Archinect - News 2015-02-27T17:53:28-05:00 The Edmonton Freezeway may soon become a reality Justine Testado 2015-02-26T19:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:22:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If all goes accordingly, Canada might get another ice-skating trail known as The Freezeway to turn Edmonton -- a city that can get average below-freezing winter temperatures up to five months in a year -- into a hot destination. Or more like a winter wonderland. Proposed by Edmonton-born graduate student Matthew Gibbs, the 11 km Freezeway is a climate adaptive trail that would enable users to skate to different parts of the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Gibbs got inspiration for the skating trail when former city councilor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tooker Gomberg suggested</a>, perhaps lightheartedly, back in the 1990s that the city "crack the fire hydrants open in the winter and flood the streets so people can skate to work."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In the summer months, the Freezeway would become a greenway for bikes and walking. According to Gibbs, the trail would promote a more active winter lifestyle, winter programming and social activities, and an alternative method of sustainable transportation.</p><p>Since the Freezeway was one of three winners in the annual ...</p> BUSTLER’S NEW CALL FOR ENTRIES: Share your Bamiyan Cultural Centre submissions! Archinect 2015-02-25T19:22:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T08:46:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recent announcement of the final results for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre design competition in Afghanistan was met with euphoric excitement by the winning teams and blunt disappointment by other participants, even resulting in an online petition to re-evaluate the jury's decision. While the dispute continues, we want to invite all you non-finalists to submit your competition entries and present them to our huge international audience after all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In our last <a href="" target="_blank">Call for Non-Finalists</a>&nbsp;&mdash; following&nbsp;the insanely popular <a href="" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki</a> design competition &mdash;&nbsp;we were overwhelmed with a great number of stunning submissions, which you can now find <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><strong>TO SHARE YOUR COMPETITION ENTRY:</strong></p><p>You will have to create an Archinect <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">people</a> or <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">firm</a> profile. Just click the "Log in/Join" button on the left-hand side in the black navigation bar.</p><p>If you already have an Archinect profile, you're one step ahead. Simply log into your account and upload your submission to your Project Portfolio. Don't have a Project Portfolio yet? Click <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">here</a> to get started.</p><p>As more entries are uploaded, we will continuously highlight the ones that pique our interest.&nbsp;</p> The five 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award finalists are revealed Justine Testado 2015-02-25T18:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:22:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="629" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">420</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">40</a> and now the final five. The European Commission and the Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe announced the finalists of the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award today in London. Initiated in 1987, the biennial &euro;60,000 prize is one of the highest-ranking prizes in European architecture for projects less than 2 years old.</p><p>The award highlights recent projects that best represent the prize's mission to foster design and technological innovation as well as noteworthy contributions from architects across the continent. Previous <a href=";view=article&amp;id=23&amp;Itemid=36&amp;lang=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grand-prize winners</a> include familiar names like David Chipperfield Architects, SN&Oslash;HETTA, Zaha Hadid, OMA, Nicholas Grimshaw, Peter Zumthor, Dominique Perrault, Foster + Partners, &Aacute;lvaro Siza Vieira, and Henning Larsen Architects.</p><p>The five contenders are:</p><p>&darr; <strong>Ravensburg Art Museum</strong> <strong>in Ravensburg, Germany by Lederer Ragnarsd&oacute;ttir Oei</strong><br>Authors: Arno Lederer IC), J&oacute;runn Ragnarsd&oacute;ttir, and Marc Oei (DE)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <strong>Danish Maritime Museum</strong> <strong>i...</strong></p> Would you cross these bridges? Check out a few Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge entries for London's River Thames Justine Testado 2015-02-24T20:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:46:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework</a>, London's Borough of Wandsworth has its sights on constructing a new pedestrian bridge across the River Thames, between the two very distinct districts of Nine Elms and Pimlico. Quite evidently, the teams currently in the Nine Elm to Pilmico Bridge competition aren't holding back their imaginations.</p><p>Launched this past December, the competition invited multidisciplinary teams worldwide to conjure up a design concept that would serve as a basis for the final design of the bridge for construction -- if the project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">even gets to that point</a>. The competition organizers state on their website that they're not looking for a specific design, but rather the best team that shows the strongest capability of designing the landmark bridge.</p><p>Out of the 74 schemes from Stage One, we picked out a few that caught our attention:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 70</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 60</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 62</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 04</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 43</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 08</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 80</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 10</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 29</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr;...</p> AIA distinguishes 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award + Collaborative Achievement honorees Justine Testado 2015-02-24T16:54:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:46:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA recently announced the 2015 recipients of their annual Thomas Jefferson Award and the Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement winners. The honorable achievement awards distinguish significant contributions and lasting influence in the architecture profession as well as the community.</p><p>Out of three categories in the Thomas Jefferson Award, the jury selected winners only for Category Two and Category Three this year. University campus architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA</a> won in Category Two, which recognizes public-sector architects that manage or produce top-quality design. More info <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The Category Three award highlights a public official or other individuals for raising the public's awareness and/or support of design excellence. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Luebke, FAIA</a>, who serves as the Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, was selected. The AIA awarded Luebke for his enduring advocacy of historic preservation and adaptive reuse and his long-term architectural contributions throug...</p> Alessandro Mendini, Provencher_Roy, and the Designs of the Year 2015 nominees are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-02-23T18:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-23T18:16:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #48 for Feb. 16-20, 2015 below:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Alessandro Mendini receives the latest European Prize for Architecture</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 2014 European Prize for Architecture, regarded as one of Europe's highest architectural awards, went to iconic Italian architect and designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alessandro Mendini</a>. A few of Mendini's projects include the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, the Paradise Tower in Hiroshima, and the Proust Armchair, among many others.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Finalist concepts for the &ldquo;From Those &ndash; You Saved&rdquo; Commemoration, winner chosen in April</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Remembrance and Future Foundation organized the "From Those &ndash; You Saved" competition to build a commemorative monument that expresses gratitude to the Poles who rescued Jews during German occupation in the WWII era. The memorial project, currently valued at US$...</p> Bamiyan Cultural Centre online petition calls for jury to revise winning decision Justine Testado 2015-02-23T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T15:20:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Note: This post has been updated to correctly list the petition organizers, the number of signatures, and includes a comment from the team.</em></p><p>Shortly after the UNESCO Office in Afghanistan <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced the anticipated results</a> of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition</a> on February 18, competition entrants Kia Massoudi along with Nick Roseboro, Fabio Pradarelli, and Alessandro Orsini of New York-based firm Architensions set up an online petition expressing opposition against the Jury's selection of the winners. It currently has 89 signatures.</p><p>A total of 1,070 online submissions to the single-stage competition, which invited professional architects worldwide to propose designs for the new Bamiyan Cultural Centre in the Bamiyan Valley of Afghanistan, near the World Heritage property of the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of Bamiyan. The Jury selected "Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence" by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren, Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan, and Fran...</p> Get a glimpse of the Designs of the Year 2015 Architecture nominees Justine Testado 2015-02-20T18:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:24:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's that time of year for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Museum</a>'s popular Designs of the Year 2015 awards, a showcase of noteworthy works created by international stars, up-and-coming startups, and students. A total of 76 projects from the previous year were selected for the categories Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport. Last year, Zaha Hadid <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">took the top prize</a> with the all-too-familiar Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.</p><p>Category winners will be announced on May 4, and the overall winner will be revealed during a Design Museum event on June 4. In the meantime, all nominated works will be exhibited at London's Design Museum beginning March 25.</p><p>The Architecture category has some solid contenders that could make it anyone's game (maybe), with some of them having already won some top awards. Love 'em or hate 'em, here they are:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON - Paris, France. Designed by Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; ONE CENTRAL PARK Sydney, Australia. Designed by Atelie...</p> Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards Justine Testado 2015-02-19T21:05:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:34:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Wood Council</a>'s annual North American Wood Design Awards demonstrate, building with wood easily fuses aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability for various projects. Aiming to push for more demand in wooden design and construction, the prestigious awards program scopes out projects that best exhibit contemporary design excellence and good ol' innovation in wood architecture.</p><p>The three-member jury -- Larry McFarland, Principal of McFarland Marceau Architects; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brigitte Shim, Principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects; and Keith Boswell, Technical Partner at SOM -- selected 24 out of 166 online submissions. Winners were selected in Honor, Merit, and Citation categories for North America, and a few International projects were recognized as well. Despite the categories, one could say these projects are on the same level.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; <em>Refuge on the Bay of Fundy, Red Bank Farm, Hants County, NS, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. </em>(Foundi...</p> UNESCO Afghanistan reveals Bamiyan Cultural Centre competition results Justine Testado 2015-02-18T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T23:17:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The UNESCO Office in Afghanistan announced today the grand prize winner and four runner-up teams in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bamiyan Cultural Centre Design Competition</a>. Launched last November, the single-stage competition invited architects worldwide to propose designs for a cultural&nbsp; center in the Bamiyan Valley of Afghanistan that would contribute to the country's gradual process of reconciliation, restoring peace, and economic redevelopment after decades of political conflict.</p><p>In addition to complementing the physical and historical landscape of Bamiyan, the new Bamiyan Cultural Centre will be built as an emblem of heritage preservation, cross-cultural exchange, and strengthening cultural identity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Out of 1,070 submissions from 117 countries, the seven-member <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jury</a> selected "Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence" by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren, Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan, and Franco Morero from Argentina as the winning proposal, with a cash prize of US$25,000. The Jury included Elizabeth...</p> Brian MacKay-Lyons, Paul Vincent, and the 40 Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 shortlisters are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-02-16T13:18:00-05:00 >2015-02-17T18:14:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #47 for Feb. 9-13, 2015 below:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Brian MacKay-Lyons wins the RAIC 2015 Gold Medal</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The RAIC Gold Medal went to Nova Scotia architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, the founding partner of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects</a> and the founder of GhostLab. The Gold Medal is the RAIC's highest honor that recognizes an individual's influential body of work. <em>Above: Cliff House</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Forty projects shortlisted for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">420 nominations</a>, the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award competition shortlisted 40 projects based throughout Europe. The biennial award is considered as the highest honor in European architecture for works completed within the past two years. <em>Above: Childrens Home of the Future in Kerteminde, Denmark by CEBRA.</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Chicago Prize 2014 results: Imagining Obama&rsquo;s...</strong></a></p> Get inspired for the Bigger Than A Breadbox competition with Zimoun's "250 prepared ac-motors, 325 kg roof laths, 1.8 km rope" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-13T19:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-14T11:57:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s something strangely social about Zimoun's hypnotizing installation, referred to by its list of materials: 250 prepared ac-motors, 325 kg roof laths, 1.8 km rope. Currently on view at Knockdown Center NYC,&nbsp;the laths wiggle and bounce on a pre-programmed sequence, imitating an ambiance of a group gathering, with complementary gesticulations and conversations held at a not quite intelligible but still audible level.</p><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zimoun : 250 prepared ac-motors, 325 kg roof laths, 1.8 km rope, 2015</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZIMOUN</a> on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>The installation is one of the Swiss artist&rsquo;s three concurrent exhibitions in New York, collectively referred to as [KE]3 , each with their own structured system put into motion. This &ldquo;sonic architecture&rdquo;, as described by Zimoun, &ldquo;signifies a space of entrance, but also a sound composition that functions more like an organism, something that is not changing into something else over time, but rather is full of variations in its details, and potent in its sonic possibilities. It&rsquo;...</p> 2014 Chicago Prize winners envision the Obama Presidential Library Justine Testado 2015-02-13T18:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-22T20:21:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although an American president has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the right</a> to having a dedicated Presidential Library, it's no surprise that the museum-library-shrine typology can spark debate and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">criticism </a>regarding its true civic purpose. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plans</a> for the Barack Obama Presidential Library appear to slowly take shape, the Chicago Architectural Club organized the 2014 Chicago Prize ideas competition that invited architects to send their own speculative designs of the Obama Presidential Library. The latest competition aimed to initiate further discussion on how the presidential library typology can be reimagined.</p><p>At the end of the competition, the jury (listed at the bottom) selected two winners and three honorable mentions:</p><p>&darr; <strong>WINNER: Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <strong>WINNER: Aras Burak Sen</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HONORABLE MENTIONS:</strong></p><p>&darr; <strong>Design Team: D&aacute;niel Palotai</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <strong>Design Team: Drew Cowdrey and Trey Kirk</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <strong>Design Team: Ann Lui and Craig Reschke</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To find out more, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>2014 Chicago Prize Jury:<br>Andy Metter (Epstein); Brian Lee (SOM); ...</p> The "Bigger than a Breadbox" competition, exploring the medium of installation, nears its final deadline - Last chance to submit your proposals! Archinect 2015-02-12T15:54:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T21:27:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just a few days left to submit your ideas to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building</a> competition! Entries need to be received by <strong>Sunday, February 15, 2015</strong> via the competition website <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></strong>.</p><p>Kh&ocirc;ra exhibition curators Robert Trumbour and Aaron Willette are the organizers behind this call for submissions, hoping for an exploration of the medium of installation design within the architectural realm and its duality of spatial-artistic traits.</p><p>The winning entry will be realized in the lobby at the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space during the fittingly titled gallery exhibition <em>Bigger than a Bread Box, Smaller than a Building</em>, June 17 &ndash; October 4, 2015.</p><p>Some more details from the brief:</p><p>"From June 17th &ndash; October 4th of 2015 the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space gallery will host 'Bigger than a Bread Box, Smaller than a Building,' a gallery exhibition that will examine the appropriation of installation in contemporary architectural practice. While in no way...</p> Need some inspiration to submit to the "Bigger Than A Breadbox" competition? Take a peek at Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-12T15:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:17:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We caught a glimpse behind the curtain of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>&rsquo;s hand-over-hand process in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey&rsquo;s latest piece</a>, where the principal&rsquo;s meticulous and dogged drawing exercises helped push the firm&rsquo;s formal development. Taking a look back at one of their earlier pavilions, &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cube</a>&rdquo;, initially built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, helps draw the contingency from line drawing to taught steel.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a> previously described in her introduction to &ldquo;The Cube&rdquo;, the sculpture/pavilion &ldquo;transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece&rdquo;, complicating the supposedly concrete notion of an ideal form, the perfect cube. The pavilion is a clear elaboration on previous work, such as their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taipei Sales Center</a> or the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stormcloud</a> pavilion at SCI-Arc, where solid volumes are stretched and torn by lines and suspensions, testing the spatial limits of what they consider &ldquo;pure&rdquo; forms.&nbsp;OWC has also designed two other pavilions at SCI-Arc, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Netscape</a> and Centerstage, which fit clearly ...</p> The 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award shortlists 40 projects Justine Testado 2015-02-10T20:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Out of a competitive pool of 420 projects that were nominated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in December</a>, 40 of them were shortlisted for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award. The biennial&nbsp;&euro;60,000 prize was initiated by the European Commission and the Barcelona City Hall&nbsp;in 1987 and is considered to be the highest-ranking award in contemporary European architecture.</p><p>The selected projects, which must have been completed within the last two years, are regarded as models of architectural and technological innovation in European architecture. The awards program also acknowledges the significant contributions and the evolving creative process of present-day architects working throughout the continent.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Danish Maritime Museum in Helsing&oslash;r, Denmark by BIG</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Marseille Vieux Port in Marseille, France by Foster + Partners</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>De Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by OMA</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Everyman Theatre in Liverpoo...</em></p> Fuensanta Nieto + Enrique Sobejano, Andrés Jaque, Jane Priestman, and the Copenhagen Architecture Festival are among this week's many winners Justine Testado 2015-02-10T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-10T13:18:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #46 for Feb. 2-6, 2015 below:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Fuensanta Nieto + Enrique Sobejano win 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Nieto Sobejano co-founders Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano were the 2015 recipients of the Alvar Aalto Medal. Alvar Aalto designed the creative achievement medal, which was first awarded in 1967.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The 2015 Emerging Voices winners</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The eight winners of this year's prestigious Emerging Voices portfolio competition were announced. The jury selected them for their alternative forms of practice and entrepreneurial spirit, and their achievements in the design and academic communities. Above: Camouflage View by Aranda\Lasch</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Andr&eacute;s Jaque/Office wins YAP 2015 with &ldquo;Cosmo&rdquo;</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Andr&eacute;s Jaque/Office for Political Innovation will design this year's MoMA PS1 courtyard installation for the 2015...</p> NCMH Announces the 2015 Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Residential Design kimweiss 2015-02-09T19:04:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:53:18-05:00 <img src="" width="376" height="146" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina Modernist Houses</a>&nbsp;(NCMH) announces the&nbsp;<strong>2015 George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential design, </strong><strong>sponsored by</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leland Little Auctions</a>, the Southeast&rsquo;s premier estate auction gallery, based in Hillsborough, NC.