Norman Foster and RIBA announce 2017 "survival of cities" traveling scholarship
For the tenth year in a row, RIBA and Norman Foster are offering a traveling scholarship in the form of €7,000 (an increase over last year's €6,000) to the destination of the winning student's choice. Students can't enter directly: RIBA and CAA validated schools are allowed to submit only one... View full entry
Airbnb reveals its top 17 trending city neighborhoods for travel
The hottest Airbnb deals are—surprise!—a little bit out of the way.
The home-and-room rental platform has revealed the top 17 neighborhoods whose bookings grew the most this year, based on 140 million arrivals at 3 million homes. Peppered throughout are terms like “off the usual tourist path” or “a tranquil outpost” and “though detached from city proper.” [...]
While smaller than many of Airbnb’s major markets, these neighborhoods could be in for even more growth in 2017.
In a data analysis report unveiled yesterday, Airbnb summarizes what travelers are allegedly looking for this year:"In cities like Miami and Seoul, travelers to this year’s trending neighborhoods can connect with Experience hosts for local access you won’t find in typical tourist guides: In... View full entry
Unfold Berlin's modern architectural history in this nifty paper map
At nearly 350 square miles, [Berlin is] a difficult city to tour without some guidance. Its vastness is doubly inconvenient for architecture buffs...The [Modern Berlin Map] documents 50 buildings, selected by Berlin-based journalist Matthew Tempest. Unfolded, the front of the guide displays the landmarks on a map of Berlin, while the reverse catalogues the buildings in chronological order. This provides a unique lens through which to track the city’s political shifts.
Want more travel tips for Berlin? Check out Archinect's Berlin Travel Guide, which features recommendations from Jürgen Mayer H:Let Jürgen Mayer H. help plan your next trip to Berlin with his own travel tips View full entry
Don't miss: walking through the Economist Plaza
The Economist Plaza was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the 1960s and still serves as a seminal example of an inviting and approachable urban space in Central London. The project is successful because it bravely addresses the clash between the aesthetic of the Smithsons and the... View full entry
Penn State announces new endowment for student study abroad
In the early 1960s, [Penn State's] international studies were confined mainly to books and photos — until George Ehringer and his classmates organized a semester in London, the department’s first official study abroad trip. Ehringer, who earned his bachelor of science in architecture from Penn State in 1964, recently made a $25,000 gift to create the George D. Ehringer, Class of 1964, Award for Study Abroad in the Department Architecture...
— Penn State News
According to this warmhearted account, from unwittingly meeting Buckminster Fuller ("He was never introduced. It was only later we learned it was Buckminster Fuller!”) to developing relationships that lasted for decades, studying abroad in London ultimately benefitted the 1964 Penn State... View full entry
2016 Wheelwright Prize awarded to MAIO's Anna Puigjaner for “Kitchenless City” proposal
The coveted 2016 Wheelwright Prize went to Anna Puigjaner, cofounder of Barcelona-based MAIO Studios...[who] won for her proposal “Kitchenless City: Architectural Systems for Social Welfare”. Using shared domestic spaces as a starting point, Puigjaner will spend the next two years studying various collective housing models in China, Korea, India, Russia, Sweden, and Brazil aiming to find new design solutions that address persistent housing dilemmas worldwide.
Anna Puigjaner, MAIO Studios cofounder.MAIO Studio, Barcelona, 2011-12. Photo credit: José Hevia.Floating Columns, Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2015. Photo credit: David Schalliol.The jury cited Puigjaner's proposal for its relevancy to the ongoing housing issues occurring throughout the... View full entry
Jens Bertelsen, co-founder of Bertelsen & Scheving, shares his favorite local sites in Copenhagen
No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. How do designers experience their cities as locals?Many a listicle have mentioned Copenhagen as one of the most livable cities in the world with the happiest residents. How could that be? “Perhaps [it... View full entry
A traveler's thoughts on fine-tuning airport design, for the sake of passengers
Why are airports built for everyone — the city, the airlines, the retailers — except for the very people who use them the most: the passengers?
When discussing his work, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was fond of saying, ‘God is in the details.’ Thanks to star architects, we now have towering, impressive halls of light and space. These new airports are the cathedrals of the 21st century: centers of communication, travel, family and commerce. But where are ‘God’s details’ in these new cathedrals?
— The New York Times
“Architects have to try to create art and, at the same time, make room for sightlines, security checkpoints and control rooms,” writer Chris Holbrook says in his piece. “It’s an almost impossible juggling act, I realize, and it’s a small wonder that any airport gets built that isn’t... View full entry
Four 2016 Wheelwright finalists to compete for $100K travel grant
It's already that time of year when the Harvard Graduate School of Design will soon award their next Wheelwright Prize recipient. First established by the school in 1935, the prestigious prize is a $100,000 travel architectural research grant awarded to one lucky early-career architect. Out of nearly 200 applicants from 45 countries for 2016, the jury selected four finalists.
They are:Samuel Bravo, Samuel Bravo Arquitecto | Santiago, ChileMatilde Cassani | Milan, ItalyAnna Puigjaner, MAIO | Barcelona, SpainPier Paolo Tamburelli, baukuh architects | Milan and Genoa, ItalyHead over to Bustler to learn more about them.Previous Wheelwright Prize coverage on Archinect... View full entry
$6B expansion for Atlanta International Airport set to launch this year
Two giant, translucent canopies spanning several lanes of roadway and sidewalks outside the domestic terminal will be among the most visible aspects of a $6 billion expansion and renovation project at the world’s busiest airport during the next 20 years, officials announced last week.
Among other goals for the coming year: improving wait times for passenger security screenings...'Americans will not tolerate a one-hour wait as normal.'
— The Post and Courier
Previous airport-related news on Archinect:O’Hare airport announces $1.3B expansion dealA new LaGuardia is the "airport that New York deserves", says Gov. CuomoFancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next yearBeacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of... View full entry
Roam L.A.'s Westside with these travel tips from Ehrlich Architects' Takashi Yanai
No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. How do designers experience their cities as locals?Head westbound on the traffic-laden streets of Los Angeles and chances are that you'll find yourself in the aptly named Westside. This loosely... View full entry
Editor's Picks #437
Nicholas Korody penned a double review; of 'The Geological Imagination' and 'The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform'. He finds "The two books also help illuminate some of the difficulties in perceiving climate change, while offering some potentials for movement" and goes on to reference... View full entry
Explore Warsaw with these travel tips from Four O Nine co-founder Lukasz Kos
No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. How do designers experience their cities as locals?A tumultuous sequence of political upheaval and renewal just within the last century has transformed Warsaw into a bustling incubator of creativity for... View full entry
Architect Paul Michael Davis shares his favorite pitstops around Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood
No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. How do designers experience their cities as locals?The coastal city of Seattle, Washington is not as "sleepy" as some would assume. It's full of gems that the architecturally inclined traveler can... View full entry
Four O Nine's Andrei Zerebecky shares his must-see architectural sites in Shanghai
No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. How do designers experience their cities as locals?As the largest metropolis in mainland China and the world, Shanghai continues to boom at a dizzying pace. Among all the sights and sounds within the... View full entry