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Matterbetter Announces Winners of Syria: Post-War Housing Competition

08:00 - 6 August, 2016
Matterbetter Announces Winners of Syria: Post-War Housing Competition, Courtesy of matterbetter
Courtesy of matterbetter

Competition platform matterbetter has announced the winners of its Syria: Post-War Housing Competition for architectural students and professionals. The competition, initiated earlier this year, called for solutions to the housing scarcity crisis in Syria, “which will affect the country as more and more cities of the war-torn country will be freed and refugees will start to come back.” 

With refugee camps around Europe and other countries in generally poor conditions, and Syrian towns in ruins, one solution to the housing crisis becomes the creation of living conditions that are attractive for once-displaced Syrians to return. The competition asked for a new housing concept that would be able to permanently accommodate people in need of a new home and new life in Syria.

Out of 245 submissions, matterbetter selected three winners, each of which was awarded a cash prize, there were also nine honorable mentions.

The winners of the Syria: Post-War Housing Competition are:

ODA Designs D.C. Development With Views into Nationals Park

16:15 - 5 August, 2016
ODA Designs D.C. Development With Views into Nationals Park, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

ODA New York has released plans for “West Half,” a mixed-use development for the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood of Washington, D.C., that will offer residents views into baseball games at the adjacent Nationals Park. The 11-story building will also feature two floors of retail space and community amenities as it becomes a new visual complement to the neighboring cultural landmark.

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New Renderings Released of Peter Zumthor's LACMA Design

12:05 - 5 August, 2016
New Renderings Released of Peter Zumthor's LACMA Design, Aerial View. Image Courtesy of LACMA
Aerial View. Image Courtesy of LACMA

The office of Peter Zumthor has released new renderings of their design for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s $600 million new home on Museum Row in Los Angeles. The images provide the first look into the museum interior and gallery spaces, and present the museum in its nearly-finalized design. From this point, Zumthor has stated, "it is only going to be small alterations."

View from Japanese Pavilion. Image Courtesy of LACMA View from "Urban Light". Image Courtesy of LACMA Underside view. Image Courtesy of LACMA "Meander" Gallery Perspective. Image Courtesy of LACMA +11

British Airways i360, World's Tallest Moving Observation Tower, Opens in UK

10:05 - 5 August, 2016
British Airways i360, World's Tallest Moving Observation Tower, Opens in UK, British Airways i360 Drone. Image © Visual Air
British Airways i360 Drone. Image © Visual Air

UPDATE: We have added new night photos of the i360 as the ‘breathing’ lighting has been switched on for the first time. The lights were designed by Do-Architecture and can be programmed to display a range of color and pattern options.

David Marks of Marks Barfield Architects, explains, “The concept for the lighting at the top of the tower is that it ‘breathes’, gently increasing and decreasing in intensity at the average rate of a human being breathing at rest.”

The world’s tallest moving observation tower, British Airways i360, will open to the public this Thursday, August 4th. Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the firm behind the iconic London Eye, the i360 tower will transport 200 visitors at a time up 138 meters to take in views of the city of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast and the English Channel. With a height to width ratio of more than 40:1, the structure was also designated as the most slender tower in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records after topping out in February.

‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 +55

JR Creates Multiple Art Installations Throughout Rio de Janeiro

08:00 - 5 August, 2016
JR Creates Multiple Art Installations Throughout Rio de Janeiro, Image © JR, via JR's Facebook
Image © JR, via JR's Facebook

JR is an anonymous artist who owns the biggest art gallery in the world. His exhibits are available on the streets, free of charge catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. His work is thought provoking and mixes art and act.

JR is known worldwide for projects such as Portrait of a Generation (2006), Women Are Heroes (2008), and Face 2 Face (2007). The latter is a piece which through portraits of people made with a wide angle lens, printed in large scale and pasted on city walls was able to generate a reaction from the public.

Comic Break: No Money

07:00 - 5 August, 2016
Courtesy of Architexts
Courtesy of Architexts

Getting new work is critical to an architecture firm’s success. Unfortunately, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to get new work with fees that are commensurate with the amount of time that the job would require, especially if you are in a small firm. To start, our clients don’t often value the services we provide, and we don’t help the situation by constantly lowering fees just to get the work. Sure, we can play the game of limiting the services provided, giving a long list of exclusions (with the hope of getting Additional Services later), and doing less drawing... we all do it. Not surprisingly, the product suffers, and this gives the client even more reason to devalue architectural services. Yes, we need the work, and we do what it takes—but to what end?

Spotlight: Shigeru Ban

06:00 - 5 August, 2016
Spotlight: Shigeru Ban, Nine Bridges Country Club. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai
Nine Bridges Country Club. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai

Shigeru Ban (born August 5th 1957) is a Japanese architect who won the 2014 Pritzker Prize for his significant contributions in architectural innovation and philanthropism. His ability to re-apply conventional knowledge in differing contexts has resulted in a breadth of work that is characterized by structural sophistication and unconventional techniques and materials. Ban has used these innovations not only to create beautiful architecture but as a tool to help those in need, by creating fast, economical, and sustainable housing solutions for the homeless and the displaced. As the Pritzker jury cites: “Shigeru Ban is a tireless architect whose work exudes optimism.”

Jean Pierre Crousse to Lead Speakers at Annual Charles Correa Foundation Z-Axis Conference in Goa

04:00 - 5 August, 2016
Jean Pierre Crousse to Lead Speakers at Annual Charles Correa Foundation Z-Axis Conference in Goa, Gandhi Ashram. Image © Charles Correa Associates
Gandhi Ashram. Image © Charles Correa Associates

The second annual Z-Axis Conference, organised by the Charles Correa Foundation, will center on the notion of Buildings As Ideas. Held in the western Indian city of Goa at the Kala Academy, one of Correa's later projects, the conference is a tribute to his memory and belief that "buildings are ideas that manifest and take form." Jean Pierre Crousse, of Lima-based practice Barclay & Crousse, will open the conference with the keynote address; other international speakers include Camilo Rebelo, Ilze Wolff, Yung Ho Chang, Dick van Gameren and ArchDaily's James Taylor-Foster.

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Sketchfab Strengthens Commitment to Virtual Reality With New Features

17:02 - 4 August, 2016
Sketchfab Strengthens Commitment to Virtual Reality With New Features, Image adapted from screenshot of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane model by Matthew Brennan
Image adapted from screenshot of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane model by Matthew Brennan

Online model sharing site Sketchfab last week announced three new features intended to solidify its position as one of the web's foremost platforms for sharing VR-viewable 3D models online. Originally launched in January of this year, the virtual reality features of Sketchfab's platform have proven to be popular and has even led to Sketchfab being referred to as "the Youtube of VR."

Martha Thorne Urges UK to Preserve International Recognition of Qualifications in Wake of Brexit

14:00 - 4 August, 2016
Martha Thorne Urges UK to Preserve International Recognition of Qualifications in Wake of Brexit, Martha Thorne. Image © IE University
Martha Thorne. Image © IE University

Martha Thorne, the Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize and dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid, has warned of the dangers that the United Kingdom's decision to withdraw from the EU will pose to the architecture profession both in the UK and the EU. As reported by BDOnline, Thorne highlighted the mutual recognition of professional qualifications that has been established by the EU, enabling architects qualified in any EU country to practice in another EU country without being required to requalify.

Material Focus: Enseada House by Arquitetura Nacional

08:00 - 4 August, 2016
Material Focus: Enseada House by Arquitetura Nacional, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi

This article is part of our new "Material Focus" series, which asks architects to elaborate on the thought process behind their material choices and sheds light on the steps required to get buildings actually built.

The Enseada House project was developed by the Porto Alegre office of National Architecture in 2015 and is 317 square meters with an interesting interplay between volume and materials. We talked with the architect Paula Otto, one of the designers to learn more about the material choices used in this project and the role that these choices played in the design concept.

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +23

ZA Unveils Proposal for Memorial Museum to Czech Martyr

06:00 - 4 August, 2016
ZA Unveils Proposal for Memorial Museum to Czech Martyr, Courtesy of Zavoral Architekt (ZA)
Courtesy of Zavoral Architekt (ZA)

Czech-Republic-based firm Zavoral Architekt (ZA) has unveiled its proposal for Palach Museum, a museum and memorial to Jan Palach in Vsetaty, Czech Republic.

Watch: How to Build a Primitive Hut

04:00 - 4 August, 2016
Watch: How to Build a Primitive Hut, via Primitive Technology
via Primitive Technology

The notion of the "Primitive Hut" has been part of the architectural discourse for decades; indeed, history suggests that it provided the Ancient Greeks with direct inspiration for Doric Order. But how do you build a wattle and daub hut, or create tiled roof, or develop primitive underfloor heating—all from scratch—today?

China's Futuristic Straddling Bus Becomes a Reality, Begins Testing Period

14:30 - 3 August, 2016
China's Futuristic Straddling Bus Becomes a Reality, Begins Testing Period, via Xinhua News Agency
via Xinhua News Agency

A few years ago, Chinese company Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment envisioned a unique solution to address congestion issues spurred by rapid population growth in many of China’s cities: a straddling bus that would bypass traffic by simply driving over top of it. The design captured the attention of people worldwide, though many were skeptical the idea could ever come to fruition. But now, that pipe dream has become a reality.

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Benoy Releases Proposal for "Family of Towers" in Melbourne, Australia

06:00 - 3 August, 2016
Benoy Releases Proposal for "Family of Towers" in Melbourne, Australia , Courtesy of Benoy
Courtesy of Benoy

International firm Benoy has unveiled Kavanagh Street, its competition proposal for a mixed-use tower development in Melbourne, Australia.

Set back on the banks of the Yarra River in the Southbank precinct, Benoy’s design is a five-building set or a “family of towers” on a shared nine-story mixed-use podium, all of which would host 315,000 square meters of residential, hospitality, commercial and retail space.

2 Classic Marcel Breuer Buildings At Risk for Demolition to Meet Opposite Fates

16:40 - 2 August, 2016
2 Classic Marcel Breuer Buildings At Risk for Demolition to Meet Opposite Fates

In the past few weeks, the fates of two classic Brutalist buildings by architect Marcel Breuer were determined – with differing results. For the Atlanta Central Library, it was good news, as the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to support the renovation of the building, saving it from the wrecking ball. Meanwhile, the American Press Institute in Reston, Virginia, was not so lucky, as Fairfax County’s board of supervisors voted to tear down the building to make room for a new a townhouse development project.

These are the Top 300 Architecture Firms in the US

14:00 - 2 August, 2016
These are the Top 300 Architecture Firms in the US, Shanghai Tower / Gensler. Image © Gensler/Shen Zhonghai
Shanghai Tower / Gensler. Image © Gensler/Shen Zhonghai

Architectural Record has released the latest edition of its annual list of the “Top 300 Architecture Firms” in the United States, based on architectural revenue from the previous year (2015). Gensler, which became the first firm to surpass $1 billion in revenue in 2014, held on to the top spot with earnings of $1,181,030,000 in 2015. Los Angeles-based AECOM maintained its number 2 position after a revenue increase of more than 30 percent, making it the largest publicly traded company in the LA area. Perkins+Will continued their steady climb up the list, finishing at number 3.

See the top 50 after the break.

Video: Pierre Bélanger Explains "EXTRACTION", the Canadian Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

12:00 - 2 August, 2016
Video: Pierre Bélanger Explains "EXTRACTION", the Canadian Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

In this interview, presented in collaboration with PLANE—SITE, Pierre Bélanger, curator of the Canadian contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale—explains why Canada's practices of mining and extraction should be carefully understood for their architectural implications. Together with his firm OPSYS, Bélanger conceived of a miniaturized experience of an "inverted territorial intervention" so that Biennale visitors could personally experience and relate to "the complex ecologies and vast geopolitics of resource extraction." 

Amazing Robotically Fabricated Mesh Revolutionizes How Concrete is Formed and Reinforced

08:00 - 2 August, 2016

Since 2015, Gramazio Kohler Research has been in the process of developing "Mesh Mould Metal," a project that studies the unification of concrete reinforcement and formwork into a single, robotically fabricated material system. The project is based on their first phase of research, Mesh Mould, which spanned from 2012 to 2014, and developed a robotic extrusion process for a polymer mesh.

Now, as a second phase, Mesh Mould Metal “focuses on the translation of the structurally weak polymer-based extrusion process into a fully load-bearing construction system” by replicating the process in metal. Specifically, the current research delves into the development of "a fully automated bending and welding process for meshes fabricated from 3-millimeter steel wire."

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Richard Meier & Partners Complete Office Building in Rio de Janeiro

07:15 - 2 August, 2016
Richard Meier & Partners Complete Office Building in Rio de Janeiro, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has completed their first project in South America, a 7-story, sustainable office building in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Leblon. The building will feature concrete, glass and vertical gardens, and will serve as the new international headquarters for top Brazilian investment firm VINCI Partners. The structure consists of open office spaces looking out onto several private interior courtyards and a series of terraces that create a connection with the main urban thoroughfare of Bartolomeu Mitre Avenue.

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Step Into the Recently Renovated Met Breuer in This Facebook 360° Video

17:50 - 1 August, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a 360° video of the recently renovated Met Breuer, the former home of the Whitney Museum designed by Marcel Breuer in 1966 that now houses sections of the Met’s modern and contemporary collections. The video takes you through several areas of the building including the entry, the lobby and the sunken garden courtyard. Orbit around the video to check out the unique apertures of the landmark facade and the finely detailed interiors, featuring the building’s iconic ceiling.

New Images of Completed Pavilions Released as HOUSE VISION Tokyo Opens to the Public

14:00 - 1 August, 2016
New Images of Completed Pavilions Released as HOUSE VISION Tokyo Opens to the Public, Courtesy of HOUSE VISION Tokyo
Courtesy of HOUSE VISION Tokyo

New images from HOUSE VISION Tokyo 2016 have been released as the event opened to the public this past weekend. This year’s theme, “Co-Dividual: Split and Connect / Separate and Come Together,” explores how architecture can create new connections between individuals, and the ways Japanese housing can adapt to cultural shifts through the implementation of technology.

This year’s exhibition features house designs by top Japanese architects including Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and Atelier Bow-Wow, each paired with a leading company to envision and implement new strategies in housing design.

Continue after the break to see images from the event and the pavilions.

More Struggles Ahead of Rio Olympics as Ramp Collapses at Sailing Venue

11:50 - 1 August, 2016
More Struggles Ahead of Rio Olympics as Ramp Collapses at Sailing Venue, via Courier Mail
via Courier Mail

With the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fast approaching, the city’s preparations have hit another setback. The main ramp at Marina da Gloria, which will serve as the Olympic sailing venue over the next few weeks, has partially collapsed. The structure was intended for temporary use as the main access point for boats to enter the water. No one was injured in the incident.

Standing Out or Fitting In? How Do Architects Approach Their Context

08:00 - 1 August, 2016
Standing Out or Fitting In? How Do Architects Approach Their Context, The Royal Ontario Museum extension by Daniel Libeskind, image by The City of Toronto. Image via 99% Invisible
The Royal Ontario Museum extension by Daniel Libeskind, image by The City of Toronto. Image via 99% Invisible

All architects desire recognition of their built work; for their signature design style to be identified, or for the quality of materials and details to outshine those around it. Unfortunately, if every new architectural structure was to insert itself into its context looking to be the star, soon it would become impossible to gauge the civic relevance of the area. Some buildings, such as Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum, appear dislocated with due cause, but others stand out for the sake of standing out, turning their back on their rich historical setting.  

While there can be no singular strategy for contextual integration, Kurt Kohlstedt argues that a consideration of historical context, whether eventually chosen to acquiesce with or deny, will result in richer and more engaging built environment. In his latest essay for 99% Invisible, Kohlstedt unpacks the myriad ways in which a new building can engage with what was there before, highlighting examples which successfully and unsuccessfully take up the challenge. He acknowledges the difficulty of finding the sweet spot, as many designs are unable to navigate the "fine line between contextual and contemporary."