Estonia Launches Competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu Passenger Terminal

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
Estonia Launches Competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu Passenger Terminal

The Pärnu Municipal Government (in West-Estonia) announces an open architectural competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu passenger terminal.

Michael Graves Defends the Portland Building from Demolition Threats

00:00 - 19 October, 2014
Michael Graves Defends the Portland Building from Demolition Threats , The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, Michael Graves attended a public conversation with Randy Gragg, director of The University of Oregon's John Yeon Center to discuss the Portland Building, America's first postmodern building. The discussion centered around the famed, 1980s building’s many problems - “dark, leaky and claustrophobic” interiors,” pedestrian-unfriendly parking garage, and more - asking Graves for his advice on whether the city should update it or tear it down. His response, “The whole idea of tearing the building down, it's like killing a child… I don't know how to react to that.” Read all of Graves’ responses to tenant complaints here on the Oregon Live.

OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2015

01:00 - 18 October, 2014
OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2015, River Spree in Berlin. Image © Flickr CC User caribb
River Spree in Berlin. Image © Flickr CC User caribb

The OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition is an international ideas competition, aimed at students and emerging practitioners, which is organized every four years by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Technicians and Theatre Architects). The theme of the 2015 competition will be the design of a floating theatre to be moored at a particular location on the river Spree in Berlin, Germany, but capable of being moved to other sites on the river. 

Icsid Launches Bid for 2018 World Design Capital

00:00 - 17 October, 2014
Icsid Launches Bid for 2018 World Design Capital, © ICSID
© ICSID

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has announced the launch of the World Design Capital® (WDC) application cycle for the 2018 designation, which will mark the sixth cycle for this global initiative. Icsid invites design effective cities from around the globe to submit bids that showcase the impact of design in their city and demonstrate examples of design as a development tool. 

8,000 Illuminated Balloons to Mark 9-Mile Stretch of Berlin Wall

00:00 - 16 October, 2014
8,000 Illuminated Balloons to Mark 9-Mile Stretch of Berlin Wall, Lichtgrenze (rendering) via the Chicago Tribune
Lichtgrenze (rendering) via the Chicago Tribune

25 years ago on November 9, East German protesters torn down the Berlin Wall. To commemorate this moment, the German capital plans to line the wall’s original 9-mile stretch with 8,000 illuminated, white balloons. The installation, named lichtgrenze or “light frontier,” will be open November 7. On the 9th, the balloons will be simultaneously released into the air to music provided by the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra. 

Call for Ideas: Rome Community Ring

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
Call for Ideas: Rome Community Ring

In partnership with La Sapienza University, Progetto Forti and Rome municipality, Young Architects Competitions (YAC) is launching a competition to redesign one of the treasures of Rome: Forte Portuense.

#FairyTales2015: Blank Space Launches Architecture Storytelling Competition

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
#FairyTales2015: Blank Space Launches Architecture Storytelling Competition , © Fairy Tales 2015
© Fairy Tales 2015

After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2014, with over 300 entries from 50 different countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the second edition of the competition is now open for registration. The Fairy Tales competition invites architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives to submit their own unique architectural fairy tales. The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 images, in the most spectacular way possible. 

Helsinki Announces Competition for City Centre High Rises

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
Helsinki Announces Competition for City Centre High Rises, The Pasila district has been marked for development for some time. Above, a model of the area masterplan from 2006. Image © Flickr CC User Darren Webb
The Pasila district has been marked for development for some time. Above, a model of the area masterplan from 2006. Image © Flickr CC User Darren Webb

The city of Helsinki has announced plans for a design and build competition for a new commercial and residential district in Pasila, near the city centre. The competition, which calls for 8-10 buildings of 15 stories or more, will be part of the city's drive to make Pasila the "second centre of Helsinki," with a total of 150,000-200,000 square metres of residential and office space planned for the district. Read on after the break to find out more about the competition.

Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight'

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight', Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada
Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada

In an interview with Shaunacy Ferro for FastCo DesignDaniel Libeskind looks back over his built works and discusses the significant 'emotional weight' imbued in many of his projects, from the Jewish Museum in Berlin to his masterplan for Ground Zero in New York City. When asked why he continually returns to projects such as Holocaust memorials - with the Canadian National Holocaust Memorial currently underway in Ottawa - Libeskind stated: "It’s not something that I choose very lightly, because it’s very difficult, but I believe that it’s very important." For him, creating these monuments is part of the act of doing "something that moves us beyond just the darkness and gives us something positive. [...] Even when it comes to the memory, you can’t just dwell on the irreversibility of the tragedy. You have to have something hopeful."

USC's ACADIA 2014 Conference to Focus on Design and Computation

00:00 - 14 October, 2014
USC's ACADIA 2014 Conference to Focus on Design and Computation, © USC School of Architecture
© USC School of Architecture

Thursday, October 23 will mark the opening of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2014 Design Agency conference at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Hosted by faculty Alvin Huang, Jose Sanchez, and David Gerber, the conference will exhibit and share a broad spectrum of design and research that highlights innovation in architecture through a focus on design and computation. Headliners include Pritzker laureate Zaha Hadid, SimCity creator Will Wright and computational architect Mar Fornes. 

Glasgow School of Art Begins Search for Restoration Architect

00:00 - 13 October, 2014
Glasgow School of Art Begins Search for Restoration Architect, © Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive
© Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive

To repair the damage caused by May's devastating fire, the Glasgow School of Art is searching for a team to carry out the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's celebrated building. Following the overwhelming public support for restoration instead of a contemporary reinterpretation, the selected team will be required to return the building to its original condition over a predicted construction period of five years. More on the restoration after the break.

AMO Invites Dutch Architects to Discuss their Future at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 10 October, 2014
AMO Invites Dutch Architects to Discuss their Future at the Venice Biennale, At this year's Dutch Pavilion in Venice, the curators explored the work of Jaap Bakema, arguing that after the demise of the welfare state "Bakema’s work once again provides us with a touchstone for rethinking the ideals of the open society". Image © Nico Saieh
At this year's Dutch Pavilion in Venice, the curators explored the work of Jaap Bakema, arguing that after the demise of the welfare state "Bakema’s work once again provides us with a touchstone for rethinking the ideals of the open society". Image © Nico Saieh

On November 20-21, AMO is hosting a discussion event at the Venice Biennale focusing on the past, present and future of Dutch architecture in which 30 young architects will be invited to present their agenda for architecture in the Netherlands for the next 10 years. Over the course of the two days, each participant will present will deliver a 7-minute presentation looking at architecture in 2024 to answer the question "where will you be and will you be doing?" Find out more about the event, and how you can be a part of it, after the break.

Maya Lin Wins $300,000 Gish Prize

00:00 - 10 October, 2014
Maya Lin Wins $300,000 Gish Prize, What Is Missing? / Maya Lin
What Is Missing? / Maya Lin

Maya Lin has been selected to receive the 21st Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a $300,000 award presented annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” 

Three Talks to Debate the Future of Life on London's Rivers

00:00 - 9 October, 2014
Three Talks to Debate the Future of Life on London's Rivers, © Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak
© Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak

As part of the their Architecture for All programme, London's Old Royal Naval College is set to host three debates about the future planned along the River Thames, investigating the issues surrounding living, building and working on the City's waterways in the years to come. The series is curated by Ellis Woodman, critic for the Architects' Journal and the Architectural Review, who said: "Despite the fact that the riverfront is currently the subject of redevelopment proposals of unprecedented scale, London’s ambitions for the Thames have yet to be widely articulated or debated." Details of the three events after the break.

Renzo Piano Comments on the Difficulties of Designing LA's Motion Picture Academy

00:00 - 9 October, 2014
Renzo Piano Comments on the Difficulties of Designing LA's Motion Picture Academy, 2013 Visualization. Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Studio Pali Fekete architects, AMPAS
2013 Visualization. Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Studio Pali Fekete architects, AMPAS

In discussion with Christopher Hawthorne of the LA Times, Renzo Piano has taken his comments of modesty - verging on "self-deprecation" - to a new level. In response to questions about the design of the proposed Motion Picture Academy in Los Angeles he has said: "I don't think it will be that bad. [...] Actually, I'm struggling to do something good." Although Piano's design has previously been met with criticisms from Hawthorne, the Italian architect notes in this latest interview that "everything we've made at LACMA has been extremely complicated." The project, which has already seen a major alteration in the core design team, remains set to complete in 2015.

Call for Entries: Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence 2015

01:00 - 9 October, 2014
Call for Entries: Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence 2015, RBA 2013 Winner: Via Verde / Dattner Architects + Grimshaw Architects. Image © David Sundberg
RBA 2013 Winner: Via Verde / Dattner Architects + Grimshaw Architects. Image © David Sundberg

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) has opened their 2015 call for applications. The biennial award celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the 48 contiguous United States. Award winners may use prize money in any way that benefits the project. The deadline for entries is December 9, 2014. Learn how to apply here

Places Journal Relaunches With a Fresh Commitment to Accessible Architecture Scholarship

00:00 - 8 October, 2014
Places Journal Relaunches With a Fresh Commitment to Accessible Architecture Scholarship, Courtesy of Places Journal
Courtesy of Places Journal

After a five-year stint as part of the Design Observer Group, Places Journal has now struck out on their own with a fresh, modern website and a renewed commitment to their editorial goal of publishing "rigorous and lively public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism." As explained by Places Journal's editor and executive director Nancy Levinson, "what drives our editorial enterprise is the publication of excellent work that combines the narrative power of serious journalism with the precision and depth of scholarship — work that advances the cause of equitable cities and sustainable landscapes." Read more about the new Places Journal after the break.

Architects Envision Buoyant "Thames Deckway" for London Cyclists

00:00 - 8 October, 2014
Architects Envision Buoyant "Thames Deckway" for London Cyclists , © RCC
© RCC

On the heels of Mayor Boris Johnson’s announced plan to construct an 18-mile protected bike lane by March 2016, architect David Nixon and artist Anna Hill have released their vision for relieving London’s congested streets with a floating “Thames Deckway” for cyclists. The proposal, though just in its preliminary design phase, claims the river Thames is currently a missed opportunity that could serve as a major travel artery for cyclists. If constructed, the £600 million project would run east-west for seven miles along the river’s southern bank, from Battersea to Canary Wharf, and harness it’s own energy through solar, tidal and wind power. Nixon and Hill have founded the River Cycleway Consortium in support of the project, which includes Arup and Hugh Broughton Architects.