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Meet the 15 Finalists in ArchDaily's 2019 Refurbishment in Architecture Awards

17:50 - 22 May, 2019
Meet the 15 Finalists in ArchDaily's 2019 Refurbishment in Architecture Awards

After 2 weeks of voting in our second edition of the Refurbishment in Architecture Awards, our readers have narrowed down over 700 projects to 15 finalists, representing the best architectural refurbishment projects published on ArchDaily. With finalists from four continents, this award developed in partnership with MINI Clubman clearly demonstrates the global importance of refurbishment architecture as a method of achieving sustainable development and flexible, living cities.

Now that the finalists have been selected, the second stage of the Award is now underway to narrow down these 15 projects to just three winners. Read on and use the links below to cast your vote for the overall winner, or visit the award website here.



SO-IL and West 8 Design Artpark for New York's Niagara Gorge

13:00 - 22 May, 2019
SO-IL and West 8 Design Artpark for New York's Niagara Gorge, Courtesy of SO-IL & West 8
Courtesy of SO-IL & West 8

Design practices SO-IL and West 8 have won a competition to redesign a 37-acre cultural hub along New York's Niagara Gorge. The project will include a renovated main stage and an outdoor ampitheatre, as well as a series of pathways, galleries and viewing stations integrated into the canyon. The teams are tasked with the development of a strategy to revitalize the Artpark grounds, while improving connectivity, facilities and programs.

Courtesy of SO-IL & West 8 Courtesy of SO-IL & West 8 Courtesy of SO-IL & West 8 Courtesy of SO-IL & West 8 + 5

2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale Announces the Programme for 'Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth'

12:16 - 22 May, 2019
2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale Announces the Programme for 'Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth', Courtesy of OAT 2019
Courtesy of OAT 2019

Around the world campaigners, cities, and governments are declaring a state of emergency in response to accelerating global warming. Meanwhile systemic inequality continues to entrench deep divides between those who have far too little, and those who have far too much. In this unprecedented moment, an urgent question is cast into relief: how should architecture respond to a time of climate emergency and social division?

UNStudio Designs a Smart Karle Town Center Masterplan for Bangalore, India

10:05 - 22 May, 2019
UNStudio Designs a Smart Karle Town Center Masterplan for Bangalore, India, Skyline. Image © UNStudio
Skyline. Image © UNStudio

UNStudio has unveiled its design for Bangalore’s Karle Town Center Masterplan, a new innovation and tech campus for India. Situated in an area earmarked as the Silicon Valley of India, UNStudio’s scheme will also contain sensorial technologies designed by its tech company UNSense, collaborating with Karle Infra.

Waterfront. Image © UNStudio Highway. Image © UNStudio Retail. Image © UNStudio Karle Plaza. Image © UNStudio + 17

Van Alen Institute and City of Miami Seek to Transform Flood-Prone Vacant Sites

09:30 - 22 May, 2019
Van Alen Institute and City of Miami Seek to Transform Flood-Prone Vacant Sites, © Van Alen Institute
© Van Alen Institute

The Van Alen Institute is collaborating with the City of North Miami to announce a request for qualifications for transforming the city’s flood-prone vacant lots. The competition asks how can we reimagine underutilized communal spaces to bring the community together and adapt to climate impacts over time, and to repurpose the sites to reduce the cost of flood insurance.

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Listen to Bjarke Ingels' Time Sensitive Podcast about his Life and Architecture

09:00 - 22 May, 2019
Listen to Bjarke Ingels' Time Sensitive Podcast about his Life and Architecture, © LEGO Group
© LEGO Group

Media channel the slowdown has released the latest episode in their Time Sensitive podcast series, featuring an interview by Andrew Zuckerman with BIG founder Bjarke Ingels. The episode, titled “Bjarke Ingels to Cities: Take a Longer View,” sees Ingels communicate the value and world-changing potential of architecture, and reflect on his own career.

EPFL Students Bring La Buvette d'Evian Back to Life on Lake Geneva

05:00 - 22 May, 2019
EPFL Students Bring La Buvette d'Evian Back to Life on Lake Geneva, Courtesy of EPFL
Courtesy of EPFL

150 first-year EPFL architecture students are creating architecture installations and gardens around the Buvette d'Evian near Lake Geneva in France. In response to a request from the French-speaking Switzerland chapter of the Swiss Architects’ Federation (FAS), EPFL agreed to study how to better protect architectural heritage even outside of Switzerland. Students tested their designs on the Swiss side of the lake before construction, and the new designs aim to bring La Buvette back to life.

Courtesy of EPFL Courtesy of EPFL Courtesy of EPFL Courtesy of EPFL + 21

4 Visions for Notre-Dame Cathedral

09:00 - 21 May, 2019
4 Visions for Notre-Dame Cathedral, © Valentino Gareri
© Valentino Gareri

One month on from the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, the architectural community as generated a bounty of responses focusing on the future of the landmark. While some have taken the opportunity to re-imagine the purpose of the monument, from urban farming to recreational parkland, others have focused on sensitive restoration.

Machou Designs World's Longest Urban Agriculture Park for Dubai

13:00 - 20 May, 2019
Machou Designs World's Longest Urban Agriculture Park for Dubai, Dubai Super Park. Image Courtesy of Machou Architects Group
Dubai Super Park. Image Courtesy of Machou Architects Group

Toronto & Dubai based Machou Architects Group has designed the world's longest urban agriculture park for Dubai. Designed to transform the city's most vital highway into an eco-valley, the project has been developed in response to the lack of functional public spaces and sustainable outdoor spaces. Reimagining Sheikh Zayed Road, the project centers on Dubai's main transportation artery and its primary link to other cities.

Dubai Super Park. Image Courtesy of Machou Architects Group Dubai Super Park. Image Courtesy of Machou Architects Group Dubai Super Park. Image Courtesy of Machou Architects Group Dubai Super Park. Image Courtesy of Machou Architects Group + 15

Spotlight: Aldo Rossi

04:30 - 3 May, 2019
Spotlight: Aldo Rossi, San Cataldo Cemetery. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
San Cataldo Cemetery. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Ada Louise Huxtable once described him as “a poet who happens to be an architect.” Italian architect Aldo Rossi (3 May 1931 – 4 September 1997) was known for his drawings, urban theory, and for winning the Pritzker Prize in 1990. Rossi also directed the Venice Biennale in 1985 and 1986—one of only two people to have served as director twice.

Mojiko Hotel. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AMojiko_Hotel.jpg'>Wikimedia user Wiiii</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Quartier Schützenstrasse. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABerlin%2C_Mitte%2C_Zimmerstrasse_68-69%2C_Quartier_Schuetzenstrasse.jpg'>Wikimedia user Jörg Zägel</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Bonnefantenmuseum. Image © James Taylor-Foster Gallaratese Quarter / Aldo Rossi & Carlo Aymonino. Image © Gili Merin + 8

RIBA Launches Gender Pay Guidance for Firms

13:00 - 5 April, 2019
RIBA Launches Gender Pay Guidance for Firms, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects has published a new guidance for architecture practices on closing the gender pay gap as part of its commitment to support a diverse and inclusive profession. The RIBA’s guidance – Close The Gap – Improving Gender Equality in Practice – outlines best practice measures and initiatives, and the guidance is accompanied by a #CloseTheGap pledge. The RIBA is encouraging all Chartered Practices to sign up to the pledge as a demonstration of commitment to improving gender equality and ensuring that individual career prospects are independent of one's identity.

This Illustrated Comic of Mies van der Rohe Features Text by Norman Foster

09:00 - 1 April, 2019
via Fundacio Mies van der Rohe
via Fundacio Mies van der Rohe

Agustín Ferrer Casas has published an illustrated comic book charting the life and work of the renowned architect Mies van der Rohe. Featuring texts by Anatxu Zabalbeascoa and Norman Foster, MIES is a biopic inspired by Ferrer Casas’ reading of Mies van der Rohe: Menos es más by Anatxu Zabalbeascoa.

The presentation of the graphic novel is part of the Fundacio Mies van der Rohe's efforts to support new languages for the dissemination of knowledge of architecture that will be of interest to both professionals and those who want to learn about modern architecture through a rich, visual medium.

KCAP Reveals Urban Vision to Revitalize the Post-Industrial Landscape of The Hague

09:00 - 14 March, 2019
KCAP Reveals Urban Vision to Revitalize the Post-Industrial Landscape of The Hague, © KCAP and WAX
© KCAP and WAX

KCAP has released images of their proposed HS Kwartier urban vision for The Hague in the Netherlands. As cities such as The Hague face the challenge of providing more inner-city housing, former industrial and port areas are increasingly being reimagined as attractive areas for living and working. KCAP’s HS Kwartier scheme, situated in the post-industrial Laakhavens region, seeks to “give an impulse to both the environment around Hollands Spoor station and the connections with the center of The Hague."

Under KCAP’s urban vision, the area around the Hollands Spoor station will be characterized by excellent accessibility and a mix of various functions. A mixed-use urban program of 245,000 square meters will include large amounts of housing, offices, education, student housing, hotels, culture, restaurants, and retail.

© KCAP and WAX © KCAP and WAX © KCAP and WAX © KCAP and WAX + 6

OMA's Xinhu Hangzhou Prism Breaks Ground in the City's Future CBD

05:00 - 11 March, 2019
OMA's Xinhu Hangzhou Prism Breaks Ground in the City's Future CBD, Courtesy of OMA, by Boomimages
Courtesy of OMA, by Boomimages

Construction has begun on OMA’s pyramid-shaped mixed-use building – Xinhu Hangzhou Prism – which forms the heart of Hangzhou’s Future Tech City in the new Technology Central Business District (CBD). Led by the firm's partner Chris van Duijn, the project is commissioned by Zhejiang Xinhu Haichuang Group.

WeWork is Transforming the Way Architects Use Data in Design

06:00 - 10 March, 2019
Courtesy of WeWork via Metropolis Magazine
Courtesy of WeWork via Metropolis Magazine

Data-driven design has been a holy phrase in architecture for some time now. The ability to refine and apply information on any range of topics, from movement to sun paths to air quality, hold enormous potential to positively impact design not just for one party but for all. Decisions can be made faster, buildings can be built better, inhabitants can be made more comfortable.

The Last 3 Days to Vote for the Architecture You Love!

10:05 - 8 March, 2019
The Last 3 Days to Vote for the Architecture You Love!

Since our mission is directly related to the architecture of the future—in inspiring and educating the global community of architects who will design the urban fabric of the future—the trust placed in us by our readers to reflect architectural trends from regions around the whole world creates challenges that we are eager to rise to. The democratically-voted, user-centered Building of the Year Awards is one of the key pillars of our response to these challenges, aiming to tear down established hierarchies and geographical barriers.

World Architecture Festival and INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2019 Launches its Global Awards Programme

04:30 - 8 March, 2019
World Architecture Festival and INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2019 Launches its Global Awards Programme, © Darren Soh. ImageWorld Building of the Year 2018, supported by GROHE: WOHA Architects - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore
© Darren Soh. ImageWorld Building of the Year 2018, supported by GROHE: WOHA Architects - Kampung Admiralty, Singapore

The search has begun for the world’s best building, as the World Architecture Festival launches its annual global awards programme. The 12th edition of the festival will take place in Amsterdam from the 4th to 6th December, where more than 550 architectural and design practices from over 68 countries are expected to compete for category and overall prizes.

Alongside the World Architecture Festival sits its sister festival; INSIDE - World Festival of Interiors. INSIDE is a feast of creativity, inspiration and knowledge for the interiors industry and is now open for awards entries. Comprising the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months, projects can be entered across nine diverse categories.

MoMA Announces the Winner of 2019 PS1 Young Architects Program

12:30 - 7 March, 2019
MoMA Announces the Winner of 2019 PS1 Young Architects Program, Courtesy of Pedro & Juana
Courtesy of Pedro & Juana

"Hórama Rama" by Pedro & Juana (Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo & Mecky Reuss) has been named the winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 20th annual Young Architects Program. Opening in June 2019, this year’s architectural installation is an immersive junglescape set within a large-scale cyclorama that sits atop MoMA PS1’s courtyard walls. Selected from among five finalists, Hórama Rama will be on view through the summer, serving as a temporary built environment for MoMA PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series Warm Up.

For 20 years, the Young Architects Program at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 has offered emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary and sustainable outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within environmentally sensitive guidelines.

Woods Bagot Wins Competition for Sydney's First Luxury Hotel in 20 Years

09:00 - 7 March, 2019
Woods Bagot Wins Competition for Sydney's First Luxury Hotel in 20 Years, © Woods Bagot, by SYNTHETICA
© Woods Bagot, by SYNTHETICA

Woods Bagot has won an international competition for the design of Sydney’s first luxury hotel in 20 years. The hotel and office tower at 4-6 Bligh Street in central Sydney will be flanked by a mixture of commercial and hotel buildings, shops, restaurants, and cafes.

The unanimous choice of a six-person jury, the Woods Bagot scheme was praised for “a masterful architectural clarity and precision throughout the scheme,” forming an elegant and coherent anchor at the heart of the city.

© Woods Bagot © Woods Bagot © Woods Bagot © Woods Bagot + 6

Construction of MVRDV's Landscaped Food Market Begins in Taiwan

09:00 - 6 March, 2019
Construction of MVRDV's Landscaped Food Market Begins in Taiwan, The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market elevates a prosaic part of the supply chain into a place for the public to experience food . Image © MVRDV
The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market elevates a prosaic part of the supply chain into a place for the public to experience food . Image © MVRDV

MVRDV has broken ground on a wholesale market for fruit and vegetables in Tainan, Taiwan. Defined by a terraced, accessible green roof, the open-air market will serve as both an important hub in Taiwan’s supply chain, and a destination for meeting, socializing, and taking in views of the surrounding landscape.

Named the “Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market,” the MVRDV scheme transforms an often-prosaic aspect of the food industry into a public experience of food and nature. Located in a strategic position between the city and mountains, with good public transport links, the scheme sits at a convenient node for traders, buyers, and visitors.

The design comprises a simple open structure with high undulating ceilings that allow for natural ventilation. Image © MVRDV The design compliments the surrounding environment. Image © MVRDV The open-air market will also be an important social hub. Image © MVRDV The Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market elevates a prosaic part of the supply chain into a place for the public to experience food . Image © MVRDV + 4

Schmidt Hammer Lassen to Transform Curtin University Library in Australia

13:00 - 5 March, 2019
Schmidt Hammer Lassen to Transform Curtin University Library in Australia, TL Robertson Library Renovation. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen
TL Robertson Library Renovation. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Danish design firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen is partnering with Australia-based Hames Sharley to transform the existing Curtin University Library in Australia. At the center of Western Australia’s largest university, the landmark library building will be transformed into an open, light-filled building to meet the needs of future users. The team aims to create a “living library” with new pathways for visual and physical connectivity throughout the building site.

Pritzker Prize 2019 To Be Announced Tuesday March 5th

07:45 - 4 March, 2019
Pritzker Prize 2019 To Be Announced Tuesday March 5th

The 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize will be announced on Tuesday, 05 March at 10am EST. Past laureates include some of architecture's most significant names, among them Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson, SANAA, Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster, Peter Zumthor, Toyo Ito, Alejandro Aravena and, most recently, Balkrishna Doshi (full list).

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