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Explore the Future of Productive Cities at the 2018 Fab City Summit in Paris

02:30 - 5 July, 2018

The Fab City Global Initiative in collaboration with the City Hall of Paris and the Fab City Grand Paris Association are organizing this year’s Fab City Global Initiative in Paris, France from July 11-13. The three-day program will take place at the Parc de la Villette, and bring together 18 Fab City Members and international city leaders to discuss and imagine ways to define the future of productive cities. This global collaboration project combines innovation ecosystems, governments, and industries that enable cities to become more sustainable through 2054.

Over 700 Experts and Active Citizens to Discuss Modern Housing Trends and Challenges in Kaliningrad

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Over 700 Experts and Active Citizens to Discuss Modern Housing Trends and Challenges in Kaliningrad

On May 18-19, the city of Kaliningrad, capital of the westernmost part of Russia, will host the Living Environment: All About Housing Forum. The Forum includes a business program and the Urban Weekend outdoor public festival.

Besides sessions and roundtables, the ambitious program of the event includes the shortlist presentation of the projects submitted for the Open International Competition of Architectural Concepts for Standard Housing and Residential Buildings. Architects and bureaus from 39 countries took part in this prestigious competition with their projects of innovative residential housing for future generations of Russians. The competition announces a remarkable prize fund: 20 finalists will receive 1 million roubles (about € 13 300) each, up to five winning projects will be awarded 2 million roubles (about € 26 600) each, and up to five runners-up will receive 1.5 million roubles (about € 19 900) each.

Madison Square Garden Unveils Images of Spherical Events Venue in London

12:00 - 29 March, 2018
Madison Square Garden Unveils Images of Spherical Events Venue in London, Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company
Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company has unveiled images of its proposed MSG Sphere in London, a next-generation venue seeking to “redefine live entertainment” through an array of technology geared towards transformative, immersive connections between artists and audiences.

To accompany the London scheme, an MSG Sphere will also be located in Las Vegas. Both are to be designed by Populous, a global firm responsible for a large number of stadia and arenas across the globe.

Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company + 8

CANactions International Architecture Festival 2018

19:30 - 9 February, 2018
CANactions International Architecture Festival 2018, CANactions educational platform
CANactions educational platform

CANactions seeks to enhance the creation of places and communities in Ukraine where people love to live and work. CANactions integrates the most relevant world experience in the sphere of architecture and urbanism to educate and inspire responsibility active change makers. For this moment, CANactions is a member of Future Architecture Platform.

Since 2008, the International Architecture Festival CANactions has become the biggest educational event in the sphere of Architecture and Urbanism in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

2018 is the 11th time the Festival is about to be held. The topic of this year's festival is CONNECTIONS.

Archtober, New York's Architecture and Design Festival, Begins This Weekend

16:00 - 29 September, 2017
Archtober, New York's Architecture and Design Festival, Begins This Weekend, Building of the Day: The George Washington Bridge Bus Station (Credit: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
Building of the Day: The George Washington Bridge Bus Station (Credit: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

During the month of October, a host of events will take place throughout the five boroughs of New York City as part of the month-long architecture and design festival, Archtober. The well-known Building of the Day series of walking tours continues with highlights including the Sea Glass Carousel, Freshkills Park, and the George Washington Bridge Bust Station.

Hello Wood Announces Open Call for Team Leaders for Its Summer School

14:00 - 10 April, 2016
Hello Wood Announces Open Call for Team Leaders for Its Summer School, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

Budapest-based Hello Wood has announced an open call for team-leaders to participate in its award-winning summer school from July 14-22, 2016. The eight day Project Village program focuses on envisioning a design for a “new village model,” and then on building the imagined projects. The 2015 program brought together academics and students from more than 30 countries and 25 universities. This year, Project Village is looking for experienced architects, designers and artists to join the team in western Hungary, only two hours away from the capital.

The theme for the 2016 program is “Settling: The Rituals of Arrival,” which will explore the ways communities make themselves feel at home. Participants will be asked to build “a place of arrival, permanence, and connection," exploring in their designs the architectural aspects of settling, what makes a place feel like home, and the roles of hosts and guests.

Construct the Future

18:53 - 1 April, 2016
Construct the Future, Image credit: Will Hurt who will be exhibiting
Image credit: Will Hurt who will be exhibiting

Construct the Future asks how we can apply new perspectives and transform existing structures to provide living alternatives. The exhibition will be across three days in Shoreditch and is hosted by new affordable housing company Native.

Open to the public from the 8th-10th April 2016, Construct the Future will bring together interdisciplinary practitioners from around the world, including established and emerging artists and architects who have something to contribute to the ongoing discourse around alternative living. Exhibited work includes: a wearable refugee shelter; a sustainable living tower inhabited with edible plants and fish; a digitised 3D model that envisions new spatial possibilities; an interactive musical installation for the London Underground; as well as zines, poems, essays, films and illustrations. 

Lecture: Hamonic+Masson & Associés in Shanghai

18:30 - 24 October, 2015
Lecture: Hamonic+Masson & Associés in Shanghai, Jean-Christophe Masson, co-founder of Hamonic+Masson & Associés, to give Architour lecture in Shanghai. The subject of the lecture will be heritage in architecture.
Jean-Christophe Masson, co-founder of Hamonic+Masson & Associés, to give Architour lecture in Shanghai. The subject of the lecture will be heritage in architecture.

As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour”, co-founder of Hamonic+Masson & Associés, Jean-Christophe Masson, will give a lecture at 15:30 on October 30th at the Ablues Design Exhibition Auditorium in Shanghai. For 2013 through 2015, “Architour” has as its theme “New Force of Architecture – Leading Young Architects”: each year, the CA Group will select nine young, global leaders in architecture (four from Asia and five from the West) to lecture on topics that cross typologies and disciplines, from architectural design, urban planning to interior design. Sou Fujimoto, Hirata Akihisa, Christian Kerez and Thomas Heatherwick were the series’ first speakers.

Official Trailer of the Chicago Architecture Biennial Released

12:08 - 2 September, 2015

On October 3 the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, The State of the Art of Architecture will commence. The “largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America," the exhibition is designed to be a multiplatform event that will host an array of radical ideas, projects and spatial experiments from more than 100 international architects that "demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience."

Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Reveals Official List of 2015 Participants

16:23 - 14 August, 2015
Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Reveals Official List of 2015 Participants, Chicago Biennial to feature photo series by Iwan Baan. Image ©  Iwan Baan
Chicago Biennial to feature photo series by Iwan Baan. Image © Iwan Baan

A 40-strong list of international studios has named the official participants of the first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial - the “largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America.” Chosen by Biennial Co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda - who are supported by an advisory council comprising David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Palumbo, and Stanley Tigerman - each participating practice will convene in Chicago to discuss "The State of the Art of Architecture" and showcase their work from October 3 to January 3, 2016.

“The city of Chicago has left an indelible mark on the field of architecture, from the world’s first modern skyscraper to revolutionary urban designs,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “That’s why there’s no better host city than Chicago for this rare global event. The Chicago Architecture Biennial offers an unprecedented chance to celebrate the architectural, cultural, and design advancements that have collectively shaped our world.”

A complete list of participants, after the break. 

2015 London Design Festival to Open in September

04:15 - 30 July, 2015
2015 London Design Festival to Open in September, Trafalgar Square (2014 LDF). Image Courtesy of London Design Festival
Trafalgar Square (2014 LDF). Image Courtesy of London Design Festival

The 2015 London Design Festival, an annual event held to celebrate and promote London as "the design capital of the world," will run this year between the 19th and 27th September. As a platform for some of the capital's major trade shows, the city-wide event aims to showcase exhibitors from across the world at a series of 'Design Destinations' — places at which established and emerging designers, manufacturers and brands can present their products and innovations.

David Adjaye’s Temporary Museum Hosts "All the World's Future's" at Venice's 56th International Art Exhibition

07:00 - 15 May, 2015
David Adjaye’s Temporary Museum Hosts "All the World's Future's" at Venice's 56th International Art Exhibition, Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

A temporary pavilion designed by London-based firm Adjaye Associates is housing a selection of works for the 56th International Art Exhibition, "All the World's Futures," in Venice. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, the exhibition explores the numerous ways in which art can be experienced in "an unfolding of typologies." Adjaye Associate's temporary museum seeks to parallel Enwezor's curatorial vision, and is nestled within a 316-meter-long, 16th-century ship-building warehouse in the Arsenale district.

Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates + 8

Pratt Institute to Host 2 Free Symposiums in April

18:00 - 31 March, 2015
Pratt Institute to Host 2 Free Symposiums in April, Courtesy of Pratt Institute
Courtesy of Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute is presenting two architectural symposiums that are free and open to the public: "An Inventory of What's Possible" on April 10 and "The Language of Architecture and Trauma" on April 11, 2015. "An Inventory of What's Possible" will focuse on the history of America’s affordable housing emerging from the research, architectural prototypes, and financing that occurred in New York, as well as the city’s future potential in response to Mayor de Blasio's housing plan.

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.

"Sculpting the Architectural Mind" at Pratt Institute

00:00 - 13 February, 2015
"Sculpting the Architectural Mind" at Pratt Institute, Courtesy of Pratt Institute
Courtesy of Pratt Institute

On March 6 and 7, New York's Pratt Institute will host "Sculpting the Architectural Mind," a conference exploring the connection between "Neuroscience and the Education of an Architect."

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.

© Grant Smith © Grant Smith © Grant Smith © Grant Smith + 5

"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