News Round Up November 2016

by | 23. Nov 2016


It’s been a big month for architecture news in November and it’s been tough to narrow it down to our top five! There’s a real focus on the future with BIG unveiling the latest in transportation technology and MoMA PS1 announcing the finalists for their Young Architect Program. It’s also a big month for prizes with the World Architecture Festival awarding their building of the year and the 2017 Moriyama Prize has opened for submission.

BIG and Hyperloop reveal vision for the future of mobility.


Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled the design for an autonomous transportation system and the world’s first Hyperloop pods and portals in Dubai, UAE just as Hyperloop One inks major deal with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.

The design is based on a study of how an urban and inter-city transport network should integrate with existing infrastructure. Hyperloop is autonomous, point-to-point and vastly simplifies the experience of getting from front-door to final destination. The locations of the initial route in the UAE are selected by passenger density and proximity to existing or planned transportation hubs. All of the portals are designed as individual answers to different contexts, yet appear similar and easily recognizable.

Read more here


2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize for Excellence in Architecture Now Accepting Submissions

The Prize, which was established in 2014 by Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama along with the RAIC and the RAIC Foundation, consists of a monetary award of CAD $100,000 and a handcrafted sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew. The Prize celebrates a single work of architecture that is judged to be transformative within its societal context and reflects Moriyama’s conviction that great architecture transforms society by promoting social justice and humanistic values of respect and inclusiveness.

Read more about the prize and apply here

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The National Museum of Poland wins 2016 World Building of the Year

The National Museum in Szczecin, Poland, has been declared the World Building of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. The scheme, designed by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes, comprises an undulating public square with the museum placed below ground.

The judges, chaired by Sir David Chipperfield, said: “This project enriches the city and the life of the city. It addresses a site with three histories, pre-World War II, wartime destruction, and post-war development, which left a significant gap in the middle of the city.

The National Museum in Szczecin Dialogue Centre Przelomy is now the ninth project to claim the illustrious title of World Building of the Year, since its inception at the inaugural World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2008.

Read more about the winner here


London Design Museum opens

The London Design Museum has opened in its new home on Kensington High Street, designed by John Pawson, OMA,  Allies and Morrison, and Arup. The new building includes two major temporary gallery spaces, a free permanent collection display, a restaurant overlooking Holland Park, auditorium, studios, library, archive and new learning facilities. The new building triples museum size to 10,000sqm.

Starting on site in 2012, the Design Museum is the first major public work of John Pawson – a designer famed for his ability to create simple yet sensuously rich spaces and for his refined use of materials.

Read more about the museum here


MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program announces shortlist for 2017

MoMA PS1 have unveiled a shortlist of five finalists for their 2017 Young Architects Program presented jointly with The Museum of Modern Art. The prestigious program gives emerging architects the opportunity to build a temporary installation in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1’s facility in Long Island City, Queens.

The 2017 finalist are:

– Bureau Spectacular: Jimenez Lai

– Ania Jaworska

– Office of III: Sean Canty, Ryan Golenberg and Stephanie Lin

– Jenny E. Sabin


Read more here