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Columbia University School of Nursing / CO|FXFOWLE

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
© CO|FXFOWLE
© CO|FXFOWLE

FXFOWLE and CO Architects (CO|FXFOWLE) have teamed up to design a seven-story School of Nursing building for the Columbia University Medical Center campus in upper Manhattan. The result of an invited design competition, the design will provide 65% more space than the school's current location and will be designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

"Pierrefonds Library" Winning Entry / Chevalier Morales Architectes

01:00 - 2 November, 2013
"Pierrefonds Library" Winning Entry / Chevalier Morales Architectes, Courtesy of Chevalier Morales Architectes
Courtesy of Chevalier Morales Architectes

Chevalier Morales Architectes, in collaboration with DMA Architectes, has won the competition for the design of the Pierrefonds Library in Quebec. The project called for a complete renovation of the existing building to achieve LEED Gold certification and a 2,316 square meter extension that would include new document management technologies. The team's building design was inspired by Pierrefonds' old master plans as well as the economic pragmatism of shopping malls.

Necklace Residence / REX

01:00 - 2 November, 2013
Necklace Residence / REX, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

REX has just released their winning competition design for a unique residential competition: a private residence for three generations. The estate includes the parents’ home, four children’s homes, event space, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym, spa, library, study, home cinema, and performance space.

Ten Firms Shortlisted to Renovate Mies' MLK Jr. Memorial Library in D.C.

00:00 - 31 October, 2013
Ten Firms Shortlisted to Renovate Mies' MLK Jr. Memorial Library in D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image © Flickr user Elvert Barnes
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image © Flickr user Elvert Barnes

In August, we reported a Request for Qualifications for the renovation of Mies van der Rohe's Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. - Mies' only library and the only building in D.C. A few days ago, the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) narrowed down the list of potential firms from 26 to 10 and revealed that it was looking for community input on the library's future spaces and services.

The ten firms that made the cut are:

Design Miami Pavilion / formlessfinder

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
Design Miami Pavilion / formlessfinder, Courtesy of formlessfinder
Courtesy of formlessfinder

Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to build a designed environment for the fair's entrance as part of its biannual Design Commissions program. This year's winning proposal, dubbed "Tent Pile," was designed by the New York-based architectural practice formlessfinder. Its design harnesses the properties of sand and aluminum to create shade, seating, cool air and a space to play for Miami's public.

3C Competition Winners Announced

01:00 - 26 October, 2013
First Place: Adaptive Urban Habitats / Mixed Paper
First Place: Adaptive Urban Habitats / Mixed Paper

Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI) has just announced the winners of its 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities ideas competition. Entrants were asked to design solutions that were not just resilient but also contextually sensitive and pragmatic to the devastating aftermath of Super-storm Sandy as well as all future natural disasters. Over 60 submissions were received from 20 different countries and 32 finalists were engaged in a public education strategy through a public voting campaign. A jury panel of eight leading professionals in the fields of architecture, urban planning and disaster mitigation met in mid-September to review the top finalists and selected 3 winners.

The 2013 winners of the 3C Competition are:

Espacio Portalet / Magén Arquitectos

01:00 - 24 October, 2013
Espacio Portalet / Magén Arquitectos, Courtesy of Magén Arquitectos
Courtesy of Magén Arquitectos

Magén Arquitectos have recently proposed a new cultural center called "Espacio Portalet" for the mountainous pass on the border between Spain and France. Their design proposal aims to evoke cultural memory and to highlight the impressive landscape context of the Pyrenees. 

Keep reading for more.

"Community and Earth" Competition Entry / Lockhart Krause Architect

01:00 - 22 October, 2013
"Community and Earth" Competition Entry / Lockhart Krause Architect, Courtesy of Lockhart Krause Architect
Courtesy of Lockhart Krause Architect

Australian practice Lockhart Krause Architect has entered its proposal "Community and Earth" into an international design competition for a contemporary art gallery and museum of historical artifacts in the world heritage city of Yaroslavl, Russia. Their scheme aims to "provide a vibrant place for the community" and "explores the idea of earth and history by cutting into the ground."

Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture

01:00 - 22 October, 2013
Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture, © Asymptote Architecture
© Asymptote Architecture

Asymptote's Velo Towers, designed for the Yongsan master plan in Seoul, Korea, are formed by vertical cluster of cylindrical volumes which were strategically stacked and rotated to maximize views, privacy and environmental conditions. Consisting of eight distinct residential components, each cluster is carefully choreographed to establish a strong visual connection with the adjacent Yongsan Park and distant Han River. These clusters are complimented by a series of roof gardens, shared amenities and internal circulation spaces centered around light filled open atriums.

