been selected to redesign the 3,000 foot-long landmark, Navy Pier. Blair Kamin stated that the pier’s governing board approved the recommendation from the pier’s strategic planning committee to hire the JFCO team as they favored the team’s practical, yet still creative approach over the other, somewhat grandiose, schemes. It has been a big week for JCFO, as James Corner and Rich Scofidio’s latest ideas for the third section of the High Line were released on Tuesday. Continue reading for more information on the latest news regarding the winners of the international Navy Pier redesign competition.

Sant Pere Pescador Kindergarden / Abar + Ovidi Alum

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Architects: Abar Architects (Ander Aginako y Amaia Celaya) & Ovidi Alum
Location: Sant Pere Pescador, , Spain
Structures: ANTA  arquitectes
Engineering: OIKOS vía arquitectura S.C.C.L.
Contributors: Angel Gil
Technical Architect: Excmo. Ayto. Sant Pere Pescador
Promoter: Arcadi PLA S.A.
Construction Company: 506,000 €
Budget: 279 sqm building + 310 sqm urbanization
Surface: Public – with a grant from ICAEN (Catalan Institute of Energy)- for geothermal energy supply.
Photographer: Aitor Estévez, Mauricio Mailhou, Enzo Laise, Unai Gómez, Xavi Martínez, José Vera

Interview: Peter Märkli on Education, Research and Practice in Architecture

and Heleen Herrenberg met with Peter Märkli in Zürich, Switzerland to discuss his personal perspective on education, research and practice in architecture, considering what the art of building means to society and the individual  today. Enjoy the video and join the discussion after the break.

Nursery in the Jardines De Malaga / Batlle i Roig Architectes

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Architects: Batlle i Roig Architectes
Location: Barcelona,
Project Architects: Enric Batlle, Joan Roig
Collaborators: Laura Quintana, Goretti Guillén, Arantxa Manrique, architects, Francesc Parera, draftsman
Developer: Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona.
Construction Company: CGN / construc-green ingeniería y servicios, sl
Completion: 2010
Surface: 745 sqm
Budget: 1,667,000 €
Photographs: Courtesy of Batlle i Roig Architectes 


Vissershok Container Classroom / Tsai Design Studio

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Located in rolling hills of Durbanville wine valley on the outskirts of Cape Town, Vissershok Primary School is a rural school dedicated to the children of farm workers and underprivileged communities living in Du Noon – a poverty-stricken township several kilometers away. Sponsored by three South African companies – Woolworths, Safmarine and AfriSam – the Vissershok Container Classroom is a 12 meter recycled container that was converted into an independent classroom for 25 Grade R (age 5-6) students. Continue reading for more.

Mill Valley Cabins / Feldman Architecture

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Architects: Feldman Architecture
Location: , California,
Completion Date: October 2010
Size: 500 sqm upper studio, 380 sqm lower studio
Contractor: JP Builders
Green Roof and Landscape Architecture: Jori Hook
Engineer: Yu Strandberg Engineering
Photographs: Joe Fletcher