Asif Khan and MINI create calm, enclosed “forests” in east London

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        <a href=""><strong>London Design Festival 2016:</strong></a> architect <a href="">Asif Khan</a> has created three temporary pavilions thick with plants to give the harried London public space to relax, work and socialise (+ slideshow). <a href="" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Asif Khan and MINI to install “forests” across east London

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        <a href=""><strong>London Design Festival 2016:</strong></a> London architect <a href="">Asif Khan</a> will install three plant-filled rooms across Shoreditch for this year's London Design Festival.  <a href="" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

BMW’s MINI Vision Next 100 concept car changes colour depending on the driver’s mood

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        Car brand <a href="">BMW</a> has unveiled an autonomous <a href="">MINI</a> concept vehicle designed to be shared between several drivers, which could changes colour depending on different users' preferences (+ movie). <a href="" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

MINI presents shared living spaces as a solution to the affordable housing crisis in cities

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        <strong><a href="">Milan 2016:</a></strong> car brand <a href="">MINI</a> has developed a concept for <a href="">shared urban living</a> and is "seriously exploring" how it can apply its brand values to help solve the housing shortage (+ slideshow). <a href="" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín’s Infrastructure as Public Space

With a high-density population and a history of internal armed conflict, the city of Medellín in Colombia lacked substantial , but had an overwhelming amount of industrial infrastructure in place. But as profiled by The Architectural Review, recently architects and urban planners of the EPM group saw this imbalance as an opportunity, and so in the uninhabited patches of land surrounding over one hundred fenced industrial lots, the UVA or Unidades de Vida Articulada (Units of Articulated Life) program was born. Including initiatives to build public classrooms, launderettes and cafés, the UVA projects were conceived together with the local population through a series of workshops, where every resident was invited to express their vision for the new public square through writing and drawing. Medellín, existing at the convergence of several hills, provides a wide variety of unique landscapes for architects to experiment on – and through the UVA projects, EPM Group demonstrates how architecture can empower a community from the first day of . Read more about how this project will continue to instigate positive change at The Architectural Review. Continue reading "How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín’s Infrastructure as Public Space"

Toronto’s Design Exchange Unveils Its Latest Exhibition: “3DXL”

Despite being at the forefront of digital fabrication technology, 3D printing is still shrouded in mystery, something which the (DX) hopes to change with its most recent exhibition, “3DXL” in Toronto. Curated by the director of DX, Sara Nickleson, 3DXL brings together 3D printing projects from across fields, including work from medicine, design and architecture. As the name suggests, the exhibit presents 3D printing on a scale not normally observed by the public. In particular, the exhibit addresses the role 3D printing will play in the future of architecture, and how it may begin to replace more traditional architectural construction. Continue reading "Toronto’s Design Exchange Unveils Its Latest Exhibition: “3DXL”"

Spotlight: Emilio Ambasz

As early as the 1970s, Emilio Ambasz (born 13 June 1943) initiated a discussion on sustainability through his work with green spaces and buildings which is arguably more important today than ever, and contributed to theoretical and design discourse outside of architecture through his wide variety of interest and career pursuits. Ambasz’s work has crossed several disciplines; he has been a curator, a professor, an industrial designer, and an architect, and is highly regarded in all of these varied pursuits. Continue reading "Spotlight: Emilio Ambasz"

American Perspectives: From Classic to Contemporary

The opening of the exhibition American Perspectives: From Classic to Contemporary presents the hand-drawn worlds of prominent American architects and architectural draftsmen. The art of architectural representation in the USA, particularly at the beginning of the 20th century, reached heights of originality and perfection, which still stands out today. On show will be works by Frank Lloyed Wright, Richard Neutra, Lebbeus Woods and . Continue reading "American Perspectives: From Classic to Contemporary"

Richard Meier Tops Out on Florida Beach “Surf Club”

Richard Meier & Partners has topped out on their Four Season’s expansion to the historic Russell Pancoast-designed “Surf Club” in Florida. Scheduled to complete next year, the luxury hospitality and residential project is comprised of two, 12-story towers, offering 150 private units, alongside an 80-room hotel on 9-acres of Surfside oceanfront property. Read on for more in-progress images. You can learn more about the project, here. Continue reading "Richard Meier Tops Out on Florida Beach “Surf Club”"

Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa

Storefront for Art and Architecture hosts Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa, an by journalist Michiel Hulshof (Tertium, Amsterdam) and architect Daan Roggeveen (MORE Architecture, Shanghai). Facing East investigates the impact of Chinese development on fast-growing African cities, and is built around personal stories of individuals involved in the urbanization process. Continue reading "Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa"

Call for Exhibitors: 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture (UABB) has launched an open call for exhibitors. Co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB is the only biennial in the world that is based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. This year’s edition, which will run from December 2015 to February 2016, will be based around the themes “Re-Living the City” and “Visions 2050 – Lifestyle & The City.” All those who are interested in participating as an exhibitor should submit their proposals to the organizers of the curatorial team (here) and Hong Kong curatorial team (here) before June 30, 2015. See our past coverage on the 2013 UABB to learn more about the event.

