China Set to Open World’s Longest and Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge

06:00 - 28 May, 2015
China Set to Open World’s Longest and Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge, Courtesy of Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects and Urban Designers
Courtesy of Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects and Urban Designers

China will soon finish construction on what will be the world’s tallest and longest glass pedestrian bridge, floating 300 meters above a canyon in the Zhangjiajie National Park. Designed by Israeli architect, Haim Dotan, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge will be 380 meters long, six meters wide and feature a transparent glass floor.

“The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was designed to be invisible as possible--a white bridge disappearing into the clouds,” said Dotan.

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum Named European Museum Of The Year

04:00 - 28 May, 2015
Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum Named European Museum Of The Year, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Image © Iwan Baan
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Image © Iwan Baan

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which was comprehensively restored and reimagined by Spanish practice Cruz y Ortiz over the course of a decade, has been named as the 2015 European Museum of the Year (EMYA) by the European Museum Forum. Lauded by the jury as "a great museum, at the height of its powers, providing a rich experience to the public, and a socially aware outreach programme for visitors of all ages," its success has also been in the museum's "ambition to 'reach every child in the Netherlands by the age of twelve'" - an aspiration which has been praised as "notable, impressive and achievable." The coveted award has previously gone to Zaha Hadid Architects' Riverside Museum in Glasgow in 2013.

Princeton Names Monica Ponce de Leon as Dean of Architecture

17:50 - 27 May, 2015
Princeton Names Monica Ponce de Leon as Dean of Architecture, © Adam Smith via http://www.princeton.edu/
© Adam Smith via http://www.princeton.edu/

Monica Ponce de Leon has been named as the next Dean of Princeton's School of Architecture. Ponce de Leon, who co-founded Office dA in 1991, and then founded her own firm MPdL Studio in 2011, is the current Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She also previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for 12 years, and is a recipient of the National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Morphosis Architects Headline AIA's 2015 Technology In Architectural Practice Innovation Awards

14:00 - 27 May, 2015
Morphosis Architects Headline AIA's 2015 Technology In Architectural Practice Innovation Awards, Stellar Architecture category winner: Emerson College Los Angeles / Morphosis Architects. Image ©  Iwan Baan
Stellar Architecture category winner: Emerson College Los Angeles / Morphosis Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

The AIA has announced four projects as the winners of its inaugural Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Innovation Awards, with Morphosis Architects' Emerson College Los Angeles taking away the headline "Stellar Architecture" award. Started in 2005, the TAP Knowledge Community has led efforts to acknowledge and disseminate the best use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies, and the AIA hopes that the new TAP Innovation Award will "enliven the discourse on how these innovations can advance the profession and practice of architecture and further the mission of the Institute."

See all four awarded projects after the break.

The building and site utilize best ‘green’ practices, including capturing stormwater in the landscape. Image © Tom Holdsworth The three main massing elements (south bar, atrium and north tower) are each designed with their own structural systems and floor-to-floor heights to maximize efficiencies. Image © Alene Davis The design's canted glazing intensifies reflections of immediate environment. Image © Point B Design A grand stair provides space for social gatherings, connecting the students to Sunset Blvd below with a view of the Hollywood Sign ahead. Image ©  Iwan Baan +9

NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Takes Designers into Deep Space

08:00 - 27 May, 2015
NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Takes Designers into Deep Space, Courtesy of NASA Centennial Challenges
Courtesy of NASA Centennial Challenges

NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Institute (America Makes) have launched the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, an inaugural design competition offering $2.25 million in prizes. Part of NASA's Centennial Challenges program, the competition challenges entrants to design and build a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration. "The future possibilities for 3D printing are inspiring, and the technology is extremely important to deep space exploration," said Sam Ortega, Centennial Challenges program manager. "This challenge definitely raises the bar from what we are currently capable of, and we are excited to see what the maker community does with it."

Applications Open For The 2015 AA Visiting School In Rotterdam

04:45 - 27 May, 2015
Applications Open For The 2015 AA Visiting School In Rotterdam, Aerial view of the port and city of Rotterdam. Image via AA Visiting School Rotterdam
Aerial view of the port and city of Rotterdam. Image via AA Visiting School Rotterdam

This year the Architectural Association (AA) Visiting School programme will extend its reach to the Dutch city of Rotterdam – a place which, "by some strange twist of geographical and historical fate, has the highest concentration of architects and architectural thinkers in the world." The workshop, which will run for two weeks in July, will explore issues of inhabitance, perception, and intensity through analysis and creative interpretation of Rotterdam’s 'core' "or, more likely, its multiple cores, invisible to the untrained eye." Based in the Shell Tower on Hofplein, students will be afforded the opportunity to observe and analyse the city from on-high.

6 Teams Shortlisted for Canadian Canoe Museum

16:00 - 26 May, 2015
6 Teams Shortlisted for Canadian Canoe Museum, Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site. Image via Wikipedia
Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site. Image via Wikipedia

Six teams have been shortlisted for a chance to design the new Canadian Canoe Museum, as part of its relocation to the Parks Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway in southern Ontario. Selected from 90 international submissions, the competing teams are now expected to refine their ideas before presenting them to the public. A winner will be announced in the Fall.  

The complete shortlist, after the break... 

Images Released of OMA-Designed Chinese Pavilion at 2015 Venice Art Biennale

14:00 - 26 May, 2015
Images Released of OMA-Designed Chinese Pavilion at 2015 Venice Art Biennale, Exterior view, installation by Liu Jiakun. Image © Italo Rondinella courtesy of OMA
Exterior view, installation by Liu Jiakun. Image © Italo Rondinella courtesy of OMA

Completed images of OMA's design for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale's Chinese Pavilion have been released. Juxtaposing artworks "in a field of projections and stages," the exhibition is designed to be an "immersive environment" that brings together work by Tan Dun, Liu Jiakun, Lu Yang, Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station and Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio under the theme "Other Future."

Exterior window detail. Image © Italo Rondinella courtesy of OMA Exhibition interior. Image © Italo Rondinella courtesy of OMA Exhibition interior, video by Wen Hui. Image © Italo Rondinella courtesy of OMA Exhibition interior, performance area for Tan Dun. Image © Italo Rondinella courtesy of OMA +14

Read Through Buckminster Fuller's FBI File

12:15 - 26 May, 2015
Read Through Buckminster Fuller's FBI File, via ArchDaily
via ArchDaily

An unconventional man with radical ideas, Buckminster Fuller was an "affable weirdo" and "counterculture icon" who, as Gizmodo reports, often caught the attention of the FBI. For the first time ever, his (heavily redacted) FBI files have been released, revealing some of the reasons why the FBI felt the need to keep tabs on the world famous architect and designer, including speculations regarding Fuller and the Soviet Union. Though it seems nothing ever went beyond speculation, the files are fascinating. You can read them in full, here

Inside studioMET’s Studio for LEGO Artist Sean Kenney

08:00 - 26 May, 2015
Inside studioMET’s Studio for LEGO Artist Sean Kenney, © Chaunté Vaughn
© Chaunté Vaughn

With a budget of less than $250,000, studioMET Architects was tasked with transforming a 4,000-square-foot parking garage with a leaky roof and no plumbing, gas or electricity, into a modern and open studio space for LEGO artist Sean Kenney.

Due to Kenney’s constantly changing scale of work, which can range from a life-sized sculpture to a celebrity portrait, the studio needed to have a flexible workspace. The result is a front area -- containing a desk, lounge and kitchenette -- that can be easily transformed into a loading dock. The workspace also includes a video/stop animation studio and woodshop as well as a storage room for sculptures. 

View photos of the studio space in Brooklyn after the break.

© Chaunté Vaughn © Chaunté Vaughn © Chaunté Vaughn © Chaunté Vaughn +29

25 of New Zealand's Best Buildings Receive 2015 Canterbury Awards

06:00 - 26 May, 2015
25 of New Zealand's Best Buildings Receive 2015 Canterbury Awards, Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre / Patterson Associates. Image © Emma Smales
Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre / Patterson Associates. Image © Emma Smales

With a record number of entries, the 2015 Canterbury Awards, organized by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), honored 25 Canterbury-based designs spanning 10 categories. The esteemed awards recognize and promote projects that are exceptionally sensitive to both their environment and occupants.  Prevalent in this year's awards was the theme of rebuilding, as several projects were realized despite earthquakes impeding their construction, resulting in innovative designs that adapted to the unforeseen setbacks.

Among 2015's top recipients are Warren and Mahoney with six awards, and Sheppard & Rout and Athfield Architects, whose work garnered four and three honors, respectively. All of the winning projects will compete for the NZIA's highest recognition in the awards program, the New Zealand Architecture Awards, to be announced in early November. See the full list of winning projects after the break.

Isaac Theatre Royal / Warren and Mahoney. Image © Stephen Goodenough and Dawid Wisnicwski Christchurch Eye Surgery Clinic / Wilson & Hill Architects . Image © Stephen Goodenough Te Kete Ika – Dining Hall & Kitchen Redevelopment / Sheppard & Rout. Image © Peter Cui Young Hunter House / Sheppard & Rout. Image © Peter Cui +26

Are We Building Too Many Museums?

04:00 - 26 May, 2015
Are We Building Too Many Museums?, © Michael Kirkham
© Michael Kirkham

In an article for the RA Magazine, Kieran Long (Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital at the V&A) and Stella Duffy (co-director of Fun Palaces, a national campaign for greater access for all to the arts), ask: are we're building too many museums? On the one hand, Duffy argues that "we should focus all of our efforts on opening up existing museums to a much wider public" while on the other, Long suggests that "new museums can bring positive change to the places in which they are built." Ultimately, Long argues that "museums have a sense of authenticity and institutional mission that is rare in public life" yet, for Duffy, this doesn't mean we need more; rather, "we need to utilise what we already have."

Olafur Eliasson To Bring LEGO Installation "The Collectivity Project" To The High Line

16:00 - 25 May, 2015
Olafur Eliasson To Bring LEGO Installation "The Collectivity Project" To The High Line, The Collectivity Project on view at the 3rd Tirana Biennale, Albania, in 2005. Photo © Olafur Eliasson. Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Image via art.thehighline.org
The Collectivity Project on view at the 3rd Tirana Biennale, Albania, in 2005. Photo © Olafur Eliasson. Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Image via art.thehighline.org

As part of their series of "Panorama" exhibits being presented this year, Friends Of The High Line have announced that they will host Olafur Eliasson's installation, "The Collectivity Project" from May 29th until September 30th this year on the High Line at West 30th Street. The installation, which has previously traveled to Tirana, Oslo, and Copenhagen, features an interactive imaginary cityscape made of over two tons of white LEGO bricks, with visitors invited to design, build and rebuild new structures as they see fit.

In a twist to the installation's usual presentation, High Line Art has invited high-profile architects who are working in the vicinity of the High Line to contribute one "visionary" LEGO design for the installation's opening, with BIG, David M. Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, James Corner Field Operations, OMA New York, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, SHoP, and Steven Holl Architects all contributing one building which the public will then be able to adapt, extend or work around.

Report Offers 10 Recommendations To Curb London's Tall Building Boom

12:00 - 25 May, 2015
Report Offers 10 Recommendations To Curb London's Tall Building Boom, Areas such as Vauxhall (above) and Stratford have seen a dramatic rise in high-density housing. Image © Flickr CC user Willard
Areas such as Vauxhall (above) and Stratford have seen a dramatic rise in high-density housing. Image © Flickr CC user Willard

A report released last week aims to highlight the problems involved in high-density housing in London, offering 10 suggestions for how to create future developments that offer density while maintaining the UK capital's distinctive character. Produced as a follow-up to their 2007 report entitled "Superdensity", four UK housing specialists Pollard Thomas Edwards, HTA, Levitt Bernstein and PRP Architects have produced "Superdensity: The Sequel," aiming to address the dramatic changes that have taken place in London development over the intervening 8 years.

