Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, COOKFOX, and Michael Maltzan among 2018 AIA Housing Award recipients

            <img src="" border="0" />As a reminder of the ever-pressing&nbsp;importance of designing accessible&nbsp;high-quality&nbsp;housing, the <a href="" >AIA Housing Awards</a> recognizes some of the best new projects in single-family homes, multifamily residential structures, and specialized housing across the U.S. This year, for their 2018 awards program, they have honored 11 projects across four categories for their excellence in design, including a modern residence inspired by early Quaker settlements; a permanent supportive housing complex for formerly homeless individuals in Los Angeles; and&nbsp;one of Yale University's new neo-Gothic residential campuses designed by <a href="" >RAMSA</a>.
Scroll down to take a gander at these snazzy abodes.

Ai Weiwei to launch three new exhibitions in Los Angeles this fall

            <img src="" border="0" />The Chinese contemporary artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Ai Weiwei</a> will have three new exhibitions coming to Los Angeles this fall. In what will be his first substantial showing in the city, Weiwei will be taking over the Marciano Art Foundation, The Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, and the UTA Artist Space on Sept 28th, Sept. 29th and Oct. 4th, respectively.
Known for his work motivated by social justice issues, the activist will inherit the massive ground-floor of the Marciano Art Foundation—currently showing the work of Olafur Eliasson—to display three large-scale installations, one of which is a response to the refugee crisis.  At the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, where Weiwei's work will mark the opening of the new Hollywood space, a reprise of his installation from the Gropius Bau in Berlin will be shown alongside a new series depicting the Chinese zodiac made from LEGOs, according to the New York Times. In the last of Continue reading "Ai Weiwei to launch three new exhibitions in Los Angeles this fall"

New Zealand photographer Cody Ellingham captures Japan’s declining public housing blocks in new Danchi exhibition

            <img src="" border="0" /><em>Danchi</em>&mdash;which translates literally to "group land" but has come to refer to Japan's public housing blocks&mdash;emerged in the 1960s as the country was faced with rapid modernization and urbanization. A period of high-growth, the government built these apartment complexes in many suburban areas to offset the housing demand of a rapidly growing population.&nbsp;
Modeled after the apartment blocks built by the Soviet government, danchi were made from western materials and western designs; in their time, they were considered the height of modernity. Today, fewer and fewer Japanese live in the gradually aging housing, preferring other models such as single-family homes or condos. Though many of the buildings sit dilapidated and depopulated, they remain tranquil architectural giants of the cityscape. 
Hirao Danchi. Photo Credit: Cody Ellingham.
Exploring over 40 of these large sites, New Zealand photographer Cody Ellingham has captured the Tokyo apartments for his new series, Danchi Dreams. While ori...

The Dazzling Work of Charlap Hyman & Herrero is What Happens When a Furniture Designer and Architect Team Up

            <img src="" border="0" />Friends from the <a href="" >Rhode Island School of Design</a>,&nbsp;Adam Charlap Hyman and&nbsp;Andre Herrero, respective graduates of the school's furniture design and architecture programs, decided to start their own firm after working on some small projects together here and there. Since, the up and coming studio, <a href="" >Charlap Hyman &amp; Herrero</a>, has built a vast portfolio that is offbeat, rebellious, and incredibly pleasant to look at.&nbsp;
Though their work has been mainly centered on interior-focused projects such as opera sets and gallery designs, the firm has recently received several commissions for ground-up constructions. For this week's Small Studio Snapshot, we find out what's next for the American designers.

Albania’s communist-era pyramid will be transformed by MVRDV into a Center for Technology, Art and Culture

            <img src="" border="0" />A bizarre building in the middle of Albania's capital, the Pyramid of Tirana has been the site of <a href="" rel="nofollow" >continuous debate</a> over its uncertain future. Built as a monument to the country's Stalinist leader, Enver Hoxha, construction of the pyramid-shaped structure completed shortly before the&nbsp;collapse of communism.&nbsp;
As national attitudes began to change, the building shifted from a museum to a convention center, and has since functioned as a military base for NATO, a television studio, and a nightclub. Though not in complete disuse, the pyramid has sat dilapidated and vandalized for the past decade amidst debates over its preservation. The government had wanted to raze the structure in order to build a sleek new parliament building, but citizens and activists have wanted to see their communist heritage, however dark, preserved.
Image: Gent Onuzi
This is all to change now as designs to transform the communist-era pyramid into a Center Continue reading "Albania’s communist-era pyramid will be transformed by MVRDV into a Center for Technology, Art and Culture"

The Ice Box Challenge pits Passive House vs Regular House, on public display this summer in New York

            <img src="" border="0" />On the bustling streets of Broadway Boulevard in <a href="" rel="nofollow" >New York City</a>, two multi-colored huts are trying to get the public excited about hyper efficient buildings. Part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Ice Box Challenge</a>, the&nbsp;environmental public art installation has been touring the world, demonstrating the merits of <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Passive House</a> design.
The Challenge, which has popped up in Brussels, Seattle, Vancouver, and now New York City, involves two small sheds—one built to Passive House Standards, and the other, to the local city's building codes. One ton of ice is then placed inside each, and left outside in the summer heat for one month. The display then invites passersby to check out the progress, and see which building design and construction has done a better job at keeping the ice from melting.  The New York City huts have been designed by A2M Architects, a Belgian firm known for championing quality contemporary Continue reading "The Ice Box Challenge pits Passive House vs Regular House, on public display this summer in New York"

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design hosts design competition for attainable housing schemes

            <img src="" border="0" />"Housing design is equally a design territory in which we believe the school can contribute to both a regional and a national conversation for the betterment of our society" says Peter MacKeith, the Dean of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design</a>. Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the school is situated in a region with a rich architectural legacy, spanning from <a href="" rel="nofollow" >E. Fay Jones</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Marlon Blackwell</a>. But, Northwest Arkansas has also become the 22nd fastest-growing area in the U.S. and like many smaller cities, is beginning to come up against similar housing challenges as larger ones.
Faced with the conflicting forces of rapid growth and strong desires to maintain small-town character, the school's recent design competition tasked design professionals to present housing solutions that embrace the local challenges, culture, value, and vision of Northwest Arkansas. Addressing the fact that many are struggling to find affordable, available housing options, Continue reading "Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design hosts design competition for attainable housing schemes"

RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Fellow will look at the adaptation of urban wildlife to mega-cities

            <img src="" border="0" />The <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Royal Institute of British Architecture</a>, alongside <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Norman Foster</a>, has announced the winner of their twelfth <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Travelling Scholarship</a>. After receiving the highest number of entries of any year thus far, the annual, &pound;7,000 prize has been awarded to Steven Hutt of <a href="" rel="nofollow" >University of Greenwich</a> for his proposal, &lsquo;East of Eden.&rsquo;
Travelling to Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, South Korea and Japan, Steven will investigate how urban wildlife has adapted to the rapid rise of densely populated mega-cities in the far east of Asia. Some of the urban environments Hutt will be looking include the ‘Sanzhi Pod City’—a dilapidated city that has become a breeding ground for five new species of orchid—and the wider Pearl River Delta—a rapidly growing concrete jungle with conditions that has also allowed other species to thrive—among others. Norman Foster, whose Foundation helps support the program, said: "In the end, we all felt the winning Continue reading "RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Fellow will look at the adaptation of urban wildlife to mega-cities"

The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares as co-curators of the 2019 Biennial

            <img src="" border="0" />The <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> has announced that curator and educator Sepake Angiama, and architect and urbanist Paulo Tavares will be joining the curatorial team of the 2019 Biennial, taking place next year. The co-curators will be working with the visionary curator and writer Yesomi Umolu, who was <a href="" rel="nofollow" >selected as the Artistic Director</a> of the city's third biennial back in March.
Angiama, who recently served as Head of Education for Documenta 14, has devised education programs for a number of leading international institutions, including Tate Modern & Hayward Gallery, London. Her work centers around discursive practices, the social framework, and how we shape and form our experiences in understanding the world. As a recent fellow at basis voor actuele kunst, she conducted a year-long research into intersectional feminism and science fiction. Brazilian architect Paulo Tavares' work is concerned with the relations between conflict and space as they intersect within the Continue reading "The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares as co-curators of the 2019 Biennial"

Amid major campus expansion, CCA announces Keith Krumwiede as new Dean of Architecture

            <img src="" border="0" />The <a href="" rel="nofollow" >California College of the Arts</a> has announced Keith Krumwiede as the school's new Dean of Architecture. Beginning in August, Krumwiede will be taking over duties from Lisa Findley, who has been serving as Interim Dean since Jonathan Massey <a href="" rel="nofollow" >left to head</a> the <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan</a> back in August of 2017.&nbsp;
“We are thrilled to welcome educator, designer, author, and satirist Keith
Krumwiede to CCA. Keith is a multifaceted professional that maintains a rare sense of humor about architecture while greatly advancing the field through his work in higher education, scholarship, criticism, and design,” says CCA Provost Tammy Rae Carland. “I am looking forward to seeing the students and the division benefit from his wide-ranging experience, critical insights, architectural knowledge, and demonstrated leadership in the classroom.” Krumwiede is joining the school from the American Academy in Rome, where he is Continue reading "Amid major campus expansion, CCA announces Keith Krumwiede as new Dean of Architecture"

‚ÄčThe Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology finds permanent home in Houston designed by SCHAUM/SHIEH

            <img src="" border="0" />The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology merges two fields not often associated with one another, supporting experimental work at the intersection of art and anthropology. Previously a nomadic space, the multidisciplinary institution recently found a permanent home in <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Houston, Texas</a>, in a new building designed by the budding, semi-local firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Schaum/Shieh</a>. Founded by Troy Schaum and Rosalyne Shieh, the studio is based out of Houston and <a href="" rel="nofollow" >New York City</a>. Known for their surprising forms that celebrate the surrounding landscape, the duo created a multidisciplinary space that supports the multifaceted work of the small arts institution.
Courtesy of SCHAUM/SHIEH.
“The project is designed around a 3,000-square-foot gallery & library. This large “living room” is punctuated in the middle by a circulation core that integrates steps and a library, expanding into a second-floor salon that is open to the space below, effectively dividing the gallery into two adjacent exhibition spaces. Continue reading "‚ÄčThe Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology finds permanent home in Houston designed by SCHAUM/SHIEH"

Casey Hughes Wants to Create Work That is Simultaneously Intellectually Ambitious and Scrappy

            <img src="" border="0" />Casey Hughes has made a name for himself by building into the famous hills of Los Angeles. His <a href="" >eponymous firm</a>&mdash;started by his desire to push against both the academic world of architecture as well as the development-oriented one&mdash;specializes in intellectually ambitious residential projects, especially those located on some of the city's tricky hillside lots.&nbsp;
For this week's Small Studio Snapshot, Hughes talks about carving out a niche for himself while allowing room for design exploration.

Elon Musk plans on recycling excavated dirt into bricks for low-cost housing

            <img src="" border="0" />Back in March, <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Elon Musk announced that his Boring Company would be selling LEGO-like bricks</a> made from leftover dirt, excavated to make way for his <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Boring tunnels</a>. Land excavation is a costly endeavor and the question of "where will 550,000 cubic yards&nbsp;of dirt go?" poses many economic and environmental challenges. If the dirt is of good enough quality, it is often sent to other construction sites in need of filling, or to highways and other infrastructure projects. But, if it is deemed of poor quality, excavated land is sent off to landfills and quarries, or contamination facilities in a worst-case scenario. In the end, all options are expensive and time consuming.
Musk's brick approach is not an entirely bad way to address issues of leftover waste. How much of the land removed would be safe enough to use as material remains an obvious point of inquiry, but, recycling the Continue reading "Elon Musk plans on recycling excavated dirt into bricks for low-cost housing"

RIBA reveals the 20 best new buildings in the world and announces the RIBA International Emerging Architect

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“The RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018 are a testament to the breadth and quality of architecture being created around the world," said RIBA President Ben Derbyshire of the twenty projects recently announced as winners of the 2018 Awards for International Excellence. Selected for their architectural ambition, design ingenuity and excellence of execution, the best new buildings in the world, according to RIBA, demonstrate the significant and far-reaching contribution that architecture makes to our daily lives. The selected schemes were chosen from entries for the RIBA International Prize, the winner of which will be announced in November. Started in 2016, the International Prize is RIBA's only award open to an architect based anywhere in the world. It is the Institute's own version of recognizing the world's best new building of the year that, as they describe, exemplifies innovative building design and excellence in execution — regardless of style, size of scheme and Continue reading "RIBA reveals the 20 best new buildings in the world and announces the RIBA International Emerging Architect"

SelgasCano’s floating pavilion invades the canals of Bruges for the city’s Triennial

            <img src="" border="0" />Over the weekend, the famous tourist town of Bruges&mdash;known for its enchanting canals, Belgian chocolate, and starring role in the movie&nbsp;<em>In Bruges&mdash;</em>kicked off the second edition of its <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial</a>. Themed&nbsp;<em>Liquid City | Vloeibare stad</em>, the event has returned with surprising installations by an international roster of celebrated&nbsp;artists and architects, spread across the historic cityscape.&nbsp;
The Selgascano Pavilion at the Bruges Triennial. Photo by Iwan Baan.
The Selgascano Pavilion at the Bruges Triennial. Photo by Iwan Baan.
Over 15 works have been commissioned by curators Till-Holger Borchert and Michel Dewildel, their marks and temporary modifications opening up both lesser-known and iconic places around the city for new opportunities. Inspired by the Polish-born British sociologist Zygmunt Bauman—who, coining the term liquid modernity, believed that change within modern society was constant and relentless—the curators wanted to build hospitable public sp...

MADWORKSHOP fellows reimagine the emergency shelter for disasters

            <img src="" border="0" />Through a <a href="" rel="nofollow" >plethora of over-designed shelters</a>, interventions, and temporary housing prototypes, professional architecture has attempted to&nbsp;pick up on issues of global mass displacement. Despite the endless stream of projects of this nature, little has changed and cots in gymnasiums remain the standard, insufficient approach in times of need.

© Buddy Bleckley
Addressing this issue, Shelter Squared is meant to offer a different design-oriented solution to emergencies. Designed by Jeremy Carman and Jayson Champlain, two of MADWORKSHOP's 2017 fellows, the flat-packed, approximately mattress-sized shelter takes less than fifteen minutes to assemble, and can be stored on-site making it immediately available in any scenario.
© Buddy Bleckley
© Buddy Bleckley
The units are constructed with lightweight, waterproof panels for easy maintenance and use velcro connections to ensure simplicity of assembly. Each unit provides an operable fabric enclosure, clean floor, roomy sleeping quarters, lockable...

New documentary short film shows off the groundbreaking design work of Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

            <img src="" border="0" />"To design is to see as in foresee; to draw visions not previously seen," says the&nbsp;groundbreaking designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon in a new short documentary film about her work and life. A dancer-turned-graphic designer, Solomon was born in <a href="" rel="nofollow" >San Francisco</a> but trained in Switzerland at the Basel Art Institute. Combining hard-edge Swiss graphics with California Abstract Expressionism,&nbsp;she defined California cool in the '60s.&nbsp;
Sea Ranch Tennis Club supergraphics by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. Photo © Jim Alinder/Princeton Architectural Press
An enduring visionary, the style Solomon pioneered came to be known as supergraphics: large graphics applied with vibrant colors, usually in geometric shapes, to walls or floors and ceilings to make the illusion of altered space. She is best known for her interior of Lawrence Halprin's 1960s Sea Ranch and her 1991 Ribbon of Light installation at the Embarcadero Promenade in San Francisco.
Kaiser Channel 44, KBHT T.V. Studio by Barbara Stauffache...

Designing Everything From Buildings To Pulled Plaster Panels, Young Projects Discusses How the Small Studio Accommodates for Variety

            <img src="" border="0" /><p>The work of <a href="" >Young Projects</a>&mdash;a New York-based studio founded by Bryan Young in 2010&mdash;extends beyond just buildings, with the firm of seven designing everything from materials and prototypes, to furniture and objects. For this week's <a href="" >Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the studio about the variety of their projects and how they utilize down-time to push those boundaries.</p>            

Amanda Levete among the four teams shortlisted for the competition to redesign the Eiffel Tower visitor experience

            <img src="" border="0" />The competition to redesign the <a href="" >Eiffel Tower</a> Great Site has announced its four team long shortlist. Orchestrated by Paris City Council along with Soci&eacute;t&eacute; d&rsquo;Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, the project is looking to redevelop the site so that visits are more enjoyable and easier to access in preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games.
The announced shortlist is comprised of the following: Amanda Levete teamed with GROSS.MAXGustafson Porter + Bowman, Agence Ter with Carlo Ratti Associati, and Koz Architectes with Atelier Roberta. The four teams will now work with the city over the next 10 months to produce designs that enhance the ways in which people discover, approach and visit the site of the tower.

Winners Announced for LA County’s Yes to ADU Design Competition

            <img src="" border="0" />Hot-market cities grappling with a dearth of housing, like those along the coast of California, are increasingly looking at <a href="" rel="nofollow" >accessory dwelling units</a> (ADUs)&mdash;commonly known as "granny flats&mdash;to help abate the statewide shortage. In 2016, California passed three laws aimed at facilitating in-law unit production; following the legalizations, the city of <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Los Angeles</a> received <a href="" rel="nofollow" >1,980 applications</a> for secondary units in 2017 alone.&nbsp;
The County has also launched a number of adjacent initiatives with the goal of making sure that some of these new homes are affordable. One of such pilot programs comes through the LA County Board of Supervisors' Homeless Initiative and sets out to catalyze the community of architects, designers, planners and creative strategists to re-imagine the potential of ADUs as a housing typology that can work in conjunction with other strategies to help alleviate the County's housing pressure. Working with the Art Commission Civic Art Program, the first Continue reading "Winners Announced for LA County’s Yes to ADU Design Competition"