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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.

AD Round Up: Classics Part I

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As you may have noticed, we’ve been featuring some iconic architecture in our new section AD Classics. We will keep bringing you many more, but in case you’ve missed a few, here’s a first selection of our “classic” architecture. Check them all after the break.

The Farnsworth House / Mies van der Rohe
The Farnsworth House, built between 1945 and 1951 for Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a weekend retreat, is a platonic perfection of order gently placed in spontaneous nature in Plano, Illinois. Just right outside of Chicago in a 10-acre secluded wooded site with the Fox River to the south, the glass pavilion takes full advantage of relating to its natural surroundings, achieving Mies’ concept of a strong relationship between the house and nature (read more…)

Happy Birthday Sir Norman Foster!

Born June 1 in 1935, Sir is probably one of the most important architects of our time. In 1963 he set up an architectural practice  called Team 4 along with Richard Rogers and sisters Georgie and Wendy Cheesman. After they went separate ways, Foster and Wendy founded Foster Associates, which eventually became Foster + Partners.

Huge recognition for Foster began 20 years ago. He was knighted in 1990 and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1997. He was awarded with the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1999. In he received the Order Pour le Mérite and most recently, in 2009, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category.

To honor this great architect’s brirthday, here are the links for every project we’ve featured from Foster + Partners:

Willis Headquarters at Lime Street / Elephant House / Beijing Airport / Ernst & Young Headquarters, Amsterdam / Harmon Hotel / UAE Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / 5-Star Hotel and Conference Center / Super-Yacht / Spaceport America / Winspear Opera House / City Center Las Vegas

Also, hundreds of fans have already left a birthday message through our Facebook Fan Page and Twitter. You may want to check them and leave your own. I’ll try really hard to get them to him.

Favela Painting

Jeroen Koolhas and are two artist from Netherlands who started working together in 2005.  In 2006, they started developing the idea of creating community-driven art interventions in . Their efforts yielded two murals which were painted in Vila Cruzeiro, Rio’s most notorious slum, in collaboration with local youth. After both murals were finished, they started their third stage of their project, ‘O Morro’.

The initial idea of the Favela Painting project was always to paint an entire hillside favela in the center of Rio, visible to all inhabitants and visitors. As the portuguese translation for ‘the hill’; ‘o morro’ is also used as a synonym for slum or favela, the artists chose to use this name for the third stage of the Favela Painting project. ‘O Morro’ started early in 2010 and was recently finished.

You can find more on the projects in their official website and their Facebook Page. See more images of ‘O Morro’ after the break.

Edmonton City Centre Airport Lands Master Plan Competition

Edmonton City Council has mandated that the lands now occupied by the City Centre Airport be transformed into a world-class sustainable community. The City of seeks talented and creative minds to prepare a master plan for this strategic property in the core of the City. The revitalization of approximately 217 hectares of land in the heart of represents an opportunity for to place itself at the forefront of global cities that are seeking to establish the highest standards for sustainability to foster a living, working, and learning environment of unparalleled environmental and social quality.

The mission is to undertake a master planning exercise that will guide the long term development of a new community for families, parks and open space, places of work, cultural and educational institutions, and other amenities connected with a new Light Rail Transit (LRT) line to downtown. The mission is to provide Edmontonians with a range of lifestyle choices that embody a sustainable live style through the incorporation of design features, land uses, building practices, materials and assemblies, and technologies that will minimize the ecological footprint of this community.

For more information, click here. Seen at Death by Architecture.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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The Broadcasting Place, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is so amazing that you can’t miss it. So are many other posts we featured last week, like the New Acropolis Museum and the Benidorm Seafront in Barcelona. You can see all of last week’s selection here:

Best Cities for Design and Modern Architecture

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People at opentravel made a on the world’s best planned cities. We surely agree on some of them, but we also think there are a lot of cities that may very well deserve a spot on the list. What do you think?

The complete ranking with photos taken from our Flickr pool after the break.

Bergman Center / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter received first prize for the competition to design the Bergman Center, a foundation and a meeting place with focus on ’s oeuvre and on Fårö as his artistic base. You can see more images and architect’s description after the break.

International Design Competition Playable 2010

Playable10:International Design Competition invites designers of all types from around the world to design playground equipment and spaces that will give a sense of place, wonder and fun so strong that they will entice children, teens and adults outdoors to play. Winners will be selected by a diverse jury that will be announced in mid-2010.

For more information go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Architecture Week.

Navitas Park / Kjaer & Richter Architects and Christensen & Co

Denmark-based Kjaer & Richter Architects & Christensen & Co shared with us their project Navitas Park, a 39,000 square meters engineer school in , Denmark. More images and architect’s description after the break.

V&A at Dundee shortlist announced

Proposed site for V&A

The V&A at will be The Victoria & Albert museum’s first base outside London. It will open in 2014 and it will be sited at Craig Harbour right on the banks of the River Tay. The site is being made available through the Central Waterfront Partnership, the joint venture between City Council and Scottish Enterprise which is revitalising the prime area of land linking the city centre with the River Tay.

A shortlist of architect and design teams competing for the V&A at Dundee project was announced recently. The six shortlisted offices are:

Delugan Meissl Associated Architects / Kengo Kuma & Associates / REX / Snøhetta / Steven Holl Architects / Sutherland Hussey Architects

Seen at Domus.

Transatlantic Program: Sustainable Architecture & Urban Planning

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACCoM) is pleased to introduce the successor to the prestigious Transatlantic Program, “Transatlantic Program – Young Technology Leaders” (TAP-YTL). The program will bring together 12 young leaders with technical backgrounds for an intensive 8-day visit to that will be focused on a specific theme. The first delegation, “Sustainable Architecture & Urban Planning” will take place September 19-27, 2010. Future programs will feature topics such as “Logistics & Transportation” and “Water Management.”

Information and application form online at

Fallingwater On-Site Cottages Competition proposal / Wendell Burnette Architects

A couple of days ago we featured Saucier + Perrotte’s proposal for the Fallingwater On-Site Cottages Competition in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, . Today, Wendell Burnette Architects | Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture shared with us their proposal, which received second place. More images and architect’s description after the break.

AD Round Up: Awarded Competitions Part III

It’s been a long time since our last Round Up on Awarded Competitions. So to finish this week, here’s our third selection. Check them all after the break.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects to design largest public library in Scandinavia
Our friends from SHL architects just sent us their new project. They won an international competition to design “Urban Mediaspace”, the largest public library in Scandinavia. The € 228 million scheme, located in Aarhus, , will become a new visual and cultural focal point for the city whilst pioneering the next generation of library design. SHL Architects’ innovative, 30.000 m2 scheme reassesses traditional concepts of library design (read more…)

Houses for Dogs

Paying homage to the Bauhaus design

They are supposed to be man’s best friend, so why not give them a house? With pet industry growing every year, could this be a new field for architects? With four designs (including a Bauhaus based one), your dog may now have all they ever wanted: a mansion.

Based in , a company named Best Friend’s HOME are providing this four types of mansions and even allow you to design your own. And the best thing, they have a worlwide delivery. Check the other three designs after the break.

AA Visiting School: University of Tehran

The AA Visiting School is a worldwide network organized by the Architectural Association School of Architecture in collaboration with each country they visit. They have conducted events and workshops all over the world including Beijing, Madrid, San Francisco, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Singapore among others. This time, from July 26 to August 6 they will visit the University of in Iran.

In recent years Iran has emerged as a cultural and economic hub within the Middle East; with its illustrious history in architecture it offers a fertile ground for research and investigation. Tehran, its capital city, has become a major laboratory for contemporary cultural production in terms of architecture. The Tehran Summer School will explore the potential of algorithmic design using simple elements.

More on the event with images of previous workshops after the break.

FlyingTeeth Hotel Design Competition

Are you an architect with a passion for design and a deep appreciation of a destination’s unique geographical character − its “sense of place”? In an effort to find “the architect,” FlyingTeeth is proud to announce its first ever Boutique Sustainable Hotel Design Competition.

It is FlyingTeeth’s long-term goal to develop a brand of boutique sustainable hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America. As they continue to build their team, they want to ensure the inclusion of only the most passionate and responsible individuals. When it comes to “the architect,” they are looking for someone who not only enjoys a team atmosphere but someone who is willing to work hand-in-hand with site planners and the design team they already have in place. If you think this is you, please submit a cover letter, resume and any supporting documents (i.e. a portfolio, recent designs, etc.) that may convince their team of your ability and authenticity. After review, if they find there is a match, they will notify you with an invitation to the competition.

More details on the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XI

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After reaching more than 17,000 photos on our Flickr pool, we decided that choosing five each month was unfair to the hundreds of amazing pictures we receive. So starting today, we’re going to have a selection every two weeks! Happy? You can see our previous selections here. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The picture above was taken by pedro kok in Barcelona, Spain. See the other four after the break.