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Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 "Design of the Year"

11:25 - 16 August, 2017
Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 "Design of the Year"

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist projects in the running for the 2017 edition of their prestigious Beazley Design of the Year award. Now in its tenth year, the award was established to “celebrate design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.”  

This year, a total of 62 projects have been nominated across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport – including 13 projects from the Architecture category. A winner from each category and the overall winner will be announced on January 25, 2018. Previous winners of the architecture category include: IKEA’s Better Shelter last year (also the overall winner), Alejandro Aravena's UC Innovation Center in 2015, and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Center (overall winner in 2014).

See all of the architecture nominees below.

New Map Celebrates Boston’s Brutalist Architecture

06:00 - 16 August, 2017
New Map Celebrates Boston’s Brutalist Architecture, Courtesy of Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik
Courtesy of Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik

In their ninth architectural city guide, London-based publisher Blue Crow Media highlights the city of Boston’s Brutalist buildings. The map was produced in collaboration with the principles of the firm over,under Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik along with Michael Kubo, who together authored the book “Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston.” The map highlights more than forty examples of Brutalist architecture around the greater-Boston area.

Courtesy of Blue Crow Media Courtesy of Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik Courtesy of Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik Courtesy of Blue Crow Media +8

Plans Unveiled to Construct the World's Largest and Most Secure Data Center in Northern Norway

04:00 - 16 August, 2017
Plans Unveiled to Construct the World's Largest and Most Secure Data Center in Northern Norway, Via BBC. Image Courtesy of Kolos
Via BBC. Image Courtesy of Kolos

Plans have been revealed by American-Norwegian data company Kolos to construct the world's largest data center, a claim based on the amount of electrical power the site intends to draw from the grid to supply its banks of servers and cooling facilities. Located in Ballangen, Norway, the proposed site sits within the Arctic Circle and would take advantage of the cold climate, low humidity, and the abundant supply of hydropower currently available in the area. 

HOTTEA Transforms North America's Largest Mall with 13,000 Strands of Yarn

16:10 - 15 August, 2017
© Mike Madison
© Mike Madison

2017 Perrier Artist of the Year Eric Rieger, also known as HOTTEA, has completed a massive installation of colorful string at the largest indoor mall in North America, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Consisting of 13,000 individual strands of yarn in 103 colors, the installation completely transforms the mall’s Atrium, enveloping visitors in a storm of buzzing color as soon as they pass through the north entrance. In total, a total of 721 pounds of yarn were used, covering the footprint of 55 by 45-foot skylight above. 

© Mike Madison © Mike Madison © Mike Madison © Mike Madison +10

Gunārs Birkerts, Architect of the World's Largest Library, Dies Aged 92

14:00 - 15 August, 2017

Gunārs Birkerts, the prolific Latvian-American architect best known for designing the "Castle of Light"—the world's largest library in Riga, Latvia—has died aged 92. The National Library, which was first conceived in 1988 and officially opened in 2014, has become among the most significant, and controversial, contemporary public buildings in Latvia.

Studio Gang's American Museum of Natural History Expansion Set to Begin Construction

12:00 - 15 August, 2017
Studio Gang's American Museum of Natural History Expansion Set to Begin Construction, Visitor view from the entrance of the Gilder Center into the Central Exhibition Hall. Image © AMNH/D. Finnin
Visitor view from the entrance of the Gilder Center into the Central Exhibition Hall. Image © AMNH/D. Finnin

After receiving approval by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission last fall, Studio Gang’s expansion of the American Museum of Natural History is preparing to begin construction, reports New York YIMBY, as permits for the project have been filed with Department of Buildings.

To be known as the “Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation,” the expansion will consist of 245,000 square feet across six floors, approximately 80 percent of which will be located within the current museum footprint. Three existing museum buildings/wings will be reduced and adapted to accommodate the Gilder Center, which will house a variety of new exhibition and educational spaces, while enhancing connections to existing galleries. In total, approximately 203,000-gross-square-foot will be added to the Museum, already one of the largest natural history museums in the world. 

The new Central Exhibition Hall, which also serves as the Columbus Avenue entrance. Image © AMNH/D. Finnin The view of the exterior façade of the Gilder Center from 79th Street and Columbus Avenue. Image © AMNH/D. Finnin Model of the American Museum of Natural History’s complex incorporating the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. Image © AMNH/D. Finnin Section revealing "connections" throughout. Image © AMNH/D. Finnin +10

Atelier Global Wins Competition to Design 'Book City' in Shenzhen

16:20 - 14 August, 2017
Atelier Global Wins Competition to Design 'Book City' in Shenzhen, Main entrance from the park. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global
Main entrance from the park. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global

Atelier Global has been announced as the winners of a competition for the architectural and interior design of 'Shenzhen Book City,' a library and public gathering space located at the heart of the Long Hua arts district, becoming a part of the greater contemporary and historic fabric of art centers, public parks and urban typologies.

Interactive platform. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global Sunken Garden. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global Aerial view from Longhua Cultural Square. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global Multi-functional exhibition space. Image Courtesy of Atelier Global +34

Long-Awaited Grand Avenue Project by Gehry Partners to Begin Construction

14:15 - 14 August, 2017
Long-Awaited Grand Avenue Project by Gehry Partners to Begin Construction, via Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
via Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

More than three years after receiving approval from Los Angeles County, the stop-and-start Grand Avenue development project designed by Gehry Partners is finally showing signs that construction may be soon beginning, as developer Related Companies has filed building permits for the project.

The Grand Avenue Project, located at 100 South Grand Avenue across from the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, has been in the works for more than a decade, with an original ground breaking date having been anticipated as far back as 2007. In that time, high profile projects have been completed on all sides of the site, including The Broad museum, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and the SOM-designed Los Angeles Federal Courthouse.

London's Garden Bridge Project Officially Axed After £37 Million in Public Costs

11:20 - 14 August, 2017
London's Garden Bridge Project Officially Axed After £37 Million in Public Costs, Courtesy of Garden Bridge Trust
Courtesy of Garden Bridge Trust

The saga of London’s controversial Thames Garden Bridge project has finally come to end, as the Garden Bridge Trust has announced the official “closure of the project” after losing the support of the public and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

"It is with great regret that Trustees have concluded that without Mayoral support the project cannot be delivered,” said Lord Mervyn Davies, Chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust in a statement released today.

“We are incredibly sad that we have not been able to make the dream of the Garden Bridge a reality and that the Mayor does not feel able to continue with the support he initially gave us.” 

Courtesy of Garden Bridge Trust Courtesy of Garden Bridge Trust Courtesy of Garden Bridge Trust Courtesy of Garden Bridge Trust +9

Erwin Wurm's "Fat House" Is Exhibited Amid the Baroque Splendor of Vienna's Upper Belvedere

10:30 - 14 August, 2017
Erwin Wurm's "Fat House" Is Exhibited Amid the Baroque Splendor of Vienna's Upper Belvedere, © Johannes Stoll
© Johannes Stoll

In a new solo exhibition of the work of Erwin Wurm in the artist's home city of Vienna, the "Fat House"—created in 2003—is being publicly displayed for the first time amid the baroque splendor of the Austrian capital's historic Upper Belvedere. The central exhibition of Wurm's work at 21er Haus comprises over forty "performative sculptures" and statues, examining "extraordinary examples of architecture and objects of daily use."

© Johannes Stoll © Johannes Stoll © Johannes Stoll © Johannes Stoll +6

Could This Micro Dwelling in Disguise Help Solve the Housing Crisis?

