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Grimshaw Picked to Design Recreational Sports Facilities in Qatar

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Grimshaw Picked to Design Recreational Sports Facilities in Qatar, Courtesy of Grimshaw
Courtesy of Grimshaw

The Qatar Olympic Committee has selected Grimshaw as the winner of a competition to design a series of recreational sports facilities across Qatar. Grimshaw's design utilizes a 'kit-of-parts' concept to provide adaptable sports centers which suit the different requirements of each site.

The Al Farjan Recreational Sports Facilities will each feature an elevated cafe at the center of the complex, around which football, volleyball, basketball and handball facilities can be added, as well as outdoor children’s playgrounds, public amenities and social areas.

Read on after the break for more on the design.

Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design, © Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

© Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa +19

Smiljan Radic's Serpentine Pavilion Opens

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Smiljan Radic's Serpentine Pavilion Opens, © 2014 Iwan Baan
© 2014 Iwan Baan

UPDATE: Check out video from today's press conference at the Serpentine Pavilion! 

The 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, opened this morning in London's Hyde Park. The pavilion, a glass-fibre reinforced plastic shell resting on large quarry stones, was inspired by a papier mâché model which Radic created four years ago as a response to the Oscar Wilde story 'The Selfish Giant'.

© Daniel Portilla
© Daniel Portilla

More images after the break

Aberto Studio / AR Arquitetos

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Aberto Studio / AR Arquitetos, © Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Marina Acayaba, Juan Pablo Rosenberg
  • Collaborator

    Paloma Delgado
  • Project Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

Linx Hotel International Airport Galeão / OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Linx Hotel International Airport Galeão / OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +52

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro/Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) - Avenida Vinte de Janeiro, s/n° - Galeão, Ilha do Governador, Rio - Rio de Janeiro, 21941-570, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Carolina Souza Pinto, Lucas Obino, Cristiano Selbach Carneiro
  • Project Team

    André Fauri, Carlota Vázquez, Erika Hartmann, Franco Miotto, Gelson Saldanha, Louise Serraglio, Luísa Dornelles, Roberto Flores, Stefânia Pilz
  • Project Area

    7528.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Infographic: The Evolution of the Office

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
Infographic: The Evolution of the Office, © Sunica de Klerk
© Sunica de Klerk

Learn about the evolution of the workplace, from the very first office developed by the De Medici family to today's open collaboration spaces, after the break!

Imagine Institute / Valero Gadan Architectes + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
© Christophe Valtin
© Christophe Valtin
  • Architects

  • Location

    123 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75015 Paris, France
  • Project Leaders

    Project: Gaston TOLILA et Élodie VADEPIED | Competition: Gaston TOLILA
  • Project Team

    Project: Delphine ALTIER, Léa CHARRAT, Yseult DE DIEULEVEULT, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI | Competition: Chen CHEN, Nathalie DIEBOLD, Damien FARAUT, Samuel LACAILLE, Fabrice LAGARDE, Sophie LAROMIGUIERE, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI
  • Area

    18992.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Christophe Valtin © Patrick H. Muller © Patrick H. Muller © Patrick H. Muller +43

MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

Wiel Arets, Dean of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Dirk Denison, Director of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), have announced the inaugural MCHAP shortlist – 36 “Outstanding Projects” selected from the 225 MCHAP nominees.

“The rich diversity of these built works is a testament to the creative energy at work in the Americas today,” said Arets. “When viewed alongside the innovative work by the MCHAP.emerge finalists and winner, Poli House by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen which we honored in May, we see the evolution of a distinctly American conversation about creating livable space.” See all 36 winners after the break.

Inside Russia's "Fair Enough" - Special Mention Winner at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 24 June, 2014

The Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale is selling the most important architectural ideas from Russia. Curators Anton Kalgaev, Brendan Mcgetrick, and Daria Paramonova selected twenty ideas that offer solutions to contemporary architectural issues and designed the pavilion as a commercial fair. It's even got generic furniture and salespeople manning the booths.

They talked to us about their project Fair Enough and why their contribution to the Biennale is a market where Russia's originally socialist ideas are sold as updated "products."

Check out the full curatorial statement, flip through the 160-page pavilion catalog, and see a full gallery of images after the break.

Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Fair Enough. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh +12

RIBA Future Trends Survey Demonstrates Continued Stability

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Demonstrates Continued Stability, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBAFuture Trends Survey for May show that the Workload Index among UK practices was slightly down in comparison to April (from +35 to +33) with the recovery in confidence levels remaining consistently "very strong" across the country. Although last month's survey showed London as the region with the brightest outlook, confidence levels reported by architects in Wales and the West topped the index with a balance figure of +49. Workload forecasts in the private sector, public sector and community sector have all significantly increased.

2014 MASterworks Awards for Design Excellence in NYC

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
2014 MASterworks Awards for Design Excellence in NYC, BRIC Arts Media House & Urban Glass/ LEESER Architecture. Image Courtesy of MAS NYC
BRIC Arts Media House & Urban Glass/ LEESER Architecture. Image Courtesy of MAS NYC

The Municipal Art Society (MAS) of New York announced their list of honorees for the 2014 MASterworks Awards last week.  These annual awards are dedicated to buildings, completed the year previously in the city of New York, that exemplify a high standard of design, and make a significant contribution to the city’s urban environment.  This year, all of these projects are located outside of the city center and cover a wide range of programming, from an African-American heritage museum, to a pencil factory addition.

Vin Cipolla, president of MAS said that “the 2014 MASterworks winners strike a great balance between groundbreaking design and historic preservation. We are thrilled that all the winners this year are in the outer boroughs, proving that design excellence is happening throughout the city.”  See the full list of winners here, or take a look at the five major category winners after the break!

Crystal Palace Rebuild Runs Into Delays

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
Crystal Palace Rebuild Runs Into Delays, Aerial view of the outline proposal by the developer. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group
Aerial view of the outline proposal by the developer. Image Courtesy of ZhongRong Group

The plan to resurrect London's Crystal Palace is encountering delays, as talks between the Chinese Development group ZhongRong and Bromley Council have stalled. With a shortlist announced in February of six high-profile practices competing to design a project with "the spirit, scale and magnificence of the original" - including Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, David Chipperfield and Nicholas Grimshaw - it was expected that a winner would be announced later this summer, with a scheme submitted for planning permission by the end of the year. However, all of these deadlines are now at risk thanks to the delays.

Read on after the break for details on what is causing the delay

Chicago Unveils Plans for Its Own Architecture Biennial

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
Chicago Unveils Plans for Its Own Architecture Biennial, Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / SOM. Image © Flickr CC User skydeckchicago
Willis Tower (Sears Tower) / SOM. Image © Flickr CC User skydeckchicago

Today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce plans for a new international architecture exhibition in his city which hopes to rival the reach and influence of the Venice Architecture Biennale. The first Chicago Architecture Biennial is planned to be held in late 2015, and will be co-curated by Director of the Graham Foundation Sarah Herda, and Joseph Grima, former editor-in-chief of Domus Magazine and co-curator of the 2012 Istanbul Design Biennial.

They will develop the program with help from David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank GehryStanley Tigerman, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Pritzker Prize Jury Chair Peter Palumbo. 

More on the plans for the Chicago Architecture Biennial after the break

Comercio 117 / ARCHETONIC

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Comercio 117 / ARCHETONIC, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Comercio, Escandón, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Architect

    Jacobo Micha Mizrahi
  • Project Area

    1883.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

Vigía Del Fuerte Educational Park / Mauricio Valencia + Diana Herrera + Lucas Serna + Farhid Maya

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Vigía Del Fuerte Educational Park / Mauricio Valencia + Diana Herrera + Lucas Serna + Farhid Maya, © Farhid Maya
© Farhid Maya

© Farhid Maya © Farhid Maya © Farhid Maya © Farhid Maya +29

RedHouse / Hans Kabsch Vela

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
RedHouse / Hans Kabsch Vela, © Onnis Luque R.
© Onnis Luque R.

© Onnis Luque R. © Onnis Luque R. © Onnis Luque R. © Onnis Luque R. +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tulipanes, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
  • Project Area

    243.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Onnis Luque R.

House In The Beach / Drew Mandel Architects

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
House In The Beach  / Drew Mandel Architects, © Shai Gil Fotography
© Shai Gil Fotography

© Shai Gil Fotography © Shai Gil Fotography © Shai Gil Fotography © Shai Gil Fotography +8

Fidalga Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Fidalga Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. Fidalga, 772 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Vinicius Andrade, Marcelo Morettin
  • Project Coordinators

    Marcio Tanaka, Marina Mermelstein
  • Collaborators

    Florian Schmidt-Hidding, Marcelo Maia Rosa, Renata Andrulis
  • Area

    3775.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs