Richard Meier Model Museum Opens at Mana Contemporary

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UPDATE: We’ve updated this post with newly released images. 

Mana Contemporary is the new home to the museum of one of the most celebrated architects of our time. The Richard Meier Model Museum opened to the public on Sunday, January 12.

The new space at Mana Contemporary replaces ’s 3,600-square-foot model museum in Long Island City with a 15,000-square-foot suite on the art center’s 2nd floor. The grand space will feature The Model Museum, as well as the architect’s personal studio and research library. A gallery will rotate exhibitions of his art, such as prints, sketches, renderings, photographs, and sculptures.

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Preston Scott Cohen + Integrated Design Solutions to Expand UM Architecture Building

Museum of Art / Allied Works Architecture with Integrated Design Solutions (Click image for more). Image © Jeremy Bittermann

The University of Michigan (UM) has commissioned Preston Scott Cohen and Integrated Design Solutions to design a $28 million expansion for its 40-year-old design building. Primarily planned to be used by the school’s architecture program, the new addition will include classrooms, studios and offices, as well as the renovation of existing studios. The news comes five years after schematic designs for the original expansion were abandoned. More information, here.

5 Teams Shortlisted to Redesign Tampere Travel Interchange

Site Area. Image © BLOM

To accommodate for the inevitable growth in population, , Finland’s second largest city has shortlisted five teams to reimagine its largest railway station. With of vision of the Railway Station becoming a lively multi-functional city area by 2030, competitors have been asked to design an overall masterplan that will guide future development for the travel and service center area. The following architect-led teams have each received €80,000 to participate:

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David Rockwell Designs Pop-Up “Talk” Theater for TED2014

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commenced yesterday at the Vancouver Convention Center within a temporary 1200-seat auditorium designed by David Rockwell. Built from 600 wood components, and assembled in just 4.5 days, the pop-up theater was designed to be easily disassembled and reused by TED for years to come. Viewers are presented with sixteen seating options, from beanbags to lounge seating and traditional theater chairs, to ensure they are provided with the optimal listening, and sharing, experience. More images and a time-lapse video of construction, after the break. 

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ArchitectureBoston’s Latest Issue Offers Design Recommendations For A New Boston

Available today, the spring 2014 issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine, Blueprint for a New Mayor, investigates the critical design challenges facing ’s first new leader in two decades. The issue focuses on the city’s challenges surrounding housing, transportation, public space, and regionalization, plus offers recommendations for designing a that is more open, safe, beautiful, and fair. Visit architectureboston.com to read the latest issue.

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KAAN Tapped to Transform Heritage Site into Dutch Think Tank

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government officials have named KAAN Architecten’s design for the Facilicom Consortium PPS B30 as winner of the PPP contract for the Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 project. Originally built in 1917 for the Department of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, KAAN is expected to transform the existing National Heritage Site facilities into a vibrant and open “modern day think tank” for the Dutch government.

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The Question of Preserving Melbourne’s Modernism

Total House, one of the buildings at the center of the debacle. Image © Flickr CC User Rory Hyde

Melbourne newspapers are reporting on an argument breaking out over the preservation of the city’s postwar modernist buildings, centering (as ever) on the dispute between their value as cultural heritage vs their ‘ugliness’ (you can see all the contested buildings in a neat graphic at The Age). While many are in favor of , Alan Davies, in anarticle for Crikey, warns that the cultural benefit in protecting these buildings should always be weighed against the cost of preventing the developments that would have taken their place. Read the full article here.

Exhibition: Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects, Constructing Views 2011-2014

Dune House / © Nils Petter Dale

On view at La Galerie D’Architecture until April 9, Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects, Constructing Views 2011-2014, will exhibit 16 projects completed by the Norwegian architects in the last three years.

From private houses to temporary installations, the exhibition focuses on completed buildings, presented as architectural constructions in themselves, juxtaposing different views and attitudes towards architecture.

The practice, founded in 1996 by Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs, with Alessandra Kosberg joining as a partner in 2004, was the first Nordic office we featured in ArchDaily. Almost a year ago, we had the chance of interviewing Einar and Håkon, who discussed their wide range of projects with us. For more information on the exhibition, please click here.

Title: Exhibition: , Constructing Views 2011-2014
Website: http://www.galerie-architecture.fr/en/exposition.php?ID=143
From: Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Until: Wed, 09 Apr 2014
Venue: La Galerie D’Architecture
Address: 11 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, France

120 HOURS Competition Winners Announced

First Prize: Architecture / Antariksh Tandon, Jennifer Tu Anh Phan. Image Courtesy of 120 HOURS

This year’s 120 HOURS competition challenged young architects from around the world to design a communicative icon of for the festival grounds of the Norwegian Øya Music Festival. With 2989 participants from 83 countries, it claims this year’s title for the world’s biggest architecture competition, for and by Enough drum-rolling, let’s take a look at the winning designs after the break…

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2014 Emerging Visions Winners Announced

Helsinki South Harbor. Image © Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell (PORT)

The Architectural Club has named Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell of PORT Architecture + Urbanism and Grant Gibson of CAMES/gibson winners of this year’s . Since its inauguration in 1998, the portfolio competition has sought to recognize significant endeavors by young architects, designers and new practices in Chicago. Works designed by the recipients will be on display at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago. More information, here

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AA Visiting School Los Angeles

The AA Visiting School is a satellite programme of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and will be taking place in Los Angeles for the first time, from June 16 to June 27. The programme is broken up into research clusters that will be led by individual tutors based on the theme of “Machining Adaptive Living.”

Confirmed design instructors include Marc Fornes, Jenny Wu, Adam Marcus, David Freeland, Kevin Patrick McClellan and Alvin Huang. Guest lectures include Neil Denari, Heather Roberge and Tom Wiscombe. For more information, including registration please click here.

Title: AA Visiting School Los Angeles
Website: http://losangeles.aaschool.ac.uk/
Organizers:
From: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 
Until: Fri, 27 Jun 2014
Venue: University of Southern (USC)
Address: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Berlin Wall Memorials Prove Controversial, Fall Behind Schedule

The design for the Memorial, by Marc Weiss and Martin de Mattia. Image © M+M / ANNABAU

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall this autumn, Germany planned two memorials, one in Berlin and one in Leipzig. However, as Der Spiegel reports, not only are they almost certainly not going to be complete in time for the anniversary, they have both proven highly controversial with the local people. Will these designs turn out to be monuments to German reunification, or just monumental failures? Read the article on Der Spiegel to find out more.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Taps Selldorf to Design Expansion

La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Flickr CC User Kansas Sebastian

New York-based Selldorf Architects has been summoned to the West Coast to design an expansion that will triple the size of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s () campus in La Jolla. Chosen after a competitive country-wide search, Selldorf is expected to add an addition 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, which will provide opportunities for temporary exhibitions and large scale installations, as well as house the museum’s 4,571-piece permanent collection.

According to the museum, Selldorf was ultimately chosen due to her reputation of designing spaces that enhance, rather than upstage, the subject it serves.

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MAD’s Ma Yansong Named 2014 Young Global Leader

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Ma Yansong, founder of MAD, has been named the 2014 Young Global Leader. The award, bestowed each year by the (WEF), aims to “recognize the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world.” Winning the title from a collection of 214 young leaders from 66 countries, Yansong is the first Chinese architect to be awarded this honour. According to the WEF, Yansong “commits himself to exploring the future of architecture by combining the city density, function, and the spirit of Shanshui, to reconnect the emotional link between human and nature.” Watch our interview with here.

Abedian School of Architecture Lecture Series 2014

The Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University released their complete lecture series for 2014. The cycle began in January and had its formal opening on February 8 with Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, who designed the building. It will continue throughout the year with lectures by Kristen Whittle, John Wardle, Paul Minifie, Dagmar Reindhart, Lindsay and Kerry Clare, and finally Andrew Kudless on November 20. 

All talks are free of admission and open to the public. They will start 6:30pm at the Building, Gold Coast, Australia. For complete information on each event, please refer to the official website.

Title: Abedian School of Architecture Lecture Series 2014
Website: http://architecture.bond.edu.au/
Organizers:
From: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:25
Until: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:25
Venue: Abedian School of Architecture Building
Address: 14 University Drive, Robina QLD 4226, Australia

Liget Budapest International Design Competition

The Museum of Fine Arts and the Városliget Zrt. 100 % owned by the Hungarian State announce an open, international, two-stage design competition for the design of museum buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project on the territory of the City Park Budapest. The construction of the new buildings, the complete renewal of the green area of the City Park, and the renovation of the institutions already present Liget Budapest will be one of Budapest’s leading, well-known tourist and cultural destinations and a unique family park recognised as such all over Europe.

The competition is free, and includes the design of the New National Gallery, The Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Ethnography, the Hungarian Museum of Architecture & Fotomuzeum Budapest, and the House of Hungarian Music. The submission deadline is May 27. Complete information can be found on the competition’s official website.

RAIC Honors Peter Busby with Gold Medal

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre / Perkins+Will

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has named the 2014 recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the organization. Since founding his Vancouver practice in 1984, Busby has built a reputation for being a “powerful catalyst in the growth of the green architecture movement,” a pioneer in sustainability. In 2004, Busby merged his firm with Perkins+Will. He now serves as the Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s San Francisco office. More information on Busby and the award, here.

AIA, AIAS Urges Congress to Support National Design Services Act

Image via "5 Things to Keep in Mind After Graduation by Nicholas Kreitler" (Click image to read). Image © Caro Wallis

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture () have committed themselves to pushing a bill that would provide U.S. architecture graduates student loan relief in exchange for community service, an offer already granted to lawyers and doctors. The bipartisan legislation, known as the National Design Services Act (NDSA), was introduced today in an effort to free young professionals from the crushing cost of education (architecture being one of the disciplines with the highest loan balances) and aspire them to contribute their design service to the betterment of their communities. Learn more, here, and sign the petition in support of NDSA