© Aitor Ortiz

Architects: ACXT Arquitectos / Javier Aja Cantalejo
Location: Vitoria, Alava,
Collaborators: Aitxiber Olarte Bidaurrazaga, Daniela Bustamante Altamirano
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 5,847 sqm
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

Blue Cube / Ahti Westphal

Courtesy of Ahti Westphal

Architect: Ahti Westphal
Location: , Rainy Lake, Minnesota,
Client: Private
Project year: 2005
Contractor: Burkham Built LLC
Steel Fabrication: Rudy Imhoff
Suppliers: Albany International, Paper Machine Clothing and Engineered Fabrics
Area: 240 sqt
Photograph: Courtesy of Ahti Westphal

AA Athens | AA Istanbul Visiting Schools 2012

Istanbul Technical University Faculty Of Architecture
Connected Tower, 24-30 March 2012

The second edition of AA Istanbul Visiting School 2012, “Connected Tower”, in collaboration with Istanbul Technical University (ITU), will act as a continuation and augmentation of its first version, “Crafted Tower”. The school will amplify the concept of verticality in a city which is continuously being populated by towers, altering its skyline and urban fabric.

“Connected Tower” will tackle the challenge of radically decomposing the tower in order to liberate it from its current fixed typology dominated by the repetition and segmentation. Istanbul presents itself as a crucial model in this challenge, due to the increasing high-rise construction during recent years in specific parts of the city. Therefore, taking the existing architectural characteristics of the high-rise buildings and their urban implications in Istanbul, “Connected Tower” aims to set the tower free from its existing binary axioms – building and city, circulation and habitation, structure and skin.  The tower here becomes an extreme testing ground where it can evolve from being a solitary type to a novel vertical system described with the qualities of adaptation, integration, and fluidity. The design process highlights learning from the integrated nature of biological systems in order to infuse vertical systems with adaptive, multi-functional qualities. The generation of differentiated verticality is carried out by algorithmic design processes in various computation platforms. The creations in the digital world are tested and realized with digital fabrication processes involving various CNC methods, leading to the production of physical prototypes of various scales. In relation with the agenda, a series of lectures by leading academics and professionals will be organized as part of the public events of the School.

Update: Transitional Shelter Project in Haiti / MICA

Exterior Rendering - Courtesy of David Lopez

In the Spring of 2011, the Design|Build studio at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) began researching the various influences impacting the design and construction of transitional shelters used in disaster relief. The research included a review of conditions in , where a portion of the class travelled to Port-Au-Prince over their Spring Break to check out some of the shelter types being constructed in response to the earthquake that devastated the area back in January of 2010.

Several case studies were investigated, including the Haiti Earthquake. The research was comprehensive. However, the impact of this survey on the outcome of transitional shelter was debatable – there were no “universal solutions”, and there was no panacea that could solve every scenario.

Laurel Park Elementary School / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

© Tom Arban

Architect: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: Apex, North Carolina,
Client: Wake County Public School System
Project Team: Clymer Cease, Donna Francis, Shann Rushing, Donna Ficca
Size: 110,000 sqf
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Tom Arban Photography, Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

A Driving Trendsetter

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Video: Rothschild Bank headquarters / OMA

Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon discuss their design of the Rothschild Bank headquarters in . Viewing the bank as a “dynamic system”, the main task was to create an “always efficient and always pleasant” machine that will accommodate all of the Bank’s staff and reunite its connections with the city, including the St. Stephen’s Walbrook. OMA’s design for the New Court is the fourth iteration of NM Rothschild & Sons’ headquarters, all of which have been built on the dense and narrow medieval alley of St. Swithin’s Lane.

The film was created by Miguel Santa Clara.

Reference: BD, OMA

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: , , USA
Associate Architect: Davis Davis Architects
Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Lanscape Architect: Civitas, Inc.
Project Team: Curtis Fentress, Jeff Olson, Robin Ault, Al Roberts, Sharlene Bhyun, Jesse Dzierzanowski
Photographs: Jason A. Knowles

Courtesy of Centre for Central European Architecture

Central European Suburbia Interventions Competition

The Centre for Central European Architecture is organizing an international project focused on the situation of contemporary Central European suburbia. They have just launched an open call which invites architects, artists and other individuals to send their proposals of interventions.…

Capsula Multibrand Store / GöSKE PROJECT

© Tamas Bujnovszky

Architects: Sandor Gocsei, GöSKE PROJECT
Location: Budapest, Andrássy Avenue, Hungary
Client: Fashion Café Zrt.
Building Technology: Légmester Kft.
Electricity: Lisys Zrt.
Year designed: 2010
Year built: 2011
Gross area: 230 sqm
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

© Carlos Lobão + ARQX

Hotel Liesma Proposal / ARQX Arquitectos + Carlos Lobão

The musical theme is present in the project proposal by ARQX Arquitectos…, therefore in a very metaphorical way, avoiding a mimetic decoration or spatial-appropriation to music reported items. They try not to just show musical objects, but to compose

UMD Swenson Civil Engineering Building / Ross-Barney Architects

© Kate Joyce Studios

Architect: Ross-Barney Architects
Location: , , USA
Project Lead Designer: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Project Team: Michael Ross, AIA (principal in-charge); Monica Chadha (project manager); Jonathan Graves (project architect); Kimberley Patten, AIA (sustainable design and interiors); Marc Anderson; Ricardo Nabholz
Architect of Record: SJA Architects
Project Area: 35,300 sqf
Photographs: Kate Joyce Studios

Ramat Hanadiv Visiting Center / Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects

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Architects: Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects / Guy Teomi, Yuval Amitzi
Location: , Israel
Landscaping: Amir Blum
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects

Anstruther Sea View Extension / Oliver Chapman Architects

© Michael Collins

Architects: Oliver Chapman Architects
Location: , Fife, 49 John Street
Start on site date: January 2011
Date of completion: July 2011
Gross internal Floor area: 45 sqm
Total cost: £160,000.00
Structural Engineers: David Narro Associates
Photographs: Michael Collins


Watch Urbanized Online, Now!

Starting today, you can now watch Urbanized online while it’s still in theaters! If you’ve got iTunes and you’re in the US or Canada, you can watch it via iTunes as a premium rental. If you’re not in those countries, you can rent it directly from Urbanized website via Distrify. You can also embed the film in your website or blog and share it with folks you know.

More information here.

Poetry Foundation / John Ronan Architects

© Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 61 West Superior Street, Chicago, ,
Project Team: John Ronan AIA, Lead Designer; Tom Lee, Project Architect; Evan Menk, Senior Technical Coordinator; John Trocke, Marcin Szef, Wonwoo Park
Program Manager: U.S. Equities Realty
Project Area: 26,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

SOM receives 2011 Firm of the Year Award

The AIA Chicago chapter has awarded the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) the 2011 Firm of the Year Award for 75 years of global design excellence. The chapter recognized the outstanding achievements and excellence in the firm’s body of work and their contribution to the advancement of the architectural profession in areas of design, research, planning, technology and architectural practice. This is the highest AIA award a firm can receive.

The Firm Award Jury stated, is the jury’s unanimous choice for AIA Chicago’s 2011 Firm of the Year. It is evident in the submission that SOM has a distinct culture that is collaborative and team-oriented with a history of high aspirations for design excellence. For the professional community, SOM’s innovation continues to impact and inform tall building design around the world, while it is also evident that SOM is an involved and active citizen of Chicago, reaching outside of itself to positively impact the community and its organizations.”

A celebration will take place at the AIA Chicago annual meeting and awards presentation on Friday, December 9th, 2011 at ReBuilding Exchange in Chicago, .

Here are a few SOM projects featured on ArchDaily:

Leaf-Structured Canopy / SAM Architekten und Partner

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Architects: SAM Architekten und Partner
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of SAM Architekten und Partner