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RIBA Announces 2014 Stirling Prize Shortlist

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
RIBA Announces 2014 Stirling Prize Shortlist

The RIBA has announced the six projects that will compete for the 2014 Stirling Prize, the award for the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The six nominees will now be judged head to head for British architecture's highest honour, based on "their design excellence and their significance in the evolution of architecture and the built environment," with a winner announced on October 16th. See the full shortlist after the break.

Olson Kundig Designs Rooftop Play Space in South Korea

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
© Olson Kundig Architects
© Olson Kundig Architects

In collaboration with client Shinsegae, Olson Kundig Architects has designed a 20,000 square foot roof garden in Uijeongbu, South Korea.  Sitting atop the ninth floor of a twelve story department store, the park acts as a playground for children and a cultural center for the community.  The project follows a rising trend: placing green spaces on top of buildings in urban areas to create safe and secluded public places.  This particular garden uses entirely native species and incorporates sculptures by the artist Do-Ho Suh.

© Olson Kundig Architects © Olson Kundig Architects © Olson Kundig Architects © Olson Kundig Architects +15

Scenic Ensemble Bloemershof / Bekkering Adams Architects

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Scenic Ensemble Bloemershof / Bekkering Adams Architects, © Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

© Digi Daan © Rene de Wit © Digi Daan © Rene de Wit +21

Shortlisted Designs Revealed for Goldsmiths College Art Gallery

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
© Harry Gugger Studios courtesy of Goldsmiths College
© Harry Gugger Studios courtesy of Goldsmiths College

The shortlisted projects in the competition to design a new art gallery for Goldsmiths College at the University of London have been revealed. The project will see a new 400 square metre gallery created in the back of what was formerly a Victorian bath-house, and is now the college's Grade-II listed art studios. Six shortlisted practices were given six weeks to design a gallery which works with the existing industrial structures - including the building's old water tanks.

The designs will now be judged by Goldsmiths' competition jury, a panel which includes David Chipperfield and sculptor Antony Gormley.

Read on after the break for details of all six proposals

© 6a Architects courtesy of Goldsmiths College © Assemble courtesy of Goldsmiths College © Dow Jones Architects courtesy of Goldsmiths College © Jamie Fobert Architects courtesy of Goldsmiths College +26

Bajo Comercial Convertido En Loft / Egue y Seta

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Bajo Comercial Convertido En Loft / Egue y Seta, © Victor Hugo
© Victor Hugo

© Victor Hugo © Victor Hugo © Victor Hugo © Victor Hugo +53

  • Architects

  • Location

    Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Pérez, Felipe Araujo
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Last Chance to Apply for Free Study at the Strelka Institute

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Last Chance to Apply for Free Study at the Strelka Institute, Courtesy of Strelka Institute
Courtesy of Strelka Institute

With applications closing on the 26th of July, those wishing to apply to the prestigious Strelka Institute in Moscow need to act fast. The Strelka Institute is a non-governmental research institute with a particular focus on the City, using multidisciplinary techniques from fields as varied as sociology, economics, architecture, political and cultural studies. Since 2012, Strelka has been among DOMUS Magazine's top 100 European Schools of Design and Architecture.

Successful applicants will study at the Strelka institute for free, with each student receiving a monthly scholarship to focus on their studies.

More after the break

Casa Scout / BAAG

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Casa Scout  / BAAG, Courtesy of BAAG
Courtesy of BAAG

Courtesy of BAAG Courtesy of BAAG © Federico Kulekdjian Courtesy of BAAG +59

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Coronel Niceto Vega 4777, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect in Charge

    Griselda Balian, Gabriel Monteleone, Gaston Noriega, Maria Emilia Porcelli.
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House in Vitacura / Izquierdo Lehmann

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
House in Vitacura / Izquierdo Lehmann, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Izquierdo, Antonia Lehmann
  • Area

    983.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Palazzo Zen / O-office Architects

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Palazzo Zen / O-office Architects, Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office
Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office

Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cannaregio, 30121 Venice, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Jianxiang HE & Ying JIANG
  • Design Team

    Thomas ODORICO, Yang LIU
  • Area

    390.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Lomocubes / Motta Papiani Architetti

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti
Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti

Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti +32

Oxlade Drive House / James Russell Architect

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Oxlade Drive House / James Russell Architect, ©  Toby Scott
© Toby Scott

©  Toby Scott ©  Toby Scott ©  Toby Scott ©  Toby Scott +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brisbane QLD, Australia
  • Design Team

    James Russell, Andrew Shindler & John Ellway
  • Area

    210.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

5 Reasons Why Architects Should Volunteer to Build Abroad

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
5 Reasons Why Architects Should Volunteer to Build Abroad, Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Timothy Hursley
Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Timothy Hursley

Patrick McLoughlin is one of the two founders of Build Abroad, a volunteer organization that offers architectural and construction services to developing nations. In this article, originally published on Archi-Ninja, McLoughlin shares five reasons why architects should get involved with organizations like his own. 

Many architecture firms collaborate with non-government organisations to help in developing nations. A.gor.a Architects for example, are currently designing and building a new health clinic to provide free healthcare to Burmese refugees and migrants. Auburn University Rural Studio works with architects and students to build homes in rural communities while instigating community-action, collaboration, and sustainability.

A number of organisations also facilitate construction volunteering. Architecture for Humanity provides architecture, planning and project management services for disaster reconstruction. Architects without Borders is a global operation to provide ecologically sensitive and culturally appropriate design assistance to communities in need. 

Over the past decade, volunteering abroad has become an increasingly popular and important part of the architecture and construction industry. Volunteering abroad offers short to long term opportunities to experience a new culture while giving back to the community. Construction volunteering offers the potential for a lasting impact on the affected community. Patrick McLoughlin, co-counder of Build Abroad describes the following benefits and how you can help to make a difference:  

C.F. Møller Chosen to Design Antwerp Residential Tower

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
C.F. Møller Chosen to Design Antwerp Residential Tower , C.F. Møller’s residential and mix-use tower design in Antwerp, Belgium.
C.F. Møller’s residential and mix-use tower design in Antwerp, Belgium.

With the aim of creating a “vertical social community,” C.F Møller Architects and Brut won a competition to design a residential tower in Antwerp, Belgium. The 15,000 square meter building, which stretches 24 stories high, includes 116 homes, shops, offices and collective spaces.

Apartments range from smaller suites for students to larger family units, and each group of similar apartments opens towards balcony spaces, creating “vertical mini-communities.” Through balconies, glass winter gardens and roof terraces, an additional 5,000 square meters of space are added. The architects describe the tower as incorporating an “inside-out perspective, where the social qualities of the building are a dominant driver for the design.”

More on the design from the architects after the break.

Santa María de los Caballeros Chapel / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
© Andrés Valbuena
© Andrés Valbuena

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle 165 N.8A -50 Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects in Charge

    Felipe González-Pacheco Mejía, Álvaro Bohórquez Rivero
  • Area

    1695.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture, © Vishranthi Homes
© Vishranthi Homes

© Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    351, Lloyds Road, Padupet, Gopalapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600014, India
  • Design Team

    Siddarth Money, Sriram Ganapathi, K.S Money, G. Theivanayagee, S.Seran, P.Mathivannan
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Maison A3 / Vincent Coste

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Maison A3 / Vincent Coste, © Toulon Azur
© Toulon Azur

© Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur © Toulon Azur +53

Re-Thinking the Future 2014 Competition Awards BIG, UN Studio, HOK, and More

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Honorable Mention, Public Building Built: Cineteca Nacional S. XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Rojkind Arquitectos, photo by Paul Rivera
Honorable Mention, Public Building Built: Cineteca Nacional S. XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Rojkind Arquitectos, photo by Paul Rivera

The winners of Re-Thinking the Future’s 2014 design competition - a competition that asked architects, designers, planners, and students from all over the world to submit “radical solutions for the present day problems” of climate change - have been announced. Requesting both built and conceptual works, the jury of 20 architects from firms such as SOM, AEDAS, and Perkins+Will evaluated the projects across a range of categories, from mixed-use and residential buildings to urban and landscape design. 

See all the winners, including proposals from BIG, UN Studio, and HOK, after the break.

Second Place, Mixed Used Concept: SANE Architecture’s Taichung City Cultural Centre. Image Courtesy of SANE architecture First Place, Public Building Built: Vancouver Convention Centre West / LMN + DA with MCM. Image Courtesy of LMN First Place, Interior Corporate Built: Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II / za bor architects. Image © Peter Zaytsev Honorable Mention, Commercial Building Built: PGE GiEk Concern Headquarters / FAAB Architektura Adam Białobrzeski | Adam Figurski. Image © Bartłomiej Senkowski +16

Richard Rogers: "Forget About Greenfield Sites, Build In The Cities"

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Richard Rogers: "Forget About Greenfield Sites, Build In The Cities", "London as it could be" / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © RSHP
"London as it could be" / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © RSHP

In an article for The Guardian Richard Rogers questions why, with space still left in urban areas, we should build in the countryside? Lord Rogers, no stranger to political activism, chaired the UK's Urban Task Force in the 1990s, culminating in his report Towards an Urban Renaissance. Now, over fifteen years later, his plea for denser, better designed urban environments has been rekindled as he argues that: "We can't go on like this. The housing shortage threatens both the economy and our quality of life." Laying out a clear argument reinforced by his forty years of experience as an architect, you can read his article in full here.