Read on for more of the report's aims and its 10 recommendations for future housing in London.

Ooze Architects Unveil A Natural Bathing Pond In London's King's Cross

04:00 - 25 May, 2015
Ooze Architects Unveil A Natural Bathing Pond In London's King's Cross, via CityMetric
via CityMetric

A new pool has just opened in the heart of London's King's Cross. In the centre of one of the city's largest mixed-use development projects Ooze Architects, in collaboration with artist Marjetica Potrc, have developed and realised "the UK's first man-made fresh water public bathing pond" as a piece of and art. The oblong pool is forty metres long, built two metres above ground level, and is surrounded by "pioneer plants, wild flowers grasses, and bushes so that the environment evolves as the seasons change." It will be purified through "a natural closed-loop process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and sustain clean and clear water."

Rem Koolhaas On Preservation, The Fondazione Prada, And Tearing Down Part Of Paris

16:00 - 24 May, 2015
Rem Koolhaas On Preservation, The Fondazione Prada, And Tearing Down Part Of Paris, © Bas Princen – Fondazione Prada
© Bas Princen – Fondazione Prada

With the opening of their Fondazione Prada building in Milan at the start of this month, OMA got the chance to show off a skill that they don't get the chance to use very often: preservation. In this interview with Kultur Spiegel, Rem Koolhaas talks at length on the topic, explaining that he believes "we have to preserve history," not just architecture, and arguing that the rise in popularity of reusing old buildings comes from a shift toward comfort, security and sustainability over the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. "The dimensions and repertoire of what is worthy of preserving have expanded dramatically," he says, meaning that "we shouldn't tear down buildings that are still usable." Still, he says, that doesn't mean we shouldn't tear down and start again in some cases - an entire Parisian district beyond La Défense, for example. Read the full interview here.

12 Projects Win North American Copper in Architecture Awards

14:00 - 24 May, 2015
12 Projects Win North American Copper in Architecture Awards, University Center – New School / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © SOM
University Center – New School / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Image © SOM

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has announced its selections for the 2015 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (NACIA), now in their eighth year. The awards celebrate stellar projects that incorporate copper in their designs. The 12 award-winning works span three categories and include educational, residential and healthcare buildings in addition to historic landmarks.

Winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals based on their overall design, incorporation and treatment of copper, and distinction in either innovation or historic restoration. 

Kansas Statehouse Inner Dome Copper Restoration / Treanor Architects. Image © Treanor Architects Massachusetts General Hospital Paul S. Russell, MD / Leers Weinzapfel Associates. Image  Orchard Willow Residence / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing Harvard University Tozzer Library / Kennedy & Violich Architecture. Image © John Horner +13

AIA Signs Cooperative Agreement with Africa Union of Architects

12:00 - 24 May, 2015
AIA Signs Cooperative Agreement with Africa Union of Architects, Butaro Hospital / MASS Design Group. Image ©  Iwan Baan
Butaro Hospital / MASS Design Group. Image © Iwan Baan

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Africa Union of Architects (AUA) has signed a cooperative agreement to "share practice tools and resources, creating a framework for American and African architects to work collaboratively in achieving development and infrastructure goals in Africa." The agreement articulates their mutual interests to advance the “Africa Sustainability Campaign” in spirit of the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to reinvigorate and formalize the AIA's relationship with our colleagues in Africa,” said AIA 2015 President, Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA. “We look forward to increased knowledge sharing on topics such as health and resilience which are critical to the sustainable future of our planet."