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Architects react to President-elect Trump on Climate Change in an open letter

WA Contents • January 19, 2017 • 1506

American Architects make an urgent call for President-elect Donald Trump to take an immediate action on climate change in an open letter, signed by more than 250 American International Architecture firms on Monday.Released by the Architects Advocate, Deborah Berke Partners, Snøhetta, Brooks + Scarpa, Circle West Architects and Fletcher Studio are among the signers to the open letter, which reminds architects' deep commitment to 'creating healthy, productive, and safe communities (...)

Awards season opened: What do architecture awards mean for architects?

WA Contents • January 18, 2017 • 335

In this fascinating piece, Ben Willis from Common Edge highlights very intrinsic values of Architecture Awards that the architectural juries need to point out in details. Willis' piece proposes a concrete framework of evaluation of the Architecture Awards, focusing on their scope and real purpose-beyond the building's aesthetic discourse and mostly being 'celebrity architects' in the global media via many Awards.Awards season is here: the Oscars, the Grammys, the Golden Globe (...)

AIA Honor Awards 2017 recognize excellence in architecture, interior, and regional&urban design

WA Contents • January 18, 2017 • 3404

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2017 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from roughly 700 submissions, 23 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architect 2017 in Orlando.The 2017 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture jury includes: Mark Reddington, FAIA (Chair), LMN Ar (...)

Bee Breeders invites all architects for the New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 668

Bee Breeders are working in collaboration with the New York Build exhibition to run the New York Affordable Housing Challenge. This open architecture ideas competition looks to create a solution to New York’s ever-increasing housing shortage. Working with limited resources, in terms of both finance and space, participants are challenged to create diverse homes and communities open to all within the city. The winning entries will be revealed at the New York Build exhibition in Mar (...)

Walk through Steven Holl’s Ex of In House with designers Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 642

Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia visited Ex of In House in Rhinebeck, New York within the scope of an architectural film organised by Spirit of Space. In a 6-min film, the architects explain the core concepts and exploratory mission of the Ex of In House.The Ex of In House explores a language of space, aimed at inner spatial energy strongly bound to the ecology of the place - questioning current clichés of architectural language and commercial practice. The house is a bui (...)

Detailed images of American Museum of Natural History capture vivid life by Studio Gang

WA Contents • January 15, 2017 • 613

New images for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) have been revealed by Studio Gang, capturing vivid life in the interior with cave-like structure. The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will house scientific and educational spaces, programs and exhibits with glass-walled collections core, immersive invisible worlds theatre and an insectarium. The building will bring new depth to visitor experience.The 21,000square-metre (235,000-square-foot) Gilder Cent (...)

Lucas Museum’s place finally selected and comes to Los Angeles designed by MAD Architects

WA Contents • January 11, 2017 • 495

After long and harsh debates, the final decision has finally been given to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art designed by MAD Architects. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has announced that the new museum will be built in Los Angeles, which means in the city's Exposion Park.MAD Architects had submitted dual proposals in late October 2016 and developed two different museum plans to be situated in two different sites, one of them was for San Francisco and the other was for Los Angeles&ap (...)

Leading women from diverse fields urge Donald Trump to create Women’s National Museum

WA Contents • January 10, 2017 • 417

Leading women from politics, the arts and other fields urged President-elect Donald Trump on Monday to support a new national women’s museum in Washington that would be affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.At a meeting in New York to give momentum to the idea, the group cited the report of a bipartisan Congressional commission in November that urged construction of the museum.“It’s tremendously important,” said Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New Yor (...)

Philip Johnson’s Peace Chapel vandalized with graffiti in Dallas

WA Contents • January 10, 2017 • 469

The Interfaith Peace Chapel is a modern masterpiece designed by award-winning and world-renowned architect Philip Johnson in 1990s. Then, the Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ and non-profit social advocacy group Hope for Peace & Justice moved forward the building in 2010 with construction architect Cunningham Architects. This modern piece is a brilliant, inspirational design of "sculpture as architecture." Seating up to 175 people, the chapel provides ideal space for intimate (...)

The future of late modernism of L.A

WA Contents • January 6, 2017 • 608

[....]L.A. is full of architecture that tells us stories of the city — but not all of it is pretty. After all, architecture is the wardrobe of our city, although styles change; some pieces remain classic while others go out of fashion. Architecture is also a tangible reminder of ideas, hopes and dreams, a visual representation of the brilliant (and not so brilliant) thoughts of a particular slice of time.Midcentury architecture in L.A. reflects many great ideas, but should all midcentury b (...)

Harvard GSD announced jury for 2017 Wheelwright Prize

WA Contents • January 6, 2017 • 812

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced the jury for the 2017 Wheelwright Prize. The prize is now in its fifth year as an international open competition for a 100,000 USD grant to support travel-based architectural research. The prize originated in 1935 as a traveling fellowship intended to provide a Grand Tour experience to exceptional GSD graduates at a time when international travel was rare. In 2013, the GSD opened the prize to early-career architects worldwi (...)

Free School of Architecture releases updates about Application Process for 2017 Academic Year

WA Contents • January 4, 2017 • 676

Ready for 'non-tuition' education? The Free School of Architecture (FSA) has finally shared new updates about application process for 2017 Academic Year. Launched by Peter Zellner last year, the FSA will now select its new students to start the new term on June 1, 2017.In late November, Peter Zellner spoke to World Architecture Community about the FSA's education system in an exclusive interview. The FSA will select 12 post graduate students for the first class and a faculty of 10 (...)

Do you think wood is an unsexy material? A closer look at new shop producing handmade housewares

WA Contents • January 3, 2017 • 450

For most people, wood is an unsexy material — the workaday stuff of foundations and flooring and furniture — but for the sculptor and designer Joshua Vogel, it is one of the most dynamic and vital substances on earth. For more than a decade, Vogel has been making deceptively simple wooden objects — tiny salt spoons, elegant sawhorse tables — according to the most rigorous principles of craftsmanship. Under the name Blackcreek Mercantile and Trading Co., which is perh (...)

MoMA PS1 Curator Jenny Schlenzka named Artistic Director of Performance Space 122

WA Contents • January 3, 2017 • 490

Jenny Schlenzka, a curator at MoMA PS1, is about to move from one old school building to another. In February, she will become the artistic director of Performance Space 122 — known as PS122 in a nod toward the building’s former use as a public school.Ms. Schlenzka, 38, succeeds Vallejo Gantner, who announced in May that as soon as his replacement was found, he would step down from the organization, a downtown hub of innovative performance and the host of the annual Coil festival, wh (...)

SCI-Arc announced Spring 2017 Public Lectures and Exhibitions

WA Contents • January 2, 2017 • 990

SCI-Arc has announced its spring 2017 series of public events. SCI-Arc public lectures this coming spring will introduce speakers from a broad cross-section of today’s most exciting architects, artists, philosophers and theorists including José Oubrerie, Slajov Zizek and Sylvia Lavin, among others. The lecture series is complemented by several exhibitions including: Curated by Sylvia Lavin, The Duck and the Document features a series of fragments, from handrails to fa (...)

BIG adds twisted semi-transparent building to Isenberg School of Management in Massachusetts

WA Contents • January 2, 2017 • 1595

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled new images of a twisted extension to the UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management (ISOM) in Massachusetts. BIG's twisted and semi-transparent structure completes the existing rectangular building in a modern way and brings new dynamism to the context by proposing different architectural language and form. Th new building occupies 6503 square-meter space and it will serve as a change agent, and enhance the Isenberg name among the na (...)

First habitat on Mars made of translucent ice to protect astronauts from harsh Martian environment

WA Contents • December 30, 2016 • 2898

A new Marc Ice Home has been unveiled by the NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia to conduct a feasibility study for astronauts who may stay for months during their Apollo missions on the moon. NASA Langley’s Icy Concept has tested the best building material for a new home on Mars may lie in an unexpected material: ice. The team at Langley had assistance in their concept study, as a collaborative team from Space Exploration Architecture and the Clou (...)

Philip Johnson’s ’all-glass church’ reborns with 10,000 panes of mirrored glass by Johnson Fain

WA Contents • December 29, 2016 • 1066

American legendary architect Philip Johnson's Christ Cathedral in California is renovated by Johnson Fain by using more than 10,000 panes of mirrored glass, which will become a spiritual home to Orange County’s more than 1.3 million Catholics. The cathedral structure is known the world over for its inspiring beauty and breathtaking scale. Originally designed by Philip Johnson and his partner John Burgee in the late 1970s, they presented their designs as an 'all-glass ch (...)

Who defined Culture in 2016? Here’re 28-famed names in NYT’s genius list

WA Contents • December 29, 2016 • 879

New York Times listed 28-famed names who impacted/defined Culture in 2016 -Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, the Pritzker Prize winning architect Alejandro Aravena, Trix and Robert Haussmann, Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Benjamin Clementine and many others are among the NYT's genius list.From their studios, ateliers, film sets and kitchens — and even the White House — these are the people whose inventive spirits shaped the conversation this year......Continue ReadingTrix & Robert H (...)

Did Jane Jacobs Predict the Trumpist Dark Age?

WA Contents • December 28, 2016 • 892

In this fascinating piece, Richard Florida puts forward very concrete discourses of Jane Jacobs about cities and our neighbourhoods acridly mentioned in her old book Dark Age Ahead. The author claims that even if the book was published in 2005, the book ''today serves as a survivors’ guide to the Age of Trump''. In the book, Jacobs specifically draws attention to the ''mass amnesia'' and Florida writes in one sentence: Jacobs finds the answer in (...)