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Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences Stars in Disney's "Tomorrowland"

08:00 - 23 May, 2015
Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences Stars in Disney's "Tomorrowland", © Flickr CC User Tim Snell
© Flickr CC User Tim Snell

Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences has taken a starring role in Tomorrowland, Disney's latest blockbuster. Located in the former riverbed of the Turia in Valencia, Spain, the City of Arts and Sciences comprises a cinema (L'Hemisfèric), a landscaped walk and sculpture garden (L'Umbracle), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the largest aquarium in Europe (L'Oceanográfico), and the renowned Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. The complex was constructed in stages commencing in July 1996, and opened to the public in October 2005. Unique and strikingly futuristic, the iconic group of buildings caught the eye of Tomorrowland producer Jeffrey Chernov, who spoke effusively of the building at a recent press conference for the film.

"Calatrava's architecture is just phenomenal and inventive and exciting. It's very skeletal, like you're looking at the vertebrae of a dinosaur or prehistoric fish," said Chernov. "You walk into that place and you never want to leave. That's the vibe we wanted for Tomorrowland."

Win Tickets to the IDEAS CITY Conference Next Week in NYC

14:03 - 22 May, 2015
Win Tickets to the IDEAS CITY Conference Next Week in NYC, Courtesy of The New Museum
Courtesy of The New Museum

Next week, the New Museum in New York will kickstart the annual IDEAS CITY Festival on Thursday, May 28th. Themed after Italo Calvino's "The Invisible City," the three-day event will "explore questions of transparency and surveillance, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, participation and dissent, and the enduring quest for visibility in the city" through a number of platforms, such as panels discussions, poetry slams, mobile art installations, workshops, exhibitions and most notably the transformation of New York City's Bowery neighborhood into a "temporary city of ideas."

Interested in attending? Five of our readers have the chance to win tickets to the festival's opening conference. Enter the sweepstakes below for a chance to watch a screening of Mannahatta: Studies for an Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, listen to Bjarke Ingels discuss the relevance of literary speculation, and much more (the full conference schedule). 

All those who will be in New York City on May 28th are eligible to participate. Follow the instructions to enter below. 

Mecca to Build the World's Largest Hotel

12:38 - 22 May, 2015
Mecca to Build the World's Largest Hotel, Abraj Kudai hotel . Image © Dar Al-Handasah via The Guardian
Abraj Kudai hotel . Image © Dar Al-Handasah via The Guardian

Mecca has unveiled plans to build the world's largest hotel by 2017. The 10,000-room Abraj Kudai hotel will be built in the Manafia district, just south of the Grand Mosque. It will be a city within a city, hosting 70 restaurants, food courts, a bus station, shopping mall, conference center, ballroom and five floors dedicated entirely to the Saudi royal family; all will be set within a cluster of 12 towers standing atop a 10-story podium and centered around a massive dome.

NCARB Discards “Intern” Title

09:00 - 22 May, 2015
NCARB Discards “Intern” Title, © AstroStar via Shutterstock
© AstroStar via Shutterstock

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the governing body for much of the architectural profession in the US, is taking steps to take “intern” out of architectural vocabulary. In a press statement, NCARB president Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB, said that in the future, NCARB will only encourage regulatory language for post-licensure individuals

“Architects are those who have met all the requirements to become licensed in states and jurisdictions throughout the United States,” McKinney said. “Everyone else is not an architect. But their status also doesn’t need a regulatory title such as ‘intern’ or any similar reference. This has become a term that has been perceived as negative by many in the architecture community and a term that really does not fully value the work that aspiring architects bring to the profession.” 

From “Silk Road” to “Gas Road”: Students to Document the Turkmenistan-China Gas Pipeline

06:00 - 22 May, 2015
From “Silk Road” to “Gas Road”: Students to Document the Turkmenistan-China Gas Pipeline, © Xiaoxuan Lu
© Xiaoxuan Lu

Three Harvard students have launched a Kickstarter Project to fund a short film and digital exhibition on the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline, which runs along the historic Silk Road. "From 'Silk Road' to 'Gas Road'" will explore the "cultural, ecological and urban implications" of the 21st century intervention, following the summertime journey of Lu Xiaoxuan, Benny Shaffer, and Justin D. Stern along the pipeline. The project is being carried out through Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese studies, and the trio intends to finish filming and photographing for the project this summer. 

