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AIA Committee on Design Holds the First South American Conference in Chile

15:00 - 17 October, 2018
AIA Committee on Design Holds the First South American Conference in Chile, Santiago, Chile. Image via Flickr User: alobos Life. Used under CC BY 2.0
Santiago, Chile. Image via Flickr User: alobos Life. Used under CC BY 2.0

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Design is holding its first South American conference this week in Santiago and Valparaíso, Chile. Starting on October 20 and running through the 27th, the conference is organized by the Copperbridge Foundation in collaboration with Chilean Constructo and Massantiago. The CoD conference will include a focus on each city's contemporary architecture and urban fabric, as well as tours, presentations and exhibitions with Chilean institutions.

Architecture Startup AI SpaceFactory Reveals Smart Skyscrapers that Integrate Technology and Design

13:00 - 17 October, 2018
Architecture Startup AI SpaceFactory Reveals Smart Skyscrapers that Integrate Technology and Design, Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory
Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory

Architecture startup AI SpaceFactory have revealed new images of their smart skyscraper projects. These next generation skyscrapers merge cutting-edge design with smart building technology developed in-house. The projects, ranging from twenty to fifty stories, are now in various stages of construction. AI SpaceFactory describes its buildings as living machines: physical, digital, and biological platforms which work together to enhance real-world experiences.

Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory Smart Skyscrapers. Image Courtesy of AI SpaceFactory + 12

Reddymade Wins the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition of 2019

09:00 - 17 October, 2018
Reddymade Wins the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition of 2019, Courtesy of Reddymade
Courtesy of Reddymade

Reddymade has been unveiled as the winner of the Valentine Heart Design Competition installation in Times Square, New York. The scheme is inspired by the “history of the iconic New York urban space and its presence in the eyes of the world as a byword for a thriving intersection of people, place, and culture.”

The winning team explored the tectonic possibilities of intersecting shapes, investigating what happens with two different planes intersect. The resulting sculpture created two converging planes merging together to create an iconic ‘X’ which, when intersected by a cylindrical volume, creates a heart-shaped space. 

Africa’s Tallest Skyscraper Set to Begin Construction in Morocco

03:30 - 17 October, 2018
Africa’s Tallest Skyscraper Set to Begin Construction in Morocco, Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos
Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos

Africa’s tallest skyscraper is set to begin construction in two weeks time. Designed by Spanish architects Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos and Moroccan firm CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun, the 820-ft tall Bank of Africa Tower will take the title of tallest tower from the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg. Aiming for LEED Gold and HQE ratings, the tower will begin construction on November 1 and is expected be complete by May 30, 2022.

Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos + 8

Spotlight: Alejandro Zaera-Polo

02:30 - 17 October, 2018
Spotlight: Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Birmingham New Street Station. Image © Javier Callejas
Birmingham New Street Station. Image © Javier Callejas

Alejandro Zaera-Polo (born October 17th 1963) is an internationally recognized architect and scholar, and founder of London, Zurich, and Princeton-based firm Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture (AZPML). First rising to prominence in the 1980s with his writings for publications such as El Croquis, Zaera-Polo has had a prolific career in both the academic and professional realms of architecture.

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus Design Earthquake-Resistant Library in Christchurch

15:30 - 16 October, 2018
Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus Design Earthquake-Resistant Library in Christchurch, Tūranga Library, Christchurch. Image © Adam Mørk
Tūranga Library, Christchurch. Image © Adam Mørk

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Architectus have announced the opening of Tūranga, the new central library for Christchurch, New Zealand. Built to address the earthquakes that damaged Christchurch in 2010 and 2011, the library is one of the first public buildings to open downtown after the disasters. Working with Architectus and the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand’s South Island, the design was made to celebrate rebirth in Christchurch.

Tūranga Library, Christchurch. Image © Adam Mørk Tūranga Library, Christchurch. Image © Adam Mørk Tūranga Library, Christchurch. Image © Adam Mørk Tūranga Library, Christchurch. Image © Adam Mørk + 31

Edoardo Tresoldi's Basilica di Siponto awarded the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture

11:00 - 16 October, 2018
Edoardo Tresoldi's Basilica di Siponto awarded the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, Courtesy of Roberto Conte
Courtesy of Roberto Conte

The Basilica di Siponto by Edoardo Tresoldi has been awarded the “Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – Special Prize to Commission,” considered the most prestigious award in Italian architecture.

The wire mesh sculpture reinterprets the volumes of an Early Christian basilica which formerly sat on the site of the sculpture, adjacent to an existing Romanesque church. The scheme serves as a “bridge towards the memory of the place” allowing the public to contemplate time and history.

Courtesy of Roberto Conte Courtesy of Roberto Conte Courtesy of Roberto Conte Courtesy of Roberto Conte + 6

Tonkin Liu Create Innovative Medical Device using their Signature Shell Lace Structure

09:00 - 16 October, 2018
Tonkin Liu Create Innovative Medical Device using their Signature Shell Lace Structure, Courtesy of Tonkin Liu
Courtesy of Tonkin Liu

Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin of London-based Tonkin Liu have developed an innovative medical device for use in patients’ windpipes. The prototype stent is based on the firm’s signature Shell Lace Structure, a “single-surface structural technology designed and developed through a decade of research for architectural and engineering applications.”

The 3D-printed prototype is 500 times smaller than those used by the firm for their architectural applications and was developed in collaboration with Arup and the Natural History Museum.

Courtesy of Tonkin Liu Courtesy of Tonkin Liu Courtesy of Tonkin Liu Courtesy of Tonkin Liu + 10

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Architecture Costumes For Halloween, Carnival and Office Parties

05:00 - 16 October, 2018
The Original Whitney by Lina Bondarenko
The Original Whitney by Lina Bondarenko

This was originally posted on October 17, 2017.

When it's time to dress up for Halloween, Carnival or theme parties, people often choose costumes that resonate with their interests. This is especially true for architects, who are particularly well-suited to designing and building head-turning outfits. For students and young architects, the yearning to construct (and destruct) stems from the will to create elaborate headpieces and ingenious appendages.

"Brixel" Reinvents Basic Bricks for the Digital Age

04:00 - 16 October, 2018

Many contemporary design innovations have embraced the growth and expansion of new technologies. BREAKFAST, a Brooklyn-based rapid product and prototype company, has released ‘Brixel’ a product that combines the customizability technology can provide with the most fundamental building block of architecture - the brick.

The Brixel is an infinitely rotating brick controlled by a software app on your phone. The sleek design and variety of available shapes provide the designer or architect with the tools needed to create a 3-dimensional, interactive installation. Brixel’s design flexibility allows it to be used in many applications, such as dynamic wall installations, railings, facades, and sculpture. Andrew Zolty, BREAKFAST's Co-Founder and Head of Design described Brixel:

Herzog & de Meuron Release Revised Plans for Museum of 20th Century Design in Berlin

13:00 - 15 October, 2018
Herzog & de Meuron Release Revised Plans for Museum of 20th Century Design in Berlin, Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Museum of the 20th Century. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron have released revised plans for the Museum of the 20th Century project in Berlin's Cultural Forum. Designed to house the extensive National Gallery on 20th century art collection, the project was made in partnership with the Berlin State Museums and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Herzog & de Meuron originally won the competition to design the museum building in 2016, and the revised design features new plans and a facade that opens the building to the outside.

Refine your Visuals with Toffu's Premium Content Library

11:00 - 15 October, 2018

Online shop Toffu has produced a stylish content library aimed at architects seeking to improve their Photoshop, Illustrator, or CAD drawings. Hosting a range of vector and cad format packs, the library's vibrant content is markedly different from standard black and white line figures.

The content is available in elevation, plan, and isometric format, featuring people, furniture, icons, vehicles, and vegetation. Check out the Toffu site here to explore their full content.

The 30 Most Influential Architects in London

09:00 - 15 October, 2018
The 30 Most Influential Architects in London,  by Hufton + Crow
by Hufton + Crow

As a “global capital,” London is home to some of the world’s most influential people, architects included. This fact has recently been laid bare by the London Evening Standard newspaper, whose list of the 1000 most influential Londoners features 30 architects, big and small, who use the city as a base for producing some of the world’s most celebrated architectural works.

Below, we have rounded up the 30 most influential architects in London, complete with examples of the architectural works which have put them on the city and world map.

 by Nigel Young  by Rob Parrish  by Darren Bradley  by Iwan Baan + 31

Touch It, Smell It, Feel It: Architecture for the Senses

07:00 - 15 October, 2018
Arakawa + Gins' Bioscleave House in East Hampton, New York used non-orthogonal geometries, undulating floors, and even isolation pods in their experiments to create architecture's that would "stop ageing." Image via Metropolis Magazine. Image Courtesy of Dimitris Yeros, © 2008 Estate of Madeline Gins, Reproduced with permission of the estate of Madeline Gins
Arakawa + Gins' Bioscleave House in East Hampton, New York used non-orthogonal geometries, undulating floors, and even isolation pods in their experiments to create architecture's that would "stop ageing." Image via Metropolis Magazine. Image Courtesy of Dimitris Yeros, © 2008 Estate of Madeline Gins, Reproduced with permission of the estate of Madeline Gins

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Architecture You Can Smell? A Brief History of Multisensory Design."

What comes to mind when you encounter the term “sensory design”? Chances are it is an image: a rain room, a funky eating utensil, a conspicuously textured chair. But the way things actually feel, smell, even taste, is much harder to capture. This difficulty points to how deeply ingrained the tyranny of vision is. Might the other senses be the keys to unlocking broader empirical truths? Does the ocular-centric bias of art, architecture, and design actually preclude a deeper collective experience?

BIG Reveals Skyscraper Design for First Project in South America

05:00 - 15 October, 2018
BIG Reveals Skyscraper Design for First Project in South America , Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Soon to become the tallest building in Quito, IQON is Bjarke Ingels Group's first project to be built in South America. Currently undergoing construction, the largely residential building is a curved tower with gradually protruding balconies. Encased between the dense city and the park, the self-dubbed "urban tree farm" aims not only to encompass the surrounding views of the volcanoes and nature beyond but also to integrate the landscape within the building itself.

Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group + 14

A' Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award Winners

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A' Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award Winners, Courtesy of A' Design Awards
Courtesy of A' Design Awards

A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest and most diffuse international design awards featuring 1,962 Winners from 100 countries in 99 different design disciplines. Among the design world's many awards, the A' Design Award stands out for its exceptional scale and breadth; in 2015, over 1,000 different designs received awards, with all fields of design recognized by the award's 100 different categories. This year's edition is now open for entries; designers can register their submissions here.

There are five different levels of distinction: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron A’ Design Awards, which are distributed annually in all design disciplines. Designers, companies, and institutions from all countries are invited annually to take part in the open call by nominating their best works, projects, and products for consideration.

CUBO’s Entrance Pavilion Seamlessly Integrates Aarhus City’s Old Town Into The Modern City

14:00 - 14 October, 2018
CUBO’s Entrance Pavilion Seamlessly Integrates Aarhus City’s Old Town Into The Modern City, Courtesy of CUBO
Courtesy of CUBO

CUBO, a local architecture firm from Aarhus City, Denmark, has designed the main entrance pavilion for the firm's native city which will connect two existing elements of Aarhus - the Botanical Gardens and the Old Town. The building is both inviting and welcoming to residents and visitors, alike, providing the city with a gathering space, meeting point, and information hub.

Both the Botanical Gardens and Old Town are major attractions for visitors, playing an integral role in the city’s international reputation. CUBO’s pavilion seeks to enhance and add to what already exists by sensitively integrating the structure in the existing landscape.

Le Corbusier’s Paintings Showcased for the First Time Since 1966

06:00 - 14 October, 2018
Trois baigneuses, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
Trois baigneuses, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

They say one cannot separate art from the artist, or perhaps in this case, the artist from the architect. Arguably one of the most criticized architects, Le Corbusier is often portrayed as cold and controlling. Depicting his more dreamy and humorous nature, the Nasjonalmuseet's exhibition titled, “Le Corbusier by the Sea,” draws upon his memories from his summer travels along the coast of southwest France.

Hosted in Villa Stenersen, one of the National Museum's venues, the exhibition showcases Le Corbusier's work as an artist during the period 1926-36. Not only does the exhibition include fifteen of his reproduced paintings alongside a collection of sketches, but also screens two films from Le Corbusier's own footage of his surrounding views.

