Jimenez Lai Wins Inaugural Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award

White Elephant / Jimenez Lai © Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D, Eberle & Kamil Krol. ImageWhite Elephant / Jimenez Lai

Jimenez Lai, founder of Chicago-based has been selected as winner of the first Millennium BCP Début Award. The award, presented by Millennium BCP president Fernando Nogueira, distinguishes a young architect or studio under 35 on outstanding work, development of original design thinking and the pursuit of critical ideas with a monetary prize of €5,000.

Jimenez Lai was chosen from 180 candidates for the “originality and range of his body of work, whose uncompromising and thought-provoking approach to formalism lends it an exploratory vein that,” in the words of the jury, “is crucial to the future of architecture.”

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Happy Birthday Tadao Ando!

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Tadao Ando (13 September 1941), the 1995 recipient of the Pritzker Prize, turns 72 today. Ando, a Japanese architect based out of Osaka, Japan, is highly regarded for his unparalleled work with concrete, sensitive treatment of natural light, and strong engagement with nature.

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9th ArchiLab: Naturalizing Architecture (Sept 14th 2013 – March 30th 2014)

On September 14th two interesting architecture events will take place in Orléans, Paris: The public opening of the new FRAC Centre in Orléans, Paris, designed by JAKOB + MACFARLANE and the ninth edition of ArchiLab. 

The FRAC Centre is devoted to the diffusion of contemporary art and architecture and has one of the most impressive collections of contemporary art and experimental architecture from the 1950s to today, which includes some 15,000 architectural drawings, 800 models and 600 works by artists. The permanent gallery features unique items ranging from the early models and paintings of Zaha Hadid, the paintings of the iconic illustrations found on “Delirious ,” and even the original models of experimental houses by Shigeru Ban, Kazuyo Sejima and . The permanent collection is a must-see for every architect. The new centre by JAKOB + MACFARLANE integrates an old military building with a new contemporary structure that features a media facade by Electronic Shadow (watch video).

Also opening to the public on September 14th, ArchiLab returns for its ninth edition, after taking a hiatus while the new FRAC Centre was being built. The lab started as an opportunity to question the practice of the architect, the diversification of the field, as well as the new urban challenges of our changing, globalized world. Founded by Marie-Ange Brayer (Director of the FRAC) & Frédéric Migayrou (Deputy Director of the MNAM-Centre Pompidou), it has shaped the architectural debate and served as a launch platform for many architects. 

The theme of this ninth edition is “Naturalizing Architecture”:

Architecture now overlaps with the sources of molecular biology, even in processes of replication, transcription and translation of genetic material. In this way, architects can introduce complex models based on processes involving the self-generation of matter and incorporating programmatic, social, material and environmental variables. Control of these processes turns hybridization into a new architectural order. 

The exhibit of ArchiLab includes works by forty architects, designers, fashion designers and artists that are pushing forward architecture in this area. It will also include two symposiums on October 24th-25th.

For more information visit the FRAC Centre website. The Centre is only a 10-minute walking distance from the Orléans train station (1 hour away from Paris Austerlitz).

As a media partner, ArchDaily will feature exclusive interviews with the curators and the architects in the next days, so stay tuned!

RIBA Announces 2013 Shortlist for Stephen Lawrence Prize

Slip House, London / Carl Turner Architects. Image © Tim Crocker

The Royal Institute of British Architects () has announced the shortlist for the 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize – an award that recognizes “fresh talent” working with construction budgets less than £1 million.

The 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize shortlist includes:

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Sou Fujimoto Designs New Wing for Germany’s Kunsthalle Bielefeld

First Proposal: Stacked Landscape. Image ©

Sou Fujimoto has unveiled three design proposals for an extension to Philip Johnson’s Kunsthalle Bielefeld in . Since its completion in 1968, the museum has built a reputation for hosting temporary exhibitions. However, with the construction of the new wing, Kunsthalle Bielefeld will expand their services to accommodate a contemporary art gallery.

Read on to review Sou Fujimoto’s three proposals…

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Public Space Popping Up in London’s Suburbs

A Mobile town square designed for Cricklewood, by Studio Harto and Studio Kieren Jones. Image Courtesy of http://cricklewoodtownsquare.com/

Cricklewood, a North suburb devoid of , is finding a new lease of life through a series of pop-up interventions - including a mobile town square designed by Studio Hato and Studio Kieren Jones - put together by civic design agency Spacemakers. While the project might have a bit further to go before any benefits are truly felt by the local residents, the project is part of a wider scheme financed by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund which will hopefully lead to the rejuvenation of more of the capital’s suburbs. Read Liam O’Brien’s full article in The Independent here.

André Balazs Tapped to Transform JFK’s Historic TWA Terminal

AD Classics: TWA Terminal / . Image © nyc-architecture.com

, CEO of André Balazs Properties, has been tapped by Port Authority officials to redevelop the historic, Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Balazs will transform the terminal into the “Standard, Flight Center” hotel and conference center, equipped with food and beverage space, retail, a spa and fitness center, meeting facilities and a flight museum.

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Marco Casagrande Wins European Prize for Architecture

SANDWORM / . Image © Nikita Wu

Finnish architect Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory and WEAK! has been named as the recipient for the 2013 . The annual award, presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, is known for honoring “rare architects who have demonstrated a significant contribution to humanity and to the built environment through the art of architecture.”

“Casagrande is a model for today’s young design professional of what an architect should be: visionary, aesthetic, intellectual, and socially responsible,” stated Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Finnish Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.

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What Does Being ‘Green’ Really Mean?

Rendering © Herzog & de Meuron. Image Courtesy of Perez Art Museum Miami

The term ‘green’ is notoriously difficult to define, and even more so when it comes to architecture. An often overused and fashionable way of describing (or selling) new projects, ‘green’ design seems to have permeated into every strand of the design and construction industries. Kaid Benfield (The Atlantic City) has put together a fascinating case study of a 1,700 dwelling housing estate near San Diego, challenging what is meant by a ‘green’ development in an attempt to understand the importance of location and transport (among other factors) in making a project truly environmentally sustainable. In a similar vein, Philip Nobel (The Times) explores how ‘green’ architecture is less about isolated structures and far more about “the larger systems in which they function”. Read the full article from Kaid Benfield here, and Philip Nobel’s full article here.

Zaha Hadid: Has International Fame Come at a Cost?

© Marco Grob, via The Guardian

From “Paper Architect” to employing over 400 staff working on 950 projects in 44 countries, Zaha Hadid has proven that her avant-garde ideas are not only buildable, but also the most popular architectural brand in the world. China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among the countries first in line to commission Hadid icons. Rowan Moore, however, claims that her recent accolades have come at the cost of her original ideals, becoming trapped in her own public persona. Read the full article, Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve.

Dynamo Wins TAB 2013 Vision Competition

Dynamo. Image Courtesy of TAB

A team from the Moscow Strelka Institute – Izabela Cichonska, Nathan de Groot, Lindsay Harkema and Ondrej Janku – has been awarded first place in the TAB 2013 Vision Competition, Recycling Socialism. Challenged to propose a scheme for urban remediation that could diversify the concentric plan of Väike-Õismäe – one of ’s three larger Soviet-era panel-apartment districts – to enhance quality of life, the winning team envisioned Dynamo: a radical plan that would reactivate the sleepy district by “recharging the ground.”

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Five Projects Win Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria / Bernado Bader Architects. Image © AKAA / Adolf Bereuter

The Master Jury for the 2013 has announced five deserving projects as winners of the prestigious, US$1 million prize. Since the award was launched 36 years ago, over 100 projects have received the prize and more than 7,500 building projects have been documented for exhibiting architectural excellence and improving the overall quality of life in their regions.

The 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners include:

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New Responsive Design for ArchDaily Mobile

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Today we are happy to announce that our new responsive design is live, replacing our outdated mobile version and eliminating all the issues our tablet visitors were having. This new layout will adjust to the screen of the device that you use to visit ArchDaily.

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World Architecture Festival: Last Days to Register, Discount for ArchDaily Readers

The World Architecture Festival is only a few weeks away. The intense architecture event will take place between October 2nd and 4th in Singapore, a young, vibrant city where architecture is everywhere, as you can see on the above video

Hundreds of projects from 60 countries will be displayed WAF festival gallery, where 300 practices will be present. An international jury formed by 95 renowned architects will live critique the finalists, an enriching process that all visitors will be able to attend. And also, several instances for networking with people from the industry.

Speakers include Dietmar Eberle, , Charles Jencks, and more.

readers can use code ‘ARCH’ for a special discount. Register now.

Turks Paint Public Walkways in Protest

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In June we covered some of the anti-government protests that were taking Turkey by storm – but the Turks are still making headlines! Last week, one Istanbul resident decided to paint a derelict public stair only to find it hastily covered up by government workers. In an act of “guerilla beautification” and silent protest, people across Turkey have once again taken to the streets to paint their stairs and public walkways in rainbow colors. For the full story, check out this article on The Lede by Robert Mackey.

Software Engineers Map All the Buildings in the Netherlands

Aerial of Amsterdam. Image Courtesy of

The Waag Society, together with designer and software engineer Bert Spaan, have put the Netherlands back on the map – the data map. After several months of coding and design, the partnership has managed to account for all 9,866,539 buildings in the country, visualized in varying colors to identify old and new buildings. After a user clicks on a specific block, additional building and city information displays square footages, addresses, populations and programs, among other stats. Users can navigate from Amsterdam to the Hague experiencing hundreds of years of urban development along the way, from the pre-1800s to post-2005 buildings, indicated by the red to blue gradient. 

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London’s Largest “Living Wall” / Gary Grant

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The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in Victoria, London, has unveiled the city’s largest “living wall” – a vertical landscape, composed of 16 tons of soil and 10,000 plants, designed to reduce urban flooding. Taking two months to construct and covering a 350 square foot area, the 21 meter high wall will beautify the cityscape year round with seasonal flowers such as strawberries, butter cups and winter geraniums.

Because of the lack of absorbent surfaces in the Victoria area of London, the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) decided to step in with the design of this incredible wall that combats urban flooding with special water storage tanks. Designed by  of Green Roof Consultancy, these tanks can store up to 10,000 liters of water that are then channeled back through the wall to nourish the plants. Not only will the wall do a great job of keeping the surrounding streets flood-free, it boosts the area’s green appeal and attracts wildlife into the dense urban environment.

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OMA’s Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated

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In July the Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s (OMA) competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica was recommended by City Council members after they “seemed genuinely wowed by OMA’s theatrically-terraced design.” City officials have since voted to re-evaluate the recommendation over concerns of a lack of affordable in the development, as well as issues “related to design [and] economics.” They have also invited Related , a team comprising of BIG, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, to revise its original proposal that was shortlisted in March of this year.

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