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    It's been a tumultuous year for Cooper Union: after revoking and then reconsidering its free tuition policy for students last year, the institution saw numerous prominent trustees resign. Now, Cooper Union has appointed executive director of the William Penn Foundation Laura Sparks as its first woman president, whose background in philanthropy and successful community engagement seems like an ideal match for the school. As Sparks noted about her appointment:

    "I have been impressed with the passion, commitment and determination of Cooper’s board and search committee to ‘look forward’ while also acknowledging and respecting dissenting views and the voices of many throughout the wider school community. I am eager to meet more of the college’s passionate, thoughtful and accomplished students, and to engage with its extraordinary faculty as we move the institution forward while holding true to its founding principles. I am confident that together we can reaffirm our sense of mission, stab...

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    Every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.

    Check out recap #125 for the week of September 12-16, 2016.

    Paulo Mendes da Rocha wins 2016 Praemium Imperiale Award

    Pritzker laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha will receive yet another prestigious prize: the Japan Art Association's 2016 Praemium Imperiale Award. Recent winners of the architecture award include Dominique Perrault and Steven Holl.

    Steven Holl named 2016 Daylight Award Architecture laureate

    Speaking of Steven Holl, he was named the Architecture laureate of the 2016 Daylight Award for his “experiential and emotive architecture” through light. The Research Award will go to Marilyne Andersen, Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at EPFL.

    Winners of the 2016 ADC Young Guns Award

    Every year, the Art Directors Club distinguishes rising creative talent under ag...

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    Are you looking for just the right home for you, your corpulent husband, spoiled son, and abused nephew of mysterious provenance? Just can’t find the right-sized cupboard-under-the-stairs? Now you’re in luck: the 3-bedroom detached house used as the set of Harry Potter’s childhood home has been listed for £475,000.

    Located in Bracknell, Berkshire — not Privet Drive in Little Whinging — the home has a recently renovated kitchen, a living room with garden access, and an en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom. It’s close to Martins Heron Station. And a young Daniel Radcliffe honed his acting skills in its foyer.

    As noted in the Telegraph, the color palette is, thankfully, does not include the “peach and salmon pink” favored by Petunia Dursley.

    Some older, but related, posts: 

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    A mixed-use program of office and retail, with private residences above, define the Blumenhaus. The building is an integral component of a larger effort by the city of Zürich to rebrand its Escher-Wyss district through a metamorphosis of new development, including green spaces, bikes lanes, and a plethora of new housing. The district is characterized by its industrial heritage, and palette of raw concrete, burgundy brick, and rusted steel; it is bounded to its north by the Limmat River, and to its south by the entanglement of railway tracks that lead to the city’s main train station. Blumenhaus is adjacent to a former ship-building hall–or Schiffbau, in German–of Escher Wyss & Cie., an industrial company that was absorbed by another in the twentieth century; its expertise was turbines and electrical engineering. When the company left this location, the area began to decline in its industrial prominence, opening a path toward its redevelopment. Yet, some industry continues to inhabit...

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    The Chicago Architecture Biennial and Mayor Rahm Emmanel announced the curators of the second iteration of the Biennial: the Los Angeles-based firm Johnston Marklee. The studio, which comprises Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, will be assisted by Todd Palmer of the National Public Housing Museum, who has been named Executive Director. 

    The second edition of the Biennial will take place from September 16-December 31, 2017. The two major supporters of the last Biennial will continue their patronage of the event. SC Johnson will provide $2.5 million, while BP will give $1 million. Like last year, the Biennial will be centered in the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago.

    "The Chicago Architecture Biennial's return in 2017 confirms Chicago as an architectural hub," states Mayor Emanuel in the press release. "Last year's edition was a resounding success, and I'm pleased to see the great planning and support for the second Biennial, which will be even better. Not only is the Biennial's r...

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    On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just below the positive mark. [...] (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, up sharply from a reading of 57.5 the previous month.

    “This is only the second month this year where demand for architectural services has declined and it is only by a fraction of a point,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.  “Given the solid numbers for new design contracts and project inquiries, it doesn’t appear that this is the beginning of a broader downturn in the design and construction industry.”

    The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of August:

    • Regional averages: South (55.2), Midwest (52.8), West (49.0), Northeast (44.9)
    • Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (51.8), multi-family residential (50.9), commercial / industrial (50.8), institutional (50.7)
    • Project inquiries index: 61.8
    • Design contracts index: 52.7

    The ABI in previous months on Archinect:

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    Movie star Leonardo DiCaprio's Malibu dream house hit the market on Friday, listing for $10.95 million. Leo purchased the midcentury California bungalow... back in 1998, and the three bed, two bath home is a beaut. It's on star-studded Carbon Beach, the views are killer, and the interiors are gorgeous. But the truth is, life is probably meaningless and there is a strong chance that we all die alone. Could buying this house change any of that?

