Niemeyer Center by Oscar Niemeyer Closing

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UPDATE: The Niemeyer Center has been re-opened.

The Niemeyer Center in Aviles, is soon to be shut down for several months due to disagreement over its finances and irregularities in its spending. The cultural center opened a mere 8-months ago, designed by Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer and has been an admired and appreciated institution for the city.  More after the break.

Entre Cielos Hotel & Spa / A4 estudio

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Architects: A4 estudio
Location: Guardia Vieja Street, Lujan de Cuyo, ,
Project Team: Leonardo and Juan Manuel Codina Filice
Collaborators: Paola Merette, Eleonora Corti, Eugenia García, José Fornes, Mariana Poppi, Gabriela Modolo, Carlos Zanonni, Louis Calvet, Mario Gonzalez, Laura Benegas
Completion: 2011
Spa Area: 597 sqm
Hotel Area: 2,180 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of A4 estudio

AIAS FORUM 2011 To Be Held In Sunny Phoenix Arizona


The annual AIAS FORUM meeting for 2011 will take a break from the snow of the past two years (2009 Minnesota, 2010 Toronto) and be held in sunny downtown , Arizona. FORUM is the annual meeting of the AIAS and the premier global gathering of architecture and design students. The conference provides students with the opportunity to learn about important issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet students, educators, and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects through keynote addresses, tours, workshops and seminars, last years was attended by over 1,000 young and ambitious architecture students and AIAS members. This years Keynote Speakers will be Jeffrey Inaba, founder of C-Lab and former project manager with Rem Koolhaas and OMA, Brad Lancaster, author of, and University of Californa, San Diego architect and professor Teddy Cruz.

Hostel Golly±Bossy / Studio Up

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Architects: Studio Up / Lea Pelivan+Toma Plejić
Location: ,
Client: SAFIR d.o.o., Vukovarska 148, Split
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1360 sqm
Photographs: Robert Leš

City Municipal Office Complex / ECDM Architects

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ECDM Architects’ proposal is for a unifying building, a building that represents both the Mériadeck neighborhood and the old city, that participates in defining an urban landscape and carries the values of a society more open to its environment. It was therefore around the creation of an open space, a space of convergence and exchange that they wanted to organize the program, a space framing the city, organizing open programs and services around the borders, a space animated by its users and actors. It acts as a beautiful and lively space, where the dynamism of is displayed for a close and urban administration. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Nicanor Parra Library / Mathias Klotz, by Cristobal Palma

Architectural photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us his latest video: The Nicanor Parra Library by Chilean architect Mathias Klotz. This new building will serve as the main library for the Diego Portales University, designed as a state of the art green facility awarded with the Green Good Design 2010 award.

This video is part of a series of recent productions by Cristobal Palma, a dynamic way to see the buildings in detail and while in use. You can see other videos by Palma previously featured at AD:

Based in Santiago, , Cristobal’s work spans architecture, urban and documentary photography. He studied at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), and his work has been published in numerous titles internationally, with recent commissions by: The Times, Monocle, Wallpaper, Domus, Dwell and Architectural Digest. He lives in Santiago, , and works both with architects in and abroad.

Cinepolis Headquarters / KMD Architects

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Architect: KMD Architects
Location: , Michoacan,
Project area: 75,000 sqf
Construction cost: $25 million
Project Year: 2009
Owner/Tenant: Cinepolis
Photographs: Michael Calderwood


Update: ABI October

ABI October via Calculated Risk

It seems that the has bounced back a bit from its sharp drop in September.  A month ago, the ABI measured 46.9 – a score nearly 5 points lower than August – yet, this month, the AIA has reported the October ABI at 49.4   While the score shows a positive leap forward since September, any billings index below 50 still reflects a negative showing.   However, the new projects inquiry index seems to be this month’s silver lining as it jumped to 57.3 for October.

Check out the regional breakdown after the break.

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Revitalization of the Industrial Areas in the Kyiv City Center / Ferley Sergey

Ferley Sergey…, who currently works with Zotov & Co, shared with us his design for the revitalization of the industrial areas in the Kyiv city center, a former factory “Radar” and the surrounding areas. Currently, these areas are in terrible

Flashback: Torreblanca Park / Carme Pinos

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Architects: Carme Pinos
Location: ,
Project Year: 2002
Photographs: Courtesy of Carme Pinos

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Shenzhen Archive Towers / Jaeger and Partner Architects

Jaeger and Partners Architects…’ design for the Shenzhen Archive Towers recently received a Design Excellence Award in the AIA Chicago 2011 Design Awards program. This competition scheme was acknowledged in the Unbuilt Design Award category. Shenzhen’s Meiling District resides

Supreme Court Building in Jerusalem / Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects & Ram Karmi

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Architects: Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects & Ram Karmi
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Client: Yad Hanadiv
Photographs: Courtesy of Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects

Video: Rem Koolhaas Lecture, Opening Milstein Hall

Just recently, the author of architectural videos blog shared with us a video on OMA’s founding partner Rem Koolhaas‘ lecture which he gave at on October 20th. His lecture was given on the occasion of opening Milstein Hall, the new extension to the faculty of Architecture, Art and Planning designed by OMA.

House S / Roger Christ

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Architects: Roger Christ
Location: ,
Assistants: Ronni Neuber, Julia Url
Structural Engineering: Schmitt + Thielmann und Partner
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 452 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Herrmann

Video: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream / Visible Weather

Michael Bell presents Visible Weather’s vision for the future of Temple Terrace, Florida, rethinking how the cities edge connects to the larger, adjacent city of Tampa. Visible Weather is one of five interdisciplinary teams participating in MoMA’s Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.” Each team is challenged to re-imagine struggling American cities and , seeing the current economic crisis as an opportunity to evolve.

The video is provided by The Museum of Modern Art and was filmed by J6 Media Works.

McMicken Elementary School / TCF Architecture

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Architects: TCF Architecture
Location: Seattle-Tacoma, Washington,
Client: Highline Public Schools
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 65,000 sqf; 6,039 sqm
Photographs: Pete Eckert

Adept and Luplau & Poulsen Chosen as Winners for Residential Project at Aarhus Harbour

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Deputy Mayor Laura Hay announced last Wednesday that Adept and Luplau & Poulsen was the winning team for the residential complex to be developed at Aarhus Harbour.  The Brabrand Housing Association’s new residential complex calls for a deisgn in Aarhus Habour that will break the massive scale of the harbour is as it currently exists. Adept and Luplau & Poulsen’s design - The City in the Building – Housing for All at Harbour North – will provide 238 public dwellings of which 83 are apartments for families and seniors, and 155 student-housing units.

More details on the design after the break.

Domaine de la Rive / Nadau Lavergne Architects

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Architects: Nadau Lavergne Architects
Location: Biscarosse, ,
Structural Engineer: Simonin
Landscape: Lefebvre paysage
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: BRUEY
Project Area: 2000 sqm
Renderings: Pawel Podwojewski, studio MOTYW
Photographs: Philippe Caumes