How Do Architects Mix Shots? With Blueprints, Of Course

08:00 - 23 October, 2015
How Do Architects Mix Shots? With Blueprints, Of Course , Courtesy of Melissa Wood and Paul Knorr
Courtesy of Melissa Wood and Paul Knorr

The best buildings always start with a background, materials, and a plan. With a little help, now shots can too. In their new book, The Architecture of the Shot, author Paul Knorr and architectural planner Melissa Wood teamed up to create 75 blueprints detailing the creation of "the perfect shot from the bottom up." With historical backgrounds, detailed materials lists, and precise plans, anyone with an architectural eye will feel right at home constructing the “perfect” mixtures.

The Question of Honors in Architectural Education

19:30 - 22 October, 2015
The Question of Honors in Architectural Education, Max Hacke presenting Diploma Honors. Image © Valerie Bennet
Max Hacke presenting Diploma Honors. Image © Valerie Bennet

This article was written by Barbara Campbell-Lange, Head of Teaching at the AA School of Architecture in London, on her experience working at the school. 

Open Call: Arquine Launches Competition to Design the 2016 MEXTROPOLI Pavilion

08:00 - 22 October, 2015
Open Call: Arquine Launches Competition to Design the 2016 MEXTROPOLI Pavilion

Held annually since 1998, Arquine’s International Architecture Competition seeks to explore issues of importance and relevance to society, creating a space for dialogue between both national and international architects.

Spotlight: Peter Cook

07:00 - 22 October, 2015
Spotlight: Peter Cook, Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook
Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook

As one of the founding members of Archigram, the avant-garde futurist architecture group of the 1960s, the British architect, professor, and writer Sir Peter Cook (born 22 October 1936) has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century; one of his most significant works from his time with Archigram, The Plug-In City, still invokes debates on technology and society, challenging standards of architectural discourse today. With a love for the slithering, the swarming and the spooky, Cook continues to teach at the University College London's Bartlett School of Architecture and lecture around the world.

Researchers Develop Smart Window Coating That Controls Light and Heat Transmission Independently

14:00 - 21 October, 2015
Researchers Develop Smart Window Coating That Controls Light and Heat Transmission Independently, © ACS Publications via Interesting Engineering
© ACS Publications via Interesting Engineering

In an era when both environmental comfort and sustainability are key concerns in architecture, the tendency to cover buildings entirely in glass is among the most criticized and controversial traits of contemporary architecture, as all-glass buildings often guzzle energy thanks to their demanding cooling and heating requirements. Over the years, a number of fixes for this problem have been attempted, including smart glass solutions that allow users to modify the transparency of the window. The problem with this solution, however, is that smart glass is unable to block infrared (heat) transmission without ruining the very thing that makes glass attractive in the first place: its transparency to visible light. That conundrum may soon be a thing of the past, though. As reported by Phys.org, a team of researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new smart window technology that allows users to selectively control the transmission of light and heat to suit their requirements.

Lecture: Terreform ONE at The Bartlett

07:00 - 21 October, 2015
Lecture: Terreform ONE at The Bartlett, Bartlett-2015
Bartlett-2015

This lecture will discuss Terreform ONE, a non-profit design group that promotes smart design in cities. Through intensive projects, the group aims to illuminate the environmental possibilities of New York City and inspire solutions in similar areas globally. The group develops solutions for local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, and water. These solutions are derived from the interface of design, computation and synthetic biology.

Call for Sessions: SAH 2017 Annual International Conference

04:00 - 20 October, 2015
Call for Sessions: SAH 2017 Annual International Conference, Cloisters at University of Glasgow (courtesy of People Make Glasgow)
Cloisters at University of Glasgow (courtesy of People Make Glasgow)

At its 2017 Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, SAH will offer a total of 36 paper sessions. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters, and partner organizations, to chair a session at the conference. As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the Annual International Conference, non-members who wish to chair a session will be required to join SAH at the time of submitting a session proposal.

Call for Submissions: Wood Design & Buidling Awards

02:30 - 19 October, 2015
Call for Submissions: Wood Design & Buidling Awards

Wood Design & Building Awards is the only North American program to annually recognize excellence in wood architecture. Entries to the 2015 program celebrate leading edge architecture.

LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum: Cyprus 2016 International Student Competition

02:30 - 19 October, 2015
LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum: Cyprus 2016 International Student Competition, LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum: Cyprus 2016 International Student Competition, Image: Christos Constantinides
LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum: Cyprus 2016 International Student Competition, Image: Christos Constantinides

Meet the challenge – take part in the International Student Competition of the LE:NOTRE Institute Landscape Forum! The competition aims to support integrated and holistic approaches to the Akamas landscape through multidisciplinary student teams elaborating planning and design proposals at various scales.

