Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto

© José Campos | Architectural photography

Architects: Pedro Reis Arquitecto
Location: Melgaço,
Area: 5050.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: José Campos | Architectural photography

2015 Wood Design Award Winners Announced

Burr Burton Academy Mountain Campus / Bensonwood + Annette Dey, PE © Marvin Windows

The 2015 winners of the Wood Design Awards have been announced at the Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair in Oakland, California. Presented by WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, the seek to “recognize extraordinary buildings that exemplify not only wood’s beauty, but the versatility and structural performance attributes that make it such an interesting material to architects and engineers.”

The Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in nine categories at both regional and national levels. See the winning designs for 2015 after the break.

Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

Held annually since 1998, the Arquine International Architecture Competition explores important and relevant topics for society as a whole, creating a space for dialogue and promoting active participation of both national and international architects. It has become one of the best architecture ideas competitions, with over 400 teams from more than 21 countries participating last year.

This year, is asking: What could be the vocation of the [future, ex] International Airport Benito Juarez of City? Following the announcement that Mexico City’s new international airport will be constructed in Texcoco, this competition aims to generate proposals for the [future] urban zone. Comprised of a total of 746 acres, the area has the potential to become a catalyst for development and growth of the eastern part of one of the most complex and populated cities in the world.

Determining the future use of the space now occupied by the International Airport Benito Juarez in Mexico City is one of the most interesting urban development challenges worldwide. The public competition offers a way to dig into the potential use of the area and explore the possibility of creating a large green area in the eastern part of Mexico City.

32 Housing / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Montpellier,
Architects In Charge: Sancie Matte, Arnaud Rousseau, Frédéric Devaux
Team Design: Frédéric Ganichot, Géraldine Savelli
Area: 2800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

Water Pore Partnership's Holcim-Award-winning project imagines a much-needed piece of water infrastructure for Las Vegas that doubles as a public space. Image © Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
Water Pore Partnership's Holcim-Award-winning project imagines a much-needed piece of water infrastructure for Las Vegas that doubles as a public space. Image © Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Who Are Architecture’s Best Young “Disrupters”?

In their fifth annual “Game Changers” survey, Metropolis Magazine sought to uncover the visionaries who have the potential to make waves in design and architecture. Profiling six of design’s ”foremost forward-looking talents,” the list includes Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, the filmmaking duo whose “Living Architectures” series takes a sideways glance at some of the world’s most celebrated buildings; Amy Mielke and Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor, whose work as Water Pore Partnership topped BIG and The Living for Holcim’s North America Award; and finally Aggregate, a collaborative of architecture historians who are rethinking the way we do architecture theory. For the full list and profiles of all those featured on it, head on over to Metropolis Magazine.

E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos

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Architects: SAMI-arquitectos
Location: Pico Island,
Architects In Charge: Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Area: 214.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paulo Catrica

Villa Π / Oliver Grigić

© Marin Topić

Architects: Oliver Grigić
Location: ,
Area: 1393.0 sqm
Photographs: Marin Topić

Pulp Press at Kistefos / A2 Architects

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Architects: A2 Architects
Location: , Norway
Architect In Charge: Peter Carroll, Caomhan Murphy, Joan McElligott, David McInerney
Technical Design: Jakob Ilera, INSEQ
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jiru Havran

Résidence Jouanicot – Truillet / Leibar Seigneurin Architectes

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Architects: Leibar Seigneurin Architectes
Location: ,
Area: 6269.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Miara

Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: , Karnataka, India
Principal Designers: Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
Design Team: Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Akanksha Chajjer and Moiz Faizulla
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shamanth Patil J

© Architectural League of New York
© Architectural League of New York

Call for Proposals: 2015 Deborah J. Norden Fund

In memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, the Deborah J. Norden Fund is calling for proposals from students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies for awards up to $5000 in travel and study grants. A program of The Architectural League of New York, participants must submit a maximum three-page proposal, which succinctly describes the objectives of the grant request and how it will contribute to the applicant’s intellectual and creative development. The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2015. For more information, please visit here.

Fenwick Street House / Julie Firkin Architects

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Architects: Julie Firkin Architects
Location: Clifton Hill VIC,
Area: 105.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christine Francis

Pei Cobb Freed Breaks Ground on Boston’s Tallest Residential Tower

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Construction has commenced on Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ 61-story condominium tower in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The $700 million development will be the tallest residential building in the city, and the tallest tower to rise since the 1976 John Hancock Tower, also designed by Pei Cobb Freed.

“The project allows us to consider once again how a tall building, together with the open space it frames, can respond creatively to the need for growth while showing appropriate respect for its historic urban setting,” says Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

BLUEPRINT: Curated by Sebastiaan Bremer and Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu of SO – IL

BLUEPRINT is the latest on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. Curated by Sebastiaan Bremer, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, the exhibition features 50 blueprints from participating artists and architects, ranging from as far back as 1961 to 2013.

In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects

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Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Architect In Charge: Siamak Hariri –
Local Architect: BL Arquitectos
Client: National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of , National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada
General Contractor: Desarrollo y Construcción del Templo Bahá’í para Sudamérica Ltda.
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2016
Photographs: Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

Nearly four years after the start of its construction, South America’s first Bahá’í temple is beginning to take shape. Designed by Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple is being constructed at the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. The building is comprised of “nine translucent wings, rising directly from the ground, and giving the impression of floating over a large reflecting water pool,” describes the project’s website. Each wing is designed like a leaf, with a steel “main stem” and “secondary veins of steel” supporting its cast glass exterior. During the day, the cast glass will filter sunlight into the temple, while at night the temple’s interior lighting will produce a soft glow on the outside.

The structure’s steel columns are now fully self-supported on its concrete foundation, and the steel frames and interior marble panels of each of the nine wings have been completed. In October, the project reached an important milestone as the installation of the cast glass cladding began on the outside of the wings.

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Joseph Pschorr House / Kuehn Malvezzi

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Architects: Kuehn Malvezzi
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ulrich Schwarz

The Critics Speak: 6 Reasons why Hadid Shouldn’t Have Sued the New York Review of Books

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Update: Last week, Hadid and the New York Review of Books agreed to a settlement agreement, with Hadid accepting the apology of the New York Review of Books and, in conjunction with the settlement, donating an undisclosed sum of money to a labor rights charity. You can read the full joint statement at the end of this article.

For those that follow the ins and outs of architectural criticism, it will have been hard to miss the news this week that Zaha Hadid is suing the New York Review of Books, claiming that the critical broadside launched by Martin Fuller against Hadid in his review of Rowan Moore’s book Why We Build was not only defamatory but also unrepresentative of the content of the book. Hadid’s lawyers demanded a retraction of the review, which they claimed had caused Hadid “severe emotional and physical distress.”

Hadid’s lawsuit did manage to elicit an apology from Filler, but probably not the one she was hoping for: Filler posted a retraction admitting that his review confused the number of deaths involved in all construction in Qatar in 2012-13 (almost 1,000) with the number of deaths on Hadid’s own Al Wakrah stadium (exactly zero). However, much of Filler’s comments criticizing Hadid’s cold attitude to conditions for immigrant workers in Qatar remain unaddressed.

Throughout the week, a number of other critics took this opportunity to pile more criticism on Hadid, unanimously agreeing that the lawsuit was a bad idea. Read on after the break to see the six reasons they gave explaining why.

Explora Hotel in Patagonia / Germán del Sol + José Cruz

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Architects: Germán del Sol, José Cruz
Location: Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region,
Structure: Fernando del Sol Ing. Asociados
Year: 1993
Photographs: Guy Wenborne