In Progress: MassArt Student Residence Hall / ADD Inc

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New York-based architectural photographer Paul Clemence has shared with us recent images and his thoughts on College of Art and Design’s new student residence hall that is being constructed in downtown Boston. The 21-story, $61 million building is planned for completion this year.

Boston is not particularly known as a destination for trendy, contemporary architecture; but some new buildings are beginning to change that perception. From Diller Scofidio Renfro’s Institute of Contemporary Art to Norman Foster’s new wing at The Museum of Fine Arts to the recently completed Renzo Piano addition to the beloved Gardner Museum, the city’s urbanscape is getting a much needed updating. And now, a soon to be finished bold new project by the firm ADD Inc is bringing a colorful twist to the mix. They are the designers behind the new MassArt Students Residence Hall.

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House Roces / Govaert & Vanhoutte architectuurburo

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Architects: Govaert & Vanhoutte architectuurburo
Location: ,
Principal Architects: Benny Govaert
Structural Engineering: Claeys Engineering Bvba
Contractor: Eddy De Mey Oostende
Client: Benny Govaert & Martine Neirynck
Total Floor Area: 532 sqm
Photographer: Tim Van de Velde

   

PointCrowd: RhinoScripting in Python

PointCrowd is a RhinoScripting workshop using the remarkably easy to learn Python programming language that is available in the upcoming release of 5. This three week mini-course will start with the basics of programming and move into the mathematics of space and ’s representation of geometry. The workshop is designed specifically for architects and designers with little or no programming experience or those interested in learning a new platform for expressing geometrical ideas algorithmically. Anyone with a good working knowledge of is welcome.

Workshop Topics:

Automation: Increase your efficiency by programming Rhino to complete tedious drawing and modeling tasks.
Optimization: Create a better design product by testing and improving your models against physical conditions like light and circulation.
Generative Design: Work through complex geometric ideas using simple Python scripts.

The class will also touch on topics such as scripting in Grasshopper and interfacing with other programs. Sessions will be held in DUMBO, Brooklyn on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-10pm to fit into the schedule of working professionals. Register by May 7th to save $100. Please visit www.pointcrowd.com for details.

Video: Jan Gehl


One of the grandfathers of contemporary urban design theory, Jan Gehl has dedicated himself to making cities better places for people to live in for some fifty years. He has consulted in cities across the globe including , New York, Auckland and of course Copenhagen where his architecture and urban design consultancy is based. Crane.tv sat down with Gehl to hear his thoughts on why Copenhagen is such a people-friendly metropolis and he tells us why his next project, Moscow, will be a true challenge.

Kastanienbaum Twin Houses / Lussi + Halter

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Architects: Lussi + Halter -Remo Halter,Thomas Lussi
Location: Kastanienbaum, , Switzerland
Collaborators: Corina Kriener, Aldo Casanova
Built Area: 618 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Courtesy of RIBA

King’s College London – The Strand Quadrangle Competition

RIBA Competitions recently announced the launch of a new Invited Design Competition on behalf of King’s College London. Expressions of Interest are sought from architects or architectural practices for the redevelopment of the Quadrangle and its associated buildings at the…

Genius Loci / Bates Masi + Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi+ Architects
Location: , NY,
Square Footage: 7,000 sqft
Builder: Davis Builders Inc.
Interior Design: Bates Masi + Architects w/ Victoria Pryor
Landscape Design: Bates Masi + Architects
Custom Furniture: Bates Masi + Architects
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca
Photographs: Michael Moran

 

Courtesy of Zagreb Society of Architects

Think Space 2012 Programme: Past Forward Competition

Zagreb Society of Architects… just launched the new Think Space 2012 cycle of competitions with its annual theme, Past Forward. Devised by this year’s guest curator Adrian Lahoud, a former winner in the 2011 Borders Cycle, this programme cycle aims

House of Maple / Edward Suzuki Associates

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Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates – Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: , Japan
Completion: 2010
Site Area: 6,182.97 sqm
Ground Coverage: 512.00 sqm
Floor Areas: 1F 402.50 sqm, 2F 274.75 sqm
Total Floor Area: 677.25 sqm
Photographs: Yasuhiro Nukamura

New Housing for Researcher Workers / Praksis Architects

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Praksis Architects recently won the competition for new housing for researcher workers in the old Carlsberg city in . On the occasion of brewer JC Jacobsen’s 200 year anniversary, the Carlsberg Foundation in 2011 announced an invited competition. The building of approx. 13 mill. euro will be located next to JC Jacobsen’s garden and the listed buildings, the Hanging Gardens and Mineral Factory as neighbors. The building of approx. 3,200 m2 must have 6 floors and contain 22 various types of apartments. The ground floor will contain exhibition and shopping facilities. More images and project description after the break.

George Patterson Y&R / HASSELL

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Architects: HASSELL 
Location: Melbourne, ,
Client: George Patterson Y&R
Discipline: Interior Design
Scale: 2,840 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Dianna Snape

   

AD Round Up: Industrial Architecture Part IX

Courtesy of Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates

We have five great industrial projects from early-2011 for today’s Round Up. Like the Breathing Factory in Osaka, . Or Gonzalez Goodale Architect’s Pasadena Water and Power. The Krauss Maffeir operating facilitie was built inside an industrial building that could not be structurally touched. What about the New Pumping Station in Stockholm, designed by UD Urban Design AB? Finally, the Miranda Winery in Oxley, .

Design Icon: Michael Graves / Gary Nadeau

Our friends at Dwell have shared with us their short film featuring the legendary inside his beautiful home in which he created out of a disused warehouse. In the film, Graves shares the discoveries he made when renovating his house and thoughts about his career, his practice and universal design.

The film was directed and edited by Gary Nadeau. Continue after the break for the complete list of credits.

Assuta Medical Center / Zeidler Partnership Architects + Moore Architects + M. Brestovisky Architects

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Architects: Zeidler Partnership Architects + Moore Architects + & Urban Designers
Location: Tel Aviv,
Area: approx. 500,000 square feet
Completion: May 2009 – Phase 1
Photographs: Tom Arban

  

Cross # Towers / BIG

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Danish architects BIG have just shared with us the Cross # Towers, their latest project in . BIG’s residential towers in the Yongsan International Business District revitalize the Han riverfront into a new commercial and residential center for the citizens of . More images and information after the break.

VINCI Partners International Headquarters / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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With at the center of such current worldwide attention, renowned architecture firms have been flocking to the country for work; partly to be associated with the upcoming 2014 World Cup and/or 2016 Summer Olympics, but also because Brazil’s current economy allows for booming architectural possibilities. The new Leblon Offices for VINCI Partners in will be a historic first step for Richard Meier & Partners as their first architectural undertaking in South America, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

Winners announced for the National Mall Redesign Competition

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After an intense and highly publicized competition, the Trust for the National Mall has announced the three winning teams selected to redesign the neglected sites of America’s front yard. As reported by the Washington Post, Rogers Marvel Architects & Peter Walker and Partners will redesign Constitution Gardens east of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, while Weiss/Manfredi & OLIN will bring new life to the Sylvan Theater, southeast of the Washington Monument. The Union Square will be forwarded to the Architect of the Capitol and transformed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond.

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Kitchen Makeover Tech Tool

Kitchen Makeover Tech Tool

If you want to update your kitchen with new appliances based on the price tags alone, you should resist the urge to make an impulse purchase. Not only can it be an expensive undertaking, but you’ll have to live with…