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Five Projects Awarded Prizes at the 2014 Media Architecture Biennale

00:00 - 26 November, 2014

The 2014 Media Architecture Biennale has drawn to a close in Aarhus, Denmark, and with it five projects have been awarded for "outstanding accomplishments in the intersection between architecture and technology." Representing five different categories (Animated Architecture, Spatial Media Art, Money Architecture, Participatory Architecture, and Trends & Prototypes), these five projects are the ones that most represent the Media Architecture Biennale's goal to advance the understanding and capabilities of media architecture.

The winners include a power plant with a shimmering chimney tower, an installation that creates "phantoms" with light, an interactive LED facade, a crowdsourced mapping system for transit in the developing world, and a kinetic "selfie facade." See videos of all five winners after the break.

Sam Jacob On The "Post-Digital Phase"

00:00 - 26 November, 2014
Sam Jacob On The "Post-Digital Phase", Eco Ruburb, a community hybrid of the rural and the urban (with Hawkins\Brown). Image © Sam Jacob Studio
Eco Ruburb, a community hybrid of the rural and the urban (with Hawkins\Brown). Image © Sam Jacob Studio

In an interview with Core77 Sam Jacob, formerly of FAT and now principal at Sam Jacob Studio, has "always pursued an idea of design practice as a combination of criticism, research and speculation that all feed directly into the design studio." This approach has allowed his ideas to "cross-fertilize, find connections and directions that make the practice stronger, more agile and able to respond intelligently to the problem at hand." Jacob, who is also a Visiting Professor at Yale and the University of Illinois at Chicago whilst simultaneously director of the Night School at London's Architectural Association, recently saw the end of FAT's final project: the curation of the British Pavilion (alongside Dutch architect and academic Wouter Vanstiphout). In the UK, former partner Charles Holland is bringing a collaborative project with artist Grayson Perry to completion in Essex.

Read more and see some of Jacob's drawings after the break.

Socialism, a social hub, cafe and community centre. Image © Sam Jacob Studio Eco Ruburb, a community hybrid of the rural and the urban (with Hawkins\Brown). Image © Sam Jacob Studio Spoila Tribuna, "a dream version of Chicago". Image © Sam Jacob Studio Eco Ruburb, a community hybrid of the rural and the urban (with Hawkins\Brown). Image © Sam Jacob Studio +5

Gehry Sides with MAD, Defends Lucas Museum from Critics

00:00 - 26 November, 2014
Gehry Sides with MAD, Defends Lucas Museum from Critics, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts

With criticism forcing progress on MAD’s “mountainous” Lucas Museum to come to a standstill, Frank Gehry has released a statement on the Chicago Tribune urging critics to “take the proper time to review” the museum before dismissing it. 

“Chicago is a great city for architecture and has historically supported innovative, forward-looking work. There is a natural impulse to deride a project in the early stages of design, particularly one that has a new shape or expression. This is not a new concept,” says Gehry, citing that both the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall were shrouded in criticism before becoming “great assets to their mutual cities.”

Yoshio Taniguchi to be Honored with Isamu Noguchi Award

00:00 - 26 November, 2014
AD Classics: The Museum of Modern Art. Image © Timothy Hursley
AD Classics: The Museum of Modern Art. Image © Timothy Hursley

Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi and English designer Jasper Morrison have been selected to receive the second annual Isamu Noguchi Award. Presented by The Noguchi Museum, the award recognizes “kindred spirits in innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange.” 

“We are thrilled to present the second annual Isamu Noguchi Award to Jasper Morrison and Yoshio Taniguchi, whose visionary work and extraordinary contributions in the fields of design and architecture exemplify Noguchi’s lifelong commitment to world citizenship and the practice of art with a social purpose,” stated Jenny Dixon, Director of The Noguchi Museum.

More on Taniguchi's selection, after the break. 

AZPML and KANVA Reimagine Montréal's Biodome in Winning Competition Design

00:00 - 26 November, 2014
AZPML and KANVA Reimagine Montréal's Biodome in Winning Competition Design, Wall Projection. Image Courtesy of AZMPL
Wall Projection. Image Courtesy of AZMPL

Montréal’s Space for Life competition has recently announced its winners, with design firms AZPML and KANVA named as one of three first winners with their joint design. The competition demanded that entrants reinvigorate the relationship between humanity and the natural world through an intervention at Montréal’s Biodome. The two firms’ winning proposal, Migration du Biodome, does that with the installation of a series of undulating walls.

Exterior View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL Interior View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL Lobby View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL Wall Projection. Image Courtesy of AZMPL +10

McElroy House _ Ehrlich Architects / Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

01:00 - 26 November, 2014
McElroy House _ Ehrlich Architects / Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, © Miranda Brackett
© Miranda Brackett

© Miranda Brackett © Miranda Brackett © Roger Davies © Miranda Brackett +18

Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten

01:00 - 26 November, 2014
Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten, © Jan Siefke
© Jan Siefke

© Jan Siefke © Jan Siefke © Jan Siefke © Jan Siefke +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changxing, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Ruge, Kayoko Uchiyama, Matthias Matschewski, Jan Müllender, Alejandra Pérez Siller, Duan Fu
  • Area

    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Video: Gaetano Pesce on Architecture as Art

00:00 - 26 November, 2014

In this video from Crane TV, Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce talks about his philosophy of art and architecture as an expression of reality. His philosophy raises the question of whether architecture itself should become symbolic of its time and place or express an idea in the way that art often can.  Beyond a symbolic nature, Pesce also suggests that architecture could be humorous or act as an extension of artistic expression. “Architecture is the king or queen of the arts,” he says, summarizing his beliefs.

Last week we brought you another video from Crane TV on Vito Acconci, which explored why the goal of architecture is not always a completed building.  As another architect who blurs the lines between buildings and art, Pesce’s unbuilt projects are an important tool through which he continually seeks new discoveries to prompt further design innovations. 

Cristina Parreño Investigates the Tectonics of Transparency With Glass Wall Prototype

01:00 - 26 November, 2014
Cristina Parreño Investigates the Tectonics of Transparency With Glass Wall Prototype, © Jane Messinger
© Jane Messinger

Architect and MIT Lecturer Cristina Parreño has created this new prototype for a self-supporting glass facade, entitled "The Wall." The design is the first in Parreño's "Tectonics of Transparency," a series of planned prototypes that will "explore the relationship between formal design, spatial perception, structural efficiency and systems of fabrication."

More details about Parreño's prototype after the break

© John Horner © John Horner © Jane Messinger © John Horner +18

Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton / Images by Danica O. Kus

01:00 - 26 November, 2014
Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton / Images by Danica O. Kus, © Danica O. Kus
© Danica O. Kus

Architecture photographer Danica O. Kus has shared with us images of Frank Gehry's recently completed Fondation Louis Vuitton. Labeled as a "late-career triumph" by Los Angeles Times critic Christopher Hawthorne, the sailed glass structure teeters on the edge of a Parisian water garden in Jardin d’Acclimatation. For a closer look at the building's much-discussed structure, check out all of Kus' images after the break. 

© Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus +23

White Hut and Tilia Japonica / Takahashi Maki and Associates

01:00 - 26 November, 2014
White Hut and Tilia Japonica / Takahashi Maki and Associates, © shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc
© shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc

© shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc © shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc © shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc © shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc +27

Pop-up Café / PYE

01:00 - 26 November, 2014
Pop-up Café / PYE, Courtesy of PYE
Courtesy of PYE

Courtesy of PYE Courtesy of PYE Courtesy of PYE Courtesy of PYE +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Moleskine And Adobe Creative Cloud Join Forces To Smooth Workflows

00:00 - 25 November, 2014
Moleskine And Adobe Creative Cloud Join Forces To Smooth Workflows, Courtesy of Moleskine / Adobe
Courtesy of Moleskine / Adobe

As part of their quest to synchronise our digital and analogue worlds, sketchbook designer Moleskine have joined forces with the Adobe Creative Cloud platform to "simplify workflows" for illustrators, designers and architects. Suggesting that the initial stages of the creative process often occur offline, out of the studio or in transit, the team behind the collaboration note that as a portable, uncomplicated object, the Moleskine notebook "can be used anytime, anywhere and especially on the move. Sketching on paper is immediate, and can even be done on a crowded train."

Now users with a Creative Cloud subscription, combined with a special Moleskine sketchbook, can capture images of their drawings with the associated app (iOS only). These are then converted into smooth vector files which are automatically synchronised to desktop programs such as Photoshop (as a .jpeg) or Illustrator (as a .svg).

Triana Ceramic Museum / AF6 Arquitectos

01:00 - 25 November, 2014
Triana Ceramic Museum / AF6 Arquitectos, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Antillano Campos, 14, 41010 Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
  • Design Team

    Miguel Hernández Valencia, Esther López Martín, Juliane Potter, Francisco José Domínguez Saborido, Ángel González Aguilar
  • Area

    2241.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Tyne Cot Cemetery Entrance / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects

00:00 - 25 November, 2014
Tyne Cot Cemetery Entrance / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +33

Qatar Unveils Designs for Third World Cup Stadium

00:00 - 25 November, 2014
© Doha News
© Doha News

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has released images of the third 2022 World Cup Stadium planned for Qatar. Revamping an existing 40-year-old stadium at Gulf Cup in Riyadh, the Khalifa International Stadium will be expanded to accommodate 40,000 spectators and equipped with an “innovative cooling technology” that will allow players to compete at a comfortable 26 degrees Celsius.  

Read on after the break for more on the design.

© Doha News © Doha News © Doha News © Doha News +7

Can Well-Designed Hospitals Shorten Recovery Times?

00:00 - 25 November, 2014
Can Well-Designed Hospitals Shorten Recovery Times?, The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Image © Craig Auckland
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Image © Craig Auckland

Comparing Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care to a Scandinavian spa, Gizmodo author Lucy Maddox considers the healing potential of well-designed hospitals as she recounts one woman’s postpartum experience following the birth of premature twins. Natural light, calming materials and colors, a thoughtful layout and clever use of technology have all contributed to making patient recoveries in the new center outperform those in the old hospital’s corridors. “Essentially we want the building to be a great big nurse. A really good nurse," says clinical psychologist Dr Mike Osborn. Read the complete article, here

Infographic: The Five Structural Technologies that Shaped the History of Bridges

00:00 - 25 November, 2014
Infographic: The Five Structural Technologies that Shaped the History of Bridges, Courtesy of Ohio University’s Online Masters in Civil Engineering program
Courtesy of Ohio University’s Online Masters in Civil Engineering program

With everything from beams, to trusses, to arches and more, bridge technology has informed advanced structural systems used in architecture for centuries. This infographic produced by Ohio University’s Online Masters in Civil Engineering program examines five historic and contemporary examples of bridge technology, concisely revealing how different structural techniques for bridges have achieved radically different aesthetics - from stone slabs first laid over water in the middle ages to modern-day suspension bridges. To learn more about ten key examples of the five major bridge types, each with additional information on their origins and history, see the full infographic after the break.