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  • Álvaro Siza and Herzog & de Meuron win first Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize in Chicago

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    In a large evening benefit dinner at IIT College of Architecture's S. R. Crown Hall in Chicago last night, Álvaro Siza and Herzog & de Meuron were announced as the winners of the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP). Established by IIT architecture dean Wiel Arets and launched earlier this year with Phyllis Lambert and Dirk Denison, the MCHAP honors what is considered the best built works in the Americas.

    Siza received the MCHAP2000-2008 award for the Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

    For the MCHAP2009-2013 award, Herzog & de Meuron won for their 1111 Lincoln Road project in Miami Beach, Florida.

    The MCHAP award also includes the MCHAP Chair at IIT College of Architecture for the following academic year, and a US$50,000 prize to support research and publication in contribution to "Rethinking Metropolis", the college's ongoing theme envisioned by Dean Arets.

    Read more about the winning projects on Bustler.

  • How has the world changed since you were born?

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    Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime...

  • Get Lectured: University of Toronto, 2014-15

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    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014

    Say hello to another edition of Archinect's Get Lectured! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

    Today's poster comes from the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

    Designed by catalogtree and handfolded in The Netherlands, the Daniels' poster uses the Miura-Ori fold, a technique created by Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura to simulate large solar panel arrays for space satellites.

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    Below are upcoming lectures only. All evening lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 103 at 230 College Street, unless otherwise noted.


    Nov. 4
    Peter Rose / Peter Rose + Partners, Boston

    Nov. 25
    Michael Wilford...

  • Winners of the "Writing Architecture" book giveaway

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    Written by Yale University lecturer and practitioner Carter Wiseman, Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication About the Built Environment is a guidebook recently published by Trinity University Press that discusses the techniques of writing architecture that is accessible and appealing, especially to non-architectural folks.

    In our giveaway, Archinectors shared some of their biggest hurdles when writing about architecture (sometimes with a little snarky humor). It was pretty tough picking only five. But without further ado, here are our lucky winners:

    • Jean Pierre Walker, NY
    • ArchKatie, MN
    • Pawlz, VA
    • tint, CO
    • mohiashi, Brazil

    Congrats! And best of luck with all your writing endeavors. Last but not least, thanks to everyone that participated.

  • Shigeru Ban Architects seeking Junior Architect (2 years) in New York, NY, US

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    Shigeru Ban Architects is a growing, critically-acclaimed global practice with offices based in Tokyo, Paris and New York. 

    The position we are seeking to fill is in the New York Office.   Work experience in the United States is required for this position.   To meet our schedule, qualified candidates must currently be available for interviews in New York City.  We are seeking to hire immediately.

    We seek a Junior Architect with a minimum of 2 years continuous work experience in a professional architecture practice (summer internships not considered ‘continuous work experience’.)   Candidates must have exceptional design and presentation skills.

    We work with physical as well as virtual models.

    Applicants shall experience:

    • Organizing sets of presentation documents
    • Producing construction documents including plans, sections and details
    • Detailing innovative conditions
    • Working collaboratively with small fast-paced teams
    • Working on projects that have been built
    • Managing time independently to meet de...
  • Don't Forget to Thank Your Socks (And Other Organizing Tips)

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    [Marie] Kondo’s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not “spark joy,” after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment — your home already has all the storage you need [...] “When we take our clothes in our hands and fold them neatly,” she writes, “we are, I believe, transmitting energy, which has a positive effect on our clothes.”

    The article goes on to quote Leonard Koren, a design theorist who has written extensively on Japanese aesthetics: "The idea of non-dualism is a relationship to reality that proposes that everything is inextricably connected and alive, even inanimate objects. If we are compassionate and respectful to everything that exists, then we would have to be compassionate about the socks in the drawer that aren’t folded properly.”

    While perhaps laughable to some – particularly within the context of home-organizing –, taking seriously the idea that inanimate objects have a life of their own parallels a lot of emerging thought in contemporary philosophy. In particular, the philosophical school of "Object-Oriented Ontology" (OOO) seeks to destabilize the tradition of Western philosophy since at least Kant that relegates the reality of objects to their conforming to the human subject's perception. Graham Harman, whose doctoral dissertation "Tool-Being: Elements in a Theory of Objects" sparked the O...

  • Frank Gehry gives the crowd a piece of his mind (and his middle finger)

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    The crowd fell silent as the Great Gehry replied by slowly curling his hand into a fist and extending his middle finger towards the sky. The moderator asked for the next question. But Gehry was not finished, according to El Mundo (translated back into English by our own Jesus Diaz):

    Let me tell you one thing. In this world we are living in, 98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There's no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that's it. Once in a while, however, there's a small group of people who does something special. Very few. But good god, leave us alone! We are dedicated to our work. I don't ask for work. I don't have a publicist. I'm not waiting for anyone to call me. I work with clients who respect the art of architecture. Therefore, please don't ask questions as stupid as that one.

  • Living Breakwaters wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

    about 16 hours ago from

    "Living Breakwaters" took the grand prize of the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, considered to be the highest award for social impact design. Designed by a multidisciplinary team led by SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, Living Breakwaters uses an "Oyster-tecture" ecological intervention concept to help create resiliency for coastal cities. As its starting point, the project uses the Northeastern Seaboard of the U.S., which suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Sandy.

    Kate Orff of SCAPE will accept the Fuller Challenge prize and the US$100,000 cash award on behalf of the winning team at The Wythe in Brooklyn, NY on November 20.

    The SCAPE team is composed of: SCAPE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dr. Philip Orton / Stevens Institute of Technology, Ocean & Coastal Consultants, SeArc Ecological Consulting, LOT-EK, MTWTF, The Harbor School and Paul Greenberg.

    Head over to Bustler to learn more about the project.

  • Keep Portland Architecture Weird!: Episode 3 of Archinect Sessions out now

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    This week, Paul and Amelia talk with co-hosts Donna and Ken about the fickle pomo debate that is Michael Graves' Portland Building. We're joined by special guest Brian Libby, a freelance architecture journalist based in Portland, who's spent his fair share of time writing, reporting on, and inside the Portland Building.

    We also hash out the Guardian's boondoggle on Obama's Presidential Library, and introduce our upcoming coverage on the ACADIA Conference, taking place October 23-25 in Los Angeles, including a conversation with co-chair Alvin Huang.

    Listen to episode three of the Archinect Sessions podcast, "Keep Portland Architecture Weird!":



  • A preview of “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial

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    In the upcoming 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be" questions the role of design, its relationship to society, and how it can potentially bring change. Curated by Zoë Ryan and spanning all five floors of the Galata Greek Primary School from Nov. 1 to Dec.14, the biennial will showcase a designers' exhibition of over 50 projects that ask who defines the future and how it is defined. But the crucial aspect it explores is whose future could be affected.

    In an area of approximately 2,300 square meters at the Galata Greek Primary School, the exhibition will feature more than 50 projects by designers worldwide. The event will also host various creative academic workshops, panels, and film screenings.

    N°40 Workoutcomputer by Desireee Heiss and Ines Kaag.

    Fruit of the Polish Turkish culinary workshops

    Learn more about the event on Bustler!

  • Tour Los Angeles history with UCLA's new interactive urban trail app

    about 18 hours ago from

    Public parks do much more than provide places to play, relax or exercise  – they can also preserve portions of the natural landscapes, and remind us of our city’s history. In Los Angeles’ urban core, where public parks are few and much of the landscape has already been paved in concrete, combining peace and preservation becomes more difficult. But embracing infrastructure can lead to novel and engaging park systems, as seen in projects like the High Line, and now, in Los Angeles' State Historic Park (LASHP).

    Situated in a former rail-switching yard in LA's Chinatown, LASHP sits at the base of Elysian Park’s hills, stretching between an active light-rail line and the Los Angeles River. While still under construction, the park is already the focal point of an urban trail project, LASHP Trails, initially drafted by local high school students and developed by UCLA’s Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP). Originating in and around the park, the trails lead walk...

  • Hummingbird Drones and other Bio-inspired Robotics

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    Birds have remarkable flight capabilities...They make it look effortless, but engineering a drone to do the same is anything but. It’s a major engineering feat to harness the evolutionary talents of a bird and translate them into a robot that can deliver packages to your doorstep. By understanding how birds have mastered the ability to swoop and dive, [Stanford professor David] Lentink and his team [of mechanical engineers] hope to inform microdrone design.

    Similar to biomimicry (and its correspondent field of architectural thinking), bio-inspired design takes it cues from biological systems, although it entails simplification, enhancement and non-mimetic adaptation of observed phenomena rather than replication. Bio-inspired robotics, specifically, is a rather new field, although its origins can be traced back to the earliest engineering projects. For example, Leonardo Da Vinci famously studied birds, in particular kites, when he drew out plans for wings that could enable human flight.

    The US military is a major player in the field of bio-inspired robotics. In 2011, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released images of its own hummingbird-inspired drones, pictured above. Manufactured by AeroVironment the Nano Air Vehicle  is capable of flying along three axes of motion as well as hovering in mid-air. Equipped with a small camera, the 19 gram drone is small enough to surveil without attracting much attention.

    DARPA stud...

  • The NY Times talks with Craig Dykers of Snøhetta

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    There is a Norwegian word “hildring,” about the boundary between horizon and sky. The colors and variations of the bills were inspired by the interesting things that happen when sky meets sea. When you place all the bills side by side, they also create an interesting pattern, like a mosaic. In our work, we often try to take reality by surprise.

  • Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture

    about 18 hours ago from

    Let's start with the building itself, the actual architecture. Union Station is a neo-classical mix of styles — European styles. The symmetry, arched windows, ornate cornice and stacked, stone walls have their roots in the glory days of France, England, Greece and Rome, in empires that were nearly absent of ethnic minorities and who felt fully at ease invading, exploiting and actually enslaving the people of Africa, subcontinent Asia and South America.

  • Urban Planners Propose Moving Madison Square Garden to Nearby Post Office

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    If there’s one thing that all New Yorkers can agree on it’s that Penn Station is pretty awful. And if we’re ever going to get a new home for NJ Transit, Amtrak, and the LIRR, Madison Square Garden will have to move (just don’t tell any die-hard Rangers fans that).

    The Alliance for a New Penn Station is proposing in a new report that the world-famous venue Madison Square Garden be relocated to the nearby Morgan Post Office and Annex, which occupies the block bound by 9th and 10th avenues and 28th and 30th streets. They say the mail sorting facility site is large enough to accommodate a new state-of-the-art arena and it's just a quick walk to Penn Station.

    Penn Station was designed for 200,000 passengers a day and now sees 600,000, making a redesign necessary.

  • Editor's Picks #390

    about 19 hours ago from

    Amelia profiles the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture aka ANFA and ponders the lessons from her time spent down in San Diego for ANFA’s annual three-day conference at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Does neuro-architecture truly hold the promise of translational design?

    midlander dreams "I have a hard time seeing how this provides more meaningful feedback than occupant surveys...That said...I can't wait until I can wear some headset that makes revit models of whatever I'm thinking!" while Chris Teeter a regular advocate for the use of the "the old EEG headset" was pleased "great piece and like how you link all your news posts into a feature story..Although, much of what is going on now is data gathering, it is considerably more useful than just survey stats".

    For a more speculative version of Deans ListArchinect spoke with Hernan Diaz Alonso, upcoming Director at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.


    "Archinect Sessions" a new weekly podcast hosted by Paul and Amelia, releas...

  • What do you think of the Guggenheim Helsinki Stage One entries?

    about a day ago from

    Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition reeled in a whopping 1,715 entries from 77 countries. Although the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation officially launched the competition this past summer, the idea of proposing a new Guggenheim Museum for the city of Helsinki has already stirred plenty of debate...Most of the entries received were from the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, and of course, Finland.

    We picked out a few fairly promising submissions and more, uh, interesting ones.

    Check out more of our picks and other details on Bustler.

  • Skanska USA Building by Ted Moudis Associates

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    Photography by Magda Biernat.

    We worked with Skanska to conduct a Workplace Study of 5 US Locations to develop a plan for their work environment of the future. The goal was to align their US workplace environments closer to their Scandinavian offices and help to create a sense that all their offices are tied together as “ONE Skanska”. We developed an environment that shifted their culture away from a heavily office centric, hierarchical environment to a collaborative and open work environment, one with shared daylight and views for all team members. Our new plan provides tailored workspaces for individual group needs, increases shared collaborative space, and provides multi-functional meeting spaces.

    As the first step in the process, we provided an in-depth study of how Skanska previously and currently worked and collaborated with the Skanska team to understand how they wanted to work in the future. We developed new workplace standard, which improves individual and group work processe...

  • Nature Everywhere

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    My doctor told me I should walk more often since I am not a sports person other than occasionally betting on European soccer games. He told me to walk exercise as much as possible and enjoy the nature. I was pleasantly surprised when I start to walk every day and be with the nature that surround us everywhere. You can't miss it. 

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #43

    about a day ago from

    Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's Employer of the Day. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's Facebook page, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, check out the latest EOTD features:

    1. Joel Sanders Architect (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    2. Scott Mitchell Studio (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    3. HartnessVision (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Visualization Specialist

    4. Blair + Mui Dowd Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    5. Bostwick Design Partnership (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    To follow Employer of the Day, like Archinect's Facebook page.

  • Get Lectured: University of Maryland, Fall '14

    about a day ago from

    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014

    Say hello to another edition of Archinect's Get Lectured! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

    We have two posters today from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    Below are upcoming lectures only. All lectures are open to the public and take place in the Architecture Building Auditorium, 0204, unless noted otherwise. Exhibitions located at Kibel Gallery.

    Lectures with ** focus on Landscape and Urban Design (see poster below)

    Oct. 22 **
    5:00 p.m.
    Iñaki Aldayaki Alday / AldayJover Arquitectura y Paisaje
    “Hyper-real Drivers”

    Oct. 27
    6:30 p.m.
    Omar Blaik / Principal - U3 Ventures
    “A University in the City:...

  • What makes a building sacred?

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    The new science of neuroaesthetics [...] tells us much about the way pure form is dealt with by the brain. [...] V S Ramachandran, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and William Hirstein, a philosopher at Elmhurst College in Illinois, argue that we are innately attuned to recognise things as unified objects – such that we find brushstrokes or architectural features that can be mentally assembled into a coherent whole more beautiful.

    Related Archinect Feature: AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research

  • Back to the future: the fake relics of the 'old' Chinese city of Datong

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    Six years ago the then-mayor launched an ambitious plan to reconstruct the lost walls, watchtowers and Ming-style homes of the city – resettling tens of thousands of residents and transforming Datong into a tourist site. Now few want to live here

  • Buffalo’s jewel-box art museum to grow

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    The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, is preparing to launch its first major expansion effort in more than 50 years. [...] In 2012, the board commissioned the architectural firm Snøhetta to produce a master plan for future growth, but the details of this project have remained under wraps. Museum leaders told the Buffalo News that they are interested in holding an architectural competition for design proposals following their meetings with the public.

  • taz Headquarters by rundzwei

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    The new TAZ building is taking on the egalitarian and non-hierarchical mindset of the reknown left-oriented editing and publishing house, and reinterprets this approach spatially anew. Consequently, rather than using isolated floor plates, all employees are seated on “one level”. There is only one floor reaching from the ground floor all the way up to the roof level. The office spaces rise step-by-step gradually around the new “heart of the TAZ”, - a spiral shaped atrium formed by ramps and steps - and culminate in the roof garden with a 360° panoramic view over the center of Berlin and the surrounding creativity borrow.

    The communication corridor

    The building’s new center piece is the barrier-free ramp that starts at the lower ground floor and leads up to the roof-top. This ramp is access corridor for offices as well as “communication corridor”. It winds up in a clockwise direction and connects to the inner void space via an arrangement of steps. The shape of this void space i...