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AD Futures #2: L.E.FT

AD Futures is a weekly section showcasing emerging practices from around the world. We are open for submissions.

I got to meet L.E.FT when we interviewed them at their office in New York back in September, 2008. This practice is lead by three partners, Makram el Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine and Naji Moujaes. They all graduated in Beirut between 1995 and 1997, and then got their masters at Parsons, Harvard and SCI-Arc, respectively. After that, they worked on big practices such as Massimiliano Fuksas and Steven Holl Architects, and then founded L.E.FT in 2001.

They are still related to the academy (UPenn, Yale, Cornell, RPI), a constant on innovative practices. Also, they got invited to the Young Architects Program at P.S.1 2009, an annual competition that invites emerging architects to design a temporary structure.

You can hear their thoughts on several aspects of the architectural practice on the interview we conducted. Now, onto some of their featured works:

AD Interviews: L.E.FT

We got the chance to sit down with the tree partners at L.E.FT a few months ago, and chatted about their practice, ongoing projects and their thoughts on the state of architectural education, the role of architects in current society and more.

I found their work very interesting, and it was no surprise to see them invited to the P.S.1 competition for 2009 we featured earlier. I also selected them for our section AD Futures, as i think they have a promising future.

You can read more about them on the article AD Futures #2. Some pictures of their office after the break.

UPDATE: I´m currently uploading the video to Blip.tv in better quality

"Patterns of Speculation": An exhibition on the works of Juergen Mayer.

An exhibition on the works of German architect Juergen Mayer H., entitled “Patterns of Speculation”, just opened at the SF MoMA. Mayer joins two modes of exhibiting architecture in a gallery – installation and documentation – to present a unique, hybrid environment.

Häuser Award 2010: "The future is being built today"

Schoener-Wohnen is holding the HÄUSER-AWARD 2010 in collaboration with Schüco and the Verband Privater Bauherren e.V. (VPB). Prize money of 15,000 euros is at stake. The results of the competition are scheduled for publication in HÄUSER in March 2010. The best projects will also be presented in a book to be published by Callwey Verlag at the same time.

CASE featured on Archinect

Our dear friends over at CASE have been featured on Archinect´s Working out of the Box, a a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths. Personally, I don´t agree with this as I don´t feel that what they do is an “alternative” path, but something that should be into the core of any practice.

AD Round Up: Sports Architecture Part I

Following first review on Libraries, we now we bring our selection on Sports Buildings previously featured on AD:

Symposium: "Sustainable Energy Technology in Germany and USA"

Baden Wuerttemberg International (BW-I), Zafh.net and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. (GACCoM) will be hosting the symposium “Sustainable Energy Technology in Germany and the U.S.” on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 in Chicago. A delegation of experts from the state of Baden Wuerttemberg will come to the U.S. and participate in a half-day conference where current topics about sustainable energy technology will be discussed.

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Herzog & de Meuron by Iwan Baan

Architecture photographer Iwan Baan just shared with us a photo set of the latest Herzog & de Meuron building in Spain, the Espacio de las Artes at Santa Cruz, Tenerife. Another H&dM building for Spain, after the Caixa Forum (Madrid) and the Forum building (Barcelona).

With over 20,622 sqm, the building includes a public library, a contemporary art museum, the Photography Centre of the Tenerife Island, a store, a cafe/restaurant and several public use spaces for the community.

The building is a long volume intersected by a ramp that generates a triangular plaza. Along the facade, over 1,200 openings in 720 different shapes filter the natural light to the inside, while generating an amazing view during night.

During the opening, Jaques Herzog said that this building will change the image of Tenerife, and along with the Calatrava auditorium will turn the city into a cultural focus.

And now, the photographs by Iwan Baan:

ORDOS 100 #16: Dellekamp arquitectos

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Dellekamp arquitectos / Derek Dellekamp Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project leader: Ignacio Mendez Project team: Jachen Schleich, Pedro Sanchez, Paulina Goycolea Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Postopolis! LA

Postopolis! is an architecture blogging event that started in 2007, hosted by the Storefront for Art and Architecture, as a collaborative event by Inhabitat, Subtopia, City of Sound and BLDGBLOG.

"The City as a Project": New PhD program from Berlage Institute and Delft University of Technology

The Berlage Institute is offering, in conjunction with the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology, a new three-year PhD Program in Architecture devoted to the study of how the form of the city can be theorized, represented, and projected. The program encourages speculations that take positions towards the city-at-large by questioning and using architectural knowledge itself. This knowledge of architectural forms and representations will be used to speculate about the city and its political, social, and cultural organization.

Waterfront masterplan with sports complex wins MIPIM Prize 2009

Schmidt hammer lassen architects (SHLA) has just received the MIPIM AR Future Project Award for their winning proposal for the Holbæk city harbour masterplan. The project includes a sports complex developed by the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations. The MIPIM AR prize is awarded once a year in various categories by the British magazine Architectural Review at the international property fair MIPIM in Cannes. The Holbæk project was nominated in the Mixed-use category. SHLA, were also awarded this prestigious prize in 2007 and 2008.

