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Höweler + Yoon Architecture Unveils Circus Conservatory Design

14:00 - 13 May, 2017
Höweler + Yoon Architecture Unveils Circus Conservatory Design, via v2com
via v2com

Höweler + Yoon Architecture, in collaboration with OFIS Arhitekti, has unveiled its design for a new building for The Circus Conservatory, which will house America’s first accredited degree program in the Circus Arts. Located in Portland, Maine, as the anchor tenant of a peninsula, the project aims to transform an undeveloped part of the city into a “vibrant artistic center complete with public performance venues and recreational facilities.”

Inspired by the historic circus shape—a circle with a radial audience—the design proposal utilizes a radial viewing strategy “in order to similarly activate the educational community.” Furthermore, in the design, acrobatics, performance, and classroom spaces are treated equally, “[challenging] the viewing relationship crucial to a circus and academic settings.”

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Meet the World’s Smallest and Most Stylish Smartlock by BIG and Friday Labs

08:00 - 8 May, 2017

BIG has teamed up with Friday Labs to create the Friday Lock, “the world’s smallest smartlock.” Through the Friday app, users can unlock their doors wirelessly, as well as automatically as they leave or approach.

As an access-granted user’s phone approaches the system, the door unlocks automatically. Access can be easily granted, as well as revoked through the app, allowing for temporary users, as well as to remove access if a phone is stolen.

AIA Announces Winner of 2017 Latrobe Prize

06:00 - 8 May, 2017
AIA Announces Winner of 2017 Latrobe Prize, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityyear/5915040531/in/photolist-a1G8tr-d7YcWq-d7Ycmu-8onoLj-q9z5zT-puenXT-8aQDiV-4rjAY2-qqZf4M-qqZ4ek-93z5oj-dpQatA-87NYUz-93z6t9-dpQ9KG-dpQb47-a3ZENP-a43xjE-7jU2EN-nWxsEK-qqVQa7-kGQvse-puep26-a3ZF1v-7PDTLx-pueLQ6-qqZ7pi-93AbL7-qoGVhd-ptZDJm-q9yUz2-qqPeXF-aE4Fyt-qqVDK9-93x74H-93z9cG-93z8ph-5ZcB6g-8ojd72-iv2kXD-8ojd3H-aBfxYa-d7Y8hq-ekLoLj-puenbH-fTQ72r-d7YC63-9wbF3e-7xMyFJ-axK3Cr'>Flickr user City Year</a> licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. Image
© Flickr user City Year licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Image

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows has selected a team of three faculty members from Northeastern University’s School of Architecture and Resilient Cities Laboratory as the winner of the 2017 Latrobe Prize, for their study of “Future-Use Architecture.”

Awarded biennially for “a two-year program of research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession,” the Prize honors its winners with $100,000. This year’s winning study of “future-use architecture” focuses on the balance between flexible and fixed building systems to respond to unforeseeable circumstances and changes.

Metaform and The Space Factory Win Competition for World Expo Luxembourg Pavilion

14:00 - 7 May, 2017
Metaform and The Space Factory Win Competition for World Expo Luxembourg Pavilion, © Metaform - Vyonyx
© Metaform - Vyonyx

Metaform architects and The Space Factory scenographers have won the competition for the Luxembourg Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, which is centered on the theme of “opportunity.”

Inspired by a Möbius strip, in which a twisted and folded ribbon has no beginning and no end, the winning pavilion proposal is modeled around the concept of “cradle to cradle” and the circular economy.

© Metaform © Metaform - Vyonyx © Metaform © Metaform + 12

Recycled Shipping Containers as Backyard Swimming Pools

12:00 - 7 May, 2017
Recycled Shipping Containers as Backyard Swimming Pools, Courtesy of Modpool
Courtesy of Modpool

From high rises to housing to kiosks and disaster relief, shipping containers have become a more common architectural tool over the past few years. Now, Canada-based company Modpool has unveiled yet another use for shipping containers—backyard swimming pools and hot tubs.

Designed to be modular and simple to install, the pools are shipped with all necessary equipment—including a UV water cleaning system built in so that only light ground prep and power and gas access are necessary before the spaces are ready to use.

Winning Proposal and Research to Shape the Future for West Palm Beach Florida

12:00 - 6 May, 2017
Winning Proposal and Research to Shape the Future for West Palm Beach Florida, Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA)
Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA)

The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) have announced Open Shore by Ecosistema Urbano as the winner of the Shore to Core waterfront design competition. The competition invited designers, planners, and architects to envision the future of the West Palm Beach waterfront for the next 20 to 30 years, with elements like changing population, economy, and environment, in mind. Selected from over 40 international teams and two finalists, the winning Open Shore proposal will serve as a “vision board” for the city’s future.

The competition additionally announced a design runner up bu Perkins + Will and a research winner by the team of Happy City, University of Virginia, StreetPlans, and SpaceSyntax.

Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) Design Winner: Open Shore / Ecosistema Urbano. Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) Design Finalist: Adapt to Thrive / Perkins + Will . Image Courtesy of The Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) + 20

EMBT Unveils Proposal to Revitalize Seven of Milan's Disused Railway Yards

06:00 - 2 May, 2017
EMBT Unveils Proposal to Revitalize Seven of Milan's Disused Railway Yards, Courtesy of EMBT
Courtesy of EMBT

EMBT has released its proposal for the Scali Milano study project, which invited five architectural teams—EMBT, Stefano Boeri, MAD architects, and Cino Zucchi Architetti—to reimagine Milan’s disused railway yards.

A citywide public consultation to define priorities for seven scali—train hubs—Scali Milano was initiated by FS Sistemi Urbani, in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan and the Lombardy Region, and aims to transform over one million square meters of brownfield into improved urban areas.

Courtesy of EMBT Courtesy of EMBT Courtesy of EMBT Courtesy of EMBT + 30

From Recycled Plastic Waste to Building Material

14:00 - 30 April, 2017
From Recycled Plastic Waste to Building Material, © Project.DWG / Artwork by Jelle de Graaf
© Project.DWG / Artwork by Jelle de Graaf

Project.DWG and LOOS.FM have unveiled their PET pavilion, a temporary structure in a community park in The Netherlands that focuses on issues of sustainable building, recycling, and waste by rethinking the ways that buildings are developed, built, and used. Specifically, the pavilion is a study of the use of plastic waste as a building material.

Using the elevated framework of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the structure consists of two monumental slabs in a steel framework. “From floor to ceiling, double-walled transparent corrugated sheets hold over 40,000 plastic bottles,” with bottle caps attached to bottlenecks supporting the system.

© Project.DWG / Artwork by Martin Oostenrijk © Marco van der Ruit / Artwork by André Boone © Project.DWG © Paul Clason / Artwork by Martin Oostenrijk + 16

Netherlands Competition Winner Turns Parking Garage Into a "Lego Set"

08:00 - 23 April, 2017
Netherlands Competition Winner Turns Parking Garage Into a "Lego Set", Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam
Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam

Dutch architectural firm, Studio Komma, in collaboration with concept-developer The Men of Foam, have won the Lot 2 Urban Lab Challenge, with their proposal, ZIP2516. Located in The Hague, The Netherlands, in an upcoming living and working district, the project “seeks to create an iconic building that is an accelerator for the transformation of an industrial area into a new energetic urban district.”

ZIP2516 will house a variety of programs, including social and commercial entrepreneurship and public space. The ground floor of the building will accommodate the flagship store of social entrepreneur, Happy Tosti. The first floor of the building will feature a public square and “urban playground,” with office and start-up space on the floors above, and a “gin bar with roof terrace” on top.

Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam Courtesy of Studio Komma / The Men of Foam + 19

Steven Holl Architects To Complete Four Buildings This Year

14:00 - 22 April, 2017
Steven Holl Architects To Complete Four Buildings This Year, © Steven Holl Architects
© Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has released updates on four of its latest projects slated for completion this year. The projects, located in the United States and the United Kingdom, include two university arts buildings, a community library, and a cancer support center.

We are very excited about the intensity of the architecture for an unprecedented four Steven Holl Architects’ projects opening in 2017, said Steven Holl. Each ones serves as an inspiring ‘social condenser’ for their community.

Hunters Point Community Library. Image © Steven Holl Architects Lewis Center for the Arts – Princeton University. Image © Steven Holl Architects Hunters Point Community Library. Image © Steven Holl Architects Institute for Contemporary Art – Virginia Commonwealth University. Image © Steven Holl Architects + 15

Form4 Architecture Wins 2017 American Prize for Architecture

06:00 - 21 April, 2017
Form4 Architecture Wins 2017 American Prize for Architecture, Courtesy of Form4 Architecture
Courtesy of Form4 Architecture

San Francisco-based Form4 Architecture have won the 2017 American Prize for Architecture, by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Also known as The Louis H. Sullivan Award, the prize is awarded to outstanding practitioners in the United States that have “emblazoned a new direction in the history of American architecture” and “demonstrated consistent contributions to humanity through the built environment and the art of architecture."

These may well be the ultimate, true romantic architects, said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President of The Chicago Athenaeum. Form4 Architecture’s design philosophy conveys a ‘vision of the future’ and all the artistic possibilities of imagination, emotional meaning, and lyrical expressionism for a consequentially better and more enlightened world around us.

Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture + 17

2017 American Architecture Award Winners Announced

08:00 - 18 April, 2017
2017 American Architecture Award Winners Announced, Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards
Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards

79 shortlisted buildings have been selected as winners of the 2017 American Architecture Awards, which honor the best new buildings designed and constructed by American architects in the United States and abroad, and by international architects for buildings designed and built in the United States.

The Awards, hosted by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, were juried by a group of Greek architects, who chose from 300 buildings and urban planning projects.

The winners of the 2017 American Architecture Awards are:

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM; Los Angeles, California / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards UNIVERSITY OF IOWA VISUAL ARTS BUILDING; Iowa City, Iowa / Steven Holl Architects. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards MICHIGAN LAKE HOUSE; Leelanau County, Michigan / Desai Chia Architecture. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards GEMMA OBSERVATORY; Southern New Hampshire / Anmahian Winton Architects. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards + 26

Speculative Project Seeks to Take Advantage of NYC Air Rights for Affordable Housing

12:00 - 15 April, 2017
Speculative Project Seeks to Take Advantage of NYC Air Rights for Affordable Housing, Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee
Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee of Atelier L have unveiled their speculative project, Instant City: Living Air-Right, which proposes that affordable housing and public programs be built in the air rights of existing buildings in New York City. 

As a response to the lack of home ownership in the city, the project aims to provide living space, as well as to foster community in an overlooked space.

Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee + 8

2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award Winners Announced

06:00 - 10 April, 2017
2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award Winners Announced, via Europa Nostra
via Europa Nostra

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have unveiled the winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, which honor achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness. Out of 202 applications from 39 countries, 29 winners have been selected.

The winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards are:

Experience Renzo Piano's Valletta City Gate Through This Captivating Photo Series

14:00 - 9 April, 2017

Within the framework of the recent election of Malta to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union—a position that will be held through June 2017—architectural photographer Danica O. Kus has created a photo series detailing Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s Valletta City Gate in Malta.

Completed in 2014, the project is composed of four parts: the Valletta City Gate and site, an open-air theater “machine,” a Parliament building, and landscaped space. Experience the project in beautiful detail though the photo series, after the break.

© Danica O. Kus Photography © Danica O. Kus Photography © Danica O. Kus Photography © Danica O. Kus Photography + 22

Bahá’í Temple of South America Wins 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award

06:00 - 6 April, 2017
Bahá’í Temple of South America Wins 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award, © Vanessa Guillen
© Vanessa Guillen

Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects’ Bahá’í Temple of South America has won the 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains outside Santiago, Chile, the domed building was designed and built using computer modeling, measuring, and fabrication software, as well as custom glass, all of which culminated in nine monumental veils that frame an open worship space for up to 600 visitors. Completed in 2016, the project took 14 years to realize.

© Justin Ford © Hariri Pontarini Architects © Sebastian Wilson Leon © Ian David + 8

Dramatic Fire Breaks Out Near Burj Khalifa the World's Tallest Building

12:00 - 4 April, 2017

A fire has broken out at a construction site near the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates. At around 6:30 am (02:30 GMT), flames broke out in the lower levels of the Address Residences Fountain Views towers, a complex of three towers, each 60 floors in height, being built by Dubai developer Emaar Properties.

Winners of the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards Announced

08:00 - 3 April, 2017

The winners of the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards have been announced. Prizes span across 11 categories and were awarded to projects from eight countries, from projects under construction to competition entries and conceptual designs.

"Successful projects this year include a thermal bath and resort in the Baltic, a new ecclesiastical library for the Church of England, a rural women’s community center in Turkey and a ‘dematerializing’ office building in the US Capitol city, all demonstrating the dynamism and creativity at the heart of the architectural professional internationally," explained the awards organizers in a press release.

The winners of the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards are:

Offices: 2050 M Street, Washington, DC, USA, designed by REX Architecture for Tishman Speyer (completion expected 2019). Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Innovation Prize: Sino-Finnish Economic and Culture Cooperation Center, Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, by PES-Architects Ltd for Southern New Town Construction Development Office, Nanjing (schematic design phase spring 2017). Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Jeu D'Esprit Prize: Media City, Istanbul, Turkey, designed by GAD Architecture for Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (conceptual). Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Residential: 118 E59th Street residences, New York, USA designed by Tabanlioglu Architects for Madison Equities, LLC. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review + 16