Micro Housing Ideas Competition 2013 Winners Announced

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
Micro Housing Ideas Competition 2013 Winners Announced, 1st Place - SAC – Studio de Arquitectura y Ciudad (Queretaro, Mexico)
1st Place - SAC – Studio de Arquitectura y Ciudad (Queretaro, Mexico)

The winners of the 2013 Micro Housing Ideas Competition were just announced by the Denver Architectural League in an effort to catalyze new ideas, and elevate the conversation about urban housing solutions in the west and beyond. Hypothetically based on an actual site located across from the TAXI development in Denver's up and coming River North District, the challenge included the design of an eight-unit micro-housing complex. More images and information on the winners after the break.

'Architecture and City' Exhibition

00:00 - 30 May, 2013
'Architecture and City' Exhibition, Courtesy of BAAS Arquitectura
Courtesy of BAAS Arquitectura

Taking place at the DESSA Gallery Ljubljana June 3 - July 15, Jordi Badia, founder of the studio BAAS Arquitectura, will be presenting his work at the 'Architecture and City' exhibition. The exhibition shows a compilation of his architecture through 11 works, public and private buildings focused on the respect for the city, the end user and the context. The exhibition also reflects on Jordi Badia's particular vision of urban space configuration through the use of the void. More information on the exhibition and architects' description after the break.

South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy / Capita Symonds

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy / Capita Symonds, © Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Black Country Route, Bilston, West Midlands WV14, UK
  • Project Architect

    Richard Woods / Neil Farquhar
  • Area

    10211.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert +36

Kubik Extension / GRAS Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
Kubik Extension / GRAS Arquitectos , © José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Palma de Mallorca, España
  • Architects in Charge

    Guillermo Reynés, Álvaro Perez
  • Area

    950.0 m2
  • Proyect Year

    2013
  • Photography

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +24

Main Ridge House / McAllister Alcock Architects

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
Main Ridge House / McAllister Alcock Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Shannon McGrath © Derek Swalwell © Shannon McGrath © Derek Swalwell +8

2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Announced

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Announced, Anacostia Neighborhood Library; Washington, D.C. / The Freelon Group © Mark Herboth Photography
Anacostia Neighborhood Library; Washington, D.C. / The Freelon Group © Mark Herboth Photography

Biennially, representatives from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) gather to celebrate the finest examples of library design by architects licensed in the U.S. This year, for the 2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards, they choose to honor six outstanding project. View them all after the break.

Farrells to Masterplan £1bn Business District in London

00:00 - 30 May, 2013
Farrells to Masterplan £1bn Business District in London, © Farrells / Stanhope / ABP China (Holding)
© Farrells / Stanhope / ABP China (Holding)

London-based practice Farrells will be teaming up with UK developer Stanhope and commercial developer ABP China (Holding) to regenerate London’s historic docklands into a thriving, mixed-use business district. The deal, which represents one of the first direct investment by a Chinese developer in London’s property market, will act as a platform for financial, high-tech and knowledge driven industries looking to establish their business in UK and European markets.

More on the Farrells' masterplan after the break...

TRC House / Paan Architects

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
© Yiannis Hadjiaslanis
© Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

© Yiannis Hadjiaslanis © Yiannis Hadjiaslanis © Yiannis Hadjiaslanis Courtesy of Paan Architects +23

house in Nagahama / comma design office

01:00 - 29 May, 2013
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +27

Folm arts / Tsubasa Iwahashi Architects

01:00 - 29 May, 2013
Folm arts / Tsubasa Iwahashi Architects, © Yoshiro Masuda
© Yoshiro Masuda

© Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda +20

Does the Cost of Architectural Education Create a Barrier to the Profession?

00:00 - 29 May, 2013
Does the Cost of Architectural Education Create a Barrier to the Profession?, © Rory MacLeod
© Rory MacLeod

A recent report by the UK Architectural Education Review Group has highlighted the high cost of education as a barrier which prevents less wealthy students from accessing the profession, reveals BDonline. Among a number of concerns raised about the current state of architectural education, it says that the cost to study architecture in the UK could "create an artificial barrier to the profession based solely on a student’s willingness to accept high levels of personal debt".

Architecture has long been seen as a pastime of the wealthy, as evidenced by Philip Johnson's claim that "the first rule of architecture is be born rich, the second rule is, failing that, to marry wealthy". However, the report acknowledges the fact that making the profession open to people of all backgrounds is not only a moral imperative, but will be vital to bring the best talent into the field.

Read more about the barriers surrounding the profession of architecture after the break

London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) New Global Center for the Social Sciences Competition

01:00 - 29 May, 2013
London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) New Global Center for the Social Sciences Competition, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

RIBA is now inviting expressions of interest from architect-led design teams with exceptional design skills for the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) New Global Center for the Social Sciences, the world’s leading center for social sciences. The next step in the campus development program is to further improve the School’s teaching, research and support facilities through the complete redevelopment of the center of its Aldwych campus.  The new building that will be constructed will have a vital role to play in cementing the LSE’s position as a world renowned educational establishment and will become a place that inspires existing LSE students and will help attract new high caliber students and staff to the School. The deadline for submissions is June 14. For more information, please visit here.

Printemps Store / Biecher Architectes

01:00 - 29 May, 2013
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    1014 Rue de la Haute Montée, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Christian Biecher, Bruno Etienne, Marcel Zugerm Jane Landrey
  • Engineering

    Artelia
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +24

Changing the Mapo Oil Reserve Base Competition

01:00 - 29 May, 2013
Changing the Mapo Oil Reserve Base Competition, Courtesy of Seoul Institute
Courtesy of Seoul Institute

Open to students and professionals, the Seoul Institute just launched the international ideas competition for the first step to changing the Mapo Oil Reserve Base, a relic of the industrial era. Located in Sangam, this area was once an abandoned mountain of waste, but now stands as a state-of-the-art city that leads the future of Seoul. Aiming to achieve a communication and co-existence between people and nature, the oil reserve base will be returned to the citizens through the ideas of students and professionals who reflect the meaning and value of the land and regenerate the space to meet this new era’s core values of environment & ecology and sustainable future. The deadline for submissions is August 23. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

Penn Station, Re-Imagined

01:00 - 29 May, 2013
Penn Station, Re-Imagined, © SOM
© SOM

This morning, four architectural firms, invited by the Metropolitan Art Society(MAS), displayed how they would transform New York's darkest & dingiest hub - Penn Station - into a space worthy of its site in the heart of the city.

New Yorkers have been up in arms about Penn Station ever since its Beaux-Arts predecessor, designed by McKim, Mead & White, was demolished in 1963. Its replacement is a dark, cramped station that lacks both the operational and security features it needs to sustain the hundreds of thousands of travelers who use it daily. As Michael Kimmelman put it in his inaugural piece as architecture editor for The New York Times: "To pass through Grand Central Terminal, one of New York’s exalted public spaces, is an ennobling experience, a gift. To commute via the bowels of Penn Station, just a few blocks away, is a humiliation."

As we reported last month,Madison Square Garden’s (MSG) 50-year permit expires this year, and it will be either renewed without limit, or extended 10-15 years, by The New York City Council in the coming months. The problem, according to MAS, is that "MSG happens to sit on top of the busiest train station in North America [a.k.a, Penn Station] and constrains its ability to serve over half a million people every day. [...] 2013 presents New York City with a truly unique opportunity and together we need to seize this moment."

And so MAS invited Diller, Sofidio, & Renfro; H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; SHoP; Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, to do just that. See their visions, after the break...

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00:00 - 29 May, 2013

AD Interviews: Charles Renfro

01:00 - 29 May, 2013

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'ex.terra': MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / AN.ONYMOUS

01:00 - 29 May, 2013
Courtesy of  AN.ONYMOUS
Courtesy of AN.ONYMOUS

Designed by AN.ONYMOUS, their "ex.terra" proposal was chosen as one of the winners in the MOMA PS1 Rockaway competition. Their design proposes the creation of a new ground, which serves as an infrastructural network. The structure, elevated 10-15m meters above the current sea level, connects to the existing subway line, bridges and roads in the rockaway. The geometry of the new structure, as an anamorphic grid, creates a structural system which is able to resist and at the same time capture the energy of the wind and the water. The city is then plugged into this infrastructure with designated blocks for different use. More images and architects' description after the break.