Kanye West, Jacque Herzog Talk Architecture, Bore Kanye Fans to Tears

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jacques Herzog, Kanye West. Image © Seth Browarnik/startraksphoto.com, via Surface Magazine’s Facebook Page

In her article for BlouinArtInfo, Janelle Zara wittily recounts her experience at an architecture event in which 70% of the audience left before the night’s end. The event? A talk, held last week in ’s Design District, between Kanye West and Pritzker laureate . Despite the audience’s clear lack of interest, Zara insists the skippers missed quite the conversation: “Herzog’s half of the conversation lent it its gravitas; Kanye’s token Westisms provided the candy-coated sprinkles on top.” Read the full post here.

Call for Submissions: Satellite Magazine

Satellite, an independent print magazine focused on , culture, and politics, is seeking submissions for its upcoming issue. Approximately a third of each issue focuses on a different city: to date, they have covered New Orleans, Montreal, and Toronto, and are now starting work on New York. They’re therefore particularly interested in submissions pertaining to that city, but are happy to consider other topics as well.

Most of their content relates to urbanism, architecture, politics, and/or art. They publish articles and essays (both long- and short-form), photography, and more, and welcome contributors from a broad variety of backgrounds. For a sense of what they have run in the past, see http://www.satellitemagazine.ca/issues/.

They’re distributed in bookstores throughout the and Canada. Please send pitches, completed work, or questions to submit@satellitemagazine.ca.

Submit your VMZINC project for the next ArchiZinc Trophy Awards by December 31

US and Umicore Building Products, USA Inc., a leading specialist in innovative zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore, announced earlier this year the sixth edition of the Archizinc Trophy contest. The bi-annual contest, open to architects throughout the world, rewards the most attractive creations for the quality of their architecture and their integration into the environment. The competition aims to highlight zinc through appropriate new applications and prizes in five building categories: individual housing, collective housing, public buildings, commercial buildings, and people’s choice.

Winners will be chosen based on the quality of architectural design, structural soundness and innovativeness of zinc application. Both the unique use and noticeable emphasis of zinc throughout the building are key factors in judging contest entries. Participants are expected to incorporate and consider the environment as much as possible in their designs.

First place winners will receive the Archizinc Trophy, composed completely of zinc, at the awards banquet in June 2014 hosted in Paris, France. Additionally, the winners’ creations will be published in a special issue of FOCUS ON ZINC, called ArchiZinc Trophy, an international architectural journal by VMZINC, which distributes more than 60,000 copies to building professionals in more than 30 countries.

All applications can be sent before the submission deadline of Tuesday, Dec. 31 by post or through email to Trophee.Arhchizinc@umicore.com. Registration for the competition is effective upon receipt by Umicore Building Products of the registration file with all the required information completed before the submission deadline. For detailed registration information, awards schedule and the complete contest rules, visit http://bit.ly/1dQpO5H.

Competition Entry: Ruch Chorzów Football Stadium / Andrea Maffei Architects

View towards entrance. Image Courtesy of Andrea Maffei Architects

Andrea Maffei Architect‘s competition entry for a new stadium for Ruch Chorzów, one of Poland‘s largest football clubs, offers a capacity for 12,000 and provision for up to 16,000 seats. The design encourages the stadium and its surroundings to act as a new civic point of reference for Chorzów as part of a wider complex of shops and restaurants. The architects’ understanding of the movement of people on match days is complimented by the facilities that the new stadium will offer to visitors seven days a week, the design for which will provide Ruch with a state-of-the-art pitch and associated amenities.

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Will Internet Kill the Architect Star?

Courtesy of ZHA

After the controversial lampooning of Zaha Hadid’s Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, Anthony Flint of the Atlantic casts a critical eye over how the internet, and the swarms of would-be architecture critics that reside there, have changed the way that buildings are designed. Tracking the trend for this form of criticism from Le Corbusier’s “two pianos having sex” (aka the Carpenter Centre at Harvard) to the hyper-reactive culture of modern online criticism today, he looks at how architects – and PR companies – are responding. You can read the full article here.

