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2016 International PUARL Conference

11:08 - 22 August, 2016
2016 International PUARL Conference

With the successful completion of the first three International PUARL Conferences at the University of Oregon in Portland in 2009, 2011, and 2013 (in cooperation with ARUS), and the latest conference carried out in cooperation with PURPLSOC, the "World Conference on Pattern Languages" at the Danube University of Krems in Austria in the summer of 2015, the PUARL Conference Series has reached a new level of interdisciplinary involvement and a new international format and organization. The annual conferences will continue to alternate between Europe and the US covering the large and growing body of work in the emerging discipline of Regenerative Processes in our Urban Environments. We at the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory are therefore pleased to announce the next conference entitled "The Regenerative City."

The Architect’s Newspaper Annual Best of Design Awards

11:27 - 21 August, 2016
The Architect’s Newspaper Annual Best of Design Awards

The Best Of Design Awards is a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements. Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 26 categories.

The BoD jury will judge entries based on several criteria—strength of the presentation, evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, and, most importantly, good design. The Best Of Design Awards is open to U.S. and international architects, but projects submitted must be located within the United States.

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published in a new booklet and will also be featured on our website, where they will reach national and

Archtober 2016 Building of the Day: The Hudson Yards

11:23 - 21 August, 2016
Archtober 2016 Building of the Day: The Hudson Yards, Hudson Yards Related-Oxford
Hudson Yards Related-Oxford

Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the nation’s history. The site itself will include 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space; more than 100 shops and restaurants, including New York City’s first Neiman Marcus and signature restaurants by Chefs Thomas Keller, José Andrés and Costas Spiliadis; approximately 4,000 residences; 14-acres of public open space; a new 750-seat public school and Equinox® branded luxury hotel with more than 200 rooms – all offering unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests. Ten Hudson Yards – home to Coach Inc., L’Oréal USA, SAP, The Boston Consulting Group, VaynerMedia, Intersection and Sidewalk Labs – opened in May 2016.

Spotlight: Eero Saarinen

12:00 - 20 August, 2016
Spotlight: Eero Saarinen, St Louis Gateway Arch. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffnps/5244769090'>Flickr user jeffnps</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
St Louis Gateway Arch. Image © Flickr user jeffnps licensed under CC BY 2.0

Son of pioneering Finnish architect Eliel SaarinenEero Saarinen (August 20, 1910 – September 1, 1961) was not only born on the same day, but carried his father's later rational Art Deco into a neofuturist internationalism, regularly using sweeping curves and abundant glass. Saarinen's simple design motifs allowed him to be incredibly adaptable, turning his talent to furniture design with Charles Eames and producing radically different buildings for different clients. Despite his short career as a result of his young death, Saarinen gained incredible success and plaudits, winning some of the most sought out commissions of the mid-twentieth century.

Spotlight: Eliel Saarinen

08:00 - 20 August, 2016
Spotlight: Eliel Saarinen, Detail from Helsinki Central Station. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/2771369126/'>Flickr user dalbera</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
Detail from Helsinki Central Station. Image © Flickr user dalbera licensed under CC BY 2.0

Though he is now frequently recognized only as the father of EeroEliel Saarinen (August 20, 1873 – July 1, 1950) was an accomplished and style-defining architect in his own right. His pioneering form of stripped down, vernacular Art Nouveau coincided with stirring Finnish nationalism and a corresponding appetite for a romantic national style and consciousness; his Helsinki Central Station became part of Finnish identity along with the Finnish language theaters and literature. Later moving to America, his city planning and Art Deco designs resonated through western cities in the first half of the 20th century.

Encounters in Optimism: Utopia in a Finite World

04:15 - 17 August, 2016
Encounters in Optimism: Utopia in a Finite World, La Chateau de Venise. Image Courtesy of VAi
La Chateau de Venise. Image Courtesy of VAi

In late August, the Flanders Architecture Institute will organise Encounters in Optimism: Utopia in a Finite World, an interactive programme of lectures, debates and workshops that will take place in various national pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The overarching theme is "the architectural utopia in a finite world."

