Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006

00:00 - 25 March, 2013
Courtesy of Japan Foundation
Courtesy of Japan Foundation

Taking place at the Japan Foundation Gallery in Sydney from April 2-May 1, Parallel Nippon, a world-class exhibition, will feature Japan’s most influential architects including 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Tadao Ando, Kenzo Tange, SANAA, and many more. Containing over 100 large-scale photo panels of landmark designs, architectural models and video footage, the exhibition is divided into four thematic sections: Urban, Life, Culture and Living, a cross-sectional view of Japanese society. These areas represent the revolutionary, innovative and progressive architectural achievements realized not only in Japan but across the world as projects of Japanese architects. More information after the break. 

'Wallcano': Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Zohar Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
Courtesy of Zohar Architects
Courtesy of Zohar Architects

Walltopia, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of artificial climbing walls and grips, organized the Collider Activity Center competition located in Sofia, near the foothills of Mount Vitosha - one of Bulgaria’s most popular tourist destinations. The proposal by Zohar Architects is a 100% climbable structure: a donut-shaped courtyard building informed by the diversity of context. Its volume is extruded using ‘grafts’ of the world’s most famous mountains as formwork to create a patchwork of alpine geo-diversity, with a perfect cast of Abraham Lincoln’s nose from Mount Rushmore prominently positioned to satisfy curious climber fantasies. More images and architects' description after the break.

Península of Sancti-Petri Winning Proposal / BAKPAK Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
Courtesy of BAKPAK Architects
Courtesy of BAKPAK Architects

With everything today changing and the fishing architecture gone, the village of Sancti Petri owes its importance to the past tuna industry and seafarers. This first prize winning proposal in the competition for the urban and architectural design of the Península of Sancti-Petri aims to give back the original meaning to the peninsula by reinterpreting architectural and spatial values ​​of the past. Designed by BAKPAK Architects, this "new town" is divided into 13 themed compact-use sets, and each of them are made up of modules. More images and architects' description after the break.

Queen Alia International Airport / Foster + Partners

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amman, Jordan
  • Collaborating Architect

    Maisam - Dar Al-Omran JV
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

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Giveaway: Win a signed copy of 'Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide'

00:00 - 25 March, 2013

Thanks to the courtesy of our good friends at Populous we are giving you the chance to win a signed copy of 'Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide', the fifth edition on this essential and long-established guide to stadia design (see our review here). All you have to do to participate is become a registered user (if you’re not one already) and answer the following question in our comments:

Suquan Yuan / TM Studio

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
Courtesy of TM Studio
Courtesy of TM Studio
  • Architects

    TM Studio
  • Location

    suzhou, china
  • Architect

    Tong Ming
  • Area

    5600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of TM Studio

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2013 Sally Walsh Lecture: Moving House / Jeanne Gang

00:00 - 25 March, 2013
Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang Architects
Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang Architects

On March 26th, architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects will discuss how housing can evolve in multiple ways to address contemporary challenges in "Moving House," delivered as the Rice Design Alliance's 2013 Sally Walsh Lecture at the The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Dedicated to "honoring Walsh’s groundbreaking foray into modern design by bringing cutting edge designers to Houston," the lecture is sponsored in collaboration with the Rice School of Architecture, the AIA Houston Chapter, and the Architecture Center Houston Foundation.

University of Ulster’s Belfast City Campus Proposal / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

01:00 - 24 March, 2013
© Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
© Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, their proposal for the University of Ulster’s Belfast City Campus has recently received planning permission upon winning the competition in January 2012. The campus is part of a £250m higher education project to provide 70,000 sqm of central teaching, faculty and social learning accommodation across three linked sites in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast city center.  This high density urban university campus blurs the boundaries between the University environments and the city by providing publicly accessible thoroughfares and facilities across the lower three floors. More images and architects' description after the break.

Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA, Honored with the 2013 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

00:00 - 24 March, 2013
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center / Gantt Huberman Architects and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center / Gantt Huberman Architects and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA, as the 2013 recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award.  Established in 1972, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award honors architects and organizations that champion a range of social issues, including affordable housing, minority inclusion and access for persons with disabilities. Gantt is being recognized for his efforts as a noted civil rights pioneer, public servant and award-winning architect.

Wyckoff House Museum / nARCHITECTS

01:00 - 24 March, 2013
Courtesy of nARCHITECTS
Courtesy of nARCHITECTS

nARCHITECTS is designing a cultural education complex for the Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn on the site of New York's oldest house. The Wyckoff House has an immense history as it was the first landmark designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1968. nARCHITECTS’s educational complex will act as a portal between its present day environment and historical site. Due to its exceptional spatial and temporal intervention, the design was recently awarded an AIA New York Design Merit Award.

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00:00 - 24 March, 2013

V House / BaksvanWengerden Architecten

01:00 - 24 March, 2013
© Yvonne Brandwijk
© Yvonne Brandwijk

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Tian Tai County ChiCheng No.2 Primary School / LYCS Architecture

01:00 - 24 March, 2013
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Designed by LYCS Architecture, their newly completed proposal for the Tian Tai County ChiCheng No.2 Primary School focuses on the relationship between architecture and site, site and city, form and function. Striving for a unique design to serve as a model school, their concept provides a beautiful environment for the cultivation of knowledge, culture, physical fitness, art and ethics for elementary school children. More images and architects' description after the break.

Sekeping Kong Heng / Seksan Design

01:00 - 24 March, 2013
© Rupajiwa Studio
© Rupajiwa Studio

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Millennium Point Visibility Winning Proposal / Daniel Madeiros + Jonathan Schwinge

01:00 - 24 March, 2013
Courtesy of Daniel Madeiros + Jonathan Schwinge
Courtesy of Daniel Madeiros + Jonathan Schwinge

Daniel Madeiros and Jonathan Schwinge were recently announced as the winners of the ideas competition organized by Millennium Point and the RIBA to enhance the visibility and image of Millennium Point in Birmingham from the Jennens Road approach. The jury panel was struck by the beauty and grace of their winning idea which was underpinned by craft and technology, convincing the jury that the dramatic form could be constructed. Also demonstrating complexity and sensitivity to the site, Millennium Point will benefit greatly from this competition and the opportunities it now has for its next phase of architectural evolution. More images and architects' description after the break.

Hewlett Street House / MPR Design Group

01:00 - 24 March, 2013
Courtesy of MPR Design Group
Courtesy of MPR Design Group
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hewlett Street, Bronte, Australia
  • Project Architect

    Sebastian Kaintoch
  • Design Team

    Kevin NG, Sebastian Kaintoch
  • Builder

    Onsite
  • Structural Engineer

    NB Engineering
  • Landscape Architect

    Peter Glass & Associates
  • Area

    332.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MPR Design Group

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Mirador House Punta De Gallo / Rodrigo Santa María

01:00 - 24 March, 2013
© Daniel Corvillón
© Daniel Corvillón
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tunquén, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Rodrigo Santa María
  • Structural Engineer

    Osvaldo Peñaloza
  • Construction

    Mario Lecaros
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Daniel Corvillón

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A Glimpse of Hope for Johannesburg's Forgotten Ponte Tower

00:00 - 24 March, 2013

The Ponte Tower is a residential high-rise in Johannesburg, South Africa with a unique history and now a promising future. It was designed by architect Manfred Hermer in the 1970's to be one of the most desirable places to live in the city, with an iconic, hollowed out interior, three-story apartments and rooftop jacuzzis. Over time, however, the building fell into disrepair and instead of serving as an icon of extreme wealth and prosperity, it became an icon of poverty and indifference. In still racially-divided South Africa, this was marked by the moving out of whites and the moving in of a primarily black population as property values plummeted. It has been associated with high levels of crime, a lack of sanitariness and even suicides, thanks to the building's hollow core.