Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and event updates on Bustler from the previous week that we think are worth checking out.
Here's Recap #23 for the week of August 18-22, 2014:
The City of St. Petersburg is going in for attempt #2 in selecting a new architect to redesign the iconic St. Petersburg Pier in Florida after the first proposal, "The Lens", was met with controversy and never built. In hopes that a new iconic Pier can be built this time around, the City recently set up a two-stage Request for Qualifications where balancing community input will be key. Once the September 5 deadline passes, each Statement of Qualification will be reviewed by the seven-member Selection Committee who will shortlist up to eight teams to be invited to Stage II. Shortlisted teams will each be given a $30,000 stipend and 10 weeks to submit a full initial design concept.
The Danish Agency for Culture along with sponsor schmidt hammer lassen architects have revealed the Craigieburn Library in Hume City, Victoria, Australia as the recipient of the first Public Library of the Year Award 2014. The architectural prize is a proactive measure to design toward the "library of the future". Designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, the library was selected as the winner during the IFLA's (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) annual conference in Lyon, France.
If you're in the Los Angeles area this fall, make sure not to miss this top notch event: the ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference, to be held at the USC School of Architecture October 23-25, just confirmed that Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid will join the roster of high profile keynote speakers, including game designer Will Wright (creator of SimCity), programmer Casey Reas (creator of Processing), computational architect Marc Fornes (Principal of TheVeryMany) and structural engineer Greg Otto (Principal of Walter P. Moore).
You don't have to be a New Yorker to submit design ideas for a river-to-river, auto-free light rail boulevard in Manhattan's 42nd Street: Open to all architects, planners, and urban designers, the Vision42 design competition invites proposals from around the world to transform the street into a "world-class boulevard complete with a high-quality public spaces and a light-rail tram." Registration ends September 8, 2014, and (digital) submissions for phase 1 are expected by October 1.
Three winners and a host of Honorable Mentions have been announced in the Wine Culture Centre Competition. The contest challenged young architects to transform the old Cantina Valpolicella Negrar winery in Verona, Italy into a contemporary space for all aspects of wine culture. Overall the competition received 421 submissions from around the world.
See previous recaps here.