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Architects’ Reactions to Frei Otto’s Pritzker Prize Win

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After news of Frei Otto winning the 2015 Pritzker Prize broke, the internet was filled with comments on his influence on the profession over the past half a century of architecture. Of course, with the news of the Pritzker sadly packaged with news of his death, the impulse for many to offer some words in remembrance heightened the outpouring of opinion.

In addition, Otto was especially popular among some of architecture’s most established names; in a tweet, the New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman revealed that among the prominent advocates pushing for him to be awarded the prize were past laureates Renzo Piano and Shigeru Ban. With that in mind, we collected the thoughts and reactions of some of the leading architects today, revealing the respect held for Otto within the profession.

Masjid Mosque / HOK

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Architects: HOK
Location: Riyadh
Year: 2014
Photographs: Abdulrahman Alolyan

Miu Miu Aoyama
Store / Herzog & de Meuron

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Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Location: ,
Area: 269.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners

Leo Burnett Singapore / SCA design

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Architects: (a member of the ONG&ONG Group)
Project Director: Micah Valenzuela
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bai Jiwen

Courtesy of Pratt Institute
Courtesy of Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute to Host 2 Free Symposiums in April

Pratt Institute is presenting two architectural symposiums that are free and open to the public: ”An Inventory of What’s Possible“ on April 10 and “The Language of Architecture and Trauma” on April 11, 2015. “An Inventory of What’s Possible” will focuse on the history of America’s affordable housing emerging from the research, architectural prototypes, and financing that occurred in New York, as well as the city’s future potential in response to Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan.

The second event, “The Language of Architecture and Trauma,” will observe modern responses to trauma including disaster relief, today’s “crisis culture,” and the role of writing in addressing trauma. Through the combined lenses of architecture, fine arts, anthropology, and poetics, the program will create a dialogue examining the role of writing in architectural production, and more broadly in affecting the world. For more information on either of these events, visit

College of Liberal Arts / Overland Partners

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Architects: Overland Partners
Location: The University of Texas at , 116 Inner Campus Drive, , TX 78705, USA
Area: 212000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lars Frazer Photography

Álvaro Siza to Design 122-Meter Condo Tower in New York

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Álvaro Siza has been commissioned to design his first ever US project. Planned to rise 122-meters on the corner of West 56th Street and Eleventh Avenue in New York City, the Siza – designed condominium tower will be developed by Sumaida and Khurana – the same firm who just released designs for Tadao Ando’s first New York City tower: 152 Elizabeth Street. Stay tuned for more details.

Deluxe Mountain Chalets / Viereck Architects

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Architects: Viereck Architects
Location: Styria,
Area: 316.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Viereck Architects

GRAFT Reveals Final Design for Munich’s APASSIONATA Park

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GRAFT Architects has released the final designs for the APASSIONATA adventure park. The competition-winning proposal aims to become a hub for leisure and entertainment in Munich, Germany, featuring a year-round venue for relaxation, discovery, and interaction with horses.

Check out the design and watch a virtual tour of the park, after the break.

A Pavilion on the Garden / Rafael Alanis, Andres Bonino, Matias Coll, Diego Secco

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Architects: Rafael Alanis, , , Diego Secco
Location: Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Avenida Tomas Giribaldi 2283, Montevideo 11300, Uruguay
Area: 35.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Marcos Guiponi

Page\Park Wins Competition to Rebuild Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

School of Art (before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer

Page\Park Architects have been announced as winner of a competition to restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art (GSA). The Scottish practice, chosen ahead of four other shortlisted architects, will now develop plans to restore the building’s library and all other areas devastated by fire in May of last year

Highlighting Page\Park’s “extensive track record in both restoring and reinvigoration major historic buildings” and previous work on the Mac, GSA director Prof Tom Inns said: “The team assembled by Page\Park Architects impressed us not only with their deep knowledge of the building, but of the wider work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh… Page\Park have ongoing relationships with key crafts specialists and artists in Scotland and wider afield, and presented exciting proposals for expanding the legacy of the by working with a new generation of creative talent.”

Spring Studios / AA Studio

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Architects: AA Studio
Location: 50 Varick Street, , NY 10013, USA
Collaboration: MA Architects
Area: 12000.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Razummedia, DaVinci Stairs

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

Image of the planned new capital of , masterplanned by SOM. Image Courtesy of SOM

Threatening to end ’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes – for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires – making the new capital of Egypt the largest planned city in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

Jatobás Residence / Gesto Arquitetura

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Architects: Gesto Arquitetura
Location: – SP, Brasil
Project Architects: Newton Massafumi Yamato e Tânia Regina Parma
Project Area: 612.7 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

eVolo Announces 2015 Skyscraper Competition Winners

First Place: “Essence ” / BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo). Image Courtesy of

From 480 submitted projects from around the world, three winners and 15 honorable mentions have emerged at the top of eVolo’s 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Recognizing innovative highrise designs of the future, the competition emphasizes the role of technology, material, spatial organization, and their combined contribution to the natural and built environments. This year’s winners showed exceptional promise in adaptive vertical communities, and explored their ideas through imaginative and resourceful means.

Check out the winners and honorable mentions, after the break.

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Courtesy of Arch for People

ModulARCH Festival of Modular Architecture

Organized by Czech collective Arch for PeopleModulARCH is a new festival of modular architecture to be held in BrnoCzech Republic this April. The festival will explore all aspects of modular architecture from the ecological to the economic, and discuss the role of the typology within the contemporary city.

The three day program of ModulARCH will unfold on the grounds of Brno’s Moravian gallery, and comprise three distinct blocks. In succession, the festival will address modular architecture’s relationship with the public space, the modular EXPO 2015 pavilion in Milan, and the social necessity of modular architecture, alongside its role in public buildings. Two evening lectures will be given by Chilean architect Sebastian Irarrazaval, whose practice and research has dealt closely with modular architecture and construction. Learn more about the three day conference after the break.

Old Church Street Town House / TDO Architecture

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Architects: TDO Architecture
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Blossom, Echlin

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Midlands Awards

Shortlisted: Parkside, Matlock / Evans Vettori Architects. Image © Tristan Poyser

A total of eleven projects have been shortlisted for RIBA  2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Evans Vettori, Make, Orms, and . All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.