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Book Review: Manual of Section and Vertical Urban Factory

Manual of Section by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. LewisPrinceton Architectural Press, 2016Paperback, 208 pagesVertical Urban Factory by Nina RappaportActar, 2016Hardcover, 460 pagesIt must seem odd to see these two books together in one post. Show More Summary

A Visit to Philip Johnson's Studio

Last week when I visited the Glass House in New Canaan to see Yayoi Kusama's red polka dots on Philip Johnson's iconic building from 1949, I was also able to get my first peek inside his Studio. For a bibliophile like me, it was a real...Show More Summary

More New Metaphor Books

At the end of last year I posted a bunch of holiday gift books found at the then-new site New Metaphor Books, which specializes in rare art and design books. Recently I combed through their Architecture section to highlight ten moreShow More Summary

Architects Building Peace

Last week I reviewed a bunch of recent issues of Boundaries, the magazine by Luca Sampo that is focused on socially committed, humanitarian architecture. Here, I just wanted to give a shoutout to his attempt to create a book, Architects...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #921

Here are some of my photos of Yayoi Kusama's Dots Obsession - Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope installation on display until September 26 at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. See also my write-up of the installation at World-Architects. Show More Summary

Architects Choosing Biz Cards?

When I saw this spot for Vistaprint business cards recently, immediately I was surprised that the company selected an architect as a professional to sell the service. After all, what architect – after a moment of inspiration involving...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #920

Here are a few photos of the Velodrome and Olympic Swimming Pool (1999) in Berlin, Germany, by Dominique Perrault Architecture. (Photos: Tatsuya Krause)I wrote about this pair of buildings on my weekly page way back in 2000. In November, when the World Architecture Festival takes place in Berlin, I'll finally be able to see the project in person. Show More Summary

Magazine Review: Boundaries 12-17

I've reviewed Boundaries, the Italian-English magazine edited by Luca Sampo, a number of times on this blog. The last time was in April 2015, more than one year ago, so now seems like a good time to highlight the most recent issues.Show More Summary

Today's archidose #919

Here are some photos of the Kagawa Prefectural Government Office (1958) in Kagawa, Japan, by Kenzo Tange. (Photos: Tatsuya Krause)To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Queens Builds: Kew Gardens Hills Library

The last of the five buildings in Queens that I drove by a couple weeks ago is the Kew Gardens Hill Library, which was part of a "Queens Builds" blog post back in 2009. Seven years later, it is a construction site:What the building,Show More Summary

Queens Builds: Elmhurst Branch Library

The fourth of the five buildings I drove by in Queens last week is the Elmhurst Branch Library by Marpillero Pollak Architects. The library -- referred to as the second busiest branch in the Queens Library system -- is located at the...Show More Summary

Competition / Landscape: Change is the only constant / Landscape Foundation India

You cannot step twice into the same river, and if there is anything constant, that is 'change'. Attempting to provoke students to explore and expand the idea of the impermanence in our landscapes, and to look at landscapes through the...Show More Summary


OPENGAP organizes the fourth edition of this open ideas competition seeking for innovative, cutting-edge, contemporary, proposals regarding a new concept for artistic inspiration spaces. Participants are invited to design a place focused...Show More Summary

Competition / Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice V.2017 / The Forks North Portage Partnership

Started in 2009, Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice has been melding world-class design and art with Winnipeg’s famous winters. The competition has seen entries from across the globe and caught the attention of international architecture publications and awards, as well as admiration from newspapers such as the New York Times. Show More Summary

Competition / Duravit Dream Bath Competition / Duravit

Duravit USA is excited to launch its 2016 Designer Dream Bath Competition, which takes on a special meaning this year as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. The fourth annual competition invites designers and architects to re-imagine...Show More Summary

Competition / The Architect?s Newspaper Annual Best of Design Awards / Architect's Newspaper

The Best Of Design Awards is a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements. Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 26 categories. The BoD jury will judge entries based on several...Show More Summary

Competition / Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant / Center for Architecture | AIANY

Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant Deadline The application deadline for the LeBrun Grant is November 1st by 5:00 pm EST. Award Single or multiple awards totaling $15,000. Purpose To further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Show More Summary


Around 10,000 participants from 204 nations are expected to descend in Brazil, unleashing fierce competition and rivalries. It is going to be a make or break event for the city of Rio de Janeiro, which has got the privilege of being the first South American city ever to host the Olympics games. Show More Summary

Competition / COSTA DEL SPRAWL ideas competition / Estudio ESSE

This open ideas competition forms part of a wider research project and seeks designs which encourage and facilitate cultural exchange and integration between immigrant and native communities. Spain’s Costa del Sol has been permanently...Show More Summary

Competition / San Francisco House Of Music / AWR - Architecture Workshop in Rome

AWR Competitions proposes the design of a new building inside the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco House of Music. The project wants to become an important link between the past and the present of the city.This new space, in additionShow More Summary

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