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International Passive House Conference 2016

10:53 - 6 January, 2016
International Passive House Conference 2016

The Passive House is now 25 years old; to celebrate this, the International Passive House Conference is returning to Darmstadt – the city in Germany, in which this success story began. On 22 and 23 April 2016, over a hundred speakers from all over the world will report on the latest projects relating to highly energy efficient construction and retrofits. But the anniversary will also serve as an occasion for a review, with the presentation of results relating to the durability of the individual building components of the first Passive House. The complete Conference programme is now available online. In

Drawing on the Motive Force of Architecture: Peter Cook in Conversation with Marcos Cruz

07:00 - 5 January, 2016
Drawing on the Motive Force of Architecture: Peter Cook in Conversation with Marcos Cruz

For architects, drawing is a thinking process. Sketching by hand onto paper without having any predetermined built form in mind is often the springboard for new hypotheses. With the rise of digital representation in architecture, has the computer superseded the hand in the exploration of ideas? This RIBA London seminar sees Professor Sir Peter Cook (co-founder of Archigram, director of CRAB Studio) and Professor Marcos Cruz (Bartlett) discuss the boons and limitations of digital representation in architecture, and the hybrid possibilities of using both in tandem.

Re-Ball! A Design Competition by the Dupont Underground

19:56 - 4 January, 2016
Re-Ball! A Design Competition by the Dupont Underground

Re-Ball! is an open design competition to turn 650,000+ 3-inch, white, translucent plastic balls into a site-specific installation in the Dupont Underground’s 14,000-square-foot east platform. The balls were previously part of the National Building Museum’s blockbuster 2015 summer destination The Beach.
The winning concept will take the medium in a new direction, one that responds to the uniqueness of the installation site. From the open, light-filled box of the National Building Museum’s Great Hall to the curving concrete volume of the Dupont Underground's east platform, Re-Ball! entries should transform the constituent materials — and the space itself — into an entirely

Alberto Burri Retrospective in Final Week at New York City's Guggenheim

09:30 - 4 January, 2016
Alberto Burri Retrospective in Final Week at New York City's Guggenheim, Gibellina Vecchia, Sicily. Image © Gabriel Valentini
Gibellina Vecchia, Sicily. Image © Gabriel Valentini

This first major retrospective of Alberto Burri's (1915-1995) work in the United States in nearly forty years will close at New York City's Guggenheim Museum later this week. More than one hundred works are on display covering his entire career, culminating in a film of Burri's largest work: the reinterpretation of the ruins of Gibellina, in Sicily. The old city, destroyed by the 1968 Belice earthquake, was later encased in concrete preserving the morphology of the buildings and the city's medieval streetscape. Alongside his two-dimensional work, the exhibition ultimately seeks to demonstrate how Burri blurred the line between painting and sculptural relief that directly influenced the Neo-Dada, Process art, and Arte Povera movements.

Visual Storytelling, Architecture & Animation

07:45 - 4 January, 2016
Visual Storytelling, Architecture & Animation

Increasingly, more architecture professionals are breaking into the world of film, learning digital animation and design skills to engage non-specialists, as well as their peers. Architect-trained Kibwe Tavares, co-founder of creative studio Factory Fifteen, will explore the ways architects and designers can use digital representation to encourage imaginative thinking through a combination of architecture and film.

Competition: Il Parco Centrale di Prato

07:39 - 4 January, 2016
Competition: Il Parco Centrale di Prato

At the beginning of January 2016 the Municipality of Prato, Italy, is launching an open, anonymous, international two-phase design competition for a new 3-hectare urban park in its historical city center. By the end of February, the international jury will select 10 finalist architects who will be invited to conceive a schematic design for the site. In June 2016 the winner will be awarded and commissioned to design the final project for the new Parco Centrale di Prato.

