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UPDATED: Win Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House from LEGO Architecture

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We announced at the beginning of this month that the LEGO® Architecture series will now include Frank Lloyd Wright’s , the 10th building in this popular series.  We asked you to stay tuned to ArchDaily for an exclusive surprise about the LEGO® Architecture just for our readers, and that time has come.  (More images of LEGO® Architecture’s , designed by architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker, can be found here.)

Thanks to LEGO®  Architecture, one of our readers can win a LEGO® Architecture Robie House.  We want to know what building should be the next in the LEGO® Architecture series and why.   All you have to do is become a registered user at ArchDaily and leave us your answer in the comments below by Sunday, September 25th!

Official rules:

One winner will be chosen at random from entries received between Monday, September 19th and Sunday, September 25th 11:59 EST. You must leave a comment as a registered user at ArchDaily. Open to anyone in the world. One entry per person, ArchDaily will enforce verification and remove duplicated ones before choosing the winner. 

Update: Given the high amount of submissions we will be giving away 5 kits this time. And the winners are:

Kris Conner
Megan Kindle
Steve May
Grant Anderson
Pier Paolo Pala

Video: Richard Meier

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Documenting ’s career this video starts at the beginning with Meier’s acceptance to along with his earliest projects. Included within the documentary is a description by Meier and fellow alumni Peter Eisenman about The New York Five, video footage of Meier’s Getty Center along with a lecture by Meier in ’92 describing his architecture.

This video was created in 2006 in honor of Meier’s 50th reunion (Cornell class of 1956)

Another look at 3XN’s Museum of Liverpool

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Opened on July 19th the new Museum of Liverpool by 3XN serves as a meeting point for history, the people of Liverpool, and visitors from around the globe.  Featured on ArchDaily in July (see the full project feature here) photographer  José Campos recently shared with us his photographs of this impressive museum.

Video: Brooks + Scarpa

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The well established and nationally recognized architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa (2010 AIA National Firm of the Year) recently decided to shake things up a bit. “Our office has turned more into a conventional office over the years, and I was just really looking for something that could become a glorified cabinet shop where we could actually work and make things, have the space to do that, and have some outdoor space to build bigger things,” shares Larry Scarpa.

This video takes a look at their new home in , an upscale African American neighborhood popularized by Baltimore Oriole Frank Robinson in the 1970s.

KPF Honored with Five MIPIM Asia Awards

The 2011 MIPIM Asia Awards recently announced that Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) garnered five awards out of the 29 awarded, the largest number of awards won by a single architectural firm. Recognized for the Inernational Commerce Centre in HongKong, Wheelock Square in Shanghai, the Abu Dhabi International Midfield Complex, the Xintiandi Hotels, and Singapore’s Marina Bay Financial Centre, will receive their prizes at the prestigious Awards Gala Dinner on November 16.

KPF was one of the first US architecture firms to start working in , and has had a strong presence there for over 20 years, including growing offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. These five awards serve as an affirmation of KPF’s unmatched experience and leadership in the region.

ArchDaily sat down with Eugen Kohn and Bill Pedersen back in February.  The AD interview with KPF can be viewed here.

Jeanne Gang Named as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow

, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, has been named as one of this years prestigious MacArthur Fellows.  The second female recipient in architecture selected for the grant (Elizabeth Diller from Diller Scofidio + Renfro was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1999), Gang is among a total of  22 recipients who will receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.  The recipients fields are quite broad ranging anywhere from biologist to radio producer, but regardless of their chosen profession all were selected for their ‘creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future’.

“This has been a year of great change and extraordinary challenge, and we are once again reminded of the potential individuals have to make a difference in the world and shape our future,” said Robert Gallucci, President of the MacArthur Foundation. “The MacArthur Fellows exemplify how individual creativity and talent can spark new insights and ideas in every imaginable field of human endeavor.”

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Integrated School of Building

The Integrated School of Building (InSB), has recently launched their website in preparation for a 2014 opening.  InSB will be located in Chicago and has established a mission to, ‘by means of a collaborative and innovative platform, advance the knowledge of and educate students in architecture, engineering, and construction’.  Focusing on a collaborative effort, a group of individuals, architects and educators, have united to establish a new way of educating students in architecture, engineering, and construction education.

Follow the break for more about the programs and certifications InSB plans to offer.

Suzhou Industrial Park Central Business District / SWA Group

Lead by principal designers Hui-Li Lee and John Wong, SWA Group  along with consulting architect Ojanen_Chiou Architects provided the winning competition proposal for the Industrial Park Central Business District which aims to bridge old and new cultural historic heritage through the innovative design of public open space.  Providing a focal point for the ’s CBD, the park highlights its ideal location, the connection between ecological and social environments, and the unique landscape of Jinji Lake which offers a mix of urban life and waterfront activities .

Landscape Architects: SWA Group
Location: Suzhou,
Consulting Architect: Ojanen_Chiou Architects
Drawings/Renderings: SWA Group

Foster + Partners open studio for Open House London


Foster + Partners at its Battersea studio location will open their doors to the public tomorrow, Saturday the 17th of September as part of the annual Open House London celebration of the capital’s architecture. Taking place over the weekend (both Saturday and Sunday) Open House is a special opportunity to celebrate the richness of ’s architectural heritage, where more than 700 buildings (many of which are normally closed) are opened to the public. Some of the buildings by Foster + Partners that will be accessible during Open House include, Capital City Academy (Brent), City Hall (Southwark), One Bishops Square (Tower Hamlets), and the Sackler Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts (Westminster).

For further information please see the Open House website.

Milstein Hall at Cornell University / OMA

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The highly anticipated Milstein Hall at has officially opened its studios to students. It is the first new building in over 100 years for the renowned College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP). Designed by OMA, led by partner Shohei Shigematsu who directs the NY office, and and Pritzker Prize-winner Rem Koolhaas, the design for the 47,000-square-foot building physically unites the AAP’s long-separated facilities to form a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration.

“Milstein Hall operates on many levels,” says AAP dean Kent Kleinman. “It redefines the entry for the northern edge of the campus; it provides a permeable boundary between academic space and the public; it offers extraordinary spatial relationships between internal programmatic elements; and it offers a landscape of studios that fosters a level of interaction between our undergraduate and graduate architecture students that we have never enjoyed before.”

Cornell overcame the danger of having both their accreditation and new architecture school eradicated from the campus, but as we reported in May of last year there has been smooth sailing in terms of the physical construction of OMA’S Milstein Hall ever since.

More about Milstein Hall following the break.

Fashion and Architecture: Le Corbusier inspired Designs

Highlighting fashion one more time this week (take a look at An Architect’s Dress Code) we wanted to share with you this inspired design. Taking a nod from one of architecture’s greats the Corneliani man for Fall/Winter 2011 is an interpretation of the Swiss architect and designer Le Corbusier’s timeless elegance and the ‘talking jacket’. Setting a scene reminiscent of a 1940s movie set the Italian brand’s new collection is described as ‘a suit with peak lapels, a soft, enveloping, deconstructed overcoat, thick glasses and a bow tie symbolise with an eccentric touch a sophisticated and relaxed chic.’

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2011 Monterey Design Conference

Praised as the most prestigious and best attended architectural design conference in the United States, the Monterey Design Conference was founded in 1979.  Held in Pacific Grove at the historic Asilomar Conference Grounds, past attendees of this prestigious design conference include such starchitect names as Rem Koolhaas.

This year’s speakers include , Tom Kundig, Michael Maltzan, David Salmela, Brigitte Shim, Borja Ferrater, and Peter Walker.

The 2011 MDC will take place at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on Oct 7-9th. A complete conference schedule can fe found at the AIACC Monterey Design Conference website and to register click here.

During the MDC there will be a guided Modern Home Tour which will include visits to projects by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Bernard Trainor + Associates, Jonathan Feldman, among others.

As a teaser, you can read interviews with  Jeanne Gang, and past speakers Thom MayneNeil Denari and Lawrence Scarpa.

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Win a Richard Meier Designed Ana Watch

Italian architect Ernesto Rogers once famously stated that he wanted to design everything from “a spoon to a city”.  Pritzker Prize winning architect Richard Meier has done nearly that with his newly designed wristwatch, which becomes part of the prolific collection of objects designed by the architect.  In collaboration with the Markuse Corporation the Meier designed Ana Watch adheres to a modernist vocabulary, focusing on proportion, human scale and the manipulation of a strong geometry. “Working on various designs of objects used in daily life, such as watches, I am conscious of participating in a tradition of architects that worked in a variety of scales such as Joseph Hoffmann and Frank Lloyd Wright. In my case, the theoretical point of departure is consistently related to function and beauty,” said .

We want to know your opinion about architects and product design. For you, what is the importance of the architect’s ideals provided in a compact form? Leave us your answer in the comments below, and among all the registered users who comment, thanks to Markuse and Richard Meier Architects, one of our readers can win this exclusive watch.

You can become a registered user right here, and make sure to share with us your comment by Sunday, September 18th.  More information about the Richard Meier designed Ana Watch along with official rules can be found after the break.

Reopening of the Museum der Kulturen Basel, by Herzog & de Meuron

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Earlier this week one of Europe’s great ethnographic museums, the Museum der Kulturen Basel, reopened its doors. Two years of reconstruction, refurbishment and expansion including a Herzog & de Meuron design for the historical walls was among the updates that it received. Their design is described as a ‘stunning crown for the historical walls: the beautiful rooftop of irregular folds fits harmoniously into the rooftops surrounding the cathedral’.

Director Anna Schmid commented, “Our innovative approach to life’s cultural dimensions makes them more accessible. We want to be a place for new encounters and inspiration.”

A Room for London Public Bookings

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Public bookings to spend a night above the Thames in A Room for London, opened today (for nights January to June 2012) more information about a second stage of bookings (for nights July to December 2012) can be found here.  The one-bedroom installation perched on the roof of Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall was designed by David Kohn Architects and artist Fiona Banner. The design competition for A Room for London initiated by Living Architecture, and , in association with Southbank Center attracted 500 architects and artists entries from across the world.

ArchDaily has previously showcased David Kohn Architects and Fiona Banner‘s winning entry as well as selected entries from the design competition.

Konishi Gaffney Architects win Kilcreggan Competition ‘A future for rural communities’

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The Competition ‘A future for rural communities’ intended to produce ideas which could be replicated in other rural areas to help areas keep families and businesses and attract young people to live and work. The small village competition, is 40 miles outside of Glasgow, recieved 56 entries and chose Konishi Gaffney Architects as the winning design. Focusing on designing a blueprint for the survival and growth of rural communities. Konishi Gaffney Architects’ proposals provided “some particularly innovative and well considered events along a new foreshore promenade, which could form a template for other rural communities to reinvigorate their communities by improving the amenity of their settlements and making them attractive as a destination for others”.

Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota awarded to Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez

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Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez, were recently awarded the design of the Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota. Beating some of the world’s most prestigious architects, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Rem Koolhaas, Diller & Scofidio, Snøhetta, and Dominique Perrault, the winning design is defined as an urban experience, in which its inhabitants and strangers will come together to share their common interest in knowledge, innovation and the strength of civil society. Aspiring to obtain the Gold-status LEED certificate the new 70,000 sqm Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota will be the maximum exponent of Colombia’s ability to apply state-of-the-art technology as well as of the country’s commitment to the environment

An exhibition devoted to Herreros Architectos’ recent work is currently on display at the ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur Gallery in Oslo.

More renderings of the winning design following the break.

Restoring a Classic: Richard Meier’s Douglas House

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Referred to as one of Meier’s best works, the Douglas House hovers over the shores of Lake Michigan placed upon a steep slope over the water almost as if it is floating amongst the trees.   The was designed for clients Jim and Jean Douglas and was completed in 1973 after a three year construction period (1971-1973).   Meier furnished the home with furniture designed by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and himself, and it needed no ornamentation other than the nature it was designed around.

As is typical of Meier buildings, the house is completely white made with reinforced concrete and glass except for two steel pipes that extend from the chimney up to the roof, framing views at the entry level. Taking the natural surroundings into consideration during the construction, the house was positioned to remove as few trees as possible.

Featured in Dwell’s latest edition (out this week!), the full article can be found following the break.