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Safdie Architects Release Final Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum

17:15 - 22 April, 2015
Safdie Architects Release Final Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum, © Neoscape, courtesy of Safdie Architects
© Neoscape, courtesy of Safdie Architects

Images have been released of Safdie Architects' design for the new National Medal of Honor Museum in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The commission, awarded to Safdie following a national search in October, will honor the men and women who "served and sacrificed in defense of the US" and have received the nation's highest military award - the Medal of Honor - from the Civil War to the present.

Pedro Moran 3875 / MMCV

16:00 - 22 April, 2015
Pedro Moran 3875 / MMCV, © Daniela Mac Adden
© Daniela Mac Adden

© Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden +20

  • Architects

    Mizraji Cicchinelli
  • Location

    Villa Devoto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Architects

    Sergio Mizraji, Jacquelin Cicchinelli
  • Project Director

    Andrés Gagliardi
  • Site Manager

    Patricia Barragán
  • Project Area

    497.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Winners of the 2015-2016 Rome Prize Announced

15:00 - 22 April, 2015
Winners of the 2015-2016 Rome Prize Announced, Javier Galindo's Inside2013 competition-winning proposal "Inside a Sinkhole : A Convent"
Javier Galindo's Inside2013 competition-winning proposal "Inside a Sinkhole : A Convent"

Now in its 119th year, the recipients of the 2015-2016 Rome Prize have been announced by the American Academy in Rome (AAR). The prestigious prize is granted annually to around thirty artists, designers, and scholars who display exceptional promise in their professional fields, enabling them to undertake creative projects with a public element for an average of eleven months in Rome. The winners were selected by eight interdisciplinary juries, and will be rewarded with accommodation in Rome as well as project funding of up to $28,000 per year, depending on the length of their stay.

Check out the 2015-2016 recipients in Architecture, Historic Preservation and Conservation, and Landscape Architecture after the break.

STGM Head Office / STGM Architectes

14:00 - 22 April, 2015
STGM Head Office  / STGM Architectes, © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau +12

March ABI Continues to Increase

13:30 - 22 April, 2015
March ABI Continues to Increase, March 2015 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
March 2015 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

For the second consecutive month, the US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has indicated a "modest increase" in design activity in March. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.7, up from a mark of 50.4 in February. The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, up from a reading of 56.6 the previous month.

“Business conditions at architecture firms generally are quite healthy across the country. However, billings at firms in the Northeast were set back with the severe weather conditions, and this weakness is apparent in the March figures,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The multi-family residential market has seen its first occurrence of back-to-back negative months for the first time since 2011, while the institutional and commercial sectors are both on solid footing.”

Pasaje Cabrer Collective Housing / AFRa

12:00 - 22 April, 2015
Pasaje Cabrer Collective Housing / AFRa, © Federico Kulekdjian
© Federico Kulekdjian

© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Area

    199.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by AISC

11:00 - 22 April, 2015
Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by AISC, © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava
© Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Last week, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) presented its Innovation Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Awards program. Recognizing exemplary work in steel for both its architectural and structural merits, the AISC awarded Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) building at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida with the national award in the $15 million to $75 million category.

Critical Round-Up: Renzo Piano's Whitney Museum

09:30 - 22 April, 2015
Critical Round-Up: Renzo Piano's Whitney Museum, © Paul Clemence
© Paul Clemence

Depending on how you measure it, Renzo Piano's new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (designed in collaboration with New York practice Cooper Robertson) could be the most long-awaited museum of the 21st century. At just a fraction under seven years since the first designs of the building were released, the incubation period has been long enough on its own - but in fact the project has its roots in a scrapped 1981 design by Michael Graves, when the Whitney was instead planning an extension to their previous home in Marcel Breuer's 1966 masterpiece on Madison Avenue. With such a highly anticipated building, the Whitney could hardly have a better man for the job; Piano is one of the most prodigious museum builders of our time. Yet despite this, since construction began in 2011 the design has been beset by criticism for its ungainly external appearance.

