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Herzog & de Meuron’s Proposal to Transform Historic New York Townhouses Receives Approval

08:00 - 23 June, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron’s Proposal to Transform Historic New York Townhouses Receives Approval , Courtesy of The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and Stephen Wang + Associates PLLC
Courtesy of The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and Stephen Wang + Associates PLLC

The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved Stephen Wang + Associates and Herzog & de Meuron’s townhouse transformation project on New York’s Upper East Side.

Located at 15 East and 75th Street, the project entails combining three separate townhomes -- two Queen Anne-style, and one Neo-Federal -- into one large home for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Architects of Invention's Coral Holiday Apartments Design Utilizes Biomimicry to Resemble Coral in Seychelles

06:00 - 23 June, 2016
Architects of Invention's Coral Holiday Apartments Design Utilizes Biomimicry to Resemble Coral in Seychelles, Courtesy of Architects of Invention
Courtesy of Architects of Invention

Architects of Invention has unveiled their design for the Coral Holiday Apartments, an upscale lifestyle community in Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. Located on the reclaimed portion of the main island of Seychelles, the project will feature professionally serviced apartments, a spa, several restaurants, a clubhouse, a pool, private marina and direct access to the beach.

RIBA Announces 46 Winners for 2016 National Awards

19:01 - 22 June, 2016
RIBA Announces 46 Winners for 2016 National Awards, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2016 RIBA National Awards. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from these 46 award-winning buildings.

Walk on Water at 'Zero Meter Above Sea Level' Art Installation Exhibit by Ryo Yamada

06:00 - 21 June, 2016
Walk on Water at 'Zero Meter Above Sea Level' Art Installation Exhibit by Ryo Yamada, Courtesy of Ryo Yamada
Courtesy of Ryo Yamada

Japanese artist and architect Ryo Yamada has recently unveiled Zero Meter Above Sea Level, an artwork installation at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Japan.

Constructed at exactly the primeval sea level of its location, the installation helps to visualize the fact that about eight hundred thousand years to one million years ago, Sapporo City—in the area of the Ishikari Lowlands, where the museum currently is located—was covered by ocean water.

Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co) Releases Plans for Healthcare Facility in UAE

12:00 - 18 June, 2016
 Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co) Releases Plans for Healthcare Facility in UAE, © Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co)
© Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co)

Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co) has released the plans for a Bio Climatic Health Care Facility at an eco-resort in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The facility includes a Chelation Clinic, Integrated Dental Domes, Healing Clinic, and individual bungalows for private patient residences.

Overall, the alternative medical center intends to combine wildlife discovery, nature conservancy, and outdoor activities as part of the patients’ healing processes.

SUTD Professors Design 3D Printed Mesh Pavilion

08:00 - 18 June, 2016
SUTD Professors Design 3D Printed Mesh Pavilion, © SUTD : Felix Raspall + Carlos Bañón
© SUTD : Felix Raspall + Carlos Bañón

Professors Felix Raspall and Carlos Bañón from SUTD Singapore have designed a 14.5-meter-long fibrous mesh made out of metal and nylon 3D printed nodes and aluminum bars for the SUTD Open House 2016.

Rather than utilizing 3D printing to create a scaled model, the pavilion project applied 3D printing technology directly to functional architectural components at a large scale.

2016 International Chapter Architecture Award Winners Announced in Australia

06:00 - 17 June, 2016
2016 International Chapter Architecture Award Winners Announced in Australia , Australian Memorial Wellington / Tonkin Zulaihka Greer with Paul Rolfe Architects . Image © Mike Rolfe
Australian Memorial Wellington / Tonkin Zulaihka Greer with Paul Rolfe Architects . Image © Mike Rolfe

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2016 International Chapter Architecture Awards, which honor Australian architects working on projects abroad.

Chosen from a field of 16 entries across five categories, the seven winners were notable for their size, scale, and locations.

The seven winners of the 2016 International Chapter Architecture Awards are:

Redsquare Productions Releases Film Detailing Shigeru Ban's Aspen Art Museum

08:00 - 16 June, 2016

Redsquare Productions has produced a short film on architect Shigeru Ban’s design for the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) in Aspen, Colorado. The film explores the museum’s architectural design and built environment through the utilization of time-lapse and motion sequences, highlighting Ban’s vision for the space.

Studio MADe Wins Competition for Arts Center in South Korea

06:00 - 16 June, 2016
Studio MADe Wins Competition for Arts Center in South Korea, Courtesy of Studio MADe
Courtesy of Studio MADe

India-based Studio MADe has won the Suncheon Art Platform competition with its proposal, The Hidden Cloister. The competition, hosted by the City of Suncheon, South Korea, sought to revitalize the Old City area with an art square featuring an art center.

Through The Hidden Cloister, Studio MADe aims to create a “psychological ‘void’ in the midst of a high-density area by creating an open-to-sky quadrangle as a pure subtraction of ground.” Thus, the proposal creates a new link in the heart of the Old City by connecting the riverbank and public space.

Architecture Students From Taliesin West Learn Survival Skills by Creating "Little Shelters" in the Arizona Desert

14:00 - 12 June, 2016
Architecture Students From Taliesin West Learn Survival Skills by Creating "Little Shelters" in the Arizona Desert, © Nathan Rist
© Nathan Rist

Students from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin West have designed and built “Little Shelters,” a collaborative project in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, as part of a design and build studio led by little maps.

The project began with an individual exercise, where students Daniel Chapman, Mark-Thomas Cordova, Jaime Inostroza, Dylan Kessler, Pablo Moncayo, Natasha Vemulkonda, and Pierre Verbruggen each created their own temporary shelters. Partially due to harsh desert conditions, the students, with their instructor David Tapias, later decided to design and build as a collective effort instead.

Behind the Scenes: Building the American Copper Buildings' Skybridge

12:00 - 12 June, 2016

A new video by JDS Development Group, Building Knowhow: Skybridge, begins with an anecdote of a day when the firemen showed up at the site. “We got a call – the buildings are falling down!” the chief fireman told Michael Jones, director of JDS. Jones responded with a chuckle, "they're supposed to be like that!"

Located on the East Side of Manhattan, the American Copper Buildings, designed by New York-based SHoP Architects, test the boundaries of engineering. In an informative video, JDS Development Group documents the building of a skybridge between the towers, outlining their detail-oriented, step-by-step approach. Located 300 feet in the air, it is New York's first major skybridge in 80 years.

Boston Society of Architects Announces Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition Winners

16:00 - 11 June, 2016
Boston Society of Architects Announces Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition Winners, Courtesy of the City of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects
Courtesy of the City of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced the winners of the Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition. Launched in March, the competition sought to gather ideas for the future of the bridge that center around improving mobility, honoring history, and creating destination. The bridge, which opened in 1908, was closed in December 2014 due to structural integrity concerns.

As it was open to the public, the competition received ideas from architects, designers, historians and community members, overall resulting in 133 submissions, including 99 graphic designs and 34 essays.

Watch These 42 City Skylines Grow in Before and After Image Transformations

06:00 - 6 June, 2016
Watch These 42 City Skylines Grow in Before and After Image Transformations, Courtesy of RENTCafe
Courtesy of RENTCafe

Over the past few decades, cities all around the world have undergone major changes as a part of global urbanization processes. More than fifty percent of the world’s population currently resides in cities, and by 2030, the world is anticipated to have 41 mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more.

With such large population growth, cities have likewise experienced unparalleled changes and development. In order to showcase the dramatic transformations of some of the world’s largest cities, like Paris, Sydney, Dubai, and Hong Kong, RENTCafe has compiled a series of Street View images that superimpose skylines of the past against what they look like today.

Find out how 42 skylines in 16 major cities have changed over time, after the break.

Financial Times Article Details How Biomimicry Can be Applied to Architecture

14:00 - 5 June, 2016
Financial Times Article Details How Biomimicry Can be Applied to Architecture, © Flickr CC User kudumomo
© Flickr CC User kudumomo

In a recent article published by the Financial Times, architect and public speaker Michael Pawlyn delves into how biomimicry can be applied to architecture in order to solve design problems and create a more sustainable future. Even in very early examples, biomimicry has been critical in the development of architecture, for example when Filippo Brunelleschi studied eggshells to create a thinner and lighter dome for his cathedral in Florence. In a modern example, biomimicry has been utilized—through the examination of termite mounds—to create cool environments without air conditioning in warm climates such as in Zimbabwe. 

Beatriz Colomina on the Correlation Between Playboy and Architecture

09:30 - 5 June, 2016

Beatriz Colomina, Professor of Architecture at Princeton, recently gave an interview to Architect Magazine on the current exhibition of her thesis—“Playboy Architecture 1953-1979”—at the Elmhurst Museum in Chicago. Her interest in the correlation between Playboy and architecture began nearly thirty years ago with her exploration on the role of gender and architecture in the work of Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier. From there, she began to observe numerous parallels between Playboy and the world of design.

Alejandro Aravena's Downloadable Housing Plans and the Real Meaning of "Open-Source Urbanism"

08:00 - 5 June, 2016
Alejandro Aravena's Downloadable Housing Plans and the Real Meaning of "Open-Source Urbanism", Courtesy of Elemental
Courtesy of Elemental

Earlier this year, we reported that 2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena announced that his practice, ELEMENTAL, released four of their social housing designs available to the public for open source use. A recent article published by Urbanisms in beta discusses what exactly “open source use” means to the architecture world, and how we may see these designs applied to projects in the future.

Sabri Pasayigit Design Office Releases Master Plan for Turkish Municipality

08:00 - 4 June, 2016
Sabri Pasayigit Design Office Releases Master Plan for Turkish Municipality, Courtesy of Sabri Pasayigit Design Office
Courtesy of Sabri Pasayigit Design Office

Architecture and planning firm Sabri Pasayigit Design Office has released its new master plan for the Municipality of Kayseri in the Sahabiye neighborhood of Kayseri, Turkey.

The project balances historic and modern architecture elements, with a focus on the historic castle of Kayseri as the city center point. Cultural and public buildings will be placed near this historic center, with taller buildings set farther out of the city.

CityLab Article Details da Vinci's Technically Astounding Map of Imola

08:00 - 3 June, 2016
CityLab Article Details da Vinci's Technically Astounding Map of Imola, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

CityLab has recently published an article outlining Leonardo da Vinci's Town Plan of Imola, an "ichnographic" map from 1502, and the earliest of its kind in existence. Rather than utilizing elevations or oblique mapping methods like most other Renaissance mappers, da Vinci developed his own technique -- possibly using special hodometer and magnetic compass technologies that he invented -- to draw the city "as if viewed from an infinite number of viewpoints."