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AIA Names its 2014 Small Projects Awards Winners

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Small House / Cooper Joseph Studio. Image © Elliot Kaufman
Small House / Cooper Joseph Studio. Image © Elliot Kaufman

The American Institute of Architects () has selected ten recipients for their 2014 Small Projects Awards, which recognizes design excellence in projects with a budget of up to $1.5 million and with a floor area less than 5,000 square feet. The award "strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget."

This year's awards include 5 houses, 2 pavilions, 2 installations and a cafe. See all 10 awarded projects after the break.

Redaction House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Image © John J. Macaulay Pure Tension Pavilion / Synthesis Design + Architecture. Image © Fabric Images / © Volvo Italy Head in the Clouds Pavilion / STUDIOKCA. Image © Chuck Choi Topo House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Image © John J. Macaulay +20

Auckland Zoo / Monk Mackenzie + Glamuzina Patterson

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Auckland Zoo / Monk Mackenzie + Glamuzina Patterson, © Mark Smith
© Mark Smith

© Jonny Davis © Jonny Davis © Jonny Davis © Jonny Davis +8

San Lucas Pavilion / FRPO Rodriguez & Oriol ARCHITECTURE LANDSCAPE

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
San Lucas Pavilion / FRPO Rodriguez & Oriol ARCHITECTURE LANDSCAPE, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +14

Administrative Headquarters RBSUM / KBNK

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
© Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier
© Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier

© Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier © Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier © Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier © Dorfmüller/Kröger/Klier +9

G9 Shangai / Atelier INDJ

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
G9 Shangai / Atelier INDJ, © Bono Yan
© Bono Yan

© Bono Yan © Bono Yan © Bono Yan © Bono Yan +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Ian Douglas-Jones
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

HB6B / Karin Matz

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
HB6B / Karin Matz, Courtesy of Karin Matz
Courtesy of Karin Matz

Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz Courtesy of Karin Matz +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area

    36.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Karin Matz

Iñaki Ábalos' Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: "Interior"

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Iñaki Ábalos' Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: "Interior", © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

By focusing on the architecture of interiors, Inaki Ábalos, the curator of this year's Spanish Pavilion, highlights the spaces within 12 Spanish buildings. These projects, mostly completed within the past three years, serve as specifically important instances of refurbishment and regeneration of Spain's built heritage. The exhibition is a study not only of the architecture itself, but of the cultural material that gave rise to the specific forms. Through large-scale photographs and sections of each of the presented spaces, Interior seeks "the place where life unfolds, the central theme of architecture." Read on to find the rest of the curator's statement. 

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +20

Steven Holl Reflects on the Majesty of the Mackintosh

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Steven Holl Reflects on the Majesty of the Mackintosh

Following the devastating news that the Mackintosh School of Art's iconic library was recently destroyed, Steven Holl - designer of the adjacent Seona Reid Building that opened earlier this year - reflects on the "magic" of what has been lost in an article for the Architectural Record. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, for Holl, "embodies a refreshingly direct conviction", the sudden loss of which brought on a "deep sadness." Placing it within a canon of architectural masterpieces, Holl gives insight to his emotional connections with this Glaswegian masterpiece: "the Glasgow School of Art has an inner worth and a dignity beyond all measurable value." Read the article in full here.

5 Concepts for Garden Cities Shortlisted for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
5 Concepts for Garden Cities Shortlisted for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize, Aerial view of Shelter's Masterplan for the Hoo Valley. Image Courtesy of Wolfson Economics Prize
Aerial view of Shelter's Masterplan for the Hoo Valley. Image Courtesy of Wolfson Economics Prize

The shortlist for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize has been announced, rewarding five teams who rose to the challenge to design new garden cities which address the UK's growing housing shortage. The topic of garden cities is becoming a major focus for the UK's planners and architects, with proposals by the government for a new garden town of 15,000 homes at Ebbsfleet providing the starting point for debate.

However despite the debate within the built environment professions, with some arguing that garden cities are best left in the past, a survey commissioned by the Wolfson Economics Prize in conjunction with the award found that 72% of the British public believed there was a serious shortage of housing in the UK, and 70% believed that garden cities were a better way of delivering this housing compared to how - and where - housing is currently delivered. The five shortlisted teams will receive £10,000 to further develop their proposals and aim for the grand prize of £250,000.

Read on after the break for the list of proposals

Brazilian Artist Builds Labyrinth of Wooden Roots

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Brazilian Artist Builds Labyrinth of Wooden Roots, Screenshot from video
Screenshot from video

Given a cavernous gallery space at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo, artist Henrique Oliveira has created Transarquitetônica, a breathtaking installation from plywood, which fills the room with twisted tree roots large enough for gallery visitors to walk inside.

Read on after the break for more images of the installation, including photos of its construction

The exit from the root maze. Image Courtesy of MAC USP via www.mac.usp.br Screenshot from video Courtesy of MAC USP via www.mac.usp.br Brazilian Artist Builds Labyrinth of Wooden Roots +14

War & Women's Human Right Museum / Wise Architecture

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
War & Women's Human Right Museum / Wise Architecture, © Kim Doo-Ho
© Kim Doo-Ho

© Kim Doo-Ho © Kim Doo-Ho © Kim Doo-Ho © Kim Doo-Ho +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    39-13 Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Sook Hee Chun, Young Chul Jang, Jiyong Park, Kuhyeon Kwon, Aram Yun
  • Area

    785.0 sqm
  • Photographs

2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced, Red Building © Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Red Building © Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards has recognized three dozen of the year’s best architecture and design projects in Greater Los Angeles. From Morphosis' Emerson College to the Los Angeles River project, each recipient has been awarded for their excellence in design, sustainability and community impact. 

The 2013 Los Angeles Architectural Award Winners are...

Venice Biennale 2014: Pedro Gadanho Explains Why Portugal's Pavilion Has No Buildings At All

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Pedro Gadanho Explains Why Portugal's Pavilion Has No Buildings At All, Pedro Gadanho em entrevista a ArchDaily em Abril de 2013
Pedro Gadanho em entrevista a ArchDaily em Abril de 2013

The following text by Pedro Gadanho was originally published in Portuguese in Portugal's Diário Expresso.

The most awaited event in the architecture world begins this week: the opening of the Venice Biennale. Thousands of participants, journalists, and invited guests will flood the fantastical Italian city to take the pulse of the discipline -the nations' representations, the novelties, the state of the art. For this, the 14th edition of the Biennale, the artistic direction of Rem Koolhaas has raised great expectations: the architect behind Casa da Música is, after all, the ultimate provocateur of an architectural stardom that's ever more predictable. 

Topo House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Topo House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects, © John J. Macaulay
© John J. Macaulay

© John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay +20

Memphis Slim Collaboratory / brg3s Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Memphis Slim Collaboratory / brg3s Architects, © Ken West
© Ken West

© Ken West © Ken West © Ken West © Ken West +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    1130 College Street, Memphis, TN 38106, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Jason Jackson
  • Area

    2100.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Venice Biennale 2014: Israel's Tabula Rasa

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Israel's Tabula Rasa, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Israel is a country that was built with modernism as its guide. It flourished in a particular way and resulted in a unique architectural landscape, not only in terms of singular buildings, but also in the way in which the territory itself was planned. Anti-urban in essence, the Sharon Plan from 1951 gave birth to more than 400 new towns scattered across the territory.

This new landscape -a tabula rasa- evolved into a variety of patterns and forms, a landscape that is neither Urban nor Suburban.

“Urburb” is the title of the Israeli exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Within the pavilion, a constant robotic performance traces the patterns that resulted from the Sharon plan in the sand, only to erase them after a few minutes and then draw them again. It is a performance that makes one think about the future of new settlements and the possibilities of robotic construction.

The exhibition is curated by Ori Scialom, Dr. Roy Brand, Keren Yeala Golan and Edith Kofsky.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +13

House with Square Opening / NKS Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
© Kouji Okamoto
© Kouji Okamoto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukutsu, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Noriko, Kaoru Suehito
  • Structure

    RC-3F
  • Area

    192.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto +16

Online Class / Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Online Class / Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story, http://instagram.com/trashhand
http://instagram.com/trashhand

Skillshare is an online learning community to master real-world skills through project-based classes. Their new class, "Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story", launched yesterday. In the one-hour self-paced class, Chicago-based photographer trashhand will take students into the creative process that allowed him to rise from Instagram amateur to acclaimed artist.