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Fasten Your City Belt in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Haiko Cornelissen Architecten

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Article source: Haiko Cornelissen Architecten

On March 8th the urban transformation strategy Fasten Your City Belt, designed by Haiko Cornelissen Architecten, will be exhibited and published as part of the Dutch Europan 11 exhibition by the Netherlands Architecture Institute, NAi in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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General Manifold in Chelsea, Michigan by Spatial Ops

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: Spatial Ops

General Manifold is an immersive architectural environment installed in the abandoned Federal Screw Works factory complex in Chelsea, Michigan. This installation was the centerpiece of a collective exhibition organized by the architectural collaborative Spatial Ops and students from their Meta Friche research seminar at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Image Courtesy Spatial Ops

  • Architects: Spatial Ops
  • Project: General Manifold
  • Location: Federal Screw Works factory complex, Chelsea, Michigan
  • Year: 2011-2012
  • Scale: 700 s.f. inserted into 80,000 s.f.
  • Photography: Peter Smith Photography and Spatial Ops
  • Project Team: Steven Christensen, Jean Louis Farges, Anya Sirota (leads), Virginia Black, Melissa Bonfil, James Chesnut, Peyton Coles, Nathan Doud, Joey Filippelli, Bruce Findling, Brittany Gacsy, Jeeeun Ham, Kyung Jin Hong, Jennifer Komorowski, Jordan Johnson, Brandie Moses, Brian Muscat, Chris Reznich, Michael Sanderson, Ash Thomas, Catherine Truong
  • Software used: Maya for schematic design, Rhinoceros to panelize the surfaces and prep everything for the CNC router.

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Fiber-Grass in Delhi, India by Dinkoff Architects & Engineers Inc.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Article source: Dinkoff Architects & Engineers Inc.

The composition of the project is a replica to the picture with grassy field provided by the client; it invented the name for the project, “FIBER-GRASS”.  This theme also implied the extensive use of Sustainable Architecture everywhere in the design.   The woven grass fibers are interposed on the site and intersected by the already established vocabulary of IT buildings. The “conversation” launched between the two, forms a new construct which challenges the traditional approach in architecture- the platonic volumes are visualized by their fractions looking for completion of the arrangement together with the existing IT buildings. They become as prosthesis for each other- the linearity of the landscape, established by already constituted orthogonal system, is interrupted by a new one of the lately added buildings to reverse again in a different direction to the previous.

Convention center

 

  • Architects: Dinkoff Architects & Engineers Inc.
  • Project: Fiber-Grass, Spiretec Urban Plaza
  • Location: Greater Noida, Delhi, India
  • Type: Urban Development
  • Date: January, 2011
  • Status: International Competition
  • Client: SPIRE World, New Delhi, India
  • Area: 62, 750SqM
  • Credits: Tino Dinkoff- Design Principal; Ben Wu- Project Director; Stanislav  Hristov- Visualizations; Saeko Harada- job captain, Manuel Quevedo, Fayez Mazid

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Tuinstede in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by SNITKER/BORST/ARCHITECTS

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Article source: SNITKER/BORST/ARCHITECTS

Tuinstede is the last of three new blocks that have been built in the Noordstrook, north of Delflandplein in the Amsterdam district New West. The urban design for the Noordstrook is made by Snitker/Borst Architects. In order to increase the density of the neighbourhood the existing modernist open strip building plan will be replaced by three urban closed blocks with large communal courtyards. One of the streets will remain without cars and will be arranged as a playground for children. The urban design will be executed in two phases. Recently the first phase was finished. In a second phase the U-shaped blocks will be completed to closed blocks. The three blocks are designed by Dick van Gameren, ANA and Snitker/Borst Architects, respectively.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Roos Aldershoff)

  • Architect: SNITKER/BORST/ARCHITECTS
  • Name of Project: Tuinstede
  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Client urban design: Far West, Stadsdeel Nieuw-West
  • Client architectural design: De Principaal, Amvest
  • Design team urban design: Leen Borst, Mark Snitker, Maha Rahal, Louise Thompson, Mehrdad Mashaie, Sonja Stockmarr
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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Launch Of Lua And Its Website in France

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Article source: Laboratoire D’urbanisme Agricole

After more than six years of research in the urban agriculture field, the Agricultural Urbanism Lab was created in 2012 by SOA Architectes, Le Sommer Environnement and the Bureau d’Etudes de Gally. Other experts working on various aspects of the same theme from different perspectives have joined them.

Launch of Lua - (c) SOA Architectes

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Gwanggyo Power Center in South Korea by MVRDV Architects

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Article source: MVRDV Architects

Since the beginning of the millennium local nodes with a high density concentration of mixed program are used in Korean town planning. These nodes consist of a mix of public, retail, culture, housing, offices and leisure generating life in new metropolitan areas and encouraging further developments around them: the Power Centre strategy. The Gwanggyo Power Centre will consist of 200,000m2 housing, 48,000m2 offices, 200,000m2 mix of culture, retail, leisure and education and 200,000m2 parking.

Birds eye

  • Architects: MVRDV Architects
  • Project: Gwanggyo Power Center
  • Location: Future new town of Gwanggyo, located 35km south of the Korean capital Seoul
  • Program: 200,000m2 housing, 48,000m2 offices, 200,000m2 mix of culture, retail, leisure and education and 200,000m2 parking
  • Date: 2007-2011 (initial planning)
  • Budget: Withheld
  • MVRDV: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries with Youngwook Joung, Wenchian Shi, Raymond van den Broek, Paul Kroese, Naiara Arregi, Wenhua Deng, Doris Strauch, Bas Kalmeijer, Simon Potier, Silke Volkert, Marta Pozo, Francesco Pasquale
  • Engineering: Arup
  • Local Architect: DA Group

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Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos in Portugal by atelier RUA

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: atelier RUA

Ideas Competition for the Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos – 2nd Prize

The 400 m walk to reach the waterfront of the “claridade” beach in Figueira da Foz, isolates the city and its inhabitants from the sea. The prominent shape of the coastline in Buarcos is the starting point of a linear gesture that stretches along the whole waterfront of Figueira da Foz, sewing together the existing promenade and the beach front, and ending at the tip of the northern pier.

Bird Eye View

  • Architect: atelier RUA
  • Name of Project: Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos
  • Location: Figueira da Foz, Portugal

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Centro de Acçao Social por Música in São Paulo, Brazil by Urban-Think Tank

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Urban-Think Tank

Despite its central urban location, the marginalized area of Grotão within Paraisópolis is effectively separated from the formal city. Within this isolated zone, increased erosion and dangerous mudslides have designated the site as one of many high-risk zones in the city – a primarily inaccessible void in the otherwise dense urban fabric.

Night View

  • Architect: Urban-Think Tank
  • Name of Project: Centro de Acçao Social por Música
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil

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Töölönlahden Block 2018 in Helsinki, Finland by ALA Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: ALA Architects

“FINIS”

The charm of Töölönlahti street blocks is in its completing the immediate urban fabric without stealing all the attention. This urban row also shelters the park from discomfort and noise of nearby railroads, and stands as a principle spine to support existing buildings and future public developments. Block 2018 culminates the row, subsequently characterising the entire block.

Facade from train tracks

  • Architect: ALA Architects
  • Name of Project: Töölönlahden Block 2018
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Type: Competition, Purchase
  • Program: 3 200 m² Housing, 10 600 m² Offices
  • Team: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Harri Ahokas, Petra Grisova, Julius Kekoni, Pekka Tainio, Jyri Tartia, Yena Young, Yin Li

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Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth by Lijbers Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: Lijbers Architects

Context – Problem Definition
One way to look at the decline of natural biodiversity is from the perspective of complex human dynamics –i.e. the organized but fundamentally unpredictable behavior of human systems – and its consequences for the natural environment. We humans tend to expand, move, and reallocate ground at speeds unparalleled within the natural world. Our persistent and unpredictable need for space, land, and raw materials causes the original natural environment to diminish, along with its ecosystem of plants and animals. The highly dynamic reallocation and changing of the earth’s habitat by human action falls short in providing vulnerable species of plants and animals with sufficient time to recover. The continuous cycle of removing and reallocating natural space can, in the best case, maintain a certain amount of the “natural environment”, yet it can never maintain the same level of biodiversity that was originally present.

Model

  • Architect: Lijbers Architects
  • Name of project: Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth
  • Software used: arkey/ASD and autocad for the basic drawings. And photoshop and illustrator to finish the drawings.

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