Architecturally Inspired Ties

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We recently came across a project headed by Chattanooga architect William Mullins for architecturally inspired . Appropriately called Architectie, the initial run of designs feature abstracted designs based on four classics of architecture; the Notre Dame du Haut by Le Corbusier, the Yale University Art Gallery by Louis Kahn, Tomba Brion by Carlo Scarpa and the Case Study house #8 by Charles and Ray Eames. Manufactured in the USA, the ties are the first in Mullins’ series, which he hopes to expand to include other lines of ties featuring abstracted designs of modern architectural icons. To see more of the ties visit his Kickstarter site here.

Timayui Kindergarten / Giancarlo Mazzanti

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Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: , Colombia
Design Team: Susana Somoza, Andres Sarmiento, Nestor Gualteros, Oscar Cano, Lucia Largo
Structural Engineer: Nicolas Parva
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jorge Gamboa

Summer Pool In Godella / Álvarez Cubells Arquitectos

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Architect: Álvarez Cubells Arquitectos
Location: C/ Camino de Rocafort, 21, 46110, Godella, ,
Constructor: Elit-SL
Project area: Aprox. 3.500 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Álvarez Cubells Arquitectos

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Venice Biennale 2012: U.S. Pavilion launches Website and Open Call for Projects

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The U.S. Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale has announced their theme Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good with the launch of a new website dedicated to share information about the exhibition as well as broaden the call for projects to be considered for inclusion. Organized by the Institute for Urban Design, Spontaneous Interventions will “examine the nascent movement of architects, designers, planners, artists and everyday community members initiating their own projects to bring positive change to the urban realm – from temporary architecture and crowd sourced urban planning to guerilla bike lanes and urban farms.” Those who have realized an intervention in a U.S. city, both tangible and digital, are encouraged to submit their projects by February 6 in order to be reviewed in time for the next curators’ meeting. Visit the Spontaneous Interventions website for more information.

Temple Of Diana / José María Sánchez García

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Architects: José María Sánchez García
Location: Mérida,
Project Team: Enrique García-Margallo Solo de Zaldivar, Rafael Fernández Caparros, Maribel Torres Gómez, Laura Rojo Valdivielso, Francisco Sánchez García, José García-Margallo, Marta Cabezón López, Mafalda Ambrósio, Carmen Leticia Huerta, Marilo Sánchez García, Julia Ternström
Structural Engineer: CDE Ingenieros, Gogaite S.L
Services Engineer: ARO consultores
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,158.19 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Update: Zaha Hadid shortlisted for Iraqi parliament

Existing site for Iraqi parliament complex in - Courtesy of Assemblage

It has been confirmed that Zaha Hadid is one of the architects shortlisted for the international competition to design a new, $1 billion Iraqi parliament complex in Baghdad. The full list has yet to be released, but as we have announced earlier, the London-based firm Assemblage has also been shortlisted. Located in the middle of the city, the new complex will be challenged with the remnants of a partially built super mosque planned by Saddam Hussein. Massive 50m reinforced concrete columns tower over the site, as construction was halted by the US-led invasion in 2003. Continue reading after the break for more.

The Garden House / Durbach Block Jaggers

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Architects: Durbach Block Jaggers
Location: , Australia
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Peter Bennetts

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Techne: Thinking Microclimates

Mapping conditions and occupant preferences and behaviors to create a thermal model, Image via www.cbe.berkeley.edu

Working in a large space, at work or at school, makes one extremely sensitive to the idea of microclimates. Whether there is a skylight or window that uncomfortably irradiates the immediately surrounding area, or if there is a thermostat that just can’t be set warm enough, everyone has experienced the discomfort of the unadjustable microclimate. It’s not unusual, though it might be a bit disturbing, to see a co-worker swathed in a blanket (I’m not making that up, unfortunately), or a foot-heater discreetly tucked under a desk. Or you might be one of the unlucky persons either stuck under the artful skylight or near a south-facing, floor-to-ceiling window. That’s because most office spaces are designed for a uniform, master-control HVAC system.

It’s important not to confuse the availability of different technologies with widespread, institutionalized use because to do so is to conflate two very different issues. So while this technology may have been around in bits and pieces, it has yet to be combined into comprehensive tools. And as for implementation, many in the architecture industry have experienced the resistance to both passive and advanced energy efficient technologies.

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Hong Kong Car Park Proposal / Interface Studio Architects

Interface Studio Architects… shared with us their proposal for the Hong Kong Car Parc competition, which aims at romanticizing the car as an active urban object while simultaneously implementing sustainable strategies. In addition to including parking spaces in the rotational

The Stork Nest Farm / SGL Projekt

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Architects: SGL Projekt s.r.o. 
Location: Dvůr Semtín, Olbramovice,
Project Team: Ak. arch. Jiří javůrek, Ing. arch. Jaroslav Malý, Ing. arch. Irena Kozáková, Ing. arch. Jan Bouček, Ing. arch. Jakub Žák
Client / Developer: Farma Čapí hnízdo, a.s.
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of SGL Projekt s.r.o.

Video: Caught in the Act / LEESER Architecture

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Watch Thomas Leeser of LEESER Architecture share some insight into what architecture means and how his firm expresses that philosophy.  One of our favorite lines is when Leeser stated, “We are not architects with a particular style; we are architects with a particular message.”  The clip shares some background pertaining to Leeser’s Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, New York that exemplifies the firm’s idea of a changing continuous media surface and the conceptual understanding between film and architecture.  What are your thoughts on Leeser’s closing comment when talking about the Bric media center and Urban Glass project – “Our work can influence and change the world around us, there is a really impact…it’s not just like another building” – perhaps, not just in terms of Leeser’s work, but for the field of architecture at large.

“Wimbledon 2020” Masterplan / Grimshaw Architects

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Grimshaw Architects recently announced that they have been selected by the All Lawn Tennis Club to design their “Wimbledon 2020” masterplan for future development requirements. After a competitive selection process, it was decided that they will design the new masterplan to continue the previous ‘Long Term Plan’, which was commissioned in 1993 and completed in June 2011.  Working with such a prestigious British and internationally renowned institution, Grimshaw will embrace Wimbledon’s unique history of tradition and innovation to enhance further its position as the pre-eminent tennis Grand Slam. Another image of their design can be viewed after the break.

Ecotron / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: sur Lez,
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes

  

 

‘Sundbyen’ Harbor Front Proposal / JAJA Architects

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JAJA Architects makes it to the top with their project proposal ”Sundbyen” in the competition for a new harbor front in , Norway. ”Sundbyen” was a proposal amongst many in the open international competition that attracted proposals from 10 different countries. JAJA based their project in the ’s existing identity and closeness to water. The project enhances the city’s existing qualitites, interprets it and creates a natural coherence between place, history and future development. More images and project description after the break.

Natural History Museum of Utah / Ennead Architects

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Architect: Ennead Architects
Architect of Record: GSBS Architects
Location: Salt Lake City, , USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg/EstoStuart RuckmanBen Lowry

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Zagreb Badel Site Redevelopment Competition

The Zagreb Society of Architects(DAZ), acting as Organizer and Manager on behalf of The City of Zagreb is launching an open, on-line, one-stage, anonymous, ideas Competition for the urban-architectural conceptual design for the Zagreb Badel Site redevelopment. More information find…

Infographic: 11 Years of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Administration Building of the North Shanghai Gas Company in Jiading / Atelier Deshaus

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Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Yining & Yongsheng Rd. , , China
Design Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Liu Qian
Project Area: 2250 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Shu He