Gabriel Calatrava Creates Interactive String Installation for the 92Y Music Festival in New York

14:00 - 7 February, 2016
Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y
Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y

As a part of the 92Y Seeing Music festival in New York, architect and engineer Gabriel Calatrava has created a moving installation that “illuminates and interprets the Brentano String Quartet’s live performance of J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue.” Operated by a dance corps, the set design “provides audiences with a new way to experience and interpret the music they hear on stage, while allowing various art forms to complement and inform each other.”

Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y +11

How to Build a House Using Wooden Pallets

16:00 - 6 February, 2016

DIY wooden pallet creations are an increasingly popular trend, with projects ranging from building pieces of furniture to even making an outdoor pool. In their latest how-to, Interesting Engineering brings the DIY trend to a much larger scale with a video showing how to build a house using wooden pallets. Watch the video above to learn how to make a wooden pallet house and check out some tips from the video after the break. 

Designs Unveiled for Two New Moscow Metro Stations

08:00 - 6 February, 2016
Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB
Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB

Strelka KB has announced two Russia-based design teams, Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau and BuroMoscow, as the winners of the design competition for two Moscow metro stations. The stations, Nizhniye Mnevnik and Terekhovo, are both located to the northwest of the capital. These two new stations, which include designs for an outdoor pavilion, a street underpass, a ticket booth and a street underpass, will extend the Moscow Metro network and are expected to be fully functioning in 2018.

Miami Design District’s Museum Garage Will Feature a Façade by WORKac

08:00 - 5 February, 2016
Courtesy of The Miami Design District
Courtesy of The Miami Design District

The Miami Design District, a neighborhood dedicated to innovative art and architecture, has commissioned The Museum Garage to be built as a part of Phase III of development. Curated by Terrence Riley of K/R Architects, the garage will feature six different facades each designed by a different firm: Work Architecture Company (WORKac)J. Mayer H.Clavel Arquitectos; Nicolas Buffe; K/R, Keenen Rile; and Sagmesiter & Walsh. 

The facades will include a wall of recycled cars, a wall of traffic barriers repurposed as screens, a mural of cartoon characters mixed in with baroque details, a corner design of interlocking puzzle pieces, façade cutouts that serve as an “ant farm” which expose the activity inside, and a painting of a candle being burned at both ends.

Scheduled for completion this year, the garage will serve as a seven story mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and a garage for 800 vehicles.

Learn more about each of the facade designs after the break.

Winners Announced for Competition to Redevelop Two Modern Cinemas in Russia

06:00 - 5 February, 2016
Varshava / Spektrum Consortium + EMBT + A2OM. Image Courtesy of the Architectural Council of Moscow
Varshava / Spektrum Consortium + EMBT + A2OM. Image Courtesy of the Architectural Council of Moscow

Moscow’s Chief Architect Sergey Kuznetsov has announced the winners of the Open All-Russia Competition for a Concept of Redevelopment of two modernist cinema theaters: Varshava and Voskhod. An initiative of ADG Group, in collaboration with the Committee on Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow City, the competition awarded one winner for the Voskhod theater, and two winners for the Varshava theater. The organizer of the competition is the agency for strategic development "CENTER."

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Dropping Confidence as 2015 Ends

06:00 - 4 February, 2016
Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for December 2015 showed a dip in UK architects’ confidence, reflecting the low number of new inquiries received by practices at the end of the year. The Future Trends workload index dropped substantially to +15 in December from +27 in November, showing a decrease in expected new projects. However, all regions in the UK, with the exception of Wales and the West (balance figure -3) and Scotland (balance figure -50), showed positive balance figures, with Scotland’s low numbers possibly related to the impact of oil price changes. The South of England was the most optimistic region with a balance figure of +30.

2016 Wood Design Award Winners Announced

08:00 - 3 February, 2016
Beauty of Wood—Innovation: China Pavilion Milan Expo 2015; Milan, Italy / Studio Link-Arc, LLC. Image © Sergio Grazia
Beauty of Wood—Innovation: China Pavilion Milan Expo 2015; Milan, Italy / Studio Link-Arc, LLC. Image © Sergio Grazia

WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, has announced the winners of the 2016 Wood Design Awards. Honoring projects that “showcase the innovative use of wood as both a structural and finish material,” this year’s awards highlight the many uses and attributes of wood, “from structural performance and design versatility to sustainability and cost effectiveness.”

The Wood Design Awards are both National and Regional, with regional awards being presented at Wood Solutions Fairs across the country starting in late March.

The winners of the Wood Design Awards are:

Harvard GSD Students Win International Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Rail Station

06:00 - 3 February, 2016
Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design
Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design

A team of urban design students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design has won first prize in UD Shanghai’s 2015 International Student Urban Design Competition for the Shanghai Railway Station Area. Through the competition, the team reimagined the “Shanghai Railway Station, one of the city’s four major railway stations and one of China’s major rail hubs, in the context of the next round of the Shanghai Master Plan (2020 to 2040). In particular, the competition asked teams to promote walkability and smoother traffic patterns,” where the station creates a topographical gap, “and to consider thee-dimensional urban development around the station.”

Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design +21

The Spirit of Cities Captured in Collage

16:00 - 31 January, 2016
SE / Norrland. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova
SE / Norrland. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova

Sweden based visual artist, Anastasia Savinova, has created a series of collages that seek to capture the spirit of cities. Titled “Genius Loci,” her collages form a big house that is composed of many buildings characteristic of each city, visualizing the way of life, the atmosphere, and the feeling of each place. Photographs of architecture are the foundational components of her art work, representing the feeling as a whole.

