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Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture Dolomiti Pavilion

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Although the city is seen as a place of meetings and exchanges, many urban centers have become over-saturated with cars and car parks. This phenomenon has created a series of “non-places” that have claimed “common areas” from city dwellers. Occupying a space no larger than a typical parking spot, the Architettura Dolomiti Pavilion reflects on David Chipperfield’s “Common Ground” theme and explores ways on how to exploit these common areas currently occupied by parking places. This wooden pavilion reinterprets and reintroduces the “larin” – a traditional space found in the rural houses of Belluno where the family meets to eat, drink and share stories – in an effort to create an intimate space within the city that offers an escape and an opportunity for interaction amongst city dwellers. With this pavilion, Dolomiti Architetture explores the possibilities of “a new life free from cars” within the city center that also reflects their values of environmental sustainability by using disassemblability techniques, recycling methods and renewable raw materials.

The Architecture Dolomiti Pavilion is currently being occupied by the city dwellers of Belluno, Italy. Continue reading for the architects’ description.

oZs0 House / Martin Dulanto

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Architects: Martin Dulanto
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Dulanto

Stephenson & Turner Wellington Design Studio – Fit Out / Stephenson&Turner

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Architects: Stephenson&Turner NZ Ltd
Location: Wellington,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Ping An Finance Center / KPF


Soon to be Shenzhen’s tallest tower at 660 meters, the Ping An Finance Center by KPF will anchor the city’s new Central Business District. Positioned at the southwest corner of the intersection of Yi Tian Road and Fu Hua Road in the Futian District, the tower will connect with neighboring properties in addition to Shenzhen Line 1 Gou Wu Gong Yuan metro station. More details after the break.

Unilever Nederland BV / JHK Architecten

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Architects: JHK Architecten
Location: ,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 14,000 sqm
Photographs: Roos Aldershoff, Palladium Photodesign

The Limits of Density

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In an article published by The Wall Street Journal called For Creative Cities, the Sky Has Its Limit, Richard Florida discusses the development of urban environments and their relative successes.  As human migrations are trending towards big cities, the design and appropriation of space within these cities is increasingly important.  Florida cites that trends indicate that by 2050 cities will make up 70% of the global population.  With so many people, elevate density within cities will be unavoidable, but what Florida emphasizes is that it isn’t just density that makes a vibrant and thriving city.  Citing and New York City as examples of dense urban environments, Florida explains the differences in their relative architectural and urban developments and the prosperity that follows. The fundamental difference? The prevalence of mixed-use neighborhoods in New York City that overpower the innovation of strictly financial districts of either New York or .

Let’s look at these examples after the break.

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© OneView CG

Keelung Harbor Terminal Building Proposal / Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA)

The proposal for the New Keelung Harbor terminal building by Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA)… focuses on the synthesis of three core concepts into a coherent, elegant, and iconic solution which signals the formation of a new identity for Keelung

DETAIL: Architecture and the Test of Time

Over the past 50 years, DETAIL has presented countless architectural highlights, which, in their time, drove development forward thanks to their experimental designs or groundbreaking use of materials. Yet, how have these once innovative designs fared? What lessons have been learned? Have the buildings changed over the decades?

Photographed by Richard Koek

Honorary Professorships for Bos + van Berkel

Yesterday, we shared the appointment of Wiel Arets as the new dean of the IIT College of Architecture.   And, to continue with news in the academic realm, the UNStudio pair of Caroline Bos and Ben van Berkel… have been awarded

Tactical Archipelago / LCLAOFFICE


In a conceptual master plan, Luis Callejas, Melissa Naranjo and Manon Mollard of LCLAOFFICE have created a series of operational clusters that can be inserted onto the to preserve the natural essence of the islands, while providing outlets for experiences.  The represent the unique opportunity to allow those in an urban center to balance urban life with the offerings of these natural places.

More info, plus great diagrams, after the break.

Connect Sydney / Facet Studio

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Architects: Facet Studio
Location: NSW,
Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Mariona Espinet, Woraphin Lowpakulkiat
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 150.0 sqm
Photographs: Andrew Chung

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Courtesy of Evgeni Leonov Architects

Isover Multi-Comfort House Proposal / Evgeni Leonov Architects

With a challenge of creating regeneration and community development in Trent Basin, Nottingham, UK, which meets passive house requirements, the first stage winning proposal for Isover Multi-Comfort House competition focuses on the minimization of the A/V ratio of the building.…

Majima Clinic / D.I.G Architects

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Architects: D.I.G Architects
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Design Team: Akinori Yoshimura, Maki Yoshimura
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita

Ta Phin community house / 1+1>2

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Architects: 1+1>2
Location: , Sa Pa District, Lao Cai province,
Project Architects: Hoang Thuc Hao, Pham Duy Tung, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy
Project Manager: Red Dream Project
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of 1+1>2

DETAIL: Best of Housing

Best of Housing by DETAIL Magazine: Housing is something individual: we each have our own ideas and aspirations for it, and we express a lifestyle by the way in which we house ourselves — the way in which we dwell. To dwell means to be “at home”, where one ideally has a sense of well-being.

When it comes to housing, there have been numerous studies of standards, developments and trends, which have analysed and compared people’s needs. But as needs change over time, so do trends. And also the global and demographic changes affecting society alter the way we dwell and flexibility becomes a decisive criterion.

The subject of housing also includes the integration of individual buildings in an urban context. Especially in cities, people often live in compact spaces in which there are fewer personal spaces and more communal areas. Yet each of us longs for a space of our own. Therefore it becomes important that designers develop ideas that meet our shared need for a balance between personal and communal space.

© 2012 Design in Public
© 2012 Design in Public

Seattle Design Festival

The annual Seattle Design Festival, created by Design in Public, is an event that encourages all to ‘engage our world’ by offering the public an opportunity to better understand design and how it adds value to our lives, our city,…

The Shelter / KG Studio + Associates

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Architects: KG Studio + Asociates
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Karen Gutierrez Pereyra
Team Project: Carlos Roca Parada, Mauricio Gutierrez Pereyra
Constructor: Luis Alberto Roca
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 260 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of KG Studio

U.S. Commercial Port of Entry & Border Station / Robert Siegel Architects

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Architects: Robert Siegel Architects
Location: , ME, USA
Project Team: Robert Siegel, Eduardo Ramos, Richard Tobias, Brad Burns, Julien Leyssene, Wayne Walker, Holly Williams, Heather Pfister, Eva Hermoso, Justin Huang, Fatmir Hodzic, Scott Schwarzwalder, Tomonori Tsujita, Kelsey Yates, Rita Afonso
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 100,000 sq ft
Photographs: Paul Warchol