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The 6 Architects Who Have Won MacArthur "Genius" Grants

12:20 - 22 September, 2016
The 6 Architects Who Have Won MacArthur "Genius" Grants, Blur Building. Exposition Pavilion: Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002. Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Blur Building. Exposition Pavilion: Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002. Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Today, the MacArthur Foundation announced the 23 recipients of their 2016 MacArthur Fellowship Grants, which are awarded annually “to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $625,000 for the recipients to use for individual pursuits, paid out in equal quarterly installments over a five year period. Fellows are selected based on 3 criteria: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

This year’s fellows include artists, playwrights, geobiologists, poets, jewelrymakers, novelists and historians, but, for the fifth straight year, no architects. In the program’s 36 year history, just 6 recipients have come from architecture-related fields.

Green Urban Park Floating Above a Highway Unifies Buckhead Neighborhood in Atlanta

08:00 - 22 September, 2016
Green Urban Park Floating Above a Highway Unifies Buckhead Neighborhood in Atlanta, Aerial view looking south at dusk. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz
Aerial view looking south at dusk. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz

Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects have released preliminary designs for a new park floating above a divisive highway and commuter rail line in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. A 2,400-foot-long elevated traverse, Buckhead Park Over GA400 aims to bring the community together with safe, convenient access to the amenities and cultural attractions in Buckhead. 

Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz. ImageView from Peachtree looking north Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz. ImageView from PATH400 looking south Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz. ImageView from plaza looking south Aerial view looking toward Downtown Atlanta. Image Courtesy of Roger Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz +9

Spotlight: Gunnar Asplund

06:00 - 22 September, 2016
Spotlight: Gunnar Asplund, Stockholm Public Library. Image © Sam Teigen
Stockholm Public Library. Image © Sam Teigen

As a professor of architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology and often cited for his contributions to Nordic Classicism, Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund (September 22 1885 – 20 October 1940) was a notable theorist on the most important architectural challenges of his time, first exemplified by his lecture entitled “Our Architectonic Concept of Space.”

Níall McLaughlin Wins 2016 RIBA Charles Jencks Award for Architecture

16:00 - 21 September, 2016
Níall McLaughlin Wins 2016 RIBA Charles Jencks Award for Architecture, Bishop Edward King Chapel / Niall McLaughlin Architects. Image © Niall McLaughlin Architects
Bishop Edward King Chapel / Niall McLaughlin Architects. Image © Niall McLaughlin Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced Níall McLaughlin, founder of Níall McLaughlin Architects, as winner of the 2016 RIBA Charles Jencks Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding architect or practice "that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture."

“Niall McLaughlin is a great inspiration for architects today, especially the young, because of his masterful skill in drawing from all traditions – classicism, modernism, postmodernism,” said jury member and award namesake Charles Jencks. “All the “isms” are under his belt, not on his back, and he extends them all through the commitment to architecture as an art and professional practice.”

Previous winners of the award include Herzog & de Meuron (2015), Benedetta Tagliabue (2013), Rem Koolhaas (2012), Eric Owen Moss (2011), Steven Holl (2010), Charles Correa (2009), Wolf Prix (2008), Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos (2007), Zaha Hadid (2006), Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi (2005), Peter Eisenman (2004) and Cecil Balmond (2003).

SOM Breaks Ground on One of the Largest Redevelopments in Tokyo’s History

14:30 - 21 September, 2016
SOM Breaks Ground on One of the Largest Redevelopments in Tokyo’s History, © Methanoia
© Methanoia

Construction is now underway on Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s (SOM) OH-1 redevelopment project in the Ohtemachi District of Tokyo, Japan. Covering a 20,000 square meter (215,000 square foot) site, the project constitutes one of the largest revitalization projects in Tokyo’s history. The complex includes two high-rise, mixed-use buildings containing a luxury hotel, commercial office space, retail and cultural facilities, and is centered around a park and public area that will visually connect the development to the adjacent Imperial Palace East Gardens.

3D Printed Replica of Syrian Arch Destroyed by ISIS Erected in New York City

12:30 - 21 September, 2016

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A year after the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria was destroyed by the Islamic State, a 3D-printed recreation of one of its most iconic structures has begun its world tour. Originally erected in London’s Trafalgar square in April, on Monday, the replica of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in its new location outside city hall in New York City.

Johnston Marklee Named Artistic Directors of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

08:10 - 21 September, 2016
© Eric Staudenmaier Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial
© Eric Staudenmaier Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) has announced that Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, of the Los Angeles-based firm Johnston Marklee, have been named Artistic Directors for the 2017 event. Following a successful inaugural run in 2015, the second edition of the biennial will take place from September 16 - December 31, 2017.

Speaking exclusively to ArchDaily, Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee said:

We are thrilled with the invitation to be the Artistic Directors for the second edition of the largest exhibition of contemporary architecture in North America. To have a global platform to address current ideas and showcase the talent in the field of architecture in a city with such an extraordinary architectural pedigree is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

This Self-Build Concrete Block System Reduces Construction Time by 50%

08:00 - 21 September, 2016
This Self-Build Concrete Block System Reduces Construction Time by 50%, Courtesy of CONACYT
Courtesy of CONACYT

An emerging sector of construction is developing new systems that manage to not only reduce construction times and costs, but also solve the housing problem in Mexico’s most disadvantaged areas. Originating from previously known construction techniques, national companies are venturing into international markets by proposing new models of construction that use fewer materials and have a greater structural strength and greater comfort. They’re also introducing smart materials adaptable to any construction need. 

As part of this new industry breakthrough, Juan Manuel Reyes from Armados Omega and architect Jorge Capistrán have developed a new, low-cost construction system which also reduces construction time by 50%. It uses single module blocks and doesn’t require binders, mixtures, or skilled labor. 

Erik Giudice Architecture Releases Proposal for Sustainable Transit Station Inspired by Matchsticks

06:00 - 21 September, 2016
Erik Giudice Architecture Releases Proposal for Sustainable Transit Station Inspired by Matchsticks, Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture
Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture

Erik Giudice Architecture has released its proposal for a transit station at Södra Munksjön, in Jönköping, Sweden, a design that was created as an entry for the station area ideas competition, which recruited four firms to create a new station as a part of the area’s larger expansion plan. 

Based on the idea of connecting the city and its surrounding nature, the station proposal utilizes light and a playful wooden canopy structure to create a portal from Jönköping to Munksjön, a lake on its opposite side. The “matchstick” structure of the station additionally pays homage to the city’s past as Tändsticksstaden, a famous matchstick capital of Sweden.

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Monocle 24 Reports From the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging

04:00 - 21 September, 2016
Monocle 24 Reports From the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, After Belonging, After Belonging – 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. Image © David Jiménez Iniesta, Ma Ángeles Peñalver Izaguirre, Javier Jiménez Iniesta (Studio Animal)
After Belonging – 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. Image © David Jiménez Iniesta, Ma Ángeles Peñalver Izaguirre, Javier Jiménez Iniesta (Studio Animal)

In the latest edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, Henry Rees-Sheridan visits Oslo to speak to Hanna Dencik Petersson, Director of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, and Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Ignacio González Galán – two members of its curatorial team, the After Belonging Agency. The show explores the concept behind the exhibitions of the Triennale, what it means to be located in Norway's capital, and how the event's trajectory is both a symptom and cause of Oslo’s development as a design city. ArchDaily's James Taylor-Foster weighs in on After Belonging's significance.

Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial One Step Closer to Realization After Finally Receiving Family Support

15:45 - 20 September, 2016
Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial One Step Closer to Realization After Finally Receiving Family Support, Rendering from the memorial's most recent iteration. Image © Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Rendering from the memorial's most recent iteration. Image © Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

After years of steadfast disapproval of the proposed design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Eisenhower family has finally voiced their support for the Frank Gehry designed park and monument – once a few more minor changes are made.

The 15-year-long process has already seen a multitude of design tweaks and revisions, but it appeared to have been decisively green-lit last summer following final approval by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). In the past year, however, the project has once again stalled, as the Eisenhower Memorial Commission has struggled to find private donors following the withdrawal of congressional funding for the project in 2013.

DAKU Mounts Typography on Building Facade to Create Dynamic Mural Powered by the Sun

12:00 - 20 September, 2016

Urban artist DAKU has created a dynamic solar mural, “Time Changes Everything,” on a building in the Lodhi Colony area of Delhi as part of India’s first ever public arts district. Words associated with human emotion and the passage of time have been mounted perpendicularly on the building facade, casting shadows that shift as the sun moves across the sky, eventually extinguishing as the sun completes its journey.

Steven Holl Wins 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture

06:00 - 20 September, 2016
Steven Holl Wins 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture , Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Image © Petri Virtanen
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Image © Petri Virtanen

Steven Holl has been awarded the 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture, which honors architects “who have distinguished themselves by realizing architecture or creating urban environments that showcase a unique use of daylight, for the benefit of overall quality of life, its impact on human health, well-being and performance, and its value to society.” 

Sauerbruch Hutton Invite Reflection On How We Perceive, Discuss, and Produce Architecture

04:00 - 20 September, 2016
Sauerbruch Hutton Invite Reflection On How We Perceive, Discuss, and Produce Architecture, Archive 2 / Sauerbruch Hutton. Image Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers
Archive 2 / Sauerbruch Hutton. Image Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers

Louisa Hutton and Matthias Sauerbruch, of Berlin-based practice Sauerbruch Hutton, have recently published Archive 2 – a second series of monographic volumes dedicated to the work of their practice between 2006 and 2015. In the nine years between two sets of books, the architects have observed that "the expansion of the digital realm has had a profound effect on the way we perceive, discuss and produce architecture." As such, and on the occasion of their second volume, they are inviting people to share their thoughts "on the convergence of architecture in concrete, pixel and print."

Studio Pei-Zhu's Vaulted Museum Design Takes Inspiration from Historic Chinese Ceramic Kilns

16:20 - 19 September, 2016
Studio Pei-Zhu's Vaulted Museum Design Takes Inspiration from Historic Chinese Ceramic Kilns, View to Historical Relics. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
View to Historical Relics. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

Studio Pei-Zhu has unveiled their design for the Jingdezhen Historical Museum of Imperial Kiln, a museum dedicated to the unique history of ceramics in Jingdezhen, China. Located in the heart of the historic china-making district of the city, nestled between ceramic workshops that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, the museum draws inspiration from the special forms of the kilns, creating gallery spaces out of a series of hand-crafted vaulted structures.

Courtyard. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu Space and Material Study. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu Shared Space between above and below ground levels. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu View from pedestrian across the street. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu +22

BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta, aMDL Unveil Proposals for San Pellegrino Bottling Plant Competition

13:05 - 19 September, 2016
BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta, aMDL Unveil Proposals for San Pellegrino Bottling Plant Competition

BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta and aMDL have unveiled images of their proposals for the redesign of San Pellegrino flagship factory and bottling plant located at the source of the mineral water in San Pellegrino Terme, Italy.

The competition brief asked architects to renovate and expand the historic home of San Pellegrino, the world’s leading sparkling mineral water company, with a “truly innovative and technologically-advanced design” aimed at integrating into the natural aesthetic of the surrounding terrain, while responding to the iconic identity of the S. Pellegrino brand.

Continue reading to see each proposal along with official descriptions from each firm.

Explore the Fascinating Overlap of Architectural Styles Throughout History With "The Piranesi Project"

08:00 - 19 September, 2016
Explore the Fascinating Overlap of Architectural Styles Throughout History With "The Piranesi Project", Courtesy of Olympio Augusto Ribeiro
Courtesy of Olympio Augusto Ribeiro

Driven by an intrigue in the ruination of Roman architecture, Brazilian architect, and photographer Olympio Augusto Ribeiro has undertaken a fascinating comparative analysis of Giovanni Battista Piranesi's architectural etchings and the scenes as they stand today. Travelling to each of the Italian sites brought to life in Piranesi's drawings, Ribeiro has managed to recreate the original angle and shot, eventually compositing them together to create collages which cross time periods. 

Piranesi's drawings show different architectural styles side by side, and it was this coexistence that urged Ribeiro to investigate what has changed in Rome and Tivoli since their conception. The project, officially dubbed "Piranesi Project (In search of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Rome, 1720-1778)" took Ribeiro two months to photograph, meticulously recreating the images across Rome, Villa Adriana, and Tivoli.  

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AIA Study Finds Health Impacts Becoming A Design Priority for Architects & Owners

14:00 - 18 September, 2016
AIA Study Finds Health Impacts Becoming A Design Priority for Architects & Owners, Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects. Image © Denmarsh Photography
Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects. Image © Denmarsh Photography

A recent study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has found that architects and building owners are beginning to place higher priority of the impacts of design decisions on human health. Nearly 75% of architects and 67% of owners responded that health considerations now play a role in how their buildings are designed, indicating that healthy environments have become an important tool in marketing to tenants and consumers.

Walk on Water with Space Caviar's Floating Cultural Installation on Italian Lake

12:00 - 18 September, 2016
Walk on Water with Space Caviar's Floating Cultural Installation on Italian Lake, Courtesy of Space Caviar
Courtesy of Space Caviar

Genoa-based studio Space Caviar has recently unveiled Arcipelago di Ocno, an aquatic installation on a lake in Mantova, Italy, which is the 2016 Italian Capital of Culture. Named after the local demigod Ocno, the installation recalls the form of a lotus, a plant with an extensive presence in Mantova’s lakes. 

Acting as an aquatic piazza for the city, the archipelago of floating islands “[extends] Mantova’s urban fabric onto the lakes that surround its historic center,” utilizing modular units to create a venue for Mantova’s cultural activities for years to come.

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SPOL Architects Receives Approval for Oval-Shaped Hotel Near Oslo Airport

08:00 - 18 September, 2016
SPOL Architects Receives Approval for Oval-Shaped Hotel Near Oslo Airport, Courtesy of SPOL Architects
Courtesy of SPOL Architects

SPOL Architects’ First Hotel OSL, a hotel near the newly extended Oslo Airport, has received planning approval after a unanimous vote in the Jessheim City Council. Designed to be a destination in itself, the hotel will be an environmentally friendly oval shape, featuring 300 rooms and a large atrium for sports activities. 

Acting as a “meeting place for globe trotters,” the hotel aims to become a shared space for shared experiences for travelers.

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Art Installation in Sydney Marks the Footprint of 19th Century Destroyed Palace

16:00 - 17 September, 2016
Art Installation in Sydney Marks the Footprint of 19th Century Destroyed Palace, Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects
Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects

Kaldor Public Art Projects, in collaboration with artist Jonathan Jones, has created barrangal dyara (skin and bones), the first Kaldor Public Art project to be produced together with an Aboriginal artist in the Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney, Australia. Inspired by the history of the 19th century Garden Palace building, which originally stood in the Royal Botanic Garden from 1879 to 1882 before burning to the ground, the artwork marks the original footprint of the building with a sculptural installation of 15,000 white shields spanning 20,000 square meters. 

Where the Garden Palace’s dome once crowned the city, a dynamic meadow of kangaroo grass now disrupts the garden’s formal European design.

Eight Aboriginal language soundscapes, which were developed with communities throughout south-east Australia, are installed throughout the site.

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Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Students Build Temporary Pavilion in Jerusalem

08:00 - 17 September, 2016
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Students Build Temporary Pavilion in Jerusalem, Image © Elad Sarig, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
Image © Elad Sarig, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

At a vibrant intersection in downtown JerusalemThe Architecture Department at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in collaboration with the Israel Festival Jerusalem and EDEN—the Jerusalem development authority—created a temporary structure for the Israel Festival, which ran from the end of May to mid June of this year.

Located in Zion Square parallel to the tramway line, the pavilion creates a space to host art programs including lectures, concerts, dance performances, video screenings, and theater productions. The structure beautifully frames a dialogue between the urban routine and cultural experiences, giving users a new understanding of the Israel Festival, and of the potential of the spaces within their city.

Image © Yifat Zailer, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem Image © Elad Sarig, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem Image © Yifat Zailer, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem Image © Elad Sarig, Courtesy of The Architecture Department, Bezalel academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem +24

OMA Reveals Their First Residential Tower in New York

07:30 - 17 September, 2016
OMA Reveals Their First Residential Tower in New York, © by-encore. Courtesy of OMA
© by-encore. Courtesy of OMA

OMA has unveiled its first residential tower for New York. Located at 121 East 22nd Street, the building sits at the intersection of two neighborhoods, with the busy Madison Square area to the North-West and the relative tranquility of Gramercy Park to the South. The building's facade reflects this duality, with a striking "prismatic corner" of glass contrasting the rest of the building's more conventional window layout. The corner element is designed to frame views, in some places directing users' attention up towards the sky and in others along the busy streets below.

Plastique Fantastique Wrap Inflatable Intervention around Historic Sculpture for Helsinki Design Week

16:00 - 16 September, 2016

German collective Plastique Fantastique have created “superKOLMEMEN,” an inflatable structure encircling a historic sculpture in Three Smiths Square (Kolmen sepän aukio) in downtown Helsinki for Helsinki Design Week. Throughout the event, the installation was used as a space for lectures, performances and workshops, as well as a casual gathering place.

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