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99% Invisible Recalls the Unknown Arts Awards of the Olympic Games

14:00 - 23 April, 2017
London Olympic Stadium by Populous. Image © Morley von Sternberg
London Olympic Stadium by Populous. Image © Morley von Sternberg

We’ve all heard of the record-breaking times, longest distances and of course, winners of those coveted medals, but according to 99% Invisible there is a lesser-known Olympic Games honor participants have received: awards in architecture. In an article tracing the history of this bizarre tradition, Kurt Kohlstedt explores how medals were awarded to five categories of the arts during the Olympic Games, presented to participants alongside their sporting competitors.

2017 AZ Awards Gala

09:49 - 21 April, 2017
2017 AZ Awards Gala

The AZ Awards for Design Excellence celebrates the finalists and winners at a gala celebration on Friday, June 23 from 6 to 10 pm. Join colleagues and designers from around the world as we celebrate the very best in international architecture, interiors and product design. For more information and to get tickets, please visit http://azm.ag/AZAwardsGala17

Form4 Architecture Wins 2017 American Prize for Architecture

06:00 - 21 April, 2017
Form4 Architecture Wins 2017 American Prize for Architecture, Courtesy of Form4 Architecture
Courtesy of Form4 Architecture

San Francisco-based Form4 Architecture have won the 2017 American Prize for Architecture, by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Also known as The Louis H. Sullivan Award, the prize is awarded to outstanding practitioners in the United States that have “emblazoned a new direction in the history of American architecture” and “demonstrated consistent contributions to humanity through the built environment and the art of architecture."

These may well be the ultimate, true romantic architects, said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President of The Chicago Athenaeum. Form4 Architecture’s design philosophy conveys a ‘vision of the future’ and all the artistic possibilities of imagination, emotional meaning, and lyrical expressionism for a consequentially better and more enlightened world around us.

Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture +17

AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017

16:05 - 19 April, 2017
AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017, Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson
Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have named the recipients of the 2017 Top Ten Awards, celebrating buildings that best exemplify the integration of great design, great performance and sustainable design excellence.

Now in its 21st year, the COTE Top Ten Awards program was established to honor projects that protect and enhance the environment through an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.

2017 American Architecture Award Winners Announced

08:00 - 18 April, 2017
2017 American Architecture Award Winners Announced, Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards
Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards

79 shortlisted buildings have been selected as winners of the 2017 American Architecture Awards, which honor the best new buildings designed and constructed by American architects in the United States and abroad, and by international architects for buildings designed and built in the United States.

The Awards, hosted by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, were juried by a group of Greek architects, who chose from 300 buildings and urban planning projects.

The winners of the 2017 American Architecture Awards are:

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM; Los Angeles, California / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards UNIVERSITY OF IOWA VISUAL ARTS BUILDING; Iowa City, Iowa / Steven Holl Architects. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards MICHIGAN LAKE HOUSE; Leelanau County, Michigan / Desai Chia Architecture. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards GEMMA OBSERVATORY; Southern New Hampshire / Anmahian Winton Architects. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards +26

John Pawson and Hiroshi Senju Selected as Recipients of the 2017 Isamu Noguchi Award

12:00 - 17 April, 2017
Interior Remodeling of St. Moritz Church / John Pawson. Image © Hufton+Crow
Interior Remodeling of St. Moritz Church / John Pawson. Image © Hufton+Crow

The Noguchi Museum has selected architect John Pawson and painter Hiroshi Senju as the recipients of the 2017 Isamu Noguchi Award. Now in its fourth year, the annual award was established to honor individuals who “share Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and commitment to East/West cultural exchange.”

The award is presented each year to one architect and one artist or designer, honoring the multi-faceted career of artist/architect Isamu Noguchi. Previous winners of the award have included Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman in 2016; architect Yoshio Taniguchi and industrial designer Jasper Morrison (2015); and winners of the inaugural award, Norman Foster and artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (2014).

Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award

08:00 - 15 April, 2017
Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award , © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have awarded Montreal’s Bibliothèque du Boisé with the annual Green Building Award for 2017. Designed by the trio of Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy and Eric Pelletier architectes, the library is situated in the city’s Saint-Laurent district, and received the distinction as an example of “buildings that are environmentally responsible and promote the health and wellbeing of users.”

"The library offers a variety of beautifully lit and welcoming spaces throughout, maximizing daylight and views and the use of natural elements, such as wood, to create an environment that contributes to health and wellbeing,” said the jury. “Their approach to high-performance building through whole systems design and strategy has resulted in an impressive achievement.”

© Doublespace Photography © YienChaoHR © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography +10

AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017

13:15 - 13 April, 2017
AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017, Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg
Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the fourteen projects selected as recipients of the 2017 Housing Awards. Now in its 17th year, the AIA’s Housing Awards program was established to recognize "the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life." Projects are awarded in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. 

The 2017 AIA Housing Award recipients include: 

2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award Winners Announced

06:00 - 10 April, 2017
2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award Winners Announced, via Europa Nostra
via Europa Nostra

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have unveiled the winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, which honor achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness. Out of 202 applications from 39 countries, 29 winners have been selected.

The winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards are:

8 Exemplary Libraries Selected as Winners of 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

14:10 - 6 April, 2017
8 Exemplary Libraries Selected as Winners of 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected eight projects as recipients of the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. Founded to “encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries,” the award draws attention to the changing role of libraries in society, and how exemplary community spaces can change to reflect the needs of their surrounding residents.

The eight winners of the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are:

Bahá’í Temple of South America Wins 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award

06:00 - 6 April, 2017
Bahá’í Temple of South America Wins 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award, © Vanessa Guillen
© Vanessa Guillen

Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects’ Bahá’í Temple of South America has won the 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains outside Santiago, Chile, the domed building was designed and built using computer modeling, measuring, and fabrication software, as well as custom glass, all of which culminated in nine monumental veils that frame an open worship space for up to 600 visitors. Completed in 2016, the project took 14 years to realize.

© Justin Ford © Hariri Pontarini Architects © Sebastian Wilson Leon © Ian David +8

Winners of the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards Announced

08:00 - 3 April, 2017

The winners of the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards have been announced. Prizes span across 11 categories and were awarded to projects from eight countries, from projects under construction to competition entries and conceptual designs.

"Successful projects this year include a thermal bath and resort in the Baltic, a new ecclesiastical library for the Church of England, a rural women’s community center in Turkey and a ‘dematerializing’ office building in the US Capitol city, all demonstrating the dynamism and creativity at the heart of the architectural professional internationally," explained the awards organizers in a press release.

The winners of the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards are:

Offices: 2050 M Street, Washington, DC, USA, designed by REX Architecture for Tishman Speyer (completion expected 2019). Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Innovation Prize: Sino-Finnish Economic and Culture Cooperation Center, Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, by PES-Architects Ltd for Southern New Town Construction Development Office, Nanjing (schematic design phase spring 2017). Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Jeu D'Esprit Prize: Media City, Istanbul, Turkey, designed by GAD Architecture for Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (conceptual). Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Residential: 118 E59th Street residences, New York, USA designed by Tabanlioglu Architects for Madison Equities, LLC. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review +16

Hadid and O’Donnell + Tuomey Among City of Westminster's Shortlist for People's Choice Awards

06:00 - 10 March, 2017
Hadid and O’Donnell + Tuomey Among City of Westminster's Shortlist for People's Choice Awards, The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes

The City of Westminster, England has announced the shortlist for its first People’s Choice Award for the city’s best building from the past decade.

In an effort to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building, the Westminster City Council asked a panel of architects, developers, councilors, and planners to shortlist 12 designs to be voted on by people who live and work in the city, as well as by visitors. Buildings for the shortlist were chosen based on its use of materials, purpose, and impact on the surrounding space.

"Brilliant architectural design should be recognized for all the fantastic benefits it can have in terms of health and wellbeing, sustainability, and the simple pleasure we all take from having such striking buildings lining our routes home, to shop and to work," said Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council. "The best people to ask about the impact these buildings have are those who see them day in, day out, and so I am delighted that we have been able to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building and to promote design excellence."

The 12 shortlisted projects for the Westminster People’s Choice Awards are:

10 Hills Place / Amanda Levete Architects. Image © Gidon Fuehrer LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects. Image © Alex Bland South Molton Street Building / DSDHA. Image Courtesy of DSDHA St. James’s Market Development / Make Architects. Image Courtesy of Make Architects +7

14 Architects Selected as Recipients of 2017 AIA Young Architects Awards

12:10 - 9 March, 2017
14 Architects Selected as Recipients of 2017 AIA Young Architects Awards, Farmers Park / Hufft Projects. Image © Mike Sinclair
Farmers Park / Hufft Projects. Image © Mike Sinclair

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 14 recipients for the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award. Now in its 24th year, the award was founded to honor young architects - licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age - who have “shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.”

Bruce C. Bolling Building by Mecanoo and Sasaki Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal

16:05 - 22 February, 2017
Bruce C. Bolling Building by Mecanoo and Sasaki Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal, via Mecanoo
via Mecanoo

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced announced Mecanoo and Sasaki as the winners of the 2016 Harleston Parker Medal for their design of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. Awarded each year by the BSA and the City of Boston, the prestigious award honors “the single most beautiful” building or structure built in the metropolitan Boston area over the past 10 years.

5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

08:15 - 15 February, 2017
5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

Five European projects have been selected as finalists for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from a shortlist of 40 projects, the five finalists were lauded by the jury for their ability to “respond to the concerns of today’s European society.”

“Our instincts could be summed up by the words of Peter Smithson: ‘things need to be ordinary and heroic at the same time,’” said Jury Chairman Stephen Bates. “We were looking for an ordinariness whose understated lyricism is full of potential’.”

Through April, the jury members will visit each finalist project to evaluate the buildings firsthand and to see how they are used by the public. The Prize Winner will be announced in Brussels on May 16.

The five finalists are:

8 International & 178 American Architects Named to AIA College of Fellows

16:15 - 10 February, 2017
One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named 178 AIA members to be elevated to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made “a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.”

Rachel Whiteread Wins 2017 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize

06:00 - 9 February, 2017
Rachel Whiteread Wins 2017 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize, Caruso St John (UK) with artist Rachel Whiteread. Image © Caruso St John Architects, Marcus Taylor and Rachel Whiteread & Malcolm Reading Consultants
Caruso St John (UK) with artist Rachel Whiteread. Image © Caruso St John Architects, Marcus Taylor and Rachel Whiteread & Malcolm Reading Consultants

Artist Rachel Whiteread has won the 2017 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize, which recognizes individuals working in the wider architectural industry who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment. Whiteread was selected by respondents to the Architectural Review’s Women In Architecture: Working in Architecture survey.

Some of Whiteread’s notable work includes her 1993 Turner Prize-winning House, her collaboration with architects like Caruso St John on the UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition, and her participation on the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 jury.