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Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

08:00 - 31 October, 2016
Spotlight: Zaha Hadid, Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton+Crow
Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton+Crow

In her lifetime, Pritzker prize-winning architect, fashion designer and artist Zaha Hadid (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) became one of the most recognizable faces of our field. Revered and denounced with equal aplomb for the sensuous curved forms for which she was known, Hadid rose to prominence not solely through parametricism but by designing spaces to occupy geometries in new ways. Despite her tragically early death in March of 2016, the projects now being completed by her office without their original lead designer continue to push boundaries both creative and technological, while the fearless media presence she cultivated in recent decades has cemented her place in society as a woman who needs just one name: Zaha.

Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Strikes Central Italy; Borromini's "La Sapienza" Among Structures Damaged in Rome

15:30 - 30 October, 2016
Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Strikes Central Italy; Borromini's "La Sapienza" Among Structures Damaged in Rome , Inspections underway in Rome. Image via La Repubblica (Roma)
Inspections underway in Rome. Image via La Repubblica (Roma)

Following an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale that struck central Italy this morning at 7:40 a.m. local time—the fourth to hit this part of the country in three months—a number of structures have collapsed entirely or been severely damaged. While no deaths have been reported at this time, the BBC suggests that twenty people have been injured.

This latest tragedy follows an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale which hit a nearby region in August of this year, killing 300 and causing widespread devastation to towns and villages. It is being suggested that the evacuation of buildings that were deemed vulnerable to the ongoing seismic activity in the region last week may have saved lives.

3 Winners of the 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award Announced

12:00 - 30 October, 2016
3 Winners of the 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award Announced, Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe has announced the three winners of the inaugural Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) 2016. Established this year to “support the talent of recently graduated Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future,”  9 finalists were selected from a shortlist of 30 projects, which was then narrowed down to 3 winners.

This Maple Leaf Shaped Tunnel Commemorates Hungarian Refugees in Canada

08:00 - 30 October, 2016
This Maple Leaf Shaped Tunnel Commemorates Hungarian Refugees in Canada , © Gergely Szinnay
© Gergely Szinnay

In memorial of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, which resulted in the emigration of over 37,000 Hungarians to Canada, architectural studio Hello Wood has created Tunnel Through Time, a contemporary interpretation of the historic event that remembers the heroes of the revolution and especially honoring the Canadian people who welcomed Hungarian refugees. 

Composed of 37,565 pieces—one for each Hungarian refugee accepted into Canada—the tunnel begins with a Hungarian flag with a hole in the middle, representing how protesters cut the communist coat of arms out of the Hungarian flag during the revolution. The tunnel then morphs—as a representation of the journey of the refugees—until it reaches an exit, which is shaped like the national symbol of Canada, the maple leaf.

© Gergely Szinnay © Gergely Szinnay © Gergely Szinnay © Gergely Szinnay +41

Experience LA's Architecture Through This Spectacular Panoramic Time-Lapse

16:00 - 29 October, 2016

From the Griffith Observatory to the LAX Airport, LACMA’s Urban Light installation, the Bradbury Building, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad, and more, Los Angeles is full of inspiring architecture. In his new 10K x 4K resolution video, photographer and filmmaker Joe Capra of Scientifantastic captures the beauty of LA through panoramic footage. Over a span of two years, Capra stitched time-lapse footage from two synced DSLR cameras together resulting in a spectacular view of the city. 

Find out more about Capra’s work here, or view his timelapse of Rio de Janeiro here.

Step Inside Myrtle Hall and Jerome Robbins Theater With Redsquare Productions

14:00 - 29 October, 2016

Redsquare productions in collaboration with Think! Architecture has just produced new videos on two of the firms projects: the Jerome Robbins Theater and Pratt Institute’s Myrtle Hall. Both videos explore their respective project’s design strategies in addition to featured interviews with the architects. 

CEMEX + Aptum Architecture's Floating Concrete Structures Act as Mangroves for Shorelines

12:00 - 29 October, 2016
CEMEX + Aptum Architecture's Floating Concrete Structures Act as Mangroves for Shorelines, Courtesy of Aptum Architecture
Courtesy of Aptum Architecture

Mangroves are vital for stabilizing shorelines, but their recent depletion presents impending doom for coastal habitats. 

Aptum Architecture and CEMEX Research Group might have a solution. Their collaborative project, Rhizolith Island (Isla Rhizolith), is a prototype that explores the potential for floating concrete structures to revitalize deteriorating shorelines. The structure was just installed in Cartagena, Columbia as part of the RC 2016 (Reunion del Concreto), an international Expo and Academic Conference on Concrete. 

Courtesy of Aptum Architecture  Courtesy of Aptum Architecture  Courtesy of Aptum Architecture  Courtesy of Aptum Architecture  +13

Final Designs Revealed for BIG's East Harlem Development

15:25 - 28 October, 2016
Final Designs Revealed for BIG's East Harlem Development, © Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY
© Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY

Final renderings of BIG’s latest New York City project, 149 East 125th Street in East Harlem, have been revealed at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony. In contrast to original images showing a bright red facade, the undulating, rotating building will instead feature a gray exterior that Bjarke Ingels has referred to as “inspired by an elephant’s skin.”

© Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY © Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY © Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY © Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY +4

20 of the World's Best Building Images Shortlisted for Arcaid Awards 2016

12:10 - 28 October, 2016
20 of the World's Best Building Images Shortlisted for Arcaid Awards 2016, via Arcaid Images
via Arcaid Images

Arcaid has shortlisted 20 of the year’s best architectural photographs in the running for the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The annual award presents prizes in four categories - Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place, and Building in Use - and judged by an esteemed panel on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more.

This year, judges for the award include Emily Booth, executive editor of The Architectural Review; artist and Sto Werkstatt curator Amy Croft; Katy Harris, director of communications at Foster + Partners; architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG and photographers Fernando Guerra and Ulrich Müller.

The photographs will be showcased at World Architecture Festival from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany, where the overall winner will be announced. The shortlist of 20 images is as follows:

Pelli Clarke Pelli Designs New Building for Trinity Church Wall Street

08:00 - 28 October, 2016
Pelli Clarke Pelli Designs New Building for Trinity Church Wall Street, © Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
© Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

After two years of intensive planning, Trinity Church Wall Street revealed the design for its new building at 74 Trinity Place, in the Financial District of New York City. New York-based firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designed the building to serve as both a ministry and community center for the church. Using open public spaces and multipurpose rooms, the structure will connect neighbors, workers, and families — reflecting the church’s aim for community engagement.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Celebrates 75th Anniversary with $55 Million Expansion

06:00 - 28 October, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Celebrates 75th Anniversary with $55 Million Expansion, Courtesy of Selldorf Architects
Courtesy of Selldorf Architects

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) first opened in 1941 in the oceanfront La Jolla home of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. In the half century that followed, the museum saw three distinct expansions; now, as it turns 75, MCASD anticipates its latest addition, a flexible new multipurpose design by Selldorf Architects that will quadruple the current gallery space. 

Courtesy of Selldorf Architects Courtesy of Selldorf Architects Courtesy of Selldorf Architects Courtesy of Selldorf Architects +7

6 Buildings Shortlisted for the Inaugural RIBA International Prize

16:20 - 27 October, 2016
6 Buildings Shortlisted for the Inaugural RIBA International Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of six finalist projects in the running for the inaugural RIBA International Prize. The first RIBA Award open to any qualified architect in the world, the International Prize seeks to name the world’s “most significant and inspirational” building. Criteria for consideration include the demonstration of “visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.”

The six finalists were named from a longlist of 30 buildings, from which a further selection of 21 projects have been recognized by the jury for the RIBA Award for International Excellence. The jury has also named the winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect prize recognizing “the achievement of architects in the earlier stages of their career who are working on global projects.”

The Grand Jury is lead by Richard Rogers and includes Billie TsienKunlé AdeyemiPhilip Gumuchdjian, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor.

"Our panel of jurors have been particularly impressed by the way in which each building reacts to, resolves and assimilates into the varying geographies and contexts - from dense urban cities to a small town in the Arctic Circle," said RIBA President Jane Duncan on the naming of the finalists. "Each project resolves the complex demands of its context with ingenuity, exceptional detail and finishing and a sensitivity to the needs of the users and communities which will inhabit these spaces."

Apple Releases New MacBook Pro With Integrated "Touch Bar" That Works Seamlessly With Photoshop

14:33 - 27 October, 2016

Apple has unveiled a new version of their professional-level portable computer, the MacBook Pro, making steps towards defining the laptop as a tool for those in the creative industries. With a full 500 days since these devices were last refreshed by the company, the standout feature of this latest incarnation is a new, application-specific Touch Bar – a touch-sensitive display band at the top of the keyboard which becomes an “intuitive” part of the user interface, which also includes a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Oh – and there’s still a headphone jack!

MAD Unveils Dual Lucas Museum Proposals for Los Angeles and San Francisco

12:30 - 27 October, 2016
MAD Unveils Dual Lucas Museum Proposals for Los Angeles and San Francisco, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

In the latest episode of what has become a dramatic narrative worthy of its own space opera, The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has revealed plans for their two newest hopes: prospective museum designs, one in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco, that could serve as the new home of filmmaker George Lucas’ eclectic personal collection of artworks, costumes and artifacts.

After their failed proposal for a mountain-shaped museum along the Chicago Waterfront, the museum has again tapped architect Ma Yansong and his firm, MAD Architects, to design both proposals for the California sites, the first along the water on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, and the second for a site in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, adjacent to the city’s Natural History Museum and the Coliseum.

Herzog & de Meuron Win First Place in New Neue Galerie Building Competition

10:05 - 27 October, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron Win First Place in New Neue Galerie Building Competition, © Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel, Switzerland Landscape architects Vogt AG, Zurich / Berlin
© Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel, Switzerland Landscape architects Vogt AG, Zurich / Berlin

Three winning firms have been selected in the competition for the Museum of the 20th Century to be located in the heart of the Berlin Cultural Forum in Berlin, Germany. The 200 million euro building and site plan will serve as the new home of multiple internationally significant art collections, including the National Gallery’s Marx and Pietzsch collections, sections of the Marzona collection, and a collection of works from the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings).

In 2015, the competition was launched, aimed at finding a design scheme that would encompass the site layout, architecture and landscaping around the museum.

Facing stiff competition from a list of 42 renowned finalists, Herzog & de Meuron together with Vogt Landscape Architects has emerged victorious for their brick, warehouse-inspired design. Runner up prizes were given to Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects with SCHØNHERR A / S, and Bruno Fioretti Marquez with Capatti Staubach Landscape Architects, while four jury recognitions were awarded to proposals from OMA, SANAA, Staab Architekten, and Aires Mateus e Associados.

Tatiana Blass' "Penelope" Crosses Chapel Walls with Enigmatic Red Wool

08:00 - 27 October, 2016
Tatiana Blass' "Penelope" Crosses Chapel Walls with Enigmatic Red Wool, © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal

Made from a combination of tangled and woven red wool, Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass’ installation, “Penelope,” flows inside and out of the Chapel of Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil

The installation was inspired by the Greek myth of Penelope, who was Odysseus’ wife in Homer’s Odyssey. In the story, Penelope weaves and destroys a burial shroud for her husband, in a tribute to the power of love and to weaving. 

© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal +7

Tokyo Vertical Cemetery Competition Winners Announced

06:00 - 27 October, 2016
Tokyo Vertical Cemetery Competition Winners Announced, Courtesy of Arch Out Loud
Courtesy of Arch Out Loud

Architectural research initiative arch out loud has announced the winners of Tokyo Vertical Cemetery, its international open ideas competition that sought solutions to Tokyo’s rising issue of burial space. 

Sited in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, the competition challenged architects and designers to develop proposals for a vertical cemetery that explores the relationship between life and death in the city while taking into account the cultural identity that is tied to death.

From 460 proposals representing 54 countries and six continents, one winner and three runners-up were selected by a jury including David Adjaye, Tom Wiscombe, Alison Killing, and more.

