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VIDEO: How The Living's Mushroom Tower Was Built

00:00 - 1 July, 2014

Our friends at The Creators Project have shared with us an awesome video of the latest MoMA PS1 installation: Hy-Fi. Designed by The Living, who have - in a fascinating move - recently been acquired by Autodesk, the tower's many organic, biodegradable bricks are grown from a mushroom root in five days, with no energy required and no carbon emissions. In fact, the tower will be composted after MoMA PS1's summer program is over. Learn more about this ingenious tower from the creator David Benjamin in the video above. And check out more images of the tower after the break.

© Andrew Nunes © Andrew Nunes © Andrew Nunes © Andrew Nunes +6

University of Windsor CEI / B+H

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
University of Windsor CEI / B+H, © Tony Hafkenscheid
© Tony Hafkenscheid

© Tony Hafkenscheid © Tony Hafkenscheid © Dan Reaume © Tony Hafkenscheid +10

The Tent / a21 studio

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
The Tent / a21 studio, Courtesy of a21 studio
Courtesy of a21 studio

Courtesy of a21 studio Courtesy of a21 studio Courtesy of a21 studio Courtesy of a21 studio +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    tp. Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam
  • Area

    126.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of a21 studio

Russell A Davidson Elected as 2016 AIA President

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Russell A Davidson Elected as 2016 AIA President, Russell A Davidson. Image Courtesy of AIA
Russell A Davidson. Image Courtesy of AIA

This weekend, at the AIA's national conference in Chicago, Russell A Davidson was elected the AIA's 2016 president. Davidson, who served as the AIA's Vice President in 2012-13 and president of AIA's New York State chapter in 2007, will be joined by William J Bates and Francis M Pitts as Vice presidents, and John A Padilla as AIA Secretary.

London Design Museum's Design of the Year: Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
London Design Museum's Design of the Year: Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center has beaten out seven shortlisted designs to win  Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Awards. The shortlisted proposals - from a portable eye examination kit to Volkswagen’s XL1 CAR - will remain on view at the museum through August 25. 

Not only is Ms. Hadid the first woman recipient in the Awards' seven year history, but the center is the first architecture project to be lauded: "It's beautiful, it's inspiring, it's the clear vision of a singular genius and we thought it was a remarkable piece of work," jury member Ekow Eshun noted.

Other nominated architecture projects included: NLE Architects' Makoko Floating SchoolThe Turbulences FRAC Centre by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects, and the interior remodeling of the St. Moritz Church by John Pawson. See more stunning images of the Heydar Aliyev Center here.

© Hélène Binet © Hufton + Crow © Hélène Binet © Iwan Baan +5

The House Between / Clément Bacle Architect

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo +14

Social Security Fund for Lawyers / Sergio Alberto Cabrera Arquitectos

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Social Security Fund for Lawyers / Sergio Alberto Cabrera Arquitectos, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +37

Conference: Urban Routines 2013/14

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Conference: Urban Routines 2013/14

Russian city dwellers live their daily lives, drive cars on busy streets, sit in front of computers in offices, buy groceries and other goods in supermarkets and shops, bring up their children and watch television at home. This decidedly typical Lebenswelt, routine, everyday, the gigantic and complex world of the ordinary, is under-researched and poorly analysed. The theme for Strelka’s 2013-2014 research school year is Urban Routines

Moscow Launches Competition to Design 2 New Metro Stations

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Moscow Launches Competition to Design 2 New Metro Stations, Slavyanskij Bulvar Metro Station. Image © Flickr CC User Sergey Yeliseev
Slavyanskij Bulvar Metro Station. Image © Flickr CC User Sergey Yeliseev

The Moscow Metropolitan is the second busiest metro line in the world, transporting 2.4 billion passengers a year. However despite this, it is a long way short of being the most extensive, with Beijing, Shanghai, London, New York, Tokyo, and Madrid all surpassing it in terms of total track length.

In order to rectify this, in 2012 Moscow launched an ambitious expansion plan, aiming to add over 150km of tracks and 70 new stations by 2020. For the first time, they have launched a competition to design two of these new stations in the South-West of the city, in the Solntsevo and Novo-Peredelkino Districts.

Read on for more about the Moscow Metro and the competition

Drumnacraig – Extension / MacGabhann Architects

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Drumnacraig – Extension / MacGabhann Architects, © Paul McGuicken
© Paul McGuicken

© Paul McGuicken © Paul McGuicken © Paul McGuicken © Paul McGuicken +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Bjoern Patzwald, Alison Ellis, Michael Doherty
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

DAS HAUS 2014 / Louise Campbell

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
DAS HAUS 2014 / Louise Campbell, © Koelnmesse, Studio
© Koelnmesse, Studio

© Koelnmesse, Studio © Koelnmesse, Studio © Koelnmesse, Studio © Koelnmesse, Studio +30

Australian Plant Bank / BVN Donovan Hill

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
©  John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mount Annan NSW 2567, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Alex Chaston
  • Project Director

    Peter Titmuss
  • Project Principal

    James Grose
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

©  John Gollings ©  John Gollings ©  John Gollings ©  John Gollings +46

Hikariniwa House / MTKarchitects

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Hikariniwa House / MTKarchitects, © Yuko Tada
© Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Akira Metoki
  • Area

    128.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Casa en Gardelegui / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Casa en Gardelegui  / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura, © César San Millán
© César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán +27

Jiahe Boutique Hotel / Shangai Dushe Architecture Design

00:00 - 30 June, 2014
Jiahe Boutique Hotel / Shangai Dushe Architecture Design, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +48

SALES ODDITY by Andrés Jaque, Silver Lion for Research at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 30 June, 2014

By the late 1960s, two dynamics were shaping a new urban reality in Italy: on the one hand, TV was heavily influencing Italian society, becoming an intrinsic part of daily life; on the other, the social tension resulting from student protests and accelerated immigration had begun to impact cities in a chaotic way. These dynamics paved the way for Milano Due, a new town on the outskirts of Milan, which promised a new, idyllic type of urbanism.

The complex, although traditional in appearance with its red pitched roofs, put into practice modern concepts: its 2,600 apartments, which had access to amenities for education and entertainment, were arranged around a giant artificial garden/lake and were connected via an elevated circulation system. Below ground, the complex housed the studios of the first private TV channel in Italy, a fact that would shape the lives of the inhabitants of Milano Due and eventually all of Italian society.

This interesting urban phenomena is analyzed by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation in “SALES ODDITY: Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-Home TV Urbanism,” a project that was part of the Monditalia section at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the Silver Lion for the Best Research Project. According to the jury “The project presents critically a fundamental aspect of modern societies: how the power of media occupies other social spaces, both physically and politically. It is based on innovative research combining surveys and interviews with planners and residents and re-appropriation of the mass media language. While based on an Italian case, this issue is present in many international contexts dominated by contemporary technological and neo-liberal cultures.”

Dossier, trailer, and more photos of the project by Miguel de Guzmán, after the break:

SALES ODDITY. Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-Home TV Urbanism
by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

Luker House in Barnes / Jamie Fobert Architects

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Luker House in Barnes / Jamie Fobert Architects, Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects
Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects

Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barnes, London SW13, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jamie Fobert Architects

London Calling: British Modernism's Watershed Moment - The Churchill College Competition

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
London Calling: British Modernism's Watershed Moment - The Churchill College Competition, Courtesy of Churchill College
Courtesy of Churchill College

Fifty years ago Churchill College Cambridge opened its doors. In contrast to the historic Colleges, with their medieval Gothic and Neo-Classical buildings corralled behind high walls, this was in an almost rural setting on the outskirts of the city, modern in design, and Brutalist in detail. 

The 1959 competition that brought the College into being is considered by many to be a watershed moment in British Post War architectural history. It brought together 20 names, young and old, all practicing in Britain, all working in the Modernist and more specifically the nascent Brutalist style. It was a “who’s who” of British architecture at the time, including the Smithsons, Hungarian-born Erno Goldfinger, Lasdun (then in partnership with Maxwell Fry, Jane Drew & Lindsay Drake, and formerly with Russian émigré Lubetkin), Lyons Israel Ellis and Robert Matthew (one half of the Royal Festival Hall team, who teamed up with Johnson Marshall). None of these made the shortlist of four.

Proposal: Stirling & Gowan. Image Courtesy of James Gowan and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, via e-architect Proposal: Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners. Image Courtesy of Sheppard Robson, via e-architect Proposal: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. Image Courtesy of Frank Woods, via e-architect The library from Stirling and Gowan’s entry to the Churchill College, Cambridge competition (1958). Image Courtesy of BD Online +19