Architects today have access to an impressive array of tools to make sure the execution of their designs goes off without a hitch. They are typically given a very specific brief by business owners and use the latest technologies, such as BIM (building information modeling), to be certain they don’t misplace a window or put electrical outlets in the wrong place.
The irreverent architecture debate Turncoats launches in New York City.
Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference takes place this summer in Berlin, and will be a must-visit event for entrepreneurs, architects, urbanists and designers alike. Hosted by Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, topics unpacked across the conference include transport, city branding and the future of the property industry. From visionary entrepreneurs to acclaimed architects, guest delegates and panelists will join Monocle editors and radio hosts for a range of lively discussions, with talks interspersed with samplings of Berlin’s fine hospitality and opportunities to explore the city’s architectural sites.
The Open International Urban Landscaping and Design Competition is a part of the “Moscow.Flowers.Sweets” Festival. Participants are offered to suggest solutions for landscape and floral compositions to improve Moscow urban spaces in the city centre and its outskirts.
LEGACY: What will speak for you long after you are gone?
The Glasgow Institute of Architects, as Trustees for the Alexander Thomson Scholarship, are pleased to announce the launch of the Legacy Essay Writing Competition. The competition marks the bi-centenary of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s birth and celebrates how the architect used critical writing as a tool to disseminate ideas.
Literacy-friendly neighborhoods is a grassroots initiative started by Little Free Libraries that aims to promote literacy, expand literary horizons, cultivate generosity, and promote general neighborliness. These libraries will facilitate an informal exchange of books in the city’s public spaces, where residents and visitors may use and contribute to these communal resources. The final locations for these libraries have not been established, but all are planned to be in the urban environment in underprivileged neighborhoods in Buffalo, NY.
On April 22, SCI-Arc’s 2017 Undergraduate Thesis Weekend concluded with the reviews of 46 thesis projects by over 70 critics including SCI-Arc faculty and guests including Winka Dubbeldam, Graham Harman, Catherine Ingraham, Ferda Kolatan, Thom Mayne, Roland Snooks, and Neyran Turan. Students presented architectural responses to real-world technological, ecological, and social issues driving both formally and socially relevant innovation.
Archistart, continuing the focus on tourism themes, promotes Floating Room Competition, a contest aimed at imagining an experimental architecture, a floating Hotel Room, a privileged point of view and a new link with the landscape or the urban context. The competition requires designing a double/twin "special room" with restroom, imagining it to be placed on natural or artificial water bodies, like Lake Iseo or La Darsena (Milan’s city dock) - by way of example. The proposals will be evaluated considering the relationship with the context and the architectural innovation level.
The processes of learning how to become an architect has always involved historical research, albeit from a biographical perspective (H. Allen Brooks when he studied Le Corbusier), from a generational perspective (Silvia Arango on researching the common processes be- longing to six generations of architects who defined twentieth century Latin America), or from a pedagogical perspective (Jean-Nicolas- Louis Durand's Précis des leçons d’architecture).
We are pleased to inform you that DEARQ Journal of Architecture, ascribed to Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, is organizing an International Symposium, and preparing a special issue on the role of women in architecture across the globe and in Colombia.
Authors of Full-length papers, research-in-progress papers and case studies relating to women in architecture, are invited to submit proposals for 15-minute papers for the International Symposium organized by the indexed and peer-reviewed Journal of Architecture dearq from Universidad de Los Andes.
Europan, the world’s largest biennial design competition for young designers, seeks proposals for 44 urban sites spread across 13 countries on the European continent.
The latest competition is themed on how cities can integrate ‘production’ and small-scale manufacturing. The winning teams will each receive a cash prize worth between €6,000 and €16,000 along with a commission to further develop their scheme with the stakeholders.
All humanity’s potential lies within the mind. Ideas are a testament to this fact. They change how we live, how we interact, how we feel. Ideas are everything.
The Chinese Culture University, Taiwan, in collaboration with the municipality of Maccagno con Pino e Veddasca, Italy, is offering to a limited number of architecture and landscape architecture students the opportunity to take part in a twelve-day design workshop in Maccagno, organized by the Landscape Architecture Department, College of Environmental Design, the Chinese Culture University as part of the CCU summer 2017 workshops program.
Research shows that sea levels around the world have been rising for many decades due to global warming. The consequences of this will put hundreds of cities at risk of being flooded. Similarly, water levels in the Mamori Lake vary greatly between the dry and wet season, when the river can grow up to 14 meters flooding the forest and changing the physiognomy of the land. Currently, local houses are built on stilts to deal with tidal variations but in recent years, this has not always been enough to prevent the river from causing devastation.
Join peers and industry leaders on the weekend of June 3-4 at the BAC's annual CEU Weekend. Expand your passion and reach as an informed practitioner through workshops conducted at the BAC that examine current revisions and projected visions for our evolving profession. Licensed architects will satisfy annual continuing education requirements in Massachusetts by earning the 12 CEU/LUs from the 6 workshops scheduled over the course of the 2 days.
Celebrating the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design, the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) comes to Tippet Rise Art Center, the 10,260-acre sculpture park and classical music center in the Montana highlands, this September. Architect Kyle Bergman, ADFF’s founder, will bring a lineup of eight films to Tippet Rise that intimately explore the connections between nature and architecture and examine how architects from around the world grapple with the constraints and inspirations presented by their sites.
As the building production had been limited during the preceding socialist era, buying land for building a house was next to impossible and the society as a whole preferred mass housing construction of block of flats, the idea of a house was wrapped in the aura of scarce goods. Thus, it was no wonder that after 1989 many new designs and building companies responded to the existing strong demand.
Over fifty years ago, Bob Dylan sang the words that we still know so well today, “the times, they are a changin’.” He was right.
We’ve seen change happen all around us. Architecture looked pretty different 50, 30, and even 10 years ago. And the technology powering the industry has evolved to keep pace. First, with a move from the drafting table to the computer screen with 2D CAD, and now to Building Information Modeling (BIM) where information-rich 3D models allow architects to create in unprecedented ways.