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Collin Abdallah

I am currently a 5th-year student at the University of Oklahoma, pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in Spanish. Growing up in a small town, I did not have much exposure to world-class architecture, but throughout my time at OU I have developed a passion for contemporary design and how we can blend architecture and entrepreneurship to maximize our influence on the world.

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Final Winning Design Concepts Released for Resilience by Design's Bay Area Challenge

08:00 - 23 May, 2018
Final Winning Design Concepts Released for Resilience by Design's Bay Area Challenge

One year after the launch of Resilient by Design's Bay Area Challenge, the final nine design concepts have been selected. The Bay Area Challenge launched with a call to action to "bring together local residents, community organizations, public officials and local, national, and international experts to develop innovative solutions that will strengthen our region's resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes." The idea formulated as a “blueprint for resilience” that can be replicated and utilized locally and globally. Other urban challenges will also be addressed, including housing, transport, health and economic disparity as a means of not just protecting the current regions, but strengthening them.

The elite, collaborative teams include world-renowned designers like BIGMithun and HASSELL+.

Read on for more about each of the final design concepts.

The Estuary Commons: People, Place, and Path Forward - All Bay Collective. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design The Estuary Commons: People, Place, and Path Forward - All Bay Collective. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design Islais-Creek - Hyper Creek - BIG + ONE + Sherwood. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design Islais-Creek - Hyper Creek - BIG + ONE + Sherwood. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design + 46

Monetizing Your Architecture Practice Online: 4 Ways to Generate New Revenue Streams

09:30 - 21 May, 2018
Monetizing Your Architecture Practice Online: 4 Ways to Generate New Revenue Streams, © <a href='https://unsplash.com/photos/vSchPA-YA_A'>Unsplash user freddy marriage</a>
© Unsplash user freddy marriage

Architecture's reliance on digital tools is rapidly advancing. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and augmented and virtual reality are quickly becoming the industry standard, along with more and more design businesses putting more effort and money into creating a stronger online presence. Because of this recent shift in focus, many firms have also begun experimenting with digital marketing strategies.

Content creation is at the heart of any successful online business, so what does that look like in the field of architecture? These 4 examples of content could help you begin to monetize your designs and/or practice online. By no means are these 4 examples the only means to grow a design business, but all 4 take advantage of the present trajectory of architectural practice, leveraging the possibilities of an increasingly digital world.

What Are the Tallest Buildings Ever Demolished?

10:30 - 19 May, 2018
10 Tallest Demolished Buildings. Image Courtesy of Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
10 Tallest Demolished Buildings. Image Courtesy of Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has recently released a new research study titled "Tallest Demolished Buildings" that examines 100 of the tallest buildings ever to have been dismantled by their owners. The report confirms that, if JPMorgan Chase continues with their plans, SOM's 270 Park Avenue in New York City would become the tallest building ever conventionally demolished, as well as the first over 200 meters in height.

The study showed that in most cases, the buildings were torn down to make way for newer high-rises, as was the case for the current tallest building ever to be demolished, the Singer Building in New York City. The Singer Building stood 187 meters and 41 stories tall until it was torn down in 1968 to make way for One Liberty Plaza.

Listen and Learn: 6 Entrepreneurial Audiobooks to Help You Plan Your Future While You Work

09:30 - 18 May, 2018
Listen and Learn: 6 Entrepreneurial Audiobooks to Help You Plan Your Future While You Work

The way we consume long-form content has transformed drastically in recent years. More and more parts of our everyday lives are now transitioning to new digital mediums to save us time.

If you are the type of person who enjoys plugging into a good hard rock or soft jazz playlist while hammering out those 10 sheets of section details, why not simultaneously gain some knowledge about self-motivation or the latest business tactics? These 6 audiobooks could be just what you need to hear to fuel your inner entrepreneur.

A' Design Award Announces 2018 Winners

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A' Design Award Announces 2018 Winners, Solar Egg Public Sauna by Futurniture and Bigert & Bergström - Golden A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2018. Image Courtesy of A' Design Award & Competition
Solar Egg Public Sauna by Futurniture and Bigert & Bergström - Golden A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2018. Image Courtesy of A' Design Award & Competition

A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest and most diffuse international design awards, has announced results of their 2017–2018 design awards, featuring 1,962 Winners from 100 countries in 99 different design disciplines. Entries were evaluated by an internationally influential jury panel composed of established scholars, prominent press members, creative design professionals and experienced entrepreneurs who carefully analyzed each entry.

These BIG-Inspired Posters Highlight the Evolving “Syntax” in Architecture

08:00 - 13 May, 2018
Courtesy of Giuseppe Gallo via Mirabilia
Courtesy of Giuseppe Gallo via Mirabilia

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has a knack for combatting a variety of complex issues via its step-by-step approach, yielding a design that seems almost inevitable. Ingels has labeled his design strategy as a form of “architectural alchemy." This combines multiple programs or “ingredients” that on their own, would simply be seen as “normal." But in aggregate, you get more out of the mix than you would keeping them separate. The result of this looks something like a waste-to-energy plant topped by a ski-slope, or a parabolic skyscraper with a Copenhagen-style courtyard.

Inspired by BIG’s “will to find new solutions for environmental, social, economic and technological problems”, artist Giuseppe Gallo has designed these 9 posters that evaluate BIG’s unique use of syntax.

More on syntax in architecture and how you can get your own copies of the posters after the break.

"Pixel Facade" System Combines a Love for Nature With Next-Generation Workspaces

08:00 - 7 May, 2018
"Pixel Facade" System Combines a Love for Nature With Next-Generation Workspaces , © Mengyi Fan
© Mengyi Fan

Recently shortlisted for the 2018 Design Challenge "Design the Next-Generation Facade" by Metals in Construction Magazine, this "Pixel Facade" system is an adaptive, scalable and repeatable building system that can be applied to various building typologies. The system draws inspiration from our innate desire for nature, also known as "biophilia." The "Pixel Facade" system merges a contemporary office environment with biophilic environments to create the next generation of office design.

Adjaye Associates Among Team of Britain's Top Designers Commissioned by Startup to Help Solve the UK's Housing Crisis

06:00 - 7 May, 2018
Adjaye Associates Among Team of Britain's Top Designers Commissioned by Startup to Help Solve the UK's Housing Crisis, Design by Carl Turner Architects. Image © Edit.rs
Design by Carl Turner Architects. Image © Edit.rs

A new property startup named Cube Haus is looking to alter the existing housing market, offering high-value homes at reasonable prices "that can be configured to fit small and awkward urban sites." To do this, Cube Haus is commissioning a team of Britain's top architects and designers: Adjaye Associates, Faye ToogoodCarl Turner Architects and Skene Catling de la Peña. The team will create a series of customizable modular homes with a focus on outstanding design. 

Design by Adjaye Associates. Image © Edit.rs Design by Faye Toogood. Image © Edit.rs Design by Faye Toogood. Image © Edit.rs Design by Skene Catling de la Peña. Image © Edit.rs + 13

New Development in Toronto Is "Choreographed City-Building"

16:00 - 6 May, 2018
New Development in Toronto Is "Choreographed City-Building", Courtesy of RioCan REIT and Allied Properties REIT
Courtesy of RioCan REIT and Allied Properties REIT

"The Well" is set to be one of the most ambitious urban developments Toronto has seen. Estimated to host nearly 10,000 people living and working daily, "The Well" includes over 1.5 million square feet of retail, office space and food services, as well as 1,800 residential units all spread throughout seven buildings flanked by Front, Spadina and Wellington in downtown Toronto.

New Concert Hall Design in Nuremberg Envisaged as "House With Four Fronts"

06:00 - 4 May, 2018
New Concert Hall Design in Nuremberg Envisaged as "House With Four Fronts", Courtesy of Topotek 1
Courtesy of Topotek 1

German architecture firms Johannes Kappler Architektur und Städtebau, Super Future Collective, and Topotek 1 Architektur have released images of a competition-winning design for a new Concert Hall in Nuremberg. Designed as an addition to the ensemble of the Meistersingerhalle, the hall engages the existing infrastructure and context to create a connection between the present landscape and public space.

The combination of the existing building and the new translucent exterior envelope provide "a house with four fronts" that engages the surrounding landscape on all sides.

New Extension for Revit Exports Models Directly to Sketchfab for Online Sharing

06:00 - 1 May, 2018

Sketchfab, the powerful architectural visualization software and database, is more convenient than ever thanks to a new extension for Revit developed by Emanuel Favreau of Montreal firm Larose McCallum Architects. Adding Revit to Sketchfab's extensive list of software add-ons is a big win for the Building Information Modeling (BIM) community. The new extension will allow Revit users to export models and scenes directly to Sketchfab, where they can be viewed in 3D and virtual reality from any device simply by following a link.

Los Angeles Is Painting the Streets White (Again), and Your City Might Be Next

12:00 - 28 April, 2018
Los Angeles Is Painting the Streets White (Again), and Your City Might Be Next, © City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Services via deMilked
© City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Services via deMilked

Last spring, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services tested a new, creative approach to combat the rising temperatures in the city center. The pilot project covered one neighborhood street in each of the LA's 15 council districts with CoolSeal, a more reflective asphalt-based coating developed by California-based company GuardTop. After seeing a difference of 11-13 degrees Fahrenheit on the coated streets, Los Angeles and other cities plan on implementing more reflective roofs and pavements to reduce the side effects of "heat islands."

More on the CoolSeal coating and the fight against heat island effect after the break.

These Balancing Boulders Are Just the Destresser You Needed

08:00 - 28 April, 2018

Architecture requires patience. Seeing a building through from initial sketches to the first occupant is a process that in most cases takes years, sometimes decades. The various details required throughout the building process at times can be stressful, but the end result is nearly always worth the struggle. The finished form reflects the decisions made throughout the process, and thus becomes a contributing member to the surrounding environment.

If you are at the point in the process where you need a quick destresser, take a moment and watch land artist Pontus Jansson work his magic. The Swedish artist uses boulders and the surrounding nature to create balancing works of art.

DISSING+WEITLING Wins Competition for Scenic Pedestrian Bridge in China

06:00 - 27 April, 2018
DISSING+WEITLING Wins Competition for Scenic Pedestrian Bridge in China, Courtesy of DISSING+WEITLING Architecture
Courtesy of DISSING+WEITLING Architecture

Nearly a year after opening its "Xiamen Bicycle Skyway," DISSING+WEITLING Architecture has won another major infrastructure project in the Chinese city. The winning design, "Xiamen Footpaths," is set to be a 21-kilometer network of paths and bridges creating a large-scale network connecting the surrounding nature and the budding metropolis of Xiamen.

Much like DISSING+WEITLING's "Bicycle Snake" did for bicycles in Copenhagen, the "Xiamen Footpaths" will improve the traveling conditions and city experience for pedestrians in the bustling city of Xiamen.

New Hotel From Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Nestles Gently Into the French Hillside

06:00 - 26 April, 2018
New Hotel From Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Nestles Gently Into the French Hillside, © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, WSBY, Tejo
© Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, WSBY, Tejo

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has released images of a new hotel located in the northeast of France. Breitengach Landscape Hotel links the beautiful French countryside and culture with modern lodging through a combination of amenities. The main reception building, a restaurant, and spa are flanked by 14 Nordic-style cabins that sit lightly on the hillside. Referencing the local character and landscape, the hotel will "offer an unusual but comfortable experience" for all visitors. 

Immerse Yourself in These Unbelievable Modernist Visualizations

08:00 - 24 April, 2018
© Alexis Christodoulou
© Alexis Christodoulou

Cape Town native Alexis Christodoulou is a winemaker by day but also dabbles in the art of 3D visualization. His Instagram (@teaaalexis) is a striking composition of intricate spaces rich with color, light, and materiality. Crafted entirely from scratch, each of Christodoulou's digital worlds appears to be influenced by many of the modernist masters. In a recent interview with Curbed, Christodoulou lists Aldo RossiDavid Chipperfield and Le Corbusier among his inspirations. 

Much has been said about the new "Instagram aesthetic." Put that together with the emerging role of Instagram and other social media platforms in the design process, and the result is a new type of digital art form. Christodoulou's page is the creative collection of a year-long personal challenge to regularly create and publish images of his own fantasy worlds, which has resulted in a community of nearly 20K followers.

Get lost in more of the images below.

This Modular Mountain Shelter Is Net-Zero and Can Be Delivered via Helicopter

16:00 - 22 April, 2018
This Modular Mountain Shelter Is Net-Zero and Can Be Delivered via Helicopter  , Courtesy of Lusio Architects
Courtesy of Lusio Architects

Mountain shelters serve as protection for climbers during severe weather conditions. However, a Bulgarian design team discovered that many shelters have been destroyed, putting mountaineers at risk. As the winning proposal for the competition "Architecture of 2050," this innovative building addresses this critical problem through a combination of sustainability, materiality and technology.

Courtesy of Lusio Architects
Courtesy of Lusio Architects

RIBA Announces Competition Shortlist for Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center in Sevenoaks

12:00 - 21 April, 2018
RIBA Announces Competition Shortlist for Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center in Sevenoaks, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The shortlisted schemes for the RIBA Competition to design the new Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center, located in Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, are now on display to the public. The competition launched last October by Kent Wildlife Trust, in partnership with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as an open design competition "seeking worldwide architects and teams to put forward designs that promote learning, wellbeing, curiosity and nature" for a new visitor center at Sevenoaks.