AD Classics: Oak Ridge New Town Master Plan / SOM

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Many engineers, scientists, and other workers were recruited to East during WWII for the development of the Manhattan Project. Because of this growth, SOM was contracted to design a master plan and home designs for the secret site planned by the U.S. Federal Government.  The Oak Ridge New Town Master Plan would become a foundation for urban design projects not just for SOM, but for American standards as well. More on the Oak Ridge New Town Master Plan after the break.

Milstein Hall at Cornell University / OMA


The highly anticipated Milstein Hall at Cornell University has officially opened its studios to students. It is the first new building in over 100 years for the renowned College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP). Designed by OMA, led by partner Shohei Shigematsu who directs the NY office, and and Pritzker Prize-winner Rem Koolhaas, the design for the 47,000-square-foot building physically unites the AAP’s long-separated facilities to form a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration.

“Milstein Hall operates on many levels,” says AAP dean Kent Kleinman. “It redefines the entry for the northern edge of the campus; it provides a permeable boundary between academic space and the public; it offers extraordinary spatial relationships between internal programmatic elements; and it offers a landscape of studios that fosters a level of interaction between our undergraduate and graduate architecture students that we have never enjoyed before.”

Cornell overcame the danger of having both their accreditation and new architecture school eradicated from the campus, but as we reported in May of last year there has been smooth sailing in terms of the physical construction of OMA’S Milstein Hall ever since.

More about Milstein Hall following the break.

Coop Himmelb(l)au Wins Two International Awards

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This summer Coop Himmelb(l)au recieved two awards for two different buildings in Europe.  The Dedalo Minosse International Prize was awarded for the firm’s design of BMW Welt in Munich on June 24, 2011 in Vicenza, Italy.  According to the president of the Italian Association ALA, Bruno Gabbiani, who presented the award, the prize boosts “the quality of architecture looking at final result, analysing and focusing on project and constructive plan process and giving special attention to people who determine the success of the work: the architect and the client”.   The awarded works, with Coop Himmelb(l)au among them, will be presented at the CISA, Cento Studi di Architecttura Palladio in Vicenza until September 18, 2011.  Read more on this project here: BMW Welt / Coop Himmelb(l)au

Europe 40 under 40 Award Winners

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The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, together with The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design recently released the names of this year’s top 40 European architects under 40. The 40 under 40 award highlights the architects, landscape architects, and planners that will shape the future of design.

Award winners after the break.

Afife House / Alfredo Resende Arquitectos

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Architects: Alfredo Resende Arquitectos / João Resende, José Oliveira
Location: Viana de Castelo,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 245 sqm
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves

Jordan Invest Bank / Symbiosis Designs LTD

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Architect: Symbiosis Designs LTD
Location: Amman,
Project Team: Khalid Nahhas, Ramiz Ayoub, Nisreen Al-Far, Faiha Khazna Katbi, Firas Rhaibeh, Rawan Kakish, Widyan Al- Khaldi, Mariam Ellala, Zaid Kakish
Structural Engineer: International Designers Engineers
Electrical/Mechanical Engineer: Spectrum Mep.
Client: Jordan Investment Finance Bank
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rasem Kamal / Symbiosis Designs LTD

The Hunt for a Green Job: What the Clean Economy has to Offer Job Seekers

Photo by OregonDOT

Green Technology has given architects several things to rejoice about. It is helping designers become more responsible and conscious about the impacts of their buildings on the environment and the future; it is also sparking more creative approaches to design while engaging technological innovation. And perhaps most importantly, it is providing new jobs in the market for architects, engineers, researchers and manufacturers. So how can each of these professions benefit from this boosted interest in sustainability and renewable technology? Read on for tips on how and where to acquire a “green job”.

Law Street House / Muir Mendes

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Architect: Muir Mendes
Location: , Australia
Project/Design Architect: Amy Muir and Bruno Mendes
Builder: Bruno Mendes, Joaquim Mendes, Amy Muir
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Batman’s rumored new home for The Dark Knight Rises : Welcome to the Batcave (maybe)!


Batman’s rumored new home in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises is none other than the long awaited arrival of the . Located in Turda , the abandoned Turda Salt Mine is flooding the internet with buzz that this will be the location where filming will take place for the . Leaving fanboy’s everywhere lusting for more information that this is in fact where batman will store his batsuit, batmobile, and all of his other gadgets. While filming for The Dark Knight Rises has already begun, it is with high hopes that the Turda Salt Mine will be added to the filming locations and serve as batmans’s new home.


Vila Velha Museum / Belém Lima Arquitectos

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Location: , Portugal
Engineering: Norvia | coord MJ Borges
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 705 sqm
Photographs: FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra

Video: Mediating Mediums – The Digital 3d

Greg Tran shared with us his amazing video, ‘Mediating Mediums – The Digital 3d’. The video was the Thesis Prize Winner in Harvard Graduate School of Design 2011. You can see the short version above, and if you want to check to complete version, you can watch it here: Mediating Mediums – The Digital 3d (Full Version).

“Architecture has always been the medium which defines the spaces we live in, but with the emergence of Digital 3d or “augmented” technology, immaterial stimuli is beginning to encroach upon those spaces. Thus far, digital forms have few relationships to their material context, but there is interesting potential for their interaction. Digital tools act as an infrastructural and informational prosthetic, but will be most profound when they tie back to the human body and engage the built environment.”


Foreclose: Rehousing the American Dream / MoMA

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This weekend, the ArchDaily team will be attending MoMA’s Foreclose: Rehousing the American Dream event featuring open studios and a keynote address by the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. During this 14-month project, the challenge has forced participants to rethink housing in cities, imagining new architectural possibilities for American cities and suburbs in the context of the recent foreclosure crisis. During the afternoon, the 5 teams (Amale Andraos and Dan Wood of WORK Architecture Company; Michael Bell of Columbia University; Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang; Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith of MOS; and Andrew Zago of Zago Architecture) will open their studios and we cannot wait to see what they’ve been working on.  As the team are comprised of multidisciplinary professionals, we’re excited to see their different approaches for dealing with their selected “megaregion” – a metropolitan area that lies within a corridor between two major cities. Check out MoMA’s site for the event info and maybe we’ll see you there!

Update: Ronchamp Chapel / Renzo Piano

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Last week, Renzo Piano attended the opening of his newest addition to the site of Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. Commissioned by the Association Oeuvre Notre Dame du Haut, Piano was asked to design a small visitors’ center and convent for the Poor Clare nuns who live on the grounds. When first announced in 2008, the project was in the midst of controversy as an online debate of petitions against the project – signed by Moneo, Meier and Pelli – was sent to France’s minister of culture, only to be countered with a petition in support of the project, including names such as Fuksas and Ando. Even with the conflict, Piano remained cool and collected…and a perfect fit for the job. In addition to his personal love of Le Corb’s project, Piano’s works have a certain air of sensitivty about them, a characteristic that would produce a work not to overshadow nor compete with, yet respectfully support, Corbusier’s masterpiece. “I love Le Corbusier’s building. For me, it’s a masterpiece. He made one of the most beautiful places of meditation in the world,” Piano told Arch Record.

More about the convent after the break.

MFA Atolplaza Lelystad / Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur

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Architect: Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur
Location: Atol, Schor 1, 8224 CM, Lelystad, The Netherlands
Project Team: Jeanne Dekkers, Helga Snel, Judith Egberink (design), Jan Enting (project coordination) Terry Schmidt, Paul Edens (structural design)
Client: City Counsil of Lelystad
Project Management:
Constructions: Adviesbureau Tielemans, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Installations: Ingenieursbureau Nelissen, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Contractor: Plegt Vos Jouwstra, Lelystad, The Netherlands
Wallprint: MetroXL, Waalwijk, The Netherlands
Project Area: 6.800 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Daria Scagliola en Stijn Brakkee

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design for new museum complex

Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro / View from Corner of Center and Oxford Streets

The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) today held a community open house to present the schematic design for its new facility to the public. The project, designed by the renowned City-based firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), will unite a repurposed former UC printing plant at 2120 Oxford Street with a new structure. More information and images after the break.

P-K House / Pichler & Traupmann Architekten

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Location: ,
Structural Design: DI Harald Weiss, Pregarten
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 269.06 sqm
Photographs: Lisa Rastl

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Taiwan Tower Proposal / BNKR Arquitectura

BNKR Arquitectura… started this proposal with a simple but relevant question: How to conceive an icon landmark for Taichung? Their research explored a wide range of conceptual references in order to find an artistic expression that was coherent with the

King and King Architects Headquarters / King + King Architects

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Architects: King + King Architects
Location: Syracuse, New York,
Partner in Charge: Peter King
Project Managers: Eric Witschi, Jason Benedict, David Green, Fouad Dietz
Team Leaders: Matt Leak, Matt Brubaker
Designers: Mark Azarello, John Merritt, Nicole Stack
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Dave Revette Photography