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Megan Schires

I entered the professional world of architecture in 2016 after finishing my M.Arch at Iowa State University. My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Design in Architecture with a minor in Housing Studies from the University of Minnesota. Throughout my academic career my focus has been on the human factor in design and I'm particularly interested in how the built environment affects the people who inhabit it and vice versa. I love to travel and try to make as many pilgrimages as I can to architectural landmarks all over the world!

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Dodi Moss Team Designs an Ethereal Italian Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020 Competition

04:00 - 21 March, 2019
Dodi Moss Team Designs an Ethereal Italian Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020 Competition, © Dodi Moss
© Dodi Moss

Responding to the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, “Beauty Unites People,” a team led by Dodi Moss imagined a multi-layered architectural experience evoking Italy’s history and identity. The design pulls apart the pieces that make up architectural space, separating the building into its structural volume and its tactile, material components. The proposal won third place in Invitalia’s competition to design the Italian Pavilion at the Expo, behind carlorattiassociati and Gianluca Peluffa & Partners.

© Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss + 14

Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan

05:30 - 18 March, 2019
Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan, Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti
Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti

Albania’s capital city, Tirana, is slated to receive the country’s first Vertical Forest in a scheme designed by Milanese architecture firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti. Originating as part of the city’s new development master plan completed by the firm 3 years ago, the building will greatly increase the amount of greenery within and around the metropolitan area. Tirana’s Vertical Forest will contain 21 floors above ground with 4 more below and will be populated by 105 apartment units above a primarily commercial ground floor.

Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti 24-hour school in Tirana. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti Tirana 2030 - Agriculture. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti + 19

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2019 Early Highlight Contributors

05:00 - 15 March, 2019
Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2019 Early Highlight Contributors, The new graphic identity of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. by LA-based ELLA. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
The new graphic identity of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. by LA-based ELLA. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The third Chicago Architecture Biennial will occur from September 19, 2019, to January 5, 2020, and yesterday the first group of contributors to the 2019 edition and publication was announced. This year’s theme, “...and other such stories,” will bring together a multi-faceted and international exploration of architecture and the built environment. Newly commissioned projects for the Biennial will highlight issues including public housing, social justice, and the appropriation and preservation of the natural environment.

Bee Breeders Announce Winners of the Urban Zoo Coworking Competition

04:00 - 12 March, 2019
Bee Breeders Announce Winners of the Urban Zoo Coworking Competition, First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas
First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas

In their most recent design competition, Bee Breeders partnered with Urban Zoo Coworking to seek a signature style for Urban Zoo’s coworking spaces. Viewed as a prototype to be adapted to each new venue, these interior designs needed to be customizable for various users. Common inhabitants of Urban Zoo Coworking’s spaces include freelancers, start-ups, and small businesses who need a workspace to meet their different creative needs.

Third Prize: Habitat. Image © Apex Project Bureau First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas Second Prize: WILD. Image © Cornerstore + 27

Sheila O’Donnell and Xu Tiantian Win 2019 Women in Architecture Awards

11:00 - 1 March, 2019
Sheila O’Donnell and Xu Tiantian Win 2019 Women in Architecture Awards

For this year's Women in Architecture Awards, The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal have selected Sheila O’Donnell as Architect of the Year and Xu Tiantian to win the Moira Gemill Prize for Emerging Architecture in the 2019 Women in Architecture awards. The Architect of the Year award recognizes excellence in design specifically in the context of a recently completed project and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture is awarded to women designers under the age of 45 who show design excellence indicative of a bright future.

6 Schools That Defined Their Own Architectural Styles

07:00 - 20 February, 2019
6 Schools That Defined Their Own Architectural Styles

Architectural education has always been fundamentally influenced by whichever styles are popular at a given time, but that relationship flows in the opposite direction as well. All styles must originate somewhere, after all, and revolutionary schools throughout centuries past have functioned as the influencers and generators of their own architectural movements. These schools, progressive in their times, are often founded by discontented experimental minds, looking for something not previously nor currently offered in architectural output or education. Instead, they forge their own way and bring their students along with them. As those students graduate and continue on to practice or become teachers themselves, the school’s influence spreads and a new movement is born.

OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall

04:30 - 19 February, 2019
OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall, Cross section
Cross section

Nestled in a valley north of Beijing, a building will soon be completed that may appear to have always been there, or to have emerged from and grown out of the surrounding stony landscape. OPEN Architecture’s Chapel of Sound in Chengde, China was recently recognized in the 66th annual Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards, chosen as one of ten projects to receive the commendation. The P/A Awards focus on innovative, ongoing work that promotes new ways of thinking about architecture. The Chapel of Sound was noted for its creation of a new, progressive type of environment and its reimagining of an established typology.

Outdoor stage Great wall viewing platform Outdoor concert Exterior view + 14

SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing

13:00 - 18 February, 2019
SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing, Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne
Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to go swimming inside a water tower. In reality, it would probably be dark and creepy and not as cool as it sounds, but that’s not the case with Danish firm SquareOne’s design, where the top of an abandoned water tower becomes a public swimming pool and spa. Utilizing the existing structural system of the tower, SquareOne is also proposing adding 40+ student housing units suspended around the tower. This dual-purpose scheme addresses Copenhagen’s desperate housing shortage while also giving new life to an old building.

 

Interior beam structure of Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Existing Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Proposed Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Courtesy of SquareOne + 10

7 International Examples of How the Bauhaus Lived On After 1933

07:00 - 12 February, 2019
7 International Examples of How the Bauhaus Lived On After 1933

After the dissolution of the Bauhaus due to Nazi political pressure in April 1933, the ideas, teachings, and philosophies of the school were flung across the world as former students and faculty dispersed in the face of impending war. Of the numerous creative talents associated with the Bauhaus, many went on to notable careers elsewhere. Some made a living as artists or practitioners, others either continued or began careers as teachers themselves - and many did both throughout the course of their lives.

Main building of the former Black Mountain College. Image via Wikimedia under public domain Gropius House. Imagevia Picryl under public domain Ulm School of Design building by Max Bill . Image © <a href=‘https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HfGUlmbuilding.jpg'>Flickr user alphanumeric</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Barn at Pond Farm. Image © <a href=‘https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pond_Farm_Barn_Exterior.JPG'>Wikimedia user MikeVdP</a> licensed under <a href=‘https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> + 11

Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts

07:00 - 9 February, 2019
Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts, Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus
Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus

As retail moves evermore online, vacant storefronts have become ubiquitous sights in American cities and towns. Often located in formerly prime downtown real estate, the darkened windows have a knock-on effect, sapping urban vibrancy and sometimes falling into disrepair. Discourse surrounding the predicament of dead malls and traditional retail space is ongoing, but a one-size fits-all solution clearly isn't the answer here.

Calligraphy workshop at 11 First Street. Photo by Mustafa Hameed.. Image © Spaceus Storefront performance. Photo by Ellen Shakespear.. Image © Spaceus Harvard Square storefront workspace. Photo by Stephanie Lee.. Image © Spaceus Zine-making marathon at Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus + 10

"Reverse Zoo" LABIOMISTA Opening in 2019 Features Mario Botta Building

05:00 - 7 February, 2019
"Reverse Zoo" LABIOMISTA Opening in 2019 Features Mario Botta Building, Courtesy of Philippe van Gelooven
Courtesy of Philippe van Gelooven

The public will soon have the opportunity to experience the vulnerability and awe of briefly inhabiting an animal domain at the “Reverse Zoo,” LABIOMISTA. Translating to “mixture of life,” the 60-acre project is spearheaded by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen and is set to open in 2019.

Have Sweet Bauhaus Dreams in BauhausLand

11:00 - 3 February, 2019
Have Sweet Bauhaus Dreams in BauhausLand, Bauhaus Museum Dessau. Image Courtesy of goBauhaus
Bauhaus Museum Dessau. Image Courtesy of goBauhaus

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the Bauhaus centennial and you’re also in need of a vacation, you can accomplish both this year by visiting BauhausLand. goBauhaus is ready to help you plan your next trip to the Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia regions of Germany, otherwise known as BauhausLand. The region that witnessed the beginnings of the Bauhaus movement is home to many buildings influenced by its revolutionary style. In celebration of the school’s centennial, goBauhaus has compiled a list of notable Bauhaus-y places where visitors can stay overnight to immerse themselves in the experience. So if you’ve always wanted to make an architectural pilgrimage to pay homage to Gropius and his pals, 2019 is the time!

See the list below and start planning your excursion!

Haus des Volkes, Probstzella. Image Courtesy of goBauhaus Weimar. Image Courtesy of goBauhaus Courtesy of goBauhaus Bauhaus University. Image Courtesy of goBauhaus + 9

Rem Koolhaas Featured on Electronica Band Tempers’ New Album

12:00 - 2 February, 2019
Rem Koolhaas Featured on Electronica Band Tempers’ New Album, Rem Koolhaas. Image via Wikimedia
Rem Koolhaas. Image via Wikimedia

They say diversity is key for a strong portfolio. Now OMA's Rem Koolhaas can add “featured artist on a musical album” to his resume. New York-based duo Tempers, in collaboration with German artist Katja Eichinger, feature Koolhaas in a mall-themed concept album.

AIA Announces Winners of 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

10:00 - 2 February, 2019
AIA Announces Winners of 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

Nine projects have been recognized this year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. A five-member jury evaluated entries’ sense of place and purpose, ecology and environmental sustainability, and history to choose this year’s most innovative interior spaces.

New United States Courthouse; Los Angeles, Los Angeles | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. Image © Bruce Damonte Apple Store, Upper East Side; New York City | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © Peter Aaron Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Chicago | Gensler. Image © Michael Moran Studio Dental II; San Francisco | Montalba Architects. Image © Kevin Scott + 36

As London's Housing Crisis Deepens, a Provocative Proposal Suggests the Solution Rests with the Queen

07:00 - 30 January, 2019
As London's Housing Crisis Deepens, a Provocative Proposal Suggests the Solution Rests with the Queen, © Opposite Office
© Opposite Office

"The rooms are awash with sparkling candelabra, sumptuous carpets, marble columns, sculptures, and expensive artworks,” says Benedikt Hartl, co-founder of Opposite Office of Buckingham Palace. The 775-room, 79-bathroom, 828,821 square foot residence has been home to Britain’s royalty since the 1830s. And, if Opposite Office’s recent Affordable Palace proposal were to go through, could also be home to you.

SET Architects' Climbing-Frame Inspired Sassa School Prioritizes Adaptability

11:00 - 27 January, 2019
SET Architects' Climbing-Frame Inspired Sassa School Prioritizes Adaptability , Courtesy of SET Architects
Courtesy of SET Architects

Ten years after a destructive earthquake rocked Italy's central Abruzzo region, many students still attend class in temporary modules similar to containers. Named winners of an international competition, SET Architects’ design for the new “Sassa School Complex” proposes reconstructing a place for students and the community to learn, gather, and grow. Inspired by the modularity and essential nature of climbing frame play structures, the architects describe the design as a metaphor for “freedom and social aggregation as a fundamental value for dynamic and innovative teaching.”

Sassa School Complex / SET Architects. Image Courtesy of SET Architects Sassa School Complex / SET Architects. Image Courtesy of SET Architects Sassa School Complex / SET Architects. Image Courtesy of SET Architects Sassa School Complex / SET Architects. Image Courtesy of SET Architects + 28

How To Get a Job at a Top US Architecture Firm

07:00 - 21 January, 2019
How To Get a Job at a Top US Architecture Firm

© Annie Spratt. Image Courtesy of Architect-US

Looking for a job isn’t fun. It’s nerve-wracking for the applicant and it’s often time-consuming for the potential employer as well. It can be even worse if you’re job-seeking internationally, hoping for a position with a top firm in the United States. For an applicant from another country hoping to make the move to an architecture career in the US, the process can seem overwhelming: rules and regulations, visa issuance processes, and loads of supplementary documentation necessary for immigration.

Top Architecture Firms enrolled in the Architect-US Programs. Image courtesy of Architect-US. 

Berlin in Miniature: Tilt-Shift Video Transforms Perspective on the German Capital

13:00 - 12 January, 2019

MiniLook Berlin from Okapi on Vimeo.

When we get wrapped up in everyday life, it can be easy to take the place we live for granted. In the MiniLook Berlin video, Okapi Creative Studio takes a step back to show the beauty of daily life in the city of Berlin via a stop-motion, tilt-shift technique that makes the city appear as if in miniature. The video highlights everyday street scenes and picturesque shots of nature, while some famous buildings make appearances as well.