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CAAT Studio Transforms Bridge into Museum in Iran

16:00 - 21 January, 2017
CAAT Studio Transforms Bridge into Museum in Iran, Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO
Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO

CAAT STUDIO has unveiled Organizing the Forgotten Urban Spaces, a design that revitalizes the Mirdamad Bridge in Tehran, Iran through the creation of an open anthropology museum.

Developed by studying the existing 7-meter-high and 14.1-meter-wide bridge, the design focuses on improving the pedestrian nature of the space. For example, in order to address issues of noise under the bridge, the project utilizes an arch- and dome-like geometry to create “an acoustic mode in the roof […] and body,” along with covered pillars.

Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO +10

Rafael Viñoly Adds to Miami's Luxury Residential Boom with New Tower Design

14:00 - 21 January, 2017
Rafael Viñoly Adds to Miami's Luxury Residential Boom with New Tower Design, Side View. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties
Side View. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties

Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, 'One River Point' is set to be the latest addition to Miami’s ever-growing luxury real estate market. Comprised of two 65-story-tall towers, the project is a mixed-use residential development situated along the Miami River, in the city’s downtown core. 

Front View. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties Eagle Eye View. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties View from Waterfront. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties View of Palm Court and Waterfall. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties +14

Harvard Announces Free Online Architecture Course

11:00 - 21 January, 2017
Harvard Announces Free Online Architecture Course, The Trays at Harvard GSD. Image © Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office
The Trays at Harvard GSD. Image © Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has announced a new, free online course entitled "The Architectural Imagination." Taught by the school's Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory K. Michael Hays alongside Professor of Architectural History Erika Naginski and G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology Antoine Picon, the course is advertised as "introductory" level and described as teaching "how to 'read' architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement." It will be delivered through edX, a platform for high-quality massive open online courses (MOOCs) which was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012.

UNStudio Erects Pearlescent Structure at World's Leading Architectural Trade Fair

14:00 - 20 January, 2017
UNStudio Erects Pearlescent Structure at World's Leading Architectural Trade Fair, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Employing the latest in aluminum and metals innovation, Ben van Berkel and UNStudio have erected the ALPOLIC fair stand at BAU 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. Emphasizing the inherent strength of the ultra-light material, the parametric design utilizes geometric principles to create a self-supporting semi-private stand for gathering and the display of products.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +16

Elizabeth Diller to Produce Opera for the High Line

12:00 - 20 January, 2017
Elizabeth Diller to Produce Opera for the High Line, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Continuing in her firm’s tradition of blurring the lines between architecture, art and environment, Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is producing an opera for the High Line. Dubbed the “Mile Long Opera,” the production will be set along New York’s new favorite attraction, which was designed by DS+R with James Corner and Piet Oudolf and opened to the public in 2009.

Dublin Rotating Bridge Proposal Aims to Catalyze the City

06:00 - 20 January, 2017
Dublin Rotating Bridge Proposal Aims to Catalyze the City, Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH)
Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH)

A team composed of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) has won Director’s Choice Award in the AC-CA competition to design a contemporary footbridge in Dublin, Ireland. Entitled The Catalyst, the team’s proposal aims to become “a dynamic link which stimulates diverse urban activities and facilitates a spectacular cityscape.”

Designed around the idea of enhancing the surrounding Dockland neighborhood and Dublin as a whole, The Catalyst acts as both a physical link, as well as a new vantage point, encouraging passers-by to pause and reflect on the city.

Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) +12

Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

04:00 - 20 January, 2017
Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin
ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently completed the third collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in Beijing. Following his unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki) and his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, Goodwin has turned his lens to the burgeoning number of offices in the Chinese capital. From MAD Architects' magnificent old printing works to ZAO/standardarchitecture's purpose-built studio, here is a view into the places that architectural offices call home.

URBANUS Architecture & Design, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin Chiasmus Partners, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Marc Goodwin C+ Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin +24

This Interactive Map Shows the World's Recent Migration Patterns

16:15 - 19 January, 2017

In our global society, the movement of humans from one country to another has had extraordinary impact, changing our perceptions through the the exchange of ideas and introduction of new cultures. This can be seen in the adoption of traditional architectural techniques in contemporary architecture, as well as in the dissemination of contrasting architectural philosophies such as the International Style and Critical Regionalism.

Now, in this new interactive map produced by Max Galka of Metrocosm, these movements have been tracked in a eye-catching, easy-to-read infographic.

MIT Researchers Develop 3D Graphene Structure 10 Times Stronger Than Steel

14:15 - 19 January, 2017

Known for its light weight and high strength properties, graphene has been promised to us as the material of the future for quite some time now. But difficulties in translating its 2D strength into 3-dimensional applications have so far held it back from common use. Now, thanks to new research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), that future may now be closer than ever before. In the school’s latest experiment, researchers have discovered how the material could be shaped into to sponge-like form to resist forces 10 times greater than steel.

Pompidou Centre to Receive $110 Million Facelift for its 40th Anniversary

12:00 - 19 January, 2017
Pompidou Centre to Receive $110 Million Facelift for its 40th Anniversary, © Pixabay user 139904. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain
© Pixabay user 139904. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

Reviled by Parisians for its shocking inside-out appearance when it first opened in 1977, the Centre Pompidou has reached its 40th birthday, and as a gift, is set to receive to 2-year, $110 million renovation that will preserve the unique structure for years to come.

Bjarke Ingels to Feature in New Netflix Series on Design and Architecture

06:00 - 19 January, 2017

On February 10 2017, Netflix will launch a new documentary series—Abstract: The Art of Design—which will present "the most creative designers" from various fields in the design word, with the aim of demonstrating how design influences all aspects of our lives. One of the eight protagonists in the spotlight will be Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, of BIG, who will present his vision of architecture alongside professionals in interior design, graphic design, automotive design, illustration, and set design.

Check out the series feature designers after the break:

Foster + Partners to Masterplan New Indian State Capital

16:10 - 18 January, 2017
Foster + Partners to Masterplan New Indian State Capital, The site of the future Amavarati. Image
The site of the future Amavarati. Image

Foster + Partners has been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a new £500 million capital for the state of Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India. The brief calls for a new 365 hectare masterplan that will serve as a new municipal capital for India’s eighth largest state, which lost its previous capital, Hyderabad, when state lines were redrawn two years ago.

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Wins Competition for Housing and Transportation Complex in Finland

14:00 - 18 January, 2017
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Wins Competition for Housing and Transportation Complex in Finland, View from City Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
View from City Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, with associate architect Arkkitehdit m3, has won a competition for the design of a new Travel Services Center and residential block to be located in the city of Oulu, Finland. Located between the low-lying neighborhood of Puu-Raksila and the high-rising city center, the complex will connect districts through large, arching openings puncturing through a dynamic, horizontal profile, while providing new housing for the city.

View from City Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki View from Puu-Raksila. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Inside the Travel Service Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Site Plan. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki +4

Snøhetta Designs World’s Northernmost Energy Positive Building in Norway

12:10 - 18 January, 2017

A country known for economic dependency on its rich oil deposits, Norway is now looking toward the future of energy production: net-positive architecture. Taking the lead in this initiative, developer Emil Eriksrød has commissioned American-Norwegian firm Snøhetta to design Norway’s first energy positive building, Powerhouse Telemark, a 6,500 square meter (70,000 square foot) office building located in the tiny Norwegian town of Porsgrunn, home to just 35,000 people. When completed, it will be the world’s northernmost plus-energy building.

Snøhetta Designs World’s Northernmost Energy Positive Building in Norway © Loft Visual Group/Snøhetta © Loft Visual Group/Snøhetta © Loft Visual Group/Snøhetta +11

Zaha Hadid Leaves Net Fortune of £67 Million

10:15 - 18 January, 2017
Zaha Hadid Leaves Net Fortune of £67 Million, Dame Zaha Hadid. Image © Brigitte Lacombe
Dame Zaha Hadid. Image © Brigitte Lacombe

As reported by The Guardian and the Architects' Journal, the last will and testament of the late Zaha Hadid—who passed away in March 2016 aged 65—has revealed that the Dame of the British Empire and Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects had a net fortune of £67,249,458 (around $82.5million or €77million). This sum, which was filed in the UK High Court in December last year, will be bequeathed in small parts to nieces and nephews (£1.7million), her brother Haytham Hadid (£0.5million), and her business partner Patrik Schumacher (£0.5million). At the time of her death, Hadid was unmarried with no children.

Get to Know the Projects of Grafton Architects, Directors of the 2018 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 18 January, 2017
Get to Know the Projects of Grafton Architects, Directors of the 2018 Venice Biennale

Yesterday, the Board of La Biennale di Venezia appointed Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects as curators of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Farrell and McNamara established Grafton Architects in 1978. They have held the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard GSD and the Louis Kahn Chair at Yale University. The pair has also been invited as visiting teachers at EPFL in Lausanne and the Accademia d'Archittettura, in Mendrisio, where they were appointed as teachers in 2013, in addition to visiting several other universities worldwide for lectures and crits.

© Ros Kavanagh © Dennis Gilbert © Shell Arquitectos © Ros Kavanagh +11

Knight Cities Challenge Names 2017 Finalists

16:30 - 17 January, 2017

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the names of the 144 finalists in the 2017 edition of the Knight Cities Challenge, a nationwide call for innovative ideas aimed at transforming the organizations’ 26 member communities into more vibrant places to live and work. Open to innovators and designers from any field, the challenge requested submissions that responded to a simple prompt: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

OMA/AMO Designs “Back to Basics” Interior for the Prada 2017 Fall/Winter Runway

14:30 - 17 January, 2017
OMA/AMO Designs “Back to Basics” Interior for the Prada 2017 Fall/Winter Runway, Photograph by Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA
Photograph by Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA

For their latest fashion show scheme for Prada, AMO has gone “back to basics.” Envisioned for the fashion house’s 2017 Fall/Winter Collection, “Continuous Interior” borrows from domestic design, taking the form of a series of curving wooden partitions paired with ordinary materials and emblematic furniture pieces to create a stage that speaks to the importance of authenticity in the political climate of today. 

Photograph by Alberto Moncada, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Alberto Moncada, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Alberto Moncada, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA +10

Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

13:05 - 17 January, 2017
Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have named 18 architectural and interior projects as recipients of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition for excellence in design.

According to the AIA, “the 2017 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.”

The awarded projects were selected from nearly 700 submissions. The winners will be honored at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara Named Artistic Directors of 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

08:00 - 17 January, 2017
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara Named Artistic Directors of 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia
Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

In a meeting yesterday, The Board of La Biennale di Venezia appointed Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects as curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in 2018. This marks the second time that the Venice Architecture Biennale will be directed by women, after Kazuyo Sejima's role as director for the 2010 Biennale.

Engineering and Technology University - UTEC. Image © Iwan Baan Engineering and Technology University - UTEC. Image © Iwan Baan Engineering and Technology University - UTEC. Image © Iwan Baan Waterloo Lane / Grafton Architects. Image © Ros Kavanagh +7

Below The Extraordinarily Textured Surface of This Unique Polish Concert Hall

06:00 - 17 January, 2017
Below The Extraordinarily Textured Surface of This Unique Polish Concert Hall , © Patryk Lewinski
© Patryk Lewinski

This article is part of our new "Material Focus" series, which asks architects to elaborate on the thought process behind their material choices and sheds light on the steps required to get buildings actually built.

The CKK Jordanki (Jordanki Cultural and Convention Center) by Fernando Menis is located in the historical center of Torun. It respects the shorter height of the surrounding buildings to preserve the views of the river and better fit the natural environment that surrounds it. The building was designed to have a more natural look, like a 'rock' that marks the transition from the urban plot to the park that surrounds it. In this interview we spoke with Fernando Menis who explained in depth how the selection of project materials contributed to the design process, helped in the inclusion of universal accessibility, and the project’s construction.

© Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Patryk Lewinski © Patryk Lewinski +13

State Supreme Court Upholds Architecture's Legal Right to be Ugly

16:00 - 16 January, 2017
State Supreme Court Upholds Architecture's Legal Right to be Ugly, © Pixabay user Skeeze. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain
© Pixabay user Skeeze. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

The Supreme Court of Vermont has ruled that architecture is legally allowed to be ugly.

The judgement was made in response to lawsuits filed by Vermont residents against several planned solar developments, claiming that the “unsightliness” of the panels was damaging to their property values.

But the court found that ugliness alone does not qualify as nuisance under state law, citing a long-standing rule barring private lawsuits based solely on aesthetic criticism.

OMA's £110 million Arts Center in Manchester Receives Planning Approval

14:00 - 16 January, 2017
OMA's £110 million Arts Center in Manchester Receives Planning Approval, Courtesy of Factory Manchester
Courtesy of Factory Manchester

OMA’s first major public building in the UK has been granted planning approval. Known as “Factory,” the groundbreaking new cultural center will serve as a the new home of the Manchester International Festival (MIF) and as a year-round concert and arts venue.

Courtesy of Factory Manchester Courtesy of Factory Manchester Courtesy of Factory Manchester Courtesy of Factory Manchester +9

The Eiffel Tower to Undergo 15-Year, €300 Million Renovation Project

12:00 - 16 January, 2017
© Pixabay user Unsplash. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain
© Pixabay user Unsplash. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

The Eiffel Tower is set to undergo a massive renovation project: a 15-year, €300 Million endeavor that will preserve the attraction for decades to come.

Built 128 years ago as a temporary structure for 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris, the tower has since grown into a global icon, attracting nearly 7 million visitors per year and serving as an important symbol of French unity during times of both celebration and tragedy.