Archinect - News 2018-05-20T07:34:50-04:00 Why enter the ABB LEAF Awards? Sponsor 2018-05-16T08:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T13:47:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABB LEAF Awards</a>.</strong></em></p> <p><em></em>The LEAF Awards is an annual awards ceremony founded in 2001 that brings together leading architects, designers, developers and suppliers from around the world. It recognises innovative architectural design projects and celebrates excellence in building design on an international scale. Every year each entry project is judged within its specific category by a leading panel of esteemed industry experts from around the world. Typically the LEAF Awards receive over 200 entries from a variety of architectural practices with recently completed or almost completed building design projects.</p> <p>Following on from the truly international success and recognition of the 2017 ABB LEAF Awards, we are excited to announce that the <strong>ABB LEAF Awards 2018 will be held on&nbsp;Thursday 18</strong><strong>th</strong><strong> October, 2018, Frankfurt, Germany</strong>. </p> <p>2018 welcomes the introduction of combining the ABB LEAF Awards with its partner event,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEAF Forum 2018</a>, taking place on the 17th and 18th O...</p> Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis Alexander Walter 2018-05-11T16:06:00-04:00 >2018-05-12T19:03:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If Uber is to get its &ldquo;flying taxi&rdquo; service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company&rsquo;s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called &ldquo;Skyports&rdquo; could look like. And holy cow, these things look straight out of Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It was all futuristic sky towers, helipads, and beehive references this week when six architecture firms presented their "uberAIR Skyport" design proposals for Uber's autonomous flying taxi service in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the call for proposals, all facilities needed to be able to handle 4,000 passengers an hour within a three-acre footprint, provide charging spots for all the eVTOL (<em>Vertical Take-off and Landing</em>) aircrafts, and minimize environmental impact on adjacent neighborhoods.</p> <p>The selected firms and proposals are:</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Gannett Fleming: "The Paw"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Pickard Chilton and Arup: "Sky Tower"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Corgan: "Connect"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; The Beck Group: "The Hive"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; BOKA Powell: "Skyport Prototype"</p> <p>(Cover picture) Humphreys &amp; Partners: "Uber Hover"</p> <p>Watch the archived live stream of the entire Uber Elevate Summit design presentation <a href=";t=5392s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Winners Announced for LA County's Yes to ADU Design Competition Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-04T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-09T06:29:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hot-market cities grappling with a dearth of housing, like those along the coast of California, are increasingly looking at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">accessory dwelling units</a> (ADUs)&mdash;commonly known as "granny flats&mdash;to help abate the statewide shortage. In 2016, California passed three laws aimed at facilitating in-law unit production; following the legalizations, the city of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> received <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1,980 applications</a> for secondary units in 2017 alone.&nbsp;</p> <p>The County has also launched a number of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">adjacent initiatives</a> with the goal of making sure that some of these new homes are affordable. One of such pilot programs comes through the LA County Board of Supervisors' Homeless Initiative and sets out to catalyze the community of architects, designers, planners and creative strategists to re-imagine the potential of ADUs as a housing typology that can work in conjunction with other strategies to help alleviate the County's housing pressure.</p> <p>Working with the Art Commission Civic Art Program, the first phase of <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Part of th...</a></em></p> New Call for Submissions for MONU #29 - Narrative Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-05-02T13:21:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T13:21:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One important outcome of our last <strong>MONU issue #28</strong> on <strong>"Client-shaped Urbanism"</strong> was the realization that in order to create better cities, we need to improve the communication among everybody involved in the creation of cities, whether they are clients, developers, municipalities, architects, urban designers, or the users of cities, to name just a few. Especially for architects and urban designers, one way to make themselves understood better, is to use the power of "narratives", helping them to connect not only to experts and intellectuals in the field, but to everybody else too. To find out what such urban and architectural narratives might look like today - and what they were like in the past - how they can be crafted, where they may be used and how narratives can help improving our cities in general is one of the main aims of the upcoming issue of <strong>MONU</strong> that we call<strong> "Narrative Urbanism"</strong>.</p> <p>In the history of human civilisation, narratives and storytelling have always been an importa...</p> Announcing the LEAF Awards and International Forum to be held this October Sponsor 2018-04-26T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-25T20:42:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABB LEAF Awards</a>.</strong></em></p> <p>The LEAF Awards is an annual awards ceremony founded in 2001 that brings together leading architects, designers, developers and suppliers from around the world. It recognizes innovative architectural design projects and celebrates excellence in building design on an international scale. Every year each entry project is judged within its specific category by a leading panel of esteemed industry experts from around the world. Typically the LEAF Awards receive over 200 entries from a variety of architectural practices with recently completed or almost completed building design projects.&nbsp;</p> <p>Following on from the truly international success and recognition of the 2017 ABB LEAF Awards, we are excited to announce that the ABB LEAF Awards 2018 will be held on Thursday 18th October, 2018, Frankfurt, Germany. 2018 welcomes the introduction of combining the ABB LEAF Awards with its partner event, LEAF Forum 2018, taking place on the 17th and 18th O...</p> Vote now for your favorite AZ Awards 2018 finalists! Sponsor 2018-04-23T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T12:05:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Azure Magazine'</a>s&nbsp;annual AZ Awards has just released their list of finalists. The competition offers&nbsp;architects, designers, manufacturers, and students across the globe a chance at getting their best work internationally recognized.</p> <p>This year's AZ Awards saw a total of 997 entries submitted, the highest number of in the program&rsquo;s eight years. 64 finalists have been chosen by the jury comprised of Claire Weisz, founding partner at&nbsp;WXY; Megan Torza, partner at DTAH; lighting and furniture designer&nbsp;Michael Anastassiades;&nbsp;Michel Rojkind, founder of&nbsp;Rojkind Arquitectos; and Allen Chan, co-founder of&nbsp;DesignAgency.<br></p> <p>The finalist winners will be announced at the 2018&nbsp;AZ Awards Gala, to be held at Toronto&rsquo;s Evergreen Brick Works on Friday, June 22. This year's Guest of Honor is Winy Maas from MVRDV.&nbsp;In the meantime, the public has been invited vote for their favorite project in all 19 categories through the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People&rsquo;s Choice</a>&nbsp;portal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out some of this year's finalists and vote now!</p> <p>&darr; Finali...</p> A+D Museum & RCHS announce The Alley Fellowship Anthony Morey 2018-04-18T17:12:00-04:00 >2018-04-18T17:13:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> has announced the unveiling of their inaugural fellowship program, developed in collaboration with the LA-based multi-disciplinary design firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</a>.</p> <p>The aim of the The Alley Fellowship is to produce a two-month rotating exhibition and lecture series and is open to emerging, young, progressive artists in Los Angeles. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fellowship</a> will be awarded to six artists, selected by a seven-member jury consisting of artists, designers, and architects from the A+D Museum and Rios Clementi Hale Studios. The jury will select based on which projects best embody the spirit of transdisciplinary creative exploration, a key focus area for RCHS and A+D.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A+D Museum</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;A fundamental aspect of the A+D&rsquo;s mission is to produce a platform for analysis, exploration, and for the ever-expanding perspectives of our field regardless of their historical arenas. The Alley Fellowship is a direct expression of this mission, it explores the means and modes of contemporary inquiry a...</p> George Brown College selects finalists for design competition to build 12-story wood tower Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-30T14:47:00-04:00 >2018-03-30T14:47:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Timber Towers are on the rise, propelled by the growing availability of&nbsp;new wood technologies&nbsp;that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">promise major environmental benefits</a>. Today, proposals for increasingly tall wooden structures are sprouting up everywhere from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brisbane</a>, with the world's tallest wooden tower <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently completing in British Columbia</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">another on its way in Norway</a>.</p> <p>Amidst the enthusiasm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Brown College</a> announced plans last summer for a 12 story timber-framed building as part of the school's Toronto Waterfront expansion. Dubbed "the Arbour," the building will not only be a living example of sustainable design, but will also house a new Tall Wood Research Institute, alongside&nbsp;George Brown's Centre for Information and Computer Technology, a new child care facility, and additional research facilities.