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Praemium Imperiale Art Awards 2011 Ceremony

Named as the Praemium Imperiale 2011 Award recipient for architecture, Ricardo Legorreta…, was recognized at a formal ceremony in Tokyo last month along with fellow award winners Bill Viola (Painting), Anish Kapoor (Sculpture), Seiji Ozawa (Music), and Judi Dench

Los Feliz Residence / Warren Techentin Architecture

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Architect: Warren Techentin Architecture
Location: , California, USA
Photographs: Eric Staudenmeier

Apple Reveals Newly Renovated 5th Avenue Store

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The white veil has been removed, exposing the $6.6 million renovation to the Fifth Avenue Retail Store. started the renovation back in June with plans to improve drainage and pavers, remove the bollards on the plaza, and update the cube.

The simplified version utilizes 15 panes of glass rather than the original 90, creating a “seamless” appearance. Each side of the cube consists of three, 10’ wide x 32’ high panels. Visible signs of hardware have disappeared as the connectors are embedded within the glass panes themselves.

18 Kowloon East / Aedas

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Architect: Aedas
Location: Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong,
Size: 32,400 sq m (GFA)
Status: Completion 2010

Aedas shared with us their design for a 28-storey mixed-use building which includes housing, offices, retail spaces and a car park. A design with efficient office floor plates and a rational box were requested by the client. With the building located in a community with dense industrial blocks, instead of providing another office tower entirely wrapped in a coolly glazed skin, the design investigates the possibility of providing an environmentally sustainable design in such an industrial area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gutman Visitor Center at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory / Weinstein Vaadia Architects

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Architect: Weinstein Vaadia Architects
Location: ,
Project Area: 120 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Amir Balaban

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DawnTown Exhibition | The First Four Years of Ideas

DawnTown Miami invites you to its very first exhibition, titled ‘The First Four Years of Ideas’ which will open on November 9th, 2011 at the University of Miami School of Architecture. The opening and reception begins at 6:30pm at the…

Sustainable Urban Science Center / SMP Architects

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Architects: SMP Architects
Location: Philadelphia, ,
Project Team: Susan Maxman, David Ade, Scott Ritchie, Amy Owen
Client: Germantown Friends School
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 16,400 sqf
Photographs: Halkin Photography LLC.

Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture

Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture

The Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale Of Urbanism\Architecture announced the program for the fourth edition of the Biennale, which takes place December 8 to February 18 and is organized by the Chief Curator of the…

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Green River Brateevo / OKRA Landscape Architects

At the Second Exhibition Forum on Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Garden Art last week in Moscow, the project Green River Project Brateevo has been awarded with the Russian National Award on Landscape Architecture. The project, designed by OKRA landscape architects…

Horse Stable / Duval + Vives Arquitectos

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Architects: Duval+Vives Arquitectos / Antonio Duval, Pablo Vives
Location: de Mostazal, VI Región, Chile

Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 330 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Larrain Boetsch / Estudio RGB

Hotel Encanto Acapulco / Miguel Angel Aragonés

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Architects: Miguel Angel Aragonés
Location: ,
Collaborators: Ricardo Díaz, Daniel Orozco, José torres, Rafael Aragonés, Tadeo López
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 45,931.758 sqf
Photographs: Niccola Laourusso, Joe Fletcher, MAA, Paul Czitrom

If Architects

If Architects designed highways, they would be straight, scenic, and would take you somewhat close to your destination. I mean, you’d arrive where you probably should be, even though it might not be where you thought you wanted to go. Ah, but the view….

If Architects designed cruise ships they would be sleek, and dynamic, and inspire awe as they drifted aimlessly ashore into the rocks.

If Architects taught kindergarten kids, Kindergarten kids would be more sullen.

If Architects ran the National Parks, geysers would be more predictable, and bears would probably die.

More after the break.

Stakeholders Pledge to Complete High Line

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The High Line stakeholders have publicly committed to develop the third and final section of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yard, between West 30th and West 34th Streets. The private rail company and owner of the High Line, CSX Transportation, Inc, have agreed to donate the last remaining section to the City of .

The city, along with the state and Related Companies, has pledged to “preserve the entire historic structure of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, including the spur over 10th Avenue.” This ensures the protection of the rail line as development begins in the historic area. Coach’s new 1.7 million square-foot global headquarters will be the first to break ground in mid-2012.

Part One of the High Line officially opened in the summer of 2009 and Part Two just opened this past summer. As announced yesterday on ArchDaily, you can now digitally walk though the High Line with Google Street View.

Mission Hall / Adam Richards Architects

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Architect: Adam Richards Architects Ltd.
Location: , West Sussex, England
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Adam Richards Architects

F house / Alroy Hazak architects

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Architect: Alroy Hazak architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Amir Hazak Ronnie Alroy Bathelle Unger Alon Goldberg
Project Area: 360 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Amit Giron

Update: Jean Nouvel Jewelbox Houses Historic Carousel in NYC

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Since it’s opening on September 16th, the Jean Nouvel acrylic encasement and historic Jane’s Carousel has become a landmark in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park for families. The welcoming public pavilion offers spectacular views of the East River, the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, and the Manhattan skyline.

Continue reading for more detailed information and images.

Redeveloper Apartment / Kariouk Associates

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Architects: Kariouk Associates / Paul duBellet Kariouk (Principal) with Frederic Carrier
Location: Ottawa, Ontario,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Photolux Studio (Christian Lalonde)

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Perkins Eastman Opens Office in San Francisco

The Executive Committee of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman… is pleased to announce that the firm is expanding its presence on the West Coast by opening an office in downtown San Francisco, which is rapidly becoming a