American Institute of Architects New York Chapter organizes international exchange of award-winning designers between New York and São Paulo


Last year, the New Practices Committee of the AIA Chapter recognized seven promising and pioneering new architecture and firms working in New York – the New Practices New York 2010 winners.

This year, AIANY and the Center for Architecture are thrilled to send an exhibition of these firms to São Paulo, and welcome in return an exhibition of São Paulo’s winning new practices. New York’s 2010 winners will be on view at the São Paulo International Architecture Biennial in Oscar Niemeyer’s OCA Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park from November 1 – December 4, 2011 and the young Brazilian firms will be featured in an exhibition opening July 14 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, in New York City.

The exhibition will remain on view at the Center for Architecture until September 10, 2011. More information after the break.

Helios Rehab Sanctuary [Solar + Healing] / Team CLS


Designed by Team CLS, headed by award winning UK Architect Darren Chan, other members including Emily Lau (Architecture Graduate) and Jonas Sin (Netherlands Architect), the “Helios Rehab Sanctuary” innovates in application of sustainable technologies to create a new and exciting typology. Additional images and a brief description can be found after the break.

Myrtle Beach International Airport / inFORM Studio


The Terminal Expansion Capacity Program for the International Airport demonstrated a need to develop a new terminal for airport operations and additional gates to serve the increased passenger load. inFORM Studio‘s $129 million project, governed by a tight budget and site parameters, includes a new ticketing lobby, baggage claim, baggage handling, TSA screening, a new 5 gate concourse and connector bridge to existing concourse with an additional gate integrated into the bridge to maximize the efficiency of circulation space. More information and images of the Myrtle Beach International Airport after the break.

09FDIP / Spaceworkers

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Architects: Spaceworkers
Location: , Paredes, Portugal
Principals in Charge: Henrique Marques and Rui Dinis
Project Team: Rui Rodrigues, Sergio Rocha, Pedro Silva, Vasco Giesta
Finance Director: Carla Duarte
Engineering: Stru Concept
Project Area: 4,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Images: Courtesy of Spaceworkers

AD Classics: JFK Presidential Library / I.M. Pei

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After a nine year process and fourteen possible architects the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library was finally finished and dedicated on October 20, 1979. Architect ’s signature geometric shapes of concrete and glass created an appropriate stately monumentality. A juxtaposition of spaces and light quality along with a defined and lucid circulation creates a logical story line of its namesake.

Spring in Pantone 375C, Mas Rodó Winery / SALA FERUSIC Architects


Architects: Carles Sala, from SALA FERUSIC Architects
Location: Mediona, Penedès / Barcelona /
Collaboration: Josep Maria Estivill, Construction Management; Carops, Enology; Kraal, Lightning
Contractor: Josep Ferran
Project Area: 880 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of SALA FERUSIC Architects

Providence River Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge Competition Winner / inFORM Studio


The River Pedestrian Bridge is a unique urban proposal in that the basis of its proposition is an exchange of transit medium. The relocation of a substantial, vehicular only conduit in favor of a pedestrian oriented connector will completely transform the spatial character of the Jewelry District/Old Harbor. Given this significant urban transformation, the project should envision a potential much larger than a pure connector. The proposed River Pedestrian Bridge can become a spatial mediator between urban and ecological spaces and function as an integrated series of programs into the waterfront public spaces, allowing east and west to become a singular meandering public space. With this perspective, the proposal is better understood less as a bridge and more as an urban intervention. More about inFORM Studio‘s Providence River Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge submission after the break.

LYCS Architecture Office / LYCS Architecture

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The new office of LYCS Architecture is a renovation of a tower penthouse in downtown Hangzhou, with a panorama view of the West Lake World Heritage. The original space with is an non-professional add-on storage room to the tower roof composed of elevator mechanical room, fire escape doors and slanted drainage surfaces. The idea of this is to create the juxtaposition of this abandoned storage space and the new office, through the material homogeneity to heterogeneity and temporal attenuation of space.

Architect: LYCS Architecture
Location: Hangzhou, China
Project Team: Hao Ruan, Xu Li, Peng Wang
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 350 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Snellen Eye Chart Reinvented for Designers

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Joel Pirela of Miami based studio Blue Ant Studio has ingeniously reinterpreted the traditional ophthalmology exam to suit the refined tastes of designers. More after the break.

Barcode House / David Jameson Architect

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Architects: David Jameson Architect
Location: DC, USA
Project Architect: Alex Stitt
General Contractor: The Ley Group
Project Year: March 2011
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography

Recycling+Building Materials

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In today’s world “going green” has become a top priority in our society, and sustainable buildings and design are at the forefront of this green revolution. While many designers are focusing on passive and active energy systems, the reuse of is beginning to stand out as an innovative, highly effective, and artistic expression of sustainable design. Reusing materials from existing on site and nearby site elements such as trees, structures, and paving is becoming a trend in the built environment, however more unorthodox materials such as soda cans and tires are being discovered as recyclable building materials. Materials and projects featured after the break.

Nueva School / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

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Architects: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Location: Hillsborough, California,
Project Year: 2007
Sources: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, AIA, CaseStudy
Photographs: , Tim Griffith


Marysville Getchell High School / DLR Group

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Architect: DLR Group
Location: Marysville, ,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: DLR Group

Plaza Républica / Somatic Collaborative

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Plaza Républica, a project by Somatic Collaborative, proposes to transform a derelict urban surface into a new cultural landscape that provides the city with a new high quality fine grain open space, complimentary to the adjacent Alameda Park; a new urban piece that can act as a catalyzer for future urban transformations in the Alameda district. More images and brief project description after the break.

reOrder / Situ Studio

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On display until January 2012 in the Museum is reOrder, an architectural installation by Situ Studio of Brooklyn. reOrder is located in the Great Hall of the McKim, Mead & White designed museum. The stately historical building served as both inspiration and site for ’s imaginative spatial transformation.

AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Alvaro Siza

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Since its completion in 1966 the Leça Swimming Pool complex, by Portuguese architect , has been an internationally recognized building. Still almost half a century later, it has gracefully retained its architectural integrity and remained a popular retreat. The Leça Swimming Pools has established itself as one of Siza’s greatest early works, and as an example of his careful reconciliation between nature and his .

Ruby Springs PREFAB / Medicine Hat Inc.

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Architect: Medicine Hat Inc.
Location: , , USA
Project Year: 2010
Interior: Shack Up Studio
Photographs: Will Brewster / Medicine Hat Inc.

Erie Street Plaza / StossLU

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Architect: StossLU
Location: , USA
Project Team: Chris Reed, principle; Scott Bishop, project manager; Tim Barner, Adrian Fehrmann, Kristin Malone, Chris Muskopf, Graham Palmer, Megan Studer
Consultants: Vetter Denk, urban design; Light TH!S, lighting design; GRAEF Anhalt Schloemer & Associates, engineering
Project Area: 13,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: StossLU