Bruno Erpicum & Partners: two honorable mentions in the Re-Thinking the Future Sustainability Awards

Houses Genets3 and AibsS are finalists in the residential category, behind Sanjay Puri, LAN and Page Architects.

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The Indian-based association’s international awards program recognizes both conceptual and built projects that set new standards in various design disciplines, including architecture, interior design, urban design, and landscape design. Their mission is to  develop an architectural language that will “sustain and survive the impacts of climate change taking sustainability one step ahead.

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Jorge Mealha’s Main Building in Óbidos Technology Park, nominee for Mies van der Rohe 2015

The project seeks to use this idea of large green space punctuated by very clear and simple pieces of architecture that survive over time, as main leitmotiv in the building.

 

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The design of the central  building and main square of Obidos Technology Park, by the architect Jorge Mealha was appointed to the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

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Data Center PT by Carrilho da Graça, nominee for Mies van der Rohe 2015

The building is a large cube-like structure in a natural context, hosting a data processing center and offices.

 

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Data Center PT ( Ⓒ Portugal Telecom. All rights reserved.)

 

The European Comission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the projects nominated in each country for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, with over 420 nominees from the 27 different countries participating in the European Union’s Cultural Programme. It is expected that the 80.000€ prize winner finalist shortlist will be announced briefly.

One of the Portuguese nominees has been Carrilho da Graça’s Data Center for Portugal Telecom, situated in Covilhã. The building is a large cube-like structure in a natural context, hosting a data processing center and offices.

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Quito’s Pan-american Biennale 2014

One of South America’s most relevant architectural events has just taken place in Ecuador, from November 17th to 19th.

 

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The Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura de Quito (Quito’s Panamerican Architectural Biennale) started its XIX edition on November 17th, under the motto of “From the house to the city, from the city to the house”. This event, honoured by Ecuador’s National Assembly and considered as one of the most relevant of its kind in South America, enables since 1978 a meeting point for architecture professionals to show their work and share contemporary ideas in an inclusive, discussion-friendly environment.

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Cruz y Ortiz, 2014 Spanish Gold Medal for Architecture

Antonio Cruz Villalon and Antonio Ortiz García from Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos has just received the Spanish Gold Medal for Architecture 2014. The Gold Medal for Architecture is the most prestigious award from the Superior Council.

Antonio Cruz Villalon and Antonio Ortiz García from Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos has just received the 2014 Spanish Gold Medal for Architecture, an award given by the Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos de España ( Spanish Superior Council of Architecture Colleges) (CSCAE)  every two years to an architect with the aim of contributing to the highest social and cultural level of architecture. The Gold Medal for Architecture is the most prestigious award  from the Superior Council.

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Venice Biennale closing event: two conversations with Rem Koolhaas

Ending with a high note, the day before Biennale final closing, Saturday 22nd, two public events were organized with the attendance of the director of this year, Rem Koolhaas.

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Fundamentals – came to a close on Sunday 23 November 2014. The show, organized by the Biennale di Venezia presided over by Paolo Baratta and curated by Rem Koolhaas, has become the most controversial architecture iteration of the festival in recent memory — and the most popular, according to statistics released by the Biennale over the weekend, attracting 228,000 visitors  during the 6 months aperture period (7.06-23.11) according with the official data provided by the organization, in addition to the 12,214 visitors who attended the preview. These figures cannot be compared with the 178,000 visitors in 2012 (10,408 during the preview) due to the three-month opening period that year.

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In Strasbourg , the new Maillon theater plays with openness and experimentation

The competition of Le Maillon Theatre was won by LAN (Local Architecture Network) following the idea to build a theater as a rendered process.

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The competition of Le Maillon was won in April by LAN (Local Architecture Network) with a proposal based on the idea of theatre as a process, rather than a fixed structure (as they quote in their own statement “the foyer-room-logistic” triade). Their design would smoehow work as a city; it could evolve, change, and transform itself as time goes by and at the user’s will. LAN Architecture is the winner of the French National phase of the Big Mat International Architectural Award.

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