Foster + Partners Designs First Class Cabin

have completed their first project for a commercial aircraft: the first class cabin for Cathay Pacific’s fleet of Boeing 777s. The firm is no stranger to the marriage of architecture and industrial design; they’ve not only designed yachts and private jets, but have also designed Cathay Pacific’s business lounges at Hong Kong International Airport, even developing bespoke furniture (The Solus Chair) for them as well. See more images of the lounge, after the break…

The Dwell Vision Award

The Dwell Vision Award celebrates design innovation and skill and will reward 1 winner for their excellence in modern design. Entries must consist of projects completed between 2012 and today that are technically and artistically ground breaking, and that show a new method, material or concept that is pushing modern design forward. Submit a project description or statement between 250-350 words that encapsulates your original design elements and methodology along with 3 or more images. Three finalists will be featured on .com and be flown to for an awards celebration where the winner will be announced.

Enter now through August 30, 2013. Read here for more information, including rules and how to enter.

Five London Firms Shortlisted for Met Police HQ

Five -based firms - AHMMAllies & MorrisonFoster & PartnersKeith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands - have been selected to compete for the “Scotland Yard” redevelopment of the abandoned Curtis Green MPS building on the Victoria Embankment. As reported by BDOnline, the shortlisted firms will each propose a “landmark building for London” that will provide a “modern and efficient working environment” for the new Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters. The judging panel, spearheaded by architect Bill Taylor and RIBA Adviser Taylor Snell, will review the proposals in September. 

Call for Papers: STUDIO Issue #5 IMPORT>

STUDIO magazine recently announced their Call for Papers for their forthcoming Issue #5: ‘IMPORT><EXPORT,’ which is set to examine how these two concepts linked to architecture modify the way to conceive, think and project our cities. This issue aims to explore the unceasing exchange among different realities which has produced a hybrid and heterogeneous urban landscape in which architectural experiences of different sources meet and combine. Structurally organized in different ways of contribution – essays, insights, experiences, images – the issue is meant to be investigated by a multi-disciplinary global perspective in order to define its complexity. The submission process involved two stages with the Stage One deadline on August 31, Stage Two September 30, and publication in November. For more information, please visit here.

London School of Economics – New Global Centre for the Social Sciences Competition Shortlist Announced

RIBA Competitions just announced the six teams that were selected to take part in the design stage of the competition for The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to design their New Global Centre for the Social Sciences. The shortlisted teams include: Grafton Architects, Ireland; Heneghan Peng, Ireland; Steven Holl Architects, USA; Hopkins Architects; OMA, The Netherlands; and Rogers Stirk Harbour + PartnersThis new building will have a vital role to play in cementing the LSE’s position as a world renowned educational establishment and will become a place that inspires existing LSE students and will help attract new high calibre students and staff to the School.

The shortlisted teams will now have until September to work on their design submissions with final interviews/presentations due to be held in October 2013.

Three Teams Shortlisted to Re-Envision Downtown Dallas

OMA*AMO (New York), (Barcelona), and (Boston) with SHoP (New York) have been selected as the top three teams to re-envision Dallas’s urban center and its connection to the Trinity River Corridor. The teams kickstarted the final leg of the competition this past weekend with a summer workshop, symposium and site visit alongside local developers and city officials. All three final proposals will be unveiled to the public this mid-October with a lecture series host by each team (dates and information here). A winner is expected to be selected shortly after.

Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Takes Major Step Forward

Frank Gehry’s revised design for the controversial Eisenhower Memorial has been approved by US Commission of Fine Arts in a 3-1 vote – a major step forward after the project’s funding was nearly scraped last year. Though Gehry’s redesign was welcomed by the commission, BDOnline reported that they’ve requested he removes the three woven metal tapestries that border the site, as they believe the scale “undermined Gehry’s attempt to convey the president’s humility.” Gehry accepted this request and now awaits re-authorization from Congress.

Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Takes Major Step Forward

Frank Gehry’s revised design for the controversial Eisenhower Memorial has been approved by US Commission of Fine Arts in a 3-1 vote – a major step forward after the project’s funding was nearly scraped last year. Though Gehry’s redesign was welcomed by the commission, BDOnline reported that they’ve requested he removes the three woven metal tapestries that border the site, as they believe the scale “undermined Gehry’s attempt to convey the president’s humility.” Gehry accepted this request and now awaits re-authorization from Congress.

Vision by MINI

Car brand MINI has previewed design ideas ahead of the launch of its new model later this year, including Union Jack door pockets and a disco floor (+ movie). (more...)

Emerging Architects Exhibition at Buro Happold / Unit Architects

Currently on view until August 30, Unit Architects is presenting their 8-week exhibition in the entrance space of Buro Happold‘s 17 Newman Street offices as part of Buro Happold’s Emerging Architects event program. A great way to show off some of the upcoming talent in architecture and design, the contribution by Unit Architects to this series focuses on a selection of their work that shares a common approach of engagement with scale, contextual symbology, material presence and considered detailing. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Emerging Architects is a series of events run by Buro Happold to promote and expose the work of some of the world’s most imaginative and engaging new architects. Currently in its sixth exhibition, the series has drawn in a diverse array of talent, and promises to go from strength to strength.

As part of the exhibition, Unit Architects have radically re-modeled Buro Happold’s reception; ‘Our approach to the space, and the red carpet opening night event, was inspired by the grand exhibitions of the Salon de Paris, transforming the space into an exposition of elegant splendour adorned with artwork. In clearing the space of previous obstructions, we have been able to reveal and celebrate the grandeur of the room and the original interior with a simple lining that frames the ornament of the period ceiling and provides a homogenous backdrop to our work.’

Projects shown range in scale from a bike shed to the master planning of an East London urban village. The diverse typologies on display include work for St. Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, the development of a contextual language for residential architecture in Brixton and a swing foot bridge over the Motlawa River in Gdansk.

Sponsors included Kvadrat, Tom Dixon, Pinch and Ege with the three day fit-out by GT Morgan. The exhibition is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9:30 – 17:30 at Buro Happold’s London offices, 17 Newman Street W1T 1PD.

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Never Built: Los Angeles

After years of extensive research that unearthed countless untold stories and hundreds of beautiful unbuilt designs, curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin will be celebrating the opening of their highly anticipated exhibition – Never Built: Los Angeles - today at the Architecture and Design Museum in .

The exhibition will reveal the “what if” Los Angeles by exploring innovative and forgotten schemes there once proposed by some of the industries greatest architects. These schemes – many of which promote a denser, more vibrant Los Angeles – where chosen by the curators for having the greatest potential to reshape the city.

The opening reception will take place tonight, July 27th, at 7:00PM. Tickets and more information can be found here. Never Built will remain on view through October 13, 2013.

AA Visiting School Singapore: ‘Objectify’ Workshop

Conducted by RARE directors on behalf of the Architectural Association in Singapore, the ‘Objectify‘ workshop at Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Design will sample starchitecture to suggest and respond to the city’s idea of growth through image forging. Can architectural objects define a city? Singapore’s territorial enclave is punctuated with signature buildings designed by the worldwide architectural stardom. The exaggerated objectification of the architect’s status and designs is embedded in the city’s culture and apparent belief in their value. Taking place August 21-30, the workshop will explore these conditions, sampling icons to extract novel proposals. More information after the break.

If starchitects are brands what is the common grammar – if any – of a city inventing its iconic self on the international scene? Questioning objectification we will focus on the critical continuation of a model where expressions of individualities have value for the planned built fabric. The particular conditions of this utopia will allow a consideration of large-scale planning through local and object-like proposals.

Some of the most prominent features which the participants will be exposed to include:

-  Teaching team: Participants engage in an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio allows for personalized tutorials and debates.

-  Facilities: The Digital Prototyping Lab houses facilities for the fabrication of physical outputs through digital fabrication techniques.

-  Computational skills: The tool set includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Adobe Suite, digital fabrication.

-  Theoretical understanding: The presentation of design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies to the participants through lectures, inductions and the studio-based environment forms one of the major goals.

-  A highly-focused collaborative educational model which promotes research-based design and making.

-  Lecture series: Taking advantage of its team of AA tutors and alumni, the AA Visiting school SINGAPORE creates a vibrant atmosphere with its intense lecture program conveying the diversity of the schools output.

For more information, and how to apply, please visit here.

Baltic Sea Art Park International Competition

The Museum of New Art, in cooperation with the Union of Estonian Architects and Pärnu City Government, announced an international architectural competition on 1 July, to establish the Baltic Sea Art Park in Pärnu. The objective of the competition is to find the best vision in terms of architecture and planning to further develop the art park of the Baltic Sea countries. The deadline for entries is 10 October 2013, and the winners shall be announced on 15 October 2013. The competition prize fund is EUR 12,000.

According to architect Jaak Huimerind’s idea, the pavilions should be ships or vessels and according to the competition terms the floating pavilions shall be built as mobile structures, so that they could be hauled to Talvesadam when it gets cold.

More details after the break.

The background of the competition

The area of the competition is in the town of Pärnu, on the left coast of the Pärnu River, in the close neighbourhood of the only car bridge and the historical Suursild (Big Bridge – red circle on the scheme). The development plan of the town of Pärnu in 2012-2025 has set the target to develop the network of communication between the nations and states of the Baltic Sea, to vivify our environment by bringing more guests as well as fresh ideas. The assignment of the competition is the idea to establish an art park in Pärnu where each state will have its own pavilion. So, there would be pavilions of nine states of the Baltic Sea plus the one for the autonomous Åland in the downtown of Pärnu.

According to today’s vision, the Baltic Sea Art Park would be established in two parts. One part on the ground – for buildings of general public use and the other part on water with floating national pavilions. The buildings on ground will be of use all the year round. The floating pavilions will be of seasonal use and will have to be hauled off to the Winter Port (Talvesadam) of Pärnu.

The assignment of the competition is divided into three parts.

1. The first assignment is to find a spatial solution for the left coast of the Pärnu River, for the park towards the headwaters of the Suursild bridge and amortised garages dating back to the Soviet times and historical granite wharf.

2. The second assignment is a draft for the architectural solution of the buildings for public use. The buildings for public use will be situated on dry land and their task is to serve the “art fleet“ and joining the parts of the art park into one whole.

3. The third assignment is to offer a possible example of a pavilion (one of ten). The pavilion has to be drafted as a part of the network of floating pavilions. Floating pavilons must be designed and constructed as vessels – for a possibility to transport them by water to other harbours


The competition is an open one-phase international architectural competition. The participants of the competition can be teams in which at least one member is an architect with a right to engineer in the European Union.


The start of the contest begins July 1st, 2013. The deadline for submissions October 10th, 2013. Announcement of the results November 15th, 2013

The works, packed according to the requirements must to be sent to the office of the Union of Estonian Architects, on the following address: Eesti Arhitektide Liit, Lai St. 31, Tallinn, 10133 , Estonia


• The first prize 5000 euros, the town administration of Pärnu will use the visions and ideas coming from a prizewinning work for the detail plan and construction projects of the Baltic Sea Art Park.
• The second prize 3000 euros
• The third prize 2000 euros
• Two promotion prizes 1000 euros

Authors of the prizewinning works will be invited to join the further development of the presented solutions.


- Edward Lucie-Smith – art historian, England (Patron for the Foundation of the New Art Museum)
- Toomas Kivimägi – the Mayor of Pärnu
- Kim Utzon – architect, Denmark – Pekka Vapaavuori – architect, Finland
- Ilmar Reepalu, – architect-urbanist, Sweden
- Indrek Näkk – architect, representative of the Union of the Estonian Architects
- Mark Soosaar – art director of the Museum of New Art, Pärnu
- Jaak Huimerind – architect, representative of the Museum of New Art, Pärnu
- Karri Tiigisoon – architect of the Town of Pärnu


Every competitor is welcome to ask questions on the address

The time and number for questions is not limited. The organizer of the competition will answer to the questions within a week and the answers will be publicated on the homepage of the Union of Estonian Architects

You can find all the details on this link.

Ann Beha Architects Selected to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassy in Greece

Besting a shortlist of fourAnn Beha Architects has been selected by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) to rehabilitate the U.S. Embassy in ’ chancery facility and campus. The mid-century facility, a protected architectural landmark, was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios.

Upon selecting the Boston-based firm, the OBO stated that Ann Beha Architects “conveyed a sophisticated understanding of the issues involved in renovating historically significant buildings and experience with rehabilitation of complex mid-century modern structures.”

This comes as no surprise, as Ann Beha Architects’ portfolio features an extensive collection of work with historic landmarks. 

Reference: OBO