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AIA Celebrates National Architecture Week

08:00 - 12 April, 2016
AIA Celebrates National Architecture Week, Courtesy of The AIA
Courtesy of The AIA

The AIA has kicked off National Architecture week, which will run from April 10-April 16. The week aims to "elevate the public's appreciation of design," while also recognizing those architects who have impacted local communities through design and collaboration. In support of the celebration, the AIA will reveal the winners of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards on April 12.

Spotlight: Jørn Utzon

07:00 - 9 April, 2016
Spotlight: Jørn Utzon, Sydney Opera House. Image © Flickr user lutherankorean licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Sydney Opera House. Image © Flickr user lutherankorean licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Pritzker Prize winning architect Jørn Utzon (9 April 1918 – 29 November 2008) who died in 2008 aged 90, was the relatively unknown Dane who, on the 29th January 1957, was announced as the winner of the "International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney." When speaking about this iconic building, Louis Kahn stated that "The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building." Unfortunately, Utzon never saw the Sydney Opera House, his most popular work, completed.

 

Spotlight: Richard Neutra

12:00 - 8 April, 2016
Spotlight: Richard Neutra, Kaufmann House, 1947. Image via Wikiarquitectura
Kaufmann House, 1947. Image via Wikiarquitectura

Though Modernism is sometimes criticized for imposing universal rules on different people and areas, it was Richard J. Neutra's (April 8, 1892 – April 16, 1970) intense client focus that won him acclaim. His personalized and flexible version of modernism created a series of private homes that were - and still are - highly sought after, making him one of the United States' most significant mid century modernists. His architecture of simple geometry and airy steel and glass became the subject of the iconic photographs of Julius Schulman, and came to stand for an entire era of American design.

Call for Submissions: Open Air Theatre (Sylvan) for Cherkasy City Park

09:30 - 8 April, 2016
Call for Submissions: Open Air Theatre (Sylvan) for Cherkasy City Park



The theatre was built in 1966-67. Now it is an abandoned municipal building. The theatre needs to be reconstructed/rebuilt taking into account current needs of the Cherkasy community. In summer 2015 our local volunteers team voiced the intention for revitalising Sylvan theatre and started a fundraising campaign. Thanks to the city community we have accumulated funds which will be the prize for this competition winner. We also polled participants of the fundraising campaign to discover their preferences for ways of the money application and for the concept of the future theatre. So Cherkasy citizens vote for the architecture projects competition. Requirements for projects are also based on the poll results.

Spotlight: Jean Prouvé

07:00 - 8 April, 2016
Spotlight: Jean Prouvé, One of Jean Prouvé's Demountable Houses on display. Image Courtesy of Forward
One of Jean Prouvé's Demountable Houses on display. Image Courtesy of Forward

A figure whose work blurred the line between the mathematical and the aesthetic, French industrial designer, architect and engineer Jean Prouvé (8 April 1901 - 23 March 1984) is perhaps best remembered for his solid yet nimble furniture designs, as well as his role in the nascent pre-fabricated housing movement. His prowess in metal fabrication inspired the Structural Expressionist movement and helped to usher in the careers of British High-Tech architects Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

Spotlight: Kisho Kurokawa

02:30 - 8 April, 2016
Spotlight: Kisho Kurokawa, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo. Image © Arcspace
Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo. Image © Arcspace

Kisho Kurokawa (April 8th 1934 - October 12th 2007) was one of Japan's leading architects of the 20th century, perhaps most well-known as one of the founders of the Metabolist movement of the 1960s. Throughout the course of his career Kurokawa advocated a philosophical approach to understanding architecture that was manifest in his completed projects throughout his life.

Open Call: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara Pavilion Design Competition 2016

20:33 - 7 April, 2016
Open Call: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara Pavilion Design Competition 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Photo Credit: Stacey Bryant
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Photo Credit: Stacey Bryant

MCASB invites proposals for a large-scale, outdoor, traveling pavilion ​to be built and installed at each site of its new public art program, TakePart/MakeArt. As a central feature of TakePart/MakeArt, the mobile pavilion will be a bold and vibrant beacon for MCASB as it travels through three different communities across Santa Barbara County: Isla Vista, the Westside, and the Waterfront.

Open Call: NAPAVILION 2016

20:25 - 7 April, 2016
Open Call: NAPAVILION 2016, Napavilion Design Competition 2016
Napavilion Design Competition 2016

A “Pavilion” is a space defined specifically for a non-specific purpose. The specificity is the location and non-specificity is its use. A “Pavilion” is also a prototype of tech-crafted tradition and represents a geo-cultural transformation throughout all cultures.

NAPAVILION challenges this typical ideal of a Pavilion by providing specificity in use and non-specificity or adaptability in site. NAPAVILION is a Pavilion for a nap in any location you choose. This can be within your home, backyard, on a tree, by a tree, on top of a hill, at the foot of a hill, by a river, or floating on a river.

