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Architecture News in 2019
27 Sep 2019
Reynaers launches brand new RIBA-accredited CPD for architects
Reynaers, supplier of aluminium windows and doors, are offering a new CPD course. The RIBA-accredited course is for architects and other construction industry professionals is entitled: “Accessible Solutions for Aluminium Windows and Doors”.
Devised and led by Simon Cray, the 45-minute seminar will provide delegates with a comprehensive guide to the changes to Approved Document M. It will also include an overview of the products that can assist architects in meeting the updated standards, which include new requirements for windows, doors and handles.
The course will additionally cover a comprehensive background history of accessibility legislation, including The Discrimination Act 1995 (c 50) and its replacement the Equality Act 2010.
Having worked on developments including the 2012 Olympic Athletes Village, Reynaers has extensive experience of delivering accessibility through aluminium systems. The CPD will draw on the company’s expertise in this area, using case studies to demonstrate solutions that have been used to assist in meeting specific accessibility standards.
Reynaers supplies an extensive portfolio of sustainable aluminium solutions for windows and doors. Many of the solutions are suitable for use in meeting accessibility requirements, including the company’s window for accessible homes, a variant of its best-selling CS 77 window system.
The company already offers practical structured learning for architects to understand the advantages and design benefits of aluminium glazing and curtain walling. Committed to facilitating professional development, it is able to tailor any of its CPD material to suit delegates’ learning objectives.
The new course, which Reynaers can deliver at its own Knowledge Centre HQ in Birmingham or at the architects’ premises, takes the same pragmatic approach to solution-led design, giving chartered members further choice in achieving their annual CPD targets with the most relevant learning.
8 Jun 2019
Notre Dame Cathedral Design Competition
Is this global disaster an opportunity to collectively rethink the role of heritage in today’s culture?
reTHINKING Notre Dame Competition
e-architect wins Best Design Media Award
1 Mar 2019 – e-architect was selected as a recipient of the Best Design Media Award. The selection was made by thousands of award winning designers who have indicated the very best design publications worldwide. Read our profile at:
Best Design Media Award
Feb 18, 2019
Bellefonte Courthouse, PA, USA
The column Joel Solkoff is writing concerns three small towns in central PA.
1. State College, where he lived in a de facto nursing home for 15 years.
2. Nearby Bellefonte where the county courthouse is located. The courthouse is infamous as the place where Penn State’s child molestation trials and convictions took place. Bellefonte is an architectural treasure. Anna Keitchline, the first female architect–a spy in WorldWar I– lived and worked there.
3. Williamsport, the center of Central PA (instrumental in helping elect Trump President). The focus here is on the Creative Class Movement of which the Pajama Factory is an important piece.
This is an urban planning story.
The column will contain several embedded videos from the e-architect YouTube site. Here is another an irreverent taxt cab ride tour of Bellefonte, PA:
Feb 15, 2019
Factory Windows, Pajama Factory, Williamsport, PA, USA
Original content from e-architect’s Joel Solkoff based in the US.
Another architectural video on e-architect, this one on factory windows and the metric system:
Architect Mark Winkelman and his wife advertising executive Suzanne are the founders of the Pajama Factory, a complex of seven buildings on 30,000 square meters of real estate in Williamsport, PA.
Williamsport is one of a number of US communities that constitute what urban theorist Richard Florida describes as the “creative class”.
Professor Florida estimates that one third of the US workforce– about 40 million Americans–constitute this class which defines creativity to include such diverse fields as engineering, bio-engineering, and software design. Other creative class communities include Tribecca in Manhattan and Paducah, Kentucky.
12 Feb 2019
Escala: scale-ruler fountain pen for architects
Carlo Aiello recently designed a scale-ruler fountain pen for architects and engineers. The pen is currently on Kickstarter for two more weeks. He designed this pen for the architectural community.
When studying architecture he actually wanted a pen like this one and now he has decided to make it available.
See more on our Architectural Products page.
