Dwell on Design LA Returns to the LA Convention Center, May 29-31

Dwell on Design LA, America’s Largest Design Event, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, celebrating its 10th year. Over 30,000 people are expected to attend this three-day wonderland of modern design.

Thousands of the best modern products across five design zones will be on display, including Furniture & Accessories, Kitchen & Bath, Design Materials, Dwell Outdoor and International Design, in addition to hundreds of brands such as Bugaboo, Cosentino, Hansgrohe, Lutron, Marvin Windows & Doors, Miele, Panasonic, TOTO, and Sunbrella.

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Spotlight: Aldo Rossi

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Ada Louise Huxtable once described him as “a poet who happens to be an architect.” Italian architect Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) was known for his drawings, urban theory, and for winning the Pritzker Prize (in 1990). Rossi also directed the Venice Biennale in 1985 and 1986 – one of only two who have served as director twice.

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Open Call: PINGDI 1.1 Alternatives for Low Carbon Architecture

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In order to effectively guide and improve the development and construction of the low-carbon pilot zone and to strength its international influence, Public Art Center, under the request from the Planning and Construction Management Office of International Low-carbon City and SEZ Construction and Development Co., Ltd., has organized an international competition for the PINGDI Pilot Zone – the urban design for the zone’s one square kilometer and the architectural design for its 0.1 square kilometer. The number in PINGDI 1.1 is the numerical sum of one and 0.1 square kilometers, and also represents the improvement and exploration of the low-carbon development method.

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MoMA’s Barry Bergdoll On “The Politics And Poetics Of Developmentalism” In Latin American Architecture

Eladio Dieste. Church in Atlantida, Uruguay, 1958. Image © Leonardo Finotti

On display until July 19th, MoMA‘s Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980” is an attempt to bring the architecture of this global region, and this time period, to a greater audience after decades of neglect by the architectural establishment. Curated by , the exhibition effectively follows on from MoMA’s last engagement with the topic of Latin American architecture, way back in 1955 with Henry-Russell Hitchcock‘s exhibition “Latin American Architecture Since 1945.” In an intriguing interview, Bergdoll sits down with Metropolis Magazine to talk about why he is revisiting the topic after so many years (or, indeed, why MoMA took so long to do so), and explains his ambitions to elevate the featured works and to frame Latin America itself as “not simply as a place where the pupils of Le Corbusier went to build, but a place of origins of ideas.” Read the full interview here.

Shigeru Ban on Growing Up, Carpentry, and Cardboard Tubes

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He may have risen to prominence for his disaster relief architecture and deft use of recyclable materials, but Shigeru Ban describes his idiosyncratic use of material as an “accident.” Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, the 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate recalls turning to cardboard tubes as a matter of necessity. “I had to create a design for an exhibition,” Ban told the newspaper, “But I couldn’t afford wood. Instead, I used the many paper tubes from rolls of drafting paper that were lying around. The tubes turned out to be quite strong.” The most prominent of Ban’s cardboard tube structures is Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral, built in the aftermath of an earthquake that devastated the city in early 2011. Read WSJ’s full interview with Ban here.

Open Call: ITAD Competition Seeks Student Proposals for “Urban Smart Green Office”

Singapore. Image © Flickr CC User Leonid Yaitskiy

The (BCA), together with (SIA) and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) are jointly organizing the International Tropical Architecture Design Competition 2015 for Institutes of Higher Learning (ITAD Competition) for the fifth run this year. Themed “Urban Smart Green Office,” this year’s competition seeks for innovative and sustainable design entries that demonstrates the essentials and key constituents of a Smart Green Office Building in an urban city of participant’s choice. The competition is open to tertiary students worldwide. Read on to learn more.

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RIBA Seeks Architects In The Wake Of The Himalayan Earthquake

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Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal this week, the Royal Institute of British Architects () have teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to “help to identify Nepalese nationals or others with local or regional experience to provide technical expertise.” According to the , the IFRC “has already deployed approximately 100 people to support the Red Cross in search and rescue efforts, emergency health, water and sanitation, relief, shelter and inter-agency coordination as well as support services such as telecoms and logistics.” They state that “given the operational constraints in the country, most agencies are wary of overloading country teams at this stage. However, the IFRC anticipates there will be a need for additional technical expertise in due course.”

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Apply Now: Safdie Architects Announces 2015 Research Fellowship

Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore / . Image © MBS Digital Media

Safdie Architects’ 2015 Fellowship will center on the theme of “dense urbanism,” and the ways in which the field of architecture can rethink its approach to vital issues such as materiality, construction, environmental conditions, and the demographic realities of rapidly growing populations. This year, Moshe Safdie and his team invite exceptional individuals to attack the challenges of the contemporary urban landscape head-on by proposing new tools and solutions to create a better functioning and humane city. Accepted candidates will spend one year in residence at Safdie Architects’ Boston office, during which they will receive support from the practice and have access to the firm’s resources and consultants.

Interested candidates can apply to fellowship@msafdie.com. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2015 for an expected start in August.

4 Shortlisted for Armenian American Museum in California

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Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, Alajajian Marcoosi Architects, Belzberg Architects Group and Frederick Fisher have been shortlisted to design an Armenian American Museum planned for Glendale, California. Announced on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this past Friday, the competition aims to ”promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian experience” within a 30,000-square-foot museum that will be dedicated to research and education. Stay tuned for more information.

Watch Now: Jacques Herzog Lecture Livestream

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Jacques Herzog’s first lecture in Denmark will be livestreamed on April 28, from 11:30 – 1:30 EST, during which the Swiss architect will discuss the New North Zealand Hospital project. Herzog & de Meuron, along with Danish firm Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, was selected to design the 124,000-square-meter facility during an international design competition last year. To be built near Hillerød, the hospital will be Herzog & de Meuron’s first project in Scandinavia. Learn more about the project and view the livestream of the lecture after the break.

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Surface Magazine Launches 15th Annual Avant Guardian Photography Contest

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Surface Magazine has launched its 2015 Avant Guardian photography contest, now in its 15th year. Calling for submissions now through June 1, the competition provides emerging photographers the chance to be featured in Surface‘s October issue and their upcoming New York exhibition.

25 photographs will be shortlisted by Surface editors; ultimately 10 winners will be selected by a well-respected judging panel that includes architectural photographers Ingmar Kurth and Hélène Binet, as well as Stephen Hilger (Pratt Institute), Roy Schwalbach (Jack Studios), and photographers Youssef Nabil and Delfino Sisto Legnani. For more information or to submit your work, visit surfacemag.com.

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RIBA Future Trends Survey Reveals A “Healthy Uplift”

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for March 2015 has ”bounced back strongly” in comparison to February, as the workload index rose to +36 from +26 last month. Private housing and the commercial sector remains strong, while uncertainty still surrounds forecasts in the public sector. Workload forecast balance figures have remained high, the highest numbers being reported from practices in  (+42) and in the south of England (+39). In addition, large and medium sized practices have reported confidence about staffing levels, while small practices remain “more circumspect.”

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Spotlight: I.M. Pei

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Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei (born April 26, 1917), is arguably the greatest living member of the modernist generation of architects. When he received his Pritzker Prize in 1983, the jury citation stated that he “has given this century some of its most beautiful interior spaces and exterior forms.”

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Spotlight: Peter Zumthor

at the Steilneset Memorial. Image © Andrew Meredith

Known for his sensuous materiality and attention to place, 2009 Pritzker Laureate Peter Zumthor (born April 26, 1943) is one the most revered architects of the 21st century. Shooting to fame on the back of The Therme Vals and Kunsthaus Bregenz, completed just a year apart in 1996 and 1997, his work privileges the experiential qualities of individual buildings over the technological, cultural and theoretical focus often favored by his contemporaries.

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Spotlight: William Pereira

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Winner of the 1942 Acadamy Award for Best Special Effects, William Pereira (April 25, 1909 – November 13, 1985) also designed some of America’s most iconic examples of futurist architecture, with his heavy stripped down functionalism becoming the symbol of many US institutions and . Working with his more prolific film-maker brother Hal Pereira, William Pereira’s talent as an art director translated into a long and prestigious career creating striking and idiosyncratic buildings across the West Coast of America.

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“Lina Bo Bardi: Together” Opens at The Graham Foundation

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From April 25 through July 25, 2015, the Graham Foundation will host an at its Madlener House showcasing the vision of Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Known for her emphasis on social modernism and expressive use of materials, Lina Bo Bardi: Together explores her legacy through her collected works, as well as that of other artists paying homage to the architect and striving to generate new conversations about her designs. Curated by Noemi Blager, the exhibition features photographs, films, and artistic objects reflecting Bo Bardi’s diverse work and immersion in Brazilian culture.

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Diana Agrest Named One of NPR’s “50 Great Teachers”

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Hailed as one of “50 Great Teachers” by NPR, ivy-league architecture professor ’s out-of-the-box teaching methods have brought her to the forefront of studio academia. A testament to her instruction, her students have gone on to attain some of the most prestigious awards for creative pursuits, including the Pritzker Prize and the MacArthur “genius grant.” With her belief that architects’ work should be informed by multiple disciplines, Agrest has developed a teaching style to push the boundaries of traditional studio culture and challenge her students to explore the built environment through various lenses, particularly film. Read NPR’s full article on Agrest, here.

New London Architecture Unveils Updated 1:2000 Scale Model Of The UK Capital

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(NLA), an independent resource and forum for debate about the city’s built environment, have unveiled a new, large-scale interactive model of the capital. Designed to provide a visual history of the city, NLA also intend for it to spark questions about its future. This model replaces an earlier one, which was revealed on the day that it was announced that London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games has been successful. Now, a decade later, the present projection of the city’s built future has been mapped across the model, highlighting the locations of the 263 tall buildings planned or under construction. Visitors are also able to track the route and impact of new transport links, such as HS2 and Crossrail.

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