Open Call: Winter Stations Now Accepting Submissions for 2016

12:00 - 13 October, 2015
The winning designs from the inaugural winter stations competition in Toronto
The winning designs from the inaugural winter stations competition in Toronto

Winter Stations is once again calling on the international design community to submit their visions for Toronto's winter waterfront as registration opens for the 2016 competition. Submissions are due on November 12, 2015 with winners announced in early January 2016.

Macau Architecture Promenade

07:00 - 13 October, 2015
MAP 2015 - Poster
MAP 2015 - Poster

This coming October, the international month of architecture, BABEL is launching a new project: Macau Architecture Promenade. MAP opening is schedule for 10/10 at 6.30 at the Creative Albergue and it will last until 1/11. MAP is a month long celebration of Architecture, and its relations to other arts in the public space. MAP celebrates urban culture, experimentation and innovative practices in order to inspire new ways of thinking about the city.

The Architect as Furniture Designer: Bill Pedersen

23:30 - 12 October, 2015
Bill Pedersen's Loop de Loop chair.
Bill Pedersen's Loop de Loop chair.

Bill Pedersen is a renowned architect and founding design partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, which is currently leading New York City's Hudson Yards Project. Less known, but equally important, is Pedersen's design versatility. He holds multiple design patents and recently created a new line of furniture, Loop de Loop, that is beautiful, comfortable, and technically innovative. Join Pedersen and Donald Albrecht, the City Museum's Curator of Architecture and Design, for a conversation exploring not only the new furniture and its influences, but also the history of architect-designed furnishings. This event is part of the Museum’s ongoing Design Talks series examining the today's leading trends in design, architecture, graphics, and multimedia.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women in Architecture

19:30 - 12 October, 2015
wikiD writing workshop; design by Jen Grosso
wikiD writing workshop; design by Jen Grosso

On Thursday October 15, 2015, in conjunction with Archtober and New York Archives Week, the Guggenheim will host its third Wikipedia edit-a-thon - to enhance articles related to women in architecture on Wikipedia. The Guggenheim aims to further the goals of Ada Lovelace Day for STEM, and Art+Feminism for art, in a field that, by its nature combines both. The Guggenheim will work alongside ArchiteXX, the founders of WikiD: Women Wikipedia Design #wikiD, the international education and advocacy program working to increase the number of Wikipedia articles on women in architecture and the built environment.

Spotlight: César Pelli

14:00 - 12 October, 2015
Petronas Towers . Image © Flickr User: einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Petronas Towers . Image © Flickr User: einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A diversity of approaches and locales is the calling card of American based, Argentinian born architect Cesar Pelli (born October 12, 1926). The common thread of Pelli’s work is a strong sensitivity to place and environment. Beginning his solo career with the Pacific Design Center (1975) in Los Angeles, and shifting through the World Financial Center (1988) (now Brookfield Place) in New York, to the Petronas Towers (1996) in Kuala LumpurMalaysia, and the now under-construction, Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, each project is a unique response to context.

Spotlight: Richard Meier

08:00 - 12 October, 2015
The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana. Image © Scott Frances, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana. Image © Scott Frances, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier, the Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal winning architect, is well known for his abstracted, often white, buildings and unrelenting personal design philosophy. Citing Bernini and Borromini as influences as well as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, Meier received his Bachelor in Architecture from Cornell University in 1957 and took jobs with Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Marcel Breuer soon after his graduation. He began his own private practice in New York in 1963 and rocketed to architectural fame in the early 1970s, after being named as one of the "New York Five."

What Can Piketty Teach Us About Architecture?

04:00 - 12 October, 2015
Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation is one example invoked by de Graaf of an architecture formerly designed around social equality and now co-opted by capital. Image © Flickr user: wojtekgurak licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation is one example invoked by de Graaf of an architecture formerly designed around social equality and now co-opted by capital. Image © Flickr user: wojtekgurak licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Last year, Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century took the world of economics by storm. His historical analysis and critique of the capitalist system fed perfectly into the wider narrative being constructed in the wake of the global financial crisis. But what lessons does Piketty hold for architects? In an article for The Architect's Newspaper, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf examines the way that the development of architecture in the 21st century mirrored that of economics, as the design of buildings became simultaneously a symptom and a cause of trends in capital. Read the full article - including de Graaf's question for the architects of the 21st century - here.

Open Call: The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition

02:30 - 12 October, 2015
The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition
The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition

The Earth God (Tu Di Gong / 土地公) Temple, the symbol of humans' respect for Nature, exists in harmony and as one with the land and environment. However, current urban development practices have caused the gradual shrinking of this civic and religious center, as the property has been frequently ceded to the city under expropriation regulations. In response to this issue, Tai Square Arts and Aesthetics Association has organized the "Earth God Temple Student Design Competition", inviting young students with creativity and ideas to evaluate and provide a solution that will improve the situation of the temple and its surrounding

Domus International Prize for Restoration and Conservation

01:30 - 12 October, 2015
Sergio Sebastian Architects, Archeological Space in Daroca, Spain
Sergio Sebastian Architects, Archeological Space in Daroca, Spain

The Prize conceived and promoted by the Department of Architecture at Ferrara University and Fassa Bortolo company gives visibility to contemporary restoration and recovery projects (in this fifth edition of the competition only for professionals) of interest with a total prize money of 13.000 euros.

Inside the Four Seasons and other New York Landmark Interiors

16:30 - 11 October, 2015

We enjoy looking at historic interiors, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. Behind the walls, below the floors, and underneath the painted surfaces are the back-stories few people have heard about the city’s known and not-so-known landmarks. The authors of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York (The Monacelli Press; September 29, 2015) will take us behind the scenes of some of the City’s most interesting spaces. They will tell little-known and fascinating stories about places like City Hall and the Tweed Courthouse, Loew’s Paradise Theater, the Four Seasons Restaurant, the Dime Savings, and Manufacturers Trust bank buildings.

Design a Skate and Play Park for Le Fanu Park in Dublin, Ireland

16:00 - 11 October, 2015
Courtesy of Irish Architecture Foundation
Courtesy of Irish Architecture Foundation

The Irish Architecture Foundation has opened a new competition to design a play and skate park in Dublin, Ireland in collaboration with The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council. Located on “The Lawns” in Le Fanu Park of Ballyfermot, the project is a unique opportunity for inter-disciplinary design work. A wide range of creative practitioners are invited to apply – designers, architects, play therapists, skate/BMX professionals, wild-life experts, musicians or anyone else with a passion for working in community contexts.

Open Call: Play Park Design Competition, Ballyfermot, Ireland

02:30 - 11 October, 2015
Image by Cliona Ni Laoi
Image by Cliona Ni Laoi

Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council are launching a competition to design a play and skate park for ‘The Lawns’ in Le Fanu Park, Dublin 10. The competition is now open. The 'Play Park: Ballyfermot' project is a unique opportunity for an innovative inter-disciplinary design collective, with a passion for working in community contexts to develop a world class play and skate space for young people in Dublin.

Tile of Spain Presents: Ceramic Solutions - Innovations Pushing Boundaries of Design

10:30 - 10 October, 2015
Tile of Spain presents: Ceramic Solutions - Innovations Pushing Boundaries of Design
Tile of Spain presents: Ceramic Solutions - Innovations Pushing Boundaries of Design

Mix and mingle with Tile of Spain companies, experience Spanish good and wine, plus enter to win a trip to Spain! Panel discussion with Harvard Graduate Design faculty professor, ceramic industry specialist and practicing architect discuss the current state of designing for the built environment and what solutions the field of ceramics provide to tackle emerging trends and offer new possibilities. From current commercial production collections to institutional & independent R & D, ceramic tile stretches the boundaries of building materials and their capability to impact the overall building performance & aesthetic value.

Designing for the Arts: 3rd Earth Architecture Competition

09:40 - 10 October, 2015
3rd Earth Architecture Competition
3rd Earth Architecture Competition

Nka Foundation is issuing a challenge to designers, architects and builders to use their creativity to come up with innovative designs for modest, affordable houses that can be built locally to replace the rural mud house type. The challenge is to design a mud house type of about 2400 sq feet that sleeps 8 to 10 persons to be built on a plot size of 80 x 100 feet. The construction site will be Abetenim Arts Village, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The building should be designed for use by either musicians, theatre artists, potters, sculptors, painters, textile artists, designers, writers, or media arts practitioners. Total costs of constructing the design entry must not exceed $7,000 (USD) for materials and labor; land value is excluded from this price point.

Open Call: Strelka KB Launches Architectural Competition for Two Metro Stations in Moscow

08:30 - 10 October, 2015

Strelka KB, a leading Russian operator of architectural and urban planning competitions, announces the open two-phase competition for the development of architectural and design solutions for the new Moscow metro stations "Nizhniye Mnevniki" and "Terekhovo". Russian and foreign architects and designers are invited to participate. Winners will be announced in February 2016.

Call for Applications & Nominations: 2016-2017 Loeb Fellowships

05:30 - 10 October, 2015

Applications are now open for 2016-2017 Harvard GSD Loeb Fellows! The program seeks applications from innovative and visionary practitioners working to improve the built and natural environment. Each year 10 ten outstanding practitioners are offered a ten month sabbatical to deepen and hone their practice and maximize their future impact on the urban environment. Fellows join the GSD community, interact with students and faculty, pursue independent research projects, and audit courses throughout the university.

Talent Roof: 10th Anniversary Retrospective of KKL Partnership Architects

23:45 - 9 October, 2015
Talent Roof: Ten year anniversary of KKL Partnership Architects
Talent Roof: Ten year anniversary of KKL Partnership Architects

“Talent Roof” is a retrospective of the architectural practice of KKL Partnership Architects in past ten years. It exhibits the works and theory of Mr. Li Yang, the chief architect with his team.

Moscow Urban Forum Announces Diverse List of Speakers

18:00 - 9 October, 2015

The annual Moscow Urban Forum is right around the corner. To be held from October 16-17, the theme of this year’s forum is “Moscow as a Dynamic Megacity: Flexible Management Practices.” The forum will feature two days of conferences, exhibitions and lectures with a focus on issues surrounding the development of Moscow. While in past years the conference focused on issues related to megacities in general, this year for the first time the forum will just focus on the capital city.

“The international political situation influenced the key aspects of the country’s life, bringing internal goals and tasks to the foreground. That is why we have decided to concentrate only on the Moscow agenda this year, and to dedicate the Forum to the presentation and discussion of projects related to the capital, a search for new Moscow development centres, outlining the problems and challenges faced by the megacity during the crisis, a search for the most optimal and effective solutions for further successful development of the city,” said Marat Khusnullin, the Moscow Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction and the head of the Moscow Urban Forum executive committee.