The 17th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia, hosted by CORP is part of their annual events which has been taking place since 1996 and are Europe’s major congresses on Urban Planning, Regional Development…
Challenged with a highly innovative plant, combining scientific research and modern production of concrete on an international standard, Synarchitects have been asking themselves to not only provide all tasks, but to add something special that makes the Xinao Concrete Research Plant shine out the typical factories. More images and architects‘ description after the break.
REX shared with us their proposal for two of China’s major financial institutions, CLC and MSFL, which chose to consolidate their new headquarters on a single site within Shenzhen’s CDB. Although the planning regulations permit tall buildings on the site, the maximum allowable building area and the proposed combination of offices and retail seemingly dictate a perfunctory tower-and-plinth scheme. Instead, CLC’s and MSFL’s offices are organized into two highly efficient blocks with: an ideal 9 meter distance between core and façade; an entirely flexible, column-free plan; the largest floor area allowed by code and urban design requirements; and an efficiency ratio of 80%. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et Associés Architectes
Location: Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada
Structural Engineer: Roberto Filippi
Landscape Architect: Michael Hodges paysagiste
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et Associés Architectes
Location: Nanchang Road / Ruijin Road, Shanghai, China
Principals: Nicolas Salto del Giorgio & Bittor Sanchez-Monasterio
Collaborators: Audrius Liaugminas, Sun JiaQiu, Luke Webster & LI Min
Construction: Shanghai Laijiang Decorate Design Co, Ltd.
Area: 105 sqm
Completed: July 2011
Photographs: Jiang Yong
Tucked away at the end of a lane in the Sydney suburb of Randwick, close to The Spot and in walking distance to Coogee beach, is a 74 sqm simple brick industrial structure built in 1890 by two Irish blacksmiths (brothers) to house their coach building business.
The Niemeyer Center in Aviles, Spain is soon to be shut down for several months due to disagreement over its finances and irregularities in its spending. The cultural center opened a mere 8-months ago, designed by Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer and has been an admired and appreciated institution for the city. More after the break.
Architects: A4 estudio
Location: Guardia Vieja Street, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Project Team: Leonardo and Juan Manuel Codina Filice
Collaborators: Paola Merette, Eleonora Corti, Eugenia García, José Fornes, Mariana Poppi, Gabriela Modolo, Carlos Zanonni, Louis Calvet, Mario Gonzalez, Laura Benegas
Spa Area: 597 sqm
Hotel Area: 2,180 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of A4 estudio
The annual AIAS FORUM meeting for 2011 will take a break from the snow of the past two years (2009 Minnesota, 2010 Toronto) and be held in sunny downtown Phoenix, Arizona. FORUM is the annual meeting of the AIAS and the premier global gathering of architecture and design students. The conference provides students with the opportunity to learn about important issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet students, educators, and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects through keynote addresses, tours, workshops and seminars, last years FORUM was attended by over 1,000 young and ambitious architecture students and AIAS members. This years Keynote Speakers will be Jeffrey Inaba, founder of C-Lab and former project manager with Rem Koolhaas and OMA, Brad Lancaster, author of www.harvestingrainwater.com, and University of Californa, San Diego architect and professor Teddy Cruz.
ECDM Architects’ proposal is for a unifying building, a building that represents both the Mériadeck neighborhood and the old city, that participates in defining an urban landscape and carries the values of a society more open to its environment. It was therefore around the creation of an open space, a space of convergence and exchange that they wanted to organize the program, a space framing the city, organizing open programs and services around the borders, a space animated by its users and actors. It acts as a beautiful and lively space, where the dynamism of Bordeaux is displayed for a close and urban administration. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architectural photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us his latest video: The Nicanor Parra Library by Chilean architect Mathias Klotz. This new building will serve as the main library for the Diego Portales University, designed as a state of the art green facility awarded with the Green Good Design 2010 award.
This video is part of a series of recent productions by Cristobal Palma, a dynamic way to see the buildings in detail and while in use. You can see other videos by Palma previously featured at AD:
- El Porvenir Kindergarten (Giancarlo Mazzanti)
- Flor del Campo School (Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa)
- Sports Facilities (Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B)
Based in Santiago, Chile, Cristobal’s work spans architecture, urban and documentary photography. He studied at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), and his work has been published in numerous titles internationally, with recent commissions by: The New York Times, Monocle, Wallpaper, Domus, Dwell and Architectural Digest. He lives in Santiago, Chile, and works both with architects in Chile and abroad.
It seems that the billings index has bounced back a bit from its sharp drop in September. A month ago, the ABI measured 46.9 – a score nearly 5 points lower than August – yet, this month, the AIA has reported the October ABI at 49.4 While the score shows a positive leap forward since September, any billings index below 50 still reflects a negative showing. However, the new projects inquiry index seems to be this month’s silver lining as it jumped to 57.3 for October.
Check out the regional breakdown after the break.
Ferley Sergey…, who currently works with Zotov & Co, shared with us his design for the revitalization of the industrial areas in the Kyiv city center, a former factory “Radar” and the surrounding areas. Currently, these areas are in terrible