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Climb Inside Numen/For Use's Membrane of Packing Tape at Palais de Tokyo in Paris

00:00 - 16 November, 2014
Courtesy of Numen/ForUse
Courtesy of Numen/ForUse

They began with a single roll of tape, frenetically navigating the space between columns with the help of a ladder and a lot of creativity. Ten days and twelve sets of hands later, Tape Paris was completed at Palais de Tokyo for 'Inside,' an exhibition of site-specific projects designed to be interactive and introspective. Tape Paris delves into the physical and psychological experience of interior space through an experiential model of exploration. Visitors travel through a matrix of elastic tunnels suspended precariously above the traditional exhibition space, as guests observe their movements from below. The biomorphic skin is a playground for the senses, offering opportunities to climb, relax, and discover.

Enter the elastic world of Tape Paris after the break 

Courtesy of Numen/ForUse Courtesy of Numen/ForUse Courtesy of Numen/ForUse Courtesy of Numen/ForUse + 7

TED Talk: How MASS Design Group Gave the Word "Architecture" a Meaning in Rwanda

00:00 - 16 November, 2014

In one of the eight talks that make up the TED Prize-winning City2.0, MASS Design Group Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Alan Ricks explains how MASS designed and built the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, in 2008 when "there wasn't even a word for 'architect'" in Kinyarwanda, the national language. Now thanks in part to their work, and the commitment of the many MASS Design Fellows in the area, Rwanda has a more formalized market for architectural services and even a new architecture program at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.

Four Practices Shortlisted for Tucson's January 8th Memorial

01:00 - 16 November, 2014
Four Practices Shortlisted for Tucson's January 8th Memorial , Future site of the memorial. Image Courtesy of January 8th Memorial Foundation
Future site of the memorial. Image Courtesy of January 8th Memorial Foundation

The January 8th Memorial Foundation has selected four finalists out of the 60 practices and artists, both national and international, who submitted applications to create a permanent memorial and master plan concept for the El Presidio Park in Tucson, Arizona. The permanent memorial would commemorate the January 8, 2011, mass shooting that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, killed six people and injured 12 others. The memorial is also intended to honor the spirit of the Tucson community in its responses to the tragedy and to inspire future generations to work together on community issues. The four finalists are:

Open Call: jumpthegap Seeks Ideas for "Bathroom of the Future"

01:00 - 16 November, 2014
Open Call: jumpthegap Seeks Ideas for "Bathroom of the Future"

Encouraging young designers and architects to create and design innovative, sustainable solutions for the bathroom, the sixth edition of the international design contest jumpthegap, organized by Roca and the Barcelona Design Centre (BCD), has been launched at the Roca London Gallery with a presentation from the contest’s UK judge Tom Dyckhoff. An ideal platform for new generations to show their talent and visions for the bathroom of the future, jumpthegap is aimed at young professionals and students of architecture and design under 35. Registration closes February 2015. The jury, which will be led by MAD principle Ma Yansong, is expected to announce the winner in October 2015. 

Open for Submissions: Re-Imagining Toronto's "Winter Stations"

01:00 - 15 November, 2014
Open for Submissions: Re-Imagining Toronto's "Winter Stations", Toronto's life guard stands. Image Courtesy of RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio
Toronto's life guard stands. Image Courtesy of RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio

RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio have launched Winter Stations, an open international design competition challenging artists, designers, architects and landscape architects re-imagine the life guard stands on Toronto's waterfront as "temporary wintertime installations" that "inject color, movement, humor and more into the landscape.” The theme is “Warmth,” and there is no limit to the size of the installation, but the jurors will take durability and constructibility into account. The selected installations will be built in February 2015. Registration is now open and submissions are due December 5, 2014 with winners announced in early January 2015. All the details can be found, here

Dichotomy Journal Plays the Odds: Open Call for Submissions on Taking Architectural Risks

00:00 - 15 November, 2014
Dichotomy Journal Plays the Odds: Open Call for Submissions on Taking Architectural Risks, The 'Gherkin' in London (background) and the Lloyd's Building (foreground) redefined the skyline through their unorthodox designs. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>. Image © Flickr CC User duncanh1
The 'Gherkin' in London (background) and the Lloyd's Building (foreground) redefined the skyline through their unorthodox designs. Used under Creative Commons. Image © Flickr CC User duncanh1

University of Detroit Mercy's Dichotomy Journal has issued an open call for submissions to its 21st edition on the theme of "Odds," inviting discussion on projects that "defy the status quo and aim for greater fortune." Risk takers rejoice: Dichotomy 21 will shine a spotlight on architectural anomalies and the "implications of defying the odds and embracing the strange." The journal aims to stimulate a new discourse on extraordinary and unconventional designs that push the architectural envelope. Submissions are invited to discuss ideas defying the odds in design, architecture, urbanism and community development.

Engineers at Stanford Develop Cost-Effective Earthquake-Resistant House

00:00 - 15 November, 2014

In 1989, California's central coast was rocked by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, destroying infrastructure and buildings in San Francisco, Oakland, and a host of coastal cities. The Loma Prieta Earthquake caused an estimated $6 trillion in damage, prompting researchers to develop techniques for management of severe seismic activity in urban centres. Twenty five years later, a team of engineers at Stanford University have invented a cost-effective foundation for residential buildings capable of withstanding three times the magnitude of the catastrophic 1989 earthquake.

Find out more on Stanford's earthquake-resistant technology after the break 

Eduardo Souto de Moura Tapped for Mixed-Use Condo Project in DC

00:00 - 14 November, 2014
Eduardo Souto de Moura Tapped for Mixed-Use Condo Project in DC, Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego © Francisco Nogueira
Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego © Francisco Nogueira

Eastbanc has tapped Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura to transform a former "Four Seasons gas station" site into a mixed-use condo. According to a report on the Georgetowner, the developer has asked residents to have "an open mind" for the design, which, as Urban Turf points out, is likely to stand out in the historic Washington D.C. district. Little details have been released. “We are considering all options, from condo to rental to hotel,” Eastbanc President Anthony Lanier stated. “It’s early in the design phase.”

Mario Palanti: Architect of Rome's Skyscraper That Never Was

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
Mario Palanti: Architect of Rome's Skyscraper That Never Was, Palanti's Tower as it would have appeared. Image © Adam Nathaniel Furman
Palanti's Tower as it would have appeared. Image © Adam Nathaniel Furman

Adam Nathaniel Furman, architect and winner of this year's Blueprint Award for Design Innovation, is currently undertaking his tenure as the recipient of the 2014/15 Rome Prize for Architecture at the British School at Rome. His ongoing project, entitled The Roman Singularity, seeks to explore and celebrate Rome as "the contemporary city par-excellence" - "an urban version of the internet, a place where the analogical-whole history of society, architecture, politics, literature and art coalesce into a space so intense and delimited that they collapse under the enormity of their own mass into a singularity of human endeavour."

In this short essay inspired by the work of Dietrich C Neumann, an architectural historian at Brown University (Providence, RI USA), Furman examines what would have been "the tallest building in the world [...] housing Italy’s new Parliament, lecture halls, meeting rooms, a hotel, library, enormous sports facilities, lighthouse, clock, astronomical observatory, telegraph and telephone stations, [reflecting] sunlight off its acres and acres of white Carrara marble." In the shadow of Italian Fascism, Mario Palanti saw an opportunity to transform the skyline of the Italian capital by pandering to the egotistical ambitions of a dictator. Ultimately the extent of his vision was matched only by his failure.

Typological to Evolutionary: A New Theory of Cities

00:00 - 14 November, 2014
Typological to Evolutionary: A New Theory of Cities , Champs Elysees - Paris, France. Image © Flickr User justininsd
Champs Elysees - Paris, France. Image © Flickr User justininsd

Why do cities exist and how will they grow and change? As more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities it is becoming increasingly important for urban designers and planners to seek answers to these questions. This article by Laura Bliss from City Lab presents the “science of cities,” and the ways in which the urban-planning world is moving away from traditional methods of simply putting cities into categories, in favor of a more evolutionary theory. Benefiting from the vast amounts of data available today on statistics such as crime and voting patterns across cities, researchers have worked to establish the quantifiable characteristics of urban areas as a whole, and recent studies in this area reveal how the shapes of cities themselves could be connected to internal economic and social processes. Learn more about these radical developments in the full article from City Lab.

13 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Asia Pacific

01:00 - 14 November, 2014
13 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Asia Pacific, GOLD: “Protective Wing” Bird Sanctuary . Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation
GOLD: “Protective Wing” Bird Sanctuary . Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

Teams from Thailand and New York have received top honors in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for Asia Pacific, an award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the top three winners are the “Protective Wing” bird sanctuary and a locally-adapted orphanage and library in Nepal. 

The 13 recognized projects will share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global Holcim Awards, to be selected in 2015.

The full list of Asia Pacific winners, after the break…

Video: Robert A.M. Stern on Designing Background Buildings and The Limestone Jesus

00:00 - 14 November, 2014

"We have lots of silly buildings being built, in my opinion. The buildings should not look like Lady Gaga,” stated Robert A.M. Stern in the latest installment by the Louisiana Channel

Juhani Pallasmaa and Diébédo Francis Kéré Honored in 2014 Schelling Architecture Awards

00:00 - 13 November, 2014
Juhani Pallasmaa and Diébédo Francis Kéré Honored in 2014 Schelling Architecture Awards, Centre for Earth Architecture / Kere Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan
Centre for Earth Architecture / Kere Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan

The Schelling Architecture Foundation has announced Juhani Pallasmaa and Diébédo Francis Kéré as the recipients of its Architecture Theory and Architecture Prizes, respectively, for 2014. Awarded once every two years since 1994, the Schelling Prizes are prestigious awards that historically have been reasonable predictors of the Pritzker Prize, with Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor, Kazuyo Sejima and Wang Shu all receiving a Schelling Architecture Prize some years before their Pritzker Prize.

This year, the Schelling Prize's "indigenous ingenuity" theme was inspired by the 2012 Theory winner Kenneth Frampton's theory of Critical Regionalism, with the prize asking "how can inventive and directly comprehensible architecture satisfy human needs in an appealing way?"

More on the winners after the break

The Race to Save Architecture in Myanmar's Biggest City

00:00 - 13 November, 2014
The Race to Save Architecture in Myanmar's Biggest City, View from Golden Hill Towers in Yangon, Myanmar (2010). Image © Flickr CC User Soe Lin
View from Golden Hill Towers in Yangon, Myanmar (2010). Image © Flickr CC User Soe Lin

Preservationists are in a race to document and preserve some of Yangon’s most admired cultural icons. Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon is experiencing an all to familiar story: rapid development taking precedence over preservation. As the National Geographic reports, “Hulking monoliths of concrete and blue-plated glass are replacing fine old residential and government buildings…Although much has already been lost, many architecturally or esthetically significant structures have hung on. The question now is  how long they will last.” Read the complete story, here

2015 YAP P.S.1 Shortlist

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
2015 YAP P.S.1 Shortlist, 2014 YAP P.S.1 Winner: The Living's Compostable Mushroom Tower - Hy-Fi. Image © Andrew Nunes
2014 YAP P.S.1 Winner: The Living's Compostable Mushroom Tower - Hy-Fi. Image © Andrew Nunes

MoMA P.S.1 has announced five finalists to compete in the 2015 Young Architects Program (YAP). Now in it’s 16th edition, the competition will challenge a group of emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the walls of the P.S.1 courtyard for MoMA’s annual summer “Warm-Up” series.

The 2015 shortlist includes Office for Political Innovation (Andres Jaque; NY), brillhart architecture (Jacob Brillhart; Miami, FL), Erin Besler (LA, CA), The Bittertang Farm (Michael Loverich; NY), Studio Benjamin Dillenburger (Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer; ONT, Canada). The winners will be announced in early 2015. 

Previous winners include The Living (Hy-Fi), CODA (Party Wall), Interboro Partners (Holding Pattern), Work AC (Public Farm 1), MOS (Afterparty) and SO-IL (Pole Dance).

BIG Reveals 20-Year Restoration Plan for Washington DC's Smithsonian Campus

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
BIG Reveals 20-Year Restoration Plan for Washington DC's Smithsonian Campus, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

Nearly a year-and-a-half since the announcement of their selection, BIG has unveiled plans for a massive, 20-year-long overhaul for the Smithsonian’s southern campus in the center of Washington DC. With an overarching goal to unite the site by dissolving the notable impediments and discontinuous pathways that plague the area, BIG plans to also expand visitor, education and gallery spaces, while updating aging and inefficient building systems. 

"Where today each museum is almost like a separate entity, in the future, it’s going to be a much more open, intuitive and inviting campus to meander around," Bjarke Ingels explained.

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Help Us Honor Rem Koolhaas On His 70th Birthday

00:00 - 13 November, 2014
Help Us Honor Rem Koolhaas On His 70th Birthday, Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons

Rem Koolhaas, one of today's most celebrated architects, has lived a significant year. With the closing of his much-talked about Venice Biennale just days away, the Dutchman also turns 70 years old this coming Monday. 

100 Resilient Cities: How the Rockefeller Foundation is Addressing Resiliency on a Global Scale

00:00 - 12 November, 2014
100 Resilient Cities: How the Rockefeller Foundation is Addressing Resiliency on a Global Scale, OMA’s proposed Hoboken Waterfront for the “Rebuild by Design” competition, which focused on resilience, sustainability and livability. Image © OMA
OMA’s proposed Hoboken Waterfront for the “Rebuild by Design” competition, which focused on resilience, sustainability and livability. Image © OMA

Resiliency has become a keyword when it comes to city planning and development, so much so that former AIA president, Clark Manus, declared last year that “resilience is the new Green.” To address resiliency on a global level and help cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic and physical challenges, The Rockefeller Foundation kicked off its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge in 2013. Under the initiative,100 cities will be selected to be part of the challenge, where they will receive help and funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer and assistance in developing and implementing a resilience strategy.

So far 33 cities have been selected and last week the first-ever Chief Resilience Officer summit was held in New Orleans. To learn more about the summit in New Orleans, the overall initiative, and how cities can become more resilient, we spoke with President of 100 Resilient Cities, Michael Berkowitz, who said: "When you think about what makes a resilient city, you have to think in holistic terms. The reality is that resilience building is a multi-sector, multi-level kind of enterprise." 

Read the full interview with Berkowitz after the break

Five Teams Shortlisted To Design Bristol Arena

00:00 - 12 November, 2014
Five Teams Shortlisted To Design Bristol Arena, Vision of the masterplan (commissioned in 2007). Image Courtesy of Bristol Temple Quarter
Vision of the masterplan (commissioned in 2007). Image Courtesy of Bristol Temple Quarter

Five practices have been shortlisted to put forward designs for the Bristol Arena, a cultural and sporting hub which is set to have a 12,000 seating capacity and is due to open towards the end of 2017. The city's Mayor, George Ferguson (who is himself an architect-turned-politician), has said that "we now have five very capable and talented design teams with a wealth of experience between them drawing up proposals" that will contribute to the regeneration of the city's Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (a site close to Temple Meads Station). The five shortlisted multi-disciplinary design teams are consortiums experienced in delivering major cultural venues in the UK or overseas. A team led by Populous, who completed the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, are running in collaboration with Feilden Clegg Bradley, who were shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize. They are competing against teams led by Grimshaw and Wilkinson Eyre, who recently installed a cable-car across London's Millennium Dome.

See details of the five teams after the break.

