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Gruen Associates, MLA and Oyler Wu Selected to Design 12-Mile Section of LA River Greenway

15:20 - 20 July, 2016
Gruen Associates, MLA and Oyler Wu Selected to Design 12-Mile Section of LA River Greenway, © Flickr user gcziko. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
© Flickr user gcziko. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The City of Los Angeles has selected a team led by Gruen Associates to design a 12-mile section of the Los Angeles River Greenway as a part of Frank Gehry’s comprehensive master plan. The design team will also include architects Oyler Wu and landscape firm Mia Lehrer + Associates, who recently won a competition for a new park at First and Broadway in downtown LA. Upon its completion, the greenway will allow residents to walk and bike nearly 30 miles between the neighborhoods of Canoga Park and Elysian Valley.

Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Finally Gets Opening Date

14:10 - 20 July, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Finally Gets Opening Date, © Maxim Schulz
© Maxim Schulz

After years of waiting, Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany, finally has been given an opening date. The building will open its doors to the public with grand opening concerts by NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra on January 11 and 12, 2017, followed by a three-week festival featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin-based band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The soaring glass structure, constructed on top of a historic warehouse along the River Elbe, was first envisioned in 2003, but rising costs and legal issues with the contractor led the project to be put on hold.

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MVRDV's "Golden Spot" Brightens Up Design for Seoul Entertainment Complex

10:20 - 20 July, 2016
MVRDV's "Golden Spot" Brightens Up Design for Seoul Entertainment Complex , © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV has announced plans for Paradise City, a 9,800 square meter entertainment plaza near Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea. Designer in partnership with Gansam Architects, the complex will consist of two monolithic forms housing retail and a nightclub, and new public spaces. The connecting element of the project is a giant golden spot at the public square, which the architects hope will become a beacon visible to tourists as they fly into the city.

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2016 Fuller Challenge Semifinalists Announced

08:00 - 20 July, 2016
2016 Fuller Challenge Semifinalists Announced , Cooperación Comunitaria. Image Courtesy of The Buckminster Fuller Institute
Cooperación Comunitaria. Image Courtesy of The Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced 19 semifinalists for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. Now in its ninth annual cycle, The Fuller Challenge seeks proposals to address challenges using holistic approaches and problem solving.

Teams of individuals and groups were judged by the Challenge Review Committee, which looked for projects that are visionary, comprehensive, anticipatory, ecologically responsible, feasible, and verifiable.

The 2016 Fuller Challenge Semifinalists are:

Video: Incidental Space — The Swiss Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 20 July, 2016

In a recent interview presented in collaboration with PLANE—SITE, architect Christian Kerez and curator Sandra Oehy speak about Incidental Space, their exhibition for the Swiss Pavilion in the Giardini at the 2016 Venice Biennale.

Kerez explains, “what we tried to do for this year’s Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is to really make a building, actually—to build a space, to offer an experience of architecture. Basically, a space at the Biennale doesn’t have to be very functional. You don’t have to live there; you don’t have to work there. It’s really about experience. This is also about the question, how much can you imagine? How can you create a space with the utmost architectonical complexity?”

The Netherlands' Tallest Timber Tower to be Built in Amsterdam

16:00 - 19 July, 2016
The Netherlands' Tallest Timber Tower to be Built in Amsterdam, Courtesy of Team V Architectuur
Courtesy of Team V Architectuur

The municipality of Amsterdam has selected Team V Architectuur with Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen and ARUP to design HAUT, a 73 meter (240 foot) residential tower located along the Amstel River that will become the Netherlands' tallest timber framed building and, depending on construction schedules, is a contender for the title of tallest wooden tower in the world. With construction expected to begin in the second half of 2017, HAUT is another example of the growing timber architecture trend hitting tall building design.

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Pompeii’s Most Famous House, the Villa of Mysteries, is at Risk of Collapse

09:30 - 19 July, 2016
Pompeii’s Most Famous House, the Villa of Mysteries, is at Risk of Collapse, © ElfQrin [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
© ElfQrin [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

One of Pompeii’s most precious gems, the Villa of Mysteries, is now at risk of collapse due to seismic activity in the Bay of Naples, as well as vibrations from a nearby train line transporting tourists. That's the conclusion of a recent study conducted by Italy’s National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA). The news comes only a few months after the reopening of the house, whose stunning frescoes had just been restored.

As The Telegraph reports, the high-tech study showed that “in addition to the vibrations from the Vesuvius light railway commuter trains, which ferry tourists to Pompeii from Naples, the protective structure around the villa, built in armored cement, wood and steel 50 years ago is threatened by its own weight and water ingress.”

© Lure [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons © User:MatthiasKabel [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons © User:MatthiasKabel [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons © User:MatthiasKabel [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons +15

Nartarchitects Designs Dramatic Museum in Former Coal Mine

06:00 - 19 July, 2016
Nartarchitects Designs Dramatic Museum in Former Coal Mine, Courtesy of Nartarchitects
Courtesy of Nartarchitects

NARTARCHITECTS has released the plans for its Csontváry Museum in Pécs, Hungary, which will feature the work of Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka, a Hungarian painter known for his technical skill and spiritual messages.

The design of the Museum reflects Csontváry’s symbolic and interpretive work. Rather than utilizing the typical “plaza-museum” typology, the Csontváry Museum will be located on the outskirts of the city in a crater of a former coal mine near a lake. Through this location, the space gives a dramatic ambiance suited to its program.

SOM Reveals Plans for New Urban District Around Philadelphia's 30th Street Station

16:05 - 18 July, 2016
SOM Reveals Plans for New Urban District Around Philadelphia's 30th Street Station , 30th Street Station anchors a new city district with up to 18 million square feet of development. Image © SOM
30th Street Station anchors a new city district with up to 18 million square feet of development. Image © SOM

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has released plans for a new mixed-use urban district for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station Precinct. In response to projections showing significant increases in transit activity in the coming decades, the project calls for a transformation of the existing Beaux Arts train station and surrounding neighborhood of University City. The design will improve transportation throughout the city, and will activate the area with new shops, restaurants and public plazas.

30th Street Station represents a new chapter in the story of transit-oriented development in Philadelphia. Image © SOM  Aerial view from Powelton Village. Image © OLIN Station Plaza view from the west. Image © OLIN A new underground concourse, capped by a dramatic skylight, connects the subway and 30th Street Station. Image © SOM +11

62 Projects Shortlisted for INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2016

14:00 - 18 July, 2016
62 Projects Shortlisted for INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2016

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors has announced the over 60 nominees being considered for the World Interior of the Year 2016 award. Occurring alongside the World Architecture Festival, INSIDE celebrates of the most original and exciting interiors. 

Nominations in the 9 categories include projects from across the globe. From bars and retail spaces to schools and hotels, the nominees will present their projects live during the festival in November. Read on for a complete list of the shortlisted projects and check out all of the projects in the image gallery.

See the 17 Le Corbusier Projects Named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

12:05 - 18 July, 2016
See the 17 Le Corbusier Projects Named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (commonly referred to as UNESCO) has named 17 projects in 7 countries by revolutionary Modernist architect Le Corbusier to their list of World Heritage Sites. Given to places of special cultural or physical significance, the designation will help to protect and preserve the buildings for future generations. Citing Le Corbusier’s inventive architectural language, UNESCO praised the collection of projects for “[reflecting] the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society.”

“The inscription on the World Heritage List of 17 buildings of sites by Le Corbusier represents a strong encouragement to continue all along Le Corbusier's built work to maintain this living heritage and to hand it down to future generations,” said Fondation Le Corbusier President Antoine Picon in a statement. “It also contributes to the understanding of that complex and fragile legacy and helps its dissemination to the widest audience.”

Continue after the break for the full list of projects and images.

KCAP Wins Competition for Island Plan in Amsterdam

08:00 - 18 July, 2016
KCAP Wins Competition for Island Plan in Amsterdam, © KCAP
© KCAP

KCAP Architects & Planners has won the competition for the design of “Punt de Sniep,” an urban planning project in Diemen, a city in the agglomeration of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Overall, the project will consist of 165 apartments, a marina, and commercial and gastronomy functions over a total of 16,000 square meters.

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Traditional Indian Architecture Meets Contemporary Office Space in This Naturally-Lit Design by Studio Symbiosis

16:00 - 17 July, 2016

Studio Symbiosis Architects is amidst the construction process for Punjab Kesari Headquarters, an 18,000 square meter office space in Delhi NCR, India.

Designed as a fusion of traditional Indian architecture and contemporary office space, the main objective of the project is “to reduce heat gain and optimize façade opening ratio, ensuing no artificial lighting is required on a typical day.”

© Studio Symbiosis © Studio Symbiosis © Studio Symbiosis © Studio Symbiosis +12

Neuman Hayner Architects Designs Conservatory in Israel Inspired by the Lines in Sheet Music

14:00 - 17 July, 2016
Neuman Hayner Architects Designs Conservatory in Israel Inspired by the Lines in Sheet Music , © Studio Bonsai. Courtesy of Neuman Hayner Architects
© Studio Bonsai. Courtesy of Neuman Hayner Architects

Neuman Hayner Architects, in collaboration with architect Gal Karni, has unveiled their proposal to a competition for a new music and dance school in Mevaseret Zion, Israel.

Five lines defining four strips, a frame of a story, a foundation for the creation... fertile ground for learning, a space for work, a stage for talent, a platform for infinite opportunities.

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Sustainable Neverland Was the Inspiration Behind group8asia's Dream Island in Seoul

12:00 - 17 July, 2016
Sustainable Neverland Was the Inspiration Behind group8asia's Dream Island in Seoul, Courtesy of group8asia
Courtesy of group8asia

Architecture and Urban Planning firm group8asia has won third prize in the Seoul Metropolitan Government competition for the design of Nodeul Island with its sustainable project Seoul Green Dot.

Nodeul Dream Island leads with the idea of Neverland in mind, and is designed as “a utopia where nature and serenity are abundant.” Here, it is hoped that environmental economy, and socially sustainable practices can be utilized to create a space to transform the dense urban fabric.

Tippet Rise Art Center Combines Architecture, Art, Music and Mountains in Montana

09:30 - 17 July, 2016
Tippet Rise Art Center Combines Architecture, Art, Music and Mountains in Montana, Inverted Portal / Ensamble Studio. Image © Andre Costantini
Inverted Portal / Ensamble Studio. Image © Andre Costantini

What do Frederic Chopin, Alexander Calder and Montana's Bear Tooth Mountains have in common? A long summer day at Tippet Rise Art Center seeks to make the connections audible, visible, tangible.

Founded by philanthropists and artists Cathy and Peter Halstead and inaugurated in June 2016, Tippet Rise began as—and largely remains—a working ranch. It sprawls across 11,500 acres of rolling hills and alluvial mesas of southwestern. To the west rise the snowy heights of the Bear Tooth Mountains. Off to the east, hills give way to golden prairies that stretch out to the horizon.

Into this privileged landscape, the Halsteads and team have strategically inserted massive outdoor sculptures by Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Stephen Talasnik, plus three specially commissioned works by the Spanish architectural firm Ensamble Studio. And hidden in a small depression near the entrance of the massive ranch, the LEED Platinum-certified Olivier Barn serves as both base camp for visitors and a state-of-the-art concert hall.

Beartooth Portal / Ensamble Studio. Image © Iwan Baan Domo / Ensamble Studio. Image © Andre Costantini Olivier Barn / Alban Bassuet with Laura Viklund and Arup engineering. Image © Andre Costantini Inverted Portal / Ensamble Studio. Image © Andre Costantini +52

Studio Libeskind's Faceted Tower Wins Competition for Mixed-Use Complex in Lithuania

08:00 - 17 July, 2016
Studio Libeskind's Faceted Tower Wins Competition for Mixed-Use Complex in Lithuania, Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
Courtesy of Studio Libeskind

Studio Libeskind has won an international competition for the design of a mixed-use tower and complex in the heart of Vilnius, Lithuania. The 20,000 square meter building will feature offices, a luxury hotel, restaurants and public amenities and will be located at the intersection of the White Bridge, the Neris River and Old Town.

Broadway Malyan to Design Additional Towers for Jakarta Business Park

14:00 - 16 July, 2016
Broadway Malyan to Design Additional Towers for Jakarta Business Park, Courtesy of Broadway Malyan
Courtesy of Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan has been appointed to design eight towers for the CIBIS Business Park, a 12-hectare development in Jakarta, Indonesia. Previously, the firm developed the site’s original masterplan, as well as the design for Tower 9, and has since then been asked to additionally deliver Towers 1 through 8.

The goal of the overall project is to create a business village that reflects Indonesian culture, as well as international characteristics in order to bring people together in shared and mixed-use spaces.

The additional appointments for the other towers will help us to ensure continuity and integrity of the design approach and further the high quality office space in the area, noted Ed Baker, Director of Broadway Malyan.

Architects for Urbanity's 'Urban Womb' is a New Women and Family Complex Facility in Seoul, Korea

12:00 - 16 July, 2016
Architects for Urbanity's 'Urban Womb' is a New Women and Family Complex Facility in Seoul, Korea, Courtesy of Architects for Urbanity
Courtesy of Architects for Urbanity

Architects for Urbanity has released its designs for Seoul Urban Womb, a mixed-use women’s and family complex in South Korea. Located in Daebang-dong at the former site of the Seoul Women’s Shelter, the project aims to revitalize the current Seoul Women’s Plaza, a space previously described as “gloomy” and “deathlike.”

The new facility will serve as a connection between the Women’s Plaza and nearby train station, as a mix of public and private space, and is hoped to help “form creative culture, [teach] traditions, and expand the value of gender equality in family and community.”

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OSU Chemists Discover New Blue Pigment that Could Help Keep Buildings Cool

08:00 - 16 July, 2016
OSU Chemists Discover New Blue Pigment that Could Help Keep Buildings Cool, Mas Subramanian. Image Courtesy of Oregon State University
Mas Subramanian. Image Courtesy of Oregon State University

After discovering a vibrant new pigment of blue by accident, chemists at Oregon State University have brought the compound to market in the form of a paint that looks promising to architectural sustainability. 

While experimenting with materials to study applications for electronics in 2009, OSU chemist Mas Subramanian and his team mixed black manganese oxide with other chemicals and heated them to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Little did they know, one of their samples would turn into a brilliant blue color.

"The Hills" by West 8 Set to Open on Governors Island

14:00 - 15 July, 2016

The latest stage of the Governors Island Park project, “The Hills,” is set to officially open to the public on this Tuesday July 19th – nearly a year ahead of schedule. Designed by internationally acclaimed urban design and landscape firm West 8, the park will feature ten acres of sloping landscapes that will provide residents and visitors with slides, art and unparalleled views of the New York Harbor.

Rachel Whiteread’s Cabin on Discovery Hill. Image © Tim Schenck Liberty Moment at sunset. Image © Tim Schenck Liberty Moment, from the top of Slide Hill . Image © Tim Schenck View from the top of the scramble on Outlook Hill, looking north over the park on Governors Island. Image © Tim Schenck +23

13 Designs Given Honorable Mentions for Lima Art Museum (MALI) Expansion Competition

08:00 - 15 July, 2016
13 Designs Given Honorable Mentions for Lima Art Museum (MALI) Expansion Competition, 2525 / Zaha Hadid Architects + David Mutal Arquitectos. Image Courtesy of Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI)
2525 / Zaha Hadid Architects + David Mutal Arquitectos. Image Courtesy of Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI)

Earlier this week we covered the announcement of the winners of the expansion of the Lima Art Museum (MALI). The following 13 projects received honorable mention as according to the jury they "were essential during the deliberation process, for their originality, daring or because they helped shape the discussion."  

The proposals came from a wide range of studios including Mexican firm Productora, a collaboration between Zaha Hadid and David Mutal, Campo Baeza and Llosa Cortegana amongst them. Continue below for the 13 projects in detail.

Federico Babina's ARCHIPLAN Illustrations Analyze the Floorplans of Master Architects

16:05 - 14 July, 2016

“The architectural plan is a formula to order the anarchy of space.”

In these latest images from Federico Babina, the artist explores the design styles of 25 of history's greatest architects, abstracting the plans of some of their most famous creations onto simple geometric backgrounds. The resulting illustrations resemble dynamic labyrinths or abstract symbols, and are what Babina refers to as “Planimetric graphologies.”

“Analyzing an architectural plan is how to make a graphology study,” explains Babina. “The plans are like the signatures of architects and can reveal conceptual details about the artistic and aesthetic personalities of their authors.”

See the entire set of ARCHIPLAN illustrations, including takes on Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid, after the break.

Four Outstanding Housing Projects Win 2016 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards

14:30 - 14 July, 2016
Four Outstanding Housing Projects Win 2016 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards

Four housing projects have been awarded the 2016 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards. Given by The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Housing Knowledge Community, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the award is given to projects that “offer examples of important developments in the housing industry.”

“Each of these developments are innovative housing opportunities offering seniors and families alike a place to thrive,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “These winners prove that affordable and accessible housing can become part of the fabric of any neighborhood and reinforce the principles of inclusiveness and opportunity.”

The prize is given to projects in four categories: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design; Creating Community Connection Award; Community-Informed Design Award; and Housing Accessibility - Alan J. Rothman Award. Read on for a brief description from each of the winners.