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SOM Designs Stereoform Slab Pavilion for 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 19, 2019 Eric Baldwin 0

Architecture practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) have designed a concrete pavilion for the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Today, the practice is unveiling the work of its interdisciplinary practice with Stereoform Slab, a to-scale prototype of a future building system made using advanced robotic fabrication techniques. The project is simultaneously an activation and an exhibition that illustrates a design method that reduces the carbon footprint of concrete construction.

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The Great Tiny House Debate: What it Means to Downsize the Dream

September 19, 2019 Eric Baldwin 0

The dream of a home in the suburbs with a white picket fence is changing. Between housing crises and homelessness, mounting debt and downsizing, home ownership has become increasingly less attainable. The tiny house movement is a direct response to these forces, with cities and designers asking whether micro dwellings can address pressing issues or if they are glorifying unhealthy living conditions.

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“We are Building a Network of Ideas”: Gianpiero Venturini on Designing for Future Generations

September 17, 2019 Eric Baldwin 0

Education defines design. Few have come to know the power of learning and bringing people together like Gianpiero Venturini. As the founder of Itinerant Office and curator of the New Generations Festival, Venturini’s work is marked by a desire to build networks of collaboration and cultural exchange. Creating platforms for new ideas, he has brought together more than 300 emerging practices through workshops, round tables, exhibitions, and international festivals.

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Wooden Wave Pavilion by Paul Cocksedge Opens at 2019 London Design Festival

September 16, 2019 Eric Baldwin 0

The 2019 London Design Festival opened this month and features a large-scale instillation called Please Be Seated by Paul Cocksedge. Returning for its 17th year, the festival celebrates design across London and aims to promote the city as a major design capital. Please Be Seated joins a series of art, design and performance-based projects by internationally-renowned designers across the city.

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TCLF Launches $100,000 International Landscape Architecture Prize

September 13, 2019 Eric Baldwin 0

Washington, D.C.-based non-profit The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has announced that it will establish an international landscape architecture prize to be conferred biennially. This is the first and only international landscape architecture prize that includes a US$100,000 monetary award. Landscape architects, artists, architects, planners, urban designers, and others who have designed a significant body of landscape architecture projects are eligible for the award.

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Harvard GSD Announces 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship

September 12, 2019 Eric Baldwin 0

Harvard University Graduate School of Design has announced the 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship cycle. Open to accomplished practitioners and scholars working in fields related to the built environment, the research-focused residency program is based in London at the Wimbledon House, designed by Lord Richard Rogers in the late 1960s. Fellows have researched a diverse series of topics, including examinations of public and affordable housing; how food and cooking transform cities; and citizen-driven urban regeneration initiatives, among others.

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BuildTech Futures: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

September 12, 2019 Eric Baldwin 0

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and generative design have begun to shape architecture as we know it. As systems and tools to reimagine the built environment, they present diverse opportunities to rethink traditional workflows. Designers also fear they may inversely affect practice, limiting the services of the architect. Looking to building technologies, new companies are creating software and projects to explore the future of design.