2015 Norden Fund Winner to Study “Ecologies of War and Recovery” in Vietnam

08:00 - 18 June, 2015
2015 Norden Fund Winner to Study “Ecologies of War and Recovery” in Vietnam, Courtesy of The Architectural League New York
Courtesy of The Architectural League New York

The Architectural League has named Ylan Vo the winner of this year’s Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grant for her project entitled Ecologies of War and Recovery: A Case Study in Vietnam’s A Luoi Valley.

Vo’s project explores the A Luoi Valley “as an example of the post-conflict landscape of Vietnam, with particular emphasis on understanding the ecological and social conditions surrounding toxic Agent Orange hotspots that mark the valley.” Agent Orange, also called Dioxin, is the most potent carcinogen in existence, and poses major threats to environmental health and sustainability.

Call for Submissions: New Ideas for Housing London

04:00 - 18 June, 2015
Call for Submissions: New Ideas for Housing London, The dense centre of London
The dense centre of London

New London Architecture have launched an international ideas competition to tackle the ongoing demands of London's growing housing shortage, in partnership with the office of the Mayor of London. They envisage that New Ideas for Housing London will provide opportunities for any level of designer, "be they a large organisation or just one person with a big idea," to submit a proposal "that could help shape the future of the UK capital." Selected entrants will work alongside the Greater London Authority to explore how the ideas could be put into practice. The organisers state that "no idea is too big or too small, as long as it can be applied to the capital."

AS+GG, Burj Khalifa Architect to Design World's Tallest Commercial Tower

16:13 - 17 June, 2015
AS+GG, Burj Khalifa Architect to Design World's Tallest Commercial Tower, Burj Khalifa / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG). Image © Flickr CC user Christian van Elven
Burj Khalifa / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG). Image © Flickr CC user Christian van Elven

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has been commissioned by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) to design the world's tallest commercial tower, "Burj 2020." As Emirates 24/7 reports, AS+GG will work with WATG, a "top destination creation consultancy" who's been appointed to envision the Burj 2020 District's masterplan, to realize a "world-class destination" that will "set new levels of efficiency and urban sustainability."

WEISS/MANFREDI Break Ground on "The Bridge" at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus

14:20 - 17 June, 2015
WEISS/MANFREDI Break Ground on "The Bridge" at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus, Cornell Tech Phase 1. Image © WEISS/MANFREDI
Cornell Tech Phase 1. Image © WEISS/MANFREDI

WEISS/MANFREDI broke ground yesterday on Cornell Tech's pioneering building, "The Bridge." Spearheading the first phase of the $2 billion Roosevelt Island tech campus, the new building will "bridge" the gap between academia and industry, providing a seven-story "corporate co-location" loft where students and industry leaders will collaborate.  

“The Bridge is a crystalline incubator with river-to-river views and creates a three-dimensional crossroads, an ecosystem of innovation to catalyze collaboration between academics and entrepreneurs,” say design partners Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi.

ARCHIDIRECTOR: A Fantastical City Inspired by Famous Directors by Federico Babina

12:21 - 17 June, 2015
ARCHIDIRECTOR: A Fantastical City Inspired by Famous Directors by Federico Babina, © Federico Babina
© Federico Babina

"Directors are like the architects of cinema," says Federico Babina, an Italian architect known for his imaginative architecture-inspired illustrations. In his latest, Babina envisions a fictional city of 27 houses inspired by film's most celebrated directors, including George Lucas, Charles Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Wim Wenders and many others.

"The architecture is like a scene from a movie where the story is the life, the script is dictated by the use of the building and where the actors are the residents. A labyrinth where all - characters, director, audience –are lost and found in the intensity of their emotions," Babina adds. 

Tour through the entire city, after the break. 

© Federico Babina © Federico Babina © Federico Babina © Federico Babina +28

LEGO Invests $150 Million in Sustainable Materials Research

11:30 - 17 June, 2015
LEGO recently made architecture news with their BIG-designed "LEGO House," a museum and "experience center". Image Courtesy of LEGO Group
LEGO recently made architecture news with their BIG-designed "LEGO House," a museum and "experience center". Image Courtesy of LEGO Group

LEGO has long been recognized by architects as a key inspiration in the world of creative building - but the Danish toy company's influence over the construction industry may be about to get a whole lot more direct. Yesterday, LEGO announced the establishment of its own sustainable materials research center, with an investment of 1 billion Danish Krone ($150 million US), which will search to find sustainable alternatives to the plastic used in their products and packaging.

Olson Kundig’s “Outpost Basel” Lounge Opens at Design Miami/Basel

08:00 - 17 June, 2015
Olson Kundig’s “Outpost Basel” Lounge Opens at Design Miami/Basel, © Kevin Scott
© Kevin Scott

Seattle-based architects Olson Kundig have opened their "Outpost Basel" pavilion for the Collectors Lounge at Design Miami/Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Incorporating materials and cultural elements from America, Japan, Austria, and Romania, the pavilion is a “high-design space made from everyday materials,” with a design centered on the idea of contrast, much like the concept of yin-yang. Different levels of lighting, material colors, and uses of space are contrasted with balance in order to create a functional, flexible meeting and gathering space.

© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott +17

Charles Correa Dies at 84

07:25 - 17 June, 2015
Charles Correa Dies at 84, Charles Correa
Charles Correa

Charles Correa, widely considered to be one of India's greatest living architects, died yesterday in Mumbai at the age of 84. Correa, who was also a respected urban planner and renowned activist for the quality of cities, had been the recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal in 1984, the Praemium Imperiale in 1994, and the 7th Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998. His work had also been recognised with one of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri, in 1972. In 2013 Correa donated over 6000 drawings and 150 models from his archives to the RIBA in London.

How Hector Vigliecca's São Paulo Housing Shows the Challenges of Social Architecture

06:00 - 17 June, 2015

São Paulo is the financial center and largest city of Brazil, and victim to a seemingly unending water crisis. The situation stems from over-populated neighborhoods lacking in a regulated infrastructure, with buildings that are uncoordinated in their development and maintenance leading to pollution in nearby water reservoirs. In 2009, the government of São Paulo sought to address this issue by expropriating the homes of 200 families, who were then moved back in 2012 to a new construction designed by Hector Vigliecca; the Novo Santo Amaro V Park Housing.

In this video from The Architectural Review - which supports their full building study - Vigliecca and current residents of the complex reflect on what the valley of unregulated infrastructure used to be like, and how it has developed to the present day.

99 Dom-Ino: How Le Corbusier Redefined Domestic Italian Architecture

04:00 - 17 June, 2015
99 Dom-Ino: How Le Corbusier Redefined Domestic Italian Architecture, Strada Statale 115, Gela, Caltanissetta, Sicilia. Image © Space Caviar
Strada Statale 115, Gela, Caltanissetta, Sicilia. Image © Space Caviar

Last year, for the centennial of the publication of Le Corbusier's design for the Maison Dom-Ino, Space Caviar traveled the length of the Italian peninsular in pursuit of ninety-nine reinforced concrete houses. Along the way they created ninety-nine short films. Their research, a survey of Italian domesticity and its relationship to the surrounding landscape over the past century, demonstrated that "few inventions have been as transformative of Italy as the concrete frame": simultaneously a symbol of wealth "generated by a building industry that rebuilt Italy from the rubble of the Second World War" and "the primary instrument of abusivismo," or the unregulated construction on the landscape. It is, as the team describe it, "the ultimate symbol of the architect’s extraordinary power — and enduring helplessness."

Indirizzo Riservato, Mondello, Palermo, Sicilia. Image © Space Caviar Contrada Bordea, Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia. Image © Space Caviar Indirizzo Riservato, Bisaccia, Avellino, Campania. Image © Space Caviar Via del Mare, Vico Equense, Napoli, Campania. Image © Space Caviar +14

Welcome to Your Upgraded ArchDaily!

00:20 - 17 June, 2015

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Nieto Sobejano Wins Competition to Design New Guangzhou Science Museum

15:18 - 16 June, 2015
Nieto Sobejano Wins Competition to Design New Guangzhou Science Museum, Guangzhou Science Museum. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Guangzhou Science Museum. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has been selected over MAD ArchitectsSteven HollGrimshaw and many others to design the Guangzhou Science Museum. 

