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13 New Buildings Join the World's 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year

09:00 - 13 January, 2015
13 New Buildings Join the World's 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year, 2014 Tallest #10: Torre Costanera, Santiago, 300 meters. Image © Pablo Blanco
2014 Tallest #10: Torre Costanera, Santiago, 300 meters. Image © Pablo Blanco

This past year was a record-breaking season for skyscraper construction. According to a new survey by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), 2014 saw the completion of 97 buildings that were at least 200 meters tall. Of those, 11 were 300 meters or taller, earning them the classification of “supertall.” These are the highest figures on record, with 2011, for example, seeing only 87 200-meters-plus buildings completed.

In addition, in 2014 the total height of completed buildings (23,333 meters) broke the 2011 record of 19,852 meters. With major countries like China becoming increasingly urbanized, and the world economy recovering from recession, the CTBUH expects that these numbers will only increase. See the details of CTBUH’s report, and learn what the numbers may predict about the future of skyscraper construction, after the break.

2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Image © Albert Večerka/Esto
Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Image © Albert Večerka/Esto

Several projects have been selected to receive this year's Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award celebrates projects which exhibit design excellence in the field of architecture, and is one of the highest such awards in the industry. The recipients will be recognized for their work at the AIA 2015 National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. 

View the winners after the break.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Image © Eduard Hueber / ArchPhoto LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park. Image © Michael Moran Danish Maritime Museum. Image © Luca Santiago Mora UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium and Training Center. Image © Jim Simmons +23

Primary School For Sciences And Biodiversity / Chartier Dalix Architectes

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
Primary School For Sciences And Biodiversity / Chartier Dalix Architectes, © P. Guignard
© P. Guignard

© David Foessel © David Foessel © Cyrille Weiner © Cyrille Weiner +30

Rumilahua House / Luis López López y Emilio López Herrera

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
Rumilahua House  / Luis López López  y Emilio López Herrera, © Sebastián Crespo
© Sebastián Crespo

© Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo +17

Entre Muros Dwelling / Azootea

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
Entre Muros Dwelling / Azootea, © OjoVivo foto / Paula Arroyo
© OjoVivo foto / Paula Arroyo

© OjoVivo foto / Paula Arroyo © OjoVivo foto / Paula Arroyo © OjoVivo foto / Paula Arroyo © OjoVivo foto / Paula Arroyo +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Anguiano, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Alegría Zorrilla Miras, Claudia Olalla Gil
  • Structures

    Jofemar s.l.
  • Project Area

    73.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

PUCP Engineering and Science Classroom Building / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
PUCP Engineering and Science Classroom Building / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos, © Juan Solano Ojasi
© Juan Solano Ojasi

© Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Universitaria 1801, San Miguel Lima 33, Peru
  • Project Architects

    Patricia Llosa Bueno, Rodolfo Cortegana Morgan
  • Collaborators

    Felipe Galarza Cerf, Daniela Chong, Duilio Dall’Orto Mas
  • Project Area

    17638.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Renzo Piano On 'Civic Duty' In Our Cities

00:00 - 13 January, 2015
Renzo Piano On 'Civic Duty' In Our Cities, President Giorgio Napolitano and Renzo Piano (2012). Image Courtesy of La Repubblica
President Giorgio Napolitano and Renzo Piano (2012). Image Courtesy of La Repubblica

In The New Yorker's latest Postcard from Rome Elizabeth Kolbert talks to Renzo Piano in his Senate Office at the Palazzo Giustiniani, just around the corner from the Pantheon. Piano, who was named a Senator for Life by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in September 2013 (when he was 75 years of age), immediately "handed over the office, along with his government salary, to six much younger architects." He then "asked them to come up with ways to improve the periferie - the often run-down neighborhoods that ring Rome and Italy’s other major cities." Kolbert attests to Piano's belief in the power of museums and libraries and concert halls. For him, "they become places where people share values [and] where they stay together." "This is what I call the civic role of architecture."

Sutherland Hussey Wins Competition to Design Sessay Community Hub

00:00 - 13 January, 2015
© Sutherland Hussey Architects, courtesy of RIBA
© Sutherland Hussey Architects, courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced Sutherland Hussey Architects and Gross Max Landscape Architects as winners of a competition to design a new community hub for Sessay Village in North Yorkshire. The proposal, which jury chair Robin Snell believed to have “best expressed the client vision,” aims to become a well-used public destination that properly serves more than 20 local organizations, including a primary school, cricket club and the Sessay First Responders.

The narrow, single-story pavilion will stretch between two circular sports fields, connecting it’s inner halls directly to the outdoors. Continue after the break for more images of the project. 

© Sutherland Hussey Architects, courtesy of RIBA © Sutherland Hussey Architects, courtesy of RIBA © Sutherland Hussey Architects, courtesy of RIBA © Sutherland Hussey Architects, courtesy of RIBA +7

Factory in the Earth / Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect & Associates

00:00 - 13 January, 2015
Factory in the Earth / Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect & Associates, © Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Design Team

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE :Inada Junichi(WIN), LIGHTING DESIGNER :Izumi Okayasu(Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design), STRUCTURE ENGINEER :Hirokazu Touki,Takuo Nagai, MECHANICAL ENGINEER :Eiji Sato(ES associates), ELECTRICAL ENGINEER : NICHIEI ARCHITECTS,   LOCAL ARCHITECT; Nakano Construction sdn Bhd
  • Area

    25141.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

SZ House / AlarciaFerrer Arquitectos

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
SZ House / AlarciaFerrer Arquitectos, Courtesy of Lucas Carranza
Courtesy of Lucas Carranza

Courtesy of Lucas Carranza Courtesy of Lucas Carranza Courtesy of Lucas Carranza Courtesy of Lucas Carranza +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mendiolaza, Argentina
  • Project Architects

    Joaquin Alarcia, Federico
 Ferrer Deheza
  • Project Area

    151.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010

Hinterland House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
Hinterland House / Shaun Lockyer Architects, © Scott Burrows Photography
© Scott Burrows Photography

© Scott Burrows Photography © Scott Burrows Photography © Scott Burrows Photography © Scott Burrows Photography +35

ARCHISHAPE: "Architecture Shapes in Minimalist Clothing"

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
ARCHISHAPE: "Architecture Shapes in Minimalist Clothing", Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Working in reverse, Italian architect Federico Babina’s latest set of illustrations deconstructs the stylistic forms of 25 famous architects into a series of abstract compositions that embody the essence of each architect's style. This “process,” as Babina says, aims to reveal the “ideal connection between architecture itself as a form of representation and the representation used in its design.”

“The architecture is a set of shapes that draw volumes and voids which sequence generates functions and meanings. These illustrations are one of the possible ways to watch, observe and describe architecture… In these pictures you can read architectural references or simply let your mind get lost between the lines and colors for more imaginative interpretations.”

View all 25 illustrations, after the break.

Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina +25

64North to Construct "Sparkling" Palo Alto Pedestrian Bridge Over Highway 101

00:00 - 13 January, 2015
Courtesy of the City of Palo Alto
Courtesy of the City of Palo Alto

64 North, HNTB Engineering, Bionic Landscape Architecture and sculptor Ned Kahn have been chosen by the City of Palo Alto to realized a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the 14-lane Highway 101 at Adobe Creek. Their winning proposal, “Confluence” will connect residential and commercial areas in south Palo Alto to the Baylands Nature Preserve and the regional Bay Trail network.

Read on for more information and a video about the design. 

Courtesy of the City of Palo Alto Courtesy of the City of Palo Alto Courtesy of the City of Palo Alto Courtesy of the City of Palo Alto +12

Arquine Presents: MEXTROPOLI 2015

00:00 - 13 January, 2015
Arquine Presents: MEXTROPOLI 2015

Arquine’s second annual International Architecture and Latin American City festival, MEXTRÓPOLI, will take place from March 6-10, 2015 in Mexico City. To encourage citizen participation, the festival will be broken down into six parts: listening, dialogue, observation, taking action, participation and celebration.

MEXTRÓPOLI aims to convert Mexico City into a pioneering city, making it an architectural reference for the continent. The festival also serves as an important cultural project for the city, encouraging urban regeneration and promoting Mexico city’s artistic heritage.  

Architecture Doesn’t Need Rebuilding, It Needs More Thoughtful Critics

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
Architecture Doesn’t Need Rebuilding, It Needs More Thoughtful Critics

In the last few weeks, a number of reactionary architectural commentators have come out of the woodwork to denounce what they see as the currently negative direction of contemporary architecture. They claim that architecture needs to be “rebuilt” or that it is “imploding.” From their indications, architecture is on life-support, taking its last breath. The critique they offer is that contemporary architecture has become (or always was?) insensitive to users, to site conditions, to history—hardly a novel view. Every few years, this kind of frontal assault on the value of contemporary architecture is launched, but the criticisms this time seem especially shallow and misplaced. Surveying the contemporary global architecture scene, I actually feel that we’re in a surprisingly healthy place, if you look beyond the obvious showpieces. We’ve escaped from the overt dogmas of the past, we’ve renewed our focus on issues of the environment and social agency, we’re more concerned than ever with tectonics and how to build with quality. But the perennial critics of contemporary architecture appear not to have examined that deeply, nor that thoughtfully either. And unfortunately the various rebuttals to their critiques, ostensibly in support of modern and experimental architecture, have been ham-handed and poorly argued.

Allied Works’ Clyfford Still Museum is a quieter and more effective building than its neighbor, Daniel Libeskind’s Denver Art Museum. Image © Jeremy Bittermann The Borneo Sporenburg development in Amsterdam demonstrates a streetscape of diverse, integrated modern facades. Image © Flickr CC user Fred (bigiof) BIG’s formally radical 8 House turned out to be socially radical as well, hosting a vital and lively community. Image © Jens Lindhe In Portland's Pearl District, Modern buildings and parks coexist happily with semi-traditional or historic variants. Image via landarchs.com +12

Rosa and John’s Residence / Zminkowska De Boise Architects

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
Rosa and John’s Residence / Zminkowska De Boise Architects, © Tom Cronin
© Tom Cronin

Courtesy of Zminkowska De Boise Architects © Tom Cronin © Tom Cronin © Tom Cronin +9

48 Urban Garden / AK-A

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
48 Urban Garden  /  AK-A, © Nikos Alexopoulos
© Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Architects in Charge

    Katerina Apostolou, Minna Colakis
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Dimitris Dionyssiotis
  • Area

    190.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Call For Entries: RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship 2015

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
Call For Entries: RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship 2015, Call For Entries: 2015. Image Courtesy of RIBA
Call For Entries: 2015. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The 2015 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has launched and is inviting applications from schools of architecture around the world. A £6,000 grant will be awarded to one student by a panel of judges which will include Lord Foster and the current President of the , Stephen Hodder. First established in 2006, the scholarship is now in its eighth year and is designed to fund international research on a topic related to the survival of our towns and cities in a location of the student’s choice.