Parramatta Square Design Competition

Parramatta City Council is delighted to invite you to participate in an exciting architectural design competition, Architectural Concept Competition for Stages 5 and 6 of the Parramatta Square Precinct development, .Council is inviting architects to submit visionary ideas for two large commercial towers in the heart of Parramatta City Centre.

The four nominated architecture practices or teams will then be invited to participate in a Design Excellence Competition. Each shortlisted architecture practice or team will be paid $30,000 on submission of a complying Design Excellence Competition entry. For complete information, please click here.

Adaptive Architecture ACADIA 2013

ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE ACADIA 2013 will present world-leading research in contemporary architectural design. ACADIA 2013 is the 36th annual conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture, presented at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Oct. 24-26 with workshops running Oct. 19-23 and 27. The event includes presentations by international researchers, a series of exhibitions, a suite of publications and specialized workshops on advanced design methods, fabrication and simulation.

ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE will examine computational design of environmentally responsive, intelligent, interactive, and reconfigurable architecture. ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within ACADIA, the oldest society for computational design in North America. ACADIA is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. ACADIA 2013 is supported by the combined research networks of the University of Waterloo, the State University of at Buffalo, and the University of Nottingham working in partnership with The London Building Centre Trust.

Keynote speakers include Michelle Addington, Yale/YSOA Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design, Cristiano Ceccato, Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects/Previous Director Gehry Technologies, and Stephen Gage, Professor, Bartlett School of Architecture.

For more information, and to register see: http://2013.acadia.org/.

Dallas Architecture Forum Announces Its 2013-2014 Lecture Season

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing challenging and on-going public discourse about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to announce its 2013-14 season of lectures that will begin with award-winning Korean architect and the founder of Mass Studies, Minsuk Cho, who will speak Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at The Magnolia Theater, 3699 McKinney Ave. Other speakers for this season include Hugh Broughton, Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano, Larry Scarpa, and Gregg Jones.

Lectures will occur at 7 p.m. on the designated evening with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org.

A Kickstarter Campaign to Paint Entire Favela in Rio de Janeiro

Painting: Rio Cruzeiro, realized in 2008. Image Courtesy of Painting’s Page

Dutch duo Haas and Hahn gained fame in 2005 for painting a few houses of Rio Janeiro’s favelas in a palate of bright hues. Now they’re back again, this time with a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds to paint the rest of the favela in the hopes of further transforming this crime-ridden community.

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World’s First Inflatable Concert Hall Opening in Japan

Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2013. Image Courtesy of The Telegraph

The Telegraph reports that a new inflatable concert hall dubbed “Ark Nova,” created by the British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, is to tour the region of northern Japan that was most affected by the 2011 Tsunami. The hall, which will host world-class concerts, events and workshops, has a single skin membrane that can be easily inflated or deflated as well as seating constructed from local, tsunami-damaged cedar. The opening will take place this week in the coastal town of . Learn more about the hall here.

How Will the Shutdown Affect Architects?

Capitol Rotunda. Image Courtesy of Architect of the Capitol

The President, Mickey Jacob, FAIA has just released the following statement on the US government’s historic shutdown: “The design and construction industry is slowly recovering from one of the worst economic crises in modern history. The last thing we need is the self-inflicted wound that can potentially further damage the economy.” To find out just how the shutdown could affect you, check out the AIA’s FAQ page here.

RIBA Stirling Prize Winners: How Prize-Worthy Are They?

The Scottish Parliament, winner in 2005 has experienced multiple problems. Image © Dave Morris Photography

With Astley Castle winning this year’s Stirling Prize last week, Olly Wainwright investigates the fortunes of other Stirling Prize winners – finding that in many cases critical acclaim and awards do not necessarily translate to long term success. His study brings into question what qualities should be awarded, and seems to imply that there should be a greater focus on post-occupancy awards, such as the 10-year award started by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) this year, and another being considered by the RIBA. You can read Wainwright’s full investigation here.

The Never-Before-Seen Interviews from Helvetica/Objectified/Urbanized

In his three-part series, composed of the films Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized, Gary Hustwit explored the effect that design has on our everyday life. However, in the process of making these documentaries, he only used about 3% of the interview footage he collected. Now he has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund a book that will make his 100 hours of interview footage available in its entirety. Click here to back his project and make this book a reality.

A Delightfully Candid Interview with Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Winner: Stanley Tigerman

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Stanley Tigerman, an outspoken force on the Chicago architecture scene, was recently bestowed (much to his amazement) Chicago’s highest honour: the Lifetime Achievement Award. “I’ve done some damage to them and I’m aware of it. I’ve challenged them…” he explains to Meg Graham of Chicago Grid. “So that they then turn around in a way and turn the other cheek and give me this award does not go unnoticed by me. And I’m thrilled by it.” You can find the full, wonderfully entertaining interview, in which he discusses the award, keeping up in a digital world, and getting older (without becoming “ridiculous”),here

“The Architecture of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization” Symposium

Clemson School of Architecture will host a symposium on “The Architecture of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization”, with Alexander Tzonis, Liane Lefaivre, Marlon Blackwell, Merrill Elam, and Frank Harmon, on Friday, October 18, 2013. The symposium celebrates the school’s centennial.

There is no fee but registration is required, so please register right here. Complete information on schedule and speakers after the break.

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How Vienna Designs Gender Equality Into the City Itself

Via Flickr. Image © Peter M

An interesting article in The Atlantic  reveals the ideas behind “gender mainstreaming” in Vienna, a policy that began in the early 1990s and has had a huge effect on the past two decades of city planning there. Initially intended specifically to make the city more livable for women, the principles have proven so successful that they now form a part of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s best practices. You can read the full article here.

Will Mayors Save the World?

Courtesy of SHoP Architects

When national leaders get too caught up in political games to make real change, who steps in? Lately, have been setting the pace for policy change, tackling issues from climate change to immigration. This development, termed “glocalization,” seems to be a growing trend, and indicates a shift of influence from the national to the local level. The Atlantic‘s Emma Green explains and explores the term, and lays out why mayors might be the ones to change our world. Read the full article here

Festival Des Architectures Vives 2014 Call for Submissions

For this new edition of the Festival Des Architectures Vives, two calls for submissions are proposed. Using the theme ‘Sensuality’, the association Champ Libre sends a call for submissions in order to realize 10 interventions in the Montpellier Festival, and/or 7 interventions in the La Grande Motte Festival.

You can submit to both festivals by December 4. For complete information, please click here.

SOM Gets Behind Wooden Skyscraper Design

Courtesy of ArchDaily

Although known for their iconic of glass and steel, SOM has begun to redefine our idea of the high-rise by pushing for wood as an alternative material for tall buildings. Not only could it help solve the worldwide problem of housing for those who are or will live in cities, but wooden skyscrapers could also address climate change by reducing a building’s carbon footprint. Click here to read about the structural system that has come up with and don’t check out our previous coverage on the equally fascinating Timber Tower Research Project!

The Architectural League Announces the Current Work Fall 2013 Program

Each year, The Architectural League presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. The Architectural League’s Current Work program exemplifies its longstanding commitment to recognizing and nurturing excellence in architecture, urbanism, and design.

In fall 2013, The Architectural League will explore the work of: David Adjaye, Richard Meier, Willem Jan Neutelings, Thomas Phifer, Winka Dubbeldamand Kersten Geers. In addition to a series of public lectures in , League online features and other digital media – which reach global audiences through archleague.org – will be published in the coming months further presenting aspects of these practitioners’ work and ideas. The program will continue this spring, with lectures and digital programs featuring Sou Fujimoto, Farshid Moussavi, Guy Nordensonand Yung Ho Chang.

For more information on each event, please click here.

Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Exhibition

‘Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Exhibition’ will be on display from Sept 25 to October 7 as part of this year’s Beijing Design Week.

Commemorating the international publication the book ‘Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form on Architecture’ (Published by Artifice Books on Architecture in London, 2013), the exhibition showcases original collages and photomontages, as well as objects, sculptures, paintings and animations by Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski (WAI Architecture Think Tank).

For more information, please click here.

Title: Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Exhibition
Website: http://waiarchitecture.blogspot.com/
Organizers: WAI Think Tank
From: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 
Until: Mon, 07 Oct 2013
Venue: Beijing, Xicheng District, Dashilan, Dawailangying Hutong 8, The Factory
Address: 8 Dawailangying Hutong, Xicheng, Beijing,

A Sincere Interview with Zaha Hadid

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Image © Architects

With the opening of her latest London project, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park, Xan Brooks of the Guardian conducted this interview with the enigmatic Zaha Hadid. They discuss some of her greatest successes (The MAXXI museum) and some of the contentious issues around some of her buildings (Galaxy Soho, for example) – before moving on to her approach to designing for oppressive regimes (yes, “if it helps people”) and finally her apprehension over a return trip to Iraq, the homeland which she has not returned to in over 30 years. You can read the full article here.

Gehry’s Walt Disney Hall Turns 10

Courtesy of Archdaily

It’s been called a “remarkable work of public architecture” that “engages [the city of] Los Angeles” like few others. With the 10 year anniversary of Frank Gehry‘s Walt Disney Concert Hall approaching, the LA Times, with some great, in-depth coverage, has been taking a look back at its architecture and what makes it such an important icon for both Gehry and LA. Oh, and don’t forget to check out its soon-to-be neighbor on Grand Avenue, the Broad Museum by Diller Scofidio + Renfro!