Green Sports Hall / MoederscheimMoonen Architects

© Luuk Kramer

Architects: MoederscheimMoonen Architects 
Location: Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel,
Project Architect: Erik Moederscheim
Project Team: Erik Moederscheim, Ruud Moonen
Engineering: Bouwhaven
Structural Engineering: CAE Nederland
General Contractor: Valkenburg BV
Client: Municipality of Zuidplas
Gross floor space: 2,160 sqm
Photographs: Luuk Kramer


Obama Appoints Architect Phil Freelon to US Commission of Fine Arts

On the first of December, President Obama announced his appointment of Philip G. Freelon, FAIA to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. The Commission is composed of seven fine art experts and is obligated to give “expert advice to the President, Congress and the heads of departments and agencies of the Federal and District of Columbia governments on matters of design and aesthetics, as they affect the Federal interest and preserve the dignity of the nation’s capital.” The Commission is also responsible to advise the U.S. Mint on the design of coins and medals, and approves the location and design of national memorials, both within the U.S. and around the World.

President Obama stated, “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

Commission members serve four-year terms without compensation and may be reappointed. Since the Commission was established in 1910 by Act of Congress, many renowned American architects, landscape architects, planners and artists have been appointed. Past Commission members include architects and landscape architects Daniel Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Gilmore Clarke, Gordon Bunshaft, and Chloethiel Smith; and artists Daniel Chester French, Francis Millet, Lee Lawrie, Paul Manship, and Frederick Hart.

The Freelon Group projects at ArchDaily:

Colors on Water / GruppoFonArchitetti

© Daniele Domenicali

Architect: GruppoFonArchitetti
Location: ,
Customer: EstCapital Group
Building firm construction: Impresa Costruzioni Maltauro
Building area: 4,919 sqm
Year of completion: 2010
Photograph: Daniele Domenicali 


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New Marrickville Library / Lacoste + Stevenson with DJRD

Australian based practice Lacoste+Stevenson and DJRD… have been shortlisted for the new Marrickville library competition. Their entry is blending building and landscape and strongly refers to australian scenery. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Bud Clark Commons / Holst Architecture

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Architects: Holst Architecture
Location: , Oregon
Project Team: John T. Holmes, Jeffery Stuhr, Dave Otte, Kim Wilson, Cory Hawbecker, Katie Decker
Developer: Home Forward
Contractor: Walsh Construction
Project Year: 2011
Budget: $29 million
Project Area: 106,000 sqm
Photographs: Sally Schoolmaster, Christian Columbres


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Disaster Prevention and Education Center / LEON11

‘Inhabiting the sky’, a project proposal for the Istanbul Disaster and Prevention Center by LEON11…, aims both, to provoke a radical impression over the visitants and to take care of nature. In doing so, their design creates an awareness

SPEE Sevilla / UNIA Arquitectos

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Architects: César del Pino González de la Higuera, Moisés Jiménez Jaime, Enrique Revuelta Romo, Manuel Reyes Barraza, José Eduardo Romero Martínez – UNIA Arquitectos
Location: ,
Built Surface: 6,316.24 sqm
Built date: 2008-2010
Photographs: Fernando Alda


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The Core Project: A Study to Vitalize the City of Sebastopol Competiton

The City of Sebastopol, California, together with the Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a group of local business sponsors, is hosting an international design competition to generate innovative ideas for renewing the city center.…

Float Home / Designs Northwest Architects

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Architects: Designs Northwest Architects
Location: Seattle, , USA
Interior Designer: Susan Broll
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,100 sqf
Photographs: Ben Benschneider

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Rebuilding Japan: Lessons in Architectural Response Conference

The Masters of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture at the ESARQ-UIC in Barcelona is excited to present this year’s open conference on December 12th titled, Rebuilding Japan: Lessons in architectural response, featuring talks and a roundtable discussion with Japanese architects…

Offices for County Council in Zamora / G+F Arquitectos

© Miguel de Guzmán

Location: Viriato Square,
Promoter: Exma. Diputación de Zamora
Authors: Pilar Peña Tarancón, María Antonia Fernández Nieto
Competition co-author: Gonzalo Bárcenas Medina
Collaborators: Jesús García Herrero (architect), Rafael Valín Alcocer, Jesús Hernández Alonso, Francisco Martín Gil
Consultants: José María García del Monte, Proyectos MYC, Jorge Gallego Sánchez-Torija
Photographer: Miguel de Guzmán

Green Forest Middle School / Modus Studio

© Rett Peek

Architect: Modus Studio
Location: Green Forest, Arkansas,
Project Area: 2010
Owner: Green Forest Public Schools, Jeff Williams, Superintendent, John Calaway, Superintendent
Project Team: Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA; Chris M. Baribeau, AIA; Chris M. Lankford; Austin L. Chatelain, Assoc. AIA; Julie K. Chambers, AIA; Leanne R. Baribeau, AIA
Photographs: Rett Peek


Video: 100 Social Housing Units in Caen / OLGGA Architects

Along with ArtefactoryLab, OLGGA Architects put together this creative video presentation for a social housing competition in , France. The mixed-use building includes 100 affordable housing units, ground floor retail units and community spaces. The residential units gradually stack up to six stories, maximizing the potential of the site while remaining sensitive to the surrounding context. Stepped terraces provide private outdoor spaces for each dwelling unit while simultaneously allowing for optimal daylighting and natural ventilation.

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Rue du Nord / Charles-Henri Tachon

© Kristen Pelou

Architects: Charles-Henri Tachon
Location: Paris,
Client: SIEMP
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 997 sqm
Photographs: Kristen Pelou

Haack House / 4D-Arquitetura

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Architecture: 4d-Arquitetura
Location: , RS,
Execution: 4d-Arquitetura
Engeniaring: André Kreamer e LP engenharia
Area: 442 sqm
Project year: 2009-2010
Execution: 2010 -2011
Photograph: Courtesy of 4d-Arquitetura

Genesis / David Adjaye

Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

London-based architect David Adjaye was selected for the 2011 Designer of the Year Award by Design Miami – a global forum for design that highlights influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world, presenting annual fairs in , and Basel, Switzerland. Design praised Adjaye for his “ingenious use of materials and unique ability to showcase light coupled with his democratized approach to the architectural process.”

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Berta Viana Office / 100 Planos Arquitectura

© Bruno Aguiar

Architects: 100 Planos Arquitectura
Location: Esposende,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Bruno Aguiar

HUD Grants assist Communities towards Sustainability

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $97 million dollars to 27 regions and 29 communities across 32 states with the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan stated, “These grants will be leveraged with local funds more than doubling the investment and, helping to create new visions for how communities and regions plan for housing, transportation, workforce development and the quality of life of their residents for generations to come. When more than half of the average working family’s income is devoted to housing and transportation costs alone, we know that we have a responsibility to fix that and to provide housing and transportation options that can improve their quality of life and economic stability.”

The grants intend to “reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital and sustainable communities” with a focus on integrating transportation and housing. For example, HUD is awarding the City of Boston $1,865,160 to aid mixed-income, mixed-use development along with the construction of four new transit stations that will be strategically placed along the Boston Fairmount / Indigo corridor, an area that contains two-thirds of the Boston region’s foreclosures. Meanwhile, a grant for Sacramento County (CA) will enable them to evaluate opportunities for a new food distribution hub that could provide access to local fresh fruit and vegetables in urban neighborhoods without full service grocery stores.

See the full story by Kaid Benfield on the NRDC Staff Blog, SWiTCHBOARD and review the HUD press release for the complete list of recipients.