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House in Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization / José Luis Rodríguez Gil

Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez

Architects: José Luis Rodríguez Gil Location: Granadilla, Canary Islands, Spain Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez

Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez
Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez

Congresso Nacional dos Municípios (CNM) Headquarters Winning Proposal / Luis Eduardo Loyola and Maria Cristina Motta

The primary condition for the first prize winning design of the new headquarters of Congresso Nacional dos Municípios (CNM) is the creation of a metropolitan area in line with the urban context of the city of Brasilia. Designed by Luis Eduardo Loyola and Maria Cristina Motta, the project is embodied along an axis in the form of a white metallic volume floating gently on a concrete basement. The transparency of the volume creates a special relation with their surroundings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ELEMENTAL: Incremental Housing and Participatory Design Manual

National Art Museum of China competition entry / OMA

© OMA
© OMA

OMA has shared with us their proposal for the new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing. The Rotterdam-based practice is one of the all-star contenders competing to design the 1.3 million square feet NAMOC that will be built next to the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Bird’s Nest. Even though rumors are flying about a potential winner, the jury won’t announce the final results of the competition until November. Given the epic proportions of the NAMOC, OMA has chosen to treat the massive structure as a small city by integrating a variety of city-like districts throughout. The proposal includes a range of experiences in both “classical, orthogonal” museum spaces as well as contemporary, open-plan areas. Continue after the break to learn more.

St-Agatha-Berchem Sustainable Social Housing / Buro II & Archi+I

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXX

Great architecture photography from our Flickr Pool. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features. The photo above was taken by Kaleidelika in Valencia, Spain. Don’t miss the other four after the break.

Atelier Gados: Stitching Spaces

© Eik Frenzel, Philomene Hoel
© Eik Frenzel, Philomene Hoel

Rio de Janeiro-based writer Robert Landon has shared with us his experience exploring the work/live space of Atelier Gados, designed by female-led powerhouse of Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten.  Thrusting out of a green hillside in an upscale suburb of Basel, Switzerland, Atelier Gados seems deliberately to announce its difference from its staid neighbors – as it should. For Atelier Gados — the work of the young Basel-based Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten — is not just another conventional family residence, but the workshop of an avant-garde Basel clothing designer. In a little bourgeois valley otherwise divided into atomistic, private worlds, Atelier Gados is a place of commerce, a site of creation, an unlikely threshold where public and private are made to meet. Continue after the break for more.

Haus BRU 1.25 / SoHo Architektur

  • Architects: SoHo Architektur
  • Location: Heimertingen, Bavaria, Alemania
  • Arquitecto A Cargo: Alexander Nägele
  • Area: 90.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SoHo Architektur

Courtesy of SoHo Architektur Courtesy of SoHo Architektur Courtesy of SoHo Architektur Courtesy of SoHo Architektur

JA+U Interviews Japanese Architect Kumkio Inui

JA+U presents this brief interview with Japanese Architect Kumiko Inui of the Office of Kumiko Inui.  The interview gives an inside look at to how architects choose to design.  In Inui’s case, she explains how drawing and sketching is a way for her to explore her ideas in concepts, schematics and tectonics.  Sometimes these ideas are not fully formed and Inui uses sketching as a strategy to let her mind wander and unfold her various thoughts on the architectural problems before her.  Through iteration and reinterpretation, Inui explains how an idea from the depths of her subconscious, eventually surfaces.

New York Cityvision Competition Awards Ceremony

Courtesy of CityVision
Courtesy of CityVision

This Friday, October 12, CityVision will celebrate its second year during the event UNKNOWN, a special event that will take place at Galleria di Architettura “come se”, a Roman architecture space devoted to creativity and innovation. The event will feature the winners of New York CityVision International Competition, which were recently featured here and the competition Awards Ceremony. During the event CityVision Magazine # 7, the new issue of the international free press on contemporary architecture, will also be presented and free distributed. it will be also possible to have a look at the site specific artwork made by SBAGLIATO for CityVision about the theme Past Shock. Another capital moment of the event will also be the seventh edition of PECHA KUCHA NIGHTTM ROMA.  

Transforming Seattle's 520 Floating Bridge Competition Winners

RETHINK REUSE recently announced the winning entries in their Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge 2012 International Design Ideas Competition. With the goal of envisioning new, innovative reuse strategies, the winners successfully answer the questions: What is a floating bridge when its function is no longer needed? What can designers do when faced with the design problem of reusing thirty-three floating concrete pontoons? More images and information on the winners after the break.

My Motherhood + Architecture Adventure / Samara Greenwood

In a recent article for The Guardian, Hannah Rosin interviewed Emily White, a Facebook executive, who noted that our lives are no longer about work/life balance, but rather the work/life “merge.” Much like women in high-power executive positions,  women in architecture (and particularly mothers) similarly must learn how to negotiate never-ending demands – from the workplace and the home – on a daily basis.

Samara Greenwood discusses this difficult “work/family equation” below. You can find the full, un-edited version at Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture, If you like this post, you may also enjoy Work/Life/Work balance, by Andrew Maynard.

My own motherhood + architecture adventure began six years ago – so far, it has been a pretty wild ride. There are times I have felt invincible, like I’ve found the magic key to a brilliant life. But more often than not life has felt out of whack, like something wasn’t quite right. Again and again, I’ve attempted to put my finger on the problem, to find the missing piece of the jigsaw. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I don’t.

I don’t think I am alone.

House in Hofit / Paritzki & Liani Architects

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

Architects: Paritzki & Liani Architects Location: Hofit, Israel Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 919 sqm Photographs: Amit Geron

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winners 2012

Courtesy of Fernando Guerra
Courtesy of Fernando Guerra

Arcaid Images, in conjunction with The Architectural Review and World Architecture Festival, just announced the 2012 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winners in the categories of exterior, interior, sense of place, and buildings in use. Images and the winners of each category can be viewed after the break.

Alberto Kalach Lecture

Each year the Architectural League presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, the program kicks off this year with the Alberto Kalach lecture, which will highlight his current work. Cited as one of the most versatile and prolific architectural voices in Mexico City today, Alberto Kalach co-founded the firm Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX) in 1981. Kalach’s concern for the emerging problems of his vast native city has inspired projects at a range of scales, from his minimal $5,000 houses to housing developments and urban master plans. Kalach’s most ambitious speculative plan, México Ciudad Futura, is the largest project ever conceived for Mexico City. The lecture is taking place Monday, Octobr 15, at 7:00pm at Cooper Union in New York. For more information about the event, please visit here.

Beacom School of Business / Charles Rose Architects

© John Linden
© John Linden

Architects: Charles Rose Architects Location: Vermillion, SD, USA Project Year: 2009 Photographs: John Linden

© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden
© John Linden