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Irish Competition Searches for Conceptual Interpretations of WB Yeats Poem: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Irish Competition Searches for Conceptual Interpretations of WB Yeats Poem: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015
Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015

In collaboration with The Model, Hazelwood Demesne Ltd, and Sligo City Council, the Institute of Technology Sligo has launched "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," an international architecture competition inspired by Yeats' eponymous poem of 1892. Part of Yeats2015, the competition prompts practitioners to propose an intervention for the Irish island of Innisfree, combining "Yeats' poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas." Work may be submitted individually or as part of a team, and must be received by March 12. The winning design will be constructed on the island before June 13, in time for what would have been Yeats' 150th birthday. See more information about the competition and download the project brief here.

Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin, Courtesy of HAO
Courtesy of HAO

Commissioned by the Tianjin Urban Planning Bureau, Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and Archiland International (AI) have unveiled their competition proposal for the Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek in Tianjin.

Envisioned as part of a new media park slated for construction in the city, the building's design is playful and contemporary, offering visitors a "series of unique spatial experiences." Learn more about the project and view selected images from the proposal after the break.

Courtesy of HAO Courtesy of HAO Courtesy of HAO Courtesy of HAO +20

Ten New Findings From the Sciences that Will Revolutionize Architecture

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Ten New Findings From the Sciences that Will Revolutionize Architecture, Courtesy of Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros
Courtesy of Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros

In their latest book Design for a Living Planet: Settlement, Science, and the Human Future, Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros examine recent developments in science that will inform and possibly even radically alter the future of architecture. The following is an adapted series of excerpts that summarizes the content of the book.

Architecture has always concerned itself with the future, and with the implications of findings from the sciences — as well as their practical applications to architectural craft. Today we do indeed see very exotic computer-designed aesthetic surfaces, splined forms, and generative schemes. To a non-scientist, this work might appear ultra-scientific and “modern”. We also see the symbolism of a turbulent, fractured Universe, wherein old ideas of meaning are facing anguishing post-modern challenges.

But from a modern physicist’s perspective, this architecture is still mired in the past.

A House for Nature and People / YLAB

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
A House for Nature and People / YLAB, © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim
© Trapkay_Junghoon Kim

© Trapkay_Junghoon Kim © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Jinok Yang
  • Area

    429.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

20 VPO / Kauh Arquitectos

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Trece Rosas, 6, 11140 Conil de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Vincent Morales Garoffolo, Juan Antonio Sánchez Muñoz
  • Area

    2752.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda +17

Junky Hotel Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Junky Hotel Amsterdam / Atelier Kempe Thill, © Ulrich Schwarz
© Ulrich Schwarz

© Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck
  • Design Team

    Rafael Alencar Saraiva, Marcel Geerdink, Pauline Marcombe, Teun van der Meulen, Anja Mueller, Andrius Raguotis, Ruud Smeelen, Philip Stalbohm, Giorgio Terraneo, Roel van der Zeeuw
  • Area

    730.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

MBF house / archiNOW!

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
MBF house / archiNOW!, Courtesy of archiNOW!
Courtesy of archiNOW!

Courtesy of archiNOW! Courtesy of archiNOW! Courtesy of archiNOW! Courtesy of archiNOW! +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Marino
  • Design Team

    Alessandro Gazzoni, Marcello Dellarosa, Stella Andriani, Luca Foschi
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of archiNOW!

Design Like You Give a Damn: The Legacy of Architecture for Humanity

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Design Like You Give a Damn: The Legacy of Architecture for Humanity, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity
Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity

In the introduction to Architecture for Humanity’s 2006 book Design Like You Give a Damn, founder Cameron Sinclair recounts a story from the early days of the organization. Half-joking yet deadly serious, he describes the day when, while still running Architecture for Humanity from a single cell phone around his day job at Gensler, he was contacted by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees who told him that Architecture for Humanity was on a list of organizations that might be able to help a potential refugee crisis in Afghanistan should the US retaliate in the wake of September 11.

“I hope it’s a long list,” says Sinclair. “No,” comes the answer.

“We’d like to think it was because we had already become a voice for humanitarian design - an unexpected touchstone in the movement for socially conscious architecture,” writes Sinclair of the incident. “The sad truth is that until 1999, when our fledgling organization got started along with a handful of others, there was no easily identifiable design resource for shelter after disaster.”

Now, after their sudden and rather unceremonious demise, Architecture for Humanity has left architecture a very different world from the one it entered almost sixteen years ago.

CREO ARKITEKTER and JAJA architects to Restore and Expand Roskilde Swimming Hall Outside Copenhagen

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
CREO ARKITEKTER and JAJA architects to Restore and Expand Roskilde Swimming Hall Outside Copenhagen, Entrance. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects
Entrance. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects

CREO ARKITEKTER A/S and JAJA architects have won first prize in a competition to restore the mid-century Roskilde Swimming Hall outside of Copenhagen. The Danish team will “architecturally transform” the site’s existing building complex and 1960s water tower into a “cohesive spatial experience” that offers a range of naturally lit bathing areas and amenities directly connected to the surrounding park. 

“We propose a diverse roof element that ties the entire complex – new and existing – into a cohesive architectural composition,” says the architects. “A horizontal window band will frame the landscape whilst creating a strong visual connection between the exterior and interior water space. A series of green courtyards will enhance the experience by bringing daylight and nature into the heart of the swimming bath.”

More about the winning scheme, after the break.

Courtyard. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects Hot Water Pool. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects Activity Pool. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects Olympic Pool. Image © CREO ARKITEKTER A/S & JAJA architects +30

Microsoft Technology Pavilion / Nowadays

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Microsoft Technology Pavilion / Nowadays, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Olympic Park Railway Station, Verkhne-Imeretinskaya Bukhta, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, 354383
  • Design Team

    Anna Ivyanskaya, Natalya Mastalerzh, Nata Tatunashvili
  • Area

    575.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Six Design Trends Reshaping City Life

00:00 - 23 January, 2015
Six Design Trends Reshaping City Life, 48 Urban Garden / AK-A. Image © Nikos Alexopoulos
48 Urban Garden / AK-A. Image © Nikos Alexopoulos

It is expected that by 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. However, as FastCoDesign points out, it is unlikely that cities will look the same as they do today. In a recent article, the company outlined six major design trends in 2015 that are shaping city life, including restaurants starting to double as living rooms, healthcare become a retail product and smarter transportation systems. Find out all six trends, here

Redesigning Los Angeles For Long-Term Drought

00:00 - 23 January, 2015
Redesigning Los Angeles For Long-Term Drought, Los Angeles River (2013). Image © Flickr CC User Steve Lyon
Los Angeles River (2013). Image © Flickr CC User Steve Lyon

With many of the world’s cities combating drought, it is apparent that channeling water away from populated areas with no intended use is not sustainable. Cities are depending on their “precious rain water” more than ever and, as Arid Lands Institute co-founder Hadley Arnold says, "the ace in our species pocket is the ability to innovate.” We need to “build cities like sponges,” starting with permeable hardscape, drought-tolerant landscaping and smarter plumbing. See what NPR has to say about issue of water treatment and Los Angeles, here.  

Warren Woods Passive House / GO Logic

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Warren Woods Passive House / GO Logic, © Trent Bell
© Trent Bell

© Trent Bell © Trent Bell © Trent Bell © Trent Bell +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Belfast, ME, United States
  • Design Team

    Matthew O’Malia, RA, Principal, Timothy Lock, RA, Project Architect, Riley Pratt
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Sachdeva Farmhouse / Spaces Architects@ka

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Sachdeva Farmhouse / Spaces Architects@ka, © Akhil bakshi
© Akhil bakshi

© Akhil bakshi © Akhil bakshi © Akhil bakshi © Akhil bakshi +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Architect in Charge

    Kapil Aggarwal
  • Design Team

    Kapil Aggarwal, Pawan Sharma, Shankar Vignesh, Heebok
  • Area

    20000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

RIBA Future Trends Survey Indicates Consistent Growth

00:00 - 23 January, 2015
RIBA Future Trends Survey Indicates Consistent Growth, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for December 2014 has revealed little month-on-month change in indexes with the acknowledgement of a growing level of optimism. After falling back slightly in November 2014, the workload index has remained consistent at +29 (from +37 in November). Workload forecast balance figures have remained extremely positive, with practices reporting +50 in Northern Ireland and up to +75 in Scotland. Furthermore, practices of all sizes have been responding with "optimistic" workload prospects heading into the next quarter. The percentage of respondents reporting that they had personally been under-employed fell to 9% from 12%.

AJ's 2015 Women in Architecture Survey Says “Pay Gap” is Slowly Closing

00:00 - 23 January, 2015
AJ's 2015 Women in Architecture Survey Says “Pay Gap” is Slowly Closing, Birmingham Library / Mecanoo. Mecanoo’s Francine Houben was named Architect Journal’s Woman Architect of the Year 2014. Image © Christian Richters
Birmingham Library / Mecanoo. Mecanoo’s Francine Houben was named Architect Journal’s Woman Architect of the Year 2014. Image © Christian Richters

Now in its fourth year, the Architects' Journal's Women in Architecture survey is firmly embedded into the discussion of gender roles within the architecture profession. Collected from an anonymous cross-section of practitioners, clients, consultants, engineers, developers, PRs, and academics, the 2015 survey focused on the UK alone, and saw the number of participants soar to an unprecedented high of 1,104 respondents, 20% of whom were male. 

Results from previous years' surveys have sparked discussion amidst the architectural and mainstream media alike, and have been cited by RIBA and the UK government. The survey covers four main topics -- pay, practice, education, and children -- commencing with broader questions about discrimination before narrowing its aperture to more specific issues.  View the results of the 2015 survey after the break.

The Making of the Building Of The Year Award

00:00 - 23 January, 2015

Recommend a Project for The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
Recommend a Project for The Buckminster Fuller Challenge, SCAPE won the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Image © SCAPE
SCAPE won the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Image © SCAPE

The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the launch of the 2015 cycle of The Fuller Challenge through the public invitation to recommend a project that demonstrates a design strategy with significant potential to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems. BFI is looking for visionary social and environmental solutions from across the globe for “socially responsible design’s highest award” and a cash prize of $100,000. To recommend a project that demonstrates excellence in comprehensive problem solving and anticipatory design, please enter the project name and contact information via this link: Recommend a project.