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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.

Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture +12

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.  

Courtesy of Olympio Augusto Ribeiro Courtesy of Olympio Augusto Ribeiro Courtesy of Olympio Augusto Ribeiro Courtesy of Olympio Augusto Ribeiro +35

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.

Courtesy of Space Caviar Courtesy of Space Caviar Courtesy of Space Caviar Courtesy of Space Caviar +18

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.

Courtesy of SPOL Architects Courtesy of SPOL Architects Courtesy of SPOL Architects Courtesy of SPOL Architects +9

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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Five Projects Named Finalists for the 2016 International Highrise Award

14:20 - 16 September, 2016

Five notable projects have been selected as finalists for the 2016 International Highrise Award (IHA). One of the world’s most important architectural prizes for highrises, the award is given to projects that exemplify the criteria of future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.

Led by 2014 IHA winner Stefano Boeri, the competition’s world-class jury noted the significant trend in high-rise development away from office buildings and towards residential towers, as well as the geographic dichotomy of the finalists.

“Asia versus America is an interesting conclusion at this point – they are the defining forces on the map,” commented jury member Ole Scheeren. “In Asia you can see the impact of the tropical, climatic and environmental consequences are very well translated into new types of residential high-rises. In New York the finalists all show some way of power-statement.”

See the 5 finalists with comments from the jury, after the break.

LAVA Awarded the 2016 European Prize for Architecture

11:15 - 16 September, 2016
LAVA Awarded the 2016 European Prize for Architecture, The Square / LAVA. Image Courtesy of LAVA
The Square / LAVA. Image Courtesy of LAVA

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies have named LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) as the recipients of their 2016 European Prize for Architecture.

One of Europe’s most prestigious architecture awards, The European Prize for Architecture is given annually to architects who have ‘blazoned a new path and direction for an architecture that is deeply humane and committed to forward the principles of European humanism’.

TED Talk: MASS Design Group's Michael Murphy Asks “What More Can Architecture Do?”

09:30 - 16 September, 2016

In this TED Talk, co-founder of MASS Design Group, Michael Murphy, presents the question “what more can architecture do?” as the springboard philosophy behind the practice. Following a trajectory of MASS’s projects, Murphy reflects upon their practice’s progress in seeing architecture as an opportunity to invest in the future of communities.

Experience the Beauty of Libraries Around the World Through This Instagram Series

08:00 - 16 September, 2016

Self-proclaimed “Instagram purist” Olivier Martel Savoie (@une_olive) has created #olive_libraries, a series of Instagram photographs portraying libraries around the world, using only the camera on his iPhone. Over the past two years, Savoie has traveled from his home city of Montréal, to Berlin, Amsterdam, Budapest, Rome, Riga, Paris, Moscow, and several other cities photographing the stunning architecture of libraries. Encountering language barriers and even intense security, Savoie’s dedication to taking the perfect photo has resulted in a stunning collection of images.

Experience the beauty of libraries around the world, after the break.

National Library and Archives of Québec, Montréal. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive Latvia National Library, Riga. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive National Library of Russia, St Petersburg. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive +34

Studio LOKAL Wins Copenhagen Residential Competition With Hanging Gardens Tower

06:00 - 16 September, 2016
Studio LOKAL Wins Copenhagen Residential Competition With Hanging Gardens Tower, © archivisuals.dk
© archivisuals.dk

Denmark-based Studio LOKAL has won the competition for the design of a residential tower in Copenhagen, with The Hanging Gardens, its proposal for a merger of the historic brick buildings of Carlsberg with the concept of a personal garden for each resident. 

Located on the site of a former vegetable market, the proposal aims to return to these homegrown roots by encouraging residents to grow their own produce in one of the tower’s gardens. Furthermore, the ground floor of the building will house a farmers market where residents can trade their own produce.

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Chișinău Cast in Concrete: the Republic of Moldova's (Partially Abandoned) Soviet Legacy

04:00 - 16 September, 2016
Chișinău Cast in Concrete: the Republic of Moldova's (Partially Abandoned) Soviet Legacy, The Fashion Center (Centrul de Modă) by V. Zaharov, L. Gofman and G. Jinkin (1970s). Image © Roberto Conte
The Fashion Center (Centrul de Modă) by V. Zaharov, L. Gofman and G. Jinkin (1970s). Image © Roberto Conte

The Republic of Moldova, a landlocked country in the east of Europe bordered by Romania and Ukraine, declared independence from the USSR on the 27th August 1991 at the moment in which the Soviet Block was in the process of dissolution. As with many formerly Soviet cities, Chișinău—the capital of Moldova—continues to play host to a collection of built relics from this time. Roberto Conte, a Milan-based photographer, has captured a collection of the more magnificent abandoned architectural examples, along with those still in use, today.

The Fashion Center (Centrul de Modă) by V. Zaharov, L. Gofman and G. Jinkin (1970s). Image © Roberto Conte The "Romanita," or "Romashka," collective housing tower for small family units by Oleg Vronsky (1978-1986). Image © Roberto Conte Government parking (1978). Image © Roberto Conte The Cosmos Hotel by B. Banykin and Irina Kolbayeva (1983). Image © Roberto Conte +17