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Giveaway: 10 Free Copies of "The Archipreneur Concept" Book

18:00 - 29 November, 2016
Giveaway: 10 Free Copies of "The Archipreneur Concept" Book, Courtesy of Archipreneur
Courtesy of Archipreneur

“The Archipreneur Concept” is an action-oriented guide about exploring new business models for entrepreneurially minded architects. You have the chance to win 1 out of 10 copies the Archipreneur Team is giving away for free this week.

Eric Parry Architects' 72-Story Skyscraper Receives Approval from City of London

17:20 - 29 November, 2016
Eric Parry Architects' 72-Story Skyscraper Receives Approval from City of London, © DBOX for Eric Parry Architects
© DBOX for Eric Parry Architects

Eric Parry Architects’ 1 Undershaft has been granted planning permission from the City of London Corporation’s Planning Committee, which will allow the 73-story tower to become the tallest building in the London Financial District and the second tallest building in the UK, behind only The Shard.

© DBOX for Eric Parry Architects © DBOX for Eric Parry Architects © DBOX for Eric Parry Architects © DBOX for Eric Parry Architects +5

Calatrava's St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center Tops Out

13:20 - 29 November, 2016
Calatrava's St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center Tops Out, via Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center
via Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center

The Santiago Calatrava-designed St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center has topped out, and capped with a temporary, six-foot-tall cross.

The Byzantine-styled structure was envisioned by Calatrava in 2013 as a non-denominational spiritual center to replace the original St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, located at 155 Cedar Street, which was destroyed on 9/11.

Zaha Hadid Architects Responds to Patrik Schumacher's "Urban Policy Manifesto"

08:05 - 29 November, 2016
Zaha Hadid Architects Responds to Patrik Schumacher's "Urban Policy Manifesto", Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

On Thursday 17th of November, at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, Patrik Schumacher gave a lecture offering his theory on how to address London’s Housing crisis. Given Schumacher’s well-known penchant for neoliberal economics, it was perhaps little surprise that his plan included a number of highly controversial ideas, such as the elimination of all forms of social housing and planning, and the privatization of all public space—with Schumacher highlighting Hyde Park as a particularly interesting opportunity.

Though ArchDaily was in attendance at the lecture, we chose not to cover Schumacher’s speech, at least in part because the audible boos from the crowd indicated that this was not a position that the wider architectural profession was interested in giving publicity to. However, the news was picked up by a number of other architectural publications including Dezeen; as a result, Schumacher’s speech became front page news on the London Evening Standard, prompting a response from London Mayor Sadiq Khan who said Schumacher’s ideas were “out of touch” and “just plain wrong.” These developments in turn have prompted an outcry from the architectural profession, causing Zaha Hadid Architects to write an open letter in response to the furore. Read on to see the full letter.

Bêka and Lemoine's Documentary Film on BIG's "8 House" To Be Screened Exclusively on ArchDaily

18:00 - 28 November, 2016

Filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, creators of the Living Architectures seminal collection of films on architecture, will screen The Infinite Happinessshot entirely in Copenhagen's "8 House" designed by BIGexclusively on ArchDaily from Friday, December 2 until Sunday, December 4.

Marking the forthcoming release of two DVD box-sets of their entire œuvre (which was acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2016) Bêka and Lemoine have, over the course of the Living Architectures project, developed films about and in collaboration with the likes of the Barbican in London, the Fondazione Prada, La Biennale di Venezia, Frank Gehry, Bjarke Ingels, the City of Bordeaux, the Arc en Rêve centre d’architecture, and more. Their goal in this has always been to "democratize the highbrow language of architectural criticism. [...] Free speech on the topic of architecture," Bêka has said, "is not the exclusive property of experts." Their first film, Koolhaas Houselife (2008), has come to embody this unique approach.

Watch The Infinite Happiness on ArchDaily here from December 2 1800GMT.

© Bêka & Partners © Bêka & Partners © Bêka & Partners © Bêka & Partners +5

12 Projects Recognized as 2016 NYC Public Design Commission Award Winners

16:00 - 28 November, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Public Design Commission have announced the winners of their 2016 Awards for Excellence in Design. Established in 1983, the award has been bestowed annually to projects from the city’s five boroughs that “exemplify how innovative and thoughtful design can provide New Yorkers with the best possible public spaces and services and engender a sense of civic pride.” Both built and unbuilt projects are considered for the award. Previous winners have included Studio Gang’s Fire Rescue 2 (2015), the Louis Kahn-designed Four Freedoms Park (2014), and Steven Holl’s Hunters Point Library (2011).

40th Police Precinct / BIG + Starr Whitehouse. Image Courtesy of BIG Waterfront Nature Walk / George Trakas + Quennell Rothschild & Partners. Image Courtesy of George Trakas and Quennell Rothschild & Partners The High Line Park Passage and Spur / James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Piet Oudolf. Image Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf Snug Harbor Cultural Center Music Hall Addition / Studio Joseph + SCAPE/Landscape Architecture. Image Courtesy of Studio Joseph and SCAPE +39

17 Excerpts from OMA Publications To Read and Download

13:50 - 28 November, 2016

Earlier this year, the Rem Koolhaas-led firm OMA launched a redesign of its website. If you haven't already popped over to see more than three decades worth of cutting-edge, provocative architecture projects, you'll have a good reason to now: downloadable excerpts from six of the office's highly acclaimed books and magazines. 

Kengo Kuma Unveils Designs for Residential Superstructures in Moscow

12:00 - 28 November, 2016
Kengo Kuma Unveils Designs for Residential Superstructures in Moscow , © MKA
© MKA

Kengo Kuma & Associates have been tapped to design a new high-rise residential complex on Kutuzovsky Prospekt in Moscow, adjacent to the new business district of Moscow City. The project will be the first urban plan in Moscow to take the form of superstructures rather than individual buildings, and will be Kuma’s first project in the Russian Capital.

New York City Mapped All of its Trees and Calculated the Economic Benefits of Every Single One

08:00 - 28 November, 2016
New York City Mapped All of its Trees and Calculated the Economic Benefits of Every Single One, via  NYC Parks
via NYC Parks

Public spaces, squares, and parks in New York City are administered by the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks).

In recent years, the agency has been responsible for creating new programs to help children, youth and adults be aware of the importance of caring for their urban landscape.

One of these programs is a TreesCount! which in 2015 gathered 2,300 volunteers to learn about the trees in their environment, what state they are in, what care they need, what their measurements are, and how they benefit the surrounding community, etc.

For months, they walked the streets of the five boroughs together with a group of monitors who previously trained them to recognize what trees they were studying and their characteristics. 

Mola Structural Kit II: Another Way to Learn About Structures

06:00 - 28 November, 2016

Mola, creator of the Mola Structural Kit, is back at it with a second interactive structural kit aimed at changing the way people study and teach structures around the world. Mola sold over 4000 of their first kit across more than 50 countries in 2014, and now you can back the newest expansion on Brazilian crowdfunding website Catarse

Courtesy of Mola Courtesy of Mola Courtesy of Mola Courtesy of Mola +7

RAW Architecture's Brava Casa is a Philosophy of Life and Form

16:00 - 27 November, 2016
RAW Architecture's Brava Casa is a Philosophy of Life and Form , © Eric Dinardi
© Eric Dinardi

RAW Architecture's Brava Casa 99 Percent Sumarah was inspired by an Indonesian form of meditation centered on the philosophy of life. Sumarah is defined as a "total surrender," allowing the partial ego to give way to the universal self.

© Eric Dinardi © Eric Dinardi © Eric Dinardi © Eric Dinardi +10

HKS-Designed L.A. Stadium Will Be the Largest in the NFL

14:00 - 27 November, 2016
HKS-Designed L.A. Stadium Will Be the Largest in the NFL, Courtesy of HKS
Courtesy of HKS

After 21 years of playing in St. Louis, the Rams are moving back to Los Angeles — and a new stadium will greet them. Slated to open in 2019, HKS's new LA Stadium will be the largest in the NFL (covering three acres) in addition to the home of the Los Angeles Rams. Beyond sports usage, the structure will also host a performing arts center and sweeping public gardens. 

Courtesy of HKS Courtesy of HKS Courtesy of HKS Courtesy of HKS +6

Studio Anne Holtrop Wins 2016 Challenge of the Time Prize

12:00 - 27 November, 2016
Studio Anne Holtrop Wins 2016 Challenge of the Time Prize , Dutch Waterline Museum / Studio Anne Holtrop. Image Courtesy of the International Architectural Charitable Foundation of Iakov Chernikhov (ICIF)
Dutch Waterline Museum / Studio Anne Holtrop. Image Courtesy of the International Architectural Charitable Foundation of Iakov Chernikhov (ICIF)

Dutch firm Studio Anne Holtrop has won the 2016 Challenge of The Time, an international architectural prize named by architect and artist Iakov Chernikhov. Now in its fifth iteration, the prize honors young architects up to 44 years old for the “best architectural project concepts that [feature an] innovative approach” and face “challenges to the future.”

Studio Anne Holtrop’s work varies from spatial temporary models and pavilions to extensive public buildings. For instance, over the past several years, the studio has designed the Museum Fort Behten near Utrect, and the National Pavilion of Bahrain for the EXPO exhibition in Milan, as well as for the Venice Biennale.

Trail House Temporary Museum / Studio Anne Holtrop. Image Courtesy of the International Architectural Charitable Foundation of Iakov Chernikhov (ICIF) Museum Fort Echten / Studio Anne Holtrop. Image Courtesy of the International Architectural Charitable Foundation of Iakov Chernikhov (ICIF) National Pavilion of Bahrain for the Venice Biennale / Studio Anne Holtrop. Image Courtesy of the International Architectural Charitable Foundation of Iakov Chernikhov (ICIF) National Pavilion of Bahrain for the Milan EXPO / Studio Anne Holtrop. Image Courtesy of the International Architectural Charitable Foundation of Iakov Chernikhov (ICIF) +5

Watch Harvard GSD Celebrate Zaha Hadid in this Discussion Including Patrik Schumacher and Elia Zenghelis

09:30 - 27 November, 2016

In October, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) hosted “Zaha Hadid: A Celebration,” an evening of presentations and discussion around the extraordinary work and life of the late Zaha Hadid. Six months on from Hadid’s sudden passing in March, the Dean of Harvard GSD, Mohsen Mostafavi, introduced the event as the appropriate time to focus on creative recognition and “an evening of incredible celebration and enjoyment.”

Cannon Design Releases Plans for Mixed-Use Cancer Hospital in Brazil

16:00 - 26 November, 2016
Cannon Design Releases Plans for Mixed-Use Cancer Hospital in Brazil, Courtesy of Cannon Design
Courtesy of Cannon Design

Cannon Design has unveiled its proposal for a mixed-use Cancer Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Originally envisioned as a “private hospital serving patients that can afford a high quality of health care,” the project transformed into a partnership between the public and private sector after preliminary feasibility studies determined the price of the site to be prohibitively high. 

Thus, the project expanded to become a mixed-use complex with ownership shared between socially minded city government and private investors.

Courtesy of Cannon Design Courtesy of Cannon Design Courtesy of Cannon Design Courtesy of Cannon Design +12

San Antonio Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Wins Global Award for Excellence

14:00 - 26 November, 2016
San Antonio Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Wins Global Award for Excellence , © Andy Crawford
© Andy Crawford

Seattle-based firm LMN Architects have won an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence for its Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas. 

“Designed by LMN Architects in partnership with executive architects Marmon Mok Architecture, the $150 million expansion and renovation project embrace the multi-faceted cultural identity of the city with a distinctive tapestry of form, materiality, light, and landscape" stated Mark Reddington, FAIA, lead designer and partner at LMN Architects.

Completed in 2014, the project incorporates a metallic veil that wraps program elements in programmable LED lighting, in order to create a variable play of light on the city’s skyline.

© Andy Crawford © Andy Crawford © Andy Crawford © Mark Menjivar +11

White Arkitekter Releases Plans to Reclaim Underutilized Areas of Stockholm

12:00 - 26 November, 2016
White Arkitekter Releases Plans to Reclaim Underutilized Areas of Stockholm, Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter has teamed up with the City of Stockholm to redevelop Södra Skanstull, a neighborhood characterized by obstructive overland infrastructure bridging the south of Stockholm to the island of Södermalm.

In order to reclaim these underused areas of the city, the revitalization project will create pedestrian and cyclist boulevards, as well as 65,000 square meters of space for culture, sports, and offices, 22,000 square meters for commerce, and 750 new apartments. The project will additionally identify, map, and upgrade existing facilities.

Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter +5

Tour These London Landmarks Without Leaving Your Couch

08:00 - 26 November, 2016
Tour These London Landmarks Without Leaving Your Couch, © Rod Edwards
© Rod Edwards

Architectural photographer Rod Edwards specializes in 360º virtual reality imagery and virtual tours of iconic buildings. Having spent the last decade producing this type of media, Edwards was recently commissioned by Visit Britain to shoot his “More London” project as part of the global campaign for the 2015 James Bond film “Spectre.”

Read on to see “More London” and more projects by Edwards.

Finnish Architect Juhani Pallasmaa Refuses to Support Guggenheim Helsinki Project

07:10 - 25 November, 2016
Finnish Architect Juhani Pallasmaa Refuses to Support Guggenheim Helsinki Project, Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal for Guggenheim Helsinki. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
Moreau Kusunoki's 'Art in the City' Proposal for Guggenheim Helsinki. Image © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

In a comment to the Architects' Journal, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa has expressed concern over the Guggenheim's plans to build a new museum in the city of Helsinki.

The project emphasises a consumerist and touristic view of art at the expense of the cultural and humane task of art. instead of strengthening local artistic traditions and practices, the project strengthens the already doubtful globalisation and commercialisation of art. The public funds could clearly be used in a more innovative and efficient manner to support Finnish artistic culture. 

These Space-Saving Home Elevators are Vacuum Powered

06:00 - 25 November, 2016

Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators, LLC has created a series of air-powered, space-saving, “plug & play” elevators designed to be easily installed into home environments.

Ranging from a single-passenger to a three-passenger, wheelchair accessible model, the elevators—called Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators (PVE)—are self-supporting, and do not require equipment rooms or other additional spaces above or below the shaft. Similarly, the elevators are completely enclosed and are not built into the framework of the home around them, and thus it can easily be relocated. 

OMA Announced as "Creative Mediators" for Manifesta 12 in Palermo

11:30 - 24 November, 2016

OMA, led by partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, have been chosen as the "Creative Mediators" for the 12th edition of Manifesta, which will be held in Palermo in 2018. The practice will assemble an interdisciplinary team to investigate the role of governance in the Italian city, and address how contemporary urban centers are affected by tourism, gentrification, migration and climate change. They will also work "with specialists from the fields of contemporary art, sociology, music, cinema and architecture" to develop a series of "interactive, interdisciplinary, performative and artistic interventions."

How Denmark's $1.2 Billion Cutback Forces Architecture Schools to Rethink Their Priorities

10:30 - 24 November, 2016
© Ariana Zilliacus
© Ariana Zilliacus

18 June 2015: Denmark has a new right wing government. A couple of months later, despite student protests in front of city hall, the new government declares a decision to cut 8.7 billion Danish kroner (over $1.2 billion US) from education in Denmark, effectively cutting nearly 30 million kroner (around $4 million US) from the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK).

The result? 31 employees have been laid off this month; the student body is to be reduced by 30% over the coming years; 4 masters courses in architecture are being discontinued within the next 4 years; and 6 bachelor programs, 7 special programs and one entire institute in the Design School are being terminated. Teaching is being refocused towards technology and the professional sphere, but will this really improve the prospects of fresh architecture graduates, as they claim? Is it more important to challenge, or to adapt?

© Ariana Zilliacus © Ariana Zilliacus © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/danmarksdesignskole/7929195960/'>Flickr user danmarksdesignskole</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/danmarksdesignskole/7929210586/'>Flickr user danmarksdesignskole</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> +7

Norman Foster Selected To Remodel Museo del Prado Hall of Realms in Spain

09:05 - 24 November, 2016
Norman Foster Selected To Remodel Museo del Prado Hall of Realms in Spain, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

According to Spanish media outlet El País, Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura have won an international ideas competition to design the new addition of the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The team beat 47 other participants, including firms such as Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, OMA, and Souto Moura Arquitectos, and will be in charge of the renovation and transformation of the Salón de Reinos. 

El País reports that the project will cost €30 million and will "provide a large atrium to access the building’s south façade." This "will lead to an exhibition space on the first story," while also making the park and surrounding site more pedestrian friendly.

11 Stunning Axonometric Drawings of Iconic Chilean Architecture

08:00 - 24 November, 2016

As the birthplace of our most recent Pritzker Prize winner, Alejandro Aravena, Santiago, Chile is full of iconic architecture. Because many of these buildings are situated in busy urban areas, their superior design is easy to miss. In an effort to encourage viewers to slow down and appreciate the volume, facades, context, and function of these urban landmarks, Benjamin Oportot and Alexandra Gray of San Sebastian University guided their 4th-year students in producing axonometric drawings of 11 buildings. The project centered on medium-sized office buildings built between 1989 and 2015, particularly focusing on their use of reinforced concrete.