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Summit Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

Courtesy of Lab Modus
Courtesy of Lab Modus
  • Architects: Lab Modus
  • Location: Hsinchu County, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Kevin Chang (Principal), Jay Lin, Will Hsieh, Ivy Lin
  • Area: 660.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Lab Modus

Palais des sports de Rouen / Dominique Perrault Architecture

  • Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Location: rue Lillebonne, 76000, Rouen, France
  • Structure: Khephren Engeniering
  • Fluids: Alto Ingénierie
  • Economist: RPO
  • Acoustic And Lighting: Jean-Paul Lamoureux
  • Client: La Crea
  • Site Area: 31 500 sqm
  • Area: 17,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Georges Fessy, Final Cad, Dominique Perrault Architecture

The Indicator: Two Degrees of Separation

© NASA Goddard Photo and Video
© NASA Goddard Photo and Video

“…clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World

Hurricane Sandy painfully clarified the deadly implications of climate change. In fact, the superstorm was so forceful as a reminder of just what climate change means in real terms that it played a decisive role in the presidential election. 

Here in the US, the issue defines political divides. A recent Pew Research Center survey  shows 85% of Democrats believe climate change is a scientific fact, while only 48% of Republicans believe so. Another poll  shows 68% of Americans believing climate change is a serious problem and 38% believing it is a very serious problem. 

The impact of Sandy may have played a role in bumping these numbers up but there is still no slam dunk on the issue when roughly 30% of the population still believes climate change is not real. For those of you outside the US this is your cue to roll your eyes and say, Stupid Americans. 

Continue reading The Indicator after the break

Video: CANCHA - Chilean Soilscapes by Cristobal Palma

After opening in August, the 13th Venice Biennale will end this Sunday (November 25th). This video is a recording made ​​by Cristobal Palma of the Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012 entitled CANCHA - Chilean Soilscapes (see our coverage of the exhibit here).

UK Dethrones US As Greatest Global Influencer

According to the global affairs magazine Monocle, Britain's cultural cache is at an all-time high.

Urban Day Care Center for Alzheimer Patients / Cid + Santos

  • Architects: Jose Jorge Santos Ogando, Angel Cid Carballo
  • Location: Pontevedra, Spain
  • Collaborators: Jose Carlos Mera Rodriguez, Ledicia Fraga Domínguez, Paula Mª Casal Vázquez
  • Area: 497.0 m2
  • Year: 2006
  • Photography: Santos-Díez | BISimages

© Santos-Díez | BISimages © Santos-Díez | BISimages © Santos-Díez | BISimages © Santos-Díez | BISimages

Videos: New Flea Market in Barcelona / Prompt

Just a couple months ago, we featured a video by Prompt for the new flea market for the IMMB Institut Municipal de Mercats de Barcelona. The project will play a key role in the economy and urban identity of the city. Featured in this post are two more videos which highlight its progress as it goes up in the city. More information and the next video can be viewed after the break.

Shortlist announced for Kent State's New Architecture Building

The final four, seen below, will present their proposals, along with sustainability data and a cost estimate, in January of 2013 to a selection community and the public. Bialosky + Partners Architects (NY and Cleveland), in association with Architecture Research Office (NY) Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. (Cleveland), in association with Weiss/Manfredi (NY) The Collaborative Inc. (Toledo, Ohio), in association with the Miller Hull Partnership (Seattle) Westlake Reed Leskosky (Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington, NY and LA) “This design competition has been an exciting process, and the anticipation only grows as we prepare for the final steps,” said Douglas Steidl, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State. “We perceive this as a building that will focus on the future, be a building that sets a new standard for collaboration between constituencies and reflects a high level of respect for the built environment while respecting the natural systems of our planet. This building will serve future students, faculty and the community with vitality for decades.” While the sustainability data is analyzed and the cost estimate will be reviewed by independent sources, the presentation materials will be further evaluated by the jury to determine the winning design scheme. The winner of the competition is expected to be announced in February 2013. “The location along the Kent State University Esplanade extension allows the new architecture building to be a physical reminder of the process used by designers to take an idea and translate it into a practical, tangible construction that benefits society,” Steidl said. “This will be the link between Kent State and the Kent community, both physically and metaphorically.”

In Progress: Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo
Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo

Architect:  COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner Location: Lyon, France Client: Département du Rhône / Represented by SERL Landscape Design: EGIS aménagement Site Area: 20,975 m² Net Floor Area: 26,700 m² Gross Floor Area: 46,476 m² Building Costs: EUR 150 Mio Scheduled Completion: 2014

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Markus Pillhofer Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

EPFL Campus Competition Entry / HHF + AWP

HHF and AWP shared with us their proposal for the EPFL Campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. The three pavilions, with a surface area of over 3’000 m2, or about one third of place Cosandey, which is the main open space, have very different potentials of interaction with their surroundings. A vertical organization of the three programs not only minimizes the use of the limited campus surface, but makes use of the specific way that each pavilion interacts with the campus. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Venice Biennale 2012: Re-Set / The Netherlands

The Dutch Pavilion, built in 1954 by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, is used by curator Ole Bouman (Director of the NAI) and designer Petra Blaisse (Insise Outside) to question how existing buildings can be reanimated, and how our profession can inject a new boost of imagination to give new value to ever growing number of vacant structures sitting dormant around the world.

What's Next in Workspaces? Designing with Change Event

Taking place at RIBA in London November 23rd, the What’s Next in Workspaces? Designing with Change event includes a round table discussion by leading voices in the field of workspace design who will present and discuss their ideas on the future of work environments. Without a doubt, now is a time when organizations, companies and firms from all over the globe are radically reconsidering the way they will work in the future, trying to adapt to the new situations and challenges that they are facing and will face in the new millennium. The event takes place from 3pm-6pm and is being put on by the IE School of Architecture and Design. More information after the break.

LIVE MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati Competition

AIA Cincinnati, in partnership with the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, recently launched the LIVE MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati competition. They are calling for architectural proposals for a membership based facility that will feature private residences, maker-in-residence studios, light industrial studios and an open workshop that will help shape a new economic opportunity for the neighborhood. Proposals should realize the history of innovation and civic engagement of the surrounding community as inspiration for the next generation to develop innovative ways of making that can impact the neighborhood’s future. Submissions are due December 21 and all participants must register by December 6. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Eduardo Souto de Moura Sketchbook No.76

Sketchbook No. 76 is the reproduction of a sketchbook of the renowned Portuguese architect and last year’s Pritzker Prize laureate, Eduardo Souto de Moura. The sketchbook was in use between September 2011 and January 2012 and records first ideas, fleeting sketches, studies, and spontaneous jottings that offer a starting point for every project but also function as a working resource. One can quite litterally experience the architectural design process and how developing existing ideas are further developed in different variants. Sketchbook No. 76 is a homage to the medium of drawing and manifests that this working method remains an essential element of the creative process.