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Updated: 2018-04-21T19:00:32-04:00

 



Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #175

>2018-04-20T15:58:41-04:00

On the lookout for a new 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: 1. Airbnb Samara (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Architecture and Design Manager Photo: Airbnb Samara.2. Blaze Makoid Architecture (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Designer (0-7 years) Photo: Joshua McHugh.3. Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Architecture Intern Photo: Dustin Aksland.4. BULLI (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings Photo: BULLI.5. Haley Donovan, LLC (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings Photo: Haley Donovan, LLC.Keep track of Employer of the Day by following Archinect's Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, the Archinect Job... [...]



2018 RAMSA Travel Fellowship awarded to Harvard GSD student Wilson Harkhono

>2018-04-20T20:53:32-04:00

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Today, Robert A.M. Stern Architects announced Wilson Harkhono — a Master of Architecture candidate at Harvard GSD — as the 2018 RAMSA Travel Fellowship recipient for his proposal, “Rooted Future: Resurfacing Lost Identity”. Awarded by RAMSA's partners since 2013, the $10,000 prize distinguishes architectural research that reflects the firm's own focus on “investigations of the perpetuation of tradition through invention”. The prize is open to graduate students in their penultimate year attending any of the 19 participating architecture schools in the U.S. and Canada.

The prize will fund Harkhono's travels to Indonesia, where he'll catalog and analyze the highly characteristic architectural style of traditional Rumah Adat homes. "[T]he idea of revolution to all aspects of Indonesian life, producing 'modern' buildings to align Indonesia closer to Western countries, exacerbated the decline of Rumah Adat,” Harkhono writes in his proposal. “This proposal seeks to resurface the roots of Ru...




Bjarke Ingels reveals news renderings of twisting High Line condo ahead of May sales launch

>2018-04-21T11:11:32-04:00

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Ahead of the May 7th sales launch, Bjarke Ingels and developer HFZ Capital have released several new renderings of the Eleventh, or the XI as it’s been branded. The West Chelsea hotel/condo project is notable not only for being Ingels’ first NYC condo project but for its asymmetrical, twisting silhouette. And in the new renderings, we’re able to get a better look at the pair of towers and their skybridge, along with, for the first time, the central courtyard and an apartment interior.



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Renderings via Dbox for HFZ Capital Group

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Renderings via Dbox for HFZ Capital Group

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Renderings via Dbox for HFZ Capital Group



How a small, conservative Texas town became a key player in the renewable energy revolution

>2018-04-20T14:33:58-04:00

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Georgetown (pop. 67,000) last year became the largest city in the United States to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Previously, the largest U.S. city fully powered by renewables was Burlington, Vermont (pop. 42,000), home to Senator Bernie Sanders, the jam band Phish and the original Ben & Jerry’s. Georgetown’s feat is all the more dramatic because it demolishes the notion that sustainability is synonymous with socialism and GMO-free ice cream.



In his piece for Smithsonian Magazine, Dan Solomon tells the story of Georgetown, TX's green energy transformation and its unexpected champion, Republican mayor Dale Ross—who is now friends with Al Gore and was even featured in his An Inconvenient Sequel documentary.




Mecanoo's Kaohsiung Center for the Arts to open in October

>2018-04-20T14:16:12-04:00

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Eleven years in the making, the Mecanoo-designed Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan is now scheduled to open this October. Located on a former military training base in the newly landscaped Weiwuying Park, the Center comprises of five separate performance spaces, covering a surface area of 35 acres (141,000 sq.m). The Center for the Arts will complete Taiwan's National Performing Arts Center trio of buildings, the other two being Taipei's National Theater and Concert Hall and the National Taichung Theater.




UNStudio and Swiss furniture brand USM join forces in Milan to explore the boundaries between work and domesticity

>2018-04-20T14:06:35-04:00

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"Work rules our lives today more than ever," says the design team behind Homework, an installation at Milan Design Week's furniture focused event, the 2018 Salone del Mobile, that explores the historically shifting boundaries between private and public spaces.

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In 2012, a study by a bed manufacturer found that 80% of young New York City professionals work from bed regularly. As technology increasingly invades our home life, the way we occupy domestic interiors has greatly shifted with the potential for work to be exported virtually anywhere. Many of the most profound revisions to the architecture of daily life have occurred through the blurring of these spaces and how they change the ways in which we inhabit them.

USM, a Swiss manufacturer that specializes in modular furniture, is exploring what this might mean for them. Enlisting the help of UNStudio, the team created a theatrical installation that envisions the changes taking place within the world of work.

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The biometric identities of buildings

>2018-04-20T13:43:14-04:00

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[...] iPhoto confused a human friend of mine – I’ll call him Mike – with a building called the Great Mosque of Cordoba. [...] Rather than viewing this as a failure, I realized I had found a new insight: Just as people’s faces have features that can be recognized by algorithms, so do buildings. That began my effort to perform facial recognition on buildings – or, more formally, “architectural biometrics.” Buildings, like people, may just have biometric identities too.



Peter Christensen, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester, elaborates on his research with 'facial recognition' on buildings to unlock architectural secrets.




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

>2018-04-19T18:46:25-04:00

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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.

Have a new design competition that you want to submit? Send it directly to Bustler for review here.




"Epicenter", in rural Utah, wants to be the next art & architecture destination

>2018-04-20T11:10:37-04:00

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Architecture isn’t just looking at a building. It’s looking at how the city is shaped, and then thinking about, what can we do as citizens to make it a better place to live through architecture and design?



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via PBS | News Hour

Jefffrey Brown reports from Green River, Utah. Small, with a population that "hovers at" 950, a nonprofit called Epicenter aims to use use art and architecture to bring new energy, life and economic development. There is even a "stationary" taco truck.




10 captivating architectural installations for your Friday inspiration

>2018-04-20T16:05:41-04:00

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 Installations. ↑ Minima | Maxima in Astana, Kazakhstan by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY; Photo: NAARO ↑ Lowline in New York, NY by raad studio ↑ Art Center College of Design, Drawn Out / Light Mass in Pasadena, CA by Darin Johnstone Architects; Photo: Joshua White / JWPictures.com ↑ Framed Conoids in Houston, TX by SMLA; Photo: Paul Hester ↑ DIGFABMTY 1.0 in Monterrey, Mexico by undergrad students from Tecnologico De Monterrey Campus Monterrey in collaboration with Arquidromo ↑ Swing Time in Boston, MA by Höweler + Yoon; Photo: John Horner ↑ Currents in Atlanta, GA by SOFTlab ↑ 2525 Main in Irvine, CA; Ceiling System Designer and Manuf... [...]



Benny Chan to receive 2018 Julius Shulman Photography Excellence Award

>2018-04-20T14:19:39-04:00

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From airplane hangars and warehouses, to aerial shots of building rooftops and X-Ray images, the photographs of L.A.-based art and commercial photographer Benny Chan reveal an unwavering curiosity of how things go together. Most recently, Chan was announced as the 2018 recipient of the honorable Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award.

Woodbury University's Julius Shulman Institute presents the prestigious award to an early or mid-career artist whose work embodies the legacy of architectural photographer Julius Shulman. It features a notable roster of recipients, including Todd Eberle, Hélène Binet, Grant Mudford, Pedro E. Guererro, Catherine Opie, Richard Barnes, and Iwan Baan.

Check out some of Benny Chan's work below.




Zaha Hadid Architects: a robot will help build the vaults of Lushan Primary School

>2018-04-21T18:30:50-04:00

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Zaha Hadid Architects just revealed a design proposal for Lushan Primary School, a new learning center for 120 children from 12 local villages in a remote rural area of Jiangxi Province, China. The campus is designed as a network of intersecting barrel and parabolic vaults that accommodate various school, housing, and utility spaces.

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Image courtesy of ZHA.

From the project description: "The school’s curriculum is a synthesis of Chinese and international academic systems; combining an education in the creative arts with a comprehensive syllabus of STEM subjects that also includes advanced internet-based learning technologies. Visiting teachers and artists will make the school a focus for the community it serves."

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Rendering by VA. Image courtesy of ZHA.

"Surrounded by mountains as well as the rivers and lakes fed by the Zhelin Reservoir, the school is within an agricultural region that also has a rich tradition in the production of ceramics. [...] The campus includes the school, dormito...




AIA COTE distinguishes the 2018 Top Ten Award projects

>2018-04-19T18:06:41-04:00

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It's already that time again when the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) announces their Top Ten Award-winning projects. Every year, COTE recognizes 10 design projects that integrate design excellence and performance in several key areas. To be eligible for the competition, submitted projects must align with COTE's rigorous criteria for 10 measures related to social, economic, and ecological values.

Some of this year's winning firms include Perkins+Will, Olson Kundig, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, and KieranTimberlake — whose Ortlieb's Bottling House won the 2018 Top Ten Plus award for exceptional post-occupancy performance data. 

Check out the 2018 Top Ten recipients below.




Balkrishna Doshi on Fortune Magazine 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

>2018-04-19T14:46:43-04:00

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This year’s Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor, went to India’s Doshi, who has spent the bulk of his 70-year career championing accessible housing, earning the moniker “the architect for the poor.” [...] Underlying all his work is the ideal that all economic classes deserve good housing.



Fortune Magazine just released its annual list, The World's 50 Greatest Leaders, featuring the visionaries, thinkers, challengers, and influencers who see, understand, and act on today's challenges.

Besides the expected (philanthropists, CEOs, politicians) and a few deserving unexpected (student activists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and other schools, the #MeToo Movement) selections, one architect represents the profession this year—not with flashy buildings but with a solid body of work and the repeated call for good design and dignified housing for all: Balkrishna Doshi, the 90-year-old Indian architect and recipient of the 2018 Pritzker Prize.

Also among the honorees is former architect and now mayor of the Indonesian city of Bandung, Ridwan Kamil. Since taking office in 2013, Kamil implemented an array of technology solutions to improve efficiency, reduce traffic congestion, and tackle the challenges of a growing city of 2.5 million.




Studio Gang's first LA project will be a wavy high-rise in Chinatown

>2018-04-19T14:39:05-04:00

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Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang has signed on to design an eye-catching 26-story apartment and hotel tower in Chinatown. The widely-respected firm has designed numerous projects in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York, including the expansion of the American Museum of Natural History. This would be its first in Los Angeles.



Studio Gang has released plans to design a high-rise in Los Angeles' Chinatown, a space near the rapidly evolving Arts District downtown. The developer Compagnie de Phalsbourg, a French real estate investment company, brought on the firm to design the mixed-use building. 

The new project will house 300 apartments, 149 hotel rooms, as well as shops and open public spaces. The site is planned for 643 North Spring Street with the building rising 26 stories, yet only measuring 55 feet wide. This narrow design allows for each unit to receive air and sunlight, as well as preventing the building from feeling like a wall. 




OMA completes “Torre” vertical gallery in the Fondazione Prada arts compound

>2018-04-19T19:33:17-04:00

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Today OMA announced the completion of Torre, the third new structure the firm has completed in the Fondazione Prada arts compound, a former gin distillery in Milan. Standing at 60 meters tall, the white concrete Torre is a vertical art gallery that “is devoted to the development of a new typology for the exhibition of art”, OMA describes.  

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Photograph by Jacopo Milanesi, Courtesy of OMA.

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Photograph by Jacopo Milanesi, Courtesy of OMA.

With Rem Koolhaas, Chris van Duijn, and project architect Federico Pompignoli, as project leads, Torre features a facade with alternating glass and concrete surfaces. The building has nine levels, with each one designed with different spatial parameters and variations. The ceiling height cumulatively increases with each floor, from the bottom to the top of the building. 

“[R]ectangular plans alternate with wedge shapes, the orientation of the rooms alternates between panoramic city views to the North, or narrower views in opposite directions, East and We...




Architecture Billings Index in March ends first quarter in positive terrain

>2018-04-19T13:57:43-04:00

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The American Institute of Architects [...] reported that architecture firm billings rose for the sixth consecutive month in March, although the pace of growth slowed modestly from February. Overall, the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for March was 51.0 (any score over 50 indicates billings growth), which still reflects a healthy business environment.



“New project activity coming into architecture firms continues to grow at a solid pace. As a result, project backlogs—in excess of six months at present— are at their highest post-recession level,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Business remains strong in the South and West, and firms with a residential specialization continue to set the pace.”

The American Institute of Architects reports these key ABI stats for the month of March:

  • Regional averages: West (53.4), Midwest (50.7), South (53.2), Northeast (49.0)
  •  Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.4), institutional (49.7), commercial/industrial (53.1), mixed practice (51.1)
  • Project inquiries index: 58.1
  • Design contracts index: 51.5

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All graphs represent data from March 2017 - March 2018. Images provided by the American Institute of Architects.




MVRDV creates a jewelry inspired installation for Milan Design Week 2018

>2018-04-19T13:41:35-04:00

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MVRDV collaborated with Bvlgari for Milan Design Week 2018 in an installation embodying the Italian jewelry brand’s creative approach. The firm transformed Bvlgari’s iconic Serpenti bracelet into a unique architectural experience. Finely crafted scales fill an entire room combined with mirrors to create a kaleidoscope effect, introducing the visitor to Bvlgari's world of precious and unconventional materials. 

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Serpenti installation for Bvlgari at Milan Design Week 2018, by MVRDV. Image: MVRDV.

“With this installation, we wanted to capture the colors, materials and inventiveness of Bvlgari as a world-renowned brand,” says Jacob van Rijs, co-founder, MVRDV. “By turning their timeless Serpenti pattern into a space, jewelry becomes architecture. Enter the Serpenti!”

The showcase at Milan Design Week takes place in the Brera Design District as part of Milan’s Fuorisalone. The installation is on view until 22 April 2018.




This digital architecture scale could solve all of your conversion issues

>2018-04-21T18:50:06-04:00

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The Smart Scale Ruler was created by Joanne Swisterski, an Interior Designer looking to solve scale and unit issues once and for all. This digital ruler can be customized for Architects, Designers, and Builders. Solving the common problems of out of scale drawings and differing units, this innovative new tool makes conversions simple for everyone. 

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Smart Scale Ruler by Joanne Swisterski.

The Smart Scale Ruler uses a long screen to display a custom ruler created by the user. This is done by inputting a physical reference of distance and the desired distance. The screen regenerates to create a ruler based on these parameters. Whatever is displayed can be converted to metric or imperial with one button. It can similarly be used to divide spaces equally for 2D drawings, and with a ratio applied for perspective drawings.

Check out how it all works: 

The Smart Scale Ruler Kickstarter campaign is currently live with $40,283 pledged of their $51,722 goal. If this is a tool you would like t...




Forty Canadian architects announced in RAIC 2018 College of Fellows

>2018-04-18T18:30:25-04:00

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada announced their 2018 College of Fellows today. Hailing from 13 Canadian cities across the country, the College of Fellows comprises of 40 RAIC members who are being recognized for their outstanding achievements in design excellence, scholarly contributions, or distinguished service to the profession or community, among other criteria.

The College of Fellows — in addition to the Honorary Fellows — will be inducted at the College of Fellows Convocation during the RAIC/AANB Festival of Architecture in Saint John on May 30 – June 2.

Check out the full list of Fellows below.

Atlantic 

K. Gregory Murdock, Saint John, NB
Talbot Sweetapple, Halifax, NS  

Quebec 

Vikram Bhatt, Montreal
Alain Compéra, Montreal
Nathalie Dion, Montreal

Ontario 

Peter Berton, Toronto
Kelly Buffey, Toronto
Peter Ronald Clewes, Toronto
Maria Denegri, Toronto
Andrew Ivo Frontini, Toronto
Antonio Gómez-Palacio, Toronto
H. Bradford Green, Thunder Bay
Philip Hastings, Toronto
Elsa La...




Paris residential project recently completed by ​ITAR Architectures

>2018-04-20T20:22:38-04:00

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ITAR Architectures, a firm based in Paris, recently completed their award winning project Batignolles, Paris 17th. Focusing on residential work, the firm states all components within their projects hold equal importance. ITAR Architectures explains, "Material diversity, selected structural solutions, attention brought to detailing, all exemplifies our concern to provide a sensible answer to a specific cultural, technical and geographic context." 

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Batignolles, Paris 17th by ITAR Architectures, located in Paris. Image: David Foessel.

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Batignolles, Paris 17th by ITAR Architectures, located in Paris. Image: David Foessel.

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Batignolles, Paris 17th by ITAR Architectures, located in Paris. Image: David Foessel.

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Batignolles, Paris 17th by ITAR Architectures, located in Paris. Image: David Foessel.

