Renzo Piano designs a tree-topped, cylindrical skyscraper for Paddington in London’s West End

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Renzo Piano aims to punctuate London‘s skyline once again. The architect behind the Shard has now designed a cylinder of glass adjacent to Paddington Station. Contrasting his Southwark skyscraper, Piano has proposed a seemingly crystalline, uneven facade wrapping the cylinder that looks to reflect its surroundings with ripple-like qualities.
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MVRDV donates a massive collection of its early archives to Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut

Architecture, International
Friday, October 23, 2015
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Pig City, a skyscraper for pigs. Naturally. (Courtesy MVRDV)

Pig City, a skyscraper for pigs. Naturally. (Courtesy MVRDV)

Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) is an arts institute for exhibitions, lectures, and research on architecture-and-design-based disciplines in Rotterdam. The institute’s Dutch compatriots MVRDV have just signed a contract which will see the practices early work be uploaded to a new digital archive.

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The RE:BUILD Project offers shelter and education to displaced Syrian refugees

Architecture, International
Friday, October 23, 2015
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RE:BUILD School in Queen Rania Park (Courtesy Pouya Khazaeli)

(Courtesy Pouya Khazaeli)

The civil war in Syria has created millions of refugees forced to flee hostilities for safer ground. Those numbers include, according to the United Nations‘ refugee agency and Save the Children, more than 1.3 million children under the age of 18. To help house those staggering populations, nonprofit Pilosio Building Peace has teamed up with architects Pouya Khazaeli and Cameron Sinclair to build economical architecture designed to house refugees who have been uprooted by war.

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AECOM Urban SOS: All Systems Go Competition winners announced

The Winning Submission Plan (Courtesy AECOM and Van Alen Institute)

The Winning Submission Plan. (Courtesy AECOM and Van Alen Institute)

Three graduate design students at the University of Pennsylvania—Daniel Lau, Joseph Rosenberg, and Lindsay Rule—have claimed the top spot in AECOM’s sixth annual Urban SOS competition. Their project, called The THIRD Reserve, is an urban landscape concept that would, in theory, allow Singapore’s food production system to become self-sufficient. The team takes home $7,500 in prize money and has access to up to $25,000 to support the project.

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London’s Frieze Art Fair opens a second pavilion by Universal Design Studio after successful 2014 show

Architecture, Art, International
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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The Frieze Art Fair looks to capitalize on the 55,000 people who thronged a pavilion by Universal Design Studio (UDS) last year by commissioning another. The five-day festival is held in Regent’s Park, London every October.
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MASS Design Group releases plans for a “Bauhaus of Africa”

(Courtesy MASS)

(Courtesy MASS)

The Boston-based nonprofit design firm MASS Design Group hopes to see the number of professional designers in Africa grow. To that end, the firm has unveiled a plan for an architecture and design school in Rwanda called the African Design Center.

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Burntwood School by AHMM wins 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize

(Courtesy RIBA)

(Courtesy RIBA)

Burntwood School, a girls high school in Wandsworth, south London, has won the UK’s most coveted architecture award—RIBA‘s Stirling Prize—with judges describing it as the “clear winner.” The project by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) also collected the RIBA London 2015 award in the process.

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Perkins+Will goes back to school with new academic building for the University of Toronto

Exterior Render (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

International firm Perkins+Will has unveiled plans for a new six story, 210,000 square foot scheme at the University of Toronto Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. The creatively named ‘North Building Phase B’ has a construction budget of $69 million and is due to be complete by the summer of 2018.

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Seoul Square to act as a 21st Century platform for self expression

Exterior Render (Courtesy Studio Dror)

Exterior Render (Courtesy Studio Dror)

New York based Studio Dror claims their proposal for a public space in Seoul acts as a 21st century platform for public self expression on an individual and community level. Their submission is part of the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural Space Design Competition which is seeking projects to occupy the former site of Seoul’s National Tax Service Building.
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Lunch at a Landmark: Norman Foster explains the creative process behind his iconic structures

The Millennium Bridge in London

The Millennium Bridge in London. (Dark Dwarf)

On October 7, the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation hosted its annual “Lunch at a Landmark” at the top of the Hearst Tower. Guests, New York’s elite architectural, design, and preservation cognoscenti, were offered a rare insight into the building—one from Norman Foster himself.

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If at first you don’t succeed: Jean Nouvel’s leaning towers of Paris gets planning approval after initial rejection

Tours DUO (Courtesy L’Autre Image)

Tours DUO (Courtesy L’Autre Image)

After an initial rejection by officials from the Paris Council, French architect Jean Nouvel has been awarded planning permission for his firm’s so-called Duo Tower project on the Eastern banks of the Seine. Located in the Quartier De La Gare district of Paris, the project follows on the heels of another pyramidal tower by Herzog & De Meuron planned for the city.

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Enrique Norten opens a campus of intersecting volumes for Mexico City’s CENTRO University

Architecture, International
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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(Luis Gordoa, courtesy TEN Arquitectos and Centro)

New campus by Enrique Norten and TEN Arquitectos in Mexico City. (Luis Gordoa, courtesy TEN Arquitectos and Centro)

On September 29, CENTRO, a Mexico City university that specializes in creative studies, inaugurated a new campus designed by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos. Located on Avenida Constituyentes, not far from Chapultepec Park, Norten’s new campus packs an interdisciplinary mix of interior architecture, film, industrial design, and digital media programs into 78,700 square feet. Landscape architecture firm A Pleno Sol worked with TEN Arquitectos to add some 27,000 square feet of landscape and planted roofs.

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