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Live from Amsterdam: Pritzker Prize Award Ceremony with Shigeru Ban

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
Live from Amsterdam: Pritzker Prize Award Ceremony with Shigeru Ban

The 2014 Pritzker Prize Ceremony to honor laureate Shigeru Ban is taking place today in Amsterdam at 17:00 UCT.

RIBA Stirling Prize To Be Renamed As It Regains Cash Prize

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
RIBA Stirling Prize To Be Renamed As It Regains Cash Prize, 2013 Stirling Prize Winner: Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann. Image © Helene Binet
2013 Stirling Prize Winner: Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann. Image © Helene Binet

The annual RIBA Stirling Prize is set to regain its £20,000 cash prize following a year of no prize money in which Witherford Watson Mann scooped the accolade for Astley Castle. Considered to be the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the Stirling Prize is presented annually to the “building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year”. Brockton Capital have agreed to support the prize for the next three years starting from 2015, after which the prize will be known as the RIBA Brockton Stirling Prize. The lack of prize money in 2013 raised questions about the significance of the award.

Chile's "Monolith Controversies" - Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Chile's "Monolith Controversies" - Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale, Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh
Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh

Between 1931 and 1981, the Soviet Union exported a prefab concrete panel system for housing - whose development and exportation embodied the ideals of the modern movement - to countries around the world, creating more than 170 million apartments. In 1972, during the socialist government of Salvador Allende, the USSR donated a panel factory to Chile. The Chile KPD (an acronym derived from the Russian words for “large concrete panel”) produced a total of 153 buildings during its operation, before being shut down and forgotten during the military dictatorship.

The full story of the concrete panels produced in Chile had been buried in history, but research conducted by curators Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola for the Chile Pavilion has resurfaced the political, ideological and aesthetic implications of the panel. Monolith Controversies not only shows the technical aspects of a fundamental element of a prefab building system, but also demonstrates how it was connected to an ideology. Upon entering the Chile pavilion, visitors find themselves in the recreation of an interior of one of the apartments. Next they enter the main space, in which one concrete panel found by the curators stands as the representation of how modernity was absorbed in Chile.

In the Absorbing Modernity section of the Biennale, Koolhaas asked curators from all over the world to bring to light the ways modernism developed in their countries. The work done by the Chilean curators in the Monolith Controversies exhibition is one of the best examples of this call, recognized by the jury with the Silver Lion. Read on for the curator’s statement.

Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh +17

Event Highlights from "Towards A New Avant-Garde" at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
Event Highlights from "Towards A New Avant-Garde" at the Venice Biennale, © Philippe Declerck / DEVspace
© Philippe Declerck / DEVspace

Towards a New Avant-Garde, Superscript’s three-part conversation series during the opening weekend of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition— La Biennale di Venezia, brought together 40 talented young architects, writers, critics, to debate issues of identity, collaboration, and economics. Over the course of three 90-minute conversations, several key themes emerged, including the need of architects to engage the public directly, the importance of evolving new forms of communication and criticism, and the value of capitalizing on opportunities to be proactive. Here’s a snapshot of what the participants had to say:

Culture Complex De Nieuwe Kolk / De Zwarte Hond

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
© Gerard van Beek
© Gerard van Beek
  • Architects

  • Location

    Weiersstraat 1, 9401 Assen, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jurjen van der Meer, Tjeerd Jellema
  • Area

    48000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek +16

BIG Designs Spiralling Museum for Swiss Watchmaker

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
BIG Designs Spiralling Museum for Swiss Watchmaker, © BIG
© BIG

Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet have announced BIG as the designers for an extension to their headquarters in Le Brassus, near Le Chenit. The design includes gallery spaces for a museum, work spaces and a guest house. Conceived as a spiralling glass pavilion embedded in the landscape, BIG's design - entilted Maison des Fondateurs - will take visitors on a narrative journey through the company's 139-year history.

More images after the break

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +21

VIDEO: 3D Printing San Francisco's Future Skyline

00:00 - 13 June, 2014

The skyline of San Francisco is in the process of significant transformation. Projects such as OMA's 550-foot residential tower, as well as developments in the pipeline from Foster + Partners and Studio Gang, are sure to change the city dramatically - thankfully, the 3D printed model in this video is there to show exactly how. The 6x6 foot model shows 115 blocks of downtown San Francisco as it will appear in 2017, and was created by visualization company Steelblue and Autodesk. Claimed to be the largest 3D printed model of a city in the world, it can show much more than just how San Francisco's downtown will look: overlaid projections can show the status of each building, projected traffic patterns and more. Furthermore, each block is individually replaceable to keep the model up to date. Watch the video, and find out more about the model through this article from SFGate.

Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia, © Yves Chan You
© Yves Chan You

© Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with AREP
  • Area

    76000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Administration Extension / CRYSTALZOO

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Administration Extension / CRYSTALZOO, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos Courtesy of CRYSTALZOO © David Frutos +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Nucia, Alicante, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    José Luis Campos Rosique
  • Design Team

    Juan Parra, Francisco T. Espí, Ivon Omar Fernández
  • Area

    165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Call for Entries: Pamphlet Architecture 35

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Call for Entries: Pamphlet Architecture 35

Following the success of the inaugural call for entries, which produced the Pamphlets 23–30, Pamphlet Architecture, with renewed support from the National Endowment for the Arts, announces the 2014 competition.

Shigeru Ban's "Kooky" Architecture: Just What the World Needs?

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
Shigeru Ban's "Kooky" Architecture: Just What the World Needs?, Workers in Chengdu, China, assemble the Hualin Temporary Elementary School, designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Image Courtesy of Forgemind ArchiMedia
Workers in Chengdu, China, assemble the Hualin Temporary Elementary School, designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Image Courtesy of Forgemind ArchiMedia

British writer Tim Abrahams finds Shigeru Ban's architecture "kooky, Middle Earthy, Hobbity" – an opinion which earns him the title of "idiot" in the eyes of newly appointed Architecture for Humanity Executive Director Eric Cesal. In an article for the Boston Review, Stephen Phelan uses the pair's opposing opinions to illustrate the Pritzker Prize winning architect's perceived failures and successes. Read his very engaging take, here.

Arup's Latest Solar Panels Produce Energy From Algae

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
A view behind the BIQ House Solarleaf panels.  Image via GOOD. Image
A view behind the BIQ House Solarleaf panels. Image via GOOD. Image

Architects have been experimenting with the potential of building envelopes for years. Now, Arup has an interesting, Zumtobel Group Award-nominated proposal: the Solarleaf bioreactor. Developed in collaboration with SSC Strategic Science Consult GmbH and Colt International GmbH, this thin, 2.5 x .07 meter panel, when attached to the exterior of a building, is capable of generating biofuel - in the form of algae - for the production of hot water. More efficient than electricity and more sustainable than wood, algae is ideal kindling for producing heat, especially since it can be grown on-site. Moreover, the water in which the algae grows also collects solar energy, providing an additional supply of heat. More details on this sustainable innovation, after the break. 

Bomastraat / NU architectuuratelier

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Bomastraat / NU architectuuratelier, © Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert +39

4x12 Atelier / USE Studio

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
4x12 Atelier / USE Studio, Courtesy of USE Studio
Courtesy of USE Studio

Courtesy of USE Studio Courtesy of USE Studio Courtesy of USE Studio Courtesy of USE Studio +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Isfahan, Iran
  • Design Team

    Mohammad Arab, Mina Moieneddini
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

Skate Park Nou Barris / SCOB

02:57 - 12 June, 2014
Skate Park Nou Barris / SCOB, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +6

Shigeru Ban Designs Temporary Pavilion for the World Cup

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
Shigeru Ban Designs Temporary Pavilion for the World Cup, © Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP
© Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

In honor of the World Cup (which starts today), the Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, has invited Shigeru Ban, this year's Pritzker Laureate, to build a temporary pavilion.

London Skyline Debate Taken to City Hall

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
London Skyline Debate Taken to City Hall, The Norman Foster-designed London City Hall with the Shard in the background. Image © Flickr CC User alh1
The Norman Foster-designed London City Hall with the Shard in the background. Image © Flickr CC User alh1

The debate over the future of London's Skyline stepped up a gear on Tuesday, as the issue was taken up by the London Assembly's Planning Committee in City Hall. The London Assembly is an elected watchdog which is tasked with examining the decisions and actions of London's mayor, and is expected to apply pressure to mayor Boris Johnson over the issue of skyscrapers in the capital.

The committee heard from leading architectural figures in London including former RIBA president Sunand Prasad (of Penoyre & Prasad), English Heritage planning and conservation director for London Nigel Barker and former City planning officer Peter Rees.

More on the London Assembly debate after the break

Exhibition: Europe's Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
Exhibition: Europe's Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 2013, Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

The Mies van der Rohe Award, today one of the most important and prestigious prizes for architecture within the European competition, was first set up in 1987 by the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona. This prize which involves a total sum of 80.000 EUR is organised and awarded every two years.