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Shengdetang Ruins Gallery / CHCC of Tsinghua University

  • Architects: CHCC of Tsinghua University
  • Location: Sanya, Hainan, China
  • Architects in Charge: Culture Heritage Conservation Center of Tsinghua University
  • Design Team: Cui Guanghai, Li Jing
  • Collaborators: Jie Xiaofeng, Guo Hongyan, Bi Quanyao
  • Structural Engineering: Liu xiang, Yu Guang
  • Area: 498.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jin Dongjun

© Jin Dongjun © Jin Dongjun © Jin Dongjun © Jin Dongjun

Kita Göttingen / Despang Architekten

© Jochen Stüber
© Jochen Stüber

Architects: Despang Architekten Location: Göttingen, Germany Architects In Charge: Günther Despang/Martin Despang Project Architects: Philip Hogrebe/Jörg Steveker Area: 512 sqm Year: 2010 Photographs: Jochen Stüber, Olaf Baumann

© Jochen Stüber © Olaf Baumann © Jochen Stüber © Olaf Baumann

Pleats.M / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
  • Location: Saitama ,Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
  • Area: 1398.89 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

Starhill Gallery / Spark Architects

  • Architects: Spark Architects
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
  • Architect in Charge: Stephan Pimbley
  • Project Architect: Michael Gibert
  • Team: Kim-Lee Tan, Sevena Lee, Wenhui Lim
  • Lightning Designer: Snfor Sdn Bhd
  • Structural Consultant: RFR Shanghai
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Lin Ho

© Lin Ho © Lin Ho © Lin Ho © Lin Ho

ArchDaily App Guide: Webnotes

ArchDaily’s Architecture App Guide will introduce you to web and mobile apps that can help you as an architect: productivity, inspiration, drafting, and more. 

With SXSW  around the corner, many startups will be launching their new apps during next week, and here is a glimpse. We introduce you Webnote by Hopin a free iPad/iPad Mini app that can help you during your creative process. Webnote is basically a browser, with added gesture functions to clip content and create visual notes from web pages, store it under your profile (with privacy settings), easily share theme on Facebook or Twitter and discover interesting contents or "notes" from people you follow. 

A simple double tap on any part of a web page (image, text or video) will isolate that particular element and bring up a frame with a preview of the note, where you can adjust or pinch for zoom in/out. On that frame you will have the option to configure the sharing options, and another tap will bring a text area to describe what you are capturing or to make your own annotation.

All the contents that you save or share will be display for you to revive on a simple and visual sidebar where you can check your private notes, the notes that you shared and also the notes from people that you care about to follow, being also a great source of inspiration. 

Within your side bar you can simply slide a note to the right to open the web page from where it was made. Or if you want to save a note for later, slide to the left and save it into your private area.

You can download Webnote at the App Store for free . More screenshots of Webnote after the break:

The End of Critique: Baubles on Pedestals

The following article by Oliver “Olly” Wainwright (Architecture and design critic at The Guardian) was featured on Fulcrum #67 “The End of Critique”, which also included an article by ArchDaily's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, David Basulto.

Baubles on Pedestals

It has become increasingly fashionable to trumpet the death of criticism. Barely a week goes by that there isn’t a new blog declaring the end of architectural critique, the slipping of standards, the domination of our screens by an unmediated slew of images.

“Criticism is in crisis,” wail the critics, seeing their traditional role threatened by a torrential tide of websites that funnel an incontinent splurge of unadulterated visual stimulation. From Dezeen to ArchDaily, Designboom to Architizer, we are bombarded with a never-ending deluge of projects, freed from any sense of context or meaning. It is easy to believe the cries that architectural culture is being flattened into a homogenous soup of saturated colours and oblique geometries – a cascade of effortlessly digested eye-candy to be liked, retweeted, pinned and shared across the infinite social media network.

Treehouses in Paradise Competition: Taking something from a SCAM

Last year, we were reached by the organizers of Treehouses in Paradise Competition in order to help them spread the word. A couple of days later, we realized the competition was in fact a scam, so we took the call for proposals down, and published this statement

CB30 / Dellekamp Arquitectos

  • Architects: Dellekamp Arquitectos, FRENTE arquitectura
  • Location: Ciudad de México, México
  • Project Architects: Derek Dellekamp, Juan Pablo Maza
  • Principal Architect: Aisha Ballesteros
  • Design Team: Alin V. Wallach, Arais Reyes, Sandra Ortiz, Verónica Alatorre
  • Area: 1,310.63 sqm
  • Photographs: Dante Busquets, Oscar Necoechea

© Dante Busquets © Oscar Necoechea © Dante Busquets © Oscar Necoechea

Vasant Vihar Residence / Vir.Mueller architects

  • Architects: Vir.Mueller architects
  • Location: New Delhi, India
  • Partners in Charge: Christine Mueller & Pankaj Vir Gupta
  • Project Team: Harsh Vardhan Jain, Hillary Collins, Saurabh Jain, Kai Pedersen, Mansi Maheshwari, Laura Blosser, Elizabeth Shaw, Vijender Singh Rana
  • Area: 4100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects

Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects

Y-3 / Komada Architects' Office

  • Architects: Komada Architects' Office
  • Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
  • Consultant: Yasushi Moribe
  • Area: 326.6 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

© Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima

'THE:SQUARE³' Mixed-Use Development Proposal / Moritz Gruppe + LAVA

Conceived by visionary developer Moritz Gruppe and designed by internationally acclaimed architects, LAVA, the three towers of gold, silver, and bronze and three diagonal shaped city blocks make up THE:SQUARE³, a new mixed use development inspired by sport that revitalizes a unique urban quarter in Berlin. With the theme, 'Life, Nature, Sports', their mixed-use concept is perfectly adapted and related to the nearby environment and reflects the local centre of excellence for high-performance sport, promotes local, national and global sports, generating positive social, health and economic benefits to the area. More images and architects' description after the break.

The Indicator: On Disappearance, Part 1

I remember February 27, 2013 because that was the day Aaron Betsky asked a good question on his Beyond Buildings blog at Architect Magazine. Not that he doesn’t ask good questions on other days…because he does…but this particular day presented architecture with the provocative title, “Architecture Beyond Work: Will Architecture and Work Disappear?”

House in South-Western Australia / Tierra Design

© John Madden
© John Madden
  • Architects: Tierra Design
  • Location: Western Australia
  • Design Team: Client, Martin Palleros , Robert Allen, Yun Nie Chong, Steven Postmus, Melita Tomic, Ryan de Winnaar
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: John Madden

© John Madden © John Madden © John Madden © John Madden

Olson Kundig Architects to Design New Museum of Art for WSU

Seattle-based architect Jim Olson of Olson Kundig Architects has been selected by Washington State University to design a new Museum of Art. Over the years, Olson has complied a spectacular portfolio of stunning homes designed for art collectors worldwide. This experience has given Olson a “wealth of experience in not only crafting beautiful environments for works of art, but in working with artists to discover new opportunities for expressing their creativity,” according to Chris Bruce, director of the museum. 

Mode Lab: Organic Modeling: Precision Sculpting with TSplines for Rhino Webinar

Coming up this Friday, March 8th, from 2:00pm-4:30pm EST, Mode Lab will be hosting the Organic Modeling: Precision Sculpting with TSplines for Rhino webinar offering guided curriculum and continuous support with the goal of providing you with an in-depth and personal learning experience. The principles and rationale behind T-Splines will be covered, providing students with the resources to model shapes of any complexity as a single smooth, water-tight surface. Additionally, this intensive course will introduce techniques for working with polygonal and box modeling, direct surface editing, and local definition tools interchangeably. To register, and for more information, please visit here.