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Crabill / Tonic Design

  • Architects: Tonic Design
  • Location: Hillsborough, North Carolina, USA
  • Designers: Vinny Petrarca, Tonic Design
  • Clients: John and Stacy Crabill
  • Builder: Tonic Construction
  • Structural Engineer: Richard Kaydos-Daniels
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson

© Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson

Tower B1 / Valle Architetti

  • Architects: Valle Architetti
  • Location: Roma, Italy
  • Architect in Charge: arch. Piero Valle with arch. Ugo Tranquillini and arch. Stefano Bindi.
  • Design Team: Servizio Ingegneria Lamaro Appalti Spa Unipersonale, arch. Rossella Capri.
  • Structures: SBG & Partners: biggiguerrini ingegneria Spa, ing. Massimo Guerrini, ing. Luciano Gioacchini.
  • Mechanical systems: ENETEC Srl - Ingegneria Energetica e Realizzazione Impianti Roma, ing. Renato Tito, arch. Giorgio Landolfi.
  • Client: Porta di Roma Srl.
  • Building contractor: ELLEPI S.C.A.R.L., Roma
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Giuseppe Dall'Arche, Courtesy of Valle Architetti

© Giuseppe Dall'Arche © Giuseppe Dall'Arche © Giuseppe Dall'Arche © Giuseppe Dall'Arche

Blairgowrie House / Intermode Pty. Ltd

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

National Conservatory / AAU ANASTAS

  • Architects: AAU ANASTAS
  • Location: Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
  • Architect in Charge: Elias Anastas
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mikaela Burstow, Simon Bauchet

© Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow © Mikaela Burstow © Simon Bauchet

Will Sandy Finally Convince New York to Re-Design Its Waterfront?

On Avenue C and 14th. Instagram User megetz: "The water came up to my knees when I joined my neighbors on the front stoop."
On Avenue C and 14th. Instagram User megetz: "The water came up to my knees when I joined my neighbors on the front stoop."

Maybe Sandy, the colossal hurricane that has barreled across the East Coast this week, will finally get the message across:  "We are all from New Orleans Now." 

Thanks to climate change, America's coastal cities, and particularly New York, have become increasingly vulnerable to nature's wrath. Over two years ago, MOMA asked five architects to come up with a redesign of lower Manhattan that would prevent damage in the event of major flooding. Barry Bergdoll, the Curator of the "Rising Currents" exhibit, put it to the architects this way: “Your mission is to come up with images that are so compelling they can’t be forgotten and so realistic that they can’t be dismissed.” 

Unfortunately, they were. As the many images from traditional news sources and social media users reveal, Sandy's damage has been extensive - and perhaps, in many ways, preventable. 

It often takes tragedy to instigate change. Let's hope that Sandy will finally get the conversation of New York's vulnerable urban landscape on to the table.

More images of Sandy's damage, as well as plans from MOMA's "Rising Currents" Exhibit, after the break...

Residence in Karuizawa / K+S Architects

  • Architects: K+S Architects
  • Location: Karuizawa, Japan
  • Architects: Nobuya Kashima, Aya Sato
  • Structure Engineer: Ken.Nagasaka Engineering Network
  • Site Area: 841.00 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 209.47 sqm
  • Area: 174.15 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda

Boxtree Lane / YOOP Architects

  • Architects: YOOP Architects
  • Location: London, England, UK
  • Photographs: Courtesy of YOOP Architects

Courtesy of YOOP Architects Courtesy of YOOP Architects Courtesy of YOOP Architects Courtesy of YOOP Architects

Joe Fresh New York flagship / Burdifilek

  • Architects: Burdifilek
  • Location: New York, United States
  • Project Team: Diego Burdi, Paul Filek, Jeremy Mendonca, Jacky Kwong, Daniel Mei, Edwim Reyes, Anna Nomerovsky, Anthony Tey, Daniela Cerchie, Tom Yip; Callison Architecture, Inc.: David Curtis
  • Design Team: Joe Fresh Design Studio
  • Design Firm: Diego Burdi, Creative Partner; and Paul Filek, Managing Partner
  • Consulting Architect: Callison
  • Base Building Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • General Contractor: Richter Ratner
  • Engineer: Highland Associates
  • Lighting consultant: Lighting Workshop
  • Area: 17,783 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ben Rahn A-Frame, Courtesy of Burdifilek

