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Four “Tropical Skyscapers” Commissioned To Keep Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ Nice and Shady

12:30 - 2 March, 2009

Steven Holl Architects‘ winning design from the “4 Tower in 1″ competition calls for a quartet of towers to be built around the brand new Shenzhen Stock Exchange and its surrounding plaza.

All about the construction of the Wyly Theater

12:30 - 1 March, 2009

The folks at Art & Seek published a video with interesting insights on the construction of the Wyly Theater in Dallas, TX designed by REX | OMA, which is almost complete.

12 year old makes shelter for the homeless with plastic, wire and packing peanuts

21:00 - 27 February, 2009

Max Wallack, a 12 year old from Natick, has just won WGBH’s Design Squad “Trash to Treasure” design contest with his “Home Dome” invention, which is a shelter for the homeless, built with just plastic, wire and packing peanuts. The structure is in the form of a Mongolian yurt and includes a built-in bed.

For his winning design, Max won $10,000, a Dell laptop and a trip to Boston to see how his design becomes real. The “Home Dome” was selected as the winning innovation out of more than 1,000 contest submissions.

Seen at The Design Blog. Watch a video about the winner, after the break.

Sverre Fehn 1924-2009

12:30 - 25 February, 2009

Two days ago, norwegian architect Sverre Fehn died at 84 years old.

Office and shop complex proposal by JAJA

21:00 - 23 February, 2009

This was sent to us by Klaus Olsen via our Facebook Group. The Danish architects JAJA have just revealed their new proposal for an office and shop complex in SandnesNorway. They have worked with Rambøll Aros on this 13,000m2 project.

The building is named after an ancient Viking Ship, which was called worm Lange. The ship was Norwegian, and it feels appealing to draw historical references to a piece of contemporary architecture.

For more details, click here.

More images after the break.

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Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas by Foster and Partners gets cut (and not due to the crisis)

21:00 - 18 February, 2009

And we just saw the news that the project got “cut”, but in a literal way. It wasn´t because of the economical crisis, but actually due to construction flaws: 15 floors of wrongly installed rebar. This forced the developer to cut down the height -removing the condos portion of the building- resulting on a 28 stories tall building, instead of 49 as planned.

Half of small architecture firms are short of work

21:00 - 18 February, 2009

We just saw this link on VariousArchitect´s Twitter, and thought it might interest you. Small architectural practices are bearing the brunt of the recession with 47% saying they do not have enough work, new research reveals.

International firms invited by MAD to design "Huaxi City Centre" in China

21:00 - 17 February, 2009

MAD recently organized a collaborative masterplanning project in South West China. Ten young international architects were invited to take part in an urban experiment, to design a new city centre on a scenic natural site close to the city of Guiyang. The participating architects were: Atelier Manferdini (USA), BIG (DENMARK), Dieguez Fridman (ARGENTINA), EMERGENT/Tom Wiscombe (USA), HouLiang Architecture (CHINA), JDS (DENMARK/BELGIUM), MAD (CHINA), Mass Studies (KOREA), Rojkind Arquitectos (MEXICO), Serie (UK/INDIA), Sou Fujimoto Architects (JAPAN).

Seen on designboom.

Images after the break.

CCTV: Fire report says damage was limited to the building surface

12:34 - 17 February, 2009

After a high-level meeting on February 13, CCTV issued a report that shows that only the surface of the building was damaged. The amazing fire we saw on the images and videos was actually the zinc alloy burning very fast (melts at 400ºC, versus 1000ºC fireworks can get). Anyway, a Chinese architecture expert puts this in doubt, saying that interior equipment had to be damaged. Now it´s up to the engineers to decide the future of the building.

New prefab recently built by architecture students

21:00 - 16 February, 2009

Our green friends from Inhabitat sent us this interesting project. A new prefab recently built by the students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Their goal was to build a prototype prefab conducive to elegant and sustainable living within the heart of the desert landscape.

eVolo 2009 Skyscraper Competition Winners

21:00 - 12 February, 2009

The results of the 2009 Skyscraper Competition have just been announced by eVolo. The winners are, in first place, Kyu Ho Chun, Kenta Fukunishi, and Jae Young Lee. In second place, Nicola Marchi and Adelaide Marchi. And in third place, Eric Vergne. They were also 15 special mentions. 40 projects will be published in eVolo Magazine.

Mies van der Rohe Award 2009 finalists announced

12:30 - 11 February, 2009

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation has just announced the final five projects that will compete for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009. The winning building will be announced in May.

Photos of CCTV Skyscraper after fire

21:00 - 10 February, 2009

An amazing picture of the CCTV Building devastated by yesterdays fire was published in Gizmodo. Secrecy has sorrounded the whole event, but for now, the official story is that the Mandarin Oriental, located at the top of the building, caught fire from several fireworks set off to celebrate the Lantern Festival.

Mandarin Hotel in Beijing by OMA on fire [UPDATED]

17:00 - 9 February, 2009

The Mandarin Hotel, adjacent to the CCTV building and part of the project, just got on fire today. The project, designed by OMA with facade studies by FRONT, looks to be completly affected as you can see on the above video. This supossedly started after fireworks during the last day of Chinese new year.

