RIBA Future Trends Survey Reveals Decrease in UK Architects’ Salaries

00:00 - 5 September, 2013
Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The latest Future Trends Survey, published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), shows a decrease of 3% in average earnings bringing the average salary in the UK to around £40,000. The largest fall in earnings is with sole principals, a quarter of whom are receiving less than £18,500 per annum. This is compared to principals in partnership who continue to average a salary of around £50,000. 

Final Design Team Shortlist Announced for New U.S. Embassy in Beirut

01:00 - 5 September, 2013

The Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted three design teams for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon for Stage 3 evaluation. The project is part of OBO’s Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative in which seeks to provide safe and functional facilities that represent the best in American architecture.

Design Competition for James Stirling's Florey Building

01:00 - 5 September, 2013
View showing the raised glass facade wrapping the social courtyard / © James Brittain
View showing the raised glass facade wrapping the social courtyard / © James Brittain

The Queen’s College, Oxford is delighted to announce the launch of the Florey Design Competition. The College seeks a dedicated team to restore and add new facilities to James Stirling’s modernist masterpiece, The Florey building, which is Grade II listed.

LIZARD LOG / McGregorCoxall

00:00 - 5 September, 2013
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© Simon Wood

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Block 13-14 / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur Stedebouw Prototypes

01:00 - 5 September, 2013
© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

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Kalvebod Waves / JDS Architects + KLAR

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
© Henning Stuben
© Henning Stuben

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Hans-Sachs-Haus Conversion / gmp Architekten

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
© Hans-Georg Esch
© Hans-Georg Esch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Design

    Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Rüdiger von Helmolt and Carsten Borucki
  • Design Team

    Gesche Arns-Büsker, Stefan Greuel, Michael Haase, Vera Hendrix, Rouja König, Evelyn Martens, Angela Modemann, Franz Lensing, Simone Schröder-Ripp, Tom Siehoff, Philipp Weber
  • Associated Partner

    Christian Hoffmann
  • Project manager

    Jutta Hartmann-Pohl
  • Design consortium with

    Winter Ing.
  • Landscape design

    Rainer Schmidt landscape architects
  • Lighting design

    Conceptlicht
  • Area

    2013.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    23170
  • Photographs

© Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch +15

Two-Family Residence in Crete / Eleftheria Tzanaki

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
© Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

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And the Curators of the US Pavilion at the Biennale Will Be...

00:00 - 4 September, 2013
"Spontaneous Interventions," the US Pavilion for the 2012 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
"Spontaneous Interventions," the US Pavilion for the 2012 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The U.S. Department of State has selected Storefront for Art and Architecture and PRAXIS Journal to organize the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale, “Fundamentals,” curated by Rem Koolhaas.

The US exhibition, titled, OfficeUS: Criticism by Remaking, will be curated by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački and Ashley Schafer. 

More info on the US Pavilion, after the break...

Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
Designs for United Nations Capitol / Vincent Raney Architect
Designs for United Nations Capitol / Vincent Raney Architect

Two themes – Dreams Deferred and On the Boards – frame the collection of thought-provoking photographs, original drawings, renderings and models that make up Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions. The exhibition juxtaposes outlandish unbuilt work with existing plans which will, in time, have a major impact on our city. 

Featured content includes Vincent Raney's drawings of a United Nations at the foot of Twin Peaks; OMA's designs for Prada's West Coast headquarters, located near Union Square; Fougeron Architecture's envisioning of a future San Francisco with agriculture woven directly into the urban framework; and an early look at the revitalization of Pier 70's Waterfront Site. Unbuilt San Francisco is the theme of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Architecture and the City festival.

More information and images after the break.

Centennial Tree House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
© Albert Lim
© Albert Lim
  • Architects

  • Location

    East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449274
  • Design Team

    Robin Tan, Cecil Chee, Sean Zheng, Shirley Tan & Eileen Kok
  • Area

    781.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Albert Lim

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House in Itami / Tato Architects

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Itami, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yo shimada
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Koichi Torimura

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Oslo Architecture Triennale

00:00 - 4 September, 2013
Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale
Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale

The Oslo Architecture Triennale is the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival. Through exhibitions, conferences, debates, competitions, publications and events in different formats and media, OAT seeks to challenge the field of architecture and urbanism, as well as to engage, inspire and raise awareness among the public and decision-makers. The Triennale tackles issues with local, regional and global relevance.

This year's main exhibition, Behind the Green Door, opens September 19. For the past year, the Belgian curators Rotor have collected over 600 objects, all carrying claims of sustainability, from over 200 architecture offices, companies and environmental organizations across the world. Together these objects form a collection of curiosities, exhibited at DogA until December 1st, 2013.

The main conference of the Triennale will take place on September 29th, and under the title "The Future of Comfort" will discuss how the importance of sustainability is challenging our idea of confort and how architects enter this debate. Speakers include Carolyn Steel (architect and writer), Alfredo Brillembourg (architect, Urban Think Tank), Minik Rosing (professor of geology), Chris Reed (teacher of landscape urbanism at the GSD), and Dominic Balmforth (Susturb, danish office).

We are going to show you more about the Triennale, the curators and the projects in future articles, including videos and interviews. 

More information on the main exhibition, complete program, and locations after the break.

The Real Carbuncle: The Low Standard of Student Housing

00:00 - 4 September, 2013
Baker House tops Wainwright's list of the world's best student housing. Image © Wikimedia - dDxc
Baker House tops Wainwright's list of the world's best student housing. Image © Wikimedia - dDxc

In the wake of two heinous designs for student housing dominating the conversation in the Carbuncle Cup, The Guardian's Olly Wainwright explores the causes of such poor standards in the field of student accommodation. He explains how the economics and planning regulations surrounding student housing in the UK make it a hugely profitable area of the construction industry, while also making it susceptible to low standards which would be seen as unacceptable in any other housing sector. By contrast, in another article he lists the world's best designed student accommodation. You can read the full article investigating poor standards here, and his top 10 list here.

Farmhouse / RTA Studio

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
© Whitt Preston
© Whitt Preston

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AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
Courtesy of Petr Šmídek - www.archiweb.cz
Courtesy of Petr Šmídek - www.archiweb.cz

“Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.”       - Kenzo Tange

In honor of what would have been Kenzo Tange’s 100th birthday, AD Classics presents one of the Japanese master’s most iconic projects - the Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center. Built in 1967, the building was the first spatial realization of Tange’s Metabolist ideas of organically-inspired structural growth, developed in the late 1950s. The Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center is far more significant than its relatively small size would suggest, encapsulating the concepts of  the new Metabolistic order in architecture and urban planning that prevailed in post-World War II Japan.

 More about this icon of Metabolism after the break…. 

House in Mosteiro / Arquitectos Matos

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

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Housing in Jaffa / GalPeleg Architects

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

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