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Seongdong Cultural & Welfare Center / UnSangDong Architects

© Sergio Pirrone
Architects: UnSangDong Architects
Location: Seongsu, 300-1 Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Jang Yoon Gyoo, Shin Chang Hoon
Design Team: Kim Sung Min, Kim Min Tae, Seo Hye Lim, Ryu Sam Yeol, Ahn Hye Joon, Kim Won Il, Ahn Boo Young, Kim Mi Jung, Jo Eun Chong
Area: 1014.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone
© Bas Princen

Gallery at REDCAT Presents “Small Museum for the American Metaphor”

Continuing a curatorial program of experiments, collaborations and interdisciplinary projects, the Gallery at REDCAT presents Small Museum for the American Metaphor September 27 to November 30, 2014.
REDCAT gallery curator Ruth Estévez invited the Belgian architect Kersten Geers to develop the exhibition, which focuses on themes that are clearly evident in the architectural work he creates with his firm, OFFICE Kersten Geers and David Van Severen.
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UNStudio Brings Interactive Exhibit to Munich: Motion Matters 4.0

The evening of October 6th marks the grand opening of UNStudio‘s new exhibit, Motion Matters 4.0 at the Architektur Galerie in Munich. The opening ceremonies will coincide with the first day of the Expo Real International Trade Fair for Property and Investment and include a welcome speech by the Dutch Consul General Peter Vermeij, followed by an introductory talk about the exhibit from UNStudio co-founder and principal Ben van Berkel. More information, after the break.

Nepean Mental Health Centre / Woods Bagot

© Trevor Mein
Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: Parker Street & Derby Street, Kingswood NSW 2747,
Area: 7278.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Trevor Mein, Ethan Rohloff
Habitat 15 - a Hollywood housing project by competing practice Predock Frane Architects (Click image for more). Image © Predock Frane Architects

Five Practices Compete to Design Los Angeles LGBT Center

Michael MaltzanFrederick FisherPredock FraneMAD and Leong Leong have been shortlisted in a limited competition to design a new Los Angeles LGBT Center (formerly called LA Gay and Lesbian Center). Each have received a stipend of $20,000 to develop proposals for the new campus, which will include arts, educational and affordable housing programs on more than an entire city block in Hollywood. Once complete, the center hopes to serve LGBT community members of all ages by providing access to multigenerational affordable housing, healthcare, senior care and family services. You can learn more on KCRW here.

Villa Sarvilahti / K2S Architects

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Architects: K2S Architects
Location: 54500 , Finland
Architect In Charge: Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen
Area: 326.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of K2S Architects
Anonymous. Country house near to Caen. Section of the main building. Pen, black ink and Indian wash, yellow-orange, pink and green water colour, 190 x 250 mm. Image © bpk – Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte

The Parisian Hôtel Particulier in Drawings

Starting October 18th, the Tchoban Foundation will be showing 65 art works of Hôtel particulier buildings – prestigious town houses, which were built in the first part of the 18th century and characterize Parisian architecture until today – in the exhibition “Lʼhôtel particulier à Paris.” After Sergei Tchoban, architect and founder of the Tchoban Foundation for Architectural Drawing, showed his collection of 24 drawings at the École des Beaux-Arts in 2011 with the exhibition “À la source de l’ Antique. La collection de Sergei Tchoban”, the two institutions now continue their collaboration, this time with a selection of works from Paris that will be displayed in Berlin. Learn more after the break.

JustPeople / Cristián Olivi

© Nico Saieh
Architects: Cristián Olivi
Location: Las Condes, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Design Team: Daniela Reyes, Diana Menino, Roberto Gutierrez, SimpleLab
Furniture Design: Manuel Oneto
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh
Madrid © Flickr CC User Jesus Solana

Madrid to Eliminate Cars from City Center

Starting January, the City of Madrid will close off 190 hectares of its central core to traffic, expanding its restricted vehicular areas to 352 hectares. Vehicles not belonging to residents within the city’s four most central barrios will be restricted to large avenues. If a vehicle enters the car-less zone, and does not have access to one of the 13 official parking lots, the owner will be automatically ticketed €90 ($115 U.S). The new legislation is part of a larger goal to completely pedestrianization central Madrid by 2020. A map of the restricted area, after the break.

