RF Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar


Architect: João Tiago Aguiar
Location: Lisboa,
Client: Private
Collaborators: Renata Vieira, Ana Caracol, Sílvia Amaral
Built Area: 210 sqm
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

National Mall Finalists Exhibit Designs


The ten finalists competing in the final phase of the National Mall Design Competition are dreaming big. Proposals to restore the National Mall include flourishing lakeside gardens, contemporary cafés hovering over water, grassy new amphitheaters and underground pavilions exposed at the foot of the Washington Monument. Since the announcement of the finalists, the teams have been refining there proposals behind closed doors.

Now, the Trust for the National Mall has released the highly anticipated proposals to the public. From now until Sunday, at the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History, you can view each proposal in its entirety. If you don’t live in the D.C. area, no need to worry. Continue after the break to catch a glimpse of each submission and learn how you can help the jury decided who will revamp America’s “front yard”.

Zwei kleine Häuser / Architekturbüro Scheder

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Architects: Architekturbüro Scheder
Location: , Germany
Structural Engineering: Eva Gottschall, Saalstsdt
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Jonathan Scheder


Largest Rooftop Farm Coming to Brooklyn, NY

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BrightFarms CEO, Paul Lightfoot is obsessed with efficiency.  Spending most of his career improving market supply chains he has now turned his attention to the market supply chains of America’s produce.  BrightFarms is an innovative and straight forward program whose goal is to eliminate the wasted energy expended on travel times between the farm and the shelf, to provide more nutritious and safer produce that is grown for the table and not for the endurance of days and weeks of transport, and to create a local market where consumers know their farmers and where the food is coming from and who is responsible for growing it.  Littlefoot describes the blatant problems with the food industry today – efficiently factory farming and preserving produce that moves from one and end of the country to the other and inefficiently providing nutritious and tasty produce.

The challenge is to create a model that ensures quality while keeping costs down and BrightFarms appears to have found a strategy that works: hydroponic rooftop gardening near supermarket distribution centers or local markets.  The newly renamed Federal Plaza #2, soon to be known as Liberty View Industrial Plaza to be developed by Salmar Properties, in Brooklyn, NY is set to be the world’s largest rooftop garden which will reportedly grow “1 million pounds of local produce per year, including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs”.  Find out how it works after the break!

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School / Corgan

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Architects: Corgan Associates
Location: 2621 W. Airport Freeway, Irving, ,
Area: 152,000 sqm
Project Years: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: Charles Davis Smith, AIA

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Schools in the Sky / Filipe Magalhaes, Ana Luisa Soares, André Vergueiro

The proposal, Schools in the Sky, by Filipe Magalhaes, Ana Luisa Soares, and André Vergueiro… for the ‘Rooftops, Why Not?’ competition asks the question, ‘What if suddenly the education would become the highest, most visible value of a

EYE – New Dutch Film Institute / Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

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Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Location: Shell Terrain, ,
Team: Philip Beckman, Sebastian Brunke, Alejandro C. Carrera, Ruben Van Colenberghe, Burkhard Floors, Gerhard Gölles, Daniela Hensler, Thilo Reich, Hendrik Steinigeweg
Year: 2005 – 2011
Area: 6.300 sqm
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Heatherland Pool House / Satellite Architects

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Architects: Satellite Architects
Location: Woodhouse Lane, Uplyme, , UK
Contract Value: £600,000
Contract Type: JCT Intermediate w. Contractor Design
Gross Internal Area: 280 sqm
Landscape Architect: Tony Benger Landscapers
Satellite team members: James Harper, Stewart Dodd
Photographs: Courtesy of Satellite Architects


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Music Gymnasium Salzburg Proposal / LETH & GORI

LETH & GORI… was recently awarded the third prize in the open international competition with their proposal for an extension to Music Gymnasium Salzburg. Their design creates a new extension to the school without stealing space or light from the

The Hague Municipal Office / Rudy Uytenhaak

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Architects: Rudy Uytenhaak
Location: ,
Client: The Hague City Council
Area: 32,600 sqm
Contractor: BAM
Completion: April 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Rudy Uytenhaak


