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2014 AIA San Francisco Design Awards

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
2014 AIA San Francisco Design Awards, Citation Award: East Oakland Sports Center / ELS Architecture and Urban Design © David Wakely. Image Courtesy of AIASF
Citation Award: East Oakland Sports Center / ELS Architecture and Urban Design © David Wakely. Image Courtesy of AIASF

The American Institute of Architects’ San Francisco chapter has announced the recipients of the 2014 AIASF Design Awards. The winners were lauded for their outstanding contributions to the built environment in the following categories: architecture, interior architecture, energy and sustainability, historic preservation, unbuilt design and special achievement.

Preview all the award winners, after the break...

Pantheon for an Engineer / Martinez Vidal

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Pantheon for an Engineer  / Martinez Vidal, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cementerio de Nuestro Padre Jesús, 30100, Murcia, Spain
  • Area

    27.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Fábio Coentrão House / António Fernandez Architects

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Fábio Coentrão House / António Fernandez Architects, © Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

© Jose Campos © Jose Campos © Jose Campos © Jose Campos +40

AH House / Studio Guilherme Torres

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
AH House / Studio Guilherme Torres, © MCA Estudio
© MCA Estudio

© MCA Estudio © MCA Estudio © MCA Estudio © MCA Estudio +46

Milan Expo 2015: Sculpture to Construct Virtual Beehive for UK Pavilion

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Sculpture to Construct Virtual Beehive for UK Pavilion , "BE". Image Courtesy of UKTI
"BE". Image Courtesy of UKTI

A team led by Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress has been selected over seven other architect-designed proposals to construct a “pulsating” beehive for the UK’s participation at the 2015 Milan Expo. Entitled “BE,” the “virtual hive” will highlight the plight of the honeybee and offer an “immersive sensory experience” that leaves visitors with a “lasting flavor of the British landscape.”

A full project description from the creators after the break...

Vena Cava Winery / TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Vena Cava Winery  / TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Peter Stranger © Peter Stranger +39

Barnetraakk / TYIN Tegnestue + Rintala Eggertsson Architects

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Barnetraakk / TYIN Tegnestue + Rintala Eggertsson Architects, © Pasi Aalto
© Pasi Aalto

© Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto © Pasi Aalto +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oppland, Norway
  • Built by

    Rintala Eggertsson Architects, TYIN Tegnestue
  • Planning Team

    Yashar Hanstad, Andreas G. Gjertsen, Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson, Vibeke Jenssen and children at the Trintom Elementary School
  • Area

    20.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

New York Public Library Scraps Foster-Designed Renovation Plans

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
New York Public Library Scraps Foster-Designed Renovation Plans, Foster + Partners renovation scheme. Rendering by dbox. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners renovation scheme. Rendering by dbox. Image © Foster + Partners

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has abandoned Norman Foster's controversial plans to transform part of its 20th century Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” into a circulating library. The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the city’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio expressed skepticism towards the $150 million renovation earlier this year. 

According to a report by the New York Times, Blasio does not intend on reducing the NYPL funding, however the money will now be allocated to other purposes. 

Several library trustees have stated that in order to keep up with the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, they now intend on completing the renovation of the library's mid-Manhattan branch on Fifth Avenue. 

A response from Norman Foster, after the break...

21 Finalists Announced for Bloomberg Mayors Challenge

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
21 Finalists Announced for Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, London. Image © Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak
London. Image © Flickr CC User mariusz kluzniak

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced 21 finalists for its annual Mayors Challenge, a competition to reward cities which propose the most creative and transferable solutions to intractable social problems such as public health, unemployment and transportation. The finalists were selected from a pool of 155 applicants from across Europe.

From the 21 finalists, a winner will be announced this fall, with the winner receiving €5 million to develop their proposal, and 4 runners-up receiving €1 million each. Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and former Mayor of New York City commented "We need city leaders to continually reach for innovative new ways to address urban challenges – and then share what’s working with the world. That’s what the Mayors Challenge is all about."

Read on after the break for more on the challenge and the list of 21 finalists

World Architecture Festival 2014: Submit Your Works to Compete as the World’s Best

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
World Architecture Festival 2014: Submit Your Works to Compete as the World’s Best, World Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia © John Gollings
World Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia © John Gollings

Dear readers, the deadline is quickly approaching for you to enter the search for the 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards. Annually recognizing the globe’s most impressive works, WAF is the largest architecture festival (and live awards) on the planet

Herold - 100 Social Housing / Jakob + MacFarlane

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Herold - 100 Social Housing  / Jakob + MacFarlane, © Nicolas Borel
© Nicolas Borel

© Nicolas Borel © Nicolas Borel © Nicolas Borel © Nicolas Borel +15

Villa Dind / Link architectes

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Villa Dind / Link architectes, © Lionel Henriod
© Lionel Henriod

© Thomas Hämmerli © Thomas Hämmerli © Jay Louvion © Thomas Hämmerli +18

Bendigo Library / MGS Architects

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Bendigo Library / MGS Architects, © Andrew Latreille
© Andrew Latreille

© Andrew Latreille © Andrew Latreille © Andrew Latreille © Andrew Latreille +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia
  • Design Architect

    Joshua Wheeler, Eli Giannini
  • Project Architect

    Chantelle Chiron, Ryan de Winnaar, Rob Compagnino, Kit Kietgumjorn, Babak Kahvazdeh Gary Yeoh Sue Buchanan
  • Area

    4010.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Deadline Approaching: Submit Your Interior Design for an INSIDE Award

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
Deadline Approaching: Submit Your Interior Design for an INSIDE Award

Do you think your project has what it takes to win an INSIDE award? The deadline (May 30th) is fast approaching, so make sure to submit your projects soon! Divided into 12 categories -- which include Residential, Retail, Transport, Office and more -- entries will be judged by distinguished designers (judges confirmed for 2014 include Fabio Novembre, Matteo Thun, Jaya Ibrahim, David Kohn, Joyce Wang, Voon Wong and Chris Lee). In October, architects and interior designers will meet in Singapore for the INSIDE Festival, which is held alongside the World Architecture Festival. During the festival, the category winners will compete for the ultimate prize: World Interior of the Year. 

The Evolving Symbiosis Between Architects & Developers in the UK

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
The Evolving Symbiosis Between Architects & Developers in the UK, Victoria Library Housing and Office by Patrick Lynch for Land Securities. Image Courtesy of Design Curial
Victoria Library Housing and Office by Patrick Lynch for Land Securities. Image Courtesy of Design Curial

Although the design world has maintained a negative opinion of property developers for a very long time, the relationship between architect and developer has begun to evolve in the United Kingdom. In this article, first published in Blueprint issue #333 as "Why Architects Are Working for Property Developers," the cultural shift is explained and explored through case studies.

Developers have not, traditionally, enjoyed a very good reputation within the architectural fraternity - or with the general public, for that matter. At worst they are seen as sharp-suited pirates of urban space, stripping out centuries-old residential or commercial buildings to replace them with shoddy, design-by-numbers structures, thrown up with no driving objective other than maximising their cash before they move on.

But times have changed. Whether it's economic necessity - driven by the lack of buyers for bad housing or poor office space - or just good sense, there is a growing number of developers out there that appear to be cherry-picking some of the UK's better practices to transform our urban wastelands and unloved spaces. This new breed appears to enjoy and understand the value of architecture and design. Some of them even consider architects their natural collaborators - the creative yang to their commercial yin.

Boris Johnson Enlists 3 Practices to Envisage the Future of Heathrow

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
Boris Johnson Enlists 3 Practices to Envisage the Future of Heathrow, Richard Rogers' Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Image © Flickr CC User NewbieRunner
Richard Rogers' Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Image © Flickr CC User NewbieRunner

London Mayor Boris Johnson has enlisted the help of three architects, Hawkins\Brown, Rick Mather Architects and Maccreanor Lavington Architects to design a new town on the site of Heathrow Airport. The move is designed to encourage support for Johnson's plan to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, jokingly dubbed 'Boris Island' by some. If the Estuary Airport were to go ahead it could mean closing Heathrow, currently one of the world's busiest airports, freeing the land up for the new development. You can read more on the story at the Architects' Journal.

Vila Aspicuelta / Tacoa Arquitetos

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Vila Aspicuelta / Tacoa Arquitetos, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Rodrigo Cerviño, Fernando Falcon
  • Area

    915.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Impressive Line-Up Scheduled for UIA's World Congress 2014

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
Impressive Line-Up Scheduled for UIA's World Congress 2014

From August 3rd, the International Union of Architects (UIA) will once again host their World Congress, a triennial event that focuses on one critical topic in our architectural culture. Whereas the Tokyo 2011 Congress was focused on the future, this year's congress in Durban will concentrate not on a different time but a different place: the "otherwhere", or as they put it, the "anywhere-but-here". The Congress will explore ideas about how connectivity might shape our experience and alter the course of our social progress.

Read on for more about the themes of the 25th World Conference and the Keynote Speakers...