Zhu Pei Named Dean of School of Architecture at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing

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Zhu Pei. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi Zhu Pei. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China, has tapped award-winning Chinese architect Zhu Pei as its next dean of the School of Architecture. Zhu Pei founded his firm Studio Pei-Zhu in 2005 known for its cutting-edge integration of cultural roots and contemporary innovation in design. Zhu Pei has taught at Harvard GSD and Columbia University GSAPP, two of the leading graduate programs in the world.
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Studio Pei-Zhu is recognized for a range of projects around the world, including Imperial Kiln Museum in Jingdezhen, The Performance Art Center in Dali and Minsheng Museum of Modern Art in Beijing. While his studio has an extensive portfolio of novel work, Zhu Pei himself also boasts a long list of awards. His accolades include the AIA Honor Award, Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record, China Award from

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Proposed Tourist Hub by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Utilizes the Forces of Nature to Promote a “Natural City”

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Barcelona-based powerhouse Miralles Tagliabue EMBT recently reached the final stage of a design competition to create a tourist center in Russia in part of the embankment named after Admiral Serebryakov in the city of Novorossiysk. The proposal provides the required hospitality spaces but also features unique facilities, such as a wine museum, a fish market and an "artificial island", all serving as new centers of attraction for residents and visitors of the city. The foundation of the design concept is based on three components: "the idea of a natural city, the unification of the three forces of nature and the characteristic appearance of Novorossiysk as a port city."

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According to EMBT, a natural city is "formed by itself as a complex but cozy system of streets and squares in a plan that does not obey the regular system.

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What Are the Best Lenses for Architectural Photography? (Including Mobile)

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© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a> In a world rapidly transitioning toward primarily digital content creation, more and more people are beginning to experiment with various digital media. There is undoubtedly an intimate relationship between architecture and photography, and many architects enjoy experimenting with taking pictures, both of their own work and of their surrounding environment. But how do you know if you have the right gear needed to start off on the right foot? And more importantly, how can you get the most out of your equipment? In honor of World Photography Day this month, we have put together a helpful guide to get started with lenses for architectural photography. This guide will specifically highlight the best lenses (for both DSLR and mobile) to use for your shots and why.
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What Are the Best Lenses for Architectural Photography? (Including Mobile)

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© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a> In a world rapidly transitioning toward primarily digital content creation, more and more people are beginning to experiment with various digital media. There is undoubtedly an intimate relationship between architecture and photography, and many architects enjoy experimenting with taking pictures, both of their own work and of their surrounding environment. But how do you know if you have the right gear needed to start off on the right foot? And more importantly, how can you get the most out of your equipment? In honor of World Photography Day this month, we have put together a helpful guide to get started with lenses for architectural photography. This guide will specifically highlight the best lenses (for both DSLR and mobile) to use for your shots and why.
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The SOM Foundation Announces New Research Prize Focusing on “Humanizing High Density”

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One World Trade Center / SOM. Image Courtesy of James Ewing One World Trade Center / SOM. Image Courtesy of James Ewing People are moving into urban centers at an unprecedented rate. According to the United Nations, the world's urban population has increased from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018. By 2050, an additional 2.5 billion people are expected to reside in urban areas. In response to this rapid urban growth, designers are challenged to create sustainable and resilient spaces that accommodate complex human needs, both necessary and desired. World-renowned architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) invites educators and students from across the U.S. to engage in the 2018 SOM Foundation Research Prize: "Humanizing High Density." The SOM Foundation Research Prize is awarded to a faculty-led interdisciplinary design research proposal "with the potential to advance the practice of architecture, structures, urban design and related design
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The SOM Foundation Announces New Research Prize Focusing on “Humanizing High Density”

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One World Trade Center / SOM. Image Courtesy of James Ewing One World Trade Center / SOM. Image Courtesy of James Ewing People are moving into urban centers at an unprecedented rate. According to the United Nations, the world's urban population has increased from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018. By 2050, an additional 2.5 billion people are expected to reside in urban areas. In response to this rapid urban growth, designers are challenged to create sustainable and resilient spaces that accommodate complex human needs, both necessary and desired. World-renowned architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) invites educators and students from across the U.S. to engage in the 2018 SOM Foundation Research Prize: "Humanizing High Density." The SOM Foundation Research Prize is awarded to a faculty-led interdisciplinary design research proposal "with the potential to advance the practice of architecture, structures, urban design and related design
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This New Multicultural Center by AIX Arkitekter Begs the Question: What Makes Good Community Design?

