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Architect Gia Wolff Wins Inaugural Wheelwright Prize

Brooklyn-based architect and Harvard GSD alumni Gia Wolff has been awarded the $100,000 Wheelwright Prize for her proposal Floating City: The Community-Based Architecture of Parade Floats. Now in its first edition, the Wheelwright Prize is a travel grant issued by Harvard University in an effort to foster new forms of architectural research led by cross-cultural engagement. 

Mohsen Mostafavi: “The positive response to the Wheelwright Prize has been extraordinary. It is inspiring to see so many talented architects with clear agendas and visions. I am delighted for Gia Wolff, the winner of the prize. Her proposed investigations at the intersection of design, performance, and temporality will surely provide us with new insights and new directions for the future of architecture.”

Architecture at Zero 2013 Competition

Open to students and professionals worldwide, the Architecture at Zero 2013 competition is challenging participants to create a design for a new, roughly 150 unit mixed-use residential apartment building located in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, California. With the aim of being as close to zero net energy as possible, the building must be a mix of affordable and market rate housing units and include a full neighborhood-serving grocery store on the ground level. The competition is presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and AIA San Francisco, in partnership with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). Submissions are due October 1. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

Techos House / Mathias Klotz

  • Architects: Mathias Klotz
  • Location: San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro Province, Argentina
  • Project Architect: Mathias Klotz (KLOTZ & asociados)
  • Area: 650 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Courtesy of Matías Klotz Courtesy of Matías Klotz Courtesy of Matías Klotz Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Six Semi-Detached Houses + Isolated House in Rocafort/ Antonio Altarriba Comes

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  • Location: Rocafort, Valencia, Spain
  • Area: 2135.0 m2
  • Photographs: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Studio Terra240 / Arquitetos Associados

  • Architects: Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
  • Architects in Charge: Bruno Santa Cecília y Carlos Alberto Maciel
  • Collaboration: Enara Paiva, Michelle Andrade, Fernanda Rabelo
  • Area: 750.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Eduardo Eckenfels, Leonardo Finotti

© Eduardo Eckenfels © Eduardo Eckenfels © Eduardo Eckenfels © Leonardo Finotti

Can Architecture Make Us More Creative? Part III: Academic Environments

August Kekulé discovered the structure of the benzene ring after having a daydream of the Ouroboros, a famous mythological snake depicted as biting its own tail. Francis Crick figured out the complimentary replication system of DNA when he remembered the process of replicating a sculpture by making an impression of it in plaster, and using it as a mold to make copies. Johannes Keppler attributes his laws of planetary motion to an inspiration from religion: the sun, the stars, and the dark space around them represent the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost respectively.

What’s the point? According to Arthur Koestler, “all decisive events in the history of scientific thought can be described in terms of mental cross-fertilization between different disciplines.” Great discoveries arise not from the isolated hermit working without interference, but from tireless work enlightened by unintentional collisions with an unfamiliar subject. For Kekulé, it was ancient mythology, for Crick, sculpture, and for Keppler, religion.

Creativity and innovation, then, thrive where disciplines collide. And this is true not only for science, but for all subjects. We all have something to learn from one another, and what better place to encourage this cross-fertilization than school?

Keep reading to find out more about how interdisciplinary architecture can foster creativity and collaboration in schools…

Snailtower / Künnapu & Padrik Architects

  • Architects: Künnapu & Padrik Architects
  • Location: Tartu, Estonia
  • Structural Engineering: TARI
  • Builder: Nordecon Ehitus
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Reio Avaste

© Reio Avaste © Reio Avaste © Reio Avaste © Reio Avaste

Tel-Aviv White City Forum Winning Proposal / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

The Tel-Aviv White City Forum winning proposal by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects is an exhibition center, part of the huge Tel- Aviv wholesale market project currently under construction. Comprising thousands of apartment units, a mall, a school and a sports complex, the Forum will be a platform for genuine urban celebration. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2013 AIA Housing Awards Announced

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the six recipients of the 2013 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards Program, now in its 13th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. All the winners, after the break.

The City of Fort Lauderdale Votes in Favor of BIG's Marina Lofts

Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

On Tuesday, a sea of green and blue flooded the Fort Lauderdale City Commission chamber to either support or oppose a BIG, $250 million multi-use development planned to infill an industrial gap on the waterfront of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Although the majority of the crowd seemed to be in favor of the “impressive, innovative and even daring” project, concerns arose regarding the Marina Lofts’ density, height and traffic impact – many of which were appeased by developer Asi Cymbal’s decision to reduce the two 36-story towers to 28, which cut nearly 100 housing units from the project.

Other last ditch opposition efforts regarded the controversial plan to move a giant rain tree that wasn’t within the purview of the board’s review. Despite this, following an hour-long presentation by Cymbal and his staff, the Planning  & Zoning board unanimously voted 9-0 in favor of the project.

More after the break…

Classic: Maritxell Sanctuary / Ricardo Bofill

  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill
  • Location: Canillo, Andorra
  • Project Year: 1978
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

'Le Corbusier/New York' Symposium

Held in conjunction with MoMA’s exhibition Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, “Le Corbusier/New York” is a two-day international symposium taking place June 8-9. The event will examine this world-renowned French architect's ideas on the city before and after his first trip to the United States, along with his influence on generations of American architects. The journey through Le Corbusier’s work will begin on Saturday with an exclusive preview of the MoMA exhibition led by its curator Jean-Louis Cohen and Sunday's events include engaging lectures at the Center for Architecture. Discussions will focus on how Le Corbusier's ideas about New York City influenced his work and how, in turn, Le Corbusier's legacy impacted the city's built environment. For more information, please visit here.

Xiamen Wu Yuan Wan Mixed-Use Development Winning Proposal / Aedas

Designed by Aedas, their competition winning proposal to design a bay front, mixed-use development in Wu Yuan Wan, Xiamen, China is comprised of a shopping mall, a five-star hotel and two SOHO towers. With a total gross floor area of 175,000 square meters, their design aims to become the centerpiece of a new master plan. Ultimately, it will be a new retail landmark and a well integrated complex that responds to its watery surrounding.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Office Building / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten

  • Architects: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten
  • Location: Annette-Allee 3, 48149 Münster, Germany
  • Project Manager: Ulrich Schimtenings
  • Architects Case Study: Olga Ritter, Mathias Astrom, Kilian Jockisch
  • Architects Realization: Heinz Josef Döpper, Mathias Astrom, Olga Ritter
  • Area: 1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau

© Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau © Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau © Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau © Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau

Armadillo / Yuji Tanabe Architects

© Yuji Tanabe
© Yuji Tanabe
  • Architects: Yuji Tanabe Architects
  • Location: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Structural Engineer: Jun Sato
  • Builder: Kawaguchi Kenchiku
  • Area: 52.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yuji Tanabe

© Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe