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The Naked House / Marc Gerritsen

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
The Naked House / Marc Gerritsen, Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen
Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ko Samui, Thailand
  • Area

    587.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen

Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen Courtesy of Marc Gerritsen +34

Call for Projects: London Festival of Architecture

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Call for Projects: London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture will be taking place from June 1 to June 30. Now in its 10th year, the Festival is initiated by The Architecture Foundation, British Council, New London Architecture and RIBA London to celebrate London as a global hub of architectural practice, discussion and debate. 

MQ Project / Oscar Malaspina + Rodrigo Apolaya + Rosa Aguirre

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
MQ Project  / Oscar Malaspina + Rodrigo Apolaya  + Rosa Aguirre, © Frederick Cooper
© Frederick Cooper

© Frederick Cooper © Frederick Cooper © Frederick Cooper © Frederick Cooper +22

Infographic: The Pritzker Prize 1979 - 2015

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Infographic: The Pritzker Prize 1979 - 2015

Last week, Frei Otto was announced as the 40th recipient of the Pritzker Prize, the latest in a long line of talented architects (as well as the first architect to ever receive the Prize posthumously). Learn more about the Prize and its winners after the break! 

EMG Shanghai Design Centre / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
EMG Shanghai Design Centre / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yixian Unit (Qingshi Road), Wujiaochang, Baoshan, Shanghai, China
  • Area

    537.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +16

Pritzker Juror Alejandro Aravena on Shigeru Ban: Virtuousity in Service of Our Most Urgent Challenges

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Pritzker Juror Alejandro Aravena on Shigeru Ban: Virtuousity in Service of Our Most Urgent Challenges

The following is Alejandro Aravena's response to the Shigeru Ban's Pritzker winAravena is the executive director of the firm ELEMENTAL S.A and a member of the Pritzker Jury who selected Ban as this year's Pritzker Laureate.

Shigeru Ban has expanded the field of architecture in unexpected ways. He has proved that the inspired artist and the skilled designer is not inevitably condemned to work for a privileged elite, but that innovation can take place while working for the majority, particularly those historically underserved, forgotten or neglected. In order to do that, he redefined the approach to deal with difficult, urgent and relevant challenges, replacing professional charity by professional quality. Ban has shown that no matter how tough the circumstances or scarce the means, good design far from being an extra cost carries the added value of sharp efficiency, power of synthesis and an uplifting feeling.

Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Research Tower to Be Restored

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Research Tower to Be Restored, SCJ Research Tower / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © SC Johnson
SCJ Research Tower / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © SC Johnson

Partially credited to the spotlight cast by MoMA’s "Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal" exhibition, SC Johnson (SCJ) has agreed to restore their 15-story Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower as a museum and corporate office in Racine, Wisconsin. Wright’s only constructed taproot-core, the 1950s tower is “an inspiring example of cantilever construction with an inner core extending 50 feet into the ground that provides support for the 16 million pound structure,” described SCJ. “The taproot core bears a strong resemblance to the lily pad-like columns seen throughout SC Johnson’s Administration Building, another Wright-designed facility.” 

Park Passive House / NK Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Park Passive House / NK Architects, © Aaron Leitz
© Aaron Leitz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Madison Park, Seattle, WA 98112, United States
  • Area

    2710.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz +17

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine / Little

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine / Little, © Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth
  • Architects

  • Location

    Buies Creek, NC 27546, United States
  • Area

    96500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth +14

Courtyard House / DeForest Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Courtyard House / DeForest Architects, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider +19

Arquitectonica Proposes Beckham MLS Stadium for Port of Miami

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
© 360 Architecture and Arquitectonica
© 360 Architecture and Arquitectonica

Miami-based Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture have unveiled preliminary details for a 25,000-seat, open-air Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium at the Port of Miami. One of 30 locations currently being reviewed as a potential site, the downtown location could serve as the home for David Beckham’s MLS expansion team as early as 2018. 

Amarin Apartment Village / 3LHD

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Amarin Apartment Village / 3LHD, Courtesy of 3LHD
Courtesy of 3LHD
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ulica Giosue Carduccia 4, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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From #Baffled to #BanstheMan! Twitterverse Reacts to Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Win

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
From #Baffled to #BanstheMan! Twitterverse Reacts to Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Win

We culled the Twitterverse looking for reactions to Shigeru Ban's Prizker win - from readers and critics alike. While the responses were generally positive, some were less so. 

See our favorite responses - from #baffled to #goodenough to #Banstheman! - after the break.

Reconstruction of the the Ederly People Association / Nicolas San Architecte

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte
Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte
  • Architects

  • Location

    Seysses, France
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte

Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte +17

Post 2 PP Interview

00:00 - 25 March, 2014

Last week we had the opportunity to interview this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Shigeru Ban, within his Metal Shutters Houses in New York City. The Japanese architect, who was a member of the Pritzker jury from 2006-2009, gave us his thoughtful, humble response to receiving architecture's most prestigious prize, saying the win is an "encouragement for me to continue working to make great architecture as well as working in disaster areas."

When we asked him how he remains so committed to humanitarian efforts, balancing them with his other commissions, he explained: "I also like to make monuments because monuments can be wonderful treasures for the city, but also I knew many people were suffering after the natural disasters, and the government provided them very poor evacuation facilities and temporary housing. I believe I can make them better." 

Read the entire interview transcript, in which Ban discusses his innovative use of materials and gives us a few anecdotes about studying in the US, after the break.

Critics and Peers Comment on Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Prize

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Critics and Peers Comment on Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Prize

Yesterday we asked some prominent critics and a few of Ban's peers to weigh in on the Japanese architect's Pritzker win. Curators, architects, and writers praised Ban's approach and conviction, describing what Ban's work signifies to the architecture community. Read on for comments from Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair, MoMA curators Barry Bergdoll and Pedro Gadanho, Cooper Union classmates Nanako Umemoto and Jesse Reiser, of Reiser + Umemototo, and more.

"We are very proud of Shigeru as the first Pritzker Prize Winner to have graduated from Cooper Union. Shigeru continues to embody the independent thinking that was highly emphasized through our education. We met Shigeru in 1979, and can speak to his dedication to humanity from the beginning. As we recall, each design problem for Shigeru became an occasion to explore the work of what he considered to be the master architects as a way of developing his own voice. It has become fashionable to connect architecture to social causes; however, Shigeru has never seen it as a trend, but rather something fundamental to his design practice. Unlike those in the discipline who conflate their social and political commitments with architecture, he happens to be a very fine architect. As a result of his education abroad and his inclination to define a unique practice, Shigeru has always been viewed as an independent within the Japanese scene. We are very excited that Shigeru's work is being honored."
Nanako Umemoto and Jesse Reiser 
Founders of Reiser + Umemototo, RUR Architecture PC

Stackyard House / Mole Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Stackyard House / Mole Architects, © David Butler
© David Butler

© David Butler © David Butler © David Butler © David Butler +11

Life of an Architect Launches 3rd Annual Playhouse Competition

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Life of an Architect Launches 3rd Annual Playhouse Competition, Courtesy of Life of an Architect
Courtesy of Life of an Architect

Life of an Architect’s Bob Borson has launched the 3rd annual Architect Playhouse Design Competition - a (free) competition open to all that benefits the abused children of Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Entirely funded by Borson, the competition challenges participants to design a creative playhouse under $4,000 USD. The top two winning entries will be constructed then displayed and raffled at the nonprofit organization; All proceeds will be donated to Dallas CASA. Registration is now open and all submissions are due by May 12th. See last year’s winners, after the break, and register here to participate