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Skene Catling De La Pena's Rothschild Project Named UK's Best New House

14:10 - 3 December, 2015
Skene Catling De La Pena's Rothschild Project Named UK's Best New House, © James Morris
© James Morris

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Skene Catling De La Pena's Flint House the winner of its annual "House of the Year" award. A "marvel of geological evolution and construction," the home was formed within the "flint-layered fields" of Rothschild’s estate at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. As the judges say, the home's clever use of a locally prevalent materials and intelligent layering of space "delivers a stunning piece of livable, provoking, modern architecture that marries into the earthly yet beautiful countryside."  

LMN Architects Win 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award

12:21 - 3 December, 2015
LMN Architects Win 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award, Vancouver Convention Centre West. Image © LMN Architects
Vancouver Convention Centre West. Image © LMN Architects

LMN Architects, a 145-employee firm based in Seattle, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture Firm Award

“LMN Architects exemplify the best in architecture firm culture,” said 2015 AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA. “Not only is their work proof of this, but the amazing talent they are cultivating will have a reverberating impact on the profession for years to come.”

5 Shortlisted to Redesign the Entrance of London's Science Museum

16:00 - 2 December, 2015
5 Shortlisted to Redesign the Entrance of London's Science Museum, © Flickr CC User Science Museum London
© Flickr CC User Science Museum London

Farshid Moussavi and HAT Projects are among five shortlisted to redesign the entrance of London's Science Museum. The project, slated to complete in 2019, calls for a "new, generous and contemporary entrance" as part of an overall masterplan that seeks to transform a third of the museum over the next five years. 

“The profile and breadth of the shortlisted practices reflect the level of interest generated for this appointment and the ambition of the Science Museum’s masterplan,” said a museum spokesperson. 

The full shortlist includes: 

Architects for Urbanity Win Competition for Varna Regional Library

14:18 - 2 December, 2015
Architects for Urbanity Win Competition for Varna Regional Library, © Architects for Urbanity
© Architects for Urbanity

Architects for Urbanity has been awarded first prize in a competition for a new regional library in Varna, Bulgaria. What will be known as the "Pencho Slaveykov," the proposed 17,500-square-meter building was lauded by the jury for its ability to fit into the context "unobtrusively." It's design features a transparent "open space of knowledge" that divides the building's mass into two volumes and encourages the public to enter. 

2016 YAP P.S.1 Shortlist

11:55 - 2 December, 2015
2016 YAP P.S.1 Shortlist, COSMO - 2015 winner of MoMA PS1's YAP. Image © Office for Political Innovation
COSMO - 2015 winner of MoMA PS1's YAP. Image © Office for Political Innovation

MoMA P.S.1 has announced five finalists to compete in the 2016 Young Architects Program (YAP). Now in it’s 16th edition, the competition will challenge a group of emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the walls of the P.S.1 courtyard for MoMA’s annual summer “Warm-Up” series.

The 2016 shortlist includes First Office / Andrew Atwood + Anna Neimark (Los Angeles, CA); ESCOBEDO + SOLIZ / Lazbent Pavel Escobedo Amaral + Andres Soliz Paz (Mexico City, Mexico); ULTRAMODERNE / Yasmin Vobis + Aaron Forrest (Providence, RI); COBALT OFFICE / Andrew Colopy and Robert Booth (Houston, TX); and Frida Escobedo (Anzures, Mexico). The winners will be announced in early 2016. 

Previous winners include COSMO (Andrés Jaque), The Living (Hy-Fi), CODA (Party Wall), Interboro Partners (Holding Pattern), Work AC (Public Farm 1), MOS (Afterparty) and SO-IL (Pole Dance).

Chinese Artist Makes Bricks from Beijing's Smog

16:00 - 1 December, 2015
Chinese Artist Makes Bricks from Beijing's Smog, Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother
Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother

From the Bird’s Nest to the CCTV headquarters, for the past 100 days Chinese performance artist "Nut Brother" has been wandering the streets of Beijing collecting smog with an industrial vacuum so that he can eventually turn it into bricks. He has now began to form his bricks by mixing a combination of the collected "dust and smog" with clay. As he told Quartz, the project is meant to be a symbol. Read the whole story here

MoMA Appoints Sean Anderson as Associate Curator of Architecture and Design

14:00 - 1 December, 2015
MoMA Appoints Sean Anderson as Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design. Image © The Museum of Modern Art, NY
Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design. Image © The Museum of Modern Art, NY

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has appointed Sean Anderson as the new Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design. Under the direction of Chief Curator Martino Stierli, Anderson will be responsible for "overseeing MoMA's Issues in Contemporary Architecture exhibition series, assisting in curatorial supervision of the Young Architects Program (YAP) both at MoMA PS1 and with international partners, and serving as the primary liaison to architecture communities both locally in New York as well as globally." His appointment is now effective. 

Video: Frank Gehry, Paul Goldberger and Charlie Rose on the Art and Science of Architecture

18:00 - 30 November, 2015

Frank Gehry and critic Paul Goldberger sat down with Charlie Rose to "the art and science of architecture and Golberger's new biography, Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry." You can watch the full 34-minute discussion above. 

The New New York Skyline (Sunlight Not Included)

14:00 - 30 November, 2015
The New New York Skyline (Sunlight Not Included), The full diagram available on the National Geographic (link below). Image © National Geographic
The full diagram available on the National Geographic (link below). Image © National Geographic

With New York's skyline on the rise, Fast Company says that there will no longer be sunlight on the streets of Manhattan by 2020 (unless you can afford a rooftop penthouse). Thirty-four skyscrapers 700-feet and taller are currently in-progress or being proposed, adding to 41 that already exist. This may seem like a lot, but as Fast Company also points out London has 230 new towers over 20 stories planned. See National Geographic's "The New New York Skyline" illustration for a closer look. 

Peter Zumthor: “There’s Nothing I’m Not Interested In”

12:00 - 30 November, 2015

The Louisiana Channel recently made a trip to the hometown of Peter Zumthor for an extensive and rare video interview on the Swiss architect's life journey, passion for learning, and how "different kinds of silence" help him reach his potential. 

KSP Jürgen Engel Wins Competition for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

14:00 - 26 November, 2015
KSP Jürgen Engel Wins Competition for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library, © KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
© KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten has won an international competition for the new Shenzhen Art Museum and Library. Selected over schemes by Steven Holl, Mecanoo, OMA, and others, the winning project takes the shape as three "elements" - an art museum, library and archive, and new "Culture Plaza" - united by a "stone podium." 

"The main concept behind the design was to create a space that brings together art, culture, and an urban environment – a space where people and culture are encouraged to interact," says the architects.

Feast Your Eyes On These Stunning Kitchens

12:00 - 26 November, 2015
Feast Your Eyes On These Stunning Kitchens, Lucky Shophouse / CHANG Architects © Invy & Eric Ng
Lucky Shophouse / CHANG Architects © Invy & Eric Ng

As many of our U.S. readers prepare for their Thanksgiving feast, we’ve decided to share with you one of the things we are most thankful for: stunning kitchens and the architects behind them. Continue reading after the break to view a compilation of kitchens we wouldn’t mind spending our day cooking (and eating) in. 

Pit House / UID Architects © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion / Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect © Maxwell MacKenzie The Shadow House / Liddicoat & Goldhill © Keith Collie Transformation d'un Atelier en Loft / NZI Architectes © Juane Sepulveda +10

Federico Babina's ARCHILINE Paints the Essence of Architecture's Greatest Works

14:15 - 25 November, 2015
Federico Babina's ARCHILINE Paints the Essence of Architecture's Greatest Works, © Federico Babina
© Federico Babina

Striping away the unnecessary to reveal the soul of architecture's greatest works is the latest challenge Federico Babina has taken on. With 18 paintings, Babina has revisited the notorious works of Le Corbusier, Tadao Ando, MVRDV, Rem Koolhaas and many others to summarize in just "a few lines" their true essence. 

"The intent is to display the volumes, shapes, and even style of iconic architecture through simple lines and geometry," says Babina. "The project is part of a study on the simplification and the identification of the basic elements for the recognition of buildings. The idea is to archive an almost abstract representation without losing the essence of the figurative representation."

© Federico Babina © Federico Babina © Federico Babina © Federico Babina +18

Chicago's New Apple Store Is Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Homes

16:00 - 24 November, 2015
Chicago's New Apple Store Is Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Homes, via MacRumors
via MacRumors

Apple's new Foster + Partners-designed flagship store in Chicago is said to have been inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style Homes outside the city. Unveiled first by the Chicago Tribune, the store will feature a 14-foot entry pavilion that will usher visitors from Michigan Avenue down into the sales floor backdropped with views of the Chicago River. A "grand flight of stairs" will offer pedestrians an alternative route to the riverside walkway that flanks the bank. 

Libeskind Unveils Design for New Lithuanian Modern Art Center

14:20 - 24 November, 2015
Libeskind Unveils Design for New Lithuanian Modern Art Center, © Studio Daniel Libeskind
© Studio Daniel Libeskind

Plans have been revealed for a new Modern Art Center (MAC) in the historic city of Vilnius, Lithuania. The 3100-square-meter "three-dimensional public space," as architect Daniel Libeskind describes it, is designed to be a "cultural gateway" that connects the city's 18th century grid and medieval walled city. 

“We wanted to create a museum for the people of Lithuania, and also give this collection a home and an international audience. This collection is about the cultural legacy of the country,” said founder Viktoras Butkus. “Libeskind’s work is expressive, innovative, and, most importantly, has the power to tell the story of the past while connecting to the future of the city,” added Butkus.

3XN Wins Approval for 200-Meter Tower in Sydney

13:50 - 24 November, 2015
3XN Wins Approval for 200-Meter Tower in Sydney, Courtesy of 3XN
Courtesy of 3XN

Update: 3XN's Quay Quarter Sydney has received final approval. The article below was originally published September 25, 2014, after the practice won the commission. New interior images have been added to the gallery.

3XN has won an international competition to design the “50 Bridge Street” tower and masterplan for the Quay Quarter Sydney (QQS) precinct. Just west of Jørn Utzon’s Opera House, the new tower will feature five rotating glass volumes, each equipped with a multi-level atria and views of the Sydney harbour. 

DesignIntelligence 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016

16:00 - 23 November, 2015
DesignIntelligence 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016, © Matthew Carbone
© Matthew Carbone

DesignIntelligence has named 25 educators for being the most "exemplary professionals" in their field. With professors from some of the US' top architecture schools, each honoree was selected with "extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students." 

The "most admired" US design professors of 2016, include:

AIANY and Center for Architecture Name Benjamin Prosky as Executive Director

14:00 - 23 November, 2015
AIANY and Center for Architecture Name Benjamin Prosky as Executive Director, © AIANY
© AIANY

Following the resignation of Rick Bell earlier this year, AIANY and The Center for Architecture have appointed Benjamin Prosky as Executive Director. Prosky will assume his new position in early 2016, after stepping down as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). 

“Ben brings a unique energy, intelligence, and experience to the executive director position,” said Carol Loewenson, incoming president of AIA New York and partner at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, in a statement. “AIANY is poised for great change: more outreach, greater membership value, deeper connections to the academy, and a stronger role in actively impacting the design of our city. Ben is the right person to imagine the AIANY of the future. We are thrilled to have him on board to lead our organization.”