Six Practices Selected As Winners of the 2016 Architectural League Prize

16:00 - 5 May, 2016
 Six Practices Selected As Winners of the 2016 Architectural League Prize, Courtesy of The Open Workshop
Courtesy of The Open Workshop

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of its thirty-fifth annual Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. First launched in 1981 and selected by a committee of former recipients and League Program Director Anne Rieselbach, the Architectural League Prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to young architects, who are recognized for their talent and forward-thinking ideas. This year’s theme for the competition, “(im)permanence”, asks how time plays a role in architectural style, means of assembly, and its relationship to program which ultimately alters expectations of architecture in an “impermanent environment.”

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Moshe Safdie to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 National Design Awards

14:45 - 5 May, 2016
Moshe Safdie to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 National Design Awards, Habitat '67. Image © Wikimedia user Taxiarchos228 licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Habitat '67. Image © Wikimedia user Taxiarchos228 licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Moshe Safdie will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 National Design Awards of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The museum states, “The Lifetime Achievement Award is given in recognition of a distinguished individual who has made a profound and long-term contribution to the contemporary practice of design.” Safdie and his fellow recipients will be honored at the 17th annual National Design Awards gala in New York in October.

Yad Vashem, Har Hazikaron, Jerusalem, 2005. Image Courtesy of Timothy Hursley Skirball Cultural Center, View of Taper Courtyard and Hillside Beyond, Los Angeles, 1996. Image Courtesy of Timothy Hursley Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 2010. Image Courtesy of Timothy Hursley Habitat '67, Construction View, Montreal, Canada, 1967. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects +7

The Global Art Affairs Foundation to Present Architecture Interview Series at Venice Biennale

08:00 - 5 May, 2016

The Global Art Affairs (GAA) Foundation in collaboration with PLANE-SITE, has produced a series of interviews with world renowned architects that will be available for public viewing at the TIME SPACE EXISTENCE exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The prestigious list of architects includes Peter Eisenman, Denise Scott Brown, Curtis W. Fentress, Meinhard von Gerkan, Dirk Hebel, the late Frei Otto, and Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell of WOHA.

Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc

06:00 - 5 May, 2016
Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc, Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janerio. Image © Nelson Kon
Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janerio. Image © Nelson Kon

Born on the 5th of May 1944 in what was at the time the French Protectorate of Morocco, French architect Christian de Portzamparc had doubts about continuing with architecture while studying in the 1960s, questioning modernist ideals and the discipline's lack of freedom compared to art. Instead, he spent a decade attempting to understand the role of architecture, before returning triumphantly with a new model of iterative urban design that emphasized open neighborhoods based around landmark "poles of attraction" and a varied series of high profile commissions that combine a sense of purpose and place.

Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond Propose Chicago Skyline Cablecar

16:00 - 4 May, 2016
Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond Propose Chicago Skyline Cablecar, Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond
Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond

Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond have revealed plans for the “Chicago Skyline” an aerial cable car attraction spanning from the Chicago Riverfront to Navy Pier and through Downtown along the Riverwalk. The project, still seeking permission, is meant to enable visitors to experience the fabled Chicago skyline in a new way, viewing the city and lakefront from custom-designed pods or “gondolas”. The design shares many similarities with the pill-like capsules surrounding the London Eye, which was also designed by Marks Barfield Architects. The Skyline is being marketed as a practical solution to link Navy Pier to the transit network within the Chicago Loop.

Atelier d’Architecture Michel Remon Wins Competition for Tel Aviv University Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre

14:00 - 4 May, 2016
Atelier d’Architecture Michel Remon Wins Competition for Tel Aviv University Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre, Courtesy of Strelka KB
Courtesy of Strelka KB

Atelier d’Architecture Michel Remon has been announced as the winner of the Open International Competition for the Tel Aviv University Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre. The French company has a history of designing buildings for technological purposes, including the National Research Centre for Scientific Research (Meudon, suburb of Paris), the Physics and Biology Laboratories for Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, suburb of Paris), the National Solar Energy Institute (Savoy), and the Paris-Saclay Research Сentre of Air Liquide. In Tel Aviv, a matrix of vertical lines creates a “skin” over a three story, 6,000 square meter structure that will house 12 research labs – including those for physical, biophysical, and neural engineering, as well as molecular electronics, and others – in addition to offices and public areas. Once complete, the building will house 120 scientists and engineers as collaborators with one of the most significant universities in Israel.

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LACMA Steadily Raises Funds for Peter Zumthor's Campus Overhaul

12:00 - 4 May, 2016
LACMA Steadily Raises Funds for Peter Zumthor's Campus Overhaul, © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner
© Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has announced two gifts totaling $75 million dollars, bringing the museum’s Peter Zumthor designed campus overhaul one step closer to reality, reports the Los Angeles Times. Elaine Wynn, one of the world’s top art collectors, has pledged $50 million dollars, and former Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio has promised $25 million, bringing the total funds raised and approved to $275 million, just shy of halfway to the $600 million required for the project.

Ennead Architects Reveal Proposal for Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Expansion

06:00 - 4 May, 2016
Ennead Architects Reveal Proposal for Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Expansion, © San Labs for Ennead Architects
© San Labs for Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects have unveiled their proposed design for the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts campus expansion, master planning and architectural design competition. “This campus expansion and re-envisioning positions Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts—one of China’s top schools of fine art—as an Academy in the Park,” inspired by nature and an oasis destination within the dense urban fabric of Tianjin, write the architects.

Fragments of Metropolis: Documenting the Expressionist Heritage of the Rhine-Ruhr Region

04:00 - 4 May, 2016

European Expressionism in architecture has, until now, suffered from neglect. Following a successful campaign for the first volume in a planned seven-part series which focused on Berlin, a new version of the Fragments of Metropolis series—which covers with the Rhein-Ruhr region of Europe—will document 155 buildings from Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg to Düsseldorf, Cologne, Münster and Oberhausen. This latest volume is currently being crowdfunded.

Preview OMA's Installation for Met Museum Exhibition "Manus x Machina"

16:00 - 3 May, 2016
Preview OMA's Installation for Met Museum Exhibition "Manus x Machina", © Albert Vecerka and OMA
© Albert Vecerka and OMA

With the conclusion of this year’s Met Gala, on Thursday the public will have their first look at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new spring show, "Manus x Machina". According to the museum, “[the exhibition] will explore [an] ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.” Occurring in the museum’s Robert Lehman Wing, a 1975 expansion by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, the exhibition design has been developed by Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York. Organized by Andrew Bolton, the Curator of The Costume Institute, the exhibition will feature over 100 samples of “haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear, dating from an 1880s Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit.” Read on for a small preview of the exhibition, fashion, and spectacle of Manus x Machina, on view from May 5 - August 14.  

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Santiago Calatrava's Winning Design for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo

12:45 - 3 May, 2016
Santiago Calatrava's Winning Design for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava
Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava has won the competition to design the United Arab Emirates Pavilion for the Dubai World Expo in 2020. Nine finalists submitted 11 concepts that were evaluated on three criteria: their expression of Expo’s theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” whether the design was evocative of the UAE, and if a balance was struck between the country’s past and future. Calatrava’s design proposes a 15,000 square meter pavilion with exhibition areas, an auditorium, food and beverage outlets, and VIP lounges. The design is meant to evoke the wings of a falcon in flight, linking itself to the country’s history of falconry to emphasize the country’s present day goals of global connectedness.

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Dror Proposes New Vegetated Biosphere for Montreal

08:00 - 3 May, 2016
Dror Proposes New Vegetated Biosphere for Montreal, Courtesy of Dror
Courtesy of Dror

In anticipation of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Expo 67, Studio Dror has proposed a 150-meter-wide vegetated dome for Park Jean Drapeau, the original site of the World Fair. The new dome would complement Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere, which was built as the US pavilion for Expo 67. 

