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Study Proves Design Significantly Impacts Learning

© University of Salford
© University of Salford

For decades, schools have slowly morphed into prison-like facilities with artificially lit rooms and barricaded playgrounds. However, the trend is beginning to shift. With a highlight on sustainable design, a focus on safety and an increased demand on positive learning environments, more people are paying attention to the way we design our schools. In light of this, the University of Salford in Manchester and the architects of Nightingale Associates have released the results of a year-long pilot study revealing the significant impact well-designed learning environments have on a student’s academic achievement over a year, which is proven to be as much as 25 percent! Professor Peter Barrett, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford said: “It has long been known that various aspects of the built environment impact on people in buildings, but this is the first time a holistic assessment has been made that successfully links the overall impact directly to learning rates in schools. The impact identified is in fact greater than we imagined and the Salford team is looking forward to building on these clear results.” More on the study after the break…

AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni

© Guillermo Hevia García
© Guillermo Hevia García

Casa del Fascio which sits in front of Como Cathedral is the work of the Italian Fascist architect Giuseppe Terragni. Built as the headquarters of the local Fascist Party, it was renamed Casa del Popolo after the war and has since served a number of civic agencies, including a Caribinieri station and a tax office.

© Guillermo Hevia García © Guillermo Hevia García © Guillermo Hevia García © Guillermo Hevia García

The Biggest Complaint of 2012: Insufficient Pay

© Tulane Public Relations
© Tulane Public Relations

For many young architects the biggest complaint of 2012 has been insufficient pay in exchange for hard work and long hours under the guise of an internship. As if graduating with a degree in architecture is not grueling enough, NCARB, the US architectural licensing board also requires three years (amounting to thousands of hours) of training under a licensed architect, followed by a seven-part exam.  Becoming an architect takes an exceptional amount of commitment, time and money.  College graduates are already shaking under the weight of student loans and a stunted economy and job market; but what makes matters worse is that architecture as a profession has gained a reputation for exploiting recent graduates by hiring them as interns with little or no compensation. 2013 can be the year to turn this trend around.  Is the architectural profession willing to make this resolution? Follow us after the break for more.

'Storming Medusa' Proposal / Anna Ulak

Architect Anna Ulak, inspired by the popular James Bond films, shared with us her ‘Storming Medusa’ proposal, the new villain’s lair in our ecologically and politically precarious present. Ulak notes how James Bond movies can be considered phantasmagorias which have allowed audiences to imagine the future of architecture. But now that the Cold war is over, how can the James Bond genre be utilized again to imagine a new kind of architecture? Anchored off the coast of Cape Farewell in Greenland, the project draws on the physiological characteristics of jellyfish in order to suggest a new relationship between the built and natural environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Řitka / studio pha

  • Architects: studio pha
  • Location: Řitka, Czech Republic
  • Architects in Charge: Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl
  • Collaborators: Filip Tomášek, Gabriela Fišarová, Eva Bukovská Tomáš Trojan
  • Area: 490.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Filip Šlapal

© Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal

Refurbishment of “La Serenissima” Office Building / Park Associati

  • Architects: Park Associati
  • Location: Via dei Cavalieri del Santo Sepolcro, 4, 20121 Milan, Italy
  • Architect in Charge: Marco Panzeri
  • Design Team: Alice Cuteri, Andrea Dalpasso, Marinella Ferrari, Stefano Lanotte, Marco Siciliano, Paolo Uboldi, Fabio Calciati
  • Area: 7,988.84 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Courtesy of Park Associati

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna

El Plaza Condesa / Muñohierro + Esrawe Studio

© Paúl Rivera
© Paúl Rivera
  • Architects: Muñohierro, Esrawe Studio
  • Location: Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, 06140 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge: Antonio Muñohierro y Héctor Esrawe
  • Proyect Area: 55,972.33 sq ft
  • Proyect Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Paúl Rivera

© Paúl Rivera © Paúl Rivera © Paúl Rivera © Paúl Rivera

Bibliothèque Raymond-Lévesque / Manon Asselin + Jodoin Lamarre Pratte

  • Architects: Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, Manon Asselin
  • Location: Aéroport Montréal Saint-Hubert Longueuil (YHU), Montréal/Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU), 5700 route de l'Aéroport, Longueuil, QC J3Y 8Y9, Canada
  • Client: Ville de Longueuil
  • Area: 4,000 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Marc Cramer

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer

Archaeological Space in Daroca / Sergio Sebastián Franco

© Sergio Sebastián
© Sergio Sebastián
  • Architects Office: Sergio Sebastián Franco
  • Location: Daroca, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Architect: Sergio Sebastián Franco
  • Collaborators: Fernando Muñoz, Miriam Tambo, Jesús Molinos, María Jesús Velázquez, Pablo Sebastián, José Delgado
  • Area: 350 sqm
  • Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Sergio Sebastián, Gabriel López

© Sergio Sebastián © Sergio Sebastián © Gabriel López © Gabriel López

Snark Office / calimùcho

  • Architects: calimùcho
  • Location: Namur, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge: Auffray Deghorain & David Ameye
  • Engineer: B Solutions
  • Energy: Eureca
  • Client: snark
  • Area: 675.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fabian Rouwette, Fabrice Saudoyez

© Fabian Rouwette © Fabian Rouwette © Fabian Rouwette © Fabrice Saudoyez

Coffee And Literature Stand / Clavel Arquitectos

  • Architects: Clavel Arquitectos
  • Location: Plaza del Cardenal Belluga, Murcia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Manuel Clavel Rojo
  • Collaborators: David Pérez Martíne, Ricardo Carcelén González, Mauricio Méndez Bustos, David Hernández Conesa
  • Area: 40.0 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: David Frutos Ruiz

© David Frutos Ruiz © David Frutos Ruiz © David Frutos Ruiz © David Frutos Ruiz

House on Limekiln Line / Studio Moffitt

  • Architects: Studio Moffitt
  • Location: Huron County, ON, Canada
  • Architect in Charge: Lisa Moffitt
  • Structural Engineer: Blackwell Engineering, Cory Zurrell
  • Off-grid Consultant: Nick Treanor
  • General Construction: Peter Long
  • Client: Maggie Treanor
  • Area: 85.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Gabriel Li, Shai Gil

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil

Trond clubhouse / Bjørke Arkitektur + Steffen Wellinger

© Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto

Wulai Parking Structure / QLAB

Courtesy of QLAB
Courtesy of QLAB
  • Architects: QLAB
  • Location: New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Design Director : Borden Tseng
  • Project Manager: Tunghan Wu
  • Project Designer: Zizi Huang
  • Assistant Designers: Albert Chiu, Mike Yeh
  • Client: New Taipei City, Department of Transportation
  • Area: 8308.98 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of QLAB

Courtesy of QLAB Courtesy of QLAB Courtesy of QLAB Courtesy of QLAB

Eduardo Souto de Moura to receive Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize

Eduardo Souto de Moura © Francisco Nogueira
Eduardo Souto de Moura © Francisco Nogueira

Breaking news from Tel Aviv: The Wolf Foundation has announced that Pritzker Prize laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura will be honored with Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize. The Portuguese architect was named “to reward his advancement of the craft and ideas of architecture.” Since 1978, Wolf recipients have been annually award to honor those who have advanced the fields of art and science. Often, they are considered to be strong contenders for Nobel prizes, as about one out of every three laureates in chemistry, physics and medicine have gone to receive the Nobel. Learn more after the break…

UK Exhibition: Prototyping Architecture

Photocell Mesh / Philip Beesley; Courtesy of The Building Center
Photocell Mesh / Philip Beesley; Courtesy of The Building Center

Merging the work of architects, engineers, manufacturers, product designers, academics and artists, Prototyping Architecture explores the importance of prototypes in the delivery of high quality contemporary design. The exhibition, which runs at The Building Centre from January 11 to March 20, places an emphasis on research and experimentation to illustrate how trial assemblies can inform architecture with maquettes, models and full-scale sample productions on show from around the world. Professor Michael Stacey, Director of Architecture at the University of Nottingham stated: “Prototyping Architecture celebrates vital methods of design development with new technologies that potentially herald the beginning of a second industrial revolution. The exhibition forms a bridge between architecture, engineering and art – with exhibits that are truly beautiful.” More on Prototyping Architecture after the break.