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Zhu Pei Named Dean of School of Architecture at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing

14:00 - 8 September, 2018
Zhu Pei Named Dean of School of Architecture at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Courtesy of Studio Zhu-Pei.
Courtesy of Studio Zhu-Pei.

The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China, has tapped award-winning Chinese architect Zhu Pei as its next dean of the School of Architecture. Zhu Pei founded his firm Studio Zhu-Pei in 2005 known for its cutting-edge integration of cultural roots and contemporary innovation in design. Zhu Pei has taught at Harvard GSD and Columbia University GSAPP, two of the leading graduate programs in the world.

The Most Important New Tool for Architects: Instagram

09:30 - 28 August, 2018

In the current iteration of our digital age, Instagram is king in the social media. Boasting 1 billion (yes, with a "b") active monthly users, if you are a business and not on Instagram, you are missing out.

Given the visual nature of the platform, architects and designers have flocked to the platform, using it to market their work, promote new ideas, and even pull in commissions. Other aggregator accounts use the platform to find and foster new talent, creating an entirely digital architectural community that is open to all.

A Looping, Green Sky Bridge Connects Four Unique Towers in Aedas' Recent Proposal

14:00 - 26 August, 2018
A Looping, Green Sky Bridge Connects Four Unique Towers in Aedas' Recent Proposal, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Punctuated by four towers of varying size, Aedas’ new design for a mixed-use scheme in Zhuhai, China, uses a looping, layered path to connect the individual structures with a ‘three-dimensional, vertical landscape’. Hoping to become the centerpiece of the city, the Hengqin CRCC Plaza uses strategic positioning and form to both maximize economic output and create a strong community core, where generous open space serves the surrounding workspaces.

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Sandy Hook School Architect Testifies in Front of Congress About School Safety

08:00 - 25 August, 2018
Sandy Hook School Architect Testifies in Front of Congress About School Safety, Courtesy of BROOKS + SCARPA
Courtesy of BROOKS + SCARPA

Following up on the AIA's recent update of guidelines regarding school safety, architect Jay Brotman, designer of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, testified in front of the US Department of Education this week to urge the government to adopt safer standards for design. While not unheard of, it is not typical for architects to stand in front of Congress.

What Are the Best Lenses for Architectural Photography? (Including Mobile)

08:00 - 20 August, 2018
What Are the Best Lenses for Architectural Photography? (Including Mobile), © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a>
© Flickr user Bill Ebbesen licensed under CC BY 3.0

In a world rapidly transitioning toward primarily digital content creation, more and more people are beginning to experiment with various digital media. There is undoubtedly an intimate relationship between architecture and photography, and many architects enjoy experimenting with taking pictures, both of their own work and of their surrounding environment. But how do you know if you have the right gear needed to start off on the right foot? And more importantly, how can you get the most out of your equipment?

In honor of World Photography Day this month, we have put together a helpful guide to get started with lenses for architectural photography. This guide will specifically highlight the best lenses (for both DSLR and mobile) to use for your shots and why.

The DOME Lombok Eco Village Team is Raising Money To Rebuild City After Devastating Earthquake

08:00 - 19 August, 2018
via DOME Lombok
via DOME Lombok

It has been just over a week since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed 50,000 homes in North Lombok, a city just east of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Although much of the town is gone, the community has already rallied together to begin the long and arduous rebuilding process. With the rainy season approaching in less than two months, DOME Lombok is working to begin building earthbag domes and teaching their construction techniques to help the area rebuild.

MEPM lab Envisions the Next Generation of Power Plants in Taiwan

12:00 - 18 August, 2018
MEPM lab Envisions the Next Generation of Power Plants in Taiwan, Courtesy of Prof. Shiauyun Lu, Jhengru Li, Tzuman Tseng, Hsianghsiang Wang
Courtesy of Prof. Shiauyun Lu, Jhengru Li, Tzuman Tseng, Hsianghsiang Wang

The island nation of Taiwan is a country that boasts both a high population density and a wide range of ecosystems. However, a large issue that the country is currently facing involves the energy production and consumption, and the negative impact it has on the environment. With the largest power plant slated to be shut down by 2023, a team from Taiwan has devised an architectural proposal for how to construct a plant that both generates enough electricity to serve the metropolitan area and reduce its negative impact on the air quality and surrounding wetlands.

KILD Wins Competition for Kaunas Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge in Lithuania

08:00 - 17 August, 2018
KILD Wins Competition for Kaunas Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge in Lithuania , Courtesy of Davit Tsanava
Courtesy of Davit Tsanava

KILD has been announced as the first place winner for a design competition in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city. The competition sought for innovative and eco-friendly proposals for a pedestrian and cycle bridge that would connect the downtown area to Science Island.

Peruvian University Students Win World Architecture Festival's Inaugural 'Water Research Prize'

08:00 - 16 August, 2018
Peruvian University Students Win World Architecture Festival's Inaugural 'Water Research Prize', via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

World Architecture Festival has announced the winner of its inaugural Water Research Prize. First place was awarded to a team of students from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) who designed a water management system that "captures, stores, and treats rainwater and inserts it into pre-existing water networks."

The Stadiums That Could Host the 2026 World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico

08:00 - 14 August, 2018
© <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/landover-maryland-fedex-field-89813/'>Flikr user ID12019</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en'>CC0 1.0</a>
© Flikr user ID12019 licensed under CC0 1.0

I hope you’ve caught your breath after this year’s FIFA World Cup. France’s win in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium marked the end of an era; the last World Cup with a classic format. After the 2022 Winter tournament in Qatar, the competition will be expanded to 48 teams (rather than the current 32).

© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Metlife_stadium.jpg'>Anthony Quintano</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:BC_Place_2015_Women%27s_FIFA_World_Cup.jpg'>GoToVan</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Le_Stade_Olympique_3.jpg'>Tolivero</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a> The Stadiums That Could Host the 2026 World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico  + 27

The SOM Foundation Announces New Research Prize Focusing on "Humanizing High Density"

08:00 - 6 August, 2018
The SOM Foundation Announces New Research Prize Focusing on "Humanizing High Density", One World Trade Center / SOM. Image Courtesy of James Ewing
One World Trade Center / SOM. Image Courtesy of James Ewing

People are moving into urban centers at an unprecedented rate. According to the United Nations, the world's urban population has increased from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018. By 2050, an additional 2.5 billion people are expected to reside in urban areas. In response to this rapid urban growth, designers are challenged to create sustainable and resilient spaces that accommodate complex human needs, both necessary and desired.

World-renowned architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) invites educators and students from across the U.S. to engage in the 2018 SOM Foundation Research Prize: "Humanizing High Density." The SOM Foundation Research Prize is awarded to a faculty-led interdisciplinary design research proposal "with the potential to advance the practice of architecture, structures, urban design and related design disciplines."

This New Multicultural Center by AIX Arkitekter Begs the Question: What Makes Good Community Design?

12:00 - 4 August, 2018
This New Multicultural Center by AIX Arkitekter Begs the Question: What Makes Good Community Design?, © AIX Arkitekter
© AIX Arkitekter

There has been a lot of focus recently on community engagement in architecture. Some building by some architect is designed to be the next 'community hub,' but what does it take to deliver on the design intent?

In order to promote a community atmosphere, a design must engage a large and variable audience, while also offering something unique. This new design from AIX Arkitekter intends to create a new multicultural center called "The "Meeting Point" in Täby, Sweden. The center combines unique sports and cultural activities, at the heart of an existing ecological infrastructure, to promote community opportunities and engagement.

"The Meeting Point" center utilizes both indoor and outdoor activities. This dynamic also translates throughout the design language of the building through transparency and landscape elements. The intersecting masses cause various activity spaces to overlap, promoting happenstance interactions between both people and program.

© AIX Arkitekter © AIX Arkitekter © AIX Arkitekter © AIX Arkitekter + 15

The 9 Bars That Every Architect Needs to Visit

06:00 - 3 August, 2018
The 9 Bars That Every Architect Needs to Visit, The cafe and bar at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London / Zaha Hadid Architects. . Image © Luke Hayes
The cafe and bar at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London / Zaha Hadid Architects. . Image © Luke Hayes

When you think of your favorite spot to grab a beer, what architectural features come to mind? Is it the swanky furniture, themed artwork, or the heavily designed cocktail menu? Today, the aesthetics of bars are now as much a draw as the drinks themselves. From movie set inspired spaces to rooftops that offer spectacular city views, we’ve compiled a list of nine bars and beer gardens that every architect needs to cross off their list.

Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus Win Competition to Design Sydney's Tallest Residential Skyscraper

06:00 - 1 August, 2018
Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus Win Competition to Design Sydney's Tallest Residential Skyscraper , Courtesy of Doug and Wolf
Courtesy of Doug and Wolf

A beautifully delicate design by ingenhoven architects, in cooperation with architectus, has bested series of internationally acclaimed architects to design Sydney’s tallest residential tower at 505-523 George Street. The 79-storey skyscraper will reach 270m, and include several uses, ranging from high-quality living and retail to hotel and leisure. The designers hope the tower will be “a profoundly visible landmark standing for an economical, environmental and socially sustainable, future-oriented development”.

Courtesy of Doug and Wolf Courtesy of Doug and Wolf Courtesy of Doug and Wolf Courtesy of Doug and Wolf + 12

AJ Student Survey Results Pose a Worrying Question: Is Architecture Becoming an Elitist Subject?

08:00 - 30 July, 2018
AJ Student Survey Results Pose a Worrying Question: Is Architecture Becoming an Elitist Subject?, © <a href='https://www.pexels.com/photo/people-coffee-meeting-team-7096/'>Startup Stock Photos</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en'>CC0 1.0</a>
© Startup Stock Photos licensed under CC0 1.0

The Architects' Journal’s 2018 student survey has revealed troublesome, though perhaps not surprising, trends within the profession. The results of the survey, drawn from nearly 500 students in the UK, suggest that the economically fortunate are more likely to succeed within a culture that promotes unsociable and unhealthy working hours.

The numbers paint a bleak picture of the architecture student lifestyle in the UK, where, including tuition fees, students are now forking out an average of £24,000 per year. 44% of respondents identified this as the largest problem for them and their peers.

So as the traditional route into the profession becomes “increasingly out of reach for many,” is it time for schools and offices to reevaluate their methods in order to maintain a diverse, accessible architecture?

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The Prolific Career of an Early Bauhaus Innovator: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

09:30 - 29 July, 2018
The Prolific Career of an Early Bauhaus Innovator: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, CH XIV (1939) - Lászio Moholi Nagy. Image© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosimoes7/24973282627'>Flickr user Pedro Ribeiro Simoes</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
CH XIV (1939) - Lászio Moholi Nagy. Image© Flickr user Pedro Ribeiro Simoes licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy was one of the most influential thinkers, designers and art educators of the first half of the twentieth century. His experimentation with light, space and form generated international attention. Among those impressed by Moholy-Nagy's work was Walter Gropius, German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School, who made Moholy-Nagy one of the youngest instructors in the history of the Bauhaus. In his time at the Bauhaus, Moholy-Nagy utilized multi-disciplinary art practices to revolutionize abstract artistic media.

But who was the man?

EC3 Reveals Design for a New Dalang Cultural & Sports Center in Shenzhen, China

16:00 - 28 July, 2018
EC3 Reveals Design for a New Dalang Cultural & Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, Courtesy of EC3
Courtesy of EC3

Los Angeles-based studio EC3 has revealed its design entry for a new 14.5-acre, cultural & sports center in Shenzhen’s growing Dalang neighborhood, hosted by the Shenzhen Longhua District Government and the Vanke Real Estate Co.

4 Principles of Designing with Indigenous Communities

09:30 - 24 July, 2018
4 Principles of Designing with Indigenous Communities, Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center - First Nations Lil’Wat Nation and Squamish Nation, British Columbia - Alfred Waugh, MRAIC (Architect in Charge), Formline Architecture, Wanda Dalla Costa and Adam Slawinski. Image © Formline Architecture
Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center - First Nations Lil’Wat Nation and Squamish Nation, British Columbia - Alfred Waugh, MRAIC (Architect in Charge), Formline Architecture, Wanda Dalla Costa and Adam Slawinski. Image © Formline Architecture

Indigenous co-design—a more specific form of the general concept of co-design in which an architect collaborates with a stakeholder community—is a collaborative design process between architects and the Indigenous community as the client. The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) recently released a unique resource aimed at designers, clients, funders and policymakers looking for a guide in Indigenous co-design.

Four Case Studies Exemplifying Best Practices in Architectural Co-design and Building with First Nations builds on the success of the RAIC International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium held in May 2017. The four case studies set out to explore best practices in Indigenous co-design in the context of three First Nations and one Inuit community in Canada, with one case study selected from each of the four asset classes: "schools, community and cultural centers, administration and business centers, and housing."

Quilakwa Center - First Nation Splatsin te Secwepemc, British Columbia - Norman Goddard, Principal, Norman Goddard Architecture Ltd. & Civic Design; Kevin Halchuk, President, KH Designs; Peter Sperlich, Owner, Canadian Pride Log and Timber Products and Sperlich Construction Inc., and Graham Go, Project Manager. Image © Sperlich Log Construction Inc Emily C. General Elementary Schools - Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario - Brian Porter, MMMC Architects, Brantford, Ontario. Image © www.mmmc.on.ca IL Thomas Elementary School - Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario - Brian Porter, MMMC Architects, Brantford, Ontario. Image © Two Row Architect Emily C. General Elementary Schools - Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario - Brian Porter, MMMC Architects, Brantford, Ontario. Image © www.mmmc.on.ca + 13