AIA Honors Joint Creativity by Revising Gold Medal Award Criteria

00:00 - 20 June, 2013
AIA Honors Joint Creativity by Revising Gold Medal Award Criteria , Perot Museum of Nature and Science designed by the 2013 Gold Medal Award Winner: Thom Mayne of Morphosis
Perot Museum of Nature and Science designed by the 2013 Gold Medal Award Winner: Thom Mayne of Morphosis

In the wake of Pritzker’s refusal to retroactively acknowledge Denise Scott Brown’s role in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors have voted to expand the prestigious Gold Medal award’s criteria to include either an individual or two individuals working together in a collaborative partnership. In order to be considered, partners must have created a singular body of distinguished architectural work. 

LAX Completes First Phase of its $1.5 Billion Terminal

00:00 - 20 June, 2013
LAX Completes First Phase of its $1.5 Billion Terminal, © Fentress Architects
© Fentress Architects

Phase 1 of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles, has been completed. The new airport, designed by Fentress Architects to be a LEED-certified landmark for the city, will feature a flowing, ocean-inspired roofline, a three-story,150,000-square-foot Great Hall, and one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) in the world. The $1.5 billion project has been funded solely from LAX’s operating revenues, without public funds.

Health Center in Canet de Mar / Conxita Balcells Associats S.L.P

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Health Center in Canet de Mar / Conxita Balcells Associats S.L.P, © Lourdes Jansana
© Lourdes Jansana

© Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana +23

Jacobo Building / DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Jacobo Building / DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados, © Sebastián Crespo
© Sebastián Crespo
  • Architects

    DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados / Javier Durán y María Augusta Hermida
  • Location

    Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Area

    913.0 m2
  • Photography

    Sebastián Crespo

© Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo © Sebastián Crespo +13

First Presbyterian Church / Frank Harmon Architect

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
First Presbyterian Church / Frank Harmon Architect, © Richard Leo Johnson
© Richard Leo Johnson

© Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson +26

Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition, Site Plan
Site Plan

Canterbury Cathedral is delighted to announce a design competition to find an outstanding team to revitalise the landscape immediately in front of the main Cathedral entrance. The competition is an opportunity for designers to reconsider the way visitors first encounter England’s leading Cathedral and Mother Church.

The Winged House / K2LD Architects

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
The Winged House / K2LD Architects, © Patrick Bingham-Hall
© Patrick Bingham-Hall

Model Photo © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall © Patrick Bingham-Hall +15

ABI Bounces Back in May

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
ABI Bounces Back in May, via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Following the first negative downturn in ten months (what AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Phd, is hoping was just a "blip"), May's Architecture Billing Index (ABI) has bounced back from a score of 48.6 to 52.9. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings (aka an expansion in demand for architects' services). 

Baker notes that "there is [still] a resounding sense of uncertainty in the marketplace from clients to investors and an overall lack of confidence in the general economy – that is continuing to act as a governor on the business development engine for architecture firms.” However, the scores, which revealed the most growth in the Northeast as well as in the multi-family residential and institutional sectors, are good signs for the design and construction industries. 

More results of this month's ABI, after the break...

When Projects Go Sour: 3 Architects' Candid Interview

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
When Projects Go Sour: 3 Architects' Candid Interview, © Martin Wippel
© Martin Wippel

In a recent interview, Spiegel speaks candidly with three architects who have one thing in common: projects in Germany plagued by severe delays and spiralling costs. Christoph Ingenhoven is head of Ingenhoven Architects, designers of train station Stuttgart 21. Meinhard von Gerkan of Gerkan, Marg and Partners is responsible for the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, and finally Pierre de Meuron represents Herzog & de Meuron, designers of Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie.

These projects are well known in Germany as much for their designs as for their construction costs, and Spiegel is not shy about getting to the bottom of these controversies. Of course, the architects themselves have their own ideas about the bad press (namely that they're being unjustly blamed). Meinhard von Gerkan, for example, says:

"It's a big mistake to voluntarily serve as a figurehead, because then everyone knows whom to target. We are these figureheads, not the clients and not the construction companies. And we are liable for everything."

More of these gems from the architects, after the break....

New Montjuic cable car stations / FORGAS Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
New Montjuic cable car stations / FORGAS Arquitectos, © Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli
  • Architects

    FORGAS Arquitectos - Joan Forgas y Dolors Ylla-Catalá
  • Location

    Carretera de Montjuïc, 43, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    4500.0 m2
  • Year

    2007
  • Photography

    Filippo Poli, Jordi Tost, Courtesy of Forgas Arquitectos

© Jordi Tost © Filippo Poli © Jordi Tost © Jordi Tost +28

ITESM’S Center For Innovation and Strategic Development of Products (CIDEP)

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
© Francisco Lubbert
© Francisco Lubbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Project Leaders

    Aurora Delgado, Manuel Arroyo
  • Area

    9200 m2
  • Proyect Year

    2010
  • Photography

© Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert © Francisco Lubbert +24

'Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site' Winning Proposal / Davide Marchetti Architetto

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Courtesy of Davide Marchetti Architetto
Courtesy of Davide Marchetti Architetto

Davide Marchetti Architetto shared with us his first prize winning proposal, titled ‘Minicity Detroit,’ for the Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition. Utilizing the surrounding urban fabric as the generator for a new vision of the city, their concept directly responds to the site and its place in the city by bringing the existing physical form and history into the site. More image and architect’s description after the break.

Pit House / UID Architects

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Pit House / UID Architects, © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners +20

Fagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Fagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Edsviken, Sollentuna, Sweden
  • Project group

    Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Lotti Engstrand
  • Builder

    Komponent Byggen AB
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +20

Reiser + Umemoto's Taipei Pop Music Center Breaks Ground in Taiwan

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
Reiser + Umemoto's Taipei Pop Music Center Breaks Ground in Taiwan, Courtesy of Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC
Courtesy of Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC

Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC's Taipei Pop Music Center breaks ground today at the center’s site on the edge of Taipei, Taiwan. Challenging the limitations of traditional performances spaces, the center consists of several mixed-use spaces woven together into a dynamic, multi-purpose venue that reflects and supports the evolving culture of pop music. Three monumental elements—the Main Hall, Hall of Fame, and Industry Shell—symbolize the principal uses and attractions of the complex, making it a powerful representation of Taiwan’s pop music industry worldwide.

More on the new Taipei Pop Music Center after the break…

Jektvik Ferry Quay Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
Jektvik Ferry Quay Area / Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk
Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk Courtesy of Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk +14

Architecture's Power Couples Get Candid

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
Architecture's Power Couples Get Candid, AD Interviews Weiss and Manfredi.
AD Interviews Weiss and Manfredi.

Featuring fantastic quotes from SHoP Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, & WORKac, Justin Davidson's latest in New York Magazine gets behind the scenes of the working architectural relationship, in all its "beauty & complexity." According to Davidson, these husband-wife teams are serving to upset ”two enduring fallacies: that men build as women help, and that the noblest kind of architect is a Napoleon of the blueprint, dispatching orders for others to carry out.”

AD Classics: Heilig Geist Kirche / Alvar Aalto

01:00 - 19 June, 2013
AD Classics: Heilig Geist Kirche / Alvar Aalto, © Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Aalvar Aalto is arguably one of the most important architects of the 20th century. He is known for his all-around care for the design of buildings, and often not only designs the exterior but individual interior features as well. He designed a total of six buildings in Germany, one of them being Heilig Geist Kirche, an Evangelistic Luthern church in Wolfsburg, Germany.  Aalto was asked to design this church on November 5, 1958, and it was completed four years later in 1962.