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Wednesday, December 9, 2009


We are challenging you to create a piece of artwork in any visual medium depicting a creative and personal interpretation of the last days of Earth during an ‘apocalypse’. What would the end of the world mean to you? Is it your favorite TV show getting canceled? Your best friend moving across the country? A world with no ketchup (OMG!)? Whether your version is "fire and brimstone" in the biblical sense or a world overrun by cannibalistic bunnies – we want to see what your ‘last days’ would look like!

As an extra special treat, the winners for this contest will be selected by Joe Madureira of Vigil Games, AKA Joe Mad!


(p/s for deviantart member only)


To spotlight the equality cause, FAIR has teamed up with over 80 celebrities (everyone from Robert De Niro to Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson to Jared Leto) and had them sign and, in some cases, customize the original Shepard Fairey "Love Unites" print, which you can find available for download below. The customized pieces are being auctioned off online here.

Deviants — it’s YOUR turn to customize the "Love Unites" print and have Shepard Fairey judge your creation! For this contest, we’re asking you to remix and re-imagine the original "Love Unites" print. The contest is open to ALL deviantART members, EVERYWHERE in the world. Not only is this a great opportunity to help promote a fantastic cause, but the final winners will be chosen by Shepard Fairey himself! This is a huge deal; so have fun and get creative with the "Love Unites" design, get your work checked out by Shepard Fairey, and win some awesome prizes.


(p/s: only for deviantart member. register >> here

Monday, December 7, 2009

4 Mile Run Pedestrian-Cyclist Bridge Professional Competition

For years, Northern Virginia’s Four Mile Run has functioned as a flood control channel and a border between the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. More recently, growing community interest in revitalizing and celebrating the Run has resulted in the Four Mile Run Restoration Master Plan. The plan outlines a broad range of ambitious, feasible goals to restore the ecology of the Run while re-establishing it as a cherished park space and a means of stitching together communities.

Bridges are built to connect, traverse, and inspire. The pedestrian and cyclist bridges planned to reach across the run will be the defining elements in bringing people to the shores of the stream and to each other. As pieces of transit infrastructure, the bridges will also link neighborhoods, streets, and pathways, thus providing a more accessible and desirable means to walk or bike across the region. The first of these bridges is to establish the design language for the others to follow, and is the subject of this professional competition. Taking inspiration from its surrounding natural and industrial elements, the bridge is to be a modern, sustainable, and sculptural piece, spanning clear across the run with minimal impact to the streambed.

The competition to design and build this bridge begins with a request for qualifications and culminates in a public presentation given by three finalists. A winning team will be chosen based on the strength of their professional skills and the potential for their conceptual design to become an icon for the Four Mile Run and its surrounding community.

Please visit for more competition details. The deadline to submit qualifications is 4:00 pm (EST) December 7, 2009.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Aqua Tower by Studio Gang Architects

Location: 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

Architect of Record: Loewenberg & Associates

Owner: Magellan Development


MACEF DESIGN AWARD MASSIMO MARTINI 2010 the expression of italian taste

C A L L - F O R - E N T R I E S designboom and 'MACEF international home show' design competition. participation is open to applicants from every country in the world, to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts. free registration required
craftsmanship is an all but defunct art form and can be found in any field of endeavor imaginable. craftsmanship produces superior quality products, with attention to detail that reflect the careful artisan precision. by combining skill, commitment and judgment, the craftsman establishes a close relationship between head and hand, man and machine, which is vital to our physical, mental and societal well-being. although many of the craftsman's tasks may be repetitive, it doesn't mean he/she easily falls into a rut. instead, he/she is constantly looking for new tools and techniques to improve the work process. with imagination, he/she plays the role of industrial engineer who is normally charged with such a task. following the 'making is thinking', we seek out for contemporary and innovative high-value home accessories, tableware, utensils, tools, furnitures ...

application registration will be accepted through january 02, 2010. >>register

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

“Forwarding Dallas”

Urban Re:Vision and the Central Dallas Community Development Corporation announced that “Forwarding Dallas” has been selected as the winning design from Re:Vision Dallas, an international design competition. The challenge, to transform a vacant inner-city block behind City Hall into a carbon-neutral community, drew hundreds of entries from top architecture firms and city planners in 14 countries worldwide.


In Progress: Aquatic Center by Zaha Hadid


2009 SHIFTboston Ideas Competition

2009 SHIFTboston Ideas Competition

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 11, 2009

SHIFTboston is calling on all visionaries to submit his and her most provocative ideas for the City of Boston. Think: WHAT IF this could happen in Boston? SHIFTboston seeks to collect visions that aim to enhance and electrify the urban experience in Boston. We want innovative, radical ideas for new city elements such as: public art, landscape, architecture, urban intervention and transportation. Competitors could explore topics such as: the future city, energy efficiency and ecological urbanism. YOU TELL US.

The honorary recipient will receive a cash prize and present at the SHIFTboston Forum at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on January 14, 2010. The winning entry will be displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway cars and post cards in the Boston Metropolitan area. All eligible entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog and website and will become part of the SHIFTboston Exhibit.

For information please visit

Monday, November 23, 2009

taichung convention center by MAD Architect

the design is conceived as a continuous weave of architecture and landscape that blurs the boundary between architecture, public space and urban landscape, proposing a futuristic vision based on the east 's naturalistic philosophy. the open courtyards that connect the individual 'mountain' are integrated into a natural sequence of outdoor spaces. like the quest for a harmonic coexistence between people and nature exemplified by forbidden city and ancient chinese gardens, this project seeks greater meaning in its non-material qualities, spaces encircled with the upmost naturalistic spirit. a single tree, a patch of bamboo, or a pond become central figures of the space. this approach to sustainable development is based not on technology, but on traditional philosophy and aesthetics.

taichung convention center by MAD architects
all images courtesy MAD architects

Monday, August 31, 2009

ensamble studio: house hemeroscopium

Under Construction

built in just seven days, house hemeroscopium by ensamble studio consists of seven prefabricated elements. the combination creates an architectural space of alternating heaviness and lightness, balance and instability.

house hemeroscopium embraces a domestic space and a distant horizon. this is done through a combination of facilities, which contains the living spaces, bedrooms and kitchen.

based on the basic principle of the lever, the design reinterprets the concept of weight. the counterweight is a 20-tonne block of granite which is entrusted with the task of balancing the whole system, which also is an aesthetic characteristic.
Ensamble Studio


courtesy idyllis

happy 52nd Independence Day

Friday, June 19, 2009

IDA Poster of the year Competition

The International Design Awards invite designers worldwide to showcase their creative talents! The poster competition is open to graphic designers as well as architects and designers of products, fashion, and interiors. Whether the poster is your creation, or your work was featured in it, you are invited to enter your noteworthy designs for the Poster of the Year Competition!

The Prizes
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
People’s Choice: $250
In addition, the top 20 posters will be featured on the IDA website, and recognized at the annual awards gala. You will also receive an IDA winners seal to post on your website announcing your winning status, along with a personalized press release.

eVolo's 2010 Skyscraper Competition

eVolvo invites students and professional architects, engineers, and designers to take part in the 2010 Skyscraper Competition. The main idea of this contest is to examine the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community and the skyscraper and urban living.

In the last few years we have seen hundreds of new skyscrapers been developed around the world without careful consideration to the context or environment. There is a constant lack of urban planning and poor architectural design without intellectual or perceptual enjoyment. The aim of the competition is to push our imagination to redefine the term skyscraper through the use of new materials, technology, aesthetics, programs, and spatial organizations. Globalization, environmental warming, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are just some of the multi-layered elements that should be taken in consideration.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to propose the most innovative projects for this fascinating architectural genre. Ultimately, the designs should help the environment, restructure our cities and improve our way of life. Immediate.

Registration All students, architects, engineers, and designers are invited to participate in the competition. It is encouraged to have multidisciplinary teams.

Participants must register by January 12, 2010 at

Registration fee US $60 until November 17, 2009 (early registration)
US $85 from November 17, 2009 to January 12, 2010 (late registration)

One registration = one project. Participants may submit various projects but they must register each entry.

Awards 1st place US $2000 2nd place US $1000 3rd place US $500


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Susulan Kejadian Bumbung Stadium Sultan Mizan Runtuh

>>Bumbung tempat duduk utama termasuk Pentas Diraja ranap

KUALA TERENGGANU: Sebahagian bumbung Stadium Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin di Kompleks Sukan Gong Badak di sini, runtuh semalam menyebabkan timbul pelbagai persoalan kerana stadium bernilai RM292 juta itu baru setahun digunakan. Dalam kejadian jam 9.30 pagi itu, struktur bahagian bumbung di tempat duduk utama termasuk Pentas Diraja ranap dan menimpa sebuah kereta, tiga motosikal serta sebuah jentera berat yang diletak berhampiran kawasan itu, tetapi tiada kemalangan jiwa dilaporkan.


