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Australian Institute of Architects 2014 Northern Territory Awards Winners Announced

01:00 - 27 June, 2014
Strohmayr House / Troppo Architects. Image © Fiona Morrison
Strohmayr House / Troppo Architects. Image © Fiona Morrison

The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects' 2014 Northern Territory Awards were announced last night - continuing a strong year for Troppo Architects, who won four awards to add to their Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, which they received in March. Troppo took home the Territory's top award, the Tracy Memorial Award, in addition to the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, the Enduring Architecture Award, and the award for Residential Alterations & Additions.

Other winners on the night included Mode Design and Dunn & Hillam Architects, who each took home one award and one commendation. Neeson Murcutt Architects also bagged a Small Projects Award just a day after a very successful outing in the New South Wales Awards.

Read on after the break for all the winners

Strohmayr House / Troppo Architects. Image © Fiona Morrison Hue 5 / ASHFORD GROUP ARCHITECTS. Image © Hosain RezaI Delafi Manigurr-ma Village Centre / AECOM. Image © Richard Frederick Jones Desert House / Dunn & Hillam Architects. Image © Kilian O'Sullivan +13

Hy-Fi, The Organic Mushroom-Brick Tower Opens At MoMA's PS1 Courtyard

00:00 - 27 June, 2014

Last night, the organic brick structure known as 'Hy-Fi' opened in the courtyard of MoMA's PS1 space in New York. Designed by David Benjamin of New York architects The Living, the tower was designed as part of MoMA's Young Architects Program, and its construction centers around the use of an innovative building material: organic, biodegradable bricks consisting of no more than farm waste and a culture of fungus that is grown to fit a brick-shaped mold.

Acting as the centerpiece for MoMA's Warm Up music festival on Saturdays throughout the Summer, the temporary structure will provide shade, seating and water until September 7th. Read on after the break for more on the design.

PlanGrid Launches Educational Offering

00:00 - 27 June, 2014
PlanGrid Launches Educational Offering, © PlanGrid
© PlanGrid

PlanGrid, touted as "the fastest blueprint viewer" available, is one of the most mature apps for viewing, amending and discussing construction drawings on a collaborative cloud-based platform. This week they launched PlanGrid for Education, allowing students full and uninhibited access to every feature of the app free of charge. According to the company, they currently have "40,000 blueprints being uploaded to PlanGrid daily and over 9 million blueprints stored digitally", making the platform one of the fastest growing in its market.

The Projects of OfficeUS: A Round Up of 15 Architecture Classics

01:00 - 27 June, 2014
The Projects of OfficeUS: A Round Up of 15 Architecture Classics, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Responding to Rem Koolhas’s theme of “Absorbing Modernity," OfficeUS, the US's National Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale, launched as an experimental architecture firm with a mission to revisit, rethink and re-evaluate one thousand American architectural projects from the last century. The Giardini Pavilion was transformed by New-York based firm Leong Leong into a multi-functioning and interdisciplinary office, run by the six “partners" who were hand-picked for the job. Assigned with the ongoing task of producing models, drawings, and engaging in workshops and lectures throughout the duration of the Biennale, the partners and their collaborators in Venice and around the world attempt "to construct an agenda for the future production of architecture."

Focused mainly on exported architecture, the projects vary from nuclear plants to US embassies, residential typologies and museums and are lined on the pavilion’s walls within research booklets, available for the use of the partners and the public.

Care to join in? Check out 15 of the projects investigated by OfficeUS, after the break…

© Liao Yusheng The Projects of OfficeUS: A Round Up of 15 Architecture Classics © Flickr user Strocchi. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> The Projects of OfficeUS: A Round Up of 15 Architecture Classics +20

Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2014 NSW Awards

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
One Central Park / PTW Architects + Atelier Jean Nouvel. Image © Simon Wood
One Central Park / PTW Architects + Atelier Jean Nouvel. Image © Simon Wood

The Australian Institute of Architects announced its 2014 NSW Architecture Awards in a ceremony held in Sydney last night. Among the 42 Awards and 18 Commendations given out, perhaps the biggest winner was Neeson Murcutt Architects, whose Prince Alfred Park + Pool Upgrade won the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Architecture, and was a joint winner of the City of Sydney Lord Mayor's Prize.

In awarding the scheme by Neeson Murcutt Architects, the jury noted that it was "a rare synthesis of art and landscape, urban design and architecture" making the experience "a delight in every detail."

