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Request for Proposals: 2015 World Expo Pavilion

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
Request for Proposals: 2015 World Expo Pavilion, Italy's 2015 Pavilion. Image © Nemesi Studio
Italy's 2015 Pavilion. Image © Nemesi Studio

The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) of the Department of State requests proposals from private U.S. individuals, firms, associations and organizations for the fundraising, construction, development, organization, and management, and disassembly and removal of a USA Pavilion/exhibition at Milan Expo 2015, which is set to open with an eco-themed fair on May 1, 2015. The USA Pavilion will be situated on a 2790 square meter plot with a building footprint no more than 70% of the plot size on a site northwest of Milan, near the Massimiliano Fuksas-designed Fiera Milano convention center. Proposals are expected to include ‘a food demonstration or exhibition’ to emphasize the ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ theme. Submissions are due no later than September 15. For more detailed information, please visit here.

Marina Abramović Secures Funding for OMA-Designed Art Institute in New York

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Marina Abramović Secures Funding for OMA-Designed Art Institute in New York, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

New York-based, Serbian-born performance artist Marina Abramović has successfully secured funding via Kickstarter for phase one of an interdisciplinary performance and education center in Hudson, New York. The project, known as the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (MAI), aims to be the first crowdfunded cultural institution ever to be built as well as the only international arts center dedicated to presentation and preservation of long-durational work. With the help of Abramović’s “global community of collaborators,” OMA will now move forward with the project’s design development process. More information on the MAI’s design can be found here

Wiel Arets / Moleskine

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Wiel Arets / Moleskine

From the Publisher. This book gathers together projects and theoretical reflections immortalized through exacting, oversized perspective views, snapshots, photographic sequences and architectural ideograms in felt pen. This is how architect and theorist Wiel Arets ‘freezes' his thoughts, fixing nascent ideas onto paper. The book opens with an essay by Kenneth Frampton, while previously unpublished hand sketches and coloured pencil perspectives fill the pages.

Wiel Arets, former director of Berlage Institute and currently Dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, is known for his academic progressive research and hybrid design solutions. He has taught in many universities and designed numerous important buildings, including the Academy of Art and Architecture in Maastricht and the university library of Utrecht.

TEDx: Brian Healy Proposes to Reactivate Boston’s Harbor with Floating Communities

00:00 - 26 August, 2013

Responding to rising sea level predictions and elevated threats of coasting flooding, Perkins + Will design principle Brian Healy has proposed a replicable, floating residential community for Boston’s harbor: Floatyard. In this TEDx, Healy argues that not only would this radical proposal protect coastal housing investments, it could reengage Charlestown’s industrial harbor. In addition to this, Floatyard's architecture would incorporate solar energy and rainwater harvesting on its roof, as well as capitalize tidal energy from the mooring columns which anchor it. 

Bronte House / Rolf Ockert Design

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Bronte House / Rolf Ockert Design, Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design
Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design

Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design Courtesy of Rolf Ockert Design +15

Factory No. 8 / OK Plan Architects

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
Factory No. 8 / OK Plan Architects, Courtesy of OK Plan Architects
Courtesy of OK Plan Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Humpolec, Czech Republic
  • Project Team

    Luděk Rýzner, Marcela Susedíková
  • Area

    3119.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of OK Plan Architects

Courtesy of OK Plan Architects Courtesy of OK Plan Architects Courtesy of OK Plan Architects Courtesy of OK Plan Architects +14

Sandhill / Max Pritchard Architect

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Sandhill / Max Pritchard Architect, © Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sandhill, MS 39046, United States
  • Builder

    Holdfast Constructions
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Sam Noonan © Sam Noonan © Sam Noonan © Sam Noonan +12

Restorative Justice: An Interview with Deanna VanBuren

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
The Mediation Womb, a space "for restorative justice and peacemaking as a holistic model for change," designed by FORUM Design Studio. Image Courtesy of FOURM Design Studio
The Mediation Womb, a space "for restorative justice and peacemaking as a holistic model for change," designed by FORUM Design Studio. Image Courtesy of FOURM Design Studio

We've recently covered the topic of prison design on a number of occasions - more specifically the work of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, led by Raphael Sperry. ADPSR is campaigning to have the AIA forbid its members from designing prisons; however, we have previously questioned the effectiveness of this tactic, with other professionals, such as engineers, often willing to design prisons in the absence of architects. In another article on the topic, we suggested that the problem lies not with the ethics of architects, but with the US prison system itself.

This raised the question of how architects might actually change the system - are we stuck with the political landscape we are given, or are we capable of leveraging our expertise to make positive changes to society?

It turns out that Deanna VanBuren of FOURM Design Studio is doing exactly that. Through her designs, as well as workshops and events with the public and with prisoners, VanBuren is championing restorative justice: a form of incarceration centered around rehabilitation rather than punishment. We interviewed VanBuren to find out how she is encouraging people to accept restorative justice above punishment.

Read on after the break for the full interview.

High Line Co-Founders Awarded Vincent Scully Prize

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
High Line Co-Founders Awarded Vincent Scully Prize, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The National Building Museum has awarded the 15th Vincent Scully Prize to Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the founders of the High Line in New York. In 1999 the pair formed the non-profit organisation Friends of the High Line; this award recognizing their efforts in transforming the abandoned structure is the latest accolade for the internationally celebrated project. David and Hammond were also awarded the Jane Jacobs Medal in 2010.

Read more about the award and the High Line after the break.

Version Rubis Housing / Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
Version Rubis Housing / Jean-Paul Viguier Architecture, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue du Mondial 98, 34000 Montpellier, France
  • Structure Engineering firm

    André Verdier
  • Fluids Engineering firm

    ENR Concept
  • Acoustician

    Socotec
  • Certification

    BBC Effinergie
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +10

Lee House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Eduardo Glycerio

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Lee House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Eduardo Glycerio, © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra
  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto Feliz - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Collaborators

    Carolina Castroviejo, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
  • Project Team

    Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
  • Area

    900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra +31

Lateral House / Gaurav Roy Choudhury

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Lateral House / Gaurav Roy Choudhury, © Tina Nandi
© Tina Nandi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Contractors

    LISA and Ravikumar, Plumbtech Engineers, ACHU P. Enterprises
  • Area

    3600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi +24

The House Cast in Liquid Stone / SPASM Design Architects

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
The House Cast in Liquid Stone  / SPASM Design Architects, © Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah
  • Architects

  • Location

    Khopoli, Maharashtra, India
  • Design Team

    Sangeeta Merchant, Mansoor Kudalkar, Gauri Satam, Lekha Gupta, Sanjeev Panjabi
  • Area

    638.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah +36

Gaga / Coordination Asia

00:00 - 26 August, 2013
Gaga / Coordination Asia, © Diephotodesigner.De
© Diephotodesigner.De
  • Architects

  • Location

    Inspection Bungalow, Kochi - Dhanushkodi Rd, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685613, India
  • Partner

    Rito Communication Group
  • Area

    290.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Diephotodesigner.De © Diephotodesigner.De © Diephotodesigner.De © Diephotodesigner.De +14

Food Supermarket with Additional Services International Competition

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
Food Supermarket with Additional Services International Competition, Courtesy of Latvia Association of Architects
Courtesy of Latvia Association of Architects

The Latvia Association of Architects recently announced the launch of their international competition for the best concept of an architectural idea and architectonic solution for the object, 'Food Supermarket with Additional Services.' Construction of the food supermarket is primary foreseen in St. Petersburg or its' closest proximity. For this reason it is essential that competition participants take into consideration climate conditions of St. Petersburg while choosing relevant materials and developing technical and constructive solutions. Submissions are due no later than October 15.. For more information, please visit here.

Remodeling a house in Nou Barris / ARQUITECTURA-G

01:00 - 26 August, 2013
© José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta
  • Project Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +14

AD Architecture School Guide: Carnegie Mellon University

00:00 - 25 August, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: Carnegie Mellon University, The Gates Center for Computer Science, designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. Image © Timothy Hursley
The Gates Center for Computer Science, designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. Image © Timothy Hursley

At Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture, prospective students are likely to find a course of study that will interest them. The School’s newly revised undergraduate curriculum allows students to choose studios in their 4th and 5th year that concentrate on breadth or depth in the following topics of interest: Sustainable Design, Digital Design, Management and Critical Practice, Design/ Build, Urban Design, and Future Studios. For example, students interested in digital fabrication, computational design, and new materials may choose to concentrate in Digital Design. 

Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition

01:00 - 25 August, 2013
Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition, Courtesy of AIA Dallas KRob
Courtesy of AIA Dallas KRob

Known to be the longest running architectural drawing competition in the work, the 2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition, invites professionals and students to enter this exciting competition for an opportunity to win great prizes, gain recognition across the industry and open up new opportunities with the publication of their ‘Award Winning’ work. Organized by the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects since 1974 and sponsored by Doghouse Computer Systems, the competition culminates in an award ceremony and event night with refreshments and a lecture by the jury panel on November 14th.

All entries must be of an architectural nature, and must be authored by one individual. Entries can be elevations, sections, or perspectives, and can be conceptual or final renderings. Exploration and innovation in unique techniques are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is October 28th. For more information, please visit the official website here.