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Holland Park School / Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Location: London, UK
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
  • M&E Consultant: Buro Happold
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner And Theobald
  • Landscape: The Landscape Partnership
  • Client: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Area: 20,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas

Alberto Campo Baeza Awarded Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal 2012

Only a few weeks after being recognized for his excellence by the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid, the distinguished Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza has just been awarded the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal for 2012 by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg. The award, given since 1962, is a recognition of work that, like that of German architect Heinrich Tessenow (1876-1950), is "uncompromising, sober and essential." 

Architectural Design: Human Experience and Place - Sustaining Identity

Human Experience and Place: Sustaining Identity is the latest title in the successful and prestigious Architectural Design (AD) series. Officially launched at the Sustaining Identity Symposium in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum at the end of November, this issue features both well-known and emerging practices worldwide.

By drawing on examples from across the world, this issue of AD demonstrates that, in a time of commercial globalisation, it is possible for architects, designers and engineers to create outstanding buildings that retain a sense of local identity, both in terms of cultural heritage and the conservation of the environment.

Video: Rob Montgomery & Pernilla Ohrstedt, The Hot Seat

Galaxay Mall / tvsdesign

  • Architects: tvsdesign
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Area: 213324.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign

All Saints’ Academy / Nicholas Hare Architects

  • Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Location: Blaisdon Way, Cheltenham, UK
  • Structural Engineer: Skanska Technology
  • Services Engineer: White Young Green
  • Client: Gloucestershire County Council
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hufton & Crow, Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects

© Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow

Kettle Hole House / Robert Young

  • Architects: Robert Young
  • Location: East Hampton, New York, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Robert Young
  • Design Team: Mara Indra, Marlene Toerper, Shea Murdock
  • Project Architect: Kiyomi Troemner
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Frank Oudeman

© Frank Oudeman © Frank Oudeman © Frank Oudeman © Frank Oudeman

Martin Barry: Collaborative Ideas for More Livable Cities Lecture

Courtesy of NYU
Courtesy of NYU

Martin Barry, founder and director of reSITE in Prague and associate at W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in New York, will give an evening lecture at 6:30pm EST on February 7th. Taking place at the NYU Silver Center, his lecture will focus on how organization is advocating for more transparent, contemporary and sustainable urban planning in Czech cities. Martin will discuss the outcomes of reSITE 2012 and describe their plans for reSITE Festival and Conference to take place in June 2013. The event is presented by NYU Department of Art History & Urban Design and Architecture Studies with Czech House NYU. For more information, please visit here.

Films & Architecture: "Inception"

This time we want to share a very contemporary film. An amazing story stunningly described by Christopher Nolan, in which dreams within dreams can be manipulated by “architects” who can construct an imaginary reality.

Imagine: being able, as architects, to create whole environments, just using our minds as the resource. Let us know your ideas in the comments below, and, while you’re at it, please let us know of some new films we can add to the list!

Vigdis Languages Center Proposal / OOIIO Architecture

Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture
Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture

Designed for the “Vigdis Foundation”, the Languages Center aims to be a rational building, where modulation is a key aspect. Designed by OOIIO Architecture, there is no architectural excess that might increase the budget, but quite singular and special at the same time, comfortable for users and interesting enough to get the pedestrians attention. Built to host exhibitions, a cinema-theater, café, library, and more, the construction of the building is efficient, quick and with a rational materials use. More images and architects’ description after the break.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Valenciennes Technopole for Sustainable Mobility Competition Entry / Mikou Design Studio

© Studio Sezz
© Studio Sezz

The Transalley Technopole is a metropolitan scientific and technological project of an international dimension, dedicated to transportation and mobility, located on a strategic site of the Valenciennes urban area. The competition proposal by Mikou Design Studio aims to be a real ecosystem of innovation, and it will host the Institut des Transports Durables (Sustainable Transport Institute), the Institut International de Management, and the head office of IRT Railenium, which will be a major research and development center dedicated to railway infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Innovative, Bioclimatic, European School Complex Second Prize Winning Proposal / Various Architects

Courtesy of Platon Issaias, Theodosis Issaias, Alexandra Vougia, Costandis Kizis
Courtesy of Platon Issaias, Theodosis Issaias, Alexandra Vougia, Costandis Kizis

Designed by architects Costandis Kizis, Platon Issaias, Theodosis Issaias, and Alexandra Vougia, the second prize winning proposal for the Innovative Bioclimatic European School Complex in Crete develops around two fundamental elements of space: light and soil. In response to the intense landscape of the area of Voutes, the architectural gesture, derived from the cliffs and valleys of the region, takes advantage of the microclimatic conditions while at the same time underlining the presence of an educational institution, not by standing out, but by letting the natural landscape play the leading role. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Graduating in 2013? You're in Luck...

© Carlos Willis
© Carlos Willis

 is a Vice President at Autodesk and teaches at Yale (see our interview with him here). Last week, we published his "5 Pearls of Wisdoms for Architecture Grads," originally written in 2011. This week, Phil is back to talk to Architecture students again, but this time with some updated advice for the grads of 2013.

It’s been a year since my “Winter Commencement” discussion, and just a few days since I gave my annual talk to our graduating students about the state of the construction economy and what that means for their spring job hunt.  And since ArchDaily decided to repost that blog recently, it seemed timely to reflect a bit on how things have changed since December of 2011, and what those changes might mean for job prospects going forward.

And what a difference a year makes, at least for this year’s graduating class.  The elections are over, most of the economic malaise, while not lifted here in the U.S, is certainly lighter, and designing, building and, most importantly, hiring seems to be on the rise again.  In fact, for the first time since 2009, I suggested to our students that prospects for their employment are the brightest of the young decade.  

Here’s my reasoning...

Find out why Grads in 2013 are facing far rosier circumstances, after the break...

Passive kindergarten Oostduinkerke / BURO II + ARCHI+I

© Klaas Verdru
© Klaas Verdru
  • Architects: BURO II + ARCHI+I
  • Location: Koksijde, Belgium
  • Project Director: Arch. Tom Vandorpe
  • Design Architect: Ir. Arch. Isabel Vlaeminck
  • Project Architect: Arch. Nancy Latruwe
  • Landscape Architect: Arch. urban planner Maarten Vansteenhuyse
  • Interior Architect: Int.arch. Joost Claeys
  • Area: 1246.38 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Klaas Verdru

© Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru

House in Shimoda-Chou / EANA

  • Architects: EANA
  • Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Design Team: Kohei Iwasaki, Tota Abe
  • Construction: Eiko Kensetsu
  • Structural Design: Kenji Nawa, Nawakenji-M
  • Total Foor Area: 142.60 sqm

  • Site Area: 175.10 sqm

  • Area: 77.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

Gag Order Released on the London Olympics' Architects

Although the 2012 London Olympics concluded last August, RIBA president Angela Brady and New London Architecture chairman Peter Murray continued to lead a fierce campaign against the strict International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules that forbid architectural practices who contributed to the design and construction of the venues from promoting their work. Months later, a compromise has finally been met and the architects will now allowed to discuss their contributions freely.