See the full list of 69 Awards, Prizes and Commendations after the break

8 Chifley Square / Lippmann Partnership + Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners. Image © Brett Boardman Lemur Forest Adventure / Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects. Image © Brett Boardman Coast / SJB. Image © Sharrin Rees Griffith House / Popov Bass Architects. Image © Sharrin Rees +64

OMA / Ole Scheeren's "The Interlace" Nabs Inaugural CTBUH Urban Habitat Award

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
OMA / Ole Scheeren's "The Interlace" Nabs Inaugural CTBUH Urban Habitat Award, The Interlace by OMA / Ole Scheeren. Photo © Iwan Baan
The Interlace by OMA / Ole Scheeren. Photo © Iwan Baan

CTBUH, the organization best known for its Tall Building Awards, has announced the winner of its inaugural Urban Habitat Award: OMA / Ole Scheeren's The Interlace in Singapore. The jurors, including Studio Gang ArchitectsJeanne Gang, praised the apartment complex, which includes communal gardens and spaces on the roofs and in between the apartment blocks, for responding to its tropical context and "integrating horizontal and vertical living frameworks." 

CTBUH Jurors also recognized Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' NEO Bankside as a finalist. Read more about the The Interlace and NEO Bankside, after the break.

Win Your Very Own Arckit, A Freeform Model Making System

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Win Your Very Own Arckit, A Freeform Model Making System, Courtesy of Arckit
Courtesy of Arckit

Physical model making can be time intensive and expensive. However, thanks to the makers of Arckit, that has changed. Based on a panel by panel modular system and a standard 1.2 meter grid, the newly released Arckit provides an easy-to-use, flexible model building system that allows architects to quickly construct and modify a diverse range of scaled structures. Architect tested and approved, the kit is currently available for purchase in the EU, US, Amazon and now Barnes and Noble

To celebrate its success, the makers of Arckit have agreed to gift 5 ArchDaily readers their largest, most expensive set: Arckit 240, a 620+ piece kit valued at $399. For a chance to win, check out all four sets available on the Arckit website and enter the sweepstakes after the break. 

Shukhov Tower's Fate Put to a Vote

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Shukhov Tower's Fate Put to a Vote, Aleksander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)
Aleksander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)

Despite severe corrosion, with almost 70% of one its six sections “thoroughly corroded” according to the government, Vladimir Shukhov’s 1922 radio tower has never been restored. Earlier this year, a large group of international architects petitioned the government to save the tower, one of only 20 or so of Shukhov’s 200 towers still standing in Russia. Now Moscow’s government has put the fate of the landmark tower to a public vote. 

Until July 6 Moscovites can use the  “Engaged Citizen” app to support one of four actions: hold an open competition to restore the tower, move the tower to a new location, move it to its historic location on Shabolovka street, or invent a new solution.

AR Names its 2014 House Awards

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
AR Names its 2014 House Awards, House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

The winners of the 2014 AR House Awards have been announced, celebrating excellence and innovation in the design of a one-off house. This year, the jury consisted of AR Editor Catherine Slessor, Ben van Berkel (UNStudio), Yvonne Farrell (Grafton Architects), William Mann (Witherford Watson Mann Architects) and Abraham Thomas (Director, Sir John Soane's Museum).

Read on after the break for the full list of winners

Butaro Doctors’ Housing / MASS Design Group. Image © Iwan Baan Cerrada Reforma 108 / DCPP arquitectos. Image © Onnis Luque Dragon Court Village / Eureka. Image © Ookura Hideki Bb Home / H&P Architects. Image © Doan Thanh Ha +10

3XN Chosen Over Windgardh, Arkitema to Design University Building in Sweden

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
3XN Chosen Over Windgardh, Arkitema to Design University Building in Sweden, © 3XN
© 3XN

3XN has won an architectural competition -- beating out WingårdhArkitema DotChristensen & CoJuul/Frost, and White -- to design a new educational building for Mälardalen University in Eskilstuna (southwest of Stockholm, Sweden). The project not only includes a new 18,250 square meter building, but also the renovation of a listed Modernist Public Bath Paul Hedquist. The new campus is planned to be ready in 2018. Read the architect's description of the winning project, after the break.

© 3XN © 3XN © 3XN © 3XN +5

Iwan Baan to Judge Avant Guardian Photography Contest

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Iwan Baan to Judge Avant Guardian Photography Contest , Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria (Featured: Makoko Floating School by NLE Architects). Image © Iwan Baan
Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria (Featured: Makoko Floating School by NLE Architects). Image © Iwan Baan

Surface Magazine's reintroducing its famed Avant Guardian photography contest, a competition that has helped launch the careers of many photographers. Surface editors and a star jury - featuring international photographer Iwan Baan, along with Johan Lindeberg, Klitos Teklos (Air Paris), Benoit Lagarde (Splashlight), and Keren Sachs (Offset) - will select 10 finalists. Finalists' work will be showcased in Surface's October 2014 issue and in a traveling photography exhibition. 

To inspire you to apply, we've rounded up some stunning images of Iwan Baan. Enjoy - and remember - the deadline for submissions is Thursday July 24th at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time!

Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada. Image © Iwan Baan Larabanga, Northern Ghana. Image © Iwan Baan Rikuzentakata, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan Matsushima, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan +9

Does London Really Need the Garden Bridge?

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Does London Really Need the Garden Bridge?, Courtesy of Arup
Courtesy of Arup

In an interesting analysis in the Guardian, Olly Wainwright draws attention to the questionable process by which of Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge proposal has gained such strong support from the British government. It is, according to Wainwright, the product of "one voguish designer, one national treasure and one icon-hungry mayor" - however he contends that compared to other more needed potential bridges over the Thames, the Garden Bridge may just be "a spectacular solution to a problem that doesn't really exist," and a terrific waste of infrastructure funds. You can read the article in full here.

Beachfront Observation Tower Confirmed for the British City of Brighton

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Beachfront Observation Tower Confirmed for the British City of Brighton, Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects / i360 Brighton
Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects / i360 Brighton

British practice Marks Barfield Architects, famous for designing the London Eye, are a step closer to realising their latest urban observation structure: the i360 Brighton. This week the international team who created the London landmark were reunited on Brighton beach as as loans of more than £40 million have been agreed to begin the tower's construction. Bringing together companies from the UK, France (Poma), the USA (Jacobs Enginneering) and the Netherlands (Hollandia), the project has been described as "truly unique."

A Gaudí Guide to Barcelona

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Parc Guell. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/
Parc Guell. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/

Although already an icon in architectural circles, “birthday boy” Antoni Gaudí may soon be receiving a new accolade: sainthood. Due to his renowned, unique style and tireless efforts on La Sagrada Família, Gaudi, potentially our first Patron Saint of Architects, will be beatified by Pope Francis within the next year.

Although beatification is only the third of four steps towards full-fledged canonization (which will require proof that Gaudí performed at least one miracle), it still seems a good moment to celebrate Gaudí and explore some of his most astounding works scattered throughout the city of Barcelona (seven of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Discover some of our favourites after the break.

La Sagrada Familia. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Mila rooftop. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Batllo. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Mila interior. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ +10

Fernando Guerra's Stunning Images of Álvaro Siza's Most Inspiring Works

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Fernando Guerra's Stunning Images of Álvaro Siza's Most Inspiring Works, Alvaro Siza. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Alvaro Siza. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Today, the renowned Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza turns 81. To celebrate, we've rounded-up some of Siza's most inspiring works, all courtesy of Fernando Guerra and Sergio Guerra - FG + SG.

Siza was born in Matosinhos, Portugal, in 1933. His first work was built in 1954, before Siza had even completed his studies at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Porto (now Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto - FAUP).

Edifício de Escritórios | Novartis Campus - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Museu Mimesis | with Carlos Castanheira & Jun Sung Kim – 2011. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Fundação Iberê Camargo - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Lérida University - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Portuguese pavilion for Expo 98 – 1998. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Aveiro Water Tank - 1990. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Borges & Irmão Bank - 1986. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +58

Leading Architects Come Together for London's Summer Exhibition

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Leading Architects Come Together for London's Summer Exhibition, The Architecture Room. Image Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts
The Architecture Room. Image Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Summer Exhibition is the world's largest open submission exhibition providing "a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience." From 12,000 total works of art, spanning a complete range of disciplines, 140 architectural works have been selected and hung by Royal Academician and Architect Eric Parry, after some early dialogue with former RIBA President Sir Richard MacCormac. Work featured this year includes a model by Thomas Heatherwick and prints by Louisa Hutton of Sauerbruch Hutton, alongside Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Nicholas Grimshaw, Richard Rogers and Eva Jiřičná.

Chris Wilkinson. Image © Chris Wilkinson Context / Eric Parry. Image Courtesy of Eric Parry Architects Ceramic & Nickel Kiosk / Eric Parry. Image Courtesy of Eric Parry Architects Bonhams / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Image © Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands +14

Happy Birthday Robert Venturi

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Happy Birthday Robert Venturi, © Denise Scott Brown
© Denise Scott Brown

Robert Venturi, the architect famous for "less is a bore," turns 89 today. Venturi started his firm in 1964 and ran it with his wife and partner Denise Scott Brown from 1967 until 2012. Today the Pritzker Prize winner's legacy lives on as the firm continues under the name VSBA (Venturi Scott Brown Associates). 

