Architecture at Zero Citation Award: NZ + Beyond Net Zero Energy / Drew Adams, Joseph Yau and Mark Alocilja. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero
Architecture at Zero Citation Award: NZ + Beyond Net Zero Energy / Drew Adams, Joseph Yau and Mark Alocilja. Image Courtesy of Architecture at Zero

Competition Challenges Architects and Students to Design Zero Net Energy Housing in California

Architecture at Zero, now in its fourth year, is challenging all students, architects and designers worldwide to envision two mixed-use, zero net energy (ZNE) housing proposals for adjacent parcel sites in Oakland, California. The competition is a response to the ZNE targets set out by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) which aims for all new residential construction in the state to be ZNE by 2020. Entrants are eligible for winning up to $25,000. Early bird registration ends September 12. All projects must be submitted by October 31 at 1PM PST. Learn more on the competition website and review last year’s winners

Casablanca_67 House / Orlando Etcheberrigaray

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Architects: Orlando Etcheberrigaray
Location: Casablanca, , Casablanca, Valparaíso Region,
Project Area: 128.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcelo Cáceres

Sordo Madaleno & Pascall+Watson Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport

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Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos and Pascall+Watson has shared with us their proposal for the New City International Airport (often referred to as the NAICM for its initials in Spanish: Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México).

We have already presented you with the NAICM’s winning proposal, though Sordo Madaleno and Pascall+Watson were one of seven participating teams in the invited competition. The team sought to redefine the concept of aviation architecture by centering their idea around passenger experience and business efficiency. See what they came up with, after the break.

Regiocentrale Zuid / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Kanaalstraat 3, 6107 CL , The Netherlands
Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Julius Klatte, Harold Hermans, Rob Willemse
Area: 1850.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jan Bitter

4 Visions Released for D.C.’s First Elevated Park

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OMA, Höweler + Yoon, NEXT Architects, and ,  are amongst four interdisciplinary teams competing to design Washington D.C.’s first elevated public park. As part of a six month nationwide competition, the shortlisted teams have just released their preliminary design proposals for what will be known as the 11th Street Bridge Park.

Suspended over the Anacostia River, the multi-use park aims to re-connect two disparate city districts and re-engage residents with the riverfront by offering a 21st century civic “playscape.” Education and performance spaces, as well as a cafe and water sport areas will all be included in the masterplan.

A preview of the four shortlisted schemes, after the break…

Mar de Luz House / Oscar Gonzalez Moix

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Architects: Oscar Gonzalez Moix
Location: Paracas,
Project Area: 778.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Juan Solano Ojasi

CTBUH Announces Five Finalists in its Student Competition

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced five finalists in their 2014 Student Design Competition, which asked entrants to respond to the theme of ”sustainable verticle urbanism” in order to “shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society.”

“There has been a major transition in the sense of the value of the tall building and what it can contribute to the urban realm, and society in general,” said former Competition Jury Chair William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox. “This transition moves the tall building away from just an instrument of financial exploitation and toward a development highly concerned with its impact on the city, the environment, and the urban habitat.”

The winner of the competition will be announced at a special judging session as part of the CTBUH’s 2014 Shanghai Conference which begins on Tuesday. Read on after the break for all the finalists.

BLKB – Renovation and Extension / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

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Architects: Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten
Location: Hauptstrasse 25, 4144 ,
Client: Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank Arlesheim
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Ruedi Walti

‘Olympicopolis’ Design Contest Officially Open

The Olympicopolis site is to the South-East of the Olympic Park, near to ’s Aquatics Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Leo Reynolds

The competition to design a cultural complex at London‘s new ‘Olympicopolis’ site formally opened today, seeking to attract “an exceptional team” of architects, masterplanners, engineers and landscape designers to transform the site next to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Organizers Malcolm Reading Associates say that the competition has already registered over 960 expressions of interest from firms worldwide before the details were even announced, thanks to their early announcement seeking interested parties in July.

The complex will house outposts for the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, Sadler’s Wells and University of the Arts London. The designs for the complex will also respond to proposals for a new campus for University College London which is planned for an adjacent site, making it “one of the most exciting international developments in arts and culture,” according to Director of the V&A Martin Roth.

Read on after the break for more details of the competition

Zaha Hadid Architects' designs for three towers in Brisbane were recently unveiled. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects' designs for three towers in Brisbane were recently unveiled. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Says She “Would Love To Do a Tower in London”

Despite her position as one of the world’s most prominent and successful architects, Zaha Hadid yesterday revealed that there is one thing she feels is missing from her portfolio: a skyscraper in London. Speaking to BD at the announcement of her Science Museum competition win, Hadid said ”I’d love to do a tower in London but it hasn’t arrived.” More of Hadid’s comments after the break.

BCN Re.Set – Identity Pavilion / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: Carretera Nova, 08471 , Barcelona, Spain
Design School: La Salle
Design Director: Xiaodu Liu,Yan Meng
Project Director: Bernat Riera
Year: 2014
Photographs: Renze Hu, Marcela Grassi, Eugeni Bach _ Albert Cabrer, Runze Hu _ Jaime Font

A Hidden London Will Be Revealed For Open House 2014

Lloyds of / RSHP. Image Courtesy of Open House

Open House 2014, a concept developed in London twenty two years ago which has now spread to cities across the world, will throw open the doors to some of the capital’s most inspiring spaces and interiors this month. “Revealing”, the theme of this year’s Open House, intends to “shed light on issues that are relevant to local communities.” In this way, the scheme hopes to examine how the built environment is evolving. Exploring the role of architects, engineers and contemporary design in revitalising places and spaces, the festival hopes to show above all “how good design can make London a more livable, vibrant and enjoyable city.”

The Leadenhall Building / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Location: 122 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT,
Partners In Charge: Andrew Morris, Graham Stirk, Richard Rogers
Client: The British Land Company plc and Oxford
Area: 84424.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties, Lee Mawdsley, Paul Raftery

Mola Structural Kit: A New Way to Learn About Structures

With the aim of visually demonstrating the behavior of architectural structures, the Mola model simulates real structures, allowing users to assemble, visualize and feel the structures themselves.

The idea for the interactive model began when Brazilian architect Márcio Sequeira de Oliveira was overseeing a postgraduate course and became concerned with the abstract approach given to topics related to structure.

Academy Of Art Crafts (ESMA) / LCR Architectes

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Architects: LCR Architectes
Location: 50 Route de Narbonne, 31320 ,
Area: 78792.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

T-house / ASOstyle

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Architects: ASOstyle
Location: Gifu,
Architect In Charge: Tatsushi Shibata,Toru Watabe
Area: 723.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aquarius

Bagrecha Residence / Cadence

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Architects: Cadence
Location: , Karnataka,
Architect In Charge: Smaran Mallesh, Narendra Pirgal, Vikram Rajashekar
Project Architects: Smitha Lukose, Komal Bhulani, Sangeetha Patrick, Aishani Nath
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Anand Jaju

South Harbor. Image © City of Helsinki
South Harbor. Image © City of Helsinki

Artists Seek Alternatives to Proposed Guggenheim Helsinki

As the first phase of the Guggenheim Helsinki design competition concludes, a group of independent arts organizations have launched a search for “alternative” proposals: The Next Helsinki. The counter-competition calls on architects, urbanists, landscape architects, artists, and “all others who love cities to suggest ways in which Helsinki and its South Harbor can be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city.” More information, after the break.