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Architects' Reactions to Frei Otto's Pritzker Prize Win

23:00 - 31 March, 2015
Architects' Reactions to Frei Otto's Pritzker Prize Win, © Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf
© Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf

After news of Frei Otto winning the 2015 Pritzker Prize broke, the internet was filled with comments on his influence on the profession over the past half a century of architecture. Of course, with the news of the Pritzker sadly packaged with news of his death, the impulse for many to offer some words in remembrance heightened the outpouring of opinion.

In addition, Otto was especially popular among some of architecture's most established names; in a tweet, the New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman revealed that among the prominent advocates pushing for him to be awarded the prize were past laureates Renzo Piano and Shigeru Ban. With that in mind, we collected the thoughts and reactions of some of the leading architects today, revealing the respect held for Otto within the profession.

KAPSARC Mosque / HOK

23:00 - 31 March, 2015
KAPSARC Mosque / HOK, © Abdulrahman Alolyan
© Abdulrahman Alolyan

© Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan © Abdulrahman Alolyan + 17

Miu Miu Aoyama Store / Herzog & de Meuron

21:00 - 31 March, 2015
Miu Miu Aoyama Store / Herzog & de Meuron, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners + 12

Leo Burnett Singapore / SCA design

20:00 - 31 March, 2015
© Bai Jiwen
© Bai Jiwen

© Bai Jiwen © Bai Jiwen © Bai Jiwen © Bai Jiwen + 24

Pratt Institute to Host 2 Free Symposiums in April

18:00 - 31 March, 2015
Pratt Institute to Host 2 Free Symposiums in April, Courtesy of Pratt Institute
Courtesy of Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute is presenting two architectural symposiums that are free and open to the public: "An Inventory of What's Possible" on April 10 and "The Language of Architecture and Trauma" on April 11, 2015. "An Inventory of What's Possible" will focuse on the history of America’s affordable housing emerging from the research, architectural prototypes, and financing that occurred in New York, as well as the city’s future potential in response to Mayor de Blasio's housing plan.

College of Liberal Arts / Overland Partners

18:00 - 31 March, 2015
College of Liberal Arts / Overland Partners, © Dror Baldinger, AIA
© Dror Baldinger, AIA

© Lars Frazer Photography © Dror Baldinger, AIA © Dror Baldinger, AIA © Dror Baldinger, AIA + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    The University of Texas at Austin, 116 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78705, United States
  • Area

    212000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Álvaro Siza to Design 122-Meter Condo Tower in New York

16:15 - 31 March, 2015
Álvaro Siza to Design 122-Meter Condo Tower in New York, © Fernando Guerra via Instagram
© Fernando Guerra via Instagram

Álvaro Siza has been commissioned to design his first ever US project. Planned to rise 122-meters on the corner of West 56th Street and Eleventh Avenue in New York City, the Siza - designed condominium tower will be developed by Sumaida and Khurana - the same firm who just released designs for Tadao Ando’s first New York City tower: 152 Elizabeth Street. Stay tuned for more details. 

Deluxe Mountain Chalets / Viereck Architects

16:00 - 31 March, 2015
Deluxe Mountain Chalets / Viereck Architects, Courtesy of Viereck Architects
Courtesy of Viereck Architects

Courtesy of Viereck Architects Courtesy of Viereck Architects Courtesy of Viereck Architects Courtesy of Viereck Architects + 29

GRAFT Reveals Final Design for Munich's APASSIONATA Park

14:00 - 31 March, 2015
GRAFT Reveals Final Design for Munich's APASSIONATA Park, © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT
© GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT

GRAFT Architects has released the final designs for the APASSIONATA adventure park. The competition-winning proposal aims to become a hub for leisure and entertainment in Munich, Germany, featuring a year-round venue for relaxation, discovery, and interaction with horses.

Check out the design and watch a virtual tour of the park, after the break.

© GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT © GRAFT - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. Design by GRAFT + 10

A Pavilion on the Garden / Rafael Alanis, Andres Bonino, Matias Coll, Diego Secco

14:00 - 31 March, 2015
A Pavilion on the Garden / Rafael Alanis, Andres Bonino, Matias Coll, Diego Secco, © Marcos Guiponi
© Marcos Guiponi

© Marcos Guiponi © Marcos Guiponi © Marcos Guiponi © Marcos Guiponi + 27

Page\Park Wins Competition to Rebuild Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

12:08 - 31 March, 2015
Page\Park Wins Competition to Rebuild Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow School of Art (before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer
Glasgow School of Art (before the fire). Image © Alan McAteer

Page\Park Architects have been announced as winner of a competition to restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art (GSA). The Scottish practice, chosen ahead of four other shortlisted architects, will now develop plans to restore the building’s library and all other areas devastated by fire in May of last year

Highlighting Page\Park’s “extensive track record in both restoring and reinvigoration major historic buildings” and previous work on the Mac, GSA director Prof Tom Inns said: “The team assembled by Page\Park Architects impressed us not only with their deep knowledge of the building, but of the wider work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh… Page\Park have ongoing relationships with key crafts specialists and artists in Scotland and wider afield, and presented exciting proposals for expanding the legacy of the restoration by working with a new generation of creative talent.”

Spring Studios / AA Studio

12:00 - 31 March, 2015
Spring Studios / AA Studio, © Alexander Severin
© Alexander Severin

© Alexander Severin © Alexander Severin © Alexander Severin © Alexander Severin + 12

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

10:30 - 31 March, 2015
6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch, Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM
Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM

Threatening to end Cairo’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes - for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires - making the new capital of Egypt the largest planned city in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM Train station. Image © SOM Government District. Image © SOM Concept of Cairo's replacement by Skidmore, Owings and Merril. Image © SOM + 44

Jatobás Residence / Gesto Arquitetura

10:00 - 31 March, 2015
Jatobás Residence / Gesto Arquitetura, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santana de Parnaíba, Brazil
  • Project Architects

    Newton Massafumi Yamato e Tânia Regina Parma
  • Project Area

    612.7 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

eVolo Announces 2015 Skyscraper Competition Winners

09:00 - 31 March, 2015
eVolo Announces 2015 Skyscraper Competition Winners, First Place: “Essence Skyscraper” / BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo). Image Courtesy of eVolo
First Place: “Essence Skyscraper” / BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo). Image Courtesy of eVolo

From 480 submitted projects from around the world, three winners and 15 honorable mentions have emerged at the top of eVolo’s 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Recognizing innovative highrise designs of the future, the competition emphasizes the role of technology, material, spatial organization, and their combined contribution to the natural and built environments. This year’s winners showed exceptional promise in adaptive vertical communities, and explored their ideas through imaginative and resourceful means.

Check out the winners and honorable mentions, after the break.

Honorable Mention: “Tower of Refuge” / Qidan Chen. Image Courtesy of eVolo Honorable Mention: "Cloud Capture" / Taehan Kim, Seoung Ji Lee, Yujin Ha. Image Courtesy of eVolo Honorable Mention: “Reversal Strategy” / Luigi Bertazzoni, Paolo Giacomo Vasino. Image Courtesy of eVolo Honorable Mention: “Bio-Pyramid: Reversing Desertification” / David Sepulveda, Wagdy Moussa, Ishaan Kumar, Wesley Townsend, Colin Joyce, Arianna Armelli, Salvador Juarez. Image Courtesy of eVolo + 24

ModulARCH Festival of Modular Architecture

06:00 - 31 March, 2015
ModulARCH Festival of Modular Architecture, Courtesy of Arch for People
Courtesy of Arch for People

Organized by Czech collective Arch for People, ModulARCH is a new festival of modular architecture to be held in Brno, Czech Republic this April. The festival will explore all aspects of modular architecture from the ecological to the economic, and discuss the role of the typology within the contemporary city. Learn more about the three day conference after the break.

Old Church Street Town House / TDO Architecture

06:00 - 31 March, 2015
Old Church Street Town House / TDO Architecture, © Ben Blossom
© Ben Blossom

© Ben Blossom © Ben Blossom © Ben Blossom © Ben Blossom + 21

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Midlands Awards

05:00 - 31 March, 2015
Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Midlands Awards, Shortlisted: Parkside, Matlock / Evans Vettori Architects. Image © Tristan Poyser
Shortlisted: Parkside, Matlock / Evans Vettori Architects. Image © Tristan Poyser

A total of eleven projects have been shortlisted for RIBA East Midlands 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Evans Vettori, Make, Orms, and Studio Gedye. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.