MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

Wiel Arets, Dean of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Dirk Denison, Director of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), have announced the inaugural MCHAP shortlist – 36 “Outstanding Projects” selected from the 225 MCHAP nominees.

“The rich diversity of these built works is a testament to the creative energy at work in the Americas today,” said Arets. “When viewed alongside the innovative work by the MCHAP.emerge finalists and winner, Poli House by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen which we honored in May, we see the evolution of a distinctly American conversation about creating livable space.” See all 36 winners after the break.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Demonstrates Continued Stability

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Demonstrates Continued Stability, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBAFuture Trends Survey for May show that the Workload Index among UK practices was slightly down in comparison to April (from +35 to +33) with the recovery in confidence levels remaining consistently "very strong" across the country. Although last month's survey showed London as the region with the brightest outlook, confidence levels reported by architects in Wales and the West topped the index with a balance figure of +49. Workload forecasts in the private sector, public sector and community sector have all significantly increased.

2014 MASterworks Awards for Design Excellence in NYC

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
2014 MASterworks Awards for Design Excellence in NYC, BRIC Arts Media House & Urban Glass/ LEESER Architecture. Image Courtesy of MAS NYC
BRIC Arts Media House & Urban Glass/ LEESER Architecture. Image Courtesy of MAS NYC

The Municipal Art Society (MAS) of New York announced their list of honorees for the 2014 MASterworks Awards last week.  These annual awards are dedicated to buildings, completed the year previously in the city of New York, that exemplify a high standard of design, and make a significant contribution to the city’s urban environment.  This year, all of these projects are located outside of the city center and cover a wide range of programming, from an African-American heritage museum, to a pencil factory addition.

Vin Cipolla, president of MAS said that “the 2014 MASterworks winners strike a great balance between groundbreaking design and historic preservation. We are thrilled that all the winners this year are in the outer boroughs, proving that design excellence is happening throughout the city.”  See the full list of winners here, or take a look at the five major category winners after the break!

Crystal Palace Rebuild Runs Into Delays

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
Crystal Palace Rebuild Runs Into Delays, Aerial view of the outline proposal by the developer. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group
Aerial view of the outline proposal by the developer. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group

The plan to resurrect London's Crystal Palace is encountering delays, as talks between the Chinese Development group ZhongRong and Bromley Council have stalled. With a shortlist announced in February of six high-profile practices competing to design a project with "the spirit, scale and magnificence of the original" - including Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, David Chipperfield and Nicholas Grimshaw - it was expected that a winner would be announced later this summer, with a scheme submitted for planning permission by the end of the year. However, all of these deadlines are now at risk thanks to the delays.

Read on after the break for details on what is causing the delay

Chicago Unveils Plans for Its Own Architecture Biennial

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
Chicago Unveils Plans for Its Own Architecture Biennial, Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / SOM. Image © Flickr CC User skydeckchicago
Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / SOM. Image © Flickr CC User skydeckchicago

Today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce plans for a new international architecture exhibition in his city which hopes to rival the reach and influence of the Venice Architecture Biennale. The first Chicago Architecture Biennial is planned to be held in late 2015, and will be co-curated by Director of the Graham Foundation Sarah Herda, and Joseph Grima, former editor-in-chief of Domus Magazine and co-curator of the 2012 Istanbul Design Biennial.

They will develop the program with help from David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank GehryStanley Tigerman, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Pritzker Prize Jury Chair Peter Palumbo. 

More on the plans for the Chicago Architecture Biennial after the break

Inside Russia's "Fair Enough" - Special Mention Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 24 June, 2014

The Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale is selling the most important architectural ideas from Russia. Curators Anton Kalgaev, Brendan Mcgetrick, and Daria Paramonova selected twenty ideas that offer solutions to contemporary architectural issues and designed the pavilion as a commercial fair. It's even got generic furniture and salespeople manning the booths.

They talked to us about their project Fair Enough and why their contribution to the Biennale is a market where Russia's originally socialist ideas are sold as updated "products."

Check out the full curatorial statement, flip through the 160-page pavilion catalog, and see a full gallery of images after the break.

Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh +12

House In The Beach / Drew Mandel Architects

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
House In The Beach  / Drew Mandel Architects, © Shai Gil Fotography
© Shai Gil Fotography

© Shai Gil Fotography © Shai Gil Fotography © Shai Gil Fotography © Shai Gil Fotography +8

Fidalga Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Fidalga Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Vila Madalena, São Paulo – Brazil
  • Design Team

    Florian Schmidt-Hidding, Marcelo Maia Rosa, Renata Andrulis
  • Area

    3775.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +22

Multifunctional swimming pool complex De Geusselt / Slangen+Koenis Architects

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Multifunctional swimming pool complex De Geusselt  / Slangen+Koenis Architects, © Marcel van den Burg
© Marcel van den Burg

© Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg +32

Embassy of Ecuador / Arquiteck & Asociados

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Embassy of Ecuador / Arquiteck & Asociados, © Andrés Valvuena
© Andrés Valvuena
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Architect in Charge

    Pablo Rodríguez Agudelo, Mónica Botello Agudelo, David Diaz Diaz, Daniel Giraldo Rivera, Julian Sossa Delgado, Jair Pinzon Hernández, Diego Origua Petrel.
  • Project Area

    772.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Andrés Valvuena © Andrés Valvuena © Andrés Valvuena © Andrés Valvuena +27

Ampera Six / Chrystalline Architect

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
© William Kalengkongan
© William Kalengkongan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Architect in Charge

    Chrystalline Artchitect
  • C+S Design Team

    Risty Novritasari, Michelle Dharmawan, Febrian Adhitya,Suryo Adi, Agustina, Mutia Sari
  • Principal

    Christophorus Jauhari
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© William Kalengkongan © William Kalengkongan © William Kalengkongan © William Kalengkongan +55

Wilton Close / Cymon Allfrey Architects

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Wilton Close / Cymon Allfrey Architects, © Stephen Goodenough
© Stephen Goodenough

© Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough +15

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre / Stanton Williams

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre / Stanton Williams, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow
  • Architects

  • Location

    London E20, UK
  • Area

    2014.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    5602
  • Photographs

    Hufton+Crow, Courtesy of Stanton Williams

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow Courtesy of Stanton Williams +16

Interested in Public-Interest Design? Apply to the Enterprise Rose Fellowship By July 10

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
Interested in Public-Interest Design? Apply to the Enterprise Rose Fellowship By July 10, A Rose Fellow working on a community design project. Image Courtesy of Enterprise Community Partners
A Rose Fellow working on a community design project. Image Courtesy of Enterprise Community Partners

Shelter is a basic human need, but over 11 million families cannot afford a safe and stable place to live. In a crusade to change this sad fact, the Enterprise Rose Fellowship gives socially-minded architects the tools they need to pursue careers in affordable housing and community development. For more on the learning opportunity, head over to Next City and click here.

Birralee Primary School / Kerstin Thompson Architects

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Birralee Primary School / Kerstin Thompson Architects, © Derwek Swalwell
© Derwek Swalwell
  • Architects

  • Location

    26 Heyington Avenue, Manningham VIC 3108, Australia
  • Design Team

    Kerstin Thompson, Kelley Mackay, Tim Heron, Lynn Chew, Michael Archibald, William Samuels
  • Program & Project Management

    Arup
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Derwek Swalwell © Derwek Swalwell © Derwek Swalwell © Derwek Swalwell +16

SuralArk / Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
SuralArk / Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz, Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz
Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106, USA
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz

Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz +31

CTBUH Names Its Winners for Best Tall Building 2014

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
CTBUH Names Its Winners for Best Tall Building 2014, Cayan Tower / SOM. Image © Tim Griffith / SOM
Cayan Tower / SOM. Image © Tim Griffith / SOM

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the regional winners of its 2014 Best Tall Building award. Chosen from a selection of 88 nominees, the four winning buildings will go on to compete for the Best Tall Building Worldwide Award, due to be announced in December.

The winners and finalists this year show significant diversity in form, function and philosophy; normally low-rise typologies such as education, green buildings, renovations and boundary-pushing shapes have all made the list. Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang and Chair of the jury, said: "The submissions this year... reflect the dawning of a global recognition that tall buildings have a critical role to play in a rapidly changing climate and urban environment."

Read on after the break for the full list of winners and finalists

One Central Park / Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image © Michel van de Kar Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © Nic Lehoux Cayan Tower / SOM. Image © Tim Griffith / SOM De Rotterdam / OMA. Image © Michel van de Kar +5

The Dutch Royal Picture Gallery at The Hague to Reopen Following Extensive Renovation

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
The Dutch Royal Picture Gallery at The Hague to Reopen Following Extensive Renovation, Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman
Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman

The Mauritshuis, a Dutch 17th century city palace in The Hague, will reopen this week following a large scale renovation and extension designed by Hans van Heeswijk with servicing and fire engineering undertaken by Arup. Similar to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which reopened after a ten year restoration and remodelling in 2013, the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery exhibits one of the finest collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings including Johannes Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring. Alongside a large scale renovation, Hans van Heeswijk have also extended the galleries with new exhibition spaces, an auditorium and educational spaces.

Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman +24