CanstructionDC 2015

12:30 - 14 October, 2015
CanstructionDC 2015 , credit: Washington Architectural Foundation
credit: Washington Architectural Foundation

This design/build competition, sponsored by the Washington Architectural Foundation, features amazing structures made entirely of canned goods by local architecture and construction teams. Canstruction benefits the Capital Area Food Bank. See entries on display in the Great Hall from November 22–29 and watch De-Canstruction on November 30 as the teams disassemble their entries to donate the canned food used in their projects. Visit go.nbm.org/canstruction for more information.

India Under Construction ‘Smart SoCIeTY’

07:00 - 14 October, 2015
India Under Construction ‘Smart SoCIeTY’ , India Under Construction ‘Smart SoCIeTY’
India Under Construction ‘Smart SoCIeTY’

India Under Construction (IUC) is a dialogue confluence of how smart management and planning have made some cites and rural basins, the benchmarks for habitat development. Now in its third year, the India Under Construction conference has tackled critical urban issues such as “Informal Cities” on inclusive development and “Design as Social Capital” on the key role of design in the creation of the urban fabric. 

2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

04:30 - 14 October, 2015
 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Main entrance and Silo, Dacheng Flour Factory, Shekou, Shenzhen; Image Courtesy of 2015 UABB
Main entrance and Silo, Dacheng Flour Factory, Shekou, Shenzhen; Image Courtesy of 2015 UABB

The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (2015 UABB), the world’s only biennale dedicated to the themes of urbanism and architecture, announced its highlight exhibits. Based in Shenzhen, one of China’s first Special Economic Zones, 2015 UABB will feature presentations from over 72 exhibitors from six continents who will all explore the theme “Re-Living The City”. Opening to the public on 4 December this year, 2015 UABB will take over the former Dacheng Flour Factory in Shekou, a declining factory complex built in 1980s that will be transformed into a multifaceted exhibition venue especially for the biennale.

Eme3_2015: International Architecture Festival

01:30 - 14 October, 2015
Eme3_2015: International Architecture Festival

From 22 to 25 of Octobre, the Gracia District will host the ninth international Architecture festival, Eme3. The aim of the festival is to discover, understand and share new forms of architecture and planning relating to the realities of today's societies, through the reflection and exchange between professionals involved and the audience.

Exhibition: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form

18:00 - 13 October, 2015
Exhibition: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form, Illustration: Bielke&Yang
Illustration: Bielke&Yang

Colourful fantasy worlds full of speech bubbles and motion lines. Buildings with human characteristics, and invisible architecture. Since the early years of the 20th century, architects have shown an enduring interest in the comic strip as a means to explore their field of activity. What is it about comics that architects find so liberating and interesting?

“Architecture in Comic-Strip Form”, the new autumn exhibition at the National Museum – Architecture in Oslo, examines the relationship between the medium of the comic strip and architecture to reveal an aspect of the architectural discipline that few people are aware of. Many architects use the comic strip as a form of expression – as a kind of counterpart or supplement to digital drawing.

Open Call: Winter Stations Now Accepting Submissions for 2016

12:00 - 13 October, 2015
Open Call: Winter Stations Now Accepting Submissions for 2016, The winning designs from the inaugural winter stations competition in Toronto
The winning designs from the inaugural winter stations competition in Toronto

Winter Stations is once again calling on the international design community to submit their visions for Toronto's winter waterfront as registration opens for the 2016 competition. Submissions are due on November 12, 2015 with winners announced in early January 2016.

Macau Architecture Promenade

07:00 - 13 October, 2015
Macau Architecture Promenade, MAP 2015 - Poster
MAP 2015 - Poster

This coming October, the international month of architecture, BABEL is launching a new project: Macau Architecture Promenade. MAP opening is schedule for 10/10 at 6.30 at the Creative Albergue and it will last until 1/11. MAP is a month long celebration of Architecture, and its relations to other arts in the public space. MAP celebrates urban culture, experimentation and innovative practices in order to inspire new ways of thinking about the city.

The Architect as Furniture Designer: Bill Pedersen

23:30 - 12 October, 2015
The Architect as Furniture Designer: Bill Pedersen, Bill Pedersen's Loop de Loop chair.
Bill Pedersen's Loop de Loop chair.

Bill Pedersen is a renowned architect and founding design partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, which is currently leading New York City's Hudson Yards Project. Less known, but equally important, is Pedersen's design versatility. He holds multiple design patents and recently created a new line of furniture, Loop de Loop, that is beautiful, comfortable, and technically innovative. Join Pedersen and Donald Albrecht, the City Museum's Curator of Architecture and Design, for a conversation exploring not only the new furniture and its influences, but also the history of architect-designed furnishings. This event is part of the Museum’s ongoing Design Talks series examining the today's leading trends in design, architecture, graphics, and multimedia.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women in Architecture

19:30 - 12 October, 2015
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women in Architecture, wikiD writing workshop; design by Jen Grosso
wikiD writing workshop; design by Jen Grosso

On Thursday October 15, 2015, in conjunction with Archtober and New York Archives Week, the Guggenheim will host its third Wikipedia edit-a-thon - to enhance articles related to women in architecture on Wikipedia. The Guggenheim aims to further the goals of Ada Lovelace Day for STEM, and Art+Feminism for art, in a field that, by its nature combines both. The Guggenheim will work alongside ArchiteXX, the founders of WikiD: Women Wikipedia Design #wikiD, the international education and advocacy program working to increase the number of Wikipedia articles on women in architecture and the built environment.

Spotlight: César Pelli

14:00 - 12 October, 2015
Spotlight: César Pelli, Petronas Towers . Image © Flickr User: einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Petronas Towers . Image © Flickr User: einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A diversity of approaches and locales is the calling card of American based, Argentinian born architect Cesar Pelli (born October 12, 1926). The common thread of Pelli’s work is a strong sensitivity to place and environment. Beginning his solo career with the Pacific Design Center (1975) in Los Angeles, and shifting through the World Financial Center (1988) (now Brookfield Place) in New York, to the Petronas Towers (1996) in Kuala LumpurMalaysia, and the now under-construction, Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, each project is a unique response to context.

Spotlight: Richard Meier

08:00 - 12 October, 2015
Spotlight: Richard Meier, The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana. Image © Scott Frances, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana. Image © Scott Frances, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier, the Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal winning architect, is well known for his abstracted, often white, buildings and unrelenting personal design philosophy. Citing Bernini and Borromini as influences as well as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, Meier received his Bachelor in Architecture from Cornell University in 1957 and took jobs with Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Marcel Breuer soon after his graduation. He began his own private practice in New York in 1963 and rocketed to architectural fame in the early 1970s, after being named as one of the "New York Five."

What Can Piketty Teach Us About Architecture?

04:00 - 12 October, 2015
What Can Piketty Teach Us About Architecture?, Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation is one example invoked by de Graaf of an architecture formerly designed around social equality and now co-opted by capital. Image © Flickr user: wojtekgurak licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation is one example invoked by de Graaf of an architecture formerly designed around social equality and now co-opted by capital. Image © Flickr user: wojtekgurak licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Last year, Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century took the world of economics by storm. His historical analysis and critique of the capitalist system fed perfectly into the wider narrative being constructed in the wake of the global financial crisis. But what lessons does Piketty hold for architects? In an article for The Architect's Newspaper, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf examines the way that the development of architecture in the 21st century mirrored that of economics, as the design of buildings became simultaneously a symptom and a cause of trends in capital. Read the full article - including de Graaf's question for the architects of the 21st century - here.

Open Call: The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition

02:30 - 12 October, 2015
Open Call: The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition, The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition
The 3rd “Earth God Temple” Student Design Competition

The Earth God (Tu Di Gong / 土地公) Temple, the symbol of humans' respect for Nature, exists in harmony and as one with the land and environment. However, current urban development practices have caused the gradual shrinking of this civic and religious center, as the property has been frequently ceded to the city under expropriation regulations. In response to this issue, Tai Square Arts and Aesthetics Association has organized the "Earth God Temple Student Design Competition", inviting young students with creativity and ideas to evaluate and provide a solution that will improve the situation of the temple and its surrounding

Domus International Prize for Restoration and Conservation

01:30 - 12 October, 2015
Domus International Prize for Restoration and Conservation, Sergio Sebastian Architects, Archeological Space in Daroca, Spain
Sergio Sebastian Architects, Archeological Space in Daroca, Spain

The Prize conceived and promoted by the Department of Architecture at Ferrara University and Fassa Bortolo company gives visibility to contemporary restoration and recovery projects (in this fifth edition of the competition only for professionals) of interest with a total prize money of 13.000 euros.

Inside the Four Seasons and other New York Landmark Interiors

16:30 - 11 October, 2015
Inside the Four Seasons and other New York Landmark Interiors

We enjoy looking at historic interiors, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. Behind the walls, below the floors, and underneath the painted surfaces are the back-stories few people have heard about the city’s known and not-so-known landmarks. The authors of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York (The Monacelli Press; September 29, 2015) will take us behind the scenes of some of the City’s most interesting spaces. They will tell little-known and fascinating stories about places like City Hall and the Tweed Courthouse, Loew’s Paradise Theater, the Four Seasons Restaurant, the Dime Savings, and Manufacturers Trust bank buildings.

Design a Skate and Play Park for Le Fanu Park in Dublin, Ireland

16:00 - 11 October, 2015
Design a Skate and Play Park for Le Fanu Park in Dublin, Ireland, Courtesy of Irish Architecture Foundation
Courtesy of Irish Architecture Foundation

The Irish Architecture Foundation has opened a new competition to design a play and skate park in Dublin, Ireland in collaboration with The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council. Located on “The Lawns” in Le Fanu Park of Ballyfermot, the project is a unique opportunity for inter-disciplinary design work. A wide range of creative practitioners are invited to apply – designers, architects, play therapists, skate/BMX professionals, wild-life experts, musicians or anyone else with a passion for working in community contexts.

Open Call: Play Park Design Competition, Ballyfermot, Ireland

02:30 - 11 October, 2015
Open Call: Play Park Design Competition, Ballyfermot, Ireland, Image by Cliona Ni Laoi
Image by Cliona Ni Laoi

Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council are launching a competition to design a play and skate park for ‘The Lawns’ in Le Fanu Park, Dublin 10. The competition is now open. The 'Play Park: Ballyfermot' project is a unique opportunity for an innovative inter-disciplinary design collective, with a passion for working in community contexts to develop a world class play and skate space for young people in Dublin.

Tile of Spain Presents: Ceramic Solutions - Innovations Pushing Boundaries of Design

10:30 - 10 October, 2015
 Tile of Spain Presents: Ceramic Solutions - Innovations Pushing Boundaries of Design, Tile of Spain presents: Ceramic Solutions - Innovations Pushing Boundaries of Design
Tile of Spain presents: Ceramic Solutions - Innovations Pushing Boundaries of Design

Mix and mingle with Tile of Spain companies, experience Spanish good and wine, plus enter to win a trip to Spain! Panel discussion with Harvard Graduate Design faculty professor, ceramic industry specialist and practicing architect discuss the current state of designing for the built environment and what solutions the field of ceramics provide to tackle emerging trends and offer new possibilities. From current commercial production collections to institutional & independent R & D, ceramic tile stretches the boundaries of building materials and their capability to impact the overall building performance & aesthetic value.