Get to Grips with Guggenheim Helsinki's Record-Breaking Competition with this Infographic Video

01:00 - 12 November, 2014

By now, when the design competition for the Guggenheim Helsinki is mentioned, one number probably comes to mind: 1,715, the record-breaking number of submissions which the competition received. But how can this number be put into perspective? Why, with more numbers of course. Take 5,769 for example, which is the total height in meters of all the A1 presentation boards arranged vertically. Or take 18,336,780, the estimated value in Euros of all the work submitted.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Develops 3D Printing Process at the Mircoscale

00:00 - 12 November, 2014
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Develops 3D Printing Process at the Mircoscale , This electron backscatter diffraction image shows variations in crystallographic orientation in a nickel-based component, achieved by controlling the 3-D printing process at the microscale. Image Courtesy of ORNL
This electron backscatter diffraction image shows variations in crystallographic orientation in a nickel-based component, achieved by controlling the 3-D printing process at the microscale. Image Courtesy of ORNL

3D printing technology continues to advance, developing new applications which are particularly promising for the world of architecture. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have demonstrated a new manufacturing process that can create 3D printed metal components with an unprecedented degree of precision. For architecture, this could mean greater control over the customization of the smallest components in buildings, as well as more carefully engineered properties of the larger ones.

The new technique involves an additive process in which successive layers of material are laid down with computer control and fused to create an object of almost any shape. As technology has progressed, printers have been able to progressively increase their resolution, enabling the creation of smaller parts with smoother surfaces. ORNL has developed a process that precisely manages the solidification of metal parts in each layer on a microscopic scale. This enables them to better control local material properties, which can have a profound impact on the strength, weight, and function of 3D printed metal components.

Read on to learn more about how this manufacturing process could shape the future of 3D printing.

BIG Tapped to Design Public Square for Battersea Power Station

00:00 - 12 November, 2014
BIG Tapped to Design Public Square for Battersea Power Station, Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station
Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Battersea Power Station

BIG is set to make its UK debut. As reported by the Architect’s Journal, the Danish practice has been selected from an international shortlist to design a public square for Battersea Power Station. Though no formal announcement has been made, the “Malaysia Square” scheme will be a key element in the Wilkinson Eyre-designed masterplan, serving as the development’s “front door.” It will connect the masterplan’s first three phases, just south of the listed landmark, which include Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners’ proposed “Electric Boulevard.”

Karim Rashid Shifts Focus to Architecture

00:00 - 12 November, 2014
Karim Rashid Shifts Focus to Architecture, Lotte Amoje, Food Capital / Karim Rashid. Image © Lee Gyeon Bae
Lotte Amoje, Food Capital / Karim Rashid. Image © Lee Gyeon Bae

Karim Rashid, internationally renowned for his work in industrial design, has recently shifted his focus towards real estate. Alongside his team of nine architects, the New York-based designer is currently working on 11 buildings worldwide, including four in New York. With extensive knowledge in product design and no formal architectural education, Rashid believes designing architecture isn’t out of his realm:

Can Good Architecture Be as Calming as Meditation?

00:00 - 12 November, 2014
Can Good Architecture Be as Calming as Meditation?, Louis Kahn's Salk Institute was among the "contemplative architecture" that the researchers used during the study. Image © Flickr CC User dreamsjung
Louis Kahn's Salk Institute was among the "contemplative architecture" that the researchers used during the study. Image © Flickr CC User dreamsjung

If ever architects needed a little vindication in their work, this might just be it: a team of neuroscientists have found evidence that good architecture can positively affect the human brain. Testing a highly susceptible group of subjects (i.e. architects), the team demonstrated that so-called "contemplative architecture" can have similar effects to meditation - except with much less effort on the part of the person experiencing it. This article in the Atlantic discusses the team's work at length, delving into the science behind the discovery, but also uncovering an interesting oddity in the world of architectural neuroscience: it seems not much is being done because "it’s difficult to suggest that people are dying from it." In the case of the current study, the team "totally loaded the deck" by only selecting architects as their subjects, apparently not aiming to prove anything but simply to secure further funding. Read the full article here for more on the latest in architectural neuroscience.