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Video: Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda Crosses Chicago's "Skyscraper Canyon"

00:00 - 3 November, 2014

Last night, thousands in Chicago turned out to cheer on tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, as he performed two tightrope walks involving some of the Windy City's most famous buildings: Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City Apartments and Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates' Leo Burnett Building. Wallenda set two Guinness World records, the first for the steepest ever tightrope walk as he climbed from the 588-foot Marina City to the 671-foot Leo Burnett Building, and then for the highest blindfolded tightrope walk as he crossed between the two Marina City towers. The stunt was covered live by Discovery, whose footage comes replete with dramatic sweeping shots of a mid-walk Wallenda, made miniscule against the backdrop of Chicago's famous Skyscraper Canyon.

And the Best US Architecture Schools for 2015 Are…

00:00 - 3 November, 2014
And the Best US Architecture Schools for 2015 Are…, The Trays at Harvard GSD. Image © Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office
The Trays at Harvard GSD. Image © Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office

DesignIntelligence has released their 2015 rankings of the Best US Architecture Schools for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Over 1,400 professional practice organizations were surveyed and asked to respond to the question: “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which of the following schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” In addition, more than 3,800 architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and industrial design students were also surveyed about their education, in data presented separately from the rankings.

However, perhaps more enlightening than the ranking itself are the firms' responses to several additional issues raised in the report.  For example, 54.6% of the firms surveyed selected sustainability and climate change as the professions’ biggest concern, while maintaining design quality was a close second.  Firms also provided insights on the most important qualities of new graduates entering the workplace, with an overwhelming 70.1% selecting attitude/personality as the most important attribute. 

Read on after the break for the Top 10 undergraduate and graduate programs.

MAD Architects Unveils Mountainous Design for Lucas Museum in Chicago

00:00 - 3 November, 2014
MAD Architects Unveils Mountainous Design for Lucas Museum in Chicago, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts

The design for Chicago's Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts has been revealed, with MAD Architects unveiling their plans for a sculptural white "mountain," rising from the site to be topped by a metallic crown. Designed as a landscape that can be approached from all sides, with the main entrance located on a 'floating' public plaza accessed via a network of ramps and steps, the building is organized around a central domed lobby and events space, with four stories of gallery spaces, a set of four theaters, and at the top of the building an observation deck and glass-encased restaurant. In a connected, smaller "mountain" are the building's educational functions, with classrooms, lecture theaters and a library.

Speaking to ArchDaily from Chicago, director of MAD Architects Ma Yansong explained how he wanted the design "to be futuristic but at the same time to be natural," connecting with the landscape of the waterfront site.

More about the design from Ma Yansong after the break

Chipperfield's Musée des Beaux-Arts Nixed for Being too Costly

00:00 - 3 November, 2014
Chipperfield's Musée des Beaux-Arts Nixed for Being too Costly, Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

The French government has cancelled its £8 million contribution towards the £43 million Musée des Beaux-arts by David Chipperfield Architects, causing the Reims’ mayor to “shelve” the museum for being too costly. As reported by the Architects’ Journal, the funds will be reallocated towards the redevelopment of a recently closed sports complex. The museum, originally awarded to Chipperfield following an international competition, was intended to be built on an excavation area and display mediaeval relics. You can review the design, here

Northwest Harbor / Bates Masi Architects

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Northwest Harbor / Bates Masi Architects, Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects
Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    East Hampton, NY, United States
  • Structural Engineer

    Steven L. Maresca, Hampton Bays, NY
  • Area

    1895.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013

Regional Court and Industrial Tribunal at Montmorency / Dominique Coulon & Associés

01:00 - 3 November, 2014
Regional Court and Industrial Tribunal at Montmorency / Dominique Coulon & Associés, © David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

© Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © David Romero-Uzeda © Patrick Miara +34

Tobb Etü Technology Center / A Architectural Design

01:00 - 2 November, 2014
Tobb Etü Technology Center / A Architectural Design, © Fethi Mağara
© Fethi Mağara

© Fethi Mağara © Fethi Mağara © Fethi Mağara © Fethi Mağara +16

Casa dos Caseiros / SAMF Arquitectos

01:00 - 2 November, 2014
Casa dos Caseiros / SAMF Arquitectos, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos +23

Construction Begins on Shift Architecture Urbanism’s C-City Museum District

01:00 - 2 November, 2014
Construction Begins on Shift Architecture Urbanism’s C-City Museum District , C-City. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism
C-City. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism

Shift Architecture Urbanism has broken ground on the C-City (Creative City) museum district in Kerkrade. Host to the Netherlands’ first design museum and Europe’s first planetarium, the new district will be formed as an “urban ensemble defined by clearly recognizable volumes, all connected by a vast, underground public space.” 

By the end of 2015, two new public facilities - Cube and Columbus - will compliment the existing and highly successful Discovery Centre Continium at the gateway of the city. Read on the learn more.

East/West route from station to city center. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism Section through CUBE and Columbus. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism Sunken Square at heart of C-City. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism Descending underground. Image © Shift Architecture Urbanism +21

Drawing and Reinventing Landscape: A Conversation with Diana Balmori and Barry Bergdoll

00:00 - 2 November, 2014
Drawing and Reinventing Landscape: A Conversation with Diana Balmori and Barry Bergdoll, Courtesy of Strand Books
Courtesy of Strand Books

On Wednesday, November 5, Diana Balmori will visit the Strand to chat about Drawing and Reinventing Landscape with the MoMA's architecture curator, Barry Bergdoll. Diana's book examines digital, analog and hybrid methods of representing landscape and places the contemporary landscape architecture within its fascinating historical context. This exclusive Strand chat will investigate crucial aspects of the design process. Join as these two experts discuss this important design topic at a moment of increasing global environmental change. More information here

ULI Releases New Report on the Infrastructural Challenges of Rising Sea Levels

00:00 - 2 November, 2014
Innovation District Harborwalk . Image Courtesy of ULI Boston
Innovation District Harborwalk . Image Courtesy of ULI Boston

The Urban Implications of Living With Water, a recent report by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Boston, opens with the clear assertion: "We are beginning to feel the effects of climate change." The result of a conversation amongst over seventy experts from the fields of architecture, engineering, public policy, real estate and more, the report covers the proposed integrated solutions for a future of living in a city that proactively meets the challenges accompanying rising water levels.

"We accept that the seas are rising, the weather is changing, and our communities are at risk; and we recognize that no solution can be all-encompassing. It is our hope that this report will spark conversation, shift our understanding of what is possible, and aid us in reframing challenges into opportunities as we move toward this new era of development."

Become part of the discussion and read more about the collective ideas, after the break.

Cultural and Sports Center / BRUTHER

01:00 - 2 November, 2014
Cultural and Sports Center / BRUTHER, Courtesy of BRUTHER
Courtesy of BRUTHER

Courtesy of BRUTHER Courtesy of BRUTHER Courtesy of BRUTHER Courtesy of BRUTHER +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Blaise, 75020 Paris, France
  • Partenaires

    Altia, Batiserf, Michel Forgue, Louis Choulet
  • Strucural

  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Shonan Christ Church / Takeshi Hosaka

01:00 - 2 November, 2014
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners Inc.

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners Inc. © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners Inc. © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners Inc. © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners Inc. +33

Puritama Thermal Bath / Germán del Sol

01:00 - 2 November, 2014
Puritama Thermal Bath / Germán del Sol, © Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne

Courtesy of Felipe Camus © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne Courtesy of Felipe Camus +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Río Puritama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
  • Area

    1190.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2000
  • Photographs

Video: Peter Murray of New London Architecture Outlines his Cycling Vision

00:00 - 2 November, 2014

In the latest video from Crane.tv, architectural journalist and planner Peter Murray ruminates on the benefits of integrating cycling into the urban fabric of the world's biggest cities. "For the last half century, we've bowed down to the god of the motor car and have destroyed cities across the UK," says Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture and the London Society. Murray and his team at New London Architecture are charged with analyzing and advocating for the improvement of London's Built environment, acting as advisors to Mayor Boris Johnson on an array of projects including the overhaul of cycling infrastructure in the city.

Competition Winners Announced for Madrid Digital Arts Museum

00:00 - 2 November, 2014
First Prize: Urban Interface / Arch. Michelangelo Vallicelli, Lorenzo Sant’Andrea, Nicolò Troianiello (Rome, Italy). Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space Architectural Competitions
First Prize: Urban Interface / Arch. Michelangelo Vallicelli, Lorenzo Sant’Andrea, Nicolò Troianiello (Rome, Italy). Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space Architectural Competitions

A team of architects from Rome have been announced as winners of CTRL+SPACE’s ideas competition for a digital arts museum in central Madrid. The competition challenged teams to envision a 21st-century contemporary arts museum that embodies technology as an “integrated medium of work” and questions the meaning of “public access.” 

The winning proposals, after the break.

First Prize: Urban Interface / Arch. Michelangelo Vallicelli, Lorenzo Sant’Andrea, Nicolò Troianiello (Rome, Italy). Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space Architectural Competitions Second Prize: LACORRALA / Arch. Vicente Hernandez Vaquero, Silvia Rodriguez Iglesias (Coruña, Spain). Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space Architectural Competitions Third Prize: Project / Arch. Robert Barelkowski, Leszek Chlasta, Adam Tuszynski, Mateusz Jarzabkiewicz (Armageddon Biuro Projektowe, Poznan, Poland). Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space Architectural Competitions Third Prize: Project / Arch. Robert Barelkowski, Leszek Chlasta, Adam Tuszynski, Mateusz Jarzabkiewicz (Armageddon Biuro Projektowe, Poznan, Poland). Image Courtesy of Ctrl+Space Architectural Competitions +12

Enter the Mesmerizing World of Rainbow Coloured Maps with "Crayon the Grids"

00:00 - 2 November, 2014
Enter the Mesmerizing World of Rainbow Coloured Maps with "Crayon the Grids", New York City. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley
New York City. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley

A new series of maps by California-based artist-scientist Stephen Von Worley give colour coding an entirely new meaning. With his latest algorithm-generated project, "Crayon the Grids," Von Worley has taken maps of ten major metropolitan areas and coloured them based on geographical orientation of the urban grid. Each street is assigned a colour specific to its orientation, varying in hue and weight depending on its cardinal direction and length. The result is a dizzying technicolor of urban planning, creating completely new demarcations for some of the world's most recognizable cities.

Enter the chromatic world of coloured city grids after the break

Los Angeles. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley Chicago. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley Berlin. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley Washington, D.C.. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley +10

Emerging Voices: Estudio Macías Peredo

00:00 - 1 November, 2014

Estudio Macías Peredo is led by Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas and is based in Guadalajara, Mexico. In their lecture as one of the winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, Corona and Arenas reveal the ways in which the local conditions and building traditions of their country have become creative drivers for their contemporary practice of architecture. They have a shared interest in primitive buildings, seeking to incorporate some of the inherent abstract qualities of primitive structures in ways that address contemporary issues.