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Bee Breeders Announces Winners for Kip Island Auditorium Competition

08:00 - 18 March, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners for Kip Island Auditorium Competition , First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

The winning entries to the Kip Island Auditorium competition have been announced by Bee Breeders, which invited proposals for the addition of a new iconic auditorium addition to the Riga International Convention Centre, in Latvia’s capital. The competition asked for alternative approaches to the design of public and civic facilities, while “reinvesting an estranged program in the urban landscape." 

Here are the three winners of the Kip Island Auditorium competition:

First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize: The Urban Lighthouse / Michele Busiri-Vici, Clementina Ruggieri, Matteo Biasiolo, Pino Pavese; Space4Architecture. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize: Agir / Moisés Royo, Carlos Orbea, Gonzalo García-Robledo, Cristina Martín Consuegra. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize: Kip Island Auditorium / Deyan Saev, Panayiotis Hadjisergis; Technical University Delft. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +47

Work and Live / RUST architects

05:00 - 18 March, 2017
Work and Live / RUST architects, © Yoav Peled
© Yoav Peled

© Yoav Peled © Yoav Peled © Yoav Peled © Yoav Peled +19

Le Nova Galaxy / HPL Architectes

02:00 - 18 March, 2017
Le Nova Galaxy  / HPL Architectes, © Denis Lacharme
© Denis Lacharme

© Denis Lacharme © Denis Lacharme © Denis Lacharme © Denis Lacharme +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    422 Avenue de Verdun, 33700 Mérignac, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Thierry Chavanne
  • Area

    4642.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Cherry Orchard Residence / Bureau XII

22:00 - 17 March, 2017
Cherry Orchard Residence / Bureau XII, © George Palov
© George Palov

© Tsvetomir Dzhermanov © Tsvetomir Dzhermanov © Tsvetomir Dzhermanov © Tsvetomir Dzhermanov +24

Shibuya Apartment 202 / Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects

20:00 - 17 March, 2017
Shibuya Apartment 202 / Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects, © Kaku Ohtaki
© Kaku Ohtaki

© Kaku Ohtaki     © Kaku Ohtaki     © Kaku Ohtaki     © Kaku Ohtaki     +20

Scent House / Toob Studio

19:00 - 17 March, 2017
Scent House / Toob Studio, © Vũ Ngọc Hà
© Vũ Ngọc Hà

© Vũ Ngọc Hà © Vũ Ngọc Hà © Vũ Ngọc Hà © Vũ Ngọc Hà +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Area

    128.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

ROOM Concept Store / Maincourse Architect

17:00 - 17 March, 2017
ROOM Concept Store / Maincourse Architect, © Ketsiree Wongwan
© Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
  • Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

PI House / Gaztelu Jerez Arquitectos

15:00 - 17 March, 2017
PI House / Gaztelu Jerez Arquitectos, © Javier Bravo Jabato
© Javier Bravo Jabato

© Javier Bravo Jabato © Javier Bravo Jabato © Javier Bravo Jabato © Javier Bravo Jabato +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Burgos, Spain
  • Author

    Enrique Jerez Abajo
  • Associate Architect

    Jesús Alonso Ruiz
  • Collaborators Architects

    Koldo Fernandez Gaztelu, Catarina Isabel Faustino Mota
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project year

    2016
  • Photographs

This Photographer Brightens Up Mundane German Architecture with a Jolt of Color

14:00 - 17 March, 2017

In any city across the world, there are countless examples of unsung architecture – well-designed if inoffensive buildings that strive to please by not standing out from the crowd. For German photographer Paul Eis, these buildings provide the perfect canvas for his work. Displayed on his Instagram account, the_architecture_photographer, Eis captures these buildings in their best light, and then digitally adds in bright colors, elevating these structures from mundane to magnificent.

House in the Woods / COCCO Arquitectos

13:00 - 17 March, 2017
House in the Woods / COCCO Arquitectos, © Alejandro Souza
© Alejandro Souza

© Alejandro Souza © Alejandro Souza © Alejandro Souza © Alejandro Souza +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Teuchitlán, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Arcelia Cornejo, Salvador Covarrubias
  • Area

    230.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Alejandro Souza, Courtesy of COCCO Arquitectos

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Will Maintain Accreditation

12:30 - 17 March, 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Will Maintain Accreditation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, where students spend half of the year studying.. Image © Flickr user cmichael67. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, where students spend half of the year studying.. Image © Flickr user cmichael67. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

After a several year battle, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has been approved to maintain its accreditation as an institute of higher learning. The school’s status had earlier been threatened due to new laws by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that require universities, colleges and other institutions to be financially and administratively independent from "larger institutions with multi-faceted missions."

With the decision, the school will be able to continue to offer its 3-year Master of Architecture program, as well as its additional education programs such as its 8-week-long non-degree Immersion Program.

Berges - 28 Social Dwellings / ODILE+GUZY architectes

11:00 - 17 March, 2017
Berges - 28 Social Dwellings / ODILE+GUZY architectes, © David Foessel
© David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    62 Rue du Dessous des Berges, 75013 Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Julien Odile, Michaël Guzy
  • Area

    3470.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Team Led by Emerging Architects Vargo Nielsen Palle Beats Out BIG, SANAA in New Aarhus School of Architecture Competition

10:30 - 17 March, 2017
Team Led by Emerging Architects Vargo Nielsen Palle Beats Out BIG, SANAA in New Aarhus School of Architecture Competition, © Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter
© Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter

Competing against a shortlist of internationally acclaimed architects, the team led by newly established practice Vargo Nielsen Palle (in collaboration with ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter) has been selected as the winners of the NEW AARCH competition, which sought designs for several new buildings for the Aarhus School of Architecture and the development of the surrounding area in Aarhus known as Godsbanearealerne.

The restricted competition consisted of three invited practices – BIG, SANAA and Lacaton & Vassal – and the three winners of the earlier open qualifying competition, Vargo Nielsen PalleErik Giudice Architects, and ALL (Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde). Vargo Nielsen Palle’s proposal was chosen as the unanimous winner.

© Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter © Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter © Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter © Vargo Nielsen Palle, ADEPT and Rolvung & Brøndsted Arkitekter +19

4 Important Things to Consider When Designing Streets For People, Not Just Cars

09:30 - 17 March, 2017
4 Important Things to Consider When Designing Streets For People, Not Just Cars, Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Steelblue/Perkins+Will/San Francisco Giants
Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Steelblue/Perkins+Will/San Francisco Giants

Go to any medieval European city and you will see what streets looked like before the advent of the car: lovely, small narrow lanes, intimate, and undisputedly human-scale. We have very few cities in the US where you can find streets like this. For the most part what you see is streets that have been designed with the car in mind—at a large scale for a fast speed. In my native San Francisco, we are making the streets safer for walking and biking by widening sidewalks, turning car lanes into bike lanes, and slowing down the cars. We are working with the streets we have; a typical San Francisco street is anywhere from 60 to 80 feet (18 to 24 meters) wide, as compared with a medieval, pre-car street which is more like 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) wide.

As an urban designer, I work on lots of projects where we take large parcels of land and subdivide them into blocks by introducing new streets. These new streets are a rare opportunity to take a fresh look at the kinds of car-oriented roads that we are used to, and instead try to design streets that prioritize the safety and comfort of pedestrians. These projects give us a chance to design streets that are just for people. Imagine that we made these people-only streets into narrow, medieval-style lanes that are intimate and human-scaled. But even as we try to design streets that might not ever see a single car, we find that the modern street design has become so much more than just places for walking or driving. There are therefore a number of things for socially-minded designers to consider, beyond the commonly talked about pedestrian-car dichotomy.

Call for Entries: Architecture-Themed Easter Egg Design 2017

09:25 - 17 March, 2017
Call for Entries: Architecture-Themed Easter Egg Design 2017

We want to see your designs for an architecture Easter Egg! Download the design template below and illustrate/animate/build a small celebration of springtime. We'll be accepting entries until April 12th, at 12:00 pm EST and we'll publish our favorites by April 14th!

Bravos House / Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos

09:00 - 17 March, 2017
Bravos House / Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos, Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos
Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos

Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Itajaí - State of Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Area

    937.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos

Umea University Develops Low-Cost, Flexible 3D Printer

08:00 - 17 March, 2017
Umea University Develops Low-Cost, Flexible 3D Printer, © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou
© Linnéa Therese Dimitriou

Sliperiet, Umeå Arts Campus has developed a new type of 3D printer that features increased printing flexibility at a lower cost. Called Hangprinter. The system is suspended by a series of thin fishing lines, it does not require a frame or rails, but rather, it can be attached to any stable surface, for instance, a ceiling. 

As a part of the +Project innovation initiative, the Hangprinter is in the process of making a “Tower of Babel,” a project that currently measures almost three-and-a-half meters tall, making it the tallest object the system has made, as well as “much taller than the scope of any commercially available large format printer.”

Invented by Torbjørn Ludvigsen, who began the project while a student at Umeå University, the Hangprinter’s design was originally formulated to reduce costs. “The frame or box was almost half the cost of the final 3D printer, and I thought I could do without it,” said Ludvigsen. Hangprinter can be put together for about 200 Euros.

© Linnéa Therese Dimitriou © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou +4

Reflective Ranch-Style House Captures the American West in New Installation

06:00 - 17 March, 2017
Reflective Ranch-Style House Captures the American West in New Installation, © Lance Gerber
© Lance Gerber

Marrying the great expanses of the American west with a series of mirrored faces, MIRAGE is an installation situated in the Southern California desert and the work of Doug Aitken, an American artist, and filmmaker. An experimental adaptation of the traditional suburban ranch-style house, the sculpture hones in on architecture’s relationship with its landscape, manifesting itself as a life-sized kaleidoscope.

The California Ranch Style house was first designed by a small collective of architects in the 1920s and 30s, inspired by the spatial fluidity of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and melded with the local single storey homes that belonged to ranchers. Following the Second World War, the simplicity of this housing typology resulted in its quick rise in popularity, adopted by commercial builders to match the rapid urbanization of the American countryside.

© Lance Gerber © Dakota Higgins © Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber +20