Exhibition: Sketch to Structure

Sketch to Structure unfolds the architectural design process to show how buildings take shape. With sketches, plans, blueprints, renderings, and from the Heinz Architectural Center collection, this exhibition reveals that architectural design, from initial concept to client presentation, isn’t straightforward.

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Spotlight: Marcel Breuer

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Known as Lajkó to his friends, Marcel Lajos Breuer (21 May 1902 – 1 July 1981) helped define first the interior contents, then the form, of the modernist house for millions; his influential approach to housing was one of the first to demonstrate on a domestic, practical level. Beginning as a furniture designer at the height of Bauhaus, Breuer was hailed as one of the most innovative designers working in the 1930s, before moving to architecture and helping define the modernist vernacular.

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Hall McKnight To Open A Temporary Pavilion In London’s King’s Cross

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Belfast-based Hall McKnight are set to open a pop-up pavilion in ’s King’s Cross as part of the . Located in Cubitt Square, the project forms part of the New Horizon’s initiative, supported by the Irish Architecture Foundation and ID15 (the year of Irish Design 2015). The structure, built from a collection of cut boards, “explores how the phenomenon of the city is assembled from individual pieces.” The interior spaces will feature an installation of bricks reclaimed from a street of row houses in Belfast.

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Open Call: US Launches Competition for National World War I Memorial

Project Site. Image Courtesy of U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

The US World War I Centennial Commission has launched a design competition for the National World War I Memorial in Washington DC. The will be a two-stage design , and is open internationally to any professionals, university-level , and all other interested participants. “The objective is to transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial, within a revitalized urban park setting with a distinct sense of place that complements the memorial purpose while attracting visitors, workers, and residents of the District of Columbia,” says the Commission.

The deadline for Stage I submissions is July 21, 2015, and Stage II finalists will be announced August 4, 2015. The Commission expects to announce its selected design in January 2016. Learn more about the competition, here.

London’s Soane’s Museum Unveil A Series Of New Spaces

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In an article for The Observer, Rowan Moore dives into a set of newly recreated rooms in London’s Soane’s Museum, a gallery dedicated to ’s collection of architectural curiosities set within his eccentric former home. The experience, according to Moore, ”of an internal world of unknown boundaries” has just become more extensive. Visitors will now be afforded the opportunity to visit a series of private spaces that give “a view into Soane’s bizarre mind,” following extensive restoration work led by Julian Harrap.

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Panel Discussion: Ethics and the Business of Architecture

As in the becomes tighter, architects are keen to find work overseas, often in such places where the prevailing human rights record has been a growing cause of concern and debate for some time.

Is the question of ethics in architecture a matter where business must be led by pragmatics of the head, rather than emotions of the heart? Or is compromise a defeat?

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Building Trust Goes to Italy for Latest Design + Build Workshop

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This August, Building Trust will host a Design + Build Workshop in Umbria, Italy, in collaboration with local artisan collective Terraepaglia. Combining innovative building design with natural construction methods, the workshop will focus on the creation of functional spaces through sustainable means and materials. Over the course of 12 days, participants will work closely with and Terraepaglia to learn hands-on construction methods including adobe brick making, straw bale and rammed earth construction, natural plastering, and wood flooring. Learn more about the project and how to get involved here. Our previous coverage of Building Trust’s workshops can be found here.

Title: Design + Build Workshop, Italy 2015
Website: http://www.buildingtrustinternational.org/getinvolved.html
Organizers: Building Trust
From: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:00
Until: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:00
Address: Umbria, Italy

Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann

"Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann" at Gallery of Fine Art in Ostrava

Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann, the first-ever exhibition on the Czech architect Alfred Neumann, is on display at Cabinet of Architecture (Kabinet architektury) in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Accompanied by architectural and life-size spatial units constructed especially for the show, this exhibition focuses on Neumann’s major design projects in Israel from the 1960s, undertaken with his collaborators Zvi Hecker and Eldar Sharon, and explores his vision for a new kind of modern architecture.

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Thomas V. Vonier Elected 2017 AIA President

AIA delegates chose at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. Image © Flickr CC User Jack Kennard

Thomas V. Vonier, FAIA, has been elected as the 2016 First Vice President and 2017 President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Currently serving as 2014–2015 AIA Vice President, Vonier is the founder and past president of AIA Continental Europe from 1994 to 1995. He served on the AIA Board of Directors representing the AIA International Region from 2010 to 2012. Vonier received an M.Arch. and a B.Arch. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee after attending the school of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also currently Secretary General of the International Union of Architects, after previously serving as its Vice President. To see all other newly elected officials, follow this link.

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CLOG : GUGGENHEIM Launch @ Wieden+Kennedy

To mark the release of CLOG’s 13th issue, a panel discussion will be hosted at the WORKac-designed offices of advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. Tina Vaz, Acting Deputy Director of Global Communications of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; David Kolbusz, Executive Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy New York; and the Editors of CLOG will critically discuss the branding of museums today. Party to follow.

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Spotlight: Walter Gropius

Gropius and Seidler by Dupain 1954; Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

One of the most highly regarded architects of the 20th century, Walter Gropius (18 May 1883 – 5 July 1969) was one of the founding fathers of , and the founder of the Bauhaus, the German “School of Building” that embraced elements of art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography in its design, development and production.

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Call for Papers – “Suffragette City: Gender, Politics, and the Built Environment”

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The is now accepting abstracts for its upcoming symposium Suffragette City: Gender, Politics, and the Built Environment. Exploring the convergence of these topics throughout history, the interdisciplinary event aims to inspire new research that examines how both past and present efforts have challenged customary gender roles and impacted the physical, social, and conceptual identities of cities. The deadline for paper proposals, which must be 300 words or fewer, is July 1, 2015. For more information or to submit a topic, visit arthistory.cofc.edu.

AIAS Launches Survey to Promote Healthier Studio Culture

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The AIAS has launched Studio Culture: reviewed, a supplemental survey to their campaign investigating the learning environments of architecture studios. Following the accidental deaths of several students due to sleep deprivation in 2000, the organization dedicated its resources to studying the unhealthy lifestyles associated with studios. Their work culminated in a 2002 report endorsing change that was adopted by the NAABStudio Culture: reviewed poses questions related to students’ welfare while enrolled in architecture programs. The results will contribute to an ongoing assessment of realized improvements since the initial study. Open now through May 25, 2015, the survey welcomes current architecture students and recent alumni (within a year of graduation), and can be accessed here.

Open Call: Dear Architecture

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Blank Space has launched “Dear Architecture” – an open that explores one of the most important communication tools of all time ­ the simple letter. Designers and architects worldwide are invited to address architecture, as a concept, as a social practice, and as a community, in no more than 500 words, and with an illustration as an auxiliary tool to convey the message.

Up to $3000 in prizes will be awarded. A large selection of the best entries will be published in Blank Space’s third publication (also called “Dear Architecture”) to be published in the Winter of 2015. All entries will be reviewed by 17-person jury that includes Fernando Romero, Diana Balmori, and ArchDaily‘s very own David Basulto (co-founder) and Becky Quintal (executive editor). More details about the competition can be found here.

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Open Call: Peace Corps Host National Competition for Washington DC Memorial

Peace Corps commemorative site, Washington, D.C. Source: Bing Maps. Image via PCCF

The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF) is sponsoring a two-stage, national design to select an artistically exceptional design concept for a permanent commemorative work in the heart of Washington DC. This competition will provide designers from all across the United States an opportunity to create a compelling work of public art that will be bold and inspirational. The design should focus on and express American ideals and values that are the essence of the Peace Corps and Peace Corps service. It should be about America and our aspirations as a people, and about the Peace Corps as a manifestation of those aspirations. Submissions are due June 12, 2015. More information can be found here.

BIG and Heatherwick Trudge On with Googleplex Plans

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Google now has to convince its hometown that its intentions are non-evil,” commented Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone on “Building Planet Google.” Referring to the City of Mountain View’s decision to award land to LinkedIn over Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick’s proposed Googleplex in fear of becoming a “one-corporation town,” Stone details the backstory of the futuristic plans and how the architects haven’t given up yet. “Neither us or Heatherwick are in the business of producing a pretty painting,” Ingels said to Stone. Read the complete story here.

Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind

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In the architecture world, few designers can claim to have such a clearly-defined style than Daniel Libeskind (born May 12, 1946). Much of Libeskind’s work is instantly recognizable for its angular forms, intersecting planes, and frequent use of diagonally-sliced windows, a style that he has frequently used to great effect in museums and memorials – but which seems equally adaptable to conference centers, skyscrapers and shopping malls.

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Architecture at Zero Competition Challenges Teams to Design Zero Net Site Energy Housing for UCSF

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The 2015 Architecture at Zero Competition has launched, challenging students and designers to develop ‘family-style residential units’ for the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California San Francisco. Now in its fifth year, the competition calls for designs that produce “at least as much energy as [they] use over a year,” excluding the embodied energy of materials and transportation of people and materials to and from the site. Entrants must be able to demonstrate that their designs can be reasonably expected to meet a zero net energy goal over a prolonged period of time. The competition is open to student and professional individuals and teams, with up to $25,000 in prize money to be won. Interested parties have until August 28 to register and submissions are due September 25 at 1PM PST. Read more about the competition at Architecture at Zero’s website and check out the winners from last year here.