Milan Expo 2015: Sculpture to Construct Virtual Beehive for UK Pavilion

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
"BE". Image Courtesy of UKTI
"BE". Image Courtesy of UKTI

A team led by Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress has been selected over seven other architect-designed proposals to construct a “pulsating” beehive for the UK’s participation at the 2015 Milan Expo. Entitled “BE,” the “virtual hive” will highlight the plight of the honeybee and offer an “immersive sensory experience” that leaves visitors with a “lasting flavor of the British landscape.”

New York Public Library Scraps Foster-Designed Renovation Plans

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
Foster + Partners renovation scheme. Rendering by dbox. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners renovation scheme. Rendering by dbox. Image © Foster + Partners

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has abandoned Norman Foster's controversial plans to transform part of its 20th century Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” into a circulating library. The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the city’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio expressed skepticism towards the $150 million renovation earlier this year. 

According to a report by the New York Times, Blasio does not intend on reducing the NYPL funding, however the money will now be allocated to other purposes. 

Several library trustees have stated that in order to keep up with the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, they now intend on completing the renovation of the library's mid-Manhattan branch on Fifth Avenue. 

A response from Norman Foster, after the break...

Herold - 100 Social Housing / Jakob + MacFarlane

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
© Nicolas Borel
© Nicolas Borel

© Nicolas Borel © Nicolas Borel © Nicolas Borel © Nicolas Borel +15

Villa Dind / Link architectes

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
© Lionel Henriod
© Lionel Henriod

© Thomas Hämmerli © Thomas Hämmerli © Jay Louvion © Thomas Hämmerli +18

Bendigo Library / MGS Architects

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
© Andrew Latreille
© Andrew Latreille
  • Architects

  • Location

    259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia
  • Design Architect

    Joshua Wheeler, Eli Giannini
  • Project Architect

    Chantelle Chiron, Ryan de Winnaar, Rob Compagnino, Kit Kietgumjorn, Babak Kahvazdeh Gary Yeoh Sue Buchanan
  • Area

    4010.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille © Andrew Latreille © Andrew Latreille © Andrew Latreille +22

21 Finalists Announced for Bloomberg Mayors Challenge

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
London. Image © Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak
London. Image © Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced 21 finalists for its annual Mayors Challenge, a competition to reward cities which propose the most creative and transferable solutions to intractable social problems such as public health, unemployment and transportation. The finalists were selected from a pool of 155 applicants from across Europe.

From the 21 finalists, a winner will be announced this fall, with the winner receiving €5 million to develop their proposal, and 4 runners-up receiving €1 million each. Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and former Mayor of New York City commented "We need city leaders to continually reach for innovative new ways to address urban challenges – and then share what’s working with the world. That’s what the Mayors Challenge is all about."

Read on after the break for more on the challenge and the list of 21 finalists

World Architecture Festival 2014: Submit Your Works to Compete as the World’s Best

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
World Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia © John Gollings
World Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia © John Gollings

Dear readers, the deadline is quickly approaching for you to enter the search for the 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards. Annually recognizing the globe’s most impressive works, WAF is the largest architecture festival (and live awards) on the planet

Impressive Line-Up Scheduled for UIA's World Congress 2014

00:00 - 8 May, 2014

From August 3rd, the International Union of Architects (UIA) will once again host their World Congress, a triennial event that focuses on one critical topic in our architectural culture. Whereas the Tokyo 2011 Congress was focused on the future, this year's congress in Durban will concentrate not on a different time but a different place: the "otherwhere", or as they put it, the "anywhere-but-here". The Congress will explore ideas about how connectivity might shape our experience and alter the course of our social progress.

Read on for more about the themes of the 25th World Conference and the Keynote Speakers...

The Evolving Symbiosis Between Architects & Developers in the UK

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Victoria Library Housing and Office by Patrick Lynch for Land Securities. Image Courtesy of Design Curial
Victoria Library Housing and Office by Patrick Lynch for Land Securities. Image Courtesy of Design Curial

Although the design world has maintained a negative opinion of property developers for a very long time, the relationship between architect and developer has begun to evolve in the United Kingdom. In this article, first published in Blueprint issue #333 as "Why Architects Are Working for Property Developers," the cultural shift is explained and explored through case studies.

Developers have not, traditionally, enjoyed a very good reputation within the architectural fraternity - or with the general public, for that matter. At worst they are seen as sharp-suited pirates of urban space, stripping out centuries-old residential or commercial buildings to replace them with shoddy, design-by-numbers structures, thrown up with no driving objective other than maximising their cash before they move on.

But times have changed. Whether it's economic necessity - driven by the lack of buyers for bad housing or poor office space - or just good sense, there is a growing number of developers out there that appear to be cherry-picking some of the UK's better practices to transform our urban wastelands and unloved spaces. This new breed appears to enjoy and understand the value of architecture and design. Some of them even consider architects their natural collaborators - the creative yang to their commercial yin.

Vila Aspicuelta / Tacoa Arquitetos

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +16

Boris Johnson Enlists 3 Practices to Envisage the Future of Heathrow

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
Richard Rogers' Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Image © Flickr CC User NewbieRunner
Richard Rogers' Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Image © Flickr CC User NewbieRunner

London Mayor Boris Johnson has enlisted the help of three architects, Hawkins\Brown, Rick Mather Architects and Maccreanor Lavington Architects to design a new town on the site of Heathrow Airport. The move is designed to encourage support for Johnson's plan to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, jokingly dubbed 'Boris Island' by some. If the Estuary Airport were to go ahead it could mean closing Heathrow, currently one of the world's busiest airports, freeing the land up for the new development. You can read more on the story at the Architects' Journal.

Deadline Approaching: Submit Your Interior Design for an INSIDE Award

00:00 - 8 May, 2014

Do you think your project has what it takes to win an INSIDE award? The deadline (May 30th) is fast approaching, so make sure to submit your projects soon! Divided into 12 categories -- which include Residential, Retail, Transport, Office and more -- entries will be judged by distinguished designers (judges confirmed for 2014 include Fabio Novembre, Matteo Thun, Jaya Ibrahim, David Kohn, Joyce Wang, Voon Wong and Chris Lee). In October, architects and interior designers will meet in Singapore for the INSIDE Festival, which is held alongside the World Architecture Festival. During the festival, the category winners will compete for the ultimate prize: World Interior of the Year. 

Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
© Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Led by Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950), most descriptions of Herzog & de Meuron projects are almost paradoxical: in one paragraph they will be praised for their dedication to tradition and vernacular forms, in the next for their thoroughly modern innovation. However, in the hands of Herzog & de Meuron this is no paradox, as the internationally-renowned architectural duo combine tradition and innovation in such a way that the two elements actually enhance each other.

VitraHaus / Herzog & de Meuron. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra 1111 Lincoln Road / Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Nelson Garrido, Reprinted with permission from MBeach1, LLLP. Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Matthu Placek Messe Basel New Hall / Herzog & de Meuron. Image Courtesy of Messe Basel +17

House S / HPSA

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
© Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vorderweißenbach, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Hammerschmid, Pachl, Seebacher
  • Structural Engineer

    Heintzel, Steinbichl & Partner
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +15

IBA Student Centre / Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative
Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative
  • Architects

  • Location

    Karachi, Pakistan
  • Architect in Charge

    Syed Zayd Bilgrami, Ahsan Najmi, Sarah Najmi Bilgrami
  • Project Architect

    Shabih Haider
  • Area

    34000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative

Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative +14

2014 RIBA London Awards

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

The winners of the 2014 RIBA London Awards were announced in a ceremony last night. The awards recognize the RIBA London Architect of the year and 2014 RIBA Emerging Architect of the Year (Haworth Tompkins and RCKa, respectively) as well as a host of project awards which join other regional awards to make up the longlist for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Among the winners are Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre, which becomes the final Olympics project to shoot for the Stirling Prize now that its seating wings have been removed; the Shard; the renovation of the Tate Britain by Caruso St John; and the transformation of King's Cross by John McAslan + Partners. Read on after the break for a full list of winners.

Renovation of the Tate Britain / Caruso St John. Image © Helene Binet The Shed / Haworth Tompkins. Image © Helene Binet Lens House / Alison Brooks Architects. Image © Paul Riddle ORTUS, Home of Maudsley Learning / Duggan Morris Architects. Image © Jack Hobhouse +8

Frank Gehry Wins 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
Guggenheim Bilbao (1997). Image © Peter Knaup
Guggenheim Bilbao (1997). Image © Peter Knaup

Frank Gehry has been bestowed with Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. The Canadian-American architect was chosen as the award's 34th laureate “for the relevance and impact of his creations in numerous countries, via which he has defined and furthered architecture in the past half century.”

“His buildings are characterized by a virtuoso play of complex shapes, the use of unusual materials, such as titanium, and their technological innovation, which has also had an impact on other arts,” stated the jury.  “An example of this open, playful and organic style of architecture is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which, in addition to its architectural and aesthetic excellence, has had an enormous economic, social and urban impact on its surroundings as a whole.”

More information about Gehry's selection, after the break...

Architect Offers to Buy Paul Rudolph’s Endangered Government Center

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
© Flickr CC User Joseph A.
© Flickr CC User Joseph A.

Paul Rudolph’s threatened Orange County Government Center has new hope. According to a report by Architectural Record, New York City architect Gene Kaufman has offered to purchase the building and transform it into artist studios, though under one condition: Kaufman’s practice Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman must be commissioned to design the city’s new government building adjacent to the brutalist landmark. This news comes a week after an 18-3 vote secured plans to restore a portion of Rudolph’s building and return it to its former use.