Archinect - News 2014-10-01T06:40:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/109894274/arup-germany-solarleaf-studio-tamassociati-and-elemental-win-in-2014-zumtobel-group-award Arup Germany/SolarLeaf, Studio Tamassociati, and Elemental win in 2014 Zumtobel Group Award Justine Testado 2014-09-26T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-09-29T12:52:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e42atp10480j8af8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners for the 2014 Zumtobel Group Award were recently honored at an awards ceremony in London...According to jury chairman Winy Maas (MVRDV principal), although voting for the winners was very close in all three categories, the jury distinguished the winners based on the key factor of innovation &mdash; in regards to technicality, planning, and ecological and social challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From 356 submissions to 15 nominated projects, three winners were selected in the categories: BUILDINGS; URBAN DEVELOPMENTS &amp; INITIATIVES; and the newly added APPLIED INNOVATIONS.</p><p>BUILDINGS winner: Port Sudan Paediatric Centre by <a href="http://www.tamassociati.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Tamassociati</a>, Italy</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mhmtb0q5kl5zobl6.jpg"></p><p>URBAN DEVELOPMENTS &amp; INITIATIVES winner: PRES Constituci&oacute;n by <a href="http://www.elementalchile.cl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elemental</a>, Chile</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4r8s9bnstesw3q0d.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2jydmnpefdrgpix.jpg"><br><br>APPLIED INNOVATIONS winner: <a href="http://www.arup.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SolarLeaf with Arup Deutschland GmbH<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8l/8lrdj64h157fmqsh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xw/xw3jt1m14v4w8xg6.jpg"></a></p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106347674/more-details-on-microalgae-fa-ade-solarleaf-a-zumtobel-group-award-2014-nominee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details on microalgae fa&ccedil;ade &ldquo;SolarLeaf&rdquo;, a Zumtobel Group Award 2014 nominee</a></p><p>More photos and other details of each project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/arup_germany_solarleaf_studiotamassociati_and_elemental_win_in_2014_zumtobe/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>You can also watch jury commentary videos on each winner right below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109659675/barcelona-wins-grand-prize-in-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-for-europe Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-23T21:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T21:33:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h06qi83l4dfs7qjq.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed the winners of its first European edition of the Mayors Challenge. More than 150 top cities from 28 European nations entered the competition, which asked participants to send their most innovative ideas that address Europe's timely pressing issues like unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, aging, and improving government efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation and &euro;5 million to help implement their proposal,&nbsp;<strong>Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging,</strong> a digital and community "trust network" for each of its at-risk elderly residents.</p><p>Innovation prizes of &euro;1 million were also given to the following cities:</p><ul><li><strong>Athens, Greece</strong>: Synathina, a Public Platform for Engaged Citizens</li><li><strong>Kirklees, in Yorkshire, United Kingdom</strong>: Kirklees Shares</li><li><strong>Stockholm, Sweden</strong>:<strong> </strong>Biochar - for a Better City Ecosystem</li><li><strong>Warsaw, Poland</strong>: Virtual Warsaw - Urban Information System for the Visually Impaired</li></ul><p>In addition to prize money, each winning city will receive technical assistance, expert coaching, and a trophy specially designed by renowned artist <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/72244607/studio-olafur-eliasson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p><p>Michael Bloomberg congratulated Barcelona via a surprise phone call from Paris in the video below.</p><p>Learn more about the winning ideas on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/barcelona_wins_grand_prize_in_bloomberg_philanthropies_mayors_challenge_for/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107582365/the-2014-buckminster-fuller-challenge-semi-finalists The 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge semi-finalists Justine Testado 2014-08-27T21:14:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:53:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0ywt4eihgjs6cope.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The next edition of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge has already begun! Every year, the highly competitive international challenge searches for the most inventive -- and effective -- holistic solution strategies to the world's most pressing problems. The Challenge Review Committee selected 20 semi-finalist initiatives out of 450 proposals worldwide. Each project went through three rounds of rigorous evaluations.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hn/hn9u5rpyjfymklre.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lbp4q5q7fmamg1ig.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6idp3onkig03bmzu.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g2/g2p1pyhjfxz2an95.jpg"></p><p><strong>See the rest of the projects and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_2014_buckminster_fuller_challenge_semi-finalists1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107487204/the-uphill-climb-to-gender-equity-continues The uphill climb to gender equity continues... Justine Testado 2014-08-26T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:48:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m8/m8mzr42equgp8gyl.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Women are architecture's original rebels. Over 120 years ago, they insisted that architecture schools and professional organisations open their doors to women, arguing that the field would thrive (or wither) according to the diversity of its students and practitioners...And yet despite this long history of challenging architecture to be inclusive, women have been given little credit for their contributions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despina Stratigakos, historian and University at Buffalo architecture professor highlights in her Opinion article how women in architecture have challenged <em>and continue</em> to challenge the deep-rooted patriarchy in the field of architecture throughout the past century. Although there is a growing number of women who are studying architecture, holding leadership roles in schools and firms, and forming organizations, the same problems of gender inequality still exist to this day. From that, another question remains: Is anyone even paying attention?</p><p>Related:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107094586/in-architecture-a-glass-ceiling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100116404/phyllis-lambert-named-as-2014-golden-lion-for-lifetime-achievement-recipient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phyllis Lambert named as 2014 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93072348/mecanoo-s-francine-houben-named-aj-woman-architect-of-the-year-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo&rsquo;s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92961355/arab-women-in-architecture-film" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arab Women in Architecture Film</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104708119/behind-the-scenes-at-bloomberg-s-ideas-camp-for-cities Behind the Scenes at Bloomberg’s Ideas Camp for Cities Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:29:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d236ebbb44fd6df1cadedb6c1fc39c8f.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Serious money is in play in the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; &ldquo;Mayors&rsquo; Challenge&rdquo; for cities competing to show they have come up with promising innovations to cope with 21st-century challenges. &ldquo;It was a big surprise to hear we&rsquo;d share our ideas with competitors,&rdquo; says Gomes. &ldquo;But it works brilliantly. It&rsquo;s exactly what you need&mdash;everyone sharing and trying to help each other. It&rsquo;s crazy, but it works.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102860203/how-the-bloomberg-mayors-challenge-is-being-received-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/102860203/how-the-bloomberg-mayors-challenge-is-being-received-in-europe How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe Alexander Walter 2014-06-27T13:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7ab3dc51f84367a352fa7ba9276a1da8.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can a U.S. organization really tell Europe how to run its cities better? [...] Following a successful inaugural challenge last year, the city innovation contest crossed the Atlantic in 2014, winnowing down European applicant cities to a shortlist of 21*, all of whom attended a two-day Ideas Camp staged in Berlin earlier this month. [...] A European organization could not realistically offer anything as substantial as &euro;9 million in prize money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100239685/arctic-adaptations-nunavut-at-15-to-represent-canadian-pavilion-at-2014-venice-biennale “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15” to represent Canadian Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2014-05-22T19:01:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T21:35:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/muj50nuk4wt7rrx4.jpg" width="514" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being selected in a juried national competition back in March, the Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 exhibition will represent the Canadian Pavilion in the upcoming 2014 Venice Biennale. The timely exhibition will also mark the 15th anniversary of Nunavut, Canada's youngest territory.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Curated by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/77454303/lateral-office" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lateral Office of Toronto</a>, "Arctic Adaptations" will examine the complex relationship that modernism has had with Nunavut's indigenous communities throughout the last century, and the innovative ways they have responded to those changes.</p><p>The exhibition will also showcase five themed proposals that explore the various aspects of Nunavut's evolving architectural, social, and cultural landscape. Each design team consists of a Canadian architecture school, a Canadian architecture office with extensive northern experience, and a Nunavut-based organization.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v4/v4nzhgt4htr6r11i.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfcsbme6n1bmdceg.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/arctic_adaptations_nunavut_at_15_to_represent_canadian_pavilion_at_2014_ven/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe Justine Testado 2014-05-08T14:58:00-04:00 >2014-05-09T13:42:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/sr4jz2pwux1h5fvl.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twenty-one of what was deemed as the most bold and creative ideas were listed as finalists in the first European edition of the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition. European cities with populations of at least 100,000 residents were invited to submit ideas that address a variety of some of the most common and complex urban issues throughout the continent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the fall, one winner will get the grand prize of &euro;5 million (approx. US$6.9 million) for the most original and transferable idea, and four more cities will receive &euro;1 million (approx. US$1.4 million).</p><p>Below are the finalist cities and a glimpse into the type of issues their ideas address:</p><ol><li><strong>AMSTERDAM, Netherlands</strong> &ndash; Youth Unemployment</li><li><strong>ATHENS, Greece </strong>&ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>BARCELONA, Spain</strong> &ndash; Aging</li><li><strong>BOLOGNA, Italy</strong> &ndash; Youth Unemployment</li><li><strong>BRISTOL, United Kingdom</strong> &ndash; Health/Anti-obesity</li><li><strong>BRNO, Czech Republic</strong> &ndash; Public Safety/Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>CARDIFF, United Kingdom</strong> &ndash; Economic Development</li><li><strong>FLORENCE, Italy</strong> &ndash; Economic Development</li><li><strong>GDANSK, Poland</strong> &ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>KIRKLEES, United Kingdom</strong> - Social Capital</li><li><strong>RAKOW, Poland </strong>&ndash; Transportation</li><li><strong>LISBON, Portugal</strong> &ndash; Energy</li><li><strong>LONDON, United Kingdom</strong> &ndash; Public Health</li><li><strong>MADRID, Spain</strong> &ndash; Energy</li><li><strong>SCHAERBEEK, Belgium</strong> &ndash; Energy</li><li><strong>SOFIA, Bulgaria</strong> &ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>STARA ZAGORA, Bulgaria</strong> &ndash; Economic Development</li><li><strong>STOCKHOLM, Sweden </strong>&ndash; Environment</li><li><strong>THE HAGUE, Netherlands</strong> &ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>WARSAW, Poland </strong>&ndash; Tran...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/98036137/china-censors-sci-fi-film-about-hong-kong-s-political-and-social-anxieties China censors sci-fi film about Hong Kong's political and social anxieties Justine Testado 2014-04-14T16:56:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T17:03:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qd/qdvc6ivj0vjth6ul.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The video reveals Hong Kongers&rsquo; anxieties over political and social issues, such as their increasingly crowded and materialist city and the growing numbers of mainlanders since the city's transfer from the United Kingdom to China in 1997. It sends the opposite message of a very common view among mainlanders, that without China's economic support, Hong Kong would have been dead long ago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Hong Kong Will Be Destroyed After 33 Years" is a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video by local film studio G.V.A Creative. Set in present-day Hong Kong, the city has become the target of an approaching meteor expected to hit in 2047 -- the year when the Special Administrative Region of China ceases to have separate laws from mainland China. As nearly two-thirds of the population abandons the city, the city is reborn despite its doom.</p><p>You can watch the entire film below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92549774/seed-award-winners-for-excellence-in-public-interest-design SEED Award winners for Excellence in Public Interest Design Justine Testado 2014-01-31T18:58:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T14:11:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aea52zy0voycjyrm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners were recently announced in the fourth annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design. The SEED Awards acknowledges design projects that highlight pressing social, environmental, and economic issues in the world. Winning projects received a US$1,000 honorarium and an all-expenses-paid trip for one team representative to present at the Structures for Inclusion conference in New York City on March 22-23, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The jury selected six winning projects:</p><p>Pictured above: <strong>Towns Association for Environmental Quality Green Building Headquarters</strong>, Sakhnin, Israel<br><br><strong>Comunidad Ecologica Saludable</strong>, Puenta Piedra, Lima, Peru<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zmb9fq2c41uu9266.jpg"><br><br><strong>Can City, </strong>Sao Paulo, Brazil<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ww/wwrw6pdug7r9sxf8.jpg"><br><br><strong>Manica Football for Hope Centre, </strong>Bairro Vumba (Vumba neighborhood), Manica, Mozambique&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1apa1ehegkegbwn1.jpg"><br><br><strong>Community How-To-Guides, </strong>Detroit, MI, USA&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbe03v506pcnc4ny.jpg"></p><p><strong>The Potty Project</strong>, New Delhi, India&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ni/ni8vakguz9syst6m.jpg"><br><br>Three honorable mentions were also awarded to:<strong> Dimen Kam Minority Cultural Heritage in China</strong>, Dimen, China; <strong>Walk [Your City]</strong>, Raleigh, NC; and <strong>People Organizing Place</strong>, Dallas, Texas.<br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/seed_award_winners_for_excellence_in_public_interest_design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88676289/project-winners-announced-for-public-interest-design-global Project winners announced for Public Interest Design Global Justine Testado 2013-12-12T13:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T18:53:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e49wffyt1q5idff6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After tight competition and vigorous deliberation from the jury, six Project winners were selected for the Public Interest Design Global. The winners will present their projects and discuss social impact design at a public global convening at the Ecole Sp&eacute;ciale d&rsquo;Architecture in Paris on April 18-19, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The six winners, announced by the Ecole Sp&eacute;cial d&rsquo;Architecture, Design Corps, and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network are:</p> <p> <strong>Umusozi Ukiza "Healing Hill" - Butaro Doctor Housing</strong> - Burera District, Rwanda (see cover image)<br><br><strong>Can City</strong> - Sao Paulo, Brazil</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/csnuuzp29ap8scrz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>TAEQ Green Building Headquarters</strong> - Sakhnin, Israel</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d85y4b9az3tjpiqp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Walk [Your City]</strong> - Raleigh, North Carolina</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oy95tsn09p4vkmsb.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Comunidad Ecologica Saludable</strong> [Healthy Ecological Community] - Lima, Peru<br><br><strong>Joler Jonno Utshob</strong> - A Dug Well Pavilion - Dhaka, Bangladesh</p> <p> For more, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/project_winners_announced_for_public_interest_design_global/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87070816/seven-projects-shortlisted-for-world-design-impact-prize-2013-2014 Seven projects shortlisted for World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 Justine Testado 2013-11-21T15:06:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:14:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oq0sd4fgcc2tycm.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seven projects have been shortlisted for the World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014. The nominated projects were unveiled during the 28th General Assembly of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) in Montreal, Canada from Nov. 18-19. The World Design Impact Prize raises awareness to the value of industrial design to provide solutions that address challenging global issues and social well-being.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The shortlisted projects are:</p> <ul><li> ABC (A Behaviour Changing) Syringe</li> <li> BioLite HomeStove</li> <li> Family By Family</li> <li> Laddoo Project</li> <li> Leveraged Freedom Chair</li> <li> Potty Project</li> <li> Refugee Housing Unit</li> </ul>