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93-Foot-Tall “Tower of Voices” to Commemorate 9/11 Victims with Wind Chime Soundscape

12:15 - 11 September, 2017
93-Foot-Tall “Tower of Voices” to Commemorate 9/11 Victims with Wind Chime Soundscape, Courtesy of Arup
Courtesy of Arup

Sixteen years after the tragic events of 9/11, the final major element of the Flight 93 National Memorial has been revealed.

Located in rural in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the memorial commemorates the 40 passengers who sacrificed their own lives to wrest control away from the hijackers of United Flight 93, preventing the plane from hitting its intended target of the United States Capitol Building.

In 2009, Paul Murdoch Architects, in collaboration with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and Arup Engineering, was selected to design the national memorial at the crash site. Employing a reverent masterplan that traced the airplane’s final movements, the architects designed a series of reflective elements as a solemn reminder of the day’s events. All of these elements have since been completed, with the exception of the plan’s most sensory landmark, the 93-foot-tall “Tower of Voices.”

Oslo Architecture Triennale Announces Open Call for 2019 Curator

09:15 - 11 September, 2017
Oslo Architecture Triennale Announces Open Call for 2019 Curator, Courtesy of Kartverket / NIBO / Statens Vegvesen
Courtesy of Kartverket / NIBO / Statens Vegvesen

Following After Belonging, the sixth edition of the Oslo Architecture Triennale held in 2016, the Norwegian organization have today announced an open call for a Chief Curator, theme, and concept for its seventh edition, to be held in Fall of 2019. In the words of the sixth curatorial team:

The Triennale is an opportunity and space to rehearse research strategies and test working protocols which offer new forms of engagement for architects. We considered "After Belonging" and the Oslo Architecture Triennale not only as a 10-week event, but rather as a long-term collective research project that resulted in new forms of thought and action.

Diébedo Francis Kéré Awarded Prince Claus Laureate Award for 2017

06:00 - 11 September, 2017
Diébedo Francis Kéré Awarded Prince Claus Laureate Award for 2017, Primary School in Gando. Image © Erik Jan Owerkerk
Primary School in Gando. Image © Erik Jan Owerkerk

Architect Diébedo Francis Kéré was named Prince Claus Laureate for 2017, highlighting the cultural value and importance of beautiful, sustainable and empowering architecture. 

Kéré received the award for his “design and construction of buildings of great beauty that meet people’s needs; …for honoring people’s pride in their cultural traditions and techniques, …for inventively combining relevant factors from two different knowledge systems to achieve practical solutions of global relevance and creating an exchange of ideas between Africa and Europe; …and for his ethical commitment to creating inspiring architecture that improves living conditions and uplifts communities...”

The Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Primary School in Gando. Image © Siméon Duchoud Tim Tiebout. Image Courtesy of PMA Courtesy of Kéré Architecture + 9

Ahead of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Co-Curator Mark Lee Discusses Its Contemporary Relevance

04:00 - 11 September, 2017
Chicago Cultural Center, home of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image Courtesy of Holabird & Root
Chicago Cultural Center, home of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image Courtesy of Holabird & Root

In this episode of GSAPP Conversations, ahead of the opening of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, co-curator Mark Lee (of Johnston Marklee) and Dean Amale Andraos discuss the theme of the show—"Make New History"—and it's relevance to the field today.

Ecuadorian Document Captures Emerging Trend Characterized by Conscious Use of Local Resources

12:00 - 9 September, 2017

In recent years Ecuadorian architecture has been producing interesting concepts that are characterized by high standard design outcomes based on the conscious use of local resources. This type of practice is led by a generation that puts collective work and social values above individualities, in order to develop a "do a lot with little" style of architecture.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Announces November Grand Opening

12:20 - 8 September, 2017
Louvre Abu Dhabi Announces November Grand Opening, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s plaza. Image © Mohamed Somji
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s plaza. Image © Mohamed Somji

The Ateliers Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi is ready to make its grand first appearance, as the museum announced it will open to the public on November 11th.

Opening celebrations will take advantage of the unique structure, with a series of concerts, performances and events planned for a variety of spaces beneath the building’s 180-meter geometric dome. Comprised of nearly 8,000 arabic motif stars, the steel pattern will filter sunlight into a dramatic ‘rain of light’ on the museum’s walls and floors that calls to mind shadows created by overlapping palm trees.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exterior. Image © Mohamed Somji Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exterior with Abu Dhabi’s skyline (night). Image © Mohamed Somji Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ‘rain of light’. Image © Mohamed Somji View overlooking the sea. Image © Mohamed Somji + 5

Apple's Steve Jobs Theater Set to Take Center Stage Ahead of New Product Launch

12:00 - 8 September, 2017

Ahead of the official launch of the Steve Jobs Theater, a 1000-capacity auditorium at the heart of the new Apple Campus in Cupertino, California, new details about its design and construction have been revealed. According to Bloomberg, the entrance to the venue stands beneath “a silver disc,” whose supporting—and structural—glazed panels lend it the appearance of floating 20 feet above ground.

Eduardo Souto de Moura: Most Projects Don't Give Me Pleasure

06:00 - 8 September, 2017
Eduardo Souto de Moura: Most Projects Don't Give Me Pleasure, © Columbia GSAPP via VisualHunt /  CC BY
© Columbia GSAPP via VisualHunt / CC BY

During an interview with Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias, Pritzker Prize laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura spoke to Ana Sousa Dias about his path through the Fine Arts School, his work alongside Noé Diniz and Álvaro Siza, and his consolidated international career – which he says has given him projects, but not pleasure.

"If I have to do 30 projects, there are three that give me joy and 27 that don't. I'm tired of it. It doesn't annoy me arguing when the assumption is intelligible, but when only time and money matters, it can get ugly. Respecting elections and economically have big profits," said Souto de Moura. 

New Chicago Architecture Center to Open in 2018

16:15 - 7 September, 2017
Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation
Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has announced the creation of the Chicago Architecture Center, a new headquarters and experience center that will invite visitors to discover “Chicago’s architectural legacy and its role in shaping cities everywhere.”

Located within the Mies van der Rohe-designed 111 East Wacker Drive along the Chicago River, the 20,000-square-foot center will provide space for a variety of exhibitions and educational initiatives, including direct access to the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. The new interiors will be designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

Henning Larsen Architects Reveals Dramatic "ICONE" Tower for Manila

15:05 - 7 September, 2017
Courtesy of BCDA
Courtesy of BCDA

Henning Larsen Architects, in collaboration with landscape architects SLA and BuroHappold Engineering, has been selected as the winners of an international design competition to design a new iconic skyscraper for the city of Manila, Philippines. Located within the Bonifacio Global City business district, “ICONE” tower rises from a large public plaza as a dramatic spire, piercing the sky and becoming a new icon for the Manila Skyline.

Courtesy of BCDA Courtesy of BCDA Courtesy of BCDA Courtesy of BCDA + 14

RIBA Announces Shortlist for 2017 Stephen Lawrence Prize

12:15 - 7 September, 2017
RIBA Announces Shortlist for 2017 Stephen Lawrence Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of 6 projects competing for the Stephen Lawrence Prize. Now in its 20th year, the prize is the highest honor in the UK awarded to projects with a construction budget of less than £1 million.

Previous winners of the award include House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects (2016); The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects (2015); House No 7 by Denizen Works (2014); Montpelier Community Nursery by AY Architects (2013); Kings Grove by Duggan Morris Architects (2012); and St Patrick's Primary School Library and Music Room by Coffey Architects (2011). 

The 2017 shortlist is:

Spotlight: Andrés Duany

06:00 - 7 September, 2017
Spotlight: Andrés Duany, Seaside, Florida was one of Duany and Plater-Zyberg's early attempts at New Urbanism. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_tiesdell_legacy/27854328375'>Flickr user steve_tiesdell_legacy</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
Seaside, Florida was one of Duany and Plater-Zyberg's early attempts at New Urbanism. Image © Flickr user steve_tiesdell_legacy licensed under CC BY 2.0

Andrés Duany (born September 7, 1949) is a founding partner of Miami firms Arquitectonica and Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, and a co-founder of the Congress for New Urbanism. As an advocate of New Urbanism, since the 1980s Duany has been instrumental creating a renewed focus on walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, in reaction against the sprawling, car-centric modernist urbanism of the previous decades.

CEMEX Announces the Finalists of the 2017 International Building Awards

12:00 - 6 September, 2017
CEMEX Announces the Finalists of the 2017 International Building Awards

CEMEX has announced the 61 finalist projects from 17 countries in the running for the 2017 International Building Awards.

The International Edition of the CEMEX Building Awards brings together the winning projects from each of the different CEMEX National Building Awards to compete head-to-head. This year, 17 countries launched a call for completed works to participate in one of five categories and four special awards.

Wang Shu and André Aranha Corrêa do Lago Named to 2018 Pritzker Prize Jury

10:35 - 6 September, 2017
Wang Shu and André Aranha Corrêa do Lago Named to 2018 Pritzker Prize Jury, Ningbo Historic Museum / Amateur Architecture Studio. Image © Iwan Baan
Ningbo Historic Museum / Amateur Architecture Studio. Image © Iwan Baan

Architecture’s most prestigious award, the Pritzker Architecture Prize, has announced the appointment of two new jurors to their distinguished jury: architect Wang Shu and Brazilian ambassador and architectural critic André Aranha Corrêa do Lago.

The 8-strong group will be tasked with selecting the upcoming 2018 laureate, who will become the 40th winner in the prize’s history.

“As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Pritzker Prize, the addition of André Corrêa do Lago and Wang Shu continues to embody the international range reflected by both present and past Laureates and Jury,” commented Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation. “The contributions of both individuals to the field of architecture, from different vantage points, makes them ideal members of the jury.”

Spotlight: Fumihiko Maki

08:00 - 6 September, 2017
4 World Trade Center (New York, 2013). Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/76807015@N03/15638324029'>Flickr user gigi_nyc</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
4 World Trade Center (New York, 2013). Image © Flickr user gigi_nyc licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Pritzker Prize laureate and 67th AIA Gold Medalist Fumihiko Maki (born September 6, 1928) is widely considered to be one of Japan's most distinguished living architects, practicing a unique style of Modernism that reflects his Japanese origin. Toshiko Mori has praised Maki's ability to create "ineffable atmospheres" using a simple palette of various types of metal, concrete, and glass. His consistent integration and adoption of new methods of construction as part of his design language contribute to his personal quest to create "unforgettable scenes."

TV Asahi Headquarters (Tokyo, 2003). Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TV_Asahi_Headquarters_2010.jpg'>Wikimedia user Wiiii</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Spiral (Tokyo, 1985). Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spiral_house_Tokyo.jpg'>Wikimedia user Chris 73</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> MIT Media Lab Extension (Cambridge, 2009). Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MIT_Media_Lab_new_building.jpg'>Wikimedia user Unmadindu</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Makuhari Messe (Chiba, 1989). Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:View_of_Makuhari-Messe_from_Nakase_2-chome_crossing.jpg'>Wikimedia user 掬茶</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> + 8

Dominique Perrault and Students Envision Underground Solutions for an Underused Gallery at the 2017 Seoul Biennale

16:55 - 5 September, 2017
Dominique Perrault and Students Envision Underground Solutions for an Underused Gallery at the 2017 Seoul Biennale, © Dominique Perrault SUBLABEPFL x EWHA
© Dominique Perrault SUBLABEPFL x EWHA

Currently on display outside the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemum Design Plaza as part of the 2017 Seoul Biennale, the Groundscape eXPerience Pavilion is a 30-meter-long steel grid structure featuring a sequence of 28 experiments of underground architecture by 60 university students from Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL) and EWHA Women's University (Seoul, South Korea).

Led by professor Dominique Perrault, the installation is a scale model of the 2.7 kilometer Seoul city central Euljiro underground gallery, an underutilized market space in the city center. The 28 “urban fossils” explore possibilities for the revitalization of the gallery, reimagining the structure as an urban link that is part of a larger “network of urban substance and material.”

© Dominique Perrault SUBLABEPFL x EWHA © Dominique Perrault SUBLABEPFL x EWHA © Namgoong Sun © Dominique Perrault SUBLABEPFL x EWHA + 23

Sneak Peek: MAD's Chaoyang Park Plaza Project is Almost Complete

06:00 - 5 September, 2017
© Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery
© Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery

If you follow MAD Architects on social media, the chances are good that in recent months you've seen a number of updates regarding their Chaoyang Park Plaza project in Beijing. Located at the southern edge of the largest park in Beijing, the project comprises a complex of 5 buildings, including a pair of asymmetric towers that reach 120 meters tall. Now, with the building almost complete, photographer Khoo Guo Jie of Studio Periphery has provided us with this sneak peek of the project.

© Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery © Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery © Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery © Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery + 15

German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Respond to Debates on Nations, Protectionism and Division

04:00 - 5 September, 2017
German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Respond to Debates on Nations, Protectionism and Division, Curators of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Curators of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of GRAFT

In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years, the precise amount of time that the inner German border wall—which was active from between 1961 and 1989—stood between "East" and "West". With this in mind, the German State have announced "Unbuilding Walls" as the theme of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Marianne Birthler and developed by GRAFT, the exhibition will be designed to "respond to current debates on nations, protectionism, and division." 

Gehry Partners Tapped to Replace Gluckman Tang for North Adams' Extreme Model Railroad Museum

16:00 - 4 September, 2017
Gehry Partners Tapped to Replace Gluckman Tang for North Adams' Extreme Model Railroad Museum, Gluckman Tang's original concept for the museum. Image © Gluckman Tang
Gluckman Tang's original concept for the museum. Image © Gluckman Tang

The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum has selected Gehry Partners to replace Gluckman Tang as lead architects of their new museum planned for the town of North Adams, Massachusetts, reports the Berkshire Eagle.

