Video: Oki Sato of nendo

Nendo in Japanese means free forming clay almost like Play-Doh, founder Oki Sato goes on to further describe the meaning to represent in the end ‘flexibility’.  The company, which he established in Tokyo in 2002 after graduating with an architecture degree from Waseda University, has steadily gained momentum (they now have a second office in Milan) and recognition.  Focusing on small ideas that provide a strong impact, Sato shares, “we don’t specialize in anything it is the story that is important.”  ‘s designs, are able to simultaneously remain clean and minimal while remaining friendly or as Sato describes it, “he doesn’t want to make them cold, it needs a pinch of humor.”

Take a look at nendo‘s work featured on ArchDaily.  The PUMA House design incorporated vine like staircases giving the space a unique character and key display stands for PUMA sneakers.  The resulting effect is in the words of the firm, “a strong reminder that we exercise our bodies daily going up and down stairs, and has a visual connection with stadium stairs and podiums too, to bring in PUMA’s important relationship with sports. The stairs bring a sense of movement to the interior, enabling a three-dimensional product display that fully uses its space and allows visitors to experience PUMA’s worldview.”

Montrose Duplex / Warren Techentin Architecture

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Architect: Warren Techentin Architecture
Location: Montrose, , USA
Photographs: Nicholas Alan Cope

UK Monument Preston Bus Station at Risk

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is calling for international attention to the 1969 . Once the world’s largest bus station, the brutalist monument is scheduled for demolition as part of the city center’s redevelopment plan. The building is one of thirty UK “at risk” sites featured by WMF.

Rem Koolhaas stated in an interview with Radio 4’s Evan Davies, “Yes, I think that it is true that in retrospect the brutalist tradition of England is one of its most creative and imaginative architectures and it’s only in the last 5 years that we ourselves are becoming interested in the issue of preservation and I’ve personally campaigned for preserving modernist architecture because there’s almost a global consensus that any architecture from the late sixties, seventies and eighties should disappear from the face of the earth because it’s so harsh and presumably also because it’s so socialistic. And I actually think that we should keep them and treasure them and see them as emblems of a period when architecture was interested in doing good things.”

Follow this link and sign the petition to promote Preston Bus Station’s refurbishment as a key part of the Preston Tithebarn redevelopment scheme.

The video was provided by architectural photographer, Andy Marshall. You can follow him on twitter @fotofacade.

Delta Dental / OPN Architects

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Architect: OPN Architects
Location: Johnston,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio 

Delta Dental is a national non-profit dental insurance provider with 39 independent member companies devoted to preventative care for oral health and hygiene.  With the hopes of creating an economic branding and highly visible promotional device, Delta employed the architectural services of OPN Architects to develop their corporate headquarters along a major interstate.

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OUTSIDE THE BOX: Low and High Technologies for the Emergencies 2011 Competition

Published by Analist Group and organized and curated by the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism_presS/Tfactory, the OUTSIDE THE BOX competition is focused on identifying design ideas for resolving various problems in emergency situations. During recent years, numerous natural phenomena…

Video: Metropol Parasol / Jürgen Mayer Architects


Pedro Kok recently shared with us a video he shot at the Metropol Parasol. We thought you would enjoy it. Check out our other articles on this design.

In Progress, UpdateOpening,  Javier Orive’s Photographs

 

 

Mehrshahr Residential Complex Proposal / ContemporARchitectURban Designers Group

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, which was created by Ali Andaji Garmaroodi, Amin Monsefi and Reza Roudneshin, shared with us their winning proposal for the Mehrshahr Residential Complex Design Competition located in which is the fifth largest city of Iran, and located near Tehran. The main purpose of the client and the organizer of this competition was to find new ways to develop and build houses for middle layer people of the society in order to have an complex suits to Iranian needs and culture, which has had missed in the recent years. More images and project description after the break.

The Western Terp / LEVS Architecten

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Architects: LEVS Architecten
Location: ,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 6,350 sqm
Photographs: Gerard van Beek

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Internship Fair at Auburn University’s Architecture School

Auburn University’s chapter of American Institute of Architecture StudentsA invites you to join them for their annual Internship Fair on March 5th – 6th, 2012. The event allows professional firms the opportunity to meet and interview students of Auburn University…

FIU FIU Boutique / BudCud and Marcin Kwietowicz

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Architects: BudCud and Marcin Kwietowicz
Location: , Poland
Client: Fiu Fiu Concept Magdalena Wołosz
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 31 sqm
Photographs: Jan Smaga

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‘From Off to On’ Installation / holdUP

holdUP… shared with us their latest installation, ‘FROM OFF TO ON’, exhibited at the international KOBE ART BIENNALE (Japan) during the ART IN A CONTAINER exhibition. Selected among 289 proposals, ‘FROM OFF TO ON’ received the honorable mention by the

Cantina Mexicana Restaurant / Taller Tiliche

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Architects: Taller Tiliche
Location: City,
Project Team: Alberto Bustamante, Rodrigo Escandón, Manuel Bueno, Jerónimo Jiménez, Guillermo González, Jessica Sherwell
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: LGM Studio – Luis Gallardo

Top 10 American Downtowns

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Livability.com recently released a compilation of the 10 best downtowns in the .  Based on a rubric analyzing entertainment, planning, architecture, and green spaces they have come up with a list atypical of the cities typically found at the top of similar lists. Each of the cities on the list has a distinct and unique aura. Starting with Franklin, Tennessee, and topping out with Indianapolis, Indiana at number one, the descriptions of each city are sure to provide ample insight into the inimitable characteristics that warranted their listing within the downtowns. Be sure to check out projects from the cities on the list here:

  1. Indianapolis, Indiana
  2. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  3. Burlington, Vermont
  4. San Antonio, Texas
  5. Savannah, Georgia
  6. Louisville, Kentucky
  7. Fort Worth, Texas
  8. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  9. Eugene, Oregon
  10. Franklin, Tennessee

Plot 4328 / Bernard Khoury Architects

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Architect: Bernard Khoury Architects
Location: Kferdebian,
Project Year: 2010
Client: Loft Investment
Photography: Bernard Khoury Architects

   

AD Round Up: Industrial Architecture Part VIII

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Five great industrial projects we published back in January this year for our 8th selection. Check them all after the break.

Biotechnology Industry / Marlene Imirzian & Associates
Phoenix, Arizona has a burgeoning Biotechnology industry and in order to help fill the demand for skilled employees the Paradise Valley Community College plans to double its Biotechnology Program. The new Life Science Building provides new instructional space, housing the college’s Anatomy, Physiology, General Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Marine Biology and Environmental Biology Programs (read more…)

Vershina Trade and Entertainment Center / Erick van Egeraat

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Architects: Erick van Egeraat
Location: , Russia
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 37,050 sqm
Photographs: Alexey Naroditskiy

YETA / Lab Zero

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Architect: , Lab Zero
Location: Not determined
Project and Engineering: Flavio Galvagni,
Construction: Raffaelli Contract
Collaborators: Alessandro Gadotti, And / Anna Dematte’, Kumbe, Ing. Marco Gabardi, Visual System
Photographs: Alessandro Gadotti