Arup Associates Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation

Cambridge University Sports Centre. Image Courtesy of Arup Associates

Arup Associates was founded in 1963 by the legendary engineer Ove Arup as a design practice in which engineers and architects worked on an equal footing; it later became a subsidiary of Arup (also founded by Arup as Arup and Partners in 1946). These early origins marked Arup Associates as a forward-thinking and revolutionary practice in an era where truly multi-disciplinary practices were almost unheard of.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Arup Associates is hosting a at their offices in London.

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SLO Architecture Wins Inaugural Dwell Vision Award

Winner: Harvest Dome. Image Courtesy of

The inaugural Dwell Vision Award, designed to “celebrate excellence in innovation and skill in the fields of architecture or interior design,” has been awarded to New York based Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture for “Harvest Dome 2.0″. According to Dwell, “the gigantic Harvest Dome structure, made from recycled materials, captured the imagination of the judges by emphasizing the human connection to nature and New York’s waterways, often overlooked by the urban population.” 

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Current Work: David Adjaye’s Lecture at The Cooper Union

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. | Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Each year The Architectural League in its Current Work program presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. David Adjaye will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with moderator Gregg Pasquarelli, founding principal at SHoP Architects.

David Adjaye founded the practice Adjaye Associates in London in 2000, and has since expanded the office to the United States, Germany, and Ghana. Engaging issues of place and identity, Adjaye Associates, in its own words, seeks to create “buildings [that] belong to yet diverge from their contexts, absorbing and animating difference rather than homogenizing it.” Sensitivity to materials, color, shape, and light informs the work on all scales.

The office’s projects range from pavilion and design, the Dirty House residence, and the Idea Store/Whitechapel Road educational and information center in London to two neighborhood libraries in Washington D.C. (Bellevue and Francis Gregory), the Sugar Hill social housing scheme in , and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Adjaye Associates is currently designing the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Title: Current Work: David Adjaye’s Lecture at The Cooper Union
Website: http://archleague.org/2013/11/david-adjaye/
Organizers: The Architectural League
From: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:00
Until: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:00
Venue: The Cooper Union
Address: 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA

Frank Lloyd Wright Building from 1939 Finally Built

Courtesy of tbo.com

54 years after the death of , Florida Southern College, home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, opened another structure designed by the famed architect last Friday. Originally called the Usonian house, it was envisioned as a professor’s home in 1939 but wasn’t built until this year using blueprints left by Wright.  

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From STEM To STEAM: The Value of Art

Edison High School Academic Building. Image © Paul Mullins

In a recent article for the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, champions the idea of transforming STEM into STEAM (, Technology, ART, and Mathematics). He argues that overlapping and art helps launch cross-disciplinary conversations and relationships, and in turn, promote experimentation; he thus suggests that educational spaces be designed to bring these fields together. Check out the article here, and more about the TED talk that inspired it, here.

Venice Biennale 2014: Morocco to Participate with First Pavilion

Courtesy of Foundation FADA

will host its first pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by the Foundation FADA’ (Fondation pour l’Art, le Design, et l’Architecture) and directed by architect Tarik Oualalou, the concept for the Moroccan pavilion will be based upon Morocco’s role as an urban and architectural laboratory in the twentieth century. The project, entitled “Fundamental(ism)s,” will be organized in two parts:

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Green Infrastructure: Not Enough For Storm Protection

WXY Studio’s East River Blueway Plan. Image Courtesy of WXY Studio

Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, much has been made of “green infrastructure” and its potential to defend cities against waves and floods. Now though, two articles, from the New York Times and Grist, claim that would actually protects us very little. But, since engineered “gray” solutions, such as storm-walls, also have their limitations (namely just moving the surge elsewhere), it seems the solution is a combination of both “gray” and “green” (moving the surge to where it can safely release its energy). Read the original articles here and here.

Projects in Contemporary Art & Architecture: Between Vision and Function

FXFOWLE Architects, Museum of the Built Environment, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, estimated completion 2016

This features projects by renowned architects of schools, museums, art galleries and cultural spaces via models, photos, prints, and drawings. Art works by National Academy School faculty and students continue the debate of line, form, space and light as inspired by architectural forms and interiors. 

Some of the architects involved include Bade Stageberg Cox, Bonetti/Kozerski Studio, Vincenzo Casali Studio, Walter Chatham Architects, FXFOWLE Architects, Gluckman/Mayner Architects, LABO Design Studio, Safdie Architects, SO – IL, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Liliane Wong, Architect, RISD.

Title: Projects in Contemporary Art & Architecture: Between Vision and Function
Website: http://www.nationalacademy.org/art-school/student-faculty-exhibitions/upcoming/
Organizers: National Academy School
From: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 
Until: Wed, 15 Jan 2014
Venue: National Academy School
Address: 5 East 89th Street, , NY 10128, USA

Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity

Ball-Nogues Studio, Rip Curl Canyon, 2006, Cardboard, plywood, screws, and hardware, 44 x 40 x 11 ft., Commissioned by Rice Gallery in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Courtesy the Artists. Photo: Nash Baker

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) welcomes six Los Angeles-based creatives whose work embraces cross-fertilization, collaboration, and adaptation—thus creating new methodologies for research and implementation in the fields of architecture and beyond.

Participants include:
Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, Design Bitches
Doris Sung, DO/SU Studio Architecture
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, Ball Nogues Studio
Miles Kemp, Variate Labs
Elena Manferdini, Atelier Manferdini
Ramiro Diaz Granados, Amorphis LA

For more information, please click here.

Title: Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity
Website: http://mcasantabarbara.org/node/179
Organizers: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
From: Sun, 05 Jan 2014 
Until: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101,

Exhibition: Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi

View of the Civic Square From Rovaniemi Town Hall, Hallituskatu 7. Photo: Jukka Suvilehto/Provincial Museum of Lapland

Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi, a new at the Alvar Aalto Museum, takes an in-depth look at Alvar Aalto’s work in and around Rovaniemi. As well as the administrative and cultural centre, the works on show include lesser-known residential and commercial buildings. The , collated by the Provincial Museum of Lapland, will be open in the Gallery at the Alvar Aalto Museum from 1.11.2013 to 2.2.2014.

Aalto’s work in Rovaniemi began as early as the 1940s with master planning. Over the decades that followed, various buildings were constructed such as the Aho residential and commercial complex in the city centre and the Korkalorinne housing scheme, built according to the garden suburb ideal. Aalto’s monumental architecture is represented by the Town Hall, the Library and Lappia Hall completed between the 1960s and the 1980s.

As well as the architecture, Aalto’s buildings are examined from the viewpoint of visitors, employees and residents. “The experiences of users provide an alternative, complementary viewpoint on Aalto’s buildings, which allows room for critical comment,” says Charlotte Malaprade who has written the exhibition texts.

The Alvar Aalto Museum has supplemented the Timeless exhibition with local comment from Jyväskylä. Experiences of living in the Viitatorni multi-storey block in Jyväskylä are told by the residents themselves in words and pictures.

Title: Exhibition: Aalto’s architecture in Rovaniemi
Website: http://www.alvaraalto.fi/index_en.htm
Organizers: Alvar Aalto Museum
From: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 
Until: Sun, 02 Feb 2014
Venue: Gallery at the Alvar Aalto Museum
Address: Alvar Aallon katu 7, 40600 Jyväskylä sub-region, Finland

Mexico & Swizterland in Tug-of-War Over Luis Barragán Archive

Gilardi House. Image © Flickr user, Elena_mch

Mexico, Switzerland and their constituent art collectors are in a tug-of-war over the coveted professional archive of late, famed hero Luis Barragán – considered one of Mexico’s greatest architects. After his death, the heads of the Swiss furniture company, Vitra, bought a collection of Barragán’s personal designs and images, leaving those in Mexico puzzled as to why the archive ever left the country from which his work is rooted. “It would be as if the ‘rights’ for Frank Lloyd Wright or Louis Kahn were held and managed from another country, ruling over their work and limiting access to the American public.” Read the full article here, “Tug of War Stretches Architect’s Legacy“.

Chad Oppenheim & Bjarke Ingels in a Roundtable in Miami

Developers are using the name recognition of some of the world’s most important architects to bring in buyers for their posh towers.

The Real Deal looks at the luxury market’s newest selling point as well as other trends shaping South ’s new condo boom with a top-flight roundtable Nov. 7 in ’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. A cocktail party will follow the discussion.

Slated to speak are Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, whose latest South Florida project is Grove at Grand Bay, and Chad Oppenheim, the Miami-based architect whose work includes the celebrated Ten Museum Park. They will be joined by developer David Martin of Terra Group, plus brokers Mayi de la Vega of One Sotheby’s International Realty and Esther Percal of Esslinger Wooten Maxwell.

The evening will take place at Grove at Grand Bay, 2669 South Bayshore Drive. The roundtable starts at 6 p.m.; the party kicks off at 7 p.m. and wraps up at 9 p.m. Space is limited so reserve your seat today at RSVP@therealdeal.com.

Title: Starchitecture Comes to Miami: Chad Oppenheim & Bjarke Ingels in a Roundtable
Website: http://therealdeal.com/miami/the-real-deal-to-host-roundtable-event-with-star-architects-nov-7/
Organizers: The Real Deal
From: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:00
Until: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:00
Venue: Grove at Grand Bay
Address: 2669 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133, USA

IIDA NY: Design for Learning

This course will discuss the principal changes in pedagogy and how it affects institutional design. The evolution of pedagogy can be summarized by the following four principals: Learning is at its best constructivist, experimental, connected, and lifeline and informal. Using these principals we will explore different case studies of contemporary institutional design (k-12 and higher education), and see how these changes in pedagogy affect the way students learn , teachers teach, and architects and designers design.

Moderator: Dominic Randolph, Head of School, Riverdale Country Day School.
Speakers: Mark Maljanian, Design Director, BRB Architects; Christine Schlendorf, Principal, Perkins Eastman.

More information can be found here.

Title: : Design for Learning
Website: http://media.designerpages.com/otto/2013/10/iida-ny-institutional-forum-design-for-learning/
Organizers: IIDA NY
From: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:00
Until: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:00
Venue: Avenues: The World School
Address: 259 10th Avenue, , NY 10001, USA

AEC Hackathon

A first for the Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that brings together teams of Silicon Valley technologists and industry stakeholders to help shape the future of our built environment. Formatted as a traditional “hack”, the AEC Hackathon provides a playful, exploratory environment where disruption, innovation, and creative ideas are brought to life.

The focus of the event is not on technology for technology’s sake, but to hack into traditional processes and workflows of the AEC industry to generate innovation. This can be eventually be applied into global solutions.

The event will take place in and Silicon Valley from November 8 to November 10. For more information on registration and complete details, click here.

Were Brutalist Campus Buildings Designed to Suppress Student Protests?

UMass Dartmouth Library, by Paul Rudolph. Image Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth

In this fascinating article on the Slate design blog, J Bryan Lowder takes on a commonly held myth: that brutalist buildings on college campuses were designed to prevent student riots. From the egalitarian design ethos of to the fact that many of these buildings were around before the widespread student uprisings of the late 1960s, he finds no support for the theory – however he does end with a possible reason why these buildings are now regarded with such suspicion. You can read the full article here.

Where Automobiles & Architecture Meet

Audi A3 Assembly Line. Image © Audi

Where does architecture and the industry meet? Many architects, including Le Corbusier, have tried to understand how building construction can be more like car manufacturing, with mass-produced parts that can be easily assembled on site.  recently explored the idea at their Design with a Purpose: Built Tough panel discussion held at New York’s Center for Architecture. Click here to read The New York Times‘ coverage of the discussion, and check out ArchDaily editor-in-chief’s thoughts on cars and architecture here.

3D Laser Technology to Digitally Preserve The World’s Greatest Sites

’s Scanned Parthenon Project. Image Courtesy of toptravellists.net

CyArk, a non-for-profit 3D laser scanning organization, is scanning the world’s greatest monuments, hoping to preserve over 500 cultural heritage sites around the globe, The Independent reports. The portable laser system creates such a detailed, digital blueprint of structures and ruins that each building can then be reproduced in 3D, with a margin of error of only two millimeters. So far, the statues of Easter Island, the Tower of London, Mount Rushmore, the Tower of Pisa have been preserved. Check out more about the in Ben Kacyra’s TED Talk.

Winners of the World Habitat Awards Announced

The 2013 World Habitat will be held in Medellin, Colombia. Image © Flickr / David Peña

The winners of the 2013 World Habitat Awards, a competition focused on addressing housing needs and issues across the globe, have just been announced. Picked from a pool of over 200 applicants, the two winning entries represent the most innovative and resilient proposals with potential for global use, taking on the rampant homelessness problem in the US (The 100,000 Homes Campaign) and exploring revitalisation opportunities for the Old City in Hebron (Hebron Old City Rehabilitation Programme). The winners will be honoured at a ceremony in Medellin, Colombia on October 17, 2014. To learn more about the competition and it’s winners, click here