Karissa Rosenfield

IIDA Names Recipients of 41st Interior Design Competition

Spa in Mallorca; Porto Cristo, / A2 arquitectos

The International Interior Design Association () has named winners of its 41st Interior Design competition, celebrating “outstanding and innovative” interior design “that encourages new ideas and techniques.” In addition to this, the announced the  22nd winner of its annual Will Ching competition, which recognizes “originality and excellence in commercial design from firms with five or fewer employees.” Preview all the winners, after the break.

Venice Biennale 2014: Turkey to Explore “Places of Memory” in Istanbul

Places of Memory / Hafiza Mekanlari. Image © Ali Taptik

The İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV) has announced Turkey’s first-ever participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale: “Places of Memory.” Comprised of the work of five contemporary Turkish artists, and curated by architect , the pavilion will aim to illustrate how a variety of 20th century architectural styles eventually evolved into a singe style throughout most of the contemporary world. 

Silvio d’Ascia Wins Competition to Design Morocco Rail Station

Entrance from city. Image Courtesy of Silvio d’Ascia Architecture and Omar Kobité

Silvio d’Ascia Architecture, Omar Kobité Architecture and Eric Giudice Architects have been announced as winner of an international competition to design the new TGV high-speed railway station in Kénitra. The winning design aims to unite the northern and southern parts of the city by providing two entryways joined by one geometrical volume whose triangular framework recalls traditional shapes found in vernacular Moroccan architecture.

RAIC Honors Peter Busby with Gold Medal

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre / Perkins+Will

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has named Peter Busby the 2014 recipient of the Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the organization. Since founding his Vancouver practice in 1984, Busby has built a reputation for being a “powerful catalyst in the growth of the green architecture movement,” a pioneer in . In 2004, Busby merged his firm with Perkins+Will. He now serves as the Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s San Francisco office. More information on Busby and the award, here.

AIA, AIAS Urges Congress to Support National Design Services Act

Image via "5 Things to Keep in Mind After Graduation by Nicholas Kreitler" (Click image to read). Image © Caro Wallis

The American Institute of Architects () and the American Institute of Architecture Students () have committed themselves to pushing a bill that would provide U.S. architecture graduates student loan relief in exchange for community service, an offer already granted to lawyers and doctors. The bipartisan legislation, known as the National Design Services Act (NDSA), was introduced today in an effort to free young professionals from the crushing cost of education (architecture being one of the disciplines with the highest loan balances) and aspire them to contribute their design service to the betterment of their communities. Learn more, here, and sign the petition in support of NDSA

gmp Wins First Prize to Design Swiss Children’s Hospital

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Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), with partners JB Ferrari, have won first prize in an international competition to design a new children’s emergency unit at the University Hospital in . The 85-bed hospital will feature a terraced inner courtyard with conservatory, which will serve as a protected outside play area, that offers ample natural light and space for plant-life.

Venice Biennale 2014: Nordic Pavilion to Study Architecture’s Role in East African Independence

FORMS OF FREEDOM. Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya. 1966–1973. Architect: Karl Henrik Nøstvik.. Image © David Keith Jones

The National Museum in has been chosen to curate the Nordic Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, and architectural firm Space Group. The , “FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models” will study modern Nordic architecture’s role in the liberation of East Africa during the 1960s and 70s.

VIDEO: Steven Holl on the Sifang Art Museum

Steven Holl has, again, teamed up with to produce two short films on the recently completed Sifang Art Museum. In the first video (above) Holl explains the project’s inspiration – the mysteries of parallel perspective seen in early Chinese paintings – and how the design subtly distorts any concept of a vanishing point at the ground level yet contrasts this notion in the upper galleries by framing the distant view of . In the second video (after the break), Spirit of Space allows you to experience this space by revealing it from all perspectives and scales.  

See the second video, after the break…

Michael Kimmelman Wins 2014 Brendan Gill Prize

Penn Station, Re-Imagined. Image © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Municipal Art Society (MAS) of has announced Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman as winner of the 2014 , a cash award presented annually to the creator of a specific work that “best captures the spirit and energy of New York City.” Kimmelman is being recognized, as President Vin Cipolla described, for his “insightful candor and continuous scrutiny of New York’s architectural environment” that is “journalism at its finest.” See why they singled out his coverage on the challenges of Penn Station, here.

Álvaro Siza + Juan Domingo Santos Design “New Gate of Alhambra”

Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + ; Rendering by LT Studios

Commissioned after winning an international competition in 2010, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera and -based Juan Domingo Santos have unveiled designs for a new entrance and visitors center at the Alhambra World Heritage site. A result of “superimposing a regular geometry over a territory of topography,” the new gate rearranges visitor access into the more than 1000-year-old monument through a series of enclosed, shaded courtyards and open, sunlit terraces.

Following to his experience at the Alhambra in 2009, Siza journaled about his envision for the new gate, stating: “…from bright sun to shadows, from warmth to coolness, from wide to intimate focus, I like to dream about my project before I set it down in any detail.”

Imagine 2020: Denver Launches Arts-First Public Policy

Screen shot from Cristobal Palma’s documentation of ’s Biennial of the Americas 2013 . Click the image to view.

The City of Denver has launched “Imagine 2020,” a pro-arts cultural plan that will pave the way for more city-wide “art opportunities” over the next seven years. According to the Denver Post, this initiative will include the revision of “plans, permits and codes” to allow for more installations, offer small micro-art grants for residents and neighborhoods, and establish large public gathering places throughout the city. You can learn more, here.

Ines Lobo Wins 2014 arcVision Women and Architecture Prize

Francisco Rodrigues Lobo Secondary School / Inês Lobo Arquitectos. Image © Leonardo Finotti

Portuguese Architect Ines Lobo has won the second edition of the arcVision Prize – Women and Architecture, an international social architecture award instituted by the Italcementi Group. Commended by the jury for being a “versatile architect,” Lobo has built a reputation for “creatively attacking complex architectural problems” at a variety of scales “within the existing urban fabric.”

Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark

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The City of Rotterdam has unveiled MVRDV’s competition winning design for a new public art depot in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. Clad in a highly reflective glass, the cylindrical BREEAM Excellent-planned “Collection Building” will store the “precious art collection of Rotterdam” as well as offer commercial interior storage for private collectors. It is designed to expose the inter workings of a museum, winding visitors up a public route, past storage rooms and restoration workshops, to a rooftop space, sculpture garden and restaurant.

Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transit Hub Fails to Impress

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“How can a $3.94 billion building be made to look cheap?” A small part of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub has been opened to the public, and the critics aren’t impressed. According to the  Times’ article by David Dunlap, the buildings “chunky fixtures” and “rough workmanship” “detract from what is meant to be breathtaking grandeur.” Read more, here.

UC Davis Selects SO-IL to Design New Art Museum

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UPDATE: SO-IL has broken ground on UC Davis’ new campus art museum. Completion is slated for 2016. 

The University of , Davis has selected emerging -based practice SO-IL to design a new campus’ art museum, which is envisioned to be a “regional center of experimentation, participation and learning.” SO-IL, selected from three finalists following an intensive five-month design competition, will collaborate with San Francisco-based Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and national construction firm Whiting-Turner to complete the project.

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi believes the winning design has turned the traditional notion of museum design inside out, as SO-IL’s concept will engage visitors with a sequence of interconnected interior and exterior spaces that are defined by curved glass walls and capped with a 50,000 square foot steel canopy. At night, the “Grand Canopy” will illuminate from within, establishing a new focal point for the campus and beckoning drivers along Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Milan Expo 2015: Tsinghua University with Studio Link-Arc to Design China Pavilion

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Tsinghua University, alongside New York-based Studio Link-Arc, has been announced as winners of a competition to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 2015 Expo. Expanding on the Expo’s overarching theme, “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life,” the pavilion’s “Land of Hope” is centered on the idea that “hope can be realized when nature and the city exist in harmony.”

Tadao Ando to Design First New York City Building

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Tadao Ando has been commissioned to design his first building. Though little information has been released, the residential development firm Sumaida + Khurana has closed a deal with the Japanese architect to design a 32,000 square foot, eight-unit, luxury condominium building at 152 Elizabeth Street in Nolita. Construction is expected to begin later this year and the building will be completed in 2016.

David Adjaye Designs Art and Culture Center for Colgate University

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Adjaye Associates has unveiled plans for a striated stone-clad cultural center at New York’s Colgate University. Inspired by the site’s surroundings, from the existing landscape to the “articulated volumes historic Village Hall,” the Colgate Art and Culture Center aims become a “high-quality, sustainable, and environmentally responsive building that creates a fantastic environment for art.”