Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: THE GREAT STADIUM SHUFFLECities and architects across California jockey .

Are you ready for some football? California sure is. Despite their beleaguered economic conditions, cities across the Golden State are now angling to get in on what has become one of the greatest stadium scrambles in its history. Los Angeles, City of Industry, San Diego, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Oakland are all vying to build new facilities in the hopes of luring either the Chargers, the 49ers, the Raiders, or another team altogether.
And architects are more than happy to help, proposing designs intended to make the facilities more appealing to teams, cities, and residents through better game experiences, greater flexibility, more money-making opportunities, connections to convention centers, and interaction with urban centers.
“The sports stuff is a catalyst for greater ends,” summed up architect Morten Jensen, a principal at Bay Area firm JRDV, which developed a CRA-sponsored proposal for a stadium in Oakland that could not only host multiple teams but al.....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: moshe safdie: khalsa heritage center

international practice safdie architects has completed the 'khalsa heritage center' located in anandpur sahib, punjab, india.
slated to officially open this fall, the new museum complex is dedicated to the sikh people, commemorating 500 years of
history and the 300th anniversary of khalsa, scriptures written by the notable and final guru, gobind singh. overlooking the
adjacent town, the 75 acre site is divided by a ravine and interconnected with a pedestrian bridge.

the western half contains an entry piazza, auditorium, extensive library and interchangeable exhibition spaces. on the eastern
half of the site, galleries with permanent displays are housed within a series of five concave peaked roofs prefacing the dramatic
himalayan mountains.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe opens Stylectrical: On Electro-Design that Makes History

HAMBURG.- The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is showing the exhibition “Stylectrical – On Electro-Design That Makes History” from 26th August 2011 until 15th January 2012. The exhibition takes a look at the complex process of industrial product design in the context of cultural studies. Once again the Museum is taking up a highly topical and socially relevant subject. The focus is on the design of Jonathan Ive (*1967), Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple, and responsible for creating all of the devices of the California based company. His products are of incomparable popularity on account of their extremely consistent and recognizable design. A quarter of the approximately 400 exhibits are products by Apple, which are shown for the first time in a comprehensive overview. The exhibition traces a retrospective of works as well as of the company's internal development of design, and provides a comprehensive insight into research questions of design history by means of this popular design. Along with the products designed by Jonathan Ive, numerous exhibits from the collection of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg will be shown, among them works by Herbert Hirche, Hans Gugelot, Dieter Rams, Peter Raacke, Michele De Lucchi, Hadi Teherani and Tobias Grau. The economic and environmental significance of design will be examined in cooperation with the red dot institute and the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: American Institute of Architects selects three projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The AIA Healthcare Awards program showcases the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

Jurors for the 2011 National Healthcare Design Awards include: Larry Speck, FAIA (Chair), Page Southerland Page; Sheila Bosch, Gresham, Smith and Partners; Turan Duda, AIA, Duda Paine Architects, LLP; Bruce Fowle, FAIA, FXFOWLE; Joseph Kuspan, AIA, ANSHEN+ALLEN; R. Doss Mabe, FAIA, ZGF and Thomas Trenolone, AIA, HDR, Inc.
Three healthcare facilities were selected in two categories; Built and Unbuilt. 


ARCH-ARQ: Masdar Institute/ Foster + Partners

Masdar Institute  by Foster + Partners

The global financial crisis has derailed construction all over the world — even in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. But certain megaprojects continue to march ahead, though with tighter budgets, more pragmatic goals, and less ambitious schedules. One such project is Masdar City, in Abu Dhabi. In 2007, the government-owned Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company chose a consortium led by London-based Foster + Partners to design the master plan for the 2.3-square-mile development it touted as the world’s first zero-carbon city. Originally slated for completion by 2016, plans for Masdar included housing, cultural institutions, educational and research facilities, and space for tenants focused on the development of advanced energy technologies. The developers envisioned that the city, located about 20 miles from central Abu Dhabi, would eventually have a daytime population of 90,000 people.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Coliseums for the South American Games

Coliseums for the South American Games

With its undulating roof profile, the Coliseums, a complex built for the 2010 South American Games in Medellín, Colombia, appears as a mountain — albeit a caricature of one — in the midst of the city. Indeed, the design team, the offices of Bogotá-based Mazzanti Arquitectos and Medellín-based plan:b arquitectos, conceived the project, which is sited in surreal juxtaposition to the Andes in the background, as a new landform within the Aburrá Valley.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: City of Culture of Galicia Archive and Library

City of Culture of Galicia Archive and Library by Eisenman Architects

The evocative title of the exhibition Cities of Artificial Excavation: The Work of Peter Eisenman, 1978–1988 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal in 1994 turns out to be an oracular description of the architect’s City of Culture of Galicia in northwest Spain. Eisenman’s project of a lifetime, now 12 years in design and construction, has involved serious digging and earthmoving to create topographical man-made structures that blur figure and ground. With two buildings just open, the complex’s raw state presents an artificial landscape of thrashing, gnashing stone creatures restlessly rising up from the earth before subsiding into calm ripples.


Thursday, August 11, 2011


"Metropol Parasol" explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new contemporary urban center. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as memory, leisure and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourist and local alike.


Monday, August 8, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: On the Boards: Shanghai Natural History Museum by Perkins + Will

Shanghai Natural History Museum, Shanghai, China, Perkins + Will

When it is completed at the end of 2012, Perkins + Will’s nautilus-shell-shaped Shanghai Natural History Museum will emerge from a proposed sculpture park and provide views of the surrounding city.
Perkins + Will won the international competition in 2007 to design the museum, which will replace an existing natural history museum. The architects were inspired by the classical gardens in Suzhou with their water features, rock formations, and screened walls, which they abstracted in their design. “It’s important that the museum is in the old side of the city,” says Bryan Schabel, the senior designer on the project and an associate principal in Perkins + Will’s Chicago office.
The spiraling 45,000-square-meter building rises out of the park with a ramp-like green roof that is accessible to the public and culminates in an observation deck. 


Saturday, August 6, 2011


On August 28, approximately 400,000 people are expected to attend the dedication of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, twice the attendance of the March on Washington held 48 years ago to the day. The memorial has racked up other impressive numbers—27 years since Alpha Phi Alpha began campaigning for the memorial, 900 design competition submissions, $120 million raised mostly privately, 1,600 metric tons of granite—and not a little controversy.
The selection of Lei Yixin to create the figurative component of ROMA Design Group’s winning memorial scheme sparked comment that there must be an American whose abilities matched those of the famed Chinese sculptor. And some observed that Dr. King would not approve of China’s human rights record. Lei’s first efforts at recreating the namesake likeness attracted more attention: Preliminary models showed Dr. King emerging from a giant block of granite, in a style that the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) criticized for its similarity to Social Realism. Then there was disappointment over a failed promise of free shipping.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: In Beijing, Work Begins on Nature-Inspired School by OPEN architecture

Garden School, Beijing, China

A 45,000-square-meter public middle school designed by OPEN architecture broke ground in August in the new town of Changyang, in Beijing’s Fangshan District. The competition-winning design is the first major commission for partners Li Hu (who had been a partner at Steven Holl Architects) and Huang Wenjing (who had worked for Pei Cobb Freed & Partners).
The project is part of an initiative spearheaded by Wang Shi, head of Vanke, China’s largest real-estate developer, to create 10 significant buildings in Beijing. Vanke co-funded the project, which is called Garden School, with the Fangshan government and co-developed it with COFCO Corporation.


Monday, August 1, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Center for Health and Healing

Center For Health And Healing

The Center for Health and Healing at Oregon Health and Science University, a 400,000- square-foot, 16-story medical office building, was an ambitious project from the start. Comprising physician practices, outpatient surgery, a wellness center, research labs, and educational space, it incorporates a host of sophisticated energy-efficiency measures, water-conserving technologies, and other green features in an effort to show what’s possible in the often conservative market of medical office buildings. Those ambitious goals made it an especially valuable target for a comprehensive building performance study that took place about two years after occupancy. The study team deployed an occupant survey, analyzed utility bills, and compared the building’s performance to the goals that had been set for it.


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