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CEMEX Announces Mexican Premio Obras Finalists

14:00 - 1 August, 2015

Held annually, the CEMEX Building Awards honor the best architecture and construction both in Mexico and abroad. The XXIV edition will recognize projects built in 2014 that stand out for their construction, conceptual, technical and aesthetic solutions. 

Through this award program CEMEX aims to foster continuous innovation in construction and encourage best practices to generate better spaces and buildings. 

See the Mexican finalists of the national edition of the XXIV Building Awards after the break.

Rafael Viñoly's “Walkie Talkie” Tower in London Leveled with Even More Complaints

08:00 - 1 August, 2015
Rafael Viñoly's “Walkie Talkie” Tower in London Leveled with Even More Complaints, © Flickr CC User Eugene Regis. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
© Flickr CC User Eugene Regis. Used under Creative Commons

Following the controversy over its curved façade, which focused the sun’s rays into dangerous beams, Rafael Viñoly Architects20 Fenchurch Street (dubbed the Walkie Talkie) has now been hit with more accusations -- this time of increasing the wind in the area, and of breaking agreements on its public sky garden, local press have reported

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin 4 Lamp Now Available on Yamagiwa

16:31 - 31 July, 2015
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin 4 Lamp Now Available on Yamagiwa, © Yamagiwa
© Yamagiwa

Update: The product is available internationally, but has yet to be released in the US. 

You can now adorn your home with your very own Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin 4 lamp. Lighting brand Yamagiwa and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have reached an agreement to sell reproductions of the wooden lamp.

Available in both cherry and walnut, the towering geometrical lamp was originally designed by Wright for the Hillside Home School theater that had burned and was reconstructed at Taliesin in 1952. It features an array of stacked boxes, embellished with red accents, that indirectly reflect off directional boards placed above and below each cube. 

© Yamagiwa © Yamagiwa © Yamagiwa © Yamagiwa +8

Inside Santiago Calatrava's WTC Transportation Hub in New York

12:45 - 31 July, 2015
© Michael Muraz
© Michael Muraz

Toronto-based architectural photographer Michael Muraz has shared with us some of the first images seen inside Santiago Calatrava's nearly complete World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Set to open this year, the "glorious" birdlike structure boasts a 355-foot-long operable "Oculus" - a "slice of the New York sky - that floods the hub's interior with natural light, all the way down 60-feet below street level to the PATH train platform. 

Though its been shamed for being years overdue and $2 billion over budget (making it the world's most expensive transit hub), the completed project is turning heads. Take a look for yourself after the break. 

© Michael Muraz © Michael Muraz © Michael Muraz © Michael Muraz +10

TU/e Students Design Stage for Extrema Outdoor Music Festival

08:00 - 31 July, 2015
TU/e Students Design Stage for Extrema Outdoor Music Festival, © Willeke Machiels
© Willeke Machiels

Under the guidance of three teachers, four students from the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have designed and built a stage, “Ensuite,” for the 20th Extrema Outdoor, a music festival in Aquabest, Netherlands.

The structure is composed of 600 pallets, creating a stage that embraces visitors and provides an intimate environment within the crowded festival. By placing the DJ booth in the center of the structure, the stage is made tactile and experiential for visitors.

© Mattia Inselvini © Willeke Machiels © Mattia Inselvini © Mattia Inselvini +17

Universities from Barcelona and Zurich Selected to Create a New Design School in China

06:00 - 31 July, 2015
Universities from Barcelona and Zurich Selected to Create a New Design School in China, IAAC Fabrication Lab. Image Courtesy of PATI NÚÑEZ AGENCY
IAAC Fabrication Lab. Image Courtesy of PATI NÚÑEZ AGENCY

Through a competition limited to some of the most prestigious universities, The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) have been chosen to work with the Harbin Institute of Technology of China (HIT) to create a new school of design, architecture and urbanism in Shenzhen. The new centre will be built on HIT's campus and house up to 1,200 post-graduate and doctoral students, with facilities for research, education and production. Read more about this collaboration after the break.

Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village

04:15 - 31 July, 2015
Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village, Etiquette and politeness in the city. Image © Thilo Hilberer
Etiquette and politeness in the city. Image © Thilo Hilberer

For this week's edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the Monocle team take a trip to the near-complete Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, plus take a look at the history of the US Embassy in Havanna. The latest edition of The Urbanist explores etiquette and politeness in the metropolis, examining the unspoken rules of conduct that make our cities tick and delve into the psychology of 'urban etiquette'.

Listen to both episodes after the break.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple Undergoes Massive Restoration

14:42 - 30 July, 2015
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple Undergoes Massive Restoration , © Flickr CC User matt72
© Flickr CC User matt72

Frank Lloyd Wrights's Unity Temple is undergoing a much needed $23 million restoration. As the Chicago Tribune reports, the Oak Park temple's integrity was first called into question when a large piece of the ceiling fell above the pulpit in 2008 (thankfully no one was hurt).

The comprehensive overhaul is going beyond restoring the building's to its original beauty; a geothermal heating system and air conditioning will be integrated into the building and site for the first time, allowing the uninterrupted services year-round.

The refurbished temple will reopen in late 2016. 

Conservationists Speak Out Against David Chipperfield's London House for Tracey Emin

12:19 - 30 July, 2015
Conservationists Speak Out Against David Chipperfield's London House for Tracey Emin, © David Chipperfield Architects via BD
© David Chipperfield Architects via BD

When news spread of Tracey Emin's plans to demolish a disused 1920s building in London's East End neighborhood, residents immediately objected. The artist, known for her conservation work in the area, has commissioned David Chipperfield to design a minimalist flat and studio on the site. However, despite the planning application's claim that the design will "greatly contribute to the character and appearance of the conservation area," the opposition isn't convinced.  

“Tracey Emin is at present the owner of a locally listed building that is part of a historic streetscape of variety and charm,” said Save Britain's Heritage director Clem Cecil, who labeled Chipperfield's design "angular and blank." “She has done great conservation work with her other buildings nearby and this building deserves the same treatment.

Milan Restores Famous Rainbow Tower Tiles

08:00 - 30 July, 2015
Milan Restores Famous Rainbow Tower Tiles, Courtesy of Studio Original Designers 6R5 Network
Courtesy of Studio Original Designers 6R5 Network

The Milan City Council, in partnership with the Rete Ferroviaria Italiana Gruppo FS Italiane railway authorities, has completed the restoration of the famous Torre Arcobaleno (Rainbow Tower) at Porto Garibaldi. 

2015 London Design Festival to Open in September

04:15 - 30 July, 2015
2015 London Design Festival to Open in September, Trafalgar Square (2014 LDF). Image Courtesy of London Design Festival
Trafalgar Square (2014 LDF). Image Courtesy of London Design Festival

The 2015 London Design Festival, an annual event held to celebrate and promote London as "the design capital of the world," will run this year between the 19th and 27th September. As a platform for some of the capital's major trade shows, the city-wide event aims to showcase exhibitors from across the world at a series of 'Design Destinations' — places at which established and emerging designers, manufacturers and brands can present their products and innovations.

Shigeru Ban's Nepalese Emergency Shelters to be Built from Rubble

16:10 - 29 July, 2015
© VAN, courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects
© VAN, courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects

Shigeru Ban Architects has released images of their first emergency shelter prototype designed for Nepal. Planned to be built by the end of August, the simple shelter is designed to be easily assembled by almost anyone. Using connecting modular wooden frames (3ft x 7ft or 90cm x 210cm), salvaged rubble bricks are used to infill the wall's cavities while paper tube trussing supports the roof. This, as Shigeru Ban says, will allow for "quick erection and nearly immediate inhabitation."

Daniel Libeskind to Build "Pyramid Tower" in Jerusalem

14:25 - 29 July, 2015
Daniel Libeskind to Build "Pyramid Tower" in Jerusalem , © Studio Libeskind
© Studio Libeskind

The Jerusalem Municipality has approved plans for mixed-use "Pyramid Tower" designed by Studio Libeskind. A collaboration with local architect Yigal Levi, the tapered tower will rise 105-meters in the heart of the city, adjacent to Mahane Yehuda market - commonly known as "The Shuk". Its form, said to reference "Jerusalem’s existing architectural language," is designed to allow maximum light to the public plaza below. A geometric pattern of Jerusalem stone and glass will adorn the facade, while its arched colonnade connects the tower's ground floor shopping arcade to the surrounding open space. 

London's ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Slide

12:27 - 29 July, 2015
London's ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Slide, © LLDC via Metro
© LLDC via Metro

Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London will soon host the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide. The 114-meter-tall tower, already the UK's tallest sculpture, was originally built for the 2012 London Olympics. As the Metro reports, the semi-transparent stainless steel tube slide will start its descent 80-meters above ground within the structure's infamous lattice work, spiraling five times before embarking on a final 50-meter drop. Rides will last 37 seconds and cost just £5 a ride. 

See the Beauty in Programmable Materials in this Mesmerizing Video

11:30 - 29 July, 2015

In his TED Talk showcasing his work at MIT's Self Assembly Lab, computational architect Skylar Tibbits does an excellent job of explaining the functional possibilities of programmable materials and four-dimensional printing - from structures that assemble themselves in space, to infrastructure that can adapt itself to changes in demand. But there is one property of these materials that he fails to mention: they can be truly beautiful in action.

But in this video by Dana Zelig, a masters student in industrial design at Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the beauty of these processes is placed front and center. Using nothing more than 12 sheets of shrinkable pre-stressed polystyrene taken from children's creativity sets, a home printer and an infra-red light, Zelig's "Traces" project has created a series of self-forming shapes that delicately transform in front of our eyes.

Street Artists and Local Government Team Up to Create Colorful Mexican Mural

08:00 - 29 July, 2015

About an hour outside Mexico City lies the small town of Palmitas in the Pachuca district, an area that, a few months ago, began a massive street art project to unite the community. Beginning as an idea from local government leaders, the project was executed by self-taught street artists Germen Crew.

Using the existing architecture set on the town’s predominant hill, Germen Crew created a multi-perspective piece of art that takes one of Mexico’s most recognized art forms—the mural—and adds a new sense of perspective and community to the historic tradition.

Gallery: Palladio in Vicenza

04:15 - 29 July, 2015
Gallery: Palladio in Vicenza, © Phillip Bond
© Phillip Bond

Phillip Bond, an architectural photographer based in the US, recently made a trip back to the city of his birth: Vicenza. While there he took the opportunity to photograph a series of Andrea Palladio's most famous works, from the Palazzo Chiericati and the Basilica Palladiana, to the Palazzo del Capitaniato. The vast majority of Palladio's built works exist in the Veneto region of Italy in cities such as Padua, Verona, and Venice with the highest concentration in Vicenza, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

See the gallery in full after the break.

Palladio in Vincenza. Image © Phillip Bond Palazzo Chiericati. Image © Phillip Bond © Phillip Bond © Phillip Bond +29

Los Angeles May Represent US in 2024 Olympic Bid

16:18 - 28 July, 2015
Los Angeles May Represent US in 2024 Olympic Bid, AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

Concerns regarding the cost of hosting the Olympics has led to the termination of Boston's 2024 Olympic bid. According to the New York Times, the United States Olympic Committee has withdrawn Boston as its proposed bid city due to low resident support, as taxpayers were concerned about having to foot the bill for cost overruns.  

New York's LaGuardia Airport to Get 21st Century Makeover

14:34 - 28 July, 2015
New York's LaGuardia Airport to Get 21st Century Makeover , © Governor Andrew Cuomo
© Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a $4 billion plan to redevelop New York's outdated LaGuardia Airport. Originally built in 1939, LaGuardia has been running inefficiently and overcapacity for decades.

