D38 Office / Arata Isozaki

© Filippo Poli

Architects: Arata Isozaki
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 35,000 sqm
Photographs: Filippo Poli

AD Round Up: Sports Architecture Part X

© Rob ‘t Hart

Tomorrow starts the London 2012 Olympics. So to get you in the Olympic mood we have our 10th selection of Sports Architecture. The main image belongs to Sport Pavilion by MoederscheimMoonen Architects. Check out Multifonctional Complex La Maladiere in Neuchatel,  or Gymnase CREPS by french firm Laurens & Loustau Architectes. What about this rowing boathouse designed by Anmahian Winton Architects. Finally don’t miss Arena Dragão Caixa by portuguese architects, Risco.

Mecenat Art Museum / naf architect & design

© Noriyuki Yano

Architects: naf architect & design
Location: , Prefecture,
Design Team: Tetsuya Nakazono
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano

Robert Venturi: An Icon Retires; A Firm Rebrands

© Frank Hanswijk

After practicing for over fifty years as one of the world’s most preeminent architects, Robert Venturi, FAIA, has retired. The Philadelphia-based, American architect became known as the father of postmodernism and, together with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, FAIA, he changed how the world perceives architecture with his maxim, “Less is a bore.”

Now, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, which Venturi co-founded with his wife, has relaunched as VSBA under the new leadership of president and principal Daniel K. McCoubrey, AIA. Together with principal Nancy Rogo Trainer, FAIA, McCoubrey will continue to build under the founders’ values – “bringing creative design, thoughtful analysis, and responsive service” to each client. Meanwhile, Scott Brown will continue publishing and presenting her work.

Continue after the break for more details.

Eden House / The Practice of Everyday Design

© Chris Shepherd

Architects: The Practice of Everyday Design
Location: Mississauga, ON,
Design Team: Antoine Morris, David Long, Melanie Morris
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 550.0 sq ft
Photographs: Chris Shepherd, Courtesy of

World Architecture Festival 2012 Shortlist

Kantana Institute / Bangkok Project Company – Courtesy of Bangkok Project Company

With ArchDaily serving as a media partner and as part of the jury, we are excited to present to you the 301 projects that have been shortlisted for the 2012 World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards – the world’s biggest architectural awards programme! Now in its fifth year, the three day festival will kick off October 3rd at a new venue in Singapore. This new location has prompted an increased level of participation from from Asia, particularly Australia and Singapore, but also from , India and Japan. This year, more than 500 entries from almost 50 countries were submitted.

The projects shortlisted reflect the festival’s theme of ‘Rethink and Renew’, highlighting the need for innovative and creative approaches to existing buildings and areas, while posing the question of whether or not architecture is fulfilling the role that it should and delivering for those it serves. Each practice will be judged as equals as they present their designs live to an international judging panel and festival delegates. The awards are divided into three main sections: Completed Buildings, Landscape Architecture and Future Projects, with various award sub-categories.

Continue after the break to review the complete shortlist!

AASH11 Workshop – “City on the Sea”

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70.8% of the earth’s surface is water and Shanghai is approaching a point of overflow. Future development will require the inhabitation of this surface area. In addition to a fascinating physical property caused by the surface tension of water, the meniscus is a strikingly relevant metaphor for the urban predicament of contemporary. As an urban metaphor, the meniscus is associated with periphery, threshold, development, and tension.

‘A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion’ Exhibition

Courtesy of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF)

In 1953, six years before the -designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened to the public, two of his structures—a pavilion and model Usonian house—were built on the future site of the museum to house a temporary exhibition displaying the architect’s lifelong work. From July 27, 2012, to February 13, 2013, the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum will present A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion, an exhibition comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, highlighting the first Wright buildings erected in City. Text Courtesy of: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF). More information on the exhibition after the break.

Bureau 100 / NFOE et Associés Architectes

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Architects: NFOE et Associés Architectes
Location: , QC H2Y 2W7, Canada
Project Manager: Masa Fukushima, Rafie Sossanpour
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,015 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Brügger

Bromont House / Paul Bernier Architecte

© James Brittain

Architects: Paul Bernier Architecte
Location: , QC, Canada
Architect In Charge: Paul Bernier
Structural Engineer: Alain Mousseau
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 3,925 sq ft
Photographs: James Brittain

WohnWerk / Christ & Gantenbein

© Roman Keller

Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: Basle, Switzerland
Design Team: Julia Tobler, Tabea Lachenmann, Berend Frenzel, Nicole Ritschard, Marcus Kopper, Anette Schick
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roman Keller

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery / Wodiczko + Bonder

© Philippe Ruault / Julian Bonder

Located along the Loire riverfront in the center of the city of , this memorial, designed by Wodiczko + Bonder, is a metaphorical and emotional evocation of the struggle for the abolition of slavery. With the aim of being above all historic, the project still continues into the present and proposes a physical transformation and symbolic reinforcement of 350 meters of the coast of the Loire along Quai de la Fosse. This working memorial includes the adaptation of a pre-existing underground residual space, a product of the construction of the Loire embankments and port during the XVIII, XIX, and XX Centuries. It provides space and means for remembering and thinking about slavery and the slave trade; commemorating resistance and the abolitionist struggle; celebrating the historic act of abolition; and for bringing the visitor closer to the continuing struggle against present-day forms of slavery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Housing Vitrolles / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Vitrolles,
Design Team: Matte Devaux, Frédéric Devaux, Arnaud Rousseau
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 5315.0 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Courtesy of HDR
Courtesy of HDR

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Building for Nanjing University / HDR

HDR… was recently chosen by Nanjing University to provide conceptual and schematic design services, as well as a masterplan, for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences building. The facility will house four academic departments (material science and engineering;

Courtesy of Skylab Architecture
Courtesy of Skylab Architecture

Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Support Facility / Skylab Architecture

Located in Portland, Oregon, the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Support Facility will provide offices for the Bureau of Environmental Services engineering and construction management staff. Designed by Skylab Architecture… with the intent of fostering collaboration, the new 11,490 square-foot building

Reina Victoria Theatre-Cinema / Enrique Abascal García

Courtesy of Clemente Delgado

Architects: Enrique Abascal García
Location: Plaza de la Reina Victoria, 21670 ,
Architect In Charge: Enrique Abascal García
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Clemente Delgado, Courtesy of Enrique Abascal

Flashback: KNSM Island Skydome / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter

Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: KNSM-Laan 451, 1019 Zeeburg, The Netherlands
Project Team: Wiel Arets , Elmar Kleuters, Paul Kuitenbrouwer, René Thijssen
Collaborators: Anca Arenz, Ivo Daniëls, Jo Janssen, Maurice Paulussen, Henrik Vuust
Project Year: 1996
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Island Retreat / Fearon Hay Architects

© Patrick Reynolds

Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 375.0 sqm
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds