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The Chicago Prize Highlights Two Speculative Proposals for Obama's Presidential Library

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
The Chicago Prize Highlights Two Speculative Proposals for Obama's Presidential Library, Winner / Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club
Winner / Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club

The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) has revealed the winners of its fourteenth annual Chicago Prize Competition - The Barack Obama Presidential Library - following Chicago's recent selection as one of three cities being considered to host the presidential library

Inspiring designs across the United States, the winning entries aimed to envision a library that could both recognize the President by displaying a collection of mementos from his life and provide the basis for community programs. Contestants were asked to consider the building's context within the city of Chicago to generate a speculative proposal that not only fosters learning and exploration, but also inspires public discussion. To further encourage creativity, the library's program was unspecified, allowing participants to decide how to incorporate these civic and educational elements in their designs. 

Ultimately, a distinguished panel selected two winners and three honorable mentions emerged from the competition. The winning proposals and honorable mentions are as follows:

Light Matters: Le Corbusier and the Trinity of Light

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
Light Matters: Le Corbusier and the Trinity of Light, View looking south to “upwardly springing” waves of light. Church of Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011
View looking south to “upwardly springing” waves of light. Church of Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011

For his three sacred buildings, Le Corbusier has played masterfully with orientation, openings and textures to create kinetic architecture with daylight. His pilgrimage chapel at Ronchamp, the monastery of Sainte Marie de La Tourette, and the parish church of Saint-Pierre in Firminy reveal distinctive and individual approaches that each render contemplative spaces with light. In his book “Cosmos of Light: The Sacred Architecture of Le Corbusier,” Henry Plummer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has analysed these projects with outstanding photographs taken over 40 years and brilliant writing.

Read on for more about how Le Corbusier created his cosmos of light.

Corridor to atrium cadenced with sunshine in late morning. Monastery of Sainte Marie de la Tourette, Éveux-sur-l’Arbresle, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 Upward view into scoop at sunrise. Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 Golden light on altar wall. Church of Saint-Pierre, Firminy, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 Upward view of fissure and brise-soleil, on overcast day. Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France. Image © Henry Plummer 2011 +9

Zürich Main Station / Dürig AG

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Zürich Main Station / Dürig AG, © Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zurich Main Station, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Baumann Armin, Brantschen Armin, Breckner Irene, Buckingham Bruce, Cornuz Gilbert, Domagalski Joanna, Dürig Jean-Pierre, Dürr Judith, Fitzi Otto, Handte Sandra, Isler Dominik, Kaufmann Isabelle, Kempf Simon, Kimmig Bettina, Kitanishi Luiza, Labhart Katharina, Laue Sacha, Noe Tobias, Ramser Benedict, Simic Sandra, Trottmann Simone, Wengle Martin
  • Area

    95000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Savoy Ulus / Autoban

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Savoy Ulus / Autoban, © Sergio Ghetti
© Sergio Ghetti

© Sergio Ghetti © Sergio Ghetti © Sergio Ghetti © Sergio Ghetti +16

Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ribeira Grande, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    : Francisco Vieira de Campos, Cristina Guedes, João Mendes Ribeiro
  • Project Team

    Cristina Maximino, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Ana Leite Fernandes, Mariana Sendas, Pedro Costa, Inês Ferreira, João Fernandes (Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, Lda); Catarina Fortuna, Ana Cerqueira, Ana Rita Martins, António Ferreira da Silva, Cláudia Santos, Joana Figueiredo, João Branco (João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto, Lda)
  • Coordination

    Adalgisa Lopes, Jorge Teixeira Dias
  • Area

    12914.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    José Campos, Courtesy of Menos é Mais

KRIS YAO | ARTECH Wins Competition to Design New Taipei City Museum of Art

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
KRIS YAO | ARTECH Wins Competition to Design New Taipei City Museum of Art, © KRIS YAO | ARTECH
© KRIS YAO | ARTECH

KRIS YAO | ARTECH has been selected to design the New Taipei City Museum of Art. The winning competition scheme, a “Contemporary Museum of Art among the Reeds” aims to “fuse local landscape with cultural imagery” to create a “sustainable” platform for emerging artists and an entertainment destination for tourists. Continue reader to learn more. 

