Call for Proposals: The 2016 Fuller Challenge

07:00 - 25 January, 2016

The Buckminster Fuller Institue (BFI) has issued the Call for Proposals for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. Known as “socially-responsible design’s highest award,” the Fuller Challenge invites designers, architects, planners, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, activists, and students worldwide to submit original solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems.

A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of the winning project. In addition to the grand prize, BFI will provide further resources for finalists, semi-finalists and select entrants through its Catalyst Program.

Abin Design Studio Constructs Pavilion of Canopies for Indian Cultural Festival

06:00 - 25 January, 2016
© Subhrajit G.Mitra. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio
© Subhrajit G.Mitra. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio

India based Abin Design Studio has designed and constructed a pavilion of canopies for a religious festival in West Kolkata. The design is based on the celebration of tribal life and the symbiotic relationship between the community and the forest. By highlighting the importance of the forest in their lives, the community hopes to raise awareness about conservation of the lands.

© Sayantan Chakraborty. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio © Sayantan Chakraborty. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio © Abin Chaudhuri. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio © Sayantan Chakraborty. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio +20

European Headquarters Of The Quality Leather Center / taller 9s arquitectes

05:00 - 25 January, 2016
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +20

Walk Inside: Google Cultural Institute Puts New York's Guggenheim On The Map

04:00 - 25 January, 2016
Installation view: Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim. Image © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Installation view: Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim. Image © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Google Cultural Institute have teamed up with New York City's iconic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1959, to open its doors through Street View. Additionally, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has made over 120 artworks from its collection available for online viewing. "Using Street View technology, it will now be possible to tour the museum’s distinctive spiral ramps from anywhere online," the Foundation said.

Landmark Nieuw Bergen / MONADNOCK

03:00 - 25 January, 2016
© Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert +26

District School in Bergedorf / blauraum Architekten

02:00 - 25 January, 2016
© Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +16

House Around a Split Level Courtyard / Rubber Soul

20:00 - 24 January, 2016
© Harshan Thomson
© Harshan Thomson

ICRAVE's Ideas for the Brave Is a Brainstorming Platform for Designers

16:00 - 24 January, 2016
Courtesy of Chanel Dehond
Courtesy of Chanel Dehond

Created by designer Chanel Dehond from Manhattan-based design studio ICRAVE, IDEAS FOR THE BRAVE (IFTB) is a submission-based, open source platform for brainstorming. IFTB is open to the public, with the international design community as its target demographic.

Library of Congress Announces Winners of 2015 Holland Prize for Architectural Drawing

14:00 - 24 January, 2016
The St. James’ House in Fredericksburg, Virginia, by Teresa Boegler. Image via The Library of Congress
The St. James’ House in Fredericksburg, Virginia, by Teresa Boegler. Image via The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has announced the winners of the 2015 Holland Prize, which recognizes the best single-sheet, measured drawing of a historic building, site, or structure, completed to the standards of the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS).

Entrepreneur Offices / OOIIO

13:00 - 24 January, 2016
Courtesy of OOIIO
Courtesy of OOIIO
  • Architects

  • Location

    45710 Madridejos, Toledo, Spain
  • Design Team

    Joaquín Millán Villamuelas, Jesús Reyes García, Magdalena Polvorinos Caeiro
  • Area

    644.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of OOIIO

Courtesy of OOIIO Courtesy of OOIIO Courtesy of OOIIO Courtesy of OOIIO +22

Watch New York City Sink in This Commentary on Affordable Housing

12:00 - 24 January, 2016

Brooklyn-based artist and designer Ekene Ijeoma has created Wage Islands, an interactive art piece that “expands New York City’s ‘tale of two cities’ by revealing the geographies of access to housing based on wages.”

In the project, a 3D map of the city is submerged in a box filled with black water, showing only the parts of the city that have affordable housing based on a wage of $8.75 and median monthly housing costs from $271 to $4001. Viewers press a button, which increases the wage on the display up to $77, concurrently raising the map out of the water to highlight the severity of the wage gap in relation to housing.

AD Readers Debate: Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker Prize and More

11:00 - 24 January, 2016
UC Innovation Center, by Alejandro Aravena's firm ELEMENTAL. Image © Nina Vidic
UC Innovation Center, by Alejandro Aravena's firm ELEMENTAL. Image © Nina Vidic

The announcement of the Pritzker Prize is often the biggest news story of the year in architecture. This year it seems will be no different: the accolade went to Alejandro Aravena, with the jury paying particular attention to his social housing work, and with the Aravena-directed Venice Biennale right around the corner, it seems that this year we'll be talking a lot about the 48-year-old Chilean.

That discussion has already begun in our comments section, where readers debated the pros and cons of the decision by the Pritzker Jury. Read on to find out what our readers had to say about Aravena and the other big stories of recent weeks.

Hisham A. Alsager Cardiological Hospital / AGi Architects

09:00 - 24 January, 2016
© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +28

Stewart Hollenstein Unveil Their Proposal for the Varna Regional Library

08:00 - 24 January, 2016
Render by Luxigon. Image Courtesy of Stewart Hollenstein
Render by Luxigon. Image Courtesy of Stewart Hollenstein

Sydney-based firm Stewart Hollenstein has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the international design competition for a new 17,000 square-meter library in Varna, Bulgaria. Their design scheme focuses on Varna's rich history as a city known for its public gardens, and seeks to make the library a cultural center of the city.

Interior Office of the Royal Tichelaar / Monadnock

05:00 - 24 January, 2016
© Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert
  • Architects

  • Location

    8754 Makkum, Netherlands
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert +17

Residential Building in Via Bellincione / DAP Studio

02:00 - 24 January, 2016
© Barbara Corsico
© Barbara Corsico

© Barbara Corsico © Barbara Corsico © Barbara Corsico © Barbara Corsico +26

DocMorris / TBI

20:00 - 23 January, 2016
© Andreas Horsky
© Andreas Horsky

© Andreas Horsky © Andreas Horsky © Andreas Horsky © Andreas Horsky +21

Video: This 980-Square-Foot Home Maximizes Family Space

16:00 - 23 January, 2016

Despite often designing homes larger than 15,000 square feet for their clients, Houston-based design team Mark Schatz and Anne Eamon have designed and built a 980 square-foot house for their family of four. The couple designed and built the home largely on their own, out of leftover materials collected from projects their firm has worked on over the past few years.