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Spotlight: Peter Zumthor

02:30 - 26 April, 2016
Spotlight: Peter Zumthor, The Therme Vals. Image © Flickr user rowenaoscura licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Therme Vals. Image © Flickr user rowenaoscura licensed under CC BY 2.0

Known for his sensuous materiality and attention to place, 2009 Pritzker Laureate Peter Zumthor (born April 26, 1943) is one the most revered architects of the 21st century. Shooting to fame on the back of The Therme Vals and Kunsthaus Bregenz, completed just a year apart in 1996 and 1997, his work privileges the experiential qualities of individual buildings over the technological, cultural and theoretical focus often favored by his contemporaries.

Family Design Day: Playscapes

18:42 - 25 April, 2016
Family Design Day: Playscapes, Image: The Pulse Park, Denmark, CEBRA. Photo by Mikkel Frost.
Image: The Pulse Park, Denmark, CEBRA. Photo by Mikkel Frost.

Playgrounds are spaces where children and adults can have fun together. They also play an important role in the development of social and problem-solving skills. Explore the way playground design can improve the quality of life for children and families through a tour of the exhibition Extraordinary Playscapes and then design and build the perfect playscape for your neighborhood.

This program is in partnership with Design Museum Boston.

Biennale i2a

18:38 - 25 April, 2016
Biennale i2a, Biennale i2a_manifesto
Biennale i2a_manifesto

The first i2a Biennale will focus on the important territorial transformations currently underway in Switzerland, with more than 20 invited experts from various disciplines participating in a series of encounters and debates. The 3-day event aims to stimulate a dialogue between insiders and citizens, in order to place the transformations of the Swiss territory within a historical, social and political context.

Guests
Hans-Georg Bächtold . Cristina Bianchetti . Francesco Buzzi . Sandro Cattacin . Kees Christiaanse . Pierre Dessemontet . Andrea Felicioni . Martin Heller . Marco Hubeli . Yvette Jaggi . Hubert Klumpner . Maria Lezzi . Sébastien Marot

Extraordinary Playscapes

18:34 - 25 April, 2016
Extraordinary Playscapes, Image: The Pulse Park, Denmark, CEBRA. Photo by Mikkel Frost .
Image: The Pulse Park, Denmark, CEBRA. Photo by Mikkel Frost .

By examining the history and science of play—including 40 notable examples of playground design by international leading experts—this exhibition will explore how designers translate play objectives into innovative environments. Curated by Design Museum Boston, the exhibition highlights include public programs with playscape design experts, workshops for adults and children, and a Playground Passport that will promote play spaces in the neighborhoods of Boston.

Bespoke Access Design Awards Competition

18:10 - 25 April, 2016
Bespoke Access Design Awards Competition

The Bespoke* Access Awards 2016 is an international design competition, which seeks original ideas to improve access and provide an enhanced experience for hotel guests, particularly for those with disabilities. Peers in the UK House of Lords initiated the competition. It aims to employ good design to re-imagine the welcome that hotels extend to guests with physical disabilities and learning difficulties, with the aim of making the hotel experience more joyful and inclusive. The scope of the competition is wide-ranging. It seeks to reward the most creative and original ideas in architecture, interior design, product design and service design.

Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World

18:00 - 25 April, 2016
Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World, Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World by Christopher Beanland.  Published by Taylor & Francis
Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World by Christopher Beanland. Published by Taylor & Francis

Author of "ConcreteConcept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World" Christopher Beanland will take us on a journey through some of the most iconic as well as some of the unknown treasures of Brutalist architecture around the world. Why were they built, what do they mean and how are they seen today? Are some of the things we'll get to find out about some of the Brutalist Beasts featured inside Beanland's new book. 

Solar Powered Shelter(s) Design Competition

10:45 - 25 April, 2016
Solar Powered Shelter(s) Design Competition

Concordia University’s CoLLaboratoire invites young creative practitioners, be they students or recent graduates, to consider the role of public art and design in increasing awareness of, and engagement in, issues around climate change at the local level. This design competition is part of a series of activities conducted by the Montreal-based not-for-profit CoLLaboratoire initiative, whose main objective is the realization of a series of art-based interactive installations that address some critical theme of sustainable living in the city.

Call for Entries: Make Buildings Better competition

10:30 - 25 April, 2016
Call for Entries: Make Buildings Better competition

If we are to prevent catastrophic global warming, buildings need to perform better. BSRIA and Designing Buildings Wiki are running an ideas competition to improve the performance of buildings in use. The competition is very simple to enter. You don’t need to write an essay, we are just looking for ideas, which might only take a paragraph, or even a sentence to explain. The more innovative and far-reaching the idea the better.

Call for Entries: How To Architecture!

10:15 - 25 April, 2016
Call for Entries: How To Architecture!, HOW TO ARCHITECTURE!
HOW TO ARCHITECTURE!

How To Architecture! is a design competition which invites students to reflect on contemporary culture and to do it with architecture. Leafing through headlines, lists, captions, zooming in and out of feeds, bold fonts, and articles made of images: we participate in the age of the listicle. Culture flashes before us—an extension of ourselves: the superabundant reel. As the cycle of consumption whirs on, architecture still stands. What does architecture say; how does it feed you? Tell us what you think! Tell us

Spotlight: William Pereira

08:00 - 25 April, 2016
Spotlight: William Pereira, Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley
Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley

Winner of the 1942 Acadamy Award for Best Special Effects, William Pereira (April 25, 1909 – November 13, 1985) also designed some of America's most iconic examples of futurist architecture, with his heavy stripped down functionalism becoming the symbol of many US institutions and cities. Working with his more prolific film-maker brother Hal Pereira, William Pereira's talent as an art director translated into a long and prestigious career creating striking and idiosyncratic buildings across the West Coast of America.

Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference

16:00 - 23 April, 2016
Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference

The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, June 7–11. Please submit an abstract no later than June 6, 2016, to one of the 32 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the open sessions. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.

Spotlight: James Stirling

06:00 - 22 April, 2016
Spotlight: James Stirling, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany (1977–1984), 1984. Alastair Hunter, photographer. . Image Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany (1977–1984), 1984. Alastair Hunter, photographer. . Image Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture

British architect and Pritzker Laureate Sir James Stirling (22 April 1926 – 25 June 1992) grew up in Liverpool, one of the two industrial powerhouses of the British North West, and began his career subverting the compositional and theoretical ideas behind the Modern Movement. Citing a wide-range of influences - from Colin Rowe, a forefather of Contextualism, to Le Corbusier, and from architects of the Italian Renaissance to the Russian Constructivist movement - Stirling forged a unique set of architectural beliefs that manifest themselves in his works. Indeed, his architecture, commonly described as "non-comformist", consistently caused annoyance in conventional circles.

Discovering Design: Legends of New York City Design and Architecture

17:13 - 21 April, 2016
Discovering Design: Legends of New York City Design and Architecture, Twenty Over Eighty book cover
Twenty Over Eighty book cover

Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith, two New York writers and designers, introduce a panel of lifelong luminaries in their fields, whether it’s architecture, graphic design, or criticism, all in their ninth decade. Their book, Twenty Over Eighty, delves into what's changed, what's stayed the same, and what brought these legends in their fields to their current stature--don’t miss an expansive conversation the history of design! Panelists will include Seymour Chwast, Jack Lenor Larsen, and Jane Thompson.

Conference: Embodied Energy and Design

07:30 - 21 April, 2016
Conference: Embodied Energy and Design

This event frames embodied energy—defined as the sum of energy required to produce, transport, assemble, and dispose of any building element—in the context of broader design ecosystems and architectural issues. Opening keynote by Michael Specter (The New Yorker), closing keynote by Paola Antonelli (The Museum of Modern Art), and 3 panels featuring international experts from universities and private practices. The event is organized by Columbia GSAPP professor David Benjamin (The Living, NY), who also directs the GSAPP Incubator.

Spotlight: Jan Kaplický

11:30 - 18 April, 2016
Spotlight: Jan Kaplický, Selfridges at the Birmingham Bullring Centre, 2003. Image © Flickr user Bs0u10e0 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Selfridges at the Birmingham Bullring Centre, 2003. Image © Flickr user Bs0u10e0 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Radical neofuturist architect Jan Kaplický (18 April 1937 - 14 January 2009) was the son of a sculptor and a botanical illustrator, and appropriately spent his career creating highly sculptural and organic forms. Working with partner Amanda Levete at his suitably named practice Future Systems, Kaplický was catapulted to fame after his sensationally avant-garde 1999 Lord's Cricket Ground Media Centre and became a truly innovative icon of avant-garde architecture.

Call for Ideas: Post-War Housing in Syria

10:05 - 18 April, 2016
Call for Ideas: Post-War Housing in Syria

matterbetter.com has initiated an international open ideas competition for architecture students and young architects to research new housing concepts for the future of post-war Syria. The civil war in Syrian Arab Republic, which started in 2011, has created the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. According to UNHCR, over 4,300,000 people have left the country and fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and now Europe. While world leaders are looking for an international solution to the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis, many Syrians are looking forward to the opportunity to come back home as soon as the war is over.

Edmonton Infill Design Competition

08:00 - 18 April, 2016
Edmonton Infill Design Competition, Edmonton Infill Design Competition
Edmonton Infill Design Competition

Edmonton’s Infill Design Competition is an opportunity to encourage productive conversations about infill and help the public and development community understand what’s possible for infill design. The competition should demonstrate that infill can augment, rather than detract from the character of our established neighbourhoods. The City of Edmonton is excited to promote and celebrate innovation, context sensitive design, and advance the design ethic for infill development in Edmonton.

Open Call: Design Competition for a Gate to Jarfalla Public Park

08:00 - 18 April, 2016
Open Call: Design Competition for a Gate to Jarfalla Public Park

This is a competition to design an entrance gate for Järfälla’s Public Park. The competition is aimed at young designers from the fields of architecture, design and social media.