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When Ivory Towers Were Black: Sharon Sutton on the Dual Fronts of Gender and Ethnicity

04:00 - 23 March, 2017
When Ivory Towers Were Black: Sharon Sutton on the Dual Fronts of Gender and Ethnicity

In this third episode of GSAPP Conversations, Columbia GSAPP Associate Professor Mabel O. Wilson speaks with Sharon Sutton about the publication of her new book, When Ivory Towers Were Black, which tells the story of how an unparalleled cohort of ethnic minority students earned degrees from Columbia University’s School of Architecture (GSAPP) during a time of fierce struggles to open the ivory tower to ethnic minority students.

Studio Libeskind Wins Competitions for 2 New Projects in France

16:40 - 22 March, 2017
Studio Libeskind Wins Competitions for 2 New Projects in France, Images by Luxigon and Studio Libeskind
Images by Luxigon and Studio Libeskind

Studio Libeskind has won competitions for two new mixed-use projects in France, the firm announced at the MIPIM world property market conference this past week in Cannes. The first project comprises a retail, conference and transportation center for the city of Nice, while the second will see the firm complete a 150-meter-tall skyscraper in Toulouse.

“With these important projects in two of the main French cities, we unveil our new development strategy to create urban mixed-use buildings. Once completed, both will become new landmarks for Nice and Toulouse. With Studio Libeskind, we are up to great things!” says Philippe Journo, CEO of Compagnie de Phalsbourg, the developer behind both projects.

© Studio Libeskind © Studio Libeskind © Luxigon © Luxigon +11

Music+Architecture: This Web Series Invites World-Renowned Musicians to Perform in Celebrated Chilean Buildings

15:05 - 22 March, 2017
Music+Architecture: This Web Series Invites World-Renowned Musicians to Perform in Celebrated Chilean Buildings, Caterpillar House / Sebastián Irarrázaval. Image © Sergio Pirrone
Caterpillar House / Sebastián Irarrázaval. Image © Sergio Pirrone

Architecture and music are two very different art forms – one is visual, tactile and logical; the other audial and emotional. So what happens when you bring these two artistic media together?

This is the idea explored by Chilean web series Insigne Sesiones, which aims to “[expose] he ideal mix between contemporary architecture and music, generating the first audiovisual project worldwide that officially joins these two disciplines.” For their first season, Insigne Sesiones invited six world-renowned musicians to perform their music in the intimate settings of some of the most celebrated works of Chilean architects across the country.

Check out the full first season below.

Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Designs for Supertall Mixed-Use Skyscraper in New York

11:30 - 22 March, 2017
Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Designs for Supertall Mixed-Use Skyscraper in New York , © Zaha Hadid Architects/Kushner Companies
© Zaha Hadid Architects/Kushner Companies

A 1,400-foot-tall mixed-use skyscraper by Zaha Hadid Architects may be the next supertall structure to hit midtown Manhattan. Located at 666 Fifth Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street, the project is the brainchild of Kushner Properties, who currently co-own the existing 483-foot-tall building with Vornado Realty Trust.

Estimated to cost up to $12 billion, the company is currently negotiating a multi-billion dollar deal with Chinese holding company Anbang Insurance Group to finance the project. If plans to buy out the building go through, Kushner would be in the clear to begin construction on the ZHA-designed tower, which would rebrand the property as 660 Fifth Avenue and offer 464,000-square-feet of residential space, an 11-story hotel, and a 9-story retail podium.

This Concrete Furniture Hardware is Inspired by Carlo Scarpa's Architecture

06:00 - 22 March, 2017
This Concrete Furniture Hardware is Inspired by Carlo Scarpa's Architecture , © Sameer Tawde
© Sameer Tawde

Material Immaterial Studio has unveiled MIRAGE, a series of concrete furniture hardware inspired by the works of architect Carlo Scarpa.

The MIRAGE series is made up of concrete handles, knobs, and robe hooks, all of which aim to create character through light and shadow. Some of the pieces, with a zigzag pattern, are meant to reduce the heaviness of the concrete material, making it seem light and delicate, while other pieces are meant to express a sense of solidity.

© Sameer Tawde © Sameer Tawde © Sameer Tawde © Sameer Tawde +13

See How Frank Lloyd Wright's "Tree of Life" Stained Glass Windows are Assembled

16:00 - 21 March, 2017

As an architect, Frank Lloyd Wright was known for many things, but perhaps his most famed characteristic was his exceptional attention to detail – in many of his projects, each furniture piece was designed specifically for its intended location. This trait carried over into the design of the windows in his houses. Borrowing from organic motifs, Wright created a series of compositions suited for each house, from the tall, triangular stained glass windows of the Hollyhock House to the mahogany Samara clerestory panels of the Bachman-Wilson House.

One of Oscar Niemeyer's Final Designs Will Be Completed Posthumously in Germany

15:05 - 21 March, 2017
One of Oscar Niemeyer's Final Designs Will Be Completed Posthumously in Germany

One of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s final designs, a 12-meter-diameter glass and concrete sphere perched on the corner of a factory building, is set to be completed in Leipzig, Germany, reports Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (Central German Broadcasting, MDR).

Rising Practice Feilden Fowles Beats Out Stirling Prize Winners in University of Cambridge Competition

12:00 - 21 March, 2017
Rising Practice Feilden Fowles Beats Out Stirling Prize Winners in University of Cambridge Competition, © Feilden Fowles
© Feilden Fowles

Homerton College, Cambridge and competition-organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants have announced that emerging practice Feilden Fowles has been selected as the winners of the competition to design a new £7 million showpiece dining hall for Homerton College, the newest constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Unanimously selected by the competition jury, Feilden Fowles’ scheme was chosen over a shortlist of entries from 2016 Stirling Prize winner Caruso St JohndRMMHall McKnight and Walters & Cohen Architects.

“Feilden Fowles’ concept design for the dining hall subtly relates to the existing ensemble of buildings and the garden setting, and yet has the poise to convince as a showpiece,”  said Professor Geoffrey Ward, Principal of Homerton College, Cambridge.

 “What appealed so strongly about the team’s particular approach was their openness to creating many opportunities for dialogue. We are looking forward to working with them as they develop the detailed design.”

© Feilden Fowles © Feilden Fowles © Feilden Fowles © Feilden Fowles +5

Visiting the Taj Mahal: Regular People vs. Architects

08:00 - 21 March, 2017
Visiting the Taj Mahal: Regular People vs. Architects, Courtesy of The Leewardists
Courtesy of The Leewardists

A degree in architecture teaches you to see the world differently. For confirmation of this fact, look no further than the poor souls who have accompanied an architect on vacation—people who, at some point between being dragged far outside of their destination city to visit some apparently exemplary office buildings, and stopping for hours to photograph structural details, probably started to question their companion's sanity.

But what happens when an architect visits the Taj Mahal? The experience of being in the presence of this wonder of the modern world must surely be so humbling that even he or she can do no more than stand in awe like any regular person... right?

Juan Herreros on Spanish Architecture and Starting a Small Practice

04:00 - 21 March, 2017
Juan Herreros on Spanish Architecture and Starting a Small Practice

In this second episode of GSAPP Conversations, Amale Andraos speaks with Spanish architect and GSAPP Professor Juan Herreros about the relationship between teaching and practicing architecture, and how he has carefully designed a particular way of working globally. Herreros, who co-founded Abalos&Herreros in 1984 and currently leads estudio Herreros, offers insight into how working sensitively in foreign settings also helps to develop a robust local practice, and how he is bringing new models of emerging practices to his students in GSAPP’s Advanced Architecture Studios.

