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RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK's Confidence Remains High

00:00 - 23 October, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK's Confidence Remains High, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)'s Future Trends Survey for September showed that, for yet another month, confidence is high among UK architects, with the workload index up fractionally to +29 from +28 in August. Again, this positive figure was spread right across the country, with the most optimistic reports coming from Northern Ireland and the North of England, reporting workload index figures of +80 and +46 respectively - promising figures considering that these two areas were "slowest to show signs of recovery" after the recession, according to the RIBA.

Pediatric Emergency Department At Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center / Mahlum

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Pediatric Emergency Department At Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center / Mahlum, © Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

© Ben Benschneider © Ben Benschneider © Ben Benschneider © Ben Benschneider +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    101 West 8th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Gerald (Butch) Reifert, FAIA
  • Project Manager

    Gary Signs, AIA
  • Project Designer

    Pierce McVey, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    28000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

OS31 Designs Pop-Up Restaurant on a Frozen River

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
OS31 Designs Pop-Up Restaurant on a Frozen River , Courtesy of OS31
Courtesy of OS31

UK architects OS31 have recently won a competition to design RAW:almond, “the first ever outdoor dining restaurant on a frozen body of water.” The temporary restaurant has set up for business in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for the last two years, and for 2015 the organizers held an international open competition for the winning design. This year’s design establishes itself as an expressive frame that appears to float across the ice like a frozen jetty. Learn more about the winning proposal after the break.

Courtesy of OS31 Courtesy of OS31 Courtesy of OS31 Courtesy of OS31 +4

Erie Elementary Charter School / John Ronan Architects

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Erie Elementary Charter School / John Ronan Architects, © Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    1405 North Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622, United States
  • Design Team

    John Ronan FAIA, Lead Designer; Evan Menk, Senior Technical Coordinator; Gregory Pinter AIA, (design team); Tom Lee, Marcin Szef , John Trocke
  • Area

    17470.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Herzog & de Meuron Designs 205-Meter Tower and Research Center for Swiss Pharmaceutical Company

00:00 - 23 October, 2014
Herzog & de Meuron Designs 205-Meter Tower and Research Center for Swiss Pharmaceutical Company, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled plans for the modernization of the Roche pharmaceutical company’s Basel headquarters. With the first tower already under construction, the overall vision is to consolidate and update all existing facilities, including a historic Otto R. Salvisberg-designed office building, as well as construct a new, four-tower research center and 205-meter tall office tower by 2022. 

"The planned consolidation of the existing industrial site will eliminate the need to build over green zones", emphasizes Jürg Erismann, Head of the Basel/Kaiseraugst Site. "Instead, Roche will be making more efficient use of those parts of the site that have already been developed but cannot be expanded.” 

StreetDome / CEBRA + Glifberg - Lykke

00:00 - 23 October, 2014
StreetDome / CEBRA + Glifberg - Lykke, © Mikkel Frost / CEBRA
© Mikkel Frost / CEBRA

© Mikkel Frost / CEBRA © Mikkel Frost / CEBRA © Mikkel Frost / CEBRA © Mikkel Frost / CEBRA +15

La Brea Affordable Housing / Patrick Tighe + John V. Mutlow

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
La Brea Affordable Housing / Patrick Tighe + John V. Mutlow, © Patrick Tighe Architecture / Bran Arifin
© Patrick Tighe Architecture / Bran Arifin

© Patrick Tighe Architecture / Bran Arifin © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography +30

Prairie Logic / el dorado

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Prairie Logic  / el dorado, © Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

© Videtech © Videtech © Videtech © Mike Sinclair +21

Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road Win Inaugural MCHAP Award

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
The winners of the inaugural MCHAP Award, recognizing outstanding projects in the Americas: Álvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road. Photographs © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG - últimas reportagens and © Hufton + Crow
The winners of the inaugural MCHAP Award, recognizing outstanding projects in the Americas: Álvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road. Photographs © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG - últimas reportagens and © Hufton + Crow

Álvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida have just been announced as the winners of the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).

MCHAP was established by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago to recognize the best built works in the Americas. As Kenneth Frampton noted when the finalists were announced in Santiago, Chile, the MCHAP Awards are the first time that an architectural prize has been approached, not in a trans-atlantic, horizontal manner, but rather vertically across the Americas. 

Although initially the jury intended to select one work to be honored for the 2000-2013 period, they felt that both projects represented “an uncommon expressive display of structure,” and divided the 13-year period into two parts. Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation was selected as the 2000-2008 winner, while Herzog & de Meuron's mixed-use parking garage was selected for the 2009-2013 period. The two winning projects were selected from a total of seven finalists by jury members Jorge Francisco Liernur, Sarah Whiting, Wiel Arets, Dominique Perrault, and Kenneth Frampton.

Learn more about the winning projects after the break.

Fundação Iberê Camargo. Porto Alegre, Brazil.. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG - últimas reportagens 1111 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach, Florida, USA.. Image © Hufton + Crow / Courtesy of MCHAP 1111 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach, Florida, USA.. Image © Erica Overmeer / Courtesy of MCHAP 1111 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach, Florida, USA.. Image © Erica Overmeer / Courtesy of MCHAP +21

Pratt Institute Students Create Sinuous Screen Wall From Concrete Blocks

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
Pratt Institute Students Create Sinuous Screen Wall From Concrete Blocks, © Lawrence Blough via the Architect's Newsaper
© Lawrence Blough via the Architect's Newsaper

Students from the Pratt Institute have created a wall of concrete blockwork... but not like any you've seen before. Challenged by their tutors Lawrence Blough and Ezra Ardolino to produce something highly customized from something highly standardized - the 8-by-8-by-24-inch AAC brick - the students used Rhino software and a CNC miller to create a 96-block screen wall composed of 20 different block profiles. “The earlier stuff I’d done was trying to use as much off-the-shelf material as I could,” said Blough. “Here we decided to really push it, and to take on more of the ideas of mass customization." Find out more about the project at the Architect's Newspaper Fabrikator Blog.

September ABI Indicates Robust Conditions for US

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
September ABI Indicates Robust Conditions for US, September 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
September 2014. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) has indicated a “heightened level of demand for design services” throughout the US. As the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reports, all regions and project sectors have shown positive conditions and the September score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August. The new projects inquiry index was 64.8, following a mark of 62.6 the previous month.

“Strong demand for apartment buildings and condominiums has been one of the main drivers in helping to keep the design and construction market afloat in recent years,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There continues to be a healthy market for those types of design projects, but the recently resurgent Institutional sector is leading to broader growth for the entire construction industry.” 

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Leaning House / PRAUD

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Leaning House  / PRAUD, © Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    중평저수지, Maryeong-myeon, Jinan-gun
  • Architects in Charge

    Dongwoo Yim, Rafael Luna
  • Area

    127.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Renovation of Apartments in 1720s House / Studiomama

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Renovation of  Apartments in 1720s  House / Studiomama, © Gustav Kaiser
© Gustav Kaiser

© Gustav Kaiser © Gustav Kaiser © Gustav Kaiser © Gustav Kaiser +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Robert Sandell
  • Collaboration

    Robert Sandell Arkitektkontor
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis, © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA +18

K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio, © Aviad Bar Ness
© Aviad Bar Ness

© Adi Wainberg © Adi Wainberg © Adi Wainberg © Adi Wainberg +19

El Blok / FUSTER + Architects

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
El Blok / FUSTER +  Architects, © Dianne Puliza
© Dianne Puliza

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +20

Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons on the State of Architectural Education and the Architect's Role

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons on the State of Architectural Education and the Architect's Role, Ghost 7 / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © James Steeves
Ghost 7 / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © James Steeves

Brian MacKay-Lyons is the founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, a professor at Dalhousie University and the founder of Ghost Lab - the now legendary 2-week summer design/build program that took place on his family farm in Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2011. While relentlessly local, Brian's work has been recognized internationally with more than 100 awards, 300 publications and 100 exhibitions. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects recognized the collective work and influence of Ghost with an Institute Honor Award for Architecture.

On August 22nd, 2014 Brian hopped off his tractor and wiped the diesel fuel off his hands to discuss architectural education with Keith and Marie Zawistowski, co-founders of the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech and partners of OnSite Architecture. Here is an excerpt from their conversation, which was originally published on Inform:

Keith Zawistowski: Your contributions to the discipline of architecture have been both in practice and in education. In 1994, you founded Ghost, an international laboratory that influenced all generations of architects with its simplicity and this affirmation of timeless architectural values of place and craft. It was a pretty bold move and it seems for us like it was a direct reaction to your discontentment with academia and the way architects were being educated. Do you still feel that strongly about the state of architecture education and the profession?

Rabbit's Tale / tidtangstudio

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
Rabbit's Tale / tidtangstudio, © Ketsiree Wongwan
© Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    20th floor, Piya Place, Phloen Chit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
  • Design Team

    Pattakorn Thanasanaksorn, Pornplom Krasaeyarn
  • Main Contractor

    Saran Navaraj
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs