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YAP IM-Debris Competition Entry / Yalin Architectural Design

Chosen as one of the five finalists in MOMA’s Young Architectural Program (YAP), Yalin Architectural Design’s proposal ‘IM-Debris’ focuses on how Istanbul and all the other cities in the world have to come up with local solutions to their own problems in global standards. The main purpose of this design is to be within the rubble which we are usually used to observe from a distance, to form a place with every possible material that is left from a construction and to have the visitors re-discover where it came from, in a place designed by it in the first place. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Beirut Terraces / Herzog & de Meuron

Beirut Terraces rethinks the concept of the skyscraper, creating a vertical village composed of thin, elegant platforms layered in a playful formation. By offering lavish outdoor spaces, breathtaking views, and meticulously composed lofts, architects Herzog & DeMeuron bring an unprecedented way of living to crowded and dense Beirut.

More on these contemporary living spaces after the break...

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4 Lessons the UK Should Take from Denmark

Last week the UK's Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced that he was commissioning a review of the country's architecture policy, to be led by Sir Terry Farrell along with a number of high profile advisors, including Thomas HeatherwickAlison Brooks and Alain de Botton. According to Vaizey, the review, expected to be complete by the end of the year, "will be a rallying point for the profession."

In his article in The Guardian, Olly Wainwright rather hopefully questioned: "might this year-long study result in an innovative new piece of legislative guidance – perhaps along the lines of Denmark's architecture policy, introduced in 2007?" While Wainwright somewhat flatly concludes, "somehow, that seems unlikely," there's no doubt that the UK could only stand to gain from learning from Denmark's innovative policy. 

So what lessons could the UK (and the world) learn from the Danes? Read on after the break...

Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University Design Competition Results

Organized by the Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation, the team of MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto (Italy) and SPEECH (Russia) was recently announced the winner of Architectural Concepts Competition for the Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The challenge was to create a museum and educational center for demonstrating most recent scientific and technological discoveries using state-of-the-art multimedia technologies for accommodating multiple displays and exhibitions as well as for conducting scientific educational programs. More images and information on the winning team and finalists after the break.

Cassell Street House / b.e architecture

  • Architects: b.e. Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Design Team: Andrew Piva, Broderick Ely, Jon Boucher, Kris Keen
  • Construction Team: Bayside Construct
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Peter Clarke

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke

Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre Proposal / A+ Architecture

The renowned Montpellier architecture firm A+ Architecture has been entrusted with the project of building a new site at the domaine d’O, the Jean-Claude Carrière theatre. A unique and environmentally friendly project, the project is based on a global environmental approach aiming for general energy efficiency and for environmental quality standards. Other than the slab that supports it, the entire structure could be dismantled and rebuilt on a different site. The unique design is enhanced by a light wooden lozenge structure recovering the entire building. More images and architects' description after the break.

Buenos Mares House / RDR Arquitectos

© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
  • Architects: RDR Arquitectos
  • Location: José Ignacio, Uruguay
  • Team: Ignacio Dahl Rocha, Bruno Emmer, Susana Barra, Nicolas Adrien, Ovidio Lagos
  • Area: 900.0 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma

© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma

108 VPO Dwellings in Borinbizkara / Patxi Cortazar

  • Architects: Patxi Cortazar
  • Location: Avenida de los Huetos 1-3-5. Borinbizkarra. Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Project Architects: Patxi Cortazar y José Manuel Simón
  • Technical Architects: Juan Manuel Galera Carrillo, Vicente Luis Mozo, Mikel Valderrama Ibáñez
  • Client and Construction: NASIPA S.L.
  • Area: 21345.0 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán

Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren't Smart

Arguably the biggest buzzword in urbanism right now is the 'Smart City'. The idea, although certainly inclusive of eco-friendly practices, has even replaced “sustainability” as the major intent of cities planning for positive future development. Smart City thinking has been used successfully in countries as diverse as Brazil, the US, the UAE, South Korea, and Scotland (Glasgow just won a £24million grant to pioneer new schemes throughout the city).

But what exactly are Smart Cities? What benefit do they bring us? And, more importantly, how can we best implement them to secure our future?

The answer, in my opinion, lies in the hands of architects.

More on the potential of Smart Cities after the break...

MIPIM Awards Winners 2013

Each year, the prestigious MIPIM Awards recognizes excellence and innovation in the international real estate sector.After a record number of submissions (over 175 projects from 46 countries!), 36 finalists were selected by the jury to compete in an onsite vote during MIPIM. The 23rd MIPIM Awards took place on March 14th where the final results were announced at a ceremony held in the main auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.

Equipetrol Houses / Sommet & Asociados

© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking
© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking
  • Architects: Sommet & Asociados
  • Location: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • Architect in Charge: Sommet & Asociados
  • Design Team: . Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking, Erika Peinado Vaca Díez
  • Area: 640.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking © Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking © Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking © Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

Panamá Bank Tower / Herreros Arquitectos

  • Architects: Herreros Arquitectos
  • Location: Costa del Este, Panama
  • Project Architects: Herreros Arquitectos + Mallol y Mallol
  • Project Managers: Jens Richter (HA), Ignacio Mallol (M&M)
  • Project Team: Gonzalo Rivas Zinno, Carmen Antón, Joanna Socha (HA), Ruben Taboada (M&M)
  • Sustainability: CENER
  • Facade Consultant: Gruppo Entesa
  • Client: Banco de Panamá
  • Area: 35395.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Villa Lokaator / Kavakava Architects

  • Architects: Kavakava Architects
  • Location: Paldiski, Estonia
  • Architect in Charge: Indrek Peil, Siiri Vallner
  • Structural Engineer: Maari Idnurm, Juhan Idnurm EEB
  • Area: 197.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Paul Riddle, Martin Siplane, Courtesy of Kavakava Architects

© Martin Siplane © Paul Riddle © Paul Riddle © Paul Riddle

Why Architects Must Lead on Sustainable Design

This article, which originally appeared on GreenBiz, is by Lance Hosey, the chief sustainability officer of the global design leader RTKL

Sustainability leader Hunter Lovins once called the building industry "dynamically conservative — it works hard to stay in the same place."

But old habits cannot fully address new challenges. According to, fossil fuel corporations currently have in their reserves five times the amount of carbon that, if burned too quickly, may raise atmospheric temperatures to a catastrophic level where Hurricane Sandy-scale storms could become the norm. Quicker, deeper progress is imperative.

Architecture is an essential arena for sustainable innovation. Buildings represent about half the annual energy and emissions in the U.S. and three-quarters of its electricity. With the built environment growing — the U.S. building stock increases by about 3 billion square feet every year — architects have a historic opportunity to transform its impact for the better.

Keep reading to find out the 6 Steps architects can take to transform the profession, after the break...

Giveaway Winner: Signed copy of ‘Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide’

Last week, thanks to the courtesy of Populous we gave you the chance to win a signed copy of: ‘‘Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide". To participate, we asked you to answer the following question:

House Lev / Metarquitectura

  • Architects: Metarquitectura
  • Location: Puebla, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Arq. Ezequiel Aguilar Martínez, Arq. Sergio Álvarez
  • Area: 890.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Patrick López Jaime

© Patrick López Jaime © Patrick López Jaime © Patrick López Jaime © Patrick López Jaime