Silo / RU . Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova France. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova Denmark / Copenhagen. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova SE / Sweden / Dalarna. Image Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova +14

Nike, Inc. Unveils Plans for World Headquarters Expansion

14:00 - 31 January, 2016
via Nike
via Nike

Nike has unveiled plans to expand their World Headquarters, located near Beaverton, Oregon. Their campus first opened in 1990 and has undergone three waves of construction, doubling its size. Now, Nike will expand the facility again, adding 3.2 million square feet of office, mixed-use and parking facilities.

Winner Announced in Baltic Way Memorial Competition

12:00 - 31 January, 2016
Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has announced the winners of their Baltic Way Memorial architecture competition. The competition sought to create a reminder of the impact of the 1989 Baltic Way, a peaceful demonstration that occurred when people across three Baltic countries joined hands to form a human chain stretching more than 600 kilometers. Each entry was judged on how successfully it both drew on the seriousness of the Baltic Way event, while simultaneously representing a hope for the future. The jury evaluated all entries on a number of criteria including clarity and strength of concept, originality, quality of work, appropriateness to context and scale, and its strength as a public symbol to memorialize the event.

Women in Architecture Teams Up With the Architectural Review to Launch Annual Survey

14:00 - 30 January, 2016
via Women in Architecture
via Women in Architecture

As a part of the Women in Architecture (WIA) program and its greater campaign, readers are invited to participate in a survey to help track the evolving status of women in the profession on a global level. The anonymous survey is “open to men and women working in the built environment and aims to track perceptions of equality, salary, and flexible working.”

Kohn Pedersen Fox + Leslie E. Robertson's Next Tokyo 2045 Masterplan Features a Mile-High Skyscraper

06:00 - 29 January, 2016
Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Leslie E. Robertson Associates have joined forces to propose a vision for a new city in Tokyo Bay. “Next Tokyo” imagines a mega-city that is adapted to climate change in the year 2045. Rising sea levels, seismic activity, and the threat of typhoons have drawn attention to the vulnerability of low-elevation coastal zones in the bay. This design proposes a development strategy that improves the bay’s preparedness for these natural disasters, while also creating a mile-high residential tower and a new transit-oriented district.

Winning Design Selected for the World War I Memorial in DC

10:00 - 28 January, 2016
Courtesy of The World War I Centennial Commission
Courtesy of The World War I Centennial Commission

After announcing five finalists in August of 2015, the World War I Centennial Commission has announced the winner of its National World War I Memorial competition: The Weight of Sacrifice by 25-year-old architect Joe Weishaar and sculptor Sabin Howard. The design focuses on the sacrificial cost of war through relief sculpture, quotations of soldiers, and a freestanding sculpture. Visitors are guided through the memorial’s changing elevations by quotation walls that describe the war from the point of view of generals, politicians, and soldiers.

Syrian Artists Build Replicas of Country’s Destroyed Monuments

08:00 - 27 January, 2016
Mahmoud Hariri building a model of Palmyra using clay and wooden kebab skewers. Image Courtesy of UNHCR Tracks
Mahmoud Hariri building a model of Palmyra using clay and wooden kebab skewers. Image Courtesy of UNHCR Tracks

Throughout Syria’s four-year war, many of the country’s ancient monuments and artifacts have been demolished by ISIS and Syrian bombs targeted at Islamic militants. In August, ISIS destroyed Palmyra, one of the most important cultural centers in the world.

Yet a group of Syrian refugee artists in Jordan, with the support of the United Nations and Internal Relief and Development, have been salvaging some memories of their country’s destroyed artifacts. Since November 2014, these artists have been constructing miniature models of Syria’s ancient architecture through a project called Syria History and Civilization, according to a reporty by Buzzfeed News.

Zsolt Hlinka's Urban Symmetry Photographs Reimagine Danube River Architecture

06:00 - 27 January, 2016
© Zsolt Hlinka
© Zsolt Hlinka

Budapest-born printmaker and photographer Zsolt Hlinka has created Urban Symmetry, a Wes Anderson reminiscent photo series depicting perfectly-symmetrical buildings on the banks of the Danube River. Using partial photos of the buildings, Hlinka creates fictitious compositions through reflections, resulting in new personalities and character in the portraits.

Stefan Bleekrode's Drawings Recreate Cityscapes from Memory

06:00 - 26 January, 2016
Manhattan, New York. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Manhattan, New York. Image © Stefan Bleekrode

Over the past few years, Netherlands-based artist Stefan Bleekrode has been creating cityscape drawings from memory of cities across the globe. Basing his work on impressions from trips throughout Europe and North America, Bleekrode utilizes pen and ink with watercolor shading to bring urban landscapes to life.

Abin Design Studio Constructs Pavilion of Canopies for Indian Cultural Festival

06:00 - 25 January, 2016
© Subhrajit G.Mitra. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio
© Subhrajit G.Mitra. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio

India based Abin Design Studio has designed and constructed a pavilion of canopies for a religious festival in West Kolkata. The design is based on the celebration of tribal life and the symbiotic relationship between the community and the forest. By highlighting the importance of the forest in their lives, the community hopes to raise awareness about conservation of the lands.

© Sayantan Chakraborty. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio © Sayantan Chakraborty. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio © Abin Chaudhuri. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio © Sayantan Chakraborty. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio +20