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Open Call: Shape the Next Big Idea in Home Décor

18:00 - 21 September, 2015
Open Call: Shape the Next Big Idea in Home Décor, The designers who shaped their designs into prototypes during the first season of GDL. Image Courtesy of Godrej Design Lab
The designers who shaped their designs into prototypes during the first season of GDL. Image Courtesy of Godrej Design Lab

The world of home décor is witnessing new trends and styles everyday. It is an intriguing space, infused with innovation and freshness. From innovative shapes and colors to unconventional materials, novelty is the name of the game!

First launched in 2014, Godrej Design Lab, in association with ELLE DECOR, is a platform that brings new creative design endeavors to life, acting as a catalyst for design experiments by propelling innovative ideas to the next level. This year designers are invited to showcase their skills, with a focus on ideas that strike the perfect balance between originality and manufacturability. Designers can submit their ideas across four categories: Furniture; Furnishings; Lighting; and Home Décor & Accessories. Shortlisted projects will be mentored by the best minds in the industry, and a handful among those designs will be developed into prototypes and exhibited at the prestigious India Design ID 2016.

House in Ikoma / Arbol

17:00 - 21 September, 2015
House in Ikoma / Arbol, © Yasunori Shimomura
© Yasunori Shimomura

© Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura + 21

Jony Ive-Designed Apple Store Opens Its Doors

16:02 - 21 September, 2015
Jony Ive-Designed Apple Store Opens Its Doors, © Bruno Dalimonte via edgargonzalez.com
© Bruno Dalimonte via edgargonzalez.com

Jony Ive, Apple's Chief Design Officer, has celebrated the opening of his first store in Brussels, Belgium. Like The Verge reports, at first glance the store's design seems somewhat predictable - large panes of glass, a simplistic and open feel. However, under Ive's guidance, the new store (and future stores) now feature a grove of potted trees and a heightened focus on natural materials, in particular wood. Read on to take a closer look. 

AMAG Autowelt Zurich / Fischer Architekten

15:00 - 21 September, 2015
AMAG Autowelt Zurich / Fischer Architekten, © René Duerr
© René Duerr

© René Duerr © René Duerr © René Duerr © René Duerr + 15

2016 Berkeley Prize Now Open

14:10 - 21 September, 2015
2016 Berkeley Prize Now Open, La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture + Leo A Daly. Image Courtesy of AIA
La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture + Leo A Daly. Image Courtesy of AIA

The 2016 Berkeley Prize is now open. Open to all undergraduate architecture students, the essay competition "strives to show architects-in-training that the smallest act of building has global implications: that design can and does play a major role in the social, cultural, and psychological life of both the individual and society at large." This year's competition theme is "Sheltering Those in Need: Architects Confront Homelessness." All initial submissions are due November 1, 2015. Essay semifinalists will be given the opportunity to apply for a travel fellowship. All the details, here

Likelihood / Best Practice Architecture

12:00 - 21 September, 2015
Likelihood / Best Practice Architecture, © Mark Woods Photography
© Mark Woods Photography

© Mark Woods Photography © Mark Woods Photography © Mark Woods Photography © Mark Woods Photography + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, WA, USA
  • Design Team

    Ian Butcher, Kailin Gregga, Harry Murzyn
  • Area

    1200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015

Chipperfield Reduces Scale of Stockholm Nobel Center

12:30 - 21 September, 2015
Chipperfield Reduces Scale of Stockholm Nobel Center, © David Chipperfield Architects
© David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects has unveiled a scaled down proposal for Stockholm's Nobel Center. A response to concerns regarding the competition-winning scheme's proposed location along the city's historic Blasieholmen, the modified design hopes to "better" integrate itself into its context and establish a "lively interaction" with the people of Stockholm. 

"While the fundamental concept of the ‘Nobelhuset’ remains the same, the building has been reduced significantly in size," says Chipperfield. "It now has a clearer division into a base, middle and top floor that relates to the surrounding structures on the Blasieholmen peninsula."

AMS Nest / DIALOG + B+H Architects

11:00 - 21 September, 2015
AMS Nest / DIALOG + B+H Architects, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    The University of British Columbia, 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
  • Area

    11700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been

09:30 - 21 September, 2015
Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been, Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In It’s A Wonderful Life the film’s protagonist George Bailey, facing a crisis of faith, is visited by his guardian angel, and shown an alternate reality where he doesn’t exist. The experience gives meaning to George’s life, showing him his own importance to others. With the increasing scale of design competitions these days, architectural “could-have-beens” are piling up in record numbers, and just as George Bailey's sense of self was restored by seeing his alternate reality, hypothesizing about alternative outcomes in architecture is a chance to reflect on our current architectural moment.

Today marks the one-year-anniversary of the opening of Phase 3 of the High Line. While New Yorkers and urbanists the world over have lauded the success of this industrial-utility-turned-urban-oasis, the park and the slew of other urban improvements it has inspired almost happened very differently. Although we have come to know and love the High Line of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in the original ideas competition four finalists were chosen and the alternatives show stark contrasts in how things might have shaped up.

On this key date for one of the most crucial designs of this generation, we decided to look back at some of the most important competitions of the last century to see how things might have been different.

Joseph Marzella's second-place design for the Sydney Opera House. Image via The Daily Mail Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by Adolf Loos (left) and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz (right). Image via skyscraper.org Design for the High Line by Zaha Hadid Architects with Balmori Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and studio MDA. Image via University of Adelaide on Cargo Collective Moshe Safdie's design for the Centre Pompidou. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects + 16

El Manzano House Refurbishment / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos

09:00 - 21 September, 2015
El Manzano House Refurbishment / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos, © Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco + 28

Salt-Shaped Salt Shed Takes Shape Along Hudson River in New York City

08:00 - 21 September, 2015
Salt-Shaped Salt Shed Takes Shape Along Hudson River in New York City, via Field Condition
via Field Condition

New York City is replacing one of its 40 salt sheds on the Gansevoort Peninsula with a new, origami-like structure by Dattner Architects at Canal St/West St, along the Hudson River. Once completed, the shed will rise almost 70 feet tall and hold over 4,000 tons of salt in its six-foot thick concrete walls. In response to the complaints leveled against the Sanitation Garage across Spring Street from the new salt shed, Dattner Architects deliberately created a monolithic, crystalline form to contrast the scrim-like façade of its neighbour.

Breaking Ground Workshop

07:00 - 21 September, 2015
Breaking Ground Workshop, Programme of the Breaking Ground workshop - Geneva (Sept 21-25, 2015)
Programme of the Breaking Ground workshop - Geneva (Sept 21-25, 2015)

The Breaking Ground workshop will produce scenarios for the gradual development of a neighbourhood in Geneva, Switzerland, and conceive strategies to open urban design to end-users.

This 5 days events will be attended by masters students from Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich as well as young urbanists from Mumbai, Cairo, New York, Miami, Paris, London, and Vienna.

AD Classics: National Congress / Oscar Niemeyer

06:00 - 21 September, 2015
AD Classics: National Congress / Oscar Niemeyer, © Filipe Frazao / Shutterstock.com
© Filipe Frazao / Shutterstock.com

Located at the head of the abstract bird-shaped city plan by Lúcio Costa, and as the only building within the central greensward of the eastern arm of the Monumental Axis, the palace of the National Congress (Congresso Nacional) enjoys pride of place among Oscar Niemeyer’s government buildings in Brasília. The most sober of the palaces on the Plaza of the Three Powers, the National Congress reflects the strong influence of Le Corbusier, while hinting at the more romantic and whimsical forms that characterize Niemeyer’s trademark Brazilian Modernism.

© flickr user may_inthesky The Monumental Axis with the National Congress in the distance. Image © Limogi © Andrew Prokos Interior of the Chamber of Deputies. Image © flickr user agenciasenado + 13

House B / YODA architecture

05:00 - 21 September, 2015
House B / YODA architecture, Courtesy of YODA architecture
Courtesy of YODA architecture

Courtesy of YODA architecture Courtesy of YODA architecture Courtesy of YODA architecture Courtesy of YODA architecture + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Herrin, France
  • Design Team

    Robin Lamarche, Julien Chabert
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Jonathan Tuckey Design Create Residential Interiors for Post-Industrial Gasholders

04:00 - 21 September, 2015
Jonathan Tuckey Design Create Residential Interiors for Post-Industrial Gasholders, Interior sketch. Image © Jonathan Tuckey Design
Interior sketch. Image © Jonathan Tuckey Design

London-based British practice Jonathan Tuckey Design (JTD) have created a series of residential interiors for the 'Gasholder Triplets' in London's formerly industrial King's Cross district. 145 individual apartments have been designed inside these mid-nineteenth century structures, within which Wilkinson Eyre Architects have created the "architectural insertions" (the buildings themselves).

Czech Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / Chybik+Kristof Architects & Urban Designers

03:00 - 21 September, 2015
Czech Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / Chybik+Kristof Architects & Urban Designers, © Lukas Pelech
© Lukas Pelech

© Lukas Pelech © Lukas Pelech © Lukas Pelech © Lukas Pelech + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Padiglione Svizzera - Expo 2015, Via Belgioioso Cristina, 70, 20157 Milano, Italy
  • Design Team

    Ondrej Chybik, Michal Kristof, Krystof Foltyn, Pavel Hruza, Martin Kos, Vojtech Kouril, Veronika Mikulkova, Radim Musil
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Fietje Beer Bar / Bertrand Guillon Architecture

02:00 - 21 September, 2015
Fietje Beer Bar / Bertrand Guillon Architecture, © Julien Kerdraon
© Julien Kerdraon

© Julien Kerdraon © Julien Kerdraon © Julien Kerdraon © Julien Kerdraon + 13

Seminar: Achieve Energy Efficiency via Honeycomb Blinds

23:00 - 20 September, 2015
Seminar: Achieve Energy Efficiency via Honeycomb Blinds, Energy Efficiency Seminar held in Cinq Rideaux, Tokyo, Japan
Energy Efficiency Seminar held in Cinq Rideaux, Tokyo, Japan

A seminar on insulation effectiveness of various window covering products such as curtains, aluminium blinds, pleated screen shade and honeycomb blind. The seminar will take place on September 30th, 2015 from 3pm to 5:30pm at モンルーベジャパン located at 東京都港区南青山4-1-8 麗雲ビル1F, Tokyo, Japan.