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Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen , Courtesy of Global Schindler Award
Courtesy of Global Schindler Award

The Global Schindler Award is a new competition for students that will explore questions about universal mobility and access amidst rapid globalization and urbanization. In its inaugural year, a real site in Shenzhen – a booming commercial and industrial area adjacent to Hong Kong – has been chosen as the subject of the urban design proposals. Entrants are being asked to re-imagine the city as an inclusive urban environment and will be vying for portions of the $150,000 prize fund.

Click Clack Hotel / Plan B Arquitectos

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Click Clack Hotel  / Plan B Arquitectos, © Andrés Valbuena
© Andrés Valbuena

© Andrés Valbuena © Santiago Pyniol © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Jefes de Proyecto

    Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
  • Project Area

    4500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Andrés Valbuena, Santiago Pyniol

Rebel Architecture: Al Jazeera’s New Series to Feature Activist Architects

00:00 - 13 August, 2014

On August 18 Al Jazeera will launch “Rebel Architecture,” a new series featuring architects who use design as a form of resistance and activism. By designing for the majority rather than the elite, the architects in “Rebel Architecture” are tackling the world’s urban, environmental and social problems. Through six, half-hour documentaries the series will highlight architects working in Vietnam, Nigeria, Spain, Pakistan, the Occupied West Bank and Brazil.

“In contemporary architecture, people are always concerned with ‘what a beautiful building’; or ‘what a pretty project’ – architecture should be about something more,” said Spanish architect Santi Cirugeda, who will be featured in the series’ first episode. Cirugeda works in Seville reclaiming abandoned urban spaces for the public, despite the fact that self-building is illegal in Spain.

The Factory Berlin / Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
The Factory Berlin / Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Project Team

    Corentin Héraud, Eric Wolfgang Eisenhut, Sarina Giffhorn, Minho Park, Roma Gadomska-Miles, Martino Pacchetti, Cameron Halls, Roberta D'Alessandro, Julian Breinersdorfer, Rekha Barry
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Reconstruction of Building Ostrava-Svinov / PROJEKTSTUDIO

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Reconstruction of Building Ostrava-Svinov / PROJEKTSTUDIO, Courtesy of PROJEKTSTUDIO
Courtesy of PROJEKTSTUDIO

Courtesy of PROJEKTSTUDIO Courtesy of PROJEKTSTUDIO Courtesy of PROJEKTSTUDIO Courtesy of PROJEKTSTUDIO +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ostrava-Svinov, Peterkova, 721 00 Ostrava-Svinov, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    David Kotek, David Pospiech
  • Engineer

    Jan Müller
  • Area

    338.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of PROJEKTSTUDIO

Norman Foster Receives Inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Norman Foster Receives Inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao, Norman Foster has been rewarded for his work on Metro Bilbao. Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi
Norman Foster has been rewarded for his work on Metro Bilbao. Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi

On the 26th of September, Norman Foster will be at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao as the inaugural recipient of the very first BIA (Bilbao Bizkaia Architecture) Award. Recognizing Foster's contribution towards the development of Bizkaia through architecture and urban regeneration, the prize highlights Foster's iconic original design for the Metro Bilbao stations in the Basque Country.

El Gabinete de Arquitectura / Solano Benitez

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
El Gabinete de Arquitectura / Solano Benitez, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti Courtesy of Solano Benitez © Leonardo Finotti Courtesy of Solano Benitez +20

Bell-lloc Winery / RCR Arquitectes

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Bell-lloc Winery / RCR Arquitectes, © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Palamós, Girona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    RCR Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta Arquitectes
  • Project Area

    981.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Eugeni Pons

House by the Lake / marte.marte Architekten

19:00 - 12 August, 2014
House by the Lake / marte.marte Architekten, Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten
Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Am Brand, 6900 Bregenz, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    DI Bernhard Marte, DI Stefan Marte
  • Area

    277.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

EK3 / bob-architektur BDA

00:00 - 12 August, 2014
EK3  / bob-architektur BDA, © Nikolay Kazakov
© Nikolay Kazakov

