Archinect - News 2014-04-24T06:48:47-04:00 Seven category winners for Designs of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-04-23T19:03:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T21:07:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Designs of the Year jury have chosen their cr&egrave;me de la cr&egrave;me of the world's most cutting-edge design. Since London's Design Museum announced the 76 nominees in February, the competition has narrowed down to seven category winners. In the final step of the competition, one of these category winners will be announced as the overall winner by June 30 at an event hosted by St. Martins Lane London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The category winners are:</p><p>(Pictured above) Architecture: HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - Designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher</p><p>Digital: PEEK (PORTABLE EYE EXAMINATION KIT) - Designed by Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, Stewart Jordan, Dr. Mario Giardini, Dr. Iain Livingstone</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Fashion: PRADA S/S14 - Designed by Miuccia Prada</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Furniture: PRO CHAIR FAMILY - Designed by Konstantin Grcic</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Graphics: DRONE SHADOWS - Designed by James Bridle /</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Product: THE SEABOARD GRAND - Designed by Roland Lamb and Hong-Yeul Eom</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Transport: XL1 CAR &ndash; Designed by Volkswagen</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details can be found on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Seventy-six nominations listed for Designs of the Year 2014</strong></a></p> Christchurch's replacement cathedral has boosted a fledgling furniture sector Alexander Walter 2014-04-22T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two years after the 2011 earthquake destroyed Christchurch's neo-Gothic cathedral, the building has been resurrected. It has also undergone something of a public transfiguration. [...] In the past few years cardboard has also become increasingly popular in small-scale design. Hipster boutiques, museum gift shops and high profile public events such as the State of Design Festival now stock cardboard lighting, storage units, stools and kids' toys.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sou Fujimoto discusses limbo, dichotomies and nature in his architecture Natalie Hein 2014-04-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T21:16:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This past Tuesday, The Architectural League of New York hosted a lecture at Cooper Union by architect Sou Fujimoto, entitled &ldquo;Between Nature and Architecture&rdquo;. Despite the great number of practitioners and students in attendance (almost a full-house), the event felt more like an intimate conversation with the architect, as he shared his unique brand of architectural investigation. Each project he presented helped substantiate his lifelong interest in blurring the boundaries of established architectural conceptions. Fujimoto explained that he is inspired by dissolving such falsely dichotomous themes as: nature and architecture, the house and the city, complexity and simplicity, or inside and outside, in order to examine the new possibilities that exist &ldquo;in between.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The lecture progressed rather linearly, tracing his practice's themes from their conceptual foundation in his &ldquo;younger ideas&rdquo; through to their mature forms. As he talked us through some of his earliest conceptual sketches,...</p> The Urban Algae Canopy shows the power of "algaetecture" for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-04-17T19:27:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:51:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here's another look at what to expect at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo</a> in 2015. As part of the Expo's Future Food District project, the Urban Algae Canopy shows the great potential of micro algae organisms for integrative greener, cleaner bio-digital architecture. London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecoLogicStudio</a> designed the pavilion in collaboration with local architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cesare Griffa</a>.</p><p>Full-scale prototypes of the pavilion are currently being previewed at the INTERNI &lsquo;Feeding New Ideas for the City&rsquo; exhibition at Cortile d&rsquo;Onore, University of Milan, Festa del Perdono happening until April 18.</p><p>Once it's fully built, the canopy will be able to produce oxygen equivalent to 4 hectares of woodland and up to 150kg of biomass per day -- 60% of which are natural vegetal proteins.</p><p>Dig into the project details right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The Urban Algae Canopy, based on ecoLogicStudio&rsquo;s six years long research on building integrated bio-digital systems, is presented here with a 1:1 scale prototype of the world&rsquo;s first bio-digital canopy integra...</p> Zaha Hadid Granite & Marble Furniture Collection for CITCO Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T20:18:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T08:12:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Zaha Hadid took to Milan Design Week&rsquo;s Salone del Mobile to unveil a series of brand new series of furniture. Created for Italian interior design firm CITCO, the series consists of three distinct pieces: a shelving unit, table, and fireplace.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In at the deep end: Zaha Hadid takes the plunge into swimwear Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:49:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is there no end to this woman&rsquo;s talents? Well, in the case of Zaha Hadid, a grinding halt seems to have been reached with the eminent architect&rsquo;s flirtations with fashion. Hadid has long pushed the boundaries of her considerable talents, with credible adventures into furniture design and oil painting, but her latest swimwear range for Viviona shows that sometimes even the deepest wells can run dry.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:38:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And hierarchies don&rsquo;t disappear when you place everyone at a communal table or &ldquo;superdesk&rdquo;; they persist in more subtle modes of workplace interaction. I suspect that people thrown into open plans might even miss their cubicles. And there are features of cubicles&mdash;such as the need to partition wide spaces&mdash;that I suspect will continue to be useful and never go away; these needs precede the invention of the cubicle itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the development of the American workplace in Archinect's feature article, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</em></a>.</p> 3-D printing market predicted to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-08T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T16:21:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The size of the [3-D printing] market ... is expected to grow to $3.8 billion this year and soar to $16.2 billion globally by 2018. [...] "This is a market with enormous growth potential now that the main barriers to up-take are being addressed," Shepherd said. "As it matures, there is clear and substantial potential across numerous sectors, such as engineering and architecture, aerospace and defense, and medical ... for 3-D printing to have a dramatic impact within five years."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Warby Parker partners up with Architecture for Humanity Alexander Walter 2014-04-07T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T14:29:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For over 15 years, Architecture for Humanity has improved the livelihood of individuals and communities around the world through a global network of professionals who provide quality design and management services where these resources may otherwise be overlooked or out of reach. [...] We&rsquo;re saluting Architecture for Humanity&rsquo;s 15th anniversary with two collaboration frames, Aslin and Fowler, inspired by an appreciation for streamlined angles and built-to-last materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Warby Parker goes on to pledge: <em>"Warby Parker will donate $15 for every pair of Warby Parker x Architecture for Humanity collaboration frames purchased from April 7, 2014 to September 6, 2014, with a minimum contribution of $15,000, to Architecture for Humanity."</em></p> Scenario 4: Building the Urban Forest Scenario Journal 2014-04-04T15:48:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T15:48:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex, spatially layered, dynamic system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services. As arborists, parks departments, landscape architects, planners and community groups engage in the reforesting of cities, how are they collectively shaping the urban landscape? What hybrid ecosystems are yet to be designed? How many trees are enough?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Scenario Journal's just-released issue,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scenario&nbsp;4:&nbsp;Building the Urban Forest</a>, features a broad, interdisciplinary conversation between architects, ecologists, landscape architects, and artists, about the meaning and possibilities of the spatial, biological, and metaphorical construct of the "urban forest." From living machine, to novel ecosystem, to provider of ecosystem services, to spatially and culturally rich landscape, the urban forest is an inspiration, a challenge, an opportunity, and a fertile source of interdisciplinary collaboration.</p><p>Reforesting cities is one of the defining trends of twenty first century urbanism.&nbsp;Among designers, the forest has served as inspiration, as model, and as tool.&nbsp;At the same time, forest managers and cities have been wrestling with the actual challenges of maintaining existing tree canopy and forested land.&nbsp;As an increasing number of projects and programs concern themselves with shaping, managing and advocating for a new generation of urban for...</p> It's a Living Nam Henderson 2014-04-04T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T15:06:43-04:00 <img src="" width="296" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Saval goes to great lengths to show how oppressive structure exists not just as a matter of corporate policy but in the very architecture of the workplace&mdash;the physical boundaries within which the business of business is carried out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jerry Stahl reviews&nbsp;<em>Cubed</em>, Nikil Saval&rsquo;s lush, funny, and unexpectedly fascinating history of the workplace.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Jay Babcock</a></p> How Mad Men inspired an architecture student to start a fashion firm Alexander Walter 2014-04-04T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T13:57:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Barton Strawn didn&rsquo;t set out to be a fashion designer. In 2009, he was an architecture student at N.C. State University, drafting by day in increasingly technical courses his senior year, which proved to be so taxing that Strawn needed an outlet. [...] And, inspired by college formals and a touch of Mad Men, he found one: Handmade neckties and bowties. [...] Over the years, Lumina has added pants and button-up shirts, all made in the United States.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Folly 2014 winner SuralArk to be installed at Socrates Sculpture Park in May Justine Testado 2014-04-03T21:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:11:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="742" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Out of 170 submissions, Austin+Mergold's SuralArk recently won Folly 2014. Co-sponsored by The Architectural League of New York and Socrates Sculpture Park, the annual competition invites young architects and designers worldwide to propose contemporary interpretations of the traditional architectural folly. The jury also selected 10 Notable Entries. SuralArk will be designed and built at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY starting May 11 til Aug. 3, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more about SuralArk and see the Notable Entries on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Winning SKIN installation 3xLP to begin tour this Fall in Texas Justine Testado 2014-04-03T17:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:11:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since 3xLP by Christopher Romano and Nicholas Bruscia won the most recent TEX-FAB SKIN Digital Fabrication competition, the installation was exhibited at TEX-FAB 5 in Austin and will travel to Houston and Dallas along with the other competition finalists this fall. The SKIN competition paired emerging design research practices with fabrication industry leaders to create innovative solutions for facade systems using digital fabrication and parametric design tools.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> A Memorial Inscription’s Grim Origins Alexander Walter 2014-04-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:30:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens next month at the World Trade Center, visitors will find a stark wall separating them from a repository containing about 8,000 unidentified human remains from the 2001 terrorist attack. On the wall is a 60-foot-long inscription, in 15-inch letters [...]: &ldquo;No day shall erase you from the memory of time. Virgil.&rdquo; [...] I asked a half-dozen classicists about the use of this inscription at the memorial museum. All but one questioned the choice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What if we could rebuild New York City? Terreform 2014-04-02T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T14:38:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitchell Joachim; New York has, over the last few centuries, become one of the world&rsquo;s most densely packed cities. But what if you could redraw the city&rsquo;s map &ndash; and build it from scratch?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article features both the High and Low lines, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Vision 42, Million Trees NYC, and Vertical Farms.</p> Zaha Hadid among designers for Fabergé Easter Egg Hunt in NYC Alexander Walter 2014-04-02T14:20:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T18:44:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Overnight, more than 260 Easter eggs were hidden around the five boroughs, but these eggs can&rsquo;t be cracked or peeled. From Tuesday until April 17, New Yorkers are encouraged to track down the eggs, which are sculptures created by well-known artists and fashion brands as part of a charitable Easter egg hunt. [...] A free app is available for download to help find the eggs, most of which measure 2.5 feet [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Artists who have designed the eggs include Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Bruce Weber and Peter Beard, and fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg."</em></p> Guggenheim protesters highlight poor labor practices Miles Jaffe 2014-04-01T12:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T14:08:55-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Saadiyat Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi, has seen $27 billion in investments pour in as the island hopes to become a new beacon of culture in the region developers behind the island have received international attention for the poor conditions in which migrant laborers work and live. Reports have found that in some cases, the control employers hold over the island's workers, such as withholding their passports to prevent them from returning to their home countries, amounts to forced labor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Saadiyat Island includes a half-billion-dollar branch of the Louvre Museum designed by Jean Nouvel, a national museum designed by Norman Foster and a variety of luxury resorts, golf clubs, marinas and private villas.</p><p>Where does an architect's responsibility begin and where does it end?</p> Finding playground potential in the Energy Carousel in Dordrecht Justine Testado 2014-03-31T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:33:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a kid, a lifesize light-up spinning top that you can play in right in your neighborhood sounds like a dream come true -- and such is the case in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.</p><p>The Energy Carousel by Madrid-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecosistema Urbano</a> is a play structure that is both engaging and educational. As kids grab onto one of the structure's hanging ropes, the kinetic energy released by their movements is stored in a battery, which later serves as supply to light up the structure at night. The carousel's LED lights shine in various colors depending on how much energy was stored during that day.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Energy Carousel was one of the winning designs in a 2010 invited competition by <a href=";lg=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carve</a>, an Amsterdam design group that specializes in developing and engineering public spaces for children. Carve asked 10 European firms to design a multi-age sustainable "unconventional play object" to complete the Governeursplein public square in Dordrecht.</p><p>Since then, it seems the Energy Carousel has provided whirls ...</p> Winning projects of the 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards Justine Testado 2014-03-28T18:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T21:27:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="677" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the WoodWorks 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards sure know how to prove wood as a versatile material in architecture. Out of 140 entries -- the most the competition has ever received -- the jury selected nine of the most outstanding projects in wood architecture. During the recent ceremony at the Southeast Wood Solutions Fair in Charlotte, NC, awards were given in nine categories. Four Regional Winners were also awarded.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the winning projects below</p><p>(Above) <strong>Institutional Wood Design: James and Anne Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, MD. </strong>Architect &ndash; GWWO, Inc./Architects</p><p><strong>Green Building with Wood: Biomass Heating Plant, Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT&nbsp; </strong><br>Architect &ndash; Centerbook Architects and Planners</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Wood School Design: Cascades Academy of Central Oregon in Tumalo, OR&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><br>Architect &ndash; Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Commercial Wood Design: Federal Center South &ndash; Building 1202 in Seattle, WA&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><br>Architect &ndash; ZGF Architects LLP&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Innovative Wood Engineering:&nbsp; Promega Feynman Center, &ldquo;The Crossroads&rdquo; in Madison, WA</strong>.<br>Architect &ndash; Uihlein&#8208;Wilson Architects, Inc.<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Beauty of Wood: Reed College Performing Arts Building in Portland, OR</strong><br>Architect &ndash; Opsis Architecture<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Jury's Choice Award: Habiframe, Inc. Tornado Storm Shelter in Memphis, TN&nbsp;</strong><br>Architect &ndash; Habiframe, Inc.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Multi-Story Wood Design: Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA</strong><br>Architect &ndash; The Miller Hull Partnership<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Traditional Use of Wood: Muckleshoot Smokehouse in Auburn, WA...</strong></p> U.S. Capitol building to receive much-needed facelift Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-27T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:26:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the Civil War, the majestic dome of the U.S. Capitol has symbolized the unity of the United States, despite the discord in the government it overlooks. [...] But the dome has lately grown as fractured as the federal government, and Tuesday the Architect of the Capitol announced that a $59 million project to save it would begin next month. [...] There are now hundreds of cracks and deficiencies, and water already has stained parts of the Capitol&rsquo;s interior.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> End of the Starchitects? Miles Jaffe 2014-03-27T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-03-28T06:39:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Practitioners create visually dazzling and unexpected forms that&rsquo;re seemingly unrelated to anything as prosaic as function or context. They exploit advances in design and construction technology to build ever more visually arresting and extraordinary buildings. The future of this movement is likely to be limited because the law of diminishing returns inevitably applies to the search for ever-newer and ever-more unexpected architectural forms.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple Maps Is Painting Our World Strange Alexander Walter 2014-03-26T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:27:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Rendering Eye: Urban America Revisited presents 3D screenshots of the urban US as they appear in Apple Maps: deserted streets, post-apocalyptic buildings and industrial plants, melting harbors. Cars and boats turn into shadows, trees into sculptures, containers into wax.[...] The cityscapes captured by artist REGULA BOCHSLER for the publication are abstract, machine generated, and cold. And yet they are poetic, not least because of their &ldquo;mistakes,&rdquo; which give them a painterly composition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bustler News Recap #1 Justine Testado 2014-03-24T20:12:00-04:00 >2014-03-24T21:11:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Starting today, every Monday we'll highlight a few <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> News posts from the previous week that we think are worth checking out. We'll also include a selection of Bustler's most recent competition listings.</p><p>Here's Recap #1 for the week of March 17-21, 2014:<br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Winners of the Dubai Architecture School Tower competition</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><br>In the&nbsp;[AC-CA] Dubai Architecture School Tower ideas competition, student and professional participants were challenged to design an iconic and progressive educational environment for architecture students in Dubai.<br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>A closer look into the winning &Ccedil;anakkale Antenna Tower Competition entry</strong></a><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>From the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Ccedil;anakkale Antenna Tower Competition results</a> featured earlier this month, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powerhouse Company</a> + <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IND (Inter.National.Design)</a> gave more detail into their winning proposal.<br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Grant Mudford to receive 2014 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award</strong></a><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>Grant Mudford was named the 2014 recipient of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award</a>. The award highlights an ...</p> 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winners Justine Testado 2014-03-20T20:19:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T09:38:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners for the 9th annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition have finally been revealed! The sky is indeed the limit for the popular worldwide competition, which gave participants complete freedom with their skyscraper designs. Imaginative ideas aside, entrants also had to examine the skyscraper's definition, purpose, and potential in the 21st century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of 525 entries from 43 countries in all continents, the Jury awarded three winners and 20 Honorable Mentions.</p><p><strong>1st place: "Vernacular Versatility" by Yong Ju Lee - U.S.</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>2nd place: "Car and Shell: or Marinetti&rsquo;s Monster" by Mark Talbot and Daniel Markiewicz - U.S.</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>3rd place: "Propagate Skyscraper" by YuHao Liu and Rui Wu - Canada</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Click the thumbnails below to see the Honorable Mentions.</p> Editor's Picks #359 Nam Henderson 2014-03-19T12:34:00-04:00 >2014-03-22T23:39:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>ShowCase:</strong> &nbsp;featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa H by Bojaus Arquitectura</a>.&nbsp;Located in a typical suburban area near Madrid, &nbsp;the proximity of the houses that surround the plot lead Bojaus Arquitectura to develop a system of voids, deep windows and patios which would allow large openings without neglecting the equally important need of privacy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the tenth edition of Screen/Print: highlighted: "Utopia" published by <em>Zawia </em>a multi-national collaboration based in Egypt</a>.&nbsp;Specifically, Amale Andraos&rsquo; piece, "<em>Visionary Urbanism and Its Agency</em>"&nbsp;which dissects five myths long associated with a concept she calls "Visionary Urbanism".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) have committed themselves to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others &ndash; in return for community...</a></p> "Architecture Follows Nature" lecture focuses on biomimicry and collaborative research Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-18T20:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T13:04:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Monday evening at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italian Cultural Institute</a> in Los Angeles, architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ilaria Mazzoleni</a> and evolutionary biologist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shauna Price</a> tag-teamed a lecture on their joint-work, <em>Architecture Follows Nature</em>, a collection of architectural proposals inspired by various animal skins. It&rsquo;s a pleasure when architecture publicly acknowledges and celebrates its inspiration from other disciplines, and by sharing the stage Mazzoleni and Price showed their commitment to this cross-disciplinary research, beyond analogy and into the depths of the design process.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Of the twelve proposals detailed in the book, Mazzoleni and Price presented two -- one inspired by the insulating properties of a polar bear&rsquo;s fur, the other referencing the iridescence of bird feathers. All of the projects were designed by students in Mazzoleni&rsquo;s SCI-Arc studio (her practice,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> im studio</a>, is also invested in biomimicry and sustainable design). Calling these projects &ldquo;biomimetic&rdquo; is problematic for Mazzoleni and Price, as ...</p> Materials & Applications goes from Silver Lake yard art to a museum show Archinect 2014-03-18T14:01:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Places like M&amp;A provide architects with the opportunity to fail. I mean that in the best possible way," said Benjamin Ball of Ball-Nogues, whose practice got its start at M&amp;A. Ball-Nogues works are now in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Not many clients will support a trial-and-error process on an untested structure. M&amp;A is a place where you can do that."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Park Avenue, the Art Gallery Alexander Walter 2014-03-12T20:06:00-04:00 >2014-03-12T20:10:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alice Aycock, the sculptor, was holding her breath. [...] a massive crane, blocking traffic, lifted one-half of &ldquo;Cyclone Twist,&rdquo; a swirling series of white aluminum bands, into place, precisely connecting with its other half already standing on the avenue&rsquo;s slim median. [...] Called &ldquo;Park Avenue Paper Chase,&rdquo; and stretching from 52nd Street to 66th, they are inspired variously by tornadoes, dance movements and drapery folds, and will be up until July 20.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Green Lane Project brings protected bike lanes to six U.S. cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-12T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:30:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cycling advocacy group <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People for Bikes</a> has selected six U.S. cities to receive funding and consultation for new protected bike lanes, as part of its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Green Lane Project</a>. The annual Project collaborates with cities over two years to expedite the installation of protected bike lanes, one of the ways People for Bikes aims to establish bike-friendly, lower-stress streets. This past January, the group <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published a report</a> documenting how protected bike lanes help local businesses, drawn partially from cities selected by their Green Lane program.</p><p>This year's cities are Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA. During its first two programs (2012 and 2013), the Green Lane Project was responsible for nearly half of the entire nation's increase in protected bike lanes, growing from 80 to 142. Previous cities that benefited from the program include Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Washington, DC -- now serving as mentors for future cit...</p>