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Shortlist Announced for 2016 RIBA East Midlands Awards

08:00 - 13 March, 2016
Oundle School Pavilion / Levitate. Image © Toby Knipping
Oundle School Pavilion / Levitate. Image © Toby Knipping

A total of 12 projects have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA East Midlands Awards. The shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury, and winners will be announced on April 27. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award, and National winners are then considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year.

The 12 projects shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA East Midlands Awards are:

Three Winners Announced for Tokyo Pop Lab Competition

17:00 - 12 March, 2016
Three Winners Announced for Tokyo Pop Lab Competition, First Prize: The team of Attilio De Palma, Andrea Longo, and Enrico Nicli, of Italy. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: The team of Attilio De Palma, Andrea Longo, and Enrico Nicli, of Italy. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

The three winners of the Tokyo Pop Lab competition, which called for the development of an institution for popular culture, have been announced.

Centered on the phenomena of pop culture, the competition examined how “popular culture migrates and changes from person to person and place to place,” and invited entrants “to critically evaluate fundamental correlations between cultural production and architecture.”

Entrants varied in typology from pragmatic to ideological, with successful proposals including “a well considered and articulated definition of popular culture, clarity in representation of both architecture and culture, and a clear programmatic agenda.”

The three winners of the Tokyo Pop Lab competition are:

AIA Releases Diversity Survey Results

14:00 - 12 March, 2016
AIA Releases Diversity Survey Results, via AIA
via AIA

The AIA has released the results of a survey on diversity in the workplace. Taken by more than 7,500 professionals in the industry, the purpose of the survey was to investigate the careers of architects and observe how firm culture affects career paths, depending on race, ethnicity, and gender.

Some of the key findings included representations of gender and race, challenges to career advancement, work-life balance and its impact on women, factors impacting the representation of minorities, reasons for leaving the architecture field, and job satisfaction levels.

London Architectural Debate Society “Turncoats” Goes Global

12:00 - 12 March, 2016
London Architectural Debate Society “Turncoats” Goes Global, The Burning Envelope - The Universal Emblem of the Turncoats. Image Courtesy of Turncoats
The Burning Envelope - The Universal Emblem of the Turncoats. Image Courtesy of Turncoats

Turncoats, the irreverent architectural debate society from London, is launching an international series, starting chapters in Canada, Scotland, Serbia and the US. Originally created by Phineas Harper, Maria Smith and Robert Mull, Turncoats has “electrified London’s architectural scene” since its inception.

Combining architectural debate with unique settings, alcohol, and an absence of recordings or wireless devices, Turncoats has gathered significant attention, their signature flaming envelope emblem appearing on lapels across the city, and soon all over the world.

Winner of Krakow Oxygen Home Competition Announced

08:00 - 12 March, 2016
Winner of Krakow Oxygen Home Competition Announced, Courtesy of Nima Nian & Behdad Heydari
Courtesy of Nima Nian & Behdad Heydari

Bee Breeders has announced the winner of the Krakow Oxygen Home competition, which asked designers to reconsider contemporary architectural conventions with respect to current cultural and global issues in the city of Krakow, Poland. Due to the large number of coal-burning furnaces in the city, residents of Krakow are threatened by air pollution, which has resulted in a sky-rocketing number of cases of asthma, lung disease, and lung cancer. The competition brief called for the “design of a care center for lung cancer patients as part of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Institute of Oncology.”

SHoP and West 8 to Masterplan Philadelphia’s “Schuylkill Yards”

14:00 - 11 March, 2016
SHoP and West 8 to Masterplan Philadelphia’s “Schuylkill Yards”, Schuylkill Yards - proposed. Image © SHoP and West 8
Schuylkill Yards - proposed. Image © SHoP and West 8

Working with Drexel University and master developer Brandywine Realty Trust, SHoP and West 8 will transform 14-acres of existing underutilized land with 6.5-acres of public open space to create a collaborative mixed-use neighborhood in Philadelphia’s University City submarket. Schuylkill Yards will feature a mix of 24/7 entrepreneurial spaces, educational facilities and research laboratories, corporate offices, residential and retail spaces, hospitality and cultural venues, as well as a robust public realm network that connects the existing neighborhoods with the adjacent Amtrak 30th Street Station.

Situated next to the third-busiest passenger rail station in the country, Schuylkill Yards will be connected to Philadelphia’s international airport and major cities along the Northeast corridor, making it a major innovation hub on the East Coast.

MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Wins RAIC's 2016 Firm Award

12:13 - 11 March, 2016
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Wins RAIC's 2016 Firm Award, Regent Park Aquatic Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Image © Shai Gil
Regent Park Aquatic Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Image © Shai Gil

Toronto-based MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's (RAIC) 2016 Architectural Firm Award. Known for their work in community recreation and sports buildings, the more than 50-person practice was chosen by the jury for their "wellness approach" to design and contribution to the "broader communities in which the projects are located."

MJMA has consistently achieved a very high quality of architecture and bold clarity throughout its large body of work,” said the five-member jury. “In addition to the spectacular spatial qualities, the architecture exhibits a clear problem-solving approach.

MCHAP Announces Nominees for their 2014/2015 Prizes

11:15 - 11 March, 2016
MCHAP Announces Nominees for their 2014/2015 Prizes

The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize has announced the nominees for this year's MCHAP awards, the biennial prize hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) to award the best projects in the Americas. Following on from their inaugural prize in 2014 which awarded the best projects of the 21st century up to 2013, this year's awards will focus on the best architecture from 2014 and 2015, and the nominee list features 175 projects in the main MCHAP awards and 55 in the MCHAP.emerge awards.

In 2014, the prize was shared by Álvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road, while the MCHAP.emerge prize was won by Pezo von Ellrichshausen's for their Poli House. The winners of the two prizes this year will join this short and prestigious list, and also receive funding of $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, in support of research and a publication related to the theme of "Rethinking Metropolis." You can view the full list of nominees of the MCHAP award here, and the full list of nominees for the MCHAP.emerge prize here.

GBL Architects' 8X Tower Approved to be Built in Vancouver

08:00 - 11 March, 2016
GBL Architects' 8X Tower Approved to be Built in Vancouver, Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit
Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit

GBL Architects' 8X Tower in Vancouver has won approval to be built, with construction set to begin in the fall. The site is located at the western corner of Richards and Helmcken Street in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood. The building’s conceptual design combines the context of three surrounding areas: Emery Barnes Park, which flanks the western edge of the site; the grid of the nearby streets; and the Yaletown skyline which displays a wide range of architectural styles.

Editor's Choice: 50 Essential Projects From Our Database

21:00 - 10 March, 2016

Yesterday, ArchDaily celebrated 8 years online. And, while every birthday is a special occasion, this year feels to us to be particularly special: in the past year we've achieved many milestones, including the launch of both ArchDaily China and ArchDaily Perú, a move to a new platform and a new design and so many other steps forward; at the same time, in the Pritzker Prize, the Venice Biennale, and other organizations around the world, we're seeing the acceptance of a type of architecture that has always been a key part of our mission statement.

With those things in mind, now seems like a very good time to look back at how we got here - in particular, to look at some of the most notable architectural projects that have defined our time so far on the web. Our selection of 50 projects includes buildings by Pritzker Prize winners (and a number of architects who are sure to be future Pritzker Prize winners), it includes Building of the Year award winners and runners-up, and of course it includes projects that have inspired architects around the world.

This collection of projects also demonstrates the power of ArchDaily's database - an immense library of over 21,000 projects which we are adding to every day, but one which we are also working hard to give you the tools you need to make use of. With our My ArchDaily platform and our faceted search, these and many, many other projects are always at your fingertips for your inspiration, education and enjoyment.

wHY to Expand San Francisco's Asian Art Museum

16:00 - 10 March, 2016
wHY to Expand San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, Proposed. Image © wHY
Proposed. Image © wHY

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has announced major renovation and expansion plans by wHY Architecture. The practice is expected to design a new 12,000-square-foot exhibition pavilion, reconfigure the Museum’s existing galleries, and modernize its education and public programming spaces. Work will begin in 2017. 

"The new pavilion will underscore San Francisco’s cultural diversity, create one of the nation’s premier exhibition spaces dedicated to Asian art, and increase the number of special exhibitions on view for visitors," says the Museum.

If You Haven't Seen Calatrava's World Trade Center Oculus In Person, This is Pretty Darn Close

14:00 - 10 March, 2016

If you haven't had the opportunity to step inside Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center Oculus, here is your chance. Miguel de Guzmán of Imagen Subliminal has captured the incredible space in VR (Virtual Reality), granting you 360-degree views of the infamous oculus. Put on your Google Cardboard and see it for yourself

20 Women in Architecture Shortlisted for arcVision Prize

12:00 - 10 March, 2016
20 Women in Architecture Shortlisted for arcVision Prize, Francisco Rodrigues Lobo Secondary School by 2014 arcVision winner Inês Lobo Arquitectos. Image © Leonardo Finotti
Francisco Rodrigues Lobo Secondary School by 2014 arcVision winner Inês Lobo Arquitectos. Image © Leonardo Finotti

20 prominent women in architecture have been shortlisted for the arcVision Prize - a prize that "aims to give recognition to women whose work brings an innovative new design, theoretical or practical approach to the economic, social and cultural issues at play in the field of architecture." Referred to some as the "Pritzker for women," the yearly arcVision Prize is now in its fourth edition.

