Groups Urge Congress: Keep Energy Conservation Requirements for Government Buildings

Federal Center South Building 1202; Seattle / ZGF Architects LLP © Benjamin Benschneider

The American Institute of Architects today released a letter from more than 350 different associations and companies expressing opposition to efforts by special interests to gut energy conservation requirements for federal buildings.

The letter, which is addressed to Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and ranking Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, was released one week ahead of the scheduled mark-up of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee May 8.

That legislation, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would promote greater use of energy efficiency technology in commercial and residential buildings and by manufacturers.

Xixi Artist Clubhouse / AZL Architects

© Yao Li

Architects: AZL Architects
Location: , Zhejiang, China
Architect In Charge: Zhang Lei
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Qi wei, Zhong Guanqiu, Zhang Guangwei, Guo Donghai
Collaborator: Architectural Design Institute, ZJIU
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yao Li

Dwell on Design 2013

Dwell on Design, America’s largest modern design event, returns to the Convention Center, June 21-23, 2013. DOD reimagines the trade show experience by transforming 200,000 square feet of concrete into a design incubator where prefab comes to life and design luminaires debate the issues of today. With more than 400 exhibitors, 200 speakers, 2000 products and an expected 30,000 attendees, DOD has become the largest design event in the US, showing how influential design is in every aspect of our modern world. is proud to announce The Lincoln Motor Company as the Presenting Auto sponsor, Design Partner jcpenney and Industry Partner The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The event is produced by Dwell Media.

More information, including keynote speakers, the 2013 highlights and a special promo code for ArchDaily readers after the break.

Courtesy of Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA)
Courtesy of Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA)

‘Archaeology of the Digital’ Exhibition

Opening May 7 at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA), the ‘Archaeology of the Digital’ exhibition will feature the work of Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, Shoei Yoh and Chuck Hoberman while examining the foundations of digital architecture at the end…

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the Pritzker Prize

Pritzker’s Challenge: Recognition in the Age of Creative Partnerships

Wang Shu receiving his Pritzker Award in 2012. Oddly, his wife and co-partner, Lu Wenyu, was not acknowledged.

The had idealistic beginnings: recognising achievement within architecture, a profession that had long lost its status in public opinion.  Pritzker ‘seamed’ this fragmentation, celebrated the architect and broadcast this stellar contribution to society, as a creative, a singular author whose uniqueness set him/her apart from a field of practitioners.

The Prize has since assumed a role of gatekeeper to the ‘starchitect’ it once helped define. While it is inspiring that architecture as a profession has reaffirmed its status and cultural significance, The Pritzker places itself on an archi-centric proscenium, running the risk of being consumed by a synthetic reality within the profession. If Pritzker and other similar models of recognition are to evolve, they must illuminate widespread transformations in practice and emphasise the changing of the guard within the profession.

Firstly, should be recognised retrospectively. Opinion does not change facts.

Read more about the (d)evolution of the Pritzker Prize, after the break…

Residential Building in Cieza / Xavier Ozores

© David Frutos

Architects:
Location: Cieza,
Area: 700 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Frutos

Can Cantó Housing / Castell-Pons Arquitectes

© José Hevia

Architects: Castell-Pons Arquitectes
Location: Ibiza,
Project Architects: Antoni Castell Salvà, A. Christian Pons Piris
Area: 1,755.8 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Hevia

Courtesy of Tarh O Amayesh
Courtesy of Tarh O Amayesh

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Tarh O Amayesh

Designed by Tarh O Amayesh…, their proposal for the Central Mosque of Pristina, the fundamental principal of the project comes from the definition of Mosque, which is a place for praying and going from body to soul. The prayer is someone

House in a Tea Garden / RMA Architects

© Rahul Mehrotra

Architects: RMA Architects
Location: , India
Architect In Charge: Rahul Mehrotra
Area: 8,000 sq ft
Year: 2008
Photographs: Rahul Mehrotra, Rajesh Vora,

Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects
Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects

‘The Fenland Beacon’: Great Fen Visitor Center Competition Entry / Nicholas Hare Architects

Titled, ‘The Fenland Beacon’, this proposal for the Great Fen Visitor Center is rooted in the landscape; responding to the inherent qualities of the Great Fen. Designed by Nicholas Hare Architects…, the expansive sweep of the timber façade that

Modern Addition, Truro / Hammer Architects

© Bill Lyons

Architects: Hammer Architects
Location: MA, USA
Area: 2,250 sq ft
Year: 2008
Photographs: Bill Lyons, Peter Vanderwarker, Rick Grossman, Mark Hammer

Hilden Grange / Hawkins\Brown

© Tim Crocker

Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Location: Dry Hill Park Rd, Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Crocker

Courtesy of RTC Events Management
Courtesy of RTC Events Management

Revit Technology Conference (RTC) Europe 2013

Coming to Delft, The Netherlands this September 27-28, the Revit Technology Conference (RTC) is an independent training conference covering Building Information Modelling in all its aspects, with a core focus on workflows centred on the Autodesk Revit Technology. This is…

Rubido Romero Foundation / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos

© Santos Díez

Architects: Abalo Alonso Arquitectos
Location: , A Coruña,
Architect In Charge: Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso
Area: 117 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Santos Díez

Galeria House / MACh Arquitetos

© Gabriel Castro

Architects: MACh Arquitetos
Location: , MG, Brazil
Project Architects: Fernando Maculan, Mariza Machado Coelho
Area: 966 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Gabriel Castro, Fábio Del Re & Carlos Stein

Montfullà House / Hidalgo Hartmann

© Jordi Hidalgo Tané

Architects: Hidalgo Hartmann
Location: Montfullà, Girona,
Architects: Jordi Hidalgo Tané (architect), Daniela Hartmann (interior)
Technical Architect: Rafel Serra Torrent
Collaborators: Ana Roque, arquitecto, Rafel Serra Torrent, arquitecto técnico, Julia Fernandez Roldán
Area: 340 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jordi Hidalgo Tané

Smith-Clementi Residence / Rios Clementi Hale Studios

© Undine Pröhl

Architects: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Location: , CA, USA
Rch Studios Team: Frank Clementi, , principal; Julie Smith-Clementi, IDSA, principal; Huay Wee, architect, senior associate; Anthony Anderson, architect; Carolyn Sumida, landscape architect; Claudia Morello, designer
Area: 2,200 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Undine Pröhl

Health Sciences Education Building / CO Architects

© Bill Timmerman

Architects: CO Architects
Location: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – , 550 East Van Buren Street, , AZ 85004,
Design And Executive Architect: CO Architects
Co Architects Team: Paul Zajfen, FAIA, RIBA, design principal; Scott Kelsey, FAIA, principal-in-charge; Jonathan Kanda, AIA, LEED AP, project architect; Andy Labov, AIA, LEED AP, senior architect; Jenna Knudsen, AIA, LEED AP, senior architect; Arnold Swanborn, AIA, LEED AP, senior design architect Tony Moretti, FAIA, technical principal; Jatin Kayastha, designer; Luciana Tagliaferri, LEED AP, designer Lilit Ustayan, LEED AP, designer; Shiyi Zhang, LEED AP, designer; Joqua Jordan, project assistant; Jesse Carrillo, designer; Kevin Kavanaugh, project team; Marie Malone, project team
Associate Architect, Master Planner: Ayers Saint Gross
Ayers Saint Gross Team: Jack Black, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate principal; Sean R. Rosebrugh, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, project manager; Eric Zobrist, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, project architect; Michelle Kollmann, LEED AP BD+C, designer, interiors; Kristina Abrams, RA, LEED AP BD+C, technical production; Justin Dahl-James, RA, LEED GA, technical production; Eliseo Ramirez, technical production; William Whitfield, technical production
Area: 268000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bill Timmerman