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Carnegie Mellon Spring 2012 Lecture Series

Known for drawing in a diverse background of well-known architects, Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture‘s spring 2012 lecture series began January 23rd with Jesse Seppi and concludes with Tatiana Bilbao on April 23rd. All events will take place at the…

Vittra Telefonplan / Rosan Bosch

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Architects: Rosan Bosch
Location: Hägersten, Stockholm,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1900 sqm
Photographs: Kim Wendt

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Call for Proposals: CTBUH Research Seed Funding

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce a “Call for Proposals” for its 2012 International Research Seed Funding initiative – culminating with an award of US$20,000.
The goal of the seed funding is to…

In Progress: Cite des Arts et de la Culture / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architect: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Besancon,
Associated Architect: Archidev
Client: City of Besançon, Region Franche-Comté
Engineer: EGIS Est
Landscape engineer: L’agence L’Anton et associé
Acoustic engineer: Cabinet Lamoureux
Scenographic engineer: Changement à vu
Quantity survivor: Cabinet Guy Cholley
Environment engineer: Alto
Façade Detail Manufacturers: LAUBEUF
Site area: 23,000 sqm
Total floor area: 11,925 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2012
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle & Stephan Girard


Europan 11 Proposal: ‘Nudge City’ / RIO Agency

In their Europan 11 Proposal, titled ‘Nudge City’, RIO Agency’s… main goal was to build on a critical vision of sustainability as it is often promoted today. In their approach, the urban project cannot be a goal in itself. It

Yellow Peach / MuFF

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Architect: MuFF – Kosuke Kajikawa
Location: , Tokyo,
Client: Yellow Peach
Project Area: 30.400 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of MuFF

Theatre La Licorne / FABG

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Architects: FABG
Location: Montréal,
Project Team: Steve Montpetit, André Lavoie, Dominique Potvin, François Verville
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 20,000 sqm
Photographs: Steve Montpetit

Iconic Houses by Grant Snider

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Curbed lead us to Colorado-based webcomic Grant Snider and his clever blog Incidental Comics. Snider uses the classic “glass houses” proverb in his own unique depiction of midcentury “Iconic Houses”, highlighting The Glass House by Philip Johnson, Farnsworth House by Mies Van der Rohe, Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier and Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Curious about the red beavers gnawing at the Farnsworth House? Snider clears up the confusion stating, “In an earlier draft of this comic, it appeared the Farnsworth house was being gnawed by ordinary beavers. My architect brother informed me that was known for his innovations in steel and glass, not wood. So just to clarify: those are MUTANT beavers.”

House Eadie / Tribe Studio Architects

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Architects: Tribe Studio Architects
Location: , Sydney,
Project Team: Hannah Tribe, Ricci Bloch
Builder: JLS Construction
Structural Engineer: Damian Hadley – Cantilever Engineers
Project Area: 143 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Katherine Lu

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Europan 11 Proposal: ‘Diversity Recharged’ / AMK+ Studio

The first prize proposal in the Europan 11 competition in Hungary, Szeged by AMK+ Studio… is before a functional transformation and with the cooperation of the city and the site owner, the integration of the site into the urban tissue

Alma Hotel proposal / LAN Architecture

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The hotel project by LAN Architecture rapidly became a small city project, a human settlement in which habitat, commerce, education, politics, and culture are combined. To achieve their objective, they set a strategy where each component of the project plays an essential role in the definition of the whole: rooms become a roof, roof is a plaza, the plaza a window, the window a façade, the façade a landscape, etc. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Europan 11 Proposal: ‘META – Block’ / Loïc Brenterc’h (A.B.A Agency) + Ewan Marin (COT Agency)

Loïc Brenterc’h (A.B.A agency) + Ewan Marin (COT agency)… shared with us their Europan 11 Proposal in Toulouse, France which won the second prize. Titled ‘META – Block: A Toulouse Urban Model’, the purpose of their design is to extend

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European Workshop of Waterfront and Urban Design 2012 Workshop

Organized by a commission of professors and students from the ULHT’s (Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias) School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies (ECATI), European Workshop of Waterfront and Urban Design Workshop 2012 will take place from March…

The Standard New York / Ennead Architects

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Architects: Ennead Architects
Location: City, , USA
Project Architects: Megan Miller AIA (Design), Tara Leibenhaut-Tyre AIA (Construction Administration)
Design Team: Gary Anderson, Darla Elsbernd, John LaBombard, Apichat Leungchaikul, Ken Mito, Saem Oh, Michael O’Meara, Jesse Peck, Alan Slusarenko, Frederick Tang, Maya Weissman-Ilan
Interior Design: Roman and Williams
Design Partner: Todd Schliemann FAIA
Management Partner: Kevin McClurkan AIA
Senior Designer: Amy Lin AIA
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 204,500 sqm
Photographs:  Nikolas Koenig, Thomas Loof

TEDx: Hedonistic Sustainability / Bjarke Ingels

In this video Bjarke Ingels shares his enlightened view on Hedonistic sustainability, challenging the misconception that one must give up a portion of their comfortable lifestyle in order to live sustainability. Ingels counteracts that delusion with examples that illustrate the possibilities of sustainable buildings and cities increasing life quality. He encourages architects to embrace their expanded roles of becoming “designers of ecosystems” by creating a world where our presence is not seen as detrimental to our environment through the integration of our “consumption patterns and leftovers” into our natural world. Ingels is optimistic as he shares Hollywood’s copy of BIG’s Denmark Pavilion for the Shanghai 2010 Expo in Iron Man 2. Ingels states, “If Hollywood starts ripping off sustainable architecture to portray science fiction it could be a sign we are moving towards Hedonistic sustainability.”

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Space of Young creation in Villanueva de la Serena / José María Sánchez García

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Architect: José María Sánchez García
Location: , Badajoz,
Project Team: Rafael Fernández Caparros, Maria Dolores Sánchez García, Ignacio Prieto
Structural engineer: Aro consultores [Enrique García- Margallo Solo de Zaldivar]
Services engineer: Aro consultores
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 1143.87 sqm
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Chase for Space: An Architecture Challenge for the Future / Nejc Trošt

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“Chase for Space: an architecture challenge for the future is an transdisciplinary book with wide overview of future space commercialization and its impact on architecture discipline. It helps to understand what kind of designs, what kind of architecture and what kind of practice needs to be envisaged in order to enable civilians’ access to space. With contributors from different disciplines and their relations to space creation this piece of work tries to become an inspiration tool for future generations. We are here, just scratching the surface of a field that will in our opinion see an expansive growth in the following years.”

Video: Parametric Romantic Garden / Subarquitectura

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Subarquitectura transforms a roundabout into a public space with the Parametric Romantic Garden that creates a system of paths leading to a tram station in , Spain. The parametric design accommodates for existing trees while establishing 32 unique ways in which the platforms may be reached. Each platform is capped with a hollow luminary, serving as an identifier for the station while breaking down the scale for the travelers. Follow this link for more information on the project.