The Architecture Foundation Presents: Three Conversations on “Culture + Commerce”

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Having wrapped up their three part series And the Winner is…?, has launched another trio of evening discussions, this time around the ever-encroaching commercial values which are increasingly threatening cultural venues in London. The series, entitled Culture + Commerce, will explore how culture can fight against commercial homogeneity in the face of reduced public funding.

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2013 Seattle Design Festival

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This year’s Seattle Design Festival, hosted by Design in Public and AIA Seattle, will feature large scale installations, home tours, walking tours, films, lectures, exhibitions, competitions, activities, pop-up parklets, and more which is open to the general public. The city-wide event takes place September 13-22 with the hub of the festival at the ‘Design Block’ in Pioneer Square. This year’s theme is ‘Design in Health’ exploring the connection between environmental design and health & well-being. Design can improve health by: promoting physical activity, increasing access to healthy food, reducing injuries, improving air and water quality, minimizing stress, and strengthening the social fabric of communities.  More information after the break.

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Beyond 2012: The Story of Commissioning the Olympic Games

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Beyond 2012 is a new website launched by the to tell the story of how the London 2012 Olympic Games were designed. The site explores how the best British designers were brought in to create the products, fashion, graphics, digital design, and of course the architecture that made the 2012 games a fantastic worldwide spectacle. See the full website here.

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / AVA

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Designed by AVA (Andrea Vattovani Architecture), their proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History not only creates an icon for the city, but their intervention is able to emphasize and further develop the city structure. Since a box-like form didn‘t seem to be the best solution for integrating the museum in its surroundings, they took special notice of the urban surroundings and protected monuments in the development process. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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AA Visiting School Tehran

Tehran 2009. Image Courtesy of AA

Taking place August 31-September 14, the 3rd annual AA Visiting School Tehran will be examining the quality of our urban spaces, we will be looking at infill sites, leftover spaces which have been generated as a result inefficient use of public roads to examine the potential for the generation of usable public space, or in other words the third place (the first being the home, the second the workplace). Using the theme ‘The Third Place-Urban Machines,’ they will be using our experiences from past years in regards to prototyping and simplex manufacturing to inform proposals for urban machines and interventions. These Proposals will attempt to specifically address site concerns and conditions. Our ambition is to produce and implement these proposals on site across the city. Applications are due no later than August 17. For more information, please visit here.

‘Vers un climat: Building (with) the Unstable’ Exhibition

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Taking place at the Hartell Galley at Cornell University, ‘Vers un climat: Building (with) the Unstable‘ is an exhibition by AWP Architects focusing on the nocturnal face of architecture – how buildings contribute to the urban nightscape. From August 26 – September 16, the exhibit features both realized and proposed projects by AWP while revealing the practice’s in depth research on the many ways in which the intangible dimensions of architecture – such as atmosphere, climate, and light – materialize in buildings. Part of AWP ’s ongoing challengeis to translate recurrent themes of impermanence, evolution, and the uncontrollable into design. More architects’ description after the break.

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Glazed Software Factory Winning Proposal / HENN

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Developed for the architectural competition organized by real estate company, STI Immobilienmanagement, HENN‘s design for the Glazed Software Factory was just announced as the winning proposal. The company’s new office building, located in , consists of open, transparent spatial structures allowing for a varying range of office types. This strategy combines areas of communication and concentration with one another to provide a bright and diverse working environment for customers and staff. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Networking @ Urban Office

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nycobaNOMA ( Coalition of Black Architects and  Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects) is inviting all to come out and join professionals in the design, architecture, development, real estate, and construction fields for an evening of networking at the Urban Office Showroom in . Taking place Tuesday, August 20th, from 6:30-8:30 EST, participants can expect not just networking, but good spirits at the beautiful midtown showroom. Fore more information, please visit here.

Why Are So Many Women Leaving Architecture?

Lens House, London / Alison Brooks Architects © Paul Riddle

Despite a rise in female architecture students, the amount of women in architecture continues drop in the UK. Though this is not the case in many parts of the world – as female architects reportedly outnumber the men in South America - the UK has yet to find a solution to equalize the numbers for professional women in architecture. Jane Duncan, founder of and equality and diversity champion, weighs in the issue by asking “Why are so many women leaving architecture, and how can we buck the trend?” here on The Guardian.

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Ten Spectacular Drawings Win RIBA’s “Eye Line” Competition

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The results of RIBA Journal’s recent competition, Eye Line, are in. Top of the pile was Tom Noonan‘s drawing “Reforestation of the Thames Estuary,” part of his Master’s Thesis project at the Bartlett School of Architecture; however, the range of styles and content mean that there’s something for everyone in the top ten. Read the full article and see all the drawings here.

‘Thessaloniki’s Wet Dream’ Thermal Bath Complex Proposal / NaNA (NotaNumber Architects)

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NaNA’s project, titled ‘’s Wet Dream,’ is a proposal for a subterranean public bath beneath a central urban plaza with a glazed roof at street level. The 4000 square meter bathing complex responds to the city’s ambitious plans for the total redesign of Eleftherias Square (i.e. Freedom Square) into a landmark that will become a magnet for the city and beyond, their proposal sets to re-establish ’s long lasting culture of public baths as a form of built social space par excellence. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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‘Live Between Buildings!’: New Vision of Loft 2 Competition Entry / Mateusz Mastalski + Ole Robin Storjohann

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Mateusz Mastalski + Ole Robin Storjohann shared with us their ‘Live Between Buildings!’ proposal for the New Vision of Loft 2 Competition organized by Fakro, which aims to create a new way of living in the city. Infills between existing buildings that consist almost entirely of Fakro window technology enable a life hyper-close to nature and city life, while on the same time exploiting the qualities of the already existing blind walls of the city. With minimal footprint and facade surface, but a maximum of living quality, the Live Between Buildings! project contributes to a denser, more sustainable city of the future.

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Small Project Awards Exhibit

dSPACE Studio’s “Historic Wicker Park 2-Flat Conversion and Modern Addition”

Currently on display until August 22, AIA Chicago is honoring its Small Project Awards winners at 23 E. Madison in downtown as part of the Loop Alliance’s Pop-Up Art Loop initiative. Designed in collaboration with -based branding firm a5, the exhibit offers yet another opportunity for AIA and its Small Practitioners Group to showcase the smaller-scale innovations that architects work on in their day-to-day practice. The third annual Small Firm/Small Project Award program recognizes high quality work from small architectural firms and exceptional small local projects. More images information after the break.

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Should Architects Design Prisons?

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A video game in which you can design your own high-security prison (execution chambers and all) prompts CC Sullivan, in a thoughtful post on Smart Planet, to discuss the implications of architects designing prisons. You can read the full article here, and read ArchDaily’s previous coverage on this issue, “The Architecture of Incarceration,” here.

Oriel College Design Competition Shortlist Announced

Front Quad Elevation / © MRC 300 dpi 30cm x 20cm

Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) recently announced the results of the first stage of the design competition to re-program and re-design Oriel College, ’s social spaces. The shortlist, a fascinating cross-section of British architectural talent ranging from the contextual to the contemporary, is made-up of established practices with extensive portfolios. More than sixty teams submitted Expressions of Interest for the competition, which was launched in late June. The shortlisted teams include: AL_A, Allies and MorrisonCaruso St John ArchitectsPanter Hudspith Architects, and Wright & Wright Architects. More images and information after the break.

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New York Announces Plans to Build Brooklyn Bridge Beach

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NYDaily News reports that the Council has allocated $7 million to redevelop a 11,000 square foot swath of forgotten land into a beautiful, sandy beach beneath the Bridge. Originally conceived as part of New York’s “Blueway” plan, the waterfront project will grant access to terraced seating, wading pools and fishing areas, along with a kayak launch and concession stand via tree-lined walkways. See what else the “Blueway” entails, here on ArchDaily.

Alvenaria Social Housing Competition Entry / fala atelier

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With the challenge of creating a new identity for the “Alvenaria” neighborhood in , fala atelier defined a module with variations and multiplications which allowed the dwellings to develop iteratively. As opposed to a static solution, this 2.55m cube module sets ground rules for the organization of the interiors, while providing the flexibility for several possible typologies. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Tretyakov Gallery Competition Entry / PAPER | TOTEMENT

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Designed by PAPER | TOTEMENT, their competition proposal for the architectural and visual image of the frontage of the new building of the State Tretyakov Gallery encompasses conceptual, imaginary and compositional aspects as well as its relation with the environment (city and the existing complex of the gallery), history and designation of the building. The current space planning design decision also implied some particular limitations and framework. And of course, the main objective was to combine all these decisions in an integral image of the Modern Russian, art museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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