</p><p>NCMH created the Matsumoto Prize in 2012 to honor&nbsp;<a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Matsumoto, FAIA</a>, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University's School of Design (now College of Design). Matsumoto designed&nbsp;some of North Carolina's most well-known and well-loved mid-century Modernist houses.</p><p><strong>The Matsumoto Prize uniquely features $6000 in awards, a&nbsp;<a href=";si=4874025633841152&amp;pi=d1b9dcf5-8c15-4f92-9b67-239877b1711e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blue-ribbon jury</a>&nbsp;of internationally known architects, and online public voting.</strong></p><p>According to George Smart, NCMH Executive Director, &ldquo;The Matsumoto Prize promotes new talent and provides motivating honors and incentives for a new generation of architects. It also contributes to wider public recognition of Modernism in all its forms -- architecture, art, furniture, and fashion -- and recognizes the signif...</p> YAP 2015 winner Andrés Jaque/Office to install "Cosmo" at MoMA PS1 this summer Justine Testado 2015-02-05T19:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-05T19:13:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MoMA PS1 announced today that "COSMO" by Andr&eacute;s Jaque/Office for Political Innovation is the winner of the 2015 Young Architects Program competition. Every year, the YAP winning design is realized into a temporary outdoor installation placed in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York during the annual Warm Up summer music festivities in late June. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YAP</a> proposals have to provide seating, shade, and water, and also follow guidelines that address environmental issues and sustainability.</p><p>Made of customized irrigation components, COSMO is described as a moveable party artifact that is also biochemically engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water in a period of four days. The structure will continuously eliminate suspended particles and nitrates, balance pH levels, and increase the level of dissolved oxygen. As a result, the same body of water will become more purified with each cycle.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Similar to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year's winning installation "Hy-Fi"</a>, COSMO is more than...</p> 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal awarded to Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano Justine Testado 2015-02-03T14:45:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:15:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="860" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano of Spanish practice Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos were announced as the recipients of the 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal. First awarded in 1967 and designed by Alvar Aalto himself, The Alvar Aalto Medal is given to individuals in recognition for their significant architectural achievements. Nieto and Sobejano were announced as the winners of the twelfth Medal today during an Architecture Day seminar at Helsinki City Hall.</p><p>Previous winners include Portuguese architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paulo David (2012)</a> and Danish practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tegnestuen Vandkunsten (2009)</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Collaborators since the early 1980s, it's no question that Nieto and Sobejano have built up a diverse portfolio, although their most recognizable works are museums and galleries. In addition to running their 40-employee firm Nieto Sobejano Architects in Madrid and Berlin, both architects also lecture at the European University of Madrid and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Nieto and Sobejano's work has been exhibited at...</p> OAC, Esa Ruskeepää Architects, and AS. Architecture Studio are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-02-02T20:43:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:43:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #45 for Jan. 26-30, 2015 below:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>2015 AIA Young Architects Award winners</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The AIA highlighted the early-career accomplishments of the 2015 Young Architects Award winners. The jury selected the recipients, who were architects licensed no more than 10 years regardless of age, for demonstrating leadership and for their significant contributions to the profession.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>OAC to restore UNESCO Heritage Site Daming Palace masterplan in Xi&rsquo;an</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>London-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office for Architectural Culture</a> will design the redevelopment masterplan of the Daming Palace Heritage Park in Xi'an, a city rich in historical and UNESCO World Heritage sites in China.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Esa Ruskeep&auml;&auml; Architects to design Bildungshaus library + educational center in Germany</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The proposal of Helsinki-based<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Esa Ruskeep&auml;&auml; Archit...</a></p> Share your creative commute proposals to NY Transit Museum's PLATFORM 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-02T15:51:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T18:56:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the right mindset, commutes can become an abundant source for inspiration. Creative commuters or commuters in need of a creative outlet are invited to send submissions about&nbsp; public transit to the New York Transit Museum's PLATFORM 2015.</p><p>Now in its second year, PLATFORM 2015 lets commuters perform and share their work inside the&nbsp;museum's decommissioned subway station home. Entries from all disciplines and academic fields are welcome, including: history, science, engineering, visual + performing arts, urban studies, and city planning.