2012 National Design Awards: Nominate Now!

2011 Winner: The Diana Center at Barnard College / Weiss Manfredi, © Albert Vecerka/Esto

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 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.

Click HERE to read about the 2011 finalists and go HERE to cast your nominations by December 15th.

House in Aldoar / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

© Xavier Antunes

Architect: Topos Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda
Location: Porto,
Project Team: Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas
Collaborators: Sofia Lima, Michael Ferreira
Project Area: 485.00 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Xavier Antunes

Youth Centre Amsterdam-Osdorp / Atelier Kempe Thill

© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz

Architect: Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners
Location: Reimerswaalstraat 101, 1069 AG Amsterdam,
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

JNC Sales Office & Community Arts Center / Line and Space, LLC

View from Entry Path © Yang Chaoying

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

Sarpi Border Checkpoint in Georgia / J. Mayer H. Architects

© Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn

Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: ,
Client: Ministry of Finance of Georgia
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Christoph Emenlauer
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ucha Tsotseria, Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Beka Pkhakadze

Airbnb San Francisco Headquarters / Garcia Tamjidi


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Architect: Garcia Tamjidi (Michael Garcia and Farid Tamjidi)
Location: San Francisco, , USA
Client: Airbnb Inc.
Photographs: Courtesy of Airbnb

Makeshift Refuge in Bangkok

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 ’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.

Reference: CNN

Less is More stupid

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.

Witlox Van den Boomen new Headquarters / Van den Pauwert Architecten

© Norbert van Onna

Architects: Van den Pauwert Architecten / Jeroen Verdonschot
Location: ,
Client: Witlox van den Boomen
Associates: Ton Smulders, Paul Buts, Gijs Kersten
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 6,000 sqm
Photographs: Norbert van Onna, Van den Pauwert Architecten

ICE (Innovation Community Emmen) / RD2B Limited

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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 . 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.

Pacific Palisades Residence / Warren Techentin Architecture

© Eric Staudenmaier

Architect: Warren Techentin Architecture
Location: Pacific Palisades, ,
Landscape Architect: David Fletcher
Interior Design: Tim Clarke
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier

Center for Development of Innovative Transportation Technologies / KO+KO Architects

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Efficiency of the government and consequently well-fare of the society is closely related to development of infrastructure. 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.

Pilgrim Route Refuge / Luis Aldrete

Francisco Perez

Architects: Luis Aldrete
Location: ,
Project Team: Magui Peredo, Cynthia Mojica
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Francisco Perez

Courtesy of Michel Carlana, Luca Mezzalira, Curzio Pentimalli, Riccardo Sanquerin

“Chapeau” / Michel Carlana, Luca Mezzalira, Curzio Pentimalli, Riccardo Sanquerin

“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…

Kinderkrippe Kindergarten / Kreiner architektur

© KREINERarchitektur ZT GmbH

Architects: Kreiner architektur
Location: , Austria
Developer: röm. -kath. Pfarre Haus im Ennstal
Planner: KREINERarchitektur ZT GmbH
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: KREINERarchitektur ZT GmbH

Courtesy of Columbia University

C-Lab 2005-2011 Exhibition

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…

Inspiria Science Centre / AART architects

© Adam Mørk

Architects: AART architects
Location: , Norway
Experience Design: Expology
Engineer: Cowi
Electro Engineer: Yit
HWS Engineer: Multiconsult
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 6,500 sqm
Photographs: Adam Mørk

UMAMI Burger Prototype / Kanner Architects

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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.

Architects: Kanner Architects
Client: Umami Group
Project Area: 2,240 sqf