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CLOG : PRISONS Launch Event at Spitzer School of Architecture

00:00 - 1 May, 2014
CLOG : PRISONS Launch Event at Spitzer School of Architecture, Courtesy of CLOG
Courtesy of CLOG

From CLOG. In many countries, architects assume that designing to meet the local building code assures that their buildings are safe for the public. But what if a building’s harm is not in the risk of the building falling down, but in the building performing as intended? If designed for the wrong purpose, can a building be a human rights violation, and if so, what should an architect do about it? 

Coinciding with the release of CLOG : PRISONS, the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City and the Masters of Urban Design Program at the Spitzer School of Architecture are hosting a lecture and panel response organized by CLOG that will critically examine the architecture of incarceration. 

Parkrand / MVRDV

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Parkrand / MVRDV, © Rob't Hart
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Geuzenveld, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Partners in Charge

    Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
  • Area

    35000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Kew Tree Top Walkway & Rhizotron / Marks Barfield Architects

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Kew Tree Top Walkway & Rhizotron  / Marks Barfield Architects, © Peter Durant
© Peter Durant

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Wine Tasting Room Le Monde / Alessandro Isola

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Wine Tasting Room Le Monde / Alessandro Isola, © Marco Alberi Auber
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Prata di Pordenone Pordenone, Italy
  • Design Team

    Alessandro Isola, Peter Sawczuk
  • Area

    183.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Wynwood Gateway Park Competition

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Wynwood Gateway Park Competition

Metro 1 has partnered with DawnTown Miami to present an international ideas, design and build competition for a true urban park in the heart of the burgeoning Wynwood Arts District in Miami, Florida. The winning design team will have their idea and proposal built as well as a cash prize of $10,000.

Brooks + Scarpa, Witold Rybczynski Win Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

00:00 - 1 May, 2014
Brooks + Scarpa, Witold Rybczynski Win Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, AIA 2014 Housing Award Recipient: Cherokee Studios / Brooks + Scarpa
AIA 2014 Housing Award Recipient: Cherokee Studios / Brooks + Scarpa

Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa of Brooks + Scarpa have been recognized for their “leadership in sustainable and socially progressive design” by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The Los Angeles-based architects will receive one of 10 National Design Awards given by the Museum in honor of “lasting achievement in American Design.” 

Witold Rybczynski, writer and professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, will also receive a National Design Award for his many written contributions to architecture, urbanism and design. 

A complete list of the 2014 National Design Award winners, after the break...

Koosmann Residence / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Koosmann Residence / Salmela Architect, © Paul Crosby
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Minnesota, USA
  • Principal Architect

    David Salmela, FAIA
  • Project Architect

    Malini Srivastava, AIA
  • General Contractor

    Streeter & Associates
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Luis Viale en Paternal / Nidolab

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Luis Viale en Paternal / Nidolab, © Daniela Mac Adden
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Steiner School / LOCALARCHITECTURE

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Steiner School / LOCALARCHITECTURE, © Matthieu Gafsou
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Route du Bois-Genoud 36, 1023 Crissier, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Manuel Bieler, Antoine Robert-Grandpierre, Laurent Saurer, Aude Mermier, Nicolas Willemet
  • Area

    1368.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

9 Architects Reflect on the Homes That Most Inspired Them

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
The homes that inspire architects.
The homes that inspire architects.

Where do you receive inspiration? Nalina Moses asked the question to nine contemporary residential architects, asking each to choose one residence that had left an impression on them. The following answers were first published on the AIA’s website in the article “Homing Instinct."

When nine accomplished residential architects were asked to pick a house—any house—that has left the greatest impression on them as designers, most of their choices ran succinctly along the canon of American or European Modern architecture. Two—Alvar Aalto’s Villa Mairea and Pierre Chareau’s La Maison de Verre—were even tapped twice. 

If the houses these designers chose weren’t surprising, the reasons they chose them were. Rather than groundbreaking style or technologies, what they cited were the moments of comfort, excitement, and refinement they offered: the restful proportions of a bedroom, the feel of a crafted wood handrail, an ocean view unfolding beyond an outdoor stair.

241 Sports Center Hector Berlioz / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
241 Sports Center Hector Berlioz / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects
Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Bis Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
  • Project Team Leader Planning

    José Luis Fuentes
  • Team Competition

    Richard Würtz, Manuela Certan, Jennifer Goletz, Magdalena Zogorska
  • Team Planning And Site

    Pablo Valdivia
  • Area

    13256.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

The Berlage Accepting 2014-15 Applications

00:00 - 30 April, 2014
The Berlage Accepting 2014-15 Applications

The Berlage is currently accepting applications for the 2014–2015 academic year. It offers an international, one-and-a-half-year English-language accreditated postgraduate-level Master of Science-degree program in architecture and urban design. The program focuses intensively on how architects and urban designers practice in a globalized world, concentrating on the complex development of the built environment within different contexts.

RIBA Finds Architects Rely Too Much on Single Sector

00:00 - 30 April, 2014
RIBA Finds Architects Rely Too Much on Single Sector, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The RIBA has found that many UK practices rely too heavily on a single sector, or even a single client, putting them at risk should work in that sector suddenly dry up. These statistics are among the findings of the RIBA's annual Business Benchmarking Survey, the only mandatory survey of all chartered practices in the UK.

The benchmarking survey estimates that a maximum of 40% of a practice's income can safely come from a single sector, but it found that 60% of practices with 20-50 staff and 54% of practices with over 50 staff failed to meet this rule of thumb. Furthermore the survey found that 90% of practices with fewer than 20 staff relied on just a single client for over 40% of their income.

Read on after the break for more results of the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey

Chez Carl / Jean De Lessard

01:00 - 30 April, 2014
Chez Carl / Jean De Lessard, © Adrien Williams
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  • Interior Designers

  • Location

    3000 Boulevard René Lévesque, Verdun, QC H3E 1T9, Canada
  • General Contractor

    Castle Reno (Paul Cantwell)
  • Area

    1229.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Watch/Watertower Sint Jansklooster / Zecc Architecten

01:00 - 30 April, 2014
Watch/Watertower Sint Jansklooster / Zecc Architecten, © Stijn Poelstra
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Barsbeek 6, De Weerribben-Wieden National Park, 8326 BN Sint Jansklooster, The Netherlands
  • Project Architect

    Bart Kellerhuis, Marnix van der Meer
  • Project Team

    Tom Leerkes, Mark Gerritsen
  • Client

    BOEi, Natuurmonumenten & Vitens
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AP House / MVN Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 April, 2014
AP House / MVN Arquitectos, Courtesy of MVN Arquitectos
Courtesy of MVN Arquitectos

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Macenas, 04007 Almería, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Diego Varela de Ugarte, Emilio Medina García
  • Area

    408.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MVN Arquitectos

Asef Office Building / Boozhgan Studio

01:00 - 30 April, 2014
Asef Office Building / Boozhgan Studio, © Ali Daghig
© Ali Daghig

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When Should Architects Say No? Five Renowned Architects Say Where They Draw the Line

00:00 - 30 April, 2014
When Should Architects Say No? Five Renowned Architects Say Where They Draw the Line, BIG's 2009 render for the National Library in Astana, Kazakhstan, which was never built. Image © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
BIG's 2009 render for the National Library in Astana, Kazakhstan, which was never built. Image © BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

To design or not to design -- that is the question. Our profession is one fraught with moral ambiguities -- "from who you’re willing to take on as a client, to what kinds of structures you’re designing, to who will actually build it (and under what conditions)." In a fascinating article, Fast Company's Shaunacy Ferro talks with five big-name architects to find out: where do you draw the line? Fentress Architects, for example, takes a hard line, refusing to design jails or any structure that conflicts with their beliefs. Bjarke Ingels, on the other hand, welcomes the opportunity to design in oppressively-led countries, such as Kazakhstan, because of the architecture's potential for the people. See all five responses on Fast Company, and let us know where your moral compass lies in the comments below.