132 Houses With Public Protection / Aguinaga y Asociados Arquitectos

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Architects: Aguinaga y Asociados Arquitectos - Eugenio Aguinaga, Jose María Jiménez Urrutia, Ignacio López Fernández
Location: Bulevar de la Naturaleza nº 1ªA a 1N (garaje nº 3), Parcela 1.34, Ensanche de Vallecas, ,
Area: 5,568.68 sqm.
Client: Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Madrid (EMV)
Quantity Surveyor: Manuel López Lara
Completion: 2008
Photographs: José Latova

   

Jameson House / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: Vancouver,
Co-architects: Walter Francl Architects Inc
Consultants: Yolles, Vermeulens Cost Consultants, Imec Mechanical Ltd., PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc., Claude Engle Lighting Consultant, Bridge Electric Corp., Imec Mechanical Ltd., Piers Heath Associates, Robert Lemon Architect Inc.
Client: Jameson House Ventures Inc, Pappajohns (previous client)
Year: 2004-2011
Photographs: Nigel Young / © Foster and Partners

Lik House / Satoru Hirota Architects

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Architect: Satoru Hirota Architects – Satoru Hirota
Location: , Japan
Client: Private
Program: Single family house
Structural Design: nieda+hisaeda architects / Taizen Nieda+Taizo Komatsu
Contractor: Eiger Co. Ltd, / Noriaki Fujii+Masakazu Sasaki+Koji Misaki
Site Area: 294.90 sqm
Built-up Area: 108.21 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Satoru Hirota Architects

House In Kyoto / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

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Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura
Location: ,
Client: Private
Construction Year: 2011
Site Area: 355,72 sqm
Constructed Area: 213,20 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Portuguese architect Paulo David selected as 2012 Alvar Aalto Medal recipient

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Paulo David has been announced as the eleventh recipient of the – a prestigious honor awarded to an architect or architectural firm that has provided significant contributions to the field of architecture. “In an era where the profession is obsessed with computer-generated patterns, ‘design’ in many practices has become greatly interested in manipulating forms rather than place making and the making of architecture.” The jury honors David for his ability to create timeless architecture that plays a significant role in his hometown island of Madeira. David’s respect for history, time, place, culture and technology has allowed him to stand out from the current trend of “desperately interesting architecture” and create a new, meaningful layer within the historic volcanic landscapes of Madeira.

Continue reading to learn more.

AD Round Up: Projects in Finland

Courtesy of JKMM Architects

Over the years we’ve been featuring amazing projects from Finland. So we decided to gather 5 projects from 2008-2009 that you may have missed into this special Round Up. We have a great library from JKMM Architects, a great house in Hanko designed by brazilian architects, the METLA Forest Research Centre, the beautiful WISA Hotel in the southern harbour of Helsinki and a lakeside house with a bear in it. Don’t miss them!

Gymnastics Building / Heams & Michel Architects

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Architects: Heams & Michel Architects
Location: Tourrette Levens,
Project name: Gymnastics building
Programme: Sport
Engineer: GL Ingénierie
Client: Conseil Général des Alpes Maritimes
Project Area: 240 sqm SHON
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Serge Demailly, Heams & Michel Architects

Victor Civita Plaza / Levisky Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Levisky Arquitetos Associados, Adriana Blay Levisky +
Location: São Paulo,
Clients: City of São Paulo and Grupo Abril
Coordination: Levisky Arquitetos Associados
Architecture Team: Renata Gomes Architect – Coordinator, Casey Mahon Architect, Tatiana Antonelli Architect, Lílian Braga Architect, Luciana Magalhães Architect, Renata Helena de Paula Architect, Cátia Portughesi Zoning, Gabriela Kuntz Admin, Fernando Lima 3D Renderings, Marcelo Ignatios 3D Renderings, Luiz André Lanzuolo Model.
Photographs: Nelson Kon

   

Shimonoseki-shi Kawatana Onsen Koryu Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: 5180 Azayumachi, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi,
Client: City of Shimonoseki
Total floor area: 1,242.85 sqm
Structural engineering: Sato Jun Structural Engineers
Utilities, equipment: P.T.Morimura & Associates, LTD.
Construction: Kosei Kensetsu Co., Ltd.
Design period: 2006.12-2007.05
Construction period: 2008.04-2009.11
Photographs: Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

