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'The Pitcher’s Mounds' an Urban Garden Baseball Stadium in Taiwan

08:00 - 14 July, 2016

Soriano & Arquitectos Asociados (S&Aa) has unveiled its plans for 'The Pitcher’s Mounds' a project that received fourth place in a competition to design the Tainan Asia-Pacific International Baseball Stadiums and Training Centers in Taiwan.

Courtesy of S&Aa Courtesy of S&Aa Courtesy of S&Aa Courtesy of S&Aa +14

RIBA Announces 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist

20:51 - 13 July, 2016
RIBA Announces 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced six projects that will compete for the 2016 Stirling Prize, the award for the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the first year. Selected from the pool of regional winners around the country, the shortlisted buildings range from a small house in the south of England to a new college campus in Glasgow, Scotland. However, in a first for the Stirling Prize, the shortlist features two buildings coming from one client, Oxford University.

"Every one of the six buildings shortlisted today illustrates the huge benefit that well-designed buildings can bring to people’s lives," said RIBA President Jane Duncan. "With the dominance of university and further education buildings on the shortlist, it is clear that quality architecture’s main patrons this year are from the education sector. I commend these enlightened clients and supporters who have bestowed such remarkable education buildings."

The winner of the Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday 6 October.

BIG-Designed Inflatable Pavilion Lights Up Roskilde Festival

15:15 - 13 July, 2016
BIG-Designed Inflatable Pavilion Lights Up Roskilde Festival, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG Architects has designed an inflatable mobile pavilion to be displayed at three Danish events, including its original site at the Roskilde Festival 2016. Known as SKUM (Danish for foam), the structure met the challenge of creating an installation that has the ability to be both permanent and fully transportable by creating a whimsical, bubble-like form that can be blown up in just 7 minutes.

BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Back on the Table After Massive Land Deal with LinkedIn

12:05 - 13 July, 2016
BIG and Heatherwick's Futuristic Google HQ Back on the Table After Massive Land Deal with LinkedIn, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

The “Googleplex” is back on. After the Mountain View City Council announced last year that they would be awarding the majority of the land needed to construct the futurist masterplan designed for Google by BIG and Thomas Heatherwick to fellow tech giant LinkedIn, the future of the ambitious glass-canopied corporate campus seemed to be dead in the water, with the architects even releasing images of a pared down design that would occupy a much smaller footprint. But all of that has now changed thanks to a surprising property swap between the two companies that will see over three million square feet of real estate switch hands.

BLAU Receives Fourth Place in Czech Republic Urban Planning Competition

08:00 - 13 July, 2016
BLAU Receives Fourth Place in Czech Republic Urban Planning Competition, Courtesy of BLAU
Courtesy of BLAU

Bernabe Labanc Architecture Urbanism (BLAU) has received fourth place out of 58 entries in the international urban planning competition for The Future of Brno-Center, in Brno, Czech Republic.

The competition sought out designs to integrate a transport hub into the cityscape of Brno, as well as integrate a design for the undeveloped southern area of the city.

Shelter Global Announces 2016 Dencity Competition Winners

06:00 - 13 July, 2016
Shelter Global Announces 2016 Dencity Competition Winners, Courtesy of Shelter Global
Courtesy of Shelter Global

International architecture non-profit Shelter Global has announced the winners of its second annual Dencity Competition, which highlights innovative solutions to improve living conditions for slum dwellers worldwide.

With over one billion people living in slums today, and this number expected to reach two billion by 2030, the Dencity Competition called architects and planners to “consider how design can empower communities and allow for a self-sufficient future.” Thus, the competition is a way to foster new ideas about how growing density in unplanned cities can be addressed.

The winners of the second annual Dencity Competition are:

Architecture for Humanity Founders and Board Members Face $3 Million Lawsuit

15:20 - 12 July, 2016
Architecture for Humanity Founders and Board Members Face $3 Million Lawsuit, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity
Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity

After 16 years of operation, in 2015, nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity (AfH) disbanded and filed for bankruptcy. While it was seen as an unfortunate end for the original vision, the over 60 individual chapters were able to move on from the situation, reorganizing themselves under the blanket of Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC) earlier this year.

Burgos & Garrido + LLAMA Urban Design Win Competition for Lima Art Museum (MALI) Expansion

14:15 - 12 July, 2016
Burgos & Garrido + LLAMA Urban Design Win Competition for Lima Art Museum (MALI) Expansion, PATIO & PAVILION / Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos Asociados + LLAMA Urban Design. Image Courtesy of Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI)
PATIO & PAVILION / Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos Asociados + LLAMA Urban Design. Image Courtesy of Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI)

A few months ago, the Art Museum of Lima (MALI) announced an international call for a competition to design a new contemporary art wing via an underground expansion. After receiving 387 proposals from 56 countries, the jury has selected the architects Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos and LLAMA Urban Design as the winners of the competition, beating out entries from other top architects including Zaha Hadid Architects and Alberto Campo Baeza.

The new addition will include new exhibition halls, a library, classrooms, a cafe/restaurant, storage space, a public square, access to a future subway station and a landscape proposal for the park surrounding the museum. See images of the winning proposal and the two finalists after the break.

Richard Meier's Douglas House Added to National Register of Historic Places

10:20 - 12 July, 2016
Richard Meier's Douglas House Added to National Register of Historic Places, © James Haefner courtesy of Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
© James Haefner courtesy of Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Today, one of Richard Meier’s most notable and acclaimed residences, the 1973 Douglas House, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, the federal list of cultural resources worthy of preservation across the United States. The announcement comes after an extensive renovation to the property was completed in 2011, and will grant the home the legal status to help ensure the building is maintained for generations to come.

© James Haefner courtesy of Michigan State Historic Preservation Office © James Haefner courtesy of Michigan State Historic Preservation Office © Scott Frances/OTTO © James Haefner courtesy of Michigan State Historic Preservation Office +19

Spotlight: Buckminster Fuller

08:00 - 12 July, 2016
Spotlight: Buckminster Fuller, Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and His World," Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House, 2012. Image © Jade Doskow
Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and His World," Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House, 2012. Image © Jade Doskow

Pioneering radical Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983), an inventor, architect and the second president of Mensa, had a massive impact on the architecture and popular culture of the latter 20th century. Most famous for popularizing the geodesic dome, Fuller is also known as the father of sustainability, and was driven by his intention “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.”

A21studio Uses Bamboo and Poonah Paper to Build Cocoon Inspired Pavilion in Vietnam

06:00 - 12 July, 2016

Architect Nguyen Hoa Hiep of a21 studio, in collaboration with Saigon architecture students, have created a cocoon-inspired pavilion. This exhibition is organized annually by Handhome.net in Vietnam in order to connect older generations of architects with students. 

© Trieu Chien © Trieu Chien © Trieu Chien © Trieu Chien +9

James Corner Field Operations' ICEBERGS Brings the Chill to the National Building Museum

12:20 - 11 July, 2016
James Corner Field Operations' ICEBERGS Brings the Chill to the National Building Museum, © ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum, by James Corner Field Operations. Photo by Timothy Schenck.
© ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum, by James Corner Field Operations. Photo by Timothy Schenck.

This year’s installment of the National Building Museum’s Summer Block Party Series, James Corner Field Operations’ ICEBERGS, is now open to the public. On display until September 5th, ICEBERGS takes the form of a shimmering, underwater world of glacial ice fields located in the museum’s expansive Great Hall to provide the public with an escape from the hot Washington, D.C. summer.

© ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum, by James Corner Field Operations. Photo by Timothy Schenck. © ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum, by James Corner Field Operations. Photo by Timothy Schenck. © ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum, by James Corner Field Operations. Photo by Timothy Schenck. © ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum, by James Corner Field Operations. Photo by Timothy Schenck. +14

Kooo Architects' Colorful Mobile Fashion Store Built From Japanese Disaster Hoods

08:00 - 11 July, 2016
Courtesy of Kooo Architects
Courtesy of Kooo Architects

When posed with a brief for a Japanese-style mobile fashion store, Kooo Architects decided not to respond in a purely visual symbolic way. Rather, they looked at the climate for constructing architecture in Japan, and decided to raise social awareness of the destructive power of earthquakes. Using approximately 1000 disaster hoods to create an 8m diameter partial dome, their design embodies the color and texture of their client's fashion range while reminding the public of the prevalence of natural disasters.

Arquitectonica Designs Three-Tier Residential Tower in Miami

16:00 - 10 July, 2016
Arquitectonica Designs Three-Tier Residential Tower in Miami, Courtesy of Arquitectonica
Courtesy of Arquitectonica

Arquitectonica, in collaboration with Jean-Louis Deniot and Two Roads Development, has released the design for 'Elysee Residences', a 57-story high-rise development that will become the tallest structure in Miami’s Edgewater District.

Inspire by Modernist aesthetics, Elysee’s is a luxury condominium where the floor plan expands as it grows higher, “creating a multi-tiered exterior structure.” In this sense, the tower is meant to become three vertical neighborhoods.

Oskar Hansen Exhibition to Open at Yale School of Architecture

14:00 - 10 July, 2016
Oskar Hansen Exhibition to Open at Yale School of Architecture, Courtesy of Stanisław Zamecznik Archive, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
Courtesy of Stanisław Zamecznik Archive, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

An exhibition on the work of Oskar Hansen (1922-2005), a Polish architect, urban planner, and theorist will open at the Yale School of Architecture (YSoA) on September 1, 2016.

The exhibit, entitled Oskar Hansen: Open Form, will detail “the evolution of Hansen’s theory of Open Form from its origin in his own architectural projects to its application in a firm, visual games, and other artistic practices.”

Bee Breeders Reveal Winning Designs for a LGBT Youth Asylum Center in Uganda

12:00 - 10 July, 2016
Bee Breeders Reveal Winning Designs for a LGBT Youth Asylum Center in Uganda, First Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Enrico Chinellato and Jacopo Donato  . Image via Bee Breeders
First Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Enrico Chinellato and Jacopo Donato . Image via Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders, organizers of international architectural competitions, have announced this week the three winners and six honorable mentions of their Uganda LGBT Youth Asylum Center competition. Inspired by recent activism in Uganda, Bee Breeders sought the design of a community center to welcome those in the LGBT community who have been ostracized from their home environments. The judges said that they were looking for designs that focused on social integration, not isolation, celebrating those who created "a community center, not a prison."

First Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Enrico Chinellato and Jacopo Donato  . Image via Bee Breeders First Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Enrico Chinellato and Jacopo Donato  . Image via Bee Breeders Second Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Marcelo Venzon, Julia Park, Guilherme Pardini and João Paulo Carrascoza. Image via Bee Breeders Third Prize Winner "Ugandan LGBT Youth Asylum" by Tatiana Ioannidou and Chariton Lazarides. Image via Bee Breeders +29

'Mall of the Netherlands' Brings the Shopping Experience to a Whole New Level

08:00 - 10 July, 2016
'Mall of the Netherlands' Brings the Shopping Experience to a Whole New Level, Courtesy of MVSA Architects
Courtesy of MVSA Architects

The building permit for MVSA Architects’ 'Mall of the Netherlands' has officially been approved by the municipality of Leidschendam. Commissioned by Unibail Rodamco, the project entails a renovation and extension of the existing Leidsenhage shopping center, as well as an entirely new interior design.

Spotlight: Michael Graves

08:00 - 9 July, 2016
Spotlight: Michael Graves, Portland Building (1982). Image © Wikimedia Commons user Steve Morgan licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Portland Building (1982). Image © Wikimedia Commons user Steve Morgan licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

As a firm believer in the importance of making good design accessible to the public, Michael Graves (July 9, 1934 – March 12, 2015) produced an enormous body of work that included product design alongside his architecture. Graves brought Postmodernism to the public eye through his emphasis on ornament and aesthetics, and stood firmly behind his design philosophy even as it went out of vogue.