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City Hall Várzea Paulista Competition Entry / Brazilian Architects

Designed by Ana Cecília Tourinho, Analu Brandão, Gabriel Kozlowski, and Beni Barzellai, their competition entry for the City Hall Várzea Paulista creates a unity among all the planned projects for the downtown of Várzea Paulista. By proposing an infrastructural ring, the project functions as a public connector to embrace the existing green space and north and south. Connected to the public transportation system, it distributes and negotiates the confluence and flow of pedestrians while building a coherent image of the city’s entry. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Niemenranta Elementary School / ALT Architects + Architecture Office Karsikas

  • Architects: ALT Architects + Architecture Office Karsikas
  • Location: Oulunsalo, Finland
  • Design Team: Martti Karsikas, Kalle Vahtera, Antti Karsikas, Ville-Pekka Ikola
  • Collaborators: Kalevi Säkkinen, Kari Sarkkinen, Lauri Palosaari, Kati Ervasti
  • Area: 3670.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ikola & Vahtera

© Ikola & Vahtera © Ikola & Vahtera © Ikola & Vahtera © Ikola & Vahtera

Muenster University Center / Charles Rose Architects Inc.

© John Linden © John Linden © John Linden © John Linden

Reforma 27 / Alberto Kalach

  • Architects: Alberto Kalach
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architect: Alberto Kalach
  • Design Team: Ignacio del Río, Bolívar Garrido, José Luis Reyes, Héctor Módica, Iván Ramírez, Susana Pantoja, Ana María Martínez, Patricia Galdos
  • Structural Engineering: DYS Diseño y Supervisión S.C. Ing. Raymundo López Blas
  • Area: 1794.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani

The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32

Richard Pare, Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Photograph © Richard Pare 2007.
Richard Pare, Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Photograph © Richard Pare 2007.

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts will be hosting an exhibition on Russian Modernist Architecture starting October 11 through February 16, 2013. Featuring a wealth of rarely published material on architecture that spanned the empire of the Soviet Union, the 80+ large-scale photographs – documented by British photographer Richard Pare – provide unique insight into the movements of the Soviet revolutionary period.  More photos and information after the break.

The Rise of Design/Build Architecture Inspires "All Hale" Love Story

Hale County Animal Shelter / Rural Studio; © griner
Hale County Animal Shelter / Rural Studio; © griner

All Hale, a new film written by Anita Banerji, follows the story of college student Alice Walker who finds herself in a small town in Hale County, Alabama building a home for a family that is going through personal and financial hardship.  The movie is filmed on location, with a variety of unique Hale County architecture serving as the backdrop for a story that rekindles a love for “home-grown architecture”.  At a time when so much emphasis is focused on “starchitects” and the “Bilbao effect”, the story of this movie has a social agenda that highlights the backlash to this phenomena: the rising trend of design/build architecture. Join us after the break for more on the underlying social inspiration of this film and a sneak peek at the trailer.

'Mobilicity: Tirana Multimodal Station' Proposal / Morfearch

Designed for the ‘Mobilicity: Tirana Multimodal Station’ competition, the second prize winning proposal consists in giving back an identity to the area. Designed by Morfearch, the masterplan is not only a project of a railway station: it is a project about Tirana. The chaotic and informal feature of the city asks for the tracking of a simple and clear sign that would restore order and a hierarchy between the urban parts. The system is configured as a flexible solution in different urban situations: depending on space availability and willingness of densification, the layout of the project can change and respond to city needs. More images and architects’ description after the break.

14 Facts You Didn't Know About Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier by Willy Rizzo. Photos © Willy Rizzo.
Le Corbusier by Willy Rizzo. Photos © Willy Rizzo.

Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965) will forever be known as an icon of Modernism, but did you know that the man who changed the face of architecture led quite the colorful personal life? In honor of his 125th birthday, take a moment to check out some Corbu classics (perhaps Convent of La TouretteRonchampVilla SavoyeUnite d’Habitation, or Villa Roche) and read on to learn more about the man behind the myth – Charles-Édouard Jeanneret. Fun Facts About Le Corbusier (including what Salvador Dalí had to say about him. It isn’t pretty) after the break!

'Thinking of Shadow' Workshop by Satoshi Okada

Taking place October 18-23 at Ajman University of Science & Technology, UAE, Japanese Architect, Satoshi Okada, will be putting on an architectural workshop titled, ‘Thinking of Shadow’. As the founder of Satoshi Okada Architects, Okada is known for his simplicity with sublimity even in warmhearted spaces for human activities and even spirituality in rich materiality and delicate details. He believes that “…building activities, on one hand, are nothing but destruction of whatever exists; nevertheless, all the more because of it, they have to compensate it by a beautiful gift of artifice more than before”. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Spaceplates Greenhouse / N55 + Anne Romme

Originating from the ‘pure plate’ structure occurring in natural structures such as sea urchins, and based on a hexagonal geometry, the Spaceplates Greenhouse is being used for the first time this term by horticultural staff and students at City of Bristol College’s South Bristol Skills Academy in Hengrove Park, Bristol. Designed by N55, with Architect, Anne Romme, the project is constructed using an innovative building system based on aluminum and polycarbonate and accommodates work, growing and teaching space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

World Architecture Festival announces Future Project of the Year and Landscape of the Year Awards

In addition to yesterday’s announcement of the World Building of the Year Award, two further awards have also been awarded at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore: Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore, designed by Atelier Dreiseitl, has won the ‘Landscape of the Year’ Award and Msheireb – Heart of Doha, Qatar, designed by AECOM, has won the ‘Future Project of the Year’ Award. Find out more about the awarded projects after the break.

World Architecture Festival announces the World Building of the Year 2012 / Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay

Courtesy of Grant Associates
Courtesy of Grant Associates

Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, has won the World Building of the Year Award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2012. The project, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier Ten, was chosen from over 500 entries. More information and images after the break.

MP House / OmasC Arquitectos

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Abbots Way / AR Design Studio

© Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner