Cubo + jaja Win Competition to Restore the Nyborg Castle in Denmark

06:00 - 27 April, 2016
Cubo + jaja Win Competition to Restore the Nyborg Castle in Denmark, Courtesy of Team Cubo
Courtesy of Team Cubo

Cubo and jaja, together with VBM, Schul Landscape, Søren Jensen Engineers, and Professor Mogens Morgen of The Aarhus School of Architecture, have been selected to renew the medieval Nyborg Castle. The 15th century castle is located on the Danish island of Funen and is where Denmark’s first constitution was signed in 1282.

Spanning the Future: A Documentary About the Life and Work of Frei Otto

14:00 - 23 April, 2016

Frei Otto: Spanning the Future, a documentary focusing on the life and work of 2015 Pritzker Prize winner, Frei Otto, has finished production and will be screened at various venues during the course of 2016. The film features one of the last interviews Otto gave before his death, in addition to commentary from renowned architects and engineers, including Zaha Hadid and Jürgen Hennicke, on the importance of his work. In the film, Otto discusses the influences on his work and his approaches on form finding and the development of tensile structures.

Knitknot Architecture Seeks Funds for Nicaraguan School

08:00 - 22 April, 2016

Knitknot Architecture, in collaboration with nonprofit group Seeds of Learning, has designed -- and is raising funds to build -- the El Jicarito School. Located in El Jicarito, a tiny village in Nicaragua, the school will serve 27 children who currently do not have a school to attend.

The low-cost school design aims to bring the community together through collaborative construction methods, the use of local materials, and the creation of a new educational landscape that will enhance creativity.

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Ingenhoven Architects Reveal Plans for Green Towers in Tokyo

06:00 - 20 April, 2016
Ingenhoven Architects Reveal Plans for Green Towers in Tokyo, A new office tower (height 185 m) and a residential tower (height 220 m) will be built on both sides of the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower. Together they will form the new Toranomon business and lifestyle center. (Competition proposal image). Image © ingenhoven architects
A new office tower (height 185 m) and a residential tower (height 220 m) will be built on both sides of the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower. Together they will form the new Toranomon business and lifestyle center. (Competition proposal image). Image © ingenhoven architects

ingenhoven architects has released its design for the Toranomon Project, a new business and lifestyle development that will include a 175,000-square-meter office tower and a 122,000-square-meter residential tower, which will become Tokyo’s highest residential building at approximately 220 meters tall.

Located in the Toranomon area of Tokyo, the project will be built around the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, with respect for the existing structure, but with its own identity as a set of nodes in the larger urban green network.

Iwan Baan on Capturing the Harbin Opera House

06:00 - 18 April, 2016

In a new film by NOWNESS, Dutch photographer Iwan Baan explains his process for photographing MAD architects Harbin Opera House in the northern region of China. The short documentary describes the power of architectural photography and how Baan aims to capture the present moment of a place, instead of creating a timeless scene.

New Renderings Released of Robert A.M. Stern Architects' TriBeCa Condos

14:00 - 17 April, 2016
New Renderings Released of Robert A.M. Stern Architects' TriBeCa Condos, © Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Rendering by Noë & Associates with the Boundary via New York YIMBY
© Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Rendering by Noë & Associates with the Boundary via New York YIMBY

Several new renderings have been released of Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ TriBeCa condos at 70 Vestry Street, according to New York YIMBY. Located next to the West Side Highway in TriBeCa in New York, the 14-story building will contain 46 condos and over 153,000 square feet of residential space, with each apartment ranging from 1,700 to 7,000 square feet.

Female Architects Speak Out About Gender Differences in New York Times Article

12:00 - 17 April, 2016
Female Architects Speak Out About Gender Differences in New York Times Article, Clockwise from top left: Rosemary Park, Rebecca G. Barnes, Amity Kurt, Patricia Galván, Farida Abu-Bakare and Claire Weisz, women who responded to the survey. Image via The New York Times
Clockwise from top left: Rosemary Park, Rebecca G. Barnes, Amity Kurt, Patricia Galván, Farida Abu-Bakare and Claire Weisz, women who responded to the survey. Image via The New York Times

Gender inequality in the architecture profession has continued to be a cause for concern, with a recent survey from the AIA showing that women feel that little to no progress has been made with overcoming gender obstacles. Following the recent passing of Zaha Hadid, a powerful pioneer and role model for female designers, The New York Times launched an online survey asking women in architecture about their experiences in the profession. Read some of the excerpts from the two hundred responses they received after the break.

Kengo Kuma Unveils Aluminum Clad Art Gallery in China

08:00 - 17 April, 2016
Kengo Kuma Unveils Aluminum Clad Art Gallery in China, © Eiichi Kano Via Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Eiichi Kano Via Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma and Associates has completed its 10,440 square meter Wuxi Vanke arts and shopping complex, a renovated red brick cotton mill in Wuxi, China, featuring an aluminum-clad extension. 

Atlas Obscura Details Bulgarian Church Made Entirely Out of Cast Iron

16:00 - 16 April, 2016
Atlas Obscura Details Bulgarian Church Made Entirely Out of Cast Iron, © Darwinek, Creative Commons via Atlas Obscura
© Darwinek, Creative Commons via Atlas Obscura

Located along the shore of the Golden Horn in Fatih, Turkey, the Bulgarian Church of St. Stephen is no ordinary basilica. Unlike most churches of its time, St. Stephen’s is constructed entirely out of cast iron, explains Atlas Obscura in their article "Bulgarian Iron Church."  This method of construction was cost-effective and efficient for the time, but never became popular.

2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Winners Announced

14:00 - 16 April, 2016
© Hedrich Blessing
© Hedrich Blessing

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected seven projects to receive the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. This awards program was developed to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries, reflecting the evolving role of the library as a community space.

The seven recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are:

Schematic Design of St. Petersburg Pier Wins City Council Approval

08:00 - 15 April, 2016
Schematic Design of St. Petersburg Pier Wins City Council Approval, Courtesy of ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers
Courtesy of ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

The St. Petersburg City Council has approved the schematic design for the new St. Pete Pier. First awarded in a competition in 2015, the new site was designed by a team composed of three firms: Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers (lead designer); ASD (executive architect); and WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect (landscape architect). Although the final design was updated based on city and public requests, the core programming of the original scheme was maintained.

GRAFT Wins Competition to Design the Rose Square in Georgia

06:00 - 14 April, 2016
GRAFT Wins Competition to Design the Rose Square in Georgia, © GRAFT
© GRAFT

Architecture firm GRAFT has won first place in the competition to design the new Rose Square in Tbisili, Georgia.

Located in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel, which GRAFT renovated in 2009, the site will be transformed into a leisure area with various seating options, and a parking lot underneath.

AIA Celebrates National Architecture Week

08:00 - 12 April, 2016
AIA Celebrates National Architecture Week, Courtesy of The AIA
Courtesy of The AIA

The AIA has kicked off National Architecture week, which will run from April 10-April 16. The week aims to "elevate the public's appreciation of design," while also recognizing those architects who have impacted local communities through design and collaboration. In support of the celebration, the AIA will reveal the winners of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards on April 12.

ODA Unveils New Residential Towers for Brooklyn

08:00 - 11 April, 2016
ODA Unveils New Residential Towers for Brooklyn, Courtesy of ODA
Courtesy of ODA

New York-based ODA has revealed their design for new residential towers in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. These three towers, called 416-420 Kent, aim to revitalize the neglected East River waterfront and will introduce a new sense of community, while providing ample natural light and green spaces for residents.

Hello Wood Announces Open Call for Team Leaders for Its Summer School

14:00 - 10 April, 2016
Hello Wood Announces Open Call for Team Leaders for Its Summer School, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

Budapest-based Hello Wood has announced an open call for team-leaders to participate in its award-winning summer school from July 14-22, 2016. The eight day Project Village program focuses on envisioning a design for a “new village model,” and then on building the imagined projects. The 2015 program brought together academics and students from more than 30 countries and 25 universities. This year, Project Village is looking for experienced architects, designers and artists to join the team in western Hungary, only two hours away from the capital.

The theme for the 2016 program is “Settling: The Rituals of Arrival,” which will explore the ways communities make themselves feel at home. Participants will be asked to build “a place of arrival, permanence, and connection," exploring in their designs the architectural aspects of settling, what makes a place feel like home, and the roles of hosts and guests.

RDH Architects to Convert a Historic Canadian Post Office Into a Digital Library

08:00 - 10 April, 2016
RDH Architects to Convert a Historic Canadian Post Office Into a Digital Library, © RDH Architects
© RDH Architects

RDH Architects has unveiled the plans for its Old Post Office Idea Exchange, a restoration project in Cambridge, Canada. The post office project will completely restore the existing historic building and transform it into a new space through the use of new glass additions that will increase usable space and improve accessibility. 

New Images of Studio Gang’s Vista Tower Revealed

12:00 - 9 April, 2016
New Images of Studio Gang’s Vista Tower Revealed, Courtesy of Magellan Development Group
Courtesy of Magellan Development Group

New interior images have been released of Studio Gang's's Vista Tower, a 95-story luxury residential high rise located in Chicago. Upon completion, Vista Tower will become the third tallest tower in the city.

Kengo Kuma Uses Carbon Fiber Strands to Protect Building from Earthquakes

16:00 - 8 April, 2016
Kengo Kuma Uses Carbon Fiber Strands to Protect Building from Earthquakes, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Japan-based Komatsu Seiten Fabric Laboratory has created a new thermoplastic carbon fiber composite called CABKOMA Strand Rod. The Strand Rod is a carbon fiber composite which is covered in both synthetic and inorganic fibers and finished with a thermoplastic resin. The material has been used on the exterior of Komatsu Seiten’s head office.