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Royal Botanic Garden Sustainable Masterplan Proposal / Grant Associates

Grant Associates, the UK landscape architects behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, has just been appointed by the Royal Botanics and Domain Trust in Sydney to help develop a new sustainable masterplan for the historic Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and adjacent public Domain. Working alongside Cox Richardson Architects and Planners, Grant Associates will be responsible for developing the landscape strategy and public realm elements of the new masterplan which includes an area of 64 hectares on a spectacular location bordering the iconic Sydney Harbor waterfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: The Obsolescence of a Building, an Interview with Álvaro Siza

In this interview by Hugo Oliveira, Álvaro Siza presents his ideas on the link between obsolescence and quality in architecture, and the role that a design's flexibility plays in this relationship. He argues that the convent is perhaps the best example of a typology which is both fit for purpose and very flexible, allowing myriad other uses when its lifespan as a convent has ended. He also laments the current tendency to design a building for a very short period of time - intended to last only as long as it is needed for its original function. He links this tendency back to the Futurists of the early 20th century, where the idea was that "each generation makes its own environment which is later destroyed", an idea he dismisses since "it also allows you to build badly because it only needs to last twenty years".

'Shanshui City' Book Launch and Exhibition / Ma Yansong of MAD Architects

Displayed earlier this month in a Qing Dynasty courtyard garden at Wu Hao in Beijing, Ma Yansong's 'Shanshui City exhibition featured more than twenty architectural models and works of art that are scattered around the ancient courtyard. Among rocks, screen walls, bamboo groves, pools of water and beneath the sky, the scale of each piece varies and collectively they form a futuristic utopian urban landscape. The newly issued book "Shanshui City" - released simultaneously with the exhibition - is an important turning point for Ma Yansong's ten years of architectural practice and theory. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

New Public School for Primary Education “Ave Maria-Patxi Larrainzar” / Taller Básico de Arquitectura

  • Architects: Taller Básico de Arquitectura - Javier Pérez-Herreras Javier Quintana de Uña
  • Location: Avenida Marcelo Celayeta, 10, 31014 Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Area: 0.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura

© Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura © Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura © Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura © Xabier Ilundain Madurga, Taller Básico de Arquitectura

52 Years Later, A Would-Be Urban Planner Responds to Harvard's Sexist Letter

In 1961, Phyllis Richman, a student at Brandeis University, was considering applying to the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Department of City and Regional Planning. The response from Professor Doebele, which you can read above, was to question the validity/practicality of her desire to enter into higher education, being, as she would surely be, a future wife and mother.

While today it sounds almost quaint in its blatantly sexist assumptions, Ms. Richman's letter remains, unfortunately, all too relevant. In her article for The Washington Post, Richman says: "To the extent, Dr. Doebele, that your letter steered me away from city planning and opened my path to writing [a career Richman later describes as "remarkably well-suited to raising children"], one might consider that a stroke of luck. I’d say, though, that the choice of how to balance family and graduate school should have been mine."

She's absolutely right, of course; the decision was hers and hers alone to make. However, there's no avoiding that Richman eventually found success in a job that allowed her to live flexibly as a professional and parent. How many women, and for that matter men, can claim that of architecture? How many architects are convinced, just like Ms. Richman, to pursue success in other, more flexible careers?

More about Richman's letter, and where Denise Scott Brown comes in, after the break...

GPT / Woods Bagot

© Tyrone Branigan
© Tyrone Branigan
  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Project Team: Alissandra Johnston, Tessa Melick
  • Project Manager: Buildcorp Group
  • Area: 3700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Tyrone Branigan

© Tyrone Branigan © Tyrone Branigan © Tyrone Branigan © Tyrone Branigan

In Discussion: Peter Zumthor Speaks with Michael Govan About the LACMA Redesign

Refurbishment of a Warehouse / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

©  SHU He
© SHU He
  • Architects: TAO - Trace Architecture Office
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge: HUA Li
  • Design Team: HUA Li, Guo Pengyu, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa
  • Area: 430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: SHU He, Courtesy of TAO Architect’s Office

©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He

Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion Receives High Praise from Critics

With the opening of his cloud-like gridded structure in Hyde Park last week, Sou Fujimoto became the youngest architect in the pantheon of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designers. The pavilion is an annual commission for a temporary structure, always given to a well known architect who is yet to build in the UK. In previous years the commission has been awarded to Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei (2012), Peter Zumthor (2011), Jean Nouvel (2010), SANAA (2009), stretching back to the original pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid in 2000.