HAC Lab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern

The city of encountered and was transformed by modern architecture in an ambitious program of urban revitalization in the 1950s and ’60s. HAC Lab : Imagining the Modern untangles ’s complicated relationship with modern architecture and urban planning. This experimental presentation at Carnegie Museum of Art’s includes abundant archival materials from the period, an active architecture studio, and a salon-style discussion space, unearthing layers of history and a range of perspectives. Continue reading "HAC Lab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern"

Studio Gang to Design Net Positive Energy Campus for Chicago Children’s Academy

Studio Gang has been selected to design a 60,000 square-foot campus for the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) in Chicago. Aimed to be the city’s greenest campus, the net positive energy scheme will be designed as a space for learning that will “break down barriers between kids.” The campus will include classrooms, an international learning laboratory, a teacher professional development center, an early childhood center, and an urban food production center.

The Psychology of Skyscrapers: Is Bigger Always Better?

Nothing is more iconic of progress than the skyscraper - but as developers continue to build up, it begs the question: what effect does higher living have on our mental health? Taking opinions from authors, architects, engineers and residences of high-rise apartments, Fast Company reports on the pros and cons of the vertical obsession of the 21st century. Comparing the liberation offered by the Hancock building and the failure of the Pruitt-Igoe project, the article looks at how living at high altitudes may change the way that we socialize and perceive space. Read the full article, “The Psychology of Skyscrapers,” and decide for yourself whether this trend of growing buildings is a good or bad thing.

The Role of Architectural Discourse in the ‘New Media Age’

In an interview with Julia Ingalls , former architecture critic of the New York Times and forthcoming biographer of Frank Gehry, discusses the critical relevance of architecture in what he dubs the “new media age.” According to Ingalls, Goldberger has thrived “by writing informed narratives that examine not just the trendy cladding of a building, but the deep historical, social, and political environments that invariably give rise to it.” Goldberger is a writer who has embraced Twitter, using it as a platform for discussion and debate just as, in prior years, his writings in print media would act as less immediate provocations. Continue reading "The Role of Architectural Discourse in the ‘New Media Age’"

“The City and The Water” Summer School

“The City and the Water” Summer School is organized by the University of Pisa (DESTeC, Long Cycle Master Degree Course in Architectural Engineering), the Visual Art Center of Pietrasanta and the Municipality of Pietrasanta (Tuscany, Italy), with the contribution of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca. The Summer School, that will take place from 7th to 20th September 2015 at the Visual Arts Center, will see students in Architecture, Engineering, Design, Art Schools and young professionals, working together on the Versilia Area, and in particular on the “Due Laghi” artisan area: a context with a high environmental value and a precious landscape, with several artistic and artisanal laboratories, but actually mined by a strong decay. The project proposals aim to provide indications for the creation of new spaces, in order to make the area more functional and enjoyable for those who live and work there, and for all the future potential visitors, with particular attention to the creation of spaces for and artistic events. After the first design stage, a self-construction laboratory will take place in the “Due Luaghi” area. Students will be guided by the architect Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas urbanas, Seville), Scientific Director of the Summer School, and they will work in close collaboration with the artists and artisans of the “2 Luoghi”. The Course Director is Roberto Pierini, President of the Master Degree Course in Architectural Engineering at the University of Pisa. The Summer School, among the guest lecturers, will have Alessandra Capanna, architect and professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Roma La Sapienza University. Open events will be organized also in the Cloister of S. Agostino (Piazza del Duomo, Pietrasanta) and in the “Due Laghi” artisan area (Via Sarzanese 111, Pietrasanta). Inscription deadline: June 30th 2015. Continue reading "“The City and The Water” Summer School"

Open Call: 120 HOURS to Reveal Design Challenge on June 15

120 HOURS has teamed up with FutureBuilt to host a 5 day-long competition regarding climate-friendly urban development in the Oslo region. Open to all creatives, the competition’s challenge will be revealed on Monday, June 15th 2015, at 09.00 (GMT+1). From that moment, entrants will have 120 hours to design and submit their proposal. Third, second and first prize in the contest are respectively 12.500, 25.000 and 50.000 Norwegian Kroner. Read more about the competition and register here. Continue reading "Open Call: 120 HOURS to Reveal Design Challenge on June 15"

Spotlight: Frank Lloyd Wright

In 1991, the American Institute of Architects called him, quite simply, “the greatest American architect of all time.” Over his lifetime, Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) completed more than 500 architectural works; many of them are considered masterpieces. Thanks to the wide dissemination of his designs and his many years spent teaching at the school he founded, few architects in history can claim to have inspired more young people into joining the architecture profession.

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