Vote Now: 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition

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For the second year in a row, has inspired 200 applicants from 12 countries to design imaginative zombie-proof architecture that will save thousands of lives during the inevitable zombie apocalypse. The goal of the competition is to “design a haven that can withstand a full-on zombie assault on civilization as we know it.”

These creative designs may one day save you from the dead, therefore voting is important. Click here to browse through the entries and give thumbs up to your favorite designs. Voting ends on Halloween, October 31st, 2011.

Continue reading to view some of the top competitors.

Urban Redevelopment of the Plaza del Milenio / EXP architects


Architect: EXP architects
Location: , Spain
Client: Ayuntamiento de Valladolid, Spain
Project Area: 2.5 Hectares
Photographs: TAFYR, EXP architectes

Shelburne Museum / Ann Beha Architects

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Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Ann Beha Architects’ design for Shelburne’s new center for art and education establishes a striking presence along Vermont’s Route 7. This project is part of the Museum’s $14M capital campaign. Construction is tentatively planned to start next year with the center opening in 2013.

Townhouse Prototype / AllesWirdGut Architektur

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The townhouse prototype design by AllesWirdGut Architektur demonstrates how the new office and shopping building fits in with the typology of detached townhouses in the neighborhood. Slight twists of the basic volume actively impact the surrounding urban fabric such as a bend in the longitudinal facade and the staggering of floors. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Landscape Design for Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University / The Office of James Burnett

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Landscape Architect: The Office of James Burnett (OJB)
Location: Houston, ,
Architect: KieranTimberlake
Photographs: Hester + Hardaway


Suprastudio Greg Lynn from UCLA Architecture & Urban De on Vimeo.

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, led by Greg Lynn, recently announced SUPRASTUDIO 2012-2013, a new model for architectural education that elevates the academic experience of future leaders in architectural design to a level unique amongst post-professional M.Arch. II programs. The M.Arch. II degree promotes critical practice by emphasizing applied research. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2011. For more information, please visit their official website here.

MPD Office / StudioLAB

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Architects: StudioLAB, LLC
Location: Meat Packing District, City, NY,
Design Team: Matthew Miller, Ryan Ho
Contractor: D&D1 Corp.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of StudioLAB

Apogee Stadium Awarded LEED Platinum Certification / HKS Architects

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The United States Green Building Council has awarded the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium, designed by HKS Architects and built by Manhattan Construction Company, a LEED Platinum Certification, making it the first newly constructed collegiate football stadium in the nation to achieve the highest level of LEED certification.

The 31,000-seat Apogee Stadium features luxury suites, an amenity-filled club level, a Spirit Store, a corporate deck and a unique end-zone seating area. In addition to hosting UNT events, it will serve the entire North region as a venue for outdoor concerts, community events, high school games and band competitions. More project information after the break.

River Park Modrany / EDIT! Architects

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EDIT! Architects shared with us their design for River Park Modrany, a residential complex in the Modrany district, located in the south of by the Vltava river. The district is typically covered with villas from the beginning of 20th century that surround the Modrany landmark, a 60m high Microna tower. We have divided the plot into strips of land in a perpendicular axis to the main urban lines [tramline, train tracks, main road, the river itself]. A building volume has been placed into every strip and main vertical cores have been defined for all volumes. We have stretched up the core building parts in a way to create the hill-like shapes of the buildings. The volumes have been afterwards rotated in order to improve the particular views from every building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bodrum Vicem / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: ,
Client: Vicem Yacht – Sanko Holding Cooperation
Concept Design: eaa-emre arolat architects
Responsible Architect: emre arolat, başak akkoyunlu, natali tombak, sezer bahtiyar (-preliminary project); gonca paşolar, natali tombak (construction project)
Project Team: Tansel Dalgalı, Ünal Ali Özger, Leyla Kori, Natali Tombak, Taner Arıkan, Nurgül Yardım, Taha Alkan
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 9,500 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

BOFFO Building Fashion

BOFFO Building Fashion

A kickstarter campaign to raise funds ensuring the continuation of the BOFFO Building Fashion
venture is underway.
BOFFO Building Fashion celebrates cutting edge design through a series of temporary retail installations showcasing the work of an architect paired with a fashion…

Cobbler Caballero Shop / Stewart Hollenstein

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Architects: Stewart Hollenstein
Location: Sydney,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Stewart Hollenstein

World Monuments Fund Announces 2012 Endangered Monuments Watch

Manufacturers Trust Company by © Landmarks Preservation Commission

The World Monuments Fund calls for international awareness to the 2012 list of endangered monuments. The watch encompasses 67 threatened cultural-heritage sites worldwide. These influential landmarks include the iconic Manufacturers Trust Company Building in New York City designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York.

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Ferrari Factory Store / Iosa Ghini Associates

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Architects: Iosa Ghini Associates
Location: , Italy
Project Area: 370 sqm
Photographs: Gianluca Grassano

Anschutz Commons / Semple Brown Design

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Architects: Semple Brown Design
Location: Denver, Colorado,
Project Area: 15,000 sqf
Project Year: June 2011
Photographs: Miller Hall Photography

The Patient Gardener / Visiondivision


During the week-long MIAW2 workshop by Politecnico di Milano, Visiondivision served as guest professors and worked closely with to generate new ideas about the essence of green design in terms of, resilience, recycling, and ethical consciousness. For the workshop, the architects constructed a study retreat on campus where the final result can be enjoyed in 60 years.  With patience as the main key for the design, “we can reduce the need for transportation, waste of material and different manufacturing processes, simply by helping nature grow in a more architectonic and useful way,” explained the architects.

More about the project after the break. 

House with Futokoro / Mizuishi Architects Atelier

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Architects: Mizuishi Architects Atelier / Kota Mizuishi
Location: , Japan
Structural Engineer: Kentaro Nagasaka
Lighting Designer: Yasuo Tsunoda
Contractor: Kraft Home
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 108.11 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Mizuishi Architects Atelier

A Day in the Life

of an Architectural Intern/Zombie

The alarm clock blared and I blindly reached out to silence the offending noise. I groaned under the covers. Yet another day at the office awaited me… handrail details, toilet partitions, perhaps glazing details. This wasn’t what they told me it would be like in . I sat up in bed, blinking in the morning sun. The cat was motionless, contentedly sleeping away, undisturbed by my dulled movements.

Dragging myself to the bathroom, I studied my image in the mirror. Bloodshot eyes, grey complexion, bloodied gums. Darn it, it keeps getting worse everyday. I leaned in closer to the mirror only to bump my forehead painfully against the mirror. “Ow,” I groaned and then gazed at the bloody patch of scalp and hair that clung to the surface of the glass. Sighing with disgust and disappointment, I reached for a few sheets of bleach wipes and wiped the mess from the mirror away.

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