The full list of nominees includes:

Shortlist Announced for 2016 RIBA London Awards

06:00 - 10 March, 2016
Shortlist Announced for 2016 RIBA London Awards, Gasholder Park / Bell Phillips Architects. Image © John Sturrock
Gasholder Park / Bell Phillips Architects. Image © John Sturrock

A total of 68 buildings have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA London Awards, including projects from John McAslan + PartnersdRMM Architects, Níall McLaughlin Architects, Eric Parry Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour. All shortlisted buildings will now be visited and carefully assessed by one of four regional juries, and regional winners will be considered for a RIBA National Award. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize - given to the UK's best building of this year - will be composed of the winners of the RIBA National Award. 

See a complete list of shortlisted buildings after the break.

6 Phases Every Architecture Student Goes Through

16:00 - 9 March, 2016
6 Phases Every Architecture Student Goes Through, Review days. Image © Flickr CC user Rory MacLeod
Review days. Image © Flickr CC user Rory MacLeod

Common Edge has published a cheeky "letter to prospective architecture parents" that preps them for the changes their child will soon undergo by detailing the 6 phases of architectural education: "Architecture school is a peculiar beast. It almost never actually prepares students to be practicing architects, and 90% of what is written by architects and architectural theorists is incomprehensible garbage. But being able to discern what is and what is not incomprehensible garbage is a profoundly useful life skill."

The six phases each architecture student goes through includes: 

Vancouver to Buy Old Rail Corridor for Future Public Greenway

12:00 - 9 March, 2016
Vancouver to Buy Old Rail Corridor for Future Public Greenway, © City of Vancouver
© City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver has agreed to purchase the Arbutus Corridor from Canadian Pacific Railway for $55 million to make way for a future public greenway. According to a report by CBC, this ends a long-standing dispute between the city and CP Rail over the worth of the nine kilometer stretch of land, which hasn't been used for nearly 15 years.

Happy Birthday to Us: ArchDaily Turns 8

08:00 - 9 March, 2016

8 years ago today, ArchDaily launched with a daunting mission: to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects tasked with designing for the 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years. This mission has captured the imagination of architects worldwide, leading us to become the world's most visited architecture website – serving over 400,000 visitors daily in English, Spanish, Portuguese and now Chinese. In our 8th year, we've made great strides towards this goal: from conveying information in another language through ArchDaily China to finding new ways to transmit information such as our ArchDaily Essentials series; from better ways to engage readers such as our #YourArchDaily Instagram campaign to presenting more of an editorial voice through articles such as our selection of most inspiring leaders of 2015; and from a better way to display our site with our new redesign to a better way to manage our database with our custom publishing platform.

Of course, the most important part of this progress is the continued support and engagement of our ever-growing readership. By sharing our content on social media or discussing it with friends and colleagues, you're helping us to reach more and more architects, and thus helping us to fulfill our goal – thank you for joining us on this mission. Read on after the break for a round-up of our highlights from the past year.

Look Inside a Selection of Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

04:00 - 9 March, 2016
Look Inside a Selection of Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, Inside the studios of Jägnefält Milton. Image © Marc Goodwin
Inside the studios of Jägnefält Milton. Image © Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently completed "the ultra-marathon of photoshoots:" twenty-eight architectural offices in twenty-eight days, spread across four capital cities – Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. His aim was to understand what sort of spaces architects in the Nordic countries operate in, and how they differ between each respective country. From former boathouses to stables and coal deposits, Goodwin has captured some of the most unique working environments the profession has to offer.

Studiopuisto. Image © Marc Goodwin Tham & Videgård. Image © Marc Goodwin Leth & Gori. Image © Marc Goodwin Norrøn. Image © Marc Goodwin +33

Studio Gang to Design New US Embassy in Brasília

14:45 - 8 March, 2016
Studio Gang to Design New US Embassy in Brasília, National Congress; Brasília / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Flickr User may_inthesky
National Congress; Brasília / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Flickr User may_inthesky

Studio Gang Architects has been chosen by the Department of State to design the new US Embassy compound in Brasília Brazil's federal capital. Selected from a shortlist of six, the Jeanne Gang-led practice won the commission with their "strong and cohesive team approach with more than 20 years of collaborative experience executing projects with complex constraints at challenging sites," says the report. 

