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6 Proposals Revealed for Oslo's New Government Quarter

09:00 - 15 April, 2015
6 Proposals Revealed for Oslo's New Government Quarter, © BIG
© BIG

Nearly 100 architects, designers, and consultants have been developing designs for a competition for the new government quarter in Oslo. Drawing an initial 24 entries, the intent of the competition was to generate viable solutions for the future relocation of all government ministries (excluding the defense ministry), emphasizing an urban atmosphere and public elements. In the six shortlisted proposals from both local and international firms, including BIG, Snøhetta, and MVRDV, the themes of building tall and introducing green space emerged.

Now a ten-member committee of industry professionals will assist Statsbygg, the public construction advisers collaborating on the government's behalf, with the evaluation of each design. Take a look at the six proposals after the break.

Courtesy of Asplan Viak Courtesy of Snøhetta Courtesy of White Courtesy of LPO +24

SANAA and Snøhetta Tie for Budapest's New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum

06:00 - 15 April, 2015
SANAA and Snøhetta Tie for Budapest's New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, via inexhibit
via inexhibit

SANAA and Snøhetta have been jointly awarded first prize in a restricted competition to build a "New National Gallery - Ludwig Museum" in Budapest's 200-year-old Városliget (City Park). Lauded for their "equally outstanding" proposals, the winning teams will now meet with the jury to be judged "on professional and financial considerations." 

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and the joint proposal of Balázs Mihály's Architect Studio and the Faculty of Architecture of Budapest University of Technology and Economics were awarded second prize. 

The competition is part of a larger cultural project that aims to renew the city's Városliget by 2018 with five new museum buildings built inside the expanded park area.

A closer look at the winning schemes, after the break. 

Richard Rogers Restructures Practice Prior To Relocation

04:00 - 15 April, 2015
Richard Rogers Restructures Practice Prior To Relocation, RSHP's Leadenhall Building (the "Cheesegrater") in London. Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties
RSHP's Leadenhall Building (the "Cheesegrater") in London. Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties

The Architects' Journal have reported that London based practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), headed by Richard Rogers, has refined its in-house structure "as the practice continues to implement its long-term succession plan." The practice, who will move into their new home on level fourteen of the Leadenhall Building following its completion last year, will operate one studio led by Richard Rogers alongside partner Simon Smithson; another by Graham Stirk with partner Richard Paul; and a third headed by Ivan Harbour.

3 Finalists Emerge in St. Petersburg Pier Redesign Competition

17:25 - 14 April, 2015
3 Finalists Emerge in St. Petersburg Pier Redesign Competition, © The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
© The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith

After deliberating over eight shortlisted proposals to reimagine the St. Petersburg Pier, the Pier Selection Committee has narrowed the competition down to three designs. Though the proposals vary widely in aesthetics, the finalists all approached the project as an opportunity to express the past while embracing modern forms and incorporating strong public programs.

Next on the agenda, the Pier Selection Committee will conduct an initial public meeting on April 23 in which finalists will present clarifications on their designs, followed later that day with a second meeting to announce the teams' rankings. Based on these proceedings, one design will be chosen for further development, in collaboration with the city. Check out the three finalists, after the break.

Winner of Yeats2015 "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" Announced

08:00 - 14 April, 2015
Winner of Yeats2015 "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" Announced, © shindesignworks
© shindesignworks

Yong ho Shin and John Randle of shindesignworks have been announced as the winners of "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," a design competition held earlier this year as part of the Yeats2015 festival. Based in London and Daegu, South Korea, the pair of architects proposed "Square Moon," a light-based installation for the Irish Island about which Yeats wrote his eponymous1892 poem, and from which the competition took its name.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK Public Sector Workloads Dip

04:00 - 14 April, 2015
RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK Public Sector Workloads Dip, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for February 2015 has revealed continued optimism, although the public sector workload forecast has dipped with uncertainty about spending commitments ahead of the UK General Election in May. The workload index fell back slightly to +26 (from +29 in January) and workload forecast balance figures have remained high, the highest numbers being reported from practices in the Midlands and East Anglia (+43) and in Wales and the West (+39). In addition, practices have reported that they are now employing 16% more Part 1 (undergraduate) and Part 2 (postgraduate) students than they were twelve months ago.

Take an Architectural Tour of Milan with ParkMapp

02:30 - 14 April, 2015
Take an Architectural Tour of Milan with ParkMapp, Courtesy of Park Associati
Courtesy of Park Associati

Released in time for the opening of the Milan Furniture Show at EXPO 2015, ParkMapp is the ultimate guide to Milan's modern and contemporary architecture. An ongoing project by local architecture and design firm Park Associati, ParkMapp is a mobile app that identifies and geo-locates significant landmarks across the city. The app's sleek and legible interface is divided into modern and contemporary architecture, and features pictures and short descriptions of Milanese landmarks. A "lifestyle" section recommending cultural, retail, and dining attractions rounds out what Park Associati envisions as an "active map" for new and returning visitors alike. ParkMapp is available for download via the Apple App Store, or on Google play for Android devices.

Erik Andersson Designs Carbon Fiber Pedestrian Bridge for Gothenburg

18:00 - 13 April, 2015
Erik Andersson Designs Carbon Fiber Pedestrian Bridge for Gothenburg, © MIR
© MIR

The City of Gothenburg has commissioned Erik Andersson Architects to design a new pedestrian bridge in the city's historic Haga district. The circular bridge, connecting streets Haga Kyrkogata and Arkitektgatan, will be made of carbon fiber, allowing for a narrow profile that seemingly floats over the water. It is envisioned that the landscape the crosses inside the circular form can be used as an amphitheater for riverside performances. 

Leonardo DiCaprio Taps Jason McLennan to Design "Restorative" Eco-Resort in Belize

16:00 - 13 April, 2015
Leonardo DiCaprio Taps Jason McLennan to Design "Restorative" Eco-Resort in Belize, Rending of one of 48 private houses planned to be sold on the island. Image © McLennan Design via The New York Times
Rending of one of 48 private houses planned to be sold on the island. Image © McLennan Design via The New York Times

Founder of the Living Building Challenge, sustainability aficionado and architect Jason McLennan has been commissioned by famed actor Leonardo DiCaprio to design a 68-vila eco-resort on a private island in Belize. As The New York Times reports, the ambitious 42 hectare (104 acres) "Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island" will be carried out by New York developer Delos by 2018. 

The resort will feature an arc of floating suites built over the water and a network of artificial reefs and fish shelters, along with 48 millionaire villas and an indigenous plant nursery focused on manatee conservation.

“My goal was always the fact that I wanted to create something not just environmental, but restorative,” said DiCaprio to the newspaper. “A showcase for what is possible.”

AIAS Launches Campaign to Promote Early Licensing

14:00 - 13 April, 2015
AIAS Launches Campaign to Promote Early Licensing, Courtesy of AIAS
Courtesy of AIAS

The AIAS has launched a new campaign, the Professional Advancement Support Scholarship, or PASS. The program, available for AIAS alumni pursuing licensure, provides incentive for recent graduates to take a portion of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) by reimbursing them for successfully undertaking this task. Through a proactive approach, coupled with an informative blog series, the AIAS encourages aspiring architects to actively seek licensure to kick-start their professional careers. 

Farshid Moussavi Elected as New Royal Academician

12:30 - 13 April, 2015
Farshid Moussavi Elected as New Royal Academician , FMA's winning proposal for the Jardins de la Lironde Competition. Image © Farshid Moussavi Architecture
FMA's winning proposal for the Jardins de la Lironde Competition. Image © Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Farshid Moussavi has been elected into the Royal Academy of Arts, joining Eva Jiricna, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Nicholas Grimshaw, and 11 other architects as a Royal Academician in the program's architecture category. The Iranian-born architect best known for her work on the Yokohama International Cruise Terminal in Japan, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, the flagship store for Victoria Beckham in London, and her installation at the 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice.  

"I’m particularly pleased to welcome Farshid because the Royal Academy architects currently comprise a more distinguished group than at any time in its long history," commented Christopher Le Brun, president of the Royal Academy.

Michael Sorkin's 'The Next Helsinki' Competition Attracts Over 200 Entries

05:00 - 13 April, 2015
Michael Sorkin's 'The Next Helsinki' Competition Attracts Over 200 Entries

The organisers behind The Next Helsinki, a competition masterminded by architect and critic Michael Sorkin, have announced that they have received over 200 international entries. Launched as an alternative to the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki project, the competition called upon architects, urbanists, artists, and environmentalists to imagine how Helsinki and the South Harbour site allotted to the proposed museum could be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city’s residents and visitors.

Denton Corker Marshall Completes New Australian Pavilion in Venice

16:00 - 12 April, 2015
Denton Corker Marshall Completes New Australian Pavilion in Venice, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

Australia’s new pavilion for the Venice Biennale has been officially completed by the Australia Council for the Arts. Designed by Australian practice Denton Corker Marshall, the granite-clad building is the first pavilion to be built in Venice in the 21st century, and replaces Philip Cox’s 1988 structure. The pavilion is to welcome its first visitors from May 9, as part of the 56th International Art Exhibition, with the work of artist Fiona Hall comprising its inaugural exhibition.

Learn more about the pavilion and view selected images after the break.

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +8

Faculty Install Grid Structure for SUTD Open House

16:00 - 11 April, 2015
Faculty Install Grid Structure for SUTD Open House, Courtesy of SUTD
Courtesy of SUTD

Associate professor Toni Kotnik and assistant professor Carlos Bañón have collaborated on the design of an exhibition platform for the 2015 SUTD Open House. Held in early, the exhibition was the main showcase for the department of Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

"Cool School" Finalists Respond to Mongolia's Extreme Climate

13:00 - 11 April, 2015
"Cool School" Finalists Respond to Mongolia's Extreme Climate, Courtesy of Building Trust International
Courtesy of Building Trust International

The sixth international competition by Building Trust International, this year’s “Cool School” design competition is in its final stage. Participants were challenged with the task of designing a school addition for 100 students responsive to the extreme climatic conditions of Mongolia, emphasizing adaptability, aesthetics, and comfort. Of over 180 submissions, one winner and nine honorable mentions will be selected by a jury and announced on May 1, 2015.

In celebration of the creative designs, Building Trust International has created a Facebook gallery of all the competition entries. Check out 12 selected designs after the break.

Courtesy of Building Trust International Courtesy of Building Trust International Courtesy of Building Trust International Courtesy of Building Trust International +13

Open Call: "STITCH" Portland

19:00 - 10 April, 2015
Open Call: "STITCH" Portland , Courtesy of AIA Portland
Courtesy of AIA Portland

Now in its second year, the AIA Portland is seeking entries for its ideas competition - "2015 STITCH II." Open to everyone, the competition asks participants to reinvent an unused site beneath Portland's I-405 bridge into an active public space or shelter. While the specific programming is left to the participants' discretion, designs must respond to the specific context of the neighborhood. Registration is open now and submissions are welcomed through June 1, 2015. Three winners will be chosen by a multidisciplinary jury and announced at a ceremony on June 9, receiving monetary prizes between $100 and $500. For more information, visit aiaportland.org. To register, visit eventbrite.com. You can see last year’s winner, here.

SHoP's 626 First Avenue Coming Soon to NYC's East River

14:00 - 10 April, 2015
© SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

Construction is underway on SHoP Architects' newest addition to the New York skyline - 626 First Avenue. The conjoined residential towers, slated for completion in early 2016, aims to stimulate development on the city's East River. Once complete, they will add 800 residential units to the area connected via a sky bridge. Featured amenities will include an indoor lap pool, communal lounge areas, rooftop deck, fitness center, and film screening room. In addition to the cooper structures, SHoP will also design all the buildings' interiors and furniture, making the development a true gesamtkunstwerk.

Read on for more images of the project and a fly-through around the structure. 

Museum of Cultures Completes in Milan

12:00 - 10 April, 2015
Museum of Cultures Completes in Milan, © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie
© Oskar Da Riz Fotografie

The Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, has completed in Milan. Overshadowed by controversy, the building has made headlines this week due to a disagreement over its "poor quality" flooring that has led its architect (David Chipperfield) to disassociate himself with the project. Despite this, MUDEC is moving forward with plans to open on April 26. Take a look inside the building, after the break. 

© Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie +17

Patrik Schumacher: "The Denunciation of Architectural Icons and Stars is Superficial and Ignorant"

09:25 - 10 April, 2015
Patrik Schumacher: "The Denunciation of Architectural Icons and Stars is Superficial and Ignorant", Zaha Hadid Architects' Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton + Crow
Zaha Hadid Architects' Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton + Crow

In the latest of his provocative posts on Facebook, Patrik Schumacher has come out in defense of iconic design and star architects, arguing that the current trend of criticism is "superficial and ignorant," and "all-too-easy point-scoring which indeed usually misses the point."

Schumacher says that critics "should perhaps slow down a bit in their (pre-)judgement and reflect on their role as mediators between the discourse of architecture and the interested public." In the 1,400 word post, he goes on to elaborate that so-called icons and the star system are inevitable results of this mediation, adding that "explanation rather than dismissal and substitution should be seen as the critics’ task."

Read on after the break for more highlights from Schumacher's argument

Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch to Redesign Smith College's Neilson Library

06:00 - 10 April, 2015
Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch to Redesign Smith College's Neilson Library, Neilson Library. Image © Flickr CC user chipmunk_1
Neilson Library. Image © Flickr CC user chipmunk_1

Maya Lin, best known for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, together with Shepley Bulfinch has been chosen to redesign Smith College's Neilson Library. Selected after an international search conducted by the school, Lin's interdisciplinary approach coupled with Shepley Bulfinch's extensive work with academic institutions ultimately brought them to the forefront. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and last two years.

FAT And Crimson's 'A Clockwork Jerusalem' To Be Exhibited In London

04:00 - 10 April, 2015
FAT And Crimson's 'A Clockwork Jerusalem' To Be Exhibited In London, Electric Pastoral. Image © FAT Architecture / Sam Jacob
Electric Pastoral. Image © FAT Architecture / Sam Jacob

A Clockwork Jerusalem, the exhibition showcased in the British Pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale, will make it's UK debut at London's Architectural Association (AA) next month. Commissioned by the British Council and curated by Sam Jacob, co-founder of FAT, and , partner at Dutch practice Crimson Architectural Historians, the exhibition shines a light on the large scale projects of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s by exploring the "mature flowering of British Modernism at the moment it was at its most socially, politically and architecturally ambitious - but also the moment that witnessed its collapse."

First Renderings of Populous' Downtown Milwaukee Stadium

18:00 - 9 April, 2015
First Renderings of Populous' Downtown Milwaukee Stadium, View from Entertainment District Live Block. Image Courtesy of Populous
View from Entertainment District Live Block. Image Courtesy of Populous

The Milwaukee Bucks have just unveiled Populous' initial renderings of their downtown revitalization plan for Milwaukee’s sports and entertainment district, anchored by a multi-purpose arena. The first step in their vision, the arena hopes to be a modern expression of Wisconsin’s heritage and a vibrant cornerstone to the growth of downtown Milwaukee.

Grimshaw to Masterplan Washington DC's Union Station

14:00 - 9 April, 2015
Grimshaw to Masterplan Washington DC's Union Station, Existing Washington Union Station. Image © beautifulcataya
Existing Washington Union Station. Image © beautifulcataya

Grimshaw Architects has been asked to collaborate with New York-based Beyer Blinder Belle on a $10 billion masterplan that will modernize Washington DC's 1913 Beaux Arts Union Station. Along with the potential to triple passenger capacity, the plan aims to make the station more accessible and efficient, while integrate a new three-million-square-foot, mixed-use development by Amtrak and Akridge over its rail tracks. 

"Washington DC deserves a station that serves the region on a practical level whilst celebrating the gateway to the nation’s capital," said Grimshaw partner Vincent Chang.

Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum

12:00 - 9 April, 2015
Henning Larsen Designs New Branch of Swedish National Museum, Courtyard. Image © Henning Larsen Architects
Courtyard. Image © Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Architects has been selected over eleven finalists to design the new NORR - National Museum in Östersund, Mid-Sweden. Acting both as an extension to the existing Jamtli Museum and a new branch of the Swedish National Museum, the new building will feature a large and flexible exhibition hall, workshops, offices and a cafe. 

“The new exhibition hall is designed as wooden sculpture with an easily recognizable silhouette against the sky. The roof is quite remarkable because the deep skylights filter the soft northern daylight directly into the exhibition space. This gives a very sensitive light as well as a view to the sky,” says Søren Øllgaard, partner at Henning Larsen Architects and design responsible for the project.