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Bates Smart Plans to Suspend a New Sydney Stadium Above the City's Central Station

16:00 - 12 September, 2018
Bates Smart Plans to Suspend a New Sydney Stadium Above the City's Central Station, Sydney Football Stadium. Image Courtesy of Bates Smart
Sydney Football Stadium. Image Courtesy of Bates Smart

Australian architecture practice Bates Smart has revealed a plan to suspend a new Sydney stadium above central station. The design is a response to the New South Wales State Government and their proposal to demolish the main Sydney Football Stadium in the city's south-eastern suburbs and replace it with a new stadium. The new project would be a 45,000-seat stadium over the rail yards of Sydney’s Central Station that address the broad public opposition to the government's plan.

Bjarke Ingels Designs Micro WeGrow School in New York

14:00 - 12 September, 2018
Bjarke Ingels Designs Micro WeGrow School in New York, WeGrow. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
WeGrow. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels Group has released new images of their WeGrow micro school in New York. As the first school design of the office-sharing brand WeWork, the project was designed to undo the compartmentalization often found in traditional school environments and reinforce the significance of engaging kids in an interactive environment. The design starts from the premise of a school universe at the level of the child. This first WeGrow project is now open in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Sergei Tchoban Awarded the 2018 European Prize for Architecture

12:00 - 12 September, 2018
Sergei Tchoban Awarded the 2018 European Prize for Architecture, Museum for Architectural Drawing,  2013, Berlin. Image Courtesy of the Chicago Athenaeum
Museum for Architectural Drawing, 2013, Berlin. Image Courtesy of the Chicago Athenaeum

Architect Sergei Tchoban has been selected as this year’s Laureate of the European Prize for Architecture. Considered Europe’s Highest Award for Architecture, the prize is presented by the European Centre and The Chicago Athenaeum. Tchoban was chosen for his powerful designs and a unique design vision that celebrates the best of modernist buildings that are internationally iconic, complex, enigmatic, provocative, and profoundly artistic.

Federation Complex, 2017, Moscow. Image Courtesy of the Chicago Athenaeum Russian Pavilion at the Venice  Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of the Chicago Athenaeum Coca Cola Headquarters, 2013,  Berlin. Image Courtesy of the Chicago Athenaeum Music- & Lifestyle Hotel nhow,  2010, Berlin. Image Courtesy of the Chicago Athenaeum + 10

The Invasion of La Muralla Roja, Captured by Anthony Saroufim

08:00 - 12 September, 2018
The Invasion of La Muralla Roja, Captured by Anthony Saroufim, © Anthony Saroufim
© Anthony Saroufim

Few residential projects in recent years have attracted as much attention as Ricardo Bofill's Muralla Roja. Completed in 1968, the Mediterranean design has benefited from trends of millennial culture, having served as a backdrop for several photographic essays and even music videos.

With worldwide notoriety, it isn't surprising that residents of the famous pink estate have sought to bar access from the already fortified wall. This, however, was not enough to prevent the Lebanese photographer and architect Anthony Saroufim from venturing through the labyrinthine of corridors and staircases of the Bofill building.

4 Buildings Shortlisted for the RIBA 2018 International Prize

06:30 - 12 September, 2018
4 Buildings Shortlisted for the RIBA 2018 International Prize, Il Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) / Boeri Studio. Image © Giovanni Nardi
Il Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) / Boeri Studio. Image © Giovanni Nardi

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of four finalist projects in the running for the 2018 RIBA International Prize. A biennial award open to any qualified architect in the world, the International Prize seeks to name the world’s “most inspirational and significant” building. Criteria for consideration include the demonstration of “design excellence, architectural ambition, and [delivery of] meaningful social impact.”

The inaugural prize was awarded to Grafton Architects in 2016 for their UTEC university building in Lima, Peru, described as a “modern-day Machu Picchu.”

CODE Works with Refugees to Create PLUG-IN Collective Space for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin

16:00 - 11 September, 2018
CODE Works with Refugees to Create PLUG-IN Collective Space for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz
PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz

A team of architecture students at the CODE department of the TU Berlin have built PLUG-IN, a pavilion addressing the Home not Shelter! Initiative. Built as a collaborative process between students and refugees, the pavilion was realized under the direction of Prof. Ralf Pasel and his team. PLUG-IN physically expands the living space to creates a responsive project that goes beyond housing needs. The project was specifically proposed and built for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.

PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz PLUG-IN. Image © Johannes Belz + 28

Students at the University of Stuttgart Create Adaptable Canopy That's Reconfigured Using Drones

14:00 - 11 September, 2018
Students at the University of Stuttgart Create Adaptable Canopy That's Reconfigured Using Drones, Cyber Physical Macro Material Canopy. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart, M. Aflalo, J. Chen, B. Tahanzadeh
Cyber Physical Macro Material Canopy. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart, M. Aflalo, J. Chen, B. Tahanzadeh

The project Cyber Physical Macro Materials was developed at the University of Stuttgart's Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) to demonstrate a tangible vision of a new dynamic (and intelligent) architecture for public spaces. The agile and reconfigurable canopy is enabled by a combination of distributed robotic construction and programmable matter. Reconfigured using drones, the canopy was created with modular components that could respond in real-time to the climate or sun angles.

Students at the University of Stuttgart Create Adaptable Canopy That's Reconfigured Using Drones Cyber Physical Macro Material Canopy. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart, M. Aflalo, J. Chen, B. Tahanzadeh Cyber Physical Macro Material Canopy. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart, M. Aflalo, J. Chen, B. Tahanzadeh Cyber Physical Macro Material Canopy. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart, M. Aflalo, J. Chen, B. Tahanzadeh (original picture © Marco Castro/Photography) + 11

World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus Designed in Remembrance of 9/11

12:00 - 11 September, 2018
World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus Designed in Remembrance of 9/11, World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Image © Hufton + Crow
World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Image © Hufton + Crow

The opening of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub's Oculus will take a rain check on the 17th anniversary of 9/11, according to Steve Coleman, a spokesperson for the Port Authority. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the 335-foot-long skylight was designed to allow the “Way of Light” to pass through the main hub of the transit hall at 10:28 a.m.—the moment that the North Tower of the WTC collapsed on September 11, 2001. Symbolizing the light that continues to shine through after the darkness of the tragedy, the Oculus opening allows light to fill the massive space as a memorial to the attacks on the twin towers.

World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Image © Hufton + Crow World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Image © Hufton + Crow World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Image © Hufton + Crow World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Image © Hufton + Crow + 8

You Can Stay Overnight at the Bauhaus Dessau

06:00 - 11 September, 2018
You Can Stay Overnight at the Bauhaus Dessau, Photo: Copyright of Bauhaus Dessau
Photo: Copyright of Bauhaus Dessau

One of the most influential 20th-century architecture schools, the Bauhaus experienced its glory days in the city of Dessau between 1925 and 1932. Under the direction of Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the emblematic educational complex was a place for work and housing for some of the most renowned personalities of architecture, design, and art of the last century.

Although the school in Dessau operated for a limited time with few people having the opportunity to experience the prolific environment, it left a deep impact on the architectural production that followed. The buildings that are part of the complex - both in Dessau and Weimar - were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996 and are now open for visitation.

Harvard GSD Announces 2019 Richard Rogers Fellowship Cycle

16:00 - 10 September, 2018
Harvard GSD Announces 2019 Richard Rogers Fellowship Cycle, Wimbledon House. Image © Harvard GSD
Wimbledon House. Image © Harvard GSD

Harvard University Graduate School of Design has announced the 2019 Richard Rogers Fellowship cycle. Open to accomplished practitioners and scholars working in fields related to the built environment, the research-focused residency program is based in London at the Wimbledon House, designed by Lord Richard Rogers in the late 1960s. Fellows have researched a diverse series of topics, including examinations of public and affordable housing; how food and cooking transform cities; and citizen-driven urban regeneration initiatives, among others.

SHoP Architects' 111 West 57th Rises to Supertall Height as Terracotta Facade Pieces Go Missing

14:00 - 10 September, 2018
SHoP Architects' 111 West 57th Rises to Supertall Height as Terracotta Facade Pieces Go Missing, 111 West 57th Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson
111 West 57th Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson

SHoP Architects' super-slender tower at 111 West 57th Street has reached supertall height, but the tower has begun missing pieces of its façade. As New York YIMBY revealed, sales have already started for the Manhattan skyscraper as new photographs show missing fragments of the terracotta façade. Located in Billionaire's Row just south of Central Park, the supertall is being created by JDS Development and Property Markets Group. The project aims to become an iconic terracotta skyscraper in Midtown as it passes its third setback.

111 West 57th Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson 111 West 57th Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson 111 West 57th Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson 111 West 57th Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson + 11

Zaha Hadid Architects Reveal Twisting Steel Billboard in West London

12:00 - 10 September, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Reveal Twisting Steel Billboard in West London, Courtesy of JCDecaux
Courtesy of JCDecaux

Zaha Hadid Architects have released images of their latest project, a sculptural billboard named for its location in Kensington, London. The project, a collaboration between the late Zaha Hadid and partner Patrik Schumacher, marks the firm’s first direct foray into advertising.

Grimshaw's Next Eden Project Could be in the North of England

08:00 - 10 September, 2018
Grimshaw's Next Eden Project Could be in the North of England,  via flickr user vanchett licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageThe Eden Project, Cornwall
via flickr user vanchett licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageThe Eden Project, Cornwall

Grimshaw can claim their horticultural Eden Project in Devon, South West England as being among their most iconic works. Nestled in a disused quarry, simultaneously acting as an embedded landscape feature and an alien spacecraft holding precious specimens and plants, the scheme has been celebrated as a successful modern interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome concept.

Having been speculated upon both in Qingdao, China, and loosely on the Planet Mars, the Architects Journal reports that Grimshaw has begun work on a new £100 million Eden Centre in Morecambe, on England’s north-west coast.

Sir David Adjaye to Receive WUSTL International Humanities Prize

08:00 - 9 September, 2018
Sir David Adjaye to Receive WUSTL International Humanities Prize, Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

British architect David Adjaye has been selected to receive the 2018 International Humanities Prize from Washington University in St. Louis. Granted biennially, the prize honors the lifetime work of a noted scholar, writer or artist who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the world of letters or the arts. His work is noted for its ability to reveal stories and identities while embodying the human experience.

Art Wall. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates 130 William. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Adelaide Contemporary Museum. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates + 5

Zhu Pei Named Dean of School of Architecture at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing

14:00 - 8 September, 2018
Zhu Pei Named Dean of School of Architecture at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Courtesy of Studio Zhu-Pei.
Courtesy of Studio Zhu-Pei.

The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China, has tapped award-winning Chinese architect Zhu Pei as its next dean of the School of Architecture. Zhu Pei founded his firm Studio Zhu-Pei in 2005 known for its cutting-edge integration of cultural roots and contemporary innovation in design. Zhu Pei has taught at Harvard GSD and Columbia University GSAPP, two of the leading graduate programs in the world.

Denise Scott Brown to Receive the 2018 Soane Medal

16:00 - 7 September, 2018
Denise Scott Brown to Receive the 2018 Soane Medal, Denise Scott Brown in front of The Strip, Las Vegas, NV, US, 1966, Photo by Robert Venturi, courtesy of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc.
Denise Scott Brown in front of The Strip, Las Vegas, NV, US, 1966, Photo by Robert Venturi, courtesy of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc.

Next month, American architect Denise Scott Brown will receive the 2018 Soane Medal, an award given to "architects who have made a major contribution to their field, through their built work, through education, history and theory." A powerhouse jury that included Sir David Chipperfield, Paul Goldberger, Farshid Moussavi, Alice Rawsthorn, Oliver Wainwright selected Scott Brown for the second edition of the award. The 2017 Soane Medal was given to Rafael Moneo.

Sir David Chipperfield, Trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum, said: ‘The jury considered many outstanding candidates; however Denise Scott Brown stood apart and was the jury’s unanimous choice. Scott Brown’s contribution across architecture, urbanism, theory and education over the last fifty years has been profound and far-reaching. Her example has been an inspiration to many, and we are delighted to honour her with the awarding of the Soane Medal.’

UNStudio Creates Urban Vision for Hilversum’s Media Park

14:00 - 7 September, 2018
UNStudio Creates Urban Vision for Hilversum’s Media Park , Hilversum Media Park. Image Courtesy of UNStudio
Hilversum Media Park. Image Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio was selected by the Hilversum Municipality and Media Park Enterprise to develop an urban vision which could offer a roadmap for the transformation of Hilversum’s Media Park into a vibrant and leading destination for future media content creation. The urban vision was born out of the need to adapt to new technologies and shifting consumer demands and includes potential programmatic, spatial and infrastructural development models that will fully prepare the Hilversum Media Park for the future.

Hilversum Media Park. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Hilversum Media Park. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Hilversum Media Park. Image Courtesy of UNStudio Hilversum Media Park. Image Courtesy of UNStudio + 7

Safdie Architects Announce Design for Fractalized Residential Tower in Quito

12:00 - 7 September, 2018
Courtesy of Safdie Architects
Courtesy of Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects have released their design for ‘Quorner’, a new residential tower to be built in Quito, Ecuador. The 24-storey structure, a collaboration with Ecuadorean construction firm Uribe & Schwarzkopf, is to be one of Quito’s tallest buildings and Safdie’s first in Ecuador.

Courtesy of Safdie Architects Courtesy of Safdie Architects Courtesy of Safdie Architects Courtesy of Safdie Architects + 9

Tatiana Bilbao Selected for Urban Renovation Project in St. Louis

08:00 - 7 September, 2018
Tatiana Bilbao Selected for Urban Renovation Project in St. Louis

Emily Rauh Pulitzer, curator of the St. Louis Museum of Art and Steve Trampe of Owen Development, are spearheading a plan to transform a block near St. Louis's theater and museum district in the area of Grand Center. This project, (according to a story published on a local news site in St. Louis) is "a blank palette” and "an opportunity to take an entire block and make it different.”

The project is currently led by local architects Axi: Ome. Tatiana Bilbao has also confirmed her participation, in what should be an interesting addition to St. Louis's local architectural heritage. In an interview with Vladimir Belogolovsky, she explained that she considers that the legacy of Mexican architecture should expand to other sites:

Rem Koolhaas to Give Closing Keynote at 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam

06:15 - 7 September, 2018
Rem Koolhaas to Give Closing Keynote at 2018 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, Confirmed speakers at the 2018 World Architecture Festival.. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Confirmed speakers at the 2018 World Architecture Festival.. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architect and founder of the Rotterdam-based firm OMA, has been announced as the closing keynote speaker at the World Architecture Festival. The event will take place in Amsterdam at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre on from 28-30 November.

New Open Course by Dominique Perrault to Explore the Potential of Underground Architecture

06:00 - 7 September, 2018
Courtesy of Dominique Perrault Architecture
Courtesy of Dominique Perrault Architecture

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and architect Dominique Perrault have jointly announced a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) exploring the subterranean architecture of cities. The course, entitled “Groundscape Architecture Design Lab, rethinking cities underground” is available on open course hub edx and is free to registered users. Classes will begin on the 15 October.

“the CITYisEVERYWHERE”: The Kosovo Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 7 September, 2018
“the CITYisEVERYWHERE”: The Kosovo Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © Jetmir Idrizi
© Jetmir Idrizi

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Kosovo Pavilion. Below, curator Eliza Hoxha describes the exhibition in her own words.

The ‘90s in Kosovo under the Milošević regime are known as times of repression, a time when ethnic Albanians were expelled from all state-run institutions and thereby removed from public life. Funded by the 3 percent income tax mainly from Albanian Diaspora, Albanians created a parallel system of education, culture and healthcare in their private houses, which citizens offered for free. These private houses provided space for public life for almost ten years in Pristina, the capital and other cities in Kosovo. In the ‘90s, life that the city center provided for everyone ended for Albanians, and all activity was dislocated to the periphery. The entire Albanian community shrank into private houses. The house became a school, a restaurant, a promotional activity space, an office, an art gallery, a hospital and a home at the same time.

Grimshaw Creates Tiny House Prototype to Address Australia's Housing Crisis

16:00 - 6 September, 2018
Grimshaw Creates Tiny House Prototype to Address Australia's Housing Crisis, The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects have created a prefabricated tiny house to address Australia's housing crisis. Made to raise money for the not-for-profit organization Kids Under Cover and support homeless youth, The Peak project provides an affordable option for young people priced out of the housing market in Australia's cities. Designed to go completely off grid or integrate with city infrastructure mains, the project was formed around IKEA furniture within a double-height volume. All profits from The Peak support Kids Under Cover in Melbourne and the state of Victoria.

The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects + 6

Stefano Boeri Architetti Begins Work on Tirana's Blloku Cube

14:00 - 6 September, 2018
Stefano Boeri Architetti Begins Work on Tirana's Blloku Cube, Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Work has started on Stefano Boeri Architetti's multifunctional building Blloku Cube, the first element of a larger masterplan in Tirana. Located at the intersection of Pjeter Bogdani and Vaso Pasha streets, the project is sited in a up-and-coming center of city life in Blloku district. Taking cues from the Albanese capital, the design combines a multifunctional program of commercial, office and rooftop garden space. The project features an anodized aluminum double-skin cladding, a pattern facade that becomes a signature piece of architecture within the surrounding post-communist developments.

Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti + 8