08:00 - 14 August, 2017
Could This Micro Dwelling in Disguise Help Solve the Housing Crisis?, © Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson

London’s first Antepavillion officially opened to the public last weekend, kicking off an annual series of experimental structures set to explore alternative ways of living in the city. Designed and built by emerging studio PUP Architects, the proposal beat out 128 other entries as the winner of a competition held by the Architecture Foundation. Calling for proposals that engaged with issues of sustainability and recycling, PUP's design, dubbed H-VAC is built using prefab elements made in-house by a team of volunteers. The pavilion's tongue-in-cheek appearance resembling an air duct is a playful subversion of planning legislation, exploiting loopholes for mechanical rooftop equipment to be built without planning permission.

© Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson +43

Arquitectonica to Design Hotel in Orlando as New Social Hub For the United States' Fastest Growing Community

16:00 - 12 August, 2017
Arquitectonica to Design Hotel in Orlando as New Social Hub For the United States' Fastest Growing Community , Courtesy of Tavistock Development Company
Courtesy of Tavistock Development Company

Plans have been announced for a new hotel in Orlando’s planned Lake Nona community, which is to be designed by Arquitectonica in one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. The 16 storey Town Center Hotel will be situated at the heart of the community, featuring a motor court entrance, a lobby, a ballroom accommodating 200 guests, as well as a rooftop pool with a lounge and accommodation for private events. The tower will also be within close proximity to the airport, easily accessible by Orlando’s 68 million annual visitors and the “unique property will cater to airport travelers as well as those who intend to make Lake Nona their final destination.”

LAVA Breaks Ground on Sculptural Energy Tower in Germany

14:00 - 12 August, 2017
LAVA Breaks Ground on Sculptural Energy Tower in Germany, Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

Construction has started on the redesign of an energy storage tower by LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architects) for Stadtwerke Heidelberg (SWH) in Heidelberg, Germany. The updated facade of the 56-meter cylindrical tower and design of an adjacent park are part of an initiative to create a sculptural landmark and symbol of sustainable energy for the city.

LAVA introduces a multi-layered facade that features 11,000 diamond shaped stainless-steel plates attached to a steel cable network that can rotate 45 degrees in the wind. According to the architects, a number of plates correlate to the number of households that will be beneficiaries of the energy. The geometries of the facade are inspired by forms found in nature.

Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA Elevations +18

Graham Foundation Awards Over $400,000 in 2017 Grants to Organizations

14:00 - 11 August, 2017
Graham Foundation Awards Over $400,000 in 2017 Grants to Organizations

The Graham Foundation has announced the list of recipients of their annual Grants to Organizations program, established to “advance new scholarship, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society.”

For 2017, over $400,000 USD has been awarded to 41 projects from around the world within 5 categories: Exhibitions, Film/Video/New Media, Publications, Public Programs and Other Fellowships. In its 61 year history, the Graham Foundation has given more than 4,300 grants to individuals and institutions.

“This year marks an extraordinary group of projects from organizations around the world working to advance architectural thinking, push the boundaries of the field, and expand into previously underrepresented areas,” said Graham Foundation director Sarah Herda on the 2017 grantees.

Continue reading for the full list of recipients, with descriptions provided by the Graham Foundation.

Gwyneth Shanks, From Above Looking Down, 2017, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist. From the 2017 organizational grant to Materials & Applications for "Privacies Infrastructure". Image courtesy of The Graham Foundation Francis Kéré, Serpentine Pavilion, 2017, London. Photo: Iwan Baan. From the 2017 organizational grant to Serpentine Galleries for “Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by Francis Kéré”. Image courtesy of The Graham Foundation helloeverything/SelgasCano, Kibera Hamlets School, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya. Courtesy of architects. From the 2017 organizational grant to New York Foundation for Architecture-Center for Architecture for "Scaffolding". Image courtesy of The Graham Foundation Pietro Paolini, UR12 Downward Spiral: El Helicoide's Descent from Mall to Prison. El Helicoide, Caracas, Venezuela, 2012. Courtesy of Pietro Paolini/Terra Project. From the 2017 organizational grant to Terreform for “UR (Urban Research) 2017”. Image courtesy of The Graham Foundation +9

CEMEX Announces 2017 Mexican Premio Obras Finalists

10:30 - 11 August, 2017
CEMEX Announces  2017 Mexican Premio Obras Finalists

Held annually, the CEMEX Building Award honors the best architecture and construction both in Mexico and abroad. Yesterday the cement company announced the finalist projects located in Mexico, and in categories ranging from social housing to infrastructure. Each project will be evaluated by a jury convened by CEMEX; the qualities to be evaluated include integrated sustainability, architectural design, structure and innovation in the construction process. 

Below see the full list of finalist projects located in Mexico. 

Spotlight: Peter Eisenman

10:30 - 11 August, 2017
Spotlight: Peter Eisenman, Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/3484952969'>Flickr user OZinOH</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/'>CC BY-NC 2.0</a>
Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © Flickr user OZinOH licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Whether built, written or drawn, the work of renowned architect, theorist and educator Peter Eisenman (born 11th August 1932) is characterized by Deconstructivism, with an interest in signs, symbols and the processes of making meaning always at the foreground. As such, Eisenman has been one of architecture's foremost theorists of recent decades; however he has also at times been a controversial figure in the architectural world, professing a disinterest in many of the more pragmatic concerns that other architects engage in.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/9617851018/'>Flickr user dalbera</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> House II. Image <a href='https://www.an-onymous.com/peter-eisenman/'>via an-onymous.com</a> The City of Culture. Image © Duccio Malagamba The Wexner Center. Image © Brad Feinknopf +12

Yona Friedman's "People's Architecture" Inhabits Space Using Hula Hoops

08:00 - 11 August, 2017
Yona Friedman's "People's Architecture" Inhabits Space Using Hula Hoops, Courtesy of Yona Friedman
Courtesy of Yona Friedman

Architect and theorist Yona Friedman has brought his playful “People’s Architecture” installations to Rome’s MAXXI Museum, Paris’s Les Halles and Denmark where they were recently assembled in a workshop at the Danish Association for Architects. Built using plastic hula hoops, each installation is assembled spontaneously, creating new variations of space with each turn. Says Friedman: “Architecture for people proposes a variant of the original “Ville Spatial.” It is based on a structure easy to modify, a structure not necessarily raised over ground level, keeping that option open if wanted.”

Courtesy of Yona Friedman Courtesy of Yona Friedman Courtesy of Yona Friedman Courtesy of Yona Friedman +8

Spotlight: Joshua Prince-Ramus

06:00 - 11 August, 2017
Spotlight: Joshua Prince-Ramus, Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center. Image © Iwan Baan
Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center. Image © Iwan Baan

Joshua Prince-Ramus (born 11th August, 1969) has made a significant mark as one of the most promising young architects working today. Named one of the five greatest architects under 50 in 2011 by The Huffington Post, Prince-Ramus made a name for himself as one of Rem Koolhaas' many protégés before forming his practice, REX, in 2006.

2017 Brick in Architecture Award Winners Announced

16:00 - 10 August, 2017
2017 Brick in Architecture Award Winners Announced

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards, given to “the country’s most visionary projects incorporating fired-clay brick.” This year, 35 projects from 19 states were selected as winners, with a best in-class project awarded across eight categories: Commercial, Educational (Higher Education), Educational (K-12), Renovation / Restoration, Municipal/Government, Residential (Multifamily), Residential (Single Family) and Paving & Landscape.

“The winners demonstrate brick’s aesthetic flexibility, and its integral role in any sustainable, low maintenance and durable building strategy,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO.

See the Best and Class winners below.

Heatherwick Studio Released New Construction Images and Video of the 1000 Trees Project in Shanghai

14:00 - 10 August, 2017

After last week’s check in on Heatherwick Studio’s 1000 Trees project in Shanghai by #donotsettle, the firm itself has released additional images and a video of its construction progress.

The 300,000-square-meter development is located 20 minutes from downtown Shanghai next to the M50 arts district, taking the form of two “tree-covered mountains.” As the name suggests, the design will feature concrete structural columns that widen at the top to create large planters for 1000 trees. The video captures the building in its half-completed status, showing how it will interacts with its surroundings and the adjacent Wusong (Suzhou) River.

© Noah Sheldon © Noah Sheldon © Noah Sheldon © Mir +4

German Street Artist 1010 Creates Cave-Like Illusions in Unexpected Places

12:05 - 10 August, 2017
German Street Artist 1010 Creates Cave-Like Illusions in Unexpected Places, Paris, 2014. Image Courtesy of 1010
Paris, 2014. Image Courtesy of 1010

Ready for a mind trip? Take a look at the work of German street artist 1010. For more than a decade, 1010 has been painting colorful cave-like illusions that make flat surfaces appear as if they have been breached by holes go on forever. To create his works, the artist first makes papercut models by layering stacks of paper in specific color palettes, then translates the depth into paint. He has used this technique in surprising places across the globe including both interior and exterior walls and even on an abandoned highway in Paris.

Check out some of 1010’s latest work below.

Warsaw, 2015. Image Courtesy of 1010 Hamburg. Photo by <a href='http://https://www.instagram.com/affenfaustgalerie/'>Affenfaustgalerie</a>. Courtesy of 1010 Berlin. Photo by <a href='http://https://www.instagram.com/chopemdownfilms/'>Chop Em Down Films</a>. Courtesy of 1010 Panama, 2015. Photo by <a href='http://https://www.instagram.com/articruz/'>Articruz Panama</a>. Courtesy of 1010 +8

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Photographs of "World's Tallest Atrium" Under Construction in Beijing

07:00 - 10 August, 2017
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects and SOHO China
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects and SOHO China

Zaha Hadid Architects have released new photos showcasing the ongoing construction progress of Leeza SOHO, a mixed-use office tower in Beijing's Lize Financial Business District. This twisting, contorted structural skeleton, which weaves together two separate sections of the tower and visually fuses them, will house the world's tallest atrium, rising the full height of the building.

© Di Ding (Zaha Hadid Architects) © Yicheng Yang (SOHO China) Rendering. Image © MIR Rendering. Image © MIR +11

Students Construct 7 Inhabitation Structures at Hello Wood's 2017 Project Village

16:30 - 9 August, 2017

Since the first Hello Wood Project Village debuted in 2015, architecture, art and design students from all over the world have gathered together each summer in Hungary to imagine and build structures using innovative wood construction techniques. With each passing year, the village has grown more complex, with new students using the decisions of their predecessors to inform and evolve subsequent designs.

The 2017 edition has brought this exercise to its logical summit – exploring how the settlement could actually be inhabited by its builders. In doing so, participants created a village center consisting of 7 new structures containing spaces for sleeping, bathing, cooking, eating, viewing lectures and celebrating. New infrastructure including a village well and future solar panels also contribute to the village’s accountability and help to shape the relationships between the village’s structures.

“As architects, we all have an idea of what the ideal village is like, but what makes this programme interesting is that, once we are confronted with the actual needs of a community, constraints of the terrain, or the opinion of your neighbour, you need to be open to adapt,” said Johanna Muszbek, curator of Project Village.

See the 7 projects with descriptions from the designers, after the break.

FXFOWLE's 3 Hudson Boulevard Could Be Hudson Yards' Tallest Building

12:05 - 9 August, 2017
FXFOWLE's 3 Hudson Boulevard Could Be Hudson Yards' Tallest Building, Rendering of the updated design. Image © FXFOWLE. Via New York YIMBY
Rendering of the updated design. Image © FXFOWLE. Via New York YIMBY

New York Yimby has uncovered a new rendering of the FXFOWLE-designed 3 Hudson Boulevard showing an updated design featuring a 300-foot spire that would make the building the tallest in the Hudson Yards complex, and one of the tallest in the city.

Reports indicate that the building, formerly known as the Girasole, would rise a total of 1,350 feet, placing it just below 432 Park Avenue’s 1,397 foot peak. Approximately 1,050 feet of the building’s height would be occupiable, with 1.8 million square feet of office space spread across 66 total floors.