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SOM Unveils 500-Meter “Energy Tower” for Jakarta

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has unveiled a 99-story tower planned for the Rasuna Epicentrum neighborhood in Jakarta. Designed as a “highly sustainable corporate headquarters” for the state-owned energy company, Pertamina, the “energy tower” aims to become a new landmark on the Indonesian capital’s skyline. Once complete in 2020, the large-scale project will feature a 2,000-seat performing arts auditorium and exhibition pavilion, public mosque, and central energy plant in addition to the office tower.

Perkins+Will Selected to Design Prentice Replacement

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Northwestern University has selected Perkins+Will to design the new 600,000 square foot Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine in . Planned for the site of Bertrand Goldberg’s recently demolished Prentice Woman’s Hospital, the new building will “anchor the University’s research facilities and be the hub of a world-class research and development enterprise that attracts innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple to Receive 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award

Rosa Keller Library / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. Image © Timothy Hursley

Just two days after the passing of R. , FAIA, the New Orleans-based architect’s practice, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple (EDR), has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Architecture Firm Award. Presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the annual award is the highest honor bestowed by to a firm by the national institution. EDR is being recognized for “rigorously crafting Modernism to repair, restore, and enhance the exceptionally unique cultural and historic context of New Orleans.”

DMAA Wins Competition for Mixed-Use, Cultural Complex in Munich

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Vienna-based Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA) has been announced as winner of a competition to design a mixed-use, cultural complex in . Dubbed Hanns Seidel Platz, the 40,500-square-meter scheme will provide a 160-unit “living tower,” office space, a civic center, concert hall and large public plaza for the district of Neuperlach.

This winning concept was developed in collaboration with the architecture firm Wimmer un Partner. It is expected for completion in 2019.

Julia Morgan Awarded 2014 AIA Gold Medal

Julia Morgan, FAIA (1872-1957)

The American Institute of Architects () has announced today their decision to posthumously award the 2014 to Julia Morgan, FAIA (1872-1957), “whose extensive body of work has served as an inspiration to a generation of female architects.”

“Julia Morgan is unquestionably among the greatest American architects of all time and a true California gem,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in her recommendation letter. “Morgan’s legacy has only grown over the years. She was an architect of remarkable breadth, depth, and consistency of exceptional work, and she is widely known by the quality of her work by those who practice, teach, and appreciate architecture.”

300 Lafayette Street / COOKFOX

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Planned to transform former gas station site at the entrance of SOHO by mid-2015, this COOKFOX-design was labeled as one of the most “erudite and captivating” presentations the Landmarks Preservation Commission has seen in years. The seven-story office and retail building is centered around the idea of connecting users to nature. Softening the building’s modern steel and glass facade will be a cloak of lush balconies topped with prime penthouse office space.

Mapdwell Expands to Washington D.C.

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Mapdwell announced today the unveiling of Mapdwell Solar System for the Washington, D.C. The MIT-born project has formed an alliance with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to provide its state-of-the-art rooftop solar resource to the U.S. capital.

DDOE was the first of several organizations to partner with Mapdwell after the platform was introduced in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The District’s map comes only seven months after the initial rollout of Solar System, and constitutes the first step in Mapdwell’s expansion in the and abroad.

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

To help ease the pressure of selecting the perfect gift for the architects in your life, we have compiled 13 products that are guaranteed to please. See them all, after the break, and let us know what you have on your list this year in the comment section below. 

Herzog & de Meuron Skyscraper Unveiled for New Canary Wharf Development

firm Allies and Morrison has submitted planning applications for a 9.23 hectare, mixed-use development east of London’s Canary Wharf. Dubbed “Wood Wharf,” the new neighborhood will include upwards of 3,000 homes, 240,000-square-meters of commercial office space, 100 retail outlets, hospitality and more – all interconnected by a 3.6 hectare network of public space. 

A 56-story, cylindrical skyscraper designed by Herzog & de Meuron will be one of three residential buildings planned for the scheme’s first phase, designed in collaboration with Stanton Williams. , who provided the revised masterplan for Canary Wharf Group, will design the first two office blocks targeted at technology-based companies. 

Daniel Libeskind Designs Apartment Building for Berlin

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Studio Daniel Libeskind has released images of his latest project: a 10,000 square meter residential building planned for the center of . Occupying a half-acre corner site in the neighborhood of Chausseestrasse, “Chausseestrasse 43” will be encased by a metallic-coated ceramic facade shaped to maximize exposure to natural light.

Pier Carlo Bontempi Named 2014 Driehaus Laureate

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Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi has been selected as the 12th recipient of the Richard H. at the . Lauded for his “lifelong contribution to the human city and classical tradition,” Bontempi has dedicated much of his work in the “search for common ground between the classical and the modern; the two most powerful architectural ideas of our century,” as jury member Demetri Porphyrios described.

Win a Copy of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s Newly Released “Wunderkammer”

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UPDATE: Congrats to Josh Draper of Brooklyn, winner of the Wunderkammer ! Thank you to all those who participated. 

Thanks to our friends at Yale University Press, one of our readers has the opportunity to  win a copy of the newly released book Wunderkammer by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Inspired by the idea of the wunderkammer—“wonder-room” or “cabinet of curiosities”—that originated during the Renaissance, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien invited 42 celebrated architects and designers to create their own cabinets filled with objects that inspire them. Wunderkammer (December 2013) showcases the varied, evocative results along with accompanying statements by their creators, including: Shigeru Ban, Toyo Ito, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, Richard Meier, Murray Moss, Diébédo Francis Keré, Juhani Pallasmaa, Elias Torres, and Peter Zumthor.

For a chance to win, all you have to do is answer the following questions in the comment section below: “If one should open your wunderkammer, what would they find and how does it inspire your work?

You have until Monday, December 16th to submit your answers. The winner will be contacted the following day. Good luck!

Competition Entry: Monument to Foot Soldiers / Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

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In honor of Alabama’s 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Campaign, a national design competition was launched to envision a “Monument to Foot Soldiers.” New York City-based Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects was one of many entrants who responded, hoping to design a monument that would honor the sacrifices made by the unnamed activists who fought for civil rights and celebrate the power of the human spirit.

Rockefeller Foundation Selects 33 Cities for Resiliency Challenge

White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for New York’s “Resilient Rockaway” competition.

The has named the first group of selected in the “100 Resilient Centennial Challenge.” Each city has been chosen for demonstrating “a commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses.” More than 1,000 registrations and nearly 400 formal applications from around the world were submitted. After careful review of each city’s challenges, these 33 where chosen: 

HOK Selected to Refurbish Palace of Westminster

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Correction: The -team has been appointed to appraise the options for refurbishment and has not yet been commissioned for the work itself. 

HOK, in collaboration with Aecom and Deloitte, has been selected from a shortlist of five to lead the £720m refurbishment of London’s Palace of Westminster. As reported by BDOnline, the grade I listed building will now undergo a feasibility study before work begins. The plan is to modernize the mid-1800s palace, which was originally designed by Sir Charles Barry with the help of Augustus Pugin. This will include upgrading all HVAC systems and improving fire safety, as well restoring the cast iron roofs and deteriorating stone exterior.

Eight Teams Shortlisted for Canakkale Antenna Tower in Turkey

Çanakkale Antenna Tower International Competition

Eight international teams have been shortlisted to design a 100-meter tall Observation and Broadcast Tower for the historic city of Çanakkale. The competition, now in its second stage, has required each team to develop their schematic designs before submitting them to the jury in February.

As stated by the competition brief, “competitors are strongly recommended to consider the technological requirements of the broadcasting tower and recreational potentials of a public entity with equal emphasis.” Once complete, the forested hilltop site will be transformed into a public destination, offering exhibition spaces, recreational facilities and observation decks, in addition to an “iconic antenna tower.”

The complete shortlist includes:

Herzog & de Meuron Celebrates Opening of Pérez Art Museum Miami

South façade. Image © Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Pérez Art Museum

Herzog & de Meuron just celebrated the grand opening of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), alongside the commence of the Art Basel in Miami Beach. Located on a waterfront site overlooking the Biscayne Bay, near the MacArthur Causeway, the three-story museum’s low-profile seems to almost disappear into its surroundings – a pleasant contrast to the ornate and often form-based architecture that is typically found throughout the city. This lack of form, as Jacques Herzog described, is all about “permeability.”

“Miami is known for its iconic art deco district – in fact art deco was about decorated boxes with no great relationship and exchange between inside and outside,” Herzog continued. “The greatest thing, however, that makes Miami so extraordinary is its amazing climate, lush vegetation and cultural diversity. How can these assets be fully exploited and translated into architecture? That’s the way we tried to go with our design for the new art museum in Miami.”

Continue reading for a sneak peak inside the Museum…

Foster Designs Extension for Florida’s Norton Museum of Art

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Yesterday at Art Basel and Design , Norman Foster unveiled plans that would double the gallery space at the historic Norton Museum of Art in . 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.