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Niigata City Konan Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

01:00 - 1 July, 2014

School of Engineers in Bretagne / ANMA

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
School of Engineers in Bretagne / ANMA, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia
  • Architects

  • Location

    100 Lorient, 58120 Corancy, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Nicolas Michelin, Michel Delplace, Cyril Trétout
  • Project Director

    Etienne Chalet-Hayard
  • Project Manager

    Ronan Le Hyaric
  • Area

    5743.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +26

WHO Launches Competition to Extend Geneva Headquarters

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
The original WHO Headquarters building designed by Jean Tschumi. Image © Wikimedia CC User Thorkild Tylleskar
The original WHO Headquarters building designed by Jean Tschumi. Image © Wikimedia CC User Thorkild Tylleskar

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an international design competition to redevelop and extend its 1966 headquarters in Geneva. The new facilities, a 25,000 square metre office block and 700-space underground car park will replace a series of smaller additions, hastily constructed in response to various health crises in the years after the main building was completed.

In addition, the new building will facilitate a redevelopment of the original building, housing extra staff while work on the Jean Tschumi-designed building is carried out.

Read on for more details on the competition

What Autodesk's Acquisition of "The Living" Means for Architecture

00:00 - 1 July, 2014
What Autodesk's Acquisition of "The Living" Means for Architecture, The Living's "Hy-Fi" installation at MoMA PS1. Image © Kris Graves
The Living's "Hy-Fi" installation at MoMA PS1. Image © Kris Graves

Software giant Autodesk has acquired forward-thinking design studio The Living, headed by David Benjamin. The Living will become the latest addition to Autodesk's research network, in a move which Benjamin says "will enable The Living to do more of what we are already doing and super-charge it."

Among the practices which Autodesk could have bought, The Living may at first glance seem like a counter-intuitive choice; the practice most recently made news with the opening of their 'Hy-fi' installation at MoMA PS1 last Friday. Why would a company that produces software be interested in the work of a studio that grows bricks out of mushrooms? Isn't that all a bit too... biological? Not exactly. Read on after the break to find out what Autodesk has up its sleeve.

Petaholic Hotel / sms design

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
Petaholic Hotel / sms design, Courtesy of SMS Design
Courtesy of SMS Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    Section 2, Jianguo North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Architect in Charge

    SMS Design CO. Ltd + Feng-Chi Peng
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SMS Design

Courtesy of SMS Design Courtesy of SMS Design Courtesy of SMS Design Courtesy of SMS Design +10

Trenches, Benches, and Trees on Towers: New Exhibit Delves Into our Relationship with WOOD

00:00 - 1 July, 2014

In our technology-obsessed age we tend to forget where materials actually come from. But in their first exhibition on materials, WOOD, the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam not only overviews wood's uses from World War I trenches to daily tools, but also reminds us where wood comes from, tracking wood's manmade and natural "cycles" of destruction and reconstruction. WOOD is curated by Dan Handel, in cooperation with exhibition designers Jannetje in ‘t Veld and Toon Koehorst and is showing until October 8th of this year - learn more at the website here.

A Selection Of Everyday Wooden Materials Around The World. Image Courtesy of Ernst Van Der Hoeven Famous Colour Photographer Hans Hilderbrand's Photo Of The Wooden Trenches During WWI. Image Courtesy of Hans Hildenbrand The Exhibition Is Not Just About Wood, But The Forest As Well. Image Courtesy of Dan Handel James Wines' Vision For A Best Products Showroom. Image Courtesy of James Wines +9

Copenhagen Hospital Draws Competition Entries from Snøhetta, Mecanoo, & More

00:00 - 1 July, 2014
Copenhagen Hospital Draws Competition Entries from Snøhetta, Mecanoo, & More , Bispebjerg Hospital . Image Courtesy of http://www.bispebjerghospital.dk
Bispebjerg Hospital . Image Courtesy of http://www.bispebjerghospital.dk

After choosing British firm BDP to design its masterplan (over proposals from Mecanoo and seven others), Copenhagen's Bispebjerg hospital has now announced the all-star shortlists of firms who will compete to design two of the hospital's new buildings.

The “New Hospital and Mental Health Bispebjerg” is a complex 10-12 year project involving the construction of new buildings, the preservation/renovation of listed buildings, and the mergers of the current Frederiksberg and Bispebjerg Hospitals and the Mental Health Centre Copenhagen with the Children’s Mental Health Centre Bispebjerg. All construction will occur while the hospitals remain in operation and at full capacity.

Learn more about the project - including the architects vying to design its new buildings - after the break.

Video: drMM

00:00 - 1 July, 2014

HOK Proposes East London Thames Crossing

00:00 - 1 July, 2014
HOK Proposes East London Thames Crossing, © HOK/Arup
© HOK/Arup

"Nearly half of London’s population lives east of Tower Bridge yet they are served by only two fixed road river crossings," says Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). This is the infrastructural predicament which has sparked the LCCI's "Bridge East London" campaign, a proposal for bridge linking Beckton and Thamesmead at Gallions Reach, which is aided by a design by HOK.

The proposal was unveiled on Monday, the 120th anniversary of the opening of Tower Bridge. Designed to allow clear passage for both ships underneath and aircraft taking off or landing at City Airport above, the bridge also features a segregated cycle path, adding a much needed - and entirely safe - river crossing for London's growing number of cyclists.

More on the bridge after the break

PinUp 2014: Finalists Announced!

00:00 - 1 July, 2014
PinUp 2014: Finalists Announced!, Some finalists in the Pinup2014 Competition
Some finalists in the Pinup2014 Competition

The Moropholio Project has just announced the finalists in the Pinup 2014 competition for outstanding studio, 3D-printed or unbuilt work from today's emerging talent.

The Tent / a21 studio

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
The Tent / a21 studio, Courtesy of a21 studio
Courtesy of a21 studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    tp. Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam
  • Area

    126.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of a21 studio

Courtesy of a21 studio Courtesy of a21 studio Courtesy of a21 studio Courtesy of a21 studio +14

University of Windsor CEI / B+H

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
University of Windsor CEI / B+H, © Tony Hafkenscheid
© Tony Hafkenscheid

© Tony Hafkenscheid © Tony Hafkenscheid © Dan Reaume © Tony Hafkenscheid +10

VIDEO: How The Living's Mushroom Tower Was Built

00:00 - 1 July, 2014

Our friends at The Creators Project have shared with us an awesome video of the latest MoMA PS1 installation: Hy-Fi. Designed by The Living, who have - in a fascinating move - recently been acquired by Autodesk, the tower's many organic, biodegradable bricks are grown from a mushroom root in five days, with no energy required and no carbon emissions. In fact, the tower will be composted after MoMA PS1's summer program is over. Learn more about this ingenious tower from the creator David Benjamin in the video above. And check out more images of the tower after the break.

© Andrew Nunes © Andrew Nunes © Andrew Nunes © Andrew Nunes +6

Russell A Davidson Elected as 2016 AIA President

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Russell A Davidson Elected as 2016 AIA President, Russell A Davidson. Image Courtesy of AIA
Russell A Davidson. Image Courtesy of AIA

This weekend, at the AIA's national conference in Chicago, Russell A Davidson was elected the AIA's 2016 president. Davidson, who served as the AIA's Vice President in 2012-13 and president of AIA's New York State chapter in 2007, will be joined by William J Bates and Francis M Pitts as Vice presidents, and John A Padilla as AIA Secretary.

London Design Museum's Design of the Year: Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
London Design Museum's Design of the Year: Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center has beaten out seven shortlisted designs to win  Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Awards. The shortlisted proposals - from a portable eye examination kit to Volkswagen’s XL1 CAR - will remain on view at the museum through August 25. 

Not only is Ms. Hadid the first woman recipient in the Awards' seven year history, but the center is the first architecture project to be lauded: "It's beautiful, it's inspiring, it's the clear vision of a singular genius and we thought it was a remarkable piece of work," jury member Ekow Eshun noted.

Other nominated architecture projects included: NLE Architects' Makoko Floating SchoolThe Turbulences FRAC Centre by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects, and the interior remodeling of the St. Moritz Church by John Pawson. See more stunning images of the Heydar Aliyev Center here.

© Hélène Binet © Hufton + Crow © Hélène Binet © Iwan Baan +5

The House Between / Clément Bacle Architect

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo +14

Social Security Fund for Lawyers / Sergio Alberto Cabrera Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Social Security Fund for Lawyers / Sergio Alberto Cabrera Arquitectos, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +37

Conference: Urban Routines 2013/14

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Conference: Urban Routines 2013/14

Russian city dwellers live their daily lives, drive cars on busy streets, sit in front of computers in offices, buy groceries and other goods in supermarkets and shops, bring up their children and watch television at home. This decidedly typical Lebenswelt, routine, everyday, the gigantic and complex world of the ordinary, is under-researched and poorly analysed. The theme for Strelka’s 2013-2014 research school year is Urban Routines