[Un]Restricted Access Competition / Architecture for Humanity

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Architecture for Humanity has recently launched a graphic design competition to identify a compelling logo for the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge called [Un]Restricted Access. This year’s challenge is focused on re-purposing vacant military structures and sites. It will catalyze awareness, ideas, and most importantly – action.

Through a global forum, designers and architects will develop solutions that reconnect military and civilian communities. The history of these important spaces will be highlighted and hidden potential uncovered. The goal? Utilize these sites and structures for the greater good. But first things first.

Submissions are due no later than August 26 at 24:00 PST. You can enter here and find all necessary guidelines and information on the Open Architecture Network. The reward is $500 USD and a pair of night vision goggles. Yes, they’re for real.

331 Foothill Road Office Building / Ehrlich Architects

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Architect: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Project Year: 2009
Client: City of Beverly Hills
Contractor: Bayley Construction
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates Inc.
MEP Engineer: IBE Consulting Engineer
Civil Engineer: KPFF
Landscape Design: LRM Inc.
Acoustic Consultant: Schaffer Acoustics Inc.
Lighting Consultant: HLB Lighting Design
Cost Estimation: C.P. O’Halloran Associates
Specifications: CSI Specifications
Photography: RMA Architectural Photographers


AD Classics: Olivetti Showroom / Carlo Scarpa

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The Olivetti Showroom by has recently come full circle. In the late 1950s Adriano Olivetti commissioned Scarpa to design a display space for his Olivetti products. The resulting Olivetti Showroom was a beautiful space used for decades by Olivetti before changing owners. In April of 2011 Scarpa’s Olivetti Showroom re-emerged once again as the display space for Olivetti products. Though this time Scarpa’s design of the space is what is truly on display.  More after the break.

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Block of Flats / Znameni Ctyr Architekti

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Architecture: Znameni Ctyr Architekti
Location: Prague,
Client: Nad Malovankou s.r.o.
Project Area: 1588 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Znameni Ctyr Architekti

Architecture City Guide: Beijing

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This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . has a range of architectural styles, but the three most prevalent are the traditional imperial style (the Forbidden City), the “Sino-Sov” style (boxy structures built between the 1950s and 70s), and lastly the explosion of a modern corporate style that is punctuated with Starchitect buildings like ’s CCTV TV Station HQ. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.
The Architecture City Guide: Beijing list and corresponding map after the break.

De La Beche Manor / VW+BS

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Architects: VW+BS
Location: , England
Main Contractor: Vitpol Building Services
Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood Partnership
Project Area: 700 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu, Michael Franke

Arizona Science Center Phase III / Architekton


Architect: Architekton
Collaborators: Kendle Design Collaborative + Robert Morris Design Studio
Location: , Arizona
Project Year: 2011
Project Cost: $4.1M
Client: City of Phoenix
Interior Design: Robert Morris Design Studio
Contractor: Brycon Construction
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: Henderson Engineers Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Henderson Engineers Inc.
Structural Engineer: Paragon Structural Design Inc.
Civil Engineer: David Evans & Associates
Photography: www.architekton.com


In Progress: King’s Cross Station / John McAslan + Partners

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“It’s incredible to watch the reinvention of the station taking shape into a compelling piece of place-making for London. You can already see how the Western Concourse – Europe’s largest single span station structure and the heart of the development – reconnects this much-loved Victorian terminus to its context. It’s immensely satisfying to see the project move forward at such pace and we look forward to celebrating the project’s completion in 2012 for the London .”-John McAslan, Chairman

Architect: John McAslan + Partners
Location: London, England
Photographs: Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners, Hufton Crow, John Sturrock

Video: AECOM 2016 Olympic Park Masterplan Rio de Janeiro

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We reported earlier this week that AECOM will be designing the Olympic Park Masterplan for the 2016 Olympics that will be held in , . The international competition winning entry’s concept of operation, separate access for athletes and the audience, logistics for the transport system, the viability of implementation and unique access for parking, made it stand out amongst the other submissions.

School of Sciences / DCOOP

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With its varied courtyards, terraces, columned halls, entries and playful movements, the School of Sciences is a journey of discovery. While the solemn front of the structure conveys the image of serious academic pursuit that the university stands for, the building itself is centered around its users–faculty and students.

Architect: DCOOP (Design Cooperative)
Location: , , India
Project Team: Shilpa Ranade and Quaid Doongerwala with Abhijit Doshi, Shweta Ketkar
Structure: Sanjay Chikermane
Plumbing & Electrical: Synergy Consultants
Contractors: SVEC Hyderabad
Project Management: University Engineering Dept.
Site Engineer: Mohammed Nawaz
Project Area: 18000 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Rajesh vora

Citizens given the opportunity to weigh in on the design for the new Royal Alberta Museum

Graham Design Builders and Jardeg Construction Services Ltd.

Which design would you choose for the Royal Alberta Museum?  That is the question being posed to Albertans until the end of the day today.  Providing citizens with access to view and comment on the four proposals for the new museum the Alberta Infrastructure website, where the submissions can be viewed, even suggests that the public consider the following:

1. Does the design inspire you? Does it inspire you to want to visit, explore and learn more? Do you see it as a gathering space and a place that you would return to again and again?
2. Will the design appeal to Albertans of all ages? Will it engage our young people and students; will they see it as a place they want to visit and feel welcome in?
3. How do you think the design reflects the story of Albertans: our spirit, our culture, our landscape?
4. Does the design reflect who we are now and also provide a glimpse into the future of who we will become?

The comments provided by the public will be considered during the selection process.  All four proposals and their descriptions following the break.

Roth House / Debartolo Architects


The studio of Debartolo Architects is a unique architectural design firm in that they are passionately committed to architectural excellence parallel with their commitment to serving clients and creating relevant and functionally-tuned environments for people. Founded in 1996 as a collaboration of the father-son team, the firm is built on the rich history of Jack Debartolo Jr. FAIA’s 22-year partnership with Anderson DeBartolo Pan, Inc. Through creativity, innovation and careful listening, their team has become one of the leading studios in creating highly-custom, well-tuned built-environments that respond to their client, context, culture and community.

Cabrela House / Orgânica Arquitectura

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Architects: Orgânica Arquitectura / Paulo Serôdio Lopes, Teresa Serôdio Lopes, Marta Belém
Location: ,
Project Area: 142 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

9/11 Memorial Time Lapse

With the Freedom Tower rising about a storey a day, it is amazing to see the progress and the impact the structure is having on the skyline.  We spotted this time lapse video of the construction of the Memorial, showing the filling of the towers’ footprints, to the thousands of gallons of water being pumped into the voids, and the hundreds of white oaks planted.  Our favorite part is at the end of the video when it zooms to show the Memorial’s scale and positioning in relationship to the new built structures.  As the tenth anniversary of this horrific tragedy quickly approaches, millions will be remembering the day in their own way, from a Hand-in-Hand public show of unity when thousands will join hands along the West Side of Manhattan on September 10 to an 1,800 person motorcycle ride from the South of the country to Ground Zero.  We are also glad that New Yorkers and Americans will have a finished Memorial to show our strength, unity and growth.

Cultural Centre / Díaz y Díaz Architects

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Carefully studying the circulation of the Cros Old factory buildings and in knowing, that when considered together, the three existent buildings have a great value for its urban and architectural system, volumetric plastic qualities and spatial configuration, Díaz y Díaz Architects sought an integration of architectural space. In doing so, their design is perceived as a unified whole. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Simon and Helen Director Park / OLIN


Landscape Architect: OLIN
Location: , , United States
Architect: ZGF
Project Team: Laurie Olin, FASLA
Consultants: Mayer/Reed, KPFF Consulting Engineers, SOLARC Architecture and Engineering, Interface Engineering, Benya Lighting Design, Tad Savinar, CMS Collaborative, Corson Studios, Karen Whitman Projects
Project Area: 22,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: ZGF, Eckert & Eckert

Duranes Elementary School / Baker Architecture + Design

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Architect: Baker Architecture + Design
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Client: Albuquerque Public Schools
Building Area: 10,000 SqFt
Contractor: FAMCO Inc.
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: CME Inc.
Structural Engineer: MacCornack Engineering
Civil Engineer: High Mesa Consulting
Photography: Richard Nunez


WIA (Women in Architecture) Fund News

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At ArchDaily, we’ve always supported the WIAfund and how they support women to become professionals and leaders in Architecture in America. That’s why we’re very happy to share this news with all our readers. Today is the day the WIAfund has been waiting for.

Jessica Vitali, an intern at Newman Architects and the 2nd WIAfund award recipient, has passed all of her Architecture Registration Exams. “This is what the award was established for: to lend a hand, and make a small difference, for women emerging professionals in the field.” says WIAfund Founder Tabitha Ponte.

The WIAfund, awarded at least twice per year, helps women by gifting the study materials for the exam. The next award, scheduled to close on August 31st, is open for the first time to 1st year undergraduate architecture students.

For more about the WIAfund visit online: http://wiafund.org. You can also follow them in Twitter and join them in Facebook.