The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is now accepting nominations for the 13th annual National Design Awards – honoring lasting achievement in American design. “The awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.”
Citizens and long-term residents of the United States and corporations or institutions headquartered in the country are eligible. Nominees must have been professionally practicing for a minimum of seven years. Awards are not focused on specific projects, but rather an entire body of realized work.
Architect: Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners
Location: Reimerswaalstraat 101, 1069 AG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Project Team: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck, with Andrius Raguotis, Blanca Sanchez Babe, Ruud Smeelen, Giorgio Terraneo
Client: Ymere Ontwikkeling
Urban planner: De Architecten Cie, Rotterdam
Project Area: 285 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz
Architect: Line and Space, LLC
Location: Xiamen, China
Project Team: Les Wallach, FAIA (Lead Designer), Bob Clements, AIA, LEED AP (Project Architect), Henry Tom, AIA, NCARB (Project Manager), Mike Anglin, RA, LEED AP, John McColgin, Ray Jin LEED AP, Emily Starace RA, LEED AP
Project Area: 11,400 sqf
Project Year: August 2011
Photographs: Yang Chaoying, Line and Space, LLC
Prefabricated concrete shells become emergency shelters for flood-ravaged communities in Pathum Thani. The concrete forms are intended to be used for the construction of Bangkok’s elevated skyway. The company that owns the shells has given the temporary residents permission to stay and access to electricity. Residents have expressed preference of the makeshift community over government shelters due to “familiar faces” and more space.
Less is more.
Congratulations, you have officially alienated 75% of the population. Now if you can make Less cost more? You’ll knock out another 23%. The remaining 2% are married to an Architect. Clearly, your practice is off to a good start.
Reducing everything down to the purest, most elegant form is difficult, and only a truely gifted Architect can achieve that level of perfection, and that gifted Architect probably designed a glass house for a crazy lady in a robe, but she died, and now the house is a museum, and, yes, I just called Philip Johnson a crazy lady in a robe, and I think the facts will back me up on that.
Inspired by the Swiss glaciers and taking advantage of their history, the architectural firm rd2b limited created Emmen Innovation Community, an innovation center located in the region of Emmen, in Zurich, located in the heart of Switzerland. Roads, railways, public transportation and an airport connect the area to Europe. Bluish in color, a solid line through organic and deployments to the territory, the aesthetics of the design reflects the elegance, harmonizing and transcendence of the glaciers. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Efficiency of the government and consequently well-fare of the society is closely related to development of infrastructure. Ukraine is situated in advantageous geographic location, therefore it is twice as interested in arranging proper transportation system which will become a significant stimulus for economic growth. Creating the Center for Development of Innovative Transportation Technologies, KO+KO Architects considers their design as an incarnation of intents of the Ukrainian society to establish sustainable means of communication, as a fact of realizing its crucial importance for human life. Apart from the symbolic function, the center is thought to fulfill tasks announced in its name, thus providing ground for the developing of Ukraine. More images and architects’ description after the break.
“Chapeau”, a sports park and new urban place for the woods is characterized by an unprecedented relief, introduced in the process of design thinking related to soil and the empty space it creates. The buildings that make up the urban…
The work of C-Lab, Columbia University’s experimental urban and architecture think tank, is on display in Tokyo. Conceived as a temporary occupation, the exhibition presents C-Lab’s work alongside magazines from Yoshioka Library’s archive of international architecture journals from the 1960s…
Kanner Architects is collaborating with UMAMI Group, creating a concept restaurant called UMAMI KO (U-ko). The modular burger shack is meant to inhabit urban settings worldwide, creating a comfortable indoor/outdoor experience within an environmentally sensitive structure.