The Journey To Licensure: NCARB & IDP

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A recent article discussing the disconnect between the decades old Intern Development Program and its effective reality in the current environment brings to light shortcomings that are in dire need of redevelopment. NCARB recently announced an upcoming significant overhaul of the program, which in its current state requires 5,600 hours of various logged tasks in addition to the seven exams for licensure. (more…)

Contour Crafting / Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis

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At first glance, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis’ Contour Crafting (CC) seems both fascinating and unreal – a fabrication machine that has the potential to entire structures in a single run.   Supported by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research, CC’s combination of conventional robotics and “age-old tools” creates a layered fabrication process where large-scale parts can be fabricated at remarkable speeds.  On his blog,  Khoshnevis, a professor in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, explains that the system is a scale-up of the rapid prototyping machines now widely used in industry to “print out” three-dimensional objects designed with CAD/CAM software, usually by building up successive layers of plastic. ”Instead of plastic, will use concrete,” explained Khoshnevis.

More about Contour Crafting after the break. (more…)

Snøhetta submits plans for Aberdeen Maggie’s Center

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Sitting near the southern boundary of Foresterhill at the edge of the Westburn field, Snohetta’s plans for Maggie’s Cancer Care Center at the Royal Infirmary is envisioned as a pavilion within the parkland. The facilities will be mainly on the ground floor with a mezzanine area for office functions.

The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation (EMF) and Maggie’s are raising £3m in an attempt to bring a Maggie’s Center to Foresterhill Hospital in Aberdeen to provide for the families of Grampian. Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest caner treatment center but is the only clinical center in Scotland not supported by Maggie’s. (more…)

2012 YAP MAXXI Shortlist

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MAXXI, MoMA and their new Chilean partner CONSTRUCT have kicked off the 2012 edition of YAP , following this past summer’s successful first edition named WHATAMI by stARTT. Together the U.S. and Italian jury chose five finalists, from the 43 invited designers, who may still have the opportunity to reinvent the square of MAXXI in . The winners of both YAP MAXXI in and MoMA PS1 in New York will be announced in February and the installations will launch simultaneously in June 2012.

The 2012 MAXXI shortlist includes 6mu6 (Turin, Italy: Valentina Toscano, Stefano Verrocchio), John A. Salvator Liotta, Matteo Belfiore with Taichi Kuma and Yuta Ito (Naples, Italy / Tokyo, Japan), Rural Boxx (Sacile, Italy: Alessandro Zorzetto, Francesca Modolo, Luciano Aldrighi, Jacopo Toso, Luca Vivan), Urban Movement (New York, USA / Rome, Italy: Robyne Kassen, Sarah Gluck, Simone Zbudil Bonatti), and Yellow Office Yellow Office (Milan, Italy: Francesca Benedetto, Dong Sub Bertin).

Cité de l’Océan et du Surf Wins Award in 2011 Annual Design Review / Steven Holl

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In the beginning of December, we shared the news of Steven Holl‘s 2012 Gold Medal award; a prestigious honor given to those who continually push the field forward with their “humanist approach to formal experimentation.”   A few short weeks later, Holl’s Cité de l’Océan et du Surf  (translated to ) has received a 2011 Annual Design Review Award.  This new museum in Biarritz, France is a collaborative effort with Solange Fabião and has attracted international attention for its spatial duality of crafting an atmosphere “under the sky” and “under the sea”.

More about the award after the break.  (more…)

Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus Wins Competition

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is set to announce Cornell University and its partner, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, winner of the intense, yearlong competition to build a New York City Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island. The announcement follows Stanford University’s unexpected withdraw from the competition after tense negotiations with the Bloomberg administration. Meanwhile, last Friday Cornell received a $350 million donation in support of their proposal, being the largest gift the University has ever received. (more…)

Digitally Connected Smart House


Openarch recently unleashed their prototype of a completely digitized smart house to the . Designed to adapt to its inhabitants, all components of the house are connected to the internet creating a parallel home on the web. Real time data feeds continuously to provide information and the ability to control any aspect of the digital house through a gestural interface – parting from the traditional mouse and keyboard.

One of the most interesting aspects of the smart house is the integrated video mapping system that incorporates sensors and cameras to display information ranging from exterior weather conditions to Twitter followers onto any surface in the home.  They have even invented their own operating system called D. OS (domestic operating system) which facilitates the exchange of the tremendous amount of information flowing through the various spaces. The smart house is conceived as the catalyst for a much larger vision of a smart city, where the exchange and interaction of information flow seamlessly.

Urban Umbrella / Young-Hwan Choi

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Tired of scurrying under makeshift unpleasant scaffolding hovering over the streets of Manhattan? Back in 2009, Bloomberg launched an urban design intervention initiative calling for designers to provide a “fresh new sidewalk shed” to replace its dingy predecessors. Entitled urbanSHED, the international design competition challenged participants to develop a sustainable and economic prototype to be used for New York’s 1,000,000+ linear feet of sidewalks. Such a prototype must meet or exceed the City’s current safety requirements and regulations, and improve technical and structural performance. The winning shed was designed by Young-Hwan Choi, a student from the University of Pennsylvania. The shed is the first design to be approved under the City’s Buildings Bulletin 2011 and will be installted in Lower Manhattan soon!

More about the design after the break.  (more…)

AIA selects Mortimer Marshall for the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

The American Institute of Architects () Board of Directors has selected Mortimer Marshall, Jr., FAIA as recipient of the 2012 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award for exemplifying the profession’s responsibility toward current social issues.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Marshall founded The Marshall Group in 1982 and has a long history of providing services to the AIA. In the 1980’s, Marshall became the first African-American to attain board membership with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Marshall is also an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). (more…)

Film: Frank Lloyd Wright ‘Taliesin’ directed by Bruce Beresford

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Most of us have heard stories about the life of , including the scandalous tale of his mistress Martha “Mamah” Cheney and the tragic murder that took place in their Wisconsin home. The legendary architect has also captured the attention of veteran filmmaker Bruce Beresford and producers J. Todd Harris and Ed Bachrach, as they have signed on to create a film about Frank Lloyd Wright entitled Taliesin.

Beresford told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s a very good script. It doesn’t cover his whole life, just a small section of it, and it doesn’t whitewash him into some sort of saint.”

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2012 Driehaus Prize / Michael Graves

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Michael Graves has been chosen as the 2012 Driehaus Laureate, honoring his lifetime contributions to classical and traditional architecture in the modern world. The jury praised Graves for his “brilliant combinations of tradition and imagination” within his architecture and product design, stating that his deep understanding and respect of the past allows him to enrich the architectural process.

“Michael Graves has enhanced not just the architecture profession with his talent and scholarship, but everyday life itself through his inspiring attention to beautiful and accessible design,” says Michael Lykoudis, Driehaus Prize Jury Chair and Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. “The quality and scope of his work have enhanced how people work, live, and interact in and private realms, making a profound impact on American life.”

View ArchDaily’s interview with Michael Graves here and continue reading for more information on the Driehaus Prize. (more…)

Ai Weiwei as TIME Person of the Year: Runner-Up

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was selected as one of the runner-up candidates for TIMES 2011 Person of the Year Award. is known in the architecture world for his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, serving as the artistic consultant for the Beijing National Stadium, otherwise known as the Bird’s Nest stadium.

Ai Weiwei is well-known for his political activism, being openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights. Following his arrest in earlier this year, Weiwei was detained and interrogated for over two months without any official charges. He was then fined $2.4 million for back taxes and penalties, which he believes to have been politically motivated.

When TIME journalists Hannah Beech and Austin Ramzy asked Weiwei about what motivated him to merge the Internet with political activism, he credited his involvement with architecture.

“I got involved with architecture. To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.”

Read the entire TIME article and full interview with Ai Weiwei here.

Infographic: Oscar Niemeyer’s timeline

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ArchDaily’s Megan Jett did this amazing infographic resuming the highlights of ’s career, who turned 104 years old today.

We continue celebrating this special day, with the launch of ArchDaily Brasil!

You can download it in PDF, so you can print it and hang it in your wall.

Announcing ArchDaily Brasil

Dear readers,

Since the day we started ArchDaily back in 2008, we have stuck to our mission to become a hub of opportunities for architects, and to improve the profession by making architectural knowledge available to architects around the world.

To help keep you architecturally inspired, a passionate team of architects works hard every day to bring our readers from around the world the latest news, projects and any information that is relevant to the architecture world. Working on a global scale has required that we focus on broader aspects of the architectural world. While this has its obvious advantages, it can neglect one of the most important elements an architect has to deal on a daily basis: context.

We know that local issues and national contingencies have more weight over projects than global trends. While the Internet turned us into global citizens, it is now a tool that allows us to connect with the local in an unprecedented way. And at ArchDaily we wanted to provide our readers with the local information that is relevant to them.

We decided to start with , the cradle of one of the most powerful movements in architecture. The works by the Brazilian modern masters can be resumed into powerful structures with humble details, a constant that is now seen among the new generation of talented architects, who respect that tradition but are still able to innovate and give identity to Brazilian architecture. The country is also facing an unprecedented growth, and will host two of the largest events in the coming years, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de janeiro, posing several challenges for architects and urbanists. In this context the local architecture scene has developed interesting projects in different scales, from where several lessons can be learned.

ArchDaily Brasil will have a special focus on everything that is happening in the country related to architecture, mixed with a selection of the best projects to keep Brazilian architects inspired and connected to a global network. Our editorial team of Brazilian architects and correspondants throughout the country strive to keep you informed in the best way possible, interviewing local architects, covering events and lectures, news, etc.

We invite our Brazilian readers to visit ArchDaily Brasil, and also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We’d love to hear your feedback about ArchDaily Brasil, please leave any ideas, suggestions or recommendations in the comments section.

And stay tuned for more exciting news from ArchDaily.

Obrigado!

 

TIME Person of the Year: The Protester

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It began on December 17th, 2010, when 26-year-old street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi drenched himself in paint thinner and lit a match in front of the provincial-capital building in Tunisia. Mannoubia Bouazizi stated, “My son set himself on fire for dignity.” Her 16-year-old daughter added, “In Tunisia, dignity is more important than bread.”

All over the world, the protestors of 2011 have stood-up for fairness and freedom. “Do-it-yourself democratic politics became globalized, and a real live protest went massively viral.” Authoritarian acts of violence and forceful evictions from “” squares further exposed what the protestors were fighting for. In effort to honor the individuals who have made the greatest impact on our world during these past twelve months, TIME has named the 2011 person of the year as “The Protester”. (more…)

Happy Birthday, Oscar Niemeyer!

 

Architecture is all about passion. Sometimes it can be very complex, slow, even painful… but our passion will make us push until the end, to see our creations come to reality no matter what.  This passion turns into an entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration and the desire to use our knowledge to influence our society and to improve our built environment. For me, one of the best living examples of the passionate architect is the Brazilian master Oscar Niemeyer.

Today the master turns 104 years old, and he is still working at his office in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, from where we interviewed him, delivering projects in and around the world. So passionate about his work, that he can’t stop.

Devoted to architecture and women, he was able to express his passion for both.

mountains/waves/women = curves

It is not the right angle that attracts me. Nor the straight line, tough, inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free, sensual curve. The curve I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the waves of the sea, in the clouds of the sky, in the body of the favorite woman. Of curves is made all the universe.

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Gehry at the GRAMMYs

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The Recording Academy® has announced that architect Frank Gehry will create the official artwork for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Traditional GRAMMY iconography will merge with Gehry’s distinct architectural style, creating the official artwork for the world’s premier music event, gracing the cover of the GRAMMY Awards program book, telecast tickets and promotional poster. (more…)

Design Teams Announced to create New Public Spaces for London’s Olympic Park

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Olympic Park Legacy Company has announced the winners of two competitions that will transform the north park and south plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. New York-based James Corner Field Operations’ proposal for a 50 acre urban landscape consisting of a tree-lined promenade connecting flexible event and cultural spaces was selected as the winning entry for the south plaza.

The north park winning proposal by London-based firm erect architecture consists of an imaginative community hub building that is integrated within the parkland and river valley. Along with community hub, the design proposes an interactive playground that inspires children to “climb trees, build dens and have everyday adventures in nature.”

Continue reading for the complete team list and their design proposal boards. (more…)