© KRIS YAO | ARTECH © KRIS YAO | ARTECH © KRIS YAO | ARTECH © KRIS YAO | ARTECH +14

NOVA's "Building Wonders" Series to Investigate Ancient Architectural Mysteries

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
NOVA's "Building Wonders" Series to Investigate Ancient Architectural Mysteries, The ruins of the Colosseum still makes a powerful impression. Image © Providence Pictures
The ruins of the Colosseum still makes a powerful impression. Image © Providence Pictures

A new investigative series from NOVA delves into some of the most well-known and enigmatic ancient structures. The three-part investigation, "Building Wonders" explores the Roman Colosseum, Petra, and the Hagia Sophia and premieres February 11-25, 2015 throughout the United States on PBS. With expert investigations and experiments, "Building Wonders" will unearth some of the mysterious engineering feats behind these ancient icons. Read on after the break for episode descriptions and trailers.

Jane Drew Prize Jointly Awarded to Grafton Co-Founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
Jane Drew Prize Jointly Awarded to Grafton Co-Founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Waterloo Lane / Grafton Architects. Image © Ros Kavanagh
Waterloo Lane / Grafton Architects. Image © Ros Kavanagh

Grafton Architects' co-founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have been jointly awarded the fourth annual Jane Drew Prize for their “massive influence” on the profession. The “hardworking” Dublin-based duo impressed the jury, which included Norman Foster and Patty Hopkins, for not being “afraid to speak in a language that is feminine” yet “produce buildings which are robust and full of conviction.”

“Grafton’s buildings are consistently high quality. Their approach is solid,” added the jury. “They are business-savvy.”

V-Lodge / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
V-Lodge / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, © Søren Harder Nielsen
© Søren Harder Nielsen

© RRA © RRA © Søren Harder Nielsen © Søren Harder Nielsen +21

Private Residence on Isle of Skye / Dualchas Architects

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Private Residence on Isle of Skye / Dualchas Architects, © Andrew Lee
© Andrew Lee

© Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee © Andrew Lee +18

Andaz Hotel / Zürcher Arquitectos

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Andaz Hotel / Zürcher Arquitectos, © Andrés García Lachner
© Andrés García Lachner

© Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • Architects in Charge

    Hazel Chang, Ronald Zürcher
  • Project Team

    Zürcher Architects, Das Design, Sinergo
  • Area

    20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

HHbR Develop A "Palladian Model" For Contemporary Affordable Housing

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
HHbR Develop A "Palladian Model" For Contemporary Affordable Housing, Courtesy of HHbR
Courtesy of HHbR

London based practice Henley Halebrown Rorrison’s (HHbR) have unveiled a scheme for affordable housing based on a model inspired by Andrea Palladio's Villa Capra (1566-1571) near Vicenza. The Pocket Rotunda model hinges around their developer’s ambition to offer new two-bedroom accommodation that will help open up home ownership to couples with young children, joint buyers, and single parent families who earn too much to qualify for social housing but are, nevertheless, priced out of the UK market.

Haus Für Julia Und Björn / Innauer-Matt Architekten

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Haus Für Julia Und Björn / Innauer-Matt Architekten, © Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn
© Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn

© Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn © Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn © Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn © Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn +19

a+u 532: Latin America, 25 Projects

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
a+u 532: Latin America, 25 Projects

a+u 532 issue introduces 25 recent works built in Latin America.

Featured architects include: Rafael Iglesia, Antón García-Abril and Ensamble Studio, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brasil Arquitetura, Rojkind arquitectos, Una ArquitetosAlejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL.

House on the Lake / De La Carrera Cavanzo

01:00 - 10 February, 2015
House on the Lake / De La Carrera Cavanzo, © Luis Alberto Mariño
© Luis Alberto Mariño

© Luis Alberto Mariño © Luis Alberto Mariño © Luis Alberto Mariño © Luis Alberto Mariño +19

Jon Jerde, California Architect Known for Reinventing the Shopping Center, Dies at 75

00:00 - 10 February, 2015
Jon Jerde, California Architect Known for Reinventing the Shopping Center, Dies at 75, Universal CityWalk. Image © Casey Sayre
Universal CityWalk. Image © Casey Sayre

Jon Jerde, FAIA, founder of The Jerde Partnership, has died at 75. The California-based American architect has left his mark in more than 100 urban places worldwide, many of which embody Jerde’s signature ideas of the multi-level mall. Placing high priority on outdoor walking and gathering areas, Jerde’s reimagining of the shopping mall experience in the 1970s put him on the map. "He blew open the shopping mall and transformed it into a lively urban environment which attracts people, lots of people," Richard Weinstein, the former dean of UCLA's school architecture and urban planning, once said.

Video: vPPR on Working in a Male-Dominated Industry

00:00 - 10 February, 2015

© Crane.tv
© Crane.tv

The Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño

01:00 - 10 February, 2015
The Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +27