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Call for Proposals: 2016 Design Matters Conference - Miami Rising

14:00 - 9 August, 2016
Call for Proposals: 2016 Design Matters Conference - Miami Rising

The Design Matters Conference is the world’s only dedicated annual meeting that seeks to bring top designers, journalists and civic leaders into exploratory dialogue with those not-for-profit professionals and volunteers charged with creating cultural programs (exhibitions, tours, lectures and symposia, festivals and films, youth outreach) to spur broader public interest in architecture and design.

Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

07:00 - 8 August, 2016
Spotlight: Kengo Kuma, Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi

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.

Call for Submissions: Glendale Arts Donor Wall Request for Proposals

08:45 - 5 August, 2016
Call for Submissions: Glendale Arts Donor Wall Request for Proposals, The Alex Theatre forecourt
The Alex Theatre forecourt

Gendale Arts seeks southern California artists to respond to an RFP for a Donor Recognition Project. Deadline to submit proposals is August 16th, 2016. Further details including budget, timeline, and submission guidelines are listed in the RFP. To submit proposal, or for questions please contact Nina Crowe at ncrowe@glendalearts.org

Alvar Aalto Design Seminar

08:30 - 5 August, 2016
Alvar Aalto Design Seminar, Alvar Aalto Design Seminar 27–28 August 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland
Alvar Aalto Design Seminar 27–28 August 2016, Jyväskylä, Finland

The summer’s most anticipated design and architecture event – the 8th International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar, 27–28.8.2016 – brings together design professionals, students and design fans from around the world.

This year’s theme, MAXIMAL I MINIMAL, is an appeal on behalf of high-quality design. The event will be chaired by designer and interior architect Simo Heikkilä, who challenges participants and the twelve speakers to consider the choices made in design work and the sustainability of those choices.

Speakers at the Alvar Aalto Design Seminar will be Jonas Bohlin, Richard Hutten, Jouko Järvisalo, Max Lamb, Hans Lensvelt, Cecilie Manz, Kaoru Mende, Päivi

Pink Zoning Detroit

08:30 - 5 August, 2016
Pink Zoning Detroit, Cover image courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Cover image courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The City of Detroit, in partnership with the Knight Foundation, seeks ambitious, multidisciplinary planning and design teams to reimagine Detroit’s commercial corridors and explore reforms to Detroit’s land use regulations.

Inspired by the principles of Lean Urbanism, the project involves modest research, design, and analysis services, spread over a six month period.

Successful teams will receive $19,000 to cover costs and travel.

Spotlight: Shigeru Ban

06:00 - 5 August, 2016
Spotlight: Shigeru Ban, Nine Bridges Country Club. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai
Nine Bridges Country Club. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai

Shigeru Ban (born August 5th 1957) is a Japanese architect who won the 2014 Pritzker Prize for his significant contributions in architectural innovation and philanthropism. His ability to re-apply conventional knowledge in differing contexts has resulted in a breadth of work that is characterized by structural sophistication and unconventional techniques and materials. Ban has used these innovations not only to create beautiful architecture but as a tool to help those in need, by creating fast, economical, and sustainable housing solutions for the homeless and the displaced. As the Pritzker jury cites: “Shigeru Ban is a tireless architect whose work exudes optimism.”

Martha Thorne Urges UK to Preserve International Recognition of Qualifications in Wake of Brexit

14:00 - 4 August, 2016
Martha Thorne Urges UK to Preserve International Recognition of Qualifications in Wake of Brexit, Martha Thorne. Image © IE University
Martha Thorne. Image © IE University

Martha Thorne, the Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize and dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid, has warned of the dangers that the United Kingdom's decision to withdraw from the EU will pose to the architecture profession both in the UK and the EU. As reported by BDOnline, Thorne highlighted the mutual recognition of professional qualifications that has been established by the EU, enabling architects qualified in any EU country to practice in another EU country without being required to requalify.

Spotlight: Konstantin Melnikov

08:00 - 3 August, 2016
Spotlight: Konstantin Melnikov, 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.

eVolo 2017 Skyscraper Competition

07:00 - 3 August, 2016
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2017 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the 2017 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

IE Spaces for Innovation Prize

18:56 - 2 August, 2016
IE Spaces for Innovation Prize

Attention top architecture and design talents!

IE School of Architecture and Design, one of the leading architecture schools in Europe, is committed to the continuous development of the practice of architecture and design and seeks to promote innovation and entrepreneurial spirit at all levels. Through its unique combination of design, innovation, and management, the school expands the boundaries of traditional architectural education and welcomes students who seek to find their own professional path and make a real contribution to the world of architecture and design.

Fentress Global Challenge 2016

07:00 - 2 August, 2016
Fentress Global Challenge 2016

In its fifth year the Fentress Global Challenge invites young architects to explore future design possibilities in public architecture. This year the annual competition challenges students to envision The Airport of the Future, designing speculative projects for a future in which airports will have ever-more significance as facilities for travel, retail, leisure, national security and more.

Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2017 "International Competition"

15:02 - 1 August, 2016
Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2017 "International Competition", Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2017 "International Competition"
Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2017 "International Competition"

Call for Entries:
Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2017 International Competition 

Kerning for a Cause

14:56 - 1 August, 2016
Kerning for a Cause

The Chicago Chapter of The Architecture Lobby announces its first ever design competition, Kerning for a Cause, beginning August 1, 2016.

Getting Things Done: Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg

13:51 - 1 August, 2016
Getting Things Done: Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg, Fink Thurnher Architekten. Agrarbildungszentrum // Agricultural College, Altmünster/Upper Austria. Photo by Walter Ebenhofer
Fink Thurnher Architekten. Agrarbildungszentrum // Agricultural College, Altmünster/Upper Austria. Photo by Walter Ebenhofer

Galeri Petronas, in partnership with the Austrian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, recently launched a travelling exhibition titled “Getting Things Done : Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg”.

The exhibition features 70 panels that showcase the evolution and current state of Vorarlberg’s distinctive built environment and GALERI PETRONAS is the first Asian stop and the only venue in Malaysia to host this global-touring exhibition.

Resilient Landscapes: Designing for Water, Risk, and Remediation

12:57 - 1 August, 2016
Resilient Landscapes: Designing for Water, Risk, and Remediation, San Mateo Wastewater Treatment Plant Competition Finalist - Perkins+Will San Francisco
San Mateo Wastewater Treatment Plant Competition Finalist - Perkins+Will San Francisco

Our urban environment is in constant flux brought on by changes in economies and climate change. Issues of adaptation and resiliency are increasingly more relevant to all design disciplines. Jim Wasley and Jennifer Cooper-Sabo will discuss their design projects and research related to managing stormwater, revitalizing brownfields, and assessing climate change risk and adaptation in the Great Lakes and Bay Area regions.

Queen Hur Memorial Park Design Competition (India)

06:00 - 31 July, 2016
Queen Hur Memorial Park Design Competition (India), QueenHur MemorialPark Competition, INDIA
QueenHur MemorialPark Competition, INDIA

Ÿ"Queen Hur Memorial Park Construction Project" is promoted in joint as a result of the 2015 Korea-India Summit on reinforcing cultural and personal exchanges between the two countries. The project is to reorganize the existing Queen Hur Memorial Park located in Ayodhya, India, and to extend the park in the riverside area next to the memorial park to construct the memorial park newly for connecting to the adjacent urban fabric, and commercial and cultural facilities.

Spotlight: Santiago Calatrava

07:00 - 28 July, 2016
Spotlight: Santiago Calatrava, The Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Art Museum. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/bvincent/18091164/'>Flickr user bvincent</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a>
The Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Art Museum. Used under Creative Commons. Image © Flickr user bvincent licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Known for his daring neo-futurist sculptural buildings and over 50 bridges worldwide, Santiago Calatrava (born July 28, 1951) is one of the most celebrated and controversial architects working today. Trained as both an architect and structural engineer, Calatrava has been lauded throughout his career for his work that seems to defy physical laws and imbues a sense of motion into still objects.

Emerge Competition

14:42 - 25 July, 2016
Emerge Competition, Emerge Competition
Emerge Competition

High unemployment and under-employment statistics amongst the youth in Zimbabwe cannot go unnoticed. The need for strategic partnerships is now evident.

In 2016, Emerge is addressing this issue through proposing a brief that rethinks the traditional youth centre building typology.

Emerge would like to see your new visions for a Youth and Entrepreneurship Centre.