RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Workload Forecasts Are Firmly In Positive Territory

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The results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBAFuture Trends Survey for June show that the Workload Index among UK practices increased slightly to +34 (from +33 in May) with confidence levels amongst RIBA practices about the level of future workloads remaining “very strong and widespread across the whole of the UK”. Whereas last month’s survey showed Wales and the West with the brightest outlook, this month’s survey saw Scotland top the index with a balance figure of +50, the and East Anglia tailing closely behind with a figure of +48. Workload forecasts from practices of all sizes are optimistically reporting positive balance figures.

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Spotlight: Eduardo Souto de Moura

, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Photo by Francisco Nogueira.

Today is Eduardo Souto de Moura’s 62nd birthday. With over 60 buildings worldwide, Souto de Moura is known for his thoughtful use of colors and materials. Although often described as a “Miesian” architect, de Moura provides local and original interpretations of Mies van Der Rohe’s modernist style.

Born in , Souto de Moura enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in , studying sculpture and later transferring to architecture at the University of – a decision he credits to a meeting with the artist Donald Judd. While still a student, Souto de Moura interned in the studio of Álvaro Siza, where he worked for five years until starting his own practice in 1980, following Siza’s advice. Although his first major commission was the Cultural Center of Porto, his early career included mostly private homes. Later, de Moura was commissioned for larger public buildings, such as the the Braga Municipal Stadium (2004), the Burgo Tower (2007), and the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (2008).

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“Mouthful of Meetings” Seminar at Venice Biennale & Exhibition at Helsinki Design Week

What are the challenges in Africa’s current rapid socio-economic development that architects have the capacity to address? Can foreign architects play any role on the African continent today and during the coming decades? If so, how?

”Mouthful of meetings” is a moderated conversation focusing on socioeconomic sustainability in current and future development collaboration. It brings together contemporary Nordic and African architecture practices and institutions with focus on socially committed architecture. The event adds a contemporary layer to the Nordic Pavillion exhibition 2014, ”Forms of Feedom. African Independence and Nordic Models”.

Along with the seminar, the South of North Travelling Exhibition will visit the 2014. The exhibition presents the work of 12 young Nordic architecture offices, who all have realized projects in developing environments. The exhibition presents a Nordic perspective to a globally growing phenomenon: emerging architectural practices committing to global issues related to ecological and social sustainability.

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2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in , .

The ANFA Conference will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through collaboration between architects and neuroscientists.  The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect and architectural theorist, author of The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, please visit the event’s official website.

Title: 2014 ANFA Conference
Website: http://www.anfarch.org/2014-conference/
From: Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Until: Sat, 20 Sep 2014
Venue: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Address: 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

Jane Duncan Elected as the next President of the RIBA

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Jane Duncan, an Architect based in the English county of Buckinghamshire, has been elected as the 76th President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (). Taking over the reigns from current President Stephen Hodder in September 2015, Duncan will become only the third female President after beating fellow candidate Oliver Richards (by a majority of 52% of the vote) to the institute’s highest position. According to the Architects’ Journal, only 16.7% of RIBA members voted in the election.

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Spotlight: Richard Rogers

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Richard Rogers, one of the leading architects of the British High-Tech movement, turns 81 today. Rogers made his name in the 70s and 80s, with buildings such as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Headquarters for Lloyd’s Bank in London, which utilized highly expressive structures that placed services on the exteriors.

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Spotlight: Arata Isozaki

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Arata Isozaki, Japanese architect, teacher, and theorist, turns 83 years old today. After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1954, Isozaki worked for Kenzo Tange, one of his professors, before establishing his own firm. Despite this, the two remained collaborators until the 1970s. Isozaki won the Gold Medal in 1986 and founded the Italian branch of his firm, Arata Isozaki & Andrea Maffei Associates, in 2005.

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eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

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Exhibition: Total Reset

exhibition on public and affordable housing in NYC, “Total Reset.” Installation by IPA Fellow Quilian Riano: “Work with Me, Neighbor.”

Mayor de Blasio has declared a “total reset” for public housing in New York. At the same time, the decline of affordable housing options has become New Yorkers’ greatest concern.

In the spring, the IPA launched the “Total Reset” series with a Roundtable exploring ambitious, achievable ideas for public and affordable housing in New York. This summer, IPA Fellows respond to the roundtable discussion with housing proposals that connect design, policy, and community engagement.

The residency and installation are located in Broadway Housing Communities’ new affordable housing development in Sugar Hill, designed by architect David Adjaye. More information can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Total Reset
Website: http://totalreset.tumblr.com/
Organizers: Institute for Public Architecture
From: Thu, 26 Jun 2014
Until: Sun, 10 Aug 2014
Venue: The Sugar Hill Project
Address: Saint Nicholas Avenue & West 155th Street, New York, NY 10032,

What Urbanists Can Learn From Low-Income Neighborhoods

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“For the most part, the way urbanists view black neighborhoods (and other low-income neighborhoods and communities of color) are as problems that need to be fixed. At the heart of what I want to say is what can we as urbanists learn from these neighborhoods?” So asks Sara Zewde, a student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and this year’s Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholar, in a fascinating profile on Metropolis Magazine. Read more about Zewde and her work here.

Competition: WHO Headquarters in Geneva

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The World Health Organization (WHO, the Commissioning Organization) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. On 23 June 2014, WHO launched an international, two-stage architectural design competition for the extension and redevelopment of WHO Headquarters in .

French architect Dominique Perrault will preside the jury that also includes Bernard Tschumi, Momoyo KaijimaDiébédo Francis Kéré, and Bernard Kouhry. Registration closes September 19. For complete information, please go to the competition’s official guideline here.

