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AD Classics: Millennium Dome / Richard Rogers (RSHP)

06:00 - 24 January, 2017
AD Classics: Millennium Dome / Richard Rogers (RSHP), Millennium Dome (licensed under CC-BY-2.0)
Millennium Dome (licensed under CC-BY-2.0)

In 1994, with the third millennium fast approaching, the British announced a national festival to mark the year 2000. Amid a new sense of optimism, the year-long festival, which became known as the Millennium Experience, would take the form of an exhibition celebrating “who we are, what we do, and where we live.” Under the project direction of Mike Davies, a partner of Richard Rogers’ practice (known today as RSHP) designed the Millennium Dome to house this exhibition.

In an extraordinary feat of architecture and engineering, the vast dome, whose canopy encompasses a volume of 2.2million cubic meters, sped from initial concept design to topping out in only two years. Although the Millennium Experience closed its doors as the year 2000, the building which housed it has since been put to a variety of uses, its durability largely due to Richard Rogers’ characteristically flexible design.

An elevated walkway inside the dome  (licensed under CC-BY-2.0) A steel strut pierces the canopy of the dome  (licensed under CC-BY-2.0) Two cyclindrical service towers stand adjacent to the dome  (licensed under CC-BY-2.0) The 'Body Zone'  (licensed under CC-BY-2.0) + 8

AD Classics: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building / Kenzō Tange

04:00 - 27 September, 2016
AD Classics: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building / Kenzō Tange, No.1 Building
No.1 Building

The career of Japanese architect Kenzō Tange features a curious anomaly: he received the same commission twice. In 1952, during the early stages of his career, Tange designed an administrative building in Yūrakuchō, Tokyo, for the city's metropolitan government. Over thirty years later, when the government relocated to Shinjuku, Tokyo, he again won the commission to design its administrative building. Completed in 1991, this would be one of his last, and most ambitious, projects. The second incarnation now dominates the city’s skyline, its highly distinctive design guaranteeing it landmark status. Nicknamed Tochō (an abbreviation of its Japanese name Tōkyō-to Chōsha), its architectural references to both tradition and modernity act as a visual metaphor for the eclectic city over which its inhabitants govern.

No.1 Building No.2 Building Elevation of No.1 Building (Public Domain) Plan of the Complex (Public Domain) + 12

Call for Submissions: Active Public Space Catalogue

12:35 - 17 February, 2016
Call for Submissions: Active Public Space Catalogue

Active Public Space is seeking case studies regarding existing public spaces with particular interest in new “active” forms that emerge from the technological advances of the Information Age. The call is aimed at detecting and mapping existing successful examples of active-smart public space in terms of design, technology, management and occupancy by citizens.

Re-Ball! A Design Competition by the Dupont Underground

19:56 - 4 January, 2016
Re-Ball! A Design Competition by the Dupont Underground

Re-Ball! is an open design competition to turn 650,000+ 3-inch, white, translucent plastic balls into a site-specific installation in the Dupont Underground’s 14,000-square-foot east platform. The balls were previously part of the National Building Museum’s blockbuster 2015 summer destination The Beach.
The winning concept will take the medium in a new direction, one that responds to the uniqueness of the installation site. From the open, light-filled box of the National Building Museum’s Great Hall to the curving concrete volume of the Dupont Underground's east platform, Re-Ball! entries should transform the constituent materials — and the space itself — into an entirely

Call for Submissions: Congress Square Redesign

16:57 - 21 December, 2015
Call for Submissions: Congress Square Redesign

The City of Portland, Maine is seeking proposals from qualified Design Teams for the schematic phase re-design of Congress Square, a 1.3 acre public open space and traffic intersection in the heart of the city’s Arts District in downtown Portland, Maine. The project includes the Congress Square Redesign and the commissioning of works of Public Art, presenting a unique opportunity for collaborative urban design and public art; the redesign concept will be developed in tandem and integrated with the public artwork.