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Zaha Hadid Among 7 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2014”

00:00 - 22 April, 2014
Zaha Hadid Among 7 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2014”, Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Iwan Baan
Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center is among seven shortlisted designs being considered for this year’s Design of the Year award. As announced by London’s Design Museum, the undulating cultural center was pulled from 76 innovative nominations and placed first in the architecture category. The shortlisted proposals, ranging from a portable eye examination kit to Volkswagen’s XL1 CAR, will remain on view at the museum through August 25. A winner is expected to be announced June 30. 

The Indicator: The Intern Issue, Revisited

00:00 - 22 April, 2014
The Indicator: The Intern Issue, Revisited, One Workplace / Design Blitz. Image © Bruce Damonte
One Workplace / Design Blitz. Image © Bruce Damonte

Last year, I wrote about doing away with the title “intern,” saying the word “should be banished from the profession.” The post, titled, No More Interns, caused quite a flurry of responses, some quite angry, in fact. Some respondents defended the title, saying a title is just a title; others launched attacks against it, saying it connotes someone unskilled or untrained. 

For the record, I still think we should get rid of it — not simply because it is demeaning and diminishing to individuals who have gone through the rigorous educational stages of the profession, but because it makes the profession look antiquated. Think about where you find “intern” used today and what it generally implies: volunteer, unpaid/low-paid, student, temporary, trainee, to name a few. Imagine how clients from progressive business cultures view it. Also, from the standpoint of business, doesn’t it make sense that people would pay more for architecture not done by “interns”? I would pay more for “associates.” 

VIDEO: I LIKE Red

00:00 - 22 April, 2014

LVC School / Nomena + Patricio Bryce

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
LVC School / Nomena + Patricio Bryce, © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +24

Pó House / Ricardo Silva Carvalho Arquitectos

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
Pó House  / Ricardo Silva Carvalho Arquitectos, © FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura
© FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

© FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura © FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura © FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura © FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura +44

3XN Beats Out OMA, Toyo Ito, Others to Design Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne

00:00 - 22 April, 2014
3XN Beats Out OMA, Toyo Ito, Others to Design Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Screenshot of the proposed site of the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.. Image © Google Earth
Screenshot of the proposed site of the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.. Image © Google Earth

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced 3XN as the winner of the competition to design the IOC's new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The decision to choose the Denmark-based firm over eleven other firms, including OMA, Toyo Ito, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), follows a unanimous recommendation by the IOC Architecture College.

The 14,000 square meter Headquarters will be part of a greater 'Olympic campus' of administrative buildings, located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva.

The entire shortlist and more from 3XN, after the break...

Fall House / Fougeron Architecture

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
Fall House / Fougeron Architecture, © Joe Fletcher Photography
© Joe Fletcher Photography

© Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography +30

KJ House / Nakahira Architects

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
KJ House  / Nakahira Architects, © Kei Sugino
© Kei Sugino

© Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masaru Nakahira
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Archipielago House / Nomena

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
Archipielago House  / Nomena, © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vichayito, Peru
  • Project Area

    350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects in U.S.

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects in U.S., 
Sustainability Treehouse; Glen Jean, West Virginia / Mithun with BNIM © Joe Fletcher


Sustainability Treehouse; Glen Jean, West Virginia / Mithun with BNIM © Joe Fletcher


In honor of Earth Day, we have complied a preview of the top ten most sustainable exemplars of U.S. architecture selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE). Each project featured will be honored with a COTE Top Ten Award for “sustainable design excellence” at the 2014 National Convention in Chicago. View them all, after the break...

VIDEO: Light Installation Transforms Cylindrical Tower

00:00 - 22 April, 2014

The bowels of a Gasometer may be an unlikely place to stage a light installation, however, URBANSCREEN, a German projection company, has done just that. 320 Licht is a spectacle of light and sound within a cylindrical volume over 300 feet high. With the help of Epson Germany, URBANSCREEN was able to sync 21 separate projectors for a 22 minute loop, documenting the process in the amazing high-definition video above. Enjoy!

Meditech Medical Information Technology Computer Science Building I / Payette

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
Meditech Medical Information Technology Computer Science Building I / Payette, © Warren Jagger
© Warren Jagger

© Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger © Warren Jagger +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fall River, MA, United States
  • Area

    120000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Urban Hive / ARCHIUM

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
© Park, Young-chae
© Park, Young-chae
  • Architects

  • Location

    476 Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim In-cheurl
  • Area

    10166.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Park, Young-chae © Park, Young-chae © Park, Young-chae © Park, Young-chae +35

45º / TSC Architects

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
45º / TSC Architects, © Masato Kawano
© Masato Kawano

© Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aichi, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yoshiaki Tanaka
  • Area

    77.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Garage CCC Education Center / FORM Bureau

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
© Asya Baranova
© Asya Baranova
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia, 119049
  • Architects in Charge

    Olga Treiwas, Vera Odyn, Daria Sheina
  • Area

    1215.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

© Asya Baranova © Asya Baranova © Asya Baranova © Asya Baranova +30

Tour Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion Tomorrow

00:00 - 21 April, 2014
Tour Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion Tomorrow, The Pavilion's "Tent of Tomorrow" photographed during the fair. Image via People for the Pavillion website. Image
The Pavilion's "Tent of Tomorrow" photographed during the fair. Image via People for the Pavillion website. Image

For the first time in decades, Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion will open to the public tomorrow (April 22) in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Built for the 1964-65 World’s Fair, “the Pavilion represents a pivotal time in American history when the allure of putting a man on the moon inspired renowned architect Philip Johnson to create this emblem for Space Age enthusiasm,” described Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ciudad De La Justicia / Magüi González, José Antonio Sosa, Miguel Santiago

01:00 - 21 April, 2014
Ciudad De La Justicia  / Magüi González, José Antonio Sosa, Miguel Santiago , © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Málaga, 2, 35016 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
  • Architects in charge

    Ramón Cruz, Alexis López, Alejandra Vera, Juan José Martínez, Susana Gerstberger, Sonia Montesinos, Salvador Padrón, Guacimara Quintana, Javier Cabrera, Olga del Castillo, Ruth Suárez, José Luis Novo, Daniel Hernández, Juan Jurado, Carmen Juliá
  • Area

    89700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Venice Biennale 2014: Dominican Republic Seeks Funding for "La Feria Concreta" Documentary

00:00 - 21 April, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Dominican Republic Seeks Funding for "La Feria Concreta" Documentary, Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1955). Image © Archivo General de la Nación
Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1955). Image © Archivo General de la Nación

Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana (LAD), curators of the Dominican Republic’s first-ever Venice Architecture Biennale participation, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a short documentary that will reveal the daily life of La Feria. Originally built by brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo as a symbol of power and wealth, the 1950s fairground has transformed into an “architectural protagonist” within the city of Santo Domingo that serves various government bodies by day and illicit enterprises by night.