TEDxPhilly: Why Skyscrapers are Overrated / Inga Saffron


Inga Saffron, the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, challenges cities to look beyond their “skyscraper fantasies and dreams of increased tourism”, suggesting they work to improve and build amenities that will make urban areas better places to live for the existing dwellers. She believes public spaces should be the priority and that cities should focus on upgrading transit systems, adding bike lanes to all major roadways, increasing walkability, creating and maintaining great parks and public plazas. Cities need a range of densities, this would allow for greater flexibility.

has written about urban design issues for more than a decade. As an architecture critic, she has reviewed many of the most memorable new projects of the era, however her primary interest is centered on the less-heralded places that people encounter in their daily lives. As a 2011-12 Leob Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Saffron is exploring how cities can retain their district identities in a globalized, interconnected world, while remaining viable places to work and live.

Reference: TEDx, DI

Ellivo Studio / Ellivo Architects

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Architects: Ellivo Architects
Location: Fortitude Valley, , Australia
Photographs: Scott Burrows (Aperture Photography)

NYC Event: Four Conversations on the Discourse of Architecture

The Van Alen Institute, a non-profit architectural organization in City, is hosting a Q&A between Aaron Levy of Slought Foundation and William Menking of the The Architects’ Newspaperwith editor Thomas Weaver on February 3rd at 7:oo pm.  Located at Van Alen Books, 30 W. 22nd Street, on the ground floor between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan, you can “grab a seat on their yellow steps and join the conversation”.

Read on for more information on this event!

Cube Court House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: , Japan
Program: Residence
Structural System: Reinforced concrete, steel frame
Site Area: 177.72 sqm
Building Area: 88.75 sqm
Total floor Space: 154.60 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Approaching the Architect

With the Holidays upon us, many of us gather together, drinks in hands, and celebrate together. Except the architects. We tend to be the sullen looking ones at the party, clustered together, over in the corner. Granted, architects aren’t the easiest group to approach, but it is possible, IF you know a few simple conversation starters:

So you’ve seen them standing over there in the corner. Morose and bi-speckled, sipping a cosmo and looking out the window towards a distance church steeple. They seem pensive and dapper at the same time. They’re an architect, but no one’s talking to them? It’s too much pressure? I mean, what do you say to the most interesting person in the room?

Well, here are some possible conversation starters for approaching the Architect, each one sure to start a fascinating and intellectual chat. Go ahead, give it a try:

Architectural League Announces 2012 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

Netscape, SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 / © and courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative

The Architectural League recently announced the winners of its 30th annual Emerging Voices awards. Each year the League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried portfolio competition. The award spotlights individuals and firms based in the , , or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work that represent the best of their kind, and address larger issues of architecture, landscape, and the built environment. This year’s jury included Henry Cobb, Geoff Manaugh, Paul Lewis, Jamie Maslyn Larson, Annabelle Selldorf, Claire Weisz, and Dan Wood. More images and information on the awards after the break.

Flashback: Posbank Pavilion / de architectegroep, rijnboutt ruijssenaars hendriks van gamerenmastenbroek bv

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Architect: de architectegroep, rijnboutt ruijssenaars hendriks van gamerenmastenbroek bv
Location: National Park Veluwe Zoom, ,
Project Design: Bjarne Mastenbroek [now SeARCH]
Assistants: Geert Vennix, Alexandra Bonazzi, Willmar Groenendijk, Mark Sloof, Pien Linssen, Michael Davis
Client: Vereniging Natuurmonumenten ’s-Gravezand
Contractor: BAM utiliteitsbouw, Arnhem
Project Area: 640 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters

Video: New Amsterdam Pavilion / UNStudio / Great Spaces

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Earlier this week, we shared a great clip of a comparison video betwen Lady Gaga and SANAA’s new Museum – if the comparison has you scratching your head, be sure to check out the video!  Great Spaces has also made a short video of ’s Amsterdam Pavilion.  Upon its opening back in the summer of 2009, we had the opportunity to interview van Berkel about his inspiration for the design.   Since then, the landscape and hardscape around the pavilion have been completed, giving it a stronger presence in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal as it seems more integrated into the swirls of the bike and pedestrian paths.  Thanks to Delaine Isaac for sharing the clip.

House of the Tree / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: Shenzhen,
Architecture Modification: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
Interior Design: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis, Sherry G, Zoe Lee
Client: China Resource Land (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.
Area: 616 sqm
Project Year: November, 2011
Photographs: Charlie Xia