News Round Up January 2017

by | 26. Jan 2017


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Grafton Architects Announced as Biennale Curators

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, have been named as the curators of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The duo, who are highly regarded for both their projects in Ireland and internationally, won the first ever RIBA International Prize last year. They will follow curator, Alejandro Aravena – founder of ELEMENTAL and recipient of the 2016 Pritzker Prize, who’s biennale focused on how architecture can try to solve global issues.

“The Exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena offered visitors a critical overview of the worldwide evolution of architecture and underlined how important it is that a qualified demand on the part of individuals and communities be met by an equally effective response, thereby confirming that architecture is one of civil society’s instruments for organizing the space in which it lives and works,” said Biennale President, Paolo Baratta.

“Along these lines, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara will continue to address the same theme but from the point of view of the quality of the public and private space, of urban space, of the territory and of the landscape as the main ends of architecture. The curators, who are well-known for the refinement of their work, are also known for their intense didactic activity and their ability to involve and fascinate new generations.”

The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale will open 26th May 2018.

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Mies van der Rohe Award Nominees Announced

The European Commission and Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the list of 356 works that are competing for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

The award, which is granted biannually, acknowledges and rewards quality architectural production in Europe. In this way, the award draws attention to the major contribution by European architects to the development of new ideas and technologies globally.

Danish firms selected for prize include Schmidt Hammer Lassen, jaja architects, COBE, Dorte Mandrup, and BIG.

The jury will select a shortlist of 40 projects before finally deciding on 5 finalists. The process will culminate with an award ceremony on the 26th of May announcing the winner.

Image: Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Gund Hall. Image: Peter Vanderwarker

Harvard to Offer Free Online Architecture Course

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has announced plans to offer a web-based free architecture course. Named ‘The Architecture of Imagination’, the ten week course will offer fundamental principles of architecture to those interested in pursuing a career as an architect.

Throughout the course students will learn: how to read, analyze and understand different forms of architectural representation; social and historical context behind major works of architecture; and basic principles to produce your own architecture drawings.

Find enrollment details here

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Steven Holl Unveils Shanghai Cultural Complex To Be Built From White Concrete

Steven Holl Architects’ has revealed their design for a new Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai. The two buildings, set in a public landscape along the Punan canal, will serve as a social condenser in the area, bringing the surrounding community together in a public space.

In a signature Holl move – the Cultural Center is built out of white concrete that hovers over a transparent glass base and is punctuated by cloud-like shapes that respond to the landscape. Curved ramps guide visitors to the upper floors of the center which will serve as a health consultation and education platform.

See the full project here

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New Photos Unveil OMA’s Qatar Foundation HQ

Architecture website, Dezeen, have unveiled exclusive photos of OMA’s, yet to be officially unveiled, Qatar Foundation in Doha. The photos, by New York-based photographer, Yueqi Jazzy Li, offer a glimpse into this structurally beautiful building.

“The structural gymnastics allowed this terrace to be completely column-free, creating an exhilarating feeling from the inside and a gravity-defying reading from the outside, as if the upper volume simply hovers over the lower one” Yueqi Jazzy Li

Head to Dezeen for the full photo set