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Henry Ford Health System / SmithGroupJJR

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Area: 840.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

House of Silence / FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Kei Nakajima © Kei Nakajima © Kei Nakajima

Casa Donoso – Smith / EMa arquitectos + Raimundo Salgado

  • Architects: EMa arquitectos, Raimundo Salgado
  • Location: Los Dominicos, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team: Klaus Matuschka, Orlando Etcheberrigaray, Raimundo Salgado
  • Constructor: Nautilus
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Marcelo Cáceres

© Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres

Luminous / Jun Sakaguchi

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Area: 1513.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita

© Tomohiro Sakashita © Tomohiro Sakashita © Tomohiro Sakashita © Tomohiro Sakashita

Giraffe Childcare Center / Hondelatte Laporte Architectes

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects: Hondelatte Laporte Architectes
  • Location: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • Project Manager: Virginie Davo
  • Project Team : Charlotte Fagart
  • Engineering: Studetech
  • Client: SAEM Val de Seine Aménagement
  • Cost: 3.744.000€
  • Area: 1450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

The Indicator: In Praise of Shadows

© In Praise of Shadows via Goodreads
© In Praise of Shadows via Goodreads

Junichiro Tanizaki’s (1886-1965) book In Praise of Shadows has been haunting me lately. There it sits on my shelf, as it has for years, ever since it was part of a reading list for an art history course I once took as an undergrad. 

It’s a thin volume. Ever so slight, it easily gets lost amongst more substantial books. But every time I’ve gone through my library and thought I don’t need it anymore, I hesitate and then put it back on the shelf. 

Haus Berge / KHBT

  • Architects: KHBT
  • Location: Offenbach, Germany
  • Design Team: Karsten Huneck, Bernd Trümpler
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Johannes Marburg

© Johannes Marburg © Johannes Marburg © Johannes Marburg © Johannes Marburg

Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) / Claus en Kaan Architecten

© Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Christian Richters © Christian Richters

Bularnia / BudCud

© Kamila Kozińska
© Kamila Kozińska
  • Architects: BudCud, Maria Schoen
  • Location: Kraków, Poland
  • Architect in Charge: Mateusz Adamczyk, Agata Woźniczka
  • Client: ASPEN S.A.
  • Area: 175.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kamila Kozińska, Agata Kadenacy

© Kamila Kozińska © Kamila Kozińska © Kamila Kozińska © Agata Kadenacy

Cioccolato / SAVVY Studio

  • Architects: SAVVY Studio
  • Location: San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Proyect Year: 2011
  • Photography: Cortesia de SAVVY Studio

Courtesy of SAVVY Studio Courtesy of SAVVY Studio Courtesy of SAVVY Studio Courtesy of SAVVY Studio

C+P House / Gonçalo das Neves Nunes

  • Architects: Gonçalo das Neves Nunes
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Gonçalo das Neves Nunes
  • Structural Project : Fernando Rodrigues
  • Landscape Project : Filipa Cardoso Meneses, Catarina Assis Pacheco
  • Electrical and Mechanical : Paulo Rodrigues
  • Area: 322.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Richard Meier Celebrates Fifty Years of Architecture

Richard Meier Portrait-475 10th Avenue Office © Richard Phibbs
Richard Meier Portrait-475 10th Avenue Office © Richard Phibbs

Richard Meier & Partners Architects is pleased to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Richard Meier’s prolific architecture career. In recognition of his contributions to architecture and in collaboration with very distinguished institutions, Richard Meier & Partners will be organizing several projects and events to honor this very significant anniversary. Currently on display at the Arp Museum Richard Meier: Building as Art is open to the general public, and the exhibition illustrates Meier’s complex design process using prominent buildings and projects from his entire work history. In addition to the exhibition in Germany, and later in the summer, Richard Meier will be giving a series of lectures in Los Angeles, New York City and in Italy talking about some of the iconic, recent and current projects. More on Richard Meier’s prolific career after the break.

Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture

Following the conclusion of David Chipperfield’s 2012 Venice Biennale, the British Pavilion has brought its investigations back to the UK to expand upon ten exceptional research projects that illustrate how architecture has shaped the culture and economy of countries around the world. Should Amsterdam-style floating homes be built in London’s Docklands? Could the UK learn from Brazil’s successful identikit school-building program? Could Belfast be redeveloped by following a Berlin model? These are just some of the fascinating questions that will be addressed in a series of lectures, debates and events hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in collaboration with the British Council and the Architectural Association. Mark your calendars for the following special events, which will run from February 26 through April 27, 2013.

High Line-Inspired Park proposed in Queens

Rockaway Rail Branch of the LIRR; Photos Courtesy of Friends of the Queensway © 2012
Rockaway Rail Branch of the LIRR; Photos Courtesy of Friends of the Queensway © 2012

When plans for the High Line were first revealed it made quite an impression on the design community. The converted elevated rail line, long abandoned by New York City, was threatened by demolition until a group of activists fought for its revival and helped transform it into one of the most renowned public spaces in Manhattan. Now Queens, a borough with its own abandoned infrastructure is on its way to redeveloping the land for its own version of the High Line, to be known as the Queensway Cultural Gateway. In late December, the Trust for Public Land announced that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded a $467,000 grant to the organization to begin a feasibility study on the 3.5 mile Long Island rail line. Early proposals reveal a new pedestrian and bike path, public green space and a cultural gateway that will celebrate Queens’ diversity in art, sculpture and food, serving the 250,000 residents that live in the neighborhoods along the route, which include Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Forest Park. Join us after the break for more.

Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design: Harry Seidler Exhibition

Celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the twentieth century, the ‘Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design’ traveling exhibition will take place January 10-February 10 in Sofia, Bulgaria at the VIVACOM Art Hall. The exhibition traces Austrian-born Seidler’s key role in bringing Bauhaus principles to Australia and identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. The exhibition was developed by curator Vladimir Belogolovsky of Intercontinental Curatorial Project in New York with Penelope Seidler and Harry Seidler & Associates in Sydney and sponsored by Seidler Architectural Foundation. More information on  the exhibition after the break.

Rem Koolhaas To Direct 2014 Venice Biennale

© Dominik Gigler
© Dominik Gigler

It seems the rumors were true. The Venice Biennale’s board has just confirmed that Rem Koolhaas will be the Director for the next Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014 (to take place June 7th to November 23rd). There’s no word yet of the theme that will be chosen. Koolhaas has only commented that: “We want to give a new look to the basic elements of architecture – used by any architect, anywhere and at any time – to see if we can discover something new about architecture.” The 2012 Biennale, curated by David Chipperfield, who chose “Common Ground” as the theme, was characterized by collaboration and socially-oriented projects (which stole the show). If Koolhaas’ radical leanings and adventurous design sensibilities are anything to go by, the 2014 Biennale will probably push the envelope even further. Revisit our coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale and read more about Rem Koolhaas, including our popular editorial and an essay written by former New York Times architecture critic, Nicolai Ouroussoff. Story via Venice Biennale and bd online 

SixtyNine-Seventy, The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition

Organized by AIA Utah Young Architects Forum and the Downtown Alliance, in collaboration with Utah Heritage Foundation, Sixty-Nine Seventy invites design teams from around the world to re-envision the circulation areas and passages of two blocks in Salt Lake City’s downtown. The entrants will prepare comprehensive ideas for these in-between spaces, developing them into the connective tissue linking the area’s cultural amenities. SixtyNine-Seventy, The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition launches on January 10, 2013 with a party at 7:00 PM at Squatters Pub. The competition and launch party are open to everyone. For those not able to attend the opening night presentations will be posted on the web immediately following the event. For more information, please visit here.