Lund School of Architecture Celebrating Architecture Symposium

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The Board of Education for the School of Architecture in , Sweden, has together with guest Professor Sir Peter Cook, prepared the small Celebrating Architecture Symposium, on September 9, 2011.

The aim of this symposium is to create a dynamic dialogue where architecture, design and education are the main focus. With the help of merited guests, they are hoping to achieve a broad spectrum of dialogue and an innovative approach to progressive architectural education.

The theme this year is ‘What is the main focus in architecture today?’ More information on the event after the break.

Puerta Umbría High Speed Rail Station / Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

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We propose a station that pretends to be a real terminus station. Consequently, it is not a place just to pass through, but a place where the passengers change their rate of movement. In this place, the city of introduces itself to the traveller, and sees him off. For this reason we have not proposed a simple halt where we get off a train which continues its journey, but rather a Terminal Station that has to be the end and the start of all travel.

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / OODA

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OODA shared with us their proposal for the Museum of Art which won the Merit Award in the international competition. The competition intention was to create a pioneering and innovative design concept which will stand as a new-age landmark and a symbolic voice to the world of new spirit. OODA’s concept emerges from a big volumetric cube in confrontation with a smaller inner structure cube – hypercube which is an applied mathematical form that relates both. Then the big outer bisects the clamp (as structural elements) and sucks the in between surfaces to a central point creating a hypercube as the core. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rabbit: The Light Gallery Exhibition / dEEP Architects

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This exhibition space design by dEEP Architects is for an art exhibition titled ‘Heaven’ that is being held in ’s trend setting shopping destination Xin Tian Di Shopping Mall. The form of a rabbit was chosen because in the Chinese culture this year is the Year of the Rabbit. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School / Jon Anderson Architecture

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Architect: Jon Anderson Architecture
Location: , New Mexico
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 84,000SqFt
Project Cost: $12M
Client: Albuquerque Public Schools
Contractor: Shumate Constructors Inc.
Photography: Kirk Gittings


AD Classics: Makuhari Messe / Fumihiko Maki

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Formerly known as the Nippon Convention Center, the Makuhari Messe (derived from the German word meaning “trade fair”) is the second largest convention center in Japan behind only Big Sight.  Makuhari Messe was designed by famous Japanese architect and was completed in 1989 with the intention of establishing the area of Makuhari as an architectural destination separate from Tokyo proper.

Video: Virtual Architecture Informs How We Respond To Spaces

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Researchers at the University of San Diego are investigating how our brains respond to various spatial environments. Dr. Eve Edelstein, a neuroscientist, is researching how architectural designs can be manipulated through data gleaned from measurements taken from users while they experience different spatial environments in ‘The Cave’ – a controlled laboratory.

The evidence is enlightening, as it clearly shows how our brains respond to light, space, and even ceiling height. What may be intuitive for architects, Dr. Edelstein is attempting to quantify in an empirical manner in order to understand how and why these elements affect our brains, body, and behavior.

It would be interesting if we could all upload our designs and experience them in the design development stages from this academic perspective.

House of Air / Mark Horton – Architecture

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Architect: Mark Horton / Architecture
Location: , California,
Project Team: Mark Horton, Principal; David Gill, Project Architect; Matt Shanks, Designer
Project Year: 2010
Project Year: 21,440 sqf
Photographer: Ethan Kaplan Photography, Jeremy Wong, Mark Horton / Architecture

Cassie Campbell Community Centre / Perkins+Will

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Architect: Perkins+Will
Location: Brampton,
Project Area: 165,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Lisa Logan Architectural Photography

Sustainability Scrutinized: Criticism Arises in Academic and Professional Discourses

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According to George Baird of Architectural Record, skepticism of sustainability is on the rise. Architectural historians, theorists, practicing architects and even construction lawyers and risk managers are warning designers about the risks associated with the “going green” ambition. Sustainability takes many forms.  From the recycling and reusing of materials to new technological innovations, “green design” can be humble: sourcing natural and passive solutions energy needs; and it can be extravagant: using customized and computer-enhanced systems that detect environmental conditions and respond accordingly to the building’s needs.

Googie Architecture: Futurism Through Modernism

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At the peak of the modern era, a meshing of car culture and the brought about the gaudy and garnished architecture. The signatures style lie in sweeping arches and hard angles, cantilevered roofs and bold colors, and, its most relative homage to the , the starburst. The first of the Googie style, and its namesake, was a coffee shop designed by architect John Lautner by the name of “Googies”. With its place on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles the new style caught the eye of many passersby who began to associate the style with the glamour of Hollywood. The spread of this movement from Southern California went most notably north and south along the shore to become a symbol of west coast futurism.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Visitor and Education Center / GWWO Architects

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Architects: GWWO Architects
Location: Baltimore, , USA
Exhibit Planning & Design: Haley Sharpe Design
Civil Engineering: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Landscape Architecture: Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.
MEP Engineering: Henry Adams, LLC
Structural Engineering: Faisant Associates Inc.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 17,655 sqf
Photographs: Robert Creamer,

Crab Creek House / Robert Gurney Architect

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Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Location: Annapolis, ,
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey, Associate AIA
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Hoachlander Davis Photography


Taipei Nangang Office Tower / Aedas

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The design for the new Taipei Nangang High-tech District Office Tower, by AEDAS Beijing Ltd, draws inspiration from the shape of the river pebbles, developing a unique aesthetic that conveys the idea of softness and elegance as well as strength and character.

Located in close proximity to the Jilong River and a major overpass highway in Taipei, the surrounding environment provided the opportunity to propose a building that will redefine the skyline of this rapidly developing area of Taipei. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tempe Center for the Arts / Architekton


Architect: Architekton
Location: Tempe,
Project Year: 2008
Client: City of Tempe
Project Cost: $49M
Contractor: Okland Construction
Project Management: Kitchell CEM


BOOM (Design) Contemporaneo Exhibit: Architecture + Art = Photography / Paul Clemence

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Architecture + Art merging via photography, by Paul Clemence, are a collection of photographs at the exhibit, “BOOM (Design) Contemporaneo” taking place from August 29th to October 10th in , and is free to the public.

Zaha Hadid, Paul Clemence, Milano, Design, Massimiliano Fuksas, Frankfurt, Shopping, New York and Art are all converging in this one place via Paul Clemence’s photography at BOOMSPDESIGN 2011. More information on the exhibit after the break.

House in Suita / Horibe Naoko Architect Office

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Architects: Horibe Naoko Architect Office / Naoko Horibe
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 112.74 sqm
Photographs: Kaori Ichikawa

AA Visiting School Paris

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AA (Architectural Association) Visiting School Paris, currently led by Jorge Ayala, Principal of [Ay]A Studio, will be held from October 31st to November 10th.

The Visiting School has started to acquire some recognition among emerging units at the AA due to its novel agenda aiming to bridge the spectrum of Architecture to the realm of Fashion.

AA School Paris has been established based on a series of partnerships that have been of a great value and support for the AA School London. Among them we currently have printed magazines, venues and institutions supporting us like : L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, La Mairie de Paris, Musées des Arts Décoratis, among others. More information on the event after the break.