Winning Design to be Awarded $10,000; Entry Deadline is January 31, 2011

Metropolis, the leading magazine for architecture and design professionals, announces the theme for its annual Next Generation® Design Competition, in partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The challenge is to take an ordinary GSA office building in Los Angeles, apply immense skill and creative energy, and GET ZERO - Zero Environmental Impact. 

With support of competition sponsor, Herman Miller, Inc., Metropolis will be gathering the best and brightest among emerging designers from which the first "one" will emerge. But, for the first time in the 8-year history of the Next Generation® Design Competition a partner is contributing the other "one" - an entire eight-story office building in downtown Los Angeles. The partner is the General Services Administration (GSA), one of the biggest landlords in the world, and the owner of more than 362 millions sq. ft. of office space in which over 1.2 million federal employees work.

The winner of Next Generation 2011 receives a $10,000 prize, but, much more important, the kind of career-building attention that previous winners have enjoyed: they've become leaders in their fields, the subject of TV series on PBS as well as of Metropolis's film, Brilliant Simplicity, and received recognition from manufacturers, design firms, governments, important design schools, major NGOs - and, of course, clients. Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis's editor in chief notes that, "In terms of real-world impact, our Next Generation GET ZERO competition may be the most important initiative Metropolis has ever undertaken to date. We're all eager to see how the skills and creativity of this environmentally concerned, community-oriented, and technically savvy generation of designers can make a positive impact on our built environment."

Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud by Kengo Kuma, Italy

This wonderful project of architecture designed by the Japanese master Kengo Kuma, a ceramic tile structure called "Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud". The monument is situated in front of the tile manufacturing headquarters in Padana, Italy.

 "We were asked by the world wide known ceramic tile maker Casalgrande Padana to create a monument for a road roundabout in front of their facilities' entrance.
Being able to work with such a capable manufacturer, we took the challenge of involving the ceramic tile as an architectural element itself, avoiding its conventional use as a mere cladding. Just after developing with Casalgrande Padana's team the specific detail of how to panel and connect their standard ceramic tiles, we understood the possibilities of how to assembly and organize them creating different structures. ..." Kengo Kuma said.
 The white of the ceramic tile paired with the transparency of the overall structure create an ambient effect that speaks to the project’s nickname of “cloud,” though said nickname not entirely obvious if one is looking for a round, fluffy architectural installation.

Choi+Shine Wins BSA Unbuilt Architecture Award For ‘Land of Giants’

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 Brookline, MA-based Jin Choi & Thomas Shine of Choi+Shine recently received the 2010 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award for their “Land of Giants” project. The project was originally submitted for an Icelandic pylon competition, where it received an honorable mention. The competition was to find a new typology for Iceland’s high voltage power lines and pylons.
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This design transforms mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape by making only small alterations to existing pylon design. Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape. Seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity.

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 The pylon-figures can be configured to respond to their environment with appropriate gestures. As the carried electrical lines ascend a hill, the pylon-figures change posture, imitating a climbing person. Over long spans, the pylon-figure stretches to gain increased height, crouches for increased strength or strains under the weight of the wires.
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“These designs were submitted as a competition entry in March of 2008 to Landsnet, Iceland national power transmission company who was working in collaboration with the Association of Icelandic Architects. The competition’s goal was to obtain new ideas in types and appearances for 220kV high-voltage towers and lines. The competition emphasized that specific consideration be given to the visual impact of the towers (or lines) and that careful consideration be given to the appearance of towers near urban areas and unsettled regions.
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 “The competitors were free to choose whether all the towers would have a new look, particular towers and selected environments would have a new look, or whether the appearance of known types of towers would be altered. In addition, it was left up to the competitors whether the design would blend into the landscape in rural and urban areas, or the tower/towers would stand out as objects.
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“The main goal of the competition was that a new type of tower/towers would emerge, altering the overall appearance of line routes and that towers could be developed further with respect to environmental impact, the electromagnetic field lifetime and cost.
“The competition was advertised in Iceland and abroad.

Source: ArchiCentral, Choi+Shine Architects, LLC

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LAMP LIGHTING SOLUTIONS values the creativity, innovation and sustainability of the lighting projects, regardless of the manufacturer or the brand of lights used in the project.
The awards are divided into 4 categories:
1. Architectural Exterior Lighting
Lighting projects for exterior illumination such as: facades, sport facilities, monuments, canopies, etc.
2. Interior Lighting
Lighting projects for interior illumination such as: shops, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls, single buildings, offices, etc.
3. Urban and Landscape Lighting
Lighting projects for urban illumination such as: squares, roundabouts, avenues, streets, parks, bridges, etc.
4. Students Proposals

