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Frank Lloyd Wright: born June 8, 1867

Born this day 143 years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator. He completed more than 500 works, including his famous Fallingwater House and Guggenheim Musem, and was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture.

In 1991, he was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”. As we did last week with Sir Norman Foster, we want to honor Lloyd Wright’s birthday by bringing you every project and article we’ve featured with this amazing architect’s work:

AD Classics: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / AD Classics: Frederick C. Robie House / AD Classics: Fallingwater House / Compromises for the Guggenheim / Frank Lloyd Wright at the Guggenheim: From Within Outward / LEGO Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Born June 7, 1868

Glasgow School of Art

, the Scottish architect, designer, watercolourist and sculpter was born this day on history, 1868. He had mayor influence on European and perhaps was the main exponent of Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom. His international reputation was mainly thanks to the Glasgow School of Art. You can see more images of the school after the break (photos were taken by abbozzo from our Flickr pool), along with some picture of Mackintosh’s famous chairs.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Did you miss the amazing Palmyra House by Studio Mumbai? Last week we featured some great projects you may have missed. So here’s our selection of the best. Check it out after the break!

Palmyra House / Studio Mumbai
Located outside of Mumbai on the Arabian Sea, Palmyra House was built as a refuge from the bustle of the busy city. The 3000 sq ft. house consists of two wooden louvered structures set inside of a functioning coconut plantation. Anchored to stone platforms, the structures overlook a network of wells and aqueducts that weave the site into an inhabitable whole. Living room, study and master bedroom are contained in the north volume, while the south volume contains the kitchen, dining, and guest bedrooms (read more…)

WIAfund’s Networking 01

Earlier this year we told you about the WIA (Women in Architecture) fund, that looks to support women to become professionals and leaders in Architecture in America.

On that ocassion, they had recently published the book “To Become an Architect (a guide, mostly for women)”, a guide for new students and interns to raise money for this fund. Now, we are happy to tell you that Marla St. John became the first WIA fund award recipient ever (see more details here).

Also, during the week of AIA National Convention, WIAfund will be hosting their first Networking event in order to get together, meet, chat and speak architecture. The event will take place this Friday June 11, from 5 to 6pm in SushiSamba, 600 Lincoln Road, Beach, Florida. For more information, go to WIAfund’s official website.

Who’s Next 2.0: Envisioning Affordable Luxury Competition is challenging you to help define the concept of Affordable Luxury. Gone are the days of free-flowing mortgages, and multi-million dollar McMansions. In this “new normal” home owners still desire livable, ascetically pleasing, and luxurious homes, but now need these same concepts implemented into smaller more affordable residential structures. This creates the perfect opportunity for the community to take charge of this challenge and be the first to create new home designs, and delivery methods, that meet today’s restraints and requirements.

Competitors will select one of two user profiles and design a single family home that fits their chosen profile. Competitors will be able to design for a lot of their creation, but will be asked to identify the Climate Region that their entry is designed for, which will help the public and our jury better determine performance benefits. Affordability and Constructability is a key in this contest so all entries should be targeted for an eventual construction cost of $220,000 to $410,000. For more information, visit the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.

New study says LEED may not be that green after all

California Academy of Sciences / Renzo Piano

In ArchDaily, we have been featuring some really great projects with LEED certification, like the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Renzo Piano’s California Academy of Sciences, AMD’s Lone Star Campus, and the City Center of Las Vegas. More recently, we had an excellent discussion on an article featuring an interview of the Chicago Tribune with Frank Gehry, where he basically dismissed and its efforts to make our built environment more eco-friendly.

Now we may continue with the discussion, after a new study released by Environment and Human Health, Inc. says that the voluntary rating system falsely presents its projects as bastions of health and safety, when it actually allows for all sorts of harmful stuff, whether pesticides in tap water or formaldehyde-laden particleboard.

You can read the complete article at Fast Company and of course, share your opinion with us.

Flying Carpet / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture shared with us their project ‘Flying Carpet’, a colorful carpet laid out on a central square in Örebro, . Above people have a coffee under their own mirror images. More images and architect’s description after the break.

de LaB’s City Listening II

is proud to announce their first-ever fundraiser, City Listening II! On Saturday, June 26, and a fantastic roster of collaborators and sponsors will present an evening of stories about Los Angeles read by your favorite , architecture and art writers from both sides of La Brea!

To buy tickets and find more about the event, click here.

Change Control, a Dan Wood // WORKac lecture

Dan from WORKac will be conducting a lecture in Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio next Tuesday June 8, 6pm at 171 Madison Ave, 14th floor, NYC. The lecture is open to the public but seating is limited, so be there early to grab a seat.

WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) was founded in 2003 by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. Based in , WORKac strives to develop architectural and urban projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism.

You can see every WORKac project we’ve featured in ArchDaily here. And don’t forget to check one of the first interviews we had with Amale Andraos & Dan Wood, and the 49 Cities book by WORKac (with a free PDF sample).

AD Round Up: Wooden Houses Part III

From Netherlands, , Chile, New Zealand and Sou Fujimoto’s awarded Wooden House in Japan, comes this third selection of previously featured wooden houses. Check them all after the break!

Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto
I thought of making an ultimate wooden architecture. It was conceived by just mindlessly stacking 350mm square. Lumber is extremely versatile. In an ordinary wooden architecture, lumber is effectively differentiated according to functions in various localities precisely because it is so versatile. Columns, beams, foundations, exterior walls, interior walls, ceilings, floorings, insulations, furnishings, stairs, window frames, meaning all (read more…)

The Architect and the Urn exhibit

Lundgren Monuments in association with Vital 5 Productions is proud to present The Architect and the Urn – a west coast exploration of the cremation urn as architectural object, June 3 – July 18, 2010. Twenty-five architects from Seattle to approach the and concept of housing human ash in this complex and conceptually rich exhibition.

Americans have an unhealthy relationship with death and remembrance. Death care has become a multi-billion dollar industry almost devoid of artists, designers and architects. Instead it is clogged with mass produced plastic urns and heavy, uninspired blocks of imported granite. With the choice of cremation on the rise, more and more of our departed friends and family are returning to us in the form of ash. In the design savvy culture that we live in, it is amazing how few interesting choices exist for us to address this transformed matter. The Architect and the Urn exhibition is assembled to approach this social trend and help fortify the ideas and forms that define our very last residence.

Curated by Greg Lundgren, The Architect and the Urn is on exhibition at the Lundgren Monuments boutique located at 1011 Boren Avenue, Seattle WA 98104. You can see the complete poster after the break.

Care to Air Design Challenge

While much work has been done to educate consumers about fuel efficient cars, re-useable shopping bags and water bottles, few people think about the environmental impact of their laundry room. Levi Strauss & Co. research demonstrated that the most important thing consumers can do to reduce the climate change impact of their clothes is to return to old-fashioned air drying (almost 80 percent of the consumer care impact is from drying).

We’re hoping to change habits by changing the conversation. is hosting a “Care to Air” contest to find new innovative, covetable and sustainable ways that people can dry their clothes. winners will be eligible for $10,000 in prizes – and help change the way people think about line drying. More information on the competition’s official webite. Seen at Architecture Week.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County renovation / CO Architects

© CO Architects

CO Architects continues its restoration, renovation, and modernization of the venerable Natural History Museum of County (NHM) with an innovative expansion and re-imagination of the institution’s North Campus, which dates back to the 1920s. The $30-million project’s elements include a redesigned front façade with entry bridge, pedestrian-friendly terraces and communal areas, a new two-level car park, and a major landscape program encompassing 3.5-acres of recovered green spaces with programmed gardens and outdoor learning environments. The outdoor garden spaces are created in collaboration with landscape firm Mia Lehrer + Associates. Currently under construction, the North Campus is set to open 2011/2012, and is overseen by project manager Cordell Corporation.

More images and full press release after the break.

railLA Call for Ideas/Venues

railLA, a joint effort between the Los Angeles Chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Planning Association (APA), has launched a Call for Ideas/Venues about High-Speed Rail and its transformative impact on society and the built environment.

Entrants are encouraged to submit new and existing ideas, concepts, designs, plans, papers, videos, models, and other studies. The Call is intended to create a wealth of information about High-Speed Rail from around the world to be exhibited at selected venues through a separate Call for Venues.

A select group of submissions will be showcased at an opening exhibit in Downtown , the railLA website, and in various publications. A $2500 prize purse for the top five submissions will be announced at the opening exhibit.

More information on the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.

RE.FLECKS exhibition

The RE.FLECKS exhibition presents panels J. MAYER H. has derived from data-protection patterns. Developed by chance in print shops around 1900, the patterns were used as an envelope lining to protect the confidential content inside.

One of these many patterns was selected and interpreted spatially in the form of various art objects. Like the inkblot pictures by Rorschach, an early 20th century psychoanalyst, the RE.FLECKS panels support the viewer’s own interpretation and reading.

Exhibition will open June 11 at 6pm at Magnusmuller, Weydingerstrasse 10/12, 10178 .

AIA Convention: Follow us on Twitter and win amazing books!

The AIA National Convention 2010 will be held in from June 10 till June 12, and ArchDaily will be there to cover it! To start the engines, we decided to launch a small giveaway in Twitter starting today and finishing next Thursday. Everyday we will be giving an amazing book related to the AIA Convention. All you need to do is follow us on Twitter and RT our message. To do so, you can just click here (must be logged on to your account).

And that’s about it. Just a click, and you can win! Today’s book is “Climate Design: Design and Planning for the Age of Climate Change”. So RT our message till 6pm today, and tomorrow morning we’ll announce the winner! And remember, tomorrow we’ll have another book for you!


While DETAIL Magazine brings us the insights of buildings in terms of highly detailed drawings, focuses on sustainability in architecture trough data & analysis.

The issues moves between concepts -such as lessons learned from the proposed zero-carbon Masdar City-  to case studies, on which several experts analyze a series of case studies in terms of lighting, materials, energy, etc.

More after the break.

Oslo Triennale 2010: Man Made Reformulate Competition

The intention of the competition is to challenge the participants on how to exemplify and illustrate policies on architecture, the relationship between architecture and politics, and how architecture can contribute in solving the challenges of the future. Architecture is politics in practice. Through architecture we inflict the political landscape, our surroundings and our society. MAN MADE REFORMULATE seeks suggestions on how we can influence the society and the challanges of tomorrow in a positive matter. We want to see old, new, shown and unknown suggestions, where the aim is to find the best ideas.

The winner’s task will be to apply their concept onto , the capital of , shown as project and exhibited as part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale in September/October 2010. In this phase we ask for projects, ideas and concepts already developed, or which has been developed especially for this entry which handles the topic of MAN MADE REFORMULATE: How can architecture solve the challenges of tomorrow?

For more information, go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.