Happy Birthday Álvaro Siza

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Happy Birthday Álvaro Siza

Today marks the 81st birthday of Portuguese modernist Álvaro Siza. Originally slated to become a sculptor, Siza’s switch-over to architecture took place early in his career, after experiencing the work of Antoni Gaudí (whose birthday he shares). Since then, he has risen to become one of the most respected architects of the era, winning the Pritzker Prize in 1992.  

Call for Papers: STUDIO#07 - ILLEGAL

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Call for Papers: STUDIO#07 - ILLEGAL

Contemporary society is based on written rules or not – whether right or wrong – that influence people's existence, thus as in everyday's life, also the city creates its rules, offering hidden scenarios going beyond their normal ordinary perception, proposing new types of space and relation.

Disaster Relief Housing For The Next "Superstorm"

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Disaster Relief Housing For The Next "Superstorm", Exterior Of The Prefabricated Relief Housing Units. Image Courtesy of GOTHAMIST / JAKE DOBKIN
Exterior Of The Prefabricated Relief Housing Units. Image Courtesy of GOTHAMIST / JAKE DOBKIN

With hurricanes Sandy and Katrina etched into recent memory, the need for post-disaster relief housing is now. New York City and Garrison Architects have developed a modular, prefabricated housing system to relieve displaced citizens during the next "superstorm." At only 40' by 100' long, they can squeeze into the city's smallest corners -- all while having kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and storage spaces. The prototype is on display in Brooklyn - but you can see the entire design at the A/N Blog.  

Zaha Hadid Officially Signed Up For Iraq Parliament Job

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Zaha Hadid Officially Signed Up For Iraq Parliament Job, The now abandoned competition-winning design by Assemblage. The Iraqi Council of Representatives has come under fire for not releasing details of Hadid's design. Image © Assemblage
The now abandoned competition-winning design by Assemblage. The Iraqi Council of Representatives has come under fire for not releasing details of Hadid's design. Image © Assemblage

Zaha Hadid has now officially signed a deal to design the Iraq Parliament building in Baghdad, despite only coming third in the original design competition. BD Online reports that Hadid attended a signing ceremony held at the Iraqi Embassy in London last month, finally bringing a close to the controversial process.

The original competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects at the request of the Iraqi Government was won by Assemblage, however shortly after the win it became apparent that the Iraqi Council of Representatives had other ideas, as they remained in discussion with Hadid's Practice. Under the rules of the competition, the client is under no obligation to follow through with the winning design.

More on the controversy after the break

Smiljan Radic's Serpentine Pavilion Opens

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Smiljan Radic's Serpentine Pavilion Opens, © 2014 Iwan Baan
© 2014 Iwan Baan

UPDATE: Check out video from today's press conference at the Serpentine Pavilion! 

The 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, opened this morning in London's Hyde Park. The pavilion, a glass-fibre reinforced plastic shell resting on large quarry stones, was inspired by a papier mâché model which Radic created four years ago as a response to the Oscar Wilde story 'The Selfish Giant'.

© Daniel Portilla
© Daniel Portilla

More images after the break

Crystal Palace Rebuild Runs Into Delays

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
Crystal Palace Rebuild Runs Into Delays, Aerial view of the outline proposal by the developer. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group
Aerial view of the outline proposal by the developer. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group

The plan to resurrect London's Crystal Palace is encountering delays, as talks between the Chinese Development group ZhongRong and Bromley Council have stalled. With a shortlist announced in February of six high-profile practices competing to design a project with "the spirit, scale and magnificence of the original" - including Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, David Chipperfield and Nicholas Grimshaw - it was expected that a winner would be announced later this summer, with a scheme submitted for planning permission by the end of the year. However, all of these deadlines are now at risk thanks to the delays.

Read on after the break for details on what is causing the delay

Chicago Unveils Plans for Its Own Architecture Biennial

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
Chicago Unveils Plans for Its Own Architecture Biennial, Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / SOM. Image © Flickr CC User skydeckchicago
Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / SOM. Image © Flickr CC User skydeckchicago

Today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce plans for a new international architecture exhibition in his city which hopes to rival the reach and influence of the Venice Architecture Biennale. The first Chicago Architecture Biennial is planned to be held in late 2015, and will be co-curated by Director of the Graham Foundation Sarah Herda, and Joseph Grima, former editor-in-chief of Domus Magazine and co-curator of the 2012 Istanbul Design Biennial.

They will develop the program with help from David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank GehryStanley Tigerman, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Pritzker Prize Jury Chair Peter Palumbo. 

More on the plans for the Chicago Architecture Biennial after the break