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Birralee Primary School / Kerstin Thompson Architects

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Birralee Primary School / Kerstin Thompson Architects, © Derwek Swalwell
© Derwek Swalwell

© Derwek Swalwell © Derwek Swalwell © Derwek Swalwell © Derwek Swalwell +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    26 Heyington Avenue, Manningham VIC 3108, Australia
  • Design Team

    Kerstin Thompson, Kelley Mackay, Tim Heron, Lynn Chew, Michael Archibald, William Samuels
  • Program & Project Management

    Arup
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

SuralArk / Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
SuralArk / Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz, Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz
Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz

Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106, United States
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz

CTBUH Names Its Winners for Best Tall Building 2014

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
CTBUH Names Its Winners for Best Tall Building 2014, Cayan Tower / SOM. Image © Tim Griffith / SOM
Cayan Tower / SOM. Image © Tim Griffith / SOM

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the regional winners of its 2014 Best Tall Building award. Chosen from a selection of 88 nominees, the four winning buildings will go on to compete for the Best Tall Building Worldwide Award, due to be announced in December.

The winners and finalists this year show significant diversity in form, function and philosophy; normally low-rise typologies such as education, green buildings, renovations and boundary-pushing shapes have all made the list. Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang and Chair of the jury, said: "The submissions this year... reflect the dawning of a global recognition that tall buildings have a critical role to play in a rapidly changing climate and urban environment."

Read on after the break for the full list of winners and finalists

One Central Park / Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image © Michel van de Kar Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © Nic Lehoux Cayan Tower / SOM. Image © Tim Griffith / SOM De Rotterdam / OMA. Image © Michel van de Kar +5

The Dutch Royal Picture Gallery at The Hague to Reopen Following Extensive Renovation

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
The Dutch Royal Picture Gallery at The Hague to Reopen Following Extensive Renovation, Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman
Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman

The Mauritshuis, a Dutch 17th century city palace in The Hague, will reopen this week following a large scale renovation and extension designed by Hans van Heeswijk with servicing and fire engineering undertaken by Arup. Similar to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which reopened after a ten year restoration and remodelling in 2013, the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery exhibits one of the finest collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings including Johannes Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring. Alongside a large scale renovation, Hans van Heeswijk have also extended the galleries with new exhibition spaces, an auditorium and educational spaces.

Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman +24

Boarding House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Boarding House  / Shaun Lockyer Architects, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brisbane River, Queensland, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Shaun Lockyer
  • Project Architect

    Neva Wethereld
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Inside Masdar City

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
Inside Masdar City, Masdar’s Incubator Building banks away from its roof line to add pedestrian space while constructing the aperture between buildings above to limit the amount of sunlight hitting the street surface. Image © Tyler Caine
Masdar’s Incubator Building banks away from its roof line to add pedestrian space while constructing the aperture between buildings above to limit the amount of sunlight hitting the street surface. Image © Tyler Caine

The Middle East has historically been known for many things — sustainability not being one of them. The clash of Western values with the harshness of the local climate can often wedge sustainability between a lot of sand and a hard place. Though there is a broad critique of the unsustainable attributes of the region’s development path, for years there has been a shining exception: Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates, seventeen kilometers east-south-east from the city of Abu Dhabi. 

Masdar City exists as an urban development project run by the renewable energy company Masdar, who has committed $15 billion to making Masdar City the planet’s most sustainable new city. Unlike Abu Dhabi, a city which unthinkingly follows antiquated models and Western building principles, Masdar City has a wealth of potential to offer the world of green urban planning - something the world sorely needs.

But Masdar City is certainly not without its share of critics. On first approach, the concentrated development, located in the center of six square kilometers of empty space, does little to awe, especially in comparison to the sprawling wave that is Abu Dhabi. Thanks largely to the global financial recession, buildings currently comprise less than 10% of the area committed to the urban experiment. Even today there is a group of onlookers that suggest Masdar City may just be a mirage after all.

However, this broader view is not necessarily synonymous with the bigger picture.

Buildings at Masdar incorporate numerous material and construction strategies for minimizing heat gain including metal screening, terracotta cladding and air-filled wall panels. Image © Tyler Caine Exterior sun-shading on the Siemen’s Buildings, designed by Sheppard Robson. Image © Tyler Caine A public courtyard framed by student dormitories for Masdar Institute. Terracotta walls regulate solar heat gain, incorporating screens and shaded, exterior porches. Image © Tyler Caine The modular design of the sunshade panels was parametrically derived from goals of blocking the most sun, allowing the most interior view, while using the least amount of material and the least amount of structure to hang it. Image © Tyler Caine +11

Ming House / LGZ Taller de Arquitectura

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Ming House / LGZ Taller de Arquitectura, © Jorge Taboada
© Jorge Taboada

© Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada © Jorge Taboada +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Lena de la Torre, Oscar Fdo. Mendoza L
  • Area

    257.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Wertheim Factory Conversion / Kerstin Thompson Architects

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Wertheim Factory Conversion  / Kerstin Thompson Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Shannon McGrath © Derek Swalwell +14

Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium International Competition

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium International Competition

The Daegu Architectural Culture Confederation (DACC) recently announced an international ideas competition to design the new gymnasium complex for the city of Dalseong, South Korea. 

Faaborg Harbor Bath / URBAN AGENCY + JDS + CREO ARKITEKTER

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Faaborg Harbor Bath / URBAN AGENCY + JDS + CREO ARKITEKTER, Courtesy of Urban Agency
Courtesy of Urban Agency

© Mette Krull Courtesy of Urban Agency © Mette Krull Courtesy of Urban Agency +37

Moshe Safdie, Richard Rogers & Rocco Yim to Deliver Keynotes at WAF

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
Moshe Safdie, Richard Rogers & Rocco Yim to Deliver Keynotes at WAF, The Marina Bay Sands. Image © Safdie Architects
The Marina Bay Sands. Image © Safdie Architects

Held annually in Singapore, the WAF annually recognizes the world's most amazing architecture projects (you can learn more here). They have announced an impressive line-up of prominent architects who will speak at the World Architecture Festival in October, including: 

RIBA Drops Israel Motion, Sets Up Global Ethics Group in Response to Controversy

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
RIBA Drops Israel Motion, Sets Up Global Ethics Group in Response to Controversy, The original motion by RIBA was a response to architecture’s role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project
The original motion by RIBA was a response to architecture’s role in the occupation of Palestine. Image © Rianne Van Doevern via Flickr CC User The Advocacy Project

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has dropped their controversial proposal to ban the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the umbrella organization the International Union of Architects (UIA). Intended as a sanction against the IAUA for failing to "resist projects on illegally-occupied land," supporters of the proposal had hoped it would be discussed at the UIA World Congress in Durban in August, however the UIA has confirmed that it will not include the motion as it is beyond their 'political scope'.

In response to the highly controversial episode - which garnered criticism both in the UK and as far afield as the United States - the RIBA has announced a new working group that will "consider the institute’s role in engaging with communities facing civil conflict and natural disaster."

More on the decision by the UIA and the new RIBA Ethics Group after the break

The World Cup Stadiums of Brazil, In Awesome Illustrations

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
The World Cup Stadiums of Brazil, In Awesome Illustrations, © André Chiote
© André Chiote

In celebration of the Brazil World Cup, architect and illustrator André Chiote has created a series of illustrations featuring the tournament's most iconic stadiums. Comparing the social importance of these stadiums to cathedrals, Chiote believes that "the new architectural objects are landmarks in the cities that will perpetuate in the future as a cultural and social legacy," and there are few better ways to envision this legacy than to treat the structures with his abstracted, colorful aesthetic - in Brazilian green and yellow, of course. Check out the full illustration set after the break.

Elwood House / Robert Nichol & Sons

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Elwood House / Robert Nichol & Sons, © Michael Evans
© Michael Evans

© Michael Evans © Michael Evans © Michael Evans © Michael Evans +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Elwood VIC 3184, Australia
  • Design Team

    David Nicholson, Brett Robertson, Vonne Yang, Jason Chongue, Fiona Plaisted
  • Interior Designer

    Dominique Rizzotto
  • Area

    248.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Edmonton Airport Offices and Control Tower / DIALOG

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Edmonton Airport Offices and Control Tower / DIALOG, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    1000 Airport Road, Edmonton International Airport, EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AB T9E 0V3, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Stephen Boyd
  • Area

    8410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Ether / Project Meganom

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Ether  / Project Meganom, Courtesy of Project Meganom
Courtesy of Project Meganom

Courtesy of Project Meganom Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Butikovskiy pereulok, 7, Moscow, Russia, 119034
  • Architects in Charge

    Yury Grigoryan, Alexandra Pavlova, Iliya Kuleshov
  • Collaborators

    U. Villen, V. Zherebtsov
  • Area

    930.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Project Meganom, Courtesy of Marco Zanta

Interview: Phyllis Lambert on Winning the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

00:00 - 22 June, 2014
Phyllis Lambert, 1959, during her studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Image Courtesy of Ed Duckett
Phyllis Lambert, 1959, during her studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Image Courtesy of Ed Duckett

“Architects make architecture; Phyllis Lambert made architects,” Rem Koolhaas said of his decision to award Phyllis Lambert with this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. In an interview published on iconeye.com, the website for Icon Magazine, the 87-year-old founding director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) discusses her career, Mies van der Rohe, and the state of contemporary architecture with the editor of Icon, Christopher TurnerRead on to learn about her influential life in architecture.

Congratulations on your Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. How did you learn that you'd been awarded the honour?

Thank you very much. I got a phone call from the curator, Rem Koolhaas, telling me and I had to wait for weeks as it went before the board, unable to tell anybody – then I got an official letter. Isn't it wonderful?

VIDEO: Daniel Libeskind on Drawing, Architecture's Forgotten Fundamental

00:00 - 22 June, 2014

In this video from our friends at Spirit of Space, Daniel Libeskind talks about his installation for the Venice Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, entitled 'Sonnets in Babylon'. The installation deals with drawing, an act that Libeskind believes is "the foundational art, and the mystery and the magic of all buildings and cities." To Libeskind, drawings are akin to religious materials, communicating meaning without the use of a fixed language and each with its own power to shape the way we understand the world around us. At the end he gives a hint as to why he is so attached to drawings: "I drew for many years before I even built a building. But I based those buildings that I built on the drawings I made... Every drawing is also a tool for the future."