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Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces 2013 Winners of National Design Awards

00:00 - 10 May, 2013
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces 2013 Winners of National Design Awards, © Courtesy of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
© Courtesy of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Now in its 14th year, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Design Awards recognizing outstanding achievement across a variety of disciplines in the design community. The awards were established to "promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world". This year the recipients will be honored at a gala in October during National Design Week in New York City. The goal of recognizing this achievements is to reinforce the idea that "everything around us is designed" and the potential for innovation and creation is present across all types of development. The winners of this year's design awards were selected based on excellence, innovation and public impact.

Join us after the break for a look at the 2013 Winners.

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Challenge

01:00 - 10 May, 2013
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Challenge

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and the Make It Right Foundation have issued a $250,000 challenge for manufacturers to design a product for the affordable housing market, which is both safe for human and environmental health and is designed for re-use. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013.

The Scott Brown Petition & Women's Role in Architecture

00:00 - 10 May, 2013
The Scott Brown Petition & Women's Role in Architecture, Denise Scott Brown via Plataforma Arquitectura
Denise Scott Brown via Plataforma Arquitectura

The petition demanding that architect Denise Scott Brown be retroactively acknowledged as a joint recipient of the 1991 Pritzker Prize has surpassed 12,000 signatures. Notable supporters include past Pritzker Prize recipients Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Scott Brown's own husband and partner of 40 years, Robert Venturi. The success of this Change.org campaign, fueled by two young women of the Harvard GSD's Women In Design club, is larger than the one female architect it aims to honor - it is a campaign to rethink the difficult and often unjust position of the woman in architecture.

Read more after the break.

Two Islands Wins Inaugural Flat Lot Competition in Flint

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
Two Islands Wins Inaugural Flat Lot Competition in Flint, Courtesy of Flint Public Art Project
Courtesy of Flint Public Art Project

Update: Our friends at Two Islands have launched a Kickstarter campaing so you could also be part of the project. By pledging £5, you can have your own photo used in the ceiling of Mark's House (or £20 for a bigger one). You can send a photo, a sign, a collage or even a QR code, so get creative! Click here for all the information.

Occupying no more than eight parking spaces on Flint, Michigan’s central downtown parking lot, this temporary summer pavilion designed as an abstract, reflective and floating representation of a Michigander, Tudor-style home has been chosen as the winning scheme in the inaugural Flat Lot competition presented by Flint Public Art Project and the Flint Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

More information on the winning scheme after the break...

MoMA Selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro as Architect of the Folk Art Museum

00:00 - 9 May, 2013
MoMA Selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro as Architect of the Folk Art Museum , © Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) to design its controversial expansion that will overtake the former American Folk Art Museum in New York. This news comes after an intense backlash from prominent architects, preservationists and critics worldwide pressured MoMA to reconsider its decision to raze the iconic, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-design museum in order to make way for its new expansion.

In response, DS+R has requested that MoMA gives them the “time and latitude to carefully consider the entirety of the site, including the former American Folk Art Museum building, in devising an architectural solution to the inherent challenges of the project,” as stated by Glenn D. Lowry, MoMA’s director, in a memo sent on Thursday to his trustees and staff. He added, “We readily agreed to consider a range of options, and look forward to seeing their results.”

More on the DS+R’s commission and the fate of the Folk Museum after the break...

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Council Approves Cornell’s Net-Zero Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island

00:00 - 9 May, 2013
Council Approves Cornell’s Net-Zero Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island, © Kilograph
© Kilograph

City Council has approved Cornell’s two-million-square-foot tech campus planned to break ground in 2014 on New York’s Roosevelt Island. Masterplanned by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), the ambitious carbon positive campus will offer housing for 2,000 full-time graduate students, world-class education facilities, a hotel, a corporate co-location building, and more than an acre of public open space. Construction will commence with the first, state-of-the-art academic building that will be designed by Thom Mayne, founder ofMorphosis, who will incorporate the latest environmental advances, such as geothermal and solar power, to achieve net-zero energy for the landmark structure.

Libeskind Selected to Design Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial

15:04 - 8 May, 2013
via The Columbus Dispatch
via The Columbus Dispatch

Daniel Libeskind has been selected among two other renowned artists to design the Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial in Columbus. The 18-foot tall memorial brushed stainless-steel memorial will be punctuated by the six-pointed Star of David and accompanied by a 40-foot walkway with words etched in limestone.

