“It's not the kids, it's their environment”: The tragic story of a young aspiring architect who died too soon
Too often children from low-income neighborhoods are called broken...That needs to stop.
“You keep telling kids that, and they actually begin to believe they are broken, that there is something wrong with them,” she said. “When in reality, it’s not the children that are broken, it’s the environment and area around them that is not working properly.”
— The Washington Post
Ananias Jolley was a high-school student in Baltimore who had a knack for building things with his hands, and he had dreams of becoming an architect. Living in a low-income neighborhood wrought with violence, his life was tragically cut short at age 17 when he was killed by a classmate. The story... View full entry
Kentucky students defend shared living spaces over "innovative" new dorms
with the rise of these innovative areas, traditional-style dorms, characterized by shared bathrooms and two or more students living with one another in a single space, are becoming less frequent on campus, and will soon be discontinued altogether. [...]
living in a traditional-style dorm is important, especially for first-year students, because the living arrangements allow for greater communication between residents that may not necessarily occur in the newer dorms.
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Rejected Leonardo da Vinci design will finally come to life as world’s longest ice bridge
In 1502, at the request of the Turkish sultan, Leonardo da Vinci came up with the design for a stone bridge that would cross the Golden Horn [...]. With a span of some 240 meters, it would have been the longest bridge in the world—if it had been built. Now, more than 500 years after the sultan rejected da Vinci’s design, a team of students and volunteers in the Finnish town of Juuka are in the process of constructing a scale model of the original drawing—out of ice.
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2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE
The Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken, New Jersey won the 2015 Solar Decathlon 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... View full entry
Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015
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’s Solar Decathlon. Multi-disciplinary teams of college students worldwide dedicate two years to designing and... View full entry
LEGO Architecture launches new student acoustic-design challenge to restore a destroyed music theater
Following a successful inaugural event last year, LEGO Architecture is presenting another opportunity for architecture students in the Villa Pennisi in Musica 2015 summer workshop to hone their acoustic-design and LEGO-building skills in the upcoming #FILLTHETHEATRE challenge.Taking place in... View full entry
REMINDER: The 2015 AA Summer DLAB :: RED application deadline is July 20!
There's still time to apply for the AA School of Architecture 2015 Summer DLAB :: RED workshop. Starting July 27 through August 14, the summer program emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Student participants get to... View full entry
Downtown Portland says hello to new student-designed public parklet
The first public parklet in downtown Portland, the installation is intended to help revitalize this stretch of SW Fourth Avenue in the heart of the SoMa EcoDistrict (for “South of Market Street”), giving students, faculty, and workers from surrounding offices a place to sit and enjoy their food-cart lunches in the sunshine, rather than racing back to their desks to eat.
Downtown Portland is no stranger to green public spaces, but the recently opened Fourth Avenue Parklet has that ideal recipe for a do-good-feel-good collaborative project. Twenty-six architecture students from Portland State University spent 18 months to design and construct the parklet, which... View full entry
AA Summer DLAB :: RED is now accepting applications until July 20
Summer DLAB from London's AA School of Architecture is gearing up for its 2015 cycle. Starting July 27 through August 14, the summer workshop emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Student participants get to explore... View full entry
When the pressure is on, dedicated architecture students show how to power nap like a pro
With final crits creeping up for many architecture students, there's no doubt that the agenda includes sleepless nights in the studio and personal health becomes second priority. Sad but true. In recent years, some students turned to social media sites like Tumblr to post snapshots of their peers... View full entry
University of Maryland grad students envision redevelopment plan for New Orleans neighborhoods
Founded by Gerald D. Hines, the annual Urban Land Institute Hines competition challenges multidisciplinary graduate student teams from North American universities to propose a comprehensive redevelopment program for a designated U.S. metro area. The ideas competition is set up as a design exercise... View full entry
Harvard GSD to host talk on "Habitation in Extreme Environments: Alpine Shelter" exhibition this Friday
Curated by Spela Videcnik, Rok Oman, and John T. Dunlop (Design Critic in Housing and Urban Development), the "Habitation in Extreme Environments: Alpine Shelter" exhibition currently at the Harvard GSD presents a prototypical alpine shelter that students designed in an option studio this past... View full entry
Second registration period for 5th IS ARCH Awards ends January 19
Just a reminder that the second registration period for the 5th edition IS ARCH Awards for Architecture Students ends January 19. Although there's still one more registration period, the fee will increase to €90 (approx. US$105). The annual IS ARCH Awards provides for current architecture... View full entry
Students branch out with algorithms and natural forms for AA Summer DLAB::WHITE
Resembling the surrounding tree trunks in London's Hooke Park forest, the Callipod installation was created by a group of 18 students who participated in the AA School of Architecture's Summer DLAB::WHITE at AA London and AA Hooke Parke for nearly three weeks last summer. Students in the yearly... View full entry
The 2014 New Zealand Student Design Awards winners
The New Zealand Institute of Architects' celebrated another year of top-notch architecture student work with the recent announcement of the 2014 NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Awards winners. Every year, the top four final-year students from each of New Zealand’s three Schools of Architecture (the University of Auckland, Unitec, and Victoria University of Wellington) compete for the top prestigious award.
These are a few of the winners and finalists:Above - WINNER: Tom Dobinson (Victoria University of Wellington): "Wharf Dwellers – An Expose of Lyttelton"HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ji Min An (Unitec): "Korea/Korea"HIGHLY COMMENDED: Norman Wei (University of Auckland): "SUPER-PACIFIC-CITY: The Saga of... View full entry