Archinect - News 2017-08-24T05:01:53-04:00 The five 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award finalists are revealed Justine Testado 2015-02-25T18:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:22:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="796" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">420</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">40</a> and now the final five. The European Commission and the Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe announced the finalists of the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award today in London. Initiated in 1987, the biennial &euro;60,000 prize is one of the highest-ranking prizes in European architecture for projects less than 2 years old.</p><p>The award highlights recent projects that best represent the prize's mission to foster design and technological innovation as well as noteworthy contributions from architects across the continent. Previous <a href=";view=article&amp;id=23&amp;Itemid=36&amp;lang=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grand-prize winners</a> include familiar names like David Chipperfield Architects, SN&Oslash;HETTA, Zaha Hadid, OMA, Nicholas Grimshaw, Peter Zumthor, Dominique Perrault, Foster + Partners, &Aacute;lvaro Siza Vieira, and Henning Larsen Architects.</p><p>The five contenders are:</p><p>&darr; <strong>Ravensburg Art Museum</strong> <strong>in Ravensburg, Germany by Lederer Ragnarsd&oacute;ttir Oei</strong><br>Authors: Arno Lederer IC), J&oacute;runn Ragnarsd&oacute;ttir, and Marc Oei (DE)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <strong>Danish Maritime Museum</strong> <strong>i...</strong></p> The 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award shortlists 40 projects Justine Testado 2015-02-10T20:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:24-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Out of a competitive pool of 420 projects that were nominated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in December</a>, 40 of them were shortlisted for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award. The biennial&nbsp;&euro;60,000 prize was initiated by the European Commission and the Barcelona City Hall&nbsp;in 1987 and is considered to be the highest-ranking award in contemporary European architecture.</p><p>The selected projects, which must have been completed within the last two years, are regarded as models of architectural and technological innovation in European architecture. The awards program also acknowledges the significant contributions and the evolving creative process of present-day architects working throughout the continent.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Danish Maritime Museum in Helsing&oslash;r, Denmark by BIG</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Marseille Vieux Port in Marseille, France by Foster + Partners</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>De Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by OMA</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Everyman Theatre in Liverpoo...</em></p> Buildings That Lie About Their Age Archinect 2013-04-19T20:10:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T23:59:23-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>John Hill&rsquo;s book &ldquo;A Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture&rdquo; is filled with examples of the crazy new forms of the last decade, like Frank Gehry&rsquo;s white wind-filled &ldquo;sail&rdquo; on the West Side Highway in Chelsea. [...] And yet, the United States is in the middle of a great revival of traditional architecture &mdash; Georgian, neo-Classical, Arts and Crafts and so forth &mdash; that is almost absent from Mr. Hill&rsquo;s stimulating and enjoyable work. So, what isn&rsquo;t contemporary about traditional design?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Post(card) Ideological Icons croixe 2011-11-28T05:14:00-05:00 >2012-12-02T13:09:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>What about revisiting the hardcore shapes of the avant-garde?</strong></p> <p> It has been almost a century since the air was heavily saturated with the combustible gas of ideology. Almost a hundred years have passed since everything from film, through art and architecture, to urbanism was susceptible to the slightest friction in the atmosphere sparking endless manifestoes and multiple visions of the perennial &ldquo;new beginning&rdquo;. But what happens when the ideological fire that fuels urbanism is extinguished, and in its place just smoke remains? What is left after the idealistic energy of the avant-garde has vanished and we are left with necrophilic icons of dead ideologies? Why aren&rsquo;t we able to see the striking similarities and contrasting disparities between the avatars of yesterday&rsquo;s ideological urbanism and today&rsquo;s pop-architectural icons?<br><br> In the twenties imaginary taut wires, steel trusses, and structural concrete gave form to the muscular monuments of a <em>Potemkinesque</em> avant-garde.&nbsp; Utopia had...</p>