The hotel was used during the Olympics, but wasn´t officially opened yet, but was supossed to during 2009. This will definetely push dates back, as it seems like a complete loss to me.

Photos of the fire by Reuters here (very impressive, but can´t put them here because of copyright). More videos after the break.

UPDATE 5: Added 4 more videos

UPDATE 4: Statement from the Mandarin Hotel Group after the break

UPDATE 3: I replaced the first video with actual footage of the hotel starting to burn after the fireworks

UPDATE 2: Wonitata and other chinese blogs have impressive photos of the fire. See some more after the break.

UPDATE 1: Beijing police says the building could collapse

UPDATE: We just got the following statement from OMA:

"Patterns of Speculation": An exhibition on the works of Juergen Mayer.

12:30 - 8 February, 2009

An exhibition on the works of German architect Juergen Mayer H., entitled “Patterns of Speculation”, just opened at the SF MoMA. Mayer joins two modes of exhibiting architecture in a gallery – installation and documentation – to present a unique, hybrid environment.

CASE featured on Archinect

21:00 - 6 February, 2009

Our dear friends over at CASE have been featured on Archinect´s Working out of the Box, a a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths. Personally, I don´t agree with this as I don´t feel that what they do is an “alternative” path, but something that should be into the core of any practice.

"The City as a Project": New PhD program from Berlage Institute and Delft University of Technology

21:00 - 5 February, 2009

The Berlage Institute is offering, in conjunction with the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology, a new three-year PhD Program in Architecture devoted to the study of how the form of the city can be theorized, represented, and projected. The program encourages speculations that take positions towards the city-at-large by questioning and using architectural knowledge itself. This knowledge of architectural forms and representations will be used to speculate about the city and its political, social, and cultural organization.

Waterfront masterplan with sports complex wins MIPIM Prize 2009

12:30 - 5 February, 2009

Schmidt hammer lassen architects (SHLA) has just received the MIPIM AR Future Project Award for their winning proposal for the Holbæk city harbour masterplan. The project includes a sports complex developed by the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations. The MIPIM AR prize is awarded once a year in various categories by the British magazine Architectural Review at the international property fair MIPIM in Cannes. The Holbæk project was nominated in the Mixed-use category. SHLA, were also awarded this prestigious prize in 2007 and 2008.

Monterey Bay Shores Eco Resort

21:00 - 4 February, 2009

Our green friends at Inhabitat just featured a stunning new development set to break ground this month that will convert a desolate disused sand mine into a thriving environmental preserve and eco-resort. Replete with living walls and a five acre green roof, the development boasts an impressive list of green design elements and is working towards LEED Platinum certification. Now, saying that you’re the “Greenest Eco Resort” is quite a claim, but if the Resort builds out all that they have promised, it really will be the most environmentally friendly resort in the US, and possibly in the world.

2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom

11:30 - 4 February, 2009

The Open Architecture Challenge is an open, international design competition and is hosted every two years on the Open Architecture Network. This year, the challenge invites architects, designers, students, teachers and parents to propose the classroom of the future. Anyone can participate and the winner will receive $50,000 for their school.

Frank O. Gehry: Design Process and the Lewis House at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

18:29 - 3 February, 2009

The exhibition, that includes 120 architectural models, photographs, drawings, and videos, along with furniture and decorative arts enters its final weeks, and will end on April 5th.

Vienna University Campus competition winners announced

12:49 - 3 February, 2009

Austria’s Federal Minister of Science and Research Johannes Hahn, City Councillor Rudolf Schicker (Department for Urban Development and Traffic) together with Vienna University and Budesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG), have just announced the winning projects that will build the new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

YAMoPo 2008: Yet Another Most Popular Architecture Sites Ranking

17:27 - 2 July, 2008

We are architects, and during the last few years we have been reading and commenting on several architectural websites. As many of you do, we love to watch, learn and discuss about architecture online, with people from around the world. One day we decided to put all these sites together to get the whole picture on architectural sites, and then order them according to our likings. But in the meanwhile, we noticed it wasn’t that easy, because each one of us had different interests and approaches.  In our listings, several sites were repeated, but in different places.

So, we decided to find a way to make a standardized procedure to rank and order these sites. Then we noticed Michiel van Raaij at Eikonographia repeated the ranking he started in 2007, the MoPo (Most Popular Architectural Blogs). Although Michiel did a very accurate job, he restricted it to English blogs from individual authors, leaving out several of our favorite blogs from either foreign languages or multiple authors, and some other sitess that mix architecture with other related subjects (design, sustainability, trends, etc).

To expand this rank, we decided to put together some common criteria. The most logical criteria should be the amount of visitors, but this is almost impossible since most sites don’t publish these stats. But there are some other factors you can use to measure the relevance of a website: (a) Rank of websites based on an estimate of their traffic, by Alexa, (b) Google Page Rank and (c) and the frequency of the updates, an average of the entries published in the last 2 months (done by us). That´s how we came up with YAMoPo (Yet Another MoPo).

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