Six Teams Shortlisted in Competition to Design the New Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center at Tel Aviv University

07:30 - 29 December, 2015
Six Teams Shortlisted in Competition to Design the New Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center at Tel Aviv University, Courtesy of Strelka KB
Courtesy of Strelka KB

The six teams selected to participate in the second phase of design concept development for the New Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Center at Tel Aviv University (TAU) met representatives of the school and KB STRELKA in Tel Aviv, where a series of events were held.

Good Public Art in Bad Public Spaces: Art Critic Jerry Saltz Takes on the Built Environment

14:00 - 27 December, 2015
Good Public Art in Bad Public Spaces: Art Critic Jerry Saltz Takes on the Built Environment, Deborah Kass' sculpture "OY/YO" under the Manhattan Bridge. Image © Flickr user DUMBOBID, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Deborah Kass' sculpture "OY/YO" under the Manhattan Bridge. Image © Flickr user DUMBOBID, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In his latest article for Vulture, art critic Jerry Saltz celebrates the latest crop of public art in New York City, such as Deborah Kass' OY/YO sculpture, sitting near the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn, commenting on the success of such pieces even though (or perhaps because) many of them have been curated by art-world insiders rather than publicly accountable arts commissions or community engagement processes. But for Saltz, this new wave of high-quality public art has come at the expense of quality public space. Despite his admiration for the art installations, he expresses skepticism of the privately-funded public spaces that house them, such as the much-celebrated High Line, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and James Corner Field Operations, as well as future projects such as Pier 55 by Heatherwick Studio, and the "Culture Shed" at the Hudson Yards development also by DS+R. His critique even references a phrase from DS+R that belongs on our list of words only architects use. Read Saltz's full discussion of public art and public space here.

21st Century New York: What Would Jane Jacobs Do?

16:00 - 26 December, 2015
21st Century New York: What Would Jane Jacobs Do?, What would Jane Jacobs have thought of the Barclays Center, designed by SHoP Architects, part of the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. Image © Flickr user otto-yamamoto, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, via Commons
What would Jane Jacobs have thought of the Barclays Center, designed by SHoP Architects, part of the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. Image © Flickr user otto-yamamoto, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, via Commons

It has been over fifty years since Jane Jacobs' book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, revolutionized discourse on urban planning, and her words still carry a huge influence today. But in the intervening decades New York City has changed in ways Jacobs could never have imagined when she was writing in the 1960s. In a recent article for City Journal, Judith Miller tries to imagine how Jane Jacobs would have responded to some of New York City's recent projects - taking as examples the imminent domain actions and tax breaks that made Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards (now also known as Pacific Park) possible, the cluster of skyscrapers and public venues planned for Hudson Yards on the west side of Manhattan, and the supertall luxury condo towers that are beginning to cast their long shadows over Central Park. Read Miller's article in full here.

Call for Entries: European Prize for Urban Public Space

12:00 - 26 December, 2015
Call for Entries: European Prize for Urban Public Space, Courtesy of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)
Courtesy of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

The Ninth European Prize for Urban Public Space (2016) has officially issued a call for entries. The biennial honorary award “has been offered since 2000 in order to recognize, encourage, and publicize examples of good practice in the ways in which the public spaces of European cities respond to the many challenges they presently face.”

The Prize seeks interventions that recover or improve the democratic quality of urban spaces that are endangered by “segregation, inequalities, unchecked urban construction, unsustainable squandering, and serious shortfalls in making effective the right to the city.”

Delft Architectural Studies on Housing: Affordable Dwellings for Growing Cities

04:00 - 24 December, 2015
Delft Architectural Studies on Housing: Affordable Dwellings for Growing Cities, Courtesy of DASH
Courtesy of DASH

The latest issue of DASH (Delft Architectural Studies on Housing), a thematic journal devoted to residential design edited by members of TU Delft's Dwelling Chair, focuses on 'Global Housing: Affordable Dwellings for Growing Cities'. With "massive urbanisation" occurring across emerging economies worldwide, there is "an acute need for affordable housing" – the scale of which goes far beyond conventional building production, "requiring complex, politically- and economically-oriented solutions."

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.