Ahead of the Whitney's grand opening on May 1st, this past Sunday saw a slew of reviews from New York's many reputable art and architecture critics, who attempted to make sense of the institution's long-overdue move from their idiosyncratic but endearing former home. We've rounded up some of the best of them, after the break.

© Flickr CC user Payton Chung © Flickr CC user Steven Severinghaus © Flickr CC user Steven Severinghaus © Flickr CC user Bill Benzon +6

Casa Los Algarrobos / MasFernandez Arquitectos + Claudio Tapia

10:00 - 22 April, 2015
Casa Los Algarrobos / MasFernandez Arquitectos + Claudio Tapia, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Algarrobo 67-107, Colina, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architects in charge

    Cristóbal Fernández, Claudio Tapia, Antonio Mundi
  • Area

    368.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

Australia to Highlight "The Pool" 2016 Venice Biennale

09:00 - 22 April, 2015
Australia to Highlight "The Pool" 2016 Venice Biennale, Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects
Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet have been announced as the creative directors of the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Selected by the Australian Institute of Architect's Venice Biennale Committee, their proposal "The Pool" will be the first architecture exhibition displayed at Denton Corker Marshall's newly inaugurated pavilion.

37m in Hohenems / Juri Troy Architects

06:00 - 22 April, 2015
37m in Hohenems / Juri Troy Architects, Courtesy of Juri Troy
Courtesy of Juri Troy

Courtesy of Juri Troy Courtesy of Juri Troy Courtesy of Juri Troy Courtesy of Juri Troy +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hohenems, Austria
  • Areas

    155m2 housing + 47m2 working
  • Area

    202.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Juri Troy

Norman Foster's Manchester Maggie's Centre Breaks Ground

05:00 - 22 April, 2015
Norman Foster's Manchester Maggie's Centre Breaks Ground, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

After being granted planning permission last yearNorman Foster's new Maggie’s Cancer Centre in his hometown of  has broken ground. The project is being built at The Christie, one of Europe’s leading cancer centres and the largest single-site centre in Europe. According to Foster + Partners, the new centre will "provide free practical, emotional and social support for anyone living with cancer as well as their family and friends." Surrounded by the Centre’s existing, lush gardens designed by Dan Pearson, Foster’s proposed structure aims to tap into the therapeutic qualities of nature by engaging the outdoors.

El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

04:00 - 22 April, 2015
El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba +21

Photographer’s Loft / Bruzkus Batek Architekten

03:00 - 22 April, 2015
Photographer’s Loft / Bruzkus Batek Architekten, Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten
Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten

Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Design Team

    Ester Bruzkus, Ulrike Wattenbach
  • Area

    165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bruzkus Batek Architekten

St. Voile Chapel / Kasahara Design Work

23:00 - 21 April, 2015
St. Voile Chapel / Kasahara Design Work, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Chome-11-33 Kamitokoro, Chūō-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken 950-0994, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Eriko Kasahara, Yumiko Ota
  • Area

    161.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Liyuan Middle School / Minax Architects

21:00 - 21 April, 2015
Liyuan Middle School  / Minax Architects, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +48

booking.com / SCA design

20:00 - 21 April, 2015
booking.com / SCA design, © Jaume Albert Marti
© Jaume Albert Marti

© Jaume Albert Marti © Jaume Albert Marti © Jaume Albert Marti © Jaume Albert Marti +27

Sergei Tchoban's Mirrored "Mobius Strip" Debuts in Milan

19:00 - 21 April, 2015
Sergei Tchoban's Mirrored "Mobius Strip" Debuts in Milan, © SPEECH architectural office
© SPEECH architectural office

Russian architects Sergei Tchoban (SPEECH architectural office), Sergey Kuznetsov, and Agniya Sterligova are featuring the "Living Line" sculpture at this year's Milan Design Week. Created for a central part of the University of Milan's main courtyard, which occupies the Ca 'Granda complex of 15th century Renaissance buildings, the mirrored plexiglass "Mobius strip" aims to reflect the exhibition's theme "Energy for Life."