Feb 13 & 9, 2019
Return of Joel’s Column
NOTICE: Joel’s always eclectic column returns shortly. “Don’t touch that dial” as the US tv moguls said in the 1950s
Scribbling away from an art critic loft in building seven of a pajama factory (once the largest in the world), Joel Solkoff reports
Mark Winkelman drives three hours to Williamsport from New York City to manage his nine-building domain in the portion of central PA where pockets of poverty have remained since the US 1930s Depression. Exclusively for e-architect UK, NYC architect Winkelman describes his early career working for Phillip Johnson and about the architectural design lessons learned during an extended stay in Japan.
Joel’s column returns shortly with this and other startling news about Anna Keichline, Pennsylvania’s first female architect who also served as a spy in World War One, Bellefonte’s 1850s Centre County Courthouse, and how local government entities on the sub-county level have led to chaos at Penn State’s bedroom town of State College.
Joel’s range extends from justice architecture and the progressive architecture movement to make prisons friendly places, to State College / PennState / State Department of Transportation’s failure to plan ten and twenty years into future. Worthy of special attention is how PA Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards has created chaos with her focus on cars, cars, cars above all else coupled with her remote control of the street on which Joel lived last month, but no more.
11 Jan 2019
Reynaers at ARCHITECT@WORK 2019
Reynaers to exhibit at ARCHITECT@WORK 2019, The Old Truman Brewery, London, showcasing its industry-leading approach to fire safety with fire-resistant curtain walling and high-quality flush window and door systems:
Reynaers fire-resistant products at ARCHITECT@WORK
Architectural News in 2018
18 + 9 Nov 2018
79&Park Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Design: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Architects
A cascading grid of 169 housing units for Oscar Properties next to Norra Tornen designed by OMA Partner Reinier De Graaf: two large new buildings by world-famous architects.
8 Nov 2018
New Fish Market, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
render © 3XN
Sydney Fish Market Building
The largest fish market in the southern hemisphere is envisioned as a major public and cultural amenity and an icon for Sydney.
Jun 28, 2018
A’ Design Awards and Competition 2018 – 2019
A’ Design Awards and Competition Call for Entries 2018 – 2019
Jun 15, 2018
American Architecture Awards 2018
The Nation’s Highest Public Award for New Architecture by the Most Prominent Architecture Firms in the United States of America:
American Architecture Awards 2018
4 June 2018
The Hidden Ways Architecture Can Affect You
An interesting article by Michael Bond on the BBC website:
One of the most consistent findings by Colin Ellard, who researches the psychological impact of design at the University of Waterloo in Canada, is that people are strongly affected by building façades: complex and interesting designs affect people in a positive way; simple and monotonous layouts affect people in a negative way. When Ellard walked a group past the long, smoked-glass facades of a Lower Manhattan store their walkinjg speeded up and their arousal / mood states plummeted. Walking past restaurants and store buildings had the oppsoite effect.
Link to article: The Hidden Ways Architecture Can Affect You
12 May 2018
Adelaide Contemporary Designs by Shortlisted Architects
Adelaide Contemporary design proposals unveiled as six star teams compete for the chance to design a new South Australia landmark:
Salone del Mobile 2018 – Milan Design Week 2018, Italy
April 17 to 22, 2018, the latest furniture designs from around the world with plenty of architecture studios involved.
Enea will showcase their new Kaiak Lounge chair and the Pile table, both designed by Estudi Manel Molina, and the Lottus Wood chair with wooden arms, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina.
7 Apr 2018
Bombas Gens: Fundació Per Amor a L’Art, Valencia, Spain
Design: Ramon Esteve Estudio, Architects
photo © Frank Gomez
Bombas Gens Building
This Spanish architectural office wins the Land Rover Born Prize for the Architecture section.
25 Mar 2018
Rathbone Square, Oxford Street, London, UK
Design: Make Architects
Rathbone Square Buildings
This new square is a flagship project for Great Portland Estates plc that has taken the former Royal Mail sorting office site and transformed it into a high-quality mixed use development with a new publicly accessible garden just off Oxford Street.
11 Mar 2018
New architecture by country / city pages launched by e-architect:
Mar 7, 2018
Balkrishna Doshi Receives the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize
Balkrishna Doshi photo courtesy of VSF
Professor Balkrishna Doshi, of India, has been selected as the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2018 Winner, announced the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award, known internationally as architecture’s highest honor.
24 Feb 2018
University College Dublin Future Campus International Design Competition, Ireland
UCD Belfield Core Campus and Surrounding Area – image courtesy of Barrow Coakley Photography
University College Dublin’s Future Campus Competition
Two-stage architecture competition seeks urban design vision for 24 ha area of campus and concept designs plus a €48m Centre for Creative Design. The Jury includes top architects Sir David Adjaye and Ann Beha.
23 Feb 2018
Amsterdam 75 House, Hipódromo, México D.F.
Design: Jorge Hernández de la Garza
photo : Jorge Hernández de la Garza
New House in Hipódromo
This bold architectural intervention consisted of “solving 5 departments of different types and an additional dwelling which is inside an old house” catalogued by the Institute National of Fine Arts.
16 + 13 Feb 2018
Church of Saint-Jacques de la Lande, Rennes, North West France
Architects: Alvaro Siza Vieira
photo : Joao Morgado
This religious building in Brittany was designed by the celebrated Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. His use of simple white concrete forms provides a powerful ceremonial space that is sensitive to the low-scale residential neighbourhood south of Rennes.
New built environment update country pages launched by e-architect:
22 + 21 Feb 2018
Prague Architecture News
image : Play Time – Architectonic Image
16 + 15 + 14 Feb 2018
13 Feb 2018
10 Feb 2018
PERFORMANCE iN LIGHTING won three iF DESIGN AWARD 2018
PERFORMANCE iN LIGHTING has been awarded with three prizes in two different discipline of this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD, a world-renowned design prize organized by the world’s oldest independent design organization, iF International Forum Design GmbH, Hannover, Germany.
The winning products, LAMA+ and TRACCIA, won in the discipline Product, in the Lighting category.
LIGHT-PERFORMER® was awarded in the discipline Communication, in the Apps / Software category.
LAMA+ and TRACCIA were selected for their unique combination of attractive design with outstanding lighting performances.
LIGHT-PERFORMER®, a configurator for custom lighting systems, won thanks to its easy handling and self-explaining interface which allows to configure complex light systems in just a few simple steps.
The selection was made by a 63-member jury, made up of independent experts from all over the world. Competition was intense with over 6,400 entries submitted from 54 countries around the world trying to attain the seal of quality.
12 Jan 2018
150th Anniversary Frank Lloyd Wright Clutch
As part of commemorating celebrated US architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Anniversary, architects ACME, based in Hawaii, have produced 150 Special Limited Edition Women’s Clutches.
The limited edition architectural product is made from Cherokee red vegan leather internally with black externally. It has a chrome zipper pull with the 150 FLW logo, plus a cable chain.
ACME Studio Inc, P.O. Box 89, Kula, HI 96790, USA ; http://acmestudio.com
Architectural News in 2017
7 Dec 2017
20 Ropemaker Street Offices, London, UK
image courtesy of architects office
20 Ropemaker Street Offices
Planning consent granted unanimously by the Borough of Islington for this commercial tower building proposal. It makrs the corner of Ropemaker St and Finsbury Pavement.
21 Nov 2017
Norton Folgate City Continuity Community in Spitalfields, London, England
Design: Burrell Foley Fischer Architects
image courtesy of architects
Norton Folgate Spitalfields Buildings
2017 IMCL Honor Award, Proposed Project – City Continuity Community
10 Nov 2017
Bora Residential Tower, Santa Fe, west of Mexico City
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
image : LabTop, courtesy of ZHA
Bora Tower Building
Construction works start on this building in Santa Fe, a key business district in the Mexican capital city, for over 220 apartments. With over 50 floors, the new building will be the highest residential tower in Mexico City.
Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Design: Hariri Pontarini Architects
image Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Tom Patterson Theatre Building
The Stratford Festival invited 50 international architects firms to submit their credentials. The committee then selected 8 architects to be interveiwed. Four architectural teams were then shortlisted and invited to take part in this architecture competition.
14 Sep 2017
Snowdon Aviary Renewal, London Zoo, England
Design: Foster + Partners
photo © Tom Miller
Snowdon Aviary Building Redevelopment
Renewal proposal for this Grade II* listed structure, originally designed by architect Cedric Price with Frank Newby and Lord Snowdon in 1962. It was the first British aviary in Britain with a ‘walk-through’ format. The structure is located on the north side of a canal in the north west of the British capital city.
Up-Cycled Warehouse in Melbourne design by Zen Architects article posted on 4 Aug 2017 by Editor Isabelle Lomholt
11 Aug 2017
De Verkenner Tower, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Design: Mei architects and planners
photo : Jeroen Musch
New Residential Building in Utrecht
Raising the game in mass housing with ‘Roses and concrete’ artwork and poem and an elegant, colourful façade of balconies. The ‘gatekeeper’ project is located in the post-war district of Kanaleneiland.
Aug 3, 2017
Graham Foundation Grants 2017
Graham Foundation Announces 2017 Grants to Organizations Over $400,000 awarded to organizations supporting innovative and challenging ideas in architecture.
Among the funded projects are exhibitions, publications, events, research projects, and site-specific installations and performances. These diverse projects and programs advance new scholarship, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society.
photo – Gwyneth Shanks, From Above Looking Down, 2017, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist. From the 2017 organizational grant to Materials & Applications for “Privacies Infrastructure”
Graham Foundation Grants 2017 News article posted by Editor Adrian Welch
Reale Group office building, Turin, Italy
Design: Iotti + Pavarani Architetti Artecna
photograph : Fernando Guerra | FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura
Reale Group Office Building in Turin designed by Iotti + Pavarani Architetti Artecna article posted on 3 Aug 2017 by Editorial Assistant Cole Dean.
The project was created by the engineer Roberto Tosetti from Artecna with the winners of this architectural competition. Reale Immobili ran the design contest back in 2013.
Architecture News from July 2017
30 Jul 2017
Salmiya Wind Tower, Kuwait City
Design: AGi architects
photo courtesy of this architects studio
Salmiya Wind Tower Building
Wafra Vertical Housing introduces a new concept to urban living, transforming the single family dwelling typology to adapt to 21st century living in this small Gulf country.
29 Jul 2017
The Boilerhouse, Royal Holloway, University of London, Surrey, England
Design: Cartwright Pickard Architects
photo © Hundven-Clements
New Building at Royal Holloway, University of London
A new café pavilion and event space inserted into the original Boilerhouse complex courtyard serving the Grade I Listed Founders Building as well as the refurbishment of the original stable block into a seating and servery area.
22 Jul 2017
Contracts awarded for Palace of Westminster Building Renewal
picture © Nick Weall
Palace of Westminster Building Renewal
In Lot 1 BDP Architects beat HOK, Foster + Partners and Allies and Morrison.
CH2M Hill win for Lot 2, beating Aecom & Mace (Joint Venture), Capita Property Infrastructure & Gleeds Cost Management (Joint Venture), EC Harris (ARCADIS) and Turner & Townsend
Namdaemun Office Tower, Seoul, South Korea
photo courtesy of architects firm
Namdaemun Office Building
25 Jul 2017 – The Namdaemun Office Building in Seoul is Dutch architectural studio Mecanoo’s first completed project in the South Korean capital. Stark linear facade patterns make for a powerful architectural form.
Robarts Library Building, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
image courtesy of architects office
Robarts Library Expansion at the University of Toronto
24 Jul 2017 – A major expansion of the largest academic library in Canada. The University of Toronto will add 1,200 work and study spaces to the concrete Brutalist building.
Building News from June 2017
1 Jul + 30 + 29 Jun 2017
Tower Cladding Samples Fail Fire Safety Tests
137 cladding samples from high rise buildings have now failed fire safety tests carried out for the UK government by the The Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE).
EVERY panel tested has failed the government’s combustibility tests.
Scotland is not included in the current testing regime but the Scottish Government is carrying out a similar review.
The British Government looks to be facing a cladding safety bill of around £600m after the Grenfell Tower fire.
Clearly those involved in the prcourement of UK buildings have focused too much on cost savings and not enough on building safety.
1 Jul + 30 Jun 2017
National Arts Centre Building, Confederation Square, Ottawa, Canada
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
photo : Lisa Logan Photography
National Arts Centre Building News
Architectural News from March 2017
26 Mar 2017
St Michael’s Manchester Development On Hold
image courtesy of architectural office
St Michael’s Manchester Development News
Manchester City Council confirms that former Man Utd footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have requested this major city centre scheme be put on hold.
Speaking at the MIPIM property fair in France, footballer-turned-developer Neville said he wanted the proposal to be more refined before ebing considered by MCC. The current design is by Make Architects, based in London.
Building News from February 2017
Feb 16, 2017
Workforce Housing Buildings, Newark, NJ, USA
Design: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
photo : Scott Frances
Teachers Village in Newark, New Jersey
Completion of three new Workforce Housing Buildings in Newark. These new buildings provide 123 residential units and a variety of retail spaces. Within the Teachers Village project, all buildings by this celebrated architecture office have been designed with open interior spaces full of natural light.
16 Feb 2017
Leeza SOHO, Beijing, China
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
image courtesy of architects
Within the Lize Financial Business District – a new business, residential and transport hub adjacent to Financial Road in southwest Beijing. The new building will be located at the intersection of Lines 14 and 16 currently under-construction for the Beijing Subway rail network.
16 Feb 2017
Eclipse, Amor de Perdição Square, Porto, Portugal
Architect: FAHR 021.3
image courtesy of architects
Eclipse in Porto
This temporary installation celebrates the 20th anniversary of Porto’s historic centre being classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The architecture studio FAHR 021.3 created a sphere that shifts the centre of the square towards its gravitational pull temporarily.
Recent Architecture News
Architectural News : selected buildings from around the world
shown recently on the architectural news page
World Architecture Festival news : World Building of the Year Award
Zaha Hadid building news : Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan – photos
Recent Architecture Articles
Original content on e-architect – Recent Archive:
Low-cost Housing for the Elderly
13 Oct 2013 by Joel Solkoff
Joel Solkoff looks at housing access issues, from the low proportion of housing that is wheel chair accessible to the requirement of elderly individuals to spiritually uplifting laces such as museums.
Morgan Library and Museum Disability Architecture
re Disability Access in Renzo Piano’s J.P. Morgan Library and Museum Building, New York City, USA
photo © Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
24 Aug 2013 by Joel Solkoff
When I began this column I wrote: “The future of architecture is rapidly requiring you to redesign the world to meet the requirements of the largest generation in world history. Ours is an aging population in the process of developing disabilities–but a generation with the determination, education, political clout, and for many the wealth to live independently none-the-less.”
Architecture Articles for e-architect
photo by Michel Denancé, provided by permission of the Morgan Library and Museum
Architectural News Archive
Sustainable Architecture news : Carbon Emissions Rise – radical plan required
Architecture Studio Profile : Norton Ellis Architects
“After just a few weeks listed on e-architect we were contacted by a new client for a residential refurbishment. The project suits us perfectly, I was amazed how the website created a new project so soon for us. I’m delighted that we signed up with e-architect, which we should have done sooner.” Robert Ellis, architect
We feature selected buildings below that have recently appeared on the Architecture News. A wider selection of new buildings can be found in our monthly architectural news pages. We try to choose major buildings / designs that have created the most interest for our readers. Buildings can be located anywhere in the world and don’t have to be contemporary – major building refurbishments and architectural redevelopments are also welcome.
Buildings for the World Architecture News page welcome: info(at)e-architect.co.uk