Archinect - News 2015-11-30T12:10:09-05:00 Arup, MVRDV, Skene Catling De La Peña, and SOFTlab are among this week's many winners Justine Testado 2015-11-23T13:59:00-05:00 >2015-11-23T14:37:24-05:00 <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>Check out Bustler recap #84 for the week of Nov. 16-20, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Singapore Sports Hub wins Supreme Excellence title in 2015 Structural Awards</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Institution of Structural Engineers celebrated another successful edition of the Structural Awards! Out of the 13 category winners announced, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a>'s Singapore Sports Hub won the 2015 Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence, the highest accolade.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Four houses currently shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year 2015</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>RIBA revealed the first four houses shortlisted for the 2015 House of the Year award. Formerly called the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manser Medal</a>, House of the Year still carries the same purpose of distinguishing the year's most innovative house designed by a UK-based architect. (Pictured: Flint House in Buckinghamshire by Skene Catling De La Pe&ntilde;a)...</p> BIG, SANAA, Lacaton & Vassal pre-qualified to compete in designing new Aarhus School of Architecture Justine Testado 2015-11-17T14:06:00-05:00 >2015-11-19T14:01:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aarhus School of Architecture</a> in Denmark is set on revamping itself with the construction of a brand new school building, and the search to find the architect to design it is underway. According to the School, a total of 42 teams worldwide responded to the first phase of the competition. Along with&nbsp;the Danish Building &amp; Property Agency &mdash; the contractor of the project, the School selected three pre-qualified teams from a strong field of candidates. They are:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>&nbsp;(Denmark) along with Transform + Ramb&oslash;ll +&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SLA</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a>&nbsp;(Japan) along with B+G Ingenieure +&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sasaki and Partners</a></li><li>LACATON &amp; VASSAL (France) along with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powerhouse</a>&nbsp;+ Kristine Jensens Tegnestue</li></ul><p>However, there are still three spots left. When the next phase starts in December, the Danish Building &amp; Property Agency will launch an open international design competition welcoming all architects and architecture students, from which the last three candidates will be chosen.</p><p>All six pre-qualified candidates will then advance to the restricte...</p> Bosco Verticale, Fernando Guerra, and Collective-LOK are among this week's many winners Justine Testado 2015-11-16T13:40:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:16:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" 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>Check out Bustler recap #83 for the week of Nov. 9-13, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Bosco Verticale wins 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide from CTBUH</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Since the Bosco Verticale was completed late <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year</a>, the "Vertical Forest" residential building continues to garner plenty of attention &mdash; and awards. Most recently, it won the CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide, besting the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">four regional winners</a> announced this past summer.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Fernando Guerra wins Arcaid Images Architectural Photographer of the Year 2015</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Arcaid Images honors expertise and creativity in the annual Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. Fernando Guerra won the top-winning Photographer of the Year title with his photo of the EPFL Quartier Nord in Ecublens (pictured above).</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>SOFTlab&rsquo;s crystal &ldquo;Nova&rdquo; to open on Nov. 18 at NYC&rsquo;s Flat...</strong></a></p> Collective-LOK's golden "Heart of Hearts" wins the 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition Justine Testado 2015-11-11T17:40:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:18:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The holiday season is barely about to start, and at least in NYC's Times Square, that already includes Valentine's Day. Over the last eight years, Times Square has invited architects, designers, and artists to propose an interactive Valentine-themed heart installation for their annual Valentine Heart Design competition. The winning entry would then be constructed at Father Duffy Square in time for Valentine's Day.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collective-LOK</a> was announced today as the 2016 competition winner with their design, "Heart of Hearts". Towering above 10 feet tall, Heart of Hearts is a ring of nine faceted mirrored hearts clad in sparkling gold, thus creating a kaleidoscopic interior space that "dissolves the boundaries between viewing and performing". This "alternative pavilion" would also reflect and multiply the bustling surroundings of Times Square.</p><p>Each golden heart has a diamond-shaped "kissing booth" interior space where anyone inside will see themselves &mdash; and whatever they might doing &mdash; mirrored. ...