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Calling All Visionaries: Jacque Rougerie Competition Seeks Evolutionary Designs for Sea and Space

09:00 - 1 March, 2015
Calling All Visionaries: Jacque Rougerie Competition Seeks Evolutionary Designs for Sea and Space, Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation
Courtesy of Jacques Rougerie Foundation

The Jacques Rougerie Foundation is now accepting registrants for its annual international architecture competition. Open to architects, engineers, and designers, the competition aims to inspire socially and environmentally conscious designs that utilize developing techniques for a sustainable future, enabling society to grow with its built environment. Composed of three categories in keeping with the foundation's focus - Innovation and Architecture for the Sea, Innovation and Architecture for Space, and Architecture and Sea Level Rise - the registration period ends June 2, 2015 and the winning proposals from each category will be announced at an award ceremony in December 2015. For full rules and registration information, visit here.

Explore Alexander Brodsky's Architectural Fantasy at Berlin's Tchoban Foundation

06:00 - 1 March, 2015
Explore Alexander Brodsky's Architectural Fantasy at Berlin's Tchoban Foundation , "Place of Overall Prosperity", Alexander Brodsky (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing
"Place of Overall Prosperity", Alexander Brodsky (1998). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing

From March 13, Berlin's Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing will showcase the work of acclaimed Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky in the eponymous exhibition "Alexander Brodsky. Works." 

Curated by Daria Paramonova, architect and co-curator of the Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, the exhibition will feature a collection of Brodsky's new and old work and run until June 5.

Learn more about the exhibition and view selected works on display after the break.

"Architect", Alexander Brodsky (1984). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Untitled", Alexander Brodsky (1993). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Untitled", Alexander Brodsky (2014). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing "Vanishing Points", Alexander Brodsky (1997). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing +10

House In Zuidzande / MJOSE VAN HEE

03:00 - 1 March, 2015
House In Zuidzande / MJOSE VAN HEE, © David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

© David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    4505 Zuidzande, The Netherlands
  • Project team

    M-José Van Hee, Sam De Vocht
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Prefab House In Rimavska Sobota / GutGut

21:00 - 28 February, 2015
Prefab House In Rimavska Sobota  / GutGut, © Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice)
© Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice)

© Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice) © Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice) © Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice) © Jakub Skokan a Martin Tůma (BoysPlayNice) +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia
  • Partners in charge

    Štefan Polakovič, Lukáš Kordík
  • Project Team

    Štefan Polakovič, Lukáš Kordík, Peter Jurkovič, Roman Halmi, Jana Benková, Ivan Príkopský, Katarína Príkopská
  • Area

    3775.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul's Seunsangga Citywalk

19:00 - 28 February, 2015
Open Call: Competition to Re-Structure Seoul's Seunsangga Citywalk, The Site
The Site

The objective of the "Re-Structuring Seunsangga Citywalk" competition in Seoul is to renovate the deck and nearby public space of Seunsangga Complex to improve the pedestrian environment and connect with surrounding areas of various nature and thereby re-establish a pedestrian axis from north to south through Bukaksan Mountain, Jongmyo~Seunsangga Complex, and Namsan Mountain. Not only is Seunsangga Complex Seoul's "urban-architectural heritage," it is a compound of history, culture and industry that connects the surrounding area and various activities.

Video: Architect Rob Quigley on the 35-Year Struggle to Build the San Diego Library

16:00 - 28 February, 2015

"Big things don't happen overnight," says architect Rob Quigley, speaking to Breadtruck Films, "and civic buildings certainly don't happen overnight." The words ring true in the context of Quigley's San Diego New Central Library, which opened in 2013 following a protracted 17 year period of design and construction. After conceiving of the design in 1996, Quigley's plans for the library were "put on the back burner" when planning authorities chose to halt construction on the project in favor of a new ballpark. Construction eventually recommenced years later, in what has since been described as "absolutely a surreal experience."

In this video Quigley describes the driving force of "creating an architecture that responds honestly and authentically to who we are," and how the library has come to be a "symbol of [San Diego]'s commitment to learning and literacy." 

Now is Time to Apply to Bauhaus Lab 2015

14:00 - 28 February, 2015
Now is Time to Apply to Bauhaus Lab 2015, Courtesy of Foundation Bauhaus Dessau
Courtesy of Foundation Bauhaus Dessau

The Foundation Bauaus Dessau is accepting letters of interest now through March 31 to participate in the upcoming Bauhaus Lab 2015. The program, open internationally to post-graduates of architecture, curatorial, fine arts, and design programs, will run from May 4 through August 9, 2015. Eight applicants will be selected to participate by an international jury by April 4. Read on after the break for more information.

Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue"

13:00 - 28 February, 2015
Kjellander + Sjöberg's Swedish Urban Block to Increase "Civic Dialogue", Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg
Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg

Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town, made international headlines last year when it was announced that the entire town would be relocated two miles to the east due to mining operations by the state-controlled company. Now, the first phase of the Kiruna square redevelopment is set to commence with a design by Stockholm-based Kjellander + Sjöberg for an urban block of housing units around the town’s central square.

Kjellander + Sjöberg, along with development group Skanska, won a competition held by Kiruna Municipality for the square's regeneration. Under the moniker Fjällbäcken, the urban block responds to the idiosyncratic subarctic climate in a manner the architects describe as "sustainable in the long term." When realized, the 2000m2 housing development will have 90 apartments and feature a host of sustainable solutions. Onsite rainwater management facilities are incorporated into the project's planning, alongside provisions for green space and ecofriendly heating and cooling systems.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg +8

North America's Radiant City: Le Corbusier's Impact on New York

09:30 - 28 February, 2015
North America's Radiant City: Le Corbusier's Impact on New York, Co-op City. Image © Flickr CC user Runs With Scissors
Co-op City. Image © Flickr CC user Runs With Scissors

Despite his status, Le Corbusier never had the opportunity to build in New York - in fact he only had one chance to build in the United States at all, completing Harvard's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in Cambridge in 1963. But this doesn't mean his influence isn't visible all over the Big Apple. Originally published on 6sqft as "Towers in the Park: Le Corbusier's Influence in NYC," this article takes a look at three examples where Le Corbusier's "Radiant City" ideals were transplanted to New York.

Even before taking his first trip to New York in 1935, Le Corbusier described the city as “utterly devoid of harmony.” After seeing it in person, his feelings didn’t soften. He wasn’t impressed by the tall towers, rather stating that they were the product of an inferiority complex, and he thought the city’s leaders were too timid to hire him. He wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times saying that “American skyscrapers have not attained the rank of architecture; rather, they are merely small objects such as statuettes or knick-knacks, magnified to titanic proportions.” He thought the city would benefit from buildings that “don’t try to outdo each other but are all identical.”

8 Mind Bending Optical Illusions by Erik Johansson

08:00 - 28 February, 2015
8 Mind Bending Optical Illusions by Erik Johansson, "The Architect". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson
"The Architect". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson

These images by Swedish photographer, artist, and Photoshop genius Erik Johansson are anything but ordinary. What at first appears to be a room, house, or street quickly shifts into a mind-boggling optical illusion, using creative manipulations of perspective to keep the viewer perplexed. From cars driving on the underside of the freeway to people living on their ceilings, Johansson's strikingly convincing realizations of spatial impossibilities will have you second-guessing your surroundings.

More images and a "behind-the-scenes" video, after the break. 

"Closing Out". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson Courtesy of Erik Johansson "Reverse opposites". Image Courtesy of Erik Johansson Courtesy of Erik Johansson +8

Radiant / Z Architecture

21:00 - 27 February, 2015
Radiant / Z Architecture, © Jonathan Letoublon
© Jonathan Letoublon

© Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon +14

Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia

19:00 - 27 February, 2015
Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia , Courtesy of Curtin University
Courtesy of Curtin University

The Curtin University Master Plan has become the first project to receive a 5 Star Green Star-Communities Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Helmed by AECOM and Donaldson and Warn architects, the plan sets forth a strategy for the renewal of the University's main campus in Bentley, Perth, aiming to create a "vibrant urban community" that combines commercial, retail, residential, educational, and transport infrastructure. Sustainability is a cornerstone of the project, which seeks to be adaptable to, and respectful of, its site and heritage. 

The 5-star rating honours Australian Excellence in "innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability". Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University +6

4 Building Images Shortlisted for Sony 2015 World Photography Award

16:00 - 27 February, 2015
4 Building Images Shortlisted for Sony 2015 World Photography Award, Architecture, Open, Australia © Gina Alderson-Hicks via 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Courtesy of WPO
Architecture, Open, Australia © Gina Alderson-Hicks via 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Courtesy of WPO

The World Photography Organization has revealed 35 images that are being considered to be the “world’s best contemporary photograph.” Of the shortlisted selection, beauty found within our built world takes center stage in four of the images. All entries were submitted freely by professionals and amateurs alike. See all four stunning images, after the break. 

See BIG & Heatherwick's Design for Google's California Headquarters

13:37 - 27 February, 2015
See BIG & Heatherwick's Design for Google's California Headquarters, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

Images have been unveiled of BIG and Heatherwick Studio’s design for Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The plan, submitted to city council today, proposes to redevelop and expand the company’s home office with a series of lightweight canopy-like structures organized within a flexible landscape of bicycle paths and commercial opportunities for local companies. 

"It's the first time we'll design and build offices from scratch and we hope these plans by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio will lead to a better way of working,” says Google. “The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas… Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.”

A video about the design and a statement from Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, after the break. 

© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio +10

10 Facts about AJ's Woman Architect of the Year 2015: Teresa Borsuk

12:10 - 27 February, 2015
10 Facts about AJ's Woman Architect of the Year 2015: Teresa Borsuk, The Granary. Image © Pollard Thomas Edwards
The Granary. Image © Pollard Thomas Edwards

The Architects’ Journal as named Teresa Borsuk of Pollard Thomas Edward “Woman Architect of the Year 2015.” The prestigious title, awarded last year to Mecanoo’s Francine Houben, is being presented to Borsuk for her “remarkable” ability to improve equality within her practice. 

Borsuk was chosen over an impressive shortlist of women architects. Find out 10 facts about Borsuk and see why the jury consider her to be an ideal role model for future generations, after the break. 

Reggio Pre-school and Religious Center / Scalar Architecture

11:00 - 27 February, 2015
Reggio Pre-school and Religious Center  / Scalar Architecture, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +19

Frank Lloyd Wright and Fay Jones on the Web: The Value of Online Exhibitions

09:30 - 27 February, 2015
Frank Lloyd Wright and Fay Jones on the Web: The Value of Online Exhibitions , Alexander Residence (Raheen) Swimming Pool. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries
Alexander Residence (Raheen) Swimming Pool. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

Yesterday afternoon, I was able to visit the University of Arkansas exhibition “Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture Comes to Arkansas” - without purchasing a ticket or leaving my apartment. This extensive exhibition on the life and development of these two notable architects was made possible through a collaboration between University of Arkansas Libraries’ Special Collections and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Library and Archives. Exhibitions such as this are part of a broader movement in recent years towards making archived content more easily accessible to the public through web platforms. The concept of the online exhibition, however, is still in its infancy and there remains significant room for innovation.

Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries Taliesin West Easter Celebration with Kamal Amini, Jack Howe, Lu Sparks Howe, and Gus Jones. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries Page 1 of Jones's Notes for a Lecture Referring to His Last Conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959. Image © Fay Jones Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries Bachman-Wilson Residence Exterior, Rear Elevation. Image Courtesy of TarantinoSTUDIO © 2014 +5

David Chipperfield to Receive the Netherlands' Sikkens Prize

06:00 - 27 February, 2015
David Chipperfield to Receive the Netherlands' Sikkens Prize, Neues Museum / David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap. Image © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects
Neues Museum / David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap. Image © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

British architect David Chipperfield has been selected to receive the 2015 Sikkens Prize, one of the oldest independent art prizes in the Netherlands. The prize's 36th recipient, Chipperfield is being recognized for his "revolutionary use of color," much like his predecessors; Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Donald Judd, HEMA and Bridget Riley have all received the Sikkens Prize. 

According to the jury, "Chipperfield’s work on the Neues Museum in Berlin is a magnificent example of his way of working. Like no other he knows how to combine the old with the new. In his spatial compositions he achieves a delicate balance between color, material end texture. Chipperfield uses the colors provided by the architectural context and the building materials in an unemphatic yet expressive way."