London 2012: Thinking Past Day 17

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In just a few hours, the world will be watching the opening ceremony of ’s third Summer Olympic Games. For 17 high intensity days, more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries will battle for the most prestigious awards in the athletic world.   However, what will remain hidden in the shadows during the excitement and energy of the opening ceremony will be the story behind the Games – the larger implications of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event, and its stresses at the financial, societal, and environmental level.  This story – which lasts long beyond the 17 days – remains unwritten as the after effects of hosting the London Olympics Games will not be felt for years to come.

In this three-part series, we will delve into the effects of hosting the Olympic Games.  Our first segment will share background about London’s hope for “legacy” during and after the Games, plus, a look into the financial challenges incurred from hosting such massive festitivies.

Stay tuned for our second and third segments which will address London’s Games with regard to social issues and sustainability.

More after the break.

Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Software Compatibility for Architects

Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

has released the latest version of their operating system: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Over 200 new features have been integrated into Lion with the intent to streamline your work and life. Some of the highlighted features include the built in iCloud that keeps all your content updated and in-sync with your Apple products, a unified notification center to help you stay updated on everything, and ready-to-go dictation that makes typing optional.

Although this all sounds great, what about software we architects use on a daily basis?

A word of advice before you upgrade:

Life in spiral / Hideaki Takayanagi

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Architects: Hideaki Takayanagi
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 109.0 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Courtesy of Perspektywa
Courtesy of Perspektywa

Kwidzyn Old Town Housing Proposal / Perspektywa

The second prize winning design by Perspektywa… for the Kwidzyn Old Town Housing Units in Poland answers to the competition challenge with their modern architecture with classic elements. Doing so provides a dialogue between the historical surroundings and creating a

Mack Energy Corporate Headquarters / Van H. Gilbert Architect

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Architects: Van H. Gilbert Architect PC
Location: , NM 88210, USA
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 50,000 sqm
Photographs: Paul Coulie

Duecentosessanta MQ / Simone Bossi

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Architects: Simone Bossi
Location: 38056 Trentino,
Architect In Charge: Simone Bossi
Project Area: 400.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Simone Bossi

“Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge” Exhibition

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Opening September 12, the Design Exchange in Downtown will be the site of the newest exhibit titled “Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge,” curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. The exhibit, which runs through to November 9, will feature recent cutting edge building projects from some of the most innovative architects and engineers, as seen through the lens of earthquake engineering. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Annandale House / CO-AP

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Architects: CO-AP
Location: NSW 2038, Australia
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 296.85 sqm
Photographs: Ross Honeysett

House Awards 2012

House Reduction by MAKE Architecture Studio / © Peter Bennetts

Celebrating ’s best residential architecture, excellence has been rewarded by ‘House Awards’, an annual program, in eight categories, with the best architecturally designed house receiving the premier award of ‘Australian House of the Year’. Set within a historic farming property in Tasmania, Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects, won the house of the year award which is both a working farm and a place of retreat. ‘This deft touch has created a house that is an exemplar for contemporary residential architecture, simultaneously functional and beautiful. This apparently simple house has an effortless relationship to the built, cultivated and natural landscape.’ (House Awards Jury) More information on the awards after the break.

Bellarine Peninsula House / Inarc Architects

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Architects: Inarc Architects
Location: Barwon Heads VIC,
Project Architect: Cathie Wheelahan
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Clarke

Courtesy of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
Courtesy of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

adAPT NYC Request for Proposals

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is inviting developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in Kips Bay, Manhattan. Developing housing that meets the needs of how New Yorkers live today is critical…

Sauder School of Business / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects
Location: University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, , British Columbia, V6T 1Z2, Canada
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Tessler, Nic Lehoux,

Seaside Single House / modostudio

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Architects: modostudio
Location: 58019 Monte Argentario Province of Grosseto,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 90.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of modostudio

Courtesy of Alfonso Architects
Courtesy of Alfonso Architects

Alfonso Architects Awarded Tampa International Airport Expansion

Alfonso Architects, along with The Beck Group…, have been awarded $17 million to design-build the expansion of the Tampa International Airport in Florida.  The existing complex will be expanded with an additional 30,000 square feet and will include the renovation of

D38 Office / Arata Isozaki

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Architects: Arata Isozaki
Location: Barcelona,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 35,000 sqm
Photographs: Filippo Poli

AD Round Up: Sports Architecture Part X

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Tomorrow starts the London 2012 Olympics. So to get you in the Olympic mood we have our 10th selection of Sports Architecture. The main image belongs to Sport Pavilion by MoederscheimMoonen Architects. Check out Multifonctional Complex La Maladiere in Neuchatel, Switzerland or Gymnase CREPS by french firm Laurens & Loustau Architectes. What about this rowing boathouse designed by Anmahian Winton Architects. Finally don’t miss Arena Dragão Caixa by portuguese architects, Risco.

Mecenat Art Museum / naf architect & design

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Architects: naf architect & design
Location: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture,
Design Team: Tetsuya Nakazono
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano

Robert Venturi: An Icon Retires; A Firm Rebrands

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After practicing for over fifty years as one of the world’s most preeminent architects, Robert Venturi, FAIA, has retired. The Philadelphia-based, American architect became known as the father of postmodernism and, together with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, FAIA, he changed how the world perceives architecture with his maxim, “Less is a bore.”

Now, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, which Venturi co-founded with his wife, has relaunched as VSBA under the new leadership of president and principal Daniel K. McCoubrey, AIA. Together with principal Nancy Rogo Trainer, FAIA, McCoubrey will continue to build under the founders’ values – “bringing creative design, thoughtful analysis, and responsive service” to each client. Meanwhile, Scott Brown will continue publishing and presenting her work.

Continue after the break for more details.