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Scandinavian Design Group and Ctrl+N Create an Undulating Interactive Installation for Lundin Norway

00:00 - 18 October, 2014

Waves of golden light appear to shimmer and float from the ceiling in “Breaking the Surface” a new interactive installation from Scandinavian Design Groupctrl+n, Abida, Pivot Product Design and Intek. The kinetic sculpture is composed of an array of acrylic plastic tubes extending through the floor of a two-story mechanized matrix, gracefully moving above and below the surface to evoke abstract images of the undersea geography. Read more about the interactive installation after the break.

OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2015

01:00 - 18 October, 2014
OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition 2015, River Spree in Berlin. Image © Flickr CC User caribb
River Spree in Berlin. Image © Flickr CC User caribb

The OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition is an international ideas competition, aimed at students and emerging practitioners, which is organized every four years by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Technicians and Theatre Architects). The theme of the 2015 competition will be the design of a floating theatre to be moored at a particular location on the river Spree in Berlin, Germany, but capable of being moved to other sites on the river. 

Emerging Voices: Joyce Hwang of Ants of the Prairie

00:00 - 18 October, 2014

Joyce Hwang founded Buffalo-based firm Ants of the Prairie in 2004 as an architecture and research practice “dedicated to developing creative approaches in confronting the pleasures and horrors of our contemporary ecologies,” according to the Architectural League. In her lecture as one of winners of the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices awards, Hwang explains her fascination with the conflicted perceptions of urban wildlife, and discusses a series of projects that aim to incorporate diverse animal habitats into the built environment.  

Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial Clears Final Design Hurdle

00:00 - 17 October, 2014
Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial Clears Final Design Hurdle, Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The US Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) has approved Frank Gehry's revised design for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC, meaning that after a fifteen-year process, all the involved parties have finally agreed on a design. Gehry's most recent design - a slightly scaled-down version of the one he produced in 2011, with the two smaller woven steel tapestries removed to open up the view to the Capitol - was approved by the National Capitol Planning Commission (NCPC) earlier this month, allowing the CFA to give their final verdict on the new design.

No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +19

House at Chicureo / Cristian Izquierdo Lehmann

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
House at Chicureo / Cristian Izquierdo Lehmann, © Alberto Browne
© Alberto Browne

© Alberto Browne © Alberto Browne © Alberto Browne © Alberto Browne +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicureo, Colina, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Area

    215 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House in Brissago / Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
House in Brissago  / Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects, © Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz

© Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz +29

Elk Valley Tractor Shed / FIELDWORK Design & Architecture

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
© Brian Walker Lee
© Brian Walker Lee

© Brian Walker Lee © Brian Walker Lee © Brian Walker Lee © Brian Walker Lee +14

Haworth Tompkins' Everyman Theatre Wins the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize

00:00 - 17 October, 2014
Haworth Tompkins' Everyman Theatre Wins the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize, 2014 Stirling Prize winner: The Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins. Image © Philip Vile
2014 Stirling Prize winner: The Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins. Image © Philip Vile

Haworth Tompkins' Everyman Theatre has won the RIBA Stirling Prize for 2014, beating competition from Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano, Mecanoo, O'Donnell + Tuomey and Feilden Clegg Bradley. The result was announced last night by RIBA President Stephen Hodder at an event held at the RIBA's Headquarter's in London, with Hodder saying that "Haworth Tompkins have struck the perfect balance between continuity and change" and calling the scheme "a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring, bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre."

playze and Schmidhuber Selected to Design Ningbo's Urban Planning Museum

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
playze and Schmidhuber Selected to Design Ningbo's Urban Planning Museum, © playze and Schmidhuber
© playze and Schmidhuber

playze and Schmidhuber have been selected as winners of an invited competition to design the Urban Planning Exhibition Center in Ningbo, China. Inspired by the ancient artform of the Chinese ribbon dance, the exhibition center aims to “blur the lines” between citizens and decision makers in a way that grants the public “rare access into the inner-workings of the city” in an effort to strengthen the relationship between local government and community. 

The idea of the Chinese “Urban Planning Museums” is the nation’s response to the rapid urban growth occurring in many of its major cities. The museums are intended to communicate city planning and development issues to the public. You can learn more about playze and Schmidhuber’s design, after the break. 

© playze and Schmidhuber © playze and Schmidhuber © playze and Schmidhuber © playze and Schmidhuber +16

Icsid Launches Bid for 2018 World Design Capital

00:00 - 17 October, 2014
Icsid Launches Bid for 2018 World Design Capital, © ICSID
© ICSID

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has announced the launch of the World Design Capital® (WDC) application cycle for the 2018 designation, which will mark the sixth cycle for this global initiative. Icsid invites design effective cities from around the globe to submit bids that showcase the impact of design in their city and demonstrate examples of design as a development tool. 

