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The 10 Most Creative People in Architecture

13:00 - 12 June, 2009
ALSOP Architects
ALSOP Architects

Cliff Kuang from Fast Company has ranked the 10 most creative people in architecture. That doesn’t mean they’re the best, just the most unusual and influential visions in the field.

Be sure to check the architect’s works published on ArchDaily!

The complete list after the break.

Bowkunde Proposal / Sid Wichienkuer

12:48 - 12 June, 2009

On May 13, 2008, Bouwkunde, the faculty of architecture building at Delft University, was unexpectedly consumed by a devastating fire. Before the incident, the building had created a social and education environment where ideas and criticism were shared freely. The faculty saw this terrible loss as a positive opportunity to take a fresh and critical look at the education of the future. Thus, an open international ideas competition was organized in 2009 for the design of a new building. California-based architect Sid Wichienkuer‘s proposal for the new building aims to restore the creative atmosphere Bouwkunde offered its users.

More images and further project description after the break.

The Young Architect Group of Florence

22:25 - 11 June, 2009

The Gruppo Giovani Architetti Firenze (Young Architect Group of Florence) has created three design strategies to provoke critical reflection about architectural establishments in Italy. Studying three important sites, the Galleria degli Uffizi, the National Library of Florence, and the Dome of the Cathedral, the GGAF has created innovative ways to highlight and restore these landmarks’ importance in the city.

More information and images after the break.

Brazilian Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010 / Fernando Brandão

13:00 - 11 June, 2009

AsBEA (Brazilian Association of the Offices of Architecture) and APEX (Brazilian Agency of Promotion of Exports and Investments) have announced the winning project to represent Brazil in the Shanghai World Expo 2010. Architect Fernando Brandão won with a design based on the “Pulsing Cities” of Brazil. The inverted parenthesis on the facade represent that pulsation.

The structure will feature recycled wood painted green which will be leaned on a metallic structure. You can find more information here (in Portuguese). More images after the break.

YAMoPo 2009: Yet Another Most Popular Architecture Sites Ranking

00:01 - 10 June, 2009

It’s been a year and a couple of months since we first started ArchDaily.

With the one mission of “broadcasting architecture worldwide” we have already published 1,200 architecture related posts and our readers have engaged with more than 12,000 comments in architecture related discussions.

Architecture is the most frequent word we use. We are architects and we love architecture. With this in mind, we have again decided to search and rank the best sites devoted to architecture only. This is not an easy job and of course it can be considered a subjective topic (as it is with every ranking). In order to reduce subjective observations, this year we have decided to consider only a recognized third party ranking system: alexa.com.

Based in our extensive architecture and Internet experience complemented with previous feedback from our readers, we came out with a list of 20 English written sites devoted to architecture only and ranked them according to alexa.com. Alexa ranks with a number 1 the most popular website in the world, which is now google.com.

New Russian-Jewish Museum of Tolerance / Graft Architects

21:00 - 9 June, 2009

The committee for the Russian-Jewish Museum of Tolerance finalized the German-based Graft Architects‘ design for the new museum. Grafts’ renovation and expansion of the 1927 Konstantin Melnikov’s bus depot will transform the space into the world’s largest Jewish museum.

More about the project after the break.

The New York High Line officially open

14:40 - 9 June, 2009
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Photos Iwan Baan

In May 2003, James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro competed against 720 teams from 36 countries to win the infrastructure conversion project of the New York City High Line. More than half a decade later, the High Line’s transition to a public park is almost complete. On June 8th, architects, elected officials, and advocates watched as Mayor Michael Bloomberg cut the ceremonial red ribbon, officially announcing the opening of the first of three sections. The new park offers an alluring break from the chaotic city streets as users have an opportunity to experience an elevated space with uninterrupted views of the Hudson River and the city skyline.

More info about the park, including an incredible set of photos by architecture photographer Iwan Baan and a video by Brooklyn Foundry after the break.

UPDATE: We corrected some credits of this project. You can see the full list here.

Delft City Hall and Train Station / Mecanoo Architects

13:27 - 5 June, 2009

Mecanoo Architects, a Dutch firm, recently designed a city hall and train station for the city of Delft. The new station design intends to weave the past of the city with its future in the expanding urban environment.

Further information about the project after the break.

Ewha Univeristy's Campus Center / Dominique Perrault

12:41 - 3 June, 2009

This past April, Dominique Perrault completed the campus center for Ewha University in Seoul, Korea. The new ‘campus valley’ provides both Ewhaians and prospective female students with much-needed space for continuing education and student services.

Further project description after the break.

University of Melbourne Architecture Building Competition: finalists announced

21:00 - 2 June, 2009

The six selected practices after the break.

The Mad Traveling Fellowship in China

12:00 - 2 June, 2009

An excellent opportunity for architecture students in China has just been shared with us. The Mad Traveling Fellowship was established to provide the opportunity for young architecture students in China to research a special aspect of architecture that requires international travel. The international trip will give students the opportunity to discover a new culture, and provide a new environment for ideas.

More information about fellowship after the break.

The Tolerant City / Adept Architects + Schonherr Landscape

11:44 - 31 May, 2009

The municipality of Helsingborg, in Sweden, chose Schonherr and Adept Architects as winners of the planning competition with their proposal entitled the Tolerant City. Their contextual project will add value to its urban environment by creating a new identity and exploring the future possibilities for Helsingborg.

More on the project after the break.

Multi-media Tower / Eric Owen Moss Architects

21:40 - 29 May, 2009

Eric Owen Moss Architects designed a multi-media tower which will sit at the primary entrance of the re-developed zone in Culver City, California. The objective of the tower is to distribute art and other relevant content to the local and in-transit audiences passing by the site.

Further project description and more images after the break.

Dario Cottone's Ribbon Unites Caltanissetta

12:46 - 29 May, 2009

Under the direction of architect Dario Cottone, the young Italian firm recently won an international competition in the historical center of Caltanissetta, Sicily. Cottone’s project focuses on a red ribbon that aims to link the older historic parts of the 16,000 square meter site with the emerging contemporary areas.

Further project description and more images after the break.

Top 100 US Architecture Firms according to Architect Magazine

13:00 - 27 May, 2009

Some of this practice have been featured on ArchDaily like Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Perkins Eastman & SHoP Architects.

Take a look at the complete ranking after the break.

Imagining Recovery announces Winners

12:30 - 27 May, 2009

A few months ago, the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University organized an open international design ideas competition. The competition, Imagining Recovery, which coincided with Obama’s first 100 days of presidency, asked participants to imagine what recovery could look like and supplement the maps, charts and graphs of Recovery.gov with images of lived experiences, as announced earlier on AD.

Submissions were received from 25 different countries and on May 13, the distinguished jury selected ten projects for recognition and of these, only three to be the prize winners.

Project winners after the break.

Children's Hospital Prototype / Visiondivision

21:00 - 26 May, 2009

Visiondivision, an international young practice, shared with us their competition entry for a children’s hospital prototype for Rwanda. The competition, entitled “Design for the Children”, asks architects and designers to develop a sustainable, culturally responsive, pediatric clinic model for East Africa.

More images and further project description after the break.

Open House New York Fundraiser

21:00 - 25 May, 2009

Over the next few weeks, a series of fundraising benefits dedicated to educating the public about New York City’s architecture is being hosted by Private Spaces/Private Access. Openhousenewyork (OHNY) will host five cocktail receptions in an effort to promote awareness about design to all who participate.

More information after the break.

National Heart Center in Singapore / Broadway Malyan

12:30 - 25 May, 2009

Broadway Malyan, an international firm with offices in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia, recently presented their design for the National Heart Center in Singapore. This hospital is a part of a larger master plan that will redevelop the country’s General Hospital Outram Campus in a more technologically advanced and environmentally friendly way.

Project description and more images after break.

Dragonfly Vertical Farm concept by Vincent Callebaut

12:00 - 23 May, 2009

Amidst financial buildings and high-rise apartments, Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has redefined the conventional skyscraper. His 132 story complex for the south edge of Roosevelt Island addresses the pressing need for environmental and ecological sustainability. This conceptual design focuses on creating a completely self-sustaining organism that not only utilizes solar, wind, and water energies, but also addresses the pending food shortage problem.

More after the break.

NBBJ presents design for UCLA's Pauley Pavilion

12:00 - 22 May, 2009
© NBBJ
© NBBJ

NBBJ just revealed their latest design for UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, slated to begin February 2010 and be completed just in time for the 2012-2013 basketball season. Upon UCLA’s decision to renovate the existing Pavilion due to its strong sentimental value, NBBJ’s design includes new lobby and concourse space, as well as new facilities for the athletes and additional seating for fans.

Project description and more images after the break.

Temporary Art Pavillion / 4F-K

12:30 - 9 May, 2009

Our friend Péter Archibald Bodola sent us their design of a temporary art pavillion for a competition called TOGS (Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space) in March of this year, where 200 entries from all over the world were received by the organizers. The temporary architecture installation is an outdoor exhibit which provides prestigious gallery space.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Past works of Zaha Hadid to exhibit in Italy

12:30 - 6 May, 2009

Our friends from Minimalismi shared with us this info. This October, Zaha Hadid will exhibit her best works in an exhibition at the Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione in the Italian city of Padova.

The Palazzo has presented itself as a vigorous design challenge for Zaha Hadid due to the historical quality of the space. The aim has been both to respect the spatial / contextual characteristics and to intervene in the space at the same time. The undulating blocks, whose forms are defined by the rules of breaking and continuity, generate 6 distinct islands within themselves. Each of these islands define the Conceptual Morphologies of the ZHA exhibition concept, namely: (1) Lines/Bundles/Networks, (2) Waves/Shells/Cocoons, (3) Aggregations/Clusters/Jigsaws, (4) Fields, (5)Landscape & Topography, and (6) Parametricism.

More images after the break.

Republic Square / Eric Owen Moss Architects

12:30 - 5 May, 2009

Eric Owen Moss Architects created a mixed use tower that neighbours the capitol building in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The republic square is part of a large-scale development across the city of Almaty.

The tower itself is 126,000 square feet that will be divided up between retail, office, hotel and residential spaces. The building is a long tower which is anchored to the ground by a 38 meter diameter spiral. This feature will enclose an indoor plaza or ‘winter garden’ connecting the two sides. The spiral provides major support for the structure and encapsulates the five public venues near the ground level. In between these five spaces, four courtyards let natural let in and are each shaped to represent the four seasons of the year.

Seen at designboom. More images after the break.

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