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Peace Pavilion / Atelier Zündel Cristea

  • Architects: Atelier Zündel Cristea
  • Location: Museum Gardens, London E2, UK
  • Constructor: TP Arquitectura i Construccio Tèxtil
  • Exhibition Period: May/June 2013
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Pavilion 5 Finalist Proposal / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

Just as layers of history accumulate through time to offer varying perspectives on culture and environment, Saucier + Perrotte’s design for the Fifth Pavilion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is composed of a series of mineral strata that form a home for the Hornstein collection of art. Floating gently above street level, each marble stratum is superimposed to produce a sculpted volume containing the collection and defining a space dedicated to the next generation of Montreal art lovers. Their proposal was recently announced as a finalist in the competition

BUS:STOP Krumbach: 7 architects, 7 buildings, 7 statements

BUS:STOP Krumbach is a recently initiated project in the Bregenzerwald region of Austria that will bring together seven well-known architecture offices from around the world, pair them up with seven local architects and allow the pairs to work together on the design of seven new bus shelters in the town of Krumbach. A true collaboration between tradition and innovation, national and international, BUS:STOP hopes to create a series of small and functional buildings with their own unique characters that tell not only the story of these architects, but also of this special region.

For the list of participating offices and to learn more about BUS:STOP, read on. 

Pritzker Rejects Petition for Denise Scott Brown's Retroactive Award

The Pritzker Prize has finally released their official statement in response to the petition Harvard graduate students Arielle Assouline-Lichten and Caroline James wrote, proposing that Denise Scott Brown retroactively receive recognition for the Pritzker Prize that her husband, Robert Venturi, won in 1991. 

Lord Palumbo, the Chair of The Pritzker Architecture Prize, has responded that this would be impossible due to the way that Pritzker Juries deliberate: "Pritzker juries, over time, are made up of different individuals, each of whom does his or her best to find the most highly qualified candidate. A later jury cannot re-open, or second guess the work of an earlier jury, and none has ever done so."

The letter goes on to suggest that Ms. Scott Brown is, however, still eligible for a Pritzker of her own; it also thanks Assouline-Lichten and James for "calling directly to our attention a more general problem, namely that of assuring women a fair and equal place within the profession. [...] one particular role that the Pritzker Jury must fulfill, in this respect, is that of keeping in mind the fact that certain recommendations or discussions relating to architectural creation are often a reflection of particular times or places, which may reflect cultural biases that underplay a woman’s role in the creative process. Where this occurs, we must, and we do, take such matters into account."

Read the full letter, after the break...

Critical Distance Kairos Conference

Taking place this coming Friday, June 21st, at 7:00pm, the Critical Distance Kairos Conference is a free event presented by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and Kairos project. Maurício Pezo and Sofía Von Ellrichshausen, with Pedro Gadanho, will host the event which is followed by the opening of the site-specific installation Crux Pavilion by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen and the launch of a monograph on the studio's work published by A+U magazine. Please RSVP by June Wednesday, June 19th to For more information, please visit here.

Name Observatory, Birdwatching Circuit / Mauricio Orlando Rojas Riquelme

  • Architects: Mauricio Orlando Rojas Riquelme
  • Location: M-550, VII Región, Chile
  • Guide Architect: Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz
  • Area: 78.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

© Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme © Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme © Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme © Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

'Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site' Competition Entry / Various Architects

The mission in the proposal, titled ‘The Grand Opening,’ for the Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition is to create a vision for a 24/7 timeless, vibrant and walk-able urban neighborhood in downtown Detroit with a catalytic impact on the retail activities of Woodward Avenue Corridor.  Designed by Chung Whan Park, Terry Park, Jeong Jun Song, Hyuntek Yoon and Kyung Jae Yu, The Grand Opening will connect the different contexts of the existing urban settings and bring every hour of excitement, crowd and memorable identity to the street life of downtown Detroit. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Twitterverse responds to Pritzker's Rejection of Denise Scott Brown Petition

We have rounded up some of the reactions to this afternoon's news that Denise Scott Brown would not retroactively receive recognition for the Pritzker Prize that her husband, Robert Venturi, won in 1991.

Read more after the break...

Taichung Cultural City Center Competition Entry / de Architekten Cie.

The proposal for the Taichung Cultural City Center by de Architekten Cie. is composed of a well-defined system of voids as the museum and the library are designed as a flexible structure to be able to follow frequent changes in museum and library philosophy. Lifts and escalators are built into both buildings to provide an indubitable vertical communication and an evident orientation for future visitors. More images and architects' description after the break.

"How Our Cities Are Shaping Us" Infographic

Architects and city planners are becoming more and more familiar with the health effects of our built environment.  This to-the-point infographic designed by Chris Yoon cites a few ways in which mid-20th century city planning trends have contributed to a growing obesity problem in the United States.  This data has alarmed scientists, planners and city officials into stressing the importance of redesigning the physical spaces so as to encourage physical activity and healthy choices.

More after the break.

Craiova Football Stadium Proposal / Proiect Bucuresti

Dedicated to football and designed by Proiect Bucuresti, the new 40,000-seat Craiova stadium will replace the existing "Ion Oblemenco" stadium on the site in Romania. As a tribute to the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, the form of the main roof lines were inspired by his work entitled "Miss Pogany". The external volume obtained is expressive in daylight and the enhancement of architectural lighting at night will emphasize the building when viewed from the center of the town. The building will be iconic in the city and will be, along with other components of the sports complex, a modern insertion that will boost the development of the local area. More images and architects' description after the break.

Facades+ Performance Workshop

Presented by The Architect's Newspaper and enclos, Mode Lab recently announced their upcoming Facades+ Performance Symposium in San Francisco taking place July11-12. The event consists of hands-on instruction by industry experts in a small, one-on-one, classroom setting. These workshops will provide professionals and academics with the skills and knowledge to work with cutting edge technologies in a fast-paced and intensive environment. The workshop will explore the use of Grasshopper, Firefly and Arduino as creative and technical tools in the design, simulation and prototyping of intelligent building skins. For more information, please visit here.

'Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line' Film Screening

Taking place this Thursday, June 20th, at 7:00pm EST, Van Alen Books welcomes Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a film screening of 'Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line.' The 54-minute documentary offers insights into the firm’s history, completed projects, and unique process of re-imagining the public identities of two major New York urban spaces. The film includes commentary from the architects as well as interviews with New York City planning commissioner Amanda Burden, as well as several critics and theorists. Before the film, Liz Diller and Ric Scofidio will join directors Muffie Dunn and Tom Piper for a conversation about their work, moderated by VAI executive director David Van der Leer. More more information on the event, please visit here.

12 Maisons de Ville / Agence Bernard Bühler

  • Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
  • Location: Rue Surson, 33300 Bordeaux, France
  • Consulting Engineers: ETBA (Béton) MATH ING. (thermique) EUROVRD (VRD)
  • Area: 1080.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Vincent Monthiers, Desiree Castillo

© Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers

Pellegari / Agence Bernard Bühler

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Manhattan Court Residence / Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects

  • Architects: Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects
  • Location: San Diego, California, USA
  • Design Team: James Gabriel, Chris Johns, Adrienne Gabriel
  • Client/Owner: Miyo and Mitchell Reff
  • General Contractor: RGB Group Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Mike Suprenant & Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Jaime Lievers
  • Area: 4320.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Larry Stanley

© Larry Stanley © Larry Stanley © Larry Stanley © Larry Stanley

Child Education Center / Planta33 Arquitectura. Rodrigo Muñoz García

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

© Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban