Studio Gang breaks ground on Arcus Center at Kalamazoo College

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Studio Gang Architects and Kalamazoo College have announced plans to break ground October 9, at 4PM, on a new campus building to house the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in southwest . The 10,000 square foot, wood masonry center will be the world’s first purpose-built structure for social justice leadership development, integrating a study, meeting, and event space where students, faculty, visiting scholars, social justice leaders, and members of the public will come together to engage in conversation and activities aimed at creating a more just world.

Set to be completed in Fall 2013, the Arcus Center is targeting LEED Gold certification. Continue after the break to learn more.

In Progress: Sambade House / Spaceworkers

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Architects: Spaceworkers
Location: , Porto, Portugal
Architects In Charge: Henrique Marques, Rui Dinis
Collaborators: Sérgio Rocha, Rui Miguel, Rui Rodrigues
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado Fotografia de Arquitectura

Winning Team Announced for Moscow Expansion

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An international jury has selected Capital Cities Planning Group (CCPG), an Anglo-American team including Gillespies, John Thompson & Partners and Buro Happold, as winners for the design and planning of the new Federal District in .

Earlier this year, the Russian Federal Government announced that it was doubling the territory of Moscow to enable it to grow into a competitive 21st century world capital. In response, Genplan, Moscow’s city planner, earmarked an area of 155km2 to the south-west of the city for a new Federal Government Centre, aiming to relieve inner-city congestion through the relocation of the capital’s major employer. Ten international teams were invited to develop strategies and designs for the region during a six month, three stage competition. Continue reading to learn more.

Log 25

Is resistance possible? Log 25, guest edited by French architect Francois Roche, urges us to Reclaim Resi[lience]stance — to merge refusal and vitality into a schizophrenic logic able to navigate the antagonism between the bottom-up and top-down conditions of the globalized world. Architects and artists, theorists and philosophers, engineers and programmers drift between strategies of emergence, computation, and robotic fabrication, delineating new tactics and tools for renegotiating mechanisms of power and unsettling architectural conventions. 

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Venice Biennale 2012: Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture / Australia Pavilion

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The current fascination with the ‘reconstruction’ of the architect comes as a direct response to the turbulent forces reshaping global contemporary culture. This unsettling of the professional stability of architecture for most of the past century has forced many architects to question the motivations and assumptions upon which the profession and its practice have been constructed.

House Van de Vecken / Artau Architecture

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Architects: Artau Architecture
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Artau Architecture

Alexis Rochas: STEREO.BOT Exhibition Discussion with Eric Moss

Taking place at SCI-Arc on Friday, September 14th from 7-9pm, Alexis Rochas and Eric Owen Moss will be discussing STEREO.BOT, a library gallery installation that documents the realization of the Coachella Gateway Pavilion, the largest customized structure in the US. Featuring interactive 3D projection mapping content, it was designed and built by design faculty, Alexis Rochas of I/O for the 2012 Coachella Music Festival in Indio, . The exhibition in the library features dynamic architectural models, 3D mapping projections and documentary material that follows the development of the project from inception to realization. For more information, please visit here.

Nexus House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Location: Madison, , United States
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,000 sq ft
Photographs: John J. Macaulay

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Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab Data Lab

Taking place September 29-30, Data Lab is a two-day workshop, put on my modeLab in Brooklyn, on advanced topics and data structures in Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover the fundamental concepts of…

BF House / OAB + ADI

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Architects: OAB + ADI
Location: Borriol, Castellón de la Plana,
Design Team: Carlos Ferrater, Xavier Martí, Carlos Escura, Carlos Martín
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Joan Guillamat

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Courtesy of AIACC

AIA California Council’s Residential Design Awards 2012

The AIA California Council Residential Design Awards 2012 competition will recognize the best in residential architecture and design in the state of California. The competition will highlight residential projects constructed in the state, and architects and firms who shape the…

Music School Project Concept “Taller De Musics” / Dom Arquitectura

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Architects: Dom Arquitectura
Location: Can Fabra,
Architect In Charge: Pablo Serrano Elorduy
Interior Designer: Blanca Elorduy
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jordi Anguera

Mediba Creative Farm / Torafu Architects

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Architects: Torafu Architects
Location: Shibuya,
Project Area: 2,200 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Torafu Architects

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Venice Biennale 2012: Futura Bold? Post-City: Considering the Luxembourg case

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The Luxembourg Pavilion for the 2012 Venice Biennale, entitled Futura Bold? Post-City: Considering the Luxembourg case, is a speculative exploration of the future issues that cities of the 21st century will be facing. Using Luxembourg as a case study, Post-City seeks an attitude toward the forces of the urban environment instead of concluding with an urban proposal.  Post-City poses pertinent questions that arise from Luxembourg’s urban conditions today.  Posed as a platform for discussion, the pavilion will be on view at the Ca’ del Duca as part of the 2012 Venice Biennale until November 25th.

Join us after the break for more on this project.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Made in Athens / Greece

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Contemporary Athens is a city of strong contradictions: It is a city whose particular identity was shaped during post-World-War-II reconstruction. A city which has at its disposal an exceptionally talented cadre of young architects, international in orientation, well educated and with a wealth of professional experience. It is, however, the city that was most stricken by the current economic crisis. Currently the Athenian urban space is decomposing and there are increasingly frequent and greater disruptions of the social web. The younger generation of architects benefited from the positive aspects of globalization and today has come face-to-face with the harsh aspect of the global financial crisis, a plummeting standard of living and the need to redefine the priorities of architectural design.

These contradictions are shaping a particular dynamic in the city. Conditions are being created in Athens to expand the links between architecture and the city, both during the economic downturn, but also after it has passed; furthermore conditions are being created to bring to the forefront new ways of viewing the role of architecture, removed from the standards of well-being of the previous decade.

The Greek participation presents this idiosyncratic Athenian urbanism within two themes.

Hostel La Buena Vida / ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

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Architects: ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea
Location: México D.F.,
Design Team: José Lew Kirsch, Bernardo Lew Kirsch
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Architect Deborah Berke
Architect Deborah Berke

Deborah Berke awarded new Berkeley-Rupp Prize

Deborah Berke…, a New York City-based architect known for her design excellence, scholarly achievement and commitment to moving the practice of architecture forward in innovative ways, was selected as the first recipient of the University of California, Berkeley’s College

Riverview Park Visitor Service Building I / De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

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Architects: De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop
Location: Louisville, Kentucky,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 524 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop