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Fast Food Slowed Down: What's Behind the All the Redesigns - and Is It Enough?

09:30 - 23 August, 2018
Fast Food Slowed Down: What's Behind the All the Redesigns - and Is It Enough? , Courtesy of Giorgi Khmaladze
Courtesy of Giorgi Khmaladze

Some restaurants don’t need a review to get attention. You might know them for their longevity, their presence, or even just their advertisements. But most importantly, whether it’s their grand luminous logo, or the building’s prominent architecture and color palette, these franchises are more or less the same (the menu, the music, the interior design…), wherever you are, be it London, Lima, or Lahore.

Recently, however, a few of these places have begun to shift away from the “architectural stamp” that they use in all their branches, hiring design firms to rebrand their restaurants - and by extension, their image. This bespoke approach can result in outposts that are atypically site-specific, understated, and individual. For users, it may be a point of curiosity; a reason to revisit what you think you already know. For the brand, it's an attempt to cater to evolving tastes (culinary and otherwise) without having to alter the core product.

McDonald's Rotterdam. Image © Jeroen Musch Fuel Station + McDonald's, Georgia. Image Courtesy of Giorgi Khmaladze Starbucks Chelsea, NYC. Image Courtesy of Starbucks Burger King Garden Grill . Image Courtesy of Outofstock + 20

The Characteristics of 12 Architectural Styles From Antiquity to the Present Day

07:00 - 13 August, 2018
The Characteristics of 12 Architectural Styles From Antiquity to the Present Day, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

History has often been taught in a linear way. This way of teaching has often left out grand historical narratives, and focused primarily on the occidental world. 

Nominations Now Open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

18:30 - 2 May, 2018
Nominations Now Open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

Nominations are now open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the prize recognizes architects or designers that have demonstrated innovative solutions to preserve or save threatened modern architecture.

Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music

14:00 - 29 April, 2018
Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music, Courtesy of Wight & Company
Courtesy of Wight & Company

When architects were asked to re-imagine Chicago’s neglected buildings for an exhibition, Dirk Lohan designed a revitalization plan for Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church. Soon Sullivan’s landmark building will become the nation’s first National Museum of Gospel Music, complete with a cafe, retail store, event space, research and listening library, and a 350-seat auditorium.

Call for entries MEDS Workshop 2018 - DiverCity

17:58 - 23 January, 2018
Call for entries MEDS Workshop 2018 - DiverCity

Update: The deadlines for this opportunity have been extended 

  • Call For tutors : Extended till January 28
  • Call for participants : Ends on February 28

MEDS workshop “Meetings of Design Students” is an international workshop that takes part each summer in a different country, focusing on various issues, themes, topics and settings that will help any designer expand their expertise. It is a chance to get in touch with diverse approaches to design, different building techniques, traditions and skills. MEDS workshop is both practical and educational because it focuses not only on creative theoretical designs, but actually compels participants to execute these designs during the 2-week span of the workshop. You can apply to MEDS as a tutor or as a participant.

Call for Submissions: Glass in Architecture, Archglass

16:57 - 17 January, 2018
Call for Submissions: Glass in Architecture, Archglass, Glass in architecture, Archglass
Glass in architecture, Archglass

The Union of Architects of Russia calls for submissions to the Sixth "Glass in architecture" awards for 2018. It will be held on April, 18-19, 2018 within the framework of the Forum of the architectural glass industry, "ArchGlass 2018," in Moscow at the Central House of Architects.

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Modern Collective Living Challenge

06:00 - 8 November, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Modern Collective Living Challenge, Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders announced the winners of the Modern Collective Living Challenge, one part of their Global Housing Crisis competition series. Participants conceived new types of accessible housing for rural China’s relocated farmers. China’s fast-paced urbanization is causing millions of rural folk to move to cities. With no designated site, successful projects need to be versatile enough to work in a variety of sites and even be adopted as a standard for addressing relocation. Winning projects were held to a high standard in their answering of the question: how can we create modern community living situations where relocated individuals are not forced into changing their way of life? Common themes in winning projects are modularity and green space.

The competition winners are listed below.

6 Unique Long Weekend Travel Ideas for Architects

09:30 - 27 February, 2017
6 Unique Long Weekend Travel Ideas for Architects

The "architectural pilgrimage" is much more than just everyday tourism. Studying and admiring a building through text and images often creates a hunger in architects, thanks to the space between the limitations of 2D representation and the true experience of the building. Seeing a building in person that one has long loved from a distance can become something of a spiritual experience, and architects often plan vacations around favorite or important spaces. But too often, architects become transfixed by a need to visit the same dozen European cities that have come to make up the traveling architect's bucket list.

The list here shares some sites that may not have made your list just yet. Although somewhat less well known than the canonical cities, the architecture of these six cities is sure to hold its ground against the world's best. The locations here make ideal long weekend trips (depending of course on where you are traveling from), although it never hurts to have more than a few days to really become immersed in a city. We have selected a few must-see buildings from each location, but each has even more to offer than what you see here—so don't be afraid to explore!

Frank Bros.: The Store That Modernized Modern

10:30 - 16 August, 2016
Frank Bros.: The Store That Modernized Modern

In January 2017, the University Art Museum will open the exhibition Frank Bros.: The Store That Modernized Modern. Long Beach retailer, Frank Bros. Furniture was the primary U.S. source for the most coveted mid-century design at the height of the modernist era, furnishing nearly half of the Case Study Houses for Arts & Architecture Magazine. The store emphasized the principles of aesthetics and functionality in furniture design, and blurred the boundaries between art, design, and commerce with their exhibitions, innovative graphic design, marketing, and public relations.

designjunction + Dwell on Design

18:00 - 29 April, 2016
designjunction + Dwell on Design , designjunction + Dwell on Design
designjunction + Dwell on Design

For the first time this May, the UK’s leading design exhibition, designjunction, and Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, will partner during NYCxDESIGN. This highly anticipated collaboration promises to present the city’s most exciting display of cutting-edge design and captivating conversations. Visitors can expect to discover more than 20 contemporary design brands including Artek, Dyke and Dean, Whitebeam Studio, Cuero, Capsbury and Melin Tregwynt—who will present their latest product launches and design classics within a multipurpose setting. As well as design exhibition, designjunction + Dwell on Design will be a community hub for design and architecture. WeWork, the archetypal co-working space,

Film Screening: The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat

07:57 - 24 November, 2015
Film Screening: The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat, Image: The Oyler House cover art.
Image: The Oyler House cover art.

Join us for another portrayal of one of America’s greatest architects: Richard Neutra. The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat explores how Neutra, considered the “father of California Modern architecture,” came to befriend this modest small-town family and how he was inspired by the site’s stunning desert setting, which Neutra compared with the grandness of the mystical Gobi Desert.

A Crash Course on Modern Architecture (Part 2)

00:00 - 8 May, 2013
A Crash Course on Modern Architecture (Part 2) , High Line, New York, is a good example of what is to come. Image © Iwan Baan
High Line, New York, is a good example of what is to come. Image © Iwan Baan

Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup is associate Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. This article originally appeared in GRASP.

Miss Part 1? Find it here.

Architecture is inseparable from planning, and the huge challenge for the current generation is the growth and shrinkage of cities. Some cities, mainly in the Southern Hemisphere, are growing at exponential rates, while former global hubs in the northern are turning into countrysides. In the south, populations are still growing a lot, while populations are dwindling in Europe, Russia and North East Asia. The dream of the Bilbao effect was based on the hope that there might be a quick fix to both of these problems. Well, there is not.

A decade ago, few people even recognized this was a real issue and even today it is hardly ever mentioned in a political context. As a politician, you cannot say out loud that you have given up on a huge part of the electorate, or that it makes sense for the national economy to favor another part. Reclaiming the agricultural part of a nation is a political suicide issue whether you are in Europe or Latin America. And investing in urban development in a few, hand-picked areas while other areas are desolate is equally despised.

The one person, who is consistently thinking and writing about this problem, is Rem Koolhaas, a co-founder of OMA.