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Arvo Pärt Centre International Competition

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In collaboration with the Union of Estonian Architects, the Arvo Pärt Centre has announced a two-stage competition for designing a building for the Arvo Pärt Centre in , near Tallinn. The aim of the competition is to find the best architectural solution for the building, which will house the Arvo Pärt archive at its core.

The competition will be carried out in two stages. The deadline for the first stage is 22 January 2014, when the applications for participating need to be submitted. The second stage will see up to 20 architect teams complete design concepts with technical drawings.

The total prize fund for the two-stage competition is 30,000 euros, and the final results will be announced on 20 June 2014. More after the break.

Forever Home: Open Source Building Design Challenge

Architecture for Humanity Denver (AfH) and Open Tech Forever (OTF) are demonstrating that it is possible to build an open source, compressed earth block (CEB) house that meets the Living Building Challenge 2.1 standard.

They invite you to join the international call to action. Enter the contest and help them design a CEB home that they will build in the Spring of 2014 on their 40 acre site in Denver, Colorado.

They will document each home design and the systemic body of knowledge that informs this process, so that anyone in the world can both learn from and contribute to the project. This is an open source house for the world. The Forever Home. For more information, please click here.

2014 Cambodia Live Build Workshop

Building Trust is a non-profit charity founded in 2010. Last month, we featured one of the schools they have worked on in Thailand, and they now have a number of sustainable design and build projects in during 2014, including a health center, a school, a wildlife conservation project and housing.

They are offering hands on participatory workshops where you will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and understand more about humanitarian design while building worthwhile projects that will have a huge benefit to the local community and local wildlife. Due to the fact they will have a number of projects on the ground you will gain an insight into a number of building techniques and architectural styles.

For more information please click here.

Call for Entries: 2014 Architectural League Prize

Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition opening in June 2014. Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000. A catalogue of winning work will be published by and Princeton Architectural Press.

Established in 1981 to recognize exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and to provide a public forum for the exchange of their ideas, the Architectural League Prize is organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee.

For submission requirements, eligibility and more details, please click here.

Exhibition: Melbourne Now

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of .

This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.

Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community.

Complete information about the artists and projects can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Melbourne Now
Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow/about-melbourne-now
Organizers: National Gallery of Victoria
From: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 
Until: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria
Address: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Call for Entries: 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space

The call for entries for the eighth edition of the European Prize for Urban Public Space is now open. This honorific competition has been held on a biennial basis since 2000 with the aim of recognising, encouraging and publicising examples of good practice in the ways in which European cities are dealing with the many challenges they must confront. Undergoing processes of exponential growth and far-reaching transformation, these cities are facing the fact that the age-old democratic ideal of striving for cohabitation on an equal basis within a plural society is in jeopardy.

Segregation and inequalities, unsustainable construction and consumption or serious deficiencies in guaranteeing the right to housing and the right to the city are problems that are tangibly manifest in urban public spaces, and it is precisely on this front where they can be combated with better results. True to this cause, the Prize is open to all kinds of interventions aimed at creating, recovering or improving the democratic quality of the urban spaces we share and it jointly awards their authors and promoters. Entries for the 2014 Prize, which must have been carried out in European cities between 2012 and 2014, may be registered free of charge until next 23 January on the Prize website. The rules specifying the required documents and the conditions of participation may be downloaded from the official website.

New Exhibition Calls for a Bold Vision in the “Great Basin”

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (), in partnership with the International Secretariat for Water (ISW) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), presents Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin. The new exhibition calls for a 100-year vision to guide planning and development in the binational watershed of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Gulf of St. Lawrence – the Great Basin. Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin is on display in CAF’s Atrium Gallery at 224 South Michigan Avenue until February 2014.

Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin engages the public with the vastness and vulnerability of the earth’s largest surface freshwater resource, which spans from Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean. The exhibition depicts the Great Basin as one region defined by the watershed rather than political boundaries and illustrates a vision for the region as an international park that encompasses culturally-rich urban and rural areas. The exhibition also highlights initiatives around the region that Basin cities can learn from to enhance quality of life.

More information after the break.

Current Work: David Adjaye’s Lecture at The Cooper Union

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. | Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Each year The Architectural League in its Current Work program presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. David Adjaye will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with moderator Gregg Pasquarelli, founding principal at SHoP Architects.

David Adjaye founded the practice Adjaye Associates in London in 2000, and has since expanded the office to the United States, Germany, and Ghana. Engaging issues of place and identity, Adjaye Associates, in its own words, seeks to create “buildings [that] belong to yet diverge from their contexts, absorbing and animating difference rather than homogenizing it.” Sensitivity to materials, color, shape, and light informs the work on all scales.

The office’s projects range from pavilion and exhibition design, the Dirty House residence, and the Idea Store/Whitechapel Road educational and information center in London to two neighborhood libraries in Washington D.C. (Bellevue and Francis Gregory), the Sugar Hill social housing scheme in , and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Adjaye Associates is currently designing the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Title: Current Work: David Adjaye’s Lecture at
Website: http://archleague.org/2013/11/david-adjaye/
Organizers: The Architectural League
From: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:00
Until: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:00
Venue: The Cooper Union
Address: 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA

Video: ‘Straight & True’ Teaser

Originally conceived as a feature documentary series, ‘Straight and True’ explores the exciting period of Australian architectural history known as the Modernist era. This is the story of how a generation of young architects and their clients attempted to change the way we live in line with a stronger more defined sense of the Australian environment and lifestyle. It is also a cultural critique examining why Australians on the whole rejected this incredible leap forward. In other words a cultural look at the Australian psyche and it’s general apathy towards design and a fear of change.

Due to the multi-layered nature of this project, both visually and thematically and its immense scope (covering mid-century domestic architecture in every major Australian city) they have decided to change its shape from linear documentary to a multi-platform transmedia project. They are currently in talks with several digital content creators to find the perfect partnership to help realise this new shape.

If you have any questions or you think you might have visual material that could contribute to this project, please email Richard Raber and Naomi Bishops of Trace Films at: info@traces.net.au.

Projects in Contemporary Art & Architecture: Between Vision and Function

FXFOWLE Architects, Museum of the Built Environment, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, estimated completion 2016

This exhibition features projects by renowned architects of schools, museums, art galleries and cultural spaces via models, photos, prints, and drawings. Art works by National Academy School faculty and students continue the debate of line, form, space and light as inspired by architectural forms and interiors. 

Some of the architects involved include Bade Stageberg Cox, Bonetti/Kozerski Studio, Vincenzo Casali Studio, Walter Chatham Architects, FXFOWLE Architects, Gluckman/Mayner Architects, LABO Design Studio, Safdie Architects, SO – IL, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Liliane Wong, Architect, RISD.

Title: Projects in Contemporary Art & Architecture: Between Vision and Function
Website: http://www.nationalacademy.org/art-school/student-faculty-exhibitions/upcoming/
Organizers: National Academy School
From: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 
Until: Wed, 15 Jan 2014
Venue:
Address: 5 East 89th Street, New York, NY 10128, USA

Video / Superflex: A Cool Urban Space

“Let’s meet on the red square.” The artists behind Superkilen explain how this colorful wedge shaped public park in Copenhagen, Denmark, was a collaboration based on extreme civic participation.

A public park in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark, Superkilen was developed by artists’ group Superflex in collaboration with architectural firms Bjarke Ingels Group () and Topotek1. The park was officially opened in June 2012.

In this interview two members of Superflex, Jakob Fenger and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, tell us about the ideas behind the project, and how it came about as an extreme example of citizen inclusion and collaboration: “We found it interesting to look at this very diverse group of people in regard to culture, social standing, nationality, etc., and then see it as a rich and significant foundation for impacting the area these people live in.”

More after the break.

Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity

Ball-Nogues Studio, Rip Curl Canyon, 2006, Cardboard, plywood, screws, and hardware, 44 x 40 x 11 ft., Commissioned by Rice Gallery in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Courtesy the Artists. Photo: Nash Baker

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) welcomes six Los Angeles-based creatives whose work embraces cross-fertilization, collaboration, and adaptation—thus creating new methodologies for research and implementation in the fields of architecture and beyond.

Participants include:
Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, Design Bitches
Doris Sung, DO/SU Studio Architecture
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, Ball Nogues Studio
Miles Kemp, Variate Labs
Elena Manferdini, Atelier Manferdini
Ramiro Diaz Granados, Amorphis LA

For more information, please click here.

Title: Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity
Website: http://mcasantabarbara.org/node/179
Organizers: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
From: Sun, 05 Jan 2014 
Until: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101,

Exhibition: Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi

View of the Civic Square From Rovaniemi Town Hall, Hallituskatu 7. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto/Provincial Museum of Lapland

Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi, a new exhibition at the Museum, takes an in-depth look at ’s work in and around Rovaniemi. As well as the administrative and cultural centre, the works on show include lesser-known residential and commercial buildings. The exhibition, collated by the Provincial Museum of Lapland, will be open in the Gallery at the Museum from 1.11.2013 to 2.2.2014.

Aalto’s work in Rovaniemi began as early as the 1940s with master planning. Over the decades that followed, various buildings were constructed such as the Aho residential and commercial complex in the city centre and the Korkalorinne housing scheme, built according to the garden suburb ideal. Aalto’s monumental architecture is represented by the Town Hall, the Library and Lappia Hall completed between the 1960s and the 1980s.

As well as the architecture, Aalto’s buildings are examined from the viewpoint of visitors, employees and residents. “The experiences of users provide an alternative, complementary viewpoint on Aalto’s buildings, which allows room for critical comment,” says Charlotte Malaprade who has written the exhibition texts.

The Alvar Aalto Museum has supplemented the Timeless exhibition with local comment from Jyväskylä. Experiences of living in the Viitatorni multi-storey block in Jyväskylä are told by the residents themselves in words and pictures.

Title: Exhibition: Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi
Website: http://www.alvaraalto.fi/index_en.htm
Organizers: Alvar Aalto Museum
From: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 
Until: Sun, 02 Feb 2014
Venue: Gallery at the Alvar Aalto Museum
Address: Alvar Aallon katu 7, 40600 Jyväskylä sub-region,

Chad Oppenheim & Bjarke Ingels in a Roundtable in Miami

Developers are using the name recognition of some of the world’s most important architects to bring in buyers for their posh towers.

The Real Deal looks at the luxury market’s newest selling point as well as other trends shaping South Florida’s new condo boom with a top-flight roundtable Nov. 7 in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. A cocktail party will follow the discussion.

Slated to speak are Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, whose latest South Florida project is Grove at Grand Bay, and Chad Oppenheim, the Miami-based architect whose work includes the celebrated Ten Museum Park. They will be joined by developer David Martin of Terra Group, plus brokers Mayi de la Vega of One Sotheby’s International Realty and Esther Percal of Esslinger Wooten Maxwell.

The evening will take place at Grove at Grand Bay, 2669 South Bayshore Drive. The roundtable starts at 6 p.m.; the party kicks off at 7 p.m. and wraps up at 9 p.m. Space is limited so reserve your seat today at RSVP@therealdeal.com.

Title: Starchitecture Comes to Miami: Chad Oppenheim & Bjarke Ingels in a Roundtable
Website: http://therealdeal.com/miami/the-real-deal-to-host-roundtable-event-with-star-architects-nov-7/
Organizers: The Real Deal
From: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:00
Until: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:00
Venue: Grove at Grand Bay
Address: 2669 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133,

IIDA NY: Design for Learning

This course will discuss the principal changes in pedagogy and how it affects institutional design. The evolution of pedagogy can be summarized by the following four principals: Learning is at its best constructivist, experimental, connected, and lifeline and informal. Using these principals we will explore different case studies of contemporary institutional design (k-12 and higher education), and see how these changes in pedagogy affect the way students learn , teachers teach, and architects and designers design.

Moderator: Dominic Randolph, Head of School, Riverdale Country Day School.
Speakers: Mark Maljanian, Design Director, BRB Architects; Christine Schlendorf, Principal, Perkins Eastman.

More information can be found here.

Title: IIDA NY: Design for Learning
Website: http://media.designerpages.com/otto/2013/10/iida-ny-institutional-forum-design-for-learning/
Organizers: IIDA NY
From: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:00
Until: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:00
Venue: Avenues: The World School
Address: 259 10th Avenue, , NY 10001,

AEC Hackathon

A first for the Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that brings together teams of Silicon Valley technologists and industry stakeholders to help shape the future of our built environment. Formatted as a traditional “hack”, the AEC Hackathon provides a playful, exploratory environment where disruption, innovation, and creative ideas are brought to life.

The focus of the event is not on technology for technology’s sake, but to hack into traditional processes and workflows of the AEC industry to generate innovation. This can be eventually be applied into global solutions.

The event will take place in and Silicon Valley from November 8 to November 10. For more information on registration and complete details, click here.

Video: Mecanoo’s TU Delft Library

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The TU Library, in The Netherlands, helped to place Mecanoo in the international scene. The library was designed 15 years ago, and to celebrate, released this great video revisiting the now iconic building. Enjoy!

Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, Architect

Lebbeus Woods, Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995; graphite and pastel on paper; 14 1/2 in. x 23 in. x 3/4 in. (36.83 cm x 58.42 cm x 1.91 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

From November 22 through March 2, 2014, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University presents Lebbeus Woods, Architect, bringing together over 100 works from the past 35 years by one of the most influential architects working in the field. Recognized beyond architecture, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012), who was born in Lansing, Michigan, has been hailed by leading designers, filmmakers, writers, and artists alike as a significant voice in recent decades. Notably, Zaha Hadid, architect of the Broad’s newly inaugurated building, cities Woods as a key influence.

“Lebbeus was a very close friend and great architect. His visionary work explored the fantastic potential and dynamism of space with radical proposals and powerful drawings that were extremely influential,” says Hadid.

Woods’ works resonate across many disciplines for their conceptual potency, imaginative breadth, jarring poetry, and ethical depth. On view in the Broad’s own visionary spaces, Lebbeus Woods, Architect offers compelling insight into the infinite potential of profound architectures, whether real or imagined, to inflect our lived experience. This travelling exhibition features drawings and models from major national and international collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), MoMA, the Whitney, MAK Vienna, and the Getty Research Institute.

More information can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, Architect
Website: http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/lebbeus-woods
Organizers: Michigan State University
From: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 
Until: Sun, 02 Mar 2014 
Venue: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Address: 547 East Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823,