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Call for Entries: Norman Foster Travel Prize

The RIBA just launched the 2012 Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship award, open to students of all RIBA-accredited architecture schools in the UK and abroad.
While the destination is chosen by the student, the research proposal must be related to the…

Tantangan Villa / Word of Mouth Architecture

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Architect: Word of Mouth Architecture
Location: Nyanyi Beach, , Indonesia
Principal: ValentinaAudrito
Interior Designer: JosettePlismy
Design Team: Robin Bimantoro, FikaHerdiani, DewiArianti
Civil Contractor: Edi Suroso
MEP Contractor: Witala Jaya Abadi
Landscape Designer: John Pettigrew
ESD Consultant: FrederikStimmel
Land Area: 6500 sqm
Building Area: 1417 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: MochSulthonn


Redcliffs Estuary / Stufkens + Chambers Architects

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Architecture and Interiors: Stufkens + Chambers Architects
Location: Redcliffs, Christchurch,
Structural Engineer: Aurecon
Landscape Design: Stufkens + Chambers Architects
Photographs: Courtesy of Stufkens + Chambers Architects


See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

David Chipperfield announces “Common Ground” as the theme for the 13th International Venice Biennale

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Today, the President of the Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, and the 13th International Architecture Exhibition Director, David Chipperfield, met at Ca’Giustinian with the representatives of the 41 countries participating in the exhibition, including representatives of Kosovo, Kuwait and Peru for the first time. David Chipperfield announced the theme of this year’s Biennale is to be Common Ground. Continue reading for more information.

David Chipperfield states, “I want this Biennale to celebrate a vital, interconnected architectural culture, and pose questions about the intellectual and physical territories that it shares. In the methods of selection of participants, my Biennale will encourage the collaboration and dialogue that I believe is at the heart of architecture, and the title will also serve as a metaphor for architecture’s field of activity.”

Continue reading for more.

AD Interviews: Kengo Kuma

Through our interview program, I’ve had the chance to meet with some of the world’s most renowned architects, while creating a moment to share their views about the profession with our readers.

During the 2011 AIA National Convention, I had the chance to meet , one of Japan’s most recognized architects, whose work I admire. His recent works use subtle elements with a powerful structural expression, and interesting spatial results for different programs of various scales.

Established in 1990, Kengo Kuma & Associates have become known for their expressive use of materiality and deep connection with nature. The mid-sized firm is involved in a wide spectrum of work, ranging from private residences, to Buddhist temples and art museums. Kengo Kuma & Associates consist of two offices located in Tokyo and Paris.

Principle Architect Kengo Kuma is a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo. His goal is to recover traditional Japanese design and reinterpret it for the 21st century. Inspiration of light and nature guides the design process and influences his unique explorations with glass, wood, concrete and stone. Kuma strives to create architecture that coexists with the natural environment and works in harmony with the human body.

Kengo Kuma has won a multitude of competitions and received many awards, including the prestigious Architecture Institute of Japan Award (1997) and most recently the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (2002) and the AIA Honorary Fellowship (2011). Major works include the Kirosan Observatory, Water / Glass, Toyoma Center for Performing Arts, Stone Museum and Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum. Recent works include the Mesh / Earth terrace house, the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum and the Suntory Museum of Art.

Projects by Kengo Kuma & Associates at ArchDaily:

IS / Yo Yamagata Architects

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Architect: Yo Yamagata Architects
Location: Saitama,
Project Area : 54.98 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Forward stroke Inc


AD Round Up: Refurbishment Part VIII

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It’s our eight selection of previously featured refurbishment projects and we’re still featuring some of the best ones we published back in 2009! Check them all after the break.

Khan house / drdh architects
drdh architects sent us this house with a long previous story. Speculatively built by 19th Century developers, it has been adapted and distorted over time to suit circumstance – acquiring a single storey shop and basement, an extra storey, a cantilevered lavatory and a garage. Of more immediate concern was the basement, where the floor had been dug out and the corbels sheared off the party walls, to provide extra space (read more…)

Infographic: Steel & Architecture

Grosvenor Waterside / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: ,
Client: St James Group Ltd
Collaborators: Sheppard Robson, Arup, Barton Willmore, Charles Funke Associates, Davis Langdon, EDP, Faithful+Gould, FPD Savills, Future City, Herbert Smith
Project Area: 25,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Zander Olsen, Make Architects: Charles Funke; Cooper Rose