Obelisks by Álvaro Siza and Alison and Peter Smithson Re-Erected in Rural England

06:30 - 3 May, 2016
Obelisks by Álvaro Siza and Alison and Peter Smithson Re-Erected in Rural England, 'Obelisk' / Alison and Peter Smithson. Image © James Morris
'Obelisk' / Alison and Peter Smithson. Image © James Morris

Two sculptures—Obelisk by Alison and Peter Smithson and Columns by Álvaro Siza Vieira—have been re-erected in Shatwell, a "semi-derelict agricultural complex" located in rural England. The instatement of the monuments form a part of an evolving programme of installations which Drawing Matter, an organisation founded by Niall Hobhouse "that champions the process of architecture through collecting, archiving and commissioning," will use to explore the relationship between architecture, sculpture and landscape.

ARM Architecture Honored with Australia's Architecture Gold Medal

06:00 - 3 May, 2016
© Peter Bennetts. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects
© Peter Bennetts. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects have awarded their highest honor, the Gold Medal, to the founders of ARM Architecture during the 2016 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. Based out of Melbourne and Perth, ARM is widely known for their “contemporary, often daring, sometimes controversial designs.”

Established in 1988 by directors Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt, and Ian McDougall, the large scale practice has had a significant impact on design throughout Australia. They've designed a range of projects including cultural buildings, urban design and planning, office buildings, apartments, community projects, and shopping centers.

Spotlight: Aldo Rossi

04:00 - 3 May, 2016
Spotlight: Aldo Rossi, San Cataldo Cemetery. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
San Cataldo Cemetery. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Ada Louise Huxtable once described him as “a poet who happens to be an architect.” Italian architect Aldo Rossi (3 May 1931 – 4 September 1997) was known for his drawings, urban theory, and for winning the Pritzker Prize in 1990. Rossi also directed the Venice Biennale in 1985 and 1986 - one of only two who have served as director twice.

New York's 1851 Landmark, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, Burns in Fire

16:00 - 2 May, 2016

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The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, a New York landmark built in 1851 by Richard Upjohn, burned Sunday night in a fire after more than 700 parishioners celebrated Easter, reports NBC New York. Originally known as Trinity Chapel, the cathedral was created as satellite location for Trinity Church at Wall Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, also designed by Upjohn, after parishioners began to settle farther from the original location. The church was later joined by a Clergy House and the Trinity Chapel School in an ecclesiastical complex, but in 1943 the chapel and neighbors were sold to the Serbian Orthodox Church. The cathedral, stretching between 25th and 26th Street, was nearly 180 feet long, and had one of the largest hammerbeam roofs in the city. The New York Landmarks Conservancy partnered with the church for a 2002-03 restoration of the building's facade and roof. The four-alarm fire that was contained by Monday morning is under investigation as suspicious.

Architecture Ranked as 10th Best Entry-Level Job out of 109 Professions

12:00 - 2 May, 2016
Architecture Ranked as 10th Best Entry-Level Job out of 109 Professions, © wavebreakmedia via Shutterstock
© wavebreakmedia via Shutterstock

Architects are famously cynical about the long hours and over-education required for what can be a thankless career. But in a recent study conducted by WalletHub, “2016’s Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs”, recent grads and seasoned professionals alike may be surprised to find that “architect” is ranked 10th out of 109 evaluated professions. Read on to find out how they calculated their result.

Federico Babina's ARCHICARDS Reimagines Architecture's Famous Faces as Playing Cards

11:30 - 2 May, 2016

"I always liked play as a form of learning; toys are often a prelude to serious ideas," says Federico Babina about his latest series of illustrations, titled ARCHICARDS. "The game can also be a thought experiment. I'm interested in playing with architecture's seriousness and illustration's lightheartedness."

Babina's illustrations turn 12 of the architecture world's most recognizable faces into card-game caricatures, accompanied by the designs and symbols that most characterize their design style. Whether it's the dislocated planes of Mies van der Rohe (a Jack), Queen Zaha Hadid's jagged curves, or the modulor man that accompanies Le Corbusier - who is, of course, a king - Babina's playing cards are loaded with design references. They might indeed have some educational value, but they are mostly, as Babina points out, for "serious fun."

Read on to see the full set of 12 illustrations.