Frei Otto Wins the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize

1972 Munich Olympic Stadium

1972 Munich Olympic Stadium. (Martina Oefelein / Flickr)

Frei Otto has been given the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The 89 year old architect and engineer known for his daring glass and steel superstructures including the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium. Often compared to Buckminster Fuller, Otto experimented with tensile structures, new materials, and inflatable architecture, and went on the build major buildings including the German Pavilion at Expo ’67 and the roof for the Multihalle in Mannheim, Germany.

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Madrid’s Andres Jacque wins MoMA PS1 2015 Young Architects Program

Architecture, East, International
Thursday, February 5, 2015
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(Andres Jacque Architects/Office for Political Innovation_

(Andres Jacque Architects/Office for Political Innovation_

MoMA and MoMA PS 1 have announced the winner of the 2015 Young Architects Program from a shortlist of five firms: Andres Jacque Architects/Office for Political Innovation. Based in Madrid and New York, Jacque’s firm will build COSMO, a large structure made of irrigation tubes and planted zones, which will make the process of water filtration visible to PS 1 visitors.

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The New Guard: The Architectural League of New York announces its 2015 Emerging Voices

Levering Trade by Mexico's Atelier ARS (photo: Daniel Maldonado)

Levering Trade by Mexico’s Atelier ARS. (Daniel Maldonado)

The Architectural League‘s Emerging Voices lecture series, now in its 30th year, has reliably identified important new talent through a juried selection process. This year’s group reflects a number of important currents in contemporary practice in North America.

Check out the winners after the jump.

After 15 years, Architecture for Humanity abruptly closes

Mitazono Wakaba Kindergarten was part of Architecture for Humanity's Tohoku Earthquake Tsunami Rebuilding . (Courtesy Arch for Humanity)

Mitazono Wakaba Kindergarten was part of Architecture for Humanity’s Tohoku Earthquake Tsunami Rebuilding . (Courtesy Arch for Humanity)

Late in the day on Friday, December 16, Cameron Sinclair, the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, sent a letter that stunned the world of public interest architecture. According to Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity is closing its doors. John King of the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed that the San Francisco–based staff had been laid off at the beginning of the month.

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Classicists Honor Their Own: David Schwarz Wins 2015 Driehaus Prize

Architecture, Awards, National
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana by David Schwarz. (photos courtesy Driehaus Prize)

The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana by David Schwarz. (photos courtesy Driehaus Prize)

Washington, D.C.–based David M. Schwarz has been named the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus laureate. The prize, which is administered by the University of Notre Dame, will be presented on March 21 in Chicago, and is given “to honor lifelong contributions to traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world.” It comes with a $200,000 purse.

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Preservationists watchful as New York’s American Museum of Natural History taps Jeanne Gang for addition

Architecture, East, News, Preservation
Thursday, January 8, 2015
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The Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History (David Sundberg/ESTO)

The Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History (David Sundberg/ESTO)

Last year, Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects opened a New York office, and now it is clear they made a smart decision in doing so: the firm has been selected to design a six story addition to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The current museum complex is an eclectic jumble of architecture styles, and it’s most recent addition is the Rose Center for Earth and Space by the Polshek Partnership (now Ennead).

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Steven Holl designs an addition to Mumbai’s City Museum inspired by Indian well architecture

Architecture, International, Unveiled
Thursday, December 11, 2014
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(Courtesy Steven Holl Architects)

(Courtesy Steven Holl Architects)

Steven Holl Architects have been selected to design a new addition to Mumbai’s City Museum, besting finalists including OMA, Zaha Hadid Architects, Amanda Levete, wHY, and Pei Cobb Freed, among others. The 125,000 square foot white concrete addition will include 65,000 square feet of galleries, each with carefully calibrated natural light filtering down from overhead. Light is used as a device to draw visitors through the spaces.

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Amid Upheaval at The New Republic Architecture Critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen Departs

Media, National, Shft+Alt+Del
Friday, December 5, 2014
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Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

Just after celebrating its 100th anniversary, the owner of The New Republic, the esteemed magazine of policy and criticism, announced new editors and a new editorial direction. Existing staffers and contributors resigned en masse following a dramatic meeting with owner Chris Hughes and new leadership. Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer resigned alongside 30 year veteran literary editor Leon Wieseltier, who led the magazine’s cultural coverage. The magazine’s longtime architecture critic, Sarah Williams Goldhagen, is also parting ways with the magazine.

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Video> Take a drone tour of a ruined city in the Chernobyl hot zone

Architecture, International
Friday, December 5, 2014
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Attention ruin porn addicts and post-apocalyptic disaster fantasists, this video is for you. British filmmaker Danny Cooke visited Pripyat, Ukraine—an abandoned city within the radioactive hot zone created by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster—while on assignment for 60 Minutes. Using a camera-equipped drone, Cooke soars above and through the city, which once housed 50,000 inhabitants, revealing a ghostly but remarkably intact landscape, including apartment buildings, hospitals, and an abandoned amusement park with a rusting ferris wheel. While the scene is remarkably tranquil, the underlying cause is unsettling. Following a manmade calamity, nature is slowly reclaiming the city. Humans will likely never be able to return. [h/t World.Mic]

Sneak a peek of New York City’s expanded Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum

Architecture, Design, Interiors, National
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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(courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

(courtesy Cooper-Hewitt)

After a three year absence, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is set to reopen on December 12. The nation’s design museum has been active in the interim, staging off site exhibitions, hosting workshops and classes, and bestowing honors to the nation’s best designers, but its full return to New York’s cultural landscape is much anticipated.

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Five finalist named for 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

Architecture, Awards, East, News
Thursday, November 13, 2014
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Hy Fi by The Living, the 2014 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program winner (courtesy MoMA PS1)

Hy Fi by The Living, the 2014 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program winner. (courtesy MoMA PS1)

MoMA PS1 has announced the five finals for the 2015 Young Architects Program pavilion for the annual Warm Up performance series. The program is considered one of the most prestigious showcases for emerging architects in North America. This year’s finalists hail from New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Toronto.

View the finalists after the jump.

Robert A.M. Stern stepping toward stepping down at Yale

Yale's A+A Building with a Gwathmey Seigel addition at right (Peter Aaron/Esto)

Yale’s A+A Building with a Gwathmey Seigel addition at right (Peter Aaron/Esto)

Robert A.M. Stern has indicated he will step down as dean of the Yale School of Architecture in Spring 2016, according to the Yale Daily News. During his tenure, Stern has reinvigorated the School, restored its home, expanded its faculty, and brought through a roster of prominent guest critics from around the world. Stern has taken an eclectic view of architecture, bringing in practitioners of various styles and pedagogical viewpoints, and reinvigorated the study of architectural history with a new Ph.D. program.

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