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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 design 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 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 continues its restoration, renovation, and modernization of the venerable Natural History Museum of Los Angeles 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.

AD Round Up: Classics Part I

Greg Robbins

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 Germany 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 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

Chicago - Photo by Arch//Land -

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 the Bergman Center, a foundation and a meeting place with focus on Ingmar Bergman’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 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

-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 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.