McCormick Place Event Center / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

01:00 - 21 October, 2013
McCormick Place Event Center / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli
Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli

Architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli has been selected to design the new $195 million McCormick Place Event Center in Chicago that will double as home for the DePaul Blue Demons basketball program. With 10,000 seats, the building will also house large business and professional meetings as well as concerts and special events. 

More on the design after the break.

"Austria. Naturally Yours" Competition Entry / penda

01:00 - 18 October, 2013
"Austria. Naturally Yours" Competition Entry / penda, Courtesy of penda
Courtesy of penda

In an effort to “feed the world,” penda, in collaboration with Alex Daxboeck, has won first runner-up in the two-stage competition for the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Supporting the Expo’s theme, penda’s proposal plans to be designed and harvested by its visitors, who will plant herbs, vegetables and fruits all over it throughout the duration of the seven-month event. By the end of the Expo, the pavilion will be fully taken over by organic food, which will then be prepared by chefs and served back to the visitors in the Pavilion-Restaurant. 

"The Hug" / MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
"The Hug" / MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella, Courtesy of MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella
Courtesy of MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella

MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella just released their entry for the Alvar Aalto University Otaniemi Campus Competition in Helsinki. Their proposal focuses on the creation of an energy-efficient learning environment that rethinks the traditional courtyard typology. It uses different levels and heights to create a variety of public and private spaces open to both students and inhabitants of the city, all while framing the main Alvar Aalto building.

The architects' description after the break. 

Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design

00:00 - 10 October, 2013
Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design, Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Apple has successfully secured a patent for the cylindrical, glass entrance to its Shanghai store. After trademarking the design and layout of its retail stores last January, this is one more battle Apple has won for copyrighting its signature look.

More on the patented design after the break.

MASS Design Group's Proposal to Reconstruct Haitian Hospital

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
MASS Design Group's Proposal to Reconstruct Haitian Hospital, Courtesy of MASS Design Group
Courtesy of MASS Design Group

In September 2012, the Haitian Ministry of Economy and Finance called for the reconstruction of the hospital of the State University of Haiti, a medical facility located in the heart of Port-au-Prince that has been operating in ruins since the 2010 earthquake. After the Ministry received large development grants from the US and France, the challenge for designers was to create an earthquake resistant hospital within the $48 million budget, while also phasing the construction to maintain an operational capacity of 500 beds. MASS Design Group was one of the design teams to come up with such a proposal.

For the team's project description, read on.

Steven Holl Architects Tops Out Visual Arts Building for University of Iowa

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Steven Holl Architects Tops Out Visual Arts Building for University of Iowa, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Update: Steven Holl Architects has announced the topping out of the University of Iowa's Visual Arts Building, a commission they won in a competition in 2010. When complete, the new building will work with their Art Building West, which they completed on the University of Iowa campus in 2006, to provide a dedicated arts space for students. Read on after the break for our coverage of the design reveal from 2013, and for construction photos and up to date renders of the project.

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Incheon International Airport - Terminal 2 / Gensler

01:00 - 1 October, 2013
Incheon International Airport - Terminal 2 / Gensler, Courtesy of Gensler
Courtesy of Gensler

A few days ago, Korea's Incheon International Airport broke ground on its latest addition, Terminal 2. Gensler, in collaboration with the HGMY Consortium, designed the $2.5 billion project that will double the size of the country's busiest airport with its 72 gates and 7.4 million square feet of space. The project includes a second airport control tower, train station, parking facilities and an airside Intra Airport Transit (IAT).

Keep reading for the architects' description.

AD Classics: Ariston Hotel / Marcel Breuer

01:00 - 1 October, 2013
AD Classics: Ariston Hotel / Marcel Breuer, © Plataforma Arquitectura
© Plataforma Arquitectura

Located in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar del Plata, Argentina, the well-known yet now abandoned Ariston Hotel was designed and constructed in 1948 by the Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer, a great diffuser of the modern movement in architecture. Originally meant for housing social reunions, dances and cocktail parties, this project is notable for its elevated volume with a curving, clover-inspired form that permits maximum glazing. 

SOM Gets Behind Wooden Skyscraper Design

00:00 - 26 September, 2013
SOM Gets Behind Wooden Skyscraper Design, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

Although known for their iconic skyscrapers of glass and steel, SOM has begun to redefine our idea of the high-rise by pushing for wood as an alternative material for tall buildings. Not only could it help solve the worldwide problem of housing for those who are or will live in cities, but wooden skyscrapers could also address climate change by reducing a building's carbon footprint. Click here to read about the structural system that SOM has come up with and don't check out our previous coverage on the equally fascinating Timber Tower Research Project!