The next issue of CONDITIONS will be a double issue, exploring the politics of quality management in architecture. The Scandinavian countries are all developing national strategies for their architecture politics, and quality in architecture is the buzzword, as something to be strived for at all levels of planning.
The debate on what constitutes quality in architecture is as old as architecture itself. In architecture the notion of quality can be approached on several levels. Building-technical quality standards are becoming more and more dominant, aiming mostly at avoiding mistakes. When it comes to the quality of the architecture per se, there is less agreement than ever before. How can such a contested notion become the main goal in national architecture politics?
They are looking for speculative, provocative texts as well as projects exploring the politics of architectural quality. Send your abstracts to email@example.com by the 21st of June. Deadline for final submissions is the 2nd of August. For more information, go to Conditions official website. Seen at Bustler.
Apparently, some architects are getting together during the AIA 2010 National Convention in Miami tomorrow for 15 minutes of dancing for education. This is in response to Shakira’s Waka Waka “Let’s All Dance for 1GOAL”.
“1GOAL Education for All” is a campaign and call on world leaders to provide education for 72 million children worldwide by 2015. Learn more about this great initiative here. See more details of Shakira’s campaign here. And join the architects in Miami here.
And remember you can follow the discussion on the Convention through Twitter using the hashtag #aia2010.
SPLIT Talks, a three day curated discussion focusing on architecture, tourism, and sustainability, will be held June 16-18 in Diocletian’s Palace in Split. The event is a coproduction of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Split and the architecture blog, Pogledaj.to.
The theme of this year’s Split Talks is the relationship of Tourism, Croatia’s primary economic driver, and its relation to local planning legislation as well as notions of sustainability internationally. The current slow-down in development caused by the world economic crisis as well as the impending entry of Croatia to the European Union raise important new questions, problems, and opportunities for design professionals. These issues will be explored through a series of case studies provided by guest lecturers and university faculty and through a series of round tables.
Speakers at SPLIT Talks include international lecturers from the field of architecture, Kees Kaan (Claus en Kaan Architecten), Ralf Lõoke (Salto), Nanne de Ru (Powerhouose Company), David Zahle (BIG), Ricardo Camacho (Casa Granturismo), Croatian architects such as Hrvoje Njirić (njiric+ arhitekti), Silvije Novak (3LHD) and Nikola Bašić as well policy makers and representatives of the tourist indusrty. For the detailed list of lecturers and other information about SPLIT Talks 2010 visit their official website.
On June 24th the easaUK team, backed by SCHOSA, is hosting conference for UK students of architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture. The conference is a chance to return the energy generated by easa010 returning to the country that not only spawned it, but that also has a great, now lost, tradition of Winter Schools. The conference, organised and run by the easa010 team, is intended to spread the experience the team has gained over the last 2 years around institutions unable to be part of the European event, with the aim of creating a similar UK based event.
Talks will cover the history of Winter School and EASA, team building, fundraising, promotion and the media and legal considerations. All talks will draw directly from the experiences the team has gained from working on EASA, running smaller workshops and the easaHQ gallery. Delegates will have the chance to debate all topics and there is a provision in the timetable dedicated to networking, giving the delegates the opportunity to discuss future conferences and events.
More info can be found here.
The AIA 2010 National Convention starts tomorrow in Miami and ArchDaily is there to bring you all the news. But we want you in the conversation also so if you’re there or you’re following the convention online, make sure you tweet using the hashtag #aia2010. All the tweets using it will be featured in our Twitter box located on the top of ArchDaily’s homepage.
So make sure you follow us right here, and follow the discussion, there might be a few surprises during these days. See you in Miami!
The Common Boston Common Build (CBCB) is a design competition that challenges participants to design and implement a project in response to real community needs. Held over 3 days during the Common Boston Community and Architecture Festival, the CBCB is open to teams and individuals from ALL disciplines and experience levels. Common Boston and LostInBoston have partnered to host this year’s event, focused to raise awareness of the built environment, improve wayfinding and inspire connections across Boston’s urban fabric.
Competitors will be asked to work with preselected sites as well as vocal neighborhood members to develop design solutions that address the specific physical and social needs of that community. The CBCB aims to prove that even when created in less than 3 days and with a capped budget, an innovative and influential response to a real problem can alter the way we interact with and understand the built environment of a community while seeking tangible benefits for its inhabitants.
For more information, go to the competition’s official website.
We are thrilled to announce that Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) will be receiving the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter’s (AIA|LA), Firm of the Year Award for 2010. The formal announcement is expected to be released in July. The AIA|LA Firm of the Year Award is given annually and recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture.
Over the years, LOHA projects have won a combined 18 national and local AIA awards, including the most recent AIA National Housing Award for Formosa 1140. You can see all the projects we’ve featured by LOHA here, including our interview with Lorcan O’Herlihy.
The AIA National Convention 2010 will be held in Miami 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 which started last Wednesday and finishes today. 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 Twitter account).
Yesterday’s winner was @JeffDahl! He won the great book “Contemporary Design in Detail: Sustainable Environments”. Today’s book is “Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning”. So remember, RT this message till 6pm today and you could win an amazing book!
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, the Scottish architect, designer, watercolourist and sculpter was born this day on history, 1868. He had mayor influence on European design 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.
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, Miami Beach, Florida. For more information, go to WIAfund’s official website.
Freegreen.com is challenging you to help define the design 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 design community to take charge of this challenge and be the first to create new home designs, and design 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.
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 LEED 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.