Nikken Sekkei to Design New Camp Nou

14:00 - 8 March, 2016
Nikken Sekkei to Design New Camp Nou, Design of the new Camp Nou. Image Courtesy of FC Barcelona
Design of the new Camp Nou. Image Courtesy of FC Barcelona

Japanese practice Nikken Sekkei, in collaboration with Joan Pascual-Ramon Ausió Arquitectes, has been chosen to design the new Camp Nou stadium for FC Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. The winning team was chosen over three other finalistsHKS + COX + Batell i Roig Arquitectes; BIG + IDOM + BAAS Arquitectes; POPULOUS + Mias Arquitectes + RCR Arquitectes.

The new design intends to compliment the recently unveiled New Palau Blaugrana, FC Barcelona's main basketball arena that will be designed by HOK and TAC Arquitectes. All this is happening alongside the Espai Barça remodel that is expected to begin in 2017 and complete by 2021.

Toyo Ito Designs New Mayuhana Lamp for Yamagiwa

12:00 - 8 March, 2016
Toyo Ito Designs New Mayuhana Lamp for Yamagiwa, Courtesy of Yamagiwa
Courtesy of Yamagiwa

Yamagiwa has just released a new version of Toyo Ito's popular Mayuhana lamp - Mayuhana Ma Black. "Ma," meaning "true" or "genuine," represents the new lamps darker color that is, as the company describes, "more deep and profound."

"Mayuhana Ma Black is light in darkness. It is the quintessential quality of light found in Japan that reminds me of ‘In Praise of Shadows’ by Junichiro Tanizaki," says Toyo Ito.

What Should We Be Doing To Eliminate Gender Inequality in Architecture?

08:00 - 8 March, 2016
What Should We Be Doing To Eliminate Gender Inequality in Architecture?, Denise Scott Brown in Las Vegas in 1966. Image © Robert Venturi
Denise Scott Brown in Las Vegas in 1966. Image © Robert Venturi

In recent years, there has been a significant amount of attention paid to the gender debate in architecture, with many asking why, in the 21st century, our profession can still be such a challenging career path for women. In many ways, this focus on women in architecture has seemed successful: In 2014, Julia Morgan became the first woman awarded the AIA Gold Medal, and while Denise Scott-Brown may not have been retroactively awarded a Pritzker Prize, the AIA's decision to open up its Medal to more than one person at a time finally allowed her to join Julia Morgan on the (very short) list of female winners. Over in the UK, this year Zaha Hadid was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal, making her the first woman in history to receive the prize without sharing it with a male partner. Yet despite these apparent victories for equality in architecture, we still see headlines like the recent discovery by the AR's Women in Architecture Survey that gender disparities are, in fact, increasing.

Today, on International Women's Day, we wanted to open up a discussion among ArchDaily readers to see what else could be done. What more could architects, institutions and indeed even the media do to close the gender gap in our profession? Let us know in the comments below and the best responses will be featured in an upcoming article.

NOW and Grimshaw to Design South Korean Horseracing Track

17:00 - 7 March, 2016
NOW and Grimshaw to Design South Korean Horseracing Track, © Grimshaw
© Grimshaw

NOW Architects and Grimshaw have been selected to design "LetsRun Park" - a new home for horseracing in the South Korean city of Yeongcheon. Selected through an international competition by the Korea Racing Authority and International Union of Architects, the team's masterplan calls for new racecourse and equine-themed family park on the 148 hectare site. 

La SHED Wins RAIC's Emerging Architectural Practice Award

12:00 - 7 March, 2016
La SHED Wins RAIC's Emerging Architectural Practice Award, © Maxime Brouillet
© Maxime Brouillet

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has selected La SHED Architecture as the recipient of its 2016 Emerging Architectural Practice Award. The small, nine-person office in Montreal is known for designing "fresh, contemporary houses inspired by the informal qualities," says the RAIC. It was founded in 2011 by University of Montreal graduates Renée Mailhot, MRAIC, Sébastien Parent and Yannick Laurin.

“This is a recently created firm that has developed a coherent and consistent body of high-quality architectural work in a rapid time frame,” said the five-member jury. “It has achieved this while often working within limited budgets.”