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Updated: 2016-12-03T02:13:14-05:00


Covert House and Murphy House join 2016 RIBA House of the Year shortlist



RIBA is taking a little more time in revealing the shortlist for the 2016 House of the Year award. Most recently, RIBA announced that DSDHA's Covert House and the Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects have made it onto the shortlist, along with the Outhouse and Ansty Plum revealed last week.

Covert House, Clapham, South London by DSDHA


Murphy House, Edinburgh by Richard Murphy Architects


Find more details about each project on Bustler.

Related on Archinect:

The first two shortlisters for 2016 RIBA House of the Year

Glass and concrete tread lightly in DSDHA's London 'Covert House'

Moreau Kusunoki, winners of Guggenheim Helsinki competition, respond to rejected plans: "an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result"



Now that Helsinki's city council has rejected the latest round of financing plans for the Guggenheim outpost, it appears that the winning design by Moreau Kusunoki most certainly won't be built. We reached out to the architects for comment, and they provided the following statement:

Guggenheim Helsinki was an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result of the vote from the City Council of Helsinki.

The reflections we had in conceiving the 21th-century museum in Helsinki were thought-provoking and revelatory, such as the participatory and social dimensions of the museum, the studies on in-between spaces and flexible use.

Through the project, the research on the use of wood, particularly with a tower of 50m in height, the Laminated Veneer Lumber which spans more than 24m, and the use of charred wood cladding were among the stimulating topics we explored and challenged.

This journey was also an opportunity to meet exceptional professionals, whose commitment to promoting art an...

Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Architect Sure!" Pinterest Board



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 Architect Sure!.


The South Yard in Nanning, China by Advanced Architecture Lab; Co-design: Zhou Chao, Atelier UPA; Photo: Arch-exist photography


Stanford University, GSB Highland Hall in Stanford, CA by Steinberg and Legorreta


'70s Modern in Abington, PA by Irwin Stein; Renovation: Moto Designshop Inc.


Laurentian Ski Chalet in St. Donat, Canada by RobitailleCurtis


UCH2, University of Brighton in Brighton, UK by Proctor & Matthews Architects


renaixement at Burning Man by pink intruder; Photo: Noel Arraiz


The Waterhouse at South Bund in Shanghai, China by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute


CUALTIS Headqu...

Construction update: BIG's twisted Vancouver House tower rises above grade



In the three months since our last update, progress has been moving along at the site of the Bjarke Ingels-designed Vancouver House. The soon-to-be iconic 49-storey mixed-use tower by Westbank is beginning to rise above grade [...]. Designed in conjunction with Canadian firms Dialog Architects and James KM Cheng Architects, Vancouver House has been described as a "living sculpture," and the tower's signature twist will soon become a staple of the newly minted Beach District neighbourhood.


Photo of the Vancouver House construction site by Skyrise Cities forum member mcminsen. Click here to see more photos.

The tower and other Vancouver-related stories in the Archinect news:

Unfold Berlin's modern architectural history in this nifty paper map



At nearly 350 square miles, [Berlin is] a difficult city to tour without some guidance. Its vastness is doubly inconvenient for architecture buffs...The [Modern Berlin Map] documents 50 buildings, selected by Berlin-based journalist Matthew Tempest. Unfolded, the front of the guide displays the landmarks on a map of Berlin, while the reverse catalogues the buildings in chronological order. This provides a unique lens through which to track the city’s political shifts.

Want more travel tips for Berlin? Check out Archinect's Berlin Travel Guide, which features recommendations from Jürgen Mayer H:

Let Jürgen Mayer H. help plan your next trip to Berlin with his own travel tips

OMA's three-part Faena project opens in Miami



OMA's three-piece project for Miami's new, billion-dollar arts neighborhood, Faena District Miami Beach, had its coming out party this past Monday, christening the start of the city's Art Basel. OMA's work consists of the Faena Forum, Faena Park, and Faena Bazaar (the last one doesn't open until March of next year), located right by the beach, and linked by a series of public spaces.


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The Forum is a 42,565 square-feet arts venue, accommodating a flexible set of art and performance styles. The two main levels of the building are allowed vast stretches of column-free space, supported by a "structural facade of 350 distinct windows". The top floor is capped by a 40-foot-high dome, with a spiraling balcony arising from the street affording plentiful views of the city.




Faena Park, which OMA's press release refers to as "a state-of-the-art parking structure," doesn't hold a lot of cars (capacity for 81, stacking two per space) but its 28,000 square-feet prioritizes retail space instead. The ...

Editor's Picks #458



Nicholas Korody published the last of his series from a conversation with Denise Scott Brown. Part 3: focused on the pedagogical methods employed in the Learning from Las Vegas studio.


 Plus, Julia Ingalls wrote about Faulders Studio's Wynwood Facade and how it Highlights Street Art in Miami's Dynamic Parking Structure Scene. While Fred Scharmen really loved "the drawing that shows the lines of the city crawling up to compose the facade…" it seemed nonetheless a "Nice idea and a beautiful drawing,"



The AIA released a statement on 2016 U.S. election results, indicating a willingness to cooperate with Trump to tackle pressing urban issues.

Which caused a huge uproar. null pointer spoke for many "I'm not renewing my AIA membership next year. Fuck both of these assholes."

Responding to the outcry, AIA came out with an apology (of sorts). Then tried again.

Others like Bryan Lee (Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans and member of Nat...

Having bazillions of dollars helps



Even if the townhouses look alike and they’re next to each other, they don’t always have the same floor levels. So we’ll have to find a way to eliminate the party wall between them. It’s really taking apart both houses and rebuilding them as one. If the client wants these big open spaces, we have to dismantle the interior of these buildings and then rebuild them together as a 40-foot-wide building

S. Jhoanna Robledo reviews the latest trend in urban living for the wealthy, the Franken­mansion.

São Paulo named Grand Prize Winner in 2016 Mayors Challenge



As part of this year’s Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, the Brazilian megacity drafted a proposal for a digital interchange platform designed to connect vendors with restaurants, markets, and other retailers in an effort to make it easier for them to sell their wares. On Wednesday, São Paulo’s proposal was named the winner of the third ever Mayors Challenge, which gives it a $5 million cash prize to implement the idea.

"Four other cities will also receive $1 million each to implement their respective proposals. The winners include two Colombian cities, Medellín and Bogotá, as well as Santiago, Chile, and Guadalajara, Mexico."

Click here to learn more about the winning proposal "São Paulo: Growing Farmers’ Income, Shrinking Urban Sprawl."

Related stories in the Archinect news:

HUD-winked: Ben Carson takes on housing for Trump and ZHA distances itself from Patrik Schumacher on Archinect Sessions #90, ft. special guest Marc Miller



When president-elect Donald Trump nominated Ben Carson to lead the department of Housing and Urban Development, the response was resoundingly: huh?

The neurosurgeon came onto the national political scene in 2015, during his run for the Republican nomination, but after Trump took the presidency and started throwing around the idea of offering a Cabinet position to Carson, a spokesperson said "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency." Despite all that, Carson is now (almost definitely officially) secretary of HUD (which he knows just enough about to seriously backtrack the agency's work as pushed by Obama). So here we are.

Special guest Marc Miller joins us on the podcast to discuss the implications of Carson's inexperience for HUD, as well as chew on the latest Schumacher-induced controversy: when the architect promoted the privatization of public space an...

Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #117


Searching 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.Here are some of the latest EOTD-featured firms:1. Jestico + Whiles (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Business Development Coordinator2. Marwan Al-Sayed, Inc. (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Part-time CAD detailer3. Benedetti Architects (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Practice Manager4. West of West (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Junior Designer5. Trapolin-Peer Architects (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Intern Architect/Architect6. The University of Tennessee - Knoxville (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Multiple listings7. National 9/11 Memorial and Museum (Facebook feature)​Currently hiring: Multiple listingsKeep track of Employer of the Day by following Arc...[...]

Zaha Hadid's sleek, curvy BRIT Awards statuette revealed



Five different statues have been revealed, but only one - a depiction of Britannia with her hips to one side - will be handed out to winners at the February ceremony. [...] Brit Awards chairman Jason Iley said: "We are delighted with the finished statues. "Like Zaha, they are innovative and original and have gone well beyond our expectations to create something special that will progress the award into the future."