Together with The British Council, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Flanders Architecture Institute has put together a programme for architects, students and the general public to reflect on how architecture can redefine the city. The economic climate and the idea of utopia are the main topics in these discussions.

Duravit Designer Dream Bath Competition

15:34 - 16 August, 2016
Duravit Designer Dream Bath Competition, Make Your Dream Bath A Reality. Image provided by Duravit.
Make Your Dream Bath A Reality. Image provided by Duravit.

Duravit USA is excited to launch its 2016 Designer Dream Bath Competition, which takes on a special meaning this year as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. The fourth annual competition invites designers and architects to re-imagine their own bathroom to feature a range of Duravit's top collections and design solutions: Darling New with the innovative C-Bonded vanity/washbasin, P3 Comforts, Duravit Rimless Toilets, ME by Starck, DuraStyle, Happy D.2, L-Cube, Stonetto, and Light & Mirrors. The winner will receive up to $10,000 in product to help realize their design dreams. For the second time, the competition also features a Built

3rd Architecture Week

10:47 - 16 August, 2016
3rd Architecture Week,  workshop of 3rd Architecture Week
workshop of 3rd Architecture Week

Workshop of the 3rd Architecture Week near zero energy buildings, towards energy communities, set in Barcelona , Spain.

Frank Bros.: The Store That Modernized Modern

10:30 - 16 August, 2016
Frank Bros.: The Store That Modernized Modern

In January 2017, the University Art Museum will open the exhibition Frank Bros.: The Store That Modernized Modern. Long Beach retailer, Frank Bros. Furniture was the primary U.S. source for the most coveted mid-century design at the height of the modernist era, furnishing nearly half of the Case Study Houses for Arts & Architecture Magazine. The store emphasized the principles of aesthetics and functionality in furniture design, and blurred the boundaries between art, design, and commerce with their exhibitions, innovative graphic design, marketing, and public relations.

Qipao Town International Architecture Design Competition

08:30 - 14 August, 2016
Qipao Town International Architecture Design Competition, China Wujiang – Qipao Town International Architecture Design Competition Poster
China Wujiang – Qipao Town International Architecture Design Competition Poster

Wujiang, as part of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, is a world-renowned “Silk Capital” of China, possessing immeasurable cultural power. The Central Government’s promulgation of “One Belt One Road” strategy has offered new opportunities for Wujiang. Added to that the development and construction of the city’s Taihu New City and the conditions are ripe for it to leverage on its cultural heritage such as to enhance its core competitiveness, in keeping with international trends. As such it is necessary to fully expound on Wujiang’s rich silk culture in order to achieve perfect integration of the latter with the New City which symbolizes modern civilization. As an important cultural highlight as well as project landmark in Wujiang’s Taihu New City, Qipao Town looks set to herald a new chapter in the venerable city’s modern development.

Spotlight: Sverre Fehn

08:00 - 14 August, 2016
Spotlight: Sverre Fehn, Nordic Pavilion in Venice. Image ©  Åke E:son Lindman
Nordic Pavilion in Venice. Image © Åke E:son Lindman

1997 Pritzker Prize laureate Sverre Fehn (August 14th 1924 – February 23rd 2009) was a leader in Post World War II Scandinavian architecture. “His work has an intuitive confidence in how to use the Nordic landscape and its particular light conditions within the built culture, and yet throughout his career each period has reflected a refined sensitivity to international changes and attitudes in architecture,” said his close collaborator Per Olaf Fjeld. “It can be compared to a poetic work conceived on an isolated mountain by a writer with an uncanny, intuitive sense of what is going on in the towns below.” [1]

Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

06:00 - 12 August, 2016
Spotlight: Jean Nouvel , One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks
One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks

The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, French architect Jean Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions. The result is a variety of projects that, while strikingly different, always demonstrate a delicate play with light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. It was this diverse approach that led the Pritzker Prize Jury in their citation to characterize Nouvel as primarily "courageous" in his "pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field."

Easter Rising: AA Visiting School to Easter Island

15:09 - 11 August, 2016
Easter Rising: AA Visiting School to Easter Island , EASTER RISING: AA Visiting School to Easter Island
EASTER RISING: AA Visiting School to Easter Island

The 2017 Visiting School to Chile aims at studying from architectural, urban, and territorial perspectives, a series of infrastructures that since the 1960s have been installed in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) because of its extraordinary strategic location in the South Pacific Ocean. In particular, the workshop will focus its attention in the Mataveri Airport which – being the remotest runway in the world – was paved in the 1960s by the United States for the installation of a (currently abandoned) strategic base and extended again by NASA in the 1980s to become emergency landing for space shuttles.

Jill Magid: The Proposal

14:43 - 11 August, 2016
Jill Magid: The Proposal, Jill Magid, The Proposal, 2016. Photo credit: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Stefan Jaeggi. Courtesy the artist, LABOR, Mexico City; RaebervonStenglin, Zurich; Untilthen, Paris.
Jill Magid, The Proposal, 2016. Photo credit: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Stefan Jaeggi. Courtesy the artist, LABOR, Mexico City; RaebervonStenglin, Zurich; Untilthen, Paris.

The Proposal presents the climactic moment within artist Jill Magid's extended, multimedia project The Barragán Archives, which examines the legacy of Mexican architect and Pritzker Prize-winner Luis Barragán (1902–1988). The multi-year project poses piercing, radical, and pragmatic questions about the forms of power, public access, and copyright that construct artistic legacy.

Through this work, Magid asks, “What happens to an artist’s legacy when it is owned by a corporation and subject to a country’s laws where none of his architecture exists? Who can access it? Who can’t?”

In his will, Barragán split his archive into two parts. Along with the vast majority

Spotlight: Peter Eisenman

12:45 - 11 August, 2016
Spotlight: Peter Eisenman, Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/3484952969/in/album-72157617424163114/'>Flickr user OZinOH</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/'>CC BY-NC 2.0</a>
Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © Flickr user OZinOH licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Whether built, written or drawn, the work of renowned architect, theorist and educator Peter Eisenman (born 11th August 1932) is characterized by Deconstructivism, with an interest in signs, symbols and the processes of making meaning always at the foreground. As such, Eisenman has been one of architecture's foremost theorists of recent decades; however he has also at times been a controversial figure in the architectural world, professing a disinterest in more pragmatic concerns such as environmental sustainability.

Passions: International Photography Competition

11:30 - 11 August, 2016
Passions: International Photography Competition, PASSIONS: An International Photography Competition Official Call for Entries
PASSIONS: An International Photography Competition Official Call for Entries

Organized by Magic Always Happens, PASSIONS benefits autism research and action, and is a juried award and exhibit to be shown at Unarthodox in New York City later this year. Drawing from the wildly different interests that captivate us, our passions provide a view into not only how differently each of us can experience the world, but how uniquely we can all craft or change it for the better.

Spotlight: Joshua Prince-Ramus

08:00 - 11 August, 2016
Spotlight: Joshua Prince-Ramus, Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center. Image © Iwan Baan
Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center. Image © Iwan Baan

Joshua Prince-Ramus (born 11th August, 1969) has made a significant mark as one of the most promising young architects working today. Named one of the five greatest architects under 50 in 2011 by The Huffington Post, Prince-Ramus made a name for himself as one of Rem Koolhaas' many protégés before forming his practice, REX, in 2006.

Progeny Exhibition and Events Program

17:35 - 9 August, 2016
Progeny Exhibition and Events Program, Progeny Sound Installation
Progeny Sound Installation

Progeny is an International Collaborative Project, featuring the work of Luke Aaron Clark (UK) and Bryce Hammond (USA). The exhibition focuses on an immersive architectural sound installation modeled after a Langstroth Beehive. There are ten partitions covered in acoustic paneling, with 48 microphones, 9 intelligent microphones and 36 speakers that transmit every single sound originated in the space.