Landmark Preservation Versus Ownership

00:00 - 8 May, 2013
Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi; © Maria Buszek
Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi; © Maria Buszek

After years of disconcerting reports that the historic David and Gladys Wright House by Frank Lloyd Wright was under threat of demolition by developers, we announced that a generous benefactor saved it from its fate by providing funds to buy back the property. It seems that this particular story is not unique. An article on ArchRecord by Frank A. Bernstein lists several other modern architecture treasures that may soon fall under the same threat as they hit the real estate market.

Find out more after the break.

“Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition” Now Accepting Entries

01:00 - 7 May, 2013
“Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition” Now Accepting Entries

Entries are now being accepted for “Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition.”

Presented by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., MAXON Computer, DOSCH DESIGN, Arroway Textures® and AMD FireProTM graphics, “Your World, Reimagined” asks professional and student designers to tackle an old, dilapidated, or run-down locale and redesign it for a new, improved use. Entries can range in focus from adaptive reuse to landscape reclamation or object redesign.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from around the world, including designer and sculptor Nicholas Dunand; digital artist Shinya Fujimura from 3D-KOBO architect François Lévy lighting and production designer Tyler Littman of Sholight, LLC architectural visualizer Alejandro Nogueira from DECC 3D Art; architect Peter Petz from German-Architects.com digital animator Marc Potocnik from renderbaron architectural visualizer Erik Recke from Datenland assistant professor Katherine Bambrick Ambroziak from the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee Knoxville; and project architects Maxime Czvek, Thomas Rigby and Tom Boogaerts from BOGDAN & VAN BROECK ARCHITECTS.

In addition to an overall award for Best Overall Design Concept, winners will be selected in the following categories: Best Computer Rendering, Best Animation, Best 3D Modeling and Best 2D Plan. More information, including prizes by categories after the break.

A Crash Course on Modern Architecture (Part 1)

00:00 - 7 May, 2013
The Barcelona pavilion, now an architectural icon but unnoticed in the beginning. Image © Flickr User CC Wotjek Gurak. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
The Barcelona pavilion, now an architectural icon but unnoticed in the beginning. Image © Flickr User CC Wotjek Gurak. Used under Creative Commons

Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup is associate Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. This article originally appeared on GRASP.

This is where one has to quote William Gibson:”The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”

Within architecture (and design and planning), there are always several simultaneous realities. One very pragmatic reason is that architecture is a very slow form of communication: it may take several decades from the moment a concept arises somewhere to the point where it becomes mainstream knowledge within the industry, and then even more time before it reaches the general public.

Take the “Modern Movement” in architecture. Basically, its theories and formal language were fully developed from 1919 through 1924. And when we read the history books, we get this distorted version that the great modernist pioneers were only stopped by the evil dictatorships in the Soviet Union and Germany. This is as far from the reality of the era as it can possibly be. 

Keep reading Ahnfeldt-Mollerup's crash course to architecture, after the break...

Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture Unveils Proposal for Mumbai’s Tallest Tower

00:00 - 7 May, 2013
© Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture
© Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture

Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture has unveiled a competition-winning prototype in which they hope will become Mumbai’s tallest skyscraper. Standing 400-meters about the crowded city streets, the 116-story Imperial Tower’s curvilinear form is aerodynamically shaped to “confuse the wind.” Its 132 “spacious and luxurious” residential units are punctuated by north- and south-facing sky gardens, which break up wind currents around the tower and provide unprecedented access to natural light and views of the Arabian sea.

Archipendium 2014 Call for Submissions ends May 31

00:00 - 6 May, 2013
Archipendium 2014 Call for Submissions ends May 31

There's only a few weeks left for you to be part of Archipendium 2014, Powered by ArchDaily. Archipendium 2014 showcases great examples of modern architecture from all around the world. 365 different architectural studios have been featured over the past few years, including; BIG, Chaix & Morel, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, David Chipperfield, Delugan Meissl, Eisenman Architects, Foster+Partners, gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Graft, Jean Nouvel, King Kong, Massimiliano Fuksas, MVRDV, OMA,Steven Holl Architects, Tony Fretton,UNStudioand Zaha Hadid. In order to get a unique view of modern architecture, every featured architect personally chooses which project to submit. Each project is presented as a main photograph, with additional text and drawings on the reverse. This new version will also include ArchDaily's Monthly Editor's Choice.