Along with the change in designer comes a change in location to an 83,000-square-foot site on Christopher Columbus Drive (near contemporary art museum Mass MoCA) and a major increase in scope – while original plans called for a 45,000-square-foot museums, new figures project the building will total as much as 75,000 square feet.

World's Largest Sandcastle Rises in Landlocked German City

14:15 - 4 September, 2017
World's Largest Sandcastle Rises in Landlocked German City, Image by<a href='http://https://www.instagram.com/p/BYlkaseHna7/?taken-at=1260446287301858'> Instagram user velberlinle</a>
Image by Instagram user velberlinle

The Guinness Book of World Records has crowned a new world champion sandcastle in a surprising location: the landlocked city of Duisburg, Germany.

Rising 55 feet (16.68 meters) into the sky, the sandscraper is formed from more than 3,860 tons of sand sculptured by a team of designers from 10 countries over a three week period. Stylized as a magnificent medieval city, the design also incorporates familiar structures from around the world, including an appropriately leaning scale version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Foster + Partners and Branch Technology Win Phase 2 of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

12:00 - 4 September, 2017
Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO
Courtesy of NASA HQ PHOTO

The team of Foster + Partners and Branch Technology have been awarded first prize in the latest stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a $2.5 million multi-phase competition designed to generate ideas and advance technology for the construction of sustainable housing solutions “for Earth and beyond.”

After printing three cylinder and three beams the first two levels of Phase 2, Stage 3 asked teams to design and print a 1.5-meter dome using indigenous Martian soil and recyclable materials, envisioning how future habitats could be constructed on the Red Planet. Teams were required to develop the 3-D printing technology itself as well as the structural design for each dome. The competition also dictated each structure be built within a 22-hour time frame, using the specific materials, geometric tolerances and autonomous performance that would be demanded by the Martian landscape.

Spotlight: Kenzō Tange

08:00 - 4 September, 2017
Spotlight: Kenzō Tange, St. Mary Cathedral. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/9160678@N06/1351951533'>Flickr user scarletgreen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
St. Mary Cathedral. Image © Flickr user scarletgreen licensed under CC BY 2.0

As one of the eldest in a long line of architects that have made Japan one of the most revered countries in architecture, Pritzker-Prize Winning architect Kenzō Tange (4 September 1913 – 22 March 2005) helped define Japan’s post-WWII emergence into Modernism. Though he was trained as an architect, Tange was equally as influential as an urban planner giving him significant influence in Japan and around the world at both large and small scales.

Antarctic Base McMurdo Station Receives Sustainable New Master Plan

06:00 - 4 September, 2017
Antarctic Base McMurdo Station Receives Sustainable New Master Plan, © OZ Architecture
© OZ Architecture

McMurdo Station, the American Antarctic base, was never meant to be a permanent settlement when it was built in 1956, yet today it is home to 250 people full-time in addition to approximately 1,000 summer workers each year. Consisting now of over 100 buildings spread across 164 acres, the settlement acts as a logistical base for field science but is dysfunctional for the scientists and researchers who live and work there and inefficient in terms of meeting the demands of Antarctica’s harsh climate. OZ Architecture has recently unveiled a new master plan for McMurdo that aims to turn the station into a model of American leadership in science, engineering, sustainability, and architecture, condensing the current sprawl into a 300,000 square foot campus composed of 6 buildings.

© OZ Architecture © OZ Architecture Current McMurdo Station. Image © Peter Somers Current McMurdo Station. Image © OZ Architecture + 15

Spotlight: Louis Sullivan

14:00 - 3 September, 2017
 © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagoarchitecturetoday/8400309871/'>Flickr user chicagoarchitecturetoday</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>. Image © Flickr user chicagoarchitecturetoday licensed under CC BY 2.0
© Flickr user chicagoarchitecturetoday licensed under CC BY 2.0. Image © Flickr user chicagoarchitecturetoday licensed under CC BY 2.0

Known as Chicago's "Father of Skyscrapers," Louis Sullivan (September 3, 1856 – April 14, 1924) foreshadowed modernism with his famous phrase "form follows function." Sullivan was an architectural prodigy even as a young man, graduating high school and beginning his studies at MIT when he was just 16. After just a year of study he dropped out of MIT, and by the time he was just 24 he had joined forces with Dankmar Adler as a full partner of Adler and Sullivan.

The Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York. Image © Jack E. Boucher (public domain) The Carson Pirie Scott Building in Chicago, Illinois. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/cjsmithphotography/8656829487'>Flickr user cjsmithphotography</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-SA 2.0</a> The Wainwright Building in St Louis, Missouri. Image © University of Missouri The Wainwright Building in St Louis, Missouri. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2010-07-04_1880x2820_stlouis_wainwright_building.jpg'>J. Crocker</a> + 8