Learn more about the project and how to support it after the break.

Hall McKnight To Open A Temporary Pavilion In London's King's Cross

05:15 - 22 May, 2015
Hall McKnight To Open A Temporary Pavilion In London's King's Cross, © Hall McKnight
© Hall McKnight

Belfast-based Hall McKnight are set to open a pop-up pavilion in London's King's Cross as part of the 2015 London Festival of Architecture. Located in Cubitt Square, the project forms part of the New Horizon’s initiative, supported by the Irish Architecture Foundation and ID15 (the year of Irish Design 2015). The structure, built from a collection of cut boards, "explores how the phenomenon of the city is assembled from individual pieces." The interior spaces will feature an installation of bricks reclaimed from a street of row houses in Belfast.

Open Call: US Launches Competition for National World War I Memorial

17:00 - 21 May, 2015
Open Call: US Launches Competition for National World War I Memorial, Project Site. Image Courtesy of U.S. World War One Centennial Commission
Project Site. Image Courtesy of U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

The US World War I Centennial Commission has launched a design competition for the National World War I Memorial in Washington DC. The competition will be a two-stage design competition, and is open internationally to any professionals, university-level students, and all other interested participants. "The objective is to transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial, within a revitalized urban park setting with a distinct sense of place that complements the memorial purpose while attracting visitors, workers, and residents of the District of Columbia," says the Commission. 

5 Projects Honored with ECOLA Award for Use of Plaster

15:28 - 21 May, 2015
5 Projects Honored with ECOLA Award for Use of Plaster, High Performance Rowing Centre in Pocinho. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
High Performance Rowing Centre in Pocinho. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The European Conference of Leading Architects has announced the winners of the 2015 ECOLA Award. The biennial prize, now in its eighth year, honors projects for their use of plaster. This year, two projects won first prize, including Portuguese architect Álvaro Fernandes Andrade for his Pocinho Center for High Performance Rowing in Vila Nova de Foz Côa, and three projects received honorable mention. Each project was selected from 149 shortlisted projects by a five-person jury, chaired by Peter Cook.

View all five winning projects, after the break. 

Conversion of a stone house in the Scaiano village centre. Image © Hannes Henz Housing at the old city wall. Image © Werner Huthmacher Christian Dammert Aviel Avdar 86 Apartments. Image via ECOLA Award Oostkamp. Image © Miguel de Guzmán +6

New Orlando International Airport Terminal Building – Call for Statements of Qualifications

10:00 - 21 May, 2015
New Orlando International Airport Terminal Building – Call for Statements of Qualifications

The Orlando International Airport ("OIA"), operated by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, seeks innovative, visionary architects and engineers for its planned, new airport terminal compound. OIA is a world-class airport that welcomes over 36 million business and leisure passengers per year.  In order to better accommodate its increasing number of passengers, especially in the international sector, OIA has under construction an Intermodal Terminal Facility for multiple modes of ground transportation, an Automated People Mover System connecting the main terminal, a 2,500 unit parking deck, and all associated horizontal infrastructure to support this program and the future expansion for a new terminal building. 

A Bauhaus Façade Study by Laurian Ghinitoiu

09:00 - 21 May, 2015

While studying for his Masters in Architecture at DIA (Dessau International Architecture), Romanian photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu was inspired to capture Walter Gropius’ Dessau Bauhaus at different times of the day and throughout the four seasons. Taken from the same vantage point over the course of two years (September 2012-July 2014), Ghinitoiu’s photos show the school as snow covers its perfectly-manicured lawn and skateboarders and construction workers come and go. 

“The building has been framed in direct relation with the dynamic process of daily life. Lights and shadows, changing during the day and during the year, underline the always-different elements of the silent, but potent building. It almost protrudes out of the scene, imposing its strict lines, its regular rhythm and the functionalism of its geometries. The surroundings play the most important role of the entire photo project: they create the atmosphere, establishing an intimate connection between the architecture and its context." - Francesca Lantieri 

View the full photo series after the break. 

See All 38 Winners of the 2015 RIBA London Awards

06:00 - 21 May, 2015
See All 38 Winners of the 2015 RIBA London Awards, NEO Bankside / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Edmund Sumner
NEO Bankside / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Edmund Sumner

From a shortlist of 68 buildings, 38 London projects have been awarded the 2015 RIBA London Awards for architectural excellence, the city's most prestigious design honor. The awards highlight projects that embody exceptional merit in their designs and positively impact the lives of their occupants. This year's winners include three arts and leisure buildings, 11 educational and community facilities, 16 residential designs, and eight commercial buildings.

All of these designs will be further considered for the RIBA National Awards, to be announced in June.

Brentford Lock West / Duggan Morris Architects. Image © Jack Hobhouse St Paul's School Science Building / Nicholas Hare Architects. Image © Morley Von Sternberg Bonhams / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Image © Hufton + Crow The Foundry / Architecture 00 Ltd. Image © Rory Gardiner +40

London's Soane's Museum Unveil A Series Of New Spaces

05:15 - 21 May, 2015
London's Soane's Museum Unveil A Series Of New Spaces, Courtesy of Soane Museum
Courtesy of Soane Museum

In an article for The Observer, Rowan Moore dives into a set of newly recreated rooms in London's Soane's Museum, a gallery dedicated to Sir John Soane's collection of architectural curiosities set within his eccentric former home. The experience, according to Moore, "of an internal world of unknown boundaries" has just become more extensive. Visitors will now be afforded the opportunity to visit a series of private spaces that give "a view into Soane’s bizarre mind," following extensive restoration work led by Julian Harrap.

ABI Slows in April

15:15 - 20 May, 2015
ABI Slows in April , April ABI 2015. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
April ABI 2015. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

For the second month this year, the US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has revealed a decrease in design serves. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) report, the April ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 51.7 in March. The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 the previous month.

“The fundamentals in the design and construction industry remain very healthy,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The fact that both inquires for new projects and new design contracts continued to accelerate at a healthy pace in April points to strong underlying demand for design activity. However, April would typically be a month where these projects would be in full swing, but a severe winter in many parts of the Northeast and Midwest has apparently delayed progress on projects.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell + Tuomey Chosen to Design London's Olympicopolis

13:14 - 20 May, 2015
Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell + Tuomey Chosen to Design London's Olympicopolis, © Allies and Morrison
© Allies and Morrison

Allies and Morrison, together with O’Donnell + Tuomey and Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia, has been chosen ahead of David ChipperfieldFeilden Clegg Bradley Studios and three other teams to design London's Olympicopolis culture and education quarter. The major commission, which will be sited at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park along the Stratford waterfront, will include new buildings for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, the London College of Fashion, and potentially the Smithsonian Institute's first permanent museum outside the US

Watch These Italian Artisans Create Bubble-Wrap Inspired Glass

11:00 - 20 May, 2015

For Maya Lapp and Denis Perera, owners of the company Glass MaDe in the Italian town of Belluno, bubble wrap is just about the most everyday material they know. It is the utilitarian material they use to protect their products from damage - yet despite this, it still holds a certain amount of fascination, resulting in their latest project, "Fragile." This video by Studio Meddle shows the making of the project, as the glassmaking duo create a mold of the bubble wrap, cast the glass and finally drape the resulting product over a wrinkled wire mesh to create an almost eery facsimile of the original, subverting our usual expectations of the familiar bubble pattern. Check out Studio Meddle's Video above (make sure the captions are turned on), and see more images of the completed work after the break.

Courtesy of Studio Meddle Courtesy of Studio Meddle Courtesy of Studio Meddle Courtesy of Studio Meddle +9

Call For Entries: RIBA President's Awards For Research

05:30 - 20 May, 2015
Call For Entries: RIBA President's Awards For Research, Stephen Gage: Winner - 2014 RIBA President’s Award for the Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis. Image Courtesy of RIBA
Stephen Gage: Winner - 2014 RIBA President’s Award for the Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced a call for entries for the 2015 President’s Awards for Research. For the first time this year will see the introduction of the President's Research Medal, which will be awarded to the best work judged from across all four categories of research. RIBA President, Stephen Hodder, has said that "this award will help to give recognition to the ever increasing importance of research to architecture and our industry."

Thomas V. Vonier Elected 2017 AIA President

19:00 - 19 May, 2015
Thomas V. Vonier Elected 2017 AIA President, AIA delegates chose Thomas V. Vonier at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. Image © Flickr CC User Jack Kennard
AIA delegates chose Thomas V. Vonier at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. Image © Flickr CC User Jack Kennard

Thomas V. Vonier, FAIA, has been elected as the 2016 First Vice President and 2017 President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Currently serving as 2014–2015 AIA Vice President, Vonier is the founder and past president of AIA Continental Europe from 1994 to 1995. He served on the AIA Board of Directors representing the AIA International Region from 2010 to 2012. Vonier received an M.Arch. and a B.Arch. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee after attending the school of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also currently Secretary General of the International Union of Architects, after previously serving as its Vice President. To see all other newly elected officials, follow this link

Michael Reynolds to Build a Sustainable Public School in Uruguay

09:00 - 19 May, 2015
Michael Reynolds to Build a Sustainable Public School in Uruguay, © 'Garbage Warrior' Documentary
© 'Garbage Warrior' Documentary

Michael Reynolds, a well-known proponent of sustainable building and the creator of the Earthship house, will construct a self-sufficient public school in Jaureguiberry, Uruguay, reports local newspaper El País

Reynolds’ design contemplates a 270-square-meter building with solar panels and a water-collection system that will supply water for the bathrooms and kitchens. In the architect’s usual style, recycled materials such as tires and bottles will be used for construction. 

Learn more about the project after the break. 

Stay In Airbnb's Floating Cottage On London's River Thames

05:00 - 19 May, 2015
Stay In Airbnb's Floating Cottage On London's River Thames, Airbnb's Floating House on the River Thames. Image Courtesy of Airbnb
Airbnb's Floating House on the River Thames. Image Courtesy of Airbnb

Have you ever dreamed of dozing off as you sail along one of the UK's busiest water highways in an eclectic bright blue cottage replete with a lawn, wisteria over the door and an apple tree? For five days and nights, between the 18th and 23rd May, this dream will come to life in the shape of Nick and Steve Tidball's floating residence for Airbnb.

Courtesy of Airbnb Wisteria hangs over the bright red front door. Image Courtesy of Airbnb Interior decoration is fresh and friendly. Image Courtesy of Airbnb Steer your way along the River Thames with all the comforts of home. Image Courtesy of Airbnb +9

8+8 Concept Studio Proposes Underwater Tennis Court in Dubai

15:30 - 18 May, 2015
8+8 Concept Studio Proposes Underwater Tennis Court in Dubai, © 8+8 Concept Studio
© 8+8 Concept Studio

Polish practice 8+8 Concept Studio has released images of a proposed underwater tennis court planned to be built off the coast of Dubai. Staged beneath an expansive glass roof that would put marine life on display, the radical proposal is being called into question as engineers debate its feasibility. As the Daily Mail reports, the scheme seems unlikely due to the challenges of manufacturing glass sheets large enough to span a tennis court and ensure that the structure is impact resistant. Refracting light is also a valid concern.

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12:30 - 18 May, 2015

ArchDaily Editors Select 20 (More) Amazing 21st Century Museums

09:00 - 18 May, 2015
ArchDaily Editors Select 20 (More) Amazing 21st Century Museums

In honor of International Museum Day we’ve collected twenty compelling museum projects. In this round up you’ll find a truly global selection; from Wang Shu's Ningbo Historic Museum in China and Tod Williams + Billie Tsien's Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia to Monoblock's Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires, see all of our editors’ favorites after the break!

Alejandro Aravena's UC Innovation Center awarded "Design of the Year" by London's Design Museum

18:01 - 17 May, 2015

London’s Design Museum has announced the category winners of the prestigious “Design of the Year” award. The winner of this year's Architecture Category is the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center designed by Alejandro Aravena

Sefaira Incorporates Customizable Graphics Into Daylight Visualization Software

17:00 - 17 May, 2015

Sefaira, the market-leading daylighting visualization tool, has just announced a new feature for their software plugins for Autodesk Revit and Trimble Sketchup. In addition to the real-time visualizations announced last year, the new update adds customizable, exportable graphics which offer both a point in time analysis or an annual overview, and analysis tools which help designers easily identify overlit and underlit spaces and review heating or cooling requirements.