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2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Call for Entries

01:00 - 23 January, 2014
2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Call for Entries

The 2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has launched and is inviting applications from schools of architecture around the world. A £6,000 grant will be awarded to one student by a panel of judges which includes Lord Foster and the President of the RIBA.

December ABI Dips Again

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
December ABI Dips Again, December 2013 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
December 2013 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Following consistently increasing demand for design services throughout most of 2013, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has posted its first consecutive months of contraction since May and June of 2012. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 48.5, down from a mark of 49.8 in November.  This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).  The new projects inquiry index was 59.2, up from the reading of 57.8 the previous month.

More highlights from the December ABI, after the break…

Architecture for Humanity NY Community Design Competition

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Architecture for Humanity NY Community Design Competition

Architecture for Humanity New York (AfHny) is accepting submissions for construction, interior design, landscape, and other design-related projects for the AfHny Community Design Competition 2014. AfHny will select one winning project that will be judged based on its alignment with AfHny’s mission, its perceived impact on the New York community, the submitting organization’s ability to fund the project, and proof of the organization’s ability to impact New York City’s neighborhoods based on past results. The winning project will receive a design competition hosted by AfHny that will result in several schematic design solutions developed by our membership base, which represents some of the top talent in the New York City design community. At the end of the design competition process, the winning organization will select their favored schematic design. 

Snowblower Shatters Panel of Apple Cube

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
Snowblower Shatters Panel of Apple Cube, Apple's 5th Avenue Store. Image via Buzzfeed. Image
Apple's 5th Avenue Store. Image via Buzzfeed. Image

The Apple Store's iconic 5th Avenue Store, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, came into unfortunate contact with a snowblower yesterday, reports Buzzfeed. The incident has left one panel of glass shattered; it's estimated that fixing it will cost about $445,000. More images, after the break...

The Contentious Legacy of the IAUS

00:00 - 22 January, 2014
The Contentious Legacy of the IAUS, Peter Eisenman, the founder of IAUS. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com
Peter Eisenman, the founder of IAUS. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com

In this in-depth article on Design ObserverBelmont Freeman examines the resurgence of interest in the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Peter Eisenman's radical, theory-based school that existed from 1967-1985, and questions: what has been the Institute's legacy in the 30 years since its demise? Read Freeman's thoughts in the full article here.

The Rise of the Poverty-Stricken Mega-City

00:00 - 21 January, 2014
The Rise of the Poverty-Stricken Mega-City, Mumbai is among the world's largest, and poorest, cities. Image © Flickr User Cactus Bones; Licensed via Creative Commons
Mumbai is among the world's largest, and poorest, cities. Image © Flickr User Cactus Bones; Licensed via Creative Commons

In this article on the Atlantic Cities, Richard Florida delves into recent research by Edward Glaeser, the author of Triumph of the City, which investigates the emergence in recent decades of mega-cities in developing nations. Though cities have long been connected to prosperity he points out that in these new cities, residents remain poor. The answer it seems is linked to our globalized economy, as well as the under prepared governments in these countries. However Glaeser and Florida don't see this as a reason for panic, or to abandon urbanization, but rather to ensure that urbanization is supported more effectively by government. You can read the full article here.

Winners of d3 Unbuilt Visions 2013 Competition Announced

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
Winners of d3 Unbuilt Visions 2013 Competition Announced, Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)
Grand Prize: Coastal Caretaker / Ursula Emery McClure, Michael McClure, Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Sarah Young (USA)

d3 has unveiled the 2013 winners of Unbuilt Visions, a competition designed to “promote critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects.” Get a glimpse of the four grand prize projects, which were awarded $750 each for their winning contributions, and the eleven special mentions after the break. 

UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition

The British Government will showcase Britain’s distinctive qualities of creativity and enterprise to millions of international visitors through the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015.

Michael Sorkin Sites Future Obama Presidential Library in Chicago's South Side

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
Michael Sorkin Sites Future Obama Presidential Library in Chicago's South Side, Plan View Depicting Future Library Bridging 63rd Street. Image Courtesy of Michael Sorkin Studio
Plan View Depicting Future Library Bridging 63rd Street. Image Courtesy of Michael Sorkin Studio

Bidding for the future home of Barack Obama's Presidential Library is underway with three locations claiming the chief executive as their own. Obama's birthplace, Hawaii, has mounted a campaign in pursuit of their native son, followed by New York City's Columbia University, where he received his bachelor's degree in political science. Architect and urbanist Michael Sorkin believes it is the Windy City, however, his adopted hometown, that will ultimately win the presidential library bid.

