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Getting In: Admissions Advice from Architecture Programs Around the World

08:00 - 9 December, 2018
Getting In: Admissions Advice from Architecture Programs Around the World, MIT. Image
MIT. Image

As a follow up to A Glimpse Into the Weird World of Architecture Students' First Assignments I wanted to explore what architecture schools from around the world are looking for in creating their institution’s community of young architects.

Approximately 3,550 students enroll annually in the United States into an accredited Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program according to the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and about 70% of that enrollment eventually graduate with a degree in architecture. There are 51 Accredited BArch programs in the United States compared to over 2,000 architecture programs worldwide. The United States has such a minimum amount of architecture schools relative to the world. An interesting fact is there are twice as many Master of Architecture programs in the U.S., but the initial quantity of student enrollment into each program is very similar.

Fate of O’Donnell + Tuomey’s RIBA International Prize Contender Uncertain after Political Crackdown

11:00 - 26 October, 2018
Fate of O’Donnell + Tuomey’s RIBA International Prize Contender Uncertain after Political Crackdown, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

The Central European University’s Budapest campus, designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey and shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize, is under threat of abandonment due to ongoing verbal and legislative attacks by Hungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orbán.

As reported by CNN, university officials have spoken publically about plans to leave Budapest, with the university’s board recently approving the opening of a satellite campus in Vienna in 2019. The decision would cast doubt over the second construction phase of the O’Donnell + Tuomey vision.

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky + 11

Senior-Citizen University of Fengxian / Atelier GOM

23:00 - 24 September, 2018
© CreatAR
© CreatAR
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hua Yuan Lu, Fengxian Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Lead Architect

    Jiajing Zhang
  • Design Team

    Wenbin Xu, Cong Xu
  • Area

    39458.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Carlo Ratti Associati's Proposed Milan Science Campus Features Robotically-Assembled Brick Facades

12:00 - 7 August, 2018
Carlo Ratti Associati's Proposed Milan Science Campus Features Robotically-Assembled Brick Facades, Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati has released details of their schematic design for the University of Milan’s new science campus, featuring robotically-assembled brick facades, porous communal areas, and natural oases. Working in collaboration with Australian real estate group Lendlease, the “Science for Citizens” proposal will sit within a new Milan Innovation District, located on the site of Milan’s 2015 World Expo.

Located within this new district, and home to over 18,000 students and 2,000 researchers, the “Science for Citizens” proposal seeks to “put forward a vision for an open campus that becomes a testing ground for innovative education while fostering exchanges between the university and the surrounding innovation neighborhood.”

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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Photographic Gallery Captures the Rough Brutalism of Toronto's Andrews Building

08:00 - 22 June, 2018
© Ruta Krau
© Ruta Krau

Toronto-based photographer Ruta Krau has captured stunning photographs of the Andrews Building, one of Canada’s most noted brutalist buildings, and a celebrated part of Toronto's concrete architecture. Designed by John Andrews, architect of Toronto’s iconic CN Tower, the Andrews Building embodies the Modernist ethos of connecting with the surrounding environment, balanced above a ravine and emerging as a stepped pyramid from a natural ridge.

Krau’s photographs capture the rough, natural aesthetic of the Modernist building, with béton brut concrete stamped with the patterns of the timber used to mold the poured-concrete structure. Visible on both the interior and exterior, this texture compliments terra-cotta-colored floor tiles and wood-paneled feature walls.

© Ruta Krau © Ruta Krau © Ruta Krau © Ruta Krau + 19

Nepal's "Vertical University" Will Include 6 Campuses In 5 Climatic Zones to Teach About Climate Change

09:30 - 4 May, 2018
Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio
Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio

KTK-BELT Studio, a not-for-profit organization based in rural Nepal, is currently working with local communities to create a fascinating "Vertical University," which will teach students about biodiversity and environmental conservation in 6 "living classrooms" positioned along a vertical forest corridor that stretches from 67 meters above sea level to the top of an 8,856-meter peak. These 6 stops encapsulate the 5 climatic zones of Eastern Nepal: tropical, subtropical, temperate, subarctic and arctic.

The project explores the specific impacts of climate change in each climatic zone, creating “classrooms” where students can walk from Koshi Tappu to Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third tallest peak in the world, and learn onsite from indigenous farmers about the biological diversity of each area. By teaching place-based skills in these micro-conservation hubs, the project aims to conserve and activate local knowledge. Each of these “classrooms” responds to the visual and cultural cues of its unique landscape, with one campus focusing on a flood-proof design in a heavy monsoon area, and another mimicking the semi-nomadic lifestyle of local yak-herders.

Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio + 16

Bernard Tschumi Team Wins Competition for University Research Complex in Paris

12:00 - 25 April, 2018
Bernard Tschumi Team Wins Competition for University Research Complex in Paris, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

Bernard Tschumi Architects has been awarded one of the largest university commissions in France, with the design and build of a €283 million ($350 million) state-of-the-art educations and research center at the Université Paris-Sud in Saclay, just south of the French capital. The “METRO Center” will form part of the biology, pharmacy and chemistry wing of the university, comprising six buildings connected by flying bridges, featuring teaching facilities, research labs, offices, restaurants, and logistics areas.

Having won a competition against teams containing Herzog & De Meuron and MVRDV, Bernard Tschumi will work in collaboration with Bouygues Construction, Groupe-6 and Baumschlager Eberle Architekten for the scheme’s realization and operation.