The winners of the Tokyo Vertical Cemetery competition are:

The Fictive Architecture of European Banknotes Sculpted From Sugar

04:30 - 27 October, 2016
The Fictive Architecture of European Banknotes Sculpted From Sugar, © Gustav Almestâl
© Gustav Almestâl

One of the key challenges faced by the European currency union, the Euro, was that of their design. In 2002, when the banknotes entered circulation across large parts of the European Union, the imagery that they possessed had to represent a continent of cultures. The answer: to create fictitious illustrations or, as the European Central Bank states, "stylised illustrations [of windows, doorways and bridges], not images of, or from, actual constructions." In a recent exhibition architect Anna Pang, in collaboration with Johan Holkers and Rolf Stålberg, have attemped to present the "fictive architecture" of the Euro as sugar sculpture.

This Free Tool Takes 3D Models into VR with One Click

16:30 - 26 October, 2016
 This Free Tool Takes 3D Models into VR with One Click, via Tech Crunch
via Tech Crunch

The emergence of virtual reality applications for architecture has been one of the big stories of the past few years – in the future, we’ve been told, VR will become an integral part not just of presenting a project, but of the design process as well.

That future may now be upon us, thanks to new tool from New York City startup IrisVR. The company has released Iris Prospect, a program that enables you to send your plans and models directly into VR with a single click.

A beta version of the software is currently available for free download from their website, making VR accessible to anyone.

Microsoft Unveils the Surface Studio, a 28-Inch Touch-Screen Drawing Board

14:46 - 26 October, 2016

Today, Microsoft announced the latest in their Surface family of personal computers. Called the Surface Studio, the device is essentially a 28-inch touchscreen drawing board which the company is targeting specifically at creative professionals, potentially placing it at the top of many architects' wish lists.

2016 LEAF Awards Announced

12:20 - 26 October, 2016
2016 LEAF Awards Announced, Courtesy of LEAF International
Courtesy of LEAF International

The winners of the 2016 LEAF Awards have been announced. Founded in 2001, the awards ceremony honors innovative architecture projects in 14 different categories dedicated to various aspects of building, including best façade design and engineering, best future building, and public building of the year. The winning projects are recognized as “setting the benchmark for the best in the industry.”

This year's awards include projects by David Chipperfield Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and Ian Ritchie Architects, and a lifetime achievement award for Santiago Calatrava.

Continue reading to see the full list of winners.

10 Fashion Collections Inspired by Mexican Architect Luis Barragán

08:00 - 26 October, 2016

Wall thickness, color, scale, solar dynamic, spaces built with a subtle metaphor immersed around the meaning of life, seem to be elements immersed in all of Luis Barragán's architecture. Elements of an enduring legacy, away from the ephemeral world of fashion, textiles and haute couture; however, it’s the search for the heightening of the senses, present in the architecture of Barragán, that inspired designers to put the name of the architect on catwalks and the world of apparel. 

Transcending his architecture to a particular line of design, major firms in the textile industry have used the mystical language of Barragán. A language in which fashion manages to live a furtive beauty in geometry, color, texture, but especially a totally emotional search. 

Check out 10 labels whose collections have been partially inspired by Barragán's work and ideas .

Danish Firms Unveil New University of Bergen Energy and Technology Building

06:00 - 26 October, 2016
Danish Firms Unveil New University of Bergen Energy and Technology Building, Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus
Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus

Danish firm Arkitema Architects, in collaboration with Arkitektgruppen Cubus, has won the competition to design a new Life Science building—called EnTek—at the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway. As an Energy and Technology building, the project is designed to ensure collaboration between UiB’s faculty and the energy and technology industry. 

The 17,500-square-meter building will become a southern gateway to the university, connecting the school to the city via a new street that will also become a central meeting point for both researchers and citizens.

Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus +17

CEMEX Building Award Finalists 2016 International Edition

17:30 - 25 October, 2016
CEMEX Building Award Finalists 2016 International Edition

For the International Edition of the CEMEX Building Award 2016, 62 finalists from 20 different countries in North America, South America, Asia and Africa will compete in 5 main categories and and 4 special prize categories. The award, given by CEMEX— the Mexican multinational building materials company—recognizes the best architecture and construction projects that highlight innovation aesthetic and constructive uses of concrete. 

The projects that are now set to compete at a global level range from a cultural center in Poland to a school and Spain and even a dam in the US. See this year's finalists below and see the previous winners here