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Open Call: Co-Machines - Mobile Disruptive Architectures

13:58 - 5 February, 2016
Open Call: Co-Machines - Mobile Disruptive Architectures

The modernist movement looked to industrial processes – factories, warehouses and silos - to enhance their designs. Their dream was to create rationalized machines for living. They thought the functional glass box could modernize everyday life. By bringing efficiency into every aspect of the city, home, and schools we would become liberated creatives and thinkers. Since then, there have been many iterations of machine-methods applied to the physical and cultural environment.

Open Call: AIM Bamboo Architecture Competition for the Village of Rural Makers

11:00 - 5 February, 2016
Open Call: AIM Bamboo Architecture Competition for the Village of Rural Makers

The countryside carries so much emotional weight and nostalgia through thousands of years of time. Currently, more than 100 villages disappear every day in China. On the other hand, the rise of city living standards and GDP require a more suitable tourist experience in the surviving villages. How can we combine the inheritance and preservation of villages with a countryside tourism business model? To provide a better ecosystem for lodge and inn, farm, organic agriculture and handmade crafts is the challenge that we are facing now!

Film Screening: Moshe Safdie: The Power of Architecture

09:30 - 5 February, 2016
Film Screening: Moshe Safdie: The Power of Architecture

In conjunction with the exhibition Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie on display at BSA Space, this portrait film celebrates the life and work of world-renowned Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie FAIA by highlighting his outstanding contribution to the field of architecture. From the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem to the masterplan for the city of Modi’in to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, this personal documentary delves into some of Safdie’s most famous design projects and explores what makes each one unique.

BSA Urban Design Workshop: Suffolk Downs Concept Presentations

09:15 - 5 February, 2016
BSA Urban Design Workshop: Suffolk Downs Concept Presentations

The Suffolk Downs Urban Design Workshop is the third in an ongoing series of Urban Design Workshops organized by the BSA Foundation. The workshops’ overall goal is to open up dialogue and stimulate thinking about the design potential of places with particularly significant and compelling opportunities.

Event: Family Design Day: Skyscraper Challenge

09:00 - 5 February, 2016
Event: Family Design Day: Skyscraper Challenge, "Hover Taxi" by Jin Zan. Image © Jin Zan, Creative Commons license, modified
"Hover Taxi" by Jin Zan. Image © Jin Zan, Creative Commons license, modified

This month, Family Design Day is all about skyscrapers! Boston, home to the Hancock and Prudential towers, is taking steps to elevate the city’s skyline. But how tall can architects and engineers actually build? Learn more about the architecture, science, and art behind what keeps the world’s tallest buildings standing and then, using a kit of parts, design and build your own skyscraper.

BSA Urban Design Workshop: Suffolk Downs Panel Discussion

19:30 - 4 February, 2016
BSA Urban Design Workshop: Suffolk Downs Panel Discussion

The Suffolk Downs Urban Design Workshop is the third in an ongoing series of Urban Design Workshops organized by the BSA Foundation. The workshops’ overall goal is to open up dialogue and stimulate thinking about the design potential of places with particularly significant and compelling opportunities.

The evening will include an introduction to the scope of and goals for the workshop, followed by a lively panel discussion moderated by Renée Loth, editor of ArchitectureBoston magazine. Suffolk Downs represents an opportunity to create a forward-looking 21st-century neighborhood that is equitable, diverse, environmentally aware, and in tune with shifting development trends.

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

17:30 - 4 February, 2016
Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation.

ASF-UK Symposium: Designing In Uncertain Global Times

16:30 - 4 February, 2016
ASF-UK Symposium:  Designing In Uncertain Global Times

Join ASF-UK for a one day symposium to explore how built environment practitioners can respond to emerging global challenges in cities. With highly interactive sessions throughout the day, we will test and discuss different skills, approaches and knowledge that can ‘challenge practice’ in order to design in uncertain global times. The day will be a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of working in this sector, to network with others in this field and a chance to discover ways in which to engage with ASF-UK. The event will end with a reflection by practitioners involved in innovative forms of practice in the UK and around the world.

Event: Conscious Cities Conference

13:00 - 4 February, 2016
Event: Conscious Cities Conference

Conscious Cities is a one-day conference organised by MoA and THECUBE that aims to explore the relationship between neuroscience and architecture. By bringing together neuroscientists, architects, engineers, planners and developers, the conference aims to offer necessary tools for understanding how the built environment impacts our cognitive functions, while also showing how professionals can use research in neuroscience to design better spaces and cities for the future.

Exhibition: Finding Form

11:00 - 4 February, 2016
Exhibition: Finding Form

Finding Form is a co-show art event showcasing the works of Jeff Morrical, Jeff Guiducci & Carmelia Chiang, all working as architects in Los Angeles.

Morrical's work, The Folded Ocean, incorporates single sheet sculptures shaped by folds and gravity. Guiducci & Chiang's work, Tangential Mode, demonstrates the many possibilities of extraordinary form through the use of a most ordinary material - PVC piping.

The opening reception took place on Jan 23, 2016 and will be open to the public through Feb 13, 2016 at Design Matters Gallery in West Los Angeles. (11527 W. Pico Blvd).

Call for Entries: Facade Design for Additions to County Theater, Doylestown

11:00 - 4 February, 2016
Call for Entries: Facade Design for Additions to County Theater, Doylestown

A new design competition asks participants to design a facade and street presence for a new addition to the historic 1938 County Theater in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Exhibition: A Look at the History and Restoration of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat

10:30 - 4 February, 2016
Exhibition: A Look at the History and Restoration of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat

Villa Tugendhat (1928–30) in the Czech Republic is the most well-preserved example of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s early functionalism. It is regarded as one of the world’s most important manifestations of villa architecture and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building also likely inspired the Norwegian architect Arne Korsmo’s work on Villa Stenersen (1937–39).

Call for Entries: The Site Gallery Design

07:53 - 4 February, 2016
Call for Entries: The Site Gallery Design

This international one-stage architecture competition invites all architecture students, young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies (≤ 40 years old) to develop and submit compelling ideas for the design of a Site Gallery located near the River Tower (Torre do Rio) in the bank of the Guadiana River and adjacent to the fortified walls of the village of Mértola, Portugal.

Call for Entries: Creative Director Role for RIBA Gurrilla Tactics Conference

07:50 - 3 February, 2016
Call for Entries: Creative Director Role for RIBA Gurrilla Tactics Conference

The RIBA is excited to launch the recruitment process for the role of Creative Directorship of the 2016 ‘Guerrilla Tactics’ small practice conference. We are looking for a committed individual with an existing profile within the world of design or the built environment, with a proven track record for innovation, creativity and thought-leadership.

Spotlight: Alvar Aalto

07:00 - 3 February, 2016
Spotlight: Alvar Aalto, Jyvaskyla University. Image © Nico Saieh
Jyvaskyla University. Image © Nico Saieh

As one of the key figures of midcentury Modernism and perhaps Finland's most celebrated architect, Alvar Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was known for his humanistic approach to Modernism. For his characteristically Finnish take on architecture, Aalto has become a key reference point for architecture in the Nordic countries, and his commitment to creating a total work of art left many examples of his design genius not only in buildings but also in their interior features, including furniture, lamps, and glassware design.

Event: Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference 2016

18:00 - 2 February, 2016
Event: Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference 2016

Bringing the world’s top designers and business leaders together to discover how design makes the world better, smarter, cooler, and more innovative. Bloomberg Businessweek Design highlights the intersection of design, technology and business. The day-long event draws attendees from every industry that relies on design—social media, ecommerce, graphic design, robotics, nanotechnology, data visualization, genomics, architecture and fashion. Learn more and purchase tickets, here

Public Vote Selects A Collection Of 'Future Architecture' Ideas

04:00 - 2 February, 2016
Public Vote Selects A Collection Of 'Future Architecture' Ideas, Geographical range of the selected Ideas. Image Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform
Geographical range of the selected Ideas. Image Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform

The results of the 2015 Future Architecture Call for Ideas have been announced, "revealing the critical thinking of the currently emerging generation of designers and architects in relation to the existing models that shape architecture as a discipline." Submissions presented visions "of what architecture could be, and highlighted architects and designers as initiators of change in the larger societal picture." As the first pan-European platform of architecture museums, festivals and producers, it has been designed to both bring together ideas about the future of cities and architecture closer to the wider public.

You can browse the selection after the break.

Event: Sustainability and Building Energy Modelling Workshop for Architects

18:00 - 1 February, 2016
Event: Sustainability and Building Energy Modelling Workshop for Architects

A three-day Building Energy Modeling workshop 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.