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KCAP and ORANGE Architects Win St. Petersburg Island Competition

06:00 - 30 December, 2015
KCAP and ORANGE Architects Win St. Petersburg Island Competition , Courtesy of KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects
Courtesy of KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects

A team composed of KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects has been awarded first place in a competition to design the western-most tip of Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 15 hectare site will become a new part of the city of St. Petersburg, extending it into the Gulf of Finland through a new variety of urban functions. Thus, the project symbolizes the “new face of St. Petersburg as an entrance of the city from the water.”

Arch From the Syrian Temple of Bel to be Replicated in London and New York City

04:00 - 30 December, 2015
Rendering of the arch's position in Trafalgar Square, London. Image © IDA
Rendering of the arch's position in Trafalgar Square, London. Image © IDA

The Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA), a joint-venture between Harvard University (US), the University of Oxford (UK) and Dubai’s Museum of the Future (UAE) have announced that they will replicate a structure of architectural significance that was destroyed earlier this year by IS, or 'Islamic State', at full scale in the centre of London and New York City. The arch—all that remains of the Temple of Bel at the Syrian UNESCO World Heritage site—was captured by militants in May and destroyed. By no means an isolated case, IS have looted and demolished a number of similar architectural and anthropologically important sites that "pre-date Islam in Iraq," condemning them as "symbols of idolatry."

Aedas-Designed Project in Shanghai Deemed World's Best Mixed-Use Project

14:00 - 29 December, 2015
Aedas-Designed Project in Shanghai Deemed World's Best Mixed-Use Project, © Aedas
© Aedas

Aedas' Mapletree Business City Shanghai and VivoCity Shanghai has been named the "ultimate world's Best International Mixed-Use Architecture" of 2015, according to the International Property Awards that were announced in London. The mixed-use development merged retail, dining and entertainment with Grade A offices to "create a dynamic environment for both business and leisure." All facilities are seamlessly connected and share a number of amenities, thus providing a "new benchmark" of 'live, work and play' in Shanghai

Plans For a New Ultra-Postmodern 'Colossus of Rhodes' Are Brewing

04:00 - 29 December, 2015
Plans For a New Ultra-Postmodern 'Colossus of Rhodes' Are Brewing, Proposed: a new Colossus of Rhodes. Image © Ari A. Palla / Colossus of Rhodes Project
Proposed: a new Colossus of Rhodes. Image © Ari A. Palla / Colossus of Rhodes Project

The Colossus of Rhodes, a thirty-metre high sculpture depicting the Greek Titan God Helios that once stood guard at the entrance to the city's harbour, may be realised once again. Standing for only 54 years until it was destroyed by an earthquake in 226BC, its position in the ranks of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World has become almost mythological. Plans to construct a new, much larger inhabitable statue—that will stand almost four times taller at 122 metres—have now been put in motion by a small collective of architects, engineers, and tourism agents.

COOKFOX Wins Preservation Approval for Manhattan Condominium

14:00 - 28 December, 2015
COOKFOX Wins Preservation Approval for Manhattan Condominium, South. Image © COOKFOX Architects
South. Image © COOKFOX Architects

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved COOKFOX Architect's plans for a mid-rise, 66-unit condominium building in Manhattan. Planned for two parcels of land in the West End Collegiate Historic District, next to one of the Churches' five ministries, the project aims to "fit harmoniously with the distinct streetscape" while "interweaving the rich historic details of the Upper West Side with subtle contemporary and sustainable design."

Gluckman Tang to Design Two New Art Museums in Massachusetts

12:00 - 28 December, 2015
Gluckman Tang to Design Two New Art Museums in Massachusetts, Extreme Model Railroad Museum. Image © Gluckman Tang Architects
Extreme Model Railroad Museum. Image © Gluckman Tang Architects

Gluckman Tang Architects has been selected to design two new museums in North Adams, Massachusetts: the 160,000-square-foot Global Contemporary Art Museum (GCAM) and 32,400-square-feet Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum.

Built as a 700-foot-long addition to two historic freight depots in Western Gateway Heritage State Park, the Extreme Model Railroad museum will house one of the world’s largest collections of working O-scale model trains, moving through a trainscape designed by world-class architects, including Frank Gehry, Gluckman Tang, and Zaha Hadid.

A Six Minute Snapshot of Alison and Peter Smithson's Robin Hood Gardens

04:00 - 28 December, 2015

British filmmaker Joe Gilbert has created a short tribute film to Alison and Peter Smithson's Robin Hood Gardens estate in Poplar, East London, which—as of August 2015—is set to be demolished. Accompanied by insightful commentary from Timothy Brittain-Catlin, the film charts the buildings' history and recent threats to a backdrop of monochrome shots of the estate, in all of its dilapidated and "pleasantly wild" current state. The 'Streets in the Sky', made famous by the Smithsons and both widely praised and criticised as a response to the collapse of low-density terrace housing, are one of the focuses of the film.

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Raises Over $2 Million in Path for Independence

16:00 - 27 December, 2015
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Raises Over $2 Million in Path for Independence, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Creative Commons Taliesin West by Andrew Horne is licensed under CC BY 3.0
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Creative Commons Taliesin West by Andrew Horne is licensed under CC BY 3.0

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has reached another important milestone on its current path to becoming independent from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, having raised over $2 million in cash and pledges.  As the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is currently an operating division of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, it faces losing its accreditation, following new laws by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that require universities, colleges and other institutions to be financially and administratively independent from "larger institutions with multi-faceted missions."

Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Australia's State Library Vision 2020 Project

08:00 - 27 December, 2015
Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Australia's State Library Vision 2020 Project, State Library of Victoria. Image © Flickr CC User Matthew Paul Argall
State Library of Victoria. Image © Flickr CC User Matthew Paul Argall

Four architectural design teams have been chosen to submit designs for the $83.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment Project in Victoria, Australia.

The large-scale project includes the restoration of the historic Queen’s Hall, reopening of the library’s Russell Street entrance, an e-Town Hall, and new spaces for early learning, digital media, entrepreneurship, and exhibitions.

Detroit Becomes First City in the US to be Named a UNESCO "City of Design"

14:00 - 26 December, 2015

UNESCO has inaugurated 47 new cities into its Creative Cities Network, with Detroit being selected as the first "City of Design" from the United States. The Creative Cities Network is a selection of cities across the world that promote the creation of creative and cultural industries, within the categories of crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music.

RIBA Announces New International Prize for Global Architecture

08:00 - 26 December, 2015
RIBA Announces New International Prize for Global Architecture, RIBA Headquarters. Image © Philip Vile
RIBA Headquarters. Image © Philip Vile

The Royal Institute of British Archtects (RIBA) has announced the launch of its new global architecture award for the world’s best new building, called the RIBA International Prize. Open to any qualified registered architect around the world, the new prize will be awarded to a building that “demonstrates innovative and visionary design whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.”

Vincent Callebaut Imagines "Oceanscrapers" 3D Printed from Recycled Trash

12:00 - 25 December, 2015
Vincent Callebaut Imagines "Oceanscrapers" 3D Printed from Recycled Trash, © Vincent Callebaut
© Vincent Callebaut

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has envisioned a radical underwater colony for "climate change refugees" 3D printed from recycled materials taken from the ocean's floating garbage patches. This particular proposal of "oceanscrapers" is sited off the shore of Rio de Janeiro. It's aim is to provide a sustainable habitat with 10,000 housing units, office and work space, sea farms, gardens, community orchards and much more, while fostering marine life. 

© Vincent Callebaut © Vincent Callebaut © Vincent Callebaut © Vincent Callebaut +30

Earth, Air, Water and Blurred Boundaries at La Festival des Architectures Vives 2015

06:00 - 25 December, 2015
Earth, Air, Water and Blurred Boundaries at La Festival des Architectures Vives 2015, Embruns. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives
Embruns. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives

The south of France is known for its endless beaches, nineteenth century architecture, lush greenery, and monuments to its storied history. For nearly a decade, Le Festival des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture) has been infusing contemporary architecture into the staid Southern French landscape through the creation of an array of artful temporary pavilions. Beginning in 2006 and 2013 respectively, the towns of Montpellier and La Grande Motte have played host to a series of structures designed to animate historical segments of the two cities. Founded with a mission to celebrate the seminal work of burgeoning architects, the festival aims to produce meaningful and interactive works designed to activate the historic centres of the two ageing cities. 

Explore the bizarre and inspired installations of Le Festival des Architectures Vives after the break.

Promenade D'envolees. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives The Porthole. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives Photo Souvenir. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives Les Arbres dans L'eau. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives +16

AECOM and Pininfarina Selected to Design Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower

13:30 - 24 December, 2015
AECOM and Pininfarina Selected to Design Istanbul New Airport's Traffic Control Tower, © AECOM and Pininfarina; Courtesy of iGA
© AECOM and Pininfarina; Courtesy of iGA

iGA has selected AECOM and Pininfarina over Zaha HadidMoshe Safdie and 3 others to design the Air Traffic Control Tower for Istanbul New Airport - soon to be the world's largest new airport. The project will mark AECOM's first collaboration with Pininfarina, an Italian car design firm renowned for designing the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. 

“One of the World’s largest aviation projects, Istanbul New Airport’s air traffic control tower will be an iconic structure, visible to all passengers traveling through the airport. We were looking for a striking design fit for a 21st century airport while remaining sensitive to Istanbul’s unique heritage. We received excellent designs from all over the world and are delighted to announce the AECOM and Pininfarina team as the competition winner,” said Yusuf Akçayoğlu, chief executive officer of İGA.

Happy Holidays from the Architects (2015 Edition)

12:20 - 24 December, 2015
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Over the past few days we've received dozens of holiday and New Year's cards from our network of architects around the world. See them all after the break (or check out our reader-submitted cards). Happy Holidays from the editors of ArchDaily! 

Where Housing is Headed in 2016 (According to RIBA)

06:00 - 24 December, 2015
Where Housing is Headed in 2016 (According to RIBA), White on White by Gianni Botsford Architects. Image Courtesy of RIBA
White on White by Gianni Botsford Architects. Image Courtesy of RIBA

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) has released a report forecasting the greatest design trends in housing in the UK for 2016, based off a survey of 250 RIBA charted practices that are currently active in the housing design market. Noticeable trends include an increase in sustainable, energy conservation measures such as sustainable materials, improved insulation and water conservation/recycling; large extensions and bigger homes; housing designed for aging relatives/occupants; and flexible open-plans for family gathering.

This Innovative Concrete Slab System Uses up to 55% Less Concrete

16:00 - 23 December, 2015
This Innovative Concrete Slab System Uses up to 55% Less Concrete, Courtesy of Holedeck
Courtesy of Holedeck

One of the defining images of the 2014 Venice Biennale came from Rem Koolhaas' "Elements of Architecture" exhibition, where a section of a suspended false ceiling, replete with ducts and wiring, was dramatically juxtaposed with the soaring domed ceiling of the Giardini's central pavilion. The gesture was intended as a criticism of architecture's reduction to mere surface treatment - but to the makers of Holedeck, a structural system which recently won CTBUH's 2015 Tall Building Innovation Award, the sins of the typical concrete slab and suspended ceiling are much more far-reaching.

Holedeck's concrete slab system claims to use 55% less concrete than a standard concrete slab, making it significantly more environmentally friendly than standard concrete structures, while reducing the thickness of floor plates to allow a greater number of floors in tall buildings.

Holedeck with mechanical and electrical systems installed. Image Courtesy of Holedeck One available configuration of Holedeck. Image Courtesy of Holedeck Courtesy of Holedeck Courtesy of Holedeck +16

The Best Submissions to ArchDaily's 2015 Holiday Card Contest

14:00 - 23 December, 2015

From Gehry, Mies and Corbusier puns to trees made of scales, rulers and buildings, we were overwhelmed by the depths of our readers’ creativity! Out of the 450 submitted cards, these are 52 of our favorites. 

Happy Holidays from the ArchDaily team!

Zaha Hadid's First Tower in Melbourne Described as a Series of "Stacked Vases"

12:11 - 23 December, 2015
Zaha Hadid's First Tower in Melbourne Described as a Series of "Stacked Vases", 582-606 Collins Street. Image © ZHA
582-606 Collins Street. Image © ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects has teamed up with Plus Architecture to design their first tower in Melbourne. The 54-story mixed use skyscraper is designed as a series of "stacked vases" supported by an "elegant colonnade of sculptural, curved columns" that "embody and emulate the finest examples of historic architecture" in the area. If approved, the proposal will add a mix of retail, commercial and residential programs to its site at 582-606 Collins Street.

SHoP Reveals Plans to Build 50 New Schools in Nepal

06:00 - 23 December, 2015
SHoP Reveals Plans to Build 50 New Schools in Nepal, © SHoP Architects PC
© SHoP Architects PC

In wake of the April 25, 2015 earthquake in Nepal, SHoP has partnered with Kids of Kathmandu and Asia Friendship Network (AFN) to help rebuild 50 public schools in the hardest hit areas. The project will not only replace damaged schools, but also will raise the standard for public education in remote regions of Nepal.

In the hopes of providing a future model for non-governmental organizations, the design is a flexible system that is adaptable to different site conditions and available resources, and can be easily assembled.

Malkit Shoshan to Curate Dutch Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 23 December, 2015
Malkit Shoshan to Curate Dutch Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, Malkit Shoshan (2010). Image via Mediamatic
Malkit Shoshan (2010). Image via Mediamatic

Malkit Shoshan, shortlisted earlier this year for the Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize, has been selected by Het Nieuwe Instituut to curate the Dutch Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Founder of the Amsterdam-based architectural think tank FAST (Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory), Shoshan has been fellow of the Institute for the past two years having previously authored the award-winning book Atlas of Conflict: Israel-Palestine (2010). Her current work, entitled Drones and Honeycombs, is a study of the architecture and landscape of war and peace and examines "public space as war zone." It is this research, under the title 'Blue', which will be presented as a new series of narratives for architecture in conflict areas.

Washington Fajardo to Curate Brazilian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

14:20 - 22 December, 2015
Washington Fajardo to Curate Brazilian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, Washington Fajardo. Image © Pool Communications
Washington Fajardo. Image © Pool Communications

Rio de Janeiro architect and urban planner Washington Fajardo has been named by the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation as curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2016. Fajardo is president of the Rio World Heritage Institute (Instituto Rio Patrimônio da Humanidade) and the Municipal Council of Cultural Heritage Protection (Conselho Municipal de Proteção do Patrimônio), as well as special advisor to Mayor Eduardo Paes on urban planning issues.

Heatherwick-Designed Shanghai Development Conceived as Two "Tree-Covered Mountains"

11:30 - 22 December, 2015
Heatherwick-Designed Shanghai Development Conceived as Two "Tree-Covered Mountains", © Heatherwick Studio
© Heatherwick Studio

Heatherwick Studio has designed a mountainous mixed use plan for Shanghai's main arts district. Named M50, the 300,000-square-meter project was conceived as "a piece of topography" that takes the shape of "two tree-covered mountains" populated by "400 terraces" and "1000 structural columns." 

“Normally, the large-scale projects that we are quite used to seeing have big boxes, and the role of the designer is figuring out what pattern of architectural wrapping paper to put on these boxes,” said Thomas Heatherwick, according to Architectural Digest. “We wondered if there was a way to make better working spaces by also making access to outdoors.” 

Kengo Kuma Selected to Design New Tokyo National Stadium

08:01 - 22 December, 2015
Kengo Kuma Selected to Design New Tokyo National Stadium, © Japan Sport Council via Curbed
© Japan Sport Council via Curbed

Kengo Kuma & Associates have been selected to replace Zaha Hadid Architects to design the new Tokyo National Stadium, the central venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Kuma's design was revealed alongside one other, a design by Toyo Ito, last week, after the original design by Zaha Hadid Architects was scrapped earlier this year. As reported by The Japan TimesKuma's design narrowly won out against Ito's based on nine selection criteria by the Japan Sport Council, being awarded 610 total points compared to Ito's 602. Responding to concerns about the size and cost of Hadid's design, the new design will be under 50 meters tall and cost an estimated ¥153 billion, compared with the 70 meters and ¥252 billion of Hadid's controversial plans.