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Experience "The Form of Form" at the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale in 360°

04:00 - 12 October, 2016

The 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, which opened last week, is comprised of a constellation of exhibitions and satellites. One such show—eponymously named The Form of Form—is both an exhibition and a structure in itself – a sequence of rooms designed collaboratively by Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee, Kersten Geers of Office KGDVS, and Nuno Brandão Costa. If "one of architecture’s fundamental legacies is its own form," the curatorial statement declares, "this exhibition [builds] a dialogue that challenges notions of authorship and the limits of form."

Caruso St John, dRMM Among 5 Shortlisted for University of Cambridge Competition

16:00 - 11 October, 2016
Caruso St John, dRMM Among 5 Shortlisted for University of Cambridge Competition, Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants
Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

Homerton College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, announced today the five firms shortlisted in the competition to design a emblematic £7 million ($8.5 million USD) centrepiece building to house a 300-person dining hall for the school. The finalists were selected from an original pool of 155 architects, from which 24 were selected for the longlist.

The competition, organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants, is a part of the College’s wider plan to improve and expand school facilities. Homerton boasts one of the largest student communities at Cambridge, and is one of a few of the University’s colleges capable of housing all undergraduate students in on-site facilities for all four years. To be located on an attractive wooded site, the commission has the potential to determine the character of the school for years to come.

The 5 finalists are:

World's Tallest Tower: Santiago Calatrava's Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour Breaks Ground

13:30 - 11 October, 2016
World's Tallest Tower: Santiago Calatrava's Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour Breaks Ground, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers
Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers

Santiago Calatrava’s Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour has broken ground, and in just a few short years, will be breaking records, too.

At the ground breaking ceremony this week, officials including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding, and Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, and Micael Calatrava, CEO of Calatrava International announced that upon its completion in 2020, the landmark observation tower will measure in at a height slightly taller than Dubai’s own Burj Khalifa, making it the tallest tower in the world.

“The design and architectural features of The Tower demand unique engineering approaches that are currently being implemented on site. Extensive studies were undertaken in preparation for the groundbreaking, and the learning that we have gained from the experience will add to the knowledge base of mankind,” said Santiago Calatrava.

50 Downloadable Digital Joints For Woodworking

12:00 - 11 October, 2016
<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/50-Digital-Joints-poster-visual-reference/">"50 Digital Wood Joints"</a> by Ladycartoonist is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/">CC BY-NC-SA 3.0</a>
"50 Digital Wood Joints" by Ladycartoonist is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

If you were captivated by these animations of traditional Japanese woodworking joints, here's a chance to try out some intricate joinery techniques for yourself.

In the spirit of open access to information, professor Jochen Gros and designer Friedrich Sulzer headed up a research project at the C...Lab of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach in Germany, where they have developed 50 different wood joinery techniques capable of being fabricated digitally, using tools such as a CNC mill or lasercutter.

Now these files have been made accessible to the public via downloadable files in various data formats (including several Autocad capable formats). They have also provided each joint with a PDF guide to assembly, to make piecing together the wood elements a snap. 

UK National Audit Office Presents Findings Pertaining to Heatherwick's Garden Bridge in London

10:30 - 11 October, 2016
UK National Audit Office Presents Findings Pertaining to Heatherwick's Garden Bridge in London, Courtesy of Garden Bridge Trust
Courtesy of Garden Bridge Trust

The latest chapter in the saga of London's Garden Bridge, which has seen counter proposals and reactionary follies alike, has revealed major concerns relating to its funding mechanisms. As reported by the Architects' Journal, new findings from the United Kingdom's National Audit Office (NAO), which has studied the decision taken by the Department for Transport's decision to grant £30 million ($37 million) of funding to the Garden Bridge Trust, has discovered that the "sum [£30 million] was provided following a commitment from [the] then Chancellor George Osborne, and despite the DfT’s conclusion that there was ‘a significant risk that the Bridge could represent poor value for money’."

Moscow Satellite City to Become First Classical Russian City Built From Scratch in Over 100 Years

06:00 - 11 October, 2016
Moscow Satellite City to Become First Classical Russian City Built From Scratch in Over 100 Years, Courtesy of Maksim Atayants & Maksim Atayants Workshop
Courtesy of Maksim Atayants & Maksim Atayants Workshop

Maksim Atayants and Maksim Atayants Workshop have announced the construction of Laikovo, a new, large, classically-designed city in the Moscow Region that will be built from scratch – which, according to the architects, will be the first classical city to be built from the ground up in Russia in over 100 years.

Intended to embody the best practices of Russian and global urban planning, the city will be designed in the modern classic style in five districts, and will become Moscow’s nearest satellite city, located near Rublyovka, with easy access to the paid expressway, the M-1 double.

50 percent of the 116-hectare city will be dedicated to public space, including a two-hectare park and lake at city center, as well as a main waterway that will become the Moscow Region’s longest artificial channel.

Courtesy of Maksim Atayants & Maksim Atayants Workshop Courtesy of Maksim Atayants & Maksim Atayants Workshop Courtesy of Maksim Atayants & Maksim Atayants Workshop Courtesy of Maksim Atayants & Maksim Atayants’s Workshop +9

2016 BCO Awards Name the Best Office Buildings in the UK

14:10 - 10 October, 2016
2016 BCO Awards Name the Best Office Buildings in the UK

The British Council for Offices (BCO) has announced the winners of the 2016 National Awards. The BCO Awards program was established to recognize “ top quality office design and functionality and sets the standard for excellence across the office sector in the UK,” providing a benchmark for excellence in design and functionality. This year’s ‘Best of the Best’ winner was The Enterprise Center at the University of East Anglia by Architype.

“This year we have once again seen a fantastic range of diverse and innovative workplaces, highlighting Britain’s position at the forefront of the global office sector. The Enterprise Centre stands tall as both a dynamic and collaborative work and event space, and as a benchmark in sustainable design," said Emma Crawford, Managing Director of Central London Leasing at CBRE and BCO National Awards Chair.

Continue reading to see this year’s winners.

Jonk's Photographs Depict the Abandonment and Beauty of Yugoslavian Monuments

08:00 - 10 October, 2016
Jonk's Photographs Depict the Abandonment and Beauty of Yugoslavian Monuments, © Jonk
© Jonk

French photographer Jonk drove over 5,000 kilometers through southeast Europe. His subject matter? Yugoslavian monuments, or “spomenik” in Serbian.

Built in the 1960s and 70s under former president Josep Broz Tito, these monuments commemorate the communist resistance during the German occupation. While their sculptors and architects vary (Vojin Bakic, Jordan and Iskra Grabul among others), all of the monuments memorialize WWII battle sites or former concentration camps. Although the monuments attracted a high rate of visitors in the 1980s, many of them have been abandoned or poorly preserved after Yugoslavia’s split. Jonk’s photographs illuminate both the decay and beauty of these sculptures. 

© Jonk © Jonk © Jonk © Jonk +13

Monocle 24 Explores Creative Uses of Wood in Contemporary Architecture and Design

04:00 - 10 October, 2016
Monocle 24 Explores Creative Uses of Wood in Contemporary Architecture and Design, Tham & Videgård's proposal for the former transport harbor of Loudden. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Tham & Videgård's proposal for the former transport harbor of Loudden. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

In this edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the show explores how wood is being used creatively at every scale by designers and architects today. From the "timber terrazzo" of London-based designer Conor Taylor, to the four protected (yet threatened) wooden escalators at Sydney's Wynyard Railway Station, the episode questions how innovative designers are, or need to be, with this age-old tried and tested material. Finally, the show visits Folkhem in Sweden – a construction company who believe wood "to be superior to conventional alternatives in almost every respect, from construction time to acoustic properties."

60 Storey Tower Maximizes Energy Capture with Photovoltaic Facade

16:00 - 9 October, 2016
60 Storey Tower Maximizes Energy Capture with Photovoltaic Facade , Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects
Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects

Peddle Thorp Architects have submitted their proposal for the Moray Street Residential Tower in Melbourne for approval. At 1173.5 square meters, Sol Invictus is wrapped entirely in solar panels, attaining 10 times more solar surface area than a traditional roof covering. The facade can achieve up to 5000 square meters of solar panel array and is connected to a battery storage system. 

Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects Courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects +20

This Agricultural Expo Center in China is Not Only Inspired by Sesame Seeds But It is Shaped Like One

14:00 - 9 October, 2016
This Agricultural Expo Center in China is Not Only Inspired by Sesame Seeds But It is Shaped Like One, Courtesy of tvsdesign
Courtesy of tvsdesign

The team of tvsdesign and Shanghai Hecheng (上海合城) Architectural Design Ltd.(Cospace) has won the competition for the design of the Zhumadian International EXPO Center, located in Zhumadian, a city known for its agricultural industry, in the Henan Province of China. The competition sought out convention center designs that could not only serve as a location to hold agricultural conventions and trade fairs but could also connect back to the city’s historic roots in order to expand the area as a rendezvous of agriculture. 

Drawing from the fact that Zhumadian is specifically known for supplying China with sesame seeds, the proposal utilizes the imagery of the seed in its shape—with rounded triangular forms—as well as in its overarching concept: “as an epicenter of activity in the agricultural industry, the convention center represents origins, life, growth, and health for the region and the people who visit the building" described the architects. 

Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign +11

Affordable Pocket Apartments on Site of Former Office Building Secure Planning Permission in England

08:00 - 9 October, 2016
Affordable Pocket Apartments on Site of Former Office Building Secure Planning Permission in England , Courtesy of Gort Scott
Courtesy of Gort Scott

Gort Scott, in collaboration with developer Pocket Living, has secured planning permission to build 45 affordable “Pocket” apartments on the site of an unused office building in Walthamstow, England. In an effort to produce highly-sought-after living space in the heart of the city, the design features three- and four-story elements that complete the terrace in the rear of the existing building, filling the gap between neighboring developments. 

Inspired by the legacy of the William Morris School that previously occupied the site, as well as by the Warner Houses typical to the city, the exterior of the project will be characterized by a decorative fletton type red brick and precast concrete.

Manila Architecture Workshop Awarded in 2016 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Competition

16:00 - 8 October, 2016
Manila Architecture Workshop Awarded in 2016 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Competition, Courtesy of Manila Architecture Workshop
Courtesy of Manila Architecture Workshop

Manila Architecture Workshop (MAAW) was just awarded one of six outstanding entries to the recently completed Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) programs for Architecture and Interior Design. In partnership with the United Architects of the Philippines and BluPrint Magazine, MADE encourages architects to design inventive buildings that address public, economic, and environmental issues. 

Courtesy of Manila Architecture Workshop Courtesy of Manila Architecture Workshop Courtesy of Manila Architecture Workshop Courtesy of Manila Architecture Workshop +6

Lacaton & Vassal and UMWELT Awarded the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale's Lifetime Achievement and Début Awards

14:30 - 8 October, 2016
Lacaton & Vassal and UMWELT Awarded the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale's Lifetime Achievement and Début Awards, FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault
FRAC Dunkerque / Lacaton & Vassal. Image © Philippe Ruault

French studio Lacaton & Vassal and Chilean studio UMWELT have been revealed as the recipients of the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale's Lifetime Achievement Award and Début Award, respectively. An award ceremony will take place on the 15th November 2016 at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), followed by a conference convened by Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal.

Urban Ecosystem Design Named Winner of Lion Mountain Park Competition

14:00 - 8 October, 2016

Berkeley-based TLS Landscape Architecture has won the Lion Mountain Park Design competition in Suzhou, China, corresponding to the Chinese government's new Urban Work Guidelines. The guidelines prioritize ecological and urban development, as well as rejuvenation of local character in public spaces. Lion Mountain Park will be the first large-scale public project to be constructed according to these values, envisioned as the core of a new urban ecosystem complex.

Courtesy of TLS Landscape Architecture Courtesy of TLS Landscape Architecture Courtesy of TLS Landscape Architecture Courtesy of TLS Landscape Architecture +17

Earthquake Resistant Tower in San Francisco to Become Most Resilient Tall Building on West Coast

12:00 - 8 October, 2016

Soaring high above! #SanFrancisco #RealEstate #181Fremont #LEED #tech #office

181 Fremont—which will become the third tallest structure in San Francisco and the most resilient tall building on the West Coast of the U.S.—has been awarded the REDi™ Gold Rating, a new earthquake resilience rating. The building was designed by San Francisco-based Heller Manus Architects.

The 56-story mixed-use tower, built above five basement levels, is being constructed in compliance with a new set of holistic design and planning guidelines—the Resilience-based Earthquake Design Initiative (REDi Rating System)—that allow it to withstand the impact of a 475-year seismic event (roughly a M7.5-M8.0 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault) with minimal disruption.

Developed by Arup with contributions from external collaborators, the REDi™ system outlines design and planning criteria within a resilience-based framework, creating a system that not only considers occupant safety but also takes into account the future of the building after an earthquake.

FXFOWLE Breaks Ground on New Statue of Liberty Museum

16:30 - 7 October, 2016
FXFOWLE Breaks Ground on New Statue of Liberty Museum , Courtesy of FXFOWLE
Courtesy of FXFOWLE

FXFOWLE has unveiled their design for a new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor. Set into a new landscape and lighting plan, the 26,000 square foot (2,415 square meter) museum will feature an exhibition experience by ESI Design, giving the island’s 4.3 million yearly visitors an opportunity “to learn about and honor the Statue’s history, influence, and legacy in the world.”

Courtesy of FXFOWLE Courtesy of FXFOWLE Courtesy of FXFOWLE Courtesy of FXFOWLE +5

These Mesmerizing GIFs Illustrate the Art of Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery

12:00 - 7 October, 2016

For centuries before the invention of screws and fasteners, Japanese craftsmen used complex, interlocking joints to connect pieces of wood for structures and beams, helping to create a uniquely Japanese wood aesthetic that can still be seen in the works of modern masters like Shigeru Ban.

Up until recent times, however, these techniques were often the carefully guarded secrets of family carpentry guilds and unavailable for public knowledge. Even as the joints began to be documented in books and magazines, their 2-dimensional depictions remained difficult to visualize and not found in any one comprehensive source.

That is, until a few years ago, when a young Japanese man working in automobile marketing began compiling all the wood joinery books he could get his hands on and using them to creating his own 3-dimensional, animated illustrations of their contents.

BIG's Twisting Towers along the High Line Will Contain Condos & a Luxury Hotel

10:25 - 7 October, 2016
BIG's Twisting Towers along the High Line Will Contain Condos & a Luxury Hotel, Image by BIG. Image via Curbed NY
Image by BIG. Image via Curbed NY

BIG’s planned residential complex along the High Line in New York has gone through multiple iterations since its unveiling last November. Now, in its latest form of two twisting towers rising from a split podium, the project is receiving a new name and key program piece.

Image by BIG. Image via NY YIMBY Image by BIG. Image via NY YIMBY Image by BIG. Image via Curbed NY Image by BIG. Image via Curbed NY +9

2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Announced

08:00 - 7 October, 2016

The winners of the 2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards have been announced. Now in its eighth year, the global competition seeks the best of food and beverage spaces, and “covers every imaginable space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.”

This edition of the annual Awards attracted 1,000 entries from the UK and 70 other countries, and was judged by a panel of influential design personalities.

The winners of the 2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are:

Torchy’s Tacos (Austin, USA) / Chioco Design
. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Torafuku (Vancouver, Canada) / Scott & Scott Architects
. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Blue Wave (Barcelona, Spain) / El Equipo Creativo . Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards No.1 Duke Street (Richmond, London, UK) / Box 9 Design & Red Deer Architects . Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards +34

Caruso St John Architects' Newport Street Gallery Wins the 2016 Stirling Prize

15:30 - 6 October, 2016
Caruso St John Architects' Newport Street Gallery Wins the 2016 Stirling Prize, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

Caruso St John Architects has won the top prize in British architecture, the RIBA Stirling Prize for their Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London, beating out competition from Herzog & de Meuron, Michael Laird Architects + Reiach and Hall Architects, Loyn & Co Architects, dRMM Architects and WilkinsonEyre

Designed as a free public gallery to house artist Damien Hirst’s private art collection, Caruso St John’s scheme sandwiches three restored Victorian-era industrial buildings between two new structures, one of which features a distinct saw-tooth roof.

"This highly accomplished and expertly detailed art gallery is a bold and confident contribution to the best of UK architecture. Caruso St John’s approach to conservation is irreverent yet sensitive and achieves a clever solution that expresses a poetic juxtaposition of old and new," said the jury in their citation.

30 Projects Shortlisted for 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award

13:30 - 6 October, 2016
30 Projects Shortlisted for 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award, © YTAA - Young Talent Architecture Award
© YTAA - Young Talent Architecture Award

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe has announced a list of 30 projects that will compete for the inaugural Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) 2016. The award was established this year to “support the talent of recently graduated Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future,”  and joins the Foundation's European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award “in promoting high quality work amongst emerging and established architects through the acknowledgement of the value of good buildings.”

OMA Releases New Renderings of their Axel Springer Building in Berlin

08:40 - 6 October, 2016
OMA Releases New Renderings of their Axel Springer Building in Berlin, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA has released new images of their design for Axel Springer’s business and digital division, in Berlin, Germany. One of the largest digital publishing houses in Europe, Axel Springer officially launched the project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company’s publishing building.

OMA’s proposal was selected in a 2014 international design competition, beating out finalist entries from BIG and Büro Ole Scheeren. The brief called for a new modern work environment to house Axel Springer’s growing business and digital divisions.

Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of OMA +4

Leong Leong + JCJ Architecture Unveil Design of The Center for Community and Entrepreneurship in New York

08:00 - 6 October, 2016
Leong Leong + JCJ Architecture Unveil Design of The Center for Community and Entrepreneurship in New York, Image: Luxigon
Image: Luxigon

JCJ Architecture and Leong Leong have unveiled their design for the Center for Community and Entrepreneurship, a new mixed-use community building for the non-profit organization, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), which will be located in Flushing, Queens, New York. Upon completion, the building will span 90,000 square feet over seven stories at the corner of College Point Boulevard and 39th Avenue. 

Inspired by AAFE’s mission to enrich the lives of Asian Americans and others in need throughout New York City, the design is modeled using a progressive building form following the concept of holding hands in interweaving fingers.

Courtesy of JCJ Architecture | Leong Leong Image: Luxigon Image: Luxigon Image: Luxigon +5