Stadium Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin
  • Dibina Mei 2006; siap 2008

  • Kos RM292 juta

  • Sebahagian daripada Kompleks Sukan Gong Badak bernilai RM500 juta

  • Kapasiti 50,000 orang

  • Mempunyai prasarana sukan bowling dan skuasy

  • Dimajukan beberapa kontraktor tempatan; kerja pemasangan bumbung dilakukan syarikat Korea Selatan

  • Stadium pertama di Asia guna sistem bumbung tanpa sokongan tiang

  • >>'Tiada maklumat lengkap rekaan bumbung stadium'

    Oleh Sean Augustine

    KUALA TERENGGANU: Butiran terperinci berhubung rekaan dan bahan binaan bumbung tanpa sokongan tiang atau ‘space frame’ untuk Stadium Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin yang runtuh Selasa lalu, tidak pernah diberikan kepada arkitek utama projek itu, Raja Datuk Kamarul Baharin Shah Raja Ahmad. Raja Kamarul Baharin berkata, walaupun syarikatnya Senibahri Arkitek tidak bertanggungjawab terhadap struktur bumbung itu, beliau sudah menyuarakan kebimbangan mengenai ketidakstabilan rekaan itu kepada Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) tahun lalu dan sekali lagi pada awal tahun ini.

    >>Bumbung stadium tiada sijil siap kerja: JKR

    KUALA TERENGGANU: Bumbung Stadium Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin dekat sini yang runtuh pagi semalam tidak memiliki Sijil Siap Kerja yang dikeluarkan Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR).

    Timbalan Pengarah Kerja Raya Negeri, Ghazali Hashim, ketika mengesahkan perkara itu, berkata bumbung berkenaan adalah antara kemudahan di stadium itu yang belum diberikan sijil berkenaan.

    Mengikut amalan kerja, katanya, JKR akan mengeluarkan Sijil Siap Kerja terhadap bangunan milik kerajaan yang sudah siap dibina.

    Ruj: B.Harian

    Sonnet 18

    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

    And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

    Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

    And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

    And every fair from fair sometime declines,

    By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;

    But thy eternal summer shall not fade

    Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;

    Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

    When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

    So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

    Thursday, June 4, 2009

    arthur erickson 1924 - 2009

    ‘museum of anthropology’, 1971 (photo: christopher erickson)

    ‘fire island house’, 1977 (photo: ezra stoller / esto)

    ‘christopher cohan center’, 1989 (photo: richard jw wright)

    ‘roy thompson hall’, 1976 (photo: geoffrey erickson)

    evergreen building’, 1978 (photo: geoffrey erickson)

    ‘hilborn house’, 1974 (photo: simon scott)

    ‘waterfall building’, 1996

    Ars Electronica Center, Linz Treusch architecture

    Ars Electronica Center, Linz
    Treusch architecture

    Linz, the 2009 European Capital of Culture, has been enriched with a new space entirely dedicated to computer arts. A complex architecture and 5100 m2 faced covered with LEDs.

    A culture space to develop new procedures for the process of design, production and representation, the Ars Electronica centre has the most important archive of computer art over the last 25 years. Particularly on biotechnology, robotics, the future of design or the material of the Ars Electronica festival catalogues, founded in 1979 to underline the emerging computer revolution. A new wing has just been created next to the first building opened in 1996 to give a useable area of 6500 m2. Generously sized, the exhibition spaces are located under the esplanade. This museum of the future now has a hall on two floors connecting the old and new parts of the museum. The extension is divided into three sectors: a main building in several floors, immediately next to the existing AEC, exhibition areas on the underground level, an open multifunctional area connected by a flight of stairs to the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

    On the town planning level, the concept is based on the principle of dialogue with the environment to maintain a free view over the Danube and to try to preserve the historical town fabric. The guiding idea of the project was to include an architectural sculpture so that the two edifices are seen as a homogenous unit. To do this, the architects have united them in a structural steel and glass "shell." Everything seems askew. The different elements seem to separate and join at the same time. The structure is constantly unveiling new forms according to the viewpoint.

    Surfaces, part in transparent and part in mat glass, can be back lit in the interstice between the wall and the shell. The structure is spectacular at night. The 5000 m2 fa├žade is built with 1100 high power LED light bands (red, green, blue and white). Each of the 4400 channels is individually accessible and can be regulated between 0 and 100%. The result is striking, an echo of the architectural opposites of the Lentos museum of modern art, on the opposite bank of the river. This daring architectural relationship represents the culminating point of the Linz urban landscape.

    new psp unveil!!