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Chicago Architecture Biennial Launches Call for Lakefront Kiosk Competition

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Chicago Architecture Biennial — one of the most anticipated architectural events of the coming year — just released a Call for Proposals for its Lakefront Kiosk Competition. A joint partnership with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago, the competition invites architects from…

National Parks Now finalists chosen to reinvent the national park experience

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Van Alen Institue and the National Park Service recently announced the four multi-disciplinary finalist teams of the National Parks Now competition, which aims to reinvent the experience of visiting national parks. As part of Van Alen's Elsewhere initiative and the National Park Services' centennial celebration in…

Stereotank’s HEARTBEAT wins 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014
Here's one for you lovers out there: in the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design contest, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank just came out as the winner with their entry "HEARTBEAT." The interactive installation is scheduled to open for an entire month to couples and singles…

Brian Sell of Moody Nolan Architects wins Nelson Mandela Memorial competition

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014
One year after the passing of the late Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, the winning proposal of the Nelson Mandela Memorial Design Competition was revealed. From April to October, the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited all U.S. residents over the age of 13 to design a permanent memorial…

Ehrlich Architects wins 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award; Peter Eisenman takes the Topaz Medallion

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It's a big day of announcements for the AIA! Earlier, Moshe Safdie was revealed as the 2015 AIA Gold Medal recipient.  Other big announcements the AIA made today include Ehrlich Architects from Los Angeles as the 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award winner. Considered the AIA's highest…

Re-Imagine How We Move Through Cities (Without That Blue Dot)

Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2014
A floating blue dot on a handheld device’s mapping app has become the default way we understand the complex flows of people through the city and the diverse ways we experience coming and going. Such direct representation is convenient, but removes the spontaneity of approaching the city as both…

Reanimate the Ruins winners reimagine Detroit’s Packard Motor Plant

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Reanimate the Ruins! competition calls attention to the grim industrial and economic realities of Detroit, Michigan in recent years, including filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Participants worldwide were challenged to propose ideas for a new adaptive urban center on the site…

Renzo Piano to design new Kum & Go corporate HQ in Iowa

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Renzo Piano Building Workshop will be the design architect for the new corporate headquarters of Midwest convenience retailer chain Kum & Go. The 120,000 sq.foot building will be located at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. After competing teams submitted written proposals, six…

Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia voted as America’s Best Public Restroom 2014

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
America has voted. The Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia was announced today as America's Best Public Restroom. Organized by Cintas, the popular annual contest isn't just about voting for the prettiest restrooms. It also promotes the importance of public restroom hygiene and highlights businesses whose restrooms exhibit functional…

CALL FOR ENTRIES: What do you think the Obama Presidential Library should look like?

Posted: Monday, November 17, 2014
The Chicago Architectural Club launched its 2014 edition of the Chicago Prize ideas competition this past weekend: design the Barack Obama Presidential Library! From the lively discussion (if not frenzy) surrounding a Barack Obama Presidential Library possibly being built, the Chicago Prize invites architects and designers…

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