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Finalists for 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Finalists for 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Announced, Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Restoration Plan. Image © BFI
Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Restoration Plan. Image © BFI

Seven humanitarian initiatives have been nominated for "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award,” the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Presented by the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the $100,000 prize is awarded each year to scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world using innovative solutions to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems.

Among this year’s finalists are a floating health clinic in Lake Tanganyika, a comprehensive coastal resiliency plan for the Northeastern Seaboard, and a waterfront regeneration plan for the Makoko/Iwaya community. 

The 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Finalists are…

"Briefly": a Documentary About Design's Least Significant Piece of Paper

00:00 - 30 September, 2014

When we evaluate the work of architects and other designers, we often treat it as if the design was created in a vacuum. It's easy to forget that the vast majority of designs emerge from a collaboration between the designer and their client, and when it comes to the design's success the input of the client can often be as important as the work of the designer. This creative relationship can be a difficult one to navigate, yet it is usually held together by a single document: the brief.

Released today, this half-hour documentary by director Tom Bassett entitled Briefly takes a long hard look at the brief, with architects Frank Gehry and David Rockwell, industrial designer Yves Béhar, illustrator and author Maira Kalman, marketing executive John C Jay and creative executive John Boiler all pitching in their experience with creative briefs, and recounting stories where, for better or for worse, the brief had a major effect on their work.

More on the documentary after the break

Constellations Bar / H. Miller Bro

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Constellations Bar / H. Miller Bro, Courtesy of H. Miller Bros.
Courtesy of H. Miller Bros.

Courtesy of H. Miller Bros. Courtesy of H. Miller Bros. Courtesy of H. Miller Bros. Courtesy of H. Miller Bros. +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    37-39 Greenland Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 0BS, United Kingdom
  • Architects in Charge

    Hugh Miller Furniture, Howard Miller Design Ltd.
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of H. Miller Bros.

New Practices New York: Upcoming Firms in the Big Apple

00:00 - 30 September, 2014
New Practices New York: Upcoming Firms in the Big Apple

WHAT: With its fifth biennial competition and exhibition, the AIANY New Practices Committee is proud to recognize six emerging architecture and design firms working in New York City. These firms will be featured in an exhibition opening on October 1 at 6pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. This year, the opening of New Practices New York 2014 will also kick off Archtober 2014, Architecture and Design Month.

A Path in the Forest / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
A Path in the Forest / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects
Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects +11

Hotel Golden Holiday in Nha Trang / Trinhvieta-Architects

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Hotel Golden Holiday in Nha Trang / Trinhvieta-Architects, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Trinh Viet A, Naoya Sakamaki, Le Hoai Phuong
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Online Master Class: Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense

00:00 - 30 September, 2014
Online Master Class:  Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense

Online Master Class
Real Estate in the Corporation – More than just an Expense
Date: Oct 7th 2014 at 18:00 Madrid time.
Speaker: Sharon Liebowitz, VP of Global Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase
Registration: click here to register to the event.
Brought to you by: IE School of Architecture & Design

MASS Design Group's Latest Video: Design That Heals

00:00 - 30 September, 2014

In their sixth Beyond the Building video, “Design That Heals,” MASS Design Group explores how architects can improve the lives and health of people everywhere. The video reveals how the work of MASS operates on various scales from everything to designing better furniture to influencing national policies. Their approach to humanitarian architecture begins by empowering the local community to take ownership of new projects, and in turn, bring about significant improvements in the quality of life in places that have previously been overlooked.

For example, talking about MASS Design Group's Butaro Hospital, Rwanda's Minister for Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho says: "There's this idea of equity to put a hospital, state of the art, in the middle of nowhere. It was not nowhere for everybody, because there are 300,000 people living there." Watch the video above and get involved in the conversation on how architecture can go #beyondthebuilding.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Confidence Remains Steady

00:00 - 30 September, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Confidence Remains Steady, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)'s Future Trends Survey for August showed that confidence among UK practices has remained stable at "a very positive" balance figure of +28. The positive outlook was shared by the whole country, with every region returning a balance figure of above +20 - a significant improvement for Wales and the West, who last month were at a more reserved +12. "Sentiment about future workload prospects for the architects’ profession has been strong throughout 2013 and 2014, and we are now beginning to see this reflected in increased levels in the aggregate value of work in progress," said the RIBA, adding that the increasing workload is being "driven primarily by growth in the commercial and private housing sectors."

Interactive Infographic: How Much do Architecture Graduates Earn?

00:00 - 30 September, 2014
The median total lifetime earnings of architecture graduates (highlighted red) compared to all other majors (excluding  with graduate degrees). Image Courtesy of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution
The median total lifetime earnings of architecture graduates (highlighted red) compared to all other majors (excluding with graduate degrees). Image Courtesy of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution

Using information collected from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution has created a set of interactive infographics comparing the lifetime earning potential of graduates of 80 majors. With so much debate over the earning potential of architects, the tool provides us with an invaluable insight into the long-range outlook for members of our profession, charting the both the total lifetime earnings of architects and their average earnings per year over a 42-year career.

Read on after the break for analysis of what the infographics tell us

Single-family house in Curile / 3biro

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Single-family house in Curile  / 3biro, © Miran Kambič
© Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    8330 Čurile, Slovenia
  • Area

    245.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Locales Roca / BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Locales Roca / BBC Arquitectos + Sol Loustaunau, © Manuel Ciarlotti
© Manuel Ciarlotti

© Manuel Ciarlotti © Manuel Ciarlotti © Manuel Ciarlotti © Manuel Ciarlotti +21

Is The Design Museum Dying?

00:00 - 30 September, 2014
Is The Design Museum Dying?, Oct Design Museum (Shenzhen) / Studio Pei-Zhu. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Oct Design Museum (Shenzhen) / Studio Pei-Zhu. Image Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

In an article for the Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote asks "what are design museums actually for?" Noting that we are living through a "boom time" for the typology, Heathcote argues that when we are overwhelmed by design in our day to day lives, what will fill these spaces? London's Victoria & Albert Museum sprouted from the legacy of the 1850 Great Exhibition, where the concept of a design museum originated, as an attempt to "display the fruits of Britain’s industrial revolution." Ironically in the very same museum in 2013, curator Kieran Long acquired a print of the world's first 3D printed gun for the permanent collection. Will the ubiquity of 'design' soon negate the need for dedicated spaces? Read Heathcote's conclusions in full here.

Los Angeles Rids Itself of Helipad Requirement, Opens City to “Bolder” Skyline

00:00 - 30 September, 2014
Los Angeles Rids Itself of Helipad Requirement, Opens City to “Bolder” Skyline, Los Angeles, California. Image © Wikimedia Commons / Pintaric
Los Angeles, California. Image © Wikimedia Commons / Pintaric

Helicopter landing pads will no longer be required atop new buildings in Los Angeles, California. The rule’s elimination, which was announced yesterday by the city’s mayor and fire chief, allows architects the freedom to break away from LA’s “boxy” skyline. “I want to see innovative design,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “I want to see good design, but we’re going to take the handcuffs off of you when we ask you to do that. I want neighborhoods to look good, and I want our buildings to look iconic.” You can read more about the change, here

House in Atsugi / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
House in Atsugi / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +16

Villa Sarvilahti / K2S Architects

01:00 - 29 September, 2014
Villa Sarvilahti / K2S Architects, Courtesy of K2S Architects
Courtesy of K2S Architects

Courtesy of K2S Architects Courtesy of K2S Architects Courtesy of K2S Architects Courtesy of K2S Architects +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    54500 Luumäki, Finland
  • Architect in Charge

    Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen
  • Area

    326.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of K2S Architects

House W / Studio Prototype

01:00 - 29 September, 2014
House W / Studio Prototype, Courtesy of Studio Prototype
Courtesy of Studio Prototype

Courtesy of Studio Prototype Courtesy of Studio Prototype Courtesy of Studio Prototype Courtesy of Studio Prototype +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Duiven, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Jeroen Spee, Jeroen Steenvoorden
  • Project Team

    Gijs van Suijlichem, Titus Lammertse, Jan Paulus Hoogterp, Jan van der Schaaf
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Prototype

The Avery Review: Insightful Critical Writing Online

00:00 - 29 September, 2014
The Avery Review: Insightful Critical Writing Online, Courtesy of The Avery Review
Courtesy of The Avery Review

The Avery Review (AR), a new online journal dedicated to thinking about books, buildings and other architectural media, seeks to utilise the potential in the critical essay and repackage it for the digital realm. A project of the Office of Publications at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the AR's responsive website (designed by Nothing in Common) perfectly matches the exceptional quality of the content. Featuring essays from Owen Hatherley and Amale Andraos, among others, the overarching aim of the review is to "explore the broader implications of a given object of discourse" whether that be "text, film, exhibition, building, project, or urban environment."

Find out more from editors Caitlin Blanchfield and James Graham after the break.