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Bee Breeders Announces Mango Vinyl Hub Competition Winners

14:00 - 17 June, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Mango Vinyl Hub Competition Winners, First Prize: The Music Telescope / Lucia Filippini, Elisa Dellarossa & Tuana Yıldız. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: The Music Telescope / Lucia Filippini, Elisa Dellarossa & Tuana Yıldız. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders have selected the winners of the Mango Vinyl Hub Competition, challenging entries to marry architecture, music, industry, and design in the repurposing of a decrepit tin foil factory in Cesis, Latvia. With a focus on the revival of the vinyl record industry, “successful projects temper the impulse of retrojecting nostalgic hallmark or tradition, through revitalization of purpose of an artifact and history of a bygone era.”

Here are the winning visions of the Mango Vinyl Hub:

Second Prize: In-Between / Onea Ioana Alexandra, Nistor Raluca, Hirleata Stefania Daniela, Tirca Radu George; Universitatea de Arhitectura si Urbanism "Ion Mincu". Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize: Out Of the Blue / Valdone Mitkeviciute, Greta Prialgauskaite; Vilnius Art Academy. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders The Big Picture Award (Best Masterplan): Sound Factory / Bartosz Matuszek, Ewelina Bugajewicz, Karolina Wasilewska, Paulina Sawczuk; Bialystok University Of Technology. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize: The Music Telescope / Lucia Filippini, Elisa Dellarossa & Tuana Yıldız. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +85

Schiattarella Associati’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia Creates an Illuminated Local Landmark

06:00 - 16 June, 2017
Schiattarella Associati’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia Creates an Illuminated Local Landmark, Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati
Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati

Rome-based firm Schiattarella Associati have unveiled the design of a new community mosque complex in the city of Ha’il in Saudi Arabia, using traditional cultural elements of Najd architecture to create a new landmark in the area. The 22,500 square meter Al Jabri Mosque accommodates 3000 people and focuses on “the principle of a people-oriented city and proposes it back again using a contemporary language respectful and attentive in the use of shapes and materials.”

Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati +6

Power to the Bower: A Bird’s Architectural Method of Seduction

16:00 - 11 June, 2017
Power to the Bower: A Bird’s Architectural Method of Seduction , Courtesy of Flickr User Will Brown, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Courtesy of Flickr User Will Brown, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Think your decked-out bachelor pad is the slickest on the block? Think again. That reputation now resides in the carefully constructed abode of the bowerbird, which transforms the art of building into the art of seduction. Native to Australia and New Guinea, the bowerbird dedicates months to construct elaborate woven nests, known as bowers, as a means of attracting mates in one of nature’s most unique courting rituals.

TED Talk: Justin Davidson on the Pitfalls of Glass Skylines

12:00 - 10 June, 2017

Justin Davidson: Why glass towers are bad for city life -- and what we need instead

There's a creepy transformation taking over our cities, says architecture critic Justin Davidson. From Houston, Texas to Guangzhou, China, shiny towers of concrete and steel covered with glass are cropping up like an invasive species.

“That person sitting right next to you might have the most idiosyncratic inner life, but you don’t have a clue because we’re all wearing the same expression. That is the kind of creepy transformation that is taking over cities.”

Shiny, bland and homogenous. These characteristics are increasingly encapsulating the nature and identity of our cities through the use of glass as a dominant building material, says Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Justin Davidson. In this TED Talk, Davidson stresses the importance of the use of a varied palette of materials that evoke texture, color, roughness, and shadow, in order to create architecture of individuality and character to define and populate the world’s cities. The rapid growth of glassy skylines, which express a disdain for communal urban interaction, can be curbed through a combination of new and old building and material techniques, creating architecture that absorbs history and memory as a reflection of the diverse society it lives in.

Curry Stone Design Prize Celebrates 11 Practitioners For Valuable Approaches to Public Space

08:00 - 8 June, 2017
Curry Stone Design Prize Celebrates 11 Practitioners For Valuable Approaches to Public Space, Courtesy of Curry Stone Design Prize
Courtesy of Curry Stone Design Prize

The Curry Stone Design Prize has selected 11 honorees as part of June’s Social Design Circle, whose work responds to the question: Can Design Reclaim Public Space? From NGOs to design collectives across the globe, each winner addresses notions of usage, organization, and amenities within the realm of public space, and is featured on the prize’s website. In addition to a new circle of monthly winners, the prize hosts a weekly podcast, Social Design Insights, complimenting the featured work and expanding on the monthly themes with leading practitioners in social design.

Here are the 11 members of June’s Social Design Circle:

The Textural, Geometric Surfaces of AL_A's MAAT in Lisbon

09:30 - 4 June, 2017
The Textural, Geometric Surfaces of AL_A's MAAT in Lisbon, © Joel Filipe
© Joel Filipe

After a study of Madrid’s exuberantly geometric architecture, Digital Designer and Creative Director Joel Filipe continues his formal exploration in a series of photos of the MAAT by AL_A that celebrates the delicate impression of its undulating white tile facade against the bright Lisbon sky. Situated on the Tagus River, architect Amanda Levete creates a reunion between the river and the city with MAAT’s walkable rooftop terrace that draws visitors from the nearby streets of Belem, and with the promenade which steps down to meet the water. The roof provides a gathering space during the day and a place to screen films at night. The low-lying gentle arch of the building allows for a clever play of shadows and light, along with a nod to rippling water.

© Joel Filipe © Joel Filipe © Joel Filipe © Joel Filipe +19

MASA Studio’s Competition-Winning Hostels Combine Modularity and Tradition for Cancer Patients

16:00 - 3 June, 2017
MASA Studio’s Competition-Winning Hostels Combine Modularity and Tradition for Cancer Patients, via MASA Studio
via MASA Studio

With a modular composition inspired by traditional sub-Saharan African building typologies, MASA Studio’s safe lodging proposal for Tanzanian cancer victims has been selected as the winner of the Hostels for Hope competition, which called for solutions to issues of health and safety in regards to the rehabilitation of cancer victims away from home in rural Africa. Organized by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an international foundation combatting women’s cancers, the competition responds to the unfortunate decision that thousands of Tanzanian women have to make every year – to travel great lengths for unaffordable treatment and lodging, or to remain at home unable to fight the disease.

via MASA Studio via MASA Studio via MASA Studio via MASA Studio +10

Praksis Arkitekter Selected as Winners of Scandinavia's Most Prestigious Architecture Award

08:00 - 3 June, 2017
Praksis Arkitekter Selected as Winners of Scandinavia's Most Prestigious Architecture Award, Slotfelt Barn / Praksis Arkitekter. Image © Christina Capetino
Slotfelt Barn / Praksis Arkitekter. Image © Christina Capetino

Praksis Arkitekter has been awarded 500,000 DKK as winners of Nykredit's Architecture Awards, the most prestigious architectural distinction in Scandinavia. Founded in 1987 by the Nykredit Foundation, the awards also honored two practices with 250,000 DKK Prizes: the Motivation Award, won by ADEPT, is “an encouragement to continue and further develop an already obvious talent” seen in young architectural practices, while the Sustainability Award, which was introduced in 2016, was won this year by Leth & Gori.

Harbour Houses / ADEPT. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Ku.Be House of Culture & Movement / ADEPT. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Slotfelt Barn / Praksis Arkitekter. Image © Christina Capetino Fur Diatoms / Reiulf Ramstad Architects + Leth&Gori. Image © Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen +12

10th Annual North American Copper in Architecture Awards Showcase 15 Innovative Copper Designs

14:00 - 28 May, 2017
10th Annual North American Copper in Architecture Awards Showcase 15 Innovative Copper Designs, Courtesy of North American Copper in Architecture Awards
Courtesy of North American Copper in Architecture Awards

With a combination of resilience, sustainability, and pleasing aesthetics, the use of copper in architectural design is often indicative of a building’s craft and attention to detail, as demonstrated by fifteen projects selected as recipients for the 2017 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (NACIA). The 10th edition of the annual awards celebrates a variety of projects throughout North America for their “outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys.” Projects were selected across three categories: New Construction, Renovation/Restoration, and Ornamental Applications. 

Here are this year’s fifteen NACIA winners:

© NAVA Companies et al © Jeff Goldberg © doublespace photography © Bill Timmerman Timmerman Photography +16

PATH Architecture’s Catalytic Condominium in Portland is the Tallest Timber Building in the US

12:00 - 27 May, 2017
PATH Architecture’s Catalytic Condominium in Portland is the Tallest Timber Building in the US , via Baumberger Studio
via Baumberger Studio

Continuing the ever-increasing growth of timber construction architecture in North America and around the world, Carbon12’s recent topping out has resulted in its newly achieved status as the tallest mass timber building in the United States. Situated in Portland and designed by PATH Architecture, the 8-storey condominium is an example of the cost-effectiveness and labor sensitivity of engineered wood products while helping regenerate Oregon’s local timber industry. 

With a growing population and rapid development, much of recent focus has been on Portland’s city center, in an effort to preserve the existing natural landscape that surrounds the urban areas. Built of prefabricated cross-laminated timber panels and glu-lam beams around a steel core, Carbon12’s hybrid construction aids the city’s densification, given its off-site construction and quick assembly that help both reduce costs and respond to residential needs.

Herzog & de Meuron’s BBVA Headquarters in Madrid Through Rubén P. Bescós' Lens

08:00 - 27 May, 2017
Herzog & de Meuron’s BBVA Headquarters in Madrid Through Rubén P. Bescós' Lens, © Rubén P. Bescós
© Rubén P. Bescós

Completed in 2015 at the northern periphery of Madrid, the BBVA Headquarters by Herzog & de Meuron employs a complex network of passages, courtyards, and gardens to create a new corporate campus for the Spanish banking giant. Responding to local climatic needs, the building is recognized for its custom undulating brise-soleil along its facade and pebble-like central tower. 
 
In this photoset, photographer Rubén P. Bescós turns his lens toward the new institutional landmark, capturing the building within its urban context.

© Rubén P. Bescós © Rubén P. Bescós © Rubén P. Bescós © Rubén P. Bescós +157

Timelapse of Herzog & de Meuron's Latest Completed NYC Skyscraper Takes us to New Heights

08:00 - 23 May, 2017

Herzog & de Meuron have completed construction of their latest project, a high-rise luxury residential skyscraper on 56 Leonard Street, New York City. Conceived as a stack of individual houses resembling a Jenga tower, the building is the tallest in its Tribeca neighborhood. With its tall and slender silhouette, 56 Leonard Street is the latest in a series of contemporary skyscrapers punctuating Manhattan’s skyline.

London to Follow in New York’s Footsteps With Camden High Line

06:00 - 23 May, 2017
London to Follow in New York’s Footsteps With Camden High Line, via Camden Town Unlimited
via Camden Town Unlimited

The New York High Line is set to receive a new British sibling, in the form the Camden High Line – a conversion of the defunct railway line connecting Camden Town and King’s Cross, into an elevated public space and commuting route. The invited competition for the project was won by London-based practices Studio Weave and Architecture 00, whose proposal is one of three international designs that have followed the success of the High Line in New York, with the other two situated in Bangkok and Mexico City.

“We think the re-use of this railway line for the Camden High Line outweighs the benefits and costs of leaving it vacant,” said Simon Pitkeathley, Chief Executive at Camden Town Unlimited. “This new transport link can reduce overcrowding and journey times on the existing, cycling and pedestrian routes nearby like Regent’s Canal.” 

via Camden Town Unlimited via Camden Town Unlimited via Camden Town Unlimited via Camden Town Unlimited +6

Advice For Procrastinator Architects

08:00 - 22 May, 2017
Advice For Procrastinator Architects, Collage: "The Storm" by Pierre-Auguste (87.15.134). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-. [1] (January, 2007), under public domain + Emoji One [Wikipedia], under license CC BY-SA 4.0. Image © Nicolás Valencia
Collage: "The Storm" by Pierre-Auguste (87.15.134). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-. [1] (January, 2007), under public domain + Emoji One [Wikipedia], under license CC BY-SA 4.0. Image © Nicolás Valencia

Scrolling through memes of cats in disguise. Checking if food has magically appeared in your refrigerator every ten minutes. Obsessively arranging books on your shelf by color. Renaming your computer's folders. In short, we seem to thrive on any irrelevant activity to avoid starting a reading, essay, model, or project. Procrastinate now, work later. Your future self can take care of business, after all.

As we suffer through long and strenuous projects, it is likely that we have all slipped into procrastination in order to avoid our next task. Not only do we avoid confronting work at the office or university studio, but also those personal errands which, if we dedicated ourselves, would enhance our daily lives. Below, based on our own experiences and expert opinion, and in order to avoid a host of other jobs around the ArchDaily office, we present 10 tips for architecture procrastinators, helping you to focus on the site analysis diagrams you should probably be doing right now!

DELVA Landscape Architects to Revive The Hague’s Historic Centre With Interconnected Urban Greens

14:00 - 21 May, 2017
DELVA Landscape Architects to Revive The Hague’s Historic Centre With Interconnected Urban Greens , via DELVA Landscape Architects / Urbanism
via DELVA Landscape Architects / Urbanism

Serving as a new gateway to the city through the connection of various green spaces and public programs, The Green Entrance is DELVA Landscape Architects’ masterplan for a historic district of The Hague. Given The Hague’s future inner-city densification, which involves the creation of 50,000 new houses, the Dutch firm’s aim is to aid these developments through sustainable and green urban strategies, manifested “through an integral approach between landscape design, cultural heritage, mobility, programming and technology.”

Commenting on the project’s primary function, the architects state: “’The Green Entrance’ connects areas that have been isolated over the years. It starts in the spacious and open ‘City Hall' that connects to the train station and continues to the ‘Koningin Julianaplein’. No narrow doors or gates, but a wide view over the green and lively surrounding public space.”

via DELVA Landscape Architects / Urbanism via DELVA Landscape Architects / Urbanism via DELVA Landscape Architects / Urbanism via DELVA Landscape Architects / Urbanism +18

Buero Wagner Selected for Interior Renovation of Frankfurt’s World Renowned Opera House

08:00 - 20 May, 2017
Buero Wagner Selected for Interior Renovation of Frankfurt’s World Renowned Opera House , via Buero Wagner
via Buero Wagner

A competition for the interior renovation of the Alte Oper, one of the world’s most prominent opera houses in Frankfurt, has been won by German firm Buero Wagner, selected ahead of heavyweight runner-up Zaha Hadid Architects. The scope included the conversion of one of the building’s multipurpose foyers into a central social space, to be activated by the 450,000 annual visitors that attend the Alter Oper’s 400-plus concerts. 

via Buero Wagner via Buero Wagner via Buero Wagner via Buero Wagner +8

New Renderings Reveal Herzog & de Meuron’s Nearly Completed Hotel Tower in Manhattan

06:00 - 18 May, 2017
New Renderings Reveal Herzog & de Meuron’s Nearly Completed Hotel Tower in Manhattan, Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company
Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company

New renderings of Herzog & de Meuron’s upcoming luxury hotel have been released, showing the 28-storey tower’s updated interiors at its location at 215 Chrystie Street in Manhattan’s Bowery District. Constructed of raw concrete, the 370 rooms are capped with eleven open-plan luxury residences and is set to open to the public in June.

“To introduce a sense of scale and to further foster the expression of each individual floor, each column is slightly inclined,” explained Jacques Herzog with the announcement of the project back in 2014. “The prominent corner of the building facing Chrystie Street is where the two geometries of the inclined columns meet. Rather than giving one direction priority, the two directions are braided together. The result is a sculptural corner column that becomes the visual anchor for the entire building.”

Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company Courtesy of Ian Schrager Company +6

Zaha Hadid Design Unveils Corian Dominated Custom Kitchen Island

08:00 - 16 May, 2017
Zaha Hadid Design Unveils Corian Dominated Custom Kitchen Island, via Zaha Hadid Design
via Zaha Hadid Design

Through a revisiting of Zaha Hadid's MAXXI Museum of Art in Rome and Heyder Aliyev Center in Baku, as well as the practice’s exploration of materiality and composition, Boffi_Code Kitchen is a custom kitchen island created by Zaha Hadid Design and Boffi, an Italian furniture company founded in 1934.

“Boffi_code offers customization to the highest standards, tailoring individual solutions with selected materials, finishes and cabinetry,” explains Zaha Hadid Design. “The Boffi_Code Kitchen by Zaha Hadid Design marries exceptional detailing and design with functionality, carefully chosen materials, and traditional craftsmanship.”