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Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin, Courtesy of HAO
Courtesy of HAO

Commissioned by the Tianjin Urban Planning Bureau, Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and Archiland International (AI) have unveiled their competition proposal for the Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek in Tianjin.

Envisioned as part of a new media park slated for construction in the city, the building's design is playful and contemporary, offering visitors a "series of unique spatial experiences." Learn more about the project and view selected images from the proposal after the break.

Courtesy of HAO Courtesy of HAO Courtesy of HAO Courtesy of HAO + 20

Irish Competition Searches for Conceptual Interpretations of WB Yeats Poem: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Irish Competition Searches for Conceptual Interpretations of WB Yeats Poem: "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015
Isle of Inisfree. Image Courtesy of Yeats2015

In collaboration with The Model, Hazelwood Demesne Ltd, and Sligo City Council, the Institute of Technology Sligo has launched "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," an international architecture competition inspired by Yeats' eponymous poem of 1892. Part of Yeats2015, the competition prompts practitioners to propose an intervention for the Irish island of Innisfree, combining "Yeats' poetic vision and contemporary architectural ideas." Work may be submitted individually or as part of a team, and must be received by March 12. The winning design will be constructed on the island before June 13, in time for what would have been Yeats' 150th birthday. See more information about the competition and download the project brief here.

AJ's 2015 Women in Architecture Survey Says “Pay Gap” is Slowly Closing

00:00 - 23 January, 2015
AJ's 2015 Women in Architecture Survey Says “Pay Gap” is Slowly Closing, Birmingham Library / Mecanoo. Mecanoo’s Francine Houben was named Architect Journal’s Woman Architect of the Year 2014. Image © Christian Richters
Birmingham Library / Mecanoo. Mecanoo’s Francine Houben was named Architect Journal’s Woman Architect of the Year 2014. Image © Christian Richters

Now in its fourth year, the Architects' Journal's Women in Architecture survey is firmly embedded into the discussion of gender roles within the architecture profession. Collected from an anonymous cross-section of practitioners, clients, consultants, engineers, developers, PRs, and academics, the 2015 survey focused on the UK alone, and saw the number of participants soar to an unprecedented high of 1,104 respondents, 20% of whom were male.

Results from previous years' surveys have sparked discussion amidst the architectural and mainstream media alike, and have been cited by RIBA and the UK government. The survey covers four main topics -- pay, practice, education, and children -- commencing with broader questions about discrimination before narrowing its aperture to more specific issues. View the results of the 2015 survey after the break.

Call for Submissions: Archonic Magazine #2 "Disassemble"

00:00 - 22 January, 2015
Call for Submissions: Archonic Magazine #2 "Disassemble" , Courtesy of Project Archonic
Courtesy of Project Archonic

Sydney-based collective Project Archonic is currently accepting submissions for Archonic Magazine, a quarterly publication exploring the nexus between architecture, art, and design. Themed "Disassemble" and prompting creatives to deconstruct, re-evaluate, and reconfigure their surroundings, the publication marks the second issue compiled by Project Archonic, and is expected to launch in March 2015. Learn more about the publication and view spreads from the previous issue after the break.

RSHP Reveals Plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village" in Lewisham

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
RSHP Reveals Plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village" in Lewisham, Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Addressing increasing housing demands in the London Borough of Lewisham, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled their plans for the "Ladywell Pop-Up Village," which is to become one of the UK's first temporary housing villages.

The short term housing will provide accommodation for 24 families, alongside community and commercial spaces at street level. Drawing its name from the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre upon which it is to be located, the Ladywell Pop-Up Village is fully demountable, thanks to its volumetric construction technology. It is envisioned that the housing units will remain at the Ladywell site for up to four years, after which point they can be relocated throughout the Borough as needed.

Further Delays Predicted for Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee as Costs Rise

00:00 - 19 January, 2015
Further Delays Predicted for Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee as Costs Rise, © Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

The latest obstacle in a tumultuous project history, figures released by Dundee City Council predict that Kengo Kuma and Associates' V&A museum in Dundee will cost an extra £31 million. Since unanimous selection by a competition jury in 2010, the project has been plagued by budget concerns, prompting a relocation from the original waterfront on the River Tay to a site further inland in 2012. Described by the V&A as "much more than just a building," Kuma's V&A Dundee is now slated to welcome the public in 2018, three years later than originally planned. Learn more about the delays after the break.

© Kengo Kuma & Associates © Kengo Kuma & Associates © Kengo Kuma & Associates © Kengo Kuma & Associates + 5

Explore the Land of the Upright People in Grant Smith's "Upright and Educated"

00:00 - 18 January, 2015
Explore the Land of the Upright People in Grant Smith's "Upright and Educated", © Grant Smith
© Grant Smith

Through January 31, The Building Centre is hosting Upright and Educated, a photographic exhibition documenting the work of UK charitable organization Article 25 in Burkina Faso. Captured by award-winning photographer Grant Smith, the images chart the construction and use of a school in Gourcy, in the country's north.

Founded in 2006, Article 25 worked with local builders, craftspeople, and fellow UK charity Giving Africa to construct Bethel Secondary School, allowing up to 1100 children access to enhanced education and vocational training facilities. Learn more about the project and view selected images from the exhibition after the break.

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Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week's "Lost Architecture" Competition

01:00 - 18 January, 2015
Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week's "Lost Architecture" Competition, © Naiji Jiao & Seven Xiru Chen
© Naiji Jiao & Seven Xiru Chen

Presented by the Ministry of Culture of Albania and Tirana Architecture Week 2014, "Lost Architecture - [En]Visioning New City Squares" attracted international entries from students and practitioners under the age of forty alike. Designers were invited to submit proposals for the improvement of Pyramid Square in Albania's capital, Tirana, and tasked with reflecting the city's rich history and evolving identity.

Amongst the proposals received was one from a Canadian team comprised of architect Naiji Jiao and landscape architect Seven Xiru Chen, whose entry “The Pyramid Park" was awarded first place. Read more about the winning entry after the break.

Video: Hawkins\Brown Go Underground with Crossrail

00:00 - 17 January, 2015

"Narratives of History, Climate, Culture and Place" Abound in David Adjaye Retrospective

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
"Narratives of History, Climate, Culture and Place" Abound in David Adjaye Retrospective, Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Starting January 29th, Munich's Haus der Kunst will host "Form, Heft, Material," a major retrospective of the work of British architect David Adjaye. Co-curated by Okwui Enwezor and Zoe Ryan, the exhibition's broad catalogue reflects Adjaye's diverse career and portfolio, including architectural projects alongside material experiments, research, and furniture design. Through sketches, models, prints, drawings, 1:1 building fragments, film, and text, "Form, Heft, Material" foregrounds Adjaye's work against the rich geographical and social context that frames his design approach.

Sto Werkstatt to Showcase World’s Best “Building Images”

00:00 - 14 January, 2015
Sto Werkstatt to Showcase World’s Best “Building Images”, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center / Hufton and Crow. Image © Hufton and Crow
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center / Hufton and Crow. Image © Hufton and Crow

Modern times have seen the rise and proliferation of architectural media, allowing people to remotely experience spaces and buildings without ever physically entering them. As such, the importance of the architectural image has never been greater.

Opening on January 15 at London’s Sto Werkstatt and organized in conjunction with Arcaid Images, Building Images celebrates the "power and impact of photography on the way we sense and experience spaces." Described by Arcaid Images co-founder Lynne Bryant as having "long been the means of communicating architecture," photography is a medium that has grown inseparable from the notion and creation of the architectural image. Learn more and view selected images from the exhibition, after the break.

Jochen Haidachers Inspirational / Mads Mogensen. Image © Mads Mogensen Power Transformation Station / Tim Van de Velde. Image © Tim Van de Velde The Ivar Aasen Centre / David Borland. Image © David Borland Heydar Aliyev Centre, Cultural Centre / Hufton and Crow. Image © Hufton and Crow + 6

Bjarke Ingels' Advice for the Young: "It's Important to Care"

00:00 - 10 January, 2015

The latest in a series of videos from Louisiana Channel sees Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG dispensing wisdom for a new generation of architects. Speaking with characteristic zeal, Ingels advises young architects "to care, because if you don't care, it doesn't matter." "We're not here to build for other architects," Ingels says, describing architecture as "fundamentally the art and science of accommodating life."

Snøhetta's Illustrated Travel Guide for Oslo

00:00 - 8 January, 2015
Snøhetta's Illustrated Travel Guide for Oslo, Illustration by Jorunn Sannes via Vogue.com
Illustration by Jorunn Sannes via Vogue.com

Sleek, contemporary, and unapologetically eclectic, the work of Norwegian firm Snøhetta is as diverse as it is synonymous with modern Scandinavian design. Spanning everything from architecture and master planning to installation art and product and packaging design, Snøhetta's projects are characterized by the marriage of efficiency, quirky charm, and an eye for beauty. Offering a broad selection of suggestions for visitors to Oslo, Snøhetta's guide to the nation's capital is no different. Reflecting the favorite attractions of architects, artists, and brand designers from within the firm, the guide includes a windowless bar, jazz-punk band, and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, even encompassing the work of Oslo-based design contemporary, Element Arkitekter, in Lærernes hus. Read the rest of the seven travel selections here.

New City Square in Perth Reconnects Urban Landscape, Honors an Indigenous Warrior

00:00 - 5 January, 2015
New City Square in Perth Reconnects Urban Landscape, Honors an Indigenous Warrior, Courtesy of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
Courtesy of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority of Perth has released conceptual images for what is to become the city’s latest public space, designed by a team comprised of Aspect Studios, Iredale Pedersen Hook, and Lyons Architecture. With construction to begin in mid-2015 and slated for completion in 2017, the square takes its name from Yagan, an Indigenous Australian warrior of Perth’s local Noongar people. Integral to early resistance against British colonization, Yagan’s tenacity, leadership, and subsequent execution by settlers have cemented his role in Indigenous Australian folklore. Read more about this significant acknowledgement of Indigenous history after the break.

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Sheffield University Student Wins 9th RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship

17:56 - 22 May, 2014
Sheffield University Student Wins 9th RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship, Charles Palmer’s Cycling Megacities proposal. Image Courtesy of RIBA
Charles Palmer’s Cycling Megacities proposal. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Sheffield University School of Architecture student, Charles Palmer, has been announced as the winner of the 2015 RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship for his proposal Cycling Megacities. Palmer will use his £6,000 scholarship to fund a study tour of four "megacities" in developing countries: Mexico City, Mexico; Lagos, Nigeria; Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Shenzhen, China. Focusing primarily on bicycle advocacy and urban design, the tour will examine the manner in which socio-political forces impact urban public space, and explore the bicycle as a means of transportation accessible to all social classes.

HASSELL Wins Competition to Construct Landmark Tower in Sydney

19:37 - 13 March, 2014
HASSELL Wins Competition to Construct Landmark Tower in Sydney, Courtesy of HASSELL
Courtesy of HASSELL

Australian firm HASSELL has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for 60 Martin Place, an office tower at the heart of the city's business precinct. The "environmentally sound" tower will replace an existing 1970s complex slated for demolition in early 2016, with construction anticipated to commence in early 2019.

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

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