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  • This week's picks for London architecture and design events

    about 5 hours ago from

    This week is packed full of talks covering everything from how to create minimalist gallery to social architectural design. Friday night in particular has a lot to offer, so just as well that there's a yoga session on Saturday morning to unwind.

    Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!

  • 18 Washington projects recognized for design excellence at AIA Seattle's 2017 Honor Awards

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    Out of 133 submissions, 18 projects have been selected as winners of the 67th annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. The AIA Seattle chapter awarded projects in two categories—built and conceptual—that demonstrated their masterful use of materials and high marks on building craft. This was also the second year of the Energy in Design Award to commend projects that have made quantifiably significant strides in energy reduction while also maintaining the highest qualitative design caliber.

    Selected honor this year include three projects from the Miller Hull Partnership, a Seattle-based firm known for their regional work, as well as works from other prominent Pacific Northwest such as Mithun and Olson Kundig. Selected by a jury that included J. Meejin Yoon, head of the architecture department at MIT, distinguished architect Robert Harris, and KPMP founding architect Shirley Blumberg, the 18 winning structures testify to the area’s strong design culture. 

    Here's what took home t...

  • SoapBox: Discourse?

    about 19 hours ago from

    Soapbox is a weekly series delivering a curated set of lectures, talks and symposia concerning contemporary themes but explored through the archives of lectures past and present. With the plethora of lectures, talks, symposia and panels occurring world wide on a daily basis, how can we begin to keep up and if not, find them once they are gone? Soapbox looks to assemble a selection of recent, archived and outlier lectures surrounding a given theme. Soapbox looks to curate this never-ending library of ideas into an engaging and diverse list of thoughts and provocations. Soapbox is just that, a collection aimed at discovering the occasional needle in a haystack.

  • Avenier Cornejo's social housing project in Paris wins the Architectural Review's 2017 Emerging Architecture award

    about 19 hours ago from

    Avenier Cornejo Architectes was awarded the coveted £10,000 prize for their Rue Bonnet social housing project in Paris. The young practice that has built a significant majority of their work in the social housing sector received the Architectural Review's 2017 emerging architecture award last week at a ceremony in Berlin with the judging panel applauding the firm's ambition to tackle important and pertinent social issues.

  • Editor's Picks #478

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    Archinect published a three (1,2, 3) part guide to the Architecture Graduate School Application, in a partnership with ACSA’s Study Architecture platform.

    Plus, Mackenzie Goldberg reconnected with a chatty Peter Zellner to get a status update, for a second Small Studio Snapshot ft ZELLNERandCompany.


    New renderings of Peter Zumthor's $600-million LACMA redesign were released. While some were enthusiastic, Orhan Ayyüce argued 

    "The institutional critique that is going around locally is much more interesting. In a way, it will be perfect with Peterson Museum and Piano's new movie museum next to it, an art Disney for gentrified people. After a few money shots, it will bury the Zumthor mystic with tar. As far as the existing buildings, they were buried with HHPA in 80's and some other Pianos this century."

    Archinect Sessions featured conversations recorded by Ken and Donna at Exhibit Columbus, while visiting the various installations and local masterpieces. Richard McCoy (Director o...

  • Start an education outside the classroom with Archinect’s internship roundup

    about 20 hours ago from

    Everyone has to start somewhere so why not start now! Kick your education up a notch and begin learning what they don’t teach you in school. Certain invaluable skills are gained only by working in the field, under professionals, and in a firm. Jumpstart your career with our roundup of current internship positions on the Archinect job board. Scroll down and take a look.

    DFA is currently looking for an Architectural Intern for Winter/Spring 2018.

    Central Park Observation Tower rendering by DFA. Photo: DFA.

    This is a full time internship lasting 20 weeks beginning on January 2nd, 2018 with a bi-weekly stipend of $1,000. A Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and or enrollment in a Master's of Architecture program is required. The right candidate will be interested in a multidisciplinary design studio driven by thoughtful and creative buildings, interior environments and public spaces.

    PAR is seeking an Architecture Intern for their Los Angeles office.

    Guggenheim Helsinki Museum by PAR. ...
  • klokers is again on kickstarter with its new watch KLOK-80, inspired from the sixties, for women and men.

    about 23 hours ago from

    This post is brought to you by klokers


    KLOK-08 pays tribute to the Sixties, from where it inherited the spirit and aesthetic codes.


    The creative and audacious 1960s broke the rules: we swapped long dresses for mini-skirts, we listened to pirate radio, we disobeyed with a smile! The Sixties represent counter-culture: the desire to shake conventions, the happy youth, the cool! The wind of freedom whispered to everyone that anything was possible. That anyone could live one’s own freedom.

    • Freedom of use klokers inherits from this spirit, and invites it’s community to live their time offering the freedom of use: KLOK-08 is a watch-head that clips on and off on straps and accessories through a patented fixing system. This unique system makes all the products compatible and interchangeable. It is up to you to create not only your combinations (colors, materials) but also ...
  • Meet Dash Marshall, the Multi-Disciplinary Design Studio Where Form Follows Fable

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    "We are all Dash Marshall" says Bryan Boyer, who works for the multi-disciplinary design studio that draws its name from an imaginary figurehead. Since its founding, the firm—which in addition to Boyer, is also led by Amy Yang and Ritchie Yao—has been designing spaces large and small while also offering consulting services, working with institutions who are grappling with cultural, technological, and urban change.

    We talked with the firm for our Small Studio Snapshots about how they got their start, their design philosophy, saying no to projects, and making weird renderings. 

  • "The building is truly in service to the people that work there"

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    the building has three sides that are facing active streets...has quite a bit smaller scale than its neighbors...really sets a precedent for the future, for buildings that are carefully modulated to fit into the Boulder scale

    Natthan Heffel speaks with David Tryba (of Tryba Architects) about their new design for the Google Boulder Campus. He highlights the firm's collaborative approach to designing a cutting-edge, flexible work environment.

    They also talk about the firm's Denver Union Station renovation and larger role, in filling Denver's "empty canvas" over the last two decades, of the cities urban revitalization.

  • Fabricwood by Produce.Workshop wins World Interior of the Year 2017

    about 3 days ago from

    On the last day of the competition, the Day One and Two category winners of the 2017 INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors went head-to-head for the World Interior of the Year award. During the World Architecture Festival evening gala on Friday, Fabricwood by Singaporean practice Produce.Workshop won the grand prize.

    Developed by Produce.Workshop as an installation for The Herman Miller shop in Singapore, Fabricwood joins other World Interior of the Year recipients like the Black Cant System fashion concept store by An Design, March Studio's Hotel HotelMOTT32 restaurant in Hong Kong by Joyce Wang Studio, and David Kohn Architects' Carrer Avinyó.

    Here's a first glimpse of the 2017 World Interior of the Year.

  • World Building of the Year 2017 awarded to Chinese University of Hong Kong's Post-earthquake reconstruction of Guangming Village

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    The verdict is out! After a final round of presentations and jury critiques for the Day One and Two category winners at the World Architecture Festival, The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village in Zhaotong, China beat tough competition to win 2017 World Building of the Year. In recent years, the award has gone to the National Museum of Szczecin by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes, The Interlace by OMA/Ole Scheeren in Singapore, and a21studio's The Chapel in Vietnam.

    Other special award winners who were announced during the WAF award evening gala included: Small Project of the Year winner Eriksson Furunes, Leandro V. Locsin Partners, and Boase for the Streetlight Tagpuro project in The Philippines; Best Use of Colour winner Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects for the Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel in Australia; and New Wave Architecture's Pars Hospital for the Iran Special Prize for Completed Buildings, to name a few. 


  • Are you bored yet?

    about 3 days ago from

    Its forms are basic, totemic: Euclidean shapes dredged from the long memory of the field. It sometimes relies on modules or grids. It’s often monochromatic. It’s post-digital, which means it rejects the compulsion to push form-making to its absolute limits that overtook architecture at the turn of the century. As a result, it sometimes looks ancient or even primordial. It never looks futuristic.

    Famed LA Times architectural critic, Christopher Hawthorne, released his view of contemporary architecture that culminates in it being classified as boring, and yet, that might be exactly what the architectural discipline ordered. As a reaction to 'hyperactive form-making,' Hawthorne argues that contemporary architects are getting 'boring.' 

    One could understand that as an insult or derivative comment, but Hawthorne states that their work is well considered and measured and that the 'Room Temperature' of the work is just right but is also aware of the viability of such a project to be under question and scrutiny.

  • The LOT: LAVA — Screens & Streets

    about 3 days ago from

    During LA CoMotion — a downtown event featuring the so-called city of tomorrow — a Los Angeles artist group is reframing what the city of tomorrow is by bringing the art to the screens and streets. 

    A local group of Los Angeles video artists is making strides — and having fun while doing it — with guerilla-style pops around the city on its endless canvases and spaces. Founded in 2003, LAVA is a community of artists working primarily in the field of immersive experiential video art. The goal of the LAVA community is to promote and nurture the movement of video art with the latest technological magic in the greater Los Angeles area.

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    LAVA members are constantly contributing to the current discourse around LED pixel mapping, 360 dome visuals, 3D and 4D projection mapping, interactive and immersive experiences, audiovisual software and hardware customization, content consciousness, ethics,...

  • OMG! OMA

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    The most radical art space to launch in Paris in decades will open next spring in a five-storey, 19th-century building in the Marais district. The Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette, run by the eponymous French retail chain, commissioned Rem Koolhaas and his OMA company to renovate the historic building at 9 rue du Platre.

    OMA has placed a glass and steel exhibition tower in the building’s courtyard, which operates as a ‘curatorial machine’,” according to a project statement. This tower incorporates four mobile platforms that move in and out of sight, allowing 49 different spatial configurations. As the floors move, galleries of varying sizes with different ceiling heights are created. In the basement, artists will make works in a production workshop.

  • Home is where your hard drive is.

    about 3 days ago from

    Within 40 hours of the project being announced in 2016, over 100,000 people had applied for citizenship on Asgardia's website. After three weeks, Asgardia had 500,000 applicants.

    On November 12, a hard drive 'nanosat' containing the information of 18,000 newly naturalized citizens of Asgardia took off for its two-day flight to the international space station. The nanosat — it is roughly the size of a loaf of bread — contains 0.5 TB of data such as family photographs, as well as digital representations of the space nation's flag, coat of arms, and constitution. 

    The project, lead by a 53-year-old rocket scientist Dr Igor Ashurbeyl, says its mission is to provide a "peaceful society," offer easier access to space technologies, and protect earth from space threats, such as asteroids and man-made debris in space.

    "I really want to be able to see if human beings are able to have more opportunity to express their opinions, The society we live in now — everything seems to be either capitalism or communism — there's a lot of conflict. As a human being, I would hope (to see) if we could have other ways (of living). For a better life, and for more options." Says Dr Ig...

  • Madison Square Apartment by David Bucovy Architect, PLLC

    about 3 days ago from

    Pied-a-Terre for a Swedish businessman in love with New York.  Client spends a lot of time travelling between Stockholm and New York and wanted to have a space where family and friends could gather.  Object was to renovate apartment as a cool frame for  trans-Atlantic life.

  • It's Archigram's Future: We are just living in it

    about 3 days ago from

    Archigram can be seen as part of several trends that influence metropolitan life to this day. One was the Pop Art movement, where color, dynamism, fashion, and disposability were presented in graphics as understated as a passing billboard.

    While history may be said to define us, it could also be that history paves the roads in which we will ultimately walk. Archigram, known for being an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s and for its neo-futuristic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist theoretical projects, may, in fact, have been more prophetic than theoretical. While their work has been the precedent for endless variations of conceptual and realized projects, it may also ultimately end up being the destination as well. 

  • The winning designs for Latvia's Amber Road Trekking Cabins competition announced

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    Bee Breeders' latest competition tasked architects with designing a series of unique trekking cabins for Latvia's Amber Road, which would allow long-distance hikers to traverse the country, reaching from the Latvia-Lithuania border to the Latvia-Estonia border. The trekking cabins were to take the environment into consideration and to be suitable for the various terrains along the hiking trail. They were also asked to be in keeping with the country’s traditions and culture, while at the same time having the potential to become iconic landmarks in their own right.

    Successful projects responded to the programmatic requirements of the brief with consideration of economic viability, securable enclosure, utilitarian function, constructibility, and climatic sensitivity. The winning designs will be considered for construction by the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency and can be seen below.

  • Caring Wood by Rural Office for Architecture

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    A zero-carbon country estate set in 83 acres near Maidstone, Kent. The clients requested a country home of outstanding quality, rooted in its context, where they, their three daughters and families could coexist as one; a house for four in one. The house responds strongly to the slope of the site which determines the layout and organisation in section and plan. It is modern & sculptural in design yet remains infused with a spirit of regional identity. Beyond the house an estate cottage and barn complete the settlement. 

    Caring Wood has also been shortlisted for the RIBA House of the Year 2017.

    This project was designed in collaboration with James Wright.

  • Mill House by Martin Architects PC

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    Challenges: Reuse the existing house situated on a tight lot with restrictive setbacks, design within a tight budget and timeline, create a dynamic sculptural Architectural design that masks and reinvents the traditional existing mass into an entirely “new” modernist and clean vernacular. Maximize the outdoor rooms of the site, introduce landscaping, and create a meditative swimming pool as a focus for the site.  

    The macro design was driven by the restraints, the solution is a parti pris instituting a strong modernist gable form placed in front of the towers of the existing structure, masking and allowing them to be used as back of house scope. Public living is contained largely in this minimal open space with articulated and artful lighting, rich materials and the creation of a dynamic stair connection to the open lower floor studio area all dynamically driven by the articulated solar angles and re-designed landscaping of the site.  

    The palette employed combines the dif...

  • Day Two winners of 2017 INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors announced

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    Distinguishing top-notch talent in the international interior design scene, the 2017 INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors also revealed its second set of category winners for Day Two. The six winning projects will now join the three Day One winners to compete for the ultimate prize: World Interior of the Year 2017. 

    Have a look at the Day Two winners below.

  • Equity, Secrets and Relevancy of AIA; 1 Year After #NotMyAIA

    about 4 days ago from

    This week we're devoting our episode to the anniversary of the 2016 election of Donald J. Trump, the statement by the AIA CEO Robert Ivy, and the subsequent dissent born out of the hashtag #NotMyAIA. We look to what has changed, and what hasn't; as it relates to the profession, activism and education, and what does the future portend.

    Joining Ken today are Katherine Darnstadt, founder and principal at Chicago-based Latent Design, V. Mitch McEwen, founder and principal at Brooklyn-based A(n) Office, principal of McEwen Studio, and assistant professor at Princeton School of Architecture, and Rosa T. Sheng, AIA LEED AP BD C, principal at SmithGroupJJR, AIASF President Elect - 2018 Board.

    Listen to "Equity, Secrets and Relevancy of AIA":

  • Whole Earth Montessori by Paul Michael Davis Architects PLLC

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    We are excited to have a project for a Montessori school located near Seattle.

    Our design consists of office and classroom spaces to help an outstanding private school serve its students and the communtiy even better.

    We based the window design of the project on the Trinomial cube, a set of toy blocks which is a core learning tool for them. Every block in the set becomes a window in our building.

    The project is located on a creekside site, and development is no longer allowed there. So our new buildings had to be built on the existing foundations of a house and garage from the 1970s. We took this initial limitation as an opportunity to add complexity to the massing of the buildings, which are otherwise simple rectangular volumes with gently sloping roofs.

    We were allowed to add exterior staircases on both sides of the new structures, which allowed for more room inside, as well as create a lively community space where students, parents and teachers could casually bump...

  • The World Architecture Festival 2017 Day Two winners

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    The 2017 World Architecture Festival in Berlin continues with Day Two, and the next set of category winners have been revealed. The latest winners include C.F. Møller Architects, ACME, EAA Emre Arolat Architecture, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and more. If you missed the Day One winners yesterday, you can find them here.

    Now that all the category winners have been revealed, they will go on to compete for the overall-winning World Building of the Year 2017.

    Day Two also included the presentation of the Architecture Drawing Prize, which went to London-based architecture student Jerome Xin Hao Ng for “Momento Mori: a Peckham Hospice Care Home”, a hybrid illustration (created in collaboration with Make Architects) that combines the hand-drawing and digital disciplines. The project will be displayed at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London next spring.

    Scroll down to see the Day Two winners.

  • TyBot: a robot invented for tying steel reinforcement bars in construction

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    Tybot is a robot recently invented that can tie together steel reinforcement bars saving time and reducing risk in construction projects. Thousands of joints must be tied before pouring the concrete, however this step has traditionally been labor intensive, hazardous, and a cause for major delays in the building process.     

    This robot is the first offering from the firm Advanced Construction Robotics (ACR) launched by construction firm boss Steve Muck and robotics expert Jeremy Searock. The machine only requires transportation and setting up the frame using the existing infrastructure, which can be done in half a day's work. TyBot is then ready to go to work, often at night, needing only one worker supervising it in operation. 

    Click below and watch TyBot in action.

  • Urban Land Institute awards 13 Developments in North America, Europe and Asia

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    Thirteen real estate development projects from around the globe have been selected as winners of the Urban Land Institute's 2017-2018 Global Awards for Excellence. Widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs, the awards honor projects that demonstrate an innovative, forward-looking approach to design and development and achieve the highest standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management.

    “Cities are about people—the way we interact, get around, and go about our daily routines. Great cities are made of great places that make the urban experience easy and enjoyable,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “These projects reflect the highest standards of design, construction, economics, planning, and management. But most important, they are improving people’s quality of life."

    Selected by an international jury made up of ULI members representing a multidisciplinary collection of real estate...

  • R.I.P. Architect Albert C. Ledner

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    Ledner's trio of buildings for the union's headquarters in Manhattan catapulted him onto the national stage, raising eyebrows and earning him accolades for his innovative approach. One of the structures resembles a giant Connect 4 game board, speckled with more than 100 porthole windows and sloping 20 feet from the base.

    Susan Langenhennig reports that Albert C. Ledner, died Monday night in Manchester, N.H.

    For more about the "quirky modernist architects who, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright" read this, this or this.

    The Ledner House, New Orleans, December 2006 | Credit Karrie Jacobs

    The O’Toole Building of St. Vincent’s Hospital, originally headquarters of the National Maritime Union | Credit Albert Ledner

  • Dean's List: Jonathan Massey Discusses his new Position at University of Michigan's Taubman College

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    In our Deans List series, we speak with the leaders of architecture schools worldwide, offering insights into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment. Following our recent discussion with Jonathan Massey for our podcast, Archinect Sessions, we have expanded our conversation with the architect and historian to talk more about his new appointment at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and his plans for the school. 

  • 30 Broad Street - Pre-Builts and Amenity Space by Montroy Andersen DeMarco Group Inc. (MADGI)

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    Tribeca Associates asked MADGI to design a series of pre-built office spaces as well as an amenities area at 30 Broad Street located in Manhattan's Financial District to reposition and upgrade the 470,000 SF, 47-story office tower into a Class A property to attract TAMI tenants. The pre-builts range in size from 5,000 RSF to 17,000 RSF. Each pre-built suite features a pantry, open reception area, a conference room and bathrooms with all new fixtures. The amenity space is to be used by all tenants and features a full pantry with a conference room, lounge furniture, TV screens and gaming activities. MADGI also redesigned the exterior entranceway, elevator banks and the lobby; which is now a through-block lobby from Broad Street to New Street. The lobby's cafe has been renovated, enlarged and incorporated into the lobby design.

  • Political pavilions: Dellekamp Arquitectos’ “Wallderful” presents a gathering space for the U.S. - Mexico border at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

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    This article was originally published on the blog of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The 2017 Biennial, entitled Make New History, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 7, 2018.