"The Big Bend" Imagines the World's Longest Skyscraper for Billionaires' Row in NYC

16:20 - 20 March, 2017
"The Big Bend" Imagines the World's Longest Skyscraper for Billionaires' Row in NYC, © ioannis Oikonomou – oiio architecture studio
© ioannis Oikonomou – oiio architecture studio

In 2014, midtown Manhattan received its first supertall (taller than 1,000 feet) residential building, Christian de Portzamparc’s One57. The following year, Rafael Viñoly Architects’ 432 Park Avenue surpassed the mark, confirming the trend of sky-shattering, pencil-thin skyscrapers rising along Central Park’s southern edge. In all, at least 10 supertall projects have been planned for the neighborhood, earning it the nickname of Billionaire’s Row.

Responding to this phenomenon, architect Ioannis Oikonomou of oiio architecture studio has proposed an alternate solution, called “The Big Bend,” that asks the question: “What if our buildings were long instead of tall?”

© ioannis Oikonomou – oiio architecture studio © ioannis Oikonomou – oiio architecture studio © ioannis Oikonomou – oiio architecture studio © ioannis Oikonomou – oiio architecture studio +21

Carmody Groarke’s Cliff-Top Seaside Hotel Secures Planning Approval

14:15 - 20 March, 2017
Carmody Groarke’s Cliff-Top Seaside Hotel Secures Planning Approval , Model of the proposed new building from above. Image © Carmody Groarke
Model of the proposed new building from above. Image © Carmody Groarke

Carmody Groarke’s competition winning design for a new hotel retreat on Burgh Island off the coast of Devon, UK, has received planning approval, clearing the way for the dramatic structure to begin construction. The cliff-top “Pool House” will join the Grade-II listed art deco Burgh Island Hotel in providing accommodation to adventurous visitors, offering panoramic views of the of the Bantham Estuary and the hotel’s Mermaid Pool, an outdoor seawater pool and private beach for hotel guests.

Model of the proposed new building, viewed from the mermaid pool. Image © Carmody Groarke Model of the proposed new building. Image © Carmody Groarke View of the proposed hotel suite from above, looking over the mermaid pool. Image © Carmody Groarke View of the Burgh Island Hotel from the mainland. Image © Carmody Groarke +6

120 Hours Announces Winners of Its 2017 Competition, "The Way of the Buyi"

12:10 - 20 March, 2017
120 Hours Announces Winners of Its 2017 Competition, "The Way of the Buyi", 120 Hours Winner 2017. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours
120 Hours Winner 2017. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours

International student architecture competition 120 Hours has announced the winners of its 2017 competition, “The Way of the Buiy.” For this year’s edition of the challenge, which gives participants just 5 days from the announcement of the brief to its deadline to conceive a project, students were asked to design a 100-square-meter building housing a canteen and library for the LiangMeng school complex, located in the rural area of Puan City, China.

This year’s competition saw 3024 participants from 79 countries across the globe, with winners selected by a jury consisting of Jan Olav Jensen, Chiara Sala, Tran Kinh Manh, Angela Gigliotti, Fabio Gigone and Christian Hermansen Cordua. For the first time ever, the winning project will be constructed, after further development alongside the 120 Hours team. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Rich & Simple. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours The Process. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours In Between. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours Steps of Liangmeng. Image Courtesy of 120 Hours +26

MVRDV Breaks Ground on Reflective Public Art Depot in Rotterdam

06:00 - 20 March, 2017
MVRDV Breaks Ground on Reflective Public Art Depot in Rotterdam, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV’s public Art Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen has broken ground on the northern edge of Rotterdam’s Museumpark in the heart of the city’s cultural campus. The 15,000-square-meter reflective vessel will store the esteemed collection of over 70,000 art and design objects, adding a new cultural landmark to join the nearby Kunsthal, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Chabot Museum and Sonneveld House.

Officially breaking ground this past Friday, the BREEAM Excellent-planned “Collection Building” will combine restoration facilities, exhibition spaces, offices, logistics, a bar, restaurant, public roof terrace and private collectors facilities alongside a specially commissioned atrium that will allow visitors to experience 90% of the collection, including artworks in storage.

BIVAK's Competition-Winning Proposal for Hungary's Rowing Championships

16:00 - 19 March, 2017
BIVAK's Competition-Winning Proposal for Hungary's Rowing Championships, The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK
The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK

BIVAK Architecture and Design has won a competition to design a rowing arena in Hungary for a host of championships taking place in the country in the coming years. The competition, hosted by the Hungarian Rowing Association (MKKSZ) and Hungarian Academy of Arts, was open to architects under 40 years of age. BIVAK’s winning proposal, announced in February 2017, centers on a 90-meter-long tower ‘gliding’ above the water.

A slender 90-meter-long tower is supported on columns. Image Courtesy of BIVAK The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK Physical model. Image Courtesy of BIVAK The design concept evokes the image of a rowing boat cutting through water. Image Courtesy of BIVAK +10

This Brazilian House Uses Different Materials as an Extension of the Surrounding Arid Landscape

14:00 - 19 March, 2017
This Brazilian House Uses Different Materials as an Extension of the Surrounding Arid Landscape , © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

This article is part of our new series "Material in Focus", where we ask architects to share with us their creative process through the choice of materials that define important parts of the construction of their buildings.

The architecture of Casa 28 shows itself as an extension of the arid and exuberant landscape of the Cerrado. A variety of perspectives unfolds as you walk through the house. A family looking for tranquility and connection with nature commissioned this urban refuge located 10 minutes from the National Congress in Brasilia. The elements have different heights that confirm a spatial hierarchy. Extensive walls, coated with polymeric mortar, define fluid spaces and openings placed in all directions integrate cohabitating areas. We talked with architect Samuel Lamas from Equipe Lamas to learn more about the choices of materials used in the project and the influence these choices had on the design concept. Read the interview below:

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami +22

Unique Brutalism - Celebrating 35 Years of the Barbican

12:00 - 19 March, 2017
Unique Brutalism - Celebrating 35 Years of the Barbican, Barbican Complex, London. Image Courtesy of GoCompare
Barbican Complex, London. Image Courtesy of GoCompare

The Barbican Centre in London is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Widely regarded as the pinnacle of the Brutalist movement, the mixed-use development is home to 4,000 residents, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Located in the heart of London, the Barbican is just one example of how Brutalist architecture forms a central part of our cities. To celebrate this progressive, modernizing, sometimes controversial style, GoCompare has created an online gallery illustrating Brutalist icons from across the world.

Unite D'Habitation, Marseille, France. Image Courtesy of GoCompare De Rotterdam, Netherlands. Image Courtesy of GoCompare Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada. Image Courtesy of GoCompare The Balfron Tower, London. Image Courtesy of GoCompare +9

How Aggressive Architecture Designs the Homeless Out of the Public Realm

08:00 - 19 March, 2017
How Aggressive Architecture Designs the Homeless Out of the Public Realm, Bench outside St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer
Bench outside St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer

In recent years, the architectural community has become heavily involved, in both positive and negative ways, with the chronic global issue of homelessness. In response, James Furzer of UK-based Spatial Design Architects has undertaken a photographic analysis exploring defensive forms of urban design. Using the typology of public benches in London, Furzer documents public fixtures which act as deterrents to rough sleepers, essentially denying a right to the city for those who ultimately have no choice but to be there. 

East India bench, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer Tower Hill bench, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer Bench outside the Royal Courts of Justice, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer Canary Wharf Station bench, London. Image Courtesy of James Furzer +12

Seoul’s New Community Art Complex Celebrates Cultural and Artistic Engagement

16:00 - 18 March, 2017
Seoul’s New Community Art Complex Celebrates Cultural and Artistic Engagement , Courtesy of Arcbody Architects
Courtesy of Arcbody Architects

A competition organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government for the design of a new local art complex has been won by Korean firm Arcbody Architects. The brief called for the development of a new cultural hub revolving around the arts, to capitalize on local historical infrastructure and provide opportunities for creative enjoyment, education, and research.

"Art complex, Pyeongchang-dong, Seoul will be a multiplex community hub that connects human, cultural organizations, schools and academic associations with the art archive as the medium and aims to be a space for creative and artistic social activities,” explained the architects. 

Courtesy of Arcbody Architects Courtesy of Arcbody Architects Courtesy of Arcbody Architects Courtesy of Arcbody Architects +13

Art Jameel Announces New Serie-Designed Arts Center in Dubai

14:00 - 18 March, 2017
Art Jameel Announces New Serie-Designed Arts Center in Dubai, Courtesy of Serie
Courtesy of Serie

Non-profit organization Art Jameel have announced a new Serie-Architects-designed Arts Center in Dubai that will partner with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to acquire works by modern and contemporary artists from the Middle East.

The 10,000 square meter, three-story, multi-disciplinary space is designed to become a “hub for educational and research initiatives, while its wider programming embraces collaboration and partnerships with local, regional, and international artists, curators, and organizations.”

Courtesy of Serie Courtesy of Serie Courtesy of Serie Courtesy of Serie +16

Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center to Be Expanded by Schønherr and Cubo Arkitekter

12:00 - 18 March, 2017
Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center to Be Expanded by Schønherr and Cubo Arkitekter, Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter
Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter

A competition for the expansion of the MCH Messecenter, Denmark’s largest exhibition hall, has been won by the team consisting of CC Contractor with SchønherrCubo Arkitekter, and engineering firm Midtconsult. Given the center’s importance within Herning, the competition called for a new approach to the site’s physical organization, to provide more coherent and functional relationships with the surrounding context in order to host larger events in the future and serve as an even bigger tourist attraction.

Within a masterplan created by Schønherr, a new admissions building designed by Cubo Arkitekter will incorporate a distinctive façade with a homogenous character to directs visitors from the new arrival area to the Jyske Bank Boxen arena, exhibition Hall M, and the arcade that extends towards the rest of the MCH Messecenter.

Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter Courtesy of Cubo Arkitekter +7

Bee Breeders Announces Winners for Kip Island Auditorium Competition

08:00 - 18 March, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners for Kip Island Auditorium Competition , First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

The winning entries to the Kip Island Auditorium competition have been announced by Bee Breeders, which invited proposals for the addition of a new iconic auditorium addition to the Riga International Convention Centre, in Latvia’s capital. The competition asked for alternative approaches to the design of public and civic facilities, while “reinvesting an estranged program in the urban landscape." 

Here are the three winners of the Kip Island Auditorium competition:

First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize: Agir / Moisés Royo, Carlos Orbea, Gonzalo García-Robledo, Cristina Martín Consuegra. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize: Kip Island Auditorium / Deyan Saev, Panayiotis Hadjisergis; Technical University Delft. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +47

This Photographer Brightens Up Mundane German Architecture with a Jolt of Color

14:00 - 17 March, 2017

In any city across the world, there are countless examples of unsung architecture – well-designed if inoffensive buildings that strive to please by not standing out from the crowd. For German photographer Paul Eis, these buildings provide the perfect canvas for his work. Displayed on his Instagram account, the_architecture_photographer, Eis captures these buildings in their best light, and then digitally adds in bright colors, elevating these structures from mundane to magnificent.

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Will Maintain Accreditation

12:30 - 17 March, 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Will Maintain Accreditation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, where students spend half of the year studying.. Image © Flickr user cmichael67. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, where students spend half of the year studying.. Image © Flickr user cmichael67. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

After a several year battle, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has been approved to maintain its accreditation as an institute of higher learning. The school’s status had earlier been threatened due to new laws by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that require universities, colleges and other institutions to be financially and administratively independent from "larger institutions with multi-faceted missions."

With the decision, the school will be able to continue to offer its 3-year Master of Architecture program, as well as its additional education programs such as its 8-week-long non-degree Immersion Program.