Karissa Rosenfield

Archibet: An Illustrated Alphabet of Architecture

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Barcelona-based architect and graphic artist Federico Babina is at it again, this time creating an imaginary “ City” guided by the language of architecture. From Alvar Aalto’s Riolo Parish Church to Zaha Hadid’s Library and Learning Centre in Vienna, the collection reimagines 26 famous works of architecture into a set of letters that, as Babina describes, expresses the “heterogeneity of forms and styles” that make up our profession. Each letter is drawn according to the interpretation of an architect’s style, forming part of the cityscape that Babina refers to as “Archibet”.

See the whole set, after the break…

Jane Drew Prize Goes to Kathryn Findlay (1953-2014)

Kathryn Findlay. Image Courtesy of Ushida Findlay Architects

Kathryn Findlay, educator and co-founder of Ushida Findlay Architects, has been named winner of the 2014 Jane Drew Prize. This announcement comes shortly after the news of Findlay’s death, which was unknown at the time of the jury’s decision. Known as “one of the most talented people in British architecture,” Findlay will be remembered for her “outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture.”

2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

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Eleven projects have been selected to receive the American Institute of Architects’ () 2014 Institute Honor Award for Architecture, an award known as the profession’s high recognition for works in the United States that exemplify excellence in architecture. These projects, and the architects who designed them, will be honored at the 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

A glimpse, after the break…

TimeLAX: A Time-Lapse Video Series of Los Angeles

TimeLAX travels across the sprawled city of , connecting some of the city’s most iconic landmarks – Disney Concert Hall, the Griffith Observatory and John Ferraro Building – with over 200 locations that reveal the true essence of the city’s fabric.

Part 2, after the break. 

TED: How an Obese Town Lost a Million Pounds / Mick Cornett

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In 2007, Oklahoma City was ranked the most obese city in America. The heavy news caused the city’s – at the time – overweight mayor, Mick Cornett to take a hard look at himself and his city. He realized that the city he deemed great, was only great if its citizen was the car. 

For the next five years, Cornett committed himself to improving his city’s health. By 2012, Oklahoma City residents lost a collective million pounds, which removed them from the obese rankings and placed the city as America’s 22nd most fittest. This change was made possible by a series of city initiatives that revolved around the integration of health related infrastructure. By doing this, Cornett sparked a cultural shift that significantly improved quality of life. See what these initiatives included and hear the whole story by watching Cornett’s Talk above.

David Adjaye Unveils Uganda Office Complex

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David Adjaye has been selected to design what will be the centerpiece of the largest redevelopment project in Africa’s history. The British architect, who spent his childhood growing up in Uganda, recently presented the vision alongside designer and co-founder Ozwald Boateng Obe and CEO Chris Cleverly.

The 65-hectare vision, which is aimed to redevelop the Naguru and Nakawa areas of Uganda’s capital city, will include everything needed for a functioning, vibrant micro-city: affordable homes, educational facilities, office space, shopping and entertainment centers, and more. Adjaye’s contribution will be a massive office complex made up of 10, conoidal towers that form a circular, public plaza at its center.

Norman Foster-Designed Scheme Aims to Transform London into “Cycling Utopia”

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Foster + Partners has unveiled a scheme that aims to transform London’s railways into cycling freeways. The seemingly plausible proposal, which was designed with the help of landscape firm Exterior Architecture and transportation consultant Space Syntax, would connect more than six million residents to an elevated network of car-free bicycle paths built above London’s existing railway lines if approved.

“SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city,” said Norman Foster, who is both a regular cyclist and the president of Britain’s National Byway Trust. ”By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters.”

Sequis Centre Tower / KPF

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently broke ground on what will be ’s first LEED Platinum building. Currently under construction in the heart of Jakarta, the Sequis Centre Tower is designed as a reinterpretation of the city’s typical glass tower. It will feature ample amounts of office space, along with restaurants, health facilities, retail space, and more. 

Venice Biennale 2014: Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana to Curate Dominican Republic Pavilion

Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1955). Image © Archivo General de la Nación

Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana (LAD) has been selected to curate the Dominican Republic’s first pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Developed by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and inspired by Mussolini’s 1942, the “exhibition will explore modern attitudes and local narratives around the 1955 Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World.” 

Kickstarter: REM

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UPDATE: REM’s campaign was successfully funded! 

There are only three days left for you to help fund the most highly-anticipated documentary film about the legendary Rem Koolhaas: REM. Directed by the architect’s son, Tomas Koolhaas, the film will explore an unprecedented perspective on what gives Koolhaas’ work function and purpose: how it is used by people. Learn more and donate to Koolhaas’ campaign here on Kickstarter.  

Three Firms Shortlisted for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image © Flickr user Elvert Barnes

Three teams have been shortlisted from a longlist of ten for the renovation of Washington DC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – the only library and D.C. building ever designed by Mies van der Rohe. The three competing teams are:

Cast Your Vote for the Audi Urban Future Award 2014

Speed Pitch: Philip Parsons & Federico Parolotto (screen shot)

How will data shape mobility in future mega-cites? This is precisely what three innovation teams are striving to answer for the 2014 . Review each team’s revolutionary idea after the break and cast your vote on the most innovative solution here. The winner of the voting will be announced by Audi’s CEO, Rupert Stadler, at the International CES in Las Vegas on January 6, 2014, and will be one participant in next year’s Audi Urban Future Award.

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and C+S Architects Win Competition to Redevelop Chiasso Train Station

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The Italian joint-venture between Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners and C+S Architects has been announced as winner of an international competition for the requalification of a former railway station site in , Switzerland. The team’s winning scheme proposes a “soft urban design” aimed at giving value to the pre-existing buildings, which are substantially maintained and sewn to the newly designed complex of two fashion schools: SAMS and STA.

VIDEO: Bunker 599 / RAAAF + Atelier de Lyon

Bunker 599, one of 700 secret bunkers that were used to weaponize artificial hydrology in during the 19th century (see: New Dutch Waterline), recently underwent a radical transformation. RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], in collaboration with Atelier de Lyon, sliced through the seemingly indestructible bunker to link visitors to an existing network of footpaths, create a publicly accessible attraction to those revisiting the NDW, and form a dramatic connection with the flooded plains that were altered more than 200 years ago.

The video above takes you through the process of altering the monolith, ending with film of the stunning result that has been attracting thousands of daily visitors since its completion. To learn more about the project, follow this link.

Young Projects to Design “Match-Maker” Heart for Times Square

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Trailing Situ Studio’s recycled lumber heartYoung Projects has been chosen to design the annual Times Square Valentine’s Day for lovers in the Big Apple. Made in collaboration with fabricator Kammental, “Match-Maker” will debut early February. 

Ziraat Bank Headquarters / KPF

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KPF has unveiled what will be their first project in : a pair of 40- and 46-story towers that will serve as the new headquarters for the country’s largest and oldest financial institution. The Ziraat Bank Headquarters will be the centerpiece of the new Istanbul International Financial Centre (IIFF), encompassing over 400,000-square-meters of office space and inspired by the site’s rich architectural context. 

LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower. Image © LEGO® Architecture

LEGO® has announced the architecture series’ newest addition: The Eiffel Tower (La tour Eiffel). Named after its engineer, Gustave Eiffel, the famous lattice structure is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Built on the Champ de Mars in Paris, , to serve as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world until 1930, and remains the tallest structure in Paris. More than 5,000 detailed drawings were required to assemble the 1063-foot tower’s 18,038 iron parts, which took just over two years to complete.

The Eiffel Tower LEGO® Architecture replica will be available for purchase on January 1st, 2014. You can learn more about the structure and its history here.

YAP 2013: bam! Debuts ‘He’ at MAXXI

He has made his debut in the MAXXI piazza. As the winner of the Young Architects Program (YAP) in , Turin-based studio Bam! Bottega di Architettura metropolitan has transformed the concrete facade of the Zaha Hadid-designed museum into a visual spectacular with the of a yellow, translucent and aerostatic prism.