More than just a calendar, Archipendium 2014 is a collector’s item. This calendar is an impressive overview of the latest trends in both modern architecture and design. Become part of the Archipendium architectural calendar that shows different contemporary architecture for every day of the year. Participation in this publication is free of charge.

You have until May 31 to send the requirements. Interested? Please send us an email with the following information attached after the break.

Prince Claus Fund Now Accepting Proposals

00:00 - 6 May, 2013
Prince Claus Fund Now Accepting Proposals

The Prince Claus Fund is now welcoming project proposals from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for cultural initiatives related to the rethinking of public space.

Peter Zumthor Proposes $650 Million Overhaul for LACMA

00:00 - 6 May, 2013
Peter Zumthor Proposes $650 Million Overhaul for LACMA, LACMA © Flickr user Diana Lee Photography. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
LACMA © Flickr user Diana Lee Photography. Used under Creative Commons

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will soon be rolling out the red carpet to welcome Swiss legend Peter Zumthor to the Golden State. The prized architect’s debut will mark the opening of "The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA," which will unveil the ambitious, $650 million plan to transform the LACMA’s “Byzantine maze of buildings and hallways” into an experience-based “village” of curvaceous modern glass structures that will produce more energy than it uses.

"The idea is to make it permeable by people," LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan says, who has been working with Zumthor for over four years on the proposal.

The Presidio Trust of San Francisco Announces 3 Finalists for Cultural Hub Competition

00:00 - 4 May, 2013
The Presidio Trust of San Francisco Announces 3 Finalists for Cultural Hub Competition, Fort Baker Golden Gate National Recreation Area; © The City Project via Flickr; Licensed via <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Fort Baker Golden Gate National Recreation Area; © The City Project via Flickr; Licensed via Creative Commons

San Francisco is planning a new cultural facility on the former commissary of the military base that has been turned into a national park and has announced three finalists in its competition held by the Presidio Trust, according to news outlet SFGate. The 92,000 square-foot building is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has an ambitious future that will be developed on this unique location. The three finalists have diverse agendas that range from turning the future cultural center into a performance and exhibition space to an institute that focuses on sustainability issues. The Presidio Trust is currently laying out guidelines in the next step of the competition that will likely be due in the fall. The trust also plans to engage the public with a to-be-scheduled forum in June that will host presentations by the finalists.

Join us after the break for a look at the three finalists.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

00:00 - 4 May, 2013
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award, Apple Fifth Ave © Esto; Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Apple Fifth Ave © Esto; Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been honored with the Good Design is Good Business Lifetime Achievement Architecture Award, presented by Architectural Record in association with the American Architectural Foundation. The firm is the second recipient of this award in the program’s 15-year history, which was originally started by BusinessWeek and Architectural Record to recognize exceptional contributions to bettering how businesses and institutions perform through architecture. 

One World Trade Center Will Soon Top Out at 1,776 Feet

00:00 - 3 May, 2013

After weather conditions refused to cooperate on Monday, the final two sections of Freedom Tower have been lifted to the summit of the One World Trade Center. Construction of the gargantuan 758-ton, 408-foot spire - a joint Canadian-U.S. venture - began in December 2012, when 18 separate pieces were shipped to Manhattan from Canada and New Jersey. This final addition, including a steel beacon, means that the height of the building will soon rise from 1,368 feet to a more patriotic 1,776 feet once the segments are permanently installed within the next few weeks. However, it's not yet certain that the building will officially be the tallest in the U.S.

Read more after the break...

'Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders' Winners Announced

01:00 - 3 May, 2013
'Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders' Winners Announced, 1st prize / Courtesy of Hélène Grialou & Sebastien Gafari
1st prize / Courtesy of Hélène Grialou & Sebastien Gafari

Aiming to bring attention to the spaces along the borders of the 10 ASEAN nations, the 'Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders' sought proposals that focused on local border sites, where specific cultural, social and ecological issues can be addressed while engaging in larger spatial and institutional scales. Sponsored by the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA), and with the goal of demonstrating how architecture can re-define the future of ASEAN borders, the winning entries were recently announced with the proposal titled, 'Floating Border Project' by Hélène Grialou and Sebastien Gafari announced as the competition's overall winner. More images and the description of the winning entries after the break.

