UTEC Campus Building in Lima Wins First-Ever RIBA International Prize

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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The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art by SO-IL & Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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

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Elbphilharmonie by Herzog & de Meuron

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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This Nonprofit Architecture Firm Transformed a Rwandan School

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.

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Grace Farms by SANAA Wins Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

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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10 of the best TED Talks about architecture

Architecture photographer Iwan Baan delivered a presentation in 2013 about communities around the globe that have adapted to challenging conditions in amazing ways. He features the occupants of Torre David, the unfinished tower in Venezuela, and residents of a floating slum in Nigeria called Makoko. He also speaks about the Zabbaleen, or “garage people”, in Cairo, and the underground houses that are carved out of the earth in northern China.

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RIBA announces 2017 Honorary Fellowships

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Thursday 29 September) announced the 2017 RIBA Honorary Fellowships, which will be awarded to seventeen individuals from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds, including journalism, local government, art, architectural history and design.

RIBA Honorary Fellowships are awarded annually to people who have made a particular contribution to architecture in its broadest sense. This includes its promotion, administration and outreach; and its role in building more sustainable communities and in the education of future generations.

 

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