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Leaning Out: Women in Global Practice

As part of the 2013 AIA Global Dialogues, (un-covered) Connections, 'Leaning Out: Women in Global Practice' will discuss what it means to be a woman in the construction industry practicing globally in our time. Taking place this Thursday, July 25th, from 6-8pm EST at the Center for Architecture in New York, key speakers include the most significant women in their field - over 3 generations, which will be moderated by Cathleen McGuigan – Editor-in-chief at Architectural Record. Organized by AIA NY Global Dialogues and AIA NY Women in Architecture, the main question of the event is,'What are the challenges and the opportunities that women who choose this path face and how do their successes and shortcomings affect the next generation?' For more information, please visit here.

Pingtan Art Museum / MAD

Chinese firm MAD sends us their latest museum project: Pingtang Art Museum. With a projected area of over 40,000 square meters and as the largest private museum in Asia, the museum will display thousands of pieces of national treasures. 


In Progress: Jinan Cultural centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD

  • Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte, Richez Associes, BIAD
  • Location: Jinan – China
  • Design Team: Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet
  • Area: 70000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte

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Cowshed House / Carterwilliamson Architects

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman

Richard Rogers Honoured at New London Awards

The Shed by Haworth Thompkins, one of the 17 winners of the New London Awards. Image © Helen Binet
The Shed by Haworth Thompkins, one of the 17 winners of the New London Awards. Image © Helen Binet

The New London Awards, which recognize the best projects in London - both recently completed and on the drawing-board - were held at London's Guildhall on the 12th of July. Richard Rogers took the top prize of "New Londoner of the Year" in recognition of his life-long commitment to raising the quality of urbanism in the UK capital. The award coincides with his 80th birthday and a major retrospective at the Royal Academy.

See all the winners of the 17 different awards after the break.

ROCA London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image Courtesy of ROCA US Embassy by Keiran Timberlake. Rendering © Studio amd North London Hospice by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image © Tim Soar Hayes Primary School by Hayhurst & Co. Image © Kilian O'Sullivan

OMA's Competition Proposal Selected in Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s City Staff has recommended OMA’s competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. The building and surrounding plaza incorporates a civic plaza, cultural venue, retail, residences, offices and a boutique hotel. The City Staff selection panel praised OMA’s project for its iconic architecture and flexibility, saying it would “easily accommodate potential design modifications and adjust to market demand changes in the future.” Santa Monica’s City Council will review the recommendation on August 27th before the project formally proceeds in 2014.

The proposal’s plazas and terraces will add over 55,000 square feet of programmable open space. A cultural venue will sit inside of the building, anchored by office spaces for Santa Monica and greater Los Angeles’ growing tech industry. The project will be led by OMA’s New York office, headed by Shohei Shigematsu. He explained, “Our design provides residents, tourists, and entrepreneurs a dynamic new public realm – a stepped building that achieves a strong interaction between interior program and exterior environments.”

More images and information after the break…


Acrobatic Arts Center / DX Arquitectos

  • Architects: DX Arquitectos
  • Location: Corporación Aldea del encuentro, La Reina, Santiago, Chile
  • Design Team: Juan Luzoro, Roberto Mercado, Diego Pitters, Federico Novoa, Sergio Hidalgo, Claudio Aguila
  • Collaborators: Justyna Skrobanska, Sergio Villalobos
  • Constructor: Bio Bio
  • Calculist: Aquiles Revello
  • Specialist: Osvaldo Sotomayor
  • Plot: 1639.30 sqm
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Pablo Blanco Barros, Cortesia de DX Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros Courtesy of DX Arquitectos

Critical Round-Up: Reactions to the Stirling Prize Shortlist

Most critics agree that this year's shortlist for the Stirling Prize is more "modest" than in past years - which is not to say that they didn't have plenty to say on RIBA's selection. Check out the critical responses from The Financial Times' Edwin Heathcoate, The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright and The Independent’s Jay Merrick, after the break...

A Moving Question: The Beauty of a Broken Silo

Compelled by its utilitarian structure and its run in with a tornado, well-known photographer Tim Hursley came across a damaged grain silo while spending 16 years in Hale County, Alabama documenting the work of Mississippi architect Samuel Mockbee and his Rural Studio project. The structure quickly became more than just another object to see and photograph, so he eventually bought the silo after documenting it periodically over a span of three years. Hursley is currently thinking about moving it around - from one place to another - through means of digital media and technology. As he puts it, he simply, 'encountered and saw it,' and by moving it from one place to the next, he leaves discovery up to the observer. More images and a video after the break.

Studio Gang to Design New Residence Hall and Dining Commons for UChicago

Studio Gang Architects will design a new residence hall and dining commons for the University of Chicago, officials announced today. Expected to open in 2016, the new facility will stand at the corner of 55th Street and University Ave and will act as a gateway connecting the Hyde Park community to the rest of the University.  Jeanne Gang’s studio was chosen out of dozens of entries, in a process that called upon the input of faculty, staff, students, as well as community and University stakeholders.

Elysium Playground / Cox Rayner Architects

  • Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
  • Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Client: Pearson Property Group
  • Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

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2C Houses / Vaíllo - Irigaray + Eguinoa

  • Architects: Vaíllo - Irigaray + Eguinoa
  • Location: Corella, España
  • Project Architects: Antonio Vaíllo i Daniel, Juan L. Irigaray Huarte
  • Area: 843 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas

North Carolina A&T State University / The Freelon Group Architects

  • Architects: The Freelon Group Architects
  • Location: 1601 East Market Street, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411, USA
  • General Contractor: D.H. Griffin
  • Structural Engineer: Stewart Engineering
  • MEP Engineer: Harrell, Saltrick & Hopper
  • Landscape Architect: Lappas + Havener
  • Civil Engineer: Stewart Engineering / Timmons Group
  • Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc
  • Area: 88000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mark Herboth

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / Irlenbusch von Hantelmann Architekten

Designed by Irlenbusch von Hantelmann Architekten, their proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History in Regensburg accentuates its significance through its single urban block concept. The aim of the urban layout is a sensitive implementation of the new building in the world heritage surrounding, without disregarding the importance of the museum. Therefore the historical layout with its unique alleys is continued with the new setting. More images and architects' description after the break.

Boyeruca Fishermen’s Service Building / SGGB Arquitectos

© Nicolás Arancibia
© Nicolás Arancibia
  • Architects: SGGB Arquitectos
  • Location: Boyeruca, Chile
  • Project Architects: Guillermo Bustos, Sebastián Guevara
  • Area: 190 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Nicolás Arancibia, Sebastian Guevara

© Nicolás Arancibia © Nicolás Arancibia © Nicolás Arancibia © Nicolás Arancibia

First Peoples House / Formline Architecture + Urbanism

© Nick Lehoux
© Nick Lehoux

© Nick Lehoux © Nick Lehoux © Nick Lehoux © Nick Lehoux