Harvard's Material Processes and Systems Group Investigates Structural Ceramics

10:00 - 1 April, 2015
© Martin Bechthold
© Martin Bechthold

With "Protoceramics," the Material Processes and Systems Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MaP+S) sought to investigate the architectural possibilities of a material that might often be overlooked: thin, large-format ceramic tiles designed to act as interior finishes or exterior cladding. Instead of accepting the tiles' designation as a surface finish, the team investigated three ways to use them as a self-supporting structural component as part of their ongoing experiment to produce "novel material formations with a special interest in tectonic performance." The three techniques employed focused on the acts of cutting, folding and bending.

© Martin Bechthold © Martin Bechthold © Martin Bechthold © Martin Bechthold +17

Society for Atheistic Spirituality to Construct Etienne-Louis Boullée's Cenotaph for Newton

09:30 - 1 April, 2015
Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Exterior view. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Exterior view. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Update: As many readers guessed, this story is of course a prank for April Fools' day. Thanks to everyone who played along, and a particular thanks to the seven readers (we won't name any names!) who were convinced enough to email their expressions of interest. Your optimism and ambition are admirable, and we're glad that you were able to take the joke in good humor. To anyone who dared to believe this story and had their heart broken: we're sorry!

Last week, a little-known charity known as the Society for Atheistic Spirituality (SAS) announced a proposal which is sure to put them very much on the map: they plan to build Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for a Cenotaph for Newton. The cenotaph, designed in the late 18th century as part of Boullée's Architecture, essai sur l’art, is a sublime homage to the enlightenment thinking of Sir Isaac Newton, making it a perfect fit for the Society for Atheistic Spirituality's mission to "endorse a rational understanding of our universe without abandoning the sense of wonder that makes life worth living."

Though the plans are very much in their early stages - and in spite of the fact that the cenotaph was never really designed to be built in real life - the society is serious about their proposal, having earmarked a $500 million donation from a single donor, and are working to establish a "world class" team to realize the design. To find out more about their plan, ArchDaily spoke exclusively to the society's director Zara Thustra, their construction projects leader Sidney Syfus, and their half-billion dollar donor, Dr Pang Luz. Read on after the break for the full interview.

Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Interior night effect. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Section, during the day with interior night effect. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Split plan showing interior and from above. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France Etienne-Louis Boullée's design for the Cenotaph for Newton. Section, at night with interior day effect. Image © Bibliothèque Nationale de France +6

The Ultimate Guide To 21 Products You Need Now

09:00 - 1 April, 2015

Let’s face it: architects are savvy, design-minded beings who usually approach their gadgets and gizmos with the same level of discretion and attention to detail that they approach their architecture. They settle for nothing less than pure, honest, functional products (and you can be sure that any of their devices or accessories look great, too). In the spirit of architects’ impeccable taste, ArchDaily has curated a list of exceptional products for you to add to your wishlist. 

Spotlight: Mario Botta

03:30 - 1 April, 2015
© Sanyam Bahga
© Sanyam Bahga

Working since he was 16, Swiss architect Mario Botta (April 1, 1943) has become a prolific and well known crafter of space, designing a huge array of places of worship, private homes, and museums, perhaps most notably the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, Switzerland. His use of traditional masonry over the streamlined steel and glass of so much modern architecture creates strong, self-confident buildings that pull together the contrast between the weight of his materials and lightness of his designs.

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel. Image ©  Jonathan Lin Mario Botta, Basel. Image © Flickr user tongeron91 SFMOMA, San Francisco. Image  Cathédrale d'Evry (Essonne-France). Image © Flickr user tongeron91 +11

Architects' Reactions to Frei Otto's Pritzker Prize Win

23:00 - 31 March, 2015
© Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf
© Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf

After news of Frei Otto winning the 2015 Pritzker Prize broke, the internet was filled with comments on his influence on the profession over the past half a century of architecture. Of course, with the news of the Pritzker sadly packaged with news of his death, the impulse for many to offer some words in remembrance heightened the outpouring of opinion.

Pratt Institute to Host 2 Free Symposiums in April

18:00 - 31 March, 2015
Courtesy of Pratt Institute
Courtesy of Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute is presenting two architectural symposiums that are free and open to the public: "An Inventory of What's Possible" on April 10 and "The Language of Architecture and Trauma" on April 11, 2015. "An Inventory of What's Possible" will focuse on the history of America’s affordable housing emerging from the research, architectural prototypes, and financing that occurred in New York, as well as the city’s future potential in response to Mayor de Blasio's housing plan.

Álvaro Siza to Design 122-Meter Condo Tower in New York

16:15 - 31 March, 2015
© Fernando Guerra via Instagram
© Fernando Guerra via Instagram

Álvaro Siza has been commissioned to design his first ever US project. Planned to rise 122-meters on the corner of West 56th Street and Eleventh Avenue in New York City, the Siza - designed condominium tower will be developed by Sumaida and Khurana - the same firm who just released designs for Tadao Ando’s first New York City tower: 152 Elizabeth Street. Stay tuned for more details. 

GRAFT Reveals Final Design for Munich's APASSIONATA Park

14:00 - 31 March, 2015
© GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT
© GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT

GRAFT Architects has released the final designs for the APASSIONATA adventure park. The competition-winning proposal aims to become a hub for leisure and entertainment in Munich, Germany, featuring a year-round venue for relaxation, discovery, and interaction with horses.

Check out the design and watch a virtual tour of the park, after the break.

© GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT +10

Page\Park Wins Competition to Rebuild Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

12:08 - 31 March, 2015
Glasgow School of Art (before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer
Glasgow School of Art (before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer

Page\Park Architects have been announced as winner of a competition to restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art (GSA). The Scottish practice, chosen ahead of four other shortlisted architects, will now develop plans to restore the building’s library and all other areas devastated by fire in May of last year

Highlighting Page\Park’s “extensive track record in both restoring and reinvigoration major historic buildings” and previous work on the Mac, GSA director Prof Tom Inns said: “The team assembled by Page\Park Architects impressed us not only with their deep knowledge of the building, but of the wider work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh… Page\Park have ongoing relationships with key crafts specialists and artists in Scotland and wider afield, and presented exciting proposals for expanding the legacy of the restoration by working with a new generation of creative talent.”

eVolo Announces 2015 Skyscraper Competition Winners

09:00 - 31 March, 2015
First Place: “Essence Skyscraper” / BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo). Image Courtesy of eVolo
First Place: “Essence Skyscraper” / BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo). Image Courtesy of eVolo

From 480 submitted projects from around the world, three winners and 15 honorable mentions have emerged at the top of eVolo’s 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Recognizing innovative highrise designs of the future, the competition emphasizes the role of technology, material, spatial organization, and their combined contribution to the natural and built environments. This year’s winners showed exceptional promise in adaptive vertical communities, and explored their ideas through imaginative and resourceful means.

Check out the winners and honorable mentions, after the break.

Honorable Mention: “Tower of Refuge” / Qidan Chen. Image Courtesy of eVolo Honorable Mention: "Cloud Capture" / Taehan Kim, Seoung Ji Lee, Yujin Ha. Image Courtesy of eVolo Honorable Mention: “Reversal Strategy” / Luigi Bertazzoni, Paolo Giacomo Vasino. Image Courtesy of eVolo Honorable Mention: “Bio-Pyramid: Reversing Desertification” / David Sepulveda, Wagdy Moussa, Ishaan Kumar, Wesley Townsend, Colin Joyce, Arianna Armelli, Salvador Juarez. Image Courtesy of eVolo +24

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Midlands Awards

05:00 - 31 March, 2015
Shortlisted: Parkside, Matlock / Evans Vettori Architects. Image © Tristan Poyser
Shortlisted: Parkside, Matlock / Evans Vettori Architects. Image © Tristan Poyser

A total of eleven projects have been shortlisted for RIBA East Midlands 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Evans Vettori, Make, Orms, and Studio Gedye. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize" href="http://www.archdaily.com/tag/riba-stirling-prize/" rel="tag">RIBA Stirling Prize.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Facebook Moves into New Headquarters with the "Largest Open Floor Plan in the World"

17:30 - 30 March, 2015

Earlier today, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an announcement onto his own Facebook page that the company had moved into its brand new, 430,000-square foot Frank Gehry-designed headquarters. In the post, Zuckerberg offers a photo of the building from above, showing off its 9 acre green roof, with a promise of interior images - of what is essentially the building's giant, single room - "once we’re fully unpacked."

That interior, big enough for 2,800 of Facebook employees plus room for growth, also played host to some of Instagram's most popular photographers to preview the space - see a selection of their images after the break.

