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Skidome Denmark / CEBRA

 Our friends from CEBRA just shared the news of their next endeavor for designing a skidome in Randers, Denmark.  Serving as more than a series of complex slopes for those to enjoy, the project will become the largest skidome in the world.  When viewed in isolation, the massing’s gentle curves and minimalistic exterior treatment read as a subtle strategy to incorporate the slopes; yet, only when seen at the city scale does the project’s 1,000,000+ sqf  (including a hotel, restaurant and shops) allow the viewer to understand the project’s potential urban presence. More after the break. 

Venice Biennale 2012: Panavision / Uruguay Pavilion

Panavision, the Uruguay exhibit for the 13th Venice Biennale, features the works of the new generation of Uruguayan architects, using their Pavilions as a common ground, a place rather than an exhibit, where the focuses, approaches, tools, worries, emphasis and strategies of these practices converge. More details from the curators after the break:

DQZ Cultural Center Proposal / Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and AI have been invited to create a proposal for the city of Daqiuzhuang in northern China. Sited in a newly developed part of the city, the new cultural building takes its form from the traditional Chinese courtyard square. By lifting the square in the diagonal corners, dual entry points to the building are created which leads visitors and locals through the building’s ground level public programs to the mid- and upper- level exhibition spaces while extending the existing North- South axis of the surrounding city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References Book Event

Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhaüser, 2012), the new book edited by Robert McCarter and designed by Irma Boom, will be presented at a book launch event November 13th. ‘do you read me?!’, the renowned Berlin bookshop, will host the first presentation and signing of the publication in their ‘Reading Room’ located in Berlin-Tiergarten. The evening will begin at 7:00pm with a discussion on the topic of ‘A Wonderful World’, Arets’ optimistic outlook towards the future our of continuously ‘shrinking’ world, followed by a book signing session with Wiel Arets.

Two Single-Occupancy Detached Houses / L3P Architekten

© Vito Stallone
© Vito Stallone
  • Architects: L3P Architekten
  • Location: Oberweningen ZH, Switzerland
  • Project Manager: Boris Egli dipl. Architekt FH REG A SIA , Martin Reusser dipl. Architekt FH REG A SIA
  • Engineer: Andre Deubelbeiss, Niederweningen
  • Physical: Wichser Akustik & Bauphysik AG, Zürich
  • Lighting Design: Lichtblick, Zürich
  • Client: Generalunternehmen Arbeitsgemeinschaft L3P Architekten AG + Duttweiler Bau Gmbh
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Vito Stallone, L3P Architekten

© Vito Stallone © Vito Stallone © Vito Stallone © Vito Stallone

Spira / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

  • Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
  • Location: Jönköping, Sweden
  • Interior: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB genom Helena Toresson, Sara Helder (formgivare), Viktor Alm, Björn Nilsson & Anna Nyborg Lafveskans (medverkande)
  • Client: Landstingsfastigheter i Jönköpings län
  • Contractor: PEAB
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

Courtesy of Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB Courtesy of Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB Courtesy of Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB Courtesy of Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

Pier K Theatre and Arts Centre / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

© Kees Hummel
© Kees Hummel
  • Architects: Ector Hoogstad Architecten
  • Location: Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands
  • Architect Designer: Joost Ector
  • Area: 2750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Kees Hummel, Jeroen Musch

© Kees Hummel © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch

Ottawa River House / Christopher Simmonds Architect

© Double Space Photography
© Double Space Photography

© Double Space Photography © Double Space Photography © Double Space Photography © Double Space Photography

A+A House / DVA Arhitekta

© Robert Les © Robert Les © Robert Les © Robert Les

House K / Auerbach Halevy Architects

© Uzi Porat © Uzi Porat © Uzi Porat © Uzi Porat

House 2y / destilat

© Mark Sengstbratl
© Mark Sengstbratl
  • Architects: destilat
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl, Courtesy of destilat

© Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl

How to Improve Architectural Education (In 12 Steps)

Adolfo Ibañez University / José Cruz Ovalle y Asociados. Image © Roland Halbe.
Adolfo Ibañez University / José Cruz Ovalle y Asociados. Image © Roland Halbe.

By James P. Cramer. Reprinted, with permission, from DesignIntelligence. If you like this article, you may also enjoy In Defense of an Architecture Education, which claims that, despite economic stagnation, the profession is still worth pursuing, and Thoughts on Architectural Education, a collection of observations and frustrations from an Architecture student. 

You could argue that architectural education is pretty good the way it is. In fact, it is most likely the best that it has ever been. But it’s not good enough. Just as architects and designers need to deliver more value in the future, the education that supports and gives birth to the future of the profession needs to prove its relevance.

It is the profession’s responsibility to support the evolution of higher education. Human capital is in jeopardy. We have a talent supply problem as we look to the horizon.

There is a changing nature in the work of design. In this context many educators acknowledge that higher education has not kept up with the big changes taking place in the design professions. Who has? Change and uncertainty face all of us. Finger pointing is not going to advance us to a higher place. It is time for architects and educators to adopt a learning, non-blaming approach to change.

Find out the 12 steps that will help provide design students, educators and professionals the best opportunities for success today, after the break...

Portal of Awareness / Rojkind Arquitectos

  • Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
  • Location: México D.F. México
  • Design Team: Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas
  • Collaborators: Arie Willem de Jongh, Alfredo Hernández
  • Client: Nescafé
  • Area: 42.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro, Rojkind Arquitectos

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

Le Candide / Bruno Rollet Architecte

  • Architects: Bruno Rollet Architecte
  • Location: Vitry-sur-Seine, France
  • Architect: Bruno Rollet
  • Assistant Architect: Emeline Pacreau
  • Engineers: EPDC
  • General Contractor: DEMATHIEU & BARD
  • Electricity: HELIN ELEC
  • Client: Vitry-sur-Seine OPH (housing improvement operation)
  • Area: 2,316 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly, Courtesy of Bruno Rollet Architecte

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Sjövikstorget 1 / Rotstein Arkitekter

  • Architects: Rotstein Arkitekter
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Chief Architect: Rickard Rotstein
  • Team Leader: Anders Rotstein
  • Team: MÃ¥ns Elander, Christer Engdahl, Petter Forsberg, Christian Hansen, Linda Hedebro, Cecilia Hendefeldt, Leif Johansen, Anette Lebbad, Therese Nilsson
  • Client: JM AB
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Åke E.son Lindman, Courtesy of Rotstein Arkitekter

© Åke E.son Lindman © Åke E.son Lindman © Åke E.son Lindman © Åke E.son Lindman

Green Square Library & Plaza Design Competition Entry / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

Hyunjoon Yoo Architects shared with us their proposal for the Green Square Library & Plaza Design in Australia. By locating the building on the west side of the park, this gave them the opportunity to integrate the library and the transport corridor together. The architects believe that a good library is the one that allows people to read books with nature. Therefore, they folded the park on the site to make a terrace garden on each floor of the library. People can read the book facing the garden, and sometimes they can get out and enjoy the fresh air. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Enlargement of Los Alamos House / Rodrigo Piwonka Ariztía + Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel

© Rodrigo Piwonka
© Rodrigo Piwonka

Architects: Rodrigo Piwonka Ariztía + Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel Location: Los Álamos, Santo Domingo, V Región, Chile Authors: Rodrigo Piwonka Ariztía, Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Rodrigo Piwonka

© Rodrigo Piwonka
© Rodrigo Piwonka
© Rodrigo Piwonka
© Rodrigo Piwonka
© Rodrigo Piwonka
© Rodrigo Piwonka
© Rodrigo Piwonka
© Rodrigo Piwonka