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AD Interviews: Helene Combs Dreiling, AIA President 2014

01:00 - 27 June, 2014

Right at the start of this year's AIA Convention, we had the chance to sit down with the current AIA president, Helene Combs Dreiling (FAIA). 

NOCKI / Leonard Hautum

01:00 - 27 June, 2014
NOCKI / Leonard Hautum, © Yatri Niehaus
© Yatri Niehaus

© Yatri Niehaus © Yatri Niehaus © Yatri Niehaus © Yatri Niehaus +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    The Open University in Southern Germany, Zeppelinstraße 73, 81669 Munich, Germany
  • Area

    143.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center / De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

01:00 - 27 June, 2014
Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center / De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, Courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop
Courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop Courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop Courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop Courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    1525 Tyrone Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Roberto de Leon, Jr., AIA
  • Area

    9140.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Hy-Fi, The Organic Mushroom-Brick Tower Opens At MoMA's PS1 Courtyard

00:00 - 27 June, 2014

Last night, the organic brick structure known as 'Hy-Fi' opened in the courtyard of MoMA's PS1 space in New York. Designed by David Benjamin of New York architects The Living, the tower was designed as part of MoMA's Young Architects Program, and its construction centers around the use of an innovative building material: organic, biodegradable bricks consisting of no more than farm waste and a culture of fungus that is grown to fit a brick-shaped mold.

Acting as the centerpiece for MoMA's Warm Up music festival on Saturdays throughout the Summer, the temporary structure will provide shade, seating and water until September 7th. Read on after the break for more on the design.

PlanGrid Launches Educational Offering

00:00 - 27 June, 2014
PlanGrid Launches Educational Offering, © PlanGrid
© PlanGrid

PlanGrid, touted as "the fastest blueprint viewer" available, is one of the most mature apps for viewing, amending and discussing construction drawings on a collaborative cloud-based platform. This week they launched PlanGrid for Education, allowing students full and uninhibited access to every feature of the app free of charge. According to the company, they currently have "40,000 blueprints being uploaded to PlanGrid daily and over 9 million blueprints stored digitally", making the platform one of the fastest growing in its market.

Sales and management office for Sol de Rojales housing development / Esculpir el Aire

01:00 - 27 June, 2014
Sales and management office for Sol de Rojales housing development  / Esculpir el Aire, Courtesy of José Angel Ruiz Cáceres
Courtesy of José Angel Ruiz Cáceres

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The Projects of OfficeUS: A Round Up of 15 Architecture Classics

01:00 - 27 June, 2014
The Projects of OfficeUS: A Round Up of 15 Architecture Classics, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Responding to Rem Koolhas’s theme of “Absorbing Modernity," OfficeUS, the US's National Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale, launched as an experimental architecture firm with a mission to revisit, rethink and re-evaluate one thousand American architectural projects from the last century. The Giardini Pavilion was transformed by New-York based firm Leong Leong into a multi-functioning and interdisciplinary office, run by the six “partners" who were hand-picked for the job. Assigned with the ongoing task of producing models, drawings, and engaging in workshops and lectures throughout the duration of the Biennale, the partners and their collaborators in Venice and around the world attempt "to construct an agenda for the future production of architecture."

Focused mainly on exported architecture, the projects vary from nuclear plants to US embassies, residential typologies and museums and are lined on the pavilion’s walls within research booklets, available for the use of the partners and the public.

Care to join in? Check out 15 of the projects investigated by OfficeUS, after the break…

© Liao Yusheng The Projects of OfficeUS: A Round Up of 15 Architecture Classics © Flickr user Strocchi. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> The Projects of OfficeUS: A Round Up of 15 Architecture Classics +20

Bambara Street / Shaun Lockyer Architects

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
Bambara Street / Shaun Lockyer Architects, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Shaun Lockyer
  • Project Architect

    Neva Wethereld
  • Area

    325.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

EPFL QUARTIER NORD SwissTech Convention Center Retail and Student Housing / Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG +51

Long Sutton Studio / Cassion Castle Architects

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
Courtesy of Cassion Castle Architects
Courtesy of Cassion Castle Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Cassion Castle Architects

Courtesy of Cassion Castle Architects Courtesy of Cassion Castle Architects Courtesy of Cassion Castle Architects Courtesy of Cassion Castle Architects +19

Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2014 NSW Awards

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
One Central Park / PTW Architects + Atelier Jean Nouvel. Image © Simon Wood
One Central Park / PTW Architects + Atelier Jean Nouvel. Image © Simon Wood

The Australian Institute of Architects announced its 2014 NSW Architecture Awards in a ceremony held in Sydney last night. Among the 42 Awards and 18 Commendations given out, perhaps the biggest winner was Neeson Murcutt Architects, whose Prince Alfred Park + Pool Upgrade won the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Architecture, and was a joint winner of the City of Sydney Lord Mayor's Prize.

In awarding the scheme by Neeson Murcutt Architects, the jury noted that it was "a rare synthesis of art and landscape, urban design and architecture" making the experience "a delight in every detail."

See the full list of 69 Awards, Prizes and Commendations after the break

8 Chifley Square / Lippmann Partnership + Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners. Image © Brett Boardman Lemur Forest Adventure / Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects. Image © Brett Boardman Coast / SJB. Image © Sharrin Rees Griffith House / Popov Bass Architects. Image © Sharrin Rees +64

OMA / Ole Scheeren's "The Interlace" Nabs Inaugural CTBUH Urban Habitat Award

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
OMA / Ole Scheeren's "The Interlace" Nabs Inaugural CTBUH Urban Habitat Award, The Interlace by OMA / Ole Scheeren. Photo © Iwan Baan
The Interlace by OMA / Ole Scheeren. Photo © Iwan Baan

CTBUH, the organization best known for its Tall Building Awards, has announced the winner of its inaugural Urban Habitat Award: OMA / Ole Scheeren's The Interlace in Singapore. The jurors, including Studio Gang ArchitectsJeanne Gang, praised the apartment complex, which includes communal gardens and spaces on the roofs and in between the apartment blocks, for responding to its tropical context and "integrating horizontal and vertical living frameworks." 

CTBUH Jurors also recognized Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' NEO Bankside as a finalist. Read more about the The Interlace and NEO Bankside, after the break.

House at Camusdarach Sands / Raw Architecture Workshop

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
House at Camusdarach Sands / Raw Architecture Workshop, Courtesy of Raw Architecture Workshop
Courtesy of Raw Architecture Workshop

Courtesy of Raw Architecture Workshop Courtesy of Raw Architecture Workshop Courtesy of Raw Architecture Workshop Courtesy of Raw Architecture Workshop +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Skara Brae, at Visitor Centre on Car Park, Stromness, Orkney KW16, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Graeme Laughlan, Michael Fostiropoulos
  • Area

    169.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Raw Architecture Workshop

Rutgers Business School / TEN Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
Rutgers Business School / TEN Arquitectos, © Peter Aaron / Esto
© Peter Aaron / Esto

© Peter Aaron / Esto © Peter Aaron / Esto © Peter Aaron / Esto © Peter Aaron / Esto +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Parking Lot 51, Rutgers–New Brunswick, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854, United States
  • Design Team

    Enrique Norten, James Carse
  • Executive Architect

    Richard Bienenfeld Architect, PC
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

I AM Recycled / PKMN Architectures

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
Courtesy of PKMN Architectures
Courtesy of PKMN Architectures
  • Architects

  • Location

    Arrasate, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of PKMN Architectures

Courtesy of PKMN Architectures Courtesy of PKMN Architectures Courtesy of PKMN Architectures Courtesy of PKMN Architectures +30

Win Your Very Own Arckit, A Freeform Model Making System

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Win Your Very Own Arckit, A Freeform Model Making System, Courtesy of Arckit
Courtesy of Arckit

Physical model making can be time intensive and expensive. However, thanks to the makers of Arckit, that has changed. Based on a panel by panel modular system and a standard 1.2 meter grid, the newly released Arckit provides an easy-to-use, flexible model building system that allows architects to quickly construct and modify a diverse range of scaled structures. Architect tested and approved, the kit is currently available for purchase in the EU, US, Amazon and now Barnes and Noble

To celebrate its success, the makers of Arckit have agreed to gift 5 ArchDaily readers their largest, most expensive set: Arckit 240, a 620+ piece kit valued at $399. For a chance to win, check out all four sets available on the Arckit website and enter the sweepstakes after the break. 

Shukhov Tower's Fate Put to a Vote

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Shukhov Tower's Fate Put to a Vote, Aleksander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)
Aleksander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)

Despite severe corrosion, with almost 70% of one its six sections “thoroughly corroded” according to the government, Vladimir Shukhov’s 1922 radio tower has never been restored. Earlier this year, a large group of international architects petitioned the government to save the tower, one of only 20 or so of Shukhov’s 200 towers still standing in Russia. Now Moscow’s government has put the fate of the landmark tower to a public vote. 

Until July 6 Moscovites can use the  “Engaged Citizen” app to support one of four actions: hold an open competition to restore the tower, move the tower to a new location, move it to its historic location on Shabolovka street, or invent a new solution.

AR Names its 2014 House Awards

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
AR Names its 2014 House Awards, House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

The winners of the 2014 AR House Awards have been announced, celebrating excellence and innovation in the design of a one-off house. This year, the jury consisted of AR Editor Catherine Slessor, Ben van Berkel (UNStudio), Yvonne Farrell (Grafton Architects), William Mann (Witherford Watson Mann Architects) and Abraham Thomas (Director, Sir John Soane's Museum).

Read on after the break for the full list of winners

Butaro Doctors’ Housing / MASS Design Group. Image © Iwan Baan Cerrada Reforma 108 / DCPP arquitectos. Image © Onnis Luque Dragon Court Village / Eureka. Image © Ookura Hideki Bb Home / H&P Architects. Image © Doan Thanh Ha +10