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OMA Fiction - Non Fiction: Exhibition, Map & More

18:00 - 23 December, 2015
OMA Fiction - Non Fiction: Exhibition, Map & More

In the coming months, OMI is entirely devoted to OMA, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. With the reopening of the Kunsthal, the completion of De Rotterdam and Timmerhuis this is a perfect opportunity to profile the work of OMA. OMI publishes a special map, organises excursions, and an accompanying exhibition at OMI’s own location gives insight into the work of the office in Rotterdam and The Hague.

A' International Design Award - Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Lighting Design

16:14 - 22 December, 2015
A' International Design Award - Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Lighting Design

A’ Design Award & Competition is the world’s leading international annual juried competition for design. The A’ Design Accolades are organized in a wide range of creative fields to highlight the very best designers from all countries in all disciplines. Entries to the competition are peer-reviewed and anonymously judged by an influential jury panel of experienced academics, prominent press members and established professionals. A’ Design Award & Competition promises fame, prestige, publicity and international recognition to all A’ Design Award Winners through the A’ Design Prize which is given to celebrate the awarded designs.

The Architectural League Prize 2016: (im)permanence

07:00 - 22 December, 2015
The Architectural League Prize 2016: (im)permanence

Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition in June 2016. Winners will receive a cash prize of $2,000. A catalogue of winning work will be published by The Architectural League.

Call for Submissions: Congress Square Redesign

16:57 - 21 December, 2015
Call for Submissions: Congress Square Redesign

The City of Portland, Maine is seeking proposals from qualified Design Teams for the schematic phase re-design of Congress Square, a 1.3 acre public open space and traffic intersection in the heart of the city’s Arts District in downtown Portland, Maine. The project includes the Congress Square Redesign and the commissioning of works of Public Art, presenting a unique opportunity for collaborative urban design and public art; the redesign concept will be developed in tandem and integrated with the public artwork. 

Open Call: Supercar Showroom Display Design Competition

16:55 - 21 December, 2015
Open Call: Supercar Showroom Display Design Competition

Honda is launching a new supercar in Europe, the Honda NSX, and we would like to create a special Dealer Showroom Display for this special car within our current Car Dealers.

The NSX display area should be not bigger than 35m2, has to include private small luxurious lounge, colour chips & trims display, and has to create a differentiated spaced within the current Honda dealer showrooms (so should consider showroom limitations) and has to emphasize the exclusivity of the NSX car.

Call for Entries: Radical Re-Think

16:50 - 21 December, 2015
Call for Entries: Radical Re-Think

See things differently? 
Show your idea. Enter the Re-think competition and your work could be showcased on TiP, Balmond Studio’s influential online ideas lab. The winner will also receive a £100 iTunes voucher and enjoy a private call with Cecil Balmond himself, one of the world’s leading thinkers on space form and structure.

What is a Re-think?
Anything with an original idea at its core is a Re-think. To put it simply – a piece of work that challenges the norm. Something that pushes the boundaries, creating an alternate way of thinking.

Open Call: International Shopping Plaza Concept Competition

16:05 - 21 December, 2015
Open Call: International Shopping Plaza Concept Competition

At the beginning of the 21st century there is a need to address contemporary social needs and desires and an emerging economic potential in order to create a new generation of shopping centers and leisure facilities. Architecture is no longer considered a footnote, but a fundamental means of engaging and extending the experience of the visitor toward new dynamic leisure horizons. 

Call for Entires: Museum of Capitalism Architecture Competition

15:49 - 21 December, 2015
Call for Entires: Museum of Capitalism Architecture Competition

The Museum of Capitalism is an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of capitalism. Representing the collaborative efforts of a multidisciplinary team of curators, artists, designers, and historians, the Museum strives to broaden public understanding of capitalism through multifaceted programs: exhibitions; research and publication; collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts related to capitalism; commemorations, reenactments, and other events; and a variety of public programming. As part of an initiative to build a more permanent public presence, the planning committee seeks bold proposals that answer the question: What should the Museum of Capitalism look like?

Spotlight: David Chipperfield

06:00 - 18 December, 2015
Spotlight: David Chipperfield, Neues Museum. Image © Flickr user stijnnieuwendijk licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Neues Museum. Image © Flickr user stijnnieuwendijk licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

British architect David Chipperfield's (born 18 December 1953) career has spanned decades and continents as an architect, designer and professor. Since 1984, he has been at the helm of David Chipperfield Architects, an award winning firm with over 180 staff at offices in LondonBerlinMilan, and Shanghai. Chipperfield is an honourary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Germany's Bund Deutscher Architekten, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2004. In 2012, Chipperfield curated the Venice Biennale of Architecture under the theme Common Ground.

