The Mayor Who Used Small Steps to Transform Bogotá for the Better

04:00 - 19 August, 2015
Mimes ridiculing bad-behaviour on the roads in Bogotá
Mimes ridiculing bad-behaviour on the roads in Bogotá

In a recent article for The New York Times Antanas Mockus, the former Mayor of Bogotá who served two terms in office between 1995 and 2003, discusses what he learnt to be "the art of changing a city." Mockus, a professor of philosophy by vocation, was at times pressured to wear a bullet-proof vest — which he wore with a heart-shaped hole cut over his chest as a "symbol of confidence, or defiance, for nine months." His article discusses how his government tackled Bogotá's "chaotic and dangerous" traffic through a thumbs-up, thumbs-down card system performed by mimes, how they dealt with water shortages, and how they persuaded 63,000 households to voluntarily pay 10% more tax.

Moscow Urban Forum: "Moscow as a Dynamic Megacity: Flexible Management Practices"

19:30 - 18 August, 2015

"Moscow as a dynamic megacity: flexible management practices" is the working name of the Moscow Urban Forum which will be held on 16-17 October 2015 in Manege Central Exhibition Hall.  

Rowan Moore on the "Quiet Revolution in British Housing"

04:10 - 18 August, 2015
Derbishire Place, London / Níall McLaughlin Architects. Image © Nick Kane
Derbishire Place, London / Níall McLaughlin Architects. Image © Nick Kane

In a recent article for The Observer, Rowan Moore discusses what he describes as the "quiet revolution in British housing." In compiling a list of practices and collectives from the recent past and present, he has created a compendium of people and organisations who he believes are creating exemplary dwellings in the UK. Noting that the British housing stock is not necessarily in the best shape (a symptom of the 1970s), Moore ultimately offers an optimistic message tinged with words of caution.

Exhibition: Lucas Blok - Paintings on Canvas

23:30 - 17 August, 2015
Untitled 7/7/14, 60"x72", acrylic on canvas
Untitled 7/7/14, 60"x72", acrylic on canvas

Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a] is proud to sponsor an exclusive Southern California exhibition of Lucas Blok’s large format paintings in the SPF:a Gallery. Like many artists featured in the gallery, Blok’s work intuitively explores the spatial relationship common to both art and architecture. His paintings emanate and pulse with a lyrical complexity that usher the viewer into a world of color relationships that play on both optical mechanics and the emotions alike.

Call for Submissions: The 32nd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

19:30 - 17 August, 2015
The theme of the upcoming conference is 1:1, which encompasses ideas about making, technology, community, history and pedagogy.
The theme of the upcoming conference is 1:1, which encompasses ideas about making, technology, community, history and pedagogy.

The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) to be held at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, February 25-27, 2016, is seeking abstracts, paper and tinyTED submissions for peer review. Submissions are due October 5, 2015. Please see ncbds2016.org for more information.

NCBDS is a national scholarly gathering dedicated to the study and practice of beginning design education. For over thirty years, the NCBDS conferences have hosted a dedicated community of educators interested in pedagogy and curricular strategies associated with beginning design. Faculty, students and practitioners are invited to submit papers, abstracts and project presentations focused on introductory levels of education in all areas of design.

View Dynamic Glass Raises $150 Million to Create Windows with Responsive Tint

16:00 - 17 August, 2015
© View
© View

View has raised $150 million to fund their specialized Dynamic Glass tints. The new technology automatically responds to outdoor conditions or from a mobile phone, resulting in a reactive tint that reduces heat and glare. This, as the company said in a press release, allows for "greater occupant comfort and energy savings without ever compromising the view." The tinted windows have been installed in more than 100 locations across North America. The funds will be used to accelerate product development. 

Event: Celebrating Segal in Walters Way, South London

10:30 - 17 August, 2015
Houses built using the Segal System. Image © Chris Moxley.
Houses built using the Segal System. Image © Chris Moxley.

Residents of a unique south London housing scheme are hosting a free event to celebrate the work of the architect who designed their street. Walter Segal, who died 30 years ago, will be remembered at a special Celebrating Segal day on Saturday 19th September 2015, 11am-3pm.

The day of talks, films, art and tours will take place in Walters Way, South London, which was designed by Segal, built by residents, and is one of two streets named after him (the other being Segal close). The event, which is part of Open House London, will highlight Segal’s achievements and his

49 Cities by WORKac Opens Kickstarter for its 3rd Edition Deluxe Reprint

16:00 - 16 August, 2015
Courtesy of WORKac
Courtesy of WORKac

WORKac has begun crowd-funding for the 3rd Edition of their book, “49 Cities”. As the title implies, the book follows examples of urbanism throughout several centuries, from the ideal Roman city to the 21st century visions of utopia49 Cities looks at sustainability beyond the notion of the “Green Building”, serving as a catalyst and fertilizer for discussion and ideas on the design of the City of Tomorrow. Going out of print in 2010, demand for the book has continued, and it may now finally be available once again thanks to partnerships by WORKac with Inventory Press and Project Projects.

Bali Architecture Festival 2015: Bali International Architecture Seminar & Discussion: Modern Sustainable Living with Peter Zellner

02:30 - 16 August, 2015
BALI ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2011
BALI ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2011

The participants of "Bali International Architecture Seminar & Discussion : Modern Sustainable Living with Peter Zellner" will get to talk with our experienced speaker to solve the problem of how to create modern & sustainable living that can preserve green area and not destroy the environment. We want the participant to be educated with sustainable living that can be adopted in modern living, and educate architects or anyone that contributes or participates in construction or building development, to preserve green area and keep the balance of environment.

Online Seminar: Getting The Most Out Of Your Autodesk Account

01:06 - 16 August, 2015

Interested in finding out about the new Autodesk portal to track and manage all your Autodesk products? Curious to learn more about Autodesk’s Desktop Subscription offering? Trying to learn how to request the home use policy or previous software versions for your Autodesk software? Need to figure out how to download your software from the new Autodesk Account?

Join Microsol Resources for an hour long webinar as we show you some tips and tricks to boost the value of your Autodesk software investment with Autodesk Account; the most convenient and cost-effective way to access the latest tools, flexible licensing, technical support, and services in the cloud.

Sketchfab Begins Beta Testing for 3D Animations

16:00 - 15 August, 2015
via Sketchfab
via Sketchfab

Sketchfab, an online database for 3D-models, has announced that they will soon begin implementing support allowing users to showcase not only their 3D models, but accompanying animations as well. The site, likened to a “Youtube for 3D models”, has grown tremendously in the short time it’s been active, and the new step adds many possibilities for both new users and veterans of the platform (read more about Sketchfab here).

How Architecture Graduates are Animating the Film Industry

08:00 - 15 August, 2015
An image for Hawkins\Brown's "Romance of the Sky" proposal, created by Factory Fifteen, a visualization and animation company founded by alumni of the Bartlett's "Unit 24" for films and architecture. Image © Factory Fifteen
An image for Hawkins\Brown's "Romance of the Sky" proposal, created by Factory Fifteen, a visualization and animation company founded by alumni of the Bartlett's "Unit 24" for films and architecture. Image © Factory Fifteen

After spending five-figure sums on their education, you might think that architectural students would, at the very least, continue in the architectural profession. However, as investigated in a new BBC Business article, many students of architecture “are using their newly-learned digital animation and design skills to break into the world of film.” With a growing demand for both architectural and all other kinds of animations, the number of film careers built from architectural foundations seems to be burgeoning. Architects-turned-filmmakers now work on a wide variety of projects, from special effects in Beyoncé videos to Oscar-winning films, to visualization films of future architectural projects.

Learn more about how digital animation has created a “two-way street” between architecture and film, here.

Event: Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City

14:09 - 14 August, 2015
© The Infinite Happiness
© The Infinite Happiness

The nation’s largest film festival celebrating architecture and design will return to NYC in two brand new locations in Chelsea. Opening night will be held at the SVA Theatre, and the duration of the ADFF, from October 14-18, 2015, will be held at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas - a newer, bigger and more central location to accommodate a large expected audience and allow for exciting new programming. The seventh edition of the festival will present a curated selection of 30+ intriguing feature-length and short films in addition to panel discussions and Q&As with design thought leaders and filmmakers from around the world. The films explore the human elements of art, fashion, architecture and design in our everyday lives, while making the topics relatable, entertaining, and engaging for a broad audience.

Exhibition: Paul Schneider von Esleben – The Legacy of Postwar Modernism

10:30 - 13 August, 2015
Rochuskirche / Paul Schneider von Esleben. Image © Thomas Mayer
Rochuskirche / Paul Schneider von Esleben. Image © Thomas Mayer

On 23 August, 2015 Paul Schneider von Esleben would have turned 100. With his projects he emphatically shaped the post-War architecture of West Germany until well into the 1970s. In North Rhine-Westphalia in particular he left behind a series of buildings that reflect the developments in architectural history in the first 20 years after the war. Von Esleben viewed buildings as gesamtkunstwerke, which he designed down to the last detail, be it art on the buildings or the furnishings inside.

Challenging the Rules of a City Simulator in Which There is No "Game Over"

04:15 - 13 August, 2015
© Finn Williams
© Finn Williams

As part of an ongoing series of articles for Guardian Cities, architect Finn Williams uses the Cities: Skyline Simulator to ask whether "the game’s growth-driven model proves incompatible with a post-growth strategy" — ultimately narrating its response to this challenge in the form of a "resounding no." The game, which is designed to "realise the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city," allows for players to deal with infrastructure issues, housing problems, and budgetary matters on a large urban scale.

Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

07:00 - 12 August, 2015
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."

Exhibition: Treasury, Legacy: A Museum for Architectural Drawing

02:30 - 12 August, 2015
Yakov Chernikov, "Sheet of Pen Nibs", Paper drafting pen, ink and applique,
Yakov Chernikov, "Sheet of Pen Nibs", Paper drafting pen, ink and applique,

Treasury, in the Bibliowicz Gallery, highlights the wider international collection of the museum with sketches and drawings by Hans Poelzig, Aldo Rossi, Alvaro Siza, Peter Wilson, and Madelon Vriesendorp, cofounder of OMA.

PANEL: Designer As Developer: Building Your Vision, Building New Business

19:30 - 11 August, 2015

Should architects and designers take control of the development, financing and investment process to both achieve breakthrough designs and to take control of their futures?

This panel of distinguished experts says yes, and they discuss the steps required to develop properties and interiors with their own designs. The main benefits of this challenging dual approach is that the designer is able to "invest" in better designed results. Program includes case studies on new building projects.