Pan African Games Masterplan Competition Entry / Group IAD

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
Courtesy of Group IAD
Courtesy of Group IAD

Focuses the attention on the African and International communities, the proposal by Group IAD for the Pan African Games Masterplan is represented by the lines connecting each African capital in Brazzaville. These generators form on the plot a beam of guidelines as a first filter that allows organizing the circulation areas of the program. Drawing its strength from the meanders of the Congo River, this project establishes a permanent dialogue with the river, its surroundings and Brazzaville. More images and architects’ description after the break. 

Ginko Eco-Neighbourhood Housing / Nicolas Laisné + Christophe Rousselle

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +24

Espai Caixa / MIRAG

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca +15

Dolce&Gabbana Office Building / Piuarch

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
© Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna
  • Architects

  • Location

    Viale Piave, 20129 Milan, Italy
  • Architectural Design

    Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
  • Piuarch Team

    Luca Lazzerotti and Micaela Bonomessi, Silvia Calzetti, Laura Cassani, Gabriele Coi, Marco Dragoni, Davide Fascione, Suewoo Kim, Magali Roig Liverato, Michele Megna, Elena Migliorati, Gianni Mollo, Andrea Palaia, Salvatore Seggio
  • Structural Design

    FV Progetti S.n.c.
  • M and E design GTEC SAS

    Andrea Zanotti
  • Lighting Design

    Rossi Bianchi Lighting Design
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna +13

Healthcare Center / José Soto García

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
© Imagina2
© Imagina2
  • Architects

    José Soto García
  • Location

    Calle Pizarro Prolongación, Jerez, Cádiz, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    José Soto García
  • Constructor

    Itaca Construcciones Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza
  • Area

    62557.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Imagina2 © Imagina2 © Imagina2 © Imagina2 +32

Green Energy Laboratory / Archea

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
© Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, Silvia Fabi, Giovanni Polazzi
  • Project Manager

    Enrico Ancilli
  • Building Site Assistance

    Andrea Antonucci, Wang Xinfang
  • Collaborators

    Andrea Destro, Eugenia Murialdo, Marco Zuttioni
  • Area

    4850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia +33

Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil +24

Leutschenbach School / Christian Kerez

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
Courtesy of Christian Kerez
Courtesy of Christian Kerez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Leutschenbach, Saatlenfussweg 3, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Christian Kerez
  • Team

    Christian Scheidegger (project manager), Lukas Camponovo, Andrea Casiraghi
  • Structural Engineer

    Dr. Schwartz Consulting, Zug, Joseph Schwartz with dsp, Zurich, Walter Kaufmann, Mario Monotti
  • Construction Management

    BGS, Rapperswil
  • Area

    11500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Courtesy of Christian Kerez Courtesy of Christian Kerez Courtesy of Christian Kerez Courtesy of Christian Kerez +19

Tetris, social housing and artist studios / Moussafir Architectes

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +17

The Green House / K2LD Architects

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San
  • Architects

  • Location

    singapore
  • Design Team

    Ko Shiou Hee, Leong Lai Ping, Elita Ong, Huang Sijie
  • Area

    732.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +31

Silk Pavilion / MIT Media Lab

00:00 - 6 June, 2013
© Steven Keating
© Steven Keating

"Our research integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication", claims the 'about' page of MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter Group. Though this may sound like run-of-the-mill architectural boasting, you are unlikely to find any more exemplary combination of scientific research, digital design and biomimetic construction than their recently completed Silk Pavilion.

© Steven Keating © Steven Keating © Markus Kayser Schematics of the human-constructed portion of the pavilion © Jorge Duro-Royo +9

Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants / RMA Architects

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
© Carlos Chen
© Carlos Chen

© Charles Garcia © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora +17

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Maxthreads

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
Courtesy of Maxthreads
Courtesy of Maxthreads

Designed by Maxthreads Architectural Design & Planning, their vision for the Taichung City Cultural Center is to create an unconventional and exceptional gathering space for visitors and inhabitants, animated by a public program. As the entry sequence into an urban fabric, this proposal reflects the new city’s philosophy of combining nature and innovative technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Cornell Journal of Architecture 9: Mathematics

01:00 - 6 June, 2013

While mathematics in architecture has historically referenced notions of order, proportion, and ideal form, the discipline of mathematics itself has shifted to encompass uncertainty, incompleteness, relativity, and chaos towards a situation in which truth itself is elusive. This move stems in part from an engagement with real phenomena, in which natural systems were shown to behave non-linearly and unpredictably. In architecture, while computational developments enabling dynamic and variable modeling have been subsumed into our culture of design and production, a new kind of idealism has emerged. 

Zaha Hadid Architects + AECOM to Design 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar

00:00 - 6 June, 2013
© HHvision architektur visualisierung
© HHvision architektur visualisierung

Zaha Hadid Architects have been selected to work alongside AECOM for the design and construction the Al Wakrah Stadium and Precinct of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The 45,000-seat stadium will be nestled within a rich cultural fabric of traditional Islamic architecture, historical buildings, distinctive mosques and archeological sites that belongs to one of the oldest inhabited areas of Qatar, just south of Doha. As noted by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, embracing the identify of this cultural heritage will be a crucial part to the success of the stadium. 

Næstved Arena Winning Proposal / CEBRA

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
Courtesy of CEBRA
Courtesy of CEBRA

Danish architects CEBRA have won the competition to design Næstved Arena, a new multipurpose venue for sports, music and culture events in eastern Denmark. Located in a green urban pocket, the arena is surrounded by a football stadium and sports hall on one side and a residential area on the other. The 10.000 m2 arena opens new possibilities for attracting national and international events to the region. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014 and has a capacity of 2,500-4,000 spectators, depending on the type of event. More images and architects’ description after the break.

MoMA: Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

00:00 - 6 June, 2013
Urban Plan for Algiers, project Plan and perspective. 1935. / Le Corbusier; The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS)
Urban Plan for Algiers, project Plan and perspective. 1935. / Le Corbusier; The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS)

MoMA's new exhibition, Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes focuses on the way in which Le Corbusier focused on the world of architecture.  It explores both his most famous architectural projects, as well as the means by which he was able to realize them.  Through a collection of early watercolors, drawings and photographs, curatorJean-Louis Cohen provides a peak into Le Corbusier's journeys and developments as an architect, how he explored the world and what he drew from his travels and observations.

Are Renderings Bad for Architecture?

00:00 - 6 June, 2013
Hotel + Congress Center Proposal. Image courtesy of OOIIO Architecture.
Hotel + Congress Center Proposal. Image courtesy of OOIIO Architecture.

At the opening of his latest article for The Guardian, Olly Wainwright finds himself observing a slew of thesis projects produced by the best and brightest students of the UK. But Wainwright is most struck - not by the display of technical skill or imagination - but by the sheer lack of connection these projects had with actual, built, imperfect architecture: “Time and again, the projects seemed intent on fleeing the real world of people and places, scale and context; retreating instead into fantasy realms of convoluted forms with no seeming purpose.”

It’s a trap that many Architecture schools have fallen into, in the UK and around the world, but it’s not just a symptom of the misguided nature of architecture education. It’s also symptomatic of Architecture’s obsession with the image of architecture, an image completely detached from reality. 

More after the break...