The Prickly Question of Progress in an Urban World Heritage Site

04:00 - 17 December, 2015
The Prickly Question of Progress in an Urban World Heritage Site, Palazzo Vecchio. Image © Petar Milošević
Palazzo Vecchio. Image © Petar Milošević

The Italian city of Florence is, according to an article for The Observer, seeking "a better class of tourist." Palazzos are being sold off and converted into hotels and spas, and the ubiquitous 'luxury apartment' development brands are creeping ever closer to some of the city's most treasured architectural monuments.  In response, a recent report from UNESCO is urging the municipal government to consider the long-term effects of proposed infrastructural plans on the city, which was inscribed in 1982. "For many vocal and disgruntled Florentines," Stephanie Kirchgaessner writes, "the Palazzo Vecchio is looking less like a stately symbol of civic pride and more like an estate agency."

Film Screening: Design Is One

11:46 - 16 December, 2015
Film Screening: Design Is One

Explore the creative universe of Lella and Massimo Vignelli, two of the most influential and well-known designers of all times. With interviews from luminaries in the world of design—from architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman to graphic designers Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, and Jessica Helfand—this film takes the viewer into the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.

Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

09:36 - 16 December, 2015
Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

Architecture Business Plan Competition

07:43 - 16 December, 2015
Architecture Business Plan Competition

The third annual Architecture Business Plan Competition is open for free registration. Five finalists are brought to Philadelphia just prior to the 2016 AIA National Convention to present their full business plan. The grand prize winner receives $10,000! The competition is open to licensed architects in the United States and Canada owning a firm less than 10 years old, or planning to start a firm within the next year.

Open Design Competition: New Aarhus School of Architecture – NEW AARCH

07:00 - 16 December, 2015
Open Design Competition: New Aarhus School of Architecture – NEW AARCH

The Danish Building & Property Agency and the Aarhus School of Architecture welcome you to the open design competition for New Aarhus School of Architecture – NEW AARCH. In launching this competition we are inviting proposals for the design of the future School of Architecture in Aarhus.

Henning Larsen, Foster and Feilden Clegg Bradley Shortlisted to Design UC College of Business

16:00 - 15 December, 2015
Henning Larsen, Foster and Feilden Clegg Bradley Shortlisted to Design UC College of Business, City of Cincinnati. Image © Flickr CC User Robert S. Donovan
City of Cincinnati. Image © Flickr CC User Robert S. Donovan

Henning Larsen ArchitectsFoster + Partners and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are all competing to design the University of Cincinnati's (UC) new Carl H. Lindner College of Business. According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, public presentations by the three finalists for the $135 million project took place last week. The University is expected to select an architect early next year. The (roughly) 275,000-square-foot building will be part of the campus' "Beautification Plan."

Spotlight: Charles and Ray Eames

11:30 - 15 December, 2015
Spotlight: Charles and Ray Eames, The Eames House. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust
The Eames House. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust

Charles (June 17, 1907 - August 21, 1978) and Ray Eames (December 15, 1912 - August 21, 1988) are best known for their personal and artistic collaboration, and their innovative designs that shaped the course of modernism. Their firm worked on a diverse array of projects, with designs for exhibitions, furniture, houses, monuments, and toys. Together they developed manufacturing processes to take advantage of new materials and technology, aiming to produce high quality everyday objects at a reasonable cost. Many of their furniture designs are considered contemporary classics, particularly the Eames Lounge & Shell Chairs, while the Eames House is a seminal work of architectural modernism.

Spotlight: Oscar Niemeyer

08:00 - 15 December, 2015
Spotlight: Oscar Niemeyer, Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Brasilia
Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Brasilia

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, or simply Oscar Niemeyer, was one of the greatest architects in Brazil's history, and one of the greats of the global modernist movement. After his death in 2012, Niemeyer left the world more than five hundred works scattered throughout the Americas, Africa and Europe. Niemeyer attended the National School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro in 1929, graduating in 1934. He began working with the influential Brazilian architect and urban planner Lúcio Costa also in 1932, a professional partnership that would last decades and result in some of the most important works in the history of modern architecture.

Oliver Wainwright on London's "Tortured Heap of Towers"

12:15 - 14 December, 2015
Oliver Wainwright on London's "Tortured Heap of Towers", © The Guardian
© The Guardian

The Guardian's latest, Oliver Wainwright and Monica Ulmanu discuss London's controversial skyline and the forces that shape it. "Perhaps the tortured heap of towers that seem to be the future of London’s skyline (some thrilling, some monstrous, all very large) is inevitable," says Wainwright. "It is a vertical expression of the Square Mile’s medieval street pattern, forced skywards by global finance and massaged by reactive planning – the chaotic cocktail of invisible forces shaping the city." Read the whole article, here