Venice Biennale 2012 with:
Sir David Chipperfield (Artistic Director), Kieran Long (Assistant Director), Jaffer Kolb (Curatorial Collaborator).

Date Submitted: 20/2/2012
Adrian, who passed away in January of this year, aged 76, was celebrated for his outstanding contribution to the field of accessibility, with work at sites such as the Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Oxford Circus. He was awarded the OBE in 2009.
An obituary in The Guardian was published on 26 January and can be viewed here:
Date Submitted: 17/2/2012
The exhibited work is titled 'Politics of Fabrication: Challenging Political Expression in Little Havana', the address of Miami Beach Urban Studio of the School of Architecture is 420 Lincoln Rd, Suite 440, Miami Beach.
Date Submitted: 13/2/2012
Date Submitted: 13/2/2012
Unknown Fields Summer 2011 Visiting School is the cover story for Icon magazine issue 105 and is featured in this month's Wired  magazine.

See http://www.iconeye.com/news/news/icon-105-out-now and http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/01/start/space-cadets
Date Submitted: 10/2/2012
Liam Young joins Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG), Mason White (lateral Office), Mark Smout (Smout Allen) and David Gissen.
See http://arch.ced.berkeley.edu/studioone/ for more details
Date Submitted: 10/2/2012
Download brief for the Greater London Authority-led competition here:
Please notice that the stage 1 submission of projects is on 23 February.

Date Submitted: 8/2/2012
The Tbilisi Prosecutor's Office, Georgia, opened on 25 January.
See http://www.justice.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=GEO&sec_id=23&info_id=4074
The National Olympic Committee House, Georgia was opened on 19 September 2011 by Prince Albert of Monaco
See http://www.geonoc.org.ge/index.php?pg=nws&id=191
The House of Justice Lazika, Georgia, will be up in September 2012

Visit the practice website at www.architectsofinvention.com

Date Submitted: 6/2/2012
Almost three tons of concrete are produced every year for each man, woman and child on the planet.  It is now second only to water in terms of human consumption. Yet how has the astonishing take-up of this new medium within little over a century been accommodated into our mental universe? While it has transformed the lives of many people, in western countries it has been widely vilified, blamed for making everywhere look the same, and for erasing nature.

Architects and engineers, although they have primary responsibility for 'interpreting' concrete, are not the only people to employ the medium, and many other occupations – politicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, churchmen – have made use of concrete for purposes of their own. The results are often contentious, and draw attention to the contradictions present in how we think about our physical surroundings.

UCL’s free public Lunch Hour Lectures run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 13:15–13:55. These lectures are free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis and require no booking. Lectures can also be watched live online at www.ucl.ac.uk/lhl/streamed  or after the event at their YouTube channel.

Date Submitted: 2/2/2012
Alexandros Kallegias (DRL’11) and Kensuke Hotta will be exhibiting studio work from DLAB.

Read more at http://www.kinetica-artfair.com/
Date Submitted: 1/2/2012
'Sustainability is commonly perceived as the antithesis of indulgence. But is environmental responsibility really all about renouncing enjoyment, lightness and humour? A new breed of designers is finding ways to combine ideological commitments with life's pleasures, revealing an untapped realm of opportunity at the convergence between greenness and gratification.'

The article, part of the series 'States of Design', by MoMA curator Paola Antonelli in the January issue of Domus (issue 954), focuses on green design and featured the AA thesis project. Titled 'Expandable Surface System', it  was developed by Pablo Esteban Zamorano, Nacho Martí and Jacob Bek, for the EmTech Masters in 2011. It researched into complex geometries and cutting patterns in plywood sheets, pushing the boundaries of standard plywood sheet material and digital fabrication.

As part of the research the students  fabricated several prototypes and one of them, 'Expandable Surface Pavilion', a small meeting-room pavilion for the Spoga Exhibition in Cologne, Germany, is being featured in Domus (page 104). It has also been featured in several design blogs like FRAME, Design boom, among others. It will be also featured in Vogue-Australia in March.

Read Domus now
Date Submitted: 30/1/2012
The deadline for applications is Sunday 4 March.

Download pdf with full details here

For more information, please go to:
Date Submitted: 30/1/2012
The talk will be followed by a conversation with V&A curator Jana Scholze.
For more information and the full schedule, please go to:
Date Submitted: 26/1/2012
Eleftherios Ambatzis, who graduated from Diploma Unit 13 two years ago, recently designed the front cover of HOME magazine (december issue), a Greek design magazine (circulation: 30.000).

The base for the design was a Fourth Year project developed with Natasha Sandmeier and Monia de Marchi. 'I transformed the drawing, in order to look like a gothic rose window and matched it with a limited edition table which I have designed.'

An interview with him on his work was also presented in the same issue. In that section part of his Fifth year project was presented.

Read more at:


Date Submitted: 25/1/2012
They are now in talks with the local municipalities about implementation of their project.

An exhibition showing all the winning projects will be set up for the Results Forum in spring 2012 in one of the European cities partnering the project, which will give municipalities and young teams from different countries the opportunity to compare their points of view at a European scale.

Jury Assessment
The jury appreciated the simplicity and coherency of this proposal. The presentation communicates an optimal choice for a light rail route and its infrastructural nodes between the cities, resulting from a traffic analysis that compares a set of alternative rail lines.

The scheme concentrates on the development of each node as a potential attractor, or place of encounter, for the larger region through a series of bridges across the river. Firstly, the bridges are intended to connect neighborhoods that are currently cut off by the river. This approach focuses on supporting pedestrian and bicycle mobility and expands upon the cities’ ambitions toward broader strategies for sustainable transportation. Secondly, the proposed bridges host programs supporting public and collective use in order to raise their value beyond pure traffic functions. In this sense, the bridges are conceptualized as programmed “destinations”. Thirdly, new qualities are added independent of the planned light rail project that increase the feasibility of such a large and ambitious vision.

The Jury agreed that the manner in which the proposal positions the bridges as events along the proposed line of public transport is fitting to the challenge of providing current automobile drivers with attractive public alternatives. Although abstract in their current presentation, the architectural landmarks of the bridges potentially provide the cities of Porsgrunn and Skien with their first visible link. Additionally, the Jury agreed that this proposal was successful in addressing the larger stated challenge of Europan 11 – ‘doing more with less’.

About EUROPAN 11
The EUROPAN 11 competition, a competition of ideas on urbanism and architecture leading to implementation, conducted in partnership with European municipalities, local authorities and clients, was organised as a joint initiative by 17 European structures. 

Reflecting the mobilisation of European cities behind environmental goals, the competition identified three main thematic focuses to be explored on the different sites proposed: 'Identity', 'Uses' and 'Connectivity'.

The shortlist of proposals was drawn up by the national juries between July and October 2011. This was followed by a European comparative analysis of the shortlisted ideas, which took place at the Cities and Juries Forum held on 4–5 November 2011 in Oslo in Norway . The final selection of the winning projects by the national juries took place in November with the final announcement on Thursday 15 December.

In addition to the competition of ideas, municipalities that have entered sites have undertaken to follow up with commissions for urban studies and/or implementations.

More information:


Date Submitted: 24/1/2012


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