Student Survey: The Future of Parks

03:35 - 29 April, 2016
Student Survey: The Future of Parks

Husqvarna invites you to take their survey, The Future of Parks, and share your insights into how parks will look and function in the year 2030. The UN has set a goal to make cities more sustainable in the coming decades, and parks will play an integral role in making that happen. Together with students from around the world, you will help to co-create a vision of what is to come! 

Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research

19:04 - 1 April, 2016
Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research, Harvard GSD. Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research.
Harvard GSD. Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research.

Platform 8 catalogs a curated selection of work generated in the past year at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Alongside final products of design education, Platform 8 places particular emphasis on collecting and documenting the people and artifacts that shape research-driven design practices. Here, design is presented both as process and as a final product. Indexical structure, punctuated with a collection of portraits, presents a comprehensive picture of the school. Platform 8 shows the intention, direction, and passion seen and experienced every day at the GSD.

KidsBuild!

18:06 - 1 April, 2016
KidsBuild!, ​Image: KidsBuild! 2015. Credit: Mike Lawrie.
​Image: KidsBuild! 2015. Credit: Mike Lawrie.

KidsBuild! will be held at BSA Space on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday April 10. Guided by professional architects, families will choose a construction site from a fictional city grid, design and build a building, and be awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors.

Media Architecture Biennale 2016

08:53 - 21 March, 2016
Media Architecture Biennale 2016, Media Architecture Biennale 2016
Media Architecture Biennale 2016


From June 1st - 4th, design and urban planning experts from around the globe will transform The Concourse, on Sydney’s North Shore into a digital media technology hub, for the 5th international Media Architecture Biennale 2016. Architectural and design professionals, academics, state and federal government representatives and specialised experts in digital placemaking will host a series of workshops, symposia and events designed to explore the existing and future impact of digital technologies on urban planning within global cities.

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods"

18:53 - 15 March, 2016
Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods", Nan Ellin, Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Public Affairs at UTA Will Moderate "Village Redux" on March 22. Photo Courtesy of Nan Ellin
Nan Ellin, Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Public Affairs at UTA Will Moderate "Village Redux" on March 22. Photo Courtesy of Nan Ellin

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will continue its 2015-2016 Panel Discussion Series on March 22, 2016 with “Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods,” moderated by Nan Ellin, Founding Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Designing A Place for Inventing the Future: The MIT Campus, Then, Now, Next

16:00 - 14 March, 2016
Designing A Place for Inventing the Future: The MIT Campus, Then, Now, Next

This two-day symposium is co-sponsored with the MIT 2016 Committee and the MIT Department of Architecture. It will examine architecture and cultures at MIT and their influences on education and student life on campus. Speakers, including David Adjaye and Hashim Sarkis, will explore the prescient design of the original buildings and the interdisciplinary, innovative research that they fomented, as well as imagine the teaching and maker spaces of the future.

5 Steps to Creating High-Performance Communities

09:30 - 14 March, 2016
5 Steps to Creating High-Performance Communities, Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Rendering by Steelblue/Perkins+Will, San Francisco Giants
Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Rendering by Steelblue/Perkins+Will, San Francisco Giants

As we become a planet of city-dwellers, planners and urban designers have an imperative to design communities that perform better than ever before. But what exactly does “performance” mean? Communities should have energy and water-saving systems, but at a high level there also needs to be a more holistic approach to creating a sense of place and connection, while at the same time being accessible to different demographics and vibrant all throughout the day. Here are five essential ingredients for designing a high-performance community.

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "Remaking the City" Panel Discussion

13:57 - 8 March, 2016
Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "Remaking the City" Panel Discussion, Bob Meckfessel, FAIA, Will Moderate "Remaking the City" for the Dallas Architecture Forum
Bob Meckfessel, FAIA, Will Moderate "Remaking the City" for the Dallas Architecture Forum

Dallas Architecture Forum, will continue its 2015-2016 Panel Discussion Series on March 8, 2016 with “Remaking the City,” moderated by Bob Meckfessel, President of DSGN Associates in Dallas. This panel is presented in collaboration with Preservation Dallas.

Kimmel Eshkolot Architects Wins Competition for Masterplan in Tel Aviv

08:00 - 3 March, 2016
Courtesy of Kimmel Eshkolot Architects
Courtesy of Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

Kimmel Eshkolot Architects has won the competition to design the Kaplan North Masterplan, covering an area of 32,000 square meters in central Tel Aviv. Once a secretive and secluded area, the space has been opened to new development due to the decision to relocate the headquarters of the IDF.

“Located between one of the city’s busiest intersections and its cultural center, the design creates a new gateway to Tel Aviv, which will be an innovative series of structures that will connect this fragmented area,” with the goal of creating a “sustainable coexistence between a busy urban space and an intimate residential neighborhood.”

Discussion: Downtown LA, Re-Envisioned + Revitalized

15:43 - 2 March, 2016
Discussion: Downtown LA, Re-Envisioned + Revitalized

Downtown Los ​Angeles is on the verge of a breakthrough moment. It is becoming more livable, walkable and enjoyable as we speak. But what's missing? A multidisciplinary panel at the A+D Museum examines the promise of DTLA almost a decade after the museum's show Enlightened Development asked the question: How do we foster a "sustainable downtown revitalization"? What can we learn from other cities where a similar downtown renaissance has taken place?

China Takes Steps to Stop its "Weird Architecture"

06:00 - 26 February, 2016
China Takes Steps to Stop its "Weird Architecture", CCTV by OMA. Image Courtesy of OMA
CCTV by OMA. Image Courtesy of OMA

China has become home to some of the world’s most outlandish architectural landmarks of the 21st century. Hangzhou is home to a replica of the Eiffel Tower, located in a luxury real estate development, and Shanghai’s World Financial Center is often referred to as “The World’s Largest Bottle Opener.” However, all of these zany designs may soon come to a halt following a directive issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party’s Central Committee on Sunday, reports the New York Times.

The directive says “no” to any architecture considered “oversized, xenocentric, weird, and devoid of cultural tradition.” In their place should be buildings designed as “suitable, economic, green, and pleasing to the eye.”

Open Call: International Student Competition 'Restart your City Center'

13:16 - 20 February, 2016
Open Call: International Student Competition 'Restart your City Center'

Kaunas architecture festival (KAFe2016) invites to participate in the international exhibition-competition of final projects of university architecture students – both bachelor and master studies – on the topics of the central part of Kaunas town. The topic of this year’s KAFe2016, RESTART YOUR CITY CENTER, therefore development of the central part of town and the role of communities in this process is at the focus of the competition topics suggested for consideration of Lithuanian and foreign architecture universities.

A 6000-Year Old Unplanned Community Photographed From Above

14:00 - 14 February, 2016

Since time immemorial, and more recently, humans have wondered what the world looks like from above. This fascination has historically manifested in the plan drawing and aerial photography. In this vein, and using a motorized paraglider, National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz has captured a stunning bird’s-eye view of the ancient city of Ghadames, in Libya.

BSA Urban Design Workshop: Suffolk Downs Concept Presentations

09:15 - 5 February, 2016
BSA Urban Design Workshop: Suffolk Downs Concept Presentations

The Suffolk Downs Urban Design Workshop is the third in an ongoing series of Urban Design Workshops organized by the BSA Foundation. The workshops’ overall goal is to open up dialogue and stimulate thinking about the design potential of places with particularly significant and compelling opportunities.

reSITE 2016: 5th International Conference on a Hot Topic – “Cities in Migration”

20:21 - 4 February, 2016
reSITE 2016: 5th International Conference on a Hot Topic – “Cities in Migration”, reSITE Conference, Prague, Forum Karlin. Photo Dorota Velek
reSITE Conference, Prague, Forum Karlin. Photo Dorota Velek

On June 16-17, 2016, for the fifth consecutive year, Prague, Czech republic, will be hosting the largest concentration of the world’s top architects, urbanists, urban planners and landscape architects and economists. Visionaries, experts, mayors of major cities and representatives of outstanding civic initiatives will present innovative solutions and strategies for European and Western cities to come to terms successfully and painlessly with the influx of new residents. The professional conference will be complemented by a rich program for the public, taking place in Prague’s public space. reSITE will, yet again, bridge the gap between experts and ordinary citizens: their common

BSA Urban Design Workshop: Suffolk Downs Panel Discussion

19:30 - 4 February, 2016
BSA Urban Design Workshop: Suffolk Downs Panel Discussion

The Suffolk Downs Urban Design Workshop is the third in an ongoing series of Urban Design Workshops organized by the BSA Foundation. The workshops’ overall goal is to open up dialogue and stimulate thinking about the design potential of places with particularly significant and compelling opportunities.

The evening will include an introduction to the scope of and goals for the workshop, followed by a lively panel discussion moderated by Renée Loth, editor of ArchitectureBoston magazine. Suffolk Downs represents an opportunity to create a forward-looking 21st-century neighborhood that is equitable, diverse, environmentally aware, and in tune with shifting development trends.

With "Ordos – A Failed Utopia," Raphael Olivier Captures the Contradictions of Chinese Construction

09:30 - 1 February, 2016
With "Ordos – A Failed Utopia," Raphael Olivier Captures the Contradictions of Chinese Construction, © Raphael Olivier
© Raphael Olivier

For the past quarter century, China’s rapidly expanding economy provided architects with an almost endless supply of building opportunities. Easy lending allowed for an exponential rise in infrastructure projects – China used more concrete in three years than the United States used in the entire twentieth century. But in a country where the number of cities with over a million inhabitants jumped from 16 in 1970 to 106 in 2015, the speed of development enabled high profile, but flawed, experiments alongside the many necessary building projects. There is perhaps no better example of this phenomenon than the city of Ordos. The Inner Mongolian metropolis – home to 100,000 – which sprang from the northern desert in the mid-2000s was designed for over a million inhabitants. The reality of the city came to public attention in 2009 when Al Jazeera wrote about an early uncertainty in the Chinese real estate market.

After living in China for a number of years, photographer Raphael Olivier finally gave in to the nagging urge to see Ordos for himself. Visiting last year, he found a well-maintained city that is still largely uninhabited. I interviewed Olivier about the project, his views on Ordos, Chinese prosperity, and what it means to photograph architecture.

Call for Proposals: The 2016 Fuller Challenge

07:00 - 25 January, 2016
Call for Proposals: The 2016 Fuller Challenge

The Buckminster Fuller Institue (BFI) has issued the Call for Proposals for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. Known as “socially-responsible design’s highest award,” the Fuller Challenge invites designers, architects, planners, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, activists, and students worldwide to submit original solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems.

A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of the winning project. In addition to the grand prize, BFI will provide further resources for finalists, semi-finalists and select entrants through its Catalyst Program.