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Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi

12:00 - 5 December, 2015
Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi, Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok
Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok

Lina Bo Bardi (December 4, 1914 – March 20, 1992) was one of the most important and expressive architects of 20th century Brazilian architecture. Born in Italy as Lina Achillina Bo, she studied architecture at the University of Rome, moving to Milan after graduation. In Milan, Bo Bardi collaborated with Gio Ponti, and later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus. With her office destroyed in World War II Bo Bardi, along with Bruno Zevi, founded the publication A Cultura della Vita. As a member of the Italian Communist Party, she met the critic and art historian Pietro Maria Bardi, with whom she would move permanently to Brazil.

Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill

08:00 - 5 December, 2015
Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill, The Factory. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
The Factory. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Ricardo Bofill (b. 1939), a graduate of the Barcelona University School of Architecture and the School of Geneva, and the founder of interdisciplinary firm Taller de Arquitectura, is renowned for his extensive body of work and ever-changing design aesthetic. His career has spanned over 50 years, encompassing more than 1000 buildings in cities ranging from Lisbon and Boston to Tokyo and St. Petersburg. His architectural approach has evolved across decades and has permeated dozens of countries worldwide.

BORDERS 2016 Festival

07:17 - 3 December, 2015
BORDERS 2016 Festival

BORDERS festival, curated by Luca Curci and Andrea Chinellato, will be presented in Venice at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice Art House, and other prestigious venues and historical buildings, in the months between May and November 2016, in the same period of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. BORDERS consists of 3 main events, BODIES + CITIES SKIN, FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the Experimental Festival Exhibitions and the Venice Architecture Academy.
For more information about BORDERS FESTIVAL contact us: lucacurci@lucacurci.com

Chinese Artist Makes Bricks from Beijing's Smog

16:00 - 1 December, 2015
Chinese Artist Makes Bricks from Beijing's Smog, Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother
Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother

From the Bird’s Nest to the CCTV headquarters, for the past 100 days Chinese performance artist "Nut Brother" has been wandering the streets of Beijing collecting smog with an industrial vacuum so that he can eventually turn it into bricks. He has now began to form his bricks by mixing a combination of the collected "dust and smog" with clay. As he told Quartz, the project is meant to be a symbol. Read the whole story here

MoMA Appoints Sean Anderson as Associate Curator of Architecture and Design

14:00 - 1 December, 2015
MoMA Appoints Sean Anderson as Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design. Image © The Museum of Modern Art, NY
Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design. Image © The Museum of Modern Art, NY

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has appointed Sean Anderson as the new Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design. Under the direction of Chief Curator Martino Stierli, Anderson will be responsible for "overseeing MoMA's Issues in Contemporary Architecture exhibition series, assisting in curatorial supervision of the Young Architects Program (YAP) both at MoMA PS1 and with international partners, and serving as the primary liaison to architecture communities both locally in New York as well as globally." His appointment is now effective. 

Spotlight: Minoru Yamasaki

11:45 - 1 December, 2015
Spotlight: Minoru Yamasaki, World Trade Center. Image © Wikipedia user Jeffmock, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
World Trade Center. Image © Wikipedia user Jeffmock, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Minoru Yamasaki (December 1, 1912 – February 7, 1986) has the uncommon distinction of being most well known for how some of his buildings were destroyed. His twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York collapsed in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and his Pruitt-Igoe complex in St. Louis, Missouri, demolished less than 20 years after its completion, came to symbolize the failure of public housing and urban renewal in the United States. But beyond those infamous cases, Yamasaki enjoyed a long and prolific career, and was considered one of the masters of “New Formalism,” infusing modern buildings with classical proportions and sumptuous materials.

On OMA's Designs for 'The Factory': "an Enigmatic Tent Bulging With Programming"

04:00 - 1 December, 2015
On OMA's Designs for 'The Factory': "an Enigmatic Tent Bulging With Programming", OMA's proposal for 'The Factory'. Image © OMA
OMA's proposal for 'The Factory'. Image © OMA

In an article for the Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote responds to the recent news that OMA, based in Rotterdam, have won the competition to design the British city of Manchester's new "ultra-flexible" arts venue. The Factory, so-named because of city's rich musical heritage, will be one of the largest cultural projects of its kind. Having gained and maintained financial support from Westminster, the building—which must be able to transform from a 2,200-seat theatre into an open 5,000-capacity space—is a flagship project for the British government.

The New New York Skyline (Sunlight Not Included)

14:00 - 30 November, 2015
The New New York Skyline (Sunlight Not Included), The full diagram available on the National Geographic (link below). Image © National Geographic
The full diagram available on the National Geographic (link below). Image © National Geographic

With New York's skyline on the rise, Fast Company says that there will no longer be sunlight on the streets of Manhattan by 2020 (unless you can afford a rooftop penthouse). Thirty-four skyscrapers 700-feet and taller are currently in-progress or being proposed, adding to 41 that already exist. This may seem like a lot, but as Fast Company also points out London has 230 new towers over 20 stories planned. See National Geographic's "The New New York Skyline" illustration for a closer look. 

Innovative Minds 2016: Virtual Epoch Architectural Design Competition

17:23 - 29 November, 2015
Innovative Minds 2016: Virtual Epoch Architectural Design Competition, Innovative Minds 2016 hosted by gURROO.com
Innovative Minds 2016 hosted by gURROO.com

Design Challenge: This design competition is an exploration into the relationship between a physical architectural design, the virtual world, and a tangible site. Investigate the influence of the virtual world blending with physical architecture. A virtual world, built on the framework of the internet, computers, and mobile technology, exchanges information globally. This creates new ways of interacting with the built world. As the virtual and physical worlds become increasingly interconnected, how does this relationship influence physical architecture and its context?

Exhibition: "Making Life Better" by William Alsop

17:22 - 29 November, 2015
Exhibition: "Making Life Better" by William Alsop, Installation view, ART & SPACE Gallery
Installation view, ART & SPACE Gallery

ART & SPACE Gallery is delighted to present new works by the famous British architect and artist WILLIAM ALSOP for the second time in Munich. You are also cordially invited to attend the lecture by Prof. William Alsop "making life better", organized with the support of the Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Auer, Technical University of Munich (TUM). The lecture takes place on November 26, 16:45-18:15, room No. 0602, Theresianum, TUM

Esquire Interviews Bjarke Ingels on the Google Headquarters, 2 World Trade Center and the NFL

12:00 - 29 November, 2015
Esquire Interviews Bjarke Ingels on the Google Headquarters, 2 World Trade Center and the NFL, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

This past February, BIG and Heatherwick Studio unveiled their designs for Google’s new Mountain View Headquarters in California. The project, which will be built by robots, faced sizeable critique, as well as site complications—that have since been resolved—over the past year. Now, as a part of Esquire’s 2015 Breakouts, Bjarke Ingels—founder of BIG—is speaking out about how the firm won the Google bid, and why the headquarters could create a new mold for Silicon Valley urbanism. Ingels goes on to discuss other major BIG projects, like 2 World Trade Center, and an upcoming NFL stadium. Read the full Esquire interview, here.

Synthesized Ornament and the Emerging Role of Minimalist Decoration

14:00 - 28 November, 2015
Synthesized Ornament and the Emerging Role of Minimalist Decoration , A House For Essex / Grayson Perry + FAT Architecture. Image © FAT/ Living Architecture
A House For Essex / Grayson Perry + FAT Architecture. Image © FAT/ Living Architecture

Is ornament seeing a resurgence in architectural design? Writing for The Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote examines the rising phenomenon of decoration as a growing element of contemporary architectural design. Describing FAT and Grayson Perry's recently completed 'kitsch' abode 'A House for Essex' Heathcote justifies the assimilation of decoration into the central design philosophy, thus creating an entirely new aesthetic category. "The building sits somewhere between outsider art, high culture and the most sophisticated postmodernism," Heathcote explains, adding that its decoration "is not just applied as a layer but subsumed into the architecture."

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Caution Despite Increase in Work in Progress

08:00 - 28 November, 2015
RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Caution Despite Increase in Work in Progress, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)'s Future Trends Survey for October 2015 showed a level of caution among UK architects, reflecting a period of slowing growth in the industry. The Future Trends workload index dropped to +18 from last month's mark of +21, showing a decrease in the number of practices that expect their workload to increase in the coming months. All regions of the UK still reported a positive balance though, with the most optimism coming from Northern Ireland with a balance figure of +25, while the most uncertain figures came from the Midlands and East Anglia, where a balance figure of +12 was reported.

Call for Entries: Cool Gardens 2016 Competition

07:11 - 27 November, 2015
Call for Entries: Cool Gardens 2016 Competition

Presented by StorefrontMB and The Forks, Cool Gardens is an exhibit of contemporary garden and art installations that offers a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in Winnipeg and Brandon. The 2016 Competition seeks creative proposals from designers, architects, landscape architects, and / or artists who are interested in challenging and celebrating the interface between urbanism, landscape, and design. Engage the urban design culture of Winnipeg or Brandon! Register today!

Alejandro Aravena on a "Time of Shifting Paradigms"

04:00 - 27 November, 2015
Alejandro Aravena on a "Time of Shifting Paradigms", © ELEMENTAL
© ELEMENTAL

Writing for Guardian Cities Alejandro Aravena, director of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, discusses what he perceives as the social reality of contemporary architects, the power of design in mobilising people to act, and "how architecture can introduce a broader notion of gain" in the face of ever greedier and evermore powerful development companies the world over. 

Any attempt to go beyond business as usual encounters huge resistance in the inertia of reality. Any effort to tackle relevant issues has to overcome the increasing complexity of the world. [...] It's time to rethink the entire role and language of architecture.

Open Call: Transform an Abandoned Lighthouse into a Tourist Facility

07:00 - 26 November, 2015
Open Call: Transform an Abandoned Lighthouse into a Tourist Facility, Courtesy of YAC
Courtesy of YAC

Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has launched their latest competition, asking international designers to imagine a new future for an abandoned Italian lighthouse by transforming it into a tourism facility. There is 15.000€ cash prizes for the winning proposals, and awarded proposals will be published on architectural magazines /websites / will be internationally exhibited.

Jakarta Architecture Triennale 2015

15:30 - 25 November, 2015
Jakarta Architecture Triennale 2015, Jakarta Architectural Triennale 2015
Jakarta Architectural Triennale 2015

Jakarta Architecture Triennale (JAT) is a tri-annual architecture festival since 2009, organized by Indonesian Institute of Architect Jakarta Chapter (Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia Jakarta).

This International event consists of exhibition, talk show, workshop, movie screening and other architectural activities. By the spirit of Locality, Playful and Innovation, this year’s festival focuses on digging the potency of wisdom, culture, design, the richness of local material and technology in Indonesia, which potentially to be developed and even became the influence of future architecture development in Asia.

Film Screening: The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat

07:57 - 24 November, 2015
Film Screening: The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat, Image: The Oyler House cover art.
Image: The Oyler House cover art.

Join us for another portrayal of one of America’s greatest architects: Richard Neutra. The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat explores how Neutra, considered the “father of California Modern architecture,” came to befriend this modest small-town family and how he was inspired by the site’s stunning desert setting, which Neutra compared with the grandness of the mystical Gobi Desert.