2013 President’s Medal Awarded to Renzo Piano

00:00 - 16 April, 2013
2013 President’s Medal Awarded to Renzo Piano, Renzo Piano's Flat-Pack Auditorium for L’Aquila / © Marco Caselli Nirmal
Renzo Piano's Flat-Pack Auditorium for L’Aquila / © Marco Caselli Nirmal

The Architectural League of New York announced early this month the award of its 2013 President’s Medal to Renzo Piano of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.The President’s Medal is the Architectural League’s highest honor and is bestowed, at the discretion of the League’s President and Board of Directors, on individuals to recognize an extraordinary body of work in architecture, urbanism, or design. This award also exemplifies the Architectural League’s 130-year history of encouraging and honoring excellence in architecture, urbanism, and design. The medal was presented to Renzo Piano, one of the world's most admired architects, by Architectural League President Annabelle Selldorf on April 9th at a dinner with over 350 guests in Manhattan. For more information, please visit here.

Architecture Students Protest University with (what else) Architecture

00:00 - 16 April, 2013
© Daniel Boesen Nolan, Wenray Wang, Peter Nguyen, Michael Baker
© Daniel Boesen Nolan, Wenray Wang, Peter Nguyen, Michael Baker

Across the globe, architecture programs are cutting resources and raising fees in an effort to stay afloat. Meanwhile, architecture students feel powerless to demand more - to demand quality, to protest fees, to suggest how curricula could better serve them for the future (a poignant concern in this troubled economy, where even a competitive degree doesn't guarantee post-grad employment any more). 

In this Catch-22 of a situation, what can students do? Well, as any good architect-in-training, they can use their craft to form a solution. 

Which is exactly what, on the 9th of April, 20 architecture undergrads from the University of Sydney did.

More on the University of Sydney students' architectural protest, after the break...

Video: Sou Fujimoto at IE Master in Architectural Design

00:00 - 16 April, 2013

IE Master in Architectural Design opens its 2013 lecture series program, at the Círculo of Bellas Artes in Madrid, with the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.

Lincoln Center Inside Out / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
Lincoln Center Inside Out / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The redesign of Lincoln Center is one of the most challenging and innovative civic projects in recent urban history. Over the past eight years, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), in close collaboration with FXFOWLE, Beyer Blinder Belle and Lincoln Center’s leadership, has transformed the 50-year-old modernist citadel into a porous and democratic campus. This visually rich document is the first comprehensive book to feature the extensive redevelopment in its entirety. Inside-Out, and still Lincoln Center details DS+R’s interpretation of the modernist project after several generations of social and political change. Through a combination of photographs, drawings, renderings, archival records and texts, the book describes the innovative strategies that have dissolved the public/private divide and effectively turned the campus inside-out, extending the spectacle of the performance halls into the Center’s mute public spaces and surrounding streets. 

Gehry's Software Enters the Cloud, Promotes Paperless Construction

00:00 - 16 April, 2013
Gehry's Software Enters the Cloud, Promotes Paperless Construction, Courtesy of www.newyorkbygehry.com
Courtesy of www.newyorkbygehry.com

There are many ways that the architecture profession has lead the way in environmentally friendly design - but when it comes to the process of creating buildings themselves, the industry works its way through huge amounts of paper. Frank Gehry, through his offshoot technology company Gehry Technologies, is aiming to change that.

The company has recently announced that its GTeam software, which has so far been available for less than a year, will now make use of Box, a cloud based storage system that is well suited to large files associated with complex 3D models that are often required in designing buildings.

Read more about Gehry Technology's new software collaboration after the break

Motion Picture Academy Unveils Designs for Renzo Piano-Designed Museum

00:00 - 16 April, 2013
Motion Picture Academy Unveils Designs for Renzo Piano-Designed Museum, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures © Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Studio Pali Fekete architects, AMPAS
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures © Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Studio Pali Fekete architects, AMPAS

It's surprising to think that Los Angeles - the home of the U.S film industry - doesn't have a museum solely dedicated to its homegrown artform. However, all that is about to change should the Academy of Motion Pictures have their way. 

Last Thursday, plans were unveiled for the long-touted Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a new museum designed by Renzo Piano and native Los Angeleno architect Zoltan Pali, which will be located in the streamline-moderne Wiltshire May Company building at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Although the designs are at an early stage, the released drawings propose to convert the historic building into a museum, while marrying it with a 140-foot-diameter glass dome.

Read more about the project after the break...

House in Yoro / Airhouse Design Office

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
House in Yoro / Airhouse Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +24

'Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends' Symposium

00:00 - 16 April, 2013
'Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends' Symposium, Philippe Rahm - Diurnisme / Courtesy of PSU
Philippe Rahm - Diurnisme / Courtesy of PSU

Taking place April 26-27, the 'Strange Utility: Architecture Toward Other Ends' Symposium will explore the following provocative questions: How is architecture’s use value defined, and by whom? How can turning to other disciplines’ unexpected utilization of architecture expand our perception of its utility? And what are the future utilities of architecture? Today, the idea of architecture’s utility is perhaps more diverse than ever, as architecture commonly mingles with other disciplines, and as new typologies of building design emerge almost daily. Organized by Portland State University School of Architecture, three keynote speakers—Philippe Rahm, Jimenez Lai and Jill Stoner—as well as eleven notable architects, artists and academics will participate. More information after the break.

Palm Island / Hassell

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
© Luo Wen
© Luo Wen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Area

    9600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Luo Wen © Luo Wen © Luo Wen © Luo Wen +21

La Couleuvre / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
La Couleuvre / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rosemont-Petite-Patrie, Montréal, Canada
  • Project Team

    Stephane Rasselet, Marc-Andre Plasse, Amelie Melaven
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +14

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Radionica Arhitekture

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Radionica Arhitekture, Courtesy of Radionica Arhitekture
Courtesy of Radionica Arhitekture

Situated in the large fun park in the suburbs of Sofia, Radionica Arhitekture's proposal for the Collider Activity Center, which won one of five first prizes, is a small artificial 'mountain'. When external conditions are favorable, the facade opens and the internal atmosphere becomes external. The second layer is the hall, a kind of a "cytoplasm". The space between the façade and the climbing surface.This is the place of entrance, where the building and the park mix, the site of overlapping where all paths intersect. More images and architects' description after the break.

The Shed / Haworth Tompkins

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
© Helene Binet
© Helene Binet

© Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile +19

Fusing Architecture and Music: Philip Kennicott Describes the Inspiration Behind Steven Holl’s Daeyang Gallery and House

00:00 - 16 April, 2013
Fusing Architecture and Music: Philip Kennicott Describes the Inspiration Behind Steven Holl’s Daeyang Gallery and House, A watercolor by architect Steven Holl was an early step toward translating an obscure musical score by István Anhalt into a new home and gallery in Seoul, South Korea © Iwan Baan
A watercolor by architect Steven Holl was an early step toward translating an obscure musical score by István Anhalt into a new home and gallery in Seoul, South Korea © Iwan Baan

Awarded yesterday with the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Philip Kennicott has built an honorable reputation as a art and architecture critic for Washington Post’s Style section. One of his most recent works, Music Holl: A Copper Clad Pavilion in Seoul recounts the inspiration behind Steven Holl’s award-winning Daeyang Gallery and House in Seoul. 

Designed as an experiment on “the architectonics of music,” the basic geometry of the Daeyang Gallery and House was inspired by Istvan Anhalt’s 1967 Symphony of Modules - a uniquely transcribed sheet of music found in John Cage’s contemporary music compendium, Notations. Reminiscent of the “blocky and shard-like shapes” of Anhalt’s sketch, Holl’s design features three copper-clad pavilions punctured by a symphony of carefully placed, rectangular skylights that animate the interior with “bars of light”. As Kennicott describes, Holl uses music as a “powerful metaphor for the dynamic unfolding of experience” (captured in this film by Spirit of Space).

Read Kennicott’s Music Holl: A Copper Clad Pavilion in its entirety here on Dwell. Continue after the break to compare Steven Holl's sketch above with Anhalt’s Symphony of Modules.

Resurgence in Employment Rates for Architects? AIA/NCARB Survey Indicates a Shift for the Better

00:00 - 15 April, 2013
Resurgence in Employment Rates for Architects?  AIA/NCARB Survey Indicates a Shift for the Better

We have already written about the dauntingly high rates of unemployment that are awaiting architecture-degree graduates in the profession these days.  But a recent survey conducted by the AIA/NCARB Internship and Career Survey reveals an optimistic view of job growth and job placement in the two years since the "intense economic contraction" of 2010.  The AIA writes, "emerging professionals have begun experiencing a rebound, with higher employment levels, more young designers getting licensed, and any remaining unemployment becoming, in most cases, mercifully short".  

Logements Marnes-la-Coquette / LEM+ architectes

01:00 - 15 April, 2013
© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Cloud, France
  • Engineers

    Scoping
  • Contractor

    TMCR
  • Area

    3338.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +19

Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’

00:00 - 15 April, 2013
Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Nearly two years after unveiling the design to the public, Herzog & de Meuron broke ground this morning on the new ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’ in France. Surrounded by lush vegetation typically found in this green belt district, the stepped concourse transitions visitors through a forest of slender white columns to the stadium’s bowl, whose form ensures maximum flexibility and optimal visibility for all 43,000 spectators. 

Completion is set for 2015, just in time to host the Euro 2016 football championship.

The architect’s description after the break...

Ice Dome Bolshoy / SIC Mostovik

01:00 - 15 April, 2013
Ice Dome Bolshoy / SIC Mostovik, Courtesy of SIC Mostovik
Courtesy of SIC Mostovik

© Nikita Tsymbal Courtesy of SIC Mostovik Courtesy of SIC Mostovik © Nikita Tsymbal +31

Statoil Regional and International Offices / a-lab

00:00 - 15 April, 2013
Statoil Regional and International Offices / a-lab, © Luis Fonseca
© Luis Fonseca

© Luis Fonseca © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey © Ivan Brodey +53