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Double Moon Installation in Brooklyn, New York by Holm Architecture Office

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Holm Architecture Office

When Olafur Eliasson created his sun he proposed a celebration of the day. For this year’s Nuit Blanche / Bring The Night to Light Festival in Brooklyn, New York, we propose a similar celebration, this time of the night.

The Double Moon installation aims to inspire imagination and focus attention on things that, while often taken for granted, define our daily—and nightly—lives.

Image Courtesy © Holm Architecture Office

  • Architects: Holm Architecture Office
  • Project: Double Moon Installation
  • Location: Greenpoint Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York
  • Program: Art Installation
  • Type: Competition
  • Size: 24’ x 18’
  • Client: NA
  • Status: Shortlisted, Results Pending


Water Purifying Footbridge in The Netherlands by Margot Krasojevic

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Article source: Decodeine

Competition Amsterdam footbridge 2012 by Margot Krasojevic
Water management is still the most important function of Amsterdam canals. Without them, the city would drown. Circulating the water is also vital for sanitary reasons. In the days when windmills had to do the job, the stench of the water could become unbearable in periods with little wind or rain.

Three times a week, 14 of the 16 existing waterlocks around the city close up, so clean water can be pumped in from the big lake IJsselmeer. The current that is created pushes the dirty canal water out through the open locks on the other side of the city. Specialized cleaning boats with big scoops and nets patrol frequently clean surface debris. Since 2005, all the houseboats in the city are connected to the sewer system.

Water Purifying Footbridge

  • Architects: Decodeine
  • Project: Water Purifying Footbridge
  • Location: Amsterdam,  The Netherlands
  • Project Architect: Margot Krasojevic
  • Software used: 3dsMax and Vray for renders and Microstation for design details


Shanghai 2012 in China by Lee Martin

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Article source: Lee Martin

This was an international design competition that me and my partner(Justin Strosnider) participated in during the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012. we are both 18 years of age and pursuing a career in architecture.The design work took a total of six months and was the most extensive and challenging design we had ever done. The main goal of the design was sustainability. The building is a mixed use building that offeres retail, office, as well as residential space.

Shanghai 2012

  • Architects: Lee Martin
  • Project: Shanghai 2012
  • Location: Shanghai, China


Winners Named in CANstruction San Diego Design-Build Competition

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

They came in all colors, themes, shapes and sizes, but the winning entries of this year’s CANstruction San Diego competition all had one thing in common: creative ingenuity.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (, RJC Architects (, IBI Group (, Kearny Mesa High Construction Tech Academy, and Crawford High School – IDEA came together to compete in this annual design-build competition, sponsored the Society for Design Administration, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects.  Each team of 10 was tasked with collecting donations of canned goods, devising a design, and creating huge works of sculptural art made entirely out of canned goods. Close to 50,000 cans of food, weighing approximately 40,000 pounds, were used to create the structures, some as much as eight feet tall and ten feet wide.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

A requirement of the competition was that the sculptures had to be structurally sound and constructed entirely of cans.  Each team had five hours to build the structures, with no more than five team members on the floor at any given time.

“All the teams did a terrific job this year of designing and building some amazing sculptures,” said Julie King, associate and business manager of RJC Architects and this year’s CANstruction chairwoman.  “The most rewarding part of this event for everyone is knowing they’ve made a significant contribution to some important community causes.”

Canstruction San Diego 2012

The canned food structures were on display at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego for several days, and the public was invited to come view them and makecash or canned food donations of their own.  Following the event, all of the food was donated to Homefront San Diego, an organization that benefits the San Diego military, and East County Transitional Living Center, which helps house the community’s homeless.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

McCarthy was awarded an “Honorable Mention” for its “Road to End Hunger” structure for which cans of Chicken of the Sea salmon were construction cones, spinach was grass, and black beans were asphalt.RJC Architects won in both the “Juror’s Favorite” and “People’s Choice” award categories for its creation of “The Titantic”, which incorporated tuna cans as icebergs, sardine cans as lifeboats, black beans for the smokestack, and water bottles as the ocean.The jurors cited IBI Group’s innovative “Caterpillar”structure with an award for “Structural Ingenuity”, along with an “Honorable Mention”.

Canstruction San Diego 2012

Kearny High Construction Tech Academy received the “Best Meal” award for its construction of “Hunger is No Game”, ” a similarly ambitious structure consisting of more than 4,000 cans in the shape of the popular “Hunger Games” book and the Mockingjay symbol that figures into the plot.  Crawford High School – IDEA received the “Best Use of Labels” award for its striking structure of a waving “American Flag”.

“We’re looking forward to participating again in next year’s CANstruction event, and helping to make it even bigger and better,” said Paul King, director of business development for McCarthy, and board member of CANstruction San Diego.  “Our company employees are already thinking about how they’ll top themselves next year.”

Canstruction San Diego 2012

About McCarthy:

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nation’s 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2011) and is one of the nation’s oldest, privately held construction firms.  As the largest general building contractor in California and one of the top green construction firms (ENR California, August 2011), McCarthy is committed to the construction of high performance buildings. The company provides general contracting, construction management, program management and design/build services for healthcare, education, parking structure, entertainment, retail, laboratory, biotechnical, microelectronic, and industrial facilities; office buildings; tenant interiors; mixed-use; multifamily residential and bridges and highways.  In addition to San Diego, McCarthy has offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas; Houston; St. Louis; and Atlanta.  McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.  More information about the company is available online at

Canstruction San Diego 2012

Warming Huts v.2012 in Manitoba, Canada by Mjölk Architects (designed with Rhino and AutoCAD)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Article source: Mjölk Architects

Our winning entry to an international arts & architecture competition in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Warming Huts v.2012 was an open competition, endorsed by the Manitoba Association of Architects.

Image Courtesy Polar Hen


  • Architects: Mjölk Architects
  • Project: Warming Huts v.2012
  • Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhinoceros


Polikatoikea in Oporto, Portugal by Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Article source: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

‘Polikatoikea’ seeks a compromise between a greek rule (polikatoika) and a swedish philosophy (ikea). The project is an (almost) politic move that seeks the densification of the city through a low-cost construction targeting a young and unattached client. (On a conceptual level) the project attempts to provide an idea that fights the ‘desertification’ where, in face of an unstable economic conjecture, the low cost appears as a possible (and affordable) solution. Architect: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares.


  • Architect: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares
  • Name of Project: Polikatoikea
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Competition: Open ideas competition (1st prize)
  • Organizers: Origami architectural competitions
  • Dates: November 2011 / January 2012


Melting Pot in New York City by HartnessVision and YGS

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Article source: HartnessVision and YGS

New York City AIDS Memorial Park Competition

The combined site is experienced through the 2 ramped passageways,  that begin and end at the same place but remain separate. “Health “–  embodied by the verdant park, benches, and vegetation– surrounds  “Infection”–symbolized by an isolated ramp. The two realities are visible  to each other but separated by a glass enclosure.


  • Architect: HartnessVision and YGS
  • Name of Project: Melting Pot
  • Location: New York City, USA
  • Scope: NYC’s first AIDS memorial, creation of park
  • Size: 18,000 sq ft
  • Budget: $30Million
  • Design Partners: Yael Getz-Schoen, AIA, LEED-AP
  • Software used:
      Plans, sections: sketchup
      Modeling : Sketchup, 3DS Max
      Rendering: 3DS Max
      Post production: Photoshop, InDesign


Active Edge – Landfill as autopoietic system in Grønmo, Norway by PlaC

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: PlaC

In a world where design contaminates every possible field of technical knowledge and theoretical thinking, where we have reached such an advanced state of urbanity, landfills still represent an exceptional void of intentions. Active Edge is a radical strategy that specifically addresses the unitary dimension (spatial and biological) characterizing every landfill, retracing it in order to visualize and nurture its presence.

Active Edge

  • Architects: PlaC
  • Project: Active Edge – Landfill as autopoietic system
  • Location: Grønmo, Oslo, Norway
  • Type: Competition
  • Size: 52 ha
  • Client: Europan11 Norway
  • Status: Honorable Mention
  • Team: 2A+B (Ariolfo, Alessio, Bua) @


Protection Project and Musealization of Séviac Archaeological Site in Montréal-du-gers, France by Carrilho da Graça architects

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Article source: Carrilho da Graça architects

Carrilho da graça wins international competition for the protection project and musealization of the gallo-roman villa of séviac, in montréal-du-gers, france.

The first prize in the international competition with pre-selection for the protection project and musealization of séviac archaeological site, in montréal-du-gers, france, was awarded to the architect joão luís carrilho da graça. “(…) a project that sets up a protective device and does not relate to a known typology. it is a technical device with its own logic, a homogeneous-looking device that creates an event which does not compete with the archaeological remains, but rather gives a new insight into the importance and influence of the villa. the event: to take this opportunity to give contemporary architecture its legitimate place in gers. an architecture that makes use of contrast in a very strong way. a privileged setting that makes the contrast work. it can become a communication tool: it really is an added value. (…)”.

Aerial View (Images Courtesy Carrilho da Graça architects)

  • Architect: Carrilho da Graça architects
  • Name of Project: Protection Project and Musealization of Séviac Archaeological Site
  • Location: Montréal-du-gers, France
  • All images and drawings: © Carrilho da Graça architects


Istanbul Disaster Center in Turkey by DRA&U

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Article source: DRA&U

Given the particular nature of the programme described in the competition brief, our proposal focuses on the realisation of a visually striking building that also represents a challenge to traditional architecture and engineering. Beginning with these objectives, and given the primarily didactic nature of the new Centre, it was our belief that the building’s main focus should be that of involving visitors. To avoid the design of a horizontally and vertically rigid, and thus monotonous work of architecture our proposal focuses on the creation of an educational loop that develops in two directions simultaneously.

Bird Eye View

  • Architect: DRA&U
  • Name of Project: Istanbul Disaster Center
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey


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