"Flower of Life" International Student Competition for Garden Design

23:30 - 18 October, 2015
"Flower of Life" International Student Competition for Garden Design, Poster: 'Flower of Life' International Student Competition for Garden Design
Poster: 'Flower of Life' International Student Competition for Garden Design

Imagine future cities full of gardens with flower carpets, full of playing children, humming bees and fluttering butterflies. Gardens that help to create a healthy environment, cool cities, collect rainwater and are adapted to the local climate. 

Call For Submissions: Emerge Competition

23:00 - 18 October, 2015
Call For Submissions: Emerge Competition, The Emerge Competition
The Emerge Competition

Architecture students and designers are called to define the home of the future under the theme ‘Living Tomorrow’. This is an idea-based challenge and seeks for conceptually sound proposals. The site can be of any size or form but limited to the Zimbabwean future context.

UNStudio to Lecture at LACMA

07:00 - 18 October, 2015
UNStudio to Lecture at LACMA, Arnhem Central Transfer Terminal, ©MOKA / UNStudio
Arnhem Central Transfer Terminal, ©MOKA / UNStudio

In collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design, Caroline Bos, co-founder and Principal Urban Planner of UNStudio (www.unstudio.com), will speak about recent architectural, infrastructural and masterplan projects carried out by UNStudio. She will also introduce UNStudio’s Urban Unit and the approach to knowledge sharing recently adopted by the practice to enable the development, application and dissemination of practice related research.

57°10 Lecture Series

04:00 - 18 October, 2015
57°10 Lecture Series, 57°10 2015/16 Schedule
57°10 2015/16 Schedule

An architecture lecture series society at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment in Aberdeen, Scotland. The society, 57°10, has been running for 27 years and invites guest lecturers to the school to talk about the ideas and projects explored by their practices. The society prides itself in being student led; providing lectures that will in turn inspire our future architects, perhaps on topics out-with the discourse of the school.https://www.facebook.com/FiftySevenTenSociety

Stanley Tigerman Unveils His 2015 New Titantic

02:30 - 18 October, 2015
Stanley Tigerman Unveils His 2015 New Titantic

Stanley Tigerman will discuss his 2015 New Titanic along with the opening of a special exhibit that includes a selection of past and recent work featuring the 1978 “Titanic” photomontage.

ArchXpo 2016

22:00 - 17 October, 2015
ArchXpo 2016, ArchXpo 2016
ArchXpo 2016

Co-Organised with Singapore Institute of Architect (SIA), ArchXpo 2016 will be it's 3rd Installation in the coming year.

Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monument

19:00 - 17 October, 2015
Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monument, Florian Joye, Wires, 2009
Florian Joye, Wires, 2009

Monuments are deliberate gestures—objects or structures created to commemorate an event, person or era. Their meaning is usually imposed, and they often serve as focal points for aspirational civic and political attributes like valor and sacrifice, or to underscore a foundational political narrative. But their meaning can transform, changing over time as the relevance of their symbolism ebbs and flows due to social and political shifts. Like monuments, architecture and photography are also inflected with a grace of intention, and both have the ability to commemorate or represent a nation, event, time or place. The act of photographing monuments and buildings transforms them, sometimes revealing some of the original qualities and more closely evoking the response that they were originally intended to have. And photographs have an inherent memorial quality. This group exhibition examines the work of international artists, some of whose work addresses actual monuments, some whom look at architecture and its relationship to memory and how its importance and symbolism can shift over time, and others approach the idea of the future monument.

'A New Charter of Athens': a lecture by Professor Richard Sennett

14:30 - 17 October, 2015
'A New Charter of Athens': a lecture by Professor Richard Sennett

'Next year sees the opening of Habitat III, the environmental congress held every twenty years by the United Nations. For this event, a manifesto is being prepared about the design of cities. It aims to replace the guidance given by Le Corbusier and others nearly a century ago, in document they called "The Charter of Athens." The new Charter of Athens addresses issues emerging in the 21st Century about environmental crises, the uses of technology and big data, and the challenge of social inclusion. The lecture serves as an introduction to this modest proposal.'

Spotlight: Alejandro Zaera-Polo

12:00 - 17 October, 2015
Spotlight: Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. Image © Satoru Mishima / FOA
Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. Image © Satoru Mishima / FOA

Alejandro Zaera-Polo (born October 17th 1963) is an internationally recognized architect and scholar and founder of LondonZurich and Princeton based firm Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture (AZPML). First rising to prominence in the 1980s with his writings for publications such as El Croquis, Zaera-Polo has had a prolific career in both the academic and professional realms of architecture.