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Archive for August, 2011

Solar Plant Towers, Ivanpah / by RAFAA

RAFAA just submitted a design proposal (invited competition by www.brightsourceenergy.com) for the world largest solar plant in California.

Solar Plant Towers, Ivanpah / by RAFAA

Certain worldwide phenomena, such as global warming, shortage of resources and environmental pollution, have changed the relationship between man, nature and technology. These changes have caused a state of imbalance in the last decades. With the recent Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the established energy industry and its infrastructure have suffered a major blow to their public image. The proposed projects will not only show solutions both for the functional assignment and for strengthening BrightSource Energy’s innovative image, but will also depict the appropriate attitude towards these challenges.
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Opportunity Squared in Tokyo, Japan / by van der Architects

Opportunity squared, Tokyo, Japan / by van der Architects

van der Architects, a Tokyo-based architect firm, shared with us their latest project called “Opportunity Squared”. This is a parking tower with a penthouse at the top, to be built in central Tokyo in 2012.
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Two Competitions: $30,000 on the Line!

Two Competitions: $30,000 on the Line!

[Text from Architizer]
Architizer has two competitions with over $30,000 in cash and prizes on the line. Whether you have a built project that deserves recognition or are looking to design something new, we have something that might be up your alley.

Do you need a client?
Architizer has one for you. Ceramics of Italy (CI) is looking for an architect.

Do you have what it takes to design an Italian tile pavilion to be built at Coverings 2012? CI – the trademark for Italian ceramic tile manufacturers that are members of Confindustria Ceramica, the Italian Association of Ceramics – has a long-standing commitment to innovative architectural design, be it through their amazing array of products or their influential pavilions by architects like Aldo Rossi and Bernard Tschumi.

The CI Exhibit Design Challenge asks architects to design the next Ceramics of Italy tile exhibit that will open on April 17, 2012. At stake? A $10,000 Design Fee and an additional $15,000 to project manage the execution of the design.
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Bamboo House – Housing Estate, Geneva / by group8

The Bamboo Residency is a housing estate in co-ownership in the heart of Geneva, which completes, together with the recently achieved Coral House, a big urban slot born from the regeneration of a former industrial site.

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The Bamboo Residence is a housing estate derived from the regeneration of a former industrial neighborhood in the Chandieu area in Geneva. Following the urbanistic plan’s recommendation, the Bamboo Residence, together with the Coral House, creates a new large city block. Furthermore, the use of a high energy standard allowed the building to obtain 10% additional net surface, compared to what was requested by the neighborhood plan. Situated next to the Moillebeau-Vermont greenway on the Chandieu Street, the building is located near numerous international organizations.
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Residential Complex “Blue Iris” / by Luis de Garrido

Undoubtedly, the most characteristic of urbanization is the provision and type of building blocks.

Residential Complex Blue Iris / by Luis de Garrido

[Google-translated from Spanish]
The blocks are separated from each other at a distance such as to ensure that all households have the highest degree of sunlight in winter. To accomplish this, while maximizing the degree of use permitted by the regulations, has played with the location of mandatory assignments to use half the public administration. Instead of giving 15% average advantage in an arbitrary site, has carefully chosen its location between the projected linear blocks. This ensures proper separation between them, and “privatize” the space provided.
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New Taipei City Museum of Art / by OTA+ (Kory Bieg and Alexa Getting)

OTA+ just finished a new project and would love to share with us here at www.architecturelist.com. This is their competition entry for the New Taipei City Museum of Art Competition.

New Taipei City Museum of Art / by OTA+ (Kory Bieg and Alexa Getting)

This building proposal challenges the traditional definition of a museum and the conventional relationship between building and site. The ground floor of the building is reduced to a nominal footprint, enclosing only enough space for basic services, structure and ticketing functions. The ground plane is primarily reserved for exterior public space, including an art park, Hall of Fame, and garden walk. The bulk of the program and building mass are split by the open ground floor. Half of the building is coupled with the earth while the other half hovers in the air. The purpose is twofold; to minimize the damaging effects of extreme local weather by harnessing environmental flows toward productive outcomes and to re-conceptualize the identity of a modern art museum. The manicured roof plane of the below ground program is pocketed with water absorbing vegetation and catchment systems, while the hovering museum above expands to form open atriums, allowing diffuse light to brighten the space and passive airflow to comfortably condition the building.
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Fall Showcase of KPF Chairman’s Artwork in Hongkong Land Rotunda

KPF Chairman Artwork

Hong Kong – August 19th, 2011 – International architecture firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is pleased to announce that the firm will be presenting a selection of Chairman and Founder A. Eugene Kohn’s watercolours in Hong Kong this fall. The artists’ proceeds from the works sold will be donated to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cancer Research at the University of Michigan. The proceeds from a silent auction of several noteworthy pieces during the opening reception on October 3rd will also be donated to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund (HKCF).

Mr. Kohn’s fascination with painting began when he was a young boy sitting by his mother’s side while she painted. Hannah Kohn was an accomplished painter in her own right and had a show at the Guggenheim Museum on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Mr. Kohn works primarily in watercolour with a range of subjects – cityscapes, landscapes, still life and abstract. Much of his work is done when he travels in foreign countries, and he normally gives work as gifts or donates them to clarify auctions. His work has previously been displayed at the Guggenheim Museum in a show for the works of well-known architects, as well other similar shows, and is exhibited at Belgravia Gallery in London.
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COOP HIMMELB(L)AU’s High School #9 Wins Red Dot Design Award

Red Dot Design Award for the High School #9 – the prize was assigned during an awards ceremony on July 4, 2011 in Essen, Germany.

The Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts has been awarded the “red dot” seal of quality for high design quality by the jury with its panel of highly respected experts. The design will then be put on public display in the exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2011″ in the red dot design museum at the world heritage site of the Zeche Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen.
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