Iwan Baan was one of the speakers on the Bauwelt Kongress 2016 in Berlin. ‘Memoirs from the City – About This Place’.
By Beth Broome – A Miami Beach vacation usually has more to do with the fulfillment of hedonistic pleasures than sating an appetite for the arts. But the Faena Forum, a cultural center designed by OMA New York, has been charged with bringing enlightenment to a new development in the midst of this famous Florida resort city.
By Anna Fixsen – Though Dublin-based Grafton Architects may not be celebrating Thanksgiving, they’re likely feeling thankful today: This evening, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) named the firm’s impressive new building for the Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia (UTEC) in Lima, Peru, the winner of its inaugural International Prize.
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By Josephine Minutillo – Beginning in the early 1960s, the University of California at Davis became home to a thriving academic art scene, with influential figures Wayne Thiebaud, known for his colorful paintings of everyday objects, and Robert Arneson, father of the Funk movement, among its diverse faculty. In recent years, the university has sought to reignite the creative energy of that era
- Architectural Record, November 11, 2016
- De Volkskrant (in Dutch), November 11, 2016
- Curbed, November 15, 2016
- Architects Newspaper, November 16, 2016
- LA Times, December 7, 2016
- The Architectural Review, March 6, 2017
After 13 years of planning and construction, Herzog & de Meuron’s Hamburg concert hall opens.
By Suzanne Stephens – Like a giant seafaring ship with rippling sails of glass instead of canvas and a brick base instead of a wood hull, the new Elbphilharmonie commands the harbor of Hamburg’s still-active port in northern Germany. The concert hall, hotel, and apartment building designed by the Swiss firm of Herzog & de Meuron (as well as local architects Hohler + Partner) sits at the western tip of HafenCity. There it functions as a glittering beacon for this 390-acre residential and commercial waterfront redevelopment under construction along the Elbe River.
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By Josephine Minutillo
Inspired by Picasso’s Cubist composition for a 1912 guitar sculpture, Steven Holl’s first building for the University of Iowa is a stealth work of architecture whose layered weathering-steel assembly and light structure hugs its site and juts out over a quarry pond. His second one is nothing like that.
TED Talks are known for their inspiring, wise and knowledgeable speakers. Have you been in need of some inspiration lately? If yes, these 11 videos just hit the spot.
Text by Fred A. Bernstein, Photography by Iwan Baan
Rwanda is trying to put its history of war and genocide behind it. Landlocked and without substantial natural resources, the country is investing in its people, turning to education as a force for change. Recent reforms have included raising the standards for advancing from primary to secondary school. That’s a good thing. But it has increased the number of older primary-school students, creating social tensions as well as a predictable shortage of classrooms.
Enter MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm based in Boston. Founded in 2008 by Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks, MASS is known for devising a striking hospital in northern Rwanda and a serene cholera clinic in Haiti, among other philanthropically and aesthetically ambitious projects.
The biennial award recognizes distinguished architectural projects in North and South America.
Last night at a benefit dinner held Illinois Institute of Technology’s S. R. Crown Hall, Grace Farms—a project of the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA—was honored with the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).
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