© Nikolay Kazakov © Nikolay Kazakov © Nikolay Kazakov © Nikolay Kazakov +24

NSN House / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
NSN House / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +20

SDM Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
SDM Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop, © Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham

© Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham +30

PAR Awarded AIA LA's Presidential Emerging Practice Award

00:00 - 12 August, 2014
PAR Awarded AIA LA's Presidential Emerging Practice Award, Taichung Cultural Center- Park View. Image by Luxigon. Image Courtesy of PAR
Taichung Cultural Center- Park View. Image by Luxigon. Image Courtesy of PAR

Design firm Platform for Architecture + Research (PAR) has been awarded AIA Los Angeles’ Presidential Emerging Practice Award. The award, which reflects “notable, innovative achievements in design and service to the profession,” is the highest honor given by AIA LA each year. This year, in response to Los Angeles’s continued urban evolution, the award jury nominated those firms who “take leadership roles in advancing the profession and thus, the City.” PAR fit the bill, both for their research-based design approach, and their commitment to improving public life through design.  See some of their latest work, after the break!

Transustainable House / SUGAWARADAISUKE

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
Transustainable House / SUGAWARADAISUKE, © Jérémie Souteyrat
© Jérémie Souteyrat

© Jérémie Souteyrat © Jérémie Souteyrat © Jérémie Souteyrat © Jérémie Souteyrat +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chofu, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Daisuke Sugawara, Noriyuki Ueakasaka, Hiroshi Narahara
  • Design Development

    SUGAWARADAISUKE
  • Area

    38.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

In Discussion With David Adjaye

00:00 - 12 August, 2014
In Discussion With David Adjaye, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

In an interview with Rowan Moore for The Observer, British born architect David Adjaye discusses his work, personality and ambitions as head of the one of the fastest growing internationally operating practices. With Moore's immersive descriptions and expertly written narrative, the "breadth of Adjaye's vision" becomes apparent. Featuring precise descriptions of some his upcoming projects, including the designs for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and a number of smaller buildings in London, Moore's discussion ultimately explores Adjaye's early (and successful) steps into the African architectural market. You can read the interview in full here.

Future Ground Competition Open for Registration

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
 Future Ground Competition Open for Registration , Courtesy of Van Alen Institute
Courtesy of Van Alen Institute

What will New Orleans look like in one year? Ten years? Fifty years? The Future Ground design competition, hosted by the Van Alen Institute, is looking for multidisciplinary teams help shape the city's future by answering these questions. The competition is specifically looking for teams to "generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the city."

Fusionner2.0-Paper cave / Kotaro Horiuchi

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
Fusionner2.0-Paper cave / Kotaro Horiuchi, © Issei Mori
© Issei Mori

© Issei Mori © Issei Mori Courtesy of Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture Courtesy of Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture +21

How a San Francisco Architect Reframes Design for the Blind

00:00 - 12 August, 2014
How a San Francisco Architect Reframes Design for the Blind, Downey uses thin wax sticks to create tactile sketches. Image © Patricia Chang
Downey uses thin wax sticks to create tactile sketches. Image © Patricia Chang

San Francisco architect Chris Downey is changing how design is employed for people with disabilities and redefining how architects can approach accessible design. In this article by Lamar Anderson on Curbed, we learn about how Downey has developed his own design methods and utilizes his rare skillset to draw attention to what architects often miss when designing for the public. 

Architect Chris Downey is standing next to a pile of Sheetrock, balancing a white cane in the air like a tightrope walker's pole. The week before, construction had begun on a new office for the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco, or ILRC, a nonprofit community center for people with disabilities. Downey holds the cane up to approximate for the center's executive director, Jessie Lorenz, how the reception desk will jut out at an angle from a concrete column. Lorenz takes a step, and a pile of pipes on the floor clatters. "I don't know what's over there," says Downey. Lorenz giggles. "I hope I didn't break anything," she says. Lorenz regains her footing and touches the cane. "That makes sense," she says. "It's almost like we're funneling people into this part."