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Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces 2013 Winners of National Design Awards

Now in its 14th year, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Design Awards recognizing outstanding achievement across a variety of disciplines in the design community.  The awards were established to "promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world".  This year the recipients will be honored at a gala in October during National Design Week in New York City.  The goal of recognizing this achievements is to reinforce the idea that "everything around us is designed" and the potential for innovation and creation is present across all types of development. The winners of this year's design awards were selected based on excellence, innovation and public impact.

Join us after the break for a look at the 2013 Winners.

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Challenge

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and the Make It Right Foundation have issued a $250,000 challenge for manufacturers to design a product for the affordable housing market, which is both safe for human and environmental health and is designed for re-use. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013.

Freipost / ITN Architects

  • Architects: ITN Architects
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Architect in Charge: Aidan Halloran
  • Builder: MMD Constructions
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Aidan Halloran

© Aidan Halloran © Aidan Halloran © Aidan Halloran © Aidan Halloran

Ikibana Paral Restaurant / El Equipo Creativo

  • Architects: El Equipo Creativo
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Oliver Franz Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo
  • Design Team: Mireia Gallego, Cristina Huguet, Lucas Echeveste Lacy
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Victoria University - Exercise Science and Sport Precinct and Learning Commons / John Wardle Architects

  • Architects: John Wardle Architects
  • Location: Footscray, Victoria, Australia
  • Architects: John Wardle, Stefan Mee
  • Project Architect: Ben Beaumont,
  • Senior Associate: Meaghan Dwyer, Andrew Wong,
  • Interior Designer: Amanda Moore
  • Barry Hayes: Associate
  • Area: 14600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Trevor Mein

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein

Farm Building Renovation / Loïc Picquet Architecte

© Stéphane Spach © Stéphane Spach © Stéphane Spach © Stéphane Spach

‘The Slabs’ - Italian Pavilion Expo 2015 Proposal / MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect

MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect shared with us their proposal for the Italian Pavilion Expo 2015. Titled 'The Slabs', their design consists of a light cage where the technical innovation is embedded within the structure: revolutionary glass columns sustain traditional slabs clad in marble. Simple and elegant in its structural system, marble and glass are intertwined to express the Italian architectural tradition of proportion and elegance. More images and architects' description after the break.

AA Mexico City Visiting School

Taking place June 26 - July 5, the AA Mexico City Visiting School will engage with the most crucial and imposing challenges that Mexico City faces and the ways in which architecture and urbanism can shape the metropolis at different scales. In this sense the international program sees the city as a laboratory where the virtual and experimental tradition of the Architectural Association finds a fertile and concrete ground for the application of its methodology in Mexico. With the theme of "Manufactured Landscapes/Manufactured Urbanities”, the program explores the metropolitan condition understood as a manufactured process by and for human beings. More information after the break.

Logistic Building in Corporate Campus Apeldoorn / ADP Architects

© Gerard van Beek
© Gerard van Beek
  • Architects: ADP Architects
  • Location: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
  • Collaborating Architects: Ex Interiors (interior co-architects)
  • Area: 5300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Gerard van Beek, Courtesy of ADP Architects, J Musch

© Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek Courtesy of ADP Architects Courtesy of ADP Architects

Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects

  • Architects: Steven Holl Architects
  • Location: Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University, Manhattan, NY 10034, USA
  • Design Architects: Steven Holl, Chris McVoy
  • Partner in Charge: Chris McVoy
  • Associate in Charge: Olaf Schmidt
  • Project Team: Marcus Carter, Christiane Deptolla, Peter Englaender, Runar Halldorsson, Jackie Luk, Filipe Taboada, Dimitra Tsachrelia, Ebbie Wisecarver
  • Area: 4459.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan, Chris McVoy

© Iwan Baan © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy

San Juan Cliffside / Prentiss Architects

© Jay Goodrich
© Jay Goodrich

© Jay Goodrich © Jay Goodrich © Jay Goodrich © Jay Goodrich

L House / LAARQ

  • Architects: LAARQ
  • Location: Pichilemu, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: José Ignacio Letelier O., Laura Aldea Dalidet
  • Calculation: Sebastián Silva Vargas
  • Construction: Construcciones Carreño
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Courtesy of LAARQ

Courtesy of LAARQ Courtesy of LAARQ Courtesy of LAARQ Courtesy of LAARQ

Solar Tower / Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos

  • Architects: Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos
  • Location: Sociópolis, Valencia, Spain
  • Project Directors: Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz
  • Project Team: Alfonso Miguel (coordination), Laura Torres, Jorge Álvarez-Builla, Víctor Garzón, Pablo de la Hoz, Ismael Martín, Luis Matanzo, Jens Richter, David Sobrino, José Rodríguez
  • Area: 10080.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

Custore Pavilion / Anna Dobek + Mateusz Wojcicki

Custore, an experimental project, is a pavilion that explores the areas of parametric architecture used for the commercial market. Designed by Anna Dobek + Mateusz Wojcicki, they had to deal not only with the aesthetic issues of computer-generated sculptural forms, but also with practical problems associated with the execution of the project inside a commercial building, and - most importantly – with the real clash of artistic forms and commercial market guidelines. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gros Ventre Residence / Stephen Dynia Architects

  • Architects: Stephen Dynia Architects
  • Location: Jackson, Wyoming, USA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Stephen Dynia Architects

Courtesy of Stephen Dynia Architects Courtesy of Stephen Dynia Architects Courtesy of Stephen Dynia Architects Courtesy of Stephen Dynia Architects

The Scott Brown Petition & Women's Role in Architecture

The petition demanding that architect Denise Scott Brown be retroactively acknowledged as a joint recipient of the 1991 Pritzker Prize has surpassed 12,000 signatures. Notable supporters include past Pritzker Prize recipients Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Scott Brown's own husband and partner of 40 years, Robert Venturi. The success of this Change.org campaign, fueled by two young women of the Harvard GSD's Women In Design club, is larger than the one female architect it aims to honor - it is a campaign to rethink the difficult and often unjust position of the woman in architecture.

Read more after the break.

'Vitreous' Academic Initiative / University of Houston CoA + Judd Foundation

Vitreous is a collaborative academic initiative by the University of Houston's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and the Judd Foundation that incorporates the vantage points of the natural landscape, and the technological advancement of digital fabrication and media technologies. The faceted panels disguise and blend the unbounded Marfa landscape with reflective images causing a perceptual distortion between the viewer and the surroundings and between the real and the virtual. More images and the team's description after the break.