RIBA Seeks Architects In The Wake Of The Himalayan Earthquake

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Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal this week, the Royal Institute of British Architects () have teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to “help to identify Nepalese nationals or others with local or regional experience to provide technical expertise.” According to the , the IFRC “has already deployed approximately 100 people to support the Nepal Red Cross in search and rescue efforts, emergency health, water and sanitation, relief, shelter and inter-agency coordination as well as support services such as telecoms and logistics.” They state that “given the operational constraints in the country, most agencies are wary of overloading country teams at this stage. However, the IFRC anticipates there will be a need for additional technical expertise in due course.”

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Apply Now: Safdie Architects Announces 2015 Research Fellowship

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Safdie Architects’ 2015 Fellowship will center on the theme of “dense urbanism,” and the ways in which the field of architecture can rethink its approach to vital issues such as materiality, construction, environmental conditions, and the demographic realities of rapidly growing populations. This year, Moshe Safdie and his team invite exceptional individuals to attack the challenges of the contemporary urban landscape head-on by proposing new tools and solutions to create a better functioning and humane city. Accepted candidates will spend one year in residence at Safdie Architects’ office, during which they will receive support from the practice and have access to the firm’s resources and consultants.

Interested candidates can apply to fellowship@msafdie.com. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2015 for an expected start in August.

The Top 100 Universities in the World for Architecture

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QS has released its annual World University Rankings for 2015, covering 36 individual subjects and sorting based on “academic reputation, employer reputation and impact.” The company, which claims to explore the top 800 universities in the world, began publishing academic rankings in 2011. Read on to see the list of top universities for architecture, and be sure to see the full, sortable list at QS’s site

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11 Projects Win Modernism in America Award

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Eleven buildings have been announced as winners of Docomomo US‘ 2015 Modernism in America Awards (#ModernismAwards), of which includes the Frederick Dunn-designed Lewis and Clark Branch Library that is currently scheduled to be demolished. Each awarded project is “emblematic of the work going on all over the country and represent buildings and building typologies of postwar society in the United States.” It is hoped that these awards will shed light on the importance of preserving modern architecture. Take a look at the winners, after the break.

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Insiders Tip BIG to Redesign Foster + Partners’ World Trade Center 2 Tower

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A new report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that BIG may replace Foster + Partners to realize the World Trade Center 2 (WTC2) tower - the final tower planned to be built on Ground Zero. The 79-story tower, originally designed in 2006, was stalled due to the economic crash of 2008. 

According to the report, 21st Century Fox and News Corp have “tipped” BIG to redesign the tower should they strike an agreement with project backers Silverstein Properties and The Port Authority of and New Jersey to move into the tower. If the deal goes through, the two companies would occupy nearly half of the building – enough to kickstart development. 

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Show Us #YourArchDaily: Share Your Photos Now!

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At ArchDaily, we work hard to give you the best overview we can of architecture around the world, publishing inspiring work and intriguing points of view from all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica). But of course, there are also hundreds of thousands of much-loved buildings in city centers, on residential streets and in rural communities that we can’t cover.

That’s why we need you, the ArchDaily community, to show us what inspiring architecture means to you – whether that’s where you live or a place you have traveled to see. From the skyscrapers of well-known metropolises to the cottages of quaint villages, send us your Instagram and photos of the architecture that motivates you every day.

It’s easy to participate! On Instagram and/or Twitter, submit photos or videos of the architecture you encounter on a daily basis using the hashtag #YourArchDaily and mentioning @archdaily.

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Erik L’Heureux Wins Harvard GSD’s $100,000 Wheelwright Prize

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Singapore-based American architect Erik L’Heureux has been selected over two other finalists and 200 applicants to receive the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s (GSD) 2015 Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 travel grant, now in its third year, was awarded to L’Heureux for his proposal Hot and Wet: The Equatorial City and the Architectures of Atmosphere, which focuses on the “architecture of five dense cities in the equatorial zone – Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Pondicherry, India; Lagos, Nigeria; São Paulo, Brazil – where he will examine traditional and modern building strategies that mediate extreme climate conditions while addressing the mounting pressures of rapid urbanization and climate change.”

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Explore Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower Through A New Online Archive

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Balfron Tower: a building archive, created by London-based PhD student David Roberts and graphic designer Duarte Carrilho da Graça, is an online archive that brings together public documents related to Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower. Shining a light on all of the material which Roberts has gathered over the course of his studies, archival documents from during the tower’s design phase to the most recent press articles are presented in the form of a timeline. You are also allowed the option of downloading these documents in full.

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4 Shortlisted for Armenian American Museum in California

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Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, Alajajian Marcoosi Architects, Belzberg Architects Group and Frederick Fisher have been shortlisted to design an Armenian American Museum planned for Glendale, California. Announced on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this past Friday, the competition aims to ”promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian experience” within a 30,000-square-foot museum that will be dedicated to research and education. Stay tuned for more information.

OMA Unveils Nhow Hotel Rai Project in Amsterdam

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OMA has revealed plans for what will be the Netherlands‘ largest hotel. Part of the Nhow chain, 91 meter-tall “Nhow Hotel Rai” (or Nhow RAI) will bring 650 rooms within three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline. As the NLTimes reports, OMA was chosen ahead of eleven practices to design the project, which will include a television studio, art gallery and sculpture garden, spa center, a “3D holographic meeting space,” a multimedia presentation space, and 25th-floor lounge and bar area, in addition to the four-star hotel rooms. 

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Vincent Laforet Photographs Los Angeles from 10,000 Feet

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The latest in his high-altitude “AIR” series, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has captured the sprawling city of Los Angeles at night from a dizzying 10,000 feet. First starting this “dream project” in his hometown of New York then Las Vegas and San Francisco, AIR is taking Laforet worldwide with upcoming visits planned for London, Paris, Tokyo and more.

Preview a stunning selection of Laforet’s Los Angeles series, after the break. 

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Rogers Partners and ASD Chosen to Redesign St. Petersburg’s Pier

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A consortium of Tampa-based ASD, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, and Ken Smith Landscape Architect has been announced as winners of the second St. Petersburg Pier redesign competition. Chosen after the city failed to implement Michael Maltzen Architecture’s competition-winning proposal due to strong public opposition, the new winning scheme, “Pier Park” takes a more scaled down (and affordable) approach to redesigning the site’s landmark 1970s pier by focusing on public experience rather than architectural intervention.

Read on after the break for more on the $46 million Pier Park proposal.

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ARCHIDESIGN: Design Histories By Federico Babina

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With his latest series of illustrations, Federico Babina offers us “a journey into the universe of design” through 28 illustrations which use a composition of frames to tell stories around iconic designs. “I like to think of the objects that inhabit our homes as a silent audience, but active in our lives,” explains Babina. “The objects themselves tell stories, not inanimate things but things that soak up the life that surrounds them.”

Through the combination of so-called “timeless” designs with clear references to the times and styles that produced them, Babina tells the history of these iconic objects that we may take for granted today (with the occasional saucy human story thrown in for good measure).

See the entire set of ARCHIDESIGN illustrations after the break – and if you missed them, make sure to check out Federico Babina’s previous illustration sets and his website.

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Watch Now: Jacques Herzog Lecture Livestream

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Jacques Herzog’s first lecture in Denmark will be livestreamed on April 28, from 11:30 – 1:30 EST, during which the Swiss architect will discuss the New North Zealand Hospital project. Herzog & de Meuron, along with Danish firm Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, was selected to design the 124,000-square-meter facility during an international design competition last year. To be built near Hillerød, the hospital will be Herzog & de Meuron’s first project in Scandinavia. Learn more about the project and view the livestream of the lecture after the break.

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7 Takeaways from Van Alen’s Survey on Architectural Competitions

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For years, competitions have powered the stream of architectural output, producing such icons as the Vietnam War Memorial, Sydney Opera House, Central Park, and Ground Zero memorial. One need only look to the buzz surrounding the Guggenheim Helsinki competition and ’s own amply filled tag to see that competitions are part of the very lifeblood coursing through contemporary architecture. But what do architects really think about design competitions?

With 1414 responses from 65 countries, the Architectural Record/Van Alen Institute Competition survey is one of the most comprehensive investigations of this question to date. Speaking to the Architectural Record in February, competitions director Jerome Chou said that the survey hoped to identify the pros and cons of the competitions process, and offer suggestions for its improvement. “[W]e’re hoping to advance the dialogue about the future of competitions, develop new models, and reach new audience,” Chou said.

Launched in February this year, the survey sought responses from international design professionals who had participated in a competition during their career.

Read a summary of the survey’s key findings after the break.

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Monocle’s Inaugural Conference In Lisbon Asks: What Is Quality Of Life?

Monoclea briefing on global affairs, business, culture and design, was founded by in 2007 by Tyler Brûlé, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper*. With over thirty correspondents working around the world, the magazine also has local bureaux in Tokyo, New York City, Hong Kong, Zürich, Toronto, Istanbul and Singapore. This month saw the publication host their inaugural international , centering on the enduring theme that has preoccupied the magazine since launch: Quality of Life.

Set against the backdrop of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, the event was hosted by Brûlé alongside editors Andrew Tuck, Robert Bound, Sophie Grove and Steve Bloomfield. The opinions of twenty-three internationally renowned speakers―including Martin Roth (Director of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum), Taco Dibbits (of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum) and Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, alongside the Mayors of Oslo and Porto―were keenly listened to by 160 delegates who had traveled from across the world. The points for discussion allowed for a breadth of discourse that spanned housing and urbanism, to explorations of the ‘high street’ and the significance of the museum in the contemporary city. The thematic scope of these conversations made them accessible, inspirational and, more importantly, both relevant and widely applicable.

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Surface Magazine Launches 15th Annual Avant Guardian Photography Contest

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Surface Magazine has launched its 2015 Avant Guardian photography contest, now in its 15th year. Calling for submissions now through June 1, the competition provides emerging photographers the chance to be featured in Surface‘s October issue and their upcoming  exhibition.

25 photographs will be shortlisted by Surface editors; ultimately 10 winners will be selected by a well-respected judging panel that includes architectural photographers Ingmar Kurth and Hélène Binet, as well as Stephen Hilger (Pratt Institute), Roy Schwalbach (Jack Studios), and photographers Youssef Nabil and Delfino Sisto Legnani. For more information or to submit your work, visit surfacemag.com.

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3 Student-Designed Pavilions from DS10 to be Built at Burning Man

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Three students from Diploma Studio 10 (DS10) at the University of Westminster have received grants to see their designs realized at this year’s Burning Man festival. The projects - The Infinity Tree, Reflection, and Bismuth Bivouac - are temporary pavilions that will provide respite for festival-goers, each with a unique experiential quality to captivate the masses.

Drawing upon the 2015 theme “Carnival of Mirrors,” the three pavilions will explore the illusory and enchanting qualities of old-fashioned carnival culture while serving as functional spaces of rest and shelter from the Black Rock Desert sun. These and other installations will make up a “temporary metropolis” from August 30 to September 7.

More on the designs and their Kickstarter campaign, after the break. 

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