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January 15, 2016

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360 Views   This week, workers attached the last of the 24 segments which make up the British Airways i360, a glass viewing pod that will glide up an observation tower in Brighton, England. Designed by London-based Marks Barfield Architects, the same firm that developed the London Eye, the glass pod will slowly rise to 138m (450 feet), offering views of up to 26 miles of the surrounding Sussex countryside. The pod is 10 times bigger than the capsules on the London Eye and can hold up to 200 people. It is expected to open this summer. [BBC]

Humorous Renditions of Traditional Buildings While Victor Enrich may not be an architect, his digitally manipulated photographs feature humorous renditions of traditional buildings. Measure is Enrich's latest work, depicting the wedge-shaped building that houses New York's Storefront gallery inverted on a replica of the Spanish Pavilion built for the 1937 World's Fair in Paris. [Wired]

A House for Millennials A record number of men and women between the ages of 18 to 24 still live with their parents, likely due to a poor job market and high student loans. While many resort to renting, there are some plenty who want a house of  their own. Now, a Las Vegas developer, after surveying hundreds of potential homeowners, has designed a house the generation can afford and are actually interested in. [Fast Company's Co.Exist]

Denise E. Thompson Named AIA Philadelphia President 
Francis Cauffman associate Denis E. Thompson, AIA, was inducted today as the new president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA. At 38, she is one of the youngest presidents ever of AIA Philadelphia. She brings years of experience to her new position, serving many roles in the AIA since 2005. Before becoming president, she was a member of the AIA Board of Directors for five years, served as the Treasurer of AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture, and was the 2013 recipient of AIA Philadelphia's Young Architect Award. Since 2003, Thompson has focused on healthcare, design, and sustainability at Francis Cauffman. Her work on the Critical Care Building at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., won the American Society for Healthcare Engineering’s 2010 Vista Award recognizing excellence in design and construction teamwork.


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Walking and Reading   Korean architecture firm SpaceTong built this Mobile Library for a part of Seoul, South Korea, called the Seoul Innovation Park, which was formerly occupied by the government ministry that administers food and drug safety and which is now and area that is populated by tech startups. [ARCHITECT]


Workspace Rendered   Inside Gensler's new design for computer video hardware company Nvidia's new HQ in Santa Clara, California. [ARCHITECT]

Tech to Expect in 2016   Senior editor Wanda Lau interviewed 12 design and tech gurus to see which incredible new technologies will leave the pages of science fiction and join you in the field this year. [ARCHITECT]

Insult to Injury   Zaha Hadid Architects has rejected a request by the Japan Sport Council, an organization overseen by the Japanese government, to give up the copyright of its design for he 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium. The council is demanding this as part of paying Hadid's firm the final payment on their work for the stadium project before they were dropped for a new design. [ARCHITECT]

The tower at 432 Park Avenue topped out on Oct. 10, 2014.
Brad Clinesmith/Flickr via Creative Commons license The tower at 432 Park Avenue topped out on Oct. 10, 2014.

The Reign of the Towers   According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, there are now 100 "supertalls"—buildings 300 meters (984 feet) or taller—in the world. That count is double the 50 supertalls in 2010, reflecting a rapid rise in the development of skyscrapers, especially in dense urban areas. [ARCHITECT]

Awards and Competitions

New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture recently announced its Taking Buildings Down call for ideas (to which it cheekily refers as "The competition of the competition of competitions"). Recognizing that spatial limitations often require some buildings be removed in order that others might be built, Storefront asks for proposals that recognize strategic destruction as a creative act. Registrations must be received by today. 

The AIA Committee on the Environment is now accepting submissions for the COTE Top Ten and Top Ten + awards for 2016.  The Top Ten celebrates the most sustainable buildings designed by architects licensed in the U.S. The Top Ten + award is given to a past COTE Top Ten winner who has proven through post-occupancy and time to exceed even its initial lofty expectations. Find out more info and submit your entry today. Deadline for entries is Jan. 19, 2016.

The 23rd annual Ceramic Tiles of Italy Competition is now open for submissions. If you've used Italian ceramic tiles in a project finished between January 2011 and January 2016, enter it for a chance to win a portion of $15,000 in prizes and one of three trips to Italy. Deadline to enter is Jan. 15, 2016.

The Copper Development Association is accepting submissions for its 9th annual North American Copper in Architecture awards program. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2016.

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is now accepting submissions to its fourth Wheelwright Prize, an open, international competition for early-career architects that supports travel-based research. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 8, 2016. Read more about the Wheelwright Prize

The Architectural League has announced a call for entries for its Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers, focused this year around the theme of (im)permanence and time as a defining characteristic of architecture. Entries are due Feb. 17, 2016. 

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge recognizes initiatives that take a comprehensive and anticipatory design approach to advance human well-being and the health of the planet’s ecosystem. The Buckminster Fuller Institute awards one $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a design solution that addresses complex global problems. The application window will open on Jan. 15 and entries are due by March 1. 

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