Rogers Partners and PWP’s Constitution Gardens Redesign Approved for National Mall

Events Plaza. Image © and PWP Architecture

Rogers Partners (formally known as Rogers Marvel Architects) and PWP Landscape Architecture’s redesign for the National Mall’s neglected Constitution Gardens has received unanimous approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). The 50-acre project, which was originally won through a competition in 2012, will now move forward with its first phase.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse / HDR Rice Daubney

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Architects: HDR Rice Daubney
Location: NSW 2050,
Area: 430000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Tyrone Branigan, Simon Grimes

Public performance in Kisangani. Image © Studios Kabako
Public performance in Kisangani. Image © Studios Kabako

Studios Kabako Wins 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize

Studios Kabako, a Congolese performance and theater studio founded by Faustin Linyekula in 2001, has won the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize, a $100,000 annual award that honors practitioners who use design to address critical social needs and strengthen communities. Studios Kabako was selected for establishing a series of cultural programs and urban interventions within the city of Kisangani as a way to help communities deal with the aftermath of civil war through dance and the arts. A video about Studios Kabako, after the break.

Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum

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Architects: Mahlum
Location: 10750 30th Avenue Northeast, , WA 98125, USA
Area: 204000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

New Settlement Community Campus; NYC (2012) / Dattner Architects and Edelman Sultan Knox Wood
New Settlement Community Campus; NYC (2012) / Dattner Architects and Edelman Sultan Knox Wood

Judith Edelman, A “Firebrand for Women in Architecture, Dies at 91

Judith Edelman, FAIA, an American architect and feminist who hoped to rid architecture of its “gentleman’s club” status, has passed away at 91. Starting her career in an era when hiring “girls” wasn’t the norm, Edelman’s work to elevate women in architecture has paved the way for many of today’s leading architects; She was the first woman ever elected to the executive committee of the AIA’s New York chapter and she helped co-found the Alliance of Women in Architecture in 1972. Edelman’s built work, also highly admired, ranged from affordable housing to schools and health clinics, mostly in the New York City area. You can read Edelman’s obituary here

Paris Block Paris Annex / Gair Williamson Architect + Ankenman Marchand Architects

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Architects: Gair Williamson Architect, Ankenman Marchand Architects
Location: 53 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4,
Design Team: Gair Williamson, Jenny Chow, Brian Liston, François Marchand, Julien Leger
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ed White, Courtesy of Gair Williamson Architect +

12 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Africa Middle East

GOLD: Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub. Image Courtesy of

Teams from Turkey and Lebanon have received top honors in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for Africa Middle East, an award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the top three winners is an “Eco-Park” sustainable research and technology center embedded within the terraced, industrial landscape of Ankara.

The 12 recognized projects will share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global , to be selected in 2015.

The full list of Africa Middle East winners, after the break…

Beiró House / Proyecto C

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Architects: Proyecto C
Location: Francisco Beiro, , Buenos Aires Province,
Project Architects: Arq. Sebastián Cseh, Arq. Juan Cruz Catania
Project Team: Arq. Romina Rissetto, Arq. Lucas Mc Lean, D.I. Pablo Bontempo
Project Area: 330.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

From Bogotá to Bombay: How the World’s ‘Village-Cities’ Facilitate Change

“Village-cities,” Usme – Bogotá, Colombia. Image © Laura Amaya

Perched behind the fog that conceals Bogotá’s mountains is William Oquendo’s house. It is a labyrinth of doors and windows, wherein a bedroom opens into the kitchen and a bathroom vents out into the living room.

Five thousand 5,000 kilometers away in Rio de Janeiro, Gilson Fumaça lives on the terrace level of a three-story house built by his grandfather, his father, and now himself. It’s sturdy; made out of brick and mortar on the ground floor, concrete on the second, and a haphazard combination of zinc roof tiles and loose bricks on the third. The last is Gilson’s contribution, which he will improve as his income level rises.

On the other side of the world in Bombay (Mumbai since 1995), houses encroach on the railway tracks, built and rebuilt after innumerable demolition efforts. “The physical of the city is in perpetual motion,” Suketu Mehta observes in ‘Maximum City.’ Shacks are built out of bamboo sticks and plastic bags; families live on sidewalks and under flyovers in precarious homes constructed with their hands. And while Dharavi—reportedly the largest slum in Asia—has better quality housing, running water, electricity and secure land tenure, this is not the case for most of the new migrants into the city.

Micro Cluster Cabins / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Location: Herfell, 3280 Tjodalyng, Norway
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lars Petter Pettersen, Courtesy of

This Adaptive Micro-Apartment Concept Does it All in Half the Space

With the touch of a button on your smartphone, your furniture begins to reconfigure while new walls glide into place. In a matter of seconds, your bedroom can become the kitchen, dining room, or simply an empty room thanks to the ingenuity of architecture students at Delft University of Technology‘s Hyperbody design team. The Pop up Interactive Apartment occupies a mere 50 square metres of multi-use space optimized for specific real-time use, allowing the occupant to choose a configuration based on current needs.

Enter the hyper-efficient world of Pop up Interactive Apartment after the break.

St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image © Flickr CC User locosteve
St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image © Flickr CC User locosteve

Spotlight: Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren (20 October 1632 – 25 February 1723) is one the most significant architects in England‘s history, and was a recognized astronomer, scholar, and physicist-mathematician. Wren was classically trained at University of Oxford in physics and engineering where he developed his interest in architecture. He is perhaps most famous for designing London‘s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral, however he is credited with the design of dozens of other churches, government buildings, and hospitals in England. Wren was knighted in 1673.

San Mames Stadium / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: San Mamés, 48013 , Biscay, Spain
Project Director: Oscar Malo
Main Architect: César A. Azcárate Gómez
Deputy Architect: Diego Rodríguez
Area: 114500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Airtor Ortiz

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. Image © Philip Vile
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. Image © Philip Vile

Haworth Tompkins: Who Are The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize Winners?

This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist was seen by many as the strongest in years. The practice who emerged victorious, beating off competition from internationally recognised practices including Zaha Hadid ArchitectsRenzo Piano Building WorkshopMecanooO’Donnell + Tuomey and Feilden Clegg Bradley, was Haworth Tompkins: but who exactly are they? Ellis Woodman pinned his hopes on the successful Everyman Theatre before the award was announced, uncovering the practice’s rich history in designing performance spaces through a discussion with founding partner, Steve Tompkins. For Woodman, their theatre work “has left a legacy of spaces that count among the most beautiful and provocative created in Britain over the past twenty years.”

JA House / Filipe Pina + Maria Ines Costa

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Architects: Filipe Pina, Maria Ines Costa
Location: 6300 , Portugal
Area: 260.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Center for Technology and Design in St. Pölten / AllesWirdGut Architektur

© / Guilherme Silva Da Rosa

Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur
Location: Sankt Pölten,
General Planing: ARGE AllesWirdGut FCP
Design Team: Johannes Windbichler, Amir Aman, Isabel Espinoza Tratter, Johann Wittenberger, Christian Zotz, Martin Brandt, Ondrej Stehlik, András Nagy, Ana Pia Ranz, Zuzana Tomanova, Cassandra Guimaraes, David Kovarik, Isabelle Misamer
Area: 14131.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: AllesWirdGut Architektur/ Guilherme Silva Da Rosa

Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects

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Architects: SAKO Architects
Location: , , China
Architect In Charge: Keiichiro SAKO, Kumiko Fukasawa
Area: 4150.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ruijing Photo

Competition Entry: NOA’s Proposal for Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium

Entrance. Image ©

Nomad Office Architects (NOA) has shared with us their proposal for the Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium open ideas competition, which was awarded honorable mention. As part of the district’s centennial anniversary, the competition aimed to replace an existing, outdated sports hall with a new gymnasium complex for the local residents of Hyeonpung-myeon neighborhood within the district of Dalseong-gun.

drozdov&partners was ultimately crowned as winners of the competition, however you can review NOA’s proposal after the break.