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Crafting the Interview 4.0 Event

Now in it's 4th year, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NYCOBA) announced their Crafting the Interview event for graduating college students and young professionals seeking feedback on their portfolio. A panel presentation will provide information about the job searching process and current market trends. The event will offer constructive one-on-one feedback to participants and a panel discussion comprised of HR professionals representing different sectors of the architectural + design community. The event is intended to prepare attendees to be practiced for potential interviews and to gain an understanding of current job trends. The event will take place May 18th from 11:00am-4:30pm. For more information, please visit here.

Milan Design Week 2013: Akihisa Hirata Designs 'Amazing Flow' for Lexus

Under the guidance of Toyo Ito, Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata envisioned an  futuristic, experienced-based installation which sought to express “manifestations of flow as they relate to people and nature” to the spectators of the 2013 Milan Design Week. Titled “Amazing Flow”, the installation offered a “vision of the city of tomorrow” with a multi-sensory experience that embodied the “Lexus’ world vision” and a glimpse into how cars flow throughout built environment  The display consisted of a continuous, wooden structure that represented a moment in which “roads, humans, wind and water flow as a single entity.”

Compare the installation to the Lexus “Create Amazing” promotional video for the 2014 LF-LC Concept car and watch an interview with Hirata after the break...

Taronga Zoo / BVN Architecture

  • Architects: BVN Architecture
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Client: Zoological Parks Board of NSW
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings

W-House / Uchida Architect Design Office

  • Architects: Uchida Architect Design Office
  • Location: Oita, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Uchida Architect Design Office
  • Constructional Engine: Hashimoto Kensetsu
  • Area: 78.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Kawano

© Hiroyuki Kawano © Hiroyuki Kawano © Hiroyuki Kawano © Hiroyuki Kawano

Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts / Scenic Architecture Office

  • Architects: Scenic Architecture Office
  • Location: Shanghai
  • Architect in Charge: Zhu Xiaofeng
  • Design Team: Li Qitong, Xu Lei, Dong Zhiping, Zhang Hao
  • Client: Shanghai Dianshanhu Newtown Development Ltd.
  • Structural & MEP: Shanghai Xiandai Huagai Architectural Design Ltd.
  • Area: 1818.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Azercosmos / Nariman Architecture

© Shahin Huseinov
© Shahin Huseinov
  • Architects: Nariman Architecture
  • Location: Azerbaijan
  • Architect in Charge: Nariman Imamaliev
  • Design Team: A.Elchin, M.Urfan, H.Nigar, I.Samira, A.Susan, A.Nigar, Q.Rafael
  • Constructors: Sakhavat Asadov, Abdulla Ahmadov
  • Area: 2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Shahin Huseinov

© Shahin Huseinov © Shahin Huseinov © Shahin Huseinov © Shahin Huseinov

The Connected City Design Challenge

Aiming to build awareness of urban design solutions capable of shaping Dallas forward, The Connected City Design Challenge is asking participants to develop a more refined and specific strategy for connecting the downtown and river, and assist in securing future public and private investment. By empowering both designers and citizens, The Challenge will work to realize integrated solutions that improve the livability and viability of our city. In order to secure the most capable design talent and facilitate a variety of solutions, this will be structured as a competitive process consisting of two idea streams: a professional stream and an open stream. Requests for qualifications are due May 9 for the professional stream and for the open stream, the deadline for submissions is October 3. For more information, please visit here.

Kickstarter Campaign Seeks Funds To Produce Film About Eileen Gray

As we've mentioned before, Irish designer Eileen Gray was undoubtedly one of the most influential, and most overlooked, designers of the 20th century. However, a new Kickstarter campaign aims to put that right once and for all. The campaign is seeking funds to help renovate Gray's seminal house, E-1027, for the production of a feature film about the architect. 

