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Chicago Riverwalk Opens to the Public, Returning the City to the River

16:25 - 1 November, 2016
Chicago Riverwalk Opens to the Public, Returning the City to the River, © Kate Joyce Studios
© Kate Joyce Studios

The third and final phase of the Chicago Riverwalk is officially open to the public. Designed by Sasaki and Ross Barney Architects, the 1.5 mile long promenade revitalizes an underutilized industrial area into an active public space featuring restaurants, cultural activities and amenities while reconnecting the Chicago River to the urban fabric of the city.

© Iwan Baan © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios +37

Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

08:00 - 31 October, 2016
Spotlight: Zaha Hadid, Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton+Crow
Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton+Crow

In her lifetime, Pritzker prize-winning architect, fashion designer and artist Zaha Hadid (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) became one of the most recognizable faces of our field. Revered and denounced with equal aplomb for the sensuous curved forms for which she was known, Hadid rose to prominence not solely through parametricism but by designing spaces to occupy geometries in new ways. Despite her tragically early death in March of 2016, the projects now being completed by her office without their original lead designer continue to push boundaries both creative and technological, while the fearless media presence she cultivated in recent decades has cemented her place in society as a woman who needs just one name: Zaha.

Spotlight: SANAA

08:00 - 29 October, 2016
Spotlight: SANAA, Grace Farms. Image © Dean Kaufman
Grace Farms. Image © Dean Kaufman

Founded in 1995 by architects Kazuyo Sejima (born 29 October 1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (born 7 February 1966), SANAA is world-renowned for its white, light buildings grounded in the architects’ Japanese cultural origins. Despite the white exteriors, their architecture is far from modernist; the constant incorporation of ambiguity and doubt in SANAA’s buildings is refreshing and playful, taking the reflective properties of glass and brightness of white to a new level.

6 Buildings Shortlisted for the Inaugural RIBA International Prize

16:20 - 27 October, 2016
6 Buildings Shortlisted for the Inaugural RIBA International Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of six finalist projects in the running for the inaugural RIBA International Prize. The first RIBA Award open to any qualified architect in the world, the International Prize seeks to name the world’s “most significant and inspirational” building. Criteria for consideration include the demonstration of “visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.”

The six finalists were named from a longlist of 30 buildings, from which a further selection of 21 projects have been recognized by the jury for the RIBA Award for International Excellence. The jury has also named the winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect prize recognizing “the achievement of architects in the earlier stages of their career who are working on global projects.”

The Grand Jury is lead by Richard Rogers and includes Billie TsienKunlé AdeyemiPhilip Gumuchdjian, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor.

"Our panel of jurors have been particularly impressed by the way in which each building reacts to, resolves and assimilates into the varying geographies and contexts - from dense urban cities to a small town in the Arctic Circle," said RIBA President Jane Duncan on the naming of the finalists. "Each project resolves the complex demands of its context with ingenuity, exceptional detail and finishing and a sensitivity to the needs of the users and communities which will inhabit these spaces."

SANAA's Grace Farms Wins the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

23:00 - 19 October, 2016
SANAA's Grace Farms Wins the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, © Dean Kaufman
© Dean Kaufman

SANAA’s Grace Farms has been announced as the winner of the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), recognizing the most distinguished architectural works built on the North and South American continents.

The project was selected from a shortlist of seven finalists, joining Alvaro Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road as winners of the highly-regarded prize.

“Among a strong group of projects Grace Farms emerged as a clear winner for the clarity and consistency of its architectural solution,” said Stan Allen, MCHAP Jury President.

“The jury was struck by the radical way in which the line between architecture and landscape is blurred by the ‘River’ building. The firsthand experience of the building reveals a confident realization and the immediacy of its detailing. Finally, the Grace Farms project uniquely demonstrates architecture’s capacity to make a place for an innovative new institution.”

 Learn more about the project after the break.

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Second Dome / DOSIS

03:00 - 17 October, 2016
Second Dome / DOSIS, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Architects in Charge

    Ignacio Peydro Duclos, Isabel Collado Baíllo
  • Area

    315 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

16 Details of Impressive Brickwork

08:00 - 15 October, 2016
16 Details of Impressive Brickwork

The wide range in which pieces of masonry can be arranged allows for multiple spatial configurations. Born in a furnace, the brick adorns and reinforces, protects and—to various degrees—brings natural light into spaces that need slight, natural illumination. 

Throughout history, traditional brick-laying consisted of predetermined arrangement of parts, and lines of rope to guide the consistency and placement of each individual brick. But there are many other ways to exploit this multi-faceted, timeless material, so we've selected 16 projects that demonstrate the potential of the humble brick. 

Below find 16 construction details from projects that use bricks in ingenious ways. 

Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa / Steven Holl Architects

09:00 - 10 October, 2016
Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa / Steven Holl Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Visual Arts Building, Iowa City, IA 52246, United States
  • Design Team

    Steven Holl, Chris McVoy (design architects) Rychiee Espinosa (project architect) Garrick Ambrose, Bell Ying Yi Cai, Christiane Deptolla, JongSeo Lee, Johanna Muszbek, Garrett Ricciardi, Filipe Taboada, Jeanne Wellinger, Human Tieliu Wu, Christina Yessios (project team)
  • Area

    126000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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Blackbirds / Bestor Architecture

13:00 - 6 October, 2016
Blackbirds / Bestor Architecture, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Laure Joliet © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +23

DS+R, Calatrava Among Winners of 2016 Leading Culture Destinations Awards

14:00 - 3 October, 2016
DS+R, Calatrava Among Winners of 2016 Leading Culture Destinations Awards

The winners of the 2016 Leading Culture Destinations Awards have been announced. Presented this past weekend at a ceremony in London, the LCD Awards are given annually to recognize the success of “museums, art organizations, and cultural destinations from around the world [that] are investing in iconic architecture, cross-sector collaborations, [and] audacious programming […] to diversify the experiences offered to visitors and establish their global reputations.”

This year, awards were presented in four categories: Leading Cultural Destination of the Year; Best New Museum of the Year (for museums opened in the past 15 months); Best Soft Power Destination of the Year (a new award for 2016, given to destination who exhibit 'excellence, relevance, transparency, accountability and sustainability'); and the Traveller’s Award for Best Place to Visit.

The overall winner for 2016 was Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Continue reading to see the full list of winners.

Spotlight: Bjarke Ingels

08:00 - 2 October, 2016
Spotlight: Bjarke Ingels, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (born 2 October 1974) is often cited as one of the most inspirational architects of our time. At an age when many architects are just beginning to establish themselves in professional practice, Ingels has already won numerous competitions and achieved a level of critical acclaim (and fame) that is rare for new names in the industry. His work embodies a rare optimism that is simultaneously playful, practical, and immediately accessible.

One World Trade Center / SOM

11:00 - 14 September, 2016
One World Trade Center / SOM, © James Ewing
© James Ewing

© James Ewing © James Ewing © James Ewing © James Ewing +47

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 World Trade Center, New York, NY 10006, United States
  • Design Partner

    David M. Childs
  • Area

    3500000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Why Current Sustainability Metrics Are Short-Changing Non-Western Cities

09:30 - 9 September, 2016
Why Current Sustainability Metrics Are Short-Changing Non-Western Cities, The High Line in New York, by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Amenities such as greenways are good for sustainability on a local level, but they have negative effects on a wider level that most cities fail to measure. Image © Iwan Baan, 2014 (Section 3)
The High Line in New York, by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Amenities such as greenways are good for sustainability on a local level, but they have negative effects on a wider level that most cities fail to measure. Image © Iwan Baan, 2014 (Section 3)

This article was originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "When It Comes to Sustainability, We're Ranking Our Cities Wrong."

A recent article published in Nature makes a bold claim: we're analyzing our cities completely wrong. Professors David Wachsmuth, Aldana Cohen, and Hillary Angelo argue that, for too long, we have defined sustainability too narrowly, only looking at environmental impact on a neighborhood or city scale rather than a regional or global scale. As a result, we have measured our cities in ways that are inherently biased towards wealthy cities, and completely ignored the negative impacts our so-called "sustainable," post-industrial cities have on the rest of the world.Metropolis editor Vanessa Quirk spoke with Professor Wachsmuth to learn more about the unintended knock-on effects of going "green," the importance of consumption-based carbon counting, and why policy-makers should be more attentive to the effects of "environmental gentrification."

VIΛ 57 West / BIG

09:40 - 8 September, 2016
VIΛ 57 West / BIG, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Nic Lehoux © Iwan Baan +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    W 57th St, New York, NY, United States
  • Partners in Charge

    Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Beat Schenk
  • Project Architect

    David Brown
  • Height

    450 ft
  • Area

    830000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Herzog & de Meuron, OMA, MAD Among 13 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2016”

08:05 - 2 September, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron, OMA, MAD Among 13 Shortlisted for “Design of the Year 2016”

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist of 13 architecture projects being considered for the 2016 edition of the prestigious Beazley Design of the Year award. From Tatiana Bilbao’s Sustainable Housing Prototype to MAD Architects’ Harbin Opera House, the list features projects from a wide variety of scales and programs, celebrating some of architecture’s most significant achievements from the past year.

The award, now in its ninth year, “celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.” Nominees are selected in six categories, including Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. An exhibition on the projects will be on display from 24 November 2016 – 19 February 2017.

Last year, the overall architecture prize was awarded to Alejandro Aravena's UC Innovation Center for the building’s ability to be “permeable – visually, socially and climatically with its environment."

View all of the shortlisted buildings, after the break.

Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

08:25 - 24 August, 2016
Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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Spotlight: Joshua Prince-Ramus

08:00 - 11 August, 2016
Spotlight: Joshua Prince-Ramus, Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center. Image © Iwan Baan
Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center. Image © Iwan Baan

Joshua Prince-Ramus (born 11th August, 1969) has made a significant mark as one of the most promising young architects working today. Named one of the five greatest architects under 50 in 2011 by The Huffington Post, Prince-Ramus made a name for himself as one of Rem Koolhaas' many protégés before forming his practice, REX, in 2006.

Engineering and Technology University - UTEC / Grafton Architects + Shell Arquitectos

15:00 - 8 August, 2016
Engineering and Technology University - UTEC / Grafton Architects + Shell Arquitectos, © Shell Arquitectos
© Shell Arquitectos

© Shell Arquitectos © Shell Arquitectos © Shell Arquitectos © Shell Arquitectos +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barranco, Peru
  • Grafton Architects

    Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara, Ger Carty, Simona Castelli, Joanne Lyons, Ivan O’Conell
  • Local Architects

    Shell Arquitectos
  • ["Shell Arquitectos", "Shell Arquitectos", "Shell Arquitectos"]

    Alejandro Shell, Rafael Mispireta, Carlos Yagui, Vladimir Condor, Pamela Higa, Margaux Eyssette, Luis Tomassini, Franco Elias, Diego de la Vega
  • Project Area

    33945.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs