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Open Call: Faraway, So Close - 25th Biennial of Design (BIO 25)

07:00 - 23 June, 2016
Open Call: Faraway, So Close - 25th Biennial of Design (BIO 25), Farway So Close, BIO 25; Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani
Farway So Close, BIO 25; Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani

Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) has launched an open call for participation in FARAWAY, SO CLOSE – 25th Biennial of Design (BIO 25), curated by Angela Rui and Maja Vardjan.

The call is dedicated to designers, architects, filmmakers, graphic designers, interaction designers, illustrators, writers, animators, photographers, researchers and other interdisciplinary agents who see the biennial as an experimental, collaborative platform for testing, developing and sharing their own approach and expertise within the issues and structure of the new biennial format.

Architects of Invention's Coral Holiday Apartments Design Utilizes Biomimicry to Resemble Coral in Seychelles

06:00 - 23 June, 2016
Architects of Invention's Coral Holiday Apartments Design Utilizes Biomimicry to Resemble Coral in Seychelles, Courtesy of Architects of Invention
Courtesy of Architects of Invention

Architects of Invention has unveiled their design for the Coral Holiday Apartments, an upscale lifestyle community in Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. Located on the reclaimed portion of the main island of Seychelles, the project will feature professionally serviced apartments, a spa, several restaurants, a clubhouse, a pool, private marina and direct access to the beach.

Serpentine Summer House / Barkow Leibinger

05:00 - 23 June, 2016
Serpentine Summer House  / Barkow Leibinger, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan Model Concept +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom, Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

It’s All in a Cup of Coffee (or, Indeed, Tea): Does Café Culture Embody the Idea of Europe?

04:45 - 23 June, 2016
It’s All in a Cup of Coffee (or, Indeed, Tea): Does Café Culture Embody the Idea of Europe?, Da Florian in Venice (2013). © Gianni Berengo Gardin. Image Courtesy of Caffe Florian
Da Florian in Venice (2013). © Gianni Berengo Gardin. Image Courtesy of Caffe Florian

Update: On June 24, 2016, 52% of eligible voters in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. This article was published prior to the referendum announcement.

In 2003 George Steiner—a Paris-born, American, UK-based literary critic, philosopher and essayist—gave a lecture in Tilburg, a small Dutch city on the Belgian border. His talk, which he titled “The Idea of Europe,” made some waves in certain circles but, ultimately, wasn't widely discussed. Years later I found a copy of the transcript in Amsterdam’s Athenaeum[1], who had tucked it in the corner of a sunken room on a shelf devoted to "Brexit." I read it the following day while on a train to Brussels.

As I trundled across the Flemish hinterland Steiner’s words, delivered with judicious insight and a reassuring cautionary edge, served as a reminder of one irrevocable fact: that Europe is a continent “of linguistic, cultural, [and] social diversity;” a “mosaic”[2] of communities that have never been united with the same scale and ambition as that of the European Union. But before the contemporary Euro-project, came European café culture.

Ario Choob Industrial Showroom & Office / Nextoffice - Alireza Taghaboni

03:00 - 23 June, 2016
Ario Choob Industrial Showroom & Office / Nextoffice - Alireza Taghaboni, © Parham Taghioff
© Parham Taghioff

© Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff © Parham Taghioff +30

KONTUM House / Khuon Studio

02:00 - 23 June, 2016
KONTUM House  / Khuon Studio, Courtesy of Khuon Studio
Courtesy of Khuon Studio

Courtesy of Khuon Studio Courtesy of Khuon Studio Courtesy of Khuon Studio Courtesy of Khuon Studio +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kon Tum Province, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Tuan Huynh Anh
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Khuon Studio

The Elegance of the White, the Charm of the Cube / STI Studio

22:00 - 22 June, 2016
The Elegance of the White, the Charm of the Cube / STI Studio , © Chunliu Yu
© Chunliu Yu

© Chunliu Yu © Chunliu Yu © Chunliu Yu © Chunliu Yu +21

The Crescent / Sanjay Puri Architects

20:00 - 22 June, 2016
The Crescent  / Sanjay Puri Architects, © Vinesh Gandhi
© Vinesh Gandhi

© Vinesh Gandhi © Vinesh Gandhi © Vinesh Gandhi © Vinesh Gandhi +23

RIBA Announces 46 Winners for 2016 National Awards

19:01 - 22 June, 2016
RIBA Announces 46 Winners for 2016 National Awards, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2016 RIBA National Awards. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from these 46 award-winning buildings.

Chef's Condominium Renovation / FATTSTUDIO

19:00 - 22 June, 2016
Chef's Condominium Renovation / FATTSTUDIO, © Ketsiree Wongwan and Tinnaphop Chawatin
© Ketsiree Wongwan and Tinnaphop Chawatin

© Ketsiree Wongwan and Tinnaphop Chawatin © Ketsiree Wongwan and Tinnaphop Chawatin © Ketsiree Wongwan and Tinnaphop Chawatin © Ketsiree Wongwan and Tinnaphop Chawatin +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Charoen Krung Rd, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
  • Director in Charge

    Supanna Chanpensri
  • Design Team

    Wattikon Kosonkit, Gultida Maneewong
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

TRAYS / Naf Architect & Design

17:00 - 22 June, 2016
TRAYS / Naf Architect & Design, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Akio Nakasa (Principal Architect) , Teppei Amano
  • Area

    396.44 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

CTBUH Names Winners of 2016 Tall Building Awards

16:15 - 22 June, 2016
CTBUH Names Winners of 2016 Tall Building Awards, Courtesy of The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Courtesy of The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat have announced the winners of the 15th edition of the CTBUH Tall Building Awards. From over 100 submissions, the best buildings from four regions – the Americas, Asia & Australasia, Europe and Middle East & Africa – were selected, along with recipients of the Urban Habitat Award, the Innovation Award, the Performance Award and the 10 Year Award. The CTBUH will pick a global winner from the regional selections later this year.

The towers were chosen by a panel of architects from world-renowned firms and were judged on every aspect of performance, looking in particular for “those that have the greatest positive impact on the individuals who use these buildings and the cities they inhabit.”

Read on for the list of winners.

Sonora 113 / Iñaki Echeverría

15:00 - 22 June, 2016
Sonora 113 / Iñaki Echeverría , © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av Sonora 113, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Design Director

    Iñaki Echeverría
  • Design Team

    Iván Parra, Josué Lee, Carolina Ayala, Guillermo López, Israel Meneses, Janisse Cruz, Jimena Castañeda, Jesús Santillán, Jorge Durán, Mario Espinoza, Osvaldo Estrada, Roberto Fuerte, Rogelio Rodriguez, Xochitl Zuñiga
  • Area

    406.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

An MVRDV-Designed Library Tops Out in Tianjin

13:30 - 22 June, 2016
An MVRDV-Designed Library Tops Out in Tianjin, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

An MVRDV-designed library in Tianjin has topped out as part of the city’s Binhai Cultural Centre. The 34,200 square meter (370,000 square foot) building will join four other cultural institutions designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects, HH Design, and GMP – creating “cultural corridors” – that are part of a GMP-designed masterplan. The library program includes educational facilities, service spaces, book storage, archives, computer rooms, audio rooms, an auditorium, lounge areas, meeting rooms, offices, general reading areas, and those designed specifically for children and the elderly. Tianjin Binhai Library has been designed by MVRDV in collaboration with the TIanjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI).

Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV +16

Loft Renovation in 'El Cabañal' / AMBAU TALLER D’ARQUITECTES

13:00 - 22 June, 2016
 Loft Renovation in 'El Cabañal'  / AMBAU TALLER D’ARQUITECTES, © Germán Cabo
© Germán Cabo

© Germán Cabo © Germán Cabo © Germán Cabo © Germán Cabo +13

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Selected to Design Viewing Pavilion at Greenland’s Icefjord

12:00 - 22 June, 2016
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Selected to Design Viewing Pavilion at Greenland’s Icefjord, © Mir
© Mir

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter have been selected as the winners of an international competition to design The Icefjord Centre in the UNESCO-protected area of Ilulissat, Greenland. Beating out proposals from leading architects including Snøhetta, Studio Other SpacesRintala Eggertsson Architects and Kengo Kuma and Associates, the new pavilion will serve as an exhibition and gathering space for locals, tourists and researchers alike.

© Mir © Mir Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter © Mir +8

Spotlight: Alison and Peter Smithson

11:31 - 22 June, 2016
Spotlight: Alison and Peter Smithson, The Economist Building. Image © Flickr user seier licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Economist Building. Image © Flickr user seier licensed under CC BY 2.0

Wife and husband pair Alison (22 June 1928 – 16 August 1993) and Peter Smithson (18 September 1923 – 3 March 2003) formed a partnership that led British Brutalism through the latter half of the twentieth century. Beginning with a vocabulary of stripped down modernism, the pair were among the first to question and challenge modernist approaches to design and urban planning. Instead, they helped evolve the style into what became Brutalism, becoming proponents of the "streets in the sky" approach to housing.

Public Safety Answering Center II / SOM

11:00 - 22 June, 2016
Public Safety Answering Center II / SOM, © Lester Ali
© Lester Ali

© Lester Ali © Lester Ali © Lester Ali Render +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bronx County, NY, United States
  • Area

    450000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs