Archinect - News 2016-05-05T04:50:26-04:00 COBE + MVRDV's rockin’ new Ragnarock Museum opens to the public Justine Testado 2016-05-03T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T14:11:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nestled within an industrial patch of warehouses in the Danish city of Roskilde stands the golden-studded, newly inaugurated Ragnarock, a museum where rock, pop, and youth culture are housed under one roof. COBE and MVRDV joined forces to design the new museum, which is part of the larger ROCKmagneten masterplan that the architects won in 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to Bustler</a> for more details.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ROCKmagneten: MVRDV and COBE Win Danish Rock Museum Competition in Roskilde</a></p> Zaha Hadid Architects, Kengo Kuma, and ARM Architecture are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2016-05-02T14:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T06:39:06-04:00 <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&nbsp;<strong>the newly redesigned&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a></strong>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's recap #106 for the week of April 25-29, 2016.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>AIA UK honors 2016 Excellence in Design Awards winners, pays tribute to Zaha Hadid</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The AIA UK chapter recently celebrated the winners of the 2016 Excellence in Design Awards, which included projects from Students, Young Architects, and Professionals. AIA UK President Frederick Grier paid tribute to the late Zaha Hadid, highlighting her extensive involvement in the awards and other chapter events.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Zaha Hadid Architects to design Sberbank Technopark in &ldquo;Russia's Silicon Valley&rdquo;</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In more recent ZHA news, Zaha's first posthumous competition win is the proposed Sberbank Technopark in Moscow. The 131,000 square-meter office park will be located in &ldquo;Russia's Silicon Valley&rdquo;.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Kengo Kuma's &ldquo;Odensean&rdquo; concept for the ne...</strong></a></p> MONU #25 is seeking submissions for "Independent Urbanism" MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-05-02T14:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T14:32:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the idea that the nation-state as the exclusive agent of connections and relations between political communities is increasingly considered obsolete, the world has witnessed the emergence of more than 30 new countries over the last 3 decades. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, May 2016)</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the idea that the nation-state as the exclusive agent of connections and relations between political communities is increasingly considered obsolete, the world has witnessed the emergence of more than 30 new countries over the last 3 decades. Especially the fundamental changes in world politics that unfolded across Europe at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s - most emblematically symbolized by the fall of the Berlin wall in November 1989, that led to the dissolution of the USSR and Yugoslavia - caused the creation of most of the <em><strong>newly independent states</strong></em>. Fifteen countries, such as Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan, to name just a few, became<em><strong> independent</strong></em> with the implosion of the USSR in 1991. Similarly, the former Yugoslavia dissolved into the <em><strong>independent countries </strong></em>of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia and Montenegro, which in turn changed into the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, and finally i...</p> Ashton Raggatt McDougall wins 2016 Australian Gold Medal Justine Testado 2016-04-29T18:21:00-04:00 >2016-04-30T11:01:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt, and Ian McDougall have left a lasting impression in the Australian contemporary architecture scene since they founded Ashton Raggatt McDougall in 1988. Since then, ARM has built projects that the Australian Institute of Architects describes as &ldquo;some of the most extraordinary [if not sometimes controversial] buildings in the short post-colonial history of [the] country.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>ARM's contentious body of work recently earned them the 2016 Gold Medal in the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. Here's a glimpse of their work:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photos by John Gollings.</em></p><p>Find out more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> Take a peek at the latest Pershing Square Renew finalist proposals Justine Testado 2016-04-28T19:14:00-04:00 >2016-04-30T01:10:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of a broader vision to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles, City Councilmember Jose Huizar spearheaded the creation of the public-private partnership Pershing Square Renew, which aims to overhaul and redesign Pershing Square into a new town square...The finalist proposals have received plenty of scrutiny over the last few months, but the public will get to hear from the architects themselves tonight when they present their concepts at the Downtown Palace Theater in L.A.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&darr;&nbsp;James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher &amp; Partners</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Agence TER and Team</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;SWA with Morphosis</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;wHY with Civitas</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See more of each proposal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at these bold visions for Downtown LA's next park</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams</a></p> Put your furniture design skills to the test in eVolo's 2016 VMODERN Competition Archinect 2016-04-25T15:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:42:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="170" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Are you currently working on a furniture project that you're yearning to showcase? Or maybe you're an architect who wants to challenge your skills in a different design discipline. Now's your chance to submit your ideas to the 2016 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VMODERN Furniture Design Competition</a>! Created by eVolo Magazine (the same people that established the annual Skyscraper Competition), VMODERN wants to explore the future of furniture design.</p><p>Designers worldwide are invited to submit their most creative and thought-provoking ideas for pieces of furniture that reinvent how we live and interact with our everyday environment.</p><p>Submitted ideas can be in production, prototypes, and/or concepts in the following categories: Seating (chairs, recliners, stools, etc.), Planes (beds, coffee tables, desks, etc), and Lighting (ceiling lamp, floor lamp, wall lamp, etc.)</p><p>Sign up during the Early Registration period now until July 19 (fee is US$75). Late registration deadline is September 20, and all submissions are due Septe...</p> Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T14:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:43:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers on Monday chose logo A &mdash; a stark indigo-and-white checkered circle &mdash; as the games&rsquo; replacement emblem after the original design was scrapped last year amid claims of plagiarism. The Tokyo 2020 Logo Selection Committee chose the logo from a shortlist of four following a competition open to any resident of Japan aged over 18. Almost 15,000 entries were submitted. The winning logo was designed by Asao Tokolo, a 46-year-old artist [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The design comprises 45 interconnecting pieces forming a checkered pattern known as ichimatsu moyou. Use of the color indigo is intended &ldquo;to express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.&rdquo;"</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Tokyo Olympics panel launches nationwide call for new logo design</a></p><p>More stories about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Kengo Kuma copy elements of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma selected for new Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li></ul> See schmidt hammer lassen's new International Criminal Court, the 2016 AIA COTE Top Green Projects, and the Berkeley Prize winning essays Justine Testado 2016-04-25T13:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:57:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" 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&nbsp;<strong>the newly redesigned&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a></strong>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's recap #105 for the week of April 18-22, 2016.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Get a glimpse of the 2016 AZ Awards finalists + vote for the People's Choice now!</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In Azure Magazine's annual AZ Awards, architects, designers, manufacturers, and students across the globe have a shot at getting their best work internationally recognized.&nbsp;After sifting through 826 submissions, the five-member jury picked 66 finalists.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>schmidt hammer lassen celebrates newly inaugurated International Criminal Court in The Hague</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After being one of the competition winners in 2008, schmidt hammer lassen&nbsp;took part in a prestigious inauguration ceremony in celebration of The Hague's new International Criminal Court Permanent Premises, also dubbed as the &ldquo;Peace Palace of the 21st century&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Eight top-notch firms advan...</strong></a></p> See the newly revealed 2016 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Justine Testado 2016-04-22T18:47:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T01:01:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just in time for Earth Day, the AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) revealed a new set of Top Ten Green Projects for 2016. Over the last two decades, the annual awards program is considered to be the profession's most rigorous awards program for sustainable design excellence throughout the U.S. The jury chose the projects that best convey a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a peek of the winners:</p><p>Rene Cazenave Apartments; San Francisco by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, Associated Architect</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>H-E-B at Mueller; Austin, TX by Lake|Flato Architects, H-E-B Design + Construction, Selser Schaefer Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The J. Craig Venter Institute; San Diego by ZGF Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find the rest of the projects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> 2016 AZ Awards finalists are revealed + vote for the People's Choice now! Archinect 2016-04-20T18:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:36:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Azure Magazine</a>'s annual&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AZ Awards</a>, architects, designers, manufacturers, and students across the globe have a shot at getting their best work internationally recognized.</p><p>Now in its sixth edition, the AZ Awards competition continues to grow. This year's call for submissions reeled in 826 entries from 52 countries. After sifting through the submissions, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five-member jury</a>&nbsp;picked 66 finalists. In the meantime, the public is invited to participate in the 2016 People's Choice, where people can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vote</a> for their favorite projects in all 18 categories now until May 6.</p><p>Then on June 17, the winners, People's Choice, and finalists will be celebrated during the AZ Awards Gala in Toronto's&nbsp;Evergreen Brick Works.</p><p>Check out a few of this year's finalists:</p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Finalist in the category "Interiors - Commercial and institutional:" Kanonb&aring;dsvej Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark by 3XN Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Finalist in the category "Interiors - Residential:" SPenthouse in S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil by Studio MK27</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Finalist in th...</p> Hou de Sousa, Robert Halvorson, and the Rolex Arts Initiative finalists are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2016-04-18T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:06:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="291" 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&nbsp;<strong>the newly redesigned&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a></strong>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's recap #104 for the week of April 11-15, 2016.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>David Chipperfield picks three architecture finalists for the 2016-17 Rolex Arts Initiative</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And then there were three. David Chipperfield, who is the 2016-17 architecture mentor in the prestigious Rolex Arts Initiative, recently selected his three finalists. Chipperfield will interview each finalist before picking the architecture prot&eacute;g&eacute; for the year-long program.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Folly 2016 winners Hou de Sousa to build pavilion of &ldquo;Sticks&rdquo; for education studio</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Not long after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning the Re-ball! Competition</a>&nbsp;last month, Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa&nbsp;also won Folly 2016 with their proposal titled &ldquo;Sticks&rdquo;. In the coming weeks, Hou de Sousa will start constructing the installation at Socrates Sculpture Park.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Institution of Stru...</strong></a></p> RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research Ellen Hancock 2016-04-15T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T17:16:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is calling for applications from students, academics and practitioners interested in conducting research in architecture during 2016/17.<br><br>The RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship aims to support applicants in their personal, professional and academic development within the architectural field, providing an opportunity for imaginative, original research, and travel.<br><br>In 2016, one scholarship worth &pound;5,000 is available to individuals or groups of students and graduates for a period of international travel (which can be during a period of international work experience).<br><br>The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offering grants of up to &pound;10,000 each, available to support original independent architecture research by practitioners, academics and recent graduates.<br><br>The judging committee particularly welcomes applications from practice-led researchers.<br><br>The RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship is worth &pound;18,000 outside London or &pound;20,000 in London annually to a student who wis...</p> Laka Competition 2016 is now accepting submissions! Sponsor 2016-04-12T20:12:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Public arts initiative Laka Architektura has launched their second &ldquo;Architecture that Reacts&rdquo; competition! The ongoing theme intends to spark more interest in the investigation of adaptive and socially engaged architecture, for now and the future.</p><p>Following a successful first run last year, the 2016 Laka Competition is shifting its focus toward social needs. More and more architects continue to ask how architectural design can aid in pressing social issues, and now designers worldwide &mdash; as well as scientists, engineers, students, organizations, and the like &mdash; all have an opportunity to respond to that timely topic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 2016 brief is a conceptual architectural project that is socially engaged and capable of reacting to unpredictable conditions and environmental, natural, and social risks. The submission should focus on architecture as a key field heading toward social revitalization and increased safety and freedom of its users. Proposed solutions should also involve a thorough analysi...</p> "A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower Alexander Walter 2016-04-11T19:35:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in February, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava was announced</a> the winner of the&nbsp;competition to design an observation tower for the massive Dubai Creek Harbor development: a showstopping (it's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a> after all) megatall and superslender observation tower, soon to be "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as great as the Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower</a>."</p><p>Now the&nbsp;project's developer, Emaar Properties, has revealed further details about the design and released new fancy renderings to gaze at.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The design has clear reference to the classic art from the past and the culture of the place while serving as a great technological achievement," said Santiago Calatrava about his competition winner. "In my whole career, I have perceived technology as a vehicle to beauty and to art. This project envisages an artistic achievement in itself, inspired by the idea of welcoming people, not only from Dubai and the UAE, but from the entire world. It is a symbol of an abiding belief in progress."</p><p>Asked about the final height of the ambitious structure, Em...</p> Phyllis Lambert, Productora, and the New Aarch open competition teams are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2016-04-11T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T22:58:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" 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&nbsp;<strong>the newly redesigned&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a></strong>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's recap #103 for the week of April 4-8, 2016.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Phyllis Lambert to receive 2016 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Dubbed as the &ldquo;Joan of Architecture&rdquo;, Canadian architect Phyllis Lambert will receive the Brunner Memorial Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The prize awards an&nbsp;architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Three winners selected for Aarhus' NEW AARCH school, will compete against SANAA, BIG, and Lacaton &amp; Vassal</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>All six vacancies have been filled in the NEW AARCH project competition for designing the new Aarhus School of Architecture. Now that the open competition is done, the three selected architecture teams will move on to the restricted design competition, along with the tea...</p> When innovation runs shallow: What's the commotion with eVolo winner New York Horizon? Justine Testado 2016-04-08T20:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-11T12:53:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;New York Horizon&rdquo; would be virtually impossible to implement in the real world, given the actual urban landscape of the proposed site, which includes some of NYC's subway lines for starters. That being said, the criticism &ldquo;New York Horizon&rdquo; has sparked in recent weeks raises bigger questions &mdash; particularly involving the rise of &ldquo;meme-tecture&rdquo;, the cultural value of landscape architecture, and re-evaluating the setup of open ideas competitions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners revealed</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners imagine the potential of vertical architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winners</a></p> Ney & Partners + William Matthews Associates, the Wheelwright finalists, and UNStudio are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2016-04-04T14:30:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:08:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" 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&nbsp;<strong>the newly redesigned&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a></strong>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's recap #102 for the week of March 28-April 1, 2016.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Zaha Hadid has died: A recollection of some of her recent prestigious accolades</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Last Thursday was a day of mourning in architecture, with the sudden passing of Zaha Hadid. Social media was swamped with tributes for the architect, who was a daring creative force through and through and whose body of work will remain invaluable for generations to come.</p><p>Also see more of Archinect's coverage on Zaha Hadid and her work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Four 2016 Wheelwright Prize finalists from Chile, Italy, and Spain to compete for $100K grant</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's already that time of year when Harvard GSD will soon award their next Wheelwright Prize recipient. Chosen out of nearly 200 applicants from 45 countries, 2016 finalists Samuel Bravo, Matilde...</p> Shortlist for new Museum of London revealed Ellen Hancock 2016-04-04T10:43:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:40:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Caruso St John, Stanton Williams with Asif Khan, and BIG in a team with Hawkins\Brown have been shortlisted to design the Museum of London&rsquo;s new home in Smithfields. The shortlisted teams saw off 80 entries from more than 140 practices and were chosen based on their relevant skills and experience, in particular of significant cultural projects. The competition will create a &pound;150 million new base for the Museum of London in the historic West Smithfield market.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Also selected:</p><ul><li>Lacaton &amp; Vassal Architectes with Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio</li><li>Diener &amp; Diener Architekten with Sergison Bates Architects, East Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility</li><li>Studio Milou architecture with RL&nbsp;&amp; Associ&eacute;s, Axis Architects and Alan Baxter Associates</li></ul><p>Read more articles relating to the chosen practices here:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's surprisingly restrained gallery space opens in London today</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a glimpse of the 2015 RIBA regional London Awards winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARC, Grimshaw, BIG, Foster + Partners, and MJMA are among this week's winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game</a></p></li></ul> Foster + Partners' get the go-ahead on controversial Whiteleys renovation Ellen Hancock 2016-04-01T04:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:24:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners&rsquo; plans for the overhaul of London&rsquo;s Grade II-listed Whiteleys shopping centre have got the go-ahead &ndash; despite opposition from locals. Westminster City Council approved the contentious scheme last night, but will now look into setting conditions concerning the scale of two residential towers that form part of the proposal, alongside a gym, hotel, cinema and new shops.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on listed projects, take a look at previous coverage here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex Pistols graffiti secures famous Tin Pan Alley building Grade 2* listed status</a></li></ul> Act Fast - Only One Week Left to Enter the 2016 Core77 Design Awards Sponsor 2016-03-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T12:26:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Core77 Design Awards</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>With only seven days left before the Final Deadline hits on April 6th, at 9pm Eastern, designers, educators and strategists from all over the globe are putting the finishing touches on their entries for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Core77 Design Awards</a>. Once the Final Deadline passes, the entries from the program&rsquo;s 14 categories will be reviewed and critiqued by internationally distributed jury panels of design experts who will decide which projects deserve the coveted honors and the Core77 Design Awards Trophy.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To commemorate the 2016 season, Core77 commissioned a limited-edition, eye-popping poster from The Pressure design studio of Portland, OR. Every person who enters the Design Awards this Friday, April 1st, between midnight and 11:59pm Eastern will receive the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">poster for free</a>. In addition to the poster, entrants will also receive a copy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing HERE/NOW</a>, a global selection of objects, concepts and spaces for the future based upon entries i...</p> The Problem With Designing Trump’s Border Wall Quilian Riano 2016-03-29T19:20:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T11:36:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An online competition spurred by his proposal has launched a fierce debate among architects and border communities. What do local communities think?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architect, urbanist, and professor Teddy Cruz, who has been working on both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana border for 25 years, presented the competition as a moment in which architects cannot remain neutral. Sometimes, he said, architects must decide when&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;to build, since&nbsp;<strong>&ldquo;</strong>the politics of neutrality has rendered architecture a pure decoration of very unjust policies.&rdquo;</p><p>He added, &ldquo;Instead of building walls that are dividing communities and dividing environments, we should be looking at border regions as laboratories for rethinking citizenship, for rethinking resilience, for producing new strategies of interdependence and cooperation and co-existence.&rdquo; This framework is central to his own practice, in which he has designed multi-functional housing informed by the creative building strategies, extended family structures, and cultural life of informal settlements in Tijuana and immigrant neighborhoods in San Diego.</p><p>Perhaps there is a broader lesson that can be drawn from the controvers...</p> Medellín wins 2016 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nicholas Korody 2016-03-29T16:34:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:42:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016 is conferred on Medell&iacute;n, the second largest city in Colombia after the capital Bogot&aacute;. Having overcome challenges of uncontrolled urban expansion and years of violence due to social inequalities, Medell&iacute;n has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past two decades. Through bold leadership, long-term plans and social innovation, the city&rsquo;s leaders have tackled its most pressing issues and improved the economy...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a bi-annual award give to a city to honor "outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world."</p><p>Organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Centre for Liveable Cities, the prize comes with a $300,000 check written by the Keppel Corporation.</p><p>For more on Colombian urbanism, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n's "social urbanisation"</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact?</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">A Building Boom in Bogot&aacute;</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n Miracle or Marketing Ploy?</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">OMA's Masterplan Chosen for New Bogot&aacute; Civic Center</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">An interview with Bogot&aacute;-based Giancarlo Mazzanti</a></li></ul> Four 2016 Wheelwright finalists to compete for $100K travel grant Justine Testado 2016-03-28T20:21:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T02:02:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's already that time of year when the Harvard Graduate School of Design will soon award their next Wheelwright Prize recipient. First established by the school in 1935, the prestigious prize is a $100,000 travel architectural research grant awarded to one lucky early-career architect. Out of nearly 200 applicants from 45 countries for 2016, the jury selected four finalists.</p></em><br /><br /><p>They are:</p><p><strong>Samuel Bravo</strong>, Samuel Bravo Arquitecto | Santiago, Chile</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Matilde Cassani</strong> | Milan, Italy</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Anna Puigjaner</strong>, MAIO | Barcelona, Spain</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Pier Paolo Tamburelli</strong>, baukuh architects | Milan and Genoa, Italy</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to learn more about them.</p><p>Previous Wheelwright Prize coverage on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Wheelwright Prize awarded to Erik L&rsquo;Heureux</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD announces 2015 Wheelwright Prize finalists</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jose M. Ahedo wins the 2014 Wheelwright Prize</a></p> Steven Holl, Hou de Sousa, and the Fairy Tales and eVolo Skyscraper Competition results are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2016-03-28T15:16:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T01:57:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="792" 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&nbsp;<strong>the newly redesigned&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a></strong>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's recap #101 for the week of March 21-25, 2016.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Steven Holl will design the new Rubenstein Commons at the Institute for Advanced Study</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After winning in an invited competition, Steven Holl will make his mark again in Princeton, New Jersey with the new Rubenstein Commons at the Institute for Advanced Study. Have a first glimpse at Holl's winning proposal.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Play ball! Get a glimpse of Hou de Sousa's winning Re-Ball! installation design</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>What's better than being in an immersive LEGO-like art installation is being able to actually play with it, as seen in Hou de Sousa's "Raise/Raze" entry that won the Dupont Underground's Re-Ball! competition. Participants had to propose installation designs that would cleverly reuse&nbsp;the more than 650,000 translucent plastic bal...</p> 2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners revealed Justine Testado 2016-03-25T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T09:27:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designers worldwide get to explore their own interpretations of what a skyscraper is in the annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The sky is indeed the limit for the competition, which gives participants complete freedom with their skyscraper designs. At the same time, entrants are challenged to re-examine the skyscraper's definition, purpose, and the potential for vertical living in the 21st century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the prize winners.</p><p>1st Place: "New York Horizon" by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu | United States</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>2nd place:&nbsp;"The Hive" by Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, Yifeng Zhao, and Chengda Zhu | United States</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>3rd place:&nbsp;"Data Tower" by Valeria Mercuri and Marco Merletti | Italy</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;to find out more about the 2016 winners.</p> Utopian dreams; London's first Design Biennale reveals its opening theme Ellen Hancock 2016-03-25T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-25T13:39:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s inaugural Design Biennale is set to open at Somerset House this September, based around the idea of Utopia to coincide with the venue&rsquo;s year-long events programme. The biennale is headed up by London Design Festival director Ben Evans, biennale director Christopher Turner, former editor of Icon, and London Design Festival co-founder Sir John Sorrell. More than 30 countries are taking part in the event.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Representing the UK will be the design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby best known for designing the London 2012 Olympic Games Torch and their work with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vitra</a>. Their installation will be curated by London's Victoria and Albert Museum.</p> Fairy Tales 2016 winners highlight real architectural issues through fictional storytelling Justine Testado 2016-03-23T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-03-26T14:00:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fantastical fiction and harsh reality aren't so far apart in the winning narratives of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a>. Living in a time when the inevitable future is constantly on everyone's mind, this year's stories beautifully visualize and perhaps forewarn of what possibly awaits. Created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>, the international contest invites architects, artists, writers and the creatively inclined to pen their own architectural fairy tale narrative.</p><p>Since Blank Space revealed their first set of winners <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2014</a>, the competition's rapid growth can be worthy of its own story. The 2016 edition reeled in more than 1,500 entries from 67 countries &mdash; the largest pool of submissions in the competition's history by far. Plus, the level of creativity was as strong as ever, with poignant tales based on recent real-world incidents to thought-provoking critiques on architecture's current state &mdash; and future, of course.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Blank Space's "Fairy Tales: Volume 3"</em></p><p>This year's jury also included...</p> Bridging the gap; Tintagel Castle design contest winning design revealed Ellen Hancock 2016-03-23T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:38:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daring concept proposes one cantilever on the Cornish mainland and another on the island fortress, where, legend has it, King Arthur was conceived. The two structures stretch out to each other across the void but do not quite meet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The victorious design was&nbsp;conceived&nbsp;by the Belgian company Ney &amp; Partners Civil Engineers in&nbsp;partnership with British architects William Matthews Associates.&nbsp;</p> SPARC, Grimshaw, BIG, Foster + Partners, and MJMA are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2016-03-21T14:26:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:55:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="369" 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&nbsp;<strong>the newly redesigned&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a></strong>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's recap #100 for the week of March 14-18, 2016.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>BIG, Foster + Partners, and Grimshaw to design 2020 World Expo theme pavilions</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get a first glimpse of the three competition-winning designs for the centerpiece pavilions of the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. Each pavilion pertains to the 2020 Expo's overall theme.&nbsp;"Connecting Minds, Creating the Future".</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>2016 Curry Stone Design Prize awarded to SPARC, housing rights advocate for India's urban poor</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Non-profit group Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers won the prestigious Curry Stone Design Prize. Along with their partners National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF) and the all-women Mahila Milan, the three groups&nbsp;have dedicated the last 30 years protecting the interests of India's urban poor.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>US/Mexico b...</strong></a></p> Hustle & Bustle: A conversation about competitions and the relaunch of Archinect's sister site Bustler, on Archinect Sessions #56 Paul Petrunia 2016-03-17T15:45:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:13:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While Amelia is away this week, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Walter</a> fills in and joins Ken, Donna and me for a conversation about competitions, in a celebration of the re-launch of our sister site <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>. In addition to discussing the new website and its new features, we also talk about the controversial new "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Border Wall"</a> competition and look at some current competitions worth checking out.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 56 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Hustle &amp; Bustle":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US/Mexico border wall competition provokes controversy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki winners Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki on Archinect Sessions #37</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fernando Donis, designer of the Dubai Frame, shares more details behind...</a></li></ul>