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Updated: 2017-12-18T18:16:30-05:00

 



The films and videos that have been selected for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

>2017-12-18T15:41:36-05:00

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Back in August, Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui, and Mimi Zeiger, were announced as the curators of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Commissioned by the School of Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago and titled "Dimensions of Citizenship," the show will tackle the controversial question of what it means to be a citizen.

For the exhibit, the team has commissioned installations by seven participants: Amanda Williams & Andres L. Hernandez, Design Earth, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Keller Easterling, SCAPE, and Studio Gang. Alongside these, a series of film and video works will also be displayed that explore multiple perspectives and reflections on the spatial conditions of citizenship.

Entitled “Transit Screening Lounge,” the collection features recent single-channel works and "will offer more ambiguous readings of contemporary citizenship, involving blurred boundaries, gray areas, and alternative histories. The sele...




Calatrava-designed Greek Orthodox church at World Trade Center site runs into funding issues, halts construction

>2017-12-18T15:35:30-05:00

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Construction at the site of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero in New York City has been halted by the main construction company because the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has defaulted on payments, according to a letter sent by the company to its subcontractors working at the site.



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Image: Greek Orthodox Church in America

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America acknowledged the payment issues and responded in a statement: "In light of recent financial difficulties at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and in order to make certain that all operations and funds are being correctly managed, this difficult yet necessary step has been taken. The Archdiocese is confidently hopeful that construction will recommence in the very near future and has been assured by Skanska —the construction company responsible for building the church— that they are looking forward to the rescinding of this temporary suspension to continue working together in cooperation with the Archdiocese for the completion of the building project."

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Image: Greek Orthodox Church in America



BYOH: Build Your Own Home

>2017-12-18T15:17:56-05:00

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Four walls and a roof, a basic bathroom and a kitchen sink. Basic access to electricity (a couple of sockets "here and there") and no flooring or wall coverings. This is what the non-for profit developers Naked House – created by a London-based startup – is proposing as an alternative to the £484,000 standard cost of a home for fellow members of generation rent.



If you thought coming home with Ikea boxes made for an exciting afternoon of assembly, a London based startup, Naked House, is thinking of you.  

The concept of the startup is to allow the owner to have full control of the interior creation of their homes. With the current thread of DIY reaching endless possibilities, Naked House looks to enable the buyers to complicate or simplify their lives as they see wish. 

It would seem that we have one way or another, turned the primitive hut into a modern-day startup. Who knew Laugier and Eisen were entrepreneurs before their time?




Are planted building renderings a real solution or just for show?

>2017-12-18T17:30:52-05:00

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The trend for “green” eco-fantasy buildings is sweeping the world of architecture, with designers now integrating gardens, terraces and all manner of vertical planting in their specifications for office blocks, apartment buildings and even skyscrapers. “Starchitects” [...] who a few years ago would have scoffed at the idea that their sleek and shiny building might incorporate something as embarrassingly domestic and “unmodern” as a garden, are now getting in on the act.



We have all seen many plant covered architectural renderings of firms getting in on the green building movement. While green buildings and sustainability are not new concepts, they are now a widespread trend being commercialized on a whole different scale. From the vast number of these green projects we must now distinguish between the quality of these designs and their overall effectiveness on the environment. Now we must ask: is there a difference between putting trees on buildings and real environmental change? 




How dance could help engineers design new solutions for urban mobility

>2017-12-18T14:47:29-05:00

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The value of all this for engineering is currently hypothetical. But what if transport engineers were to improvise design solutions and get instant feedback about how they would work from their own embodied experience? What if they could model designs at full scale in the way choreographers experiment with groups of dancers? What if they designed for emotional as well as functional effects?



UCL Urban Design and Culture Researcher John Bingham-Hall writes about how choreography techniques can potentially be used by engineers in designing solutions for better city-planning and mobility.

“We need new approaches in order to help engineers create the radical changes needed to make it healthier, more enjoyable, and less environmentally damaging to move around cities. And my colleagues and I think that dance might hold some of the answers,” Bingham-Hall writes.




Make New History: Same Old Criticism

>2017-12-18T15:41:36-05:00

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Many non-architects have found it difficult to understand the show, which is titled “Make New History” and displays more than 140 designs from over 20 countries at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The wall labels, which are supposed to help viewers understand what they’re seeing, are often written in jargon-laced archi-babble. Without guides to translate, many visitors would be lost. It’s the equivalent of putting a hurdle between the audience and the material.



Disengaged from the public, inaccessible, and impenetrable are just some of the newly minted adjectives being used to describe Chicago's second Architecture Biennale, Make New History

This should not come as a surprise, the show has had a lackluster reception on multiple fronts and while the premise of 'Make New History' sounded titillating to say the least, it called upon much of the same makes of the last history, and even further, participants of the previous Biennale to produce and make it. 

Such is a challenge for Exhibitions, Biennials and Triennials, with the endless cacophony of manifestoes, criticality and production erupting within our discipline, it is not the presentation that is in need but engagement. What and how can the general public learn from the prolific production of 'vertical cities' or 'super models' if they have no way into the discussion or our insider perspective and thus are left with a sensation of an architectural exclusivity, narcissism and self procl...




Meet Adrian Cheng, the Hong Kong property heir funding non-commercial architecture in China

>2017-12-18T14:04:58-05:00

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In Hong Kong, New World Development heir Adrian Cheng Chi-kong recently founded the non-profit organisation Culture For Tomorrow to give up-and-coming architects funding and support to realise their more experimental ideas. “I get to meet and work with a lot of designers and architects thanks to my line of work, many of them young, aspiring and very driven,” Cheng says. “But increasingly we’re noticing that a lot of great concepts by young architects often go untested.”



Culture for Tomorrow is a non-profit organization founded by the cultural entrepreneur Adrian Cheng. Heir of one of China's most influential business families, Cheng is the guy behind K11 Art Malls, which blend fashion retail and art together for a unique shopping experience, and C Ventures, an investment fund that targets millennial focused fashion brands and services. 

Also an investor of the London-based Dazed Media and the digital video channel Nowness, Cheng is an extremely sought-after patron and promoter of global arts and culture in China. His newest venture, Culture for Tomorrow, spotlights design and architecture and encourages cross-culture conversation through public programs and is the 39-year-old's latest attempt at modernizing his family empire. 

Their first initiative, Hot Is Cool, held from December 8-13, invited Finnish architect Ville Hara and Chinese architect Stanley Siu to design a sauna and pavilion, respectively. The idea is to explore the difference between ...




Brutalism and preservation: a look at the lucky (and unlucky) ones

>2017-12-18T13:54:47-05:00

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As London’s Robin Hood Gardens [...] is destroyed despite a high-profile campaign to save it, we look at some cherished examples of modernist architecture from the 50s, 60s and 70s



Last month, the V&A announced that it had acquired a three-story segment of the Robin Hood Gardens council estate, an iconic and not uncontroversial example of brutalist architecture currently being demolished, to preserve a significant moment in history. The Guardian takes a look at other important buildings of the movement and their drastically varying degrees of preservation success.




From the Ashes, Detroit continues to rise.

>2017-12-18T16:02:24-05:00

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An 800-foot-tall centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.



Detroit continues its steep climb back to normalcy and growth. As one of America's hardest-hit areas by the Great Recession, Detroit unemployment was running nearly three times as high as the national average in 2009 at a staggering 28 percent — and the city was bleeding population, losing inhabitants every year for the last six years. 

Through all this, Detroit has powered back and hinted its potential as a location of a modern-day renaissance allowing for unhindered creativity and possibilities. Returning to Detroit's legacy of a booming urban center, altogether, the projected projects of downtown look to bring up to 24,000+  jobs to the region with companies such as Microsoft and Ally Financial looking to make a move to Downtown Detroit. 




We’re giving away a copy of “Ed” every day this week to our Instagram followers!

>2017-12-18T14:09:55-05:00

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Last month, Archinect released the very first issue of “Ed”, our new print quarterly journal. Filled with engaging visuals throughout, this issue — “The Architecture of Architecture” — features thought-provoking essays by Troy Conrad Therrien, the Feminist Architecture Collaborative, Manuel Shvartzberg-Carrío, Caitlin Blanchfield and Nina Kolowratnik with Ophelia Rivas, Jaffer Kolb, Jack Self, Giovanna Borradori, Miles Dugan, Lori Brown, Marina Otero Verzier, Scott Deisher, and Andreas Angelidakis.

Other exclusives include a conversation with MAIO, a feature from Interboro Partners' new book “The Arsenal of Inclusion and Exclusion”, and a special iteration of Archinect's Small Studio Snapshots series featuring Brandão Costa Arquitectos, and more.

We’ll be giving away “Ed” Issue #1 to our readers on our Instagram, every day, starting today, until Friday, December 22! Make sure you’re already following us there for a chance to win.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Follow Archinect's Instagram, @archi...




A tool to digitally analyze Frank Lloyd Wright’s floorplans among the recipients from $12.8M in NEH grants

>2017-12-16T11:53:09-05:00

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded several grants in support of preservation of collections at small institutions, innovative digital projects for the public, and advanced humanities research. Among the many awarded projects was a new tool which uses digital analysis of architectural floor plans to show  change over time in works by Frank Lloyd Wright

Here are all the awarded architecture related grants:  

"A two-year faculty and curricular development project at Tuskegee University to integrate humanities study and architectural training."

"The purchase and installation of environmental monitoring equipment to aid in the preservation of collections housed at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona - modern historic homes designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright." 

"A program to involve 32 teens from minority and low-income groups in the study of the architectural history of Chicago's neighborhoods."

"The continue...




Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #160

>2017-12-18T13:50:11-05:00

Looking for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our Facebook, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work. In case you missed them, here are the latest EOTD-featured firms from the last few weeks: 1. Johnson Fain (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings Photo courtesy of Johnson Fain.2. Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings Photo courtesy of EYRC Architects.3. Grupo7 Architecture + Interiors (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Senior Architect Photo credit: Grupo7 Architecture + Interiors4. Wunderground architecture + design (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Intermediate Architect Photo credit: Wunderground architecture + design.5. University of Toronto (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Assistant Professor – Sustainable Bu... [...]



Project Profile: 'Pitch Perfect'

>2017-12-16T12:20:56-05:00

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Each year, the NLA (New London Architecture) runs a competition celebrating the best in home extensions and improvements.  Now in its seventh year, the 2018 shortlist shows more than ever the value of good design in home improvements, and how architects can work with tight constraints to create an intrinsically unique solution to a family situation.

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Photo: Anna+Tam © nimtim architects ltd

Nimtim’s shortlisted project is no exception; a young family needing extra space, privacy, and addressing this on a multi-levelled site. The result is a modern, sleek echo of the adjoining terraced roofscape, and a considered approach to lighting and heating within this elegant design. 

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Photo: Anna+Tam © nimtim architects ltd

The use of timber on both the external and the internal creates a cohesion throughout the project, and the way in which the existing ground floor layout of the home has been addressed, gives the impression on the interior that this is not an addition but a natural evolution of t...




TWA Hotel behind Saarinen's iconic JFK terminal tops out

>2017-12-15T18:16:13-05:00

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That didn’t take long: Just about a year after celebrating the groundbreaking of the TWA Hotel, the developer behind the project, MCR, has announced that it’s topped out. The hotel will complement—and connect to—Eero Saarinen’s iconic 1962 TWA Flight Center. The whole shebang is on track to open in early 2019 as the TWA Hotel.






The great indoors: 10 interior designs worth checking out

>2017-12-15T13:56:39-05:00

In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles. (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!) Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Interiors. ↑ Hidden House in London, UK by LTS Architects ↑ Essay 4 in Mexico City by MANADA architectural boundaries ↑ 437 Madison Avenue in New York, NY by Fogarty Finger Architecture PLLC ↑ Menu Space in Copenhagen, Denmark by NORM Architects ↑ 77 Square Meters in Tehran, Iran by xema architects; Photo: Reza Najafian ↑ Xi'An GLP I-Park in Xi'An, China by More Design Office; Photo: Seth Powers ↑ Slate Cabin in Wales, UK by Trias ↑ RACE Robotics Lab in Singapore by Ministry Of Design ↑ Belsize Reading Room in London, UK by StudioCarver Click here to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards" posts. Wanna be include... [...]



David Adjaye’s 800-foot, hand-cast concrete condo tower in NY's Financial District revealed

>2017-12-18T14:36:37-05:00

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Developer Lightstone has finally presented the first official reveal of 130 William, the highly anticipated condominium tower designed by British architect Sir David Adjaye. His first tower in city, Adjaye will be adding to Manhattan's iconic skyline with a 800-foot, 66-story residential tower in the Financial district.

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Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.

The newly released design is a marked departure from early conceptual studies of the tower, which showed a gold prism against rigid rows of arched windows. The windows remain arched, but are varied in scheme and plans for the tower now include an additional 50 extra feet and an extra 5 stories. Adjaye's design has also traded gold for concrete, a refreshing break from the sleek steel and heavily glassed high rises that have become ubiquitous in this part of the city. 

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Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.

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Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.

Featuring a façade of hand-cast concrete with bronze detailing, his design makes nods to the past and a...




Get Lectured: Ryerson University, 2017-18

>2017-12-15T12:39:07-05:00

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Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2017

Archinect's Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to connect@archinect.com.

Although the Fall 2017 term is wrapping up, some schools have already revealed their lecture events for the Winter/Spring '18 terms. Here's a preview of the 2018 lecture events and exhibitions of Ryerson University's Department of Architectural Science.

Jan 25
Helena Casanova / Casanova+Hernandez Architects, Rotterdam

Feb 7
Christoph Dünser / Hermann Kaufmann Architects, Schwarzach

Mar 8
Joan Busquets / BAU B. Architecture | Urbanism, Barcelona

Exhibitions

Jan 8-Jan 26
Collaborative Exercise

Reception: Friday, January 12

Feb 1-23
Graduate Thesis Work

Reception: Thursday, February 1

Mar 8-Apr...




Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out

>2017-12-14T19:29:53-05:00

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We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new architecture competitions launching worldwide on any given week — let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why Bustler is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design competition submissions that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.




Steven Holl Architects' Maggie's Centre at Barts is now open

>2017-12-15T13:56:36-05:00

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Over two years after the groundbreaking, the new Maggie's Centre Barts in Central London finally opened earlier this week. Located throughout the UK, Maggie's Centres offer free practical and emotional support for people who live with cancer and their loved ones.

Steven Holl Architects, along with UK firm jmarchitects, designed the 3-story building as a “vessel within a vessel within a vessel”. The new Maggie's Centre replaces a 1960s brick structure, adjacent to a 17th-century stone structure by James Gibbs.

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Photo: Iwan Baan.

Built next to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (London's oldest hospital), the Centre's exterior shows off a translucent glass facade that gives the structure a glowing appearance. The facade has colored glass fragments arranged in horizontal bands like a musical staff, in reference to the “neume notation” of 13-century Medieval music, SHA describes. 

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Photo: Iwan Baan.

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Photo: Iwan Baan.

The building's translucent facade allows the interior to be filled with natural lig...




Report: The year 2017 in skyscrapers

>2017-12-14T19:36:46-05:00

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is out with the latest edition of its annual web report, the 2017 Tall Building Year in Review, and it's a real treat for every serious skyscraper geek: interactive charts, rankings, and plenty of visualized data about all 144 buildings of 200 meters' height or greater that reached completion within the past 12 months.

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Skyline: the tallest 2017 completions. Click here for a super high-resolution version.

Taking the top ten spots for 2017 completions are five towers in China, three in Dubai, one in South Korea, and one in Los Angeles (the United States had only one tower among the top 50 this year):

  1. Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen, China,
    115 stories, 599 m / 1965 ft,
    Design Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
  2. Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea,
    123 stories, 555 m / 1819 ft,
    Design Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
  3. Marina 101, Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
    101 stories, 425 m / 1394 ft,
    Design Architect: National Engineering Bure...



