Archinect - News 2014-04-24T06:04:05-04:00 108 eighth-grade students design their school's library in Berkeley Justine Testado 2014-02-28T20:25:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:29:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What good is a school without a library? A team of 108 eighth-grade students at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REALM Charter School</a> in Berkeley, CA let their curiosity take the lead in designing their school's own reading space, which they call X-SPACE.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>X-Space started out as a school project in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio H</a>, an in-school curriculum led by&nbsp;director Emily Pilloton and 8th-grade teacher Hallie Chen that lets students in grades 8-11 design and build in socially-engaged projects.<br><br>The idea and name of X-Space came from the students' desire for a place to study, to relax, to learn and discover "X"&nbsp;&mdash; the unknown. In short, they wanted a welcoming library space for fellow students at the growing charter school.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Another product of the project is the X-shaped "STAX" shelving system the students helped construct. The stackable shelves were designed from low-tech 13-ply finished plywood and made using high-tech CNC technology with the help of Autodesk CEO Carl Bass.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Studio H launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> on Feb. 25 and has already raised o...</p> 120 HOURS 2014 competition prepares for Feb. 17 launch Justine Testado 2014-02-14T14:45:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T14:48:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>120 Hours</em> is a choice competition for students who love&nbsp;&mdash; or perhaps need&nbsp;&mdash; an extra dose of adrenaline rushing through their blood. As its name states, the competition challenges participants to solve a complex and socially relevant problem in exactly 120 hours, or 5 days. 120 Hours 2014 begins once the assignment is revealed on Monday, Feb. 17 at 14:00 (GMT+1) and ends on Saturday, Feb. 22. Three winning proposals will be selected.&nbsp;<br><br>120 Hours has grown immensely since its inception in 2010. Last year's edition brought in a record-breaking 420 student teams from 103 Universities in 44 countries. For 2014, the <em>120 Hours </em>group hopes to have the winning submission realized.</p><p>This year's jury features:</p><ul><li>Ellen van Loon - OMA partner and 120 Hours jury leader</li><li>Nanne de Ru - co-founder of Powerhouse Company and director of The Berlage</li><li>Eva Franch i Gilabert - director of Storefront for Art and Architecture; founder of office of architectural affairs</li><li>Alfredo Brillembourg - Urban Think-Tank founding ...</li></ul> Parsons and the Met team up to increase accessibility for disabled Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-13T14:40:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:24:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> As virtual access to art collections expands through online walk-throughs and projects like Google&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Gallery</a>, museums have long been experimenting within their own halls with ways to accommodate a wider range of visitors,&nbsp;particularly those with disabilities. Historically, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museums have been leaders in the field of accessible institutional design</a>, whether through improvised additions or new technology. In a collaboration between the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolitan Museum of Art</a> and Parsons The New School for Design, students in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Art, Media, and Technology</a> have focused on how both physical and online resources can optimize the museum experience for people with disabilities.</p> <p> Working under the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design and Technology masters program</a> and alongside education specialists at the Met, Parsons&rsquo; students spent the last semester designing a host of physical and digital tools to not only make museum resources more accessible, but to serve and benefit the public at large. Their work, including a...</p> The Bartlett wins ALL three top honors at 2013 RIBA President’s Medals student awards Alexander Walter 2013-12-04T20:58:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:23:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London's The Bartlett School of Architecture scored big times at today's presentation of the 2013 RIBA President&rsquo;s Medals Student Awards taking home all of the three top prizes. [...] Dating back to 1836, the prestigious President's Medals are awarded annually to students nominated by schools of architecture worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The project "Kizhi Island" by Ben Hayes received the RIBA Silver Medal for this year's best post-graduate design work. Ness Lafoy was awarded the Bronze Medal for the best undergraduate design project with the project "Helsinki Archipelago Town Hall". The Dissertation Medal went to Tamsin Hanke's research project "Magnitogorsk: Utopian Vision Of Spatial Socialism".</em></p> Cooper Union Architecture Students Launch Campaign To Preserve Free Education Apollo@Didyma 2013-11-29T17:07:00-05:00 >2013-12-01T00:35:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our goal is to raise $600,000 to cover the incoming students' tuition bills for one year while a long term solution is developed to sustain the Cooper Union's promise of free education.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Cooper Union students establish the 'One Year Fund'&nbsp;in an attempt to preserve the full-tuition scholarship policy at the historically free New York City school.</p> <p> The students of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union, recognize that the institution faces a serious financial crisis that has prompted the administration to introduce tuition. Tuition compromises the meritocratic foundation of the school and undermines the social contract amongst students and faculty.</p> <p> This campaign is a student initiative from within the School of Architecture. The objective of the students involved is to provide the incoming undergraduate students with the equivalent financial support that the current students received upon their acceptance to the School in the form of merit based full-tuition scholarships to all admitted students.</p> <p> The campaign runs until January 6th, 2014.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</p> Cooper Union and former occupiers reach an agreement Archinect 2013-07-16T19:03:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T21:20:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> We have received news that the administration, Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union and those who have occupied the Office of the President since May have reached an agreement that ended the occupation on Friday, July 12. A "working group", as described in more detail below, consisting of Board, faculty, alumni, students and administration representatives, will be established to seek an alternative to tuition that will "sustain the institution&rsquo;s long-term financial viability and strengthen its academic excellence".</p> <p> The working group will report to the administration and Board of Trustees for consideration at the December Board of Trustees Meeting.</p> <p> The Board also confirmed, in accordance with the motion approved at the June Board meeting, that procedures for student representation on the Board will be established at the September meeting.</p> <p> An interim room has been identified as a Community Commons that can serve as a student center or a community center for all members of the...</p> 12 Architecture Students Killed in Syrian Mortar Attact Orhan Ayyüce 2013-03-28T13:17:00-04:00 >2013-04-04T16:18:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At least 15 Syrian students were killed on Thursday when rebel mortar bombs landed on the canteen of Damascus University's College of Architecture, state-run media reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Mortar shells landed on the canteen of Damascus University's College of Architecture killed at least 15 students and wounded 30 others on Thursday, state television reported, blaming rebels who have stepped up attacks in the heart of the Syrian capital.</p> Winners of IIT’s Innovation Center Parametric Design Competition Alexander Walter 2013-01-10T15:12:00-05:00 >2013-01-14T20:18:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three winning entries [...] have recently emerged from the IIT Innovation Center Parametric Student Design Competition, held at Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture under the guidance of professors Alphonso Peluso &amp; John Manaves. The brief was based on the school's recently announced plan to build a new &lsquo;Innovation Center,&rsquo; a proposed hub for interdisciplinary education and an incubator for idea exchange between faculty, students, business and industry.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winners of 2012 ISARCH Awards Alexander Walter 2012-11-29T16:54:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:14:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The very first edition of the international ISARCH Awards for architecture students and young architects has announced its winners. [...] The jury was composed of Ivan Harbour (Rogers, Stirk Harbour + Partners), Benedetta Tagliabue, Tomislav Dushanov (Associate at Herzog &amp; de Meuron), Koji Tsutsui, and Fernando Marquez Cecilia.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sofitel Water Tower To Host Student Architecture Competition Archinect 2012-10-12T14:24:00-04:00 >2012-10-12T14:27:05-04:00 <img src="" width="365" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Sofitel is hosting a competition in which thirteen graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will design both an interior and exterior future concept for a fictional Sofitel property in either Helsinki, Finland, Mozambique, or Lima, Peru&mdash;sites varying from an urban center, to an eco-resort to a traditional beach resort.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Nov. 14, Jean-Paul Viguier, the French architect who designed Chicago's Sofitel, will formally judge each of the SIAC students&rsquo; entries along with the panel of local architects. Winners will be selected for both the best interior and best exterior concepts.</p> Project Pipeline Introduces New Orleans High School Students to Architecture and Design Alexander Walter 2012-08-14T21:09:00-04:00 >2012-08-15T11:59:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 25 high school students from across New Orleans, most of whom had never met an architect, recently took part in the inaugural Project Pipeline Architecture and Design Camp &mdash; a four-day, intensive workshop intended to introduce the process of design to a community with historically limited access to the design profession.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The camp was organized by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA LA) and held at the Tulane School of Architecture.</p> Brian Henry, SCI-Arc student, jumps to his death Paul Petrunia 2012-07-05T17:27:00-04:00 >2012-07-11T16:06:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A 29-year-old man jumped to his death last night from a parking structure at The Grove in Los Angeles, police said. The incident occurred at the outdoor mall around 7:30 p.m., according to Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department.</p></em><br /><br /><p> It has just been confirmed that last week's jumper at LA's popular shopping area "The Grove" was SCI-Arc student Brian Henry (not to be confused with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect blogger Brian Henry</a>). Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and schoolmates.</p> <p> * Above photo was taken by Brian, via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his Flickr stream</a></p> Architects Support Students' Call for Pro Bono Work in Exchange for Loan Relief Archinect 2012-04-25T18:24:00-04:00 >2012-05-28T02:09:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) today called for Congress to pass legislation that includes architecture school graduates in the same programs that offer other graduates loan debt assistance if they donate their services to their communities and elsewhere.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The AIA/AIAS initiative comes as both President Obama this past weekend and likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney today urged Congress to head off a scheduled increase in student loan interest rates this July.</p> <p> Also today, the AIAS released a survey of almost 600 architect school graduates showing that graduating architecture students carry a much higher amount of undergraduate student debt - $40,000 on average &ndash; than the national student loan debt average of $25,000. AIAS members will visit Capitol Hill in July to lobby lawmakers on these issues.</p> <p> &ldquo;There are numerous opportunities for young talented architects to use their skills to help rebuild our nation&rsquo;s communities,&rdquo; said AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA. &ldquo;Yet, more and more young architects are leaving the profession because they cannot afford to remain; this brain-drain will have major implications for our communities and the construction industry in the years ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The AIA and AIAS are not asking for a ...</p> More Photos of Studio 400’s “White” Installation Alexander Walter 2012-04-03T19:30:00-04:00 >2012-04-26T03:18:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A few days ago, we posted a video of the gallery installation White, the thesis book show by the 20 fifth-year architecture students of Professor Karen Lange at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Now we have also received plenty of exhibition photos from the students, as well as images of the construction process.</p></em><br /><br /><p> To see the video of the installation, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> White: Studio 400 Book Show Installation Alexander Walter 2012-03-29T13:17:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T19:37:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The students of Professor Karen Lange at California's Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Architecture and Environmental Design have shared with us a video of their recent thesis book show installaton, White.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Yale architecture majors slide into Dubai Archinect 2012-01-12T12:03:00-05:00 >2012-01-18T22:13:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seniors in the architecture major will have to abandon T-squares and straight edges for their latest project: designing water slides for the Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai. The students will enter their designs into a global architecture contest sponsored by the Jumeirah hotel chain, which owns the water park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SD town tapping architecture students for ideas Alexander Walter 2011-12-02T14:01:40-05:00 >2011-12-04T12:31:03-05:00 <em><p>Thomas Unterseher is on a mission to make South Dakota's small towns more attractive, and he's starting in the place he knows best: his hometown of Mobridge. Like many small towns in the state, Mobridge has been on the decline for decades and is struggling to maintain its population. [...] But since there's little money in the city budget to pay architects or designers to develop a long-term plan to pitch to residents, Unterseher is turning to an untapped resource: architecture students.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Aspiring architects get hands-on chance to learn Alexander Walter 2011-06-28T19:26:45-04:00 >2011-06-28T19:27:47-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some local high school students tackled architect R. Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s famed geodesic dome during the University of Memphis&rsquo; Architecture Summer Camp. Architects from local firm brg3s lectured on structural design and helped the students build their newspaper dome.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture clinic eye-opener Paul Petrunia 2011-06-16T17:17:37-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="180" height="154" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The clinic's mandate is to expose architect students to the real world of the business by allowing them the chance to work with clients as lead designer from start to finish while giving the public exposure to the profession. Cottrell says most of the projects the students take on are too small for architects to take on - projects such as kitchen and deck renovations for instance, to a custom home on the Rideau River in Smiths Falls.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UT architecture students design school in Africa Alexander Walter 2011-06-15T15:08:48-04:00 >2011-06-15T15:14:16-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="86" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a collaborative effort, the University&rsquo;s School of Architecture and the nonprofit organization Africa&rsquo;s Promise Village are working together to build a school for the Maasai people in the Serengeti plains of Tanzania. After a trip to East Africa in September, Donna Gunn, executive director of the nonprofit, said she was moved by the plight of the many children who live in poverty.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Shine / Shrine: USC Orhan Ayyüce 2011-05-11T13:14:55-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Since last year, every semester at USC School of Architecture ends with a public spectacle called BLUE TAPE. These two day marathon review sessions bring together nearly half of the architecture faculty from all five accredited architecture schools of Los Angeles and &nbsp;from other states.<br> Last year, on the top floors of a downtown hi-rise the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"World was theirs"</a>, this year, students came down to Shrine Auditorium and got their Academy Awards before going into one long summer hopefully reading, writing, thinking about architecture and nurturing their ideals. I want to thank Stefano De Martino of M.Arch Program for inviting me.&nbsp;Once more,&nbsp;while critiquing projects and switching from one jury to the other,&nbsp;I pointed and shot these pictures&nbsp;for everybody to view and see what the students are producing in USC. All "hot" new styles were beautifully represented like other top schools in the world and commentary from the critics were often wise.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slideshow</a></p> 2011 Berkeley Prize Winners Announced Alexander Walter 2011-05-02T15:01:11-04:00 >2011-05-04T15:03:31-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="137" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Winners of the Thirteenth Annual Berkeley Prize Competition were announced yesterday by Professor Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Since its founding, the international Berkeley Prize competition has encouraged undergraduate architecture students to write about issues central to the understanding of the social art of architecture and the social role of the architect in today's world.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Prize now comprises three separate and distinct competitions: the <em>Essay Competition</em>; the <em>Travel Fellowship Competition</em>; and the <em>Architectural Design Fellowship Competition</em>.</p> Swiss Team Wins Student Design Competition for 2015 Pan American Games Award Pavilion Alexander Walter 2011-04-19T13:19:32-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of four recent graduates from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland has won the First Place in the AIAS competition for the awards pavillion of the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Team members were Manuel Gross, Patrik Staub, Yannick Vorberg, and Stefan Vetsch.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Eisenman addresses admitted students, talks time and space Paul Petrunia 2011-04-14T12:09:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T18:41:52-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="220" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Immanuel Kant said that human beings make sense of our experiences by using the concepts of space and time. Famed architect and School of Architecture Professor Peter Eisenman said that architects tend to pick one or the other.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>