Last month, the Brit Awards revealed Zaha Hadid's concept sketches for their 2017 statuette. The finalized design will be given out at the BRITs ceremony on February 22nd in London.

More ZHA news:

Eero Saarinen documentary to air on PBS Dec. 27th



For those who are interested in seeing Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (reviewed here on Archinect), they'll have their chance on December 27th when PBS airs the documentary as part of its American Masters Series. The film, which charts both Eero's professional and personal stories, will officially be released on DVD on January 3rd, 2017 from PBS distribution. In the meantime, here's a clip from the film where Eliel Saarinen finds out it is not him but his son Eero who has won the competition for St. Louis memorial design:

Guggenheim Helsinki plans nixed by city, citing "the project’s excessive cost for the Finnish taxpayer"



The mix of private and public funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki has officially been rejected in a city council vote, meaning that the plans for the museum designed by Moreau & Kusunoki are unlikely to ever be built. A new financing plan that drew the bulk of public funding from the city and the rest from private fundraising had been approved by the city board in November, but was vetoed by the larger city council last night. According to The New York Times, Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York, said about the vote that “I suppose that it was a reaction to a sense of engulfing internationalism, or a reaction against globalism. That’s how I’m explaining it to myself.”


Meanwhile, Helsinki City Council member and Guggenheim opposer Osku Pajamaki said that “I’m exhausted but relieved. Instead of buying a subsidiary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we can now focus on creating unique local cultural attractions in Helsinki.”



OMA to design major masterplan for Feyernood City in Rotterdam



Rotterdam is the hometown and European headquarters of OMA and has many significant buildings by the firm. Now, it’s set to get a new major project. The Mayor and Aldermen of the city just approved a major new masterplan for Feyernoord City, home of the Feyenoord football team. Sited next to the Maas river in Rotterdam-Zuid, the plan includes a new stadium for the team alongside a redevelopment of the neighborhood and the existing stadium, De Kuip.

According to a press release, the 63,000 seat stadium will be the “landmark of Feyenoord City” and a catalyst for future development. The old stadium will be converted into apartments, commercial space and an athletics sports center. An 800m long boulevard, dubbed the Strip, will connect the former stadium to the new one. Additionally, the masterplan includes an 89,000 square meter park and 700 new residential unites.

“With the development of Feyenoord City, OMA contributes to the next phase of development for the city of Rotterdam, our hom...

Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope could be moved to the Canary Islands



The Thirty Meter Telescope’s International Observatory Board decided late last month that if they cannot move forward with building the telescope in Hawaii, they will instead choose La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands...The nonprofit group that’s building the Thirty Meter Telescope began scoping out other sites for the $1.4 billion telescope this fall—including mountains in Chile, India, China, and Mexico...

Previous news about the TMT:

Hawaii protesters block construction of giant telescope on sacred mountain Mauna Kea

The $1.5B 30m telescope (TMT) will be the biggest ever

From the border wall to the Pritzker Prize: the architectural controversies that defined 2016



As the year comes to a close, we're taking the opportunity to reflect on its defining moments. 2016 has been, for many of us, a pretty tough year—and the architecture community hasn't been immune to its trials and tribulations. Here's a round-up of some of the biggest controversies, debacles, and fiascos of the year.


The Boorish Border Wall Competition

Long before Donald Trump went from long-shot presidential candidate to President-elect, a controversial competition was launched to design the border wall that remains one his major campaign promises. Initiated by the mysterious Third Mind Foundation, the competition provoked immediate and intense backlash because of its asserted “neutrality” in regards to a proposal considered by many to represent the heights of xenophobia.


The Great Tokyo Olympic Stadium Debacle

This debacle actually began in 2015, but it continued well into 2016. Zaha Hadid Architects won a competition to design the National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and proc...

Winners of the “Dingbat 2.0" book giveaway



In Archinect's latest giveaway, our readers had the chance to win “Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis”. Co-edited by Radical Craft founder Joshua Stein and architect and educator Thurman Grant, the book is the first full-length critical study of the dingbat apartment, the stucco-clad “building code creature” considered to be LA's most ubiquitous and mundane vernacular typology.

The lucky winners are:

  • Jonathan E.
  • Erdem T.
  • Henry M.
  • Annie L.
  • Kisha P.

Congrats to all the winners! Thanks to everyone who participated.

You can read more about Dingbat 2.0 on Archinect here.

New-Territories projects forward in its "retrospective" at the FRAC Centre in Val de Loire, France



"Architects corrupt discourse, manipulate competition, make morality their banner and social responsibilities into an amulet or agit-prop," writes New-Territories, the constantly-mutating Bangkok-based, French-born architecture studio, previously known as R&Sie and elsewhere as M4 (MindMachineMakingMyths). “They live and breathe the profound hypocrisy of human nature, with which they are consubstantial. Space is their playground, their control and coercion lever."

Deferring the authorial power assumed by architects stands as a central concern for New-Territories, which is integrally associated with the architect François Roche (despite his best efforts). Founded in 1993, New-Territories is officially “headed” by the “Avatar”, a digitally-generated androgynous figure, who tethers together a practice that is more fragmented than unitary. The “Avatar” also stands-in for a diverse roster of collaborators, including the artists Pierre Huyghe and Camille Lacadee. It is therefore a strange ...

BIG + BARCODE to design terraced “Sluishuis” complex in Amsterdam



BIG has another terraced building in the works. This time around, the practice led a team with Rotterdam-based BARCODE Architects to design the competition-winning scheme for “Sluishuis”, a new 46,000 m2 mixed-use development proposed for IJburg Lake at the edge of Amsterdam. 

The residential complex will be a “building inside the port, with a port inside the building,” Bjarke Ingels says. Showing off different silhouettes at various vantage points, the building will also include 380 apartments, about 4,000 m2 of commercial and public areas, 240 underground parking spaces, and a water-quality program that the architects say will provide enough room for up to 30 houseboats. 


Toward the water, the building block lifts up to create a large opening that allows water from the IJ Lake to flow into the central courtyard as well as bring sunlight and views into the inner apartments of the building. The block then cascades downward and reveals more of itself toward the city.

A public promenade ...

What Ben Carson's federal inexperience means for HUD



If Carson wants to dramatically change the nature of HUD, all he needs to do is nothing — a course of action he seems temperamentally inclined to accept. Under Carson, HUD could stop enforcement of that "socialist" Fair Housing Act. It could stop prodding local governments to increase access to homes. It could look the other way when local ordinances sequester government-mandated affordable housing away from those with enough pull to say "not in my backyard."

Related on Archinect:

Santa Monica's 'impossibly green' building dreams: the challenging path to Living Building certification



On a small and skinny lot wedged behind its historic city hall, Santa Monica is trying to accomplish something that has never been done before in California. By 2020, the city hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot city services building that will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute’s “Living Building Challenge” — the most stringent environmental building standard in the world.

"Should the city succeed it will prove that net-zero water is possible in our arid climate, even in a drought — and that if we’re serious about staving off the effects of drought and climate change, we should settle for no less. It will also familiarize code officials with new innovations, making it easier for developers to build sustainably."

Related stories in the Archinect news:

Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation



Mr. Trump...has said that infrastructure redevelopment will be a priority of his first 100 days in office. And Ms. Chao has experience — politically and personally — in navigating the competing centers of power in the capital...But now that she is in line for a prominent position in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, it is her own ties to business that are likely to come under scrutiny. As labor secretary, she faced criticism that her department favored business and was lax on enforcement and worker safety.

More on Archinect:

President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson

Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'

Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump

Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump



It’s been a rocky few weeks for the American Institute of Architects. Shortly following the election of Donald Trump, AIA CEO Robert Ivy released a statement on behalf of the 89,000 members of the organization, stating, “The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation’s aging infrastructure.” However, not all 89,000 members of the AIA do, in fact, commit to working with the controversial President-elect. As a result, many took to Twitter and other social media platforms to voice their discontent with the hashtag #NotMyAIA, which we’ve collected here.

Now, Scott Frank, the AIA’s Senior Director of Media Relations, has resigned from his post in response to the controversy. Architect’s Newspaper reports that Scott resigned due to the “AIA’s severe mishandling of the situation” and “total lack of accountability”. We reached out via email to the AIA’s Senior Manager of Media R...

The first two shortlisters for 2016 RIBA House of the Year



Anticipation for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year winner builds up as competition grows narrower...Last Thursday, the first two houses in the shortlist were announced: Ansty Plum in Wiltshire by Coppin Dockray and the Outhouse in Forest of Dean by Loyn & Co Architects. After all seven shortlisted houses are unveiled, the House of the Year will finally be revealed on [BBC's “Grand Designs”] on December 15.

Here's a glimpse of the first two shortlisted houses.

Outhouse, Forest of Dean by Loyn & Co Architects

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Ansty Plum, Wiltshire by Coppin Dockray

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Find more about each project on Bustler.

Related on Archinect:

The Flint House wins RIBA House of the Year 2015

Glass and concrete tread lightly in DSDHA's London 'Covert House'

The 2014 winners of the Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize

MVVA-designed Dallas Trinity River Park to become America's largest urban nature park



The Trinity River Park, which will be 10 times the size of Central Park in New York, will be made up of 7,000 acres of the Great Trinity Forest, 2,000 acres of space between the Trinity River levees and 1,000 acres of already developed space. MVVA’s design will build on municipal efforts to connect the river with the city. It envisions the space as a “beautiful and naturalistic network of trails, meadows and lakes living in harmony with the river”.

Related stories in the Archinect news:

National Museum in Szczecin, UTEC, and Matt Emmett are among this week's winners



Need to catch up on the goings-on in architecture competitions? Archinect highlights some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.

Check out competition headliners from the last two weeks in recap #133 below.

RIBA International Prize awarded to Grafton Architects' UTEC “vertical campus” in Lima


The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) by Grafton Architects and Shell Arquitectos won the very first RIBA International Prize. Open to architects worldwide, the Prize is RIBA's own recognition award for “civil architecture that empowers people and societies to innovate and to progress”.

2016 World Architecture Festival + INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors competition highlights

After four years in Singapore's Marina Bay Sands, the World Architecture Festival and the iNSIDE: World Festival of Interiors moved to Berlin for 2016. In case you missed them, here are a f...

The toy-like Mola Structural Kit allows architects to experiment with structural engineering



How can architects determine if their designs are structurally sound? Aside from consulting with a professional structural engineering firm, the Mola Structural Kit offers a playful way to test out the strength and durability of various designs. The company has unveiled the second edition of the kit, which has been designed to be compatible with the first. Here's a video that explains it all: 

Students explore structural concrete strategies in “Weave.X”, from AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE



Twenty-one participants from 11 countries got to hone their skills in computational design and research during the AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE workshop at AA's London campus this past July. Building upon the last two Summer DLAB cycles, students worked side by side in researching and developing innovative architectural strategies to construct 3-D interwoven concrete structures. With guidance from AA Summer DLAB tutors and collaborators, students also applied techniques related to geometry rationalization, material behavior, and robotic fabrication.

The three-week program culminated with the creation of a full-scale, working prototype installation called “Weave.X”, which now stands on display in the midst of Hooke Park.

Keep reading for more about the fabrication process behind Weave.X.


“Initial computational form-finding techniques explore the generation of a network of interwoven elements via a bundling algorithm developed in Grasshopper. The algorithm enables the user to locally different...

COOP HIMMEL(B)LAU completes work on the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen



COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has completed work on the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), a major new cultural center in the Futian Cultural District of Shenzhen. The “monolithic” structure houses two separate institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Planning Exhibition, under one roof, serving as a “cultural meeting point and a venue for architectural exhibitions”. The project completes the eastern part of a major master plan for central Shenzhen.



From the architects:

Both museums are designed as separate entities emphasizing their individual functional and artistic requirements and yet are merged in a monolithic body surrounded by a multifunctional facade. This transparent facade and a sophisticated internal lighting concept allow a deep view into the joint entrance and transitional areas between the buildings. From the inside, visitors are granted an unhindered view onto the city suggesting they are somewhere in a gently shaded outdoor area, an impression e...