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Batignolles, Paris 17th by ITAR Architectures, located in Paris. Image: David Foessel.

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Batignolles, Paris 17th by ITAR Architectures, located in Paris. Image: David Foessel.

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A+D Museum & RCHS announce The Alley Fellowship

>2018-04-18T17:13:05-04:00

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The A+D Museum has announced the unveiling of their inaugural fellowship program, developed in collaboration with the LA-based multi-disciplinary design firm, Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

The aim of the The Alley Fellowship is to produce a two-month rotating exhibition and lecture series and is open to emerging, young, progressive artists in Los Angeles. The fellowship will be awarded to six artists, selected by a seven-member jury consisting of artists, designers, and architects from the A+D Museum and Rios Clementi Hale Studios. The jury will select based on which projects best embody the spirit of transdisciplinary creative exploration, a key focus area for RCHS and A+D.

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A+D Museum

“A fundamental aspect of the A+D’s mission is to produce a platform for analysis, exploration, and for the ever-expanding perspectives of our field regardless of their historical arenas. The Alley Fellowship is a direct expression of this mission, it explores the means and modes of contemporary inquiry a...




Zaha Hadid Architects design 3D-printed chairs for Nagami's Milan debut

>2018-04-18T16:21:25-04:00

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Milan Design Week just kicked off, and one impressive highlight is the debut exhibition Brave New World: Re-thinking Design in the New Age of Technology by brand-new Spanish company, Nagami.

Marking the brand's official launch event, the show at the Nagami pop-up showroom in Milan's Brera Design District features four exquisite chairs—designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ross Lovegrove, and Daniel Widrig—that combined computational design and large-scale robotic 3D printing.

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The Robotica TM and Bow chairs © Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti

Bow & Rise by Zaha Hadid Architects for Nagami

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Patrik Schumacher
Design Team: Sebastian Andia

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The Bow and Rise chairs © Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti

Design description: "Bow and Rise are the latest results of the extensive, ongoing research that Zaha Hadid Architects is conducting within the domains of 3D printing and material experimentation. These chairs combine pristine design informed b...




Kenneth Frampton wins 2018 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

>2018-04-20T06:51:34-04:00

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English architectural writer, critic, and educator Kenneth Frampton will receive the honorable Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award during the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale next month. Frampton was selected by the Board of the Venice Biennale, upon recommendation of 2018 Biennale curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

Trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Frampton is the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Columbia University GSAPP, where he has taught at since 1972. Over the years, he has also taught at the Royal College of Art in London, ETH Zurich, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, EPFL in Lausanne, and the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio.

He has written numerous essays and books on modern and contemporary architecture, including influential titles like the “Modern Architecture: A Critical History”, “Towards a Critical Regionalism”, “Studies on Tectonic Culture”, and “A Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Compa...




You can now play Tetris with Soviet-style housing blocks

>2018-04-18T14:18:22-04:00

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If you've been around the 'architecture-can-be-fun-too'-focused internet for a while, you may remember Sergej Hein's semi-viral gem of a video, Berlin Block Tetris, which was exactly that: an animated version of the video game classic using building blocks that resembled socialist-era residential high-rises.

Lithuanian designer Lukas Valiauga has now taken the idea to the next, interactive, level and created the mobile app Tower Block Game.

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Tower Block Game by Lukas Valiauga

"This game is a playful tribute to a not so playful reality of monotonous and bleak cityscapes built out of same prefabricated concrete blocks," the app description explains. "Very specific for Eastern-Europe but evident everywhere else, too. These relic tower blocks usually mark failed social programmes and neighbourhoods planned as clumsy as some failed building block game… On that note, build and demolish one for yourself!"

Tower Block Game is available for Android from the Google Play store.

Not much of a gam...




17 job opportunities with firms who designed these dynamic art installations

>2018-04-18T11:59:32-04:00

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This week we rounded up jobs with firms who have created imaginative public installations. Whether permanently established or temporarily set up, these spaces allow for experiences outside of people’s day-to-day interactions. Search through opportunities currently active on Archinect Jobs and check out some unique projects along the way!

TEN arquitectos is currently hiring a Summer Intern in their NYC office. 