Planned for the sprawling port city of Guangzhou (Canton), the new science museum will be realized on the south bank of the Pearl River, close to the Guangzhou Tower. It will form part of a new cultural hub, known as "Three Museums - One Square," which will include the future Guangzhou Museum, also won through a private-competition by gmp Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners.

Read on for a video and more information detailing the winning proposal.

BBC Profiles Zhang Yue: The Man Who Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Building in 7 Months

11:30 - 16 June, 2015
BBC Profiles Zhang Yue: The Man Who Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Building in 7 Months, Courtesy of Broad Group
Courtesy of Broad Group

BBC News has published a profile on the new projects and ambitions of Broad Sustainable Building’s Zhang Yue. A few months ago, Yue became known as the man behind Mini Sky City, a 57-story building that went up in 19 days. Now, Yue wants to further his idea of modular construction to build Sky City, which will be the world’s tallest skyscraper, stretching ten meters taller than the 828 meter-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and take only seven months to complete. In addition to being constructed from prefabricated parts, Sky City will be sustainable and built from steel to help prevent earthquake damage. Construction is expected to begin on the skyscraper in early 2016. Read more about Yue, his company, and their projects in the BBC News article.

Could the Empire State Building Have Been Built with Wood?

08:00 - 16 June, 2015
Could the Empire State Building Have Been Built with Wood?, Courtesy of Metsä Wood
Courtesy of Metsä Wood

Michael Green has teamed up with Finnish forestry company Metsä Wood and Equilibrium Consulting to redesign the Empire State Building with wood as the main material. The project is part of Metsä Wood’s “Plan B” program, which explores what it would be like for iconic buildings to be made of timber. Their work shows that not only can wood be used to produce enormous structures in a dense urban context, but also that timber towers can fit into an urban setting and even mimic recognizable buildings despite differences in material.

MX3D to 3D Print a Bridge in Mid-Air over Amsterdam Canal

06:00 - 16 June, 2015
MX3D to 3D Print a Bridge in Mid-Air over Amsterdam Canal, © Joris Laarman for MX3D
© Joris Laarman for MX3D

Amsterdam already has over 1,200 bridges throughout its canals, with some dating as far back as the 17th century, but the city is about to add one more in correspondence with its growing 3D printing industry. Dutch start-up MX3D has partnered with Joris Laarman Lab, Heijmans, Autodesk, and several other supporters, in a collaboration that will create an intricate steel pedestrian bridge made by 3D printers.

Longlist Revealed for Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2015

16:00 - 15 June, 2015
Longlist Revealed for Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2015, Restaurant/Bar in Another Space: The Magazine (London). Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
Restaurant/Bar in Another Space: The Magazine (London). Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Thomas Heatherwick, Alberto Alessi and a number of other famed jury members have shortlisted 214 projects from 70 countries for the 2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Now in its seventh year, the awards are the only of its kind dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. The winners will be announced in October. From burger vans to airports, you can see all the shortlisted projects here

Gallery: David Chipperfield's "Sticks and Stones" Installation in The Neue Nationalgalerie

14:00 - 15 June, 2015
Gallery: David Chipperfield's "Sticks and Stones" Installation in The Neue Nationalgalerie, David Chipperfield - Sticks and Stones, an Intervention at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
David Chipperfield - Sticks and Stones, an Intervention at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Romanian photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has shared images from last year's "Sticks and Stones" exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Designed by David Chipperfield, the intervention brought 144 8-meter-tall trees to the interior of the Neue Nationalgalerie, Mies van der Rohe's 1968 masterpiece.  See our previous coverage of the installation and enjoy a full gallery of Ghinitoiu's images after the break. 

Zaha Hadid Designs Two "Sculptural" Towers for Australia's Gold Coast

11:53 - 15 June, 2015
Zaha Hadid Designs Two "Sculptural" Towers for Australia's Gold Coast, Courtesy of Sunland Group
Courtesy of Sunland Group

Zaha Hadid has unveiled plans for two "sculptural" towers and a new privately-owned cultural precinct at Mariner's Cove on Australia's Gold Coast. Commissioned by Sunland Group, the $600 million mixed-use project will include two 44-story residential towers, ground floor retail, a 69-suite boutique hotel and underground aquarium, along with an art gallery, museum and outdoor sculptural gardens.