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China's First All-Glass Suspension Bridge Opens in Hunan

12:38 - 28 September, 2015
China's First All-Glass Suspension Bridge Opens in Hunan, © Sina
© Sina

This (terrifying) 300-meter-long bridge is the first in China to be made of all glass. Suspended 180-meters above ground between two cliffs at Hunan's Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, the Haohan Qiao - Brave Men's Bridge - was originally meant to be wood, before being constructed with 24mm thick glass that is 25 times stronger than normal.

"The bridge we build will stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it," said a worker to China News Service. "The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won't fall through."

Deborah Berke Named Dean of Yale School of Architecture

15:26 - 25 September, 2015
Deborah Berke Named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, Deborah Berke. Image © Winnie Au for Deborah Berke Partners
Deborah Berke. Image © Winnie Au for Deborah Berke Partners

Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners has been appointed as the new dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Having served as an adjunct professor at Yale since 1987, Berke will be the first woman to lead the school. She will assume her position on July 1, 2016, during the architecture school's 100th anniversary, succeeding Robert A.M. Stern's 18-year term. 

Foster Among 30 Shortlisted in NASA-Backed Mars Habitat Competition

14:53 - 25 September, 2015
Foster Among 30 Shortlisted in NASA-Backed Mars Habitat Competition, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has been shortlisted among 30 other finalists in the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge organized by America Makes and NASA. The proposal calls for a 3D printed settlement built by pre-programmed, semi-autonomous robots who use regolith found on Mars' surface to construct dwellings that can house up to four astronauts each. 

"The proposal considers multiple aspects of the project from delivery and deployment to construction and operations," says Foster. "The habitat will be delivered in two stages prior to the arrival of the astronauts."

Joshua Prince-Ramus Wins $100,000 Marcus Prize

14:12 - 25 September, 2015
Joshua Prince-Ramus Wins $100,000 Marcus Prize, Necklace Residence / REX. Image © Luxigon
Necklace Residence / REX. Image © Luxigon

REX founder Joshua Prince-Ramus has won the $100,000 Marcus Prize. Awarded by the Milwaukee-based Marcus Corporation Foundation, the biennial award is dedicated to honoring emerging designers who've had a decade of exceptional leadership in their field. 

"He is headed to the pantheon of greatness...and yet his ideas are still evolving," said Bob Greenstreet, dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which administers the award.

Jean Nouvel Wins Approval for Leaning "Tours Duo" Project in Paris

13:15 - 25 September, 2015
Jean Nouvel Wins Approval for Leaning "Tours Duo" Project in Paris, © Ateliers Jean Nouvel
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel has won approval for "Tours DUO" in Paris. The mixed-use project, planned to rise on a former industrial site on the edge of the Seine in the Paris Rive Gauche district, aims to become a "top business real estate destination" and neighborhood amenity. Its two towers will house an eight-story hotel, office space, retail, a top floor restaurant-bar, gardens and green terraces, as well as a "renewed access" to the Seine. 

Richard Silver's Stunning Vertical Panoramas of New York Churches

12:35 - 25 September, 2015
Richard Silver's Stunning Vertical Panoramas of New York Churches, Church of St. Vincent Ferrer. Image © Richard Silver Photo
Church of St. Vincent Ferrer. Image © Richard Silver Photo

Seasoned photographer Richard Silver has captured the beauty of New York's churches unlike any other. By seamlessly stitching together a series of composite images from each location, Silver has created a stunning set of vertical panoramas that reveal the interiors of New York's most impressive religious structures

“Finding the perfect location in the center aisle then shooting vertically from the pew to the back of the church gives the perspective that only architecture of this style can portray,” Silver told Colossal.

Church of St. Francis Xavier. Image © Richard Silver Photo Church of the Village. Image © Richard Silver Photo Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard's Church. Image © Richard Silver Photo St. Monica's Church. Image © Richard Silver Photo +15

Renzo Piano to Break Ground on Des Moines’ Kum & Go Headquarters

16:00 - 24 September, 2015
Renzo Piano to Break Ground on Des Moines’ Kum & Go Headquarters, © RPBW
© RPBW

Construction is set to commence next week on the Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed Kum & Go Headquarters planned for downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Dubbed the "Krause Gateway Center," the five-story urban headquarters will be seen as a "natural extension" to the neighboring sculpture park that features a "flexible" work environment that can accommodate Kum & Go's future growth.

“Lightness, simplicity and openness are the main concepts expressed in the design,” says Renzo Piano. “The four vast planes flying over the site will emphasize the lightness and the transparency of the building, and will dialogue with the sculpture park nearby.”

6 Shortlisted for U.S. Embassy Project in Brasília

12:55 - 24 September, 2015
6 Shortlisted for U.S. Embassy Project in Brasília, National Congress; Brasília / Oscar Niemeyer under construction. Image © Flickr User may_inthesky
National Congress; Brasília / Oscar Niemeyer under construction. Image © Flickr User may_inthesky

In June, the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) released a call for architects interested in designing a New Embassy Compound (NEC) in BrasíliaBrazil's federal capital. Of the 48 firms deemed eligible to compete, 6 practices have been shortlisted to move on to the second and final stage of the international competition. 

These 6 shortlisted teams include: 

Interview: Elizabeth Diller on the Design of The Broad in Los Angeles

12:39 - 24 September, 2015

The Broad has officially opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles. Taking four years to complete, the highly anticipated, 120,000-square-foot building houses a prominent collection of postwar and international contemporary art owned by billionaire philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. During the press preview, VernissageTV caught up with the building's architect, Elizabeth Diller of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, to gain a better understanding of The Broad's “veil over the vault" concept. 

These Two Drones Just Built a Bridge

16:21 - 23 September, 2015

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Two quadcopter drones just autonomously built a footbridge that is capable of withstanding the weight of a human. Outfitted with a motorized spool and plastic tubes that dispense Dyneema, a "material with a low weight-to-strength ratio," the flying machines were able to construct a lightweight tensile bridge that spans 7.4 meters between two scaffolding structures at the Flying Machine Arena in Zurich.

OMA, Zaha Hadid and Mecanoo Among 9 Shortlisted for New Art Space in Manchester

14:15 - 23 September, 2015
OMA, Zaha Hadid and Mecanoo Among 9 Shortlisted for New Art Space in Manchester, Manchester City Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Stacey MacNaught
Manchester City Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Stacey MacNaught

A competitive shortlist of 9 has been released for a new high-profile art space planned in Manchester. The £110 million project, known as "The Factory" (after the city's influential Factory Records), will feature an "ultra-flexible" arts venue that can transform from a 2,200-seat theater into an open 5,000-capacity space that will accommodate a wide range of art forms and performances. It will also serve as the new home of the Manchester International Festival (MIF). 

"The level of international interest reflects the city’s emerging status as an internationally-renowned city of culture. This is a landmark development that will place Manchester in the highest tier of arts worldwide," said Manchester City Council (MCC) executive member Rosa Battle. 

The 9 shortlisted practices are: 

August ABI Contracts Slightly

13:30 - 23 September, 2015
August ABI Contracts Slightly , August 2015. Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com
August 2015. Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) declined in August, following fairly healthy business conditions so far this year. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.1, down from a mark of 54.7 in July. The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, down from a reading of 63.7 the previous month.

“Over the past several years, a period of sustained growth in billings has been followed by a temporary step backwards,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The fact that project inquiries and new design contracts continue to grow at a healthy pace suggests that this should not be a cause for concern throughout the design and construction industry.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break. 

OOPEAA's Puukuokka Housing Block Wins 2015 Finlandia Prize

12:00 - 23 September, 2015
OOPEAA's Puukuokka Housing Block Wins 2015 Finlandia Prize, Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA. Image © Mikko Auerniitty
Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA. Image © Mikko Auerniitty

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has selected OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture's Puukuokka housing block as winner of the 2015 Finlandia Prize for Architecture. Saariaho, this year's sole judge for the prize, choose the eight-story wooden apartment building over four other shortlisted projects "because it demonstrates values that [she] appreciates in life as well as in architecture: it is a courageous and ambitious work that brings together an exploration of new possibilities for building and construction, a humane sensibility, and a quest for ecological solutions as well as a strive towards better quality of life.”

Competition Challenges Architects to Reimagine New York's MetLife Building

16:00 - 22 September, 2015
Competition Challenges Architects to Reimagine New York's MetLife Building, © Wikipedia User: Shaqspeare, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
© Wikipedia User: Shaqspeare, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Metals in Construction magazine has launched a competition for architects, engineers, students, designers, and others from all over the world to submit their vision for recladding 200 Park Avenue, built a half-century ago as the world’s largest corporate structure, the Pan Am Building (now the MetLife Building).

The mandate is to reimagine this New York City icon with a resource-conserving, eco-friendly enclosure—one that creates a highly efficient envelope with the lightness and transparency sought by today’s office workforce while preserving and enhancing the aesthetic of its heritage. Entrants may now register on the competition's official website. The deadline for final submission is February 1, 2016.

Foster, RSHP and UNStudio Compete to Expand Taiwan's Largest Airport

14:03 - 22 September, 2015
Foster, RSHP and UNStudio Compete to Expand Taiwan's Largest Airport, Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 1. Image © Norihiko Dan and Associates
Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 1. Image © Norihiko Dan and Associates

Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and UNStudio have been shortlisted in a competition to expand the Taoyuan International Airport - Taiwan's largest airport, formally known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport. Each team will now be given £126,000 to develop their proposals for a new 640,000-square-meter Terminal 3 building which, as the Architect's Journal reports, is expected to host 45 million passengers each year. 

The full shortlist includes: 

Richard Meier-Designed Skyscraper Underway in Taipei

12:19 - 22 September, 2015
Richard Meier-Designed Skyscraper Underway in Taipei, © Vize.com; Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
© Vize.com; Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled plans for a 127-meter-tall tower in Taipei. Already under construction, the CDC “55 Timeless” Xin-Yi residential skyscraper will be comprised of two volumes: a solid north tower and transparent south tower. 

"The solid north volume contains the core of the residential units that flows towards the transparent south volume, which is a natural light-filled space where living, social and the more public programs are located," says the practice. "A carefully crafted geometric organization allows viewing corridors towards the mountains in the far distance."

Jony Ive-Designed Apple Store Opens Its Doors

16:02 - 21 September, 2015
Jony Ive-Designed Apple Store Opens Its Doors, © Bruno Dalimonte via edgargonzalez.com
© Bruno Dalimonte via edgargonzalez.com

Jony Ive, Apple's Chief Design Officer, has celebrated the opening of his first store in Brussels, Belgium. Like The Verge reports, at first glance the store's design seems somewhat predictable - large panes of glass, a simplistic and open feel. However, under Ive's guidance, the new store (and future stores) now feature a grove of potted trees and a heightened focus on natural materials, in particular wood. Read on to take a closer look. 

2016 Berkeley Prize Now Open

14:10 - 21 September, 2015
2016 Berkeley Prize Now Open, La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture + Leo A Daly. Image Courtesy of AIA
La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture + Leo A Daly. Image Courtesy of AIA

The 2016 Berkeley Prize is now open. Open to all undergraduate architecture students, the essay competition "strives to show architects-in-training that the smallest act of building has global implications: that design can and does play a major role in the social, cultural, and psychological life of both the individual and society at large." This year's competition theme is "Sheltering Those in Need: Architects Confront Homelessness." All initial submissions are due November 1, 2015. Essay semifinalists will be given the opportunity to apply for a travel fellowship. All the details, here