Le Corbusier, Unité d’Habitation, Marseille (1952), Phaidon (ed.), Le Corbusier Le Grand, New York 2008; S. 422

“Brutalism. Architecture of Everyday Culture, Poetry and Theory” Symposium

Organized by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Chair of Architectural Theory, the “Brutalism. Architecture of Everyday Culture, Poetry and Theory” symposium will be taking place in Berlin May 10-11. Their position on this topic is that Brutalism’s critical review of…

Building Rehabilitation In Calcada do Lavra / Jorge Mealha

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Architects: Jorge Mealha
Location: Calçada do Lavra, Lisbon,
Project Team: João Sítima (Site Works Leader), Rita Melancia (Project Leader), Teófilo Raposo, Gonçalo Silva, Pedro Hormigo, Ricardo Manaia
Completion: 2011
Photographs: João Morgado


Skolkovo Technopark District D2 Residential Area / Saltans Architects_International + Jaeger and Partner Architects

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Chicago based Saltans Architects_Intl., ltd (SA_I) and Shenzhen based Jaeger and Partner Architects, Ltd. design collaboration was recently selected for the second stage international design competition for the Skolkovo Technopark District D2 Residential Area. Their master plan design envisions the “concept of the city at human scale with a strong relationship with nature”. Five distinct Districts comprising this planning strategy are separated and linked by natural landscapes, while each District’s master plan is designed specifically for function. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bookshop And Cafe / ArcFaggin

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Architects: ArcFaggin – Caio Faggin
Location: Alto da Boa Vista, Campos do Jordão SP, Brasil
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 242 sqm
Gross Area: 95m2 + 51m2(deck)
Collaborators: Carlos Faggin (Consultant), Vera Lopes Oliveira, Joana Saruê, Rodolfo Souto Maior, Rafael Vilela (Architects), Marina Masetti Faggin (Student)
Interiors: (Bokshop),Beth Freitas (Café)
Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

Rehabilitation of Former Prison of Palencia as Cultural Civic​ Center / Exit Architects


Architects: Exit Architects – Ángel Sevillano, José Mª Tabuyo
Co Author Architect: Eduardo Delgado Orusco
Location: ,
Clients: Ministerio De Fomento, Ayuntamiento De Palencia
Area: 5,077 sqm
Budget: 9,675,038 euros
Completion: 2011
Structural Engineer: NB35. José Luis Lucero
Mechinal Engineer: Grupo JG, Juan Antonio Posadas
Light Consultant: Manuel Díaz Carretero
Cooperating Person: Mario Sanjuán, Ibán Carpintero, Miguel García-Redono, Silvia N. Gosmez
Photographer: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra


Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative / The Getty

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For architecture students, the Modern Movement is typically the most recent and most defined architectural style movement that history classes focus on. We appreciate the architects and artists of that time and respond to their buildings and ideas with reverence. Despite our appreciation for the buildings that came out of this era, conservation methods are meeting new challenges in conserving these buildings that have not aged well as they have reached their 50-year heritage protection eligibility. This is where the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI) comes in. A “comprehensive, long-term, and international program” that is part of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). CMAI aims to enhance conservation methods that in response to these aging buildings and create a knowledge data base of training programs and publications that reflect the advancement of these strategies.

More on the GCI and its initiative after the break.

Ville de Nantes / TETRARC

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Architects: TETRARC architectes mandataires
Location: Nantes,
Client: Ville de Nantes
Cast Client: SAMOA (Société d’Aménagement de la Métropole Ouest Atlantique)
Engineering: CMB economist, SERBA structure, AREA fluids, AREA CANOPÉE consultant HQE,
ATELIER ROUCH acoustician, Architecture & Technique scenography
Surface: 6,800 sqm
Cost: 16,2 M€ HT
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Stephane Chalmeau


Beam House / Uri Cohen Architects

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Architects: Uri Cohen Architects
Location: , Israel
Size: 180 sqm
Completion: 2010
Design Team: Uri Cohen, Shachar Butkin
Structural Engineer: Alex Rosenfeld
Photographs: David Adika