4 Shortlisted for Armenian American Museum in California

Project Site. Image Courtesy of Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, , 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 .

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

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 cities. 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 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 UK 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 ’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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ACSA to Host Architecture School Webinar Series

Looking for a professional degree, post professional degree, or want to learn the difference? Want to see what a degree in architecture can mean for your future? On April 25, 2015, from 1:00pm – 5:00pm ET, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) will host the ACSA Creative Futures: Architecture School Webinars Series. The four, 30-minute webinars will cover the following topics:

1:00 – 1:30pm ET: Careers in Architecture
2:00 – 2:30pm ET: Selecting an Undergraduate Program
3:00 – 3:30pm ET: Creativity in Architecture
4:00 – 4:30pm ET: Graduate School in Architecture – How Do I Get in? How Do I Decide Where To Go?

Register for the  here

Title: ACSA Creative Futures: Webinars Series
Website: http://www.acsa-arch.org/programs-events/college-career-events/2015-creative-futures-webinars
Organizers: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
From: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:00
Until: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:00

Spotlight: James Stirling

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British architect and Pritzker Laureate Sir James Stirling (22 April 1926 – 25 June 1992) grew up in Liverpool, one of the two industrial powerhouses of the British North West, and began his career subverting the compositional and theoretical ideas behind the Modern Movement. Citing a wide-range of influences – from Colin Rowe, a forefather of , to Le Corbusier, from architects of the Italian Renaissance to the Russian Constructivist movement – Stirling forged a unique set of architectural beliefs that manifest themselves in his works. Indeed, his architecture, commonly described as “non-comformist”, consistently caused annoyance in conventional circles.

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Norman Foster’s Manchester Maggie’s Centre Breaks Ground

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After being granted planning permission last yearNorman Foster’s new ’s Cancer Centre in his hometown of  has broken ground. The project is being built at The Christie, one of Europe’s leading cancer centres and the largest single-site centre in Europe. According to Foster + Partners, the new centre will ”provide free practical, emotional and social support for anyone living with cancer as well as their family and friends.” Surrounded by the Centre’s existing, lush gardens designed by Dan Pearson, Foster’s proposed structure aims to tap into the therapeutic qualities of nature by engaging the outdoors.

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Sign Up Now for Porto Academy 2015

Now for its third year, ‘s famed Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto () will host ”Porto Academy“ - a week-long summer session of lectures, workshop studios and trips open to students internationally that provides the opportunity to work with the profession’s finest. Planned to take place from July 20th through the 27th, this year’s class will have the chance to work closely with the architects of Pezo von EllrichshausenMenos é Mais and many others. See a complete list of participating architects and find more details, after the break. 

Porto Academy 2015 Guests:

  • Adrien Verschuere of Baukunst
  • Angela Deuber
  • Arno Brandlhuber
  • Cristina Guedes & Francisco Vieira de Campos of Menos é Mais
  • Emilio Tuñón
  • Mansilla Tuñón
  • Guilherme Machado Vaz
  • Inês Vieira da Silva & Miguel Vieira of Sami
  • João Paulo Loureiro
  • Johannes Norlander
  • Ricardo Bak Gordon
  • Sofia Von Ellrichshausen & Mauricio Pezo of Pezo von Ellrichshausen
  • Sonja Nagel & Jan Theissen of Amunt
  • Stéphanie Bru & Alexandre Thériot of Bruther
  • Wonne Ickx of Productora
  • Xavier Ros Majó of H arquitectes
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Porto Academy will take place in the FAUP’s famous building, designed by Álvaro Siza. You can learn more about the program, here.

What Is The Role Of Hand Drawing In Today’s Architecture?

Update: We have now published our follow-up article of readers’ responses – see it here.

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Utopia Arkitekter Reinterprets Stockholm’s Vernacular Architecture

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A new housing development called Söderkåkar in Stockholm is aiming to provide a modern interpretation of the area’s 19th century vernacular architecture. Designed by Utopia Arkitekter, the residential structures impose the contemporary emphasis on sustainability and function within the traditional all-wood construction of the past, fitting into the existing infrastructure while maintaining a distinct character.

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Open Call: Prize Searches for World’s Best Public Library

Book Mountain / MVRDV. Image © Jeroen Musch

Applications are once again open for world’s best public library award. As part of the Danish Agency for Culture‘s Model Program for Public Libraries project, the prize aims to generate new ideas about how the design of public libraries can change to meet the changing needs of today’s society. Considered libraries must “take digital developments and local culture into consideration” and “welcome a diversity of population groups with an open and functional architectural expression in balance with its surroundings and a creative use of IT to improve user experiences.” Learn more about the prize (here) and submit a library, here. Candidates for the “” have until June 15, 2015 to apply.

Spotlight: Jan Kaplický

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Radical neofuturist architect Jan Kaplický (18 April 1937 – 14 January 2009) was the son of a sculptor and a botanical illustrator, and appropriately spent his career creating highly sculptural and organic forms. Working with partner Amanda Levete at his suitably named practice Future Systems, Kaplický was catapulted to fame after his sensationally avant-garde 1999 Lord’s Cricket Ground Media Centre and became a truly innovative icon of avant-garde architecture.

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