Zahner Launches Software for Design and Fabrication

00:00 - 20 January, 2014
Zahner Launches Software for Design and Fabrication, Original design by Crawford Architects on the Zahner Headquarters in North America / Mike Sinclair. Image Courtesy of Zahner
Original design by Crawford Architects on the Zahner Headquarters in North America / Mike Sinclair. Image Courtesy of Zahner

Zahner, one of the world's foremost fabricators of façades, have launched new software to assist in design, fabrication, costing and delivery. CloudWall, part of Zahner's ShopFloor platform, is a web based programme which provides an interface for users to design and fabricate curving facades in metal. It is a tool that uses Zahner's "factory floor like a massive rapid prototype machine".

Applications Now Open for Harvard GSD’S $100,000 Traveling Fellowship

00:00 - 20 January, 2014
Applications Now Open for Harvard GSD’S $100,000 Traveling Fellowship

UPDATE: This year's jury for the Wheelwright Prize will be: Mohsen Mostafavi, Iñaki Ábalos, Sílvia Benedito, Pedro Gadanho, K. Michael Hays, Linda Pollak, Shohei Shigematsu, and Jorge Silvetti.

2013 Hong Kong Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

01:00 - 20 January, 2014
Make Out City, BKK Collective (Architect Kidd, Chat Architects, Studio Make, Things Matter)
Make Out City, BKK Collective (Architect Kidd, Chat Architects, Studio Make, Things Matter)

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. The Biennale is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, two of the most intensely urban cities in the world, where political and economical contexts have shaped unique urban dynamics.

On display until February 23rd, the Hong Kong Biennale is curated by Colin Fournier, together with Executive Curators Joshua Lau and Allen Poon of TETRA and Travis Bunt and Tat Lam of URBANUS.

The Biennale is “informed by the singularity of Hong Kong but it will not be primarily about Hong Kong, just as the Venice Biennale is not about Venice: it will be about the cities of the world, making use of the unique bi-city setting of the Biennale as a platform to address global issues in a visionary and critical way.” You can read the complete curatorial statement here.

Photos and more about the individual exhibits after the break:

Le Corbusier's Ronchamp, Vandalized

00:00 - 20 January, 2014
Le Corbusier's Ronchamp, Vandalized, AD Classics: Ronchamp / Le Corbusier. Image © Cara Hyde-Basso
AD Classics: Ronchamp / Le Corbusier. Image © Cara Hyde-Basso

Originally posted in Metropolis Magazine, Samuel Medina reports on the irreparable damage caused by vandalism at Le Corbusier's Chapel of Ronchamp.  

On Friday, a nun gave warning that the Chapel of Ronchamp, considered by many to be one of the key architectural works of the last century, had been vandalized. When police arrived on the scene, they found signs of forced entry: a stained-glass window, one of many executed by Le Corbusier, was broken and a concrete trunk was missing. As Le Monde reports, the intruders had also attempted to gain entry via a door. The overall damage was, according to some, "priceless" because the stained-glass had borne an original illustration by Le Corbusier. An initial assessment from the department of historical monuments found the window to be irreparable. 

"A New Online Marketplace for Mobility" Wins 2014 Audi Urban Future Award

01:00 - 19 January, 2014
"A New Online Marketplace for Mobility" Wins 2014 Audi Urban Future Award

“A New Online Marketplace for Mobility,” an innovative proposal by city planner Philip Parsons and mobility expert Federico Parolotto that aims to optimize mobility in megacities, has been named the first participant in the Audi Urban Future Award 2014. Selected from a shortlist of three, the winners will now assemble a team of urban designers in order to pursue their visionary idea. Read more about their winning proposal, here.

Frank Lloyd Wright House Saved

00:00 - 18 January, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright House Saved , © Tarantino Studio 2013; courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
© Tarantino Studio 2013; courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

A rare house from Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian house period has been saved by the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas. The dramatic rescue plan to disassemble and move the house to a site over 1,000 miles away is required due to frequent flooding of the home's existing site in Millstone, New Jersey. The Crystal Bridges Museum will rebuild and restore the house at a site on their 120-acre grounds.

Read on for more about this unusual preservation

Curators of Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016 Announced

00:00 - 18 January, 2014
Curators of Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016 Announced, André Tavares e Diogo Seixas. Image © Valter Vinagre / Kameraphoto
André Tavares e Diogo Seixas. Image © Valter Vinagre / Kameraphoto

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale has announced that its 2016 Curatorial Board will be made up of André Tavares and Diogo Seixas Lopes, architects and directors of the magazine Jornal Arquitectos. José Mateus will serve as the Triennale's Executive President. More info, after the break...

Ariel Sharon, Architecture and Occupation

00:00 - 18 January, 2014
Ariel Sharon, Architecture and Occupation, © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project
© Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project

In response to the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last week, Eyal Weizman has written an interesting investigation into how the controversial politician used architecture and urban planning as a tool in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, deploying settlements like military tactics rather than simply as housing strategy. The piece is an insightful examination of how power and even violence can be manifest in design, as evidenced by Sharon's "architecture of occupation". You can read the full article here.

STUDIO Issue #5: IMPORT-EXPORT

00:00 - 17 January, 2014
STUDIO Issue #5: IMPORT-EXPORT, Courtesy of STUDIO Magazine
Courtesy of STUDIO Magazine

STUDIO Magazine have just released their new issue: IMPORT-EXPORT. In the contemporary age, in which markets, productions, consumptions, lifestyles and mindsets are connected on a global scale, in a continuous flux of exchanges generating interdependency among them, architecture keeps being contamined by external factors which renovate this discipline's principles.

2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

00:00 - 17 January, 2014
2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design, Denver Union Station Neighborhood Transformation / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP © Sponge Production
Denver Union Station Neighborhood Transformation / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP © Sponge Production

Six US projects have been selected by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) for honorably expanding the role of the architect beyond the building and into the realms of urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. These projects will be honored with the AIA’s Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design at the 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

Women to Watch in 2014

00:00 - 17 January, 2014
Women to Watch in 2014

In response to the AJ's third Women in Architecture Survey, the Guardian has presented this list of 10 influential and emerging female architects to keep an eye out for in 2014. While some entries, such as Zaha Hadid,Amanda Levete and Alison Brooks may be no surprise, the list also features some lesser-known names, like Nathalie Rozencwajg of Rare and Hannah Lawson of John McAslan + Partners, who promise to rise to greater prominence. You can see the full list here.

VIDEO: 10 Buildings that Changed America

00:00 - 17 January, 2014

In an hour long documentary for PBS, Geoffrey Baer tours the USA in search of the ten buildings that "changed America." From a state capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson to resemble a Roman temple to Henry Ford's factory that first saw the Model T enter production, the film explores the "shocking, funny, and even sad stories of how these buildings were created." Investigating places of worship, shopping malls, concert halls and skyscrapers this film is tipped as "a journey inside the imaginations of the daring architects who set out to change the way we live, work, and play." 

Louis Vuitton Builds Charlotte Perriand's 1934 Miami Beach House

01:00 - 16 January, 2014
Louis Vuitton Builds Charlotte Perriand's 1934 Miami Beach House, © Louis Vuitton
© Louis Vuitton

La Maison au Bord de L'Eau, an unrealized beach house in Miami designed by architect, designer, planner and photographer Charlotte Perriand, has been built by Louis Vuitton for a Design Miami 2013 satellite exhibition. Designed in 1934, the house was first conceived for a design contest held by L’architecture d’aujourd’hui magazine with the aim of creating a simple, economical form of holiday lodging for the mass market. After winning second prize it was never built but, eight decades later, "Perriand’s studies prove quite contemporary in light of the advancements in wooden architecture."

World's Tallest Buildings of 2013 Dominated by Asia

00:00 - 16 January, 2014
Courtesy of Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats
Courtesy of Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats

According to the latest Tall Trends Report, 73 buildings in excess of 200 meters were completed in 2013 worldwide, the second highest total only behind 2011 with 81 completions. The increase of completions from 2012 to 2013 continues a significant upward trend that, since 2000, has seen an astounding 318 percent increase in tall buildings. 

Liz Diller on MoMA Expansion: We'd Be Against Us Too "If We Didn’t Know All the Details That We Know"

00:00 - 16 January, 2014
Liz Diller on MoMA Expansion: We'd Be Against Us Too "If We Didn’t Know All the Details That We Know", Image of Liz Diller / One of DS + R's early renderings of the MoMA expansion. Image © Iwan Baan / Courtesy of MoMA
Image of Liz Diller / One of DS + R's early renderings of the MoMA expansion. Image © Iwan Baan / Courtesy of MoMA

In a must-read interview with Christopher Hawthorne of the Los Angeles Times, Liz Diller defends her firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and their design of the MoMA expansion.

Hawthorne asks some great, insightful questions: from whether or not architecture should be considered ephemeral to whether or not idiosyncratic architecture is more vulnerable to change. Diller responds with some fascinating points, claiming that if DS+R's ICA museum in Boston faced demolition, she'd understand because of the possibility that "at a certain point [a building] takes on another identity." But perhaps the most poignant response is the one that she gives regarding the maelstrom of negative criticism surrounding the demolition of the Folk Art Museum, saying, "We would be on the same side if we didn’t know all the details that we know." To learn more about those "details," read on for excerpts from the interview...