Spanish architect, educator, critic and theoretician Rafael Moneo has been named as the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. Selected by the Board of Directors of Venice Biennale upon recommendation of the Curator of the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale Hashim Sarkis, the acknowledgment will be awarded to Rafael Moneo on Saturday, May 22nd, together with the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in memoriam to Lina Bo Bardi, during the awards ceremony and inauguration of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.
Moneo is known for his "timeless structures" that are blended effortlessly into the landscape while respecting its own environment.
Winners have been announced for the Design Educates Awards 2021, recognizing, showcasing, and promoting globally the best ideas and implementations of architecture and design that can educate. DE Awards reach beyond the regular architecture contest priorities, it searches for something that will have a lasting influence beyond the ever-present effects of design and architecture. Each year, the esteemed panel of judges selects outstanding ideas and implementations in the categories of architectural design, product design, universal design, and responsive design.
The project was an opportunity to engage with a pristine, forested site, located on the banks of Sabarmati river near Ahmedabad. Shaped by the region’s riverine landscape, the undulating site is approached from the north and included a plateau- 15M from the water level- towards its western edge. From here, the site sloped down eastwards as one approached the river’s edge. All constructional decisions were made to preserve the original land form and ecology of the site with limited interference.
The Principal built masses – the house, swimming pool and water tower – are located around the highest plateau. Leaving it free for outdoor activity, the house’s rectangular mass is pushed back and placed horizontally, with its longer side facing the river.
The Norman Foster Foundation (NFF) has presented the "On Cities" Masterclass Series to discuss "the most pressing and compelling topics" related to contemporary cities on the future of urbanism.
The series, which are presented as thirty-minute-long masterclasses, present prominent speakers, including Kent Larson, Director, MIT City Science Research Group, Francis Kéré, Founder, Kéré Architecture and Kéré Foundation, acclaimed Indian architect Anupama Kundoo, Principal, Anupama Kundoo Architects, Richard Burdett, Director, LSE Cities, Deborah Berke, Dean, Yale’s School of Architecture, Sou Fujimoto, Founder, Sou Fujimoto Architects and more.
“No, I’m not homeless. I’m just houseless. Not the same thing, right?" Questioning the notion of home and house, Nomadland tells the story of a sixty-year-old woman who loses everything during the great recession, leaving her hometown after the collapse of the sole industry that supported the rural settlement and the death of her husband. She decides consequently to embark on a journey and experience life as a modern-day nomad, setting off in her van through the vast landscape of the American West.
Business France reveals a beautiful delegation of 10 French designers and manufacturers eager to partner with North America based interior design professionals. NEW YORK, NY (April 5, 2021) - French Design Days is a virtual event, taking place from May 4th to June 4th, 2021, aiming to connect French designers and manufacturers to North America based interior design professionals including interior designers, architects, showrooms and manufacturer’s reps. These French companies are small & medium companies (SME) who are ready to export their know-how and willing to develop their revenue in the United States and Canada.
Perhaps no building is closer to a date with the wrecking ball in Chicago than the James R. Thompson Center. While those responsible for initiating this threat cite years worth of deferred maintenance and high costs of operation as the primary reasons for their decision, these are not the real reasons for the building’s demise. It suffers from a much more lethal ailment — treating it like a normal building. In this video, Stewart explains why the Thompson Center is definitely not a normal building and offers alternative ways to evaluate it. What if we considered it to be a piece of urban infrastructure or public plaza instead? Relating the building to Rem Koolhaas’ theory of ‘Bigness’, this video builds the case that the Thompson Center should be valued for how it brings people together in space rather than its colors, or material palette, or any other normal ways of appraising mere buildings