Urban Design News
iF Public Value Award 2016
iF launched a new competition which seeks projects that actively aim at improving living conditions, promoting peaceful coexistence or preserving the environment - in other words, creating a public value - including businesses' social projects, environmental initiatives,and innovative approaches from the public sector..
2015 AIANY Design Awards
AIA New York is calling for entries for its 2015 Design Awards. The annual program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA New York Chapter members, New York City based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects around the globe.
Planetary Urbanism: Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design
The ARCH+ Magazine for Architecture and Urbanism has launched the international competition "Planetary Urbanism: Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design."
STHLMNYC 2014: Collaboration for Adaptation, Designing for Future Uncertainties
The theme of this year's STHLMNYC seminar is "Collaboration for Adaptation, Designing for Future Uncertainties."
Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence 2015
The 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is now open for entries. The award celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation's cities.
2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge: The Future of Petty Island
This annual competition challenges university-level students from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to the city, but to urban centers around the globe.
Recipients of 2014 Urban Design Awards
The AIACC has announced the winners of the 2014 AIACC Awards for Urban Design.
Future Ground Design Competition
Organized by the Van Alen Institute, Future Ground is a design competition inviting multidisciplinary teams to generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the current and future city.
Open to the Public: Civic Space Now
Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, on view at the Center for Architecture from June 12, will focus on the centrality of public space in urban life and the need to both augment and preserve truly open access to those spaces.
2014 NXT City Prize
The 2014 NXT City Prize is now open for entries. The competition is open to anyone under the age of 30 from across the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Model Making: Conceive, Create and Convince
Frame Publishers' latest title, Model Making: Conceive, Create and Convince, is a step-by-step guide about how to create convincing scale models.
Earthquakes: How Well Are We Prepared
The Center for Architecture will host a panel discussion, titled, "Earthquakes How well are we prepared," on March 24.
The 21st-Century Practice: Marketing Resiliency Planning and Design
The AIANY Marketing & Communications Committee and the Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee are holding a discussion, "The 21st-Century Practice: Marketing Resiliency Planning and Design," at the Center for Architecture on March 5.
Asian Cities and the Future of Public Space
Asia's Practical Utopias are the result of private and public investments. They offer the public a range of resources: privately owned public spaces, public transit, passage improvements, and space for retail, entertainment and cultural activities.
Smart Cities: An Opportunity for the Citizen
The spread of smartphones and internet based applications is creating amazing possibilities for citizen interaction with their governments and each other.
Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2013
The 4th Design Like You Give a Damn is now open for registrations. Organized by the Architecture for Humanity, the annual event brings together innovators and experts to explore issues around Designing for a more resilient world.
Inside Out and Outside In: Public Spaces in a Digital World
Examined through the lens of landscape urbanism, this program will take a comprehensive look at the ways urban public spaces are responding to changing uses and technology.
Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro
Autodesk has today unveiled InfraWorks 360 Pro. Autodesk's new solution enhances BIM workflows by providing desktop software and cloud-based capabilities that enable multi-discipline infrastructure project stakeholders in geographically dispersed offices to publish, store, collaborate and manage large models centrally in the cloud via desktop or mobile devices.
Active Design and Activism
Architecture and urban planning carried out in the public interest can aid in bringing pressing public health issues of our times to the forefront.
Urban Intervention Award Berlin 2013 & Urban Living Award 2013
The Berlin Senate Department of Urban Development and the Environment is calling for entries for the second Urban Intervention Award Berlin and the new Urban Living Award.
Shortlists for RIBA President's Awards for Research 2013
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the shortlists for the 2013 President's Awards for Research.
Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo
Over the past twenty years the pace and scale of urbanization in Asia has been unprecedented in both the emerging and maturing economies of the region.
Housing in Private Rental Market Competition
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched an ideas competition for homes designed for the private rental market.
Winner of the Vauxhall Missing Link Competition
RIBA and Vauxhall One have recently revealed the winner of the Vauxhall Missing Link Competition.
Winner of 2013 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship
The 2013 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has been awarded to Sigita Burbulyte of Bath School of Architecture for her proposal, "Charles Booth Going Abroad."
100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab NY and Mumbai
The BMW Guggenheim Lab has today published 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab New York and 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Mumbai.
London Festival of Architecture 2013
The London Festival of Architecture is an annual, month-long and citywide exploration of London's built environment; investigating the importance of architecture and design in London's success and celebrating the city's role as a global hub of architectural experimentation, thinking, learning and practice.
India to Host Next Icsid Interdesign Workshop
The Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) will host the next Icsid Interdesign workshop in February 2014 in Mumbai.
FitNation at Center for Architecture
Inspired by New York City's Active Design Guidelines, and the annual FitCity conference, going into its eighth year, the FitNation exhibition at the Center for Architecture will present active design at a range of scales to show how designers and architects in partnership with city and national governments are encouraging increased physical activity and greater attention to health in the built environment.
Urban SOS Exhibition at Center for Architecture
Urban SOS is AECOM's annual student competition, created to engage students in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental restoration, and engineering with the issues confronting modern cities and to allow them to propose solutions that, if worthy, will be seen by established professionals in their field.
The University of Manitoba launched an open international design competition to develop a vision for the future of the Fort Garry Campus and transform it into a vibrant and dynamic urban village.
100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin
100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin offers important resources and insights on urban life.
2012 MAS Summit for New York City
The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) will host the 2012 MAS Summit for New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on October 18-19.
Making City Istanbul
Making City Istanbul is the last exhibition of the 5th IABR: Making City. The exhibition is part of Musibet, the main exhibition of the first Istanbul Design Biennial that opens on October 