© Luxigon © Luxigon © Luxigon © Luxigon + 9

Construction Begins on Steven Holl's Institute for Advanced Study Campus Building

14:00 - 27 March, 2018
Construction Begins on Steven Holl's Institute for Advanced Study Campus Building, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

The groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for Rubenstein Commons, a $20 million campus building for the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the scheme aims to provide space for enhanced collaboration and communication between faculty and scholars at “one of the world’s leading centers for curiosity-driven basic research.” The ceremony took place on March 14th, the birthday of famed physicist Albert Einstein, who spent the last twenty-two years of his life working at the Institute.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects + 9

Study in Valencia, Porto and Milan and Travel Around the World with the Master in Architecture, Design and Innovation

00:00 - 26 March, 2018
Study in Valencia, Porto and Milan and Travel Around the World with the Master in Architecture, Design and Innovation

The European University of Valencia offers a postgraduate education linked to Architecture and Design through three educational programmes.

These different MArch programmes are directed by Fran Silvestre and feature influential architects and studios from current architecture such as Alvaro Siza, Souto de Moura, Aires MateusOAB • Carlos FerraterCorreia/Ragazzi and Juan Domingo Santos.

Amanda Levete Architects Unveil Oxford University Addition

06:00 - 14 March, 2018
Amanda Levete Architects Unveil Oxford University Addition, Courtesy of AL_A Architects
Courtesy of AL_A Architects

London-based AL_A, spearheaded by Amanda Levete, have revealed their design for two new buildings at the Wadham College site of the historic Oxford University in England. The Dr. Lee Shau Kee Building and William Doo Undergraduate Centre will provide much-needed space for undergraduate services to support the University's access programs as well as new gathering places for the student body. The firm has been developing the expansion since securing the project after an invited design competition in the summer of 2016.

Dancing - Alternative Designs for Clubs

16:25 - 5 March, 2018
Dancing - Alternative Designs for Clubs

The aim of the “dancing” competition is to develop design proposals for the nightclub typology, intended as a place to experience entertainment in relation to music: listen, perform, dance.

The participants are asked to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of a club.

Dear Employers: Do You Want an Architect or a Revit Monkey?

08:00 - 22 January, 2018
Dear Employers: Do You Want an Architect or a Revit Monkey?, © Alhelí Zanella Giurfa
© Alhelí Zanella Giurfa

We are seeking someone with a Bachelor of Architecture with two years of experience. Knowledge of Revit, Vray, Adobe and Microsoft. Knowledge of RNE and Municipal documentation. Immediate availability - Typical Architecture Job Listing.

Are newly graduated Architects "employable" people according to the requirements of the current market? And are these the right requirements?

Italian Fashion Hub: Call For Entries

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Italian Fashion Hub: Call For Entries, Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions
Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions

YAC – Young Architects Competitions – and Centergross launch “Italian Fashion Hub”, an architectural competition to redevelop a multi-service area of the wider fashion district in Europe. A cash prize of € 20,000 will be awarded to the winners selected by an internationally-renowned jury made by, among the others, Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Ben Gilmartin (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), Marie Hesseldahl (3XN), Aurélien Coulanges (Ateliers Jean Nouvel).

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Emerging Studio Wins Competition to Expand one of Norway’s Largest University Campuses

06:00 - 26 May, 2017
Emerging Studio Wins Competition to Expand one of Norway’s Largest University Campuses, New university buildings form a spatial framing, where the park is the unifying element. The square is enriched with small landscape interventions, and facilitates external business activities. (Illustration by Beauty and the Bit). Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter
New university buildings form a spatial framing, where the park is the unifying element. The square is enriched with small landscape interventions, and facilitates external business activities. (Illustration by Beauty and the Bit). Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter

KOHT Arkitekter has won an international competition to expand one of Norway’s s largest university campuses. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim launched their masterplan competition in December last year, setting the deadline for the first stage in January 2017. The emerging studio, consisting of Anders Olivarius Bjørneseth (27), Kenneth Larssen Lønning (25), Jonas Velken Kverneland (27) and Christopher Wilkens (32) beat 39 competing proposals before winning in the two-stage competition.

North Lift. Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter Promenade. Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter Technology and University Centre, Innovation Square. Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter Elgeseter Park. Image Courtesy of KOHT Arkitekter + 16

Liberal Arts Building No.2, Northeastern University / THAD

20:00 - 24 May, 2017
Liberal Arts Building No.2, Northeastern University / THAD, © Shengliang Su
© Shengliang Su

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su + 25

MArch. Master in Architecture, Design and Innovation

04:00 - 22 May, 2017
MArch. Master in Architecture, Design and Innovation, MArch - Team
MArch - Team

MArch Valencia originates as a cultural meeting point for professional architects and designers, students and companies with a same set of values; with the aim of bringing together and sharing all different experiences that arise during creative processes.

A nexus between the academical, professional and enterprise worlds, which is vital nowadays.

This different master and postgraduate MArch programs, are directed by Fran Silvestre and feature influential speakers and studios from the current architecture as Alvaro Siza Studio, Souto de Moura Studio, Manuel Aires Mateus Architects, OAB • Ferrater, Juan Domingo Santos and Fran Silvestre Architects.

Peking University Affiliated High School / Crossboundaries

19:00 - 23 February, 2017
Peking University Affiliated High School / Crossboundaries, © WANG Ziling
© WANG Ziling

© WANG Ziling © WANG Ziling © WANG Ziling © WANG Ziling + 31