RE-USE / Global Architects

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
RE-USE / Global Architects, © Mirko Merchiori
© Mirko Merchiori

© Mirko Merchiori © Mirko Merchiori © Mirko Merchiori © Mirko Merchiori +12

Door19 / P H. D

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
Door19 / P H. D, Courtesy of ArtKvartal
Courtesy of ArtKvartal

Courtesy of ArtKvartal Courtesy of ArtKvartal Courtesy of ArtKvartal Courtesy of ArtKvartal +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Area

    460.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

AD Classics: Wexner Center for the Arts / Peter Eisenman

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
AD Classics: Wexner Center for the Arts / Peter Eisenman, © Flickr user OZinOH
© Flickr user OZinOH

Before it was even completed, New York Times critic Paul Goldberger dubbed the Wexner Center for the Arts “The Museum That Theory Built.” [1] Given its architect, this epithet came as no surprise; Peter Eisenman, the museum’s designer, had spent the better part of his career distilling architectural form down to a theoretical science. It was with tremendous anticipation that this building, the first major public work of Eisenman’s career, opened in 1989. For some, it heralded a validation of deconstructivism and theory, while its problems provided ammunition for others who saw theory and practice as complimentary but ultimately divergent pursuits. The building’s popular reception has been equally mixed, but its influence and intrigue in the academic community is as pronounced and unmistakeable as the design itself.

© Flickr user joevare © Flickr user plemeljr © Flickr user joevare © Flickr user joevare +12

The Choy House / O’Neill Rose Architects

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
The Choy House / O’Neill Rose Architects, © Michael Moran/OTTO
© Michael Moran/OTTO

© Michael Moran/OTTO © Michael Moran/OTTO © Michael Moran/OTTO © Michael Moran/OTTO +22

Autodesk Launches AutoCAD 2015 For Mac

00:00 - 17 October, 2014
Autodesk Launches AutoCAD 2015 For Mac
'Dynamic Blocks' in action. Image Courtesy of Autodesk
'Dynamic Blocks' in action. Image Courtesy of Autodesk

This week Autodesk launched the latest (2015) release of AutoCAD for Mac, featuring a number of enhancements that seek to bring new improvements to the drafting and design software package without sacrificing important functionality, key to people's everyday design workflows. According to Amy Bunszel, VP of AutoCAD, "this release has some rich new features but, at its core, is about eliminating dead ends that prevent people from being as effective as they can be when working together on design projects." For example, users can also share their work with colleagues that are using Windows versions of the software for uninterrupted collaboration.

See the new features in full after the break...

In Progress: West 57th Street / BIG

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
The southeast corner from West 57th Street. Image © Field Condition
The southeast corner from West 57th Street. Image © Field Condition
  • Architects

  • Location

    West 57th Street, New York, NY, USA
  • Partners-in-Charge

    Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader

    Beat Schenk
  • Project Architect

    David Brown
  • Project Team

    Alessandro Ronfini, Sören Grünert, Maya Shopova, Lauren Turner, Tiago Barros, Tyler Polich, Ivy Hume, Yi Li, Daniel Sundlin, Thomas Fagan, Aaron Hales, Hongyi Jin, Mina Rafiee, Tara Hagan, Rakel Karlsdottir, Celine Jeanne, Aleksander Tokarz, Alessio Valmori, Alvaro Garcia Mendive, Felicia Guldberg, Gabrielle Nadeau, Ho Kyung Lee, Julian Liang, Julianne Gola, Lucian Racovitan, Marcella Martinez, Dominyka Mineikyte, Eivor Davidsen, Gul Ertekin, Maria Nikolova, Minjae Kim, Mitesh Dixit, Nicklas Rasch, Riccardo Mariano, Stanley Lung, Steffan Heath, Thilani Rajarathna, Xu Li, Christoffer Gotfredsen
  • Architect of Record

    SLCE Architects
  • Landscape Architects

    Starr Whitehouse
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The southwest corner from the Hudson River Greenway. Image © Field Condition Detail of the curtain wall on the north façade. Image © Field Condition The northwest corner from 12th Avenue. Image © Field Condition Detail of the interior courtyard façade. Image © Field Condition +15

AM3's Prize-Winning Boarding School to Open Onto Mount Stelvio in Malles

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
AM3's Prize-Winning Boarding School to Open Onto Mount Stelvio in Malles, © UpLab; Courtesy of AM3 Architetti Associati
© UpLab; Courtesy of AM3 Architetti Associati

AM3 Architetti Associati has been awarded first prize in a competition to design a new boarding school in Malles (Bozen, Italy). The proposed building takes full advantage of the landscape, opening onto views towards Mount Stelvio and the Mustair Valley. Drawing inspiration from this unique context, AM3 crafts a design that integrates opportunities for active participation between building and land, and student with nature.

© UpLab; Courtesy of AM3 Architetti Associati © UpLab; Courtesy of AM3 Architetti Associati © UpLab; Courtesy of AM3 Architetti Associati © UpLab; Courtesy of AM3 Architetti Associati +23