PLAYscapes International Design Competition

Building Trust international just launched 'PLAYscapes', an international design competition that challenges professional and student architects, designers, engineers and artists to find exciting design proposals to transform neglected parts of cities into interactive landscapes, encouraging public engagement, community involvement and sustainable adaptive reuse. Proposals should be sited in an abandoned or forgotten urban site and develop PLAYscapes that create opportunity for interaction and play for citizens of all ages. Submissions are due July 29. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

National Maritime Museum Competition Entry / Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

Situated outside the city of Tianjin in Northern China, the proposal for the new National Maritime Museum is designed to house both new and old maritime items with a focus on celebrating the historical achievements of Chinese naval exploration through out time. Designed by Holm Architecture Offce (HAO) + AI the museum combines all aspects of the maritime world, from aquarium to sailing to education, combining a series of unique visitor experiences under one roof. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Billon / Vincent Kohler

Created by Swiss sculpter Vincent Kohler, this stunning installation beautifully deconstructs the log. Titled “Billon”, 110 x 100 x 300 cm piece is made of wood, polystyrène, and résine. 

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art / Approach Architecture Studio

  • Architects: Approach Architecture Studio
  • Location: Beijing
  • Architect in Charge: Liang Jingyu
  • Art Director: Lu Qiong
  • Design Team: Peng Xiaohu, Zhao Ning, Li Honglei, Yang Jieqing, Zhou Yuan, Gu Wei
  • Engineers: Beijing Jiuyuan Tri-Star Architects Partnership
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio

BIG Breaks Ground on Faroe Islands Education Centre

Situated on a hillside in the outskirts of Torshavn, the capital of the autonomous Denmark province of Faroe Islands, the new Marknagil Education Center will seek to “establish synergies” between three educational institutions under one roof. The BIG-designed, 19,200 square meter will provide for more than 1,200 students and 300 teachers by housing the Faroe Islands Gymnasium, Torshavns Technical College and Business College of Faroe Islands in a single building, making it the largest educational building in the country’s history. 

More images and the architect’s description after the break...

CUNIPIC Headquarters / CODIstudio

Courtesy of CODIstudio
Courtesy of CODIstudio
  • Architects: CODIstudio
  • Location: Vallfogona de Balaguer, Lleida, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: CODIstudio
  • Leading Architect: Oscar FRAGO
  • Design Team: Cristina ALCALDE, Kenneth McGUIRE
  • Design & Calculus of Building Structures: Oscar FRAGO
  • Area: 425.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CODIstudio

Courtesy of CODIstudio Courtesy of CODIstudio Courtesy of CODIstudio Courtesy of CODIstudio

Mexican Architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez Dies at 94

Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, one of the most important Mexican architects of the 20th century, died yesterday on his 94th birthday in Mexico City. Ramírez headed the construction of many of Mexico's modernist landmarks including several museums, the nation's largest sports stadium and a shrine that attracts the most pilgrimages in the country.

Read more on Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and his architectural legacy after the break.

4B / Holscher Arkitekter

  • Architects: Holscher Arkitekter
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Co-Workers: Nils Holscher partner, Claus Sivager partner, Mikkel Nordberg part-ner, Philip Pedersen sagsarkitekt, Maria-Rose Guldbrandsen stud, Thomas Bossel stud
  • Engineer: Erik K. Jørgensen
  • Landscaper: Holscher Arkitekter as
  • Area: 580.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Peter Nørby

© Peter Nørby © Peter Nørby © Peter Nørby © Peter Nørby

ENSTA / JB Lacoudre Architectures

  • Architects: JB Lacoudre Architectures
  • Location: Boulevard des Maréchaux, 91120 Palaiseau, France
  • Collaborating Architects: Laurent Toussaint, Christian Koch, Florent Poisson
  • Client: SOGEPROM and Adim
  • Area: 24000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: 11h45, Nicolas Borel

© 11h45 © Nicolas Borel © 11h45 © Nicolas Borel

Stone House / Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie