Free Webinar: Introduction to Python Scripting in Grasshopper

Python is the most intuitive language we have found for both learning programming and developing powerful scripts. Beginning with a presentation on the main principles of scripting with Python, this webinar will incrementally unpack a diverse set of Programming techniques through a series of “live” exercises with Python and Grasshopper. With two instructors offering guided curriculum and continuous support it is our goal to provide you with an in-depth and personal learning experience. Additional topics covered will include: the basics of scripting with python, where to look for help and references, and when to script in Rhino3D vs Grasshopper.

This Webinar will last 2.5 hours including a 30 minute Q & A session. A video of the Webinar will be uploaded after the broadcast – all participants will have unlimited access to the webinar content and this video online. We look forward to your participation!

Topics, registration and more details after the break.

Kiss Bridge / Joaquin Alvado Bañon

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Architects: Joaquin Alvado Bañon
Location: , Valencia,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Justo Oliva

Foster + Partners to design Manhattan’s next ‘Iconic’ Building

425 Park Avenue; Image by dbox branding & creative for 

Foster + Partners is about to break the mold of ’s static Park Avenue skyline, as they have been announced as winner of the highly publicized competition to replace the aging tower of 425 Park Avenue with a new world-class, sustainable office tower.

Lord Foster said: “I have a personal connection with New York, which has been a source of inspiration since my time at Yale, when the new towers on Park Avenue and its neighborhoods were a magnet for every young architect. Seeing first-hand the works of Mies van der Rohe, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson was tremendously exciting then – I am delighted to have this very special opportunity to design a contemporary tower to stand alongside them. Our aim is to create an exceptional building, both of its time and timeless, as well as being respectful of this context – a tower that is for the City and for the people that will work in it, setting a new standard for office design and providing an enduring landmark that befits its world-famous location.”

Continue after the break to learn more about Foster’s winning proposal and to review the existing condition of 425 Park Ave.

House in Quinta Patino / Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

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Architects: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos
Location: Quinta Patino, Estoril,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

City OKs design of Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters

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With a 3-2 vote, ’s Downtown Design Review Board has voted in favor of Amazon’s plans for a three-block, high-rise complex in the Denny Triangle. The board voted after conducting five, comprehensive meetings over the last six months to review Amazon’s evolving NBBJ-designed proposal. Although this design review approval is simply a recommendation to the city’s Department of Planning and Development, it is still a milestone for the ambitious project.

The five acre site, roughly located between Sixth Avenue, Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue, is currently occupied by expansive parking lots, the Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater. Continue after the break to learn more.

SH House / BaksvanWengerden Architecten

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Architects: BaksvanWengerden Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Architects: Gijs Baks, Jacco van Wengerden
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brandwijk & van Geel

Architect Barbie, one of the topics for conversation at the Women In Architecture Panel, hosted by Alexandra Lange, today in New York City. Photo courtesy of Mattel, Inc.
Architect Barbie, one of the topics for conversation at the Women In Architecture Panel, hosted by Alexandra Lange, today in New York City. Photo courtesy of Mattel, Inc.

Panel on Women in Architecture: Today in NYC

Today at 6:30pm in New York City, Design critic Alexandra Lange… will moderate a panel of award-winning female architects (Galia Solomonoff, Claire Weisz of WXY Design, and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi) on “their experiences in a male-dominated field and how the gender landscape has changed

Video: Tempeliaukkio, Rock Church / The Helsinki Series


With over half a million visitors a year, the Tempeliaukkio or ‘Rock Church’ is one of ’s most treasured landmarks. Designed before the Second World war in 1930, and built in 1968 by by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, the Lutheran church was constructed within an excavated rock formation. Apart from its impressive architectural features the glazed dome hovering above the church ensures the structure is bathed in natural light throughout the day. speaks to Timo Suomalainen about winning the architectural competition for Temppeliaukio in 1961, Helsinki’s modernist movement and how he was inspired by growing up on a Finnish Island, surrounded by natural landscapes.

La Muna / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

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Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Location: , Colorado, United States
Project Area: 3,500 sq ft
Photographs: Laziz Hamani

Barrier Island House / Sanders Pace Architecture

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Architects: Sanders Pace Architecture
Location: , , United States
Architect In Charge: Brandon F. Pace
Project Team: Michael A. Davis, Shane Elliott, Matt Hutchinson
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruce Cole

he Bayfront Parkway project, in Miami Florida, transformed a median strip parking lot into a park. Credit Ana Bikic.
he Bayfront Parkway project, in Miami Florida, transformed a median strip parking lot into a park. Credit Ana Bikic.

Smart Growth: Tactical Urbanism Event

Taking place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on October 11, the Smart Growth: Tactical Urbanism Event features Mike Lydon…, the primary author of Tactical Urbanism Volumes 1 and 2. He will discuss chair bombing, site-previtalization, depaving,

Vander Hotel / SADAR + VUGA

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Architects: SADAR + VUGA
Location: Krojaška Ulica, ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 220 sqm
Photographs: Miran Kambič, David Lotric

Courtesy of modeLab
Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab Simulation Lab

Taking place October 20-21, modeLab is putting on Simulation Lab, a two-day workshop on the topic of simulation with processing. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover technical programming concepts such as syntax, control, and modularity. Utilizing…

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

As we published yesterday, iconic Chinese artist, designer, and dissident, Ai Weiwei has just had his architecture design firm shutdown by the Chinese government. But this scuffle is only the latest of Weiwei’s many brushes with Chinese law. Seemingly since birth (“I was born radical“), Weiwei has been mixing art and to speak out against censorship in his country. Which is why he is the subject of a fascinating new feature-length documentary by Alison Klayman: ”: Never Sorry.”

As the documentary description explains: “Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.”

While working as a journalist in China, the director, Klayman, gained unprecedented access to Ai while filming. Since being released, the documentary has gained many accolades, including the Sundance 2012 Special Jury Award for Spirit of Defiance.

You can find out more about the documentary, including if it’s playing at a theater near you at its website. And you can keep updated on Weiwei’s struggle at the Never Sorry Facebook page and on Twitter, @AWWNeverSorry

Screenshots from the trailer of “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” after the break…

In Progress: Erasmus MC / EGM architecten

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Architects: EGM architecten
Location: , Netherlands
Photographs: Courtesy of EGM architecten

Louis Vuitton in Singapore / Safdie Architects

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Architects: Moshe Safdie / Safdie Architects
Location: Marina Bay Sands,
Project Architect: Aplusi Asia, Michelle Chan
Project Manager: Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific, Andy Lau
MEP: Ferrier Chan & Partners – George Doyle
Solar Shade Fabrication: Eventscape – Steve Haniewicz, Craig Seeley, Graham O’Brien
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of FTL Design Engineering Studio, William Cho, Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Nanjing Conference and Exhibition Center – South Expansion / tvsdesign

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The Nanjing Hexi District recently selected tvsdesign for the south expansion of the Nanjing International Expo Center (NIEC). The goal of this mission was to promote cooperation and exchange between the two cities, and re-emphasize the importance of friendly business relations between and the United States. Their design will compliment the original master plan and design while embracing the cultural history and beauty of Nanjing, calling upon its dramatic landscape of iconic mountains and scenic waterfronts to enhance architectural roof forms and shape towers that emphasize the importance of the Olympic Axis to the Hexi District. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Médiathèque grand M / Atelier d’architecture King Kong

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Architects: Atelier d’architecture King Kong
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Frédéric Neau
Project Manager: Julie Dehaut
Graphist Designer: Julie Soistier
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Arthur Péquin