House in Cabo de Ajo / MDBA

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Architects: MDBA
Location: Cabo de Ajo, , Cantabria, Spain
Completion: 2008 
Photographs: Margaret Stepien

Construction workers on Saadyit Island, Abu Dhabi, 2009. Photo courtesy of Samer Muscati, Human Rights Watch

‘Who Builds Your Architecture?’ Event

With architects building globally – often disconnected from their own cultural and political contexts – what is their responsibility toward the workers who construct their buildings? Organized by the Vera List Center in collaboration with Kadambari Baxi (Barnard College), Mabel…

Video: TRAFFIC / ITDP Mexico

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The video above, produced by ITDP Mexico is a surprisingly fun look at the dire situation in Mexico City. With the help of two Barbie Ken dolls (who else?), the video describes two types of drivers: the Everyday Driver, who drives everywhere no matter what, and the Shadow Driver, who drives only when it’s most convenient.

The situation facing Mexico City isn’t too far off from that facing American Suburbia (as our infographic “Burbs Going Bust” and our two-part “Saving Suburbia” series recently highlited). The ‘burbs, designed to convenience the Everyday Driver, have essentially turned Shadow Drivers into Everydays. Hence why passenger cars account for up to 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in some car-intensive communities in the U.S.

It gets you thinking… if we could design for the Shadow Drivers (or the “Disencarchised” Driver, who can’t afford a car at all) and make driving less convenient for the Everydays, then maybe we could convert the Shadow drivers (to the “light”side) and increase the demand for walkable streets and denser communities.

Via The Atlantic Cities Blog

For more on Suburbia: Infographic: Burbs Going Bust and The Saving Suburbia Series - Part I: Bursting the Bubble & Part II: Getting the Soccer Moms On Your Side.





White Canvas & 22 feet office / Kamat & Rozario Architecture

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Architects: Kamat & Rozario Architecture
Location: Bangalore,
Design Team: Smruti Kamat & Lester Rozario
Project Area: 7,000 sqf
Completion: 2012
Contractors: Prathiba Interiors & Parthiban
Photographs: Shanavas Photography

Santa Eugenia de Berga Social Housing / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura

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Architects: Bailo Rull ADD+Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertran
Location: ,
Project Area: 2,700 sqm
Collaborators: A.Brito, A. Estevez , N. Font, M. Girbau, M. Hita, P. Jenni, A. Marin, A. Mañosa, J. Maroto, J. Pala, A. Rovira, M. Rull, J. Jimenez, Ll. A. Casanovas
Photographs: Courtesy Bailo Rullo ADD+

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Stadium for Russia’s 2018 World Cup / GUP MNIIP “Mosproject-4” + HKS Architects

The winning proposal for the design of a stadium for Russia’s 2018 World Cup was created by the design institute “Mosproject-4″ from Russia and HKS Architects… from the United States. The main characteristics of the stadium include an innovative constructive

CIB / Vaillo & Irigaray & Galar

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Architects: Vaíllo & Irigaray & Galar - Antonio Vaíllo i Daniel, Juan L. Irigaray Huarte
Location: ,
Project Manager: Daniel Galar Irurre
Collaborators: Borja Benavent, David Eguinoa, Oscar Martínez, Juan Carlos de la Iglesia, Ángel Álvarez, Isabel Franco
Client: Navarre Health Service
Completion: 2011
Cost: 18,000,000 €
Area: 12,150 sqm
Photographs: Jose Manuel Cutillas, Ruben P. Bescos

Cocoon House / Planning Korea

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Inspired by the volcanic topography of island and the cocoon of a living organism, Seoul-based architectural practice, Planning Korea, completed their design for the Cocoon House, which is complemented with their amazing rendering techniques which is evident in their gallery of images. The cocoon, located at the center of the house, provides a space made by nature that protects and develops inner living things from outside. The first phase of the construction will be started in September 2012 and will be completed in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

“Blooming” Citycenter Nieuwegein / Bureau B+B

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Architects: Bureau B+B
Location: Citycenter Nieuwegein,
Project Area: 40,350 sqm
Completion: 2012
Client: Municipality of Nieuwegein
Photographs: Renee Klein, Frederica Rijkenberg

Plot B of China Mobile International Headquarters Campus / Leo A Daly

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Leo A Daly, in collaboration with Local Design Institute WDCE, recently won a competition to design Phase 2, Plot B, of the international headquarters campus of Mobile Ltd. in . One of the largest mobile telecommunications companies in the world, Mobile Ltd. selected their design for the research and development office and laboratory buildings, each a five- and nine-story facility, which are organized on an east-west pedestrian axis and mirrored in their massing to establish opposite, formal entries linked to internal courtyards at the ground level. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Home-Office in Formentera Island / Marià Castelló Martínez

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Architects: Marià Castelló Martínez
Location: Es Pujol de s’Era, ,
Collaborators: Marga Ferrer, Laura Tur, Carmen Martínez, Josep Castelló, Catalina Verdera, Jaume Luís, Segundo García, Pep Yern & Belén Molina
Structure: Albert Yern Ribas, José Antonio Molina, Salvador Soteras & Agustí Yern
Built Area: 201 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Estudi EPDSE

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Saunders Architecture surprises us with another great studio in Fogo Island, Canada. What about the facade in this lecture hall located in Munich? And yet another beautiful project from Dominique Perrault: the Hotel ME in Barcelona, . And if you like big scale projects, check out The Ronda Building by Estudio Lamela, a mixed-use refurbishment of the buildings used during the 2008 Expo Zaragoza. Last, the Kantana Institute, a great undergraduate school in Thailand.

Schrannenhalle Munich / Oliv Architekten Ingenieure

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Interior designers: Oliv Architeckten Ingenieure
Location: ,
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Edzard Probst

One World Trade Center dominates the NYC Skyline

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With the installation of a girder on the 100th floor, the One World Trade Center has become the tallest building in . Currently standing at 1,271 feet (387m) tall, the “Freedom Tower” has surpassed the 1,250 foot Empire State Building. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the One World Trade Center will become the tallest building in the US and the third tallest in the world upon completion.

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NMIT Arts & Media / Irving Smith Jack Architects

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Architects: Irving Smith Jack Architects
Location: Nelson,
Completed: 2010
Area: 2,900 sqm
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

House Like a Museum / Edward Suzuki Associates

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Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates - Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture,
Completion: 2008
Site Area: 776.4 sqm
Ground Coverage: 425.38 sqm
Floor Area: 1F 419.85 sqm; 2F 118.49 sqm; Total 538.34 sqm
Photographs: Yasuhiro Nukamura


Water Centre / SCAU

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Architects : SCAU
Location: , France
Client:  SIAAP
Area: 15,000 sqm
Cost: 28 M°€ before tax
Photographs: Bruno Delamain

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects


You may remember Sou Fujimoto Architects radical House NA from this video we shared with you last November. Designed for a young couple in a quiet neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of Japan’s dense residential areas. Associated with the concept of living within a tree, the spacious interior is comprised of 21 individual floor plates, all situated at various heights, that satisfy the clients desire to live as nomads within their own home.

Continue after the break for more images and information on House NA.