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Open Call: Tverskaya Streetscape Concept Design

16:30 - 13 May, 2016
Open Call: Tverskaya Streetscape Concept Design

Strelka KB announces the launch of an Open International Competition for Tverskaya Streetscape Concept Design. The design project covers Tverskaya Street (from Pushkinskaya Square to Triumfalnaya Square) and 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street in Moscow. The competition is aimed to attract young and emerging architects for the projects on the renovation of urban territories as a part of “My Street” programme. The winner will be announced on the 7th of July 2016.

Structures of Spontaneous Architecture in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro by Patricia Parinejad

18:00 - 12 May, 2016
Structures of Spontaneous Architecture in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro by Patricia Parinejad, © Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad

FAVELAS, named after the Brazilian creeping plant ’favela’ have existed in Brazil since the late 19th century. Wretched areas of closely packed dwellings were planted in the cities, on the outskirts of the cities, and continued to spread rampantly, growing out of all control. The problem became worse around 1950 when the industrialization of Brazil led to mass migration from rural areas to the big cities. At first the municipal administration tried to resolve this problem by building social housing. Some of the favelas were bulldozed and their inhabitants were forced to resettle elsewhere. But areas of informal settlements have continued to grow. According to the Secretaria Municipal de Habitação the slum’s residents are already 22% of the population in Rio.

Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind

12:00 - 12 May, 2016
Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind, Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht
Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht

In the architecture world, few designers can claim to have a more clearly-defined style than Daniel Libeskind (born May 12, 1946). Much of Libeskind's work is instantly recognizable for its angular forms, intersecting planes, and frequent use of diagonally-sliced windows, a style that he has used to great effect in museums and memorials - but which seems equally adaptable to conference centers, skyscrapers and shopping malls.

2016 A’ Design Award Winners Announced

11:57 - 11 May, 2016
2016 A’ Design Award Winners Announced, One Main / Raphael Crespin, dECOi architects, Mark Goulthorpe / Platinum A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016. Image © dECOi architects & Anton Grassl
One Main / Raphael Crespin, dECOi architects, Mark Goulthorpe / Platinum A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award in 2016. Image © dECOi architects & Anton Grassl

A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest and most diffused international design awards, has announced the results of the 2015 - 2016 design competition: 1,276 winners from 88 countries in 93 different design disciplines including arts, architecture, design, engineering and innovation. Entries were carefully evaluated by an 83-person jury, composed of established scholars, prominent press members, creative design professionals and experienced entrepreneurs.

“Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement” at Fondazione Prada's Venetian Venue

11:30 - 11 May, 2016
“Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement” at Fondazione Prada's Venetian Venue, Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement: an Experimental Media Research Facility at Fondazione Prada in Venice. Photo by Jacopo Farina
Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement: an Experimental Media Research Facility at Fondazione Prada in Venice. Photo by Jacopo Farina

“Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement” is an upcoming, pioneering project on contemporary image production. Conceived and designed by independent architect Luigi Alberto Cippini and developed in collaboration with film director Giovanni Fantoni Modena, “Belligerent Eyes” sets itself as an experimental media research facility geared in the spaces of Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue, Ca’ Corner della Regina.

With “Belligerent Eyes” Fondazione Prada, restlessly searching for new grounds of confrontation on cinema and visual languages, experiments with new forms of collaboration, analysis and research. “Belligerent Eyes” was born out the Fondazione’s will to create a reciprocally stimulating exchange with younger generations working in

At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow

18:00 - 10 May, 2016
At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow

At Home in Britain re-examines how we live and speculates on the future of housing in Britain. Taking the cottage, the terraced house and the flat as a starting point and using RIBA Collections as stimulus, six newly commissioned works from contemporary architecture practices Jamie Fobert Architects, Mae, Maison Edouard François, Mecanoo, Studio Weave and vPPR transform these three familiar housing types to reflect the way we live and work in the 21st century.

The season will be accompanied by a three- part BBC4 television series, presented by Dan Cruickshank, looking at the history of the cottage, terrace and flat.

Starter Home on a Shoestring

15:30 - 10 May, 2016
Starter Home on a Shoestring

This is the fourth year of the various 'shoestring' design idea competitions. This year we are seeking innovative ideas for a flexible low cost Starter Home (a 65 sq m + home that can be built for £50k or less). The judges include a string of TV celebrities (Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs, George Clarke from Amazing Spaces and Charlie Luxton from Building the Dream, plus others). There is a £5,000 prize fund, and the top entries will be displayed at Grand Designs Live in October.

Bauhaus Stage – Experiments On Body And Space

07:10 - 10 May, 2016
Bauhaus Stage – Experiments On Body And Space, Bauhaus Stage
Bauhaus Stage

The purpose of this competition is to design a stage set for a dance and music performance to be given at the Bauhaus stage in Dessau in December 2016. Since the Gropius Bauhaus was opened in 1925 Music and Dance was an important part of Bauhaus teaching complementing other disciplines such architecture painting textile or graphic design and sculpting.The most well-known exponent in the field of stage set and costume design was Oskar Schlemmer.

Call for Entries: Golden Pin Design Award 2016

07:05 - 10 May, 2016
Call for Entries: Golden Pin Design Award 2016, A selection of the Golden Pin Design Award 2015 Best Design recipients. Image courtesy the Taiwan Design Center.
A selection of the Golden Pin Design Award 2015 Best Design recipients. Image courtesy the Taiwan Design Center.

Call for entries have opened for Taiwan's Golden Pin Design Award (GPDA) 2016–the only international huaren-focused design award in the world. As Taipei City proudly hosts the World Design Capital 2016, the gaze of the international design community is squarely on the island nation. This unique award offers designers and companies around the world the perfect opportunity to test the viability and inventiveness of their product or design project in the huge, diverse huaren (Chinese-speaking) market. Winners will receive a prestigious Golden Pin Design Mark–an indicator of innovation that they can use to market their product or design project–or a Best Design trophy, and valuable brand exposure in two languages.

Call for Entries: SEE (Santiago Emergent Ecologies)

07:00 - 10 May, 2016
Call for Entries: SEE (Santiago Emergent Ecologies)

SEE (Santiago Emergent Ecologies) international ideas competition aims to articulate a series of concrete projects for the fringe comprised between the city of Santiago and the El Roble ecological conservation site (Sitio Proritario el Roble). The el Roble conservation site is one of the major reservoirs of biodiversity in Chile; its resources and ecosystemic relations have a direct impact on the environment and the quality of life in the Region of Santiago, and influence the potential economic development of the area.

Spotlight: Gordon Bunshaft

12:30 - 9 May, 2016
Spotlight: Gordon Bunshaft, Lever House. Image © Flickr user gaf licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Lever House. Image © Flickr user gaf licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As lead designer of the Lever House and many of America’s most historically prominent buildings, Pritzker Prize winning architect Gordon Bunshaft (9 May 1909 - 6 August 1990) is credited with ushering in a new era of Modernist skyscraper design and corporate architecture. A stern figure and a loyal advocate of the International Style, Bunshaft spent the majority of his career as partner and lead designer for SOM, who have referred to him as “a titan of industry, a decisive army general, an architectural John Wayne.”

Spotlight: Rafael Moneo

06:00 - 9 May, 2016
Spotlight: Rafael Moneo, National Museum of Roman Art / Rafael Moneo. Image © Flickr user James Gordon
National Museum of Roman Art / Rafael Moneo. Image © Flickr user James Gordon

As the only Spanish architect to receive the Pritzker Prize, Rafael Moneo (born 9 May 1937) is known for his highly contextual buildings which nonetheless remain committed to modernist stylings. His designs are regularly credited as achieving the elusive quality of "timelessness"; as critic Robert Campbell wrote in his essay about Moneo for the Pritzker Prize, "a Moneo building creates an awareness of time by remembering its antecedents. It then layers this memory against its mission in the contemporary world."

Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron

08:00 - 8 May, 2016
Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron, VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra
VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra

Led by Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950), most descriptions of Herzog & de Meuron projects are almost paradoxical: in one paragraph they will be praised for their dedication to tradition and vernacular forms, in the next for their thoroughly modern innovation. However, in the hands of Herzog & de Meuron this is no paradox, as the internationally-renowned architectural duo combine tradition and innovation in such a way that the two elements actually enhance each other.

Lisbon Architecture Triennial: Critical Distance – Christian Kerez

15:45 - 6 May, 2016
Lisbon Architecture Triennial: Critical Distance – Christian Kerez

Christian Kerez will close the 2nd Critical Distance cycle organized by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The Swiss architect is this year invited to represent his country at the 15th Venice Architectural Biennale. In his architecture, Kerez explores the structural elements as the most visible element of his buildings, strongly illustrated in projects such as a school in Leutschenbach, Switzerland, or a skyscraper in China.

SCI-Arc Mexico Scholarship 2016

18:52 - 5 May, 2016
SCI-Arc Mexico Scholarship 2016

SCI-Arc Mexico 2016 Scholarship covers 100% of the tuition fees for the Master of Architecture- M.Arch 2 (two year) program, at the SCI-Arc campus in Los Angeles, California. Additional information on SCI-Arc's M.Arch 2 program can be found on SCI-Arc's official site.

Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc

06:00 - 5 May, 2016
Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc, Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janerio. Image © Nelson Kon
Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janerio. Image © Nelson Kon

Born on the 5th of May 1944 in what was at the time the French Protectorate of Morocco, French architect Christian de Portzamparc had doubts about continuing with architecture while studying in the 1960s, questioning modernist ideals and the discipline's lack of freedom compared to art. Instead, he spent a decade attempting to understand the role of architecture, before returning triumphantly with a new model of iterative urban design that emphasized open neighborhoods based around landmark "poles of attraction" and a varied series of high profile commissions that combine a sense of purpose and place.

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "Economics and Architecture"

18:10 - 4 May, 2016
Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "Economics and Architecture", Jeff Whittington, Executive Producer and Host for KERA 90.1 Will Moderate "Economics and Architecture" for Dallas Architecture Forum
Jeff Whittington, Executive Producer and Host for KERA 90.1 Will Moderate "Economics and Architecture" for Dallas Architecture Forum

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will continue its 2015-2016 Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 with “Economics and Architecture” moderated by Jeff Whittington, Executive Producer and Host at KERA 90.1.

Izmo Summer School 2016 – Make a Green Public Space!

18:00 - 4 May, 2016
Izmo Summer School 2016 – Make a Green Public Space!

Izmo will run the 6th edition of the International Summer School in Turin (Italy) from 20th to 29th of July 2016. This year, the focus will be on the public space, and students will design and build a mobile green space for sitting, working, studying and playing (parklet) in order to furnish the indoor square of the converted INCET factory.