Refurbishment of a Paris Apartment / SWAN Architectes

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Architect: SWAN Architectes
Location: ,
Surface: 71 sqm Shab
Budget: 110,000 € HT
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: MVDA™ – Maxime Vantorre

Richardson Apartments / David Baker + Partners

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Architect: David Baker + Partners
Location: 365 Fulton Street, , California,
Project Team: David Baker FAIA LEED AP (design principal); Peter MacKenzie AIA (principal-in-charge); Amit C. Price Patel AIA LEED AP (project architect); Brit Epperson LEED AP Homes; Amanda Loper AIA LEED AP; Sara Mae Martens LEED AP; Angela Thomason; John Thompson, AIA
Clients: Community Housing Partnership, Mercy Housing California
Project SquareFootage: 65,419 sq ft
Site Area: 18,906 sq ft/0.47 acres
Completed: September 2011
Landscape Architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architects
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group

President Obama attended the official ground breaking ceremony of the National Museum for African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on February 22, commemorating this milestone for the Smithsonian Institution’s new museum on ’s National Mall. The Tanzanian-born, London-based architect David Adjaye serves as Lead Designer for the Freelon Adjaye Bond/ (FAB) team that was selected by the Smithsonian Institute back in 2009 in the international competition for the design of the nation’s new prestigious building.

The President began his brief remarks by stating, “As others have mentioned, this day has been a long time coming. The idea for a museum dedicated to African Americans was first put forward by black veterans of the Civil War. And years later, the call was picked up by members of the civil rights generation -– by men and women who knew how to fight for what was right and strive for what is just. This is their day. This is your day. It’s an honor to be here to see the fruit of your labor.”

Continue reading for more information on the project and a video of President Obama’s speech.

The RainShine House / Robert M. Cain

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Architects: Robert M. Cain
Location: Decatur, ,
Area: 2,800 sq. ft.
Date: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Robert M. Cain


In Progress: One Ocean / soma


Construction on soma‘s “One Ocean” thematic pavilion is currently well underway and scheduled for completion in May 2012.  Selected as the first prize winner of an open international competition in Yeosu, , the thematic pavilion was designed to embody the Expo’s theme “The Living Ocean and Coast” and transform it into a three-dimensional “multi-layered” architectural experience. The goal of the Expo is to portray the responsible use of natural materials, which has been embedded into the sustainable climate design and the biomimetic aspects of the facade of “One Ocean”.

Read on for more after the break.

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Spring 2012 AIAS West Quad Regional Conference

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter at Washington State University will proudly host the Spring 2012 West Quad Regional Conference in Spokane at the end of March 2012. The conference will take place March 29th – April 1st…

Duikklok / Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten

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Architect: Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten
Location: Tilburg,
Client: Interfour B.V., Berkel-Enschot
Project Architect: Jacq. de Brouwer
Project Team: Ingeborg Dankers, Marco Oggel, Kees Paulussen
Structural Advisor: Adviesbureau S. v. Boxtel – Tilburg
Contractor: Aannemersbedrijf Riebouw B.V.
Project Area: 576m2
Gross Volume: 1853m3
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tim van de Velde

Sports Complex and Urban Re-design / gmp Architekten

bird‘s eye view from the north

In association with Jean-Baptiste Ferrari et Associes SA, gmp Architekten recently won the competition for a sports complex and urban re-design in , Switzerland. The design manages to create an urban link between the diverse structure of the neighboring quarters, the new proposed residential quarter and the shores of Lake Geneva. Situated on a triangular lot, the site is defined in the south by the motorway and in the west and north by large arterial roads. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House Rot Ellen Berg / architecten de vylder vinck taillieu

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu – Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu
Location: O.,
Design Team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Sebastian Skovsted, Olivier Goethals
Structural Engineering: Arthur De Roover structureel ontwerp, Gent
Area: 182 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Courtesy of the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana

23rd Biennial of Design Competition

The Museum of Architecture and Design is proud to announce the international Call for Entries for the 23rd Biennial of Design – the international exhibition and BIO Design Awards competition. Through its selection of well-designed works and emphasis on quality,…

Single House In Bescano / Josep Ferrando Bramona

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Architects: Josep Ferrando Bramona
Location: , Spain
Collaborators: Jordi Queralt + Marc Nadal
Area: 400 sqm
Budget: 720,000 €
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

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Europan 11 Proposal: Science Park / YanKang Wang, ShuYan Wang, Yuan Lin, JingRong Zhong

The Europan 11 proposal for the science park in Ingolstadt, Germany received an honorable mention in the competition. Dominated by technology and science, the intent of YanKang Wang, ShuYan Wang, Yuan Lin, and JingRong Zhon…g is to create a

Strategy and Tactics / a+t

We are super excited about receiving the next magazine in the a+t strategy series. The series as a whole “analyzes the strategies undertaken in the projects of urban landscaping in order to achieve the set objectives.” This issue specifically deals with Tactical Urbanism. The topic takes on how to address the conflict and fog created in many of the occupy protests, making the issue relevant to the larger discussion taking place among society all over the world. Many of the ideas trend toward an open-ended approach of what Rem Koolhaas might have called, “specific indeterminacy.” The common denominators of the eight collectives this issue covers are “the criticism of the consumerism present in modern society, the instigation of individual participation in collective and spontaneous projects to transform the city, non-recognition of intellectual property, the inclination towards libertarian and hedonistic projects, the struggle against alienating work and in particular merging daily activity, leisure and fun into one workload with the aim that each person might construct their own life differently and according to their desires and personal preferences.”

apbcOffices / Asylum

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Architects: Asylum
Location: The Pavilion Tower, Kuala Lumpur,
Creative Director: Chris Lee
Design Director: Cara Ang
Interior Designer: Dymitr Malcew
Area: 10,473 square feet
Year of completion: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of apbcOffices

CTBUH Debuts their Skyscraper Resource Site

SOM | © Pawel Sulima

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ( ) has launched The Skyscraper Center – a comprehensive resource for data and information on all buildings taller than 200 meters, whether they are completed or currently being developed. Detailed profiles and images reveal each towers global and regional size-ranking, as well as the projects latest updates and data. For example, recently completed Al Hamra Firdous Tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill ranks first in its city and national ranking, second in its regional ranking and is the thirteenth tallest building in the world.

“The new site builds on our database compiled through 40 years of research and adds valuable new functions, new information and extensive assets for both professionals and non-professionals exploring the world of skyscrapers,” said Timothy Johnson, chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

House At The Edge Of A Forest / Hilberink Bosch Architects

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Architect: Hilberink Bosch Architects
Location: Heesch,
Project team: Annemariken Hilberink, Geert Bosch, Rolf van Boxmeer, Jaap Janssen
Size: 300 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: René de Wit, Paul Kozlowski


Finn House / WoodWoodWard Architecture

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Architects: WoodWoodWard Architecture  – Monique Brady-Ward, Scott Woodward and Jen Wood
Location: Silverleaves, , Australia
Photographs: John Gollings


Deck Over A Roman Site / Amann-Canovas-Mauri

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Architects: Amann-Canovas-Mauri  – Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri.
Location: Parque Del Monlinete, , Murcia, Spain
Completion: 2011
Design Team: Nacho Álvarez-Monteserín, Javier Gutiérrez, Ana López, Pablo Sigüenza, José López
Client: Cartagena Puerto de Culturas
Budget: 977.719€
Photographs: David Frutos