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Video: Leibar&Seigneurin on their Social Housing Project in Bordeaux

00:00 - 7 November, 2014

Based in Bordeaux and Bayonne, architecture studio Leibar&Seigneurin created a video to introduce their newest social housing project in Bordeaux. They believe that film can represent the fabric of architecture better than photography alone because it captures life and the passage of time. Throughout the video, they discuss their conceptual approach to dealing with this building’s context.

Winners Of The 2014 RIBA President’s Awards for Research Announced

00:00 - 7 November, 2014
Winners Of The 2014 RIBA President’s Awards for Research Announced, Tom Bridgen: 'The Protected Vista' - Commendation - RIBA President’s Award for the Outstanding PhD Thesis. Image Courtesy of RIBA
Tom Bridgen: 'The Protected Vista' - Commendation - RIBA President’s Award for the Outstanding PhD Thesis. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The RIBA President's Awards for Research, established to "promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its dissemination to the profession," have announced the 2014 laureates. Spanning four categories - Master's, PhD, University, and Practice-Located Research - the winning theses and projects highlight the need for research across the profession to nurture innovation and strategic thinking. Ruth Morrow, chair of the jury and Professor at Queen's University Belfast, commented on the judging panel's "disappointment" at the lack of entries submitted from outside London.

The disparity between the six London based schools and those in the rest of the UK (of which there are more than forty high-calibre institutions) continually makes itself manifest in RIBA student awards. In spite of this, half of the awards and commendations given this year are for students studying at schools outside the capital; the remaining half were awarded to students of The Bartlett (UCL). Morrow hopes that "next year, in the 10th anniversary year of the awards, that more universities and practices from across the nations and regions will submit entries."

See this year's winning and commended projects after the break.

House in Ovar / Nelson Resende

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
House in Ovar / Nelson Resende, © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio
© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio +46

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ovar, Portugal
  • Area

    410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Individual House / Elodie Nourrigat & Jacques Brion Architects

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
Individual House / Elodie Nourrigat & Jacques Brion Architects, © Photoarchitecture
© Photoarchitecture

© Photoarchitecture © Photoarchitecture © Photoarchitecture © Photoarchitecture +22

Sou Fujimoto Named WSJ’s Architecture Innovator of the Year

00:00 - 7 November, 2014
Sou Fujimoto Named WSJ’s Architecture Innovator of the Year, House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image ©  Iwan Baan
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

The Wall Street Journal has named Sou Fujimoto the “Architecture Innovator of the Year.” The 43-year-old Japanese architect, who first gained international acclaim in 2008 with the completion of the Hokkaido Children’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, has been lauded by the magazine for his “future primitive” structures that are, as Fujimoto’s believes, creating opportunities to explore “more possibilities” for daily life. 

“Fujimoto’s goal isn’t just to make spaces—the basic function of architecture—but to make people relate to spaces in new ways,” stated WSJ author Fred Bernstein. 

In response to Fujimoto’s selection, WSJ has published a comprehensive article about Fujimoto’s life and work. You can read the article, here

Sheppard Robson Designs Rooftop Pavilion for Aldwych House

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
Sheppard Robson Designs Rooftop Pavilion for Aldwych House, Courtesy of Sheppard Robson
Courtesy of Sheppard Robson

The Westminster City Council has granted planning permission to Sheppard Robson for a “dramatic” rooftop extension to London’s Aldwych House. The £15m project - situated within the Westminster Conservation Area - will add 8,500 square feet of high-quality office and reception space by installing a series of geometrical-folded forms on top of the landmark Midtown office building. 

DCS House / Giuseppe Gurrieri + Valentina Giampiccolo

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
DCS House  / Giuseppe Gurrieri  + Valentina Giampiccolo, © Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli

© Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli +34

Boeselburg Council and Student Housing / Kresings GmbH

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
Boeselburg Council and Student Housing / Kresings GmbH, © HG Esch
© HG Esch

© HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch © HG Esch +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Boeselager Street 75, 48163 Münster, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Rainer M, Kilian Kresing
  • Design Team

    Stefan Fuchs, Guido Becker, André Pannenbäcker, Jan Tölle
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Hicks Orthodontics / BarberMcMurry architects

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
Hicks Orthodontics / BarberMcMurry architects, © Denise Retallack
© Denise Retallack

© Denise Retallack © Denise Retallack © Denise Retallack © Denise Retallack +17

Deutsche Post Towers Wins CTBUH 10 Year Award

00:00 - 7 November, 2014
Deutsche Post Towers Wins CTBUH 10 Year Award , © Jahn
© Jahn

Deutsche Post Towers in Bonn Germany has received the 10 Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Completed in 2002 and designed by Murphy/Jahn, Post Tower was a leader in introducing high performance design elements to create a more efficient and pleasant office environment, and has now been recognized by this unique award which rewards proven value and performance in a tall building over a period of 10 years since its completion, and offers a valuable look at the life of buildings long after the initial designs are realized. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

Images Released of New Herzog & de Meuron-Designed National Library of Israel

00:00 - 7 November, 2014
Images Released of New Herzog & de Meuron-Designed National Library of Israel , Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

The Israeli National Library has released images of Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the library’s new home in Jerusalem. The six-story building, awarded to the Swiss practice over five others following an extensive interview process conducted last year, will be built by 2019 on a prominent site at the base of the Knesset building and adjacent to the Israel Museum, Science Museum and Hebrew University.

More image and information about the new library, after the break.

Share House Funabashi / Kasa Architects

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
Share House Funabashi / Kasa Architects, © Ikunori Yamamoto
© Ikunori Yamamoto

© Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto +22

Bogle Architects Win “Architectural Project of the Year” for Laser Research Campus

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
Bogle Architects Win “Architectural Project of the Year” for Laser Research Campus, Entrance. Image Courtesy of Bogle Architects
Entrance. Image Courtesy of Bogle Architects

Bogle Architects has won the 2014 Czech Architect Week "Architectural Project of the Year” award for their ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) Beamlines project in Prague, Czech Republic. The campus, designed as four separate structures connected within a landscaped setting, will be the first laser research and technology facility to involve scientists from the global research community for high-powered laser experimentation. 

Courtesy of Bogle Architects Site. Image Courtesy of Bogle Architects Atrium (render). Image Courtesy of Bogle Architects Entrance (in-progress). Image Courtesy of Bogle Architects +9

Resiter Office Building / Raimundo Lira Arquitectos

01:00 - 7 November, 2014
Resiter Office Building / Raimundo Lira Arquitectos, © Pedro Mutis
© Pedro Mutis

© Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Conquistadores 2752, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    Raimundo Lira, Marlene Fischer
  • Partner Architects

    Francisco García Huidobro, Carolina Jara, Arturo Saavedra
  • Area

    1455.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

UK's First Frank Lloyd Wright House Blocked by Planning Inspector

00:00 - 6 November, 2014
UK's First Frank Lloyd Wright House Blocked by Planning Inspector, The design produced by Frank Lloyd Wright for Dr and Mrs O'Keefe. Image © The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation via www.savewright.org
The design produced by Frank Lloyd Wright for Dr and Mrs O'Keefe. Image © The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation via www.savewright.org

A plan by Stephen Brooks Architects to build the first Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in the UK has been blocked at the appeal stage by a planning inspector, reports the Architects' Journal. Based on a 1947 design by Wright for the O'Keefe family in California, the project was the brainchild of Dr Hugh Petter, a Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast who negotiated for eight years with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation before gaining permission to build the unrealised design in Tyntesfield Springs near Bristol, thousands of miles from its intended location.

TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena

00:00 - 6 November, 2014

“If there is any power in design, that’s the power of synthesis.”

In this TED Talk Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, the founder of ELEMENTAL, speaks about some of the design challenges he has faced in Chile and his innovative approaches to solving them. Emphasizing the need for simplicity in design, Aravena talks about three of his projects: the Quinta Monroy social housing project, through which he developed the “half-finished home” typology for governments to provide quality homes at incredibly low-prices; his “inside-out” design for the Pontifical Catholic University’s Innovation Center UC – Anacelto Angelini, which reduced energy costs by two-thirds; and lastly his masterplan for rebuilding a resilient coastline in Constitución Chile after the city was hit by the 2010 earthquake.

Aravena also emphasized the importance of community participation in his projects, saying: “We won’t ever solve the problem unless we use people’s own capacity to build.” Watch Aravena’s full talk above and take a peek at some of his key projects below. 

TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena +11

Australian Institute of Architects Announce 2014 National Awards

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Australian Institute of Architects Announce 2014 National Awards, Chifley Square. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects
Chifley Square. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2014 National Architecture Awards. A total of 43 awards and commendations were given to 36 projects across the 12 national categories. "Projects honored include a housing project with an emphasis on communal spaces, a mental health facility with a welcoming domestic feel, a primary school that provides a sanctuary for the culturally diverse local population and a pro bono surf club that celebrates the coastal features and protects an adjacent fairy penguin habitat." View them all, after the break. 

The Commons. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects UQ Advanced Engineering Building. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects GASP! Stage 02. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre. Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects +86

CEMEX Unveils Winners of the XXIII Building Awards

00:00 - 6 November, 2014

CEMEX has announced both the international and national winners of the XXIII Building Awards, which aim to recognize the best architecture and construction both internationally and within Mexico. All projects were reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of some of the most important and prestigious representatives of the industry at an international level.

The international awards recognizing housing, institutional/industrial and large-scale infrastructure projects that were built during 2013 and stand out for their constructive solutions, aesthetics and innovative techniques. Finalist projects ranged from Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama to Plan B Arquitectos’ Click Clack Hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, covering a range of countries and architectural styles.

The CEMEX Building Award is itself a unique piece of art created by Mexican sculptor Miguel Angel Gonzalez and made out of black marble and concrete. 

Read on after the break for both the international and national winners…