This year’s theme is “Nomads”; lighting projects for mobility areas such as: airports, harbors, metro, bus and tram stations, taxi stands, bicycle stops, etc. Only idea-based projects will be accepted.
The jury will determine four finalists in each category and four winners, with a total economic reward of 33.000€, higher than 2010:
• Architectural Exterior Lighting Award: 10.000€
• Interior Lighting Award: 10.000€
• Urban and Landscape Lighting Award: 10.000€
• Students Proposals Award: 3.000€
The jury’s verdict will be announced at a special event in the city of Barcelona during the month of June 2011. The LIGHTING CONCEPTS ‘11 book will include the finalists’ projects.
Any lighting designers, architects, urban planners, interior designers, engineers, landscapers or students who are authors of a lighting project can participate.
Registration for the awards and the submitting of projects can be made on-line at from 1 November 2010 until 28 February 2011.
The panel of judges will include prestigious professionals specialised in the lighting design, architecture, interior design and press sectors.

CTBUH 9th Annual Awards, 2010

"The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the winners of its annual “Best Tall Building” awards for 2010. These awards recognize outstanding tall buildings from each of four geographical regions, and this year are awarded to: Bank of America Tower, New York (Americas); The Pinnacle @ Duxton, Singapore (Asia & Australasia); Broadcasting Place, Leeds (Europe); and Burj Khalifa, Dubai (Middle East & Africa). These buildings were selected for their design and technical innovations, sustainable attributes, and the enhancement they provide to both the cities and the lives of their inhabitants."
Follow the Award Ceremony to find out  "Best Tall Building 2010 Overall".
Source: CTBUH 


House MC1

This residential project is located in the Pacific ocean on the island Costa Rica, near the national park Manuel Antionio in Quepos. The concept was created in compliance with neighboring nature. No tree was cut. The house fully respects natural environment and minimizes the impact on the living environment and inhabitants, seeking to join the local climate.

Architects designed a number of environmental equipments to minimize the energy and water consumption. The building is made of durable materials and systems according to the concept of reuse and recycling. The design seeks to respect the traditional popular architecture of the area.

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World’s Largest and Most Expensive Family Home Completed

 "The “Greenest of All Buildings” was recently completed in Mumbai, India and we couldn’t be more appalled. The Antilia house which unveiled its first renderings just over two-years ago  has become a frightening reality, egregiously boasting 27 stories at 568 feet high, with a total area of over 398,000 square feet of living space.

What at first glimpse looks and sounds like a typical skyscraper is far from it – the Antilla is in fact a $1 billion family home  built for India’s richest man (and Forbes’ fourth richest man) Mukesh Ambani, his wife, and three children. Constructed within a country estimated to have one-third of the world’s poorest population, the Antilia truly exemplifies the disease of excessive consumption, extreme wastefulness, and unsustainable living that is permeating today’s society." 

Source: inhabitat

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"Bridge of the Future", Awesome Design in South Korea

 Many iconic bridges were built in the last century - the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and Sydney Harbour Bridge, just to name a few. But what will bridges look like in the future? Seoul-based architecture firm, Planning Korea, gives us the answer...

Instead of serving just one purpose, the Paik Nam June Media Bridge in Seoul, South Korea is a .67 mile (1080m) mega-structure would serve as a park, meeting space, mall, museum, and more. In addition to providing new green space to the city, the whole bridge would be covered with solar panels to generate its own energy.
 The bridge’s overall shape is organic, fluid, and streamlined. Travelers are encouraged to ditch their cars and walk or bike across instead. Horizontal and vertical gardens would be introduced on each floor and would be watered using river and rainwater. The skin of the bridge can be used as a canvas to showcase video installations and other media.

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By Chris van Uffelen

Zaha Hadid Wins Stirling Prize With MAXXI Museum

The Zaha Hadid-designed MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Art, located in Rome, has nabbed the 2010 Stirling Prize. The Royal Institute of British Architects announced the winner of the £20,000 award during a ceremony  in London. 

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 The animated architect alluded to this void in her awards cabinet during a short acceptance speech, quipping: "It's really very exciting for me to win a British prize for a change", which drew cheers from supporters and competitors alike. 

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The MAXXI itself was arguably the most arresting of the six shortlisted projects; its bold, unapologetic chunks of raw concrete almost outshining the art it was designed to house - although it is understood that during the design process, Hadid was yet to be informed as to what would be exhibited in the series of rooms she was creating. An open weave of heavily swerving staircases criss-cross the soaring central atrium, as the basic colour palette of cream, black and vibrant red oozes through the yawning spaces.
Second Floor Plan

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Ground Floor Plan
MAXXI, built on the site of a former army barracks, took 10 years and 150 million euros ($207 million) to complete. It was designed in 1999: Rome wanted its own contemporary-art museum at a time when London’s Tate Modern and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, were opening. In her acceptance speech, Hadid said that working in Rome was “very difficult.” She regretted the absence at the ceremony of the museum’s Italian director, because of a passport loss. “It’s a confirmation of the Italian-ness of this project,” she said.
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More Information: Zaha Hadid 

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