Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina. Image Courtesy of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina. Image Courtesy of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

Beatriz Colomina And Mark Wigley Appointed As Curators Of The 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts have announced that internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina and architectural historian, theorist, and critic Mark Wigley will curate the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial to be held in the summer of 2016. Colomina, a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and curator of the recent Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education in a Time of Disciplinary Instability exhibition (Lisbon Triennale, 2013; Venice Biennale 2014) will join Wigley, Professor and Dean Emeritus of Columbia University’s GSAPP and renowned writer and curator, in helping to cement the biennial’s international reputation.

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum Named European Museum Of The Year

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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which was comprehensively restored and reimagined by Spanish practice Cruz y Ortiz over the course of a decade, has been named as the 2015 European Museum of the Year (EMYA) by the European Museum Forum. Lauded by the jury as “a great museum, at the height of its powers, providing a rich experience to the public, and a socially aware outreach programme for visitors of all ages,” its success has also been in the museum’s ”ambition to ‘reach every child in the by the age of twelve’” – an aspiration which has been praised as “notable, impressive and achievable.” The coveted award has previously gone to Zaha Hadid Architects’ Riverside Museum in Glasgow in 2013.

Ricola Kräuterzentrum / Herzog & de Meuron

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Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach
Associate, Project Director: Michael Fischer
Project Manager: Nina Renner
Project Team: Zdeněk Chmel, Wolfgang Hardt, Harald Schmidt, Hendrik Steinigeweg, Luca Ugolini, Freya Winkelmann
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Ricola, Iwan Baan

Fitzroy Park House / Stanton Williams

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Architects: Stanton Williams

Location: N6, UK
Area: 566.0 sqm
Photographs: Hufton+Crow, Edmund Sumner

Cannes Airport / COMTE et VOLLENWEIDER Architectes

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Architects: Comte & Vollenweider Architectes
Location: 245 Avenue Francis Tonner, 06150 , France
Project Architect: Pierre-André Comte, Stéphane Vollenweider, Régis Roudil, Marion Grégoire, Marrit Veenstra / SUD EQUIP bureau d’études t.c.e.
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Cortesia de Comte & Vollenweider Architectes

Tropical Box House / WHBC Architects

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Architects: WHBC Architects
Location: Damansara Heights, 50490 , Wilayah Persekutuan , Malaysia
Area: 7500.0 ft2
Photographs: Kent Soh

Keep It Glassy 2 / Coordination Asia

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Architects: Coordination Asia
Location: Wandanu (Changjiang West Road), Baoshan, Shanghai, , 200431
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Coordination Asia

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Princeton Names Monica Ponce de Leon as Dean of Architecture

Monica Ponce de Leon has been named as the next Dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture. Ponce de Leon, who co-founded Office dA in 1991, and then founded her own firm MPdL Studio in 2011, is the current Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She also previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for 12 years, and is a recipient of the National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Open Call: Santiago Launches International Competition for “Nueva Alameda Providencia”

The Metropolitan Regional Government of Santiago, has launched a Two Stage International Public Competition for the development of the urban design and engineering of the urban axis Alameda Providencia. This axis is not only the main avenue of the city of Santiago de , but is also considered to be the “heart of the metropolis” and the republic’s most representative public space. The 12 km corridor integrates civic, symbolic and economic functions, represented by the highest concentration of retail, business and civic activities of the Metropolitan Region.

Based on the national relevance of this space, this competition not only aims to select the best team of professionals, but also the best comprehensive urban design, public space, landscape and urban mobility proposal, which considers the demands of the inhabitants of the city of Santiago for a better quality of life and the need for revitalized public spaces and public transport improvements. The Master Plan should take into account the surrounding buildings and natural heritage, land uses and existing and future social activities along this metropolitan axis.

The Conceptual Master Plan should consider that Santiago’s Metropolitan Transit System is an open system. Therefore, the proposals should be functional for bus services entering or leaving at various points along its 12 kms and/or at its ends; that is, the infrastructure must allow for intermediate points where buses can enter and/or exit, in addition to at the ends. Due to this, bus courtyards are not required, yet spaces for frequency regulation are.

View competition details after the break.

STUDIOS 54 / Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

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Architects: Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects
Location: NSW 2010, Australia
Area: 126.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Alex Rink/Aaron Murray

#LoFab: MASS Design Group’s Campaign For Local Building

“If I get a contract, so does the entire neighborhood.”

With these ten words, Haitian artisan Mackenzy Vil sums up the philosophy behind MASS Design Group‘s latest video series, “Lo-Fab.” Short for locally fabricated, the Lo-Fab videos follow in the footsteps of MASS Design Group’s provocative “Beyond the Building” series, advocating for a more holistic understanding of the processes that go into actually constructing a building, particularly when designing for communities in need.

The first video in the series documents Vil’s work in creating the sky-blue screen facade of the GHESKIO Cholera Center, in a community where Haitians are still dealing with the after-effects of the devastating 2010 earthquake. “On every project, we highlight and scale local innovation and ideas, hire local labor, and use local ,” explains MASS Design Group, resulting in an influx of both money and dignity to the places where they work.

Morphosis Architects Headline AIA’s 2015 Technology In Architectural Practice Innovation Awards

Stellar Architecture category winner: Emerson College Los Angeles / Morphosis Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

The AIA has announced four projects as the winners of its inaugural Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Innovation Awards, with Morphosis Architects’ Emerson College Los Angeles taking away the headline “Stellar Architecture” award. Started in 2005, the TAP Knowledge Community has led efforts to acknowledge and disseminate the best use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies, and the AIA hopes that the new TAP Innovation Award will “enliven the discourse on how these innovations can advance the profession and practice of architecture and further the mission of the Institute.”

See all four awarded projects after the break.

Gabinete 857 / GOarquitetos

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Architects: GOarquitetos
Location: São Paulo – São Paulo, Brasil
Project Architects: Marcio Orsi e Roberta Gontijo
Project Area: 137.66 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Ana Mello

Vincent Callebaut Proposes “Wooden Orchids” Green Shopping Center for China

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Vincent Callebaut Architectures have received honorary mention for their “Wooden Orchids” proposal in the International Union of Architects’ (UIA) Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture Competition. Based in Ruichang, China, the competition tasked participants with designing several  and commercial complexes near one of the world’s largest flower theme parks. Wooden Orchids consolidates these functions in a green shopping hub that speaks to the area’s demographic and climatic influences.

Bamboom: Elora Hardy’s TED Talk on Bamboo’s Exploding Popularity

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about bamboo - besides being an entirely natural, sustainable material with the tensile strength of that can grow up to 900 millimeters (3 feet) in just 24 hours – is that it’s not more widely recognized as a fantastic construction material. Like many traditional building materials, bamboo no longer has the architectural currency that it once did across Asia and the pacific, but the efforts of Elora Hardy may help put it back into the vernacular. Heading up Ibuku, a design firm that uses bamboo almost exclusively, Hardy’s recent TED Talk is an excellent run through of bamboo’s graces and virtues in construction, showing off sinuous private homes and handbuilt school buildings.

Neighbor Care Center / Gubbins Arquitectos, Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos

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Architects: Gubbins Arquitectos, Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos
Location: , Santiago Región Metropolitana,
Project Architects: Pedro Gubbins Foxley, Victor Gubbins Browne, Antonio Polidura, Pablo Talhouk
Project Area: 2946.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, José Miranda, Courtesy of Gubbins Arquitectos

The Transnational Urbanism of Paris: An Interview With Assistant Mayor Jean-Louis Missika

In the past century, the rise of globalism, of relatively cheap international transport, and above all, of the “world city” has fundamentally changed the way we think about citizenship and the nation state. To accommodate that change, we have also had to invent a new kind of “Transnational Urbanism”: at the more esoteric end of this scale are ideas such as JG Ballard’s “city of the 21st century,” a geographically scattered “city” made up of the interconnected no-man’s-land of international airports, which was recently exemplified by Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva’s hypothetical proposal for Moscow’s Central Business district. At the other end of the scale are pragmatic choices that must be made by cities such as New York, London and Hong Kong that truly affect the lives of people not just living in the city, but around the world.

To probe this topic, Magazine has dedicated their latest issue to the topic of Transnational Urbanism. In this extract from the magazine, MONU’s Bernd Upmeyer and Beatriz Ramo interview French sociologist and Assistant Mayor of Paris Jean-Louis Missika to discover how the city is positioning itself as a 21st century global city, and how it is absorbing and adopting change in everything from the creative class to smart cities and 3D Printing.

In Suspension / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC,
Area: 2000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams