Bloomberg's Next Move: Leading an 'Urban SWAT Team'

00:00 - 21 December, 2013
Bloomberg's Next Move: Leading an 'Urban SWAT Team', © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

After a 12 year mayoral run, many have been wondering what Michael Bloomberg's next move will be. The answer: be mayor of every city (kind of). Bloomberg, along with most of his New York City Hall team (including transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan), has shifted his focus to Bloomberg Associates, a consultancy group that - like an 'urban SWAT team' - offers advice to cities that call for it. For free. To learn more about Bloomberg's newest initiative, read the full article here on The New York Times. 

Six Projects Selected as Public Interest Design Global Award Winners

00:00 - 20 December, 2013
Six Projects Selected as Public Interest Design Global Award Winners, Butaro Doctor's Housing. Image © Iwan Baan
Butaro Doctor's Housing. Image © Iwan Baan

Six projects have been announced as the Public Interest Design Global Project Winners, an award organized by the Ecole Spécial d’Architecture, Design Corps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network. The award is given to projects which exemplify design for communities with the aim of improving lives, and the winners will be presented at a two-day event in Paris on April 18th-19th 2014.

Read on for descriptions of the six winners after the break

Janus House / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +17

Urban Living Award Winners Announced

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Urban Living Award Winners Announced, Metropol Parasol; J. Mayer H. Architekten. Image Courtesy of Urban Living Awards
Metropol Parasol; J. Mayer H. Architekten. Image Courtesy of Urban Living Awards

The winners of 2013 Urban Living Awards, a joint effort between the Senate Department of Urban Development and the Deutsche Wohnen AG, have been announced. 

The competition aims to inspire architects to improve the quality of urban life through design, while also stimulating urban cooperation. Though it was only founded in 2010, it has already become one of the most respected competitions in the world. Indeed, the 240 contributions in 2013 hailed from over 20 European countries - a huge expansion from previous years. 

Read more for the winners...

Foster + Partners' Thames Hub On the Chopping Block

00:00 - 20 December, 2013
Foster + Partners' Thames Hub On the Chopping Block, Foster + Partners’ Proposal for Thames Hub. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners’ Proposal for Thames Hub. Image © Foster + Partners

The prognosis does not look good for Foster + Partners' plan for an airport hub in the Thames Estuary. The Guardian reports that the Independent Airports Commission has released an interim report, revealing a shortlist of potential options for the UK - and the Thames Hub (with an estimated price tag of £112bn)  isn't on it.  Yet hope (however slim) does remain for the proposal, as its persistent defender, London mayor Boris Johnson, has managed to convince the commission to revisit the idea in early 2014. Get the whole story at The Guardian.

Passy Cultural Space and Youth Club / Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
© Stephan Lucas
© Stephan Lucas
  • Architects

  • Location

    77 Rue Arsène Poncet, 74190 Passy, France
  • Project Manager

    Nicolas Gaudard
  • Assistant Architects

    Camille Gaven, Linna Lay, Thaïs de Roquemaurel
  • Architects in Charge

    Laura Giovannetti, Mathilde Mahler, Juliane Stolberg
  • Area

    2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas © Stephan Lucas +21

AIA Focuses on Neighborhood and Community Growth for Q3/2013

00:00 - 20 December, 2013
AIA Focuses on Neighborhood and Community Growth for Q3/2013, Americans are indicating that they prefer higher-density, more walkable neighborhoods. Image Courtesy of AIA
Americans are indicating that they prefer higher-density, more walkable neighborhoods. Image Courtesy of AIA

The AIA just released its third quarter Design Trends Survey for 2013. Key findings have been made since the previous survey, specifically on neighborhood and community trends. 

Grizedale / Sutherland Hussey Architects

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Grizedale / Sutherland Hussey Architects, Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects
Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cumbria, UK
  • Consultants

    Burgess Roughton, Johnstons, David Eley Associates
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects

Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Architects +16

Lullaby Factory / Studio Weave

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Lullaby Factory / Studio Weave, © Studio Weave
© Studio Weave

From the architect. The Lullaby Factory is an intervention by Studio Weave which makes the best of a bad situation: a recently designed building at Great Ormond Street Childrens' Hospital, the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, was designed to look onto an open space - a view which, thanks to the hospital's phasing of developments, will be obstructed by the Southwood Building for another 15 years.

In the intervening time, something had to be done about the view onto the narrow alleyway and industrial facade of the Southwood Building. Studio Weave re-imagined the building, covered in pipework, as a fantastical factory, manufacturing lullabies for the children staying in the hospital.

Read on after the break for more on Studio Weave's clever intervention...

© Studio Weave © Studio Weave © Studio Weave © Studio Weave +16

House in Ontinyent / Borja García

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
House in Ontinyent / Borja García, Courtesy of Borja García
Courtesy of Borja García
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Músico Vert, 46870 Ontinyent, Valencia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Borja García, Clara Gironés, Sergio García-Gasco, Jorge Cortés and Manuel Martínez
  • Collaborators

    Clara Gironés, Sergio García-Gasco, Jorge Cortés y Manuel Martínez. Promotor: Gandía Blasco
Localización: Músico Vert, Ontinyent
  • Area

    550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Borja García

Courtesy of Borja García Courtesy of Borja García Courtesy of Borja García Courtesy of Borja García +20

Beyond The Hill / acaa

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Beyond The Hill / acaa, © Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kazuhiko Kishimoto
  • Structural Engineer

    Takahiro Suwabe
  • Area

    158.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +18

El Pulté Equestrian Country Club / DARCON Taller de Arquitectura

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
El Pulté Equestrian Country Club / DARCON Taller de Arquitectura, © Leonardo Izaguirre
© Leonardo Izaguirre
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Architect in Charge

    Rodolfo Cabrera
  • Constructor

    Grupo Darcon, Grupo Macro, Construtierra.
  • Area

    1148616.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Leonardo Izaguirre © Leonardo Izaguirre © Leonardo Izaguirre © Leonardo Izaguirre +23

Artevelde College Ghent / Crepain Binst Architectur

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Artevelde College Ghent / Crepain Binst Architectur, Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture
Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kantienberg, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Project Manager

    Dirk Engelen
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture

Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture +21

Chameleon Cabin / White Arkitekter

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Chameleon Cabin / White Arkitekter, © Rasmus Norlander
© Rasmus Norlander
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Mattias Lind
  • Brand Agency

    Happy F + B
  • Printer

    Göteborgstryckeriet
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander +27

Zero Energy school / Mikou Design Studio

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Zero Energy school / Mikou Design Studio, © Florian Kleinefenn
© Florian Kleinefenn
  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Ouen, France
  • Design Team

    Salwa Mikou, Cecile Jalby, Miguel Allen Valença
  • Area

    4820.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn © Florian Kleinefenn +29

Under Armour / Marc Thorpe Design

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
Under Armour / Marc Thorpe Design , Courtesy of Marc Thorpe Design
Courtesy of Marc Thorpe Design

Courtesy of Marc Thorpe Design Courtesy of Marc Thorpe Design Courtesy of Marc Thorpe Design Courtesy of Marc Thorpe Design +20

SLASH with Phillips/Pilkington Architects Win the Royal Adelaide Hospital Competition

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
SLASH with Phillips/Pilkington Architects Win the Royal Adelaide Hospital Competition, SLASH. Image Courtesy of ODASA
SLASH. Image Courtesy of ODASA

Slash with Phillips/Pilkington Architects have been announced as the winners of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site International Design Competition, which was open to registered architects and landscape architects from around the world. The competition centred around redesigning the current hospital site, which will be vacated in 2016, in order to create an iconic place within the Greater Riverbank Precinct of Adelaide. See the winning and shortlisted proposals after the break.

Ysalazam. Image Courtesy of ODASA Nice Architects. Image Courtesy of ODASA Oculus FKA. Image Courtesy of ODASA Zuzana and Nicholas. Image Courtesy of ODASA +36

The Indicator: What the Julia Morgan AIA Gold Medal Says about Equality in Architecture

00:00 - 20 December, 2013
The Indicator: What the Julia Morgan AIA Gold Medal Says about Equality in Architecture, Interior of St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, CA. Image © Mark Anthony Wilson
Interior of St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, CA. Image © Mark Anthony Wilson

The recent announcement that Julia Morgan has posthumously received the 2014 AIA Gold Medal, the AIA’s top honor, while positive and inspirational, raises some important questions concerning the recognition and advancement of women in the profession. She is the first woman, living or dead, to receive the honor in the award’s 106-year history. From 1907 to 2012, all recipients have been men.

It seems Morgan was destined to be first. She was the first female graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1902) and the first woman to obtain an architecture license in California. She is known principally as architect of the extravagant and stunning Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California and the designer of over 700 buildings.