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Jane Duncan Elected as the next President of the RIBA

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Jane Duncan Elected as the next President of the RIBA, Courtesy of Jane Duncan
Courtesy of Jane Duncan

Jane Duncan, an Architect based in the English county of Buckinghamshire, has been elected as the 76th President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Taking over the reigns from current President Stephen Hodder in September 2015, Duncan will become only the third female President after beating fellow candidate Oliver Richards (by a majority of 52% of the vote) to the institute's highest position. According to the Architects' Journal, only 16.7% of RIBA members voted in the election.

Techstyle Haus: An 800 Square Foot Fabric House That Uses 90% Less Energy

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Techstyle Haus: An 800 Square Foot Fabric House That Uses 90% Less Energy, The planters filter rainwater, which is then reused to grow edible plants. Photovoltaic panels are arrayed along the curved roof. Image © Kristen Pelou
The planters filter rainwater, which is then reused to grow edible plants. Photovoltaic panels are arrayed along the curved roof. Image © Kristen Pelou

The Rhode Island School Of Design, Brown University and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany collaborated on a passive "fabric" house for the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe (which just wrapped up this month - see the winners here). In the following article, originally published on Metropolis MagazineMartin Pedersen reviews the remarkable house.

This summer’s 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is well underway in France, where a solar-powered village of twenty sustainable homes designed and built by college students from all over the country, has emerged on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, have teamed up for Techstyle Haus, an 800-square-foot house that’s not only a model of energy efficiency but an elegant piece of design as well.  

The Winery at VIK / Smiljan Radic

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
The Winery at VIK / Smiljan Radic, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma +17

KORO House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
KORO House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates, Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    68.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates +23

Swissquote Building in Gland / Link architectes

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Swissquote Building in Gland  / Link architectes, © Swissquote Bank
© Swissquote Bank

© Swissquote Bank © Swissquote Bank © Swissquote Bank © Swissquote Bank +19

Legacy ER Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Legacy ER Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative, © Michael Moran/OTTO
© Michael Moran/OTTO
  • Architects

  • Location

    1310 West Exchange Parkway, Allen, TX 75013, USA
  • Design Team

    Yen Ong, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen, Danielle Cross, Christine Robbins
  • Interior Designer

    5G Studio Collaborative
  • Interior Design Team

    Yen Ong, Danielle Cross, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen
  • Area

    8432.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Michael Moran/OTTO © Michael Moran/OTTO © Michael Moran/OTTO © Michael Moran/OTTO +19

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre / Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre / Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +39

Urban Think Tank Responds to the Forced Eviction of Torre David Residents

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Urban Think Tank Responds to the Forced Eviction of Torre David Residents, Torre David. Image © Iwan Baan
Torre David. Image © Iwan Baan

Following yesterday's news story about the forced eviction of the thousands of inhabitants living in Venezuela’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world's tallest vertical slum, Urban-Think Tank has issued a statement. The group, which spent two years researching the remarkable urban space for their Golden Lion-winning Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012, has spoken with residents and hopes to provoke the architectural/design communities by adding their voice to the debate. Read the full statement, after the break. 

US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June, June 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
June 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continued showing significant improvement in June, jumping to 53.5 from 52.6 in May, and hitting new records in the Projects Inquiry and Design Contracts indexes.

As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the new Projects Inquiry Index surged to 66.4, its highest level in the year to date. In addition, the AIA’s new Design Contracts Index hit 55.7 - its highest mark since the indictor starting being measured in October 2010.

“The recent surge in both design contracts and general inquiries for new projects by prospective clients is indicative of a sustainable strengthening across the construction marketplace,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With the first positive reading since last summer in billings at institutional firms, it appears that design activity for all major segments of the building industry is growing.  The challenge now for architecture firms seems to be finding the right balance for staffing needs to meet increasing demand.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Hofgut / Format Elf Architekten

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Hofgut / Format Elf Architekten, © Lothar Reichel
© Lothar Reichel

© Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel +10

Single-family house in Groharjevo / 3biro

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Single-family house in Groharjevo / 3biro, © Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič
  • Architects

  • Location

    Groharjevo naselje, 4220 Škofja Loka, Slovenia
  • Area

    33.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič +13

Learning Centre Biberach / Lanz Schwager Architekten

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Learning Centre Biberach / Lanz Schwager Architekten, © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz
© Barbara Schwager, Konstanz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wilhelm-Leger-Straße 2, 88400 Biberach, Germany
  • Team competition

    Sebastian Braun, Petra Martin, 
Johannes Oelschläger, Jan Voswinckel
  • Team

    Sara Hampe, Götz Förg, Sebastian Frerichs, 
 Andreas Kimling, Parthena Sachanidou, Helmuth Sperbe
  • Area

    15363.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Barbara Schwager, Konstanz © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz +55

Reviving Vacant Buildings: A Tale of Two Cities

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
Reviving Vacant Buildings: A Tale of Two Cities, The Louisville Gardens in the early 1900s when it was the Jefferson County Armory. Image © Diane Deaton Street via Flickr
The Louisville Gardens in the early 1900s when it was the Jefferson County Armory. Image © Diane Deaton Street via Flickr

A former treasure in Louisville is now nothing more than a storage facility, while a dilapidated office building in Paris has sat empty for months on end. Both of these cities are taking proactive, but wildly different, measures to help the valuable vacant buildings and lots in their jurisdictions find new life. To learn more about each city's potential solution to this global problem, keep reading after the break.

Alfred Street Residence / studiofour

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Alfred Street Residence / studiofour, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prahran VIC, Australia
  • Project Team

    Annabelle Berryman, Sarah Henry
  • Landscape Designer

    3/2 Jackson Street
 Toorak
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +15

Sydney Plans Large-Scale Urban Renewal Program

00:00 - 23 July, 2014

The government of New South Wales have announced plans for Sydney's largest program of urban renewal since the 2000 Summer Olympics. The proposal seeks to utilise and regenerate a series of former docklands from the area of Blackwattle Bay, through the Sydney Fish Market, Rozelle Bay and Rozelle Rail Yards, to White Bay Power Station (a protected building).

Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects, © Joon Hwan Yoon
© Joon Hwan Yoon

© Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon +27

Infoversum / ARCHIVIEW

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW
Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vrydemalaan, 9713 Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jack van der Palen
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW

Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW +32

Pinup2014's Competition Winners Showcase the Creativity of Emerging Talent Today

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Jury Winner_Emerging talents_AE Superlab_Infinicities. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project
Jury Winner_Emerging talents_AE Superlab_Infinicities. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project

The Morpholio Project has just announced the winners of the Pinup 2014 competition. Drawing from an impressive shortlist of finalists, the Jury  -- which included participants from Fast CompanyMetropolis Magazine, Columbia GSAPP, and even our very own Editor-in-Chief, David Basulto -- has chosen nine outstanding examples of studio, 3D-printed or unbuilt works that exemplify the best of today's emerging talent.

Amy Azzarito, jurymember and Managing Editor at Design*Sponge "was impressed by the number of entrants who chose to devote their time and creative energy toward addressing social problems on a global scale, demonstrating an empathetic understanding that as the world grows increasingly smaller, the problems of our neighbors are problems for which we all bear responsibility."

Duann Scott, jurymember and Designer Evangelist at Shapeways added: "The breadth and quality of the entrants was truly inspiring, making it very difficult to pick the winners, or to put it better, not pick more to be winners," said .

Beyond the jury's picks, a public competition and The Morpholio Project chose five additional winners. See them all, after the break.

Jury Winner_Future Voices_DiJon_Dunmore_FIBERwave Pavilion. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project Jury Winner_Shapes Future Award_Yuan_Jiang_Ephemeral beauty. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project EyeTime Winner_Emerging talents_Anna_Pietrzak_Vignettes I. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project Morpholio Special Recognition_Emerging talents_Javier_Galindo_Motorino. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project +14