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Ismael Levya to Transform NYC Parking Garage into Luxury Residential Tower

16:00 - 12 February, 2016
© Ismael Levya Architects via New York Yimby
© Ismael Levya Architects via New York Yimby

An image of Ismael Levya Architects' transformation of a six-story parking garage in New York City's Upper East Side has been revealed. The project, already under construction, will expand the structure into a 19-story residential tower that will house 56 luxury apartments. Described as a "lantern," the 210-foot-tall building was designed as "four distinct townhouse volumes with metal and glass."

Mies van der Rohe: "Architecture as Language"

12:20 - 12 February, 2016

Swiss filmmaker Alexandre Favre has explored his passion for architecture with the creation of this film about Mies van der Rohe. Starting with the German Pavilion replica, Favre began a journey that would lead him to a number of Mies' most notable works, filming them with equipment that was contemporary at the time of each project's fruition. Inspired by the architect's "less is more" motto, Favre aimed to capture the essence of Mies' architecture by revealing the projects in a simple format taken from the human perspective. 

COBE Chosen to Develop Christiansholm Island in Copenhagen

16:00 - 11 February, 2016
© COBE and Luxigon
© COBE and Luxigon

COBE has been announced as winner of an international competition to masterplan Christiansholm island (also known as Paper Island) in Copenhagen’s inner harbor. COBE's plan calls to replace the artificial island's existing warehouses with new "Copenhagen Halls" that are topped with housing and commercial space, and anchored by "informal, public functions," such as event, gallery and swimming halls. All will be connected by a public promenade the surrounds the island. 

“Our vision for the island’s future is to create a place that celebrates the city’s culture and the Copenhagen way of life. It was important for us that Christiansholm also in future will be a first class example of Copenhagen’s generous urban living that can attract tourists and visitors at the same time has a strong local presence,” says Dan Stubbergaard, owner and creative director at COBE. 

Neri Oxman and Kevin Spacey to Speak at AIA National Convention 2016

12:00 - 11 February, 2016
Mediated Matter's Silk Pavilion in the MIT Media Lab. Image © Steven Keating, courtesy of Mediated Matter
Mediated Matter's Silk Pavilion in the MIT Media Lab. Image © Steven Keating, courtesy of Mediated Matter

Award-winning actor and producer Kevin Spacey plans to share some tips on how to "innovate, disrupt and take risks" at this year's American Institute of Architect's National Convention in Philadelphia. Kickstarting the 2016 convention, Spacey will be the first of three speakers to take the stage as a keynote speaker. Designer and Mediated Matter research group founder Neri Oxman will follow the "House of Cards" actor to discuss "material ecology" on the second day of the convention (May 20).

Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square

12:00 - 11 February, 2016
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts

Collective–LOK's Heart of Hearts installation has officially opened in New York City's Times Square, just in time for Valentine's Day. Winner of this year's annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, a competition curated by the Center for Architecture, the "faceted ring of 12 golden, mirrored hearts" will remain on view in Duffy Square through March 6. 

AR Shortlists 15 for Women in Architecture Awards

12:53 - 10 February, 2016
© ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

The Architectural Review (AR) has unveiled the candidates for its 2016 Woman Architect of the Year and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture awards. Tatiana Bilbao, Jeanne Gang, Kazuyo Sejima and Charlotte Skene Catling are all being considered as the woman of the year for their impact and ability to inspire change within the profession. 

Eleven women are being considered for the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture prize for their "use of innovative architecture to effect positive social change." Read on to see them all. 

BIG to Design Champs-Élysées Flagship for Galeries Lafayette

11:50 - 10 February, 2016
Inside the future Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées. Image © Galeries Lafayette
Inside the future Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées. Image © Galeries Lafayette

French department chain Galeries Lafayette has commissioned BIG to design its new flagship on Paris' historic Avenue des Champs-Élysées. BIG's first retail client, Galeries Lafayette hopes to position the project "as an upmarket department store for the 21st century" that will "endow the legendary boulevard with renewed cachet," according to a report on Business of Fashion.

Sited for 52 Champs-Élysées, the 7000-square-meter space will take its inspiration from the historic Art Deco building its housed in. As BIG described, they hope to enhance that space and respect the existing architecture, rather than radically transform it. 

Empty Oil Cans May Not Be the Reason for Tainan Building Collapse

16:00 - 9 February, 2016
via CNN
via CNN

With a death toll that may exceed 100, the unfortunate collapse of the 17-story Weiguan Jinlong (Golden Dragon) apartment complex in Tainan this past Saturday has caused some major confusion. As the BBC reports, the 200-unit building, built in 1983 by a construction company that has since gone out of business, crumbled after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake while surrounding buildings remained unscathed. Though some are suspicious of the use of empty oil cans as fillers in the concrete pillars, structural engineers do not believe that to be the cause. The building is under investigation for "shoddy construction." Its developer (Lin Ming-hui) has been detained on charges of negligence leading to death. 

Ron Arad to Break Ground on Israeli Cancer Center in Afula

14:00 - 9 February, 2016
© Whitaker Studio
© Whitaker Studio

Ron Arad Architects will soon break ground on Beit Shulamit (or “Shulamit House"), a new cancer centre for the Emek Medical Centre in Afula – a regional hospital campus in the north of Israel. Designed to be "an inviting and unthreatening intervention within the hospital context," the center will be situated east of the main campus’ perimeter road within the foothills of the nearby Giv’at Hamoré mountain.

"The three-story building is arranged upon a generous new ground level deck, which rests over two covered car parking levels," says the architects. "The Centre’s three upper floors step down towards the South, to create a terraced arrangement in keeping with the site’s topography. This enhances both the views out of all parts of the building towards the natural environment, and offers a variety of indoor/outdoor spaces for circulation and reflection."

Santiago Calatrava Wins Competition to Design Landmark Observation Tower in Dubai

12:00 - 9 February, 2016
© Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava has won an international competition to design a "landmark" observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbor. Selected over five other proposals, the design was inspired by Islamic architecture with the intention to "fuse modern, sustainable design with the rich culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates."

“This architectural wonder will be as great as the Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower,” said Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Studio Mumbai Founder Bijoy Jain to Design Melbourne's Next MPavilion

16:00 - 8 February, 2016
Ganga Maki Textile Studio / Studio Mumbai. Image Courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Ganga Maki Textile Studio / Studio Mumbai. Image Courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has chosen Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai to design Melbourne's 2016 MPavilion. Following Amanda Levete's rendition of the unique commission, which closed its doors Sunday after hosting four months of free events, Jain will be the third architect to design the annual MPavilion. 

"I’m honored to be commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design the next MPavilion in Melbourne. I want it to be a symbol of the elemental nature of communal structures. Like Naomi, I see MPavilion as a place of engagement: a space to discover the essentials of the world - and of oneself," commented Jain. 

BIG to Extend High Line Vertically with Spiral Tower

12:00 - 8 February, 2016
© Tishman Speyer
© Tishman Speyer

Developer Tishman Speyer has commissioned BIG to design a new office tower on the northern end of the High Line at Hudson Yards in New York City. Dubbed "The Spiral," the 1005-foot-tall tower is named after its defining feature - an "ascending ribbon of lively green spaces" that extend the High Line "to the sky," says Bjarke Ingels. 

"The Spiral combines the classic Ziggurat silhouette of the premodern skyscraper with the slender proportions and efficient layouts of the modern high-rise," adds Ingels. "Designed for the people that occupy it, The Spiral ensures that every floor of the tower opens up to the outdoors creating hanging gardens and cascading atria that connect the open floor plates from the ground floor to the summit into a single uninterrupted work space. The string of terraces wrapping around the building expand the daily life of the tenants to the outside air and light.”

Apply Now to TED Residency

16:00 - 5 February, 2016
© TED
© TED

Could you be one of TED's first Residents? TED is offering a new space in their New York SoHo headquarters for a brand-new program: TED Residency. Searching for creative individuals who believe their work deserves more exposure and can benefit from interdisciplinary interactions, the TED team will give each resident a chance to develop their idea for four months with the support of their team. If chosen, you will be provided an office space, technical assistance, and an opportunity to present your idea in the TED theater.

Submissions are due February 24. This year's residency program will run from April 1 to July 31. Apply here!

Foster to Break Ground on Norton Museum Expansion in Florida

14:00 - 5 February, 2016
© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

UPDATE: Foster + Partners Norton Museum of Art expansion will official break ground tomorrow, February 6, following the Norton's annual Gala celebrating its 75th anniversary. The project, which will transform the museum's West Wing, increase gallery space by 35 percent and add a new auditorium, great hall and education space to the building, is expected to complete in 2018. A new sculpture garden and additional green space will also be integrated into the new scheme. 

Foster + Partners has unveiled plans that would double the gallery space at the historic Norton Museum of Art in Florida's West Palm Beach. By constructing three “bold” new pavilions beneath a single “shimmering” roof, Foster promises to restore the museum’s original elegance, strengthening its role within the surrounding community and provide the framework for future growth. 

6 Firms Highlighted as New York's "Promising" New Practices

12:30 - 5 February, 2016
Zone 14 Canopy / Taller KEN. Image © Andres Asturias
Zone 14 Canopy / Taller KEN. Image © Andres Asturias

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter has named six firms as the recipients of its New Practices New York 2016 award. Under this year's theme of "Prospect," the winners were selected for having "leveraged multiple aspects of the architecture profession, utilizing unique and innovative strategies, both in the projects and the practices they have started." 

The six "promising and pioneering firms" are...

AMO Brings Prada's 2016 S/S Collection to Life with "Real Fantasies" Video

16:00 - 4 February, 2016

AMO has released the 16th edition of Prada Real Fantasies - a conceptual reinterpretation of the 2016 Spring/Summer Prada collection.

"AMO graphically reinterprets the Indefinite Hangar as a synthetic sunset fixed within a 3 dimensional blank space. The abstract hangar is populated with geometric objects and furniture. Characters move through a neutral scene between the undefined and distilled fragments of daily life. The horizon and scale constantly shifts, manipulating the frame and disrupting a linear sequence: an artificial landscape where fiction and collection collide," says the OMA research studio.  

BIG, Tschumi, MVRDV Among 15 Shortlisted for Hungary's Museum of Ethnography

14:00 - 4 February, 2016
Városliget (City Park). Image © Liget Budapest
Városliget (City Park). Image © Liget Budapest

Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelb(l)au, and OMA are some of 15 major practices that have been shortlisted in the second (and final) stage of a competition to design the new Museum of Ethnography in Budapest. The building will be one of four new museums being built in Hungary's 200-year-old Városliget (City Park) as part of the Liget Budapest project, which includes SANAA's Ludwig Museum and Sou Fujimoto’s House of Hungarian Music.

"For the first time since the foundation of the Museum of Ethnography that is, for over 140 years now, it has become possible to permanently place the museum in a building worthy for the collection, to be built specifically for this function. In addition, the construction of the new building of the Museum of Ethnography will solve another more than half a century problem: by relocating the institution, the Kúria (former Ministry of Justice) building, recently housing the museum, can regain its original function," says Liget Budapest.

The 15 finalists include: 

Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen

12:30 - 4 February, 2016
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects have won an international competition to design the world's largest waste-to-energy plant on the outskirts of Shenzhen, China. The new "Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plan will be capable of incinerating 5000 tonnes of waste per day - "one third of the waste generated by Shenzhen's 20 million inhabitants every year," according to the team. In addition to incinerating waste and generating power, the plant will serve as a place to teach residents about its purpose.