Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 19

by | 10. May 2013


By Eva Bjerring

We hope you all had a good week of architecture. We sure did and this is what we find the most interesting and fun from the lot going on around the architecture world. Have a nice weekend, everyone!

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MoMA Rethinks After Massive Protests

The MoMA expansion takes a breather, while extension architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro explore the opportunities of how expand without demolishing next-door neighbor, the bronze clad former home of American Folk Art Museum by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

The halt is a result of impassioned protests from prominent architects, preservationists and design critics including Richard Meier, Thom Mayne, Steven Holl, Hugh Hardy and Robert A. M. Stern. They all signed a protest letter by the Architectural League of New York, a nonprofit organization, against the original demolition plans. Among others the letter reads:

The Museum of Modern Art – the first museum with a permanent curatorial department of architecture and design – should provide more information about why it considers it necessary to tear down this significant work of contemporary architecture.


This Week’s Win

Photo: Studio Dror

Miami Lift by Studio Dror

The 2013 winners of DanwTown’s idea competition ‘Landmark Miami’ have been announced.  This year’s theme focused on how cities are instantly identified by the individual structures within them. 1st prize winner is Studio Dror with their triangular slope like Miami Lift.

More about the competition.


New competition launch


CoD+A Awards: Collaboration of Design + Art

Not the exclusive architecture story, but still interesting and relevant to the business dressed in black. The Art Commission, an online platform that connects artists who create commissioned artwork with design and art professionals, has announced the launch of the CoD+A Awards: Collaboration of Design + Art.

The CoD+A Awards are open to everyone involved in the collaborative process of creating  spaces. Awards in eight categories will honor designers, architects, artists, and art  professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us  daily.  The award categories are: commercial, healthcare, hospitality, institutional, landscape,  liturgical, public spaces, and residential.

Entry deadline is May 31, 2013.

Get the full details at


Professional discussions


Death by architecture”

We promise – you won’t get hit by a massive, modernistic museum. Instead you get the latest – big and small – from your global colleagues if you join the LinkedIn group “Death by Architecture”. It is professional, fun and social web’ing within the architecture world.

Join the group here.


Video of the week

Architecture is environment”

This week’s pick is and oldie, but goodie from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

In their work, typologies are deployed with such sparseness that they seem [to have] as much to do with organizational irreducibility as with a muteness you might call a new white-on-white idiom,” Preston Scott Cohen introduces to this grand tour of Japanese SANAA’s work.

Enjoy 88 inspiring minutes with Kazayo and Ryue Nishizawa before heading for knock-off time.