Archinect - News 2016-02-07T17:12:58-05:00 Zaha Hadid joins the ranks of RIBA Gold Medalists Justine Testado 2016-02-04T18:11:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T13:10:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following RIBA's announcement back in September, Zaha Hadid was presented with the 2016 Royal Gold Medal yesterday evening...Though particular projects in her practice haven't been without its disputes, Hadid has long been a force in the architectural field. Being the first woman to win on her own accord, the RIBA Gold Medal is a crown jewel to Hadid's illustrious career, as well as another major highlight for women in architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheila O'Donnell + John Tuomey win 2015 RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural historian Joseph Rykwert receives 2014 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture</a></p> MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-02T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T12:49:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[MIT's] team was awarded the top prize, and...Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands were the next runners-up. [...] Musk took questions from the audience on everything from what inspired him to create the Hyperloop idea (being stuck in LA traffic), what advice he had for the winning teams (lots of dry runs), and what "crazy idea" he is working on next (electric jets &mdash; Musk says he thinks he's close to something, but said precious little about how they'd work).</p></em><br /><br /><p>MIT's design will go on to compete at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop test-run competition</a> this summer, hosted at a bespoke race track being built near Hawthorne, CA &ndash; SpaceX's headquarters. Here's the complete list of winners from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition</a>, hosted by Texas A&amp;M University:</p><ul><li>Best Overall Design Award:&nbsp;MIT Hyperloop Team, Massachusetts Institute of Technology</li><li>Pod Innovation Award:&nbsp;Delft Hyperloop, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;Badgerloop, University of Wisconsin-Madison</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;Hyperloop at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;HyperXite, University of California Irvine</li></ul><p>Other teams advancing include:</p><ul><li>rLoop (non-student team)</li><li>uWaterloo Hyperloop, University of Waterloo</li><li>UWashington Hyperloop, University of Washington</li><li>University of Toronto, University of Toronto</li><li>RUMD Loop, University of Maryland and Rutgers University</li><li>GatorLoop, University of Florida</li><li>Team HyperLynx, University of Colorado-Denver</li><li>Hyperloop UC, Univers...</li></ul> Joseph Weishaar and the 2016 SEED Awardees are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2016-02-01T18:01:00-05:00 >2016-02-01T18:01:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" 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;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #93 for Jan. 25-29, 2016:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>&ldquo;Unpacking the Cube&rdquo; portrays the conceptual roots of Steven Holl, Leong Leong, and Levenbetts</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>CHAMBER gallery in New York asked Steven Holl Architects, Leong Leong, and Levenbetts &mdash; who are each at different points in their professional careers &mdash; to dig deep into the conceptual roots of their practices and manifest those concepts into physical objects, which are currently on exhibition.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>25-year-old architect and veteran sculptor win WWI Memorial competition in D.C.&nbsp;</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The WWICC launched a two-stage design competition to search for the most suitable design for the memorial, which would commemorate the more than 116,000 American men and women who died during the Great War. 25-year-old architect&nbsp;Joseph Weishaar in collaboration with veteran sculpt...</p> Escobedo Solíz Studio is the winner of MoMA PS1's 2016 Young Architects Program Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-01T15:27:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T17:43:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Mexico-city based firm Escobedo Sol&iacute;z Studio, founded in 2011 by Lazbent Pavel Escobedo and Andres Sol&iacute;z, has been announced as the winner of MoMA and MoMA PS1&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Young Architects Program</a>&nbsp;(YAP).</p><p>The annual competition (now in its 17th year) is aimed at emerging architectural talent, giving young designers the chance to exhibit in an interactive, urban setting during the PS1&rsquo;s summer programming. As stipulated within the competition, the winner's design must provide shade, seating and water, and &ldquo;address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling.&rdquo; Prior winners have included <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jaque</a>&nbsp;(2015), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Living</a>&nbsp;(2014), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CODA</a>&nbsp;(2013), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOS</a> (2009), and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WORKac</a> (2008), among others.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Escobedo Sol&iacute;z Studio&rsquo;s winning proposal, &ldquo;Weaving the Courtyard,&rdquo; will install &ldquo;platforms of soil and water&rdquo; and &ldquo;a reflective wading pool&rdquo; in PS1&rsquo;s courtyard, all underneath a colorful woven canopy. The installation will debut as the setting for Warm Up, PS1's summer music series, beginning in e...</p> 25-year-old architect wins WWI Centennial Memorial competition in D.C. Justine Testado 2016-01-26T18:28:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T04:32:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the cityscape of Washington D.C. continues to evolve, another project is in the works at the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park. Today, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission announced that 25-year-old architect Joseph Weishaar of Brininstool+Lynch and New York veteran sculptor Sabin Howard won the Centennial Memorial design competition with their proposal, "The Weight of Sacrifice". Not a bad start for Weishaar's professional career, no?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More about the project&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> Scott Merrill, the 2016 AIA Honor Awardees, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are among this week's many winners Justine Testado 2016-01-25T19:36:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T20:24:04-05:00 <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&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #92 for Jan. 18-22, 2016:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>2016 winners of the AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, Interiors, and Urban Design</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The AIA announced a new set of stellar projects for their annual Honor Awards. Out of over 500 submissions to the competitive program, only 18 won awards.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>AIA gives 2016 Twenty-Five Year Award to the Monterey Bay Aquarium</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Completed in 1984, the tourist hotspot Monterey Bay Aquarium won this year's AIA Twenty-Five Year Award, which&nbsp;recognizes a completed building that has continuously conveyed architectural design excellence over the past 25-35 years.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Scott Merrill announced as 2016 Driehaus Prize laureate</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Florida-based architect Scott Merrill was named as the 14th laureate of the $200,000 Driehaus Prize, in recognition of his masterful combination of cla...</p> Adjaye, SHoP and Snøhetta emerge as finalists in Syracuse University's National Veterans Resource Complex competition Alexander Walter 2016-01-20T15:36:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T18:49:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Syracuse University is one step closer to selecting a world-class partner to conceptualize, design, and construct the new National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC). The NVRC Selection Committee, made up of faculty, staff, students, and design professionals, recently reviewed the qualifications of 28 of the world&rsquo;s foremost architecture firms. [...] has selected three finalists to advance to the final round of the competition. The finalists are: Adjaye Associates; SHoP; and Snohetta.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Notably, each of these firms is among the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seven finalists</a> currently vying for the opportunity to design the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago," the school's announcement goes on to say.</p><p>More Syracuse Architecture news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List: Michael Speaks of Syracuse Architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two Syracuse Architecture Faculty Members Think "Glocal" as School Launches New Design | Energy | Futures MS Concentration</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse University student and faculty work: a review of Trans(inter)ference</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get Lectured: Syracuse, Fall '15</a></li></ul> Alejandro Aravena, 2016 Winter Stations, and Knight Cities Challenge finalists are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2016-01-19T15:15:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T05:37:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" 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;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #91 for Jan. 11-15, 2016:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Alejandro Aravena wins the 2016 Pritzker Prize</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In what was obviously the biggest announcement last week in architecture, Alejandro Aravena was named the 41st laureate of the Pritzker. His selection spurred <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a mix of reactions</a>, from praise to skepticism. Don't miss out on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest Archinect Sessions with Pritzker Prize Executive Director Martha Thorne</a>, who shares insight into the prestigious award.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>158 finalists announced for second Knight Cities Challenge</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Knight Foundation announced a hefty shortlist of 158 Challenge finalist initiatives for the second Knight Cities Challenge. Applicants had to respond to one question: "What&rsquo;s your best idea to make cities more successful?"</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">24H Competition 9th edition winners propose social housing towers ...</a></strong></p> Eighteen recipients win in the 2016 AIA Honor Awards Justine Testado 2016-01-18T19:58:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T13:45:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A new year, a new set of winners for the 2016 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Institute Honor Awards</a>. Held annually, the awards are&nbsp;considered to be the profession&rsquo;s highest recognition for projects that best exemplify design excellence in the categories of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Regional &amp; Urban Design.</p><p>Without a doubt, competition is tough every year. Chosen out of an estimated 500 submissions this time around, 18 recipients received awards and will be recognized during the AIA 2016&nbsp;National Convention in Philadelphia. Have a look at them below.</p><p><strong>ARCHITECTURE</strong></p><p>American Enterprise Group - National Headquarters Renovation; Des Moines<br>by BNIM</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Asia Society Center; Admiralty, Hong Kong<br>by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners; Associate Architect: AGC Design Ltd.; Associated Architects Ltd.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Case Inlet Retreat; Lakebay, Washington<br>by MW Works | Architecture+Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>CHS Field; Saint Paul, Minnesota<br>by Snow Kreilich Architects, Inc, Ryan A+E, Inc. and AECOM</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Henderson-Hopkins School; Baltimore<br>by Rogers...</p> Olafur Eliasson wins a Crystal Award for "improving the state of the world" Alexander Walter 2016-01-18T14:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:56:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congratulations are due to Olafur Eliasson who's just been given a Crystal Award for his "exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world".&nbsp; Ahead of the World Economic Forum, which takes place later this week in Davos, Eliasson was singled out for particular praise major works including The New York City Waterfalls, Ice Watch, The Weather Project, and Riverbed.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Eliasson who joins fellow winners Leonardo DiCaprio (for his work publicising climate change) actress Yao Chen (for her work raising awareness of the refugee crisis) and (for his leadership in creating educational opportunities for the underserved)."</em></p><p>More of Eliasson in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed'</a></li></ul> Meryl Streep's husband among those helping select architect for the Obama Center Julia Ingalls 2016-01-14T12:37:00-05:00 >2016-02-01T07:24:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The team advising the Barack Obama Foundation on the selection of an architect for the Obama Center includes the husbands of Caroline Kennedy and Meryl Streep &ndash; a designer and a sculptor &mdash; with Chicagoans Fred Eychaner and Bob Clark also centrally involved, the Sun-Times has learned. Known as the Design Advisory Team, the group is helping evaluate proposals from architects for the sought-after commission, with seven firms selected as finalists last December.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library &ndash;&nbsp;but not because of the color of his skin</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" opens LEED-platinum housing complex in Kansas City</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 158 finalists revealed for the second Knight Cities Challenge Justine Testado 2016-01-12T12:41:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T12:41:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The second Knight Cities Challenge is ready to create a bigger impact in neighborhoods across the U.S. The Knight Foundation announced today a hefty shortlist of 158 Challenge finalist initiatives, which were selected out of a staggering 4,500 applicants who responded to the national call for ideas last October. Open to anyone, the Challenge posed one question: "What&rsquo;s your best idea to make cities more successful?"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winners, who will share a $5 million prize to launch their projects, will be announced in the spring. Check out the full list of finalists on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Don't miss out on these starchitect exhibitions, Europan 13 winners, and a chance to redesign the BEACH into a new art installation Justine Testado 2016-01-11T14:51:00-05:00 >2016-01-11T18:46:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="253" 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;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #90 for the last two weeks:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Transform the BEACH installation into a new art piece in Dupont Underground&rsquo;s Re-Ball! competition</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The BEACH was a 10,000 square-foot indoor ball pit that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snarkitecture</a>&nbsp;designed, and it was&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a huge summer hit</a>&nbsp;last year. As part of a revival effort for a former trolley station in Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle, non-profit group The Dupont Underground is seeking designs for a new art installation to recycle the BEACH's more than 650,000 plastic balls.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>OMI&rsquo;s &ldquo;OMA Fiction | Non Fiction&rdquo; looks back on the firm&rsquo;s formative years in Rotterdam &amp; The Hague</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>OMA has a slew of their works on display in an exhibition titled "OMA Fiction | Non Fiction", currently at the aptly named Office for Metropolitan Information (OMI). OMI also created a map and orga...</p> A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals Julia Ingalls 2016-01-07T12:54:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:26:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elon Musk&rsquo;s vision of the Hyperloop &mdash; a lightning-fast transportation system that would shuttle passengers at speeds nearing 700-mph using low pressure tubes and air compressors &mdash; is slowly coming to fruition in the Nevada desert. In fact, the first ever Hyperloop tubes are neatly lined up in a ditch, waiting to be assembled and then later tested by Hyperloop Technologies at a site in North Las Vegas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The design of the Hyperloop&mdash;an iterative, multi-team process which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect investigated in-depth last year</a>&mdash;will have another big leap forward during the "Hyperloop Design Weekend" this upcoming January 29-30th at&nbsp;Texas A&amp;M University.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>However, while CEO of Hyperloop Technologies Rob Lloyd describes the opaque, depressurized tubular architecture of the technology as being "actually very simple", the renderings in the video below feature some highly stylized, winged structural accompaniments, making one wonder what the winners of potential future design competitions for the Hyperloop's transit stations will look like.&nbsp;</p> Kengo Kuma and the Pershing Square Renew finalists are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-12-28T14:55:00-05:00 >2016-01-01T05:38:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="271" 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;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #89 for Dec. 21-23, 2015:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Get a glimpse of the four Pershing Square Renew finalist proposals</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Back in October, the Pershing Square Renew non-profit group revealed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 big-name semifinalist teams</a> in a competition to redesign Downtown L.A.'s Pershing Square. The competition has narrowed down to the final four.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Second time&rsquo;s the charm? Kengo Kuma to design new Tokyo Olympic Stadium</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rumors</a>&nbsp;were put to rest when the Japanese government officially announced that Kengo Kuma will design the new Tokyo Olympic Stadium, five months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">anxiety-inducing decision</a> to scrap Zaha Hadid's hotly criticized proposal.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sneak peek of 2016 retrospective feat. Toyo Ito, SANAA, Sou Fujimoto, and more at MoMA</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Clean lines. Natural light. Pristine shades of white....</p> Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T12:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-30T14:33:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now that the cat is out of the bag and the Japanese government has officially <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced Kengo Kuma's stadium proposal</a> as the <em>new </em>winning design for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2020 Tokyo Olympics</a>, all eyes are on Zaha Hadid Architects, design firm of the voluptuous<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em> initial</em> winning</a> stadium spaceship which was ultimately <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pulled back to earth</a> in mid-takeoff by the immense gravity of an outraged public reaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Dame Hadid,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> fighting for a second chance</a> for her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redesigned submission</a> until the very last minute, reacted swiftly and issued an expectedly disappointed statement on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">her website</a> this morning:</p><p>&ldquo;We were&nbsp;honoured to be selected to design a stadium that would enable Japan to welcome the world for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and bring the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo, before becoming a new home for Japanese sport for many future generations.</p><p>&ldquo;Sadly&nbsp;the Japanese&nbsp;authorities, with the support of some of those from our own profession in Japan, have&nbsp;colluded to close the doors on the project to the world.</p><p>&ldquo;This shockin...</p> Kengo Kuma selected for new Tokyo Olympic Stadium Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T02:01:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T15:57:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government on Tuesday picked a design by architect Kengo Kuma for the new National Stadium, a building that is expected to become the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. One of two short-listed entries and identified until now only as design A, Kuma&rsquo;s plan was a joint submission in partnership with construction giant Taisei Corp. The competing design, identified as design B, was by architect Toyo Ito [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last week's rumors</a> turned out to be true - the winning <strong>Design A</strong> was indeed developed by Kengo Kuma &amp; Associates, beating out Toyo Ito's less successful&nbsp;<strong>Design B</strong>.</p><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid issues disappointed statement on Tokyo Olympic Stadium decision</a></p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma &amp; Toyo Ito rumored to be designers behind new Tokyo Olympic Stadium proposals</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></li></ul> Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams Justine Testado 2015-12-21T20:53:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T21:17:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in October, the Pershing Square Renew non-profit group revealed 10 big-name semifinalist teams in a competition to redesign Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles. City Councilmember Jose Huizar formed the Pershing Square Task Force in the summer of 2013 with the goal 'to re-envision Pershing Square' into a new town square with better public access, fresh landscaping and the like, to what they believe would further spruce up the evolving city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to PSR, the park has been constantly overlooked for redevelopment. Inevitably, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not everyone agrees</a> the historic park should be revamped.</p><p>Nearly two months later, the competition is now down to the final four proposals:</p><p><strong>Agence TER with SALT Landscape Architects</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>SWA with Morphosis</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher &amp; Partners</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>wHY with Civitas</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The teams will prepare for jury interviews and a public presentation in early 2016, and the public will also have the chance to give feedback before the jury selects the winning team. For now, the winning team will be announced next April.</p><p>Get a closer look of each proposal and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> These are the seven finalists in the Obama Presidential Center competition Alexander Walter 2015-12-21T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:38:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, The Barack Obama Foundation issued a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) to seven architectural firms, one of which will ultimately be selected to design the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) on the South Side of Chicago. [...] Although the RFP process is not a design competition, the RFP will require defined, visual responses from each candidate to present creative ideas in response to the Foundation&rsquo;s project goals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sending out RFQs</a> to a broad range of (undisclosed but<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> widely speculated</a>) architectural firms on August 26, the President and First Lady, together with advisers from the Obama Foundation, have found time to sit down and select seven finalists to receive a formal&nbsp;Request for Proposal. The top-picks aren't surprising and reflect the direction public predictions had already taken:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Adjaye Associates</strong></a>, London, England</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Diller Scofidio + Renfro</strong></a>, New York, NY</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>John Ronan Architects</strong></a>, Chicago, Illinois</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Renzo Piano Building Workshop</strong></a>, Genova, Italy</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>SHoP Architects</strong></a>, New York, NY</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sn&oslash;hetta</strong></a>, New York, NY</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</strong></a>, New York, NY</li></ul><p>Martin Nesbitt, chairman of the Obama Foundation, said: "These finalists offer a variety of backgrounds and styles, and any one of them would be an excellent choice. We are excited to see this process moving forward because the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center</a> will be so much more than a library &ndash; this facility will seek to inspire citizens across the globe to...</p> Richard Rogers, Pelletier de Fontenay, and Architects for Urbanity are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-12-21T13:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T21:29:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="400" 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;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #88 for Dec. 14-18, 2015:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Richard Rogers wins the ULI 2015 J.C. Nichols Prize</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Richard Rogers won the Urban Land Institute's prestigious J.C. Nichols Prize in honor of his and his firm's longtime dedication to top-notch community designing. Rogers will be presented with the prize during the ULI Europe Conference in February.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Meet Pelletier de Fontenay, the 2015 Phyllis Lambert Grant winner</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Emerging Montreal-based practice&nbsp;Pelletier de Fontenay recently won the 2015 Phyllis Lambert Grant for their project "Architectures de la nature captive", a spin-off to their winning collaborative proposal in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Insectarium Metamorphosis</a> competition earlier this year.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Library of Varna in Bulgaria reveals the winning proposals for their new home</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 130-year Library of Varna inst...</p> Submit your Fairy Tales 2016 entries by January 16! Justine Testado 2015-12-17T14:31:00-05:00 >2015-12-17T15:29:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here's one last little reminder that the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales 2016</a> submission deadline is <strong>January 16, 2016</strong>! It still about a month away, but it'll be here in the blink of an eye.&nbsp;Now that it's the Late Registration period, the entry fee is $75.</p><p>First launched by Blank Space in 2014, the competition lets participants write their own architectural fairy tale narrative to explore and discuss real-world topics. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015</a> editions were a wild success, reeling in hundreds of submissions from around the globe.</p><p>The 2016 jury includes a noteworthy list of individuals:</p><ul><li><strong>Hans Ulrich Obrist&nbsp;</strong>(CoDirector of the Serpentine Galleries)</li><li><strong>Elizabeth Diller</strong>&nbsp;(Founding Partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro)</li><li><strong>Allison Arieff</strong>&nbsp;(Editorial Director of SPUR)</li><li><strong>Bradford Shellhammer</strong>&nbsp;(Founder and CEO of Bezar)</li><li><strong>Daniel Simon</strong>&nbsp;(Concept and Car Designer)</li><li><strong>Dror Benshetrit&nbsp;</strong>(Founder of Dror)</li><li><strong>Sylvia Lavin</strong>&nbsp;(Director of Critical Studies in Architecture at UCLA)</li><li><strong>Cristina Goberna</strong>&nbsp;(CoFounder of Fake Industries, Architectural Agonism)</li><li><strong>Aaron Betsky</strong>&nbsp;(...</li></ul> 2015 Phyllis Lambert grantees Pelletier de Fontenay to expand on winning Insectarium Montreal proposal Justine Testado 2015-12-15T18:34:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:26:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The annual Phyllis Lambert Grant puts the Montreal design scene in the spotlight.&nbsp;Established in 2007 by the City and named in tribute to Montreal native architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyllis Lambert</a>, the grant&nbsp;recognizes a locally based designer or firm &mdash; who has no more than 10 years of practice &mdash; for producing outstanding designs and research that show potential for longterm benefits for the city. For 2015, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pelletier de Fontenay</a> won the $10,000 grant for their project "Architectures de la nature captive".&nbsp;Hubert Pelletier and Yves de Fontenay received the prize during a recent ceremony at City Hall, with Phyllis Lambert in attendance.&nbsp;</p><p>"Architectures de la nature captive" is a spin-off from their&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning proposal</a>&nbsp;with Kuehn Malvezzi for the upcoming Insectarium Montreal, and reflects the practice's ongoing investigation of the relationship between the built and natural environments. They'll use the grant for a trip to Germany to study topics related to the architecture of nature museums.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Pelletier de ...</em></p> Assemble, EXTRACTION, Finn Wilkie, and Tinker imagineers are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-12-14T14:25:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:32:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="720" 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;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #87, Dec. 7-11, 2015:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Assemble announced as 2015 Turner Prize winner</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Assemble is the first architecture group &mdash; and the youngest &mdash; winner in the Turner Prize's history. They ultimately won the jury's favor with their urban renewal project in Toxteth, Liverpool in the Granby Four Streets neighborhood.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Winners of the RIBA 2015 President&rsquo;s Medals Student Awards</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>First awarded in 1836, the RIBA President's Medal Student Awards are considered to be one of the highest accolades in architectural education. The program attracts the cr&egrave;me de la cr&egrave;me of research projects by Architecture I and II graduate students.<em> (Pictured: Silver Medal winner: Finn Wilkie of The Mackintosh School of Architecture - <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Glasgow School of Art</a>. Project: &lsquo;The Heteroglossic City: A polemic against...</em></p> Get a glimpse of the EyeTime 2015 winners' photos Justine Testado 2015-12-09T15:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:57:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Morpholio held another successful EyeTime photography competition! The popular contest for designers was established by photographers, professors and students to highlight the ongoing research and investigation brewing within today's emerging design talent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Young professionals and students submitted their work to the guest jury (which included Archinect and Bustler founder Paul Petrunia). The public also had the opportunity to participate in picking the winning entries.</p><p>Take a gander at some of this year's winners:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; EMERGING TALENT - JURY WINNER: Jiawei Zhou - "Invisible City"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; EMERGING TALENT - JURY WINNER: Turjoy Chowdhury - "Nepal Quake Aftermath"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; EMERGING TALENT - JURY WINNER: Vanessa Vettorello - "Bollywood Talkies"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; EMERGING TALENT - PUBLIC WINNER: Yew Kiat Soh - "First Class"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; FUTURE VOICES - JURY WINNER: Md Shahnewaz Khan - "Fallen Stars"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; JESSICA LUM AWARD WINNER: Emese Benko - "#opentheborders"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Luca Laghetti - "Sometimes you need to be brave"</p><p>See more of the winners on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Controversial Dubai Frame to open this month Julia Ingalls 2015-12-09T13:33:00-05:00 >2015-12-10T18:11:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The project is being transformed from being non-figurative architecture to an overscale figurative photo-frame. That is, from being a modern, public monument to a postmodern pastiche,&rdquo; [competition-winning architect Fernando] Donis wrote in an open letter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Described by an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">internet commenter</a> as "the St. Louis Arch minus the beauty or finesse," the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Frame project</a> is scheduled to open this month to the public. The somewhat controversial monument, which has not only attracted a scathing load of public commentary but an objecting open letter from the architect who initially designed it, will quite literally frame views of both the old and new Dubai skylines. The $43.5 million rectangular wonder isn't just for viewing from afar; visitors will be able to access a sky bridge inlaid with a 25 square meter glass panel.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> RIBA launches new International Prize for world's best new building, Richard Rogers to chair Grand Jury Justine Testado 2015-12-08T13:43:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:49:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="229" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>RIBA is establishing their own award for the world's best new building of the year, naming it the RIBA International Prize. Launched today, the International Prize will be awarded to the building that best "demonstrate[s] visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context," regardless of style, scheme type, and budget. According to RIBA, the International Prize was created for "the general advancement of Civil architecture", as stated in their 1837 charter.</p><p>Registered architects around the world can send submissions until the February 9 deadline. For the first edition of the prize, submitted buildings must have been completed within the past three years (Jan. 1, 2013 - Feb. 1, 2016). Afterward, the prize will be awarded to a building completed within 2 years.</p><p>The full list of the Grand Jury won't be revealed until early 2016, but it includes three notable names so far: Jury Chair Richard Rogers, fo...</p> Assemble wins Turner Prize, becoming first architects to win "UK's most prestigious art prize" Nicholas Korody 2015-12-07T16:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:16:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 18 members of London-based Assemble were named winners of the 31st Turner prize on Monday night, receiving their &pound;25,000 prize from the Sonic Youth co-founder and artist Kim Gordon at an awards dinner broadcast live on Channel 4 from Tramway, Glasgow. Assemble are the first non-artists, in the strictest sense of the word, to win the prize. They were nominated for their work tackling urban dereliction in Toxteth, Liverpool...</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture-ish</a> collective known for their direct action urban interventions, has just won the prestigious Turner Prize. Working "across the fields of art, architecture and design," they are the first non-artists, in the strictest sense,&nbsp;to win the prize, and the first whose work so directly contends with the urban environment.<br><br>Specifically, Assemble was praised for their work in Toxteth, Liverpool, that involved using design to improve the living conditions and the houses of a derelict area called Granby Four Streets.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"[Assemble] draw[s] on long traditions of artistic and collective initiatives that experiment in art, design and architecture," the judges stated. "In doing so they offer alternative models to how societies can work. The long-term collaboration between Granby Four Streets and Assemble shows the importance of artistic practice being able to drive and shape urgent issues.&rdquo;<br><br>With their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Granby Four Streets project</a>, Assemble created a showroom to display product...</p> Don't forget to register for the Fairy Tales 2016 competition! Justine Testado 2015-12-07T15:10:00-05:00 >2015-12-07T15:37:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you haven't already done so, sign up for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales 2016</a> competition now! Regular Registration ($55) ends this Wednesday, December 9. Once the Late Registration period starts, the entry fee goes up to $75. Submission deadline is January 16, 2016.</p><p>First launched by Blank Space in 2014, the competition lets participants worldwide write their own architectural fairy tale narrative to explore and discuss real-world topics.</p><p>The 2016 jury includes a notable list of individuals:</p><ul><li><strong>HansUlrich Obrist </strong>(CoDirector of the Serpentine Galleries)</li><li><strong>Elizabeth Diller</strong> (Founding Partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro)</li><li><strong>Allison Arieff</strong> (Editorial Director of SPUR)</li><li><strong>Bradford Shellhammer</strong> (Founder and CEO of Bezar)</li><li><strong>Daniel Simon</strong> (Concept and Car Designer)</li><li><strong>Dror Benshetrit </strong>(Founder of Dror)</li><li><strong>Sylvia Lavin</strong> (Director of Critical Studies in Architecture at UCLA)</li><li><strong>Cristina Goberna</strong> (CoFounder of Fake Industries, Architectural Agonism)</li><li><strong>Aaron Betsky</strong> (Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture)</li><li><strong>Alexander Walter</strong> (Editor in...</li></ul> Denise Scott Brown + Robert Venturi, LMN Architects, SANAA, and the Flint House are among this week's many winners Justine Testado 2015-12-07T13:33:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:21:19-05:00 <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;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Here's recap #86, Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2015:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi awarded the 2016 AIA Gold Medal</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Denise Scott Brown, along with her husband Robert Venturi, won the 2016 AIA Gold Medal &mdash; and rightfully so! Snubbed of the 1991 Pritzker Prize when Venturi was named as the only laureate, Scott Brown is the second female recipient of the Gold Medal.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>LMN Architects wins 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award; Topaz Medallion awarded to Douglas S. Kelbaugh</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In a sleuth of announcements, the AIA revealed that Seattle-based LMN Architects scooped up the coveted Architecture Firm Award, considered to be the AIA's highest honor for an architecture practice. The AIA also officially announced the winners of the Topaz Medallion, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, and the Kemper Award.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>A cl...</strong></a></p> First Office + Ultramoderne among MoMA's 2016 Young Architects Program finalists Julia Ingalls 2015-12-02T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:42:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Joining an eye-popping list of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous entrants and winners</a>, the five finalists for the 2016 PS1/MoMA Young Architects Program (YAP) have been announced, and they are:&nbsp;</p><p>&bull; Ultramoderne&nbsp;(the Providence, Rhode Island-based firm whose <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosk winning wood pavilion</a> you may remember),</p><p>&bull; Cobalt Office (based in Houston, Texas)</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Office</a> (L.A.-based authors of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Nine Essays</em> in the Graham Foundation's published series Treatise</a>),</p><p>&bull; Escobedo + Solis (hailing from Mexico City, Mexico)</p><p>&bull; and&nbsp;Frida Escobedo (from&nbsp;Anzures, M&eacute;xico)</p><p>As with YAP's previous 15 editions, the finalists submit proposals for a temporary summer installation to the program that must meet certain requirements. In the past, these requirements have included&nbsp;designs that provide water, seating, shade, as well as meeting environmental and sustainable guidelines. The winner will be announced likely in early&nbsp;2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p>