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Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 3, Architecture

16:30 - 11 March, 2015
Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 3, Architecture, Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis
Courtesy of Arquitetas Invisíveis

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked the Brazilian non-profit group Arquitetas Invisíveis to share with us a part of their work, which identifies women in architecture and urbanism. They kindly shared with us a list of 48 important women architects, divided into seven categories: pioneers, “in the shadows,” architecture, landscape architecture, social architecture, urbanism and sustainable architecture. We will be sharing this list over the course of the week.

Today we present women architects who stand out for the quality of their work. 

Carme Pinós. © Estudio Carme Pinós Jô Vasconcellos. © Beto Novaes/EM/D.A Press Gae Aulenti. © Ernesto Ruscio - Getty Images Europe via Zimbio. Jeanne Gang in front of the Acqua Tower. Image Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation + 32

12 Things You Didn't Know About Pritzker Laureate Frei Otto

15:07 - 11 March, 2015
Hall at the International Garden Exhibition, 1963, Hamburg, Germany © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn
Hall at the International Garden Exhibition, 1963, Hamburg, Germany © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn

Frei Otto passed away this past Monday, a day before being internationally celebrated as the Pritzker Prize’s 40th laureate. The first architect to ever receive the Prize posthumously, Otto was a brilliant inventor, architect and engineer who pioneered some of history’s most ambitious tensile structures

In honor of his legacy, we’ve complied 12 fascinating facts about Otto’s life that influenced his career and shaped the profession. Read them all, after the break.

Mororó House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Maria Cristina Motta

15:00 - 11 March, 2015
Mororó House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Maria Cristina Motta, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Campos do Jordão, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcio Kogan
  • Co-Autora

    Maria Cristina Motta
  • Desing Team

    Carlos Costa, Carolina Castroviejo, Elisa Friedmann, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Mauro Augusto, Oswaldo Pessano, Pedro Ribeiro, Rafael Costa
  • Interior Design

    Diana Radomysler
  • Area

    730.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The Courtyard of Our Dreams / Lukas Fúster

14:00 - 11 March, 2015
The Courtyard of Our Dreams / Lukas Fúster, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Remansito, Paraguay
  • Project and Construction

    Lukas Fúster, Carlos Irigoitia, Martin Aponte
  • Design Process

    girls, boys, youth and mothers of the community center "UNIDOS AVANZAREMOS", Global Infancia, Amelí Schneider, Sofía Alfieri

2015 Pritzker Prize Winner Frei Otto’s Work in 10 Images

12:00 - 11 March, 2015
2015 Pritzker Prize Winner Frei Otto’s Work in 10 Images, Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn
Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn

On Tuesday evening the Pritzker Prize jury named Frei Otto as the 40th recipient of the award, making him the second German to receive the award and the first winner to receive it posthumously. Otto was both an architect and a structural engineer, perhaps best known for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium

With regards to their decision the jury highlighted Otto’s “visionary ideas, inquiring mind, belief in freely sharing knowledge and inventions, his collaborative spirit and concern for the careful use of resources.”  

Enjoy 10 photos of Otto’s projects after the break. 

Aviary at the Munich Zoo. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn The 1967 International and Universal Exposition. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Diplomatic Club Heart Tent. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Institute for Lightweight Structures. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn + 10

Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray

12:00 - 11 March, 2015
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
  • Architects

    Rojkind Arquitectos, Gabriela Etchegaray
  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas, Gabriela Etchegaray
  • Design Team

    Barbara Trujillo, Gerardo Villanueva, Gerardo Reyes, Carlos Campos, Andrea León
  • Area

    1650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro + 29

Material Minds: Digital Ceramic Printing in MVRDV's Glass Farm

10:00 - 11 March, 2015
Material Minds: Digital Ceramic Printing in MVRDV's Glass Farm, © Persbureau van Eijndhoven
© Persbureau van Eijndhoven

If you search the web for information on MVRDV's Glass Farm, you'll find plenty of people writing about the project's 33-year history, and about its context in the small town of Schijndel. You'll even find plenty of people theorizing on the nature of those glass walls, and the relationships between image and authenticity and between modern technology and modest tradition. But strangely, you'll find almost no information on how the project made use of Digital Ceramic Printing, a relatively new process which was able to handle the many colors, variable transparency and fine tolerances required to display an entire farmhouse facade across a thousand glass panels.

In this new installment of our Material Minds series, presented by ArchDaily Materials, we spoke to MVRDV's project leader on the Glass Farm Gijs Rikken, and to Niv Raz, an Architect at Dip-Tech - the company who produces the printers, ink, software and support required for the process.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © Persbureau van Eijndhoven + 9

Twitter Critics React to Frei Otto's Posthumous Pritzker

10:30 - 11 March, 2015
Twitter Critics React to Frei Otto's Posthumous Pritzker, Diplomatic Club Heart Tent, 1980, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn
Diplomatic Club Heart Tent, 1980, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn

The sudden and unexpected announcement of the Pritzker Prize yesterday evening sent shockwaves through the architecture world. With the sad death of the Prize's latest laureate Frei Otto on Monday, the Pritzker made the unprecedented decision to announce the winner two weeks early, ensuring that Otto's final, crowning achievement would make its way into the obituaries of this great man.

Of course, despite the sudden nature of the announcement, the many critics on Twitter were on hand to lend their initial thoughts in what was an interesting mix of congratulations, sadness and nostalgia. Read on after the break for all the reactions.

Frei Otto Posthumously Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate

09:05 - 11 March, 2015
Frei Otto Posthumously Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate , © Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf
© Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten, Düsseldorf

Frei Otto has just been named the 40th recipient of the Pritzker Prize - two weeks prior to the expected official announcement. The abrupt news has been released early due the unfortunate passing of the German architect and structural engineer, who was best known for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium. The pioneering tensile structure, which stood in considerable contrast to the strict, authoritarian stadium that was its predecessor, was meant to present a different, more compassionate face for Germany. 

"Throughout his life, Frei Otto has produced imaginative, fresh, unprecedented spaces and constructions. He has also created knowledge. Herein resides his deep influence: not in forms to be copied, but through the paths that have been opened by his research and discoveries," says the Jury.

"His contributions to the field of architecture are not only skilled and talented, but also generous. For his visionary ideas, inquiring mind, belief in freely sharing knowledge and inventions, his collaborative spirit and concern for the careful use of resources, the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded to Frei Otto."

Though he sadly passed away before the award ceremony, Otto was informed of his win by the Pritzker Prize's Executive Director Martha Thorne, who traveled to his home in Warmbronn to inform him of his prize. Speaking shortly after her visit, he said: "I am now so happy to receive this Pritzker Prize and I thank the jury and the Pritzker family very much. I have never done anything to gain this prize. My architectural drive was to design new types of buildings to help poor people especially following natural disasters and catastrophes... You have here a happy man."

Read the Jury’s full citation after the break… 

Diplomatic Club Heart Tent, 1980, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia . Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn The 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, 1967, Montreal, Canada . Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Hall at the International Garden Exhibition, 1963, Hamburg, Germany . Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics, 1968–1972, Munich, Germany . Image © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn + 13

Summer House in Syros / block722

10:00 - 11 March, 2015
Summer House in Syros  / block722, © Ioanna Roufopoulou
© Ioanna Roufopoulou

© Erieta Attali © Ioanna Roufopoulou © Ioanna Roufopoulou © Ioanna Roufopoulou + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Greece
  • Architects in charge

    Sotiris Tsergas & Katja Margaritoglou
  • Design Team

    Dora Felekou, Anna Perela
  • Interior Design

  • Structural Engineer

    Isidoros Rossolatos
  • Area

    201.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Competition Entry: WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S' Proposal for New Medical Center Moscow

09:00 - 11 March, 2015
Competition Entry: WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S' Proposal for New Medical Center Moscow, Courtesy of WE architecture
Courtesy of WE architecture

WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S have won one of three prizes in the first phase of an invited competition to design a new Moscow Medical Center. Combining the functionalism of today's healthcare with the humanistic qualities of past architecture, the proposal introduces a facility fine-tuned for those inside.

Learn more about the proposal, after the break.

Courtesy of WE architecture Courtesy of WE architecture Courtesy of WE architecture Courtesy of WE architecture + 8

Video: Frei Otto's German Pavilion at Expo 67

06:00 - 11 March, 2015

Last night German architect Frei Otto was selected as the 2015 Pritzker Prize Laureate, the second German to win the award and the first to receive the award posthumously. The video above shows the impressive construction process of Otto’s German Pavilion at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in Montreal (although unfortunately without sound).

Covering an area of 8,000 square meters, the pavilion featured a large, steel mesh web suspended over eight steel masts, which were located at irregular intervals and supported by anchored cables located outside of the structure.  A transparent polyester fabric was then placed over the mesh roof, creating a tent.  The whole construction took only six weeks. 

Jiřičná, Meier And Pawson Appointed To Design Residential Development Near Prague

04:00 - 11 March, 2015
Jiřičná, Meier And Pawson Appointed To Design Residential Development Near Prague, Proposal: John Pawson (Chateau Aerial View). Image Courtesy of Oaks Prague
Proposal: John Pawson (Chateau Aerial View). Image Courtesy of Oaks Prague

Three practices have been appointed to the design team for Oaks Prague, a new rural residential development located in the commune of Popivičky, close to the city of Prague. John Pawson, Richard Meier + Partners and Eva Jiřičná with AI-Design have drawn up design proposals for key buildings for the scheme, which is managed by the Czech development company Arendon. In November last year, ten practices were shortlisted in a competition to design housing schemes for the €400 million, 220-home "residential and lifestyle development" in Popivičky.

The entire development, which has previously been master-planned by EDSA assisted by Chapman Taylor and John Thompson & Partners, "responds to the form, layout and vernacular of the surrounding Czech villages."

Bambou Pavillion / Koffi & Diabaté Architectes

04:00 - 11 March, 2015
© François-Xavier Gbré
© François-Xavier Gbré

© François-Xavier Gbré © François-Xavier Gbré © François-Xavier Gbré © François-Xavier Gbré + 18

Hidden Locker Rooms / MU Architecture + Ateliers Les Particules

03:00 - 11 March, 2015
Hidden Locker Rooms / MU Architecture + Ateliers Les Particules, © David Foessel
© David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel + 11

Park and House / tonoma

23:00 - 10 March, 2015
Park and House / tonoma, Courtesy of tonoma
Courtesy of tonoma

Courtesy of tonoma Courtesy of tonoma Courtesy of tonoma Courtesy of tonoma + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan
  • Project Year

    2014

Yue Restaurant / PANORAMA

21:00 - 10 March, 2015
Yue Restaurant / PANORAMA, © Ng Siu Fung
© Ng Siu Fung

© Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Design Team

    Horace Pan, Nick Wong, Kenny Hung
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Skewed House / LIJO.RENY.architects

20:00 - 10 March, 2015
The Skewed House / LIJO.RENY.architects, © Praveen Mohandas
© Praveen Mohandas

© Praveen Mohandas © Praveen Mohandas © Praveen Mohandas © Praveen Mohandas + 43