</p> Thomas Heatherwick named WSJ. Magazine’s 2015 Design Innovator Alexander Walter 2015-11-10T15:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:29:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The thing about Thomas is that every project seems to come out of a completely different burst of imagination,&rdquo; says media mogul Barry Diller [...] &ldquo;Nothing looks similar&mdash;there&rsquo;s no linkage. I think he&rsquo;s the most creative, interesting architect&mdash;other than Frank Gehry, whom I adore&mdash;alive. They share a kind of genius for imagination in its purest form.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The six other creatives that were &ndash;&nbsp;along with Heatherwick &ndash;&nbsp;awarded the title of WSJ. Magazine's 2015&nbsp;Innovators of the Year are:</p><ul><li>Richard Serra (Art)</li><li>Angelina Jolie Pitt (Entertainment/Film)</li><li>Karl Ove Knausgaard (Literature)</li><li>Miuccia Prada (Fashion)</li><li>Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack (Technology)</li><li>Mark Parker, CEO of Nike (Brand)</li></ul><p>If you haven't yet, take a listen to our interview with Thomas Heatherwick from earlier this year. The interview starts at around 10:30...</p><p></p> OMA/Ole Scheeren, March Studio, and Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-11-09T13:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:10:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" 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>Check out Bustler recap #82 for the week of Nov. 2-6, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>OMA/Ole Scheeren&rsquo;s The Interlace wins World Building of the Year 2015</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day 1</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day 2</a> category winners faced off in one last round of presentations, OMA/Ole Scheeren's The Interlace scooped up World Building of the Year 2015 and BIG won Future Project of the Year with the Vancouver House. Other top-winning titles include Landscape of the Year, the Small Project Prize, and AkzoNobel's Prize for Colour in Exterior Architecture.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>March Studio&rsquo;s Hotel Hotel wins World Interior of the Year 2015</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Along with the WAF architecture competition, the Hotel Hotel in Australia was crowned as the best interior design project of the 2015 INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors competition.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Rogers Stirk Harbour-led team to design new ...</strong></a></p> OMA/Ole Scheeren, BIG, DinellJohansson among top winners at World Architecture Festival 2015 Archinect 2015-11-06T13:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T14:04:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the blink of an eye, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a> held another successful competition in Singapore. Since the event kicked off this past Wednesday, 2,000 architects from around the globe gathered at Marina Bay Sands to witness more than 300 finalist teams give project presentations to the super jury for a chance to win. For 2016, WAF will make its way back to Europe in Berlin.</p><p>After the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day 1</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day 2</a> category winners faced off in one last round of presentations, the jury deliberated the overall winning projects, which were announced during a gala dinner at Marina Bay Sands. For starters, OMA/Ole Scheeren's The Interlace housing project scooped up the World Building of the Year 2015 title, while BIG won Future Project of the Year with the Vancouver House.</p><p>Have a look at the overall winning projects.</p><p>&darr; World Building of the Year: The Interlace in Singapore by OMA + Buro Ole Scheeren.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; Future Project of the Year: Vancouver House by BIG</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; Small Project Prize: Liding&ouml;vallen in Sweden...</p> Who will win World Building of the Year? World Architecture Festival 2015 continues with announcement of Day 2 winners Justine Testado 2015-11-05T18:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T18:42:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Day Two of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival Awards 2015</a> in Singapore just concluded with the announcement of 14 more category winners in the Completed Buildings and Future Projects sections. There's no surprise that these projects are as competitive as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day 1 winners</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>All the WAF Awards winners have been revealed, but the competition isn't over yet! During the final day of the festival tomorrow, the teams will face off in one last round of live presentations and project critiques with the super jury. The jurors will then select one Future Project of the Year and of course, the overall-winning World Building of the Year 2015.</p><p>Take a gander at the Day 2 winners:</p><p><strong>COMPLETED BUILDINGS</strong></p><p>&darr; Schools: Ballet School | Russia. Designed by Studio 44 Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; Religion: Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies | Qatar. Designed by Mangera Yvars Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; Health: Walumba Elders Centre | Australia. Designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; Hotel &amp; Leisure: Lanserhof, Lake Tegern | Germany. Designe...</p> Get a glimpse of the first set of World Architecture Festival 2015 winners Justine Testado 2015-11-04T20:36:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T01:28:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 World Architecture Festival</a> is back at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands in Singapore once again. During the two-day event, which started today and concludes on November 6, attendees get to witness the competition unfold before their eyes as they watch architecture teams from around the world present their projects and listen to critiques from the "super jury". The 2015 super jurors include Peter Cook (UK), Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Benedetta Tagliabue (Spain), Charles Jencks (UK/US), Kerry Hill (Singapore) and Manuelle Gautrand (France).</p><p>The competition is anyone's game, with this year's shortlist rounding up 338 projects across 31 categories from architects based in 46 countries &mdash; including works from renowned firms. Day One of the event concluded with the announcement of 15 category winners, and more winning projects will be revealed tomorrow.</p><p>Here are the winners so far. Do any of them catch your eye?</p><p><strong>Completed Buildings:</strong></p><p>&darr; <strong>HOUSE:</strong> Saigon House | Vietnam. Designed by a2...</p> Pershing Square Renew semifinalists, the 2015 SOM Prize fellows, and the new Melbourne School of Design are among this week's competition highlights Justine Testado 2015-11-03T15:19:00-05:00 >2015-11-03T15:22:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="401" 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>Check out Bustler recap #81 for the week of Oct. 26-30, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>10 big-name semifinalist teams to compete for L.A. Pershing Square redesign</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There are plans to revamp downtown L.A.'s oldest park, Pershing Square, into the city's new town square. Ten big-name teams were announced to advance to the next stage of the three-phase competition.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Two recent grads win the 2015 SOM Prize + Travel Fellowship for architecture</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Since 1981, the Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill Foundation has awarded promising architecture and engineering students a chance to both professionally and personally enrich themselves through international travel grants. Nicholas Coates of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Xiaoxi Chen Laurent of Columbia University won this year's architecture grants.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Get a glimpse of the new M...</strong></a></p> Dominique Perrault, GreenWave, and the Stevens Institute of Technology are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-10-26T16:43:00-04:00 >2015-11-03T09:20:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="275" 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>Check out Bustler recap #80 for the week of Oct. 19-23, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dominique Perrault presented with the 2015 Praemium Imperiale Arts Award</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Dominique Perrault received the Praemium Imperiale Arts Award for architecture during a formal ceremony in Tokyo. Alongside the four other laureates, Perrault was awarded the Praemium Imperiale gold medal, a testimonial letter from Japan's Prince Hitachi, and a check worth 15 million yen.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>&ldquo;GreenWave&rdquo; wins the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The non-profit group GreenWave continues to garner attention for designing the world's first multi-species 3D ocean farms, and now as the winner of the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The ocean farms intend to sustainably restore ocean ecosystems while also create jobs for coastal communities.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The winners o...</strong></a></p> GreenWave's 3D ocean farm initiative wins the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Justine Testado 2015-10-22T16:04:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:38:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The non-profit group <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GreenWave</a>, which won the prestigious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge</a>, is gaining attention for designing reportedly the world's first 3D multi-species ocean farms. Much like the group's marine-oriented initiatives, the ocean farm project aims to restore ocean ecosystems and biodiversity, and work toward a blue-green economy. Another objective is to create more jobs for coastal communities that will turn fishermen into restorative ocean farmers. Restorative aquaculture was a favorite in last year's Fuller Challenge, wherein SCAPE's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"oyster-tecture" proposal</a> scored the $100,000 grand prize.</p><p>The GreenWave ocean farms are designed as zero-input "vertical underwater gardens" that consist of layers of seaweed, scallops, and mussels that grow on floating ropes, which are stacked above oyster and clam cages. These crops enable the ocean farmers to produce food, fertilizers, animal feeds, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and other products.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>A single acre of the farm would remo...</p> Santiago Calatrava, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Zaha Hadid, and Niall McLaughlin Architects are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-10-19T17:54:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:15:06-04:00 <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>Check out Bustler recap #79 for the week of Oct. 12-16, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>ChiDesign CADE winners reinvent the learning spaces of the future</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As learning environments become more open and communally oriented, the Chicago Architecture Foundation launched the first ChiDesign ideas competition to explore possible models for future educational facilities. Five top-winning designs were selected at the end of the competition.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s Wangjing SOHO wins Emporis Skyscraper Award</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The towering trio of skyscrapers that make up the Wangjing SOHO complex by Zaha Hadid Architects won first place for the Emporis Skyscraper Award competition. The project is the first project in China to win the prestigious award.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Santiago Calatrava to receive the 2015 European Prize for Architecture next month</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Not long af...</p> 2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE Justine Testado 2015-10-19T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:15:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stevens Institute of Technology</a> of Hoboken, New Jersey won the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Solar Decathlon</a> with their storm-resilient SURE HOUSE this past weekend. One of the crowd favorites in this year's competition, the SURE HOUSE scored the highest in seven out of the 10 contests, which put the team in the lead with a final score of 950.685 points out of a possible 1,000. Along with more than a dozen U.S. and international teams, Team Stevens spent two years designing and planning the SURE House, and constructed it from the ground up in just nine days before the competition began on October 8.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After witnessing&nbsp;&mdash; and even personally experiencing&nbsp;&mdash; the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Stevens team based their concept of the SURE HOUSE on storm resilience that balances energy efficiency. Built with fiber-composite materials repurposed from the boad-building industry, perhaps the standout element of the house is the bi-folding storm shutters, which are wrapped with fiberglass and made of a composite f...</p> Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015 Justine Testado 2015-10-18T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:11:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sun beat down onto the asphalt grounds of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, where a village of 14 solar-powered houses popped up for the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon</a>. Multi-disciplinary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">teams of college students</a> worldwide dedicate two years to designing and planning their institution&rsquo;s house, then spend just nine days assembling them from scratch in Irvine.&nbsp;Then, the competition begins.</p><p>Teams are tasked with constructing the house that best blends affordability and consumer appeal, and demonstrates optimal energy production and efficiency. The houses are evaluated in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 contests</a>&nbsp;based on merits of performance and livability. The team who scores the most out of a maximum 1,000 points is crowned the overall winner. Held biennially, the Decathlon attracts ambitious students who want to push the boundaries of the future of sustainable technology and housing, while honing their technical skills and toughening their skin for their forthcoming careers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>"S...</em></p> 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize awarded to the Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Justine Testado 2015-10-15T16:12:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:56:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following their July announcement of the shortlist for the 2015 Stirling Prize, RIBA announced [today] the Burntwood School in Wandsworth London as the winning project. Now in its 20th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is regarded as the UK&rsquo;s most prestigious architecture prize. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the practice that designed the all girls' school, is winning the coveted award for the first time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More photos and project details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA reveals the six 2015 Stirling Prize shortlisters</a></p> The Fairy Tales 2016 competition is now open for registration! Justine Testado 2015-10-14T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-10-14T18:20:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Brush up on those storytelling skills, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition 2016</a> launches today! First started in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014</a> by Blank Space, the competition invites the creatively inclined &mdash; architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students, and the like &mdash; to pen their own architectural fairy tale. Entrants get to use fictional storytelling as a means to explore architectural possibilities and discuss real-world topics.</p><p>The last two competitions were wildly successful, with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015</a> reeling in a record-breaking 2,000 stories from participants in 65 countries. Who knows what the 2016 edition will bring?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>2015 1st prize winner: &ldquo;Empty&rdquo; by Zigeng Wang.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><em>2014 1st prize winner: &ldquo;Chapter Thirteen&rdquo; by Kevin (Pang-Hsin) Wang and Nicholas O&rsquo;Leary.</em></p><p>The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible.</p><p>Participants can register for a <strong>special early-bird discount...</strong></p> NASA launches competition for structures built in situ using Martian resources Nicholas Korody 2015-10-14T16:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-15T13:05:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="236" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Living off the land is different when the land is 140 million miles away, so NASA is looking for innovative ideas to use in situ (in place) Martian resources to help establish a human presence on the Red Planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>After NASA announced strong evidence of the presence of liquid water on Mars, efforts to bring Earthlings to the red planet seems to be picking up steam. Elon Musk is talking about <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB4QFjAAahUKEwjYhJLc2MLIAhUBooAKHYl2Ce0&amp;;usg=AFQjCNGFy-x_Svv3J3ATG8KGlVCtTTHoLQ&amp;sig2=1QvOiyySIU_Tuih-c96DZw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nuking its poles</a> and design competitions, like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3-D Printed Habitat Challenge</a>, are increasingly looking at extraterrestrial design, garnering responses by such luminary architectural forces as &nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>.<br><br>Now, NASA has launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition</a> calling for innovative Martian structures to be built in situ with locally-available resources.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Mars is 141 million miles away, which means even an extra carry-on will cost you. So any type trip to the planet will greatly benefit from using local materials to set up camp. NASA estimates that for every kilogram of native materials used, you save 11 kg of propellant and spacecraft mass needed for launching to Low Earth Orbit.</p><p>According to the competition website: "One could use surface-based materials such as regolith or basalt to produce structural elements tha...</p> Late registration for Laka Competition 2015: "Architecture that Reacts" ends on October 20! Sponsor 2015-10-12T16:10:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T17:38:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Public arts initiative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laka</a>&nbsp;wants to know how today's architects, engineers, scientists, and students interpret the theme "Architecture that Reacts" for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laka Competition 2015</a>. To get those ideas churning, architecture that reacts is responsive and highly adaptable to both current needs and unpredictable circumstances. It can be thought of like a living organism.</p><p>Entrants&nbsp;&mdash; who can participate individually or as teams&nbsp;&mdash; can still sign up during the late registration period, which ends on <strong>October 20, 2015</strong> for a fee of $100. Also keep in mind that all submissions are due <strong>October 31, 2015 (23:59 UTC)</strong>.</p><p>Three cash-prize winners and special mentions are scheduled to be announced on December 1.</p><p>The 2015 jury features:</p><ul><li>Maria Aiolova (Architect, Educator, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA): Co-Founder of Terreform ONE</li><li>Chris Bosse (Architect, Educator): Co-Founder of LAVA</li><li>Giacomo Costa (Artist, Photographer): Author of The Chronicles of Time</li><li>Marc Fornes (Architect DPLG, Educator): Founder of THEVERYMANY&trade;</li><li>Guy Ho...</li></ul> Bustler's recap of winning results for NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, National Parks Now, the AIA Look Up Film Challenge, and more Justine Testado 2015-10-12T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T15:16:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" 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>Check out Bustler recap #78 for the week of Oct. 5-9, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Results of NASA&rsquo;s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge for space exploration</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>NASA and America Makes (National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute) had multi-disciplinary teams develop 3D-printed shelters equipped to withstand the environments of Mars and deep-space exploration. Get a glimpse of the winning project, The Mars Ice House, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>National Parks Now results offer fresh approaches to reconnect people with nature</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Last year, the National Park Service and the Van Alen Institute&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">invited</a> four multidisciplinary teams to propose pilot projects for four national parks in the American Northeast. Teams had to develop fresh ideas on how to revamp the national park-going experience.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>2015 Carter Manny awardees talk history in...</strong></a></p> The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface Justine Testado 2015-10-10T11:52:00-04:00 >2015-10-11T00:46:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>So continues the space-age fantasy of humankind someday living successfully on the Red Planet, or undertaking expeditions to the far ends of the universe. In this spirit, NASA and America Makes' launched their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D Printed Habitat Challenge</a> late last year, wherein multi-disciplinary teams proposed shelters equipped to endure the environments of Mars and (eventually) deep-space exploration.</p><p>Following rigorous evaluations by the jury and a public showcase at the NYC World Maker Faire this past September, the eight-member Clouds AO + Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch) team took home the overall winning $25,000 prize with their "Mars Ice House" design, out of 30 finalist submissions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Enticing sci-fi aesthetics aside, the Mars Ice House's optimistic approach focuses on interior-to-exterior terrestrial concepts that could enable inhabitants to live comfortably and in harmony on the Martian surface, instead of buried underneath and completely closed off. "The architecture of ICE HOUSE...e...</p> Zaha Hadid, Joshua Prince-Ramus, and Rural Urban Framework are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-10-05T15:04:00-04:00 >2015-10-21T09:46:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" 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>Check out Bustler recap #77 for the weeks of Sept. 21-25 and Sept 28-Oct. 2, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>It&rsquo;s 2015, and Zaha Hadid is the first woman to win RIBA&rsquo;s Royal Gold Medal</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Not too surprisingly, the one and only Zaha Hadid is the one and only female architect to win the prestigious RIBA Royal Gold Medal in her own right. It only took 168 years...</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>REX&rsquo;s Joshua Prince-Ramus wins 2015 Marcus Prize</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning announced Joshua Prince-Ramus, the founder and president of REX, as the recipient of the 2015 Marcus Prize. In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, Prince-Ramus will collaboratively lead a graduate design studio at SARUP.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The 2015 Fuller Challenge announces six finalists</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Buckminster Fuller Challenge competition pool i...</p> "Lagoonous Assemblage : Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-10-02T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:36:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Among the many writers of disasters and crisis &ndash; from Barthes to Blanchot to Ballard &ndash; there is a strain of thinking that rejects the normative and reductive assumption that a disaster must be met with an austere temper or melancholic pragmatism. Rather, disasters can breed their own wild creativity. The <em>&#8203;Lagoonous Assemblage: Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles</em>&nbsp;Honorable Mention proposal seems to take this direction, asking how the drought can be conceived of as an opportunity.</p><p><em><strong>Lagoonous Assemblage : Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles&nbsp;</strong></em>by&nbsp;Tanzil Shafique</p><p>The central question this project explores is how to turn crisis into an opportunity and the notion of antifragility gives a philsophical background to such design exploration agenda. It is defined as a quality of a system to benefit from exposure to disorder/stress/disaster, as opposed to resiliency which merely adapts to the stress. Can a re-invented urbanism be envisoned for Los Angeles that uses the drought as a pre...</p> "SEEDING MICRO-CLOUDS. Power Transmission Lines & WaterTransmission Surfaces," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-10-02T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:26:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="723" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics, there was a flurry of news about the Chinese government's attempt to seed clouds in order to engineer the weather. In fact, the technology &ndash; while largely considered imperfect &ndash; both exists and has been implemented. The&nbsp;<em>SEEDING MICRO-CLOUDS. Power Transmission Lines &amp; WaterTransmission Surfaces</em>&nbsp;Honorable Mention proposal imagines a future in which existing infrastructure could be employed to serve as the base for a micro-cloud seeding operation to provide water to a thirsty California.</p><p><em><strong>"SEEDING MICRO-CLOUDS. Power Transmission Lines &amp; WaterTransmission Surfaces,"&nbsp;</strong></em>by&nbsp;Cristina Jorge Camacho<br><br><strong>INTRODUCTION.</strong>&nbsp;Why electric infrastructure is so important compared to water supply? How we can restore the natural balance? Cyberspace does not exist without electricity, humanity cannot survive without water. It is possible to take advantage of using electric grid for helping improve water resources. Transmission towers&rsquo; structure with an additional structural...</p> "The Ocean Above Us," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-10-01T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-20T01:31:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="786" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the face of events that exceed our capacity for comprehension, humans tend to invent myths and stories that render things palatable. The passage of the sun across the firmament, the surge of the oceans in a storm, the crash of thunder that follows the flash of lightning &ndash; these all have been attributed to the actions of gods, demons, etc. Even when a more precise or scientific answer is available, humans tend to rely on these stories to help explain complex phenomena to children. What stories will humans of the future invent to understand our time of ecological crises? <em>The Ocean Above Us</em>&nbsp;Honorary Mention proposal takes the form of such a fable, sited in a speculative future in which humans reach to the skies to quench their thirst.</p><p><em><strong>The Ocean Above Us</strong></em><strong>, </strong>by<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Jake Boswell</p><p><em>&ldquo;The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical r...</em></p> "Playing with Fire: Golf takes a new Course of action," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:15:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Consuming disproportionately-vast quantities of water for the recreational pleasure of a small (typically elite) group of people, golf courses&nbsp;often become a first line of attack during droughts. But what if they could be appropriated in order to help&nbsp;<em>mitigate</em>&nbsp;the effects of a water shortage? The <em>Playing with Fire: Golf takes a new Course of action&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention proposal is a proactive &ndash; incendiary, even &ndash; reimagining of the the role of golf courses in Southern California.