El Pintado Tidal Mill / Manuel Fonseca Gallego, Javier López, Ramón Pico

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Architect: Manuel Fonseca Gallego, , Ramón Pico
Location: , Spain
Colaborators: Visitacion Rodriguez Pastrana, David Caballor Bartolome, Gabriel Cuena Lopez
Contractor: Bardera , S.L.
Project date: December 1996
Total usable area: 394,63 sqm
Total built area: 508,63 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Fernando Alda Calvo

Architects’ Journal Launches Campaign to Raise the Status of Women in Architecture

© Architect's Journal; Reported by Richard Waite and Ann-Marie Corvin

Earlier this week RIBA unveiled its results from the December 2011 Future Trends Survey. Andrea Klettner of bdonline reports that although the overall trend in architectural practices is a decrease in confidence over future workloads, female employees seem to be hit dispropotionately by the challenges the industries faces. RIBA’s Future Trends Survey also found that female architectural staff fell 4% since 2009 and that between January 2009 and its most recent poll, female architectural staff fell from 28% to 21%.  This news only emphasizes the findings that Architects’ Journal discovered after conducting its first Women in Architecture survey which quizzed 700 women “about career challenges as well as sexual discrimination, children, pay and role models”.

Read more after the break.


© Wouter vandenBrink

Location: Amsterdam,
Program: retail
Assignment: rebuilding and interior
Status: completed September 2011
Size: 188 sqm
Client: Veldhovengroup BV, Stills
Design: Duzan Doepel, Eline Strijkers with Chantal Vos
Photograph: Wouter vandenBrink

SOM launches Los Angeles Design Studio

The Partners of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) have announced their plans for a new design studio in to join their West Coast practice. With a commitment to urban, environmental and social sustainability in Southern , the studio will be lead by three former SOM architects – Michael Mann, FAIA; Paul Danna, AIA; and Jose Luis Palacios, AIA.

Craig Hartman, FAIA, the Design Partner in SOM’s San Francisco office, stated, “We want to be part of the dialogue in LA – a tremendously important cultural and talent hub and a diverse design-centric city. With Michael, Paul and Jose leading our studio,” Hartman continued, “we will be part of the conversation and be able to collaborate meaningfully with colleagues and institutions that we’ve known for years.

New commissions include UCLA’s new Medical Education Building that will become a entry point for the campus and the Medical School, a new mix-use project at UC Santa Barbara and a new courthouse for the Superior Court of California in San Diego, which will be the largest in the state. Find more information here.

Belen Police Station / EDU

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Architects: EDU
Location: Colombia – , Zona Sur Occidental – Comuna 16 Belén, Carrera 73 con calle 14
Project Team: Arq. John Octavio Ortiz; Arq. Carlos Mario Rodriguez, Arq. Andres Lujan, Arq. Carmen Hurtado, Prac. Arq. Patricia Arango
Construction: Coninsa Ramon HS.A
Project area: 4.098 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of EDU

ArchDaily + CEBRA Giveaway, announcing the winners

Our Cebra book giveaway contest is over! Thank you all for participating, and kudos to all fans and architectural conoisseurs among you! We got some really interesting entries – so be ready for more events like this one, coming soon. The two lucky winners are Mike Delvalle and John Putre. Congratulations, you just got a new something for the library!

And to everyone else, thanks so much for your enthusiasm. And stay tuned – next time could be your lucky break!

You can check the contest page (now closed) here – or follow our Giveaways category.

Architecture Sounds Dirty

So I just asked a simple question. “Are there any Architecture terms or phrases that sound unintentionally ….. ummm… dirty?”

Yep, 12 hours later I had 150 responses. The internet is awesome. And, you guys are disgusting.

So, here goes, I’ll list the terms I have so far. In fact, I’ll even include a pdf you can print and post in the breakroom – (HERE >> architecturesoundsdirty).

Feel free to add more in the comment section down there, or you can tweet them with the hashtag #architecturesoundsdirty

Scheduling the hardware
Nailing studs
Pipe penetrations
Fire-rated penetrations
Thru-wall penetrations
Undulating facades
Undifferentiated wedge

Houston Pavilion / Morris Architects

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Morris Architects shared with us their Houston Pavilion for the 8th International Garden Expo in , China, which is a showcase for a variety of landscape typologies throughout China and the world. The theme, “Better Garden, Better City”, promotes harmony between landscaped and built spaces. The City of Houston is one of thirty-two international cities invited to participate in the Expo. Morris Architects partnered with SWA Group to design the Houston Pavilion. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Fünf Häuser / TIP

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Architects: TIP
Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Walter Mair, Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Lukas Lenherr