© Ben Rahn A-Frame © Ben Rahn A-Frame © Ben Rahn A-Frame © Ben Rahn A-Frame

No Name Shop / Iranian Architectural Atelier

  • Architects: Iranian Architectural Atelier
  • Location: Tehran, Iran
  • Architects: Ali Dehghani, Ali Soltani, Atefeh Karbasi
  • Area: 794.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Farshid Nasrabadi

© Farshid Nasrabadi © Farshid Nasrabadi © Farshid Nasrabadi © Farshid Nasrabadi

Keelung Harbor Competition Entry / PAR + SES

Designed by PAR (Platform for Architecture + Research) and SES (Sériès et Sériès), their stage two finalist entry for the Keelung Harbor competition adopts a form that resists easy classification to free-associate with successive symbols of the utilitarian, the industrial, the poetic. Becoming a landmark in the harbor city, it combines maximum artistry with maximum efficiency. The new harbor project is only one piece in a larger green network that links public open space with waterfront amenities throughout the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Urban Development in the Bloomberg Years

High Line Aerial View, from West 30th Street, looking West toward the Empire State Building. © Iwan Baan
High Line Aerial View, from West 30th Street, looking West toward the Empire State Building. © Iwan Baan

Urban planning is delicately intertwined with government.  As much as architects and designers try to avoid the overwrought laws and codes and prescriptive government policies that guide the construction and development of the urban landscape, they are very much a shaping force in cities such as New York.  Ask any architect working in a such as NYC and they will likely describe the bureaucratic hassles of working with outdated zoning regulations and restrictive building codes.  In this NPR segment Leonard Lopate interviews New York Magazine’s architecture critic Justin Davidson to discusses the impact of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s planning policies on New York City’s urban development. Join us after the break for the link.

Downtown Project: A Community Driven Urban Plan for Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas; Courtesy of Flickr user Time_Anchor
Downtown Las Vegas; Courtesy of Flickr user Time_Anchor

It began with the relocation of the Zappos Headquarters, now owned by Amazon, from its offices in Henderson, Nevada, to the former city hall in downtown Las Vegas:  an idea to transform the struggling part of downtown Las Vegas into a vibrant community with economic opportunities for young professionals along with an incentive for a variety of companies to build their foundations providing jobs and income for the city.  Despite America’s association with the Las Vegas strip, the downtown has a metro area dominated by unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy. Zappos CEO Tony Hseih saw this area, filled with vacant lots, liquor stores and motels, as an opportunity to develop something new and enriched that could foster an economy, bring young professionals and inspire natural growth of community and industry. Hseih’s Downtown Project aims to develop a community by listening to what people want and need from their physical environment, that is also dense, diverse and inspires economic growth.

Join us after the break for more.

Lotus Dome / Studio Roosegaarde

The interactive artwork ‘Lotus Dome’, by artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde of Studio Roosegaarde, was opened in Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in Lille, France. The project, which will be on view until January 13, 2013, is a living dome made out of hundreds of ultra-light aluminium flowers that fold open in response to human behavior. When approached, the big silver dome lights up and opens its flowers. Its behavior moves from soft breathing to a more dynamic mood when more people interact. The light slowly follows people, creating an interactive play of light and shadow. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Olympic Golf Course Clubhouse Proposal / RUA Arquitetos

RUA Arquitetos shared with us their design for the Olympic Golf Course Clubhouse in Rio de Janeiro which is organized like a comfortable veranda, dissolving the limits between the landscape, the building, and the users. As Rio citizens, the architects wanted an architecture that expressed the city’s lifestyle, one that was tropical, open and generous, like a big varanda leaning over the golf course. They reconfigured the concept of ‘veranda’ with a large, extremely light roofing around which the clubhouse’s activities are organized. More images and architects’ description after the break.