Call for Papers: First International Conference on Urban Physics

20:17 - 7 April, 2016
Call for Papers: First International Conference on Urban Physics, First International Conference on Urban Physics, Quito - Galápagos, 25 September - 2 October 2016
First International Conference on Urban Physics, Quito - Galápagos, 25 September - 2 October 2016

The First International Conference on Urban Physics aims to be a founding event for the numerical simulation of cities and megacities, which are facing worldwide critical problems, such as their dual participation - as victims and actors - to the present and upcoming climate changes. The conference will provide an opportunity for scientists from different disciplines (computer graphics, environmental physics, numerical models, renewable energies, urban planning ...) to confront their ideas and methods for the detection and analysis of physical quantities, in order to better manage the development of cities and

Call for Submissions: Radical Innovation Award 2016

20:11 - 7 April, 2016
Call for Submissions: Radical Innovation Award 2016

The John Hardy Group announces the Radical Innovation Award call for entries and 2016 competition details.

Now in its tenth year, Radical Innovation is an incubator led by top hospitality executives and design minds seeking to challenge the hotel industry and elevate guest experience using progressive thinking in design and operations. The Radical Innovation Award invites contestants to submit their ideas for the next big hotel concept and compete for a grand prize including $10,000 to further their concept, as well as chance to have their idea realized.

CIU HABITAT International Academic Competition

12:40 - 7 April, 2016
CIU HABITAT International Academic Competition

CIU HABITAT invites designers to submit proposals that compete for the solution of three real problems of the Ecuadorian popular habitat. Which are: for item 1, human settlements in mangrove ecosystems in the Gulf of Guayaquil; for item 2, the settlements located in areas of vulnerability and risk in the vicinity of the Tungurahua volcano; and item 3, housing solutions in marginal urban settlements with precarious levels in Guayaquil’s Estero Salado.

Call for Case Studies: Energy and Climate Management in Modern Buildings

12:35 - 7 April, 2016
Call for Case Studies: Energy and Climate Management in Modern Buildings

The Getty Conservation Institute's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI) is looking for examples for the second in its "Case Studies from the Field" publication series, entitled "Energy and Climate Management in Modern Buildings".

Spotlight: Léon Krier

08:00 - 7 April, 2016
Spotlight: Léon Krier, Town of Poundbury, England. Image © Andy Spain
Town of Poundbury, England. Image © Andy Spain

One of the most boldly dissenting voices of our time, architectural and urban theorist Léon Krier (born 7 April 1946) has throughout his career rejected the commonly accepted practices of Modernist Urbanism, and helped to shape ideals of the New Urbanism movement. Through his publications and city designs, Krier has changed the discourse of what makes a city successful and returned importance to the concept of community.

Open Call: Women and Family Complex Facility

09:35 - 6 April, 2016
Open Call: Women and Family Complex Facility

Seoul Metropolitan City executes a design contest targeting native and foreign experts in order to construct a women and family complex facility, ‘Space Salim’, at Dongjak-gu Daebang-dong 340-3 and three lots near Dongjak-gu Daebang Station (near Daebang Station exit 2 and 3, total area 8,874.8㎡).

Call for Entries: Only a Box – La Città Nuda (The Naked City)

09:30 - 6 April, 2016
Call for Entries: Only a Box – La Città Nuda (The Naked City)

After the successful past Editions La Città Nuda The Naked City presents, in collaboration with Moso International e TAG Talent Garden Torino, the new international contest focalised on the "architecture in a box". This edition, organized by the Architects Giulia Desogus, Valerio Fogliati and Ambra Seghesio, will take place in Turin, in the neighbourhood Porta Palazzo.

Gus Wüstemann Architects - TOTAL RECALL

16:27 - 5 April, 2016
Gus Wüstemann Architects - TOTAL RECALL, Musée Wien Neu à Vienne © Gus Wüstemann Architects
Musée Wien Neu à Vienne © Gus Wüstemann Architects

TOTAL RECALL
is a reference to see and feel what there really is, a sudden clearness, independent of program, with no hierarchy nor status, just a hint of cultural context, like a ruin in a landscape.

The studio gus wüstemann architects was founded 1997 in Zurich and in 2004 opened a second office in Barcelona. Gus graduated at the ETH Zurich and has lived and worked in Australia, India, England and the USA. He is co-founder and curator of catalan-architects. gus wüstemann architects work on all aspects and programs in architecture and urban design. They are working on new typologies and morphologies of housing and in their latest international competition for the Wien Museum Neu they came 8th place.

Living Small: Ideas for Living in the City

16:18 - 5 April, 2016
Living Small: Ideas for Living in the City, Living Small Exhibit graphic by Leah Vendl
Living Small Exhibit graphic by Leah Vendl

As Seattle grows, how can housing design keep pace with the evolving ways we are living in cities? Is small housing a viable option? Can smaller spaces make for better living? This exhibit by 2015 Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship Recipient Garrett Reynolds, explores micro-living spaces in dense urban environments in Copenhagen, New York, Stockholm, and Tokyo.

Urban Housing Forum: Room for Growth

16:16 - 5 April, 2016
Urban Housing Forum: Room for Growth, 2016 Urban Housing Forum graphic by Leah Vendl
2016 Urban Housing Forum graphic by Leah Vendl

The Urban Housing Forum will examine how housing design and policy can serve as catalyst for livability and quality of place in an increasingly dense city. The full day program will include presentations on innovative projects, regulatory and development strategies and an investigation into housing’s unique and significant role in shaping individual lives, a sense of community and the overall design of a city as well as a panel on “What Will Make Seattle a Model City?”. In addition, our keynote speaker will be David Baker FAIA, LEED AP of David Baker Architects.