The nine Harvard GSD Loeb Fellows for 2019

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/94/94kkd0vee7c98bto.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Harvard GSD recently announced the Loeb Fellowship Class of 2019. From architects to journalists to public policy makers, <a href="https://loebfellowship.gsd.harvard.edu/" >the fellowship</a> invites a group of outstanding mid-career practitioners for a year of independent study at the school.&nbsp;
The latest group of Loeb Fellows were selected for their focus on creating positive social change and “supporting a more equitable collective future” through their work. Read on for more about the 2019 Fellows: Stephen Burks - Principal, Stephen Burks Man Made | New York & Barcelona  Stephen Burks believes in a pluralistic vision of design inclusive of all cultural perspectives. For his efforts with artisan groups around the world, he has been called a design activist. His ongoing Man Made project bridges the gap between authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design. Independently and through association with the nonprofits Aid To Artisans, Artesanias de Colombia, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Netwo...

Archinect’s Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #179

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r1/r1osel1b9xip8sd4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />It's time for another Archinect Employer of the Day weekly round-up! Check out the latest firms profiled amid the thousands of <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" >active listings</a> on our job board. If you don't already, get each day's Employer of the Day by following us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" >Facebook</a>, showcasing a firm every day, along with a gallery of their work.&nbsp;
Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:
  1. Marvel Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

Photo: Marvel Architects.
2. Caples Jefferson Architects (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Studio Manager
Photo: Caples Jefferson Architects.
3. Architecture AF (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Junior Designer
Photo: Nicole Franzen.
4. Studio PCH (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Multiple listings
Photo: Studio PCH.
5. DkGr Architects (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Architect / Job Captain
Photo: DkGr Architects.
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Despite preservation efforts, many of Chicago’s historic buildings are still being abruptly demolished

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7u/7ujqwfhrlwm8f0kt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Despite the 90-day hold on demolition permits for buildings determined to be historic by the city, Miller says that some city council members have used aldermanic prerogative to fast-track the eventual destruction of significant structures. But more often than not, Miller says that communities and preservation advocates simply do not have enough time to line up a buyer or produce a plan for adaptive reuse when demolition threats surface.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With all its rich architectural history, is Chicago facing a preservation crisis?&nbsp;In recent years, many of the city's most historic buildings &mdash; despite being flagged by preservationists for their architectural or cultural significance &mdash; are being abruptly demolished.&nbsp;
According to Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago,“neighborhood preservation advocates have been stretched beyond capacity in recent years, overburdened by frequent demolitions,” he says in Chicago Magazine.

Francis Kéré will design a canopied log pavilion for the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/k0/k0j5gme72aqyqxw6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/79859021/di-b-do-francis-k-r" rel="nofollow" >Francis K&eacute;r&eacute;</a> is the latest architect commissioned to design a new permanent pavilion on the grounds of the 10,260-acre <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149962962/monumental-land-art-emerges-in-montana-s-new-tippet-rise-art-center" rel="nofollow" >Tippet Rise Art Center</a> in Montana.&nbsp;Nestled in a cluster of aspen and cottonwood trees on the banks of a flowing stream, the design of the 1,900 square-foot pavilion is derived from K&eacute;r&eacute;'s <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150030029/k-r-designed-serpentine-pavilion-extends-opening-due-to-popular-demand" rel="nofollow" >2017 Serpentine Pavilion</a> and his 2015 canopy structure for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Kéré's design pays tribute to the traditional sacred toguns of the Dogun people in Mali, which are shelters made from ornamented wooden pillars that are carved with representations of one's ancestors, and a roof of layers of wood and millet straw. 
Exterior view of the pavilion. Credit: Francis Kéré.
Circular aerial bridge. Credit: Francis Kéré.
Built from locally sourced logs of ponderosa pine and lodegepole pine, the Tippet Rise pavilion will be a round structure connected to a circular aerial bridge that Continue reading "Francis Kéré will design a canopied log pavilion for the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana"

“Be persistent and then be resilient”: Toshiko Mori looks back on her path to architecture

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/og/ogu92qj3zufb2nj5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Architecture is filled with stereotypes and status quos that are not productive, and in a world where we increasingly require a collaborative model of production and building, I often disrupt and reset the framework and mindset to have everyone focus on common goals and vision. I think one needs to speak up and one needs to be decisive and aggressive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;I was confused and inspired. I wanted to do everything,&rdquo; Toshiko Mori says in The Harvard Gazette.&nbsp;In this in-depth interview, Mori talks about growing up in post-war Japan,&nbsp;how she became interested in architecture, launching her firm in her 20s and making a name for herself, and her path to teaching at Harvard GSD, being the&nbsp;first woman to earn tenure and to chair the architecture department. She also shares her thoughts on the profession &mdash; like her design approaches, ongoing issues in the field, and the importance of resilience.</p>          

Diamond Schmitt Architects’ Toronto Central YMCA wins 2018 Prix du XXe siècle

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mf9ub7x52j6xrqqf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The Toronto Central YMCA designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects has won the 2018 Prix du XXe si&egrave;cle for architecture. Presented by the National Trust for Canada and RAIC, the honorable prize distinguishes outstanding 20th-century Canadian architectural landmarks for their enduring excellence and national significance through the years.
Located on 20 Grosvenor Street in the heart of downtown, the Toronto Central YMCA has been popular since the day it opened in 1984. The three-member prize jury described the building as a seminal work of Diamond Schmitt Architects, and they selected the project “not only for its remarkable design qualities but also for its generous stance as a welcoming urban neighbor and humanist intervention” in the city.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to inaugurate Glassell School of Art on May 20, completes first phase of redevelopment

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1f/1fkwhvqxla64tyyf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will celebrate the inauguration of the Glassell School of Art this Sunday, May 20, marking the completion of the first phase of the museum's 14-acre&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/118443491/more-details-on-the-museum-of-fine-arts-houston-campus-expansion" rel="nofollow" >redevelopment</a>. The first phase also includes the BBVA Compass Roof Garden designed by Steven Holl Architects and The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza by Deborah Nevins &amp; Associates.&nbsp;
Glassell School of Art, west elevation. Photo © Richard Barnes.
Glassell School of Art, west elevation. Photo © Richard Barnes.
According to recent details from the MFAH, the Steven Holl Architects-designed, L-shaped Glassell School of Art features a 93,000 square-foot interior containing: three dozen studios illuminated with natural light; public gallery spaces for student and alumni exhibitions; a broad-stepped central staircase serving as the school's forum; a 75-seat auditorium; and a public coffee bar. With summer classes scheduled to begin on June 4, the school is the only museum-affiliated art school Continue reading "Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to inaugurate Glassell School of Art on May 20, completes first phase of redevelopment"

Architects redefine the zoo for the 21st century in the “Coexist: Rethinking Zoos” competition

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/du/dut322493vwtc7ua.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />In <a href="http://archstorming.com/" >Archstorming</a>'s <a href="http://bustler.net/competitions/5801/coexist-rethinking-zoos" >&ldquo;Coexist: Rethinking Zoos&rdquo; ideas competition</a>, entrants were challenged to rethink the concept of the traditional zoo for the 21st century. Located on the site of the Barcelona Zoo, entrants had to propose a design that focuses more on animal welfare, biodiversity conservation efforts, and public education on the natural world.&nbsp;
After evaluating submissions from around the world, the jury — which included architects who have contributed in redefining the zoo — selected three prize-winning entries by teams from Thailand, France, and Turkey. Check them out below. First prize: “Re-Habitat” by Worawut Oer-Areemitr, Chanakarn Assavasirisilp, Thakan Navapakpilai and Bemjama Prasertpan | Bangkok, Thailand

The six shortlisted Adelaide Contemporary designs unveiled

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrex5meetbrx5yyy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The <a href="http://bustler.net/news/6187/big-adjaye-chipperfield-ds-r-among-firms-shortlisted-for-adelaide-contemporary-international-design-competition" >six shortlisted teams</a> of the <a href="http://bustler.net/competitions/5631/adelaide-contemporary-international-design-competition" >Adelaide Contemporary competition</a> recently unveiled their Stage Two design concepts. Located on the city's North Terrace boulevard, Adelaide Contemporary is envisioned to be a new cultural destination that will showcase treasured artifacts from South Australia's State Collection.&nbsp;Each of the shortlisted teams will receive a AU$90,000 honorarium for their competition work.
The winning design is currently expected to be announced later this year. Check out each team's proposal below! ADJAYE ASSOCIATES AND BVN
with McGregor Coxall, Steensen Varming, Plan A Consultants, Barbara Flynn, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Aurecon Group and Front Inc

The six shortlisted Adelaide Contemporary designs unveiled

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrex5meetbrx5yyy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The <a href="http://bustler.net/news/6187/big-adjaye-chipperfield-ds-r-among-firms-shortlisted-for-adelaide-contemporary-international-design-competition" >six shortlisted teams</a> of the <a href="http://bustler.net/competitions/5631/adelaide-contemporary-international-design-competition" >Adelaide Contemporary competition</a> recently unveiled their Stage Two design concepts. Located on the city's North Terrace boulevard, Adelaide Contemporary is envisioned to be a new cultural destination that will showcase treasured artifacts from South Australia's State Collection.&nbsp;Each of the shortlisted teams will receive a AU$90,000 honorarium for their competition work.
The winning design is currently expected to be announced later this year. Check out each team's proposal below! ADJAYE ASSOCIATES AND BVN
with McGregor Coxall, Steensen Varming, Plan A Consultants, Barbara Flynn, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Aurecon Group and Front Inc

Archinect’s Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #178

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6e/6eloqvx66sotetv6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />It's that time for another Archinect&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>&nbsp;weekly round-up. Check out the latest firms profiled amid the thousands of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" >active listings</a>&nbsp;on our job board. If you don't already, get each day's&nbsp;<em>Employer of the Day</em>&nbsp;by following us on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" >Facebook</a>, showcasing a firm every day, along with a gallery of their work.
Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:
  1. Assembledge+ (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

Image: Assembledge+.
2. JET (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Intermediate Architect
Image: JET.
3. BEAM Architects (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Project Architect
Image: BEAM Architects.
4. Oppenheim Architecture (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: This firm no longer has active job listings
Image: Karen Fuchs.
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Woodbury student Stephanie Green wins AIA|LA Mobile Center for Architecture and Design competition

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d0/d0bwp4uvznzf2y7g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />AIA Los Angeles recently announced <a href="https://archinect.com/woodbury" >Woodbury University</a>&nbsp;student Stephanie Green as the winner of their&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/competitions/5776/aia-la-mobile-center-for-architecture-design" >Mobile Center for Architecture and Design competition</a>, which was&nbsp;open to architecture school students across the region. As part of the AIA|LA's efforts for stronger community outreach in sprawling L.A., The Mobile Center will include exhibition, classroom, and meeting spaces for various educational and community activities.
Green's winning proposal, “The Capsule”, is a structure loaded onto an 18-wheel truck with a width as narrow as 9 feet. The AIA|LA will move forward to realize Green's scheme and, as it develops, will re-address the design if necessary. Read on for more about the proposal.

As permafrost thaws, Nunavut’s capital city is racing against time to save its sinking homes

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vu/vuz184ffwiy1mj75.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>It&rsquo;s difficult to build new houses on thawing permafrost, and many existing houses have huge cracks in the foundations. It is also extremely expensive to ship materials in the Arctic, so the houses that are repaired and built must be planned very carefully. [...] Permafrost thaw is not a new problem; urban planners, architects, and builders have taken its volatility into account for decades in the Arctic. But climate change exacerbates existing permafrost issues&mdash;and it does so rapidly.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this piece by Melody Schreiber, the Nunavut capital of Iqaluit isn't only dealing with scarce housing and soaring prices, many of the town's homes are sinking &mdash; or are at high risk &mdash; as the permafrost beneath them rapidly melts.
As officials turn to new solutions like thermosyphons, with climate change transforming the entire Arctic landscape, they're also planning for a future to only build on bedrock.

Morphosis wins first place in Taiwan’s Hsinta Power Plant competition

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mo/moab8mgl0g6vyoes.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Out of <a href="http://bustler.net/news/6271/morphosis-and-leers-weinzapfel-on-shortlist-for-taiwanese-power-plant-competition" >five finalists</a>&nbsp;announced in January, Morphosis had the winning concept to <a href="http://bustler.net/competitions/5640/hsinta-ecological-power-plant-construction-project-conceptual-design-international-competition" >redesign the Hsinta Power Plant site</a> in Taiwan.&nbsp;The project is part of the Taiwan Power Company's &ldquo;Hsinta Plan&rdquo;, which aims to update the country's current electricity supply system and to realize nuclear-free homes by the year 2025. It also addresses the need for decommissioning and replacing existing power generation facilities with gas-combined cycle units, boost green energy production, and reduce CO2 emission and pollution, among other sustainability objectives.
Leers Weinzapfel Associates won second place, while the National Sun Yat-sen University's Department of Marine Environment and Engineering earned third place. Scroll down for a glimpse of Morphosis' winning proposal.

“Weak Monument”: Estonia’s 2018 Venice Biennale Pavilion examines the implicit politics of everyday architectural forms

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/83/83pbjwq79wcjajhf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />For the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/871008/2018-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" >2018 Venice Biennale</a>, Estonia's pavilion, <a href="http://weakmonument.com/" rel="nofollow" >&ldquo;Weak Monument&rdquo;</a>, explores&nbsp;the explicit representation of the monument and the implicit politics of everyday architectural forms.
Curated by Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa and Tadeáš Říha, the exhibition takes over the former Santa Maria Ausiliatrice church in Venice with pavement and a monument-like concrete wall that divides the exhibition space in two. As visitors cross through the wall, they'll find a collection of photos, drawings, and models of Estonian and European examples of “weak monuments”. They will then encounter a “wall altar”.  
Wall altar. Image © Weak Monument.
Weak Monument Section. © Weak Monument 2018.
“Monuments reside on the margin of the architectural discipline while directly embodying some of its most central qualities, such as relation to the site, delimitation of public space and capacity for representation,” the curatorial team explains. 
“In Estonia, the notion of monument appears as a foreign Continue reading "“Weak Monument”: Estonia’s 2018 Venice Biennale Pavilion examines the implicit politics of everyday architectural forms"

High fashion meets high church in The Met’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a2/a2z5bqctmraq9b1e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The traditionally opulent aesthetics of the Catholic Church take a stylish, glamorous turn in the <a href="http://bustler.net/events/10944/heavenly-bodies-fashion-and-the-catholic-imagination" >&ldquo;Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination&rdquo; exhibition</a> at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute in New York. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition brings together high fashion and medieval Christian art, all set against&nbsp;the dramatic backdrop of the museum's Byzantine and medieval galleries and The Met Cloisters.&nbsp;</p>          

High fashion meets high church in The Met’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a2/a2z5bqctmraq9b1e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The traditionally opulent aesthetics of the Catholic Church take a stylish, glamorous turn in the <a href="http://bustler.net/events/10944/heavenly-bodies-fashion-and-the-catholic-imagination" >&ldquo;Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination&rdquo; exhibition</a> at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute in New York. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition brings together high fashion and medieval Christian art, all set against&nbsp;the dramatic backdrop of the museum's Byzantine and medieval galleries and The Met Cloisters.&nbsp;</p>          

Cooper Hewitt reveals 2018 National Design Award honorees

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lx/lxtxefjl83ya5xvn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />It's that time of year again when the <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/cooper-hewitt/13075" >Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum</a> announces the winners of their honorable National Design Awards. First launched in 2000 as a project of The White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards recognize designers, patrons, and companies for excellence, innovation, and public impact across 10 design disciplines. The winners are selected based on the level of excellence, innovation, and social impact of their body of work.&nbsp;
The 10 category winners for 2018 include Gail Anderson, WEISS/MANFREDI, Mikyoung Kim Design, and Oppenheim Architecture + Design, to name a few. The Director’s Award, which will be awarded at a later date, will be given to an individual or organization in recognition of their outstanding support and patronage within the design community. Recipients will be honored during a gala dinner and ceremony at the museum on October 18. 
Scroll down to see the rest Continue reading "Cooper Hewitt reveals 2018 National Design Award honorees"

Amid the Confederate statue debate, this ideas competition seeks redesign concepts for Monument Avenue in Richmond

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u7/u79h0q1clvbod8dd.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Whether to keep Confederate statues in public spaces is an ongoing debate in cities across the U.S.&nbsp; Richmond, Virginia takes the hot seat in the&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/competitions/6005/monument-avenue-general-demotion-general-devotion" >Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion</a> competition, which Storefront for Community Design and mObstudiO at Virginia Commonwealth University announced last month.
Now open for registration, the national ideas competition invites architects, artists, urban planners, and the like to reimagine Monument Avenue in Richmond, while considering the avenue's historical context and the current Confederate statue debate. First developed to encourage westward expansion of the city, Monument Avenue has statues memorializing Confederate figures Robert E. Lee,  J.E.B. Stuart, and Jefferson Davis. It also includes statues of Stonewall Jackson, Matthew Fontaine Maury, and the most recent statue of Arthur Ashe that was added in 1996. According to the competition brief, recent debate has focused on four main strategies, which entrants ought to consi...

“No More Free Space?”: Singapore’s 2018 Venice Biennale Pavilion explores designing welcoming public spaces in a dense cityscape

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rd/rd4b8j5jizics7i1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Despite limited physical space in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1881/singapore" rel="nofollow" >Singapore</a>'s dense urban landscape &mdash; with a population of 5.6 million squeezed into about 278 square-miles of land, the country's architects and urban planners are coming up with unique solutions to create delightful spaces that help enhance everyday life. So is there truly <a href="https://www.nomorefreespace.com/" rel="nofollow" >&ldquo;No More Free Space?&rdquo;</a>; the Singapore Pavilion exhibition team for the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/871008/2018-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" >2018 Venice Biennale</a> explores this very question.
Marking Singapore's sixth showcase at the Biennale, the Pavilion highlights 12 Singapore-based projects that draw inspiration from nature and “turn constraints into possibilities”. With these projects, the Singapore Pavilion team wants to share their country's design approaches with other cities that are dealing with similar challenges. 
Side elevation, “No More Free Space?”, © Singapore Pavilion, 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition.
The centerpiece of the pavilion is an ethereal, suspended “cloud” installation made from handcrafted acrylic...