The redesign, envisioned by HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff, will unify the airport's fragmented terminals with a single roof, while providing expanded transportation access, elite passenger amenities and increased taxiway space. Terminal B will be replaced with a larger structure that will (eventually) connect to the renovated Terminals C and D. 

This 3D Printed Home was "Built" in Less than 3 Hours

12:30 - 28 July, 2015
This 3D Printed Home was "Built" in Less than 3 Hours, via Xinhua
via Xinhua

Chinese company ZhuoDa has assembled a two-story home in record speed; the modular house, comprised of six 3D printed modules, was assembled on-site in less than three hours. Likened to LEGO, the prefabricated home was 90 percent built off-site before its components were shipped to its permanent location. As Inhabitat reports, the home only took about 10 days to complete from start to finish.

Zaha Hadid Architects Releases Full Statement on Scrapped Tokyo Stadium Plans

10:40 - 28 July, 2015
Zaha Hadid Architects Releases Full Statement on Scrapped Tokyo Stadium Plans, © Japan Sports Council
© Japan Sports Council

Following the news earlier this month that their design for Tokyo's 2022 Olympics stadium would be scrappedZaha Hadid Architects have released a comprehensive statement about the project's cancellation. Despite the many critics of the project's design - including Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki - it was ultimately the project's increasing costs that sparked its demise. However, the 1400-word statement from ZHA attempts to put distance between the firm and the claim by the Japan Sport Council (JSC) that much of the increase in costs was due to a complex design, instead arguing that "At every stage over the two years of development, the design and budget estimates were approved by the JSC" and adding a number of times that "ZHA worked proactively to reduce the estimated cost throughout."

Read on after the break to find out where ZHA pins the blame for the cost increases and to read the statement in full.

ARO and Heery Design Nippert Stadium Expansion for University of Cincinnati

08:00 - 28 July, 2015
ARO and Heery Design Nippert Stadium Expansion for University of Cincinnati, Courtesy of The University of Cincinnati
Courtesy of The University of Cincinnati

Architecture Research Office (ARO) and Heery International have designed the West Pavilion, a 115,000 square-foot extension to the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium. Set at one of America’s most historic college football venues, the new expansion will stretch 450 feet in length —about half of the stadium—and “will introduce the program’s first true premium seating, club spaces, and high-end press facilities.”

In addition to being a part of university-wide expansions, the project is the centerpiece of the $86 million renovation of Nippert Stadium itself, which includes adding more restrooms and concessions, and better pedestrian circulation.

Courtesy of The University of Cincinnati Courtesy of The University of Cincinnati Courtesy of The University of Cincinnati Courtesy of The University of Cincinnati +17

Syracuse University Creates “Trans(inter)ference” Installation for Festival des Architectures Vives

06:00 - 28 July, 2015
Syracuse University Creates “Trans(inter)ference” Installation for Festival des Architectures Vives, Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam
Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam

For the 10th Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, Syracuse University commissioned a team to design an installation in the courtyard of Hôtel Audessan. The project, “Trans(inter)ference,” was a 3D drawing designed and constructed by Maya Alam and Daniele Profeta, with the help of three Syracuse University students.

Focusing on the in-between of architecture, the project favors the space between idea and resolution, "between old and new." The installation was developed by projecting the facades of Hôtel Audessan through one another, creating a labyrinth of layered views.

Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam +21

SelgasCano in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Smiljan Radić and Sou Fujimoto

04:30 - 28 July, 2015
SelgasCano in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Smiljan Radić and Sou Fujimoto, José Selgas and Lucía Cano. Image via COS
José Selgas and Lucía Cano. Image via COS

Last month, as part of their Park Nights event series, COS assembled Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano (SelgasCano) at their new pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park to discuss the concepts behind their design and the history of the Pavilion Commission with Serpentine directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist. They were joined by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, designer of the 2014 pavilion, and Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, designer of 2013's, in an hour long conversation moderated by Sarah Ichioka.