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Film Screening: The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat

Join us for another portrayal of one of America’s greatest architects: Richard Neutra. The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat explores how Neutra, considered the “father of California Modern architecture,” came to befriend this modest small-town family and how he was inspired by the site’s stunning desert setting, which Neutra compared with the grandness of the mystical Gobi Desert.

Call for Applications: The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites applications for the 2016-2017 Tyson Scholars of American Art Program. The residential program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art, visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present. To support their research, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Housing is provided at the Crystal Bridges Farmhouse, within easy walking distance from the Museum via wooded trails and approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Bentonville. It features comfortable indoor and outdoor common spaces including an expansive yard, patio and swimming pool; scholars have private bed and bath rooms.

Is "Advocacy" the Most Influential Instrument in the Architect's Toolbox?

If Lord Foster—perhaps one of the greatest architects of our time—feels as though he has "no power as an architect, none whatsoever," people tend to take notice. His support, thoughts and opinions, he tells The Observer's Rowan Moore, are his most influential tools: "advocacy, he says, is the only power an architect ever has." Their conversation, held ahead of the Urban Age Global Debates which are currently taking place in London, also touches upon the importance of infrastructure, the social role of the architect, and the growing—if not undervalued—urgency to readdress sustainability within the profession.

Open Call: Transform Abandoned Lighthouses into Tourist Accommodations

Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has launched their latest competition, asking international designers to imagine a new future for abandoned Italian lighthouses by transforming them into tourism facilities.

Call for Entries: Superscape 2016 - Future Urban Living

The Superscape 2016 title Future Urban Living – Functional Reduction with Maximum Space Gain opens a field for visionary design suggestions and space concepts which focus on building the urban residential space of the future. Innovative solutions are sought, combining high-quality residences with great space efficiency and the greatest functional flexibility possible. In this context, the changing needs and requirements of urban dwellers for their residences during the next 50 years shall be taken into consideration. The goal is to formulate forward-thinking concepts, to question familiar residential patterns and to risk experiments in design, but also to consider their feasibility, and to check the possibility of realising them within existing building substance and existing urban structures. Furthermore, the subject is highly relevant with regard to increasing mobility and urban traffic flow within the context of urban planning.

Call for Applications: Space for Future Education Workshop in Russia

Contemporary education is changing rapidly and is evolving in response to the changing demands of society and technology development. The classical model where a professor stands at a lecturing desk and students sit in the auditorium has lost its relevance. New educational technologies are calling for a new approach to classroom setup and modern architecture has to come up with an adequate response.

Call for Entries: 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition

Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission are proud to announce the 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Call for Entries. Now in its 23rd year, the contest is open to North American architects and designers who use Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential and commercial/hospitality spaces. From corporate headquarters with ventilated porcelain facades and hospitals utilizing antibacterial ceramic floors to summer homes using decorative ceramics, Ceramics of Italy is looking for all types of inspiring projects featuring Italian ceramics.

Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $4,000 and a

Footpath Guides Books Launch

Curiously enough, there has never been an accessible guide to the exceptional architecture of the world’s most liveable city. And certainly not a guide you can take with you as you wander Melbourne’s streets and pathways. The Footpath Guides explore the buildings that make a city like Melbourne what it is today: an eclectic mixture of eras, style and design that creates its essential character and living environment.

Footpath Guides feature clear maps, concise descriptions and accurate illustrations, showcasing notable examples from each architectural era, spanning the 1850s to the 1970s. The Guides are playful, timeless and informative. Meticulously designed in

Saint Gobain & The Economic Times Smart Green Summit & Awards

The Smart Green Summit is a part of Saint-Gobain’s, ‘Shaping the future’ initiative, presented in partnership with The Economic Times. The summit focuses on bringing to lime light, the innovative initiatives in the area of Sustainable Habitat by recognizing the people or organizations behind them.

The event is a one of a kind platform that brings together all the stakeholders in the building and construction industry under one roof - the government, architects, builders, corporate houses and thought leaders and industry bodies who have worked or are contributing to a sustainable habitat through innovation and enormous effort.

PUBLIC Platform | What's Your Big Idea ?

In 2016 PUBLIC ideas go into action with FORM’s PUBLIC Platform taking creativity for the common good out into the streets and laneways. PUBLIC Platform invites you – the diverse creative minds from all parts of our community – to create installations and activation prototypes to enliven Claremont town centre during PUBLIC’s annual takeover on 2 & 3 April. Prototypes for citizens and by citizens will reimagine our public spaces and activities, and engage the public to participate, explore and play in their own city. Your big idea could bring our streets to life. Entries are due by January

LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum 2016 - Call for Posters

Individuals or groups of people are invited to submit a poster to be presented at the 2016 LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum in Paphos, Cyprus 16th - 20th of March 2016, hosted by Neapolis University. The call is addressed to Forum participants. The project presented on your poster may relate to Practice, Research or Education. Contributions from a variety of disciplines are welcome as well as student projects.


Five New Partners Appointed in Rogers Stirk Harbour as Mike Davies Steps Down

London-based practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) have announced the elevation of five associates to partner level while Mike Davies CBE, who has worked alongside Lord Rogers for more than forty years, will be reducing his roles. Davies has been involved in some of the practice's most significant projects including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Lloyd's of London, the Millennium Dome, and Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport. As a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Davies is currently the project director for Grand Paris, the masterplan for Greater Paris 2025 which was commissioned by former President Nicolas Sarkozy. According to RSHP, Davies "will remain employed in a part-time role."

Webinar: Energizing Heritage Conservation with ARCHICAD Point Clouds and BIM

The challenge: to produce set of HABS (Historic American Building Survey) drawings for the Library of Congress for the Arizona State Fairgrounds Grandstand Building, a 1938 WPA project.

Please join our webinar where Philip Allsopp, Senior Sustainability Scientist and Adjunct Professor with the Julie Ann Wrigley, Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, will present a fascinating case study about the groundbreaking use of 3D laser survey and point clouds with ARCHICAD 19.

Phil and his team needed to produce a special set of as-built record drawings, known as HABS drawings for the Library of Congress. Estimates suggested the measuring alone

Open Call: International Sustainable Waterfront Design Competition (ISWDC 2016)

We are pleased to announce International Sustainable Waterfront Design Competition (ISWDC 2016). The competition is a partnership and cooperation between universities and design firms. The program is intended to engage students or experienced designers, working individually or in teams to paying more attentions on our waterfront environment with sustainable methods, using renewable resources, offering appropriate technology and construction, improving healthy life styles and working environments. This competition aims to promote the design ability of international students of architecture, landscape or urban planning, and stimulate their enthusiasm and competition sense. We would also like to encourage and train outstanding architects with

Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas

With the extensive list of acclaimed alumni of his firm, OMA, it is not a stretch to call Rem Koolhaas (born 17 November 1944) the godfather of contemporary architecture. Equal parts theorist and designer, over his 40 year career Koolhaas has revolutionized the way architects look at program and interaction of space, and today continues to design buildings that push the capabilities of architecture to new places.

Should the Ukrainian Capital "Erase its Soviet Past or Learn to Live With History?"

In a 'long view' piece for The Calvert Journal, Owen Hatherley tackles one of the most pressing cultural questions facing many former Soviet countries: should the Ukrainian capital of Kiev (or Kyiv) erase its Soviet past or learn to live with history? For a city which saw a popular revolution against "a grotesquely wealthy elite" last year, Kiev is developing a flourishing independent cultural scene. In this article Hatherley, who has taken part in the city's 2015 art biennial, expertly narrates the city's Soviet, post-Soviet and contemporary "oligarch-funded" architecture to ask: "if Soviet Ukraine can’t be wished away, what should be conserved, and what should be rejected?"

Call for Entries: Tainan Public Library Design Competition

The Tainan City Government in Taiwan has launched an international design competition for its Tainan Public Library Project, a key factor in the cultural development of Tainan.

Stories - Guillermo Srodek-Hart at Architekturgalerie München

The stunning images in this collection by Argentinian photographer Guillermo Srodek-Hart tell captivating stories of the country’s rural commercial establishments. Located in the rural areas outside of bustling Buenos Aires, the commercial establishments—butcheries, bakeries, bars, repair shops, garages, dry cleaners—depicted in this collection by photographer Guillermo Srodek-Hart appear steeped in history, and are packed with details dripping with color. Throughout the collection hangs an air of abandonment, of time passing, or perhaps stopping. Whether or not that is true, Srodek-Hart has memorialized a culture worlds apart from the city that lies a short distance away. TThe exhibit at Architekturgalerie Munich, supported by Prestel Verlag and Kuckei + Kuckei Galerie Berlin, shows a selction of his works recently published in his book “Stories”, Prestel Verlag, with a foreword by Anne Tucker.