&nbsp;</p><p>Submissions may include but are not limited to:</p><ul><li>Live performance (music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy)</li><li>Film (documentary, fiction, creative media works)</li><li>Visual Art (must include a presentation or programmatic discussion of the artwork)</li><li>Presentation (academic lecture, informal slideshow, etc.)</li><li>Panel discussion (must include participants, moderator, topic, and your expertise)</li><li>Other participatory events</li></ul><p>Submissions are due by <strong>February 20</strong>....</p> Register now for the Field Constructs installation competition in Austin, TX Justine Testado 2015-01-30T20:50:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T18:48:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="578" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The international <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Field Constructs Design Competition</a> is currently open to all emerging architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists for temporary installation proposals for the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas. If you haven't registered yet, now's the chance: the early-bird deadline is <strong>February 15</strong>.</p><p>The FCDC jury will select 5-8 proposals to be realized and then publicly exhibited at the nature preserve during a week-long series of creative community events in November. Aside being innovative, proposals should also be engaging minimal-impact outdoor installations that reflect the cultural and natural characteristics unique to the evolving city of Austin.</p><p>All submissions are due on <strong>April 1, 11:59 p.m. EST</strong>.</p><p>Winners will be announced on June 1. They'll receive a US$5,000 reimbursable budget to build their proposals. Authors of the winning proposals will be honored during a public reception.</p><p>FCDC Jury:</p><ul><li>Benjamin Ball, Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles</li><li>Eva Franch i Gilabe...</li></ul> AIA announces 14 recipients for 2015 Young Architects Award Justine Testado 2015-01-27T19:22:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:48:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA announced the 14 recipients of the 2015 AIA Young Architects Award, which recognizes architects for their leadership and significant contributions to the profession early in their architectural career. In this case, young architects are defined as those who are licensed no more than 10 years, regardless of age.</p><p>Hailing from across the nation, the recipients were awarded for their various means of involvement in architecture, education, and their communities both locally and around the world.</p><p>Check out the list of winners:</p><p>&nbsp;(Cover image) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Jos&eacute; Alvarez, AIA</strong></a></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Zachary R. Benedict, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Justin Crane, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sarah W. Dirsa, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Andrew Dunlap, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>James Henry, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Chris Hong, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr;&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>James A. Meyer, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Ann Sobiech Munson, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Rebecca Talbert, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Derek C. Webb, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Elizabeth Whittaker, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr;&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Hafsa Burt, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Adrianne Steichen, AIA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 2015 Young Architects Award Jury consisted of:</p><ul><li><strong>William J. Stanley</strong>, III, FAIA, Chair</li><li><strong>Stanley Love-Stanley</strong>, PC - Atlanta</li><li><strong>Lenore M. Lucey</strong>, FAIA, LML Consult...</li></ul> Hélène Binet, Studio 44, and Carlo Aiello are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-01-26T18:59:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T18:59:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #44 for Jan. 19-23, 2015 below:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Winners of the 2015 SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The six winners were announced for the 2015 SEED Award competition, which recognizes some of this year's most impactful public interest design projects that call attention to today's critical social, economic, and environmental issues.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>&ldquo;Miami 2100&rdquo; exhibition addresses projected rising sea levels with resilient design</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The "Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century" exhibition at Florida International University presents students' design solutions in response to Miami's project and foreboding future of being underwater within the next century. The exhibition is open until March 1.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet to receive 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography...</strong></a></p> Registration deadline extended for 2015 SARA | NY Design Awards Justine Testado 2015-01-23T17:18:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T17:19:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="851" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you want a chance to win in the 2015 SARA | NY Design Awards, take note that the registration deadline has been extended to <strong>February 9</strong>. Already registered? Just be sure to send your submissions by February 23.</p><p>All architects, designers, engineers, artists, students, and related fields are welcome. Built or unbuilt works are accepted in any of the following competition categories:</p><p>For categories 1-8, entrant must be a Registered Architect.<br>For categories 9-12, Architects, Designers, Artists, and Students are encouraged to enter.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>CATEGORY<br>BUILDING</p><p>1. Housing<br>2. Education/ Institutional<br>3. Commercial (Industrial/ Retail)<br>4. Interior Design<br>5. Rehabilitation/ Remodeling<br>6. Conceptual/ Theoretical Projects<br>7. Small Projects<br>8. Sustainable Design</p><p>NON-BUILDING</p><p>9. The Arts - including but not limited to Architectural Graphics, Furniture, Photography, Lighting, Landscape, and Product Design<br>10. Strategic Planning/ Facility Studies/ Urban Design Studies<br>11. Computer Generated Architectural Rendering/ Ani...