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AIA Comments on “Fiscal Cliff” Vote

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement in reaction to the House and Senate votes approving the “Fiscal Cliff” deal negotiated by Congressional leaders earlier this week. The statement should be attributed to AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA:

“On the plus side, the agreement prevents a tax increase on millions of Americans and small businesses. It also extends several business tax incentives that help create jobs and promote design and construction, including for schools and energy efficient homes.”

More after the break…

AD Interviews: Andrew Grant

During the World Architecture Festival, held this October in Singapore, we had the opportunity to interview one of the UK’s most succesful landscape architects: Andrew Grant. On the occasion, the project, Gardens by the Bay, in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, was awarded the World Building of the Year Award.

Prospective Photo Essay: Kimbell Art Museum & Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth / Amit Khanna (AKDA)

Amit Khanna of Amit Khanna Design Associates (AKDA) recently did a prospective photographic essay which highlights the Kimbell Art Museum by architect Louis Kahn, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth  by architect Tadao Ando. His writing emphasizes his experiences as they relate to the architectural exterior and interior spaces, while beautifully capturing the buildings themselves. He describes such elements as organization, materiality, and unique details while comparing both works. His essay and images can be viewed after the break.

13 Class Primary School In Beausoleil / CAB Architects

  • Architects: CAB Architects
  • Location: Beausoleil, France
  • Design Team: Jean-Patrice Calori, Bita Azimi, Marc Botineau
  • Area: 3,482 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Serge Demailly

© Serge Demailly © Serge Demailly © Serge Demailly © Serge Demailly

House FF / Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos

© Quiroga Carrafa
© Quiroga Carrafa
  • Architects: Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos
  • Location: Avenida Nordelta, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Authors: Fernando Fritz, Eric Fritz
  • Project Team: Hernán Feldmann, Christian Moroni
  • Structural Engineering: José Zaldua
  • Area: 300 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Quiroga Carrafa

© Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa

S11 House / ArchiCentre

  • Architects: ArchiCentre
  • Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Architect in Charge: Tan Loke Mun
  • Civil & Structural: Jurutera Perunding TSSC
  • Landscape: Tan Loke Mun
  • Contractor: Atlantic Builders
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Lin Ho

© Lin Ho © Lin Ho © Lin Ho © Lin Ho

BAE Systems - Sterling Heights Facility / SmithGroupJJR

  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Lordelo Pharmacy / José Carlos Cruz - Arquitecto

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

FRMP publication material / A E I O U arquitectos

© José Antonio Lozano García - Marcos Cortes Lerín © José Antonio Lozano García - Marcos Cortes Lerín © José Antonio Lozano García - Marcos Cortes Lerín © José Antonio Lozano García - Marcos Cortes Lerín

Miraflores House / Cekada-Romanos Arquitectos

  • Architects: Cekada-Romanos Arquitectos
  • Location: Funes, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Design Team: Sebastián Cekada, Juan Andrés Romanos
  • Structural Engineering: Gustavo Caggiano
  • Contractor: Horacio Díaz Construcciones
  • Construction DManager: Sebastián Cekada, Juan Andrés Romanos
  • Project Area: 194.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Walter Salcedo

© Walter Salcedo © Walter Salcedo © Walter Salcedo © Walter Salcedo

T2 retail shop / General Design

  • Architects: General Design
  • Location: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect: Shin Ohori
  • Area: 99.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

Library in Singuerlin / taller 9s arquitectes

© Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà © Adrià Goula Sardà

Zaha Hadid Seeing Double in China

East © ZHA
East © ZHA

Eleven Zaha Hadid projects are currently being constructed in China, however one of them has the international architecture mogul seeing double. Unfortunately, Hadid has found herself in a race to finish the Wangjing SOHO office and retail complex in Beijing before pirates complete their doppelgänger version in Chongqing, a megacity near the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. As reported on Spiegel Online, the Dame claimed that the pirates are currently in the lead and building faster than SOHO. The original, which is set for completion in 2014, features three curved towers whose “shimmering”, metallic skin unifies the complex as each volume appears to “dance” around each other. Hadid is not the first to be mimicked in China. Last year, a small UNESCO-protected village in Austria, Hallstatt, was recreated, brick for brick, in the subtropical district of Guangdong, China. You can find the complete story here.

Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano Proposal / JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

The proposal for the future Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano, designed by JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo, will be developed in surface, in a place already occupied by the existing station, which will be deactivated after the new station starts operating. This project includes the main building of the station, which houses platforms and mezzanine, their accesses on both sides of the railways, bike rack, technical and operating room building, and water reservoirs. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Birmingham Ormiston Academy / Nicholas Hare Architects

© Alan Williams Photography
© Alan Williams Photography
  • Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Location: Grosvenor Street, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
  • Structural Engineer: Nolan Associates
  • Services Engineer: M&E Engineers - RPS
  • Client: Lend Lease
  • Area: 8,990 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Alan Williams Photography, Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects

© Alan Williams Photography Courtesy of  Nicholas Hare Architects © Alan Williams Photography © Alan Williams Photography