</p> <p>To do so, the college conducted an invited design competition, for which the finalists were recently revealed. The chosen proposals include a tree-like structural concept from Pritzker win...</p> AECOM and luis vidal + architects selected for Boston airport modernization Alexander Walter 2018-02-14T13:15:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T13:19:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has chosen global infrastructure firm AECOM and luis vidal + architects to handle the remodeling of Boston Logan International Airport&rsquo;s Terminal E. The team won the design competition due to their collaborative proposal, which also satisfied Massport&rsquo;s functional requirements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This major remodeling of&nbsp;Boston Logan International Airport&rsquo;s Terminal E will be lead by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> as the prime consultant and architect/engineer of record, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">airport</a> design specialist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">luis vidal + architects</a> as the vision architect.</p> <p>A press statement summarizes the proposed improvements: "The modernization program will incorporate significant renovations to the existing international arrivals and customs hall, utilizing a combination of roof and window designs to maximize natural light and efficiency. Intuitive wayfinding, spatial clarity and first class hospitality will transform the arrival experience for those entering the country at Boston Logan Airport. The iconic roof, designed following the sun path, proposes two skylights facing north, in the form of eyelashes, protecting the interior from direct sun exposure. On the south, the roof gently strokes down the fa&ccedil;ade to reveal a number of openings that face downtown Boston, offering departing passengers a last and memorable view ...</p> 2018 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship is now open Hope Daley 2018-02-08T14:02:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T12:39:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a> Norman Foster Traveling <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scholarship</a>, supported by the Norman Foster Foundation, is now open and accepting applications from enrolled architecture students globally. One winner will be awarded a &pound;7,000 grant by a panel of judges, which will include Lord Foster and RIBA President Ben Derbyshire.</p> <p>Now in its 11th year, the scholarship focuses on international research, in a location of the student&rsquo;s choice, related to the survival of towns and cities. Previous winners have travelled through the Americas, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, the Middle, and Russia.</p> <p>The list of institutions invited to nominate students is selected by the RIBA and approved by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>. As in previous years, this list will include all institutions that offer qualifications validated by the RIBA or are recognized by the Commonwealth Association of Architects. For the first time this year, a large number of schools listed under other recognition systems are now also being invited to take pa...</p> Architects Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman among the 45 2018 Fellows named by United States Artists Anthony Morey 2018-01-17T12:30:00-05:00 >2018-01-17T12:59:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>United States Artist (USA) has announced their family of 45 fellows for 2018. Their areas of disciplines range from art and architecture, to literature and writing, to name a few, and are awarded an unrestricted $50,000 to pursue any range of curiosities, proclivities and/or trajectories the awardees may have. The grant is specifically intended to bestow the grantee the financial freedom to undergo research in a manner that would be impossible if not for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">award.</a> This year's Architecture &amp; Design fellows are Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Kelley</a>,&nbsp;along with the public artist, Amanda Williams.</p> <p>The grantees are selected by genre-specific panels of experts from more than 500 artists nominated by their peers, then confirmed by USA&rsquo;s board. As stated by the United States Artists President &amp; CEO Deana Haggag. "I could not be more thrilled with the 2018 USA Fellows, or with the tremendous artistic output, and potential, they represent... They produce some of the most moving, i...</p> Foundation by Volkan Alkanoglu & Matthew Au Anthony Morey 2018-01-15T13:09:00-05:00 >2018-01-15T13:58:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volkan Alkanoglu</a> has a prolific history of producing provocative interventions that playfully embrace the audience while researching and experimenting with the limits of color, geometry, depth and the representational techniques which use them. From his Cloudscape playground in Florida to his eruption of Plumes throughout the country, Volkan has found a delicate balance between tectonics, art, architecture and the image.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="image: VA | DESIGN" title="image: VA | DESIGN"></a><figcaption>image: VA | DESIGN</figcaption></figure></figure><p>His most recent addition to his body of work completed with a partnership with Designer Matthew Au is no exception.&nbsp; Foundation, an installation in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee Hall III, on the Clemson University Campus</a> consists of two formations: the visual and physical extension of the roof form on the wall as a 3Dimensional reading of the building, and the unique and custom folded golden structures which are inspired by the geometry of the building as well as the techniques used by students during their academic studies.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>image: VA | DESIGN</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>image: VA | DESIGN</figcaption></figure><p>The implement...</p> YeouiNaru Ferry Terminal Proposal by Preliminary Research Office Anthony Morey 2018-01-12T14:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-12T14:46:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preliminary Research Office</a>, headed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yaohua Wang</a>, Dingliang Yang and Chloe Natan&eacute;l Brunner, has shared their proposal for the YeouiNaru Ferry Terminal. The proposed Ferry Terminal is situated upon Seoul&rsquo;s Han River and is surrounded by both natural and urban landscapes. The project uses playful graphic and perspectival looseness to foster endless elevations and gradual sense of proximity and approach.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><p>PRO's proposes looks for walkways to connect each platform into the surrounding park and the Han River promenade. The promenade itself steps down upon intersection with the terminal, maintaining continuous circulation along the waterfront.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering (Image: Preliminary Research Office)</figcaption></figure><p>At the center of the structure, PRO designs the intersection of two lar...</p> Burning Man reveals 2018 Temple design: Galaxia Alexander Walter 2018-01-04T17:25:00-05:00 >2018-01-04T17:34:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Galaxia celebrates hope in the unknown, stars, planets, black holes, the movement uniting us in swirling galaxies of dreams. A superior form of Gaia in Isaac Asimov&rsquo;s Foundation series, Galaxia is the ultimate network, the fabric of the universe connecting living beings into one entity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rejoice burners &mdash; the design for the 2018 Temple has been unveiled: 'Galaxia' by London-based French architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arthur Mamou-Mani</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>"Galaxia is shaped of 20 timber trusses converging as a spiral towards one point in the sky," describes the <em>Burning Man Journal</em>. "The triangular trusses form different paths towards a central space holding a giant 3D printed mandala, the heart of Galaxia. The timber modules start large enough to hold small alcoves in which people can write in peace. As participants walk through the path, the timber modules lift up and become thinner and thinner towards the sky as people reach the central mandala."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Mamou-Mani is no stranger to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burning Man</a>: he and his&nbsp;MArch students at the University of Westminster's WeWantToLearn studio (taught jointly with with Toby Burgess) have been contributing art installations to the annual event site, Black Rock City in the Nevada desert, for the past six years:&nbsp;Shipwreck, Fractal Cult, Hayam Sun Temple, The Infinity Tree, Reflectio...</p> Architects who won big in 2017 Justine Testado 2017-12-28T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-26T19:29:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Throughout <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017</a>, many of architecture's most prestigious accolades went to a diverse group of architects who have long dedicated their work to inclusivity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and sustainability &mdash; all important qualities that are increasingly moving to the forefront of architectural practice and research. Moreover, highly anticipated competitions like MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program, the Wheelwright Prize, and the Fairy Tales competition hint at the ideas brewing in the minds of today's generation of designers.</p> <p>Listed in no particular order, here's Archinect's 2017 round-up of the most shared and talked-about news of architects who won big.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta named 2017 Pritzker Prize Winners</strong></a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta. Photo: Javier Lorenzo Dom&iacute;nguez.</figcaption></figure><p>RCR Arquitectes co-founders&nbsp;Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta were collectively named the 2017 Pritzker laureates in March &mdash; marking the first time in Pritzker histo...</p> Most Popular Features of 2017 Anthony Morey 2017-12-25T11:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-26T00:31:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From job auditions and activism to artificial intelligence and life beyond architecture, 2017 brought upon a very eclectic collection of top features of the year. Looking back, we collected the the most relished and savored; which one did you love?<br><br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>What is the role of the architect in the never ended advancement of technology, automation and now, the arrival of artificial intelligence? Working through various perspectives such as issues of social research, design decision-making we worked our way through the possible outcomes and speed bumps of today&rsquo;s reality.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What&rsquo;s Wrong with Academia? On Alternative Schools of Architecture</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free School of Architecture</a>, Beatriz Colomina&rsquo;s project, Radical Pedagogies and SCI-Arc&rsquo;s Theory and Pedagogy program, the current state of architectural education, profession and methods have been a hot topic of 2017 along with being the main focus of endless institutional symposia, lectures, and exhibitions. F...</p> Make New History: Same Old Criticism Anthony Morey 2017-12-18T14:40:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Many non-architects have found it difficult to understand the show, which is titled &ldquo;Make New History&rdquo; and displays more than 140 designs from over 20 countries at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The wall labels, which are supposed to help viewers understand what they&rsquo;re seeing, are often written in jargon-laced archi-babble. Without guides to translate, many visitors would be lost. It&rsquo;s the equivalent of putting a hurdle between the audience and the material.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Disengaged from the public, inaccessible, and impenetrable are just some of the newly minted adjectives being used to describe Chicago's second Architecture Biennale, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make New History</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This should not come as a surprise, the show has had a lackluster reception on multiple fronts and while the premise of 'Make New History' sounded titillating to say the least, it called upon much of the same makes of the last history, and even further, participants of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous</a>&nbsp;Biennale to produce and <em>make</em> it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Such is a challenge for Exhibitions, Biennials and Triennials, with the endless cacophony of manifestoes, criticality and production erupting within our discipline, it is not the presentation that is in need but engagement. What and how can the general public learn from the prolific production of 'vertical cities' or 'super models' if they have no way into the discussion or our insider perspective and thus are left with a sensation of an architectural exclusivity, narcissism and self procl...</p> From London to Kuala Lumpur: Serpentine Pavilion on the move. Anthony Morey 2017-12-14T12:07:00-05:00 >2017-12-14T18:14:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed this year by Germany-based architect Francis Kere, will be moved to Malaysia by early next year. &ldquo;Thanks to the generous donations by a group of philanthropists, Ilham Gallery now has a prestigious architectural commission in its collection. &ldquo;It was a surprising yet very welcome bit of news to be the new custodian of this exciting work,&rdquo; said Ilham Gallery director Rahel Joseph.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an exciting and unexpected outcome, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Kere's serpentine pavilion</a> will be given renewed life with a permanent move to Kuala Lumpur next year. With the final site still unknown, the transition was made possible by a plethora of donations and support.&nbsp;</p> <p>The short shelf life and physical ephemerality of architecture's competitions and their constructs have become a potent theme of debate in contemporary discourse, and as such, it is invigorating to see such a positive outcome to the Serpentine's pavilion competition.</p> <p>Kere's pavilion was inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Burkina Faso, Francis K&eacute;r&eacute; design is a responsive Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature &ndash; and each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree&rsquo;s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat.</p> <p>To see a walkthrough of the pavilion's inception and ins...</p> VeloCity win The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition. Abigail Banfield 2017-12-12T05:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Winning &ldquo;The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition&rdquo; is the all-women team behind VeloCity. The competition is focused on the Cambridge &ndash; Milton Keynes &ndash; Oxford&nbsp; arc, which currently is home to leading tech hubs and universities, as well as some 3.3 million people. The area is set to build on its productive history and its skilled workforce to become an area of rich success.&nbsp;</p> <p>The VeloCity plan is commended for its reimagining of the village model, and its consideration of technology and modern needs in adapting this social structure for the 21st century. Using transport as an impetus for developing the plan, the scheme will benefit from the introduction of a new rail system for the area, which will connect towns and cities. On the smaller scale, the development will put in place a strategical network of pedestrian and cycle routes, which explore and encourage the decreased need for movements by car.&nbsp; </p> <p>VeloCity clusters around six villages close to a new Oxford-Cambridge...</p> University of Bristol appoints Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Hawkins\Brown, and BuroHappold for new University Library Abigail Banfield 2017-12-11T11:49:00-05:00 >2017-12-13T12:37:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The University of Bristol, in the South West of England, is set to recieve a new &pound;80 million library development on its Clifton campus by 2021. The team for the project is formed of Hawkins\Brown, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and BuroHappold. The architect-led team has extensive previous experience in the education sector and libraries, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the new Bartlett building</a>, the Sir Duncan Rice Library, and the University of Exeter&rsquo;s Forum respectively.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Image: University of Bristol</figcaption></figure><p>The contemporary design was selected from international competition entries, beating submissions from AHMM, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Atkins with Sn&oslash;hetta. The design was commended for its acknowledgement of context; it takes into account the conservation setting and builds on the university&rsquo;s high sustainability standards and goals. </p> <p>The building will form a welcoming gate into the Clifton campus, which will be rejuvenated and redeveloped over the coming 5 years, e...</p> Storefront is looking for NYC's next iconic image Hope Daley 2017-12-04T18:57:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What model best represents new visions and values of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>? Cast your vote today for the new&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">icons</a> of New York and influence which souvenirs will represent the city next. The top three winners will be presented to the Mayor Bill de Blasio as New York City's newest icons.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Midnight Commercial by KIT BKLYN</figcaption></figure><p>Icons will be selected from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Storefront for Art and Architecture</a>'s exhibition <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Souvenirs: New New York Icons</a></em>, open through December 9th. This is&nbsp;the second iteration of Storefront&rsquo;s model show and includes commissions of 59+ objects that redefine New York's iconic imagery.&nbsp;Drawing inspiration from each of the city's Community Districts, over 59 architects, artists, and designers have reimagined the referential images forming the global perception of the city and have proposed new understandings of the urban experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>Vote for your top three icons&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mosul scheme focuses on housing some of the city’s 900,000 internally displaced people post-liberation Weston Williamson 2017-10-31T19:05:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A prototype affordable housing scheme for post-Daesh Mosul by Weston Williamson + Partners has received an honourable mention in the Rifat Chadirji Prize.&nbsp; It was the only UK entry among the finalists.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"></figure><p>The prototype focuses on housing some of the city&rsquo;s 900,000 internally displaced people who will be returning to their homes following its liberation.&nbsp; It addresses the long term housing crisis as well as the situation immediate post-occupation and suggests a predominantly autonomous, self-build housing process.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"></figure><p>Opportunities for choice and adaptation over time are incorporated, ingraining sustainability through a sense of ownership. People can build what they need as they need it; funding is used more efficiently and more directly. </p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"></figure><p>In the short term, data about the current condition of the city can be gathered through crowd-sourcing mechanisms.&nbsp; Waste material from the city centre can be cleared to the city periphery, to be processed into basic building materials, for a range ...</p> The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam releases their Curator Statement, Research Agenda and Call for Practices for IABR—2018+2020 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-23T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-10-23T19:33:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The next&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam</a>&nbsp;(IABR) will be split in two parts, the first held in 2018 and the second in 2020. Appropriately dubbed IABR&mdash;2018+2020, it will be based in both the Netherlands and Belgium&nbsp;and&nbsp;will use the UN&rsquo;s Sustainable Development Goals and the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris Agreement</a>&nbsp;on Climate Change (COP21) as its impetus.</p> <p>Curated by Floris Alkemade of Floris Alkemade Architectm (the Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands), Flemish Government Architect Leo Van Broeck of Bogdan &amp; Van Broeck, and Joachim Declerck of the Belgian practice Architecture Workroom Brussels, the trio calls on innovative practices from around the globe to participate in&nbsp;<em>The Missing Link</em>: a three-year (from early 2018 to summer 2020) program of knowledge sharing, peer supervision, and joint research by design including presentations and debates at the biennales of 2018 and 2020.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>This experimental program aims to see practices from various domains and continents and with different bac...</p> NY Governor Cuomo selects Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw-led team to implement $10-billion JFK Vision Plan Alexander Walter 2017-09-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-25T13:26:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] announced the Port Authority's selection of a Mott MacDonald-led consulting team [...] for the redevelopment of John F. Kennedy Airport. This announcement is the next major step in the Governor's plan to transform JFK Airport - which welcomes more international passengers to the United States than any other U.S. airport -- into a unified, world-class operation to accommodate substantial forecasted passenger growth, while helping to further boost the New York City regional economy.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via JFK Vision Plan</figcaption></figure><p>Without mentioning specific details at this point, the announcement from Governor Cuomo lays out the general scope of this ambitious airport redevelopment project based on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">January report</a> from the Airport Advisory Panel, including "the creation of a seamless, interconnected terminal system, world-class customer service, a vastly overhauled roadway access network to reduce time-consuming bottlenecks, enhancements to JFK AirTrain together with the expansion of rail mass transit with the focus on developing a one-seat ride to and from the airport, development of modern cargo facilities and improvements to aeronautical infrastructure."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via JFK Vision Plan</figcaption></figure><p>The&nbsp;Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw Architects-led team also includes a variety of expert firms such as&nbsp;TranSolutions, Harris Miller Miller &amp; Hanson, VJ Associates, ACB Architects, EnTech Engineering, Naik Consulting, Reichman Frankle, and Holmes Keogh.&nbsp;</p> Mia Lehrer and WSP recommended for LA River's Taylor Yard Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-22T13:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-22T13:21:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Regardless of the pricey remediation, the 41-acre property has long been considered a key element to the large-scale ecological restoration of the LA River. The city purchased the G2 parcel in March, paying nearly $60 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The city&rsquo;s bureau of engineering recommends engineering firm WSP, with Landscape Architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer</a>, for the transformation of the G2. WSP and Lehrer are collaborating with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mujeres de la Tierra</a>, a non-profit public health organization based in Cypress Park, on the project.&nbsp;</p> <p>Part of Taylor Yard, the Southern Pacific's former classification Yard, the G2 parcel has been named the crown jewel of the LA revitalization project by LA Mayor Garcetti. The site, now abandoned for over three decades, is highly contaminated and unlikely to open as park for another three to five years.&nbsp;</p> <p>The city's recommendation has been shared with the public works department which will have the last word on the G2 contract.&nbsp;</p> DS+R's high-profile Zaryadye Park project in Moscow vandalized only days after its grand opening Alexander Walter 2017-09-18T19:16:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Russian President Vladimir Putin opened Zaryadye Park near Red Square on 9 September, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, creators of New York&rsquo;s High Line, but what Moscow city officials are lauding as a &ldquo;new symbol of Russia&rdquo; preservationists are decrying as a travesty that impinges on the Kremlin and St Basil&rsquo;s Cathedral, two of Russia&rsquo;s most sacred landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Zaryadye Park proposal for an ambitious replacement of the colossal Soviet-era Hotel Russia near the Kremlin in central Moscow won the international competition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2013</a> with a "wild urbanism" concept.