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Utopia Redux

09:51 - 22 November, 2016
Utopia Redux, Utopia Redux Exhibition
Utopia Redux Exhibition

UNSW Built Environment proudly presents its 2016 Master of Architecture Graduand Exhibition - 'UTOPIA REDUX'.

This year’s Master of Architecture program fosters a broad vision and a considered understanding of the socio-cultural and economic context which influence the making of architecture in conjunction with the concept of ‘utopia’, that has been a recurring theme in architecture marked by experimentation and interrogation of architecture’s ideological and societal purpose.

Part III: Manifesto Series: The Sharing Movement

09:47 - 22 November, 2016
Part III: Manifesto Series: The Sharing Movement, UIA (Urban Intensity Architect) Container Housing by SH Corporation. Photo by: Kyungsub Shin
UIA (Urban Intensity Architect) Container Housing by SH Corporation. Photo by: Kyungsub Shin

The expansion of non-stop processes of twenty-first-century capitalism has accelerated the proliferation of digital sharing platforms for the exchange of goods, information, and spaces. Today, apartments, cars, work-spaces, and all kinds of services can be exchanged, opening the possibilities for new understandings of the city. But the promises of the so-called “sharing economies” come along with controversies around the unequal consequences of such a process.

Call for Papers, Projections 13 - Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk + Defensive Urbanism

07:30 - 22 November, 2016
Call for Papers, Projections 13 - Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk + Defensive Urbanism, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

***CALL FOR PAPERS - Projections, Volume 13***

Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism

Editors: Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher

Paper submission deadline: January 16, 2017


As adaptation to climate change has become a concern for municipalities, resilience has largely replaced sustainability as the dominant environmental framing in planning discourse (Fainstein 2015, Vale 2014). This shift towards the “securitization of nature” (Davoudi 2014) coincides with the elevation of climate change on military agendas. In the military’s conception, climate change will not only contribute to security issues from resource wars to refugee crises, but will act as a “threat multiplier,” magnifying all existing forms

The Architectural Integrity of Josef Frank's Villa Beer May Be Irrevocably Lost

04:00 - 21 November, 2016
The Architectural Integrity of Josef Frank's Villa Beer May Be Irrevocably Lost, Villa Beer (1930) / Josof Frank. ImagePublic Domain
Villa Beer (1930) / Josof Frank. ImagePublic Domain

The Villa Beer (1929-1930) is considered to be one of Josef Frank's—the great Austro-Swedish architect—most important built projects. As reported by DisegnoDaily, the architectural integrity of the house—which was originally commissioned by the industrialist Julius Beer and built in the Viennese suburb of Hietzing—is now under threat despite being proposed for protection by the Austrian government as a historic site in 2007.

International Passenger Terminal (TIP) Master Plan and Preliminary Design Competition

18:16 - 18 November, 2016
International Passenger Terminal (TIP) Master Plan and Preliminary Design Competition, Courtesy of Empresa Portuaria Austral, EPA (Southern Port Company)
Courtesy of Empresa Portuaria Austral, EPA (Southern Port Company)

Empresa Portuaria Austral (the Southern Port Company) of Chile invites all Chilean and foreign architects to participate in the international competition for the design of the master plan and preliminary design of the Port of Mageallan´es´ new International Passenger Terminal in the city of Punta Arenas. All Chilean or foreign architects that participate must include on their team at least one architect that is currently a member of the Chilean Institute of Architects (Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile A.G.).

Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas

06:00 - 17 November, 2016
Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas, Seattle Central Library / OMA + LMN. Image © OMA
Seattle Central Library / OMA + LMN. Image © OMA

With the extensive list of acclaimed alumni of his firm, OMA, it is not a stretch to call Rem Koolhaas (born 17 November 1944) the godfather of contemporary architecture. Equal parts theorist and designer, over his 40-year career Koolhaas has revolutionized the way architects look at program and interaction of space, and today continues to design buildings that push the capabilities of architecture to new places.

ARCHIFUTURES VOL. 1: The Museum, A Field Guide to the Future of Architecture

18:00 - 16 November, 2016
ARCHIFUTURES VOL. 1: The Museum, A Field Guide to the Future of Architecture, via Future Architecture Platform
via Future Architecture Platform

Archifutures Vol. 1: The Museum presents the last chapter of the first Future Architecture cycle and is the first part of a new three-volume field guide to the future of architecture. The collection maps contemporary architectural practice and urban planning, presented through the words and ideas of some of its key players and change-makers. From institutions, activists, thinkers, curators and architects to urban bloggers, polemicists, critics and publishers, these are the people shaping tomorrow’s architecture and cities – and thereby helping to shape our societies of the future as well.

Call for Entries: International Competition for Architectural Hand Drawing

14:00 - 16 November, 2016
Call for Entries: International Competition for Architectural Hand Drawing, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Russian architectural site Archplatforma.ru and Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing (Berlin) invite architects and artists of architecture to take part in ArchiGraphicArts 2016-2017 International Contest of Architectural Hand Drawings.

Vista Manhattan: Views from New York City's Finest Residences

13:30 - 16 November, 2016
Vista Manhattan: Views from New York City's Finest Residences, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

These 200 images show you the spectacular views from hundreds of New York City’s finest residences. Everyone loves an amazing view, and some pay millions for a property with views across Central Park, the East River, the Hudson River, or the Midtown skyline. In the jungle of glass, stone, and steel that is New York City, it is impossible to overstate the value of an incredible view. Tauber, a Manhattan-based independent photographer, shot these images over the last decade while shooting New York City’s finest properties for real estate firms, architects, interior designers, developers, and magazines.

Tree Houses Reimagined: Luxurious Retreats for Tranquility and Play

13:00 - 16 November, 2016
Tree Houses Reimagined: Luxurious Retreats for Tranquility and Play, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Enter the world of fairy-tale towers, whimsical stairways, crow's nests, zip lines, and suspended rope bridges. Take pleasure in the details of hand-split oak shingles, thatched roofs, and cedar tongue-and-groove interiors. Made of sustainably sourced materials, Blue Forest's magical sanctuaries fit snugly between trees and branches often incorporating them into the building itself and sit lightly on the land.

The Future Architect's Tool Kit

12:00 - 16 November, 2016
The Future Architect's Tool Kit, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Children with dreams of designing buildings will discover how architects actually work in this workbook, which builds on the concepts introduced in The Future Architect’s Handbook. It walks readers through the drawings created by Aaron, a young architect building his own home. Going a step further, children will learn the steps necessary to create their own drawings and build a model of their design, using an included tool kit consisting of graph paper and an architect's scale, pencil, and drafting eraser.

Future Architecture Platform - CALL FOR IDEAS 2017

11:39 - 16 November, 2016
Future Architecture Platform - CALL FOR IDEAS 2017 , Courtesy of Future Architecture platform
Courtesy of Future Architecture platform

After a successful first cycle of activities in the initial year, Future Architecture platform launches a new call for ideas for all who wish to participate in the Future Architecture program cycle throughout Europe in 2017. The platform invites emerging creatives to apply with the ideas, visions and projects they consider important for the future of architecture. Applicants should articulate the relevance of their application to the future of architecture, whether as an architectural statement, a social practice, a business model, as new construction technique, as production of living space, or other subject, which the applicants consider to be inevitable or highly relevant to the debates on the future of architecture in Europe. All applications will be published on the website of the Future Architecture platform. By entering, each applicant is automatically added to the list of artists and professionals that may be invited to participate at exhibitions, conferences, lecture series, workshops and other events organized by the members of the platform.

Condo Makeovers: Inventive Ideas for Vertical Living

11:30 - 16 November, 2016
Condo Makeovers: Inventive Ideas for Vertical Living, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

For those interested in creating a one-of-a-kind home in a condo or apartment building, this book offers a voyeuristic peek at the way people design, construct, and accessorize these often challenging spaces. Thirty beautifully photographed projects illustrate how their designers overcame the constraints of high-rise living to enhance the owners' comfort. Learn how one architect brought elusive light into the center of a condo in Washington, DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood, visit the "stair bridge" in a Vermont ski condo, and observe the visual tricks used to open a Florida penthouse to ocean views. See how designers are raising the bar

Call for Drawings: Architectural Elements of Spontaneous Constructions

11:43 - 15 November, 2016
Call for Drawings: Architectural Elements of Spontaneous Constructions, ph: Antonio Maria Fanetti
ph: Antonio Maria Fanetti

In those areas in which spontaneous and unauthorized construction is widespread, overwhelming good architecture, one should consider that informal phenomena are a tangible manifestation of the social relationship with built environment. Structural or decorative elements are figured out and crafted to quickly respond to two important needs: spatial appropriation and self-representation of the builder. Often lying in the grey area of building regulations. 

Call for Submissions: DBR | PAUSE TED2017

11:39 - 15 November, 2016
Call for Submissions: DBR | PAUSE TED2017, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

DBR presents PAUSE a competition in partnership with TED2017 ‘The future you’. This year TED is making the conference more explicitly personal. We are questioning what individual space looks like; the personal and private; the open and closed. How do we design an environment and experience that is nurturing, human, satisfying, and exciting?

Business of Design Week 2016

11:34 - 15 November, 2016
Business of Design Week 2016, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Asia’s leading annual event on design, innovation and brands, Business of Design Week 2016, will commence on 30 November 2016 and end on 3 December 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year, the Business of Design Week brings to Hong Kong the distinctive minds in the profession of architecture to share their views on development of a future city. This is the first year BODW is partnering with a U.S. city – Chicago.

Book Launch: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument

11:26 - 15 November, 2016
Book Launch: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Completed in January 1977, Richard Rogers’s and Renzo Piano’s Centre Georges Pompidou was initially received skeptically by critics, but the public soon embraced Beaubourg as an essential—and well loved—Paris institution. Francesco Dal Co’s lively intellectual biography, Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument (Nov. 29, Yale University Press) explores the Pompidou’s history and the reasons for its success, from its genesis as a politically calculated response to the turbulent 1968 student protests to the role played by architects in its construction, as well as the historical influences and the engineering solutions that inform its design. 

Reading Images Series: Beyond the City

11:21 - 15 November, 2016
Reading Images Series: Beyond the City, Contemporary Aerial View of Oficina Maria Elena. Chile. Photo by Ignacio Infante.
Contemporary Aerial View of Oficina Maria Elena. Chile. Photo by Ignacio Infante.

Transnational projects for resource extraction have motivated the development of massive infrastructural corridors. The strategic siting of mining towns, petrochemical encampments, and industrial developments aims to integrate vast geographical and political entities. These experiments promise to advance economic development on a national scale, but their influence on regional and urban constructs tests the agency of architecture and planning at smaller scales.