First Look Inside BIG's W57 Manhattan Pyramid

17:30 - 30 March, 2015
South Facade. Image © Field Condition
South Facade. Image © Field Condition

Field Condition has published a photographic tour through BIG’s first New York project, two months after W57 topped out. A “courtscraper,” as the Danish practice affectionately calls it, the 32-story, 709-unit tower is a hybrid of the European courtyard block and New York City skyscraper. It’s tetrahedral shape, “born from logic,” is designed to provide every resident in the building's North Tower to have views of the Hudson River, while allowing sunlight deep into the building's interior space. View the project from within, after the break. 

Southeast corner of W57 (left) and the Helena (right) from West 57th Street. Image © Field Condition © Field Condition Looking South from the peak structure. Image © Field Condition Northeast corner from West 58th Street. Image © Field Condition +7

Foster + Partners Chosen to Design New Transport System for Jeddah

16:00 - 30 March, 2015
© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has been appointed through an international competition to develop the “architectural vision” for Jeddah’s city-wide public transport plan. The commission, made official today by the Makkah Province governor, seeks to establish a “long-term, sustainable” city network plan that will foster flexible growth and achieve efficiency through the integration of all modes of transportation, including metro, ferry, bus and cycle.

“The comprehensive plan extends from the design of the stations to the trains and branding,” said Foster + Partners. “In addition, the development of the metro system will create a new urban amenity for the city of Jeddah at key locations below the elevated track.” The masterplan will also allocate space for public squares and various nodes of development.

Jacques Herzog, Masterplanner of the Milan 2015 Expo, Thinks it will be a "Vanity Fair"

14:55 - 30 March, 2015
The masterplan for the Expo produced by Herzog & de Meuron in 2009. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
The masterplan for the Expo produced by Herzog & de Meuron in 2009. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

It seems Jacques Herzog is not particularly excited about the opening of the 2015 Expo in Milan later this year. In an interview with uncube magazine Herzog - one half of Herzog & de Meuron, the Expo's masterplanners - explains why they left the project in 2011, along with collaborators Stefano Boeri, William McDonough and Ricky Burdett. In their absence, he says, the Expo will now feature their plan "only as an urbanistic and formal pattern, not as an intellectual concept," and their plan to transform the event into "a radically new vision for a world exhibition" has been twisted so that the Expo "will be the same kind of vanity fair that we’ve seen in the past." Read the full interview here.

See All 24 Projects Shortlisted for RIAS' 2015 Awards

15:23 - 30 March, 2015
Dalmunach Distillery, Moray / Archial Norr (Inverness Studio)
Dalmunach Distillery, Moray / Archial Norr (Inverness Studio)

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has shortlisted 24 projects for its 2015 awards, the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland. This year’s judging panel, chaired by Iain Dickson PPRIAS, will now visits all 24 sites to determine which projects are “worthy” of an award, only choosing those in which they feel “best address the key role of architecture: to improve the quality of people’s lives.”

See all 24 shortlisted projects, after the break. 

Theatre Royal, Glasgow / Page Park Architects Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art / Steven Holl Architects with jmarchitects Regency Dormer, Edinburgh / Konishi Gaffney Architects The Mill, Scottish Borders / WT Architecture © Andrew Lee +29

Call for Proposals: Exhibit Your Work at Milan Expo 2015

09:00 - 30 March, 2015
Courtesy of Social Cooperation Architects (SCoopA)
Courtesy of Social Cooperation Architects (SCoopA)

Architects, Engineers, Artists, Designers and students from all around the world are invited to participate in the Expo Milano 2015 with projects that propose solutions to the theme of the Expo Milano 2015 “Feeding the planet, energy for life.” Participants are also being encouraged to submit proposals that solve some of the main challenges that our society is facing, such as the rapid population growth and all the problems that this brings (destruction of the ecosystems, social divisions, scarcity of resources, etc.). This exhibition desires to showcase different architectural, construction, urban and social solutions promoting its different authors in the Universal Exposition.

Open Call: Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition

19:00 - 29 March, 2015
Courtesy of CTRL+SPACE
Courtesy of CTRL+SPACE

CTRL+SPACE has launched its Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition. Seeking designs from students and professionals (developed individually or in teams of four or less), the competition challenges participants to create a site-specific, multi-functional market with a strong public element. Submissions are welcomed now until June 27 and winners will be announced on July 17, 2015. Three winning designs will receive monetary prizes from 500€ to 3500€, and five merit award recipients will also be selected. For more details or to register, visit ctrl-space.net.