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Wheelwright Prize

Unique among architecture prizes with its focus on early-career architects, the Wheelwright Prize, recently launched by Harvard Graduate School of Design, is a $100,000 traveling fellowship awarded annually for exceptional itineraries in research and discovery. Recognizing the importance of field research to professional development, the prize reinforces the school’s dedication to fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design. Applications are currently being accepted until February 28. For more information, please visit here.

TEDx: How to solve traffic jams / Jonas Eliasson

Azerbaijan Tower Proposal / Avesta Group

With plans to become the world’s tallest building at about 3645 feet, the Azerbaijan Tower is being built on a series of artificial islands, the Khazar Islands, in the Caspian Sea 16 miles south of Baku, Azerbaijan.  Avesta Group, the company behind the project, is expecting to have the skyscraper completed by 2019 at an estimated cost of $2 billion. With 189 floors, it is expected to surpass the the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai and Saudi Arabia’s proposed 3280 foot Kingdom Tower. More images can be viewed after the break.

Parkhill Competition Winning Proposal / Nice Architects

Courtesy of Nice Architects
Courtesy of Nice Architects

Located on the former site on an old outdoor amphitheatre in Bratislava, Slovakia, the proposal for the housing and mixed use development, which won the first prize in the Parkhill competition, offers spectacular views and close proximity to one of the city’s oldest parks. Designed by Nice Architects, their challenge on the 52,000 m2 site was to create intensive residential development with public services located in the lower part of the site. The final composition of the buildings becomes a small reminiscence of the former amphitheatre. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association Headquarters & Activity Center Proposal / CEBRA

CEBRA has gained the support of The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities (LOA) for the realization of a new home for Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association in Vingsted, Denmark. The 5,489 sq.ft. project will accommodate the association’s administration as well as an activity center for sports fishermen and other visitors to the beautiful surroundings in the Vejle brook valley. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bar 4P's / 07BEACH Architectural Design Studio

© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki

Caburé House / Nómade Architects

  • Architects: Nómade Architects
  • Location: El Chaltén, Santa Cruz. Argentina
  • Design Team: Fabricio Contreras Ansbergs, Kieran Randall
  • Structure: Adrián Montoya
  • Construction: Tomás List
  • Client: Murphy Family
  • Area: 135.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs : Cortesia de Nómade Arquitectos

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Meadowview / Platform 5 Architects

Courtesy of Platform 5 Architects
Courtesy of Platform 5 Architects
  • Architects: Platform 5 Architects
  • Location: Bedford, UK
  • Design Team: Patrick Michell, Nicholas Bone
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Platform 5 Architects

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SFMoMA: Lebbeus Woods, Architect

Lebbeus Woods, San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995;; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods
Lebbeus Woods, San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995;; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

SFMoMA  will highlight the legacy of Lebbeus Woods  in an exhibition that will run from February 16 through June 2, 2013.  It will include 75 works from the past 35 years of his career.  Lebbeus Woods is often categorized as an architect, but always as an artist and visionary.  His career has been filled with imaginative leaps through the concepts of space and form, exploring politics, society, ethics and the human condition.  He was a great influence on architects, designers, filmmakers, writers and artists.  The exhibition will celebrate his untimely death late last year and the breadth of influence that his work had on the art and design community. 

Madonna University - Franciscan Center for Science and Media / SmithGroupJJR

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Livonia, MI, USA
  • Area: 6038.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

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Casa del Agua / THiNC

© Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro
  • Architects: THiNC
  • Location: Colonia Roma, San Francisco Tecoxpa, 12600 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Interior Design: THinC (Ignacio Cadenas + Héctor Esrawe)
  • Architecture: Héctor Coss y Alejandro Tazzer
  • Landscape: Alejandro Tazzer
  • Landscape Architecture: Héctor Coss
  • Proyect Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro , Rocío Serna

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

Tangram Theatre Second Prize Winning Proposal / Gras Arquitectos

With the city of Zhangjiagang, China lacking their own identity, Gras Arquitectos aims to create a presence and scale with their Tangram Theatre, which won the second prize in the international competition. This mutual need can enable the creation of a new urban icon, an item that addresses a new identity to the city. Historically, the icon of Chinese cities is the pagoda: from the forbidden city to the unknown monument in rural China. The architects intend to create a theatre that becomes a sort of pagoda, icon for the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Situ Studio to Construct Valentine's Day Installation with Salvaged Sandy Debris

© Situ Studio
© Situ Studio

Situ Studio has been selected from eight competitors as winner of the fifth annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, cosponsored by Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, along with Design Trust for Public Space. The young, Brooklyn-based practice won the jury over with their Heartwalk proposal made of New York and New Jersey boardwalk boards that were salvaged from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The installation will be unveiled on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, and remain on view until March 8, 2013. Learn more about Situ Studio’s winning proposal after the break.

Farewell to Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center in Gettysburg

Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. Photo via Artinfo
Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. Photo via Artinfo

After a intensive, 14-year preservation battle, the fate of Richard Neutra‘s mid-century Cyclorama Center in Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg National Military Park has been sealed. Yesterday, the National Park Service confirmed their plans to demolish the modernist structure and restore the site to its original 1863 appearance just in time for the 150th anniversary commemoration of the battle. It is a victory for Civil War purists and a loss for 20th century architecture advocates. As we announced last September, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia directed the park service to conduct an environmental analysis on the demolition and to consider “non-demolition alternatives” such as moving the structure or leaving part of it intact. Following the release of a 200-page analysis, the park confirmed that the service had “no need for the continued use of the building” and that it “conflicted with the overall goals of the park.” More after the break…

Book Presentation and Signing of Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References

The Graham Foundation of Chicago will host a book presentation and signing of Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References, a new book edited by Robert McCarter and designed by Irma Boom exploring the notion of ‘A Wonderful World’. The event will take place Friday, February 1st at 6:00pmCST. The evening will begin with a discussion and debate between Arets and McCarter, introducing the book’s origins as well as the work of Wiel Arets Architects, after which signed copies of the publication will be available for purchase. More information after the break.

Call for Proposals: 'SMART CITY: The Next Generation' Exhibition

Architects, Urban Planners, Engineers, and Activists with projects in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines are invited to send their proposals for an exhibition titled ‘SMART CITY: The Next Generation’. Organized by Aedes Architecture Forum, with the Goethe Institut/South-East Asia, under the guidance of curator Ulla Giesler, the exhibition will be held in Berlin at the their Architecture Forum between May and July 2013 within the framework of the Asia-Pacific-Week Berlin 2013. More information after the break.

2013 Design for Biodiversity Symposium: Architectural Approaches to Urban Ecology

Taking place February 1-2 at Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall at Cornell University, the Design for Biodiversity Symposium will focus on the extended threshold between building and environment. Since its emergence in the 1970s, the field of Urban Ecology has investigated relations between living organisms and their urban environments, and has primarily addressed the city at the scale of urban planning. Within this framework, architecture, at the building scale, has thus far not been extensively tackled. How might architecture actively support multi-species habitats? Can these habitats help us replace existing, fossil fuel dependent, mechanistic systems with low impact, ecologically integrated systems that leverage natural sources? How does reimagining the city in this way change how we think about urban form and phenomenology? And finally, what are the appropriate models to study? These questions will be answered at the event and more. For more information, please visit here.