Trois figures de femme et chien. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP Baigneuse, barque et coquillage. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP Le déjeuner près du pare, 1928. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP La pêcheuse d'huitres, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP + 8

Getty Foundation Announces Grants for Architectural Conservation of 11 Modern Buildings

11:00 - 13 October, 2018
Getty Foundation Announces Grants for Architectural Conservation of 11 Modern Buildings, Gateway Arch / Eero Saarinen
Gateway Arch / Eero Saarinen

As part of its Keeping It Modern initiative, the Getty Foundation announced over $1.7 million will be dedicated as architectural conservation grants to eleven iconic 20th-century buildings this year. Including national and international sites such as Eero Saarinen's recently renovated Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and Oscar Niemeyer’s Rashid Karami International Fairground in Tripoli, Lebanon, the organization has supported 54 conservation projects since 2014.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies / Louis Kahn Technische Universiteit Delft Auditorium / Johannes van den Broek and Jaap Bakema Engineering Building / James Stirling and James Gowan International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer The National Schools of Art of Havana / Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, and Roberto Gottardi + 18

This Week in Architecture: Awards Season

07:45 - 13 October, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Awards Season, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

The dominating news of the week came courtesy of RIBA and IIT, with the two announcing this year’s laureates of the Stirling Prize and Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, respectively. Foster + Partners were awarded RIBA’s Stirling Prize for their Bloomberg HQ in London. Said jury member Sir David Adjaye, “Bloomberg is a once-in-a-generation project which has pushed the boundaries of research and innovation in architecture.” The project has been a controversial choice, with some citing the tension between the building’s massive price tag and the current UK housing crisis.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios Address Gentrification Through New L.A. Office

07:00 - 13 October, 2018
Rios Clementi Hale Studios Address Gentrification Through New L.A. Office, Courtesy of Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Courtesy of Rios Clementi Hale Studios

The Los Angeles-based firm, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, a transdisciplinary practice engaging in design from urban planning to product design, opened their new offices in the city's Crenshaw neighborhood. A recent article by Metropolis Magazine outlines the firm's design process in creating their new office layout to emphasize their aspirations as an established practice.

Urban Nouveau Aims to Save Stockholm's Lidingö Bridge by Combining New Housing

13:00 - 12 October, 2018
Urban Nouveau Aims to Save Stockholm's Lidingö Bridge by Combining New Housing, Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau
Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau

Swedish studio Urban Nouveau has created a plan to save Stockholm's Gamla Lidingöbron bridge by transforming it into a linear park and housing. Built in the 1920s, the rail and pedestrian bridge features a lattice structure and arched steel trusses that would frame 50 new apartments and a pedestrian park above. While the local council has made plans to demolish the Lidingö bridge, Urban Nouveau launched a petition with the aim of saving the bridge and re-purposing it for the city.

Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Lidingö Bridge Village. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau + 11

World's Largest CLT Building Provides a Model for High Density Urban Housing

11:00 - 12 October, 2018
World's Largest CLT Building Provides a Model for High Density Urban Housing, © Waugh Thistleton Architects
© Waugh Thistleton Architects

Waugh Thistleton Architects’ ten-story Dalston Works project stands proudly as the world’s largest Cross Laminated Timber building in Hackney, London, having been completed in 2017. The 121-unit development made entirely of CLT from external to core walls, the scheme weighs one-fifth of an equivalent concrete building.

In addition to tackling London’s need for dense, high-quality housing, the scheme offers a methodology for implementing timber technology with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, such as an 80% reduction in the number of deliveries during construction.

© Waugh Thistleton Architects © Waugh Thistleton Architects © Waugh Thistleton Architects © Waugh Thistleton Architects + 7

Olson Kundig's Hydro-Solar Generator Proposal Could Power 200 Melbourne Homes

09:00 - 12 October, 2018
Olson Kundig's Hydro-Solar Generator Proposal Could Power 200 Melbourne Homes, © Olson Kundig
© Olson Kundig

Seattle-based Olson Kundig has released details of their second-place winner from the 2018 Land Art Generator competition, set in Melbourne, Australia. The “Night & Day” scheme combines solar energy with a hydro battery, generating enough power for 200 Australian homes, 24 hours per day.

The St Kilda-situated infrastructure proposal doubles as an artwork and pedestrian bridge, with a flagship 5,400-square-meter solar sail suspended above the St Kilda Triangle in Port Phillip city. After sunset, further electricity is generated through two turbines capturing the kinetic movement of water released through them.

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