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Sneak Peek at the World's First Underground Park - The Lowline

16:00 - 23 October, 2015

A 1,200 square-meter "test lab" of what aims to be the world's first underground park has opened its doors to New Yorkers. View a sneak peek above, shared with ArchDaily by The Spaces, to see just how the Lowline (as the project's known) plans to "plumb" sunlight into an abandoned trolley terminal beneath the city's Delancey Street in an attempt to transform the forgotten space into a sun-lit, subterranean public garden. 

Yasser Elsheshtawy to Curate UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 22 October, 2015
Yasser Elsheshtawy to Curate UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, "Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh
"Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh

UAEU professor Yasser Elsheshtawy has been appointed to curate the United Arab Emirates' participation at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Elsheshtawy plans to work with a group of selected interns on an exhibition that will reflect the UAE's contribution to the advancement of architecture and culture. A theme for the exhibition has yet to be announced. 

3D Ocean Farm Creator Wins 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

14:22 - 22 October, 2015
3D Ocean Farm Creator Wins 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, © GreenWave
© GreenWave

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - R. Buckminster Fuller

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced GreenWave as the winner of its 2015 Fuller Challenge - "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award." The non-profit is responsible for designing the world's first multi-species 3D ocean farms with the intent to "restore ocean ecosystems and create jobs in coastal communities by transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers."

Curatorial Team Selected for British Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

10:55 - 22 October, 2015
Curatorial Team Selected for British Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, 2016 Curatorial Team, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale (L-R) Shumi Bose, Jack Self, Finn Williams. Image © British Council
2016 Curatorial Team, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale (L-R) Shumi Bose, Jack Self, Finn Williams. Image © British Council

Shumi Bose, Jack Self and Finn Williams have been selected to curate the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale - "Reporting from the Front." Chosen by the British Council for their proposal "Home Economics," the team will "explore the future of the home through a series of full-scale domestic interiors." 

Home Economics addresses the frontline of British architecture: the family home," says the winning team. "The exhibition will ask urgent questions about the future of housing. Social and technological changes are collapsing the patterns of domestic life - but the design of the home hasn't caught up. Can the house ever escape its economic status as an asset? Should our homes still be considered private spaces? How do new types of families and households produce new spatial needs? What are the models of ownership, finance and work that make these conditions possible?"

SHoP's Vishaan Chakrabarti Launches New Practice Dedicated to Cities

14:30 - 21 October, 2015
SHoP's Vishaan Chakrabarti Launches New Practice Dedicated to Cities, Vishaan Chakrabarti discussing his book, "A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America". Image © Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP
Vishaan Chakrabarti discussing his book, "A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America". Image © Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP

Former SHoP partner, scholar, author and urbanist Vishaan Chakrabarti has announced the creation of Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), a new practice focused on the "advancement of cities through cosmopolitan architecture and strategically innovative urban planning." As founder and CEO, Chakrabarti will lead the New York City-based firm with a mission "to create an ecological network of empowered citizens, generous buildings, discursive public space, strong infrastructure and a thriving urban environment."

PAU's first client will be Sidewalk Labs, a new urban innovation company funded by Google that seeks to solve urban issues through the application of technology.

Renzo Piano Designs New Skyscraper for London

12:43 - 21 October, 2015
Renzo Piano Designs New Skyscraper for London , © RPBW
© RPBW

Plans have been unveiled for a "skinny Shard" in London's Paddington area. Designed by Renzo Piano, the 65-story skyscraper is the focus of a £1 billion plan aimed at revitalizing the "soulless" district.

"At the moment you only go to Paddington for two reasons - to catch a train or to see someone in hospital. It is soulless and has no life and yet it is only five minutes from Hyde Park and seven or eight minutes from Marble Arch," Sellar Property Group chairman Irvine Sellar told Evening Standard. "It is a fantastic location but it is stuck in a Fifties time-warp. We intend to create a place for people to go, where they will want to live, work, eat and shop."

September ABI Returns to Positive Territory

12:00 - 21 October, 2015
September ABI Returns to Positive Territory , September ABI 2015 . Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com
September ABI 2015 . Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com

After a slight contraction in August, the September Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has returned to positive territory. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the September ABI score was 53.7, up from a mark of 49.1. The new projects inquiry index was 61.0, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.

“Aside from uneven demand for design services in the Northeast, all regions are project sectors are in good shape,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “Areas of concern are shifting to supply issues for the industry, including volatility in building materials costs, a lack of a deep enough talent pool to keep up with demand, as well as a lack of contractors to execute design work.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break. 

Stevens' Hurricane-Resilient SU+RE House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015

16:05 - 20 October, 2015
Stevens' Hurricane-Resilient SU+RE House Wins Solar Decathlon 2015, © Thomas Kelsey / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
© Thomas Kelsey / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

A student-led team from Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) in New Jersey has won the 2015 Solar Decathlon with a “Coastal Home of the Future" - the SU+RE House. Affordable, net-zero, and entirely solar-powered, the home was inspired by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. It hopes to serve as a prototype for coastal homes.

"SU+RE HOUSE powers itself with clean solar power, and uses 90 percent less energy than its conventional cousins," says the winning team. "In the aftermath of a storm, SU+RE HOUSE can become a hub of emergency power for surrounding neighborhoods."

Wilkinson Eyre Selected to Design Australia's Second Tallest Tower

14:05 - 20 October, 2015
Wilkinson Eyre Selected to Design Australia's Second Tallest Tower, © Wilkinson Eyre
© Wilkinson Eyre

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won an international competition to design Australia's second tallest tower. The proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower, planned for Melbourne’s Southbank area, will be comprised of a 388-room luxury hotel and 680 apartments, as well as ground floor retail and rooftop garden terrace. As BDOnline reports, the winning scheme will rise 317-meters - just five meters shy of the country's tallest building: Q1 on the Gold Coast. Pending approval, it is scheduled for completion in 2020. 

Design Liberland: Competition Seeks to Masterplan New European Micronation

12:45 - 20 October, 2015
Design Liberland: Competition Seeks to Masterplan New European Micronation, Liberland Flag. Image © Liberland
Liberland Flag. Image © Liberland

In April, the world's "third smallest sovereign state" was established: Liberland. Established on a small patch of unclaimed land created by the border dispute between Croatia and Serbia, the new country founded on the principles of libertarianism is currently battling for international recognition - although as reported by The New York Times Magazine in August, this remains a steep uphill struggle. In spite of these challenges, the European micronation is seeking ideas through a global design competition on how to masterplan its seven-square-kilometer territory. Zaha Hadid Architects' Patrik Schumacher is one of the many experts that have been summoned to judge the proposals, of which aim to establish a "multi-stage" plan that will reflect Liberland's Libertarian and Anarcho-Capitalist values. 

"Rather than purely fantastical or artistic schemes, Liberland seeks radically creative, yet mature proposals for a fertile, high-density city-nation of the 21st century, responsive to its advanced contemporary network society," says the competition brief. 

WOHA and Liminal Architecture to Design Performing Arts Building in Tasmania

16:00 - 19 October, 2015
WOHA and Liminal Architecture to Design Performing Arts Building in Tasmania  , Creative Industries and Performing Arts Development. Image Courtesy of Liminal Architecture
Creative Industries and Performing Arts Development. Image Courtesy of Liminal Architecture

Liminal Architecture is partnering with WOHA and Arup Acoustics and Theatre on a new cultural and performance development for the University of Tasmania. Planned for the corner of Campbell and Collins Streets in Hobart, the building will envelope the existing Theater Royal and create a backdrop to the historic Hedberg Garage.

So far only one image of the schematic design has been released, revealing a porous structure that will, as the architect's describe, "evoke a sense of the activities happening within."

OMA to Redesign Washington DC's RFK Stadium Campus

16:35 - 9 October, 2015
OMA to Redesign Washington DC's RFK Stadium Campus, RFK Stadium in 1988. Image © Ken Hammond
RFK Stadium in 1988. Image © Ken Hammond

OMA has been selected to redevelop Washington DC's Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium campus. Lauded by the commissioners for their ability to activate public space, especially along waterfronts, OMA was also recently chosen alongside OLIN to design the city's 11th Street Bridge Park.

“One of the things we realized as we were analyzing the future use of RFK, after talking to a lot of potential users, is that there was no conceptual master plan that can be shared with the community once the ideas are put to paper,” said Max Brown, chairman Events DC - the organization spearheading the project. “We needed someone to help tell a story about what this place could be and options for use and how they’re located.”

Turenscape and MAP Chosen to Redevelop Kazan's Kaban Lake Embankments

12:25 - 9 October, 2015
Turenscape and MAP Chosen to Redevelop Kazan's Kaban Lake Embankments, © Turenscape + MAP
© Turenscape + MAP

Russian-Chinese consortium Turenscape and MAP architects was announced as winners of a major competition to redevelop the Kaban lake system embankments in Kazan, Russia. Their winning concept, “Elastic band: The Immortal Treasure of Kazan” aims to establish a "continuous system of landscapes along the bank line, which will preserve the cultural and historical memory and become a basement for future stage-by-stage development."

"The water is turning into a real living treasure and heritage of Kazan," said the competition's organizer.

HOK Designs Apple's Newest Silicon Valley Campus

11:35 - 9 October, 2015
HOK Designs Apple's Newest Silicon Valley Campus, © HOK
© HOK

Plans for Apple's newest California "spaceship" has been unveiled. Named after its bordering streets, Central & Wolfe hopes to transform a 1970s office park in Sunnyvale into a "futuristic office campus." The 19 acre site, located just five miles from Apple's main Cupertino campus (currently underway), was designed by HOK and is currently under review.

If built, it will replace nine aging buildings with a clover-like design comprised of three interconnected structures - each rising six stories.

Foggy: The World's First Frank Gehry-Designed Yacht

16:00 - 8 October, 2015
Foggy: The World's First Frank Gehry-Designed Yacht, Foggy / Frank Gehry. Image © Todd Eberle
Foggy / Frank Gehry. Image © Todd Eberle

"An avid yachtsman," Frank Gehry has designed his first yacht. As Esquire reports, the traditional larch wood sailboat boasts titanium and red accents with windows clad in warped lattice work. "Foggy," as it's named (an acronym for Frank Owen Gehry), was designed for Gehry's friend and developer Richard Cohen. Gehry collaborated with naval architect Germán Frers, who was charged with keeping Gehry's design practical. "Don't let me go too crazy," Gehry told Frers. "The boat has to work." 

MVRDV Designs 3-Tower Development for City of Amsterdam

13:05 - 8 October, 2015
MVRDV Designs 3-Tower Development for City of Amsterdam, © A2 Studio
© A2 Studio

The City of Amsterdam has selected MVRDV and OVG Real Estate to realize a new mixed use development in its Zuidas Business District - "P15 Ravel Plaza." Chosen through an international competition, the design calls for three asymmetrical towers grounded by office and retail, topped with housing and intertwined by an expansive public green space that wraps itself in and around the building. 

"This plan effectively increases the attractiveness of Zuidas," said Klaas de Boer, director of Zuidas, Amsterdam City Council.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Design First Building in Chicago

12:00 - 8 October, 2015
Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Design First Building in Chicago, Midway Plaisance. Image © The University of Chicago; Photo by Tom Rossiter
Midway Plaisance. Image © The University of Chicago; Photo by Tom Rossiter

The University of Chicago has selected Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) to design their David M. Rubenstein Forum, a new facility to host conferences, workshops, lectures, ceremonies and other gatherings. Planned for the University’s Campus South, on the southeast corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 60th Street, the Forum will provide a mix of informal and formal meeting spaces that encourage an "open exchange of ideas."

“As our first building in Chicago, the Rubenstein Forum presents a unique challenge: to imagine a contemporary place of discourse for all of the university’s constituent departments and institutes as well as invited scholars and dignitaries from around the world,” said DS+R founding partner Elizabeth Diller.

New Website Visualizes Human Activity in Cities Across the World

16:15 - 7 October, 2015
New Website Visualizes Human Activity in Cities Across the World, Screenshot of ManyCities, showing clusters of New York areas with similar timeline patterns. Image © ManyCities
Screenshot of ManyCities, showing clusters of New York areas with similar timeline patterns. Image © ManyCities

The SENSEable City Laboratory at MIT has developed a new tool with Ericsson to better understand human behavior. "ManyCities" is a new website that "explores the spatio-temporal patterns of mobile phone activity in cities across the world," including London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Taking complex data and organizing it in a intuitive way, the application allows users to quickly visualize patterns of human movement within the urban context down to the neighborhood scale. You can imagine how useful a tool like this can be for urban planners or even daily commuters, especially once real time analytics come into play. Take a look at ManyCities yourself, here