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French "Utopian" Architect Claude Parent Dies Aged 93

12:00 - 29 February, 2016
French "Utopian" Architect Claude Parent Dies Aged 93, Claude Parent. Image © Emmanuel Goulet
Claude Parent. Image © Emmanuel Goulet

Claude Parent, a celebrated French architect and Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur, died on the evening of the 27th February 2016, the day after his 93rd birthday. Born in 1923 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Parent was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris and, throughout his career, developed a limited but extremely influential body of built work ranging from nuclear power stations to shockingly unconventional shopping centers, such as his project in Sens. Described as both a utopian and a 'supermodernist' in his own lifetime, the methodology he shaped has played a significant role for his peers of all generations and for contemporary artists and thinkers including Jean Nouvel, who began his professional life as a collaborator.

Call for Entries: Les Menuires Rehab Competition

04:35 - 29 February, 2016
Call for Entries: Les Menuires Rehab Competition

Located at 1850 m of altitude, Les Menuires is a great place for athletes as well as for families. Even though the majority of the activities are related to ski, they also have other types of activities. In the heart of Olympic Saboya, is located the ski resort Les Menuires that belongs to the zone known as the 3 valleys, the biggest ski resort in the world. Fully communicated by slopes and lifts it is accessible with a single pass: 200 lifts, 600 km of tracks, and multiple links between Les Menuires, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, Val Thorens, La Tania and Courchavel.

Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut Launches International Call for Fellows

04:00 - 29 February, 2016
Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut Launches International Call for Fellows

Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch institute for architecture, design, and digital culture in Rotterdam, have announced an open call for three research fellows to work in residence between June and December 2016. Alongside the institute’s exhibitions, lectures, publications, and archives, the Fellowship program will explore and challenge how research is conducted within an institutional context, pursuing alternatives to the expectation of predetermined outcomes, the use of official jargon, and the inertia power of the curriculum vitae. In the long term, the program is also intended to complement, reflect on, interact with, and critique the ongoing activities of the institute.

MAIN EVENT 12: SCI-Arc at The Sound

18:00 - 28 February, 2016
MAIN EVENT 12: SCI-Arc at The Sound

 

Each year, MAIN EVENT brings together leading architects and designers, developers, contractors, architectural patrons and philanthropists, as well as SCI-Arc alumni, to raise scholarship funds for SCI-Arc students. SCI-Arc's signature MAIN EVENT program to be hosted this spring is the first under SCI-Arc's new director, Hernan Diaz Alonso. Sponsorship and tickets available online at sciarc.edu/mainevent

Spotlight: Frank Gehry

08:00 - 28 February, 2016
Spotlight: Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

Internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry (born 28 February 1929) has been headlining architectural news platforms since he established his Los Angeles practice in 1962 and remodeled his home in Santa Monica. Notorious for his expressive use of form (and its sometimes inflationary effect on project budgets), Gehry is best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which fellow architect Philip Johnson once dubbed “the greatest building of our time.”

Indo-Swiss Sustainability and Building Energy Modelling Workshop in Delhi

18:00 - 27 February, 2016
Indo-Swiss Sustainability and Building Energy Modelling Workshop in Delhi

A three-day Building Energy Modeling workshop in Delhi for architects that equips them with knowledge related to building science, software training to design energy efficient and sustainably cooled buildings that save money for their clients, enhance energy access for underprivileged sections of our society, and reduce carbon emissions. 

Cross Reflections: Architecture, Photography and Text

18:00 - 27 February, 2016
Cross Reflections: Architecture, Photography and Text

A new exhibition is coming out of the Le Corbusier portfolio of architectural photographer Cemal Emden who has been working on the master architect’s oeuvre for the last five years. The exhibition, organized by Istanbul Association of Architects in Private Practice (IstanbulSMD) will be inaugurated in Isik Art Gallery (Istanbul) on 9th of March 2016 and it will put in display a number of the major works of Le Corbusier, spanning over a period of half a century. Apart from Emden’s photographs, texts by Turkish and international scholars who studied Le Corbusier’s work will also be featured in the exhibition.

The Art of Architecture: LEGO Sculptures by Adam Reed Tucker, with Photographs by J. Hunt Harris II

14:00 - 27 February, 2016
The Art of Architecture: LEGO Sculptures by Adam Reed Tucker, with Photographs by J. Hunt Harris II, © Figge Art Museum
© Figge Art Museum

Architect Adam Reed Tucker’s LEGO® models of architectural landmarks are currently on display at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Featuring everything from the Empire State Building to the Burj Khalifa, the models are built using only the “simplest bricks and hinges.”

Spotlight: Lúcio Costa

08:00 - 27 February, 2016
Spotlight: Lúcio Costa, The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © Limongi
The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © Limongi

Brazilian planner, preservationist and modernist thinker Lúcio Costa  (27 Feburary 1902 - 13 June 1998) is best known for his 1957 plan of Brasília that shaped the Brazilian capital into a monument to utopian modernism. A resolute and often controversial figure in the Brazilian establishment, Costa’s contributions to Brazilian architecture helped to shape the distinctive modernism that was practically Brazil’s official style until the 1980s.

Conference: AUB City Debates 2016

07:00 - 27 February, 2016
Conference: AUB City Debates 2016

City Debates 2016 stems from a relational and multi-scalar understanding of urban policy as an assemblage of ideas and tools that circulate and transform. We seek to examine how international aid promotes the mobility of urban policy ideas, and mobilizes a range of stakeholders, and technologies in the process. We explore these questions by investigating two sets of urban policies: regional planning, and refugee policies.

Copenhagen Architecture Festival

16:00 - 26 February, 2016
Copenhagen Architecture Festival

Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx) was founded in 2014 and aims to rethink the presentation of architecture, highlighting its qualities and diversity, and create a relevant discussion about how it affects - and is affected by - our way of being in this world. CAFx is a platform to discuss and display ideas within the architectural world through a public program of talks, film, performances, workshops, seminars and exhibitions in collaboration with different partners primarily in Copenhagen but also in the cities of Aarhus and Aalborg.

How One Artist Translocated a Family Home from Detroit to Rotterdam

04:00 - 26 February, 2016
How One Artist Translocated a Family Home from Detroit to Rotterdam, Photograph: Fabia Mendoza. Image via The Guardian
Photograph: Fabia Mendoza. Image via The Guardian

An empty house from Stoepel Street 20194, Detroit, is now in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In this article for The Guardian, artist Ryan Mendoza describes his impetus and process for translocating a worn, abandoned former family home from one continent to another – as well as the statement he hoped to make. "When I arrived in Detroit in March 2015 I realised that this city – in the country I had left in 1992 out of distaste for its nationalistic, isolationist, police-dog mentality and its privatised prison system, [...] had, aside from the positive developments that were mostly in the downtown area, begun to look like a war zone."

Architect’ 16: “ASA Back to Basic”

13:09 - 25 February, 2016
Architect’ 16: “ASA Back to Basic”

The Architect’ 16: “ASA Back to Basic” expo aims to introduce identity and excellence in design for Thai architects, and will feature achievements in architecture, innovation and technology. In addition the expo will have international seminars and services for members and the general public, including displays of materials and products related to architecture, interior design and construction.

Talk & Book Signing: Smart Economic Development through Enterprise Pollinators

12:37 - 25 February, 2016
Talk & Book Signing: Smart Economic Development through Enterprise Pollinators, Arno Hesse co-founded of Bernal Bucks, a local debit card issued by a credit union in San Francisco. Image © Bay Citizen
Arno Hesse co-founded of Bernal Bucks, a local debit card issued by a credit union in San Francisco. Image © Bay Citizen

Should urban economic development continue to “attract and retain” nonlocal business? Absolutely not, argues economist and attorney Michael Shuman in his latest book, The Local Economy Solution (Chelsea Green, 2015). Instead, cities should spread self-financing “pollinator” enterprises that nurture locally owned businesses through local planning, entrepreneurship, partnerships, purchasing, and investment. Shuman signs copies of the book after his talk. This talk is offered as part of Smart Growth programming. 1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Iñaki Ábalos + Renata Sentkiewicz

12:07 - 25 February, 2016
Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Iñaki Ábalos + Renata Sentkiewicz

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization for everyone interested in learning about and improving the architecture, design, landscape and urban fabric of the North Texas region is pleased to continue its 2015-16 Lecture Season with outstanding architect Iñaki Ábalos, Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Co-Founder and Partner of Abalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos in Boston and Madrid, with Renata Sentkiewicz,Co-Founder and Partner at A + S and Design Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Their projects and built work are internationally recognized and have been the subject of 15 individual exhibitions and many collective exhibitions in the most prestigious centers in London, Paris, New York and Venice.

Exhibition: distance(s) - sculptures by Pedro Léger Pereira

08:23 - 23 February, 2016
Exhibition: distance(s) -  sculptures by Pedro Léger Pereira, © Fernando Guerra| FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra| FG+SG

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Call for Entries: PARIS PAVILION: The Art of Peace

08:16 - 23 February, 2016
Call for Entries: PARIS PAVILION: The Art of Peace

The city of Paris is rightfully termed as 'the cultural capital of the world' because of its rich and diverse ethos and character. Paris has been the artistic epicentre of the world since renaissance, inspiring many artists, philosophers, writers and architects to innovate and break the shackles of resistance. The city was home to great revolutionaries like Picasso, Miro, Modigliani, Voltaire and Corbusier. But one of the most tolerant cities of the world was shook by recent terror attacks that sent shockwaves around the world. 

Moscow Urban Forum 2016. The Age of Megacities: Exploring Global, National and Local Priorities

08:00 - 23 February, 2016
Moscow Urban Forum 2016. The Age of Megacities: Exploring Global, National and Local Priorities

"The Age of Megacities: Exploring Global, National and Local Priorities" is the name of the Moscow Urban Forum 2016 which will be held on June 30 – July 03, 2016 in Manege Central Exhibition Hall. It is a leading international event devoted to development of megacities, improvement of the quality of life of urban residents in the world, Russia and Moscow.