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Call for Proposals: Folly 2015

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Call for Proposals: Folly 2015, © The Architectural League of New York
© The Architectural League of New York

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park invite emerging architects and designers to submit proposals for Folly, an annual design/build studio program during March and April 2015 leading to a public exhibition at Socrates opening in early May 2015.

Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +32

Shereen Sherzad Wins the 2014 Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction Award

00:00 - 4 November, 2014
Shereen Sherzad Wins the 2014 Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction Award, Erbil Citadel under reconstruction. Image © David Stanley via Wikipedia
Erbil Citadel under reconstruction. Image © David Stanley via Wikipedia

Former RIBA president Angela Brady has announced Shereen Sherzad as the recipient of the second annual Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction Award, Iraq’s most prestigious architecture prize for women in architecture. Sherzad, an architect, academic and planner, taught at the school of Baghdad School of Architecture and worked as the director of the Higher Commission for the revitalization of the Erbil Citadel, which was awarded World Heritage Status. She is also the author of four architecture textbooks, used as references and teaching materials in Iraq and other Arab schools of Architecture.

The winners of the Young Woman Architect and Special Commemorative Awards, after the break.

City West Water / Gray Puksand

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
City West Water   / Gray Puksand, © Mark Duffus
© Mark Duffus

© Mark Duffus © Mark Duffus © Mark Duffus © Mark Duffus +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Footscray VIC, Australia
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Montessori School Waalsdorp / De Zwarte Hond

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Montessori School Waalsdorp  / De Zwarte Hond, © ScagliolaBrakkee
© ScagliolaBrakkee

© ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee © ScagliolaBrakkee +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Utenbroekestraat 6, 2597 PH The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Developer

    Bouwonderneming Stout B.V., Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    2480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City

00:00 - 4 November, 2014
From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City, Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design
Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

By the end of 2015, one in three of the world’s tallest buildings will be in China. With its government planned cities, the Chinese policy often favors high-density development, and some of the most radical and experimental urban design ideas can be applied in China - take for example the recent joint winner of the Shenzhen Bay Super City competition, Cloud Citizen, which takes on a more integrated and interconnected approach to vertical cities. In this article on The Guardian, Nicola Davison investigates how at this critical time in the country’s development, architects and urban planners may choose to move away from previous urban models of isolated skyscrapers, towards a more humane environment that seeks to emulate nature and create diverse public spaces. Read the article in full here

Exploring A Radical Future For Our Urban Waterways

00:00 - 4 November, 2014

In the third and final installment of their micro documentary series on architecture and waterEllis Woodman and a team at the Architectural Review (AR) have collaborated with architects, developers, urbanists and thinkers to examine the latent connections between water infrastructure and our built environment. Taking a journey by narrowboat through , the film explores the radical ideas which may offer the keys to unlocking the potential of the urban waterway. Through recreation, interaction and radical ideas such as floating parks, amphibious houses and new public wetlands can the river become a living part of the city?

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki’s Polish Museum Wins Inaugural Finlandia Prize

00:00 - 4 November, 2014
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki’s Polish Museum Wins Inaugural Finlandia Prize, Museum Of The History Of Polish Jews / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki + Kuryłowicz & Associates. Image © Pawel Paniczko
Museum Of The History Of Polish Jews / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki + Kuryłowicz & Associates. Image © Pawel Paniczko

A professor of economics, Sixten Korkman has chosen Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects' Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw as the winner of the inaugural Finlandia Prize for Architecture. The unconventional award, whose intent is to “increase public awareness of high quality Finnish architecture and highlights its benefits for our well-being,” enlisted a group of renowned architects to shortlist the finalists before “layman” Korkman selected the winner as an unbiased representative of the public who valued the building for the way it made him “feel.”

“The idea behind the prize undoubtedly resonates with me. In economics one talks about public goods and externalities, and the built environment is precisely these," stated Korkman after announcing his decision. 

"Whether the buildings are in private or public ownership is of no significance. We all see the architecture, experience the architecture, and architecture affects us all. Architecture undoubtedly affects our well-being and comfort: our built environment is our extended living room. In architecture there is also an egalitarian element. Fortunately the sun still shines for both poor and rich. Our built environment exists for us all.”

More about the winning building, after the break.

Audi Centre Singapore / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Audi Centre Singapore  / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd, © Aaron Pocock
© Aaron Pocock

© Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock © Aaron Pocock +38

Napa Valley House / Steven Harris Architects

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Napa Valley House / Steven Harris Architects, © Scott Frances/OTTO
© Scott Frances/OTTO

© Scott Frances/OTTO © Scott Frances/OTTO © Scott Frances/OTTO © Scott Frances/OTTO +14

Villa S / Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Villa S / Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA, © Felix Krumbholz Photography
© Felix Krumbholz Photography

© Felix Krumbholz Photography © Felix Krumbholz Photography © Felix Krumbholz Photography © Felix Krumbholz Photography +28

Flora 22 / Despacho22

14:00 - 3 November, 2014
Flora 22 / Despacho22, © Livia Radwanski
© Livia Radwanski

© Livia Radwanski © Livia Radwanski © Livia Radwanski © Livia Radwanski +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Flora 22, Colonia Roma, Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, DF, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Ricardo Nurko, Arlette Danae Montes, Alejandro Gonzalez
  • Photographs

The Corten House / DMOA Architecten

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
The Corten House / DMOA Architecten , © Luc Roymans
© Luc Roymans

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kontich, Belgium
  • Collaborators

    Benjamin Denef, Matthias Mattelaer, Stefanie Dieleman, Charlotte Gryspeerdt, Lien Gesquiere, Koen Paridaens engineering
  • Area

    540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Interface of the Afterlife: Examining Cemeteries and Mausoleums in the 21st Century

00:00 - 3 November, 2014
The Interface of the Afterlife: Examining Cemeteries and Mausoleums in the 21st Century, Brion Tomba, Carlo Scarpa. Image © Flickr User: seier+seier
Brion Tomba, Carlo Scarpa. Image © Flickr User: seier+seier

The relationship between immortality and architecture is ancient one. Writing in The New Yorker, Alexandra Lange discusses the past and future of cemetery design in relation to a new exhibition on display in New York. Featuring a selection of 1300 individual mausoleum designs stored in Columbia University's archives, Lange notes how "patrons weren’t picky about originality. In the late nineteenth century, memorial companies might just bring back a shipment of angels from Carrara to be distributed among future clients." These "rural estates in miniature" eventually gave way to more contemporary designs which dabbled in Realism and Cubism. What will the people of today house their remains in? For Lange, "the design we take personal pleasure from everyday is now less likely to be architecture and more likely to be an interface." Read the article in full here.

Tinman House / Junsekino Architect And Design

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Tinman House  / Junsekino Architect And Design, © Spaceshift studio
© Spaceshift studio

© Spaceshift studio © Spaceshift studio © Spaceshift studio © Spaceshift studio +35

TED Talk: How to Reinvent the Apartment Building / Moshe Safdie

00:00 - 3 November, 2014

Nearly 50 years after realizing Habitat ’67, when the need for high quality affordable housing is at an all time high, Moshe Safdie is expanding on his ideas first explored in the stacked Montreal utopia to discover just how natural light and the feeling openness can be achieved in today’s megalopolises. Watch as Safdie makes a case to do away with the high-rise in the short TED Talk above. 

Seto / Mount Fuji Architects Studio

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Seto / Mount Fuji Architects Studio, © Ken’ichi Suzuki
© Ken’ichi Suzuki

© Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki +32

Quilotoa Shalalá Overlook / Jorge Javier Andrade Benítez + Javier Mera Luna + Daniel Moreno Flores

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Quilotoa Shalalá Overlook / Jorge Javier Andrade Benítez + Javier Mera Luna + Daniel Moreno Flores, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

© Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Daniel Moreno Flores © Lorena Darquea +28