WorldWide Storefront Winners’ Two-Month Program Begins September 19

Winning entry “Circus for Construction” by Ann Lui, Ashley Mendelsohn, Larisa Ovalles, Craig Reschke, and Benjamin Widger. Image Courtesy of

Starting September 19th, the ten winners of WorldWide Storefront (WWSf) – an initiative by Storefront for Art and Architecture to create alternative spaces for the expression/exchange of art/architecture – will open across the globe for the next two months. While one winning proposal invites artists to travel the world on commercial freight ships, another will host exhibits and events out of a traveling semi-truck in the United States. For the full list of winners and more information, click here.

Richard Rogers: “Forget About Greenfield Sites, Build In The Cities”

“London as it could be” / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © RSHP

In an article for The Guardian  questions why, with space still left in urban areas, we should build in the countryside? Lord Rogers, no stranger to political activism, chaired the ’s Urban Task Force in the 1990s, culminating in his report Towards an Urban Renaissance. Now, over fifteen years later, his plea for denser, better designed urban environments has been rekindled as he argues that: “We can’t go on like this. The housing shortage threatens both the economy and our quality of life.” Laying out a clear argument reinforced by his forty years of experience as an architect, you can read his article in full here.

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Building in the Metropolis MX – Gaeta Springall Arquitectos

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From Architecture Forum Aedes. The exhibition “Building in the Metropolis MX” presents selected works from the Mexican studio Gaeta-Springall Architects. In their working process right through to realisation, architectural elements such as form, material and function serve a larger and more complex system: the City. Julio Gaeta, Luby Springall and their team take great care over designing the envelope in order to generate possible interactions through the porosity of the exterior skin. Here they set particular store by intelligent systems and technologies as the longevity and durability of the building lies in its efficiency and sustainability. Gaeta-Springall Architects dedicate themselves to space as an entirety, which they see as the “true stage of life”. For them, “Building in the Metropolis MX” means the linking of architectural, urban and social elements. It is here that they see their everyday work. After curating this year’s Mexican pavilion “Condemned to be modern” at the Venice Biennale, the presentation at Aedes is the second exhibition in Europe for Gaeta-Springall architects, already highly regarded in their home country.

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Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?

Recently Listed: The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners.. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners

In a recent article for The Telegraph Jonathan Ruffer, a hedge fund manager turned campaigner for architectural heritage, discusses the significance of historic buildings in a time when they are “increasingly having to justify itself in the cold light of cost cuts.” The notion of architectural “” covers not only castles and stately homes but increasingly post-war and early contemporary structures. Speaking from a financier’s point of view, Ruffler examines the “gulf” between public and private funding for restorative architectural schemes alongside the difficulty of mobilising large bodies to activate change. Arguing that “heritage has the power to change lives,” the need for people to engage with their built heritage is more important than ever. Read the article in full here.

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Workshop and LEGO Architecture Studio Launch: Villa Pennisi in Musica

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LEGO® Architecture Studio, a new concept of the LEGO Architecture line, makes his appearance in in an innovative context of architecture and music. The LEGO Group chose and the prestigious setting of the Sicilian “Villa Pennisi in Musica” event for the launch of the new set of building blocks.

Villa Pennisi in Musica is an architecture and design-to-build summer school and a classical music masterclass, where young architects will be challenged to design and build and acoustic shell for outdoor chamber music concerts from a pile of uncut wood in less than ten days, and host a concert featuring, among others, world-class conductor Sir Antonio Pappano.

LEGO® Architecture Studio will be used during the workshop to help students and architects ignite their imagination and to explore new ways of designing in LEGO forms. Students will also participate in a unique building competition to create 3D thematic models using the new LEGO Architecture Studio Set.

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Title: Workshop and LEGO Architecture Studio Launch: Villa Pennisi in Musica
Website: http://www.vpmusica.com/en/workshop/
From: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 
Until: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 
Venue: Villa Pennisi
Address: Piazza Agostino Pennisi, 29, 95024 Acireale Catania, Italy

MOMA Announces Barry Bergdoll’s Successor for Chief Curator of Architecture & Design

Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA. Image Courtesy of MoMA

Martino Stierli, a Swiss architecture and art history professor interested in ”how architecture is represented in the media and intersects with art,” has been named Barry Bergdoll’s successor as the chief curator of architecture and design at (MoMA).

In a Press Release, Stierli comments upon his appointment: ”Since its inception, MoMA has presented groundbreaking exhibitions that promote and critically reflect upon modern and contemporary architecture. By continually expanding its comprehensive collection, the Department of Architecture and Design has been pivotal to the preservation of modernism for the future, and to making that heritage accessible to scholars and the broader public alike. I am excited to continue this tradition at MoMA and look forward to working with the Museum’s extraordinary team to contribute to shaping the current discourse on architecture and the city—locally, nationally, and globally.”

He will begin his new role in March 2015. Learn more about Stierli, and how his appointment will influence the MoMA’s exhibitions, at The New York Times’ Arts Beat Blog.

Call for Entries: Ideas to Remember

The series of earthquakes that began on 4 September 2010 altered the landscape and had a huge impact on the people. Now it’s time to create a place to remember.

The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial will honour the lives of those who died in Canterbury’s earthquakes and provide a place for individuals and groups to pay respect. It will acknowledge the shared trauma experienced by the people of Canterbury.

It will also give recognition to the people who participated in the rescue and recovery operation, and provide a special place for holding events, such as the annual memorial gathering on 22 February. Design ideas must be submitted by 12 noon ( Standard Time) on 22 August 2014.

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