</p> SOM, David M. Schwarz, and Team 64North are among this week's many winners Justine Testado 2015-01-19T14:38:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T15:02:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #43 for Jan. 12-16, 2015 below:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>What&rsquo;s next for the Guggenheim Helsinki finalists?</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>If you've been following the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki competition</a>, the winning team won't be announced until this summer. So what's in store for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">six shortlisted finalist teams</a> until then?</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards recipients - Architecture</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In the 2015 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Institute Honor Awards</a>, only 23 teams from a pool of nearly 500 entries received awards in the categories: architecture, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interior architecture</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Design</a>. Looking at the complete list of winners, there's no doubt that competition was high.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>A closer look at SOM&rsquo;s AIA Twenty-Five Year Award-winning Broadgate Exchange House</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After winning for two different projects in the AIA Institute Honor Awards, SOM received their sixth Twe...</p> David M. Schwarz named as 2015 Driehaus Prize recipient Justine Testado 2015-01-14T20:39:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architect David M. Schwarz, CEO and president of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David M. Schwarz Architects</a>, has won the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Established in 2003, the $200,000 prize honors a living architect's lifetime contributions considered to embody positive cultural, environmental, and artistic impact, and also upholds high standards of classical architecture in contemporary society.</p><p>Upon Schwarz's selection, the jury highlighted the humanistic and community-driven focus of his designs that have remained since his firm was established in 1976:</p><p>"Schwarz approaches design with a belief in humanism that emphasizes pedestrian-friendly and socially active architecture with the goal of enabling civility and productivity in urban environments. He believes in building spaces for people, paying careful attention to issues of scale and material. His historically informed designs create lively public environments that meet the needs of diverse audiences.</p><p>Emphasizing that good des...</p> SOM wins sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award with the Exchange House Justine Testado 2015-01-14T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:28:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill can update their track record of AIA awards with the recent win of their sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award for the Exchange House at the Broadgate development in central London. Since 1969, the AIA bestows its sought-after Twenty-Five Year Award to a completed building that has continued to convey architectural design excellence and perseverance over the past 25-35 years.</p><p>Completed in 1990 following London's financial boom, the Broadgate Exchange House was the capstone of the Broadgate development and was built over the most complex location over the train tracks of the Liverpool Street Station. The 2015 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award jury awarded SOM for their simple and efficient structural solution that enabled the Exchange House to be realized over the challenging and historically rich site.</p><p>More info about the design below from SOM:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The structural and architectural solutions of Exchange House embrace the constraints of the site and uses them to fuel a soluti...</p> Knight Cities Challenge announces its selection of 126 finalists Alexander Walter 2015-01-14T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T15:07:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How do you choose 126 good ideas for cities from the more than 7,000 proposals submitted to the first Knight Cities Challenge? It wasn&rsquo;t easy. &nbsp;But, as of today, we&rsquo;ve asked 126 happy finalists to submit final applications in three weeks with more details about their ideas. [...] Each of the 26 Knight communities had at least one applicant named as a finalist, and Detroit had the largest number of applicants: 1,365! Detroit also had the largest number of finalists: 25.</p></em><br /><br /><p>These are the 126 finalists for the inaugural <a href="" target="_blank">Knight Cities Challenge</a>:</p><p><strong>Aberdeen, S.D.</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Aberdeen SD Welcome and Relocation Center</strong>&nbsp;by Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce (Submitted by Gail Ochs): Strengthening newcomers&rsquo; attachment to Aberdeen by creating a new welcome and relocation center.</li></ul><p><strong>Akron, Ohio</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Akron League of Creative Interventionists Headquarters</strong>&nbsp;by the League of Creative Interventionists (Submitted by David Swirsky): Establishing a space for the creative community to hold meetings, workshops and programs, and brainstorm interventions designed to break down barriers between diverse populations.</li><li><strong>Better Block International Hostel and AirBnB</strong>&nbsp;by Team Better Block (Submitted by Jason Roberts): Strengthening the city&rsquo;s sense of place by turning a vacant property into a cultural hub and hostel centered on a specific immigrant population.</li><li><strong>Chickadee Society</strong>&nbsp;(Submitted by Chris Horne):<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Fostering a love for Akron through a subscription service that delivers Rubber City goods and opportunities ...</li></ul>