Affordable Green Housing / OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture

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OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture shared with us their proposal for the Logements where they were invited to conciliate a project where the interests of protagonists are sometimes contradictory: the density of needed housing, the neighbors’ quality of living as well as the conservation of fauna and flora. This is an opportunity to invent new scenarios and to propose a strategy that reconciles history and development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Challenge: Electric Vehicle Charging Station

DesignByMany’s latest challenge: Electric Vehicle Charging Station sponsored by HP and media partners ArchDaily. Historically, the filling station was designed with the basic concept of sheltering those in need of filling up their tanks and nothing more. However, as consumers adopt an environmentally conscious lifestyle and hybrid technology advances, the functionality of the filling station is no longer what it used to be. This challenge is to design an electric vehicle charging station that will define a new era of electric mobility.

DesignByMany is a challenge based design technology community where users post challenges to the community along with their design source files. The community can then post responses with their own source files to solve the challenge. They can also comment on the challenge and interact with other designers throughout the process.

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Bertrand Goldberg Architecture of Invention Exhibition / John Ronan Architects

Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Project Team: John Ronan AIA, Lead Designer; Marcin Szef, Tom Lee
Graphic Designer: Studio Blue
General contractor: Art Institute of Chicago
Project Area: 6600 sqf
Project Year: 2011…

Updated Plans released for Foster + Partner’s new Apple Campus in Cupertino

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Apple has released updated plans revealing an ambitions solar installation for their proposed campus in Cupertino. Announced back in June, the campus will include an office, research and development building, research facilities, corporate auditorium, fitness center, a central plant and associated parking. Foster + Partners will collaborate with ARUP North America and local civil engineering firm Kier & Wright for the completion of the project.

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AA Athens Visiting School 2012

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National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture

Cipher City, 01-07 April 2012

In today’s world of amplified social interaction and connectivity there is a need for the built environment to evolve beyond its current relatively static state. In 2012, Cipher City takes place in one of Europe’s most historical and ever-changing cities, Athens, offering a direct engagement with design models characterized by action. In the capital of , where innovation has been always a force of creativity, the workshop will be hosted by the NTUA School of Architecture.

In its urban context, Athens presents a challenging mixture of historical diversity and current developing territories in the outskirts of the city. The act of reaching from one place to another in a continuous and fluid way therefore becomes the starting point in developing working kinetic prototypes energised by motion on horizontal planes. The workshop aims to bring out the dynamic qualities of the seemingly inanimate urban surroundings, such as urban paths, sense of orientation, topography, and bridge these with the animate qualities of the human body. During this process, participants will have the opportunity to experience the historical, contemporary, and geographical diversity of Athens during studio trips, while challenging the conventional design approach in order to break the dichotomy between the building and the urban realm. Capable of responding to external stimuli, the proposed structures will apply the concepts of motion and real-time reaction to various parameters.

Klanovice House / Prodesi | Domesi

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Architect: PRODESI – Václav Zahradníček
Location: , Czech Republic
Collaboration: Martin Hujer
Supplier: DOMESI
Construction: Wooden
Total floor area: 141 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Lina Németh

Space Asia Hub / WOHA

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Architects: WOHA Architects
Location: , Singapore
Completion: 2011
Size: 40,000 sq ft
Budget: S$50,000,000
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Uno Charter School Proposal / STL Architects

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The concept for the new UNO Charter School by STL Architects has been conceived as a response to the organization’s bold vision for the Latino community in . Rather than replicate a tired, traditional school archetype solution, the design embraces the challenge of modernity with heroic determination. The heart of the building is an abstract yet powerful multinational expression of the neighborhood cultural identity – an environment to fuel the aspirations of students and community. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Le Grand Parquet / Joly&Loiret

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Architects: Joly&Loiret
Location: Fontainebleau Forest,
Client: Communaute De Communes Fontainebleau-Avon
Area: 2,000 sqm + 25 H Landscaping
Value: 9.3 M€ (Inc. Terraces And Landscaping)
Date: Contract Awarded June 2007, Completion 2012 (Phases)
Design Team: Evp (Structures), Alto (Energy And Environmental Consultant), Forgue (Quantity Surveyor) Map (Landscape), Urbatec (Civil Engineer)
Photographs: Courtesy of Joly&Loiret

The Cloud: Two Connected Luxury Residential Towers / MVRDV

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The Cloud: Two Connected Luxury Residential Towers by MVRDVis a residential development of the Yongsan Business district. A 260 meter tall tower and a 300 meter tall tower are connected in the center by a pixelated cloud of additional programs offering amenities and outside spaces with wide views. The towers with a total surface of 128,000m2 are expected to be completed in 2015. More images and project description after the break.

Apartment Building in Luxembourg / Metaform Architects

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Architects: Metaform Architects
Location: , Luxembourg
Contractor: Immo Due
Static Engineer: INCA
Graffiti: SUMO
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 370 sqm
Photographs: steve troes fotodesign

Antwerp Province Hall Proposal / SO – IL

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Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL), the New York-based firm of Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, won the second prize in an invited competition for the new Province Hall of Antwerp, . SO – IL was one of five finalists for this important governmental project organized by the Flemish Government Architect. Their proposal reshapes the modernist typology of ‘tower on plinth’ into a supple building volume that combines autonomy with connectivity. More images and project description after the break.

Real State Office Building / FGMF

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Architects: Firte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz ()
Location: Itaim Bibi, , Brazil
Photographs: Fran Parente

Video: Rivers & Roads

Ryan&Heidi captures the flow of life in one day, from one location and with one camera. The video was filmed from the 51st floor of The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, currently ’s second highest location.

Music by: The Head and the Heart – “Rivers and Roads”

DesignByMany Pop-up Retail Store Winner / Arcollab

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Arcollab‘s “Jack Up The Box” pop-up store concept was selected winner of the DesignByMany’s latest challenge: “A Pop-Up Retail Store”. Vertical retractable drawers embedded within the raised store allow shoppers to inhabit the space underneath, redefining the shopping experience. Judges Carmen Trudell, Daniel Kidd, and Giancarlo Valle reviewed over 40 entries before selecting the winning proposal. For winning the HP-supported challenge, RPGS will take home a brand-new HP Designjet T790 24″ PostScript ePrinter.

Bus Shelter / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Architect: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: , , USA
Client: Wake Technical Community College
Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Douglas Brinkley, Marni Rushing, David Hill
Completion: 2007
Photographs: JWest Productions

Zac Seguin Office Building / ECDM Architectes

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The proposals by ECDM Architectes  for the Zac Seguin consisted of both a high rise and a non high rise building which were both designed as individual elements in an urban mixed composite, where residential, commercial and green spaces combine to form a whole. In their projects, there is a firm horizontal component which proposes a frame, defining the boundaries of the park, the Seine and its emergences, punctuations designed in resonance with other high points on the bend in the river, such as the Horizons tower or the buildings to come on the Seguin Island. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Multi-Purpose Sports Facility Building / MoederscheimMoonen Architects

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MoederscheimMoonen Architects recently presented the final design for a multi-purpose sports facility buidling in Houten, . The building will be used by several local sports clubs of Houten like hockey, baseball and handball. Besides the use for sports, the building will be used for educational activities and will be a social meeting point for the whole area. More images and project description after the break.