China reportedly building refugee camps on North Korean border

>2017-12-14T17:30:11-05:00

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A Chinese county along the border with North Korea is constructing refugee camps intended to house thousands of migrants fleeing a possible crisis on the Korean Peninsula, according to an internal document that appears to have been leaked from China’s main state-owned telecommunications company.



The Times reports that one of China’s most prominent experts on North Korea called building the refugee camps “absolutely reasonable.”




The new billion-dollar U.S. embassy in London doesn't want to look like a fortress

>2017-12-14T14:38:36-05:00

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At $1 billion, it is the most expensive embassy ever constructed. But its designers say the new American chancery on the Thames River marks a paradigm shift: The U.S. Embassy here will exude openness while hiding all the clever ways it defends itself from attack. After decades of building American embassies that look brutalist or bland, like obvious fortresses, the soon-to-be-opened chancery in London is a crystalline cube, plopped down in the middle of a public park, without visible walls. 



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Image via the U.S. Embassy in London's Twitter

The KieranTimberlake-designed U.S. Embassy in London is preparing for its grand opening on January 16, and the building pleasantly departs from the increasingly common drab 'fortress' chic that American chanceries in cities with heightened risk of terror attacks have adopted. 

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Image via the U.S. Embassy in London's Twitter

Pulling off a seemingly transparent and welcoming look while still employing state-of-the-art defensive strategies and gadgetry (it even has a pseudo-moat) isn't cheap though — the crystalline 'sugar cube' comes with a hefty $1-billion price tag and takes the title of the most expensive embassy ever built.




7th edition of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture opens tomorrow in Nantou Old Town

>2017-12-14T13:57:52-05:00

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Currently the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the set themes of Urbanism and Urbanization, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen will open for its 7th edition tomorrow, Dec 15th. Initiated in 2005 by the Shenzhen Municipal Government and joined by neighboring Hong-Kong in 2007, the co-organized biennale addresses both the material aspects of urban development as well as the many social aspects of city living in the context of rapid growth. 

Curated by Hou Hanrou and the founding partners of URBANUS, Liu Xiaodu and Meng Yan, the exhibition's theme this year is “Cities, Grow in Difference." With more than 200 exhibitors including MVRDV, the French artist Pierre Huyghes, the Dutch artist Rob Voerman and the Chinese architect John Lin, participants will explore the urban concept of “coexistence” and its role in the future development of urban villages and their place among the swiftly developing cities of China. 

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From London to Kuala Lumpur: Serpentine Pavilion on the move.

>2017-12-14T18:14:58-05:00

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The Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed this year by Germany-based architect Francis Kere, will be moved to Malaysia by early next year. “Thanks to the generous donations by a group of philanthropists, Ilham Gallery now has a prestigious architectural commission in its collection. “It was a surprising yet very welcome bit of news to be the new custodian of this exciting work,” said Ilham Gallery director Rahel Joseph.



In an exciting and unexpected outcome, Francis Kere's serpentine pavilion will be given renewed life with a permanent move to Kuala Lumpur next year. With the final site still unknown, the transition was made possible by a plethora of donations and support. 

The short shelf life and physical ephemerality of architecture's competitions and their constructs have become a potent theme of debate in contemporary discourse, and as such, it is invigorating to see such a positive outcome to the Serpentine's pavilion competition.

Kere's pavilion was inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré design is a responsive Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature – and each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat.

To see a walkthrough of the pavilion's inception and ins...




Tiffany Brown wants to bring more black women into the architecture field with her project “400 Forward”

>2017-12-13T21:42:11-05:00

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“I try to be the face that I was looking for growing up,” Brown said. “So if I go into a room or an auditorium and just one person is interested in architecture, then I’ve accomplished my mission.” The name comes from a milestone this past August, when the 400th African-American woman became licensed as an architect. There are 110,000 licensed architects in the country.



Raised in Detroit, architectural designer Tiffany Brown won a 2017 Knight Arts Challenge grant for her project “400 Forward”, which aims to bring in more black girls and women into the field of architecture and urban planning. According to Brown, only 0.3 percent of U.S. architects are black women.




BIG, Adjaye, Chipperfield, DS+R among firms shortlisted for Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

>2017-12-13T17:32:53-05:00

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The Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition today revealed the six shortlisted teams seeking to transform the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site into a mixed-use urban quarter dubbed Adelaide Contemporary:

Stage 1 of the competition attracted 107 teams made up of circa 525 individual firms from five continents. For each team, international firms teamed up with Australian practices to be able to proceed to Stage 2. 

Upon further briefing and a site visit in January, finalist teams will now have un...




RIBA International List: which of these 62 projects is the world's best new building?

>2017-12-13T16:07:51-05:00

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The heat is on for the Royal Institute of British Architects' latest edition of the biennial RIBA International Prize. Grafton Architects and Shell Arquitectos won the inaugural prize in 2016 for their design of the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) building in Lima, Peru, and today the longlist was revealed for the 2018 contest.

The grand jury, chaired by DS+R's Elizabeth Diller, narrowed down the vast field of submissions to 62 outstanding buildings from 28 countries. The final winner is scheduled to be announced in December 2018.

Check out the full set of longlistees and a selection of photos below, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section: Which building has the greatest potential of winning the prize? Any recent buildings that should be deserving of the prize but haven't made the list?




New Royal Academy of Arts' transformative redevelopment set to open in May 2018

>2017-12-13T14:23:27-05:00

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Celebrating its upcoming 250th anniversary year, the Royal Academy of Arts will open a new campus to the public in May 2018. The design for the redevelopment is by Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA, and will bring new (and free) collections to the public with 70% more space than the current footprint. The development will also join Burlington House and Burlington Gardens to unify the two-acre campus. 

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Architecture Studio in 2018 © Hayes Davidson

Exciting tours and exhibitions are planned, celebrating both the history of the institution and works from students in the RA schools. This mix, and the promise of free entry to collections is certain to bring more people to the institution. The artist and architect-led RA will also encourage public involvement with the new Architecture Studio, set in The Dorfman Senate Rooms.  These creative spaces invite not only engagement, but the opportunity for the public to become part of this interaction of art and architecture.

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NIMBYs in Boise find success in establishing neighborhoods as conservation districts

>2017-12-14T16:08:05-05:00

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In the East End, a plan for a home on Mobley Drive off Warm Springs Avenue spurred a group of neighbors to start organizing what the city calls a conservation district. The house would have been two stories and narrow, while most nearby homes are single-level ranch-style structures built in the 1950s.



A 16-year-old ordinance in Boise that allows for the establishment of conservation districts is coming back in favor as neighborhood groups have figured out they can use it to quash projects they don't like. Conservation districts are similar to historic ones in that they define development through the regulation of architectural styles, height, massing, and uses of buildings. Through their establishment, property owners decide the district’s contours and which uses, building types or design features are allowed.

In Boise, such ordinances have been used to successfully restrict massive parking lots and prevent the demolition of homes. Now, in the East End neighborhood, community members are pushing for a conservation district in order to curb the building of a two-story, 30-foot-wide home that would clash with the street's dominating midcentury architecture. A hearing was scheduled with the Planning and Zoning Commission for Monday, but the developers withdrew their application befo...




Get Lectured: IE School of Architecture and Design, 2017-18

>2017-12-14T12:25:01-05:00

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Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2017

Archinect's Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to connect@archinect.com.

Although the Fall 2017 term is wrapping up, some schools have already revealed their lecture events for the Winter/Spring '18 terms. Here's a preview of the 2018 lecture events from the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid.

Jan 19*
Farshid Moussavi
/ Architect, Founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture, London 

Feb 12
Francine Houben
 / Architect, Founding Partner of Mecanoo Architecten, Delft (Netherlands) 

Feb 13*
Tatjana Schneider / Architect, Senior Lecturer at University of Sheffield, Professor at HafenCity University, Hamburg

Mar 8-9
Anne Stenros / Architect, Chief Design Offic...