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September 25, 2015
Recognition for Resilient Design The LafargeHolcim Awards’ Global Bronze prize was formally presented to the multidisciplinary team behind the Dryline, formerly known as the Big U, in a ceremony in New York on Sept. 24. Led by the Bjarke Ingels Group and Amsterdam-based One Architecture, the project, which won Holcim’s North America Silver Award in 2014, proposes an approximately 10-mile-long ribbon of programmed natural and built infrastructure to protect southern Manhattan in the event of coastal flooding, such as that which resulted from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. The East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project, a 2-mile stretch of the Dryline that runs from East 23rd Street to Montgomery Street, aims to begin construction in 2017. [LafargeHolcim Foundation]Zaha Out The recent winner of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal corrected BBC reporter Sarah Montague on a factual inaccuracy regarding the deaths of migrant workers across Qatar in a face-to-face interview on Radio 4's Today program. The fact Montague was alluding to was based on a report from the International Trade Union Council, which cited 1,200 migrant worker deaths across the country. However, the reporter suggested it was just Hadid's construction site. The architect then told Montague that she should check her information and ended the interview. [The Guardian]
Life on Mars Foster + Partners' New York office came up with a design for a modular habitat on Mars, which has been shortlisted amongst 30 finalists for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge organized by America Makes and NASA. [ARCHITECT]This Week in Tech: Mathematically Determining the Greenest Cities Santa Fe Institute researcher Luis Bettencourt is developing an equation—yes, a mathematical one—that can be used to assess cities past and present globally, considering factors like infrastructure, building footprint, GDP, and the number of patents filed. Learn more about it in our weekly Tech Roundup. [ARCHITECT]
An App That Puts Your Plans In the Clouds PlanGrid, a tablet-focused app that lets project teams put building plans in the cloud much like Google Drive, launched in 2011 to help disseminate building plans among team members faster and with greater accuracy while reducing paper waste. So far it’s working, with more than 650,000 users on both the free and paid versions of the app today. Its co-founder and CEO, Tracy Young, recently spoke at TechCrunch's Disrupt 2015 event about the startup's early challenge of bringing a digital distribution platform to an industry that has historically relied on analog tools to communicate in the field. [TechCrunch]
Louis Vuitton Designer Loves Brutalism Back in May, fashion designer Nicolas Ghesquière held a show for his 2016 Louis Vuitton resort collection at the Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, Calif. The house was designed by John Lautner and built in 1981. Ghesquière says the house actually inspired his collection: "It was the idea of the kind of lady who would be living in this Brutalist architecture," he tells The New York Times. The 23,000-square-foot house—currently listed for $25 million—is among a city of examples of Modernist architecture built for wealthy clients who outfitted their living spaces in a style more lush than the houses' exteriors would suggest. The cement Hope house, for instance, was decorated with flowered wallpaper and thick carpets inside. "I'm quite fascinated by those people who said, 'I'm going with John Lautner, I'm going to do a spaceship in concrete .... It's what I need.' Yes, it's a new type of person I guess, which I love to imagine, even if I am making them up: a radical elite," Ghesquière tells The New York Times. [The New York Times]
LEGO As We Know It Written by Microsoft UX program manager (and full-time LEGO fan) Tom Alphin, The LEGO Architect explores the range of architectural expression available outside pre-packaged sets by recreating famous buildings. [ARCHITECT]
Awards: Enter Now!
The AIA, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the Architects Foundation's Design & Health Research Consortium is adding up to six new member organizations. Application materials are available on the AIA's website. Deadline is Oct. 16.
The 63rd annual Progressive Architecture Awards program is now accepting submissions. The winners of our annual program honoring unbuilt designs are published in the February issue. Regular deadline is on Oct. 30, with the late deadline (and extra $50 per entry) on Nov. 4. Enter now!
The Graham Foundation's Carter Manny Award recognizes doctoral students working on dissertation topics in architecture. Applications are available online now and due Nov. 15.
Bathroom products manufacturer Victoria + Albert is challenging designers to create a space that uses its products. Entry is free and submissions are due Dec. 20.
AIA|DC is accepting entries for the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism to reward excellent reporting of architecture and urbanism in Washington, D.C. The annual prize is $5,000. Deadline is Dec. 31.For more news and views, sign up for the ARCHITECT Newswire, the best daily newsletter on architecture and architects.
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