Mercier House, Lausanne

Architects: Francis Isoz Location: Rue du Grand Chêne 8, Lausanne, Switzerland Project Year: 1898-1900 Client: Jean-Jacques Mercier

Monterey Bay Shores Eco Resort

Our green friends at Inhabitat just featured a stunning new development set to break ground this month that will convert a desolate disused sand mine into a thriving environmental preserve and eco-resort. Replete with living walls and a five acre green roof, the development boasts an impressive list of green design elements and is working towards LEED Platinum certification. Now, saying that you’re the “Greenest Eco Resort” is quite a claim, but if the Resort builds out all that they have promised, it really will be the most environmentally friendly resort in the US, and possibly in the world.

In Progress: Ocho al Cubo house / Toyo Ito

Photos on the construction of a new house by Toyo Ito in “Ocho al Cubo“, a project with 8 houses by contemporary chilean architects in Marbella, plus international guests. All houses are required to be made out of concrete. This one features a big rounded inner patio. See more pictures after the break.

See also our previously featured house by Sebastian Irarrázaval at Ocho al Cubo.

2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom

The Open Architecture Challenge is an open, international design competition and is hosted every two years on the Open Architecture Network. This year, the challenge invites architects, designers, students, teachers and parents to propose the classroom of the future. Anyone can participate and the winner will receive $50,000 for their school.

Entries for the Young Architects Program at P.S.1 2009

Since year 2000, the MoMA and the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center present the Young Architects Program, an annual competition that invites emerging architects to design a temporary structure at the P.S.1 ’s facility in Long Island City, Queens. This has been a field for experimentation for digital manufacturing, new materials and new construction techniques -all under a tight budget-, as we saw in 2008 with the P.F.1 installation by WORKac.

A few days ago we featured this years winning proposal by MOS, a lightweight aluminum frame using recyclable parts, and saw how the economical crisis is present on the project´s conception.

But also, the other proposals by BSC Architecture, !ndie architecture, L.E.FT architects and PARA-project explore this and other social/cultural concepts on their proposals, so we decided to contact them and feature this projects so you can get the whole picture.

I´d like to thank Michel (MOS), Martin (BSC Architecture), Paul (!ndie architecture), Ziad (L.E.FT architects), Jon (PARA-project), April (P.S.1) and Meg (MoMA) for helping us out on this article.

And now, onto the proposals:

AD Round Up: Libraries Part I

In less than a year of existence, we have featured more than 500 projects! So in case you´ve missed some we will be featuring interesting projects, sorted by building type. Here´s our first selection of Libraries you can´t miss.

Frank O. Gehry: Design Process and the Lewis House at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The exhibition, that includes 120 architectural models, photographs, drawings, and videos, along with furniture and decorative arts enters its final weeks, and will end on April 5th.

Vienna University Campus competition winners announced

Austria’s Federal Minister of Science and Research Johannes Hahn, City Councillor Rudolf Schicker (Department for Urban Development and Traffic) together with Vienna University and Budesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG), have just announced the winning projects that will build the new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano

The design for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center at the Faliron Delta area in Athens, Greece. The building is being designed by -in my opinion- the master of sustainable architecture: Renzo Piano.

The SNFCC is not an ordinary building, as it will house a very important program: the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera.

This 187,800 sqm project – a private-public endeavor – will have a cost of € $450m, financed entirely by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and once completed in 2015 it will be turned over the Greek State.

There´s only a few images available at the moment, but from the model and sections we can see how the building integrates into the slope of the park, and it´s connected to the sea through a canal parallel to the existing explanade. On this, Piano says: “The Cultural Center’s proximity to water, and the natural warm breezes and light of Athens were particularly inspiring during the design process.  It was immediately clear that we must take advantage of all these elements to ultimately design a zero emissions building that expresses movement and energy”.

The roof consists in a series of interconnected photovoltaic cell panels which will cover the structure’s needs, taking advantage of the pure “green” solar and wind energy, in a similar way to the California Academy of Science.

We´ll keep you posted on the future development of this project. More images -courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop- after the break.

ORDOS 100 #15: Rintala Eggertsson

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,170 sqm

AD Futures #1: ICE – Ideas for Contemporary Environments

During our interviews, we have noticed that most practices have a milestone on their careers, that marks their “jump” on the scene: a competition, one of their first buildings, an innovative project…

While searching for new works and offices to feature on AD for our beloved readers, we have found several practices that are about to take that jump, and that we are sure will put them on the spotlight.

So, we decided to start a new series of articles featuring this practices, so you get to know them before you start seeing them on the traditional magazines/websites. Every Monday, you will find one of this practices featured on AD. And yes, we are open for suggestions (specially if you can show us something exclusive).

Our first chosen practice is ICE, an international practice based in Hong Kong.

Tank Street Bridge or Kurilpa Bridge / Baulderstone Hornibrook Queensland & Cox Rayner Architects

Architects: Baulderstone Hornibrook Queensland & Cox Rayner Architects Location: Brisbane, Australia Design year: 2007 Construction year: 2008-2009 Structural Engineer: Baulderstone Hornibrook Queensland Pty Ltd and ARUP Engineers Budget: $63,3 million Images: Cox Rayner Architects

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