Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan

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Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan
Location: Coromandel,
Engineering: CMR Engineers Ltd
Contractor: D.F. Wight Builders Ltd
Completed: 2011
Area: 48.8 sqm
Photographs: Jackie Meiring


Sky Light Pavilion / Nimbu

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The Sky Light Pavilion, designed by Nimbu for the Architecture Pavilion Competition sponsored by the Serbian Arhitekton Magazine and the company, Kingspan, is universal, timeless and spaceless. The architects believe that a pavilion shouldn’t be connected with the idea of conceiving one construction that is meaningless. Instead, an architecture pavilion, to be contemporary, should be a construction that demonstrates the pursuit of the architecture itself. Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa says that the renewal, whatever it is, means rediscovering its deepest essence, and that architecture is a direct expression of the existence, of the human presence in the world. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2012 MAD Travel Scholarship

MAD Architects recently launched their 2012 Travel Scholarship, which provides mainland Chinese students with an opportunity to travel abroad and research an architectural topic of their choosing. Established in 2009, and with the support of long-term sponsor VERTU, this year, 5 students will have the opportunity to travel for 7-10 days in their chosen city or region of independent study. Following their trip, the students will give a public presentation of their experience. The application deadline is June 30. For more detailed information, please visit their website here.

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‘Translate the Intangible’ Symposium

Taking place at the Architectural Association (AA) on May 11, the ‘Translate the Intangible’ symposium addresses the challenges of communicating dynamic aspects of contemporary design methodologies through static mediums such as text and images. As current design-oriented fields have amplified…

Rathaus Bernried / Titus Bernhard Architekten

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Architects: Titus Bernhard Architekten
Location: Bernried,
Design Team: Stefan Krippl, Sebastian Filutowski, Elmar Wilhelm
Area: 4,060 sqm
Volume: 17,800 cbm
Structural Engineer: Merz Kaufmann & Partner, Herr G. Kley, Dornbrin/Austria
Client: Gemeinde Bernried
Completion: 2008 (1st step, the other two steps are unbuild until now)
Photographs: Christian Richters


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Ball-Nogues Studio “Yevrus 1, Negative Impression” Exhibition

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present “Yevrus 1, Negative Impression,” an installation designed for the SCI-Arc Gallery by alumni Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B.Arch ‘94) of Los Angeles-based Ball-Nogues Studio…, opening

Ombu Building / Mas Fernandez Architects

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Architects: Mas Fernandez Architects
Location: Avda. Andrés Bello 2115, Providencia, Santiago,
Collaborator: Felipe Fuentes
Completion: 2009
Floor Area: 6.961 sqm
Client: Almagro – Ombu Real State
Budget: U$46 / sqm.
Building Contrator: Socoicsa
Structural Engineer: Luis Soler and associates
Energy Saving: Idiem
Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla

AIA Oppose Effort to Repeal Energy Reduction Law for Federal Buildings

Last week, the American Institute of Architects () released a press release stating their opposition to a House proposal to eliminate Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. Basically, Section 433 is designed to free federal buildings from consuming fossil fuel-generated energy by 2030. Not surprisingly, the proposal is backed by the American Gas Association and the Federal Performance Contracting Coalition (FPCC), which includes members such as Chevron, Ameresco, Honeywell, and many more alike. However, as reported by Martin C. Pedersen on MetropolisMag.com, the surprising  fact is that some of the FPCC members are participating in the 2030 challenge and many are considered prominent in the field of energy efficiency.

Continue reading after the break for AIA EVP and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy’s response.

Jane Jacobs: Neighborhoods in Action / Active Living Network

Here is a video interview, produced by Active Living Network, with famed author and social activist .  In 1961, Jacobs published The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a bold response to the city planning strategies of her time and the proposals by planners such as .  She used her real-world experiences and observations from her own street in the West Village of New York City to comment on how people interacted in neighborhoods – which areas were busiest, safest and most conducive to living.  In this video, Jacobs gives insight into how cities can bounce back from the environment created by the automobile through simple and affordable means such as “tree planting, traffic taming and community events”.

Read on for more after the break.

Graffiti Cafe / Studio Mode

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Architects: Studio Mode
Location: Varna,
Completed: 2011
Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: 3 in Spirit

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‘Towards a New Re-Construction after 311 Tsunami in North-East Japan’ Symposium

Hosted by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), the ‘Towards a new re-construction after 311 tsunami in North-East Japan’ Symposium will take place in London on May 8, where they will present a culmination of over a year’s work by…

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CULBURB Shaping Cities Symposium + Workshop

CULBURB’s Shaping Cities Symposium + Workshop, which takes place at the Centre for Central European Architecture May 22-23, asks what the nonprofit organizations are today and questions their role in the creation of city space. Are they non-elected groups of…

Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park / MVRDV + ABOUTBLANK

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With as the immutable intersection of vast and diverse mobilities, the rich design by MVRDV + ABOUTBLANK for the Yenikapı Transfer Point and Archaeo Park offer a unique possibility to combine and transpose contemporary transportation intelligence with a remarkable historical heritage. Layers in time will be combined with numerous lines through the city of Istanbul, a myriad of interactions of time and space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Embassy Of Canada In Korea / Zeidler Partnership Architects

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Architects: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Associated Architects: Vogel Architect, Art International Ltd
Area: 81,055 square feet
Cost: $19 million
Completion: 2007
Client: Foreign Affairs Canada
Photographs: K. Kwan


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Call for Submissions: MONU Magazine’s #17 Issue – ‘Next Urbanism’

This new issue of MONU will explore how cities of the “Next Eleven” countries are already different and will be different in the future, from the cities of the “BRICs”, but also from the ones of the “MEDCs”- the more…

22 Oei Tiong Ham Park / AR43 Architects

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Architects: AR43 Architects
Location: 22 OeiTiong Ham Park,
Design Team: Lim Cheng Kooi
Builder: Bestec
Construction: Pte Ltd
Site Area: 1,203 sqm
Photographer: Albert Lim KS

Music Park in Sevilla / Costa Fierros Arquitectos

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Architects: Costa Fierros Arquitectos - Sara Tavares Costa, Pablo Díaz-Fierros
Location: Barrio de la Música, Seville,
Collaborators: David Breva, Paula Ferreira, Pedro Rito, David Ampe, Elena González,Rosario Alcantarilla, Sergio González, Cristina Rubiño, Alejandro Rodríguez
Structure: CATSOLI S.L.
Landscape: Ernesto Fernández San Martín, Sara Tavares Costa
Built Area: 32,487 sqm
Photographs: Pablo Díaz-Fierros

The House Box In Koukaki / Sofia Tsiraki

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Architect: Sofia Tsiraki
Location: ,
Consultant: Tassos Biris
Total surface: 250 sqm
Completion: 2011
Structural engineers: Kostas Poluxronopoulos (Xroneas-Pagonis-Kinatos)
Mechanical engineers: George Christofilis
Photographs: Erieta Attali, Babis Louizidis, Sofia Tsiraki