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of DS+R's Zaryadye Park project in central Moscow. Image courtesy of</figcaption></figure><p>The project has faced criticism from the city's preservationists, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reportedly exceeded</a> initial cost estimates, and already suffered a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">major act of vandalism</a> shortly after its festive opening with&nbsp;Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>One of Zaryadye Park's highlights is its V-shaped 'Floating Bridge,' extending far above the Moscow River. Image courtesy of</figcaption></figure> The world’s most influential architects and commentators will discuss ‘Performance’ at this year’s World Architecture Festival Sponsor 2017-09-15T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T12:45:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href=";utm_campaign=archinect_entries&amp;utm_medium=social" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_campaign=archinect_entries&amp;utm_medium=social" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a></strong></em></p> <p>Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the World Architecture Festival has revealed its speaker line up for the 2017 event taking place at the Arena Berlin for the second time from <strong>15-17 November</strong>.</p> <p>A collection of world-class architects will come together to speak at the event including <strong>Pierre de Meuron, Alison Brooks, Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly and Charles Jencks</strong>.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s programme responds to the Festival&rsquo;s theme, &lsquo;Performance&rsquo;, and will include speeches, discussions and debates examining the topic of performance from the perspectives of housing, public spaces, festivals, cultural institutions and new technologies.</p> Program highlights include: <p><strong>Performance as space, time and architecture</strong></p> <ul><li>Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly is a former super-jury chair and keynote speaker at WAF</li><li>How does the concept of performance apply in his varied work?</li><li>How projects range from the Tokyo Forum complex including a temporary mobile performance space he is designing in ...</li></ul> DAZZLE, new interactive installation at the San Diego Airport, is inspired by a camouflage technique used on ships during WWI Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-14T14:39:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T12:19:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ueberall International,</a> an LA based design firm, in partnership with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E Ink</a>&nbsp;created DAZZLE, an interactive work of public art at the San Diego airport's new rental car station.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>DAZZLE. Image: E ink</figcaption></figure><p>The interactive facade is created with e-paper, a technology similarly used in e-readers, but applied here on an architectural scale. Made with over 2,000 interactive tiles, the installation spans a third of a mile.&nbsp;The design is inspired by Norman Wilkinson&rsquo;s &ldquo;Razzle Dazzle&rdquo; camouflage technique used on ships during World War I.<br></p> <figure><p><img src=";w=514"></p><figcaption>Razzle Dazzle on WWI ship. Image via Wikipedia. </figcaption><p><br></p><p>Watch the video of the instillation bellow:</p></figure> It's official - LA will host the Olympics in 2028, Paris in 2024 Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T18:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T09:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Los Angeles&rsquo; rollercoaster campaign to host the Olympics &mdash; an effort marked by early defeat and last-second negotiations &mdash; reached its conclusion Wednesday when the city was formally awarded the 2028 Summer Games. International Olympic Committee members, by a unanimous show of hands, voted their approval at a session in Lima, Peru, ending an unusual bid competition that resulted in two winners as Paris was simultaneously given the 2024 Games.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paris and Los Angeles were officially awarded the 2024 and 2028 summer games,&nbsp;respectively. Both cities have previously hosted the summer olympics twice, Paris in 1900 and in 1924, and Los Angeles in 1932 and in 1984. The two cities already have some of the necessary infrastructures to host the games but the Olympics will most likely transform their built environment.&nbsp;</p> 100% Design and Picfair Launch Design Photography Competition for London Design Festival Sponsor 2017-09-09T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T20:37:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><em><strong></strong></em><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design</a>.</strong></em></p> <p>As part of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design</a>, the largest design trade show in the UK, has teamed up with Picfair, a revolutionary new image library, and Icon, one of the world&rsquo;s leading architecture and design magazines, to launch a design photography competition with the theme of &lsquo;Elements&rsquo;.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Picfair</figcaption></figure><p>Lasting for a period of 6 weeks and opened globally to unpublished and emerging photographers, the competition is aimed at design photographers who can produce exceptional work in the following categories - <em>Elements of the Home, Elements of Workplace</em> and <em>Elements of Architecture.</em> </p> <p>The theme is shared with 100% Design, which considers everything from the fundamentals of design to the component parts that make up a product, the materials used to the stories and processes of development. </p> <p>A shortlist of entrants will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at this year&rsquo;s 100% Design at Olympia during London Design Festival,...</p>