Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen

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The Global Schindler Award is a new competition for 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.

Students may compete as individuals or in teams, but must work under the supervision of a faculty member. Registration is open until November 15, 2014 and entries are due on January 31, 2015. The winners, which will be chosen by an esteemed panel of interdisciplinary jury members including landscape architect Kongjian Yu of Turenscape and architect Farshid Moussavi, will be announced in early 2015.

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Grammar School Frankfurt-Riedberg / Ackermann+Raff

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Architects: Ackermann+Raff
Location: Friedrich-Dessauer-Straße, 60438 , Germany
Area: 18725.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Herrmann

Oslo Restaurant / Borja Garcia Studio

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Architects: Borja Garcia Studio
Location: Carrer Catalans, 8, 46001 , Spain
Project Architects: Borja García. Laura Ros
Project Year: 2014
Photography: Courtesy of Borja García Studio

O Residence / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Area: 298.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Seven Sage County Community Office Building / Allied Architects International

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Architects: Allied Architects International
Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Allied Architects International

AD Interviews: Eric Bunge / nArchitects

At the New Cities Summit – held last year in São Paulo – we caught up with Eric Bunge of New York-based practice nArchitects outside of Oscar Niemeyer’s Ibirapuera auditorium. The summit’s theme was centered on the future of cities and Bunge was presenting his firm’s My Micro NY project, which was the winning design of former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s adAPT NYC competition. “We’re kind of influenced by New York itself as a microcosm. Our project looks a little bit like a microcosm of the skyline. We’re interested in this idea of re-inventing what micro is and how much of New York you can inhabit,” Bunge said regarding the project.

According to Bunge, housing is based on regulation and therefore one of the most constrained things to design. “I think we can reinvent housing,” he told us.

Watch the full interview to learn more about Bunge’s thoughts on reinventing housing, the inspiration behind his My Micro NY project and how he strives to address climate change in his projects.

Giovannetti Community Shelter / ASK Studio

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Architects: ASK Studio
Location: Walker-Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322,
Area: 5580.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cameron Campbell

Design Collective / Neri & Hu. Image © Shen Zhonghai
Design Collective / Neri & Hu. Image © Shen Zhonghai

Neri&Hu: Redefining the Meaning of ‘Made in China’

When Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu arrived in Shanghai in 2000, working on a project for Michael Graves, they had no plans to stay. “Three months turned into six, then eight,” said Neri of his first visit; fourteen years later, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office operates from Shanghai with more than 100 multi-disciplinary staff. The firm has developed a reputation for their original designs in a landscape dominated by duplicate architecture. In a recent article in The Star Online, Leong Siok Hui maps Neri & Hu‘s road to success, featuring their work on Design Collective and The Waterhouse at South Bund. Read more here

20 Productivity Apps to Help Make Your Life Easier On Sale Now

20 Productivity Apps to Help Make Your Life Easier On Sale Now

Need some help being productive or organizing your life? Ranging from Clear, an app that helps create tasks, reminders and to-do lists, to Grafio, which lets you organize your thoughts via diagrams, Apple has put 20 productivity apps in the iOS App Store on sale.

The apps range from $0.99 to $6.99, and some are up to 60% off their normal selling price. Check out all 20 on the iOS App Store’s “Amazing Productivity Apps” section.  

El Gabinete de Arquitectura / Solano Benitez

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Architects: Solano Benitez
Location: , Paraguay
Photography: Leonardo Finotti , Courtesy of Solano Benitez

AD Classics: São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi

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When Lina Bo Bardi received the commission to build a new museum of art on São Paulo’s Terraço do Trianon, she was given the job under one condition: under no circumstances could the building block the site’s panoramic vistas of the lower-lying parts of the city. This rule, instituted by the local legislature, sought to protect what had become an important urban gathering space along Avenida Paulista, the city’s main financial and cultural artery. Undeterred, Bo Bardi came up with a solution that was simple and powerful. She designed a building with a massive split through its midsection, burying half of it below the terrace and lifting the other half into the sky. As a result, the plaza remained open and unobstructed, and in 1968, the iconic São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) was born.

The Factory Berlin / Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture

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Architects: Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture
Location: ,
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
Year: 2014
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

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

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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, , 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 , 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.


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Location: Itaipava, Petrópolis – Rio de Janeiro,
Architect In Charge: Miguel Pinto Guimarães
Coordinator Architect: Renata Duhá
Architects Team : Vinicius Cesar
Area: 762.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Merging Bamboo & Concrete for the Emerging World

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Developed by Hannah Ahlblad, a recent graduate of Wellesley College cross-registered at MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning, this article explores the potential of merging and concrete, harnessing the strengths of both to create a sustainable, durable and affordable material for use in developing countries. Hannah’s project was created in conclusion to the semester-long emergent elective taught by Professor John E. Fernández, Director of MIT’s Building Technology Program.

In the rapidly developing economies of East Asia and Latin America, urban architecture often seeks to combine the local heritage with the prestige of Western contemporary form and practices. The materials used in urban areas of these growing cities follow the steel, glass, and concrete technology used elsewhere. Usually, emerging materials research looks at the structural properties and applications of materials under scientific development. Less consideration has been given to ancient building materials and their interaction with today’s engineering.

BuildAChange Aims to Tackle Sanitation with Zero Project

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Although the practice of architecture has historically done little to address the basic needs of those in the developing world, in recent years architects have gradually extended their reach into the realm of humanitarian work, as most notably exemplified by Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. Despite these advances, one third of the world’s population does not have access to adequate sanitation. This is astounding given the amount of resources and technology we have available to us in the 21st century, and it is a problem that architects have the opportunity to solve; some architects, including Julia King, have already begun to take on this challenge. It is also the focus of “Zero Project,” the first initiative of non-profit organization BuildAChange. Read about their proposal after the break.

Click Clack Hotel / Plan B Arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
Location: Bogotá, Bogota,
Project Architects: Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
Project Area: 4500.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photography: Andrés Valbuena, Santiago Pyniol

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

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 , the prize highlights Foster’s iconic original design for the Metro Bilbao stations in the Basque Country.