With such a prolific history of star designers over the past 13 years, Fujimoto's ethereal design has a lot to live up to. But despite these high expectations, architecture critics have been gushing over the new design. See a full round-up of opinions after the break...

2013 Burnham Prize Competition Winners Announced

Three cutting edge designs were just selected as the winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize competition, organized by the Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee. Titled, 'NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations,' the competition asked participants to integrate innovative and compelling transportation design into Chicago's urban fabric. Awarded the first prize was the 'Form vs. Uniform: Generative Chicago BRT Stations' proposal by designers Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.

New Technology May Double the Height of Skyscrapers

Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE has unveiled a new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel twice the distance currently in use.  The new development implies that the Burj Khalifa will not remain the tallest building for very long.  The Burj, towering at 828 meters, has the longest elevator travel distance at 504 meters.  KONE promises to double that.  

Join us for more after the break.

Searching for a Job in Architecture? 10 Things You Need to Know...

For me, university was about finding the confidence to explore creativity, the notion of self, and determining my own measurements of expectation. Last year I wrote an article entitled “10 things you don’t get taught in architecture school,” which provided advice on how to succeed in an academic setting. Having now graduated, the following article is reflective of my first 2 years working full time in architecture.

City Cultural Center Competition Entry / Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch

Georges Batzios Architects + Sparch (Rena Sakellaridou and Morpho Papanikolaou) shared with us their proposal, titled 'Calligraphic-scapes,' for the Taichung City Cultural Center competition which stems from the origins of calligraphy. The rigorous transformation of knowledge, to be found in written language, is brought together with the poetic domains of art by means of calligraphy as the medium. As such, it brings together both the library and art museum into a new hybrid entity. More images and architects' description after the break.

CASE Wants Your Brain

CASE is working with HP to embark on the task of investigating the future of how the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry manages information and they want YOU for their survey. Help them out by answering a few harmless questions on what tools you're using to help manage your building practices and feel free to forward this along to fellow building and design industry folk since you’re being so awesome about it. You will also have the option to sign up at the end of the survey to have our findings emailed to you.

Graham’s 1890 Lodge Rehabilitation / Luis Loureiro + P-06 – Nuno Gusmão

© Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra
© Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra
  • Architects: Luis Loureiro, P06-Nuno Gusmão
  • Location: Rua Rei Ramiro 514, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Architecture: Luis Loureiro
  • Design Team: Nuno Gusmão (Creative Director), Giuseppe Greco and Joana Proserpio (Designers)
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra

© Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra © Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra © Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra © Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra

Loughloughan Barn / McGarry-Moon Architects

  • Architects: McGarry-Moon Architects
  • Location: Broughshane, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Design Team: Jessica McGarry, Steven Moon & Adam Currie
  • Contractor: Alan Moon Joinery and Building Contractor
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adam Currie, Courtesy of McGarry-Moon Architects

Courtesy of McGarry-Moon Architects © Adam Currie © Adam Currie © Adam Currie

New International Master's Program in Croatia

Beginning in the academic year 2013-2014, the University of Split Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy will be offering a new international graduate course in English in the field of Architecture. The master's study program is envisioned as a two-year program structured around workshop studios, and In the final semester students will work on their master’s thesis. Upon successful completion of their studies, students are granted a degree of Master of Science in Architecture (120 ECTS credits), accredited as a professional degree for those intending to enter the professional practice of architecture.

'POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.' Exhibition

Taking place at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York from June 19 - July 20, the 'POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.' exhibition will investigate what constitutes a position in architecture today and how that might be generated through the architect’s drawing. The exhibition presents 30 original drawings by 30 architects of the Storefront gallery space at 97 Kenmare Street that address both ends of the architectural drawing spectrum, understanding its codes and protocols and deploying the personal obsession of each architect in the articulation of a position now. For more information, please visit here.