The Bjarke Ingels-designed 2016 Serpentine Pavilion makes an appearance in Toronto before traveling further

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/cc4c75675607ebca4c8c3e32c7ec6315.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>[...] the 2016 Unzipped pavilion by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was acquired by a wealthy collector: the Canadian developer Ian Gillespie, whose company Westbank was a sponsor of the London presentation. Last month, the shape-shifting 14-metre-high, 27-metre-long installation made the move to inner city Toronto, where it was unveiled on the site of the architect&rsquo;s next commission for Westbank, a massively ambitious housing complex on King Street West.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another member of the growing family of the Serpentine Galleries' annual summer pavilions has found a new home: the&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels-designed<em>&nbsp;</em><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/705505/serpentine-pavilion-2016" rel="nofollow" ><em>Unzipped</em> pavilion</a> &mdash; famously praised&nbsp;by&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em>'s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright as "<a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149950016/possibly-the-serpentine-s-most-impressive-pavilion-yet-olly-wainwright-on-big-s-serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" >possibly the Serpentine&rsquo;s most impressive pavilion yet</a>"&nbsp;when it opened in June 2016 &mdash; was recently unveiled to the public on a site&nbsp;in Toronto where <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" >BIG</a>'s <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150086058/big-s-experimental-westbank-residential-project-now-approved-for-toronto-s-historic-king-street" rel="nofollow" >mountain-shaped King Street condo building</a> will rise soon. <br>
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Edoardo Tresoldi’s ghostly wire mesh basilica earns a Gold Medal for Italian Architecture

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aa/aaadb50yit0f0cd3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />It's been quite the year for Italian artist <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/944339/edoardo-tresoldi" >Edoardo Tresoldi</a> whose&nbsp;atmospheric architectural sculptures in wire mesh are&nbsp;fascinating audiences around the world, most recently at the&nbsp;2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with his trio of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150059745/first-photos-of-edoardo-tresoldi-s-wire-mesh-cathedrals-at-coachella" >'ghost' cathedrals</a> in the California desert.&nbsp;
Another work, the 2016 sculpture Basilica di Siponto, has now earned Tresoldi the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – Special prize to Commission. Established by the Triennale di Milano in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Culture, the award is considered the country's highest recognition in architecture.

New renderings of Central Park Tower aka Nordstrom Tower aka 217 West 57th Street

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/50/50edebf143e482ec337f96c1ee534006.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>It&rsquo;s looking to be a big year for Billionaires&rsquo; Row: Just one month after sales launched at 111 West 57th Street, Extell has followed suit at Central Park Tower, its behemoth located at 217 West 57th Street. [...]
The development has been somewhat shrouded in mystery since plans were announced more than five years ago. Construction got underway not long after, but details about the tower have been few and far between.



With a target floor count of 101 and designed to stand 1,550 feet tall once completed, the Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture-designed tower on Billionaires’ Row brands itself as the "tallest residential building in the world". At this height, the upper floors don't have much else standing in their way to interrupt their million-dollar views of New York City's Central Park.
Image via @centralparktower on Instagram

#SailsNotSales: public protests after Sydney Opera House displays horse racing ad on its facade

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/2946d12a5a0b97730df72bca13cecab5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>After a horse race ad was projected onto the structure&rsquo;s iconic roof earlier this week, protestors took to the streets in objection to the commodification of their beloved building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hundreds of protesters had gathered in the evening hours of October 9 when the, usually, off-white iconic sails of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/268008/sydney-opera-house" rel="nofollow" >Sydney Opera House</a> were used as a video projection canvas to promote a major upcoming horse race in New South Wales. The crowd booed and tried to interrupt the projection with a small army of flash lights, chanting "Whose house? Our house".&nbsp;
The protest meanwhile has drawn much wider circles, resulting in a Change.org petition with over 300,000 supporters against any future use of the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a promotional billboard and a rebuke from the Heritage Council of NSW.

Africa’s tallest skyscraper set to start construction in Morocco

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/05/051f77b3f216b15d3f095c88785fa22d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Construction will start November 1 and the tower is expected be delivered on May 30, 2022, the Moroccan BMCE Bank of Africa announced [...]
The Bank of Africa Tower will have 55 floors with a luxury hotel, offices, and apartments. An observatory will crown the tower. [...] The O Tower company has started developing the 250-meter tower which could be titled the tallest building in Morocco and in Africa.

Once structurally topped out, the 820-ft Bank of Africa Tower will not only be Morocco's tallest building but also take the crown from Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, at 732 feet currently the tallest tower in Africa.
Image: BESIX
Designed by Spanish architects Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos and Moroccan firm CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun, the building aims for the highest international environmental standards to earn a certified LEED Gold and HQE rating. 
Image: BESIX
The developer just contracted Belgian construction
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Starchitects and emerging designers make it on the 2018 list of London’s most influential people

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7e/7e5b6ea3959b1477f47afe3a2c1e123d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The 2018 edition of the annual <a href="https://www.standard.co.uk/news/the1000" rel="nofollow" >The Progress 1000: London's most influential people</a> list has been released, and among the myriad of categories from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art, philanthropy, sports, technology, or science, there is (<em>phew</em>) also a list of architects who made the most significant impact on London. <br>
Donning the cover pic, and listed first, is Eva Franch i Gilabert, the new, and first female, director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, immediately followed by some of the (expected) biggest names in British architecture, such as David Chipperfield, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, David Adjaye, Amanda Levete, Thomas Heatherwick, and Patrik Schumacher.
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Construction update: David Adjaye’s NYC skyscraper gets its hand-cast concrete facade installed

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/28/289cf9df8d2b15cd2bed00a909b42235.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>David Adjaye&rsquo;s Financial District condo at 130 William Street has made significant progress since construction started earlier this year. New construction site photos by Field Condition are giving us the first peak at the distinctive hand-cast concrete facade.
The photos also offer a peek at the bronze-accented frames of the windows—this bronze theme will continue in the apartments with Adjaye also designing many of the interior fixtures that will be done up in burnished bronze.

Curbed New York has some fresh construction photos of the David Adjaye-designed 800-foot, 66-story 130 William Street condo tower where workers are currently installing the building's most striking feature, the hand-cast concrete facade with its bronze-trimmed window frames.  Find the full set of photos over on the Field Condition website. View this post on Instagram

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Here’s your chance to buy Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21B

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d9/d98b6bebcdcf270a57baadaa892f11c6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The Bailey House, one of the approximately 20 surviving Los Angeles residences from Arts &amp; Architecture magazine&rsquo;s Case Study House program is once again up for grabs.
Designated CSH No. 21, the Hollywood Hills home was built between 1956 and ’58 by Pierre Koenig for psychologist Walter Bailey and his wife Mary, whom Arts & Architecture described as a “contemporary-minded” couple with no children and an informal lifestyle.



Looking to purchase some property in the Hollywood Hills? Something iconic maybe, preferably midcentury? How about a Case Study House? — Lucky you! The Pierre Koenig-designed CSH #21B 'Walter Bailey House' just came back on the market and asks for $3.6 million.

Here’s your chance to buy Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21B

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d9/d98b6bebcdcf270a57baadaa892f11c6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The Bailey House, one of the approximately 20 surviving Los Angeles residences from Arts &amp; Architecture magazine&rsquo;s Case Study House program is once again up for grabs.
Designated CSH No. 21, the Hollywood Hills home was built between 1956 and ’58 by Pierre Koenig for psychologist Walter Bailey and his wife Mary, whom Arts & Architecture described as a “contemporary-minded” couple with no children and an informal lifestyle.



Looking to purchase some property in the Hollywood Hills? Something iconic maybe, preferably midcentury? How about a Case Study House? — Lucky you! The Pierre Koenig-designed CSH #21B 'Walter Bailey House' just came back on the market and asks for $3.6 million.

DETAIL Prize selects joint main winners in Barcelona and Cape Town

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/21/21vnsyn5d2q89mq9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Winners of the international DETAIL Prize 2018 have been revealed, and the jury selected not one but two projects to jointly receive the main award: <a href="https://archinect.com/heatherwick" >Heatherwick Studio</a>'s Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town and the <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/77153/h-arquitectes" >Harquitectes</a>-designed Civic Centre Cristalleries Planell in
Barcelona, both conversions of long-vacant historical buildings, won praise for their thoughtful approach and added value for their respective communities. The DETAIL Inside Special Prize went to Christensen & Co Architects and Rørbæk og Møller Arkitekter for the atrium of the Life Science & Bioengineering Building of the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby.  Undurraga Deves Arquitectos received the DETAIL Structure Special Prize for the Chilean Pavilion at EXPO 2015 in Milan, now a cultural center in the southern Chilean city of Temuco.  The DETAIL Readers' Prize winner was chosen via online polling, and the RAW/deAbajoGarcia-designed Impluvium community center in Reinosa, Spain came out at the top.  DETAIL Prize 2018 joi...

The ‘other’ Hong Kong photographed by Pascal Greco

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/45/4550eefb6707adc1b438fd3dce189f5b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>[...] medium- and low-income residents can&rsquo;t afford land, while the city&rsquo;s wealth explodes and attracts economic activity that doesn&rsquo;t keep its poor residents in the loop. This was the Hong Kong Greco wanted to show.
“Perhaps one should adopt a special lens in looking at Hong Kong, not only to see its superficial beauty, but also the social undercurrents that sustain its structures,” writes Dr. Ernest Chui in Greco’s book.



CityLab editorial fellow Karim Doumar presents the stunning black/white Polaroid shots from Swiss photographer and filmmaker Pascal Greco's new book, Hong Kong - Perspectives, Prospectives, Typologies, documenting the gritty housing environments of Hong Kong's population at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum.
Photo: Pascal Greco
Photo: Pascal Greco
Photo: Pascal Greco

Proposed 21-story timber tower in Milwaukee would be Western Hemisphere’s tallest wood building

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f7/f7d77e901879e8cf6af540d27c7caeb3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>New Land Enterprises has announced a bold plan to build a 21-story mass timber apartment building in East Town. If completed, the building, known as Ascent, would be the tallest timber structure in the Western Hemisphere according to the company.
The news comes just months after New Land released plans to build a seven-story mass timber office building, the city’s first, along the Milwaukee River in Westown.



The timber tower scheme was designed by Milwaukee-based Korb + Associates Architects with structural engineering input from Thornton Tomasetti. If completed as proposed, the 21-story residential building would rise 238 feet—considerably more than the currently tallest timber building in the Americas.
Image: Korb + Associates Architects.

Our Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2018 Week 3 (Oct. 16–22)

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2e/2eo1zgkbpl5ekzqq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="http://archtober.org/" >Archtober</a>&nbsp;2018 is approaching the halfway point of this month-long event series full of architecture-centered&nbsp;exhibitions, lectures, workshops, talks, conferences, film screenings, and tours&nbsp;across New York City's five boroughs.
For the eight year in a row, Archinect & Bustler are proud to partner with Archtober and present you our weekly highlights from an eclectic calendar of events. Below are our recommendations for Archtober Week 3, October 16–22.
Having trouble locating the over 30 Buildings of the Day? Use Archinect's handy interactive map to easily spot them, especially while on the go.

Peter Barber: reinventing affordable housing in London

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d84c2518b4c9481cd1bd449c875f36f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Peter Barber, one of the most original architects working today. Over the past decade he has built a reputation for his ingenious reinventions of traditional house types and his ability to craft characterful chunks of city out of unpromising sites. 
[...] He is a master of humane high-density, designing that rare thing: new housing that feels in tune with the grain of London, in the form of neither alienating slabs nor tacky towers, without resorting to pastiche.

The Guardian's architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, has nothing but praise for the award-winning firm Peter Barber Architects, a small practice that seeks to integrate social activism ideals when designing better, and more humane, housing for London.
Holmes Road Studio, a whimsical housing project for homeless people, was the overall winner of the New London Awards in 2016. Photo: Peter Barber Architects.
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Earth, water, wind & fire: making homes disaster-proof

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/da/da335847e5b6d6518e79c5212418c17d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Some of the world's most scenic locations for luxury homes &mdash; beachfronts, forests, mountains &mdash; are also prone to disaster: hurricanes and floods, wildfires and earthquakes. Architects and designers are increasingly tasked with creating gorgeous homes that are also able to stand up to nature's whims.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It shouldn't have to take another <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report" rel="nofollow" >reminder from the United Nations</a> that <em>a lot</em> more climate change-related extreme weather scenarios will be heading our way in the coming decades to finally take disaster preparedness into consideration when designing homes.<br></p>           

Richard Meier steps down

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ea/ea09afa925e45f621f785ecc7c8ab409.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Richard Meier is officially out at <a href="https://archinect.com/richardmeierpartners" rel="nofollow" >Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects</a>, the company announced in a statement titled <a href="http://www.richardmeier.com/?press_release=richard-meier-partners-announces-leadership-changes" rel="nofollow" ><em>Leadership Changes</em></a> this morning. <br>
"Founder Richard Meier will step back from day-to-day activities and support the leadership transition of the firm he founded in 1963," reveals the release. "He will remain available to colleagues and clients who seek his vast experience and counsel. The firm will maintain and develop the rigorous design philosophy that Richard pioneered."
Meier, 83, has been taking a leave of absence since March this year after accusations of sexual harassment were brought forward by five women—four of whom had previously worked with Meier.  The statement lists various senior employees to be taking on leadership positions, most notably Bernhard Karpf as the new Managing Principal of the New York office as well as Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, and Dukho Yeon, who were promoted to Principals. Partner Continue reading "Richard Meier steps down"

BIG & Metaform design a wooden office building at Luxembourg Airport

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ge/gewbu34b0ccmc31f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" >BIG</a>'s Copenhagen office, in collaboration with <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/3453/metaform" >Metaform</a>, has been selected to design&nbsp;Skypark Business Center South, the first visible section of the ambitious Airport City development at Luxembourg Airport (LUX).&nbsp;</p>         

These are the 2018 AIA Tennessee Design Award winners

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i4/i48825ojmk4e6khd.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Thirteen projects have been selected as the 2018 winners in AIA Tennessee's annual Design Award program. The jury, chaired by&nbsp;Craig Kronenberg, principal at Chattanooga-based <a href="https://archinect.com/HKArchitects" >Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects</a>, chose the top buildings from a field of 98 entries this year.&nbsp;
Memphis firm archimania came out swinging, securing four Merit Awards as well as the top honor, the Award of Excellence, for Ballet Memphis, which the jurors called "enigmatic" and a "home run".

Desire paths as urban ‘civil disobedience’

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c7/c7c0cfcad0eec0caf0f884e50ea67912.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Desire paths have been described as illustrating &ldquo;the tension between the native and the built environment and our relationship to them&rdquo;. Because they often form in areas where there are no pavements, they can be seen to &ldquo;indicate [the] yearning&rdquo; of those wishing to walk, a way for &ldquo;city dwellers to &lsquo;write back&rsquo; to city planners, giving feedback with their feet&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ellie Violet Bramley pens an ode to "desire paths"&mdash;organically grown foot paths off the prescribed paved sidewalks; pedestrians' yearning for urban movement outside of the planned city order.
Example of an urban desire path getting paved in Chicago. Photo: Paul Sableman/Flickr.

Detroit’s under-construction Hudson’s Site skyscraper may get quite a bit taller than 800 feet

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/60/6008f803b187336f67a52b2b9a3b9f27.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Billionaire mortgage mogul and real estate maven Dan Gilbert's skyscraper slated for downtown Detroit may grow by more than 100 feet to 912 feet tall, Crain's has learned.
While the final height has not yet been determined, Joe Guziewicz, vice president of construction for Gilbert's Bedrock LLC, confirmed that it will be taller than the 800 feet that was previously announced as the company looks to get "the most flexibility for how we use it and how we program it."



Designed by Hamilton Anderson Associates and SHoP Architects, the massive Hudson's Site mixed-use development broke ground in 2017 and occupies the long-vacant site of the iconic J.L. Hudson's department store in downtown Detroit—in its heydays, the world's tallest department store but ultimately demolished in 1998 after a long economic decline.
Image: SHoP Architects PC, courtesy of Bedrock.