Take AD Magazine’s Women in Architecture Survey for Upcoming Special Edition

08:00 - 2 February, 2016
Courtesy of Architectural Design
Courtesy of Architectural Design

In August 1975, Architectural Design magazine published a special edition about Women in Architecture. At the time, director Monica Pidgeon sent letters to 100 architects asking what women can contribute to architecture that men can’t (and vice-versa), as well as the advantages and disadvantages of being a woman in the profession. 

Now, 40 years later, a new version of the study aims to repeat Pidgeon’s initiative through an online survey with similar questions

Call for Submissions: Architecture-Themed Valentine's Day Card

07:00 - 2 February, 2016

Roses are red, violets are blue; we'd love to receive a valentine from you!

We have long admired our reader's creativity, so we wanted to celebrate this Valentine's Day by featuring the most lovely, architecture-themed cards submitted by our readers. Whether you're looking for Mr. Wright or you love someone Gehry much, we hope you will share your witty and beautiful valentines with us. <3

Sasaki’s "Forest City" Master Plan in Iskandar Malaysia Stretches Across 4 Islands

06:00 - 2 February, 2016
Rendered VIew. Image Courtesy of Sasaki Associates
Rendered VIew. Image Courtesy of Sasaki Associates

Located on four man-made islands in Iskandar Malaysia, “Forest City” is set to be South-East Asia’s largest, mixed use green development. Designed by Sasaki Associates, the master plan has an estimated investment of S$58.3 billion (US$40.9 billion) and is expected to bring around 220,000 jobs to the area. Located near the economic centers of Southeast Asia, the new Forest City is ideally placed to become a hub of commerce and culture. Designed to encourage live/work culture, it is composed of “financial institutions, high-tech research and development facilities, headquarter offices, and a variety of creative industries that establish an innovative and sustainable employment base for the region,” write the architects. Read more after the break.

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Zuiderpark-Stadswalzone / Studio Leon Thier

05:00 - 2 February, 2016
© Peter de Ruig
© Peter de Ruig

© Peter de Ruig © Peter de Ruig © Peter de Ruig © Peter de Ruig +23

Public Vote Selects A Collection Of 'Future Architecture' Ideas

04:00 - 2 February, 2016
Geographical range of the selected Ideas. Image Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform
Geographical range of the selected Ideas. Image Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform

The results of the 2015 Future Architecture Call for Ideas have been announced, "revealing the critical thinking of the currently emerging generation of designers and architects in relation to the existing models that shape architecture as a discipline." Submissions presented visions "of what architecture could be, and highlighted architects and designers as initiators of change in the larger societal picture." As the first pan-European platform of architecture museums, festivals and producers, it has been designed to both bring together ideas about the future of cities and architecture closer to the wider public.

You can browse the selection after the break.

Raumplan House / Alberto Campo Baeza

03:00 - 2 February, 2016
© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla +22

Johanneberg Science Park / White Arkitekter

02:00 - 2 February, 2016
© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Mattias Lind and Johan Lundin
  • Design Team

    Lars Zackrisson, Karin Hedén, Elin Adolfsson, Mathias Nilsson, Joel Hördin, Egil Blom, Erik Nygren, Maria Nordberg, Viktor Göthe, Andreas Laessker
  • Area

    8200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +19

AN Kindergarten / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

22:00 - 1 February, 2016
© Studio Bauhaus
© Studio Bauhaus

© Studio Bauhaus © Studio Bauhaus © Studio Bauhaus © Studio Bauhaus +27

Open&Closed / OBBA

20:00 - 1 February, 2016
© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin +21

Steinway & Sons Showroom / OgataYoshiki + SALT + IkawaAtsushi + WataseIkuma

19:00 - 1 February, 2016
Courtesy of OgataYoshiki+SALT
Courtesy of OgataYoshiki+SALT

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Gallery: Public Auditorium in Llinars del Vallès by Alvaro Siza + Aresta Arquitectura

18:00 - 1 February, 2016
© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

Architecture photographer Joao Morgado just shared with us images of Alvaro Siza's newest project in Barcelona -designed in collaboration with local office Aresta Arquitectura- the Public Auditorium in Llinars del Vallès.

The project is conformed by two red brick buildings, one which houses an auditorium with capacity for 300 seats and a second building with all the offices and technical spaces associated to the theater.

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado +24

Mills House / Austin Maynard Architects

17:00 - 1 February, 2016
© Peter Bennetts Studio
© Peter Bennetts Studio

© Peter Bennetts Studio © Peter Bennetts Studio © Peter Bennetts Studio © Peter Bennetts Studio +29

Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre / Collingridge And Smith Architects (CASA)

15:00 - 1 February, 2016

Escobedo Soliz Studio Wins MoMA PS1's 2016 Young Architects Program

14:19 - 1 February, 2016
Weaving the Courtyard, 2015. Image © Escobedo Soliz Studio
Weaving the Courtyard, 2015. Image © Escobedo Soliz Studio

Mexico City-based Escobedo Soliz Studio has been named the winner of MoMA and MoMA PS1's annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York - now in its 17th edition. Selected over four other finalists, the winning project, Weaving the Courtyard is “neither an object nor a sculpture standing in the courtyard, but a series of simple, powerful actions that generate new and different atmospheres," says the architect. It will serve as a "temporary urban landscape" for the 2016 Warm Up summer music series in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard.

"Weaving the Courtyard is a site-specific architectural intervention using the courtyard’s concrete walls to generate both sky and landscape, with embankments in which platforms of soil and water suggest the appearance of a unique topography," says MoMA.

MIT Students Win Competition to Design Hyperloop Pods

14:00 - 1 February, 2016
Hyperloop pod concept provided by SpaceX. Image © AP
Hyperloop pod concept provided by SpaceX. Image © AP

A group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineering students has won the first round of a competition to design transport "pods" for Elon Musk's ultra-fast Hyperloop. Selected from more than 100 other university teams, the top teams will now have the opportunity to build their pods for a trial run on the Hyperloop Test Track (now under construction) by April 2016. If successful, the pods will be able to transport up to 30 people at speeds of 700 miles-per-hour through the Hyperloop's 12-foot diameter tube. 

Anglo Colombiano Primary School Building / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

13:00 - 1 February, 2016
© Rodrigo Dávila
© Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila +14

Developer Pulls Planning on Renzo Piano's Controversial Paddington Tower

12:00 - 1 February, 2016
Rendering of the scrapped Paddington tower. Image © RPBW
Rendering of the scrapped Paddington tower. Image © RPBW

Protestors have prompted developer Sellar Property Group to pull plans on the Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper sited in London's Paddington area. The 72-story "skinny Shard" has been harshly criticized by locals and Historic England for "blighting views" of the capital and being out-of-place, hence its popular nickname - the "Paddington Pole."

“London’s skyline is unique, iconic and loved. It has to be managed sensitively and with proper planning,” Historic England chief executive Duncan Wilson told The Guardian. “Tall buildings can be exciting and useful, but if they are poorly designed, or in the wrong place, they can really harm our cities. We trust that the revised plans for Paddington Place will take the area’s unique character into account.”

With "Ordos – A Failed Utopia," Raphael Olivier Captures the Contradictions of Chinese Construction

09:30 - 1 February, 2016
© Raphael Olivier
© Raphael Olivier

For the past quarter century, China’s rapidly expanding economy provided architects with an almost endless supply of building opportunities. Easy lending allowed for an exponential rise in infrastructure projects – China used more concrete in three years than the United States used in the entire twentieth century. But in a country where the number of cities with over a million inhabitants jumped from 16 in 1970 to 106 in 2015, the speed of development enabled high profile, but flawed, experiments alongside the many necessary building projects. There is perhaps no better example of this phenomenon than the city of Ordos. The Inner Mongolian metropolis – home to 100,000 – which sprang from the northern desert in the mid-2000s was designed for over a million inhabitants. The reality of the city came to public attention in 2009 when Al Jazeera wrote about an early uncertainty in the Chinese real estate market.

After living in China for a number of years, photographer Raphael Olivier finally gave in to the nagging urge to see Ordos for himself. Visiting last year, he found a well-maintained city that is still largely uninhabited. I interviewed Olivier about the project, his views on Ordos, Chinese prosperity, and what it means to photograph architecture.