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Obama Awards Everett Fly with National Humanities Medal

US President Barack Obama has awarded San Antonio architect and landscape architect Everett Fly with the 2014 National Humanities Medal. Harvard GSD's first African-American graduate, Fly is being recognized for his work in "preserving the integrity of African-American places and landmarks." 

Eastside Uprising: The Architects Shaping the Big, New Burnside Bridgehead

Design Week Portland and the University of Oregon John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape with Portland Monthly present an October 12, 2015 evening of discussion about architecture and the east side’s future with architects and principal designers of the Burnside Bridgehead.

It’s been decades since Portland has seen such an architecturally dramatic reshaping of three contiguous, more visible city blocks as what is taking place at E. Burnside and NE Grand Avenue—the Burnside Bridgehead. Designed by Skylab Architecture, Works Partnership, and Guerilla Development, the three buildings—Block 67, Block 75, and the “Fair-Haired Dumbbell”—may not be large (21, 9, and

Rafael Viñoly to Add World's Largest Green Roof to Former Shopping Mall in California

Rafael Viñoly and OLIN have unveiled plans to transform Cupertino's Vallco Shopping Mall into a new mixed-use neighborhood that boasts the "world's largest green roof." The current plans call for a 15-block sustainable town center with 625,000-square-feet of retail, two-million-square-feet of office space and 800 residential units. All this, if approved, would be topped by a 30 acre public green space with a 3.8 mile trail network that runs through orchards, vineyards, an amphitheater and play areas.

Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Named "Project of the Year"

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building at Florida Polytechnic University has picked up another award, this time being named "Project of the Year" by Engineering News-Record. The "centerpiece" of the new Floridian university, which was also masterplanned by Calatrava, the 162,000-square-foot building was recently awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by the AISC. 

“Educating, particularly young people, is one of the most noble tasks that exist,” said Calatrava in response to the award. “The Innovation, Science and Technology Building aims to be itself a tool to achieve the highest level of education for young people. 

Lecture: Out of Shadows: Darkness in a New Light

Juxtaposing lightness and darkness, architectural lighting design draws powerful, personal spaces out of the shadows.

During his lecture "Out of Shadows: darkness in a new light," Abhay Wadhwa of AWA Lighting Designers will explore our psychological, philosophical, and cultural relationship to light.

Lecture: Sergei Tchoban: Drawing a Museum of Drawings at the Cornell University

Sergei Tchoban was invited by the Architecture Art Planing at the Cornell University to give a talk about his passion for drawing, what is architectural drawing today and about his beautiful historical drawings that he has collected for his museum in Berlin. He will also discuss the development of the Museum for Architectural Drawing, its realization as a building and his choice in the collection.

Exhibition Opening: Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge

Please join us for the exhibition opening of Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge, and a conversation with author and curator Robert Sullivan, and photographer Elizabeth Felicella. The two will engage in a wide-ranging discussion on the collaborative panorama exploring the past and future of New York City's expansive waterfront.

Compact Modern Duo / The Raleigh Architecture Co.

  • Architects: The Raleigh Architecture Co.
  • Location: East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
  • Architects in Charge: Robby Johnston, AIA; Craig Kerins AIA
  • General Contractor: The Raleigh Construction Co.
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Raymond Goodmon

© Raymond Goodmon © Raymond Goodmon © Raymond Goodmon © Raymond Goodmon

PCH International Innovation Hub / ChrDAUER Architects

© Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed

Symposium: Extreme Heat: Hot Cities - Adapting to a Hotter World

“Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapting to a Hotter World” is a unique, day-long symposium. A broad constituency involved in building and urban design, science, research, policy, innovation, mitigation, and adaptation will come together to discuss how to address this growing risk through planning, design, and construction.

“Extreme Heat” invites architects and landscape architects, planners, engineers, and allied professionals, government, foundations, scientists, researchers, and students – in fact, all interested stakeholders – to discuss essential information and insights. The symposium will cover topics ranging from urban climatology to building materials, case studies, and recommendations for the future. It will revisit prior extreme heat events such as the 1995 Chicago and 2003 Paris category-defining heat waves, and what has changed since then.

Liquid Happening: A Living Architecture Ball

Aboard a private yacht, this event will break traditional molds of evening public lectures that promote excellence, diversity, as well as engaging the public about the impact and relevance of architecture, good design including providing continuing education. Attendees and guests will come out reenergized, as they mingle, tour Chicago through Lake Michigan and Chicago River in a private yacht, and engage in dialogue with Keynote Speaker, Dr Rachel Armstrong. The evening's topic centers on an ecological age of design and construction that seeks to develop new ways of choreographing space by working along with natural systems. The black-tie and tie-dyed evening cruise will culminate at the rooftop of a secret high rise building location (to be revealed on the day of the event) for a viewing of the Living Ball installation of the Leapfrog Project.

Yulman Stadium at Tulane University / Gould Evans

  • Architects: Gould Evans
  • Location: Ben Weiner Drive, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
  • Area: 20000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith, Cory Fontenot

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith

Event: "Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless - with Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Yoshifumi Nakamura"

The Japan Foundation, New York and The New School’s Parsons School of Design, Design Studies and Industrial Design programs present “Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless ‐ with Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Yoshifumi Nakamura.” Hiroshi Kashiwagi, professor at Musashino Art University and architect/ furniture designer Yoshifumi Nakamura will each discuss the evolution, distinguishing characteristics, and current state of Japanese design today.

NewSchool Architectural Symposium

Architecture academics and professionals are invited to a free conference. The focus will be on computational processes in the modern practice of architecture and design and how digital technologies are shaping the practice of architecture and its allied disciplines. The conference will feature an exciting speakers list and discussion sessions.

Chicago Architecture Club Announces 2015 Burnham Prize Competition: Currencies of Architecture

UPDATE: The deadline for submissions for the Burnham Prize has been extended to September 7th, 2015 with the announcement of the winning entries to occur on September 30th, 2015. In addition, student entry fees have been reduced to $25.00.

Affiliated with this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Chicago Architectural Club has announced the 2015 Burnham Prize Competition: Currencies of Architecture. This year’s Burnham Prize was inspired by the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s title, “The State of the Art of Architecture,” and explores the question: what is the state of the art of architecture today? Entrants are challenged to create a single image that exemplifies a point of view on the current state of architecture – whether it is a celebration, a challenge, a statement or anything else.

Search Ends for Solution to Museum Tower's Glare Problems at Nasher Sculpture Center

Back in 2012, a dispute arose between the Renzo Piano-designed Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the adjacent Museum Tower, a 42-story residential building which was accused of reflecting so much glare through the museum's glass roof that it risked damaging the art inside, and made the museum's garden areas so warm they were unusable. Last week, that 3-year long dispute appears to have been brought to a close - with nothing happening, as the owners of the Museum Tower, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP), voted nearly unanimously that it is no longer their responsibility to find a solution.