Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent competition-winning projects, commissions, and awards on Bustler from the previous week that we think are worth checking out.
Check out Recap #15 for the week of June 23-27, 2014:
The Royal Institute of British Architects revealed the winners of the 2014 RIBA National Awards. With 44 UK-based buildings and 12 buildings elsewhere in the European Union, the selected projects will now have the chance to make the shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize. Also check out the RIBA Manser Medal 2014 Longlist for the Best New House in the UK.
In more British architecture news, the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic officially opened last week at the Serpentine Gallery's Kensington Gardens. Since 2000, the Serpentine Gallery has invited renowned architects like Sou Fujimoto, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, and Peter Zumthor to design the temporary outdoor structure, which continues to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
The who-is-who of international contemporary architecture makes up the gross of the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize shortlist. Announced by Illinois Institute of Technology Architecture Dean Wiel Arets and MCHAP Director Dirk Denison, the 36 shortlisted projects — selected from the 225 MCHAP nominees throughout the American continent — are being recognized as "Outstanding Projects."
Created by UCLA lecturer Julia Körner, Marie Boltenstern, and Kais Al-Rawi, Cellular Complexity was the chosen winner in a competition to design the AIALA 2x8 EVOLVE Exhibition, which was recently held at the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles. The installation, with its twisting planes and parametric form, was inspired by complex cellular systems and their potential to be used in architectural applications.
[takes action] is the fourth issue from Bracket, Archinect's collaborative publication with InfraNet Lab. Edited by a diverse collection of professionals from the intersecting worlds of architecture, environment, and digital culture, Bracket's content is sourced from an open-call for submissions. Bracket [takes action] asks: What are the collective projects in the public realm to act on?
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) revealed the regional winners of this year's Best Tall Buildings. Every year, a jury panel of industry experts acknowledge new projects that have contributed majorly to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment. SOM's Cayan Tower pictured above was named the Middle East & Africa regional winner.
After launching in 2012, the La Spezia Arsenale 2062 competition finally revealed the winning entries to renovate and re-integrate the historic La Spezia Arsenale with the city of La Spezia, Italy. Turkish architects Günay Erdem and Sunay Erdem won first place with their entry "Peace Island".
ONZ Architects, MDESIGN, LOLA landscape architects and 24H Architecture recently won 2nd prize in an international ideas competition where entrants proposed contemporary design solutions to improve the connectivity and experience of the existing memorial parks in Gallipoli, Turkey — where the high-casualty Battle of Gallipoli during World War I occurred.
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