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James Stewart Polshek – Talk in the Language of Design

James Stewart Polshek – Talk in the Language of Design

The Board of Directors and the Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted today to award the 2018 AIA Gold Medal to James Stewart Polshek, FAIA. The Gold Medal honors an individual or pair of architects whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. 

Hotel on a Magic Carpet

Hotel on a Magic Carpet

The project “Living the Till”, designed by Environmental consulting firm EoA Inc, was honored as this year’s Radical Innovation Award Grand Prize winner. Founder of Radical Innovation John Hardy commended the project as “the perfect antidote to city dwelling.” A unique treetop hotel resort concept, Living the Till, involves a temporary nomadic structure, which allows for seasonal inhabitation in remote areas. Hovering 30 feet above the forest floor, the structure features a mesh platform supported by a series of cables installed by a team of climbers

Home, Sweet Home

Home, Sweet Home

Mork-Ulnes Architects have just completed Mylla, a compact yet expansive cabin north of Oslo in the Norwegian forest. A retreat for a geologist and his family, the 84-square meter building sits firmly on a hilltop and is formed by the forces of the landscape around it. It creatively reinterprets Norwegian Cabin typology. Mylla breaks apart the traditional rectangular cabin building plan into a pinwheel which radiates into the landscape to both frame four distinct views – Mylla Lake, the rolling hillside, the sky, and a towering forest.

Under the Crown of a Tree

Under the Crown of a Tree

Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, designed the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brought his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission of an international architect to build his or her first structure in London at the time of invitation has become one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during London’s summer season.

Too Good To Waste

Too Good To Waste

An interactive installation, designed by Benedetta Tagliabue – EMBT, crafted by furniture makers Benchmark and initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), originally created for Milan Design Week this autumn was also represented at the Hay Festival Segovia 2017. Using in the project such tree species as American oak, maple, cherry and tulipwood, the authors seek to question the validity of the current relationship between wood consumption and fashion.

Sounds of Wind

Sounds of Wind

The “Piazza del Vento” (The Piazza of Wind) is a new ephemeral and sensorial installation that takes form on the waterfront of Genoa, Italy by establishing a new relationship between the sea and the city. The project derives inspiration from Renzo Piano, as a contribution to the International Boat Show and to the city of Genoa. Author of the project is the architectural firm OBR run by Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, who conceived it for the 57th edition of the International Boat Show of Genoa.

Way To The Pier

Way To The Pier

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Almacantar, to Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects. The RIBA Stirling Prize, now in its twenty second year, is awarded annually to the UK’s best new building. Hastings Pier, on the East Sussex coast and overlooking the English Channel, can chart its history from 1872. For many years it was a popular pleasure pier famous for musical acts, but its recent past has been much more precarious

In the Restaurant Very Much at Home

In the Restaurant Very Much at Home

Taberna Tosca is a petiscos restaurant (the Portuguese version of “tapas”), located in Cais do Sodré. In the past, this was a difficult area in Lisbon, a zone where the sailors use to find themselves in whisky and brothels. This situation began to change 5 years ago, and now it has become the most alive area of Lisbon at nights.   

From Private to Public

From Private to Public

The architecture collective feld72 founded in 2002, whose agenda is poised at the interface of architecture, applied urbanism and art, was honoured with the high-end South Tyrol Architecture Award in the category of home-living for the residential building finished in 2015 in the community of Eppan in South Tyrol. Also Eppan Housing Complex won the Rassegna 2016 prize awarded by the association Architetti Arco Alpino.

Treetop Walk

Treetop Walk

The Treetop Experience is a new and unique experience destination. A 600 meter treetop walk connected to a 45 meter tall observation tower creates a unique opportunity to take a walk above the treetops and experience the stunning nature of the preserved forest from another perspective. The tower and treetop walk is as a seamless continuous ramp that makes the forest accessible to all – regardless of their physical condition. 

Exciting Journey to Pandora

Exciting Journey to Pandora

Now Avatar fans can finally explore the amazing world of Pandora in person. The much-anticipated Pandora – World of Avatar opened this past weekend at Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort, and it looks spectacular. Guests can explore the alien planet’s bioluminescent rainforest, hike through floating mountains, and even take a thrilling 3D ride on the back of a wild banshee.

Rain Vortex in Forest Valley

Rain Vortex in Forest Valley

The world’s largest indoor waterfall is currently being built in Singapore’s new Jewel Changi Airport extension. Designed by Safdie Architects, the spheroid-shaped dome will be a new luxury lifestyle destination for one of the world’s busiest airports and is a feat of engineering and sustainability. At approximately 134,000 sqm in size, the Jewel offers a range of facilities including airport services, indoor gardens, shopping and leisure attractions – including a canopy park in the upper levels of the dome. The 40m-tall waterfall is designed by water design firm WET, whose commissions include the Bellagio fountains and Burj Khalifa. Dubbed the Rain Vortex, the ambitious cascade will be the centerpiece for the project’s “Forest Valley” urban garden.

Airport in Chinese Tradition

Airport in Chinese Tradition

Zaha Hadid Architects’ аnd ADP Ingeniérie new passenger terminal for Beijing Airport (currently known as Beijing Daxing International Airport) is poised to become the largest aviation hub in the world. The new airport has been designated as the hub for members of the SkyTeam alliance, a global group of airlines that includes China Eastern Airlines Corp. and China Southern Airlines Co. The two Chinese carriers will each be allowed to capture 40 percent of the airport’s passengers, gaining coveted time slots to Europe and the U.S.