    LAist: Hi! Love the house!! Just a few questions. Albert Camus once said "At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman." This house is obviously super beautiful—do you think there is anything inhuman about that beauty?

    Redfin: Um, wow, that wasn't the question I was expecting. I think with this house in particular, with where it sits especially, it's an absolutely breathtaking home. I do not think there is anything inhuman about this house. I think it's a representation of the oceanfront property that it sits on.

    For more on the intersections between architecture and celebrities, check out these links:

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    Now in its tenth year, the prize celebrates ‘the achievements of designers who are making or who have made a significant difference to our lives through innovation, originality and imagination’, with past winners including Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson and Dieter Rams.

    David Adjaye received the Panerai London Design Medal for "consistent design excellence", while Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde (Studio Roosegaarde) took home the Airbnb Design Innovation Medal, for his work designing building (and jewelry)-sized smog filters.

    Other winners of this year's prizes include industrial designer Sir Kenneth Grange and furniture and product designer, Bethan Laura Wood.

    Related on Archinect:

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    Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall? Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    The Harvard Graduate School of Design has a jam-packed series of events for this fall, including a stellar lineup of lecturers, a panel discussion celebrating Zaha Hadid, the “Realities and Realms” conference on computation and robotics in landscape architecture, exhibitions, afternoon talks, and more. Here's a selection of upcoming events:


    Oct 4
    Rem Koolhaas

    Oct 6
    Peter Latz / Latz + Partner

    Oct 13
    Tatiana Bilbao / Tatiana Bilbao Studio

    Oct 18
    Richard Rogers / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

    Oct 20
    Charles Jencks

    Nov 2
    Stephen Ross / Relat...

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    “For me, architectural practice includes drawing, writing and building as interlinked activities. It is a continual ferrying between an engagement in the natural processes required to bring something reliable and concrete into being, and the need to clear a space for the expression of doubt, possibility and a half-glimpsed ideal...I am very grateful for the recognition.” — Níall McLaughlin

    The RIBA revealed Níall McLaughlin as the 2016 Charles Jencks Award recipient today. Named after landscape designer and architectural theorist Charles Jencks, the award recognizes an individual or practice for their recent major contributions to architectural theory and practice simultaneously.

    Bishop Edward King Chapel. Photo © Nick Kane.

    Most recently, McLaughlin represented Ireland in the 2016 Venice Biennale with his ‘Losing Myself’ installation, which focuses on the spatial experiences of people with Alzheimer's. His firm also won the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize last year.

    Find out more on Bustler.

    Previously on Archinect:

    Herzog & de Meuron named 2015 RIBA Jencks Award winners

    Benedetta Tagliabue wins 2013 RIBA Jencks Award

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    I was completely moved by the corona motif. It seemed like a way to start to tell a story that moves from one continent, where people were taken, along with their cultures, and used as labor, then contributed towards making another country and new cultures. That history then continues in the decorative patterning of those panels.


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  • 09/22/16--05:41: Editor's Picks #454
  • Responding to Brexit, Eleanor Marshall considered five buildings designed by European architects working in the UK from 1973 until 2016; the lifespan of the UK’s membership of the European Union. 

    "If in the next few years major change hinders the eclecticism that the UK currently has we may be left with the tedious offspring of New London Vernacular and not much else."

    Plus, Julia Ingalls looked at the example set by 7 famous architectural dropouts and autodidactsOlaf Design Ninja_  quipped "pales in comparison to the Harvard drop-out list".

    For those confused about the Guggenheim Helsinki discoverfinlandclarified -

    "The whole project has been rejected twice. Helsinki locals are vocally opposed to it, about 60/40, local govt is opposed to it, and now it has been completely ruled out at a national level. Unfortunately, some of those who are in favour are also journalists, which leads to the international community thinking this is an actual issue. It isn't. In 2017 the reserve t...

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    For locals and beyond, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design has a simple aim—highlight what makes L.A.'s architecture and urbanism discourse special, and what it can teach the rest of the world. Seasonally, LA Forum draws on its own board members and reaches into the community to publish a newsletter under a single theme or proposition.

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    Virginia Raggi, who was elected in June and has faced a tumultuous start to her tenure, said in a highly anticipated press conference that it would be irresponsible to move forward with the bid, given the debts that it would accrue and the burdens it would place on Roman taxpayers. [...] The 38-year-old lawyer said the city was still paying debts it had accrued for the Games in 1960, and would not stand for more “cathedrals in the desert” – abandoned stadiums – that the city could ill afford.

    Take the Olympics, please!

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    Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in Copenhagen.

    According to an article in FastCompany, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."

    For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:

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    U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in August, crimped by a shortage of inventory that is boosting home prices faster than the pace of wage growth. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales declined 0.9 percent to an annual rate of 5.33 million units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast sales rising 1.1 percent in August to a 5.45 million-unit pace.

    July's sales pace was also revised lower to 5.38 million units from the previously reported 5.39 million units. However, despite sales being at their second-lowest pace of the year, home resales were still up 0.8 percent from one year ago.

    For more on the current state of the housing market in the States, follow these links:

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    Searching for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our FacebookEmployer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:

    1. TEN arquitectos (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Senior Project Manager

    2. WestonWilliamson+Partners (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: PR & Communications Coordinator

    3. Amenta Emma Architects (Facebook feature)
    ​Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    4. Lord Aeck Sargent (Facebook feature)
    ​Currently hiring: Project Manager/Registered Architect – Chapel Hill, NC

    5. MESH Architectures (Facebook feature)
    ​Currently hiring: Project Architect

    Keep track of Employer of the Day by following Archinect's Facebook, Pinterest, or the Archinect Jobs Instagram.

    Need job-hunting or hiring tips? Check out Archinect's EMPLOY(ED) series, our How to write a great ar...

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    Back in May, Foster + Partners unveiled their design for the Droneport, a modular shell-like structure that is constructed with local labor from earthen bricks and thin compressed tiles to create loading areas for food and medical-aid bearing transport drones. A version of the Droneport was built at this year's Venice Biennale (which is open until November 27th). Now, in the freshly unveiled thematic supplement to the 2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement, Norman Foster has written an essay which builds upon the idea of Buckminster Fuller's "trim tab" to help foster enormous change in Africa and other countries with relatively small, if holistically conceived, gestures such as the Droneport.

    Norman writes: "There is a moral imperative to provide more globally available energy while seeking to conserve its consumption. The answer to this apparent paradox is to adopt a holistic approach to the design of sustainable communities in which the infrastructure and indi...

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    “Ask any Los Angeles resident about L.A.’s greatest challenges and the answer will most likely include: ‘traffic’,” begins David E. Ryu, the L.A. City Councilman for the 4th District, in a call for the rapid implementation of autonomous vehicles in the city.

    Citing their potential to reduce traffic, “create greater transportation equity”, and reduce vehicular deaths, Ryu proposes that the Department of Transportation quickly put together a report on the benefits of implementing autonomous transit.

    “In the 20th century, Los Angeles’ streetcars and freeways each set national standards and propelled our quality of life and economy forward,” writes Ryu. “Today, we are mired in gridlock, and it is time once again for our city to lead the way, this time into the 21st century as the trailblazer on autonomous vehicle technology."

    For more on autonomous vehicles, check out these articles:

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    How many lives could be spared, the researchers then asked, if the city planted more trees and grass, replaced dark asphalt and concrete with light-colored and reflective roofs and pavement, and cut back on the excess heat seeping out of buildings and the tailpipes of cars and buses?

    Madeline Ostrander visited Louisville Kentucky, to learn how one city is trying to cool it. With an increase in urban deforestation, extreme heat waves and global climate change, the urban heat-island effect is now a concern for politicians and non-profits. Not just researchers and scientists.

    * h/t @Bruce Sterling

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    “Village” may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people. Chengzhongcun hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.

    Related stories in the Archinect news:

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    Alvin Huang, founder and principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture in Los Angeles, joins us to talk about growing his practice into the award-winning firm it is today. Alvin dips back into his time in London, going to school at the AA and working with Zaha, and shares the terror and excitement that is starting your own firm. We also discuss taking criticism on social media, firm/teaching/life balance, and computation's role in design.

    This past August, Synthesis received the Presidential Honoree Emerging Practice Award from AIA | LA– check out their work here

    Listen to episode 82 of Archinect Sessions, "Grounded Research":


      The Greg Lynn Show...

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      A recreation of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in New York on Monday, almost a year after Islamic State militants destroyed the original structure. The 1,800-year-old Roman arch was blown up by the extremist group last October, but a team of archeologists at Oxford University’s Institute for Digital archeology (IDA) set about recreating it, in an act of resistance to Isis’s rampant acts of cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria.

      The recreation, which is two-thirds the size of the original, was constructed with 3D printing technology using Egyptian marble. Historically, the arch marked the entrance to the Temple of Baal, which was later converted into a church and then a mosque.

      The recreated arch was displayed last spring in Trafalgar Square. It will stay in New York — at City Hill park — for one week before heading to Dubai. 

      Watch a video of the construction here:

      For more on Palmyra and the destruction caused by ISIL, follow these links:

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      On Tuesday, an agreement was reached between West Side elected officials and the Port Authority that said the agency would expand the planning process for a new $10 billion bus terminal with more local input. And just today they’ve revealed the five proposals that were submitted to a design competition to replace the currently loathed site.

      Big-name firms Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Arcadis, AECOM, Perkins Eastman, and Archilier Architecture Consortium provided proposal, a number of which take on swooping forms and boast green roofs.

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      Combination of geometry and sculpture with technics used in Fallas festival from Valencia, Spain. A reinterpretation of grotesque decorations from Valencia Silk Market, UNESCO Heritage building from XV century.

      A golden cube in the desert to attract people to its inside, where they become part of an art installation that mixes the contemporary language of the latticed architecture of the pavilion with the cardboard pieces and molds of a traditional Fallas guild.

      The cube lays over a wooden mosaic of 25.321 pieces assembled by social collectives. The debate between tradition and contemporary is held over the floor that has been built by the collectivity. Nor the tradition nor the experimentation have a future without communal effort.

      Valencia, home of Fallas fire festival and Da Vinci have a point in common. The Borgia family. While Da Vinci worked in Rome for Pope Alexander VI. The Borgia family built a palace that is now house of our government. While in Valencia the Holy Inquisition ...

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      What are continuing education credits, and why are they necessary? More importantly, what’s the easiest way of completing them? For your convenience, we've put together an overview of the AIA's Continuing Education System, and seven simple solutions for getting through it.

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      Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall? Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!

      Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

      Have a look at some of the upcoming lectures in Rice School of Architecture's current lecture series, “Time”.

      Sept 28
      Yasmin Vobis & Aaron Forrest / Principals at Ultramoderne, Providence
      7pm at MATCH (6pm Reception)

      Oct 5
      Benton Johnson / Associate at SOM, Chicago
      7pm at MATCH (6pm Reception)

      Oct 17
      Neil Denari / Founding Principal at NMDA; Professor and Interim Chair, UCLA Monday, 5:30pm at Anderson Hall
      “Tomorrow Never Knows”

      Oct 26
      Andrew Waugh / Co-founder and Director at Waugh Thisleton, London
      7pm at MATCH (6pm Reception)

      Oct 31
      Andrew Leach /...

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      Protesters gathered in Sydney’s historic Rocks district on Saturday to rally against the New South Wales government’s plans to sell off the Sirius building – which contains 79 social housing tenants – to developers for more than $100m. The 1970s Brutalist building was nominated for heritage listing by the NSW National Trust in 2014 but the government has refused to grant it, saying the proceeds from the sale are needed to build more public housing elsewhere in Sydney

      Quartz also reported that Australia’s largest construction union Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Unions NSW have called their members to refuse any participation in demolition work of the structure.

      “The Sirius building is not only an important piece of architectural history—it is one of the last areas of public housing in the district,” explained Rita Mallia, president of the CFMEU in a Sept 16 statement.

      Learn more about the case in this petition and on the cause's website

      Previously in the Archinect news: Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark

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      In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.

      (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)

      Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Details.

      OMI Rock Pavilion in Ghent, NY by BRUSH

      The Waterhouse at South Bund in Shanghai, China by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute

      ↑ Feldkapelle in Boedigheim, Germany by Ecker Architekten, Professor Frank Flury,Seth Ellsworth& other students of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT); Photo: Brigida Gonzalez

      Chapel, Rainforest International School in Yaoundé, Cameroon by Method Design Architecture + Urbanism; team member: Lyndon Julien-Sehl

      schuppen in Berlin, Germany by brandt+simon architekten; Photo: Michael Nast

      Z53 in Mexico City by MAPmx

      Home for dependent elderly people and nursing home in...

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      The glistening Port House in Antwerp is Zaha Hadid's latest project to be completed posthumously. But the glass building isn't mere folly. Built atop a disused historic fire station, the striking landmark operates as the new headquarters for the Port of Antwerp, Europe's second largest port.

      ZHA was selected to design the new extension following a competition, in which the main objective was to preserve the original fire station, according to Port of Antwerp president Marc Van Peel. All five shortlisted competitors proposed a new structure above the building, but the Port deemed Zaha's design as “the most brilliant”.

      At 111 meters long and 21 meters high, the new glass extension “floats” above the old fire station. “Like the bow of a ship, the new extension points towards the Scheldt, connecting the building with the river on which Antwerp was founded,” ZHA describes.

      The building also shows off a glazed facade of transparent and opaque triangular facets that allow sufficient natural l...