Borden Park Pavilion / gh3

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Architects: gh3
Location: Edmonton, AB,
Project Team: Pat Hanson, Diana Gerrard, Louise Clavin, Byron White, Joel Di Giacomo, Raymond Chow, Kamyar Rahimi, Simon Routh
Area: 245.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Raymond Chow

How Three Colleges Brought Modernist Design to the US

Entries to the Chicago Trinbune Competition, such as this one by Gropius and Meyer, may have sparked debate about in the US, but lost to a more traditional design. However, a decade and a half later, competitions for three colleges revived the debate. Image via thecharnelhouse.org
Though modernism was developed in the 1920s, and was popular among many architects by the time the 1930s arrived, in many places it took years for the style to gain favor among clients. In the USA, people often point to the 1922 Chicago Tribune Tower Competition as a turning point, the winning entry was actually a neo-gothic design. In this article, which originally appeared on Curbed, Marni Epstein looks at another potential turning point: three high-profile competitions in the late 1930s where modernist designs were (sometimes controversially) successful.
The Great Depression of the 1930s hit everyone, and hard—even architects and draftsmen found themselves out of work as development and construction dried up amid vanishing capital. They found a partial solution in the Historic American Buildings Survey and Historic American Engineering Record, two programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration that involved surveying and cataloging the country’s existing infrastructure. These programs, however, were a long way from the prestige, creativity, and financial rewards that came with new architectural commissions. The work available was limited, and what work existed was focused on the architecture of the past, not designs for the future.

Around fireplace / Ruetemple

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Architects: Ruetemple
Location: , Russia
Design Team: Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Ruetemple

Architects Design Cardboard Carrier to Improve City Cycling

Courtesy of Packtasche
There’s no denying that biking is one of the biggest trends in urban development right now, with many touting cycling as the solution to reducing pollution and congestion – not to mention its health benefits. As are focusing on what they can do to encourage cycling and make their streets bike-friendly, architects have played a critical role in ushering bikes into the city, designing everything from  protected cycle lanes to elaborate elevated cycletracks. Yet after cycling in Vienna for eight years, two architecture students decided to take a different – and simpler – approach to improving biking conditions. Focusing on the often cumbersome task of trying to run errands while on a bike, Philipp Moherndl and Matthias Lechner have designed a lightweight, recyclable cardboard pannier that can seamlessly go from store to bike.
“Due to the mass appeal of the bike, conventional cycling accessories do not fit the lifestyle of many urban cyclists,” Moherndl and Lechner told ArchDaily. “The limited transport capacity of usual bicycles makes shopping difficult and inflexible. People often do their shopping spontaneously, on their way home or whilst cycling in the city. Therefore we wanted to come up with a more flexible solution: a multi-use bag for bicycles, which is low priced and environmentally-friendly.”
Learn more about the Packtasche after the break.
Trinity Church Boston © flickr user richbs

Spotlight: Henry Hobson Richardson

Henry Hobson Richardson (29 September 1838  27 April 1886) was known across North America as the father of the Romanesque Revival. Although he only lived to age 48, Richardson is revered across the northeast United States for his appreciation of classic architecture and is the namesake for Richardsonian Romanesque, a movement he pioneered. Richardson studied engineering at Harvard University, a discipline he abandoned in favour of his interest in architecture.

Andrée Chedid Media Library / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

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Architects: D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates
Location: 156 Rue Fin de la Guerre, 59200 ,
Façade Engineering: VS-A
Area: 920.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

The Avery Review: Insightful Critical Writing Online

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The Avery Review (AR), a new online journal dedicated to thinking about books, buildings and architectural media, seeks to utilise the potential in the critical essay and repackage it for the digital realm. A project of the Office of at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the AR’s responsive website (designed by Nothing in Common) perfectly matches the exceptional quality of the content. Featuring essays from Owen Hatherley and Amale Andraos, among others, the overarching aim of the review is to “explore the broader implications of a given object of discourse” whether that be “text, film, exhibition, building, project, or urban environment.”
Find out more from editors Caitlin Blanchfield and James Graham after the break.

House W / Studio Prototype

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Architects: Studio Prototype
Location: , The
Design Team: Jeroen Spee, Jeroen Steenvoorden
Project Team: Gijs van Suijlichem, Titus Lammertse, Jan Paulus Hoogterp, Jan van der Schaaf
Area: 270.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Prototype

Quality Hotel Friends / Karolina Keyzer + Wingårdhs

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Architects: Karolina Keyzer, Wingårdhs
Location: Råsta Strandväg, Solna,
Area: 21935.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tord-Rickard Söderström, Filip Mesko
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