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Michael Rotondi to Receive Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
Michael Rotondi to Receive Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence, Michael Rotondi
Michael Rotondi

Michael Rotondi, principle of Los Angeles-based RoTo Architecture and former student of Cal Poly Pomona, has been selected to receive the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence from the College of Environmental Design at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Co-founder of SCI-Arc and long-time architectural educator at Arizona State University, Rotondi was selected for his “commitment to architectural education, for the concern he shows in his work for society and the environment, and for the inventiveness of his architecture,” says Cal Poly Pomona professor Sarah Lorenzen.

Cruz y Ortiz Completes Renovation of the Rijksmuseum's Philips Wing

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
Cruz y Ortiz Completes Renovation of the Rijksmuseum's Philips Wing, The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman
The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman

Cruz y Ortis, who famously spent ten years redesigning and renovating Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, have recently completed a comprehensive restoration of the adjacent Philips Wing. As an addition to the extensive exhibition spaces of the Dutch national museum, which was brought to completion in 2013, the Philips Wing will be dedicated to showcasing high-profile exhibitions from its own collection and on loan from international and national collections. Cruz y Ortiz's work has consisted of reorienting the entrance, accommodating diverse new functions and preparing the exhibition rooms for the temporary expositions starting next month. Several twentieth century interventions have been set back and corrected, whilst other areas have been appropriated for a new destination.

See drawings and photographs of the new wing, including a description from the architects, after the break.

The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman +17

​In Residence: Ray Kappe

00:00 - 27 October, 2014

As part of NOWNESS’ latest In Residence series, American architect Ray Kappe takes you on a tour through his glass and redwood “treehouse” on Los Angeles’ Rustic Canyon hillside. Built some 50 years ago, the house is considered to be one of the greatest modern residences in Southern California. 

Puig Tower / Rafael Moneo + Antonio Puig, Josep Riu GCA Architects + Lucho Marcial

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Puig Tower / Rafael Moneo + Antonio Puig, Josep Riu GCA Architects + Lucho Marcial, © Rafael Vargas
© Rafael Vargas

© Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas +19

Invisible Cities and the Curtain Wall: The Last Remnant of Modernism

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
Invisible Cities and the Curtain Wall: The Last Remnant of Modernism, The National September 11 Memorial entry pavilion appears camouflaged against the backdrop of neighbouring glass curtain walls. Image © Joe Woolhead
The National September 11 Memorial entry pavilion appears camouflaged against the backdrop of neighbouring glass curtain walls. Image © Joe Woolhead

Few of the architectural principles developed in the 20th century have been as widely accepted as the curtain wall, with the technology going from an implied feature of Le Corbusier's Five Points of Architecture to the go-to facade treatment of architects worldwide. In this article, originally published on Australian Design Review as "Invisible Cities - The Last Remnant of Modernism," Annabel Koeck argues that the curtain wall, initially prized for its glassy transparency, is now making buildings and even entire cities invisible thanks to its sheer ubiquity - at the expense of architectural expression.

Norwegian architects Snøhetta, based between Oslo and New York, designed the glass structure for the The National September 11 Memorial entry pavilion, which appears camouflaged against the backdrop of neighbouring glass curtain walls that define the New York skyline. Admittedly, Snøhetta’s pavilion was conceived by a very different brief, one defined by timidity and subtlety; yet paradoxically it was the curtain wall that facilitated this. Looking over the South Pool towards an array of glazed elevations that dominate the skyline it is ironic that a Modernist technique – the curtain wall – could now spell the end for architectural diversity in cities.

Güemes Building / Gerardo Caballero Maite Fernandez Arquitectos

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Güemes Building / Gerardo Caballero Maite Fernandez  Arquitectos, © Gustavo Frittegotto
© Gustavo Frittegotto

© Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto +21

A Home in the City / Romero Silva Arquitectos

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
A Home in the City   / Romero Silva Arquitectos, © Bruno Giliberto
© Bruno Giliberto

© Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Diego Romero, Ernesto Silva
  • Area

    230.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

DESIGN SHAPES LIFE: Villeroy & Boch Launches Bathroom Design Challenge

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch
Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & Boch have kicked off their first North American Designer Bathroom Challenge, inviting architects and licensed designers to develop a concept for a contemporary and multisensory bathroom design for the chance to win a trip to Germany.

Bathrooms are an essential part of daily life from the moment you jump into the shower in the morning to brushing your teeth before hopping into bed at night. While well-designed bath and wellness products that are easy to use and maintain are essential for functionality, when they are enhanced with complementing textures, sounds, scents and lighting, the functional bathroom space is transformed into a true multisensory experience. Villeroy & Boch is challenging architects and designers to incorporate both of these elements into their design, creating a functional and a multisensory space.

IDF Habitat Headquarters / Piuarch + Stefano Sbarbati Architecte

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
IDF Habitat Headquarters / Piuarch + Stefano Sbarbati Architecte, Courtesy of Piuarch
Courtesy of Piuarch

Piuarch and Stefano Sbarbati Architecte have won an international design contest to design the new headquarters of the French housing company IDF Habitat in Champigny-sur-Marne. Designed in collaboration with Stefano Sbarbati, the new building is described as "linear and efficient," but it also acts as a defining building in a new public square, offering "an example of how architecture can contribute to defining empty spaces, transforming them into social areas," according to the architects.

AIA Report Finds Increasing Acceptance of Carbon Reduction Targets

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
AIA Report Finds Increasing Acceptance of Carbon Reduction Targets, Courtesy of the AIA
Courtesy of the AIA

The 2030 Progress Report for the American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s 2030 Commitment - a voluntary program for architects who want to commit their practice to advancing the AIA's goal of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030 - has found a significant increase in the number of projects that meet its current targets for a 60% reduction in carbon emissions, with over 400 buildings in the program meeting the goal. "There is some very encouraging data in this report that shows how architects are making measurable progress towards reducing the carbon emissions in their design projects," said AIA Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy, FAIA. Read on after the break for more results of the report.

Funen Blok K - Verdana / NL Architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Funen Blok K - Verdana / NL Architects, © Raoul Kramer
© Raoul Kramer

© Raoul Kramer © Raoul Kramer © Raoul Kramer © Raoul Kramer +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Funenpark, 1018 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, Mark Linnemann
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Dune Villa / HILBERINKBOSCH architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Dune Villa / HILBERINKBOSCH architects, © René de Wit
© René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit +19

G-Tower / HAEAHN Architecture + Designcamp Moonpark dmp + Gyung Sung Architects + TCMC Architects & Engineers

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
G-Tower / HAEAHN Architecture + Designcamp Moonpark dmp + Gyung Sung Architects + TCMC Architects & Engineers, © Young-chae Park
© Young-chae Park

© Young-chae Park © Young-chae Park © Young-chae Park © Young-chae Park +24

Bottle Sail / 1+1>2 International Architecture JSC

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Bottle Sail / 1+1>2 International Architecture JSC, © Vu Xuan Son
© Vu Xuan Son

© Vu Xuan Son © Vu Xuan Son © Vu Xuan Son © Vu Xuan Son +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hai Phong, Haiphong, Vietnam
  • Design Team

    Hoang Thuc Hao , Nguyen Duy Thanh, Vu Xuan Son
  • Collaborators

    Tran Hong Nam, Local farmers, Students
  • Area

    16.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Bartlett Professor CJ Lim to Launch "Food City" Book at Ravensbourne

00:00 - 26 October, 2014
Bartlett Professor CJ Lim to Launch "Food City" Book at Ravensbourne, © Ravensbourne
© Ravensbourne

As part of the launch of his latest book, Food City, Professor CJ Lim of the Bartlett School of Architecture will present a lecture at Ravensbourne in Greenwich, London. Food City follows on from professor Lim's previous book, Smartcities and Eco-Warriors, exploring the role that food production and distribution has historically played in day-to-day life, and how we might once again reinstate it as an integral part of our cities through essays on 25 cities around the globe.

The Principals Install Sound Reactive, Silver-Coated "Quilt" at Neuehouse

00:00 - 26 October, 2014
The Principals Install Sound Reactive, Silver-Coated "Quilt" at Neuehouse, © Bryan Derballa
© Bryan Derballa

Commissioned by Sonos to create a sound reactive installation in collaboration with the musician Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), The Principals created a 16-foot-tall canopy, 8-feet-wide by 36-feet-long covering the performance and grand stand seating area of the private workspace collective Neuehouse. Inspired by the work of Arthur Rimbaud, The Principals chose the name Ancient Chaos, a phrase from his poem Matinée d'Ivresse which speaks to a basic force of wonder within all of us at the hidden patterns of nature. The installation, both a sonic composition and a physical structure, creates sounds that verge on the architectural and architecture that verges on the fluid.  

More information and a video of the installation in motion, after the break.  

Hotel Vincci Gala Barcelona / TBI Architecture & Engineering

01:00 - 26 October, 2014
Hotel Vincci Gala Barcelona / TBI Architecture & Engineering, © José Hevia Blach
© José Hevia Blach

© José Hevia Blach © José Hevia Blach © José Hevia Blach © José Hevia Blach +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ronda de Sant Pere, 32, 08010 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Director TBI

    Miguel Jordá
  • Architecture

    Stefan Richter
  • Design and Interior design

    Gregor Mertens
  • Area

    4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Twitter Reacts to 1,715 Guggenheim Designs

00:00 - 26 October, 2014

The news that every single one of the 1,715 designs for the future Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki have been released via a new competition website was understandably something of a media storm earlier this week. As the largest ever set of proposals to be simultaneously released to the public, how could anyone possibly come to terms with the sheer number and quality of the designs - let alone all the other issues which the proposals shed light on?

In this instance, the answer to that question is simple: get help. Guggenheim Helsinki will arguably go down in history as the prototypical competition for the social media age, not just for releasing the designs to the public but for their platform which enables people to select favorites, and compile and share shortlists. In the days since the website launched, Twitter users have risen to the challenge. See what some of them had to say after the break.