</p><p><strong>Playing with Fire: Golf takes a new Course of action</strong>, by Mark Faulkner</p><p>Fire has historically been a regular and natural presence in California&rsquo;s environment. As the landscape becomes drier the threat to residents grows. Fire suppression can lead to greater fire catastrophe further down the line as fuels build up. The Wildland Urban Interface will continue to expand and California needs to plan for<em>&nbsp;</em>increased fire presence and to consider fire as a factor in design.&nbsp;</p><p>Golf Courses have become a key recreation for re...</p> "The Continental Compact," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-09-30T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T00:50:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the current drought is likely linked to larger issues like climate change, California has always had cycles of dry and wet seasons, as well as regular drought periods. But, for thousands of years, the inhabitants of the region were (for the most part) able to survive times of water scarcity &ndash; in part because there was, frankly, less of them. As anyone whose seen&nbsp;<em>Chinatown</em>&nbsp;knows, Los Angeles as we know it today is only possible because of the massive projects that pipe water in from out of state. While this was undoubtedly an infrastructural feat, it was also a policy one.&nbsp;<em>The Continental Compact&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention considers historical hydro-policies in order to imagine radically different futures.</p><p><em><strong>The Continental Compact&nbsp;</strong></em>by&nbsp;Ian Caine, Co-Designer, Derek Hoeferlin, AIA, Co-Designer, Emily Chen, Illustrator and Researcher, Tiffin Thompson, Illustrator and Researcher, Pablo Chavez, Illustrator.</p><p>The drought crisis in California is first and foremost a political crisis. Decades of pub...</p> "Growing Energy from Waste: a natural twist on Direct Potable Reuse," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-09-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T00:45:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long abandoned to the shadows of architectural thinking, the proverbial "throne" of the house &ndash; the toilet &ndash; is beginning to make a bit of a comeback, taking a central role in last year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennial</a>, and making an occasional <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appearance</a> in Archinect features. While it may upset our lingering Victorian sensibilities, toilets &ndash; and what they flush &ndash; are an integral aspect of the contemporary house and the modern city. In the context of a drought crisis, these water-vaccuums take on a different hue. The&nbsp;"Growing Energy from Waste: a natural twist on Direct Potable Reuse"&nbsp;Honorable Mention submission&nbsp;reexamines the toilet and its contents within a larger framework, proposing using existing algae technology to treat our wastewater.</p><p><strong><em>Growing Energy from Waste: a natural twist on Direct Potable Reuse</em></strong>, by&nbsp;Prentiss Darden and Algae Systems LLC</p><p>In Southern California, we fill our toilets with water that has traveled over 400 miles, consuming great amounts of energy and emitting carbon dioxid...</p> "Freshly Squeezed- Survival on the Fringes," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-09-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T00:42:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Part and parcel to the image of Orange County in the popular imagination, the suburban tract home is a ubiquitous, popular, and oft-derided element of the Southern California architecture vernacular. The&nbsp;<em>Freshly Squeezed: Survival on the Fringes&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention proposal crafts an extended timeline for this housing typology, revisiting its history and imagining its position in a speculative future marked by natural disasters and resource scarcity.<br><br><em><strong>Freshly Squeezed: Survival on the Fringes</strong></em>, by Robert Alexander</p><p>For 60 years, the Orange County suburban tract house has been a model real estate product for living and consumption in Southern California. Thousands of homes were built following this model of development: large single family houses (2000 to 4000 square feet), built of wood frames with stucco and generally occupying the center 50 to 60 percent of their lots. These houses demonstrated efficiency in their construction and in their ability to sell quickly, but were usually design...</p> "APART, WE ARE TOGETHER," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-09-28T10:09:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T19:25:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Coping with California's drought and ensuing water restrictions have been stressful for everyone in the state, but some bear that stress more heavily than others. In <em>Apart, We Are Together</em>, the state's most affluent members will manage to detach the water infrastructure from everyone else to continue buying water at whatever cost, while the lesser-haves must get by with whatever's left, resulting in a drastically divided California.</p><p><strong>APART, WE ARE TOGETHER</strong>, by&nbsp;El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn</p><p>California will not be homogeneously dry. Its main geographic challenge is economic and political.</p><p>With 21 spots on the list of 30 neighborhoods with the highest percentage of million dollar homes, the taxpayers in these zip codes will pay for desalted water, a cost nearly twice as expensive as the rate for imported water was. They will ramp up their infrastructure to convert salty ocean water into drinking water to quench their long-term thirst. (Don&rsquo;t worry about the intensive energy needs of such...</p>