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London's The Bartlett School of Architecture scored big times at today's presentation of the 2013 RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards taking home all of the three top prizes. [...] Dating back to 1836, the prestigious President's Medals are awarded annually to students nominated by schools of architecture worldwide.
The project "Kizhi Island" by Ben Hayes received the RIBA Silver Medal for this year's best post-graduate design work. Ness Lafoy was awarded the Bronze Medal for the best undergraduate design project with the project "Helsinki Archipelago Town Hall". The Dissertation Medal went to Tamsin Hanke's research project "Magnitogorsk: Utopian Vision Of Spatial Socialism".
about 56 minutes ago from archinect.com
Adolf Loos, the enigmatic Moravian-born architect, is better known for his writings than his buildings. A century after the publication of his polemical essay “Ornament and Crime,” a Columbia University exhibition called “Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary” examines his enduring relevance.
The NYT talks to Yehuda E. Safran, exhibition organizer.
about 3 hours ago from archinect.com
Heads up to active employers and job hunters -- if you're following Archinect's Facebook page, you may have noticed our new Employer of the Day feature where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.
For those of you who missed them, here's a summary of the previous week's Employer of the Day features...
1.Shubin + Donaldson Architects (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Designer/Architect, Culver City and Santa Barbara, CA
2. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Urban Designer, San Francisco, CA
3. Architecture for Humanity (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Design Fellow - Resilient Oklahoma Program, San Francisco, CA
6. Rios Clementi Hale Studios (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Project Accountant, A/P Professional, Los Angeles,...
At the intersection of these two domains – technology and civic life – a small and fascinating sector has been taking root for the last few years. [...] Together, these types of companies and organizations have loosely come to define "civic tech" – and the potential for a future where technology finally, seamlessly, significantly alters how we relate to government and our neighbors.
Not without its growing pains, the U.S. government is slowly learning to effectively use technology to connect to its citizens. The expanding field of "civic-tech" focuses on the sharing and distillation of government data, to grease the bureaucratic wheels and ramp up personal civic engagement.
Explore the world of civic tech with this interactive network map, courtesy of the Knight Foundation.
The Santiago Calatrava: The Metamorphosis of Space exhibition celebrated its grand opening at the Braccio di Carlo Magno in Vatican City today. Curated by Micol Forti of the Vatican Museums, the special exhibition presents over 140 artistic works of Calatrava, including his never-before-seen architectural models, sculptures, and watercolor drawings.
Images property of Studio Calatrava © Santiago Calatrava
"It looks like a prison to be honest with you," said Lynda Johnson, an assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and editor and founder of KidStyleSource.com who has owned a townhouse on St. Nicholas Place for 20 years and is a member of the Hamilton Heights Homeowners Association. Some feel the design does not fit into the context of the nearby Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill Historic District, which is filled with Beaux Arts and Queen Anne-style 19th-century row houses.
about 7 hours ago from archinect.com
Miami’s new art museum, the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), opens on December 4th. The subtle building, designed by the Basel architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron, isn't exactly what you'd expect from a city that produced the Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco, Morris Lapidus, and Arquitectonica.
about 7 hours ago from archinect.com
The EyeTime 2013 competition has revealed the winning photographs in its two categories, Emerging Talent and Future Voices. The annual contest aims to promote the research, exploration and investigation currently happening amongst today's emerging talent.
Previously: EyeTime 2013 Competition Finalists
about 10 hours ago from archinect.com
Restyling of an indoor art gallery, with a new concept of spaces and light design
about 10 hours ago from archinect.com
The B’ Tower, located in the center of Rotterdam, is composed of three distinct volumes of retail and residential program, and is a contiguous extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. Standing at a height of 70 m, its plinth encompasses retail while its subsequent volumes are composed of 54 studios and 24 apartments, respectively. The city of Rotterdam mandated in the mid-1990s that a portion of newly built structures in its center incorporate housing; intrinsically, the B’ Tower is one of the first of these buildings, seeking to impart and sustain an urban vibrancy within this rapidly restructuring district.
Adjacently sited to a pedestrian promenade, the tower’s retail and lobby are accessed by foot, while its residential program provides additional entry options for automobiles and bicyclists. Specially designated elevators enable this automobile entry, which rise four stories to an elevated park that offers direct access to the building’s core. This t...
about 11 hours ago from archinect.com
After about 20 hours in transit (including some jet-lagged confusion on the Tobu Line out of Tokyo), I've arrived at my first stop in Japan: Nikko. The city had been cut from our official itinerary fairly early in the planning process, and I wanted to see what we'd be missing (and, I admit, spend a few peaceful nights in a traditional inn before the frenzied tour officially starts).
Nikko is justifiably famous for its collection of UNESCO-listed temple complexes, nestled in the cedar forests a few miles from the modern city. Nikko's temples are considered the best of Japan's Edo-era architecture, and as late as the 19th century they were widely considered the apotheosis of Japanese architecture in general. Essentially, the Nikko temples take Chinese-Buddhist precedents, and crank up the volume. These buildings are gaudy and ostentatious: no surface goes undecorated, and the riot of ornamentation and visual collision of myriad materials can be shocking, if one was expecting seve...
about 11 hours ago from archinect.com
And just like that, it's already December. For the last two months of 2013, let's have a look at our favorite picks from Archinect's curated Kickstarter page.
1. 'REM' - Rem Koolhaas Documentary by Tomas Koolhaas
Directed by Rem's son, Tomas Koolhaas, this feature-length documentary has two shoots left before starting post-production. Tomas' architecture documentary branches out from the traditional approach of the film genre, featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the details of his father's work process as well as stories from everyday people that use his built projects.
2. The Pop-Up City Book by The Pop-Up City
Jeroen Beekmans and Joop de Boer of the Amsterdam-based blog The Pop-Up City is finally at the brink of publishing their first book. Readers will get to flip through 260 pages of stories and colorful illustrations about the making of cities, design and culture.
3. The DIY Concrete House Ring by Linda Bennett
The complex process of making used in the...
It's a three-way tie for the competition to develop the urban conceptual design for the Delta and Porto Baros area in Rijeka, Croatia. The international call-for-concepts asked entrants to propose an urban design that could serve as an innovative model of feasible development that could be used to renew future development sites in the country.
Out of 56 submissions from around the globe, the competition jury selected three Crotia-based first-prize winners who were awarded a net amount of approx. US$35,600 (26,200 €):
- Studio 3LHD from Zagreb
- PORTICUS from Split
- njiric+ arhitekti/Hrvoje Njirić from Zagreb
2013 AIA North Carolina Honor Award
2013 Virginia Society AIA Architecture Merit Award
The Coastal Studies Institute is a new research and teaching campus within the University of North Carolina system located in Manteo along the Croatan Sound of Roanoke Island. CSI was conceived to fill the research gap in this part of the state, address the area’s pressing issues related to development and pressures on its natural resources, and increase inter-institutional collaboration within the university system. This facility is the product of a partnership between the UNC Office of the President, East Carolina University, Dare County and its citizens and other universities of the UNC system.
CSI was established in 2003 as a program allowing collaboration, resource sharing, and research program initiation and enhancement. The mission of the Institute is to undertake research, offer educational and community outreach programs, and enhance communication about the history, culture...
The Albert Canal, connecting Antwerp with Liège, has been broadened for river traffic up to 9000 tons. The new bridge has a central span of 100m, which allows for a free width of 86m for boat passage. The conditions for this intervention are highly complex since the site is historically preserved. At this very spot, the Second World War started for Belgium. The bunker next to the bridge testifies of this era.
The bridge is a stayed structure with a total length of 195 m. Its deck consists of two lanes of 3.25m width with adjacent pedestrian and cycle routes. The total width of the bridge deck is 18,5m. The main structural bridge system consists of two steel beams with variable height. The form varies according to the stresses acting of the beams, resulting in a materialised force diagram visible from the deck. These beams are used on the one hand for separation of heavy traffic and pedestrians or cyclists, on the other hand for pushing the bridge to i...
Archinect recently took a field trip to Playa Vista, a quiet community minutes from the ocean in west Los Angeles, to check out UCLA’s new satellite architecture campus, IDEAS. Entirely housed within a 13,000sqft airplane hangar, the campus is used by architecture students in the university’s SUPRASTUDIO program, a one-year MArch II that pairs students with industry and non-profit leaders to focus on an advanced research project. Since its first run in 2008, SUPRASTUDIO has tripled in size and offerings, now composed of 41 students working in studios led by Gehry Partners/Gehry Technologies, Greg Lynn, and Thom Mayne/The Now Institute.
A far cry from the hilly green labyrinth of UCLA’s Westwood campus, the IDEAS hangar formerly belonged to famed aviation magnate Howard Hughes, and now plays neighbor to Los Angeles’ YouTube Space (and nearby Google in Venice). The Playa Vista community is still very new, first developed in the early aughts as part of President Bill Clinton’s init...
eric chavkin penned a review of "Glen Small: Recovery Room" an exhibit at Assembly in Los Angeles, organized and curated by Archinect's own Orhan Ayyüce. MightyMike (aka Michael Locke) commented "For local (Los Angeles) fans of Archinect, there's a wonderful example of Small's work in the Franklin Hills...the Leiberman House". For his part davidd felt "This review and Small's work seems to come from an ingroup/niche point of view".
eric chavkin penned a review of "Glen Small: Recovery Room" an exhibit at Assembly in Los Angeles, organized and curated by Archinect's own Orhan Ayyüce. He concluded "Despite the flaws the works of Glen Small offer so much that another architect could base an entire career on re-doing, modifying, repeating any one of his single works".
MightyMike (aka Michael Locke) commented "For local (Los Angeles) fans of Archinect, there's a wonderful example of Small's work in the Franklin Hills...the Leiberman House, designed by Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 and completed by Anthony Eckelberry in 1995". For his part davidd felt "This review and Small's work seems to come from an ingroup/niche point of view".
Plus, in latest edition of the series Working out of the Box, Archinect spoke with with Microsoft Design Leads Mary-Lynne Williams and Moneta Ho Kushner.
Once a bustling and stylish avenue, now a street that no longer knows its identity or purpose, no other street in Rotterdam provokes as much discussion as the Coolsingel.
The Coolsingel is Rotterdam's civic artery, a 1km street home to the city's economic, commercial and political focal points. But despite its central position and function for the last century, the street has suffered a bit of an identity crisis, and lacks the vibrancy it once channeled.
To reinvigorate its presence in the city and honor its history, Sculpture International Rotterdam (along with guest curator Laurie Cluitmans) will transform the street into an outdoor cinema, for a project it calls "Tribute To An Avenue". Every night for a month early next year, short films by accomplished international video artists will be projected onto the Coolsingel's walls and windows, accompanied by special tours including food, music, and nightlife. The event is not only a move to invigorate the space, but to refine its muddle, and draw public attention to the relationship between a city street and its citizens.
"Tribute To An Avenue" will run every night from January 8 to February 9, 2...
UNStudio has surely been on a roll in completing projects for the past few weeks. Ben van Berkel and co. recently finished the Hanjie Wanda Square at the Wuhan Central Culture Centre in Wuhan, China. UNStudio's overall design for the facade and interior of the new luxury shopping plaza won a 2011 international competition. Using sophisticated yet simple materials, the plaza has sleek colors and dynamic patterns that are also a suitable match for its luxury retail features.
All images courtesy of UNStudio, photography © Edmon Leong.
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The city has become a drop-off point for the migrant tribe of global super-rich, who feel the need to keep homes in London, New York, perhaps Moscow or an Asian city, and now Miami. [...] At times, Miami seems to be following a London formula: property speculation + contemporary art + restaurant boom + cultural diversity = dynamic world city. It is easy to see where it all gets a bit shallow, starting with the sudden mania for collecting big-name architects.
The primal need of the client was to combine both his dwelling house and his physical therapist´s practice in one building thereby ensuring privacy for the living space and enabling the therapy rooms to be open and visible to the public.
Thus, the project is separated into two communicating volumes - the lower situated part facing the street is used for working purposes while the upper recessed part offers space for a 2-floor living area. Both volumes are combined by a common surface serving at the same time as a roof for the practice rooms and a terrace/garden for private use. The extension of this surface spans and roofs the whole west face of the building and becomes a carport in the northern part of the complex. This concept ensures independent working and living in one integrative building thereby creating a large garden which allows maximum outlook to the surrounding mountains and minimal insight from the public.
The dwelling floors appear as open areas – light-flooded wit...
The Inujima Studio is continuing and our group has begun to understand better the main issues of the island. What remains kind of confusing is who the client is, the 30 people who live on the island now, the 30,000 who visit it every year, or the unknown population that might choose to move there someday? And how do we talk to those people right now, or even understand who they actually are to begin with?
One of the great things about architecture school at Keio is that the students often build what they design, and this studio looks like ti has the potential to go that way as well if we can sort out some of the answers well enough. It is a good incentive, but means we need to learn a lot more about the client and the island, and that is what the students are up to now. We have come to a moment where we kind of have some idea about the known knowns and the known unknowns, to borrow a Rumsfeldian truth-ism. But it is going to be a bit more time before it makes sense. The unce...
Assist the Project Designer with the Interior Design for 255-room Hotel Development in the UK.
- Prepare and coordinate all FF&E documentation required for Tender and Construction issues, including specification writing.
- Assist in the design of FF&E – sourcing and drafting of custom furniture pieces, and developing CAD library of FF&E blocks.
- Participate in management of FF&E sample library
- Develop a standardized FF&E process with the goal of enhancing the efficiency of this role.
Experience & Qualifications:
- 2-4 years of Experience in the industry, either within a design firm, in-house, or within a purchasing agency.
- Experience writing FF&E specifications for Hospitality projects.
- Experience with FF&E specification software such as SPEXX or comparable is a plus.
- Excellent English speaking and writing skills.
- Good knowledge of AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, and SketchUP.
"Our goal was to develop a device to be used on construction sites. We created a highly portable large format display device with a rugged and weatherproof case that could hold all the CAD drawings a team needs. This makes designs available virtually any place and any time,"
E Ink announces the 13.3" Fina E-ink Display in conjunction with Pocketbook announcing the new PocketBook CAD Reader. Utilizing the Fina display and running Android 4.04, the larger tablet was explicitly designed to display CAD drawings and be utilized in the field for construction. It utilizes touchscreen and a Wacom stylus input and is designed to be integrated with existing AutoCAD based applications. A case designed to withstand the stresses of construction. The tablet has a 1 Ghz dual-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of storage, WiFi and 3g modules, and an 8000 mAh battery.
The tablet will be on display at the Autodesk University event in Las Vegas, NV, on December 5th.