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Competition Seeks Ideas to Transform Preston Bus Station into Youth Center

08:00 - 26 February, 2015
Competition Seeks Ideas to Transform Preston Bus Station into Youth Center, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched an international design competition in search of ideas to transform Lancashire’s iconic Preston Bus Station into a new public hub and youth center. The anticipated £13 million plan hopes to not only provide a home for the new Preston Youth Zone Plus, but preserve the historic structure's brutalist appearance.  

Preston Bus Station, designed by BDP and completed in 1969, was previously slated for demolition. However, last year the success of an international preservation campaign saved it from destruction and helped the building achieve Grade-II listing

The proposed program and competition details, after the break. 

URBAN TALES to Explore the Future of Cities

06:00 - 26 February, 2015
URBAN TALES to Explore the Future of Cities, 'New St James' Park'. Image Courtesy of Ned Scott
'New St James' Park'. Image Courtesy of Ned Scott

URBAN TALES will showcase three distinct architectural artwork series exploring visions of narrative based city redevelopments. Featuring RIBA Presidents Medal-winning work, these original and engaging threads of imagery from UCL architecture graduates Ned Scott, Nick Elias and Anja Kempa objectify fiction and challenge political reality. The exhibitors question the role of architecture in a changing world and use fictional narratives to design fantastical, but possible, cities. URBAN TALES will kick off with an opening party on Friday, March 6 and remain on view through April 10, 2015 at Carousel London. Read on to learn more. 

Astropad: Use Your iPad As A Professional Graphics Tablet

04:00 - 26 February, 2015
Astropad: Use Your iPad As A Professional Graphics Tablet, Astropad: use your iPad as a drawing tablet for your Mac. Image Courtesy of Astropad
Astropad: use your iPad as a drawing tablet for your Mac. Image Courtesy of Astropad

Astropad, an app for iOS and Mac, transforms your existing iPad into a professional graphics tablet without the need for additional hardware. Having been developed by Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli - both former Apple engineers - the app allows for the iPad to act as a extended trackpad as well as work with most third-party styluses.

Tubakuba Mountain Hub / OPA Form

04:00 - 26 February, 2015
Tubakuba Mountain Hub / OPA Form, © Espen Folgerø
© Espen Folgerø

© Gunnar Sørås © Helge Skodvin © Gunnar Sørås © Gunnar Sørås +11

House in La Pampa / Hernán Gastelú

01:00 - 26 February, 2015
House in La Pampa / Hernán Gastelú, © Gustavo Frittegotto
© Gustavo Frittegotto

© Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Casilda, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Site Management

    Hernán Gastelu, Cristian Monti , Damián Podio
  • Project Area

    185.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AIA Awards Two with 2015 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

18:00 - 25 February, 2015
AIA Awards Two with 2015 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement, Novartis Campus / Gehry Partners - A project with Transsolar KlimaEngineering. Image © Flickr CC user Novartis AG
Novartis Campus / Gehry Partners - A project with Transsolar KlimaEngineering. Image © Flickr CC user Novartis AG

The Lyceum Fellowship Inc. and Transsolar KlimaEngineering have been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement. The annual award is intended to “recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.” Both winners will be honored at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta

Architects to be Given Chance to Design New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau

17:00 - 25 February, 2015
Architects to be Given Chance to Design New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, © GeoBasis-DE / LVermGeo LSA, 2015, Aktenzeichen C22-7000520-2015
© GeoBasis-DE / LVermGeo LSA, 2015, Aktenzeichen C22-7000520-2015

In celebration of the 100th Bauhaus anniversary, the Foundation Bauhaus Dessau has announced plans to construct a new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau. As part of a competition “preannouncement” published on the museum’s site, an open two-phased international competition will challenge architects to design a museum for the foundation’s “outstanding collection” under the “best possible conservation conditions.” 

Co-promoter of the competition, the City of Dessau-Roßlau is currently searching for possible sites that will allow the Bauhaus Museum Dessau to be integrated into the city's central City Park. It is hoped that the museum and park will “strengthen and complement each other and enrich the location as a cultural centre.”

A breakdown of key competition dates, after the break. 

Constell.ation II / LIKEarchitects

16:00 - 25 February, 2015
Constell.ation II / LIKEarchitects, © Andreia Garcia Photography
© Andreia Garcia Photography

© Andreia Garcia Photography © Andreia Garcia Photography © Andreia Garcia Photography © Andreia Garcia Photography +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plantage Muidergracht, 1018 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and João Salgueiro
  • Client

    Amsterdam Light Festival
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

In Residence: Daniel Libeskind

14:10 - 25 February, 2015

The latest installation of the In Residence series, Polish-born architect Daniel Libeskind welcomes NOWNESS into his Manhattan apartment, just five blocks north of Ground Zero.

Marble Quarrying Looks Even More Awesome Than You Imagined

13:00 - 25 February, 2015

In this video from NOWNESS, an excerpt from Yuri Ancarani's documentary "Il Capo" (The Chief), the filmmaker captures the mesmerizing business of Marble extraction in the hills of Northwest Italy. The prized delicacy of the Carrara stone's surface is juxtaposed against the dramatic size and weight of the blocks they are removing, which eventually fall with an earth-shattering thud. Similarly the rugged power of the excavators is in marked contrast to the precise, understated gestures of the chief himself, who directs his workers with a complex series of predetermined hand signals.

"Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets," explains Yuri Ancarani. "I was so taken by the chief, watching him work. How he can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined."

Google Taps BIG and Heatherwick to Design New California Headquarters

11:30 - 25 February, 2015
Google Taps BIG and Heatherwick to Design New California Headquarters , Image: Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick
Image: Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick

The City of Mountain View is expected to receive a massive proposal from the city’s largest employer; reports confirm that Google has enlisted Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studio to design its new California headquarters. With the few details released, it is unclear if the proposal plans to update the company’s existing 3.1 million-square-foot Googleplex or replace it. However, as the New York Times reports, the proposal will boast a “series of canopy-like buildings” on a campus organized around bicycle and pedestrian paths.

This means Google is now joining a list of powerful corporations who have enlisted world-renowned architects to design their California headquarters, including Apple’s Foster + Partners-designed “spaceship” and Facebook’s Gehry-Esque 10-acre “room.” If approved, Google will shift its focus on new housing, ensuring there is enough living space within Mountain View to accommodate its growing workforce (a topic of concern for many residents).

The proposal will be submitted to the city this Friday. Take a look at the company’s existing Mountain View headquarters, after the break. 

Niop Hacienda / AS arquitectura + R79

12:00 - 25 February, 2015
Niop Hacienda  / AS arquitectura + R79, © David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro

© David Cervera Castro © David Cervera Castro © David Cervera Castro © David Cervera Castro +45

#wikiD: Help ArchiteXX Add Women Architects to Wikipedia

10:00 - 25 February, 2015
#wikiD: Help ArchiteXX Add Women Architects to Wikipedia, Courtesy of Architexx
Courtesy of Architexx

Inspired by Despina Stratigakos' essay "Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia," ArchiteXX has launched #wikiD, a global event to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8. With the slogan of "Women. Wikipedia. Design," #wikiD prompts people to "write into Wikipedia women designers, architects and all those involved in the creation of our environment." 

Learn more about the event and how to get involved after the break. 

London's Battersea Bridge Competition is a Symbol of a Divided City

10:30 - 25 February, 2015
London's Battersea Bridge Competition is a Symbol of a Divided City, "The Spaffy Tangle". Image Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership
"The Spaffy Tangle". Image Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

The recent unveiling of the 74 entries to the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge competition was undoubtedly intended to cause a media circus, hoping to emulate the furore that surrounded the much larger Helsinki Guggenheim competition when they released all 1,715 of their entries to the web in October of last year. The competition, which asked designers to propose "one of the most expressive and visible landmarks in London," is the latest in a series of  dramatic changes taking place on this stretch of the South Bank of the Thames. This new community, one of London’s most prestigious new neighbourhoods, includes Keiran Timberlake's new US Embassy and a slew of residential developments, culminating in the highly-touted renovation of Battersea Power Station, complete with accompanying buildings by Foster + Partners and Frank Gehry, and a public space by BIG.

Initial reactions to the competition entries has been mixed at best. The Guardian’s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright took the opportunity to poke light-hearted fun at a selection of designs, using his considerable powers of wordplay to dub entries with titles such as The Greenhouse Funhouse, The Spaffy Tangle, Razorwire Party Bridge, and The Flaming Mouth of Hades. Similarly, City Metric ran the news with an article titled “The 12 Most Ridiculous Designs for the New Battersea Bridge”, sparking a debate on Reddit in which users branded the projects "varying degrees of insane" and "ridiculous doodles." But beyond all this jovial name-calling, these designs are symptomatic of an unhealthy approach to wealth that London seems unable (or perhaps unwilling) to address.

"The Flaming Mouth of Hades" . Image Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership "Razorwire Party Bridge". Image Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership +10

ArchiBlox Designs World's First Prefabricated Carbon Positive House

06:00 - 25 February, 2015
ArchiBlox Designs World's First Prefabricated Carbon Positive House, © Tom Ross
© Tom Ross

Australian company ArchiBlox has released its design for the world’s first carbon positive prefabricated house. Representing a new movement in ArchiBlox houses, the carbon positive house provides the option for a more environmentally-conscious design, through both reducing embodied energy that accompanies new-home construction and maintaining positive-energy production. The groundbreaking product line began its first installation on February 8 at Melbourne’s City Square.  

© Tom Ross © Tom Ross © Tom Ross © Tom Ross +9

Kino – Rye / Jonathan Dunn Architects

06:00 - 25 February, 2015
Kino – Rye / Jonathan Dunn Architects, © Oliver Perrott
© Oliver Perrott

© Oliver Perrott © Oliver Perrott © Oliver Perrott © Oliver Perrott +20

Sport Centre Jules Ladoumegue / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

04:00 - 25 February, 2015
Sport Centre Jules Ladoumegue / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, © David Boureau
© David Boureau

© David Boureau © David Boureau © David Boureau © David Boureau +19

Moorish Wall in Alto Albaicín / Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas

03:00 - 25 February, 2015
Moorish Wall in Alto Albaicín / Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas, © David Arredondo y Alberto García
© David Arredondo y Alberto García

© Vicente del Amo © Vicente del Amo © Vicente del Amo © Jesús Torres +26