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Win a FREE Full Pass to the 2015 AIA National Convention from reThink Wood

16:00 - 8 April, 2015

In just over a month, the AIA National Convention is coming to Atlanta to celebrate world class innovations in architecture, new materials and technology. If you haven’t booked your ticket already, here is a chance to attend one of the largest architecture events, free of charge!

reThink Wood is offering a full pre-paid pass to the AIA National Convention ($1,025 value) to one lucky ArchDaily reader. The winner will also be able to meet with architects on site that are passionate about innovative design with wood in mid-rise, and even high-rise structures.

To win, just answer the following question in the comments section before April 20 at 12:00PM ESTWhat is your favorite example of wood in architecture?

More on reThink Wood at the AIA National Convention after the break.

House in the Moscow Region / M2 Architectural Group

16:00 - 8 April, 2015
House in the Moscow Region / M2 Architectural Group, © Eugene Kulibaba
© Eugene Kulibaba

© Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba +21

The House on the House / Raimondo Guidacci

16:00 - 8 April, 2015
The House on the House / Raimondo Guidacci, © Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

© Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino +26

Amanda Levete to Design Melbourne's Second Annual MPavilion

13:30 - 8 April, 2015
Amanda Levete to Design Melbourne's Second Annual MPavilion, Temporary structure from the "Move: Choreographing You" exhibition by Amanda Levete. Image © Gidon Fuehrer
Temporary structure from the "Move: Choreographing You" exhibition by Amanda Levete. Image © Gidon Fuehrer

British architect Amanda Levete of London-based studio AL_A has been selected to design Melbourne's second annual MPavilion. The temporary structure will be used to house talks, workshops, performances and installations in the "downtown oasis" of Queen Victoria Gardens starting this October. 

"I’ve visited Australia three times in the past six years and without doubt Melbourne is my favorite city," said Levete, commenting on her commission. "It’s people that make a city creative – and that’s why I love Melbourne. The brief from the Naomi Milgrom Foundation is a great opportunity to design a structure that responds to its climate and landscape. I’m interested in exploiting the temporary nature of the pavilion form to produce a design that speaks in response to the weather."

Epsilon / Eastlake Studio

14:00 - 8 April, 2015
Epsilon / Eastlake Studio, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

© Steve Hall © Steve Hall © Steve Hall © Steve Hall +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Pierce Place, Itasca, IL 60143, United States
  • Area

    42000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

STV Building / Cristián Berríos

12:00 - 8 April, 2015
STV Building / Cristián Berríos, © Jordi Regot
© Jordi Regot

© Jordi Regot © Jordi Regot © Jordi Regot © Jordi Regot +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Victor Lamas 1090, Concepción, Biobío, Chile
  • Associated architect

    Cristian Dippel
  • Area

    486.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Mexican Company Develops Wood Substitute from a Tequila Byproduct

10:00 - 8 April, 2015
Mexican Company Develops Wood Substitute from a Tequila Byproduct, A sample of the material. Image © Plastinova via phys.org
A sample of the material. Image © Plastinova via phys.org

Searching for an alternative to costly and resource intensive materials, Mexican company Plastinova has developed a wood substitute from a byproduct of tequila and recycled plastic which it claims is not only renewable, but also stronger than the materials that it hopes to replace.

Why Budapest's Contemporary Architects had to Go Underground to Find Success

09:30 - 8 April, 2015
Why Budapest's Contemporary Architects had to Go Underground to Find Success, Gellert Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky
Gellert Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

This article by ArchDaily's former managing editor Vanessa Quirk first appeared on ArtsCultureBeat, the web magazine of Arts & Culture concentration at Columbia Journalism School’s MA program, titled "The Secret Life of Hungarian Contemporary Architecture."

This time last year, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán stood at a podium in a pristine new subway station. Raw concrete beams criss-crossed above him; state-of-the art, driverless trains stood silently beside him. It was the opening ceremony for Line 4, a subway line that due to delays, corruption, and disputes had been 40 years in the making.

“The people of Budapest began to accept the thought that only their grandchildren would use Budapest’s new Metro line, or not even them.” Orbán told the crowd. He recounted an old joke that embodied the cynicism that once surrounded the project: Chuck Norris had been on Metro Line 4.

Orbán credited the line’s completion, which occurred only a few weeks before the 2014 parliamentary elections, to “the solidarity and unity that was established in 2010 [when Orbán’s government took power] and has since been maintained.” He didn’t mention how, under his first government (1998 to 2002), he had withheld funds from the project, contributing significantly to its delay. Nor did he mention that his party had fought against the idea that the line, an expensive infrastructural project, needed architecture at all.

Today, though, the line’s stunning architecture is its most noticeable feature. Line 4 is not just a watershed achievement in Hungary’s history, but also a symbol of what it takes to make contemporary architecture in Hungary today. Both literally and figuratively, contemporary architecture had to go underground.

Fovam Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Gellert Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Kálvin tér Station / PALATIUM Studio. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Bikás Park Station / PALATIUM Studio. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky +7

Bob Champion Building / Hawkins\Brown

10:00 - 8 April, 2015
Bob Champion Building / Hawkins\Brown, © Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

© Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Russell Brown, Oliver Milton, Rebecca Wharry, Lucy Dinnen, Morag Morrison, Alex King, Annabel Jones, Julia Roberts, Thomas Hudson, Joseph Mackey
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

BIG-led Webinar to Discuss the Manhattan “Dry Line”

09:00 - 8 April, 2015
BIG-led Webinar to Discuss the Manhattan “Dry Line”, Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org
Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org

One of the six winners of the Rebuild by Design competition, Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) “Dry Line” project aims to protect Manhattan from future storms like Hurricane Sandy by creating a protective barrier around lower Manhattan. The barrier will be formed by transforming underused waterfront areas into public parks and amenities. Now, you can learn more about the vision behind the project and how it was developed in a webinar led by Jeremy Alain Siegel, the director of the BIG Rebuild by Design team and head of the subsequent East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. The webinar will take place on Friday, June 12. Learn more and sign-up on Performance.Network

XTU Architects Imagine Self-Building Wall City

08:00 - 8 April, 2015
XTU Architects Imagine Self-Building Wall City, © XTU architects
© XTU architects

Flohara by XTU Architects envisions an inhabitable desert wall that constructs itself from the natural processes of its environment. Featured at the Venice Biennale's Morocco Pavilion exhibition entitled “Fundamental(ism)s,” this ecological phenomenon defies the conventions of housing, offering shelter from varying climatic conditions and supporting both human and plant life in the harsh desert.

© XTU architects © XTU architects © XTU architects © XTU architects +7

Harumi Residential Tower / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

06:00 - 8 April, 2015
Harumi Residential Tower  / Richard Meier & Partners Architects, © Ishiguro Photographic Institute
© Ishiguro Photographic Institute

© Ishiguro Photographic Institute © Ishiguro Photographic Institute © Ishiguro Photographic Institute © Ishiguro Photographic Institute +16

The Architecture Of Death

04:00 - 8 April, 2015

At the 2014 Venice Biennale, away from the concentrated activity of the Arsenale and Giardini, was Death in Venice: one of the few independent projects to take root that year. The exhibition was curated by Alison Killing and Ania Molenda, who worked alongside LUST graphic designers. It saw the hospitals, cemeteries, crematoria and hospices of London interactively mapped creating, as Gian Luca Amadei put it, an overview of the capital's "micro-networks of death." Yet it also revealed a larger message: that architecture related to death and dying appears to no longer be important to the development of architecture as a discipline.

© A. Molenda © A. Molenda © A. Molenda © A. Molenda +10

Early Childhood Center / a+ samueldelmas architects urbanistes

04:00 - 8 April, 2015
Early Childhood Center / a+ samueldelmas architects urbanistes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +12

Billboard / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki + knit/Naohito Ikuta

03:00 - 8 April, 2015
Billboard / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki + knit/Naohito Ikuta, © Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai +17

Customi-Zip / L'EAU design

23:00 - 7 April, 2015
Customi-Zip / L'EAU design, © Park Wan-soon
© Park Wan-soon

© Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon © Park Wan-soon +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    416-4 Gwacheon-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Dongjin Kim
  • Area

    560.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House in Ningyo-cho / K+S Architects

21:00 - 7 April, 2015
House in Ningyo-cho / K+S Architects, © Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Nobuya Kashima, Aya Sato
  • Area

    54.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Cooroy Studio / JMA Architects

20:00 - 7 April, 2015
Cooroy Studio / JMA Architects, © Peter Hyatt
© Peter Hyatt

© Peter Hyatt © Peter Hyatt © Peter Hyatt © Peter Hyatt +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cooroy QLD 4563, Australia
  • Project Team

    John Mainwaring, Paolo Denti, Tom Kanchanasinith, Garth Hollindale
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs