IE School of Architecture and Design’s SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

IE School of Architecture and Design’s SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

New models are emerging, redefining how we work, shop and learn in different environments that impact our everyday lives. IE SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize is a challenge for young architects and designers worldwide that are able to foresee how work, retail and learning environments will evolve in the next decade.

If you’re interested in being a part of the challenge, there’s still time. The registration period is open until October 27, and proposals are to be presented in a digital story board (A1 horizontal format- PDF or JPG; < 10megas). Registrations should be made individually. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Admittance to Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments  from IE School of Architecture & Design, for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • 30% scholarship over the tuition fees
  • Full-time paid professional internships in top tier companies and design firms such as UNStudio, Arup or O+A Studio

For more detailed information, visit the Competition website

IE School of Architecture & Design focuses on training skills in design, innovation and management, expanding the boundaries of traditional architectural education. IE welcomes students who seek challenges and aspire to become leaders in the dynamic world of architecture and design. The IE community is comprised of 47,000+ graduates that represent more than 90 countries worldwide.

Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage / F8 architecture + Gérard Violante

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Architects: F8 architecture,
Location: , Mali
Area: 891.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vanja Bjelobaba

Translating Smiljan Radić’s Serpentine Pavilion from Fantasy to Fabrication

The use of fiberglass allowed for the pavilion to be thin and brittle, but also had the strength to span a large face. The pigment made it fire retardant. Image Courtesy of Louis Webb Bird/AECOM

Settled neatly in the quiet hum of London‘s Gardens rests Smiljan Radić‘s 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, an ethereal mass of carefully moulded fiberglass punctuated by precisely cut openings. Radić desired a structure that appears thin and brittle, yet was strong enough to support itself, and his affection for the rudimental layered qualities of papier-mâché – his maquette medium of choice – inspired the use of fiberglass by AECOM, who engineered Radić’s wild ideas. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “Paper-Thin Walls, an AECOM engineer explains their solution. Read on after the break to find out more. 

Artist Mark Lascelles Thornton On His Completed Masterwork: “The Happiness Machine”

All 8 panels of The Happiness Machine. Image © Mark Lascelles Thornton

Over a year ago, we shared a work-in-progress drawing project that captured our imagination with its combination of huge size and meticulously small details. Now, “The Happiness Machine,Mark Lascelles Thornton‘s 8-foot by 5-foot, three year long drawing project is complete, after over 10,000 hours of painstaking work.

Lascelles Thornton, a self-taught London-based artist who describes himself as “one of those kids that was drawing before I was talking,” created the artwork as a response to the global financial crisis, focusing on themes of socio-economics, consumerism, globalism, resource shortages, urbanism and architecture. We spoke to Lascelles Thornton about his artwork, discussing the themes of the piece and the commitment – or, as he describes it, “emotional ” – required for such a colossal undertaking.

For the full interview – and detailed images of the drawing – read on after the break

Hunter’s Hall / Bergersen Arkitekter

© Kjetil Nordø

Architects: Bergersen Arkitekter
Location: 830 15 Duved,
Design Team: Kjetil Nordø
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kjetil Nordø

OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out

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OMA‘s Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) has topped out in a ceremony including Taipei’s mayor Hau Lung-pin, and OMA’s Partners in charge of the project, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten. Even in its current skeletal state, the rigidly geometric form is clearly expressed with it’s central cube supporting three protruding auditoriums, two cubic and one spherical. The design of the TPAC is in many ways experimental, incorporating a looped public path which shows off the building’s backstage areas, and flexible auditoriums which can even be combined, offering extraordinary stage spaces that allow performances which would be impossible in any theater.

Ahead of the topping out ceremony we spoke to partner in charge David Gianotten, who explained the building’s design concepts and the challenges (or rather, surprising lack of challenges) in the construction, and told us “you will only understand it when you have seen it. It’s super exciting, we encourage everybody that loves architecture to come and see it because it’s spectacular.”

Read on after the break for the full interview

Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story

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Blank Space’s first edition of Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story is a light-hearted reminder that communication is at the core of what all architects and designers do. The book is a collection of entries from the company’s first architectural storytelling competition, which was launched to reinstate a dialogue between architects and the public.

Fairy tales might seem like an odd genre of choice for this movement, but communication also lies at their core. According to the founders of Blank Space, Matthew Hoffman and Frencesca Giuliani-Hoffman, fairy tales are “relatable, yet sophisticated and nuanced, just like great architecture.”

For more on the whimsical collection, keep reading after the break.

Heatherwick Studio's 2010 Shanghai Expo pavilion. Image © Daniele Mattioli
Heatherwick Studio's 2010 Shanghai Expo pavilion. Image © Daniele Mattioli

Heatherwick Exhibitions Set to Tour US and Asia

Thomas Heatherwick is set to expand his international reputation in the coming year, thanks to two exhibitions that will tour the United States and East Asia, reports the Architects’ Journal. The US exhibition, titled “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio” will tour DallasLA and New York from September 2014 to October 2015. The Asia exhibit is yet to be formally announced, although it is believed it will begin in Singapore in Spring 2015. Read on after the break for more details of the exhibitions.

Hyundai Card Travel Library / Wonderwall

© Nacása & Partners Inc.

Architects: Wonderwall
Location: Seoul,
Area: 372.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nacása & Partners Inc.

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Video: House Housing – “An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate”

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House Housing, “An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes”, was recently exhibited at Columbia University’s Casa Muraro in Venice. Staged as an “open house”, the exhibition responded unsolicited to Rem Koolhaas’s call to exhibitors at the 2014 Venice Biennale to focus on Fundamentals by exploring housing in nineteen “discrete episodes.” In narrating these episodes, brought together from across the last one hundred years in a mixture of domestic media, the exhibition brought together a collection of excerpts from global processes.

FCN 2009 / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

© Hélène Binet

Architects:
Location: 96017 Syracuse, Italy
Area: 115.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hélène Binet

Hong Kong Velodrome / P&T Group

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Architects: P&T Group
Location: Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of P&T Group

Shams Villa / Karand Group

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Architects: Karand Group
Location: , Iran
Design Team: Ali Shariati, Dokhi Sarabandi, Hadi Shapourian
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kaveh Seyed Ahmadian

Office 05 / i29 interior architects + VMX Architects

© Ewout Huibers

Architects: i29 interior architects, VMX Architects
Location: Industrieweg 29, 6541 TT , The Netherlands
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ewout Huibers

Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

Martin Filler Admits Mistake in his Critique on Zaha Hadid

Last week Zaha Hadid filed a libel lawsuit against critic Martin Filler, after Filler’s review of Rowan Moore’s book “Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture” for the New York Review of Books included a scathing section on Hadid. In the article Filler said she had shown “no concern” for the death of construction workers in Qatar, where she designed a stadium for the 2022 World Cup. Now, Filler has admitted to a significant error in the article he wrote, The New York Times has reported. In an amendment to his article Filler acknowledges that the quotes he used from Hadid were taken out of context and had “nothing to do” with the Qatar stadium she designed. Read Filler’s full statement in the New York Times article, here

Bedaux-Nagengast Residence / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: Bedaux de Brouwer Architects
Location: , The
Design Team: Rob Vermeulen, Kees Paulussen, Rien Lagerwerf
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

SXSW Eco Names 15 “Place By Desgn” Finalists

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South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) has announced the finalists in its second annual “Place by Design” competition, which celebrates “cutting-edge ideas in the reinvention of public space.” Held from the 6th-8th of October, the offshoot of the SXSW festival explores cutting edge solutions to the challenges of sustainability.

The Place by Design finalists include high profile proposals such as New York‘s +Pool or the Lowline, but also some lesser-known initiatives such as Dublin‘s temporary Granby Park. Read on after the break to see all 15 finalists.

Beefeater Gin Visitor Centre / Lee Boyd

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Architects: Lee Boyd
Location: SE11 5DE, UK
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Riddle