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© AIX Arkitekter © AIX Arkitekter There has been a lot of focus recently on community engagement in architecture. Some building by some architect is designed to be the next 'community hub,' but what does it take to deliver on the design intent? In order to promote a community atmosphere, a design must engage a large and variable audience, while also offering something unique. This new design from AIX Arkitekter intends to create a new multicultural center called "The "Meeting Point" in Täby, Sweden. The center combines unique sports and cultural activities, at the heart of an existing ecological infrastructure, to promote community opportunities and engagement. "The Meeting Point" center utilizes both indoor and outdoor activities. This dynamic also translates throughout the design language of the building through transparency and landscape elements. The intersecting masses cause various activity spaces to overlap, promoting happenstance interactions between both people and program.
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Good community design makes a clear investment

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4 Steps That Will Help Set You Up for Success in Architecture School

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Creative Commons Public Domain Creative Commons Public Domain The beginning of the fall semester is quickly approaching, and prospective architecture students are gearing up for the beginning of their future careers. While the next step may seem daunting, the first year of your architecture education helps set the pace for the remaining four to five years. So it's important to get started on the right foot.  Architecture studios are notorious for long nights, intensive model-making and desks overflowing with trace paper and parti diagrams. But there is one important aspect of studio life that is too often neglected: the student-professor relationship. Read on for the four steps to start investing in this unique relationship to set yourself up for success.
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1. Be Present and On Time

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The Trailblazing Women Architects of Socialist Yugoslavia

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The architect Svetlana Kana Radević’s design for the Hotel Podgorica (1967) in the Montenegrin capital could be described as an example of Brutalism.. Image © Valentin Jeck, 2016, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art The architect Svetlana Kana Radević’s design for the Hotel Podgorica (1967) in the Montenegrin capital could be described as an example of Brutalism.. Image © Valentin Jeck, 2016, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art The topic of diversity in architecture has remained a mainstream issue in recent years—however, a recent article from Metropolis Magazine offers an account that is nevertheless surprising: a celebration of the unique contributions of women architects in the former socialist state of Yugoslavia. According to the essay, the highlighted women made their mark on the history of Yugoslavia "in spite of, not through the dismantling of, both the region’s and the profession’s male-dominated cultures." The article was adapted from an essay in Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, which accompanies the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition of the same name. In an effort to reassess the respective legacies of women trailblazers
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This Proposed Music Center Honors the Unique Birthplace of Polish Composer Frédéric Chopin

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© ELEMENT © ELEMENT Located in a small village in Poland, this proposed music center honors the birthplace of famous Polish composer and pianist, Frédéric Chopin. Designed by ELEMENT as a part of an international competition, the Chopin Music Center captures the picturesque landscape of endless forests through "leisure and relaxation." The Center integrates with the park through window views of Frédéric Chopin's birth house and the surrounding landscape. The proposed international music center utilizes a combination of natural materials and glazing to create a seamless connection with its site. The existing park can be reached by pathways and bridges near the building, prompting visitors to experience the outdoor area.
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The Concert Hall was designed in collaboration with Arau Acustica. The space has a volume of 7,500 cubic meters and a capacity of 600 audience members and 100 musicians. According to the architects, "The shape of the Hall was designed to provide the best acoustic conditions. The glazed wall

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These Alabama Architecture Students are Designing and Building Low-Cost Homes for Rural America

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© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley Rural Studio, a student-centered design/build program at Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, has announced a collaboration with the mortgage loan company Fannie Mae to support the school’s 20K Initiative. This initiative continues to contribute to the development of "beautiful, healthy and resilient houses that afford financially vulnerable homeowners the ability to live in dignity, security and well within their means." As a means to address the shortage of affordable housing in the U.S., the research produced from this collaboration with Fannie Mae is being shared with educational institutions industry groups. Auburn University is also providing funding for the initiative through a grant to "further strengthen the collaboration with Fannie Mae, as well as support the development of additional stakeholder collaborations."
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By integrating teaching, research and service, the 20K Initiative improves lives in Alabama and around the country, brings quality, sustainable home ownership to citizens

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Jeanne Gang Cut the Wage Gap at Studio Gang and Is Challenging Others to Follow Suit

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© <a href='https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Gang#/media/File:Jeanne_Gang.jpg'>Wikimedia user Kramesarah</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> © <a href='https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Gang#/media/File:Jeanne_Gang.jpg'>Wikimedia user Kramesarah</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang has long been an advocate for change within the architecture field. Her studio's designs push boundaries all over the world, but Gang has recently used her firm to transform architectural practice in a different way—attacking the gender wage gap. In a recent article from Fast Company, Gang writes about "discrimination and prejudice" throughout the US, but more specifically in the field of architecture. Read on for more about how she closed the gender wage gap at her firm and is calling on other architecture firms to do the same.
Comprehensive, math-based tools are available to assess the problem. Let’s put them to work. Follow the money (or lack thereof), and fix pay inequity now.
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New Pavilion in Rotterdam’s Leuvehaven Port Brings High-Tech Design to a Historical Context

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Courtesy of MoederscheimMoonen Architects Courtesy of MoederscheimMoonen Architects A new public pavilion from MoedersheimMoonen Architects is set to be built in the old 'Leuvehaven' port in Rotterdam. Located near the Erasmus Bridge, the pavilion intends to bring new life to the historic port of Rotterdam. The municipality of Rotterdam is also set to invest in a bustling residential climate, with this new pavilion housing multiple programs that will contribute to a "lively" and "greener" Maritime District. The building will replace three existing pavilions, providing a new perspective for visitors to the Leuvehaven. Much of the structure and foundation from the existing buildings are reused in the new design, promoting sustainability, honoring the present conditions of the site, and bringing high-tech design elements to the historical context. The various programs for the Pavilion will include "the Port Information Point of the Port of Rotterdam, two publicly accessible workshops from the Maritime Museum Rotterdam and two catering establishments with terraces by
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CTBUH Announces the Initial List of Speakers for the 2018 Middle East Conference on “Polycentric Cities”

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Creative Commons public domain Creative Commons public domain The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named the initial list of speakers for the 2018 Middle East ConferencePolycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism. The list features men and women from some of the most influential businesses in the industry, such as HOK, Safdie ArchitectsKohn Pederson Fox, Gensler, Perkins+WillSOM and many more. The conference will highlight a wide array of subjects and disciplines related to the conference theme, as well as other hot topics in the industry, including smart technologies, modular construction3D-printing buildings, net-zero skyscrapers and much more. Read on for more about Polycentric Cities and the initial list of speakers.
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Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism is a challenge for the future. How do we approach the transition toward massive urban growth? Those cities best

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This Instagram Celebrates a Unique Style of Architectural Illustration

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via Zean Macfarlane (@zeanmacfarlane) via Zean Macfarlane (@zeanmacfarlane) Instagram and social media are fundamentally changing the way we design in the 21st century. There is an inspirational component to the content we see and cite on the internet, but beyond the pretty pictures lies an opportunity for growth and learning. Zean Macfarlane (@zeanmacfarlane) has found his niche on Instagram somewhere in the middle. The "daily architecture" posts feature process sketches, articulated elevations, and graphic design; but the fun doesn't stop there. Macfarlane's account also includes a link to tutorial ebooks where you can learn his unique graphic style and begin to apply the effects and techniques into your own drawings. The entire grid of posts acts as a digital artboard, rich with playful forms and careful composition. See for yourself why he has amassed a following of nearly 50k people.  You can see more of Zean's work after the break. 

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s New Home, the Chicago Architecture Center, to Open in Late August

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Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has announced the opening date for their new home, the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC). Set to open August 31 of this year, the CAC will be the "home to everything architecture in Chicago." The 20,000-square-foot structure is located at 111 East Wacker Drive, just above the dock for the River Cruise offered by the CAF. Lynn Osmond, the CAF's president and CEO, said of the new Center, "We can't wait for people to visit and experience how Chicago architects have influenced the world through their innovation and vision. We've engineered a stimulating and immersive space where visitors can have fun discovering Chicago's groundbreaking architecture and appreciate its profound impact on the world." Designed by Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), the CAC will feature custom spaces designed for education, tour orientation, and other public programs, as well
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