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Obama Presidential Center Design Moves Forward as Federal Judge Rejects Lawsuit

05:00 - 19 June, 2019
Obama Presidential Center Design Moves Forward as Federal Judge Rejects Lawsuit, Obama Presidential Center. Image Courtesy of DBOX
Obama Presidential Center. Image Courtesy of DBOX

The Obama Presidential Center by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Interactive Design moves forward as a federal judge tossed out the lawsuit against it. The planned $500 million, 20-acre campus faced an initial ruling from a district judge that allowed the lawsuit to proceed and stalled construction for four months. Now U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey stated there will be no halt in construction.

Obama Presidential Center. Image Courtesy of Obama Foundation Obama Presidential Center. Image Courtesy of Obama Foundation Obama Presidential Center. Image Courtesy of Obama Foundation Obama Presidential Center. Image Courtesy of Obama Foundation + 5

First Look at the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion

10:20 - 18 June, 2019
First Look at the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion, 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami's 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is taking shape in London. A series of photographs by Laurian Ghinitoiu showcase the project and its flowing, free-form roof. Ishigami is the second-youngest designer of the pavilion, and his work is known for a light and ephemeral approach. The design for the 2019 pavilion takes the form of a slate sheet rising from the landscape of the park, held up by pilotis that form an interior field.

2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 12

Second Home to Open Vibrant Los Angeles Campus

09:00 - 18 June, 2019
Second Home to Open Vibrant Los Angeles Campus, © Second Home
© Second Home

Second Home, a London-based creative business, is set to open its first location the U.S. Designed by Madrid-based Selgascano, the project will see the transformation of the historic site of the Anne Banning Community house in East Hollywood through a 90,000-square-foot urban campus.

© Second Home © Second Home © Second Home © Second Home + 8

Saffar Studio Seeks to Redefine the Iranian Mosque Typology

07:20 - 18 June, 2019
Saffar Studio Seeks to Redefine the Iranian Mosque Typology, © Saffar Studio
© Saffar Studio

Saffar Studio has released details of their proposed Golshahr Mosque and Plaza in Alborz, Iran. Inspired by a dialogue between context and function, the scheme is driven by a desire to increase sociability and the interactions between people in a sustainable platform.

© Saffar Studio © Saffar Studio © Saffar Studio © Saffar Studio + 14

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Publicity of the Preliminary Qualification Review Result for the Bidding of Curator of the Opening Ceremony of Brewery Arts Festival and Architectural Exhibition (Luohu•2021)

04:00 - 18 June, 2019
Publicity of the Preliminary Qualification Review Result for the Bidding of Curator of the Opening Ceremony of Brewery Arts Festival and Architectural Exhibition (Luohu•2021)

The preliminary qualification review on the bidding of Curator of the Opening Ceremony of Brewery Arts Festival and Architectural Exhibition (Luohu•2021) has been completed. The result is hereby publicized as follows:

Woods Bagot and Seidler Begin MLC Centre Redevelopment in Central Sydney

13:00 - 17 June, 2019
Woods Bagot and Seidler Begin MLC Centre Redevelopment in Central Sydney, Courtesy of Woods Bagot, Harry Seidler and Associates
Courtesy of Woods Bagot, Harry Seidler and Associates

Woods Bagot and Harry Seidler and Associates have begun construction on the MLC Centre redevelopment in central Sydney. The $170 million project includes four floors of retail, commercial and cultural spaces across 6,000 square meters. First unveiled in 2015, the project was designed to play on the geometry of the existing MLC tower and forecourt.

Courtesy of Woods Bagot, Harry Seidler and Associates Courtesy of Woods Bagot, Harry Seidler and Associates Courtesy of ASPECT Studios Courtesy of Woods Bagot, Harry Seidler and Associates + 5

Hout Exploits Passive Techniques for Bangladesh Office Building

11:00 - 17 June, 2019
Hout Exploits Passive Techniques for Bangladesh Office Building, Courtesy of Hout Architecture
Courtesy of Hout Architecture

Hout Architecture has released details of their BERC Headquarters in Dhaka, which received an honorable mention in an international competition for the design of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission head office. Located in the center of the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area, orientated along an east-west direction, the program connects to the National Parliament House, designed by Louis Kahn.

Courtesy of Hout Architecture Courtesy of Hout Architecture Courtesy of Hout Architecture Courtesy of Hout Architecture + 12

Studio Gang Breaks Ground on Museum of Natural History Expansion in New York

05:00 - 17 June, 2019
Studio Gang Breaks Ground on Museum of Natural History Expansion in New York, Courtesy of Studio Gang
Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang has broken ground on the American Museum of Natural History Expansion in New York. Called the Richard Gilder Center, the project held its groundbreaking ceremony on June 12 to kick off construction. Designed by Jeanne Gang, the $383 million Center was first proposed seven years ago. The project was made to link a range of museum buildings for better circulation throughout the campus.

Courtesy of Studio Gang Courtesy of Studio Gang Courtesy of Studio Gang Courtesy of Studio Gang + 12

Saint-Gobain Announces Winners of International Student Design Competition

10:00 - 15 June, 2019
Saint-Gobain Announces Winners of International Student Design Competition, "Co.Living" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain
"Co.Living" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain

Competing in this year’s 15th annual Multi Comfort Student Contest, Saint-Gobain had over 2,200 students from 199 universities worldwide. The final was narrowed down to 60 competing teams from 34 countries, all of whom traveled to Milan to present their designs to an international panel of experts from the Municipality of Milan. This year’s brief was to design a project to rehabilitate and reconnect the urban area around Crescenzago subway station in Milan in line with the city’s #milano2030 development plan. The competition also focuses on Saint-Gobain’s concept of Multi Comfort: thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort, as well as good indoor air quality.

"Urban Villa" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain "Induction" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain "Diversity in Regularity" - 3D Model. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain "Social Canopy" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain + 21

White Arkitekter Create Lattice Observation Tower in Sweden

07:10 - 14 June, 2019
White Arkitekter Create Lattice Observation Tower in Sweden, © White Arkitekter
© White Arkitekter

Scandinavian firm White Arkitekter has won an architectural competition for a landmark 12-meter-tall observation tower, hosted by the municipality of Varberg, Sweden. The winning proposal will form part of the development of the region’s new ecological recreation area at the Getterön nature reserve.

DNKag Creates Rooftop Corten Discs to Revitalize Seaside Warehouse in Russia

05:00 - 14 June, 2019
DNKag Creates Rooftop Corten Discs to Revitalize Seaside Warehouse in Russia, Harbor Sea Infinity. Image Courtesy of DNKag
Harbor Sea Infinity. Image Courtesy of DNKag

Architecture practice DNKag has designed two corten discs as a rooftop extension to a seaside production facility in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Dubbed Harbor Sea Infinity, the project will become a social and business center overlooking Sevkabel Port. In a short time, Sevkabel Port has become a new point of attraction for urban activities and a popular destination for citizens and tourists in the city. The new rooftop addition aims to bring new life to the industrial warehouse.

Harbor Sea Infinity. Image Courtesy of DNKag Harbor Sea Infinity. Image Courtesy of DNKag Harbor Sea Infinity. Image Courtesy of DNKag Harbor Sea Infinity. Image Courtesy of DNKag + 16

Spotlight: Kevin Roche

04:30 - 14 June, 2019
Spotlight: Kevin Roche, College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image Courtesy of KRJDA
College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image Courtesy of KRJDA

Known for his progressive aesthetics and vast body of work, 1982 Pritzker Prize laureate Kevin Roche (born June 14, 1922) has headed numerous projects of varying program and scale as the design principal of his firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. In 1980, shortly before the death of Roche's business partner John Dinkeloo, the firm was described by critic C. Ray Smith in 1980 as "the most aesthetically daring and innovative American firm of architects now working."

Passing the Support - From Fukushima to Nepal

18:00 - 13 June, 2019
Passing the Support - From Fukushima to Nepal, Courtesy of AHA
Courtesy of AHA

In April 2015 there was an earthquake in Nepal which took the lives of 8,790 and injured 22,300.

It’s been almost 4 years since that day. 

Nepal is considered one of the poorest countries in Asia. And because of this, the country has not yet recovered from this disaster. People still seek ways to reconstruct their homes to live, and children need school to go to.

Atelier Reach Breaks Ground on New Housing Model in the Dominican Republic

13:00 - 13 June, 2019
Atelier Reach Breaks Ground on New Housing Model in the Dominican Republic, The Flats. Image Courtesy of Atelier Reach
The Flats. Image Courtesy of Atelier Reach

Austin and Punta Cana-based practice Atelier Reach Architects have broken ground on a new residential community development in the Dominican Republic. Located on the west side of Punta Cana Village, the project brings together community activities with private residences and amenities. Called The Flats, the new housing model was designed to raise awareness about design and construction methods along the country’s eastern coast.

The Flats. Image Courtesy of Atelier Reach The Flats. Image Courtesy of Atelier Reach The Flats. Image Courtesy of Atelier Reach The Flats. Image Courtesy of Atelier Reach + 27

KPF Breaks Ground on First Philadelphia Residential Tower

09:00 - 13 June, 2019
KPF Breaks Ground on First Philadelphia Residential Tower, © KPF
© KPF

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has celebrated the groundbreaking of their first residential tower in Philadelphia, titled Arthaus. The 47-story condominium tower is situated at Broad and Spruce streets along the famed Avenue of the Arts, and directly across the street from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The scheme aims to create a rich, holistic experience from top to bottom, inside and out, an in the interiors for all residences and amenities.

© KPF © KPF © KPF © KPF + 13

HENN Reveals Floating Banking Campus in Austria

07:35 - 13 June, 2019
HENN Reveals Floating Banking Campus in Austria, © HENN
© HENN

HENN has released details of their proposed CAMPUS ’25 in Linz, Austria. Designed for the Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich banking institution, the scheme is defined by principles of openness, flexibility, and multi-functionality, with a range of services open to the wider public. The central cornerstone of a new campus, the new building will contain co-working zones, shops, restaurants, and exhibition spaces.

© HENN © HENN © HENN © HENN + 18

Minimalist Eco-Hotel Set to Open in Italy's Dolomites

05:00 - 13 June, 2019
Minimalist Eco-Hotel Set to Open in Italy's Dolomites, Courtesy of Adler Resorts
Courtesy of Adler Resorts

The Adler Hotel Group have completed construction on a new, minimalist eco-hotel in Italy’s Dolomites mountain range. Called Adler Lodge Ritten, the project is located on the Ritten plateau, a short walk from the region’s historic narrow-gauge railway. The retreat was designed to blend into the surrounding forest by taking the form of rural alpine structures.

Courtesy of Adler Resorts Courtesy of Adler Resorts Courtesy of Adler Resorts Courtesy of Adler Resorts + 6

Spotlight: Emilio Ambasz

04:30 - 13 June, 2019
Spotlight: Emilio Ambasz, Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall (1995). Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/kentamabuchi/5920306109/'>Flickr user kentamabuchi</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall (1995). Image © Flickr user kentamabuchi licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As early as the 1970s, Emilio Ambasz (born 13 June 1943) initiated a discussion on sustainability through his work with green spaces and buildings which is arguably more important today than ever, and contributed to theoretical and design discourse outside of architecture through his wide variety of interest and career pursuits. Ambasz’s work has crossed several disciplines; he has been a curator, a professor, an industrial designer, and an architect, and is highly regarded in all of these varied pursuits.

Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall (1995). Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/kentamabuchi/5920306109/'>Flickr user kentamabuchi</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Cordoba House (1975). Image © Michele Alassio Banca dell’Occhio (2008). Image Courtesy of Emilio Ambasz Lucile Halsell Conservatory at the San Antonio Botanical Garden (1988). Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/joevare/2995227809'>Flickr user joevare</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> + 8

Fundamental and Omega Design "Tower of the Sun" High-Rise Over Kazakhstan's Ishim River

13:00 - 12 June, 2019
Fundamental and Omega Design "Tower of the Sun" High-Rise Over Kazakhstan's Ishim River, Tower of the Sun. Image Courtesy of Omega Render
Tower of the Sun. Image Courtesy of Omega Render

Rotterdam-based Fundamental Architects and Omega Render have designed an iconic high-rise and bridge over Ishim River in Kazakhstan. Made for the country's largest developer, BI GROUP, the 75.000 sq. meter mixed-use building is sited in the heart of Astana. Reaching a height of 121 meters over the river Ishim, the building is set to become a new home for residential, office, hotel and commercial functions as an infrastructural hub.

Tower of the Sun. Image Courtesy of Omega Render Tower of the Sun. Image Courtesy of Omega Render Tower of the Sun. Image Courtesy of Omega Render Tower of the Sun. Image Courtesy of Omega Render + 10

AMO Helps to Curate Virgil Abloh Exhibition for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

11:00 - 12 June, 2019
AMO Helps to Curate Virgil Abloh Exhibition for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, © Nathan Keay, Courtesy of MCA Chicago
© Nathan Keay, Courtesy of MCA Chicago

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is presenting an exhibition devoted to the work of the ultra-modern, genre-bending artist and designer Virgil Abloh. Titled “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech” the immersive space has been curated by the Museum's Chief Curator Michael Darling, and Samir Bantal, a director at OMA’s research wing, focusing on the creative process and collaborative work of Abloh who is redefining fashion, art, and design.

© Nathan Keay, Courtesy of MCA Chicago © Nathan Keay, Courtesy of MCA Chicago © Nathan Keay, Courtesy of MCA Chicago © Nathan Keay, Courtesy of MCA Chicago + 21

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