3,2,1…TEST: Call for Applications to BIO 50

In 2014, the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana (BIO), , reinvents itself and launches an ambitious call for applications. Entering the realm of collaboration, where design is a tool to rethink everyday life, the Biennial is looking for individuals to shape possible futures for design.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, BIO builds on the event’s tradition and history, advancing into an experimental, collaborative territory where design is employed as a tool to question and transform ideas about industrial production, public and private space, and pre-established systems and networks. Organized by MAO, the Museum of Architecture and Design, BIO 50 is curated by Belgian critic and curator Jan Boelen, founder and artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Head of the Master department Social Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, and chairman of the Flemish Committee for Architecture and Design.

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RIBA Replaces the Lubetkin Prize with the New “International Prize”

Lubetkin Prize 2013 Winner: Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay. Image © Craig Sheppard

The has announced that the Lubetkin Prize, awarded annually for the past thirteen years to the architects of the “best new building” outside the European Union, is to be replaced with the new “international prize” in 2015. As a result, there will be no RIBA International or Lubetkin Prize awarded in 2014. According to the RIBA, ”the Lubetkin Prize has been a useful platform to highlight the work of RIBA members around the world. We are currently working on creating a prize that has even greater international impact and look forward to announcing more details in the future.” The Lubetkin Prize’s last recipients were Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates for Cooled ConservatoriesGardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Green Design for the Future: Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition

Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition will be held December 12-13, 2013 at Tsinghua University in Beijing City. Jointly sponsored by School of Architecture, , Tsinghua Holdings Human Settlements Construction (Group) Co., Ltd, Editorial Office of Eco-city and Green Building (ECGB) magazine, the Summit will bring together eight award winning Asian architects to share their design thinking and key projects on creative sustainability. Keynote speakers include Vo Trong Nghia, Principal Architect of Vo Trong Nghia Architects and Shigeru Ban, Founder of Shigeru Ban Architects.

The exhibition will cover various sustainable projects, namely WNW Bar and Dailai Conference Hall by Vo Trong Nghia, Beitou Public Library and Taipei Flora Expo Pavilions by Bio Architecture Formosana, Green School at Bali in Indonesia by John Hardy, A House for all Seasons by John Lin, Innhouse and KPMG-CCTF community centre by Dr. Lin Hao, Paper Church and Post Tsunami Housing for Kirinda Sri Lanka, House of Outlook by Prof. Kazuo Iwamura and other projects.

More than 500 developers, designers, architects, academia experts and government officials are expected to join the Summit, providing a feast of splendid architectural works, dialogue among renowned Asian architects, sharing of views of green design for the future.

Title: Green Design for the Future: Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition
Organizers: Tsinghua University
From: Thu, 12 Dec 2013
Until: Fri, 13 Dec 2013
Venue: Tsinghua University
Address: Haidian, Beijing,

Pier Carlo Bontempi Named 2014 Driehaus Laureate

Piazza Matteotti (watercolor) / Pier Carlo Bontempi and Leon Krier

Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi has been selected as the 12th recipient of the Richard H. at the . Lauded for his “lifelong contribution to the human city and classical tradition,” Bontempi has dedicated much of his work in the “search for common ground between the classical and the modern; the two most powerful architectural ideas of our century,” as jury member Demetri Porphyrios described.

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Why Workspaces are Obsessed with the Open Plan

NBBJ’s tri-sphere biodome planned for Amazon’s downtown Seattle headquarters. Image Courtesy of NBBJ

In a brilliant article for Der Spiegel, “The New Monuments to Digital Domination,” writer Thomas Schulz not only rounds up our reigning tech giants’ oddly-shaped offices – from Apple’s “spaceship” to Amazon’s “biodomes” - but also pinpoints what they have in common: horizontality. And why? Because an “open creative playground” without boundaries (like floors or walls) is “the perfect ideas factory: the ideal spatial environment for optimally productive digital workers who continuously churn out world-changing innovations.” And while this means that privacy has gone out these workspaces’ proverbial windows, Schulz isn’t too surprised – after all, “people have no right to a private life in the digital age.” Check out this must-read article here.

Latin America’s Top 8 Smart Cities

, Chile took the top spot on the list. Image Courtesy of Plataforma Urbana

In this article for Fast Company, Boyd Cohen counts down the top 8 smart cities in Latin America. Using publicly available data and his own comprehensive framework to evaluate how smart a city is, he has generated a list which even he admits features a couple of surprises in the top spots. To see the list and discover what each city has achieved to deserve its ranking, you can read the full article here.

Frank Gehry: “I’m Not a Starchitect”

The , Los Angeles. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

For Peter Aspden’s first encounter with the architect of the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LAFrank Gehry did not “exude sweetness.” “You are not going to call me a [...] ‘star-chitect’? I hate that.” In a candid interview with the Financial Times, Gehry discusses the problem of being branded for beginning the Bilbao Effect in spite of the fact that he insists that “you can’t escape your signature.” Gehry talks at length about Facebook’s latest headquarters and, in particular, his relationship with his client, Mark Zuckerberg. Read the full interview here.

Reconstructing Space, Reconstructing Community in Japan

The Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showed some of the disaster reconstruction work. . Image © Nico Saieh

Still after the catastrophic tsunami of 2011, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, and other notable Japanese architects, have teamed up on the “Home for All” project to provide community-focused housing to disaster-stricken communities. While the architect-driven initiative seems to be a success, Edwin Heathcote of the Financial Times asks in this exquisitely well-written article: are a set of “starchitects” the right team for the job? (Spoiler: Yes)

ALGODeQ: ALGOrithmic Design Quest Competition

This competition is a call for methods and forms that inspire hope and dreams through new technology, creative logic, and aesthetic intuition. Its purpose is to encourage the development of new design methods for better architecture and better (and, broadly, better design in general), and to recognize groups and individuals who have taken up this challenge.

By introducing outstanding achievements to a wider public, it hopes to encourage the further development of new methods in this field. To that end, this international competition will recognize computer programs that make outstanding contributions to algorithmic design, and outstanding works of architecture created by means of such programs.

For complete information on categories, prizes and procedure, please click here.

Modernism in America Awards

US invites submissions for the first annual Modernism in America Awards. The celebrate the documentation, preservation and re-use of modern buildings, structures and landscapes built in the United States or on U.S. territory. The Awards recognize those building owners, design teams, advocacy and preservation organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of such places.

DOCOMOMO US works to exchange knowledge, stimulate interest, and advocate for the appropriate protection and preservation of significant modern buildings, sites, neighborhoods and landscapes in the United States. DOCOMOMO US is committed to the principle that modern design merits the same attention to preservation currently received by earlier periods of architecture.

The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2014. You can submit your nomination clicking here.

Competition Entry: Monument to Foot Soldiers / Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

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In honor of Alabama’s 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Campaign, a national design competition was launched to envision a “Monument to Foot Soldiers.” New York City-based Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects was one of many entrants who responded, hoping to design a monument that would honor the sacrifices made by the unnamed activists who fought for civil rights and celebrate the power of the human spirit.

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Rockefeller Foundation Selects 33 Cities for Resiliency Challenge

White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for New York’s “Resilient Rockaway” competition.

The has named the first group of selected in the “100 Resilient Centennial Challenge.” Each city has been chosen for demonstrating “a commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses.” More than 1,000 registrations and nearly 400 formal applications from around the world were submitted. After careful review of each city’s challenges, these 33 where chosen: 

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The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation

Via Flickr CC User. Image © Brent Eades

In this interesting report in the Ottawa Citizen, Maria Cook exposes the plan to renovate the Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Building in Ottawa. The existing building, which features a public atrium complete with a tropical garden, is being extensively remodeled to improve security and building performance, although arguably at great cost to the design. Cook exposes how the bank turned down a prestigious design award in 2011 as it was already at that point privately considering the changes, and explains how its privileged position – related to the government but not controlled by it – effectively means that the bank has nobody it has to answer to who might stop these plans. You can read the full article here.