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Video: Alberto Biagetti

Alberto Biagetti, Italian designer invites us into his home, a space that has become the ultimate private gallery.

Giveaway Winners: Living Architectures Books and Films

Last week, thanks to the courtesy of Beka & Partners, we gave you the chance to win one of the five DVD-Books of the Living Architectures collection.

To participate, all you had to do was answer the following question.

“Which architect would you like to see next in the series and why?”

After more than 100 comments, we now have the winners! Congratulations to David Butterini, Anitha Deshamudre, Giovanni Bellinvia, Rron Tresi and Hang Le. You will be contacted through your email. Thanks everyone for participating and stay alert… more giveaways to come!

Videos: Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

The Parisian designer’s aesthetic is deeply rooted in his boundless embrace of nature. Enjoy this video on Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance!

ArchDaily Innovation Challenge – Innovative Workplaces

A better workplace can foster better social dynamics, more creativity, an increase on production, and of course, improve the quality of life of the ones using it on a daily basis.

We have partnered with to recognize the projects that are pushing the boundaries in this area, creating remarkable spaces for work, and also to foster experimentation among students to think about the workplace of the future.

We have therefore divided the competition into two categories: for professionals and for students.

Professionals
Architects from around the world are invited to submit their recently completed workplace projects. The jury will award entries that are able to demonstrate innovations in this area in the form of sketches or diagrams.

Use your power of synthesis to show us why your project introduces innovation to the workplace!

Students
Students from around the world are invited to design an innovative workplace within a given generic floor of office space. This constrain will force students to operate on actual market conditions.

Unleash your imagination within a delimited space to show us how innovation can be made possible in today’s structures, to foster tomorrow’s ideas!

Schedule, eligibility, prizes, and general rules after the break.

Giveaway: Win Living Architectures Books and Films

Thanks to the courtesy of our friends from Beka & Partners, we are giving you the chance to win one of the five DVD-Books of the Living Architectures collection.

“Living Architectures” is a series of films that seeks to develop a way of looking at architecture which turns away from the current trend of idealizing the representation of our architectural heritage.

The five DVD-Books are: ‘Inside Piano‘, ‘Gehry’s Vertigo‘, ‘Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron‘, ‘Koolhaas Houselife‘ and ‘Xmas Meier‘. We will have five winners, each of one will receive one randomly. All you have to do to participate is become a registered user (if you’re not one already) and answer the following question in our comments:

“Which architect would you like to see next in the Living Architectures series and why?”

You have until June 24 to submit your answer. Winners will be announced and contacted during the same day.

For more information about the DVD-Books you can check the trailers after the break, or go to www.living-architectures.com for more details. Good luck!

Name Observatory, Birdwatching Circuit / Mauricio Orlando Rojas Riquelme

© Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

Architects: Mauricio Orlando Rojas Riquelme
Location: ,
Guide Architect: Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz
Area: 78 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

Video: Fabio Novembre

The prolific architect and designer Fabio Novembre imbues every object he touches with his rhapsodic brand of élan.

reSITE 2013: Livable and Competitive Cities Conference

reSITE invites investors, business leaders, real estate developers, politicians, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, experts in transportation, innovation, engineers, economists, financiers, community organizers, scientists, artists, students and those with an active interest in urban development and culture to attend reSITE Conference.

The second annual reSITE Conference in will be held on June 20-21, 2013 at the iconic DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague 7 – Holešovice. Here, conference guests will meet the world’s foremost experts in the field of real estate development, urban design, architecture, planning, technology and finance to discuss strategies for sustainable planning for modern, competitive cities with a high quality of life. reSITE strives to foster collaboration between disparate disciplines and is looking for modern, sustainable and financially practical solutions for better public space, urban waterfront and mobility; a better city.

reSITE Conference and Festival will feature 60 international experts, over 400 high-level guests, and thousands of people at public events. reSITE is the largest and most professional international event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. reSITE relies on their deep experience and international connections to top experts in New York and across the world, thereby offering a more engaging and relevant program than other conferences with similar topics.

Topics, key speakers, and more information after the break.

IE Master in Architectural Design presents the Online Master Classes series: Stan Allen

Traditional histories of Urbanism have seen the city as something separate from nature, organized according to its own rules and conventions. Given the current emphasis on environment and sustainability, and recent experiments in the sustainable urbanism, it makes sense to revisit the history of the city from a new perspective. This seminar will look briefly at the history of the city from the 19th century to the present through the lens of landscape and nature. Beginning with Haussmann and Cerda, we will look at Fredrick Law Olmsted and the City Beautiful Movement, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City proposal and post-war suburban development in the US, ending with the emergence of Landscape Urbanism in the late 1990’s.

Date: June 19, 2013. 17:00 time.
Title: “Architecture, Cities and Nature”
Speaker: Stan Allen, SAA Prinicipal. Academic Advisor at IE Master in Architectural Design.

Click here to Register

Video: Iran, The Embargoed Hotel

Battling against international sanctions, global economic crisis and the challenges behind creating a hotel locally and sustainably in , Ameriha House is a recipe for disaster. Or is it?

CASE Wants your Brain! Share your BIM experience and help the software industry

CASE is working with HP to embark on the task of investigating the future of how the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry manages information and they want YOU for their survey. Help them out by answering a few harmless questions on what tools you’re using to help manage your building practices and feel free to forward this along to fellow building and design industry folk since you’re being so awesome about it. You will also have the option to sign up at the end of the survey to have our findings emailed to you.

They’ve all participated and survived. Thanks!

Take my brain!

IE Master in Architectural Design Lecture Series: Josep Lluís Mateo

The IE Master in Architectural Design as part of the Lecture Series 2013 in conjunction with the Círculo de Bellas Artes presents “Lugar, tiempo y materia. Obra reciente, 2010 – 2013″, by .

In this lecture he will manifest his continuing interest in demonstrating the links between construction, research, intellectual development and the pragmatism required to make architecture a reality, as expressed in his recent work.

Josep Lluís Mateo is currently Professor of Architecture and Projects, ETH-Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule/ Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (2002-present). Academic Advisor, Master in Architectural Design, School of Architecture and Design (2012-present). Vice President of Arquiberia (International Association of Spanish Architects) (2011-present). Founder member of the Cercle de Cultura (Culture Circle) in Barcelona (2010). Visiting lecturer, Princeton, Columbia University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, ABKStuttgart, UP8 Paris, OAF, Oslo and ITESMMexico.

To register and receive video click here. Ticket sale can be found here.

Live Online Seminar: Introducing ArchiCAD 17

The latest BIM software from GRAPHISOFT was announced recently. ArchiCAD 17 will be shipping soon. The company has also announced an upcoming free online seminar that will familiarize you with all the new features and enhancements to the software.

Scheduled for June 18, the demonstration of will feature the actual model used to design one of Moscow’s most prestigious buildings, the Mosfilmovskaya Street multi-purpose building complex.

All the information after the break.

Video: American Design Club

The American Design Club (AmDC) was conceived in the spring of 2008. At that time, America’s relevance in the design world was being questioned, with some postulating that US-based designers would never be as influential or productive as their European counterparts. Looking around, however, all they saw was talent and ambition in our fellow American designers, from close friends to former employers to recent design school graduates. What was missing was an avenue for these designers to share their work with a broad audience. The AmDC’s founding members resolved to improve the situation by creating a platform from which designers could launch new ideas and connect with one another.

Arxiu Històric Municipal D’Elx / Julio Sagasta + Fuster Arquitectos

© Diego Opazo

Architects: Fuster Arquitectos + 
Location: Carrús, Elx. Alicante, Spain
Team Manager: Julio Sagasta Sansano + Francisco Fuster Selva
Clients: Ajuntament d’Elx + Conselleria de Cultura Generalitat Valenciana
Project Area: 2,377 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Diego Opazo

Piazza Gae Aulenti / AECOM

© / Robb Williamson

Architects: AECOM
Location: Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milan,
Lead Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli
Project Architects: Adamson
Design Landscape Architects: James Haig Streeter, Claudio Zappia
Year: 2012
Photographs: AECOM / Robb Williamson, Claudio Zappia, Hines

New Cities Summit 2013: ‘The Human City’

We are living through the most rapid and significant phase of urbanization in human history. By 2030, more than 60% of the world’s population – 5 billion people – will live in cities. To understand and act upon this mega trend, the New Cities Foundation hosts the New Cities Summit, the leading global platform for urban and exchange. Each year, the Summit gathers 1,000 of the world’s brightest thinkers and decision-makers for action-oriented debate, information sharing and problem solving. São Paulo is the vibrant location of this year’s event. The theme this year: The Human City, placing the individual and the community at the heart of discussions on our urban future. 
How will this urban planet alter the human experience? For ‘We the Urban People’, what specific issues can we grapple with today to ensure that tomorrow’s metropolis is a positive place to live and work? 
To find out more about the New Cities Summit we interviewed John Rossant, founder and chairman of the New Cities Foundation. Interview after the break.

Video: Pin-Up Magazine

is a New York-based architect turned editor who prefers building magazines.