Spotlight: Robert A.M. Stern

08:00 - 23 May, 2016
Spotlight: Robert A.M. Stern, Tour Carpe Diem. Image © Peter Aaron / OTTO
Tour Carpe Diem. Image © Peter Aaron / OTTO

As founder of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Dean of the Yale School of ArchitectureRobert A.M. Stern is a self-proclaimed modern traditionalist – and no, in his eyes, that is not an oxymoron. When asked about the seeming contradiction in a PBS documentary, he replies by musing, "Can one speak the local languages of architecture in a fresh way?"

Spotlight: Marcel Breuer

08:00 - 22 May, 2016
Spotlight: Marcel Breuer , St John's Abbey, Minnesota,1961. Image © Flickr user janmikeuy licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
St John's Abbey, Minnesota,1961. Image © Flickr user janmikeuy licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Known as Lajkó to his friends, Marcel Lajos Breuer (21 May 1902 – 1 July 1981) helped define first the interior contents, then the form, of the modernist house for millions; his influential approach to housing was one of the first to demonstrate modernism on a domestic, practical level. Beginning as a furniture designer at the height of Bauhaus, Breuer was hailed as one of the most innovative designers working in the 1930s, before moving to architecture and helping define the modernist vernacular—most notably as one of America's foremost Brutalist architects.

Open Call: EFFIX Pavilion

05:45 - 20 May, 2016
Open Call: EFFIX Pavilion, EFFIX Pavilion Contest for the Sea Garden in Varna
EFFIX Pavilion Contest for the Sea Garden in Varna

Devnya Cement AD, a member of Italcementi Group, and Varna Design Forum invite all students of architecture and design, and all young professionals up to 35 years old from all over the world to participate in the international contest for conceptual design of a small trading pavilion, to be situated in the Seaside Park in the city of Varna. The goal is to enrich the urban design of Varna through the realization of a contemporary and inspiring concept for a trading pavilion constructed with the innovative materials of Italcementi Group. The contest will finish with the announcement of a winner selected by a five-member Jury Panel. The winner will be awarded with monetary prize, visit to the "i.lab" research center in Italy and realization of their project as a real-size prototype.

National Museum Complex Master Plan of Administrative City in Korea

05:30 - 20 May, 2016
National Museum Complex Master Plan of Administrative City in Korea

The objective of this competition is to select the appropriate master plan proposal for National Museum Complex (NMC) to realize cultural base that is the spatial core of the Administrative City. This competition is an open international competition for all professionals and consists of two stages. In the stage one(1) of the competition, conceptual land use plan on the whole project site (190,000m2) and conceptual master plan on the project area (75,000m2) of the 1st phase of NMC project are reviewed. Entries of the stage two of the competition are limited to winners of the stage one.

Call for Entries: Tri An Monument

05:15 - 20 May, 2016
Call for Entries: Tri An Monument, A Competition for a Project to be Built
A Competition for a Project to be Built

The overriding purpose of this proposed monument is to honor and express deep gratitude for the millions of Americans and Vietnamese who fought side-by-side to stop communist aggression and give the South Vietnamese people a chance to live in freedom. To give meaning to this difficult struggle, it is important for many of the Vietnamese people who fled their country and escaped communist persecution, to show their appreciation to those that helped them during and after the war.

Winners of Wienerberger Brick Award Announced

18:08 - 18 May, 2016
Winners of Wienerberger Brick Award Announced, MarÌlia, São Paulo, Brazil by Super Limão. Image © Maira Acayaba
MarÌlia, São Paulo, Brazil by Super Limão. Image © Maira Acayaba

The Wienerberger Brick Award has offered a unique platform for the recognition of outstanding brick architecture of international quality since 2004. The award comprises 5 different categories, which may change depending on trends and current topics.

Call for Entries: Flexible Housing – Society

16:30 - 18 May, 2016
Call for Entries: Flexible Housing – Society

How is it possible to live in a society where changes occur in a fast and simultaneous way? These changes produce new family structures whose temporariness can change several times throughout the life cycle of a person. Therefore, currently there is no single housing prototype associated with a homogeneous sample of similar individuals who live in the same family structures.

It’s LIQUID – Experimental Art Architecture and Design Festival

16:15 - 18 May, 2016
It’s LIQUID – Experimental Art Architecture and Design Festival

It’s LIQUID Group, in collaboration with International ArtExpo, is selecting all interesting video art and performance art works, architectural and design’s projects to include in the next 2016 festival. During the event an amazing programme of video art screenings, live performances, architectural, design projects and installation/sculpture will be presented. Artists, filmmakers, video makers, associate groups and studios, performers, architects and designers are invited to submit their works of video art, performance art, installation/sculpture and their architectural and design projects.

Monocle 24's The Urbanist: Live (2016)

16:00 - 18 May, 2016
Monocle 24's The Urbanist: Live (2016), The Urbanist LIVE - Monocle
The Urbanist LIVE - Monocle

Join us for this special live episode of The Urbanist at our Marylebone HQ, where Monocle editor Andrew Tuck hands over the floor to city-planners, policy-makers and urban leaders to discuss how to build a better London. How would you ​fix the capital? We’ll look at transport, culture, housing, business, the night-time economy and much more. Be part of the debate following the election of the city’s new mayor.

Spotlight: Walter Gropius

11:30 - 18 May, 2016
Spotlight: Walter Gropius, Bauhaus, 1925. Image © Thomas Lewandovski
Bauhaus, 1925. Image © Thomas Lewandovski

One of the most highly regarded architects of the 20th century, Walter Gropius (18 May 1883 – 5 July 1969) was one of the founding fathers of Modernism, and the founder of the Bauhaus, the German "School of Building" that embraced elements of art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography in its design, development and production.

The Architecture Foundation Masterclass

20:55 - 13 May, 2016
The Architecture Foundation Masterclass

The Architecture Foundation is inviting applications to join a masterclass, which will be staged in the James Stirling-designed Florey Building at The Queen’s College, Oxford. Six studios will consider the typology of the university, through the development of a speculative design over the course of four days (Thursday September 8th-Sunday September 11th). The studio leaders will present lectures over the course of the masterclass while the Drawing Matter Foundation will stage an exhibition drawn from its holdings of 1960’s architectural drawings. On the evening of September 12th, the studios will present their projects at a public event at London’s Barbican Arts Centre.

Open Call: Tverskaya Streetscape Concept Design

16:30 - 13 May, 2016
Open Call: Tverskaya Streetscape Concept Design

Strelka KB announces the launch of an Open International Competition for Tverskaya Streetscape Concept Design. The design project covers Tverskaya Street (from Pushkinskaya Square to Triumfalnaya Square) and 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street in Moscow. The competition is aimed to attract young and emerging architects for the projects on the renovation of urban territories as a part of “My Street” programme. The winner will be announced on the 7th of July 2016.

Structures of Spontaneous Architecture in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro by Patricia Parinejad

18:00 - 12 May, 2016
Structures of Spontaneous Architecture in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro by Patricia Parinejad, © Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

FAVELAS, named after the Brazilian creeping plant ’favela’ have existed in Brazil since the late 19th century. Wretched areas of closely packed dwellings were planted in the cities, on the outskirts of the cities, and continued to spread rampantly, growing out of all control. The problem became worse around 1950 when the industrialization of Brazil led to mass migration from rural areas to the big cities. At first the municipal administration tried to resolve this problem by building social housing. Some of the favelas were bulldozed and their inhabitants were forced to resettle elsewhere. But areas of informal settlements have continued to grow. According to the Secretaria Municipal de Habitação the slum’s residents are already 22% of the population in Rio.

Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind

12:00 - 12 May, 2016
Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind, Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht
Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht

In the architecture world, few designers can claim to have a more clearly-defined style than Daniel Libeskind (born May 12, 1946). Much of Libeskind's work is instantly recognizable for its angular forms, intersecting planes, and frequent use of diagonally-sliced windows, a style that he has used to great effect in museums and memorials - but which seems equally adaptable to conference centers, skyscrapers and shopping malls.

2016 A’ Design Award Winners Announced

11:57 - 11 May, 2016
2016 A’ Design Award Winners Announced, One Main / Raphael Crespin, dECOi architects, Mark Goulthorpe / Platinum A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016. Image © dECOi architects & Anton Grassl
One Main / Raphael Crespin, dECOi architects, Mark Goulthorpe / Platinum A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016. Image © dECOi architects & Anton Grassl

A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest and most diffused international design awards, has announced the results of the 2015 - 2016 design competition: 1,276 winners from 88 countries in 93 different design disciplines including arts, architecture, design, engineering and innovation. Entries were carefully evaluated by an 83-person jury, composed of established scholars, prominent press members, creative design professionals and experienced entrepreneurs.

“Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement” at Fondazione Prada's Venetian Venue

11:30 - 11 May, 2016
“Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement” at Fondazione Prada's Venetian Venue, Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement: an Experimental Media Research Facility at Fondazione Prada in Venice. Photo by Jacopo Farina
Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement: an Experimental Media Research Facility at Fondazione Prada in Venice. Photo by Jacopo Farina

“Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement” is an upcoming, pioneering project on contemporary image production. Conceived and designed by independent architect Luigi Alberto Cippini and developed in collaboration with film director Giovanni Fantoni Modena, “Belligerent Eyes” sets itself as an experimental media research facility geared in the spaces of Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue, Ca’ Corner della Regina.

With “Belligerent Eyes” Fondazione Prada, restlessly searching for new grounds of confrontation on cinema and visual languages, experiments with new forms of collaboration, analysis and research. “Belligerent Eyes” was born out the Fondazione’s will to create a reciprocally stimulating exchange with younger generations working in

At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow

18:00 - 10 May, 2016
At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow

At Home in Britain re-examines how we live and speculates on the future of housing in Britain. Taking the cottage, the terraced house and the flat as a starting point and using RIBA Collections as stimulus, six newly commissioned works from contemporary architecture practices Jamie Fobert Architects, Mae, Maison Edouard François, Mecanoo, Studio Weave and vPPR transform these three familiar housing types to reflect the way we live and work in the 21st century.

The season will be accompanied by a three- part BBC4 television series, presented by Dan Cruickshank, looking at the history of the cottage, terrace and flat.

Starter Home on a Shoestring

15:30 - 10 May, 2016
Starter Home on a Shoestring

This is the fourth year of the various 'shoestring' design idea competitions. This year we are seeking innovative ideas for a flexible low cost Starter Home (a 65 sq m + home that can be built for £50k or less). The judges include a string of TV celebrities (Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs, George Clarke from Amazing Spaces and Charlie Luxton from Building the Dream, plus others). There is a £5,000 prize fund, and the top entries will be displayed at Grand Designs Live in October.