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Studio Octopi Begins Crowdfunding Campaign For A Lido On London's River Thames

07:00 - 23 April, 2015

London's central waterway, the River Thames, has been a site of enormous interest from architects and urbanists in previous years. From a controversial garden bridge to discussions about how to appropriate what has been described as one of the city's largest untapped public spaces, London-based practice studio octopi have now launched a Kickstarter campaign to help to realise their dream of creating "a new, natural, beautiful lido" on its banks.

Endorsed by a number of renowned and respected Londoners, including Turner-prize winning artist Tracey Emin, architect Ivan Harbour (RSHP), and Tim Marlow, a director at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA), the ambition is to raise at least £125,000 (around $190,000 or €175,000) in order to seek planning permission for the Thames Baths project.

Find out more about the project and how you can support it after the break.

Temple Baths. Image © Studio Octopi Temple Baths. Image © Studio Octopi Blackfriars Baths. Image © Studio Octopi Blackfriars Baths. Image © Studio Octopi + 14

AB House / Galeria Gabinete

06:00 - 23 April, 2015
AB House / Galeria Gabinete, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Penafiel, Portugal
  • Architecture

    Helder de Carvalho
  • Project Manager

    Helder de Carvalho
  • Team

    Helder de Carvalho, Cláudio Ferreira, Sérgio Azevedo, Vasco Melo, Paulo Neves e Pedro Guedes
  • Photographs

6 Final Designs Unveiled for Guggenheim Helsinki

05:00 - 23 April, 2015
6 Final Designs Unveiled for Guggenheim Helsinki , All 6 finalists. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim
All 6 finalists. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim

Now for the first time, Guggenheim has unveiled the six fully developed designs competing to become Guggenheim Helsinki. Selected from 1,715 entries in world's the most popular architectural competition, the remaining finalists have spent the past five months refining their designs after being shortlisted by an independent 11-member jury, of which includes Studio Gang's Jeanne Gang and former Columbia University dean Mark Wigley

The release foreshadows the April 25 opening of Guggenheim Helsinki Now: Six Finalist Designs Unveiled, a free exhibition that will open the projects up to public critique. A winner will be announced on June 23.  

All 6 detailed proposals, after the break.

2 Dwellings at Tamarit ST / Carles Enrich

04:00 - 23 April, 2015
2 Dwellings at Tamarit ST  / Carles Enrich, Courtesy of Carles Enrich
Courtesy of Carles Enrich

Courtesy of Carles Enrich Courtesy of Carles Enrich Courtesy of Carles Enrich Courtesy of Carles Enrich + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

European School in Frankfurt / NKBAK

03:00 - 23 April, 2015
European School in Frankfurt / NKBAK , © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Frankfurt, Germany
  • Area

    3380.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Ciputra Artpreneur / Benoy

23:00 - 22 April, 2015
Ciputra Artpreneur  / Benoy, Courtesy of Benoy
Courtesy of Benoy

Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciputra World, Jalan Professor Doktor Satrio, Setia Budi, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12940, Indonesia
  • Area

    14000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Vietnamese National Assembly in Hanoi / gmp architekten

21:00 - 22 April, 2015
Vietnamese National Assembly in Hanoi / gmp architekten, Courtesy of gmp architekten
Courtesy of gmp architekten

Courtesy of gmp architekten Courtesy of gmp architekten Courtesy of gmp architekten Courtesy of gmp architekten + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan
  • Competition design team

    Evelyn Pasdzierny, Alexandra Kühne, Deren Akdeniz
  • Detailed design team

    Evelyn Pasdzierny, Nicole Flores, Christoph Berle, Holger Schmücker, Alexander Schnieber, Cordula Neben, Urs Wedekind, Meike Schmidt, Martin Friedrich, Nguyen Minh Duc
  • Area

    36000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA

20:00 - 22 April, 2015
Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners + 28

  • Architects

    OFA
  • Location

    NGS (Wanrong Road), Zhabei, Shanghai, China, 200072
  • Cost

    CNY15,000,000
  • Area

    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

GIVEAWAY: Moleskine's Inspiration and Process in Architecture / Studio MK 27

19:00 - 22 April, 2015
GIVEAWAY: Moleskine's Inspiration and Process in Architecture / Studio MK 27, Moleskine®-Inspiration and Process in Architecture
Moleskine®-Inspiration and Process in Architecture

Moleskine, the go-to brand of sketchbooks beloved by creatives around the world, recently released another title in its Inspiration and Process in Architecture series: Studio MK27, led by architect Marcio Kogan

The series already features monographs dedicated to Studio Mumbai, Wiel AretsDominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid, and others. Studio MK27 joins this prestigious list along with Kengo Kuma, Grafton Architects, Frits Palmboom and Michael Graves, whose monographs were also recently announced by Moleskine. 

Read on to find out how you can win a copy of Inspiration and Process in Architecture - Marcio Kogan Studio MK27!

The Milton / Biasol

18:00 - 22 April, 2015
The Milton / Biasol, © Ari Hatzis
© Ari Hatzis

© Ari Hatzis © Ari Hatzis © Ari Hatzis © Ari Hatzis + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Elwood VIC 3184, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Jean-Pierre Biasol
  • Builder

    RCON Shopfitters
  • Area

    190.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Safdie Architects Release Final Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum

17:15 - 22 April, 2015
Safdie Architects Release Final Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum, © Neoscape, courtesy of Safdie Architects
© Neoscape, courtesy of Safdie Architects

Images have been released of Safdie Architects' design for the new National Medal of Honor Museum in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The commission, awarded to Safdie following a national search in October, will honor the men and women who "served and sacrificed in defense of the US" and have received the nation's highest military award - the Medal of Honor - from the Civil War to the present.

Pedro Moran 3875 / MMCV

16:00 - 22 April, 2015
Pedro Moran 3875 / MMCV, © Daniela Mac Adden
© Daniela Mac Adden

© Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden + 20

  • Architects

    Mizraji Cicchinelli
  • Location

    Villa Devoto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Architects

    Sergio Mizraji, Jacquelin Cicchinelli
  • Project Director

    Andrés Gagliardi
  • Site Manager

    Patricia Barragán
  • Project Area

    497.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Winners of the 2015-2016 Rome Prize Announced

15:00 - 22 April, 2015
Winners of the 2015-2016 Rome Prize Announced, Javier Galindo's Inside2013 competition-winning proposal "Inside a Sinkhole : A Convent"
Javier Galindo's Inside2013 competition-winning proposal "Inside a Sinkhole : A Convent"

Now in its 119th year, the recipients of the 2015-2016 Rome Prize have been announced by the American Academy in Rome (AAR). The prestigious prize is granted annually to around thirty artists, designers, and scholars who display exceptional promise in their professional fields, enabling them to undertake creative projects with a public element for an average of eleven months in Rome. The winners were selected by eight interdisciplinary juries, and will be rewarded with accommodation in Rome as well as project funding of up to $28,000 per year, depending on the length of their stay.

Check out the 2015-2016 recipients in Architecture, Historic Preservation and Conservation, and Landscape Architecture after the break.

STGM Head Office / STGM Architectes

14:00 - 22 April, 2015
STGM Head Office  / STGM Architectes, © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    2980 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1E 3J5, Canada
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

March ABI Continues to Increase

13:30 - 22 April, 2015
March ABI Continues to Increase, March 2015 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
March 2015 ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

For the second consecutive month, the US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has indicated a "modest increase" in design activity in March. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.7, up from a mark of 50.4 in February. The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, up from a reading of 56.6 the previous month.

“Business conditions at architecture firms generally are quite healthy across the country. However, billings at firms in the Northeast were set back with the severe weather conditions, and this weakness is apparent in the March figures,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The multi-family residential market has seen its first occurrence of back-to-back negative months for the first time since 2011, while the institutional and commercial sectors are both on solid footing.”

Pasaje Cabrer Collective Housing / AFRa

12:00 - 22 April, 2015
Pasaje Cabrer Collective Housing / AFRa, © Federico Kulekdjian
© Federico Kulekdjian

© Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian © Federico Kulekdjian + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Area

    199.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012

Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by AISC

11:00 - 22 April, 2015
Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by AISC, © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava
© Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Last week, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) presented its Innovation Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Awards program. Recognizing exemplary work in steel for both its architectural and structural merits, the AISC awarded Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) building at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida with the national award in the $15 million to $75 million category.

Critical Round-Up: Renzo Piano's Whitney Museum

09:30 - 22 April, 2015
Critical Round-Up: Renzo Piano's Whitney Museum, © Paul Clemence
© Paul Clemence

Depending on how you measure it, Renzo Piano's new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (designed in collaboration with New York practice Cooper Robertson) could be the most long-awaited museum of the 21st century. At just a fraction under seven years since the first designs of the building were released, the incubation period has been long enough on its own - but in fact the project has its roots in a scrapped 1981 design by Michael Graves, when the Whitney was instead planning an extension to their previous home in Marcel Breuer's 1966 masterpiece on Madison Avenue. With such a highly anticipated building, the Whitney could hardly have a better man for the job; Piano is one of the most prodigious museum builders of our time. Yet despite this, since construction began in 2011 the design has been beset by criticism for its ungainly external appearance.

Ahead of the Whitney's grand opening on May 1st, this past Sunday saw a slew of reviews from New York's many reputable art and architecture critics, who attempted to make sense of the institution's long-overdue move from their idiosyncratic but endearing former home. We've rounded up some of the best of them, after the break.

© Flickr CC user Payton Chung © Flickr CC user Steven Severinghaus © Flickr CC user Steven Severinghaus © Flickr CC user Bill Benzon + 6