The AIA Toolkit for Architects in the Era of Climate Change


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Intruders in the Boys’ Club: Women Redefining Success in Architecture


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via Alexandra Lange

Whether it be the overly-dainty posture of scale model figures or the assumptions of being the in-house decorator, the portrayal of women in architecture is often one of subservience. Despite Despina Stratigakos’ hands-on efforts behind Architect Barbie or the global impacts of the legacy of starchitect Zaha Hadid, there continues to be a lack of visibility of women in the profession.

In a recent article in the New York Times, writer Allison Arieff poses the echoed question that the architectural community keeps asking itself, “Where are all the female architects?” No longer an issue of uneven gender ratios in architectural schooling, the persistence of dwindling numbers of women principals at the top of firms simply does not resonate. She postulates, that perhaps more significant than the statistics, the real problem lies in the definition of success.


Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

Rampant within architecture schools, the

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Treasuring History: Photographs of Tadao Ando’s First European Villa Restoration


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Courtesy of FABRICA

Inducing a surreal physical experience through minimal maneuvers, buildings with smooth concrete panels and simple geometric volumes instinctively hint at the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. At an ongoing exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, photographs of the headquarters of Fabrica, Ando’s first European commission in 1992, are showcased. Located near the city of Treviso, the building was an old villa restored to become a thriving creative research center.

Villa Pastega Manera, built on an area of 51,000 square meters, went through a rigorous study of traditional construction techniques and material sampling to commence the redesign. The photographs feature the harmonious integration between the historical structure and seamless renovations. 


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Courtesy of FABRICA

Surrounding an elliptical porticoed square, the various programs such as the laboratories, offices, and the helicoidal library can be accessed by a broad staircase. Originally porticoed extensions of the Veneto villa, the

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NLÉ Architects’ MFS IIIx3 Prototype Launched in China Explores Ecological Intelligence


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As part of a collaboration between the Centre Pompidou and the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, the Cosmopolis #1.5: ‘Enlarged Intelligence’ exhibition features the developments of NLÉ ArchitectsMakoko Floating School. The Minjiang Floating System (MFS IIIx3), the fourth prototype and the third iteration of the prefabricated self-built system for water, investigates methods to counter the challenges posed by urbanization and climate change.

Earlier prototypes of the Makoko Floating School include the Waterfront Atlas (MFS II) launched in Venice, Italy and the Minne Floating School (MFS III) in Bruges, Belgium. The project, initially developed for the water in Lagos, is now usable in all these sites including the Jincheng Lake in Chengdu.


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Courtesy of NLÉ Architects

Connected to the ancient existing irrigation system used along the Min River and Dujiangyan that has long since kept the Sichuan province fertile and hazard-free, the

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Courtesy of NLÉ Architects

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Frida Escobedo, Designer of the Serpentine Pavilion, Among 2019 RIBA International Fellows


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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) unveiled the seven laureates of the 2019 International Fellowships,
a “lifetime honor allows recipients to use the initials Int FRIBA after their name,” recognizes the contributions that architects across the world outside of the UK have made in the field of architecture. Previously awarded to architects such as Jeanne Gang and Phillip Cox, the annual Fellowship emphasizes not only the impact of architects’ work in their respective homelands but also their global influence.

A juror’s committee, consisting of Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President; Lady Patty Hopkins, a 1994 RIBA Gold Medalist; Bob Shiel, a professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture; Wasfi Kani, a 2018 Honorary Fellow; and Pat Woodward RIBA, of Matthew Lloyd Architects, awarded the 2019 Fellows. The fellowships will be presented in London in February 2019.

The laureates of RIBA’s 2019 International Fellowships are as following:

Frida Escobedo


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Rethinking the Future of Air Travel: Students and Fentress Architects Collaborate in Venice Biennale Exhibition


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Deemed to be the homogenized “spaces of circulation, consumption, and communication”, airports around the world appear to be almost indistinguishable in their dissolution of identity. Despite technological changes in air travel, the typology of the airport has remained consistently ordinary.

In the European Cultural Center’s biennial exhibition, students from North Carolina State University’s College of Design worked alongside Curtis Fentress, Ana-Maria Drughi, and Joshua Stephens of Fentress Architects to propose innovative concepts for reshaping air travel. PLANE—SITE’s latest film from their series of short videos of the Time-Space-Existence exhibition showcases this design collaboration.

Responding to the prompt of redesigning the normative airport, five teams integrated advanced transportation technologies in relation to their location’s culture, geography, and economy in different cities around the world. Instead of simply being a transportation hub, the airport was considered to be a vital urban site of connection and exchange to discover the full

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The Appalachian “Long Lodge” Optimizes Mass Timber Construction for Sustainable Design


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Courtesy of Yueqi Li

The Honor Award Winner of the 2018 Maine Mass Timber Design Competition, the ‘Long Lodge’ proposal for residential cabins along the Appalachian Trail, highlights simple yet creative ways to spotlight the possibilities and natural beauty of timber as a construction material. As a team of four, the architects designed a lodge that not only serves as a temporary living space but rather becomes a memorable spatial experience through the effects of the structural design choices.


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Courtesy of Yueqi Li

The sharp verticality of the native pines is juxtaposed with the striated horizontality of the lodge, emphasizing the otherworldliness of the site. The full elongation of the lodge is only revealed amidst the forest as visitors approach and near the site. 

Encapsulating a subtle dynamism, the two upturned wings of the lodge appear to be readying for movement. The void featuring the Caribou Pond Trail in

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Courtesy of Yueqi Li
Courtesy of Yueqi Li
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Courtesy of Yueqi Li

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Stefano Corbo Studio’s Design Seeks to Transform a Prague School into an “Autonomous Micro-City”


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Prague‘s architecture is known for a patchwork of buildings ranging in styles and eras. A recent proposal for the redesign of the Trojska Skola aims to supplement a similar cohesive attitude to the space. Titled, Dissonant Unity, the project designed by Stefano Corbo Studio explores the ways to incorporate new programs and increased public space to an existing grammar and primary school with an attached sports center, auditorium, and cafeteria.


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Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio

The original construction from 1928 will house the grammar school that includes multiple classrooms, multimedia spaces, and storage areas, while preserving the basement as is. The 1951 and 2010 additions will be altered to create a new building for the primary school featuring a large multipurpose hall on the ground level with further recreational program on the upper floors. In correlation to these spaces, the new building accommodates

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Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio
Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio

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“Plastic Island” Imagines the Possibilities of Reusing Oceanic Waste in Architecture


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With rising sea levels and incessant consumption of plastic, the state of the earth’s oceans is rapidly deteriorating. Instead of discarding or burning this plastic, architects Erik Goksøyr and Emily-Claire Goksøyr questioned whether any architectural potential exists in this neglected material. By conducting an extensive material study, the duo designed three prototypes to postulate this theory. 

Though starting out as a humble thesis, this project is being actualized under the organization, Out of Ocean. From the shores of the Koster Islands in Sweden, plastic samples were collected and studied for their various material performance in areas such as color, texture, light, and translucency.


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Courtesy of Emily-Claire Goksøyr

In their first iteration, titled House of Texture, the plastic undergoes heat and compression that causes deformation and as a result, varied texture. From smooth and glossy to rough and jagged, these fragments can be combined together in

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Courtesy of Emily-Claire Goksøyr
Courtesy of Emily-Claire Goksøyr
Courtesy of Emily-Claire Goksøyr

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Reclaiming Polish Brutalism: Discover the Emblems of Communism


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Falowiec / Gdańsk. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

Falowiec / Gdańsk. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

To strip a city of its architecture is to erase its history altogether. Despite a widespread public distaste for Brutalism, the brutalist era in architecture often went hand in hand with political movements promising an egalitarian vision in post-Stalinist Poland. What may now be considered austere and overbearing was originally intended to be anything but; the buildings today carry both an appreciation for their legacy and the burden of unwanted memories.

In a recent article in the New York Times, writer Akash Kapur documents his visit to Poland, bringing readers into his experiences and observations of this complex response to Polish architecture. From sharing its history to short anecdotes from interviews, the piece postulates whether these relics can become alive again.


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Courtesy of Wikimedia

More than just changing tastes, the buildings in Poland showcase its long history of invasion, genocide,

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Falowiec / Gdańsk. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia
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© Marcin Lachowicz

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In Conversation With Marc Neveu, Executive Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education, On Practice, Pedagogy, And Diversity


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For young creatives, curious explorers, or simply multitaskers, The Midnight Charette‘s weekly podcasts provide a provocative and entertaining take on design and architectural discourse. Hosted by David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, the segments aim to explore ideas beyond everyday conversation and engage with a multitude of individuals in the design field.

In their recent discussion featuring Marc Neveu, the Executive Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) and head of the Architecture Program at Arizona State University (ASU), the duo covers a broad range of topics related to professional practice and architectural pedagogies.

With the responsibility of publishing the JAE biannually, Neveu shares his opinions on the need for print scholarship in an increasingly digitized world: 

“The number of outlets that are not peer-reviewed has certainly increased. For a design faculty member in architecture to get tenure and promotion is really difficult because a building or project is

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Zaha Hadid Architects Proposal Shortlisted For Sverdlovsk Philharmonic, But Uncertainty Over Buildability Remains


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To activate the historical and cultural significance of music in the city of Yekaterinburg, a design competition to create a new concert hall was announced earlier in April. From the 47 proposals that were submitted, the top three architectural concepts were recently selected by the jury committee, awarding first place to Zaha Hadid Architects, and the two runner-up positions to Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners and Robert Gutowski Architects respectively.

Despite selecting ZHA’s proposal as the project laureate, all three projects are still in contention as the feasibility studies are ongoing. For the snowy climate of this Russian city, the buildability of the design continues to be under debate. 

Having the buzz of a world-renowned firm definitely sparks more interest in the creation of the center, however, it draws the question as to whether such a proposal is suitable for the climate and

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Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
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Courtesy of ALVISI KIRIMOTO & PARTNERS
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Courtesy of Robert Gutowski Architects

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Sasaki Revitalizes Vacant Rail Yard to Create Florida’s New Central Park


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Courtesy of Sasaki

With the aim to create the self-proclaimed “Central Park of Lakeland,” architecture firm Sasaki Associates is converting Bonnet Springs Park in Central Florida from a former CSX railyards property to an ecological hub. Initially, a vacant brownfield, the site is currently undergoing environmental remediation to tackle the years of industrial damage, with plans to be open to the public by 2020.


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Courtesy of Sasaki

Using creative environmental mechanisms to ready the site for construction, the architects plan to stockpile the arsenic and petroleum hydrocarbons prevalent in over a third of the 180-acre of the land as landscaping elements. The mounds may reach a 90-foot grade, completely altering the existing topological conditions.


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Courtesy of Sasaki

A significant feature of the site, the constructed wetland gardens are connected to a degraded stream corridor that carries the stormwater to prevent pollutants from entering Lake Bonnet. This allows clean water to

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Sasaki Revitalizes Vacant Rail Yard to Create Florida’s New Central Park


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With the aim to create the self-proclaimed “Central Park of Lakeland,” architecture firm Sasaki Associates is converting Bonnet Springs Park in Central Florida from a former CSX railyards property to an ecological hub. Initially, a vacant brownfield, the site is currently undergoing environmental remediation to tackle the years of industrial damage, with plans to be open to the public by 2020.


Courtesy of Sasaki

Courtesy of Sasaki

Using creative environmental mechanisms to ready the site for construction, the architects plan to stockpile the arsenic and petroleum hydrocarbons prevalent in over a third of the 180-acre of the land as landscaping elements. The mounds may reach a 90-foot grade, completely altering the existing topological conditions.


Courtesy of Sasaki

Courtesy of Sasaki

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Courtesy of Sasaki

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A Pocket Guide to New York’s Art Deco Skyline


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Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb & Harmon

Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb & Harmon

In a permanent state of architectural transience, New York City continues to be adorned with new skyscrapers with every passing day. Historically fueled by financial prosperity coupled with the demand for commercial space, the only way to continue to build was up. Blue Crow Media’s latest map, “Art Deco New York Map” showcases over sixty buildings from the era, celebrating the eclectic nature of Art Deco architecture that is so deeply inherent to the identity of the city.


New School for Social Research Auditorium / Joseph Urban

New School for Social Research Auditorium / Joseph Urban

At the forefront of modernity, the Art Deco movement embraced vivid colors and geometric patterns that currently grace the New York skyline. Though originating in Paris, the United States was the first to deploy the style in such a widespread manner. From corporate and government office buildings to train stations and department stores and

Radio City Music Hall / Edward Durell Stone and Donald Deskey
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Challenge Studio’s Award-Winning Design Envisions a New Residential Typology


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Courtesy of Challenge Studio

In the age of skyscrapers, the immediate solution to housing is to build up and duplicate single units in the plan. In contrast, the Zafereniah Tower designed by Challenge Studio, project laureate of the recent 2018 Architizer A+ Award, proposed a conceptual endeavor as a prototype for mid-rise, multi-unit housing.

The Tehran-based firm won both the Jury and Popular Choice Awards for their response to the prompt for a design that “champion[s] its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.”


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Courtesy of Challenge Studio

Consisting of stacked units that act as tri-axis modules, the scheme features two central blocks off-center. The cohesive interlocking of these modules enables the creation of different unit types and deviates from the ordinary double-loaded corridor strategy. 


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Courtesy of Challenge Studio

By using formal strategies of shifting, the modules begin to generate new intermediary programmatic zones enabling

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Courtesy of Challenge Studio

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BIG Reveals Skyscraper Design for First Project in South America


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Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Soon to become the tallest building in Quito, IQON is Bjarke Ingels Group‘s first project to be built in South America. Currently undergoing construction, the largely residential building is a curved tower with gradually protruding balconies. Encased between the dense city and the park, the self-dubbed “urban tree farm” aims not only to encompass the surrounding views of the volcanoes and nature beyond but also to integrate the landscape within the building itself.


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Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Stacked 33 floors tall, the series of terraced concrete boxes provide 35,000 square meters of floor space. Each box rotates to form apartment units with balconies along both north and south facades, providing extensive views and a sense of openness.


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Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

The scheme of stepped terraces opens up to create a public plaza at the base of the building,

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Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group
Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

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Le Corbusier’s Paintings Showcased for the First Time Since 1966


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Trois baigneuses, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

Trois baigneuses, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

They say one cannot separate art from the artist, or perhaps in this case, the artist from the architect. Arguably one of the most criticized architects, Le Corbusier is often portrayed as cold and controlling. Depicting his more dreamy and humorous nature, the Nasjonalmuseet‘s exhibition titled, “Le Corbusier by the Sea,” draws upon his memories from his summer travels along the coast of southwest France.

Hosted in Villa Stenersen, one of the National Museum’s venues, the exhibition showcases Le Corbusier’s work as an artist during the period 1926-36. Not only does the exhibition include fifteen of his reproduced paintings alongside a collection of sketches, but also screens two films from Le Corbusier’s own footage of his surrounding views.


La pêcheuse d'huitres, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

La pêcheuse d'huitres, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

Like most

Baigneuse, barque et coquillage. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
Le déjeuner près du pare, 1928. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
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Alternative Ways for Architects to Architect


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Studio Roosegaarde. Image © Willem de Kam

Studio Roosegaarde. Image © Willem de Kam

The more architecture students that I converse with, the more I hear this common dissent amongst them: “I don’t want to become an architect.” Despite participating in long studio hours for a five-year professional degree, somehow very few peers actually want to become the kind of architects that create buildings.

Aside from the conventional alternatives of interior or graphic design, there is a rising trend in the popularity of firms that use architectural skills for beyond the scope of designing luxury condominiums for wealthy clients. For prospective architects (and current ones), below are examples of firms that may not be what one initially imagines to do with their degree, but a taste of the potential of what they can.


via Forensic Architecture

via Forensic Architecture

The recently shortlisted nominee of the 2018 Turner Prize, Forensic Architecture, is a group based at Goldsmiths University of London that

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via Emergency Architecture & Human Rights
via Emergency Architecture & Human Rights
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via Studio Roosegaarde

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New Plans to Revitalize Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter


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Courtesy of Glenn Howells Architects

Courtesy of Glenn Howells Architects

Home to the historic engineering firm, AE Harris, for over 50 years, Birmingham’s treasured Jewellery Quarter is being revamped on account of modernized manufacturing methods adopted by the company.

Joint venture partners Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital are working alongside Glenn Howells Architects to transform the site into a residential-led, mixed-use hub for the quarter.


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Courtesy of Glenn Howells Architects

The proposal features 320 new loft- and duplex-style homes and an aggregate of 100,000 square feet of work, food and beverage, and retail space across 20 buildings costing an estimated total of £125 million.

Additionally, a new pedestrian route will weave through the heart of the Jewellery Quarter from the city center, by opening up a section of Northwood Street. To further spur walkability in the district, new shops, bars, and restaurants will be opened at the street level to create a public

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Courtesy of Glenn Howells Architects

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