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The Aztec Empire at The Guggenheim Museum by TEN arquitectos with J. Meejin Yoon. Image: TEN arquitectos.

In collaboration with J. Meejin Yoon, TEN arquitectos fabricated The Aztec Empire installation at The Guggenheim Museum. Designing around Frank Lloyd Wright's undulating walls, the firm worked to accommodate more than 450 objects in the exhibition. 

TEN arquitectos is looking for a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or graduate school student for their Summer Internship position. The individual will collaborate with the design team in development of concept design through compl...




Mass Studies to design “Seoul Cinematheque” film cultural complex

>2018-04-17T19:00:33-04:00

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Out of five invited domestic and international architecture firms, Minsuk Cho's Mass Studies had the winning proposal for a film art complex tentatively named “Seoul Cinematheque”, in the historic Chungmuro film industry hub in Seoul. Today, the Seoul Metropolitan Government revealed the first design rendering.

Proposed for a public parking lot, Seoul Cinematheque is a long-awaited project for the district. With a floor area of 4,800㎡, the commercial building will feature 10 levels above ground and three underground levels where people can enjoy film screenings of various genres.




$700M proposal calls for NYC’s first soccer stadium designed by Rafael Viñoly and 550 affordable apartments in the South Bronx

>2018-04-17T17:19:07-04:00

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New York City could be getting its first soccer stadium if a proposal for the project led by Related Companies gets chosen by officials. A partnership made up of developers Related and Somerset Partners, along with the Major League Soccer team, New York City Football Club, has submitted a plan to bring a 26,000-seat soccer stadium designed by Rafael Viñoly, over 550 units of affordable housing and a waterfront park to the South Bronx. According to YIMBY, the project, estimated to cost $700 million, would rise on the site of the Harlem River Yards, a 13-acre parcel in Mott Haven operated by the Empire State Development Corporation.

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Via Rafael Viñoly Architects

The stadium would be located next to the site that is already undergoing development by Somerset and Chetrit Group; they recently sold the five-acre parcel to Brookfield Properties for $165 million. The original project includes building six structures of housing, containing more than 1,200 units.

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Via Rafael Viñoly Architects

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Plans unveiled for Chicago's second tallest skyscraper alongside repurposing the Tribune Tower

>2018-04-18T17:21:26-04:00

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Developers on Monday unveiled plans for Chicago’s second-tallest skyscraper, a tapering shaft of metal and glass that would soar above historic Tribune Tower, resemble the top of Batman’s black mask and be only 29 feet shorter than Willis Tower. If completed, the $1 billion-plus project to repurpose Tribune Tower and build a skinny, 1,422-foot high-rise just northeast of it would bring more than 700 residences and 200 hotel rooms to an area north of the Chicago River.



Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture are working with Los Angeles developers Golub & Co. and CIM Group to build Chicago's next skyscraper. Their design would take over Trump International Hotel & Tower's title of second-tallest in the city. 

Current plans for the new tower have construction beginning in late 2019. The new skyscraper would house a 200 room hotel, 439 rental apartments, and 125 condos in its upper floors. The site would be on what it now a surface parking lot behind Tribune Tower

Their plans also call for repurposing Tribune Tower with 163 condominiums. This conversion will be headed up by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), with Vinci Hamp Architects brought on as historic preservation consultants. The earliest of these condo's would be ready by 2020. 

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Tribune Tower project rendering, Chicago. Image: Golub & Co. and CIM Group.



Materials & Applications picks the top three Staging Construction finalists

>2018-04-18T12:31:22-04:00

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Last year, LA-based Materials & Applications launched Staging Construction as a call for projects that explores construction as both practice and performance. The competition responds to the increasing attention to “the unseen endeavors intrinsic to the production of architecture”, as seen in participatory design processes, satirization of DIY building culture, and competitions around demolition, for example.

Out of 75 proposals for an installation and public program, M&A selected three finalists: Michelle Chang (Houston, TX), Steven Chodoriwsky (Los Angeles, CA), and T+E+A+M (Ann Arbor, MI). who will advance to a second round of design development. Four honorable mentions went to BLB Collective with Peggy Noland (LA/NY/Boston); Curtis Roth (Columbus, OH); Outpost Office (Ann Arbor, MI); and Reimaging (Los Angeles, CA).