AZPA Wins Competition To Transform German Power Plant Into a 'Green Mountain'

00:00 - 2 May, 2013
Courtesy of AZPA
Courtesy of AZPA

Although necessary, power plants are typically an eyesore that don't attract much positive attention. As Thomas Heatherwick put it, "we are ashamed of how we generate our energy." Breaking the mold, a competition-winning proposal by architecture firm AZPA (Alejandro Zaera-Polo Arquitectura) plans to transform a German power plant into a densely-forested "green mountain", which will in turn be a landmark public space for a town.

Read more after the break...

Groups Urge Congress: Keep Energy Conservation Requirements for Government Buildings

00:00 - 2 May, 2013
Groups Urge Congress: Keep Energy Conservation Requirements for Government Buildings, Federal Center South Building 1202; Seattle / ZGF Architects LLP © Benjamin Benschneider
Federal Center South Building 1202; Seattle / ZGF Architects LLP © Benjamin Benschneider

The American Institute of Architects today released a letter from more than 350 different associations and companies expressing opposition to efforts by special interests to gut energy conservation requirements for federal buildings.

The letter, which is addressed to Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and ranking Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, was released one week ahead of the scheduled mark-up of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee May 8.

That legislation, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would promote greater use of energy efficiency technology in commercial and residential buildings and by manufacturers.

More information after the break...

MVRDV Wins Competition to Redesign 600ha of Caen

00:00 - 2 May, 2013
MVRDV Wins Competition to Redesign 600ha of Caen, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

Stretching beyond the natural constraints of Presqu’ile de Caen and into the neighboring towns of Mondeville and Hérouville Saint Clair, MVRDV’s competition-winning vision will transform 600ha of industrial brown fields into a collection of gardens punctuated by a mosaic of urban settlements. This ambition, titled ‘La Grande Mosaique’, is strongly based on respect for the existing structures and defined by small scale interventions that will result in a large scale structure vision for Greater Caen.

The proposal was selected from three submittals by the public development agency SPLA for being, as Caen Mayor Philippe Duron describes, the “most impressive plan”. It was commended by the jury for its “fresh view” on urbanism.

National Planning Awards 2013 Recipients

00:00 - 1 May, 2013
National Planning Awards 2013 Recipients, NYC Department of City Planning, Zone Green Courtesy of APA
NYC Department of City Planning, Zone Green Courtesy of APA

The American Planning Association has released its list of 2013 National Planning Awards winners that exhibit the best planning efforts that create communities of lasting value. Among the recipients are regional plans that seek to revitalize post-industrial cities, plans to preserve and rehabilitate native settlements, restore blighted communities, reassess planning and zoning in major cities, develop environmental conservation programs, regenerate access to our natural topography and develop guidelines and regulations for more sustainable approaches to building. The projects are diverse and span a significant realm of urban reclamation and development.

Updated Plans Released for Foster + Partners' Apple Campus in Cupertino

01:00 - 1 May, 2013
Updated Plans Released for Foster + Partners' Apple Campus in Cupertino, © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
© Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple

The City of Cupertino has released Apple’s revised campus plans, following the recent news criticizing Steve Job’s “sky-high requirements for fit and finish” that have resulted in a “ballooning budget."

Abandoning Apple’s classic “white” detailing, architects Foster + Partners have opted to clad the 2.8 million square foot, circular monolith in black - a stylistic remedy that seems to be in line with the overarching campus goal to “provide a serene environment reflecting Apple’s brand values of innovation, ease of use and beauty.”

More details after the break... 

The Culture of Landmarks Preservation

00:00 - 30 April, 2013
The Culture of Landmarks Preservation, Courtesy of Time, Inc. via the Frank Lloyd Wright News Blog
Courtesy of Time, Inc. via the Frank Lloyd Wright News Blog

Ada Louise Huxtable was a renowned architecture critic who started at The New York Times in 1963. Her probing articles championed the preservation of buildings regarded as examples of historic design still imperative to the life of the city. Her arguments were leveraged by research and an in-depth understanding of architecture as an ever-relevant art form ("the art we cannot afford to ignore"). Alexandra Lange of The Nation points to the connection between Ada Louise Huxtable's writing and its influence on the culture of preservation that eventually resulted in the establishment of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965.

More after the break.

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