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VIDEO: The Making of Zaha Hadid's Loa and Vesu Vases

18:00 - 5 April, 2015

Crafted from pure silver and standing at 40-centimeters-tall, the Loa and Vesu vases by Zaha Hadid Architects are as bold and dynamic as the firm's architecture. In this fascinating video, watch Austrian silversmiths Wiener Silber Manufactur handcraft the ornamental vases in their Viennese studio using a combination of traditional and modern techniques. Designed by Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, and a team of four designers, the vases reference "the volcanic forces of expansion and compression, subtle fluctuations and distortions of ripples", and are both as functional as they are sculptural.

Video: RNT Architects' "New Gateway" to San Diego City College

16:00 - 4 April, 2015

Watch RNT Architects discuss The Quad, their new Business, Arts & Humanities building for San Diego City College in this short video from Breadtruck Films. The result of seven years of "doing the drawings...watching the construction... building the volumes and the spaces," The Quad brings together two faculties that are "different in purpose and function differently" to create a "place for learning and social interaction."

Toshiko Mori Calls Tokyo's At-Risk Hotel Okura "A Very Beautiful Orphan Child"

13:00 - 4 April, 2015

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With the planned demolition of Hotel Okura in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games fast approaching, architects and designers have rallied around the Modernist icon, calling for its preservation. In the latest and most high profile campaign, Japanese architect Toshiko Mori and Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier have joined forces to span a breadth of platforms from a symposium held last November to an Instagram hashtag (#mymomentatokura) sharing images of the beloved hotel. Most recently, Mori sat down with Architectural Digest to discuss her passion for Hotel Okura, the origins of the campaign, and Japanese Modernism. Read the full interview and see why Mori says Hotel Okura is "a very beautiful orphan child," here.

32 Winners of Inaugural Knight Cities Challenge Announced

07:00 - 3 April, 2015
32 Winners of Inaugural Knight Cities Challenge Announced, Courtesy of Knight Foundation
Courtesy of Knight Foundation

Thirty-two projects have been announced as the winners of the Inaugural Knight Cities Challenge, sharing in a prize pool of $USD5 million. An initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge received an overwhelming number of entries, with winners selected from a pool of over 7000 submissions. Each of the projects proposed strategies for the civic and economic development of one of the 26 cities in which the Knight Foundation invests, including Detroit, Akron Ohio, San Jose California, Lexington Kentucky, and Biloxi Mississippi.

The winning proposals each addressed one or more of the Knight Foundation’s “three drivers of city success”: (1) Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep the best and brightest, (2) Opportunity: Ideas that create economic prospects and break down divides, (3) Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.

Hello Wood Open Call 2015: Project Village

17:00 - 2 April, 2015
Hello Wood Open Call 2015: Project Village, © Hello Wood
© Hello Wood

Budapest-based art program Hello Wood has put out an open call for Project Village, their 2015 workshop and symposium to be held between July 11 and July 19. This year's event follows the success of Hello Wood's workshop in the summer of 2014, which saw participation from over 120 architects, artists and designers from 25 countries.

Venice Biennale 2016: 5 Proposals Shortlisted for Australian Pavilion

12:00 - 1 April, 2015
Venice Biennale 2016: 5 Proposals Shortlisted for Australian Pavilion,  The Pool / Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet  . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects
The Pool / Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed the five proposals shortlisted for exhibition at the Australian Pavilion at Venice's 2016 Architecture Biennale. The announcement comes following a two-stage presentation and selection process judged by the Venice Biennale Commission, currently helmed by AIA Immediate Past President Paul Berkemeier.

The 2016 Biennale will mark the inaugural exhibition within Australia's new pavilion at Venice, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and slated for a May 2015 opening.

Read more about the shortlisted projects after the break.

Parlour Live! / Justine Clark and Naomi Stead with Maryam Gusheh, Catherine Griffiths and Fiona Young . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Objects / Andrew Burns and Mark Gowing . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Wide Open / Ed Lippmann, Dr Anne Watson, Susan Freeman and Michael Hill . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects POST / John de Manincor, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and Misho Baranovic . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects + 6

ModulARCH Festival of Modular Architecture

06:00 - 31 March, 2015
ModulARCH Festival of Modular Architecture, Courtesy of Arch for People
Courtesy of Arch for People

Organized by Czech collective Arch for People, ModulARCH is a new festival of modular architecture to be held in Brno, Czech Republic this April. The festival will explore all aspects of modular architecture from the ecological to the economic, and discuss the role of the typology within the contemporary city. Learn more about the three day conference after the break.

Infographic Charts Rise of Muzharul Islam, Father of Bengali Modernism

06:00 - 29 March, 2015
Infographic Charts Rise of Muzharul Islam, Father of Bengali Modernism, Courtesy of Maruf Raihan
Courtesy of Maruf Raihan

Maruf Raihan, founder of Bangladeshi graphic design firm Studio Biporit has created an infographic tracing the career of Muzharul Islam, widely recognized as the Master Architect of South Asian Modernism. The timeline begins with Islam's birth in Murshidabad in 1923, spanning from his first major project— the Central Library at the University of Dhaka, in 1953— to his last, the World Bank Office in Dhaka in 1987. Also documented are his numerous academic and architectural milestones, including extensive international publication and exhibition. Highly legible and amply illustrated, the infographic concludes with an entry noting Islam's death in 2012, at the age of 88. The full-sized graphic can be viewed here.

Help Fund Ittyblox's 3-D Printed Miniature Cities

16:00 - 28 March, 2015
Help Fund Ittyblox's 3-D Printed Miniature Cities, Courtesy of Ittyblox
Courtesy of Ittyblox

Ever wanted your very own Flatiron Building to sit on your mantelpiece? What about a Guggenheim for your desk, or a block of London apartments for your side table? Ittyblox, a Dutch company based in Den Bosch, is determined to make this dream a reality, 3D printing 1:1000 models of iconic buildings and city blocks. The models are printed in full color and designed to slot into modular baseplates, which can be arranged into complete cityscape dioramas. Buildings currently in production hail from London, Miami, New York, and Chicago, with a new building added each week.

Building Trust to Host Live Build Workshop in Laos

08:00 - 28 March, 2015
Building Trust to Host Live Build Workshop in Laos, Courtesy of Building Trust
Courtesy of Building Trust

This April, non-profit organization Building Trust will host a Live Build Workshop in Laos, in partnership with the local Free the Bears Fund rescue centre. Participants are invited to work with the Laotian local community and Free the Bears staff to construct a design a sustainable merchandise store. It is envisioned that the store will allow Free the Bears to sell merchandise that will in turn fund their ongoing bear conservation projects in Laos and beyond.

Photographer Chris Forsyth on the Montreal Metro, Going Underground, and Overlooked Architecture

12:00 - 27 March, 2015
Photographer Chris Forsyth on the Montreal Metro, Going Underground, and Overlooked Architecture, Jean-Drapeau Station. Image © Chris Forsyth
Jean-Drapeau Station. Image © Chris Forsyth

Montreal-based photographer Chris Forsyth doesn't see his city the way others do -- that much is evident from his body of work, which includes rooftop photos of the Montreal skyline, nocturnal shots taken from the arm of a crane and now, images from the underground. The Montreal Metro Project is Forsyth's latest series, documenting the often overlooked architecture of the urban subway since October 2014.

Composed of 68 stations, each designed by a different architect between the 60s and 70s, the Montreal Metro system is as diverse and idiosyncratic as the city it underpins. Forsyth captures the stations empty of passengers, highlighting their architecture and reframing them in a manner rarely experienced. ArchDaily spoke to Forsyth about the series and the creative process behind it. Read his responses and view selected images from The Montreal Metro project after the break.

Lasalle Station. Image © Chris Forsyth Radisson Station. Image © Chris Forsyth De La Savane Station. Image © Chris Forsyth Jarry Station. Image © Chris Forsyth + 6

Go Around the World in Far Less Than 80 Days with Google Street View

08:00 - 25 March, 2015

Daydreaming about that round-the-world trip you've been planning for years? Covering over fifty countries and seven continents, Google Street View allows you to embark on the journey from the comfort of your own desk, no passport necessary.

Learn more and view our must-see destinations for a Street View "World Tour" after the break.

Open Call: Concordia Lighthouse Competition

17:00 - 22 March, 2015
Open Call: Concordia Lighthouse Competition, Courtesy of matterbetter
Courtesy of matterbetter

On January 13 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia struck an underwater reef and capsized off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, resulting in 32 deaths. In response to the disaster, matterbetter has announced the Concordia Lighthouse Competition, which invites teams of architects, students, engineers, and designers to "redefine a contemporary lighthouse typology."

KAMJZ and Kurylowicz Designs Polish Office Building

15:00 - 22 March, 2015
KAMJZ and Kurylowicz Designs Polish Office Building, Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates
Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates

Warsaw-based firms KAMJZ and Kurylowicz & Associates have shared their proposal for an office building in Poland, as part of the Gdańsk Central Business District Development Strategy. Centrally located at the interchange of several arterial roads and public transit routes, the complex will house a mixed-use program combining office spaces with retail, leisure, sport, and civic functions.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates Courtesy of KAMJZ + Kuryłowicz & Associates + 26

"Urban Platform" Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition

12:00 - 21 March, 2015
"Urban Platform" Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition, Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim
Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

Recent graduates Bumjin Kim of MIT and Minyoung Kim of Columbia University have won first place in ARCHmedium's Lisbon Open Room competition for their project "Urban Platform".

One of 67 teams to enter the competition's "Young Architects" category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of "[providing] a more flexible space" for the city's urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Site History Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim + 8

Leslie Jones Architecture to Design International Airport for Dubai World Central

14:00 - 19 March, 2015
Leslie Jones Architecture to Design International Airport for Dubai World Central, Courtesy of Leslie Jones Architecture
Courtesy of Leslie Jones Architecture

London firm Leslie Jones Architecture has received a commission from Dubai Airports for Al Maktoum International Airport at the yet unbuilt Dubai World Centre. The latest firm to join development on the 140-square-kilometer site, it is hoped that Leslie Jones will deliver a mixed-use transit hub to cater for burgeoning local tourism and aviation industries.

Learn more about the project after the break.

"Data Across Scales: Reshaping Design" at Harvard GSD

06:00 - 17 March, 2015
"Data Across Scales: Reshaping Design" at Harvard GSD , © Harvard GSD
© Harvard GSD

On April 17, Harvard GSD will host this year's annual interdisciplinary Doctoral Conference, "Data Across Scales: Reshaping Design." The conference invites design reachers and practitioners to examine the role and potential of data in design. Particularly apt for the technology-centric times of present, "Data Across Scales" focuses on the proliferation of information technologies within personal and professional contexts.

Goettsch Partners Prepare to Start Work on Warsaw Tower

15:00 - 15 March, 2015
Goettsch Partners Prepare to Start Work on Warsaw Tower, Courtesy of Goettsch Partners
Courtesy of Goettsch Partners

Envisioned with a height of 130-meters and comprising a combined total of 41 floors and 63,800-square-meters, the bipartite Mennica Legacy Tower project in Warsaw has been slated for construction, to commence in the last quarter of 2015. Featuring two adjacent towers designed by Chicago-based international firm Goettsch Partners, the project is located at the site of the former headquarters of the Mint of Poland.

On completion, Mennica Legacy Tower will function predominantly as an office complex, integrating secondary retail and commercial functions. View selected images and learn more about the project after the break.

Courtesy of Goettsch Partners Courtesy of Goettsch Partners Courtesy of Goettsch Partners Courtesy of Goettsch Partners + 13