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Nosara Recycling Plant / sLAB

A small group of students and architect Tobias Holler of sLAB Costa Rica at the New York Institute of Technology, have teamed up to design and build a communal recycling center for Nosara, Costa Rica – a city that is facing grave problems with sanitation and illegal dumping of garbage on beaches and in wildlife areas. Construction started last summer after a Kickstarter campaign that raised $15,000 helped provide expenses and costs associated with housing the students that assisted with the construction. A relaunch of the Kickstarter campaign will provide the project with additional funds to bring the students back to accelerate the pace of construction. The funds also support the documentary by Ayana de Vos, whose film follows the progress of the project and features waste management and sustainability in Costa Rica.

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The motivation behind building a Communal Recycling Center is based in the severe problems that Nosara specifically, and Costa Rica in general, has in municipal waste management. Without appropriate infrastructure and policies, over 1400 tons of waste is deposited into unregulated dumps daily. A lot of the garbage makes its way into rivers and forests, pollutes ground water, threatens the health of local communities and destroys wildlife.

Critics: Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Bubble” Should Be Burst

Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfo
Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfo

Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s ‘Bubble’ project (featured here) has recently come under fire by critics for its “ballooning” cost. Meant to be a seasonally inflated, temporary structure at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC., the Bubble’s original price-tag ($5 million) has now inflated to $15.5 million. The federally-funded price tag would be less relevant if the project were universally accepted, but many feel that the “Bubble” represents a misguided attempt to get into the spectacle game. More information after the break. 

Swiss Embassy Competition Entry / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

Located in the Seodaemu-gu district of Seoul, the Swiss Embassy proposal by Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects stands as a pavilion sitting on four mushroom columns. Reaching the maximum authorized height, the project becomes part of the makeover that the neighborhood is about to undergo with its global and drastic transformations. The end result is a tree house like structure floating over a canopy of dense trees in an extremely urban context. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Protocol to Set Standards for Smart Cities

Courtesy of City Protocol
Courtesy of City Protocol

The Silver Café / Arca Architects

© Tim Soar/Arca
© Tim Soar/Arca

Award-winning architectural firm Arca Architects is based in central Manchester, England, and headed by architect John Lee. Arca’s Silver Café on the Morecambe Bay in England transformed the face of a quiet seaside town with a space that is both visually appealing and tactilely exciting. The Silver Café won the 2009 Small Scale Commercial Award from the Manchester Society of Architects (MSA), and it was a finalist for two coveted Young Architect of the Year Awards in 2000. Sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

Your Street Live Challenge

Inspired by Design Indaba, the Your Street Live Challenge aims to transform space and improve life at the street level in Africa through creative thought, one street at a time. Want to be part of something big? This is an opportunity to participate in a global movement that is working to ensure a better world through creativity. Your Street Live is open to anyone living anywhere in the world. Simply send your proposal for how the area where you live, work or play can be improved by harnessing the transformative power of creativity, design and innovation. The deadline for entries is January 28. In total, R1 million (Approx. $115,000 USD) will be awarded to the best ideas. For more information, please visit here.  

Sustainable Temporal Theatre Design Competition

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and World Stage Design 2013 are currently seeking proposals for the competition to design a sustainable temporal theatre. The winning design will be built in Cardiff and house performances and events as part of the World Stage Design 2013 festival. Open to students and professionals from across all related disciplines, the structure must be weather and sound-proof and be designed using either existing and readily available building components or alternative sustainable elements. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013. More information after the break.

EINS House / Óscar Pedrós

© Héctor Santos-Diez © Héctor Santos-Diez © Héctor Santos-Diez © Héctor Santos-Diez

Stealth Barn / Carl Turner Architects

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker

Usagui Teahouse / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

  • Architects: Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio
  • Location: Gracia Barcelona Spain
  • Basic Design: Maarten Neering
  • Lighting design: Toru Takamiya
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Daisuke Nakashima

© Daisuke Nakashima © Daisuke Nakashima © Daisuke Nakashima © Daisuke Nakashima

Highlights from Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2012

If you missed Design Like You Give A Dam: LIVE!  - the Architecture for Humanity event of panel discussions and workshops at the Autodesk Gallery in  - you must check out this short video.

Secondary School Pla Marcel / ONL Arquitectura

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Location: Cardedeu, Spain
  • Developer: Departament d'Educació de la Generalitat de Catalunya. GISA
  • Constructors: Vias y Construcciones , S.A.
  • Collaborators : Gianluca Giaccone, arq. - Oscar Vendrell, arq. - Giorgia Sgarbossa, arq. - Mar Balcells, estudiant d’arq.
  • Installations: Àbac Enginyers
  • Structure: BIS Arquitectes
  • Area: 2792.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ONL Arquitectura

Courtesy of ONL Arquitectura Courtesy of ONL Arquitectura Courtesy of ONL Arquitectura Courtesy of ONL Arquitectura

Mapfre Automovile Services Centre / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

  • Architects: Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos
  • Location: Alcorcón. Madrid. Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Miguel Bernardini, Aurelie Beriot, Jorge Consuegra
  • Collaborators: Jorge Consuegra, Delphine Blanc, Claire Seze, Lucile Labat, Daniel Rojas, Marcus Carus
  • Rigger: Saturnino Molina, Natalia Gonzalez Pericot
  • Structure: Pablo Nieto Cabezas
  • Installations: Antonio Carrión Ingenieros
  • Consultants: Jose Ramón Perez, Nieves Plaza, Lourdes Fernandez
  • Area: 4,500 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzman, Cortesia de Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Cabañas Tumbaco / Diez + Muller Arquitectos

© Sebastian Crespo
© Sebastian Crespo
  • Architects: Diez + Muller Arquitectos
  • Location: Tumbaco, Ecuador
  • Design Team: Felipe Muller, Gonzalo Diez, Álvaro Borrero
  • Construction: Hernán Miño
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Sebastian Crespo, Cortesia de Felipe Muller

© Sebastian Crespo © Sebastian Crespo © Sebastian Crespo Courtesy of Felipe Muller