DnA Podcast Asks: Can Berlin's Group Housing be a Model for LA?

08:00 - 10 August, 2015
R50 in Berlin, Germany. Image © Andrew Alberts
R50 in Berlin, Germany. Image © Andrew Alberts

The latest episode of KCRW's podcast, “Design and Architecture” (DnA), explores whether the Baugruppen, a co-housing model in Berlin, could work in Los Angeles. Produced by Frances Anderton and Caroline Chamberlain, the episode looks at how LA residents and Berliners have approached the same problem of affordable living space. The Baugruppen (“building groups”) are communities of homes where you can choose who to live with and share the development costs. After visiting R50, a Baugruppe complex by firms Heide & Von Beckerath and IFAU, co-principals Christoph Schmidt and Verena von Beckerath explained the process of collaborative design that came with building the 19 households of R50. Listen to the whole podcast here.

Snoozebox Launches Competition to Design a Pop-up Hotel Room

16:00 - 9 August, 2015
via The Sleep Event
via The Sleep Event

Sleep, an international hotel design event, is working with Snoozebox to host a competition to design a new portable hotel room. Snoozebox has produced unique, and award-winning portable hotels for major events and festivals worldwide. This competition is an opportunity for designers to lend their ideas, and make a mark in the international hotel design industry. The winning team will work with Snoozebox and contractors to fully realize their idea in time for an exhibition at Sleep in November.

Why Urban Planners Need to Think Twice About "Aging in Place"

12:00 - 9 August, 2015
Meramec Bluffs Retirement Community in Missouri.. Image © Wikimedia user Luke Smith
Meramec Bluffs Retirement Community in Missouri.. Image © Wikimedia user Luke Smith

In many western countries, the demographic pyramid is beginning to look inverted, as elderly populations grow and increasingly few children are born at the other end of the scale. How, asks Metropolis Magazine, does society provide for the growing ranks of the retired and newly elderly? Elderly care scandals and and discomfort with the idea of retirement communities has led to a search for ways to care for senior citizens in their own homes. Urban planning expert Deane Simpson, however, warns against accepting the idea of what he calls "aging in place" entirely uncritically: his exploration of the way current retirement communities function goes into the social motivations behind care homes and the United States' elderly communities, and discusses the future of retirement for the emerging baby-boomer generation of retirees. Read the full story over at Metropolis Magazine here.

Gallaudet University Launches $60M Public Competition to Redesign Its Campus

16:00 - 8 August, 2015
Gallaudet Chapel Hall. Image © Flickr CC User Mr.TinDC
Gallaudet Chapel Hall. Image © Flickr CC User Mr.TinDC

Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for deaf and hard of hearing students, has launched an international competition to re-design its historic Washington DC campus. Participants will be challenged to "create a new campus gateway and redefine the University’s urban edge as a vibrant, mixed-use, creative and cultural district." Design proposals are not required during the competition's first stage; teams will be shortlisted based on their "understanding of the institution and project, team composition and past experience."

Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

06:00 - 8 August, 2015
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Centre. Image © Wikimedia user Kakidai
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Centre. Image © Wikimedia user Kakidai

Kengo Kuma (born 8th August, 1956) is one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture. His reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architectural elements for the 21st century has involved serious innovation in uses of natural materials, new ways of thinking about light and lightness and architecture that enhances rather than dominates. His buildings don't attempt to fade into the surroundings through simple gestures, as some current Japanese work does, but instead his architecture attempts to manipulate traditional elements into statement-making architecture that still draws links with the area its built in. These high-tech remixes of traditional elements and influences have proved popular across Japan and beyond, and his recent works have begun expanding out of Japan to China and the West.

Great British Buildings: Pear Tree House, London

19:30 - 7 August, 2015
Pear Tree House, Photographer: Nick Worley
Pear Tree House, Photographer: Nick Worley

An exclusive architect-led, behind the scenes talk and tour of this RIBA London Award winning family home by Edgley Design. Discover the stories behind the building, what inspired the architect and what it means to have won this prize.

RIBA Presents Regent Street Windows Project

02:30 - 7 August, 2015
Office S&M concept window design for Hamleys © Office S&M
Office S&M concept window design for Hamleys © Office S&M

The RIBA Regent Street Windows Project pairs exceptional architects with flagship retailers to create architectural installations in the windows of fashion retailers, skincare boutiques, perfumeries, restaurants and cafes along and around Regent Street, London. Now in its sixth year, the project has been developed in partnership with the Regent Street Association, and creates a vast public architecture exhibition seen by more than one million people each week. Open for three weeks in September, it ties into the city-wide London Design Festival and the internationally renowned London Fashion Week.

The Czech Centre London Presents "Czech Houses"

02:30 - 6 August, 2015
Courtesy of Czech Centre London
Courtesy of Czech Centre London

Focused on family housing, the highlight of contemporary Czech architecture, the exhibition presents 33 exceptional designs by 33 architectural studios offering an insight into contemporary Czech architecture and urbanism. Showing a wide range of approaches to individual housing needs including large and small houses; new projects and renovations; houses in the countryside, in dense urban centres and in suburbia; made of concrete, wood, bricks or steel; in modern, abstract, or traditional styles distinctive, subtle or introverted, the exhibition demonstrates the continuous increase in the quality of Czech architecture since the fall of Communism in 1989, capturing the developments in architecture within the context of significant political and social change.

Light: Beyond Transparency with James Carpenter

19:30 - 5 August, 2015
James Carpenter Design Associates, Sky-Reflector Net
James Carpenter Design Associates, Sky-Reflector Net

This October, UrbanGlass in Brooklyn will host a one-day workshop with architect James Carpenter. James' work with UrbanGlass began more than two decades ago, when he worked in our studios to create unique projects in glass. The class "Light: Beyond Transparency" requires no previous knowledge about glass processes and techniques, but will include time in the studio learning about how the material is manipulated.

"Light Beyond Transparency" will take place on October 18th, 10am-5pm. This one-day workshop will focus on observation and explore a conceptual approach to manifesting these observations in the built environment. 

How The Architectural League Gave a Platform to 30 Years of Emerging Voices

12:30 - 5 August, 2015
The Aqua Tower in Chicago by Jeanne Gang, who won the 2006 Emerging Voices award. Image © Wikimedia user Peace01234
The Aqua Tower in Chicago by Jeanne Gang, who won the 2006 Emerging Voices award. Image © Wikimedia user Peace01234

Since 1982, The Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices awards have helped to launch hundreds of careers and consistently picked out the best and brightest in architecture. To highlight the release of a new anthology of the work of Emerging Voices' luminaries, Metropolis Magazine spoke with the League’s director, Rosalie Genevro, and the program director, Anne Rieselbach, about the mission of the Emerging Voices awards. The interview covers the changing criteria and contexts of the awards, adapting to a new form of voice in the information age and some of the award's most successful alumni. Read the full interview, including inside information on how the selection process works, over at Metropolis Magazine here.

Examining OMA's Two Latest Venues for Contemporary Art

04:00 - 5 August, 2015
Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen
Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen

In an article for DesignCurial, Shumi Bose visits OMA's new galleries in Milan and Moscow: the Fondazione Prada and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Noting that "the mythologies [between OMA and Miuccia Prada] have become inextricably intertwined" over recent years, "the purpose of [the Fondazione Prada] was to produce a range of spaces for the creation, display of and engagement with art; what results is the built realisation of a particular ethos, affording the protean OMA a return to form. And it was always going to be stylish." Bose's flowing description of the building and its spaces, which she ultimately praises as "a place which will bear return," leads into an equally compelling description of Garage for which she recognises its clear "contribution [...] in supporting, indeed composing, the very narrative of Russian contemporary art."

Le Corbusier Tapestry Intended for the Sydney Opera House Will Finally be Installed

06:00 - 4 August, 2015
© Sydney Opera House. Image via Architecture AU
© Sydney Opera House. Image via Architecture AU

On June 9, 2015, philanthropists finally acquired a tapestry by Le Corbusier originally intended to be hung in the Sydney Opera House. After Jørn Utzon won the commission for the building in 1958, he wrote to Le Corbusier, whom he admired, requesting a piece of “decoration, carpet and painting” for the Sydney Opera House, including drawings of his design. The two met in Paris in 1959 and the work was completed and delivered in 1960, where it was hung in Utzon’s own house. After Utzon left Australia in 1966, the tapestry was never installed in the Opera House, remaining in the Utzon house until now. Read the whole story on Architecture AU here.

Xlab in New York

03:30 - 4 August, 2015
Be a part of this exciting conference, 11/5 and 11/6 in NYC!
Be a part of this exciting conference, 11/5 and 11/6 in NYC!

Xlab is the event where technology, place and design intersect, and brings together the designers, thinkers and makers who are transforming the landscape of experience design and influencing our future through the use of technology, from connected data and wearables, to enhancing interaction with the environments we live, work, travel and play in. Xlab has grown 300% in the last two years, and now is a part of the New York Digital Signage Week, and has expanded to a 2 day conference with tours!

Be | Branded Environments Workshop Returns to LA

02:30 - 4 August, 2015
Join us for an inspiring and engaging event, in LA,  August 20, 2015!
Join us for an inspiring and engaging event, in LA, August 20, 2015!

SEGD’s Be | Branded Environments Workshop returns on Thursday, August 20 at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA (Los Angeles). Be is SEGD’s premier event developed for designers and architects focusing on the nexus and state of brand, identity, and place showcasing the power of branded environments and experiences and how they are activating and transforming the places we live, play, work, and rest in! Optional tour of downtown LA on 8/21.

Apply to the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

19:30 - 3 August, 2015

Top media, architecture and design school in Russia opens application for education programme 2015/16.

With applications closing on the 4th of September, the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design (Moscow) opens the application to the education year 2015/16. The Strelka Institute is a non-governmental institute with a particular focus on the City, using multidisciplinary techniques from varied fields such as sociology, economics, architecture, political and cultural studies. Since 2012, Strelka has been among Domus Magazine’s top 100 European schools of Design and Architecture.

London's Brutalist British Library Given 'Listed' Status

04:15 - 3 August, 2015
Courtesy of The British Library
Courtesy of The British Library

The British Library in London's St. Pancras is often hailed as the only major public building to be built in Great Britain in the twentieth century. "No other project, since the building of St. Paul’s Cathedral over 400 years ago, took so long to construct or was surrounded by so much controversy." Begun in 1962, completed in 1997, and opened to the public in 1998, the Brutalist building is a world-class a repository of artistic, scholarly and literary treasures. It has now, along with seven other post-war libraries, been given Grade I Listed status for "its soaring and stimulating spaces" which, according to Historic England, have become "much-loved and well-used by scholars and members of the public alike."

Spotlight: Konstantin Melnikov

02:30 - 3 August, 2015
Melnikov Residence (1929) / Konstantin Melnikov. Image © Denis Esakov
Melnikov Residence (1929) / Konstantin Melnikov. Image © Denis Esakov

Best known for the Rusakov Workers’ Club and his own house, Russian architect and painter Konstantin Melnikov (August 3rd, 1890 - November 28th, 1974) has only recently received his due, now more than forty years after his death. He spent much of the twentieth century shunned by the Soviet architectural establishment, having refused to capitulate to the increasingly conformist (and classicist) prescriptions of Stalinism. As a result, he was forced to end his career only a decade after it started, returning to his other avocation as a painter and leaving in his wake only a precious few completed works.

Open Call: Chandigarh Unbuilt Competition to Complete Le Corbusier's Capitol

16:00 - 2 August, 2015
Courtesy of archasm
Courtesy of archasm

Online international competition organizer archasm has launched its “Chandigarh Unbuilt: Completing the Capitol” ideas competition, which seeks designs to finalize and complement Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex in ChandigarhIndia.

Three buildings at the complex have been built according to Le Corbusier’s plans—the Secretariat, Assembly Hall, and High Court—but the fourth and final building, called the Museum of Knowledge, has yet to be conceptualized.