4 Architects Among Recipients of $50,000 USA Fellowships

Although the amount may be nowhere near a MacArthur “genius grant,” the $50,000 Prizes awarded by United States Artists are given on the same, awesome premise: no strings attached.

This year’s 50 recipients included visual artists, dancers, musicians – and 4 architect/designers. Check out the lucky 4, after the break…

5 Houses in Barbengo / Studio Meyer e Piattini

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Architects: Studio Meyer e Piattini
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Ira Piattini, Lukas Meyer
Design: Barbara Corbella
Area: 210 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Paolo Rosselli

Video: Glithero / Design Miami


Glithero are a progressive London-based practice made up of designers, Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren, who met and studied at the Royal College of Art. Their latest work, entitled ‘Lost Time’, was recently unveiled at Design . Created in collaboration with Perrier-Jouët, the installation takes inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement and a trip to the Champagne region of France, where they were invited into the Perrier-Jouet cellars in Epernay. In the past year Glithero has presented solo shows in London, Paris and Rotterdam, as well as exhibitions in Milan, and Basel. In 2011 the studio was shortlisted for the Brit Insurance Award and the Dutch Design Awards. Filming the installation, we gain an insight into its creation and into Glithero’s design ethos.

11 Renowned Firms Shortlisted by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

US Embassy in Beijing, by SOM. SOM is one of the 11 firms shortlisted by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings (BOB). Photo © SOM.

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), whose mission is to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government in U.S. foreign policy objectives, has shortlisted eleven design firms for the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Worldwide New Construction A/E (Architecture/Engineering) Design Services solicitation. The shortlist of firms, selected out of 88 prospective offers, presented projects that were “well conceived and executed, displayed innovation, and showed strength in identity and public image.” A complete list of the shortlisted teams are listed after the break.

Olarra Winery Centre / IA+B Arkitektura Taldea

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Architects: IA+B Arkitektura TaldeaIñaki Aurrekoetxea, Alex Laskurain
Location: ,
Collaborators: Ignacio Lumbreras, Garbiñe Olabarri, Itsaso Ugarte, Arkaitz Ugarteburu, Saioa Zabala
Area: 1,066 sqm
Year: 2007
Photography: Aitor Ortiz

Films & Architecture: “Oscar Niemeyer – Life is a Breath of Air”

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By now, there’s no architect in the world unaware of ’s passing, or the legacy he left over his 104 years.

In honor of the greatest Brazilian architect of our time, we invite you to enjoy this interesting documentary, which shows how Neimeyer’s work, which changed the paradigm of architecture and went beyond any stereotype, was just as unique as his noble perspective on life.

Courtesy of PRAUD
Courtesy of PRAUD

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / PRAUD

PRAUD… shared with us their concept proposal, titled ‘The Heart of the Metropolis’ for the Helsinki Central Library competition. With the intent for a building that serves a larger civic function by creating a space for congregation at an urban

A Brief History of BIM / Michael S. Bergin

“Patrick Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects wrote about the influence of and parametric software in the Parametricist Manifesto, recognizing the impact of software on style in avant-garde design.” Image via the Parametricisit Manifesto.

This brief history of BIM (“the software that has disrupted traditional methods of representation and collaboration in architecture”) comes to us thanks to our friend at the Architecture Research LabMichael S Bergin.

Building Information (BIM) is a term that has become ubiquitous in the design and construction fields over the past 20 years, but where did it come from? The story is rich and complex with players from the United States, Western Europe and the Soviet Block competing to create the perfect architectural software solution to disrupt 2-Dimensional CAD workflows.

Find out the beginnings of BIM, after the break…

Despite Controversy, Michael Maltzan Architecture’s “Lens” Will Go On

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Despite petitions and pending lawsuits, the St. Petersburg City Council declared last night that Michael Maltzan Architecture‘s $50 million re-design of the city  will go on.

The project, known as “The Lens,” has hit speed-bumps due to local dissidents, who have been vocally wary of the new Pier’s price-tag/design and have called for a voter referendum. However, the architects have been sensitive to the process; since first winning the competition in January (beating out BIG and West 8), the firm has taken part in local workshops to get community input, making some significant changes to the original design.

After receiving local criticism that the Pier include more things “to do” and more shading, the firm has adjusted the design to include two restaurants, shaded balconies, and – in order to improve access – a road that can support service vehicles and a tram. Most noticeably, the plan for an underwater reef garden, the signature feature which gave the project its name, has had to be scratched: scientists have determined that a reef garden would be unrealistic with Tampa Bay’s dark water.

Last night’s 7-1 vote determined that the project will now receive funding in smaller, pre-approved increments in order to safeguard against potential legal complications. However, no mater the outcome, the closure and the demolition of the current Pier will take place between May and August 2013; if all goes to plan for Michael Maltzan Architecture, “The Lens” will open in summer 2015.

See updated Renderings for “The Lens,” and a really cool video, after the break…

Casas Misicata / DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados

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Architects: DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Javier Duran and Maria Augusta Hermida
Area: 581.02 sqm
Photographs: Sebastián Crespo

To Enjoy To Listen

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To Enjoy To Listen is composed of four chapters: cinemas, theaters, music halls and performing arts centers. The book aims not only visually beautiful, but also indeed practical, telling some design skills of theater buildings with a combination of gorgeous photos, elaborate drawings, a fresh layout and vivid descriptions. It even shows in a particular way with images of auditoriums, stages, foyers and corridors etc. Readers may get a deep understanding of architectural design while enjoying plays and music here.

Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin / Platoon Cultural Development

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Architects: Platoon Cultural Development
Location: Berlin,
Area: 435 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin

Freedom Square And Zdunski Market Place Second Prize Winning Proposal / Mado Architekci

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The aim of the competition for the Freedom Square And Zdunski Market Place was to select the best urban and architectural design in Kutno, . Such features as spatial development, functionality and practicability were taken into consideration. In the second prize winning proposal by Mado Architekci, they combine the current appearance with the original to create a hybrid square. The hybrid would combine the features of a pro-community, commonly accessible square without any motor traffic, with a square that would satisfy the needs of a modern city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Camp at Cabot Beach / Studio North

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Architects: Studio North
Location: , Prince Edward Island,
Collaborators: Clayton Blackman, Andrew Choptiany, Sam Lock
Area: 3,900 sq ft
Year: 2009
Photographs: Matthew Kennedy

Courtesy of JAPA Javier Ponce Architects
Courtesy of JAPA Javier Ponce Architects

Active Cranes Research Proposal / JAPA

An industrial and harbor city divided in the north and south by the river Göta, Gothenburg is currently lacking a coherent relationship between the city and the river. The great differences between the north and south sides of the Göta…

Villa Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

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Architects: Buratti+Battiston Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

Peter’s House / Vardastudio Architects & Designers

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Architects: Vardastudio Architects & Designers
Location: Tremithousa, Paphos,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Maria Efthymiou

"Curtain," an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park by Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp, the winning proposal of the 2012 Folly Competition / © Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp
"Curtain," an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park by Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp, the winning proposal of the 2012 Folly Competition / © Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp

2013 Folly Competition

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park is currently inviting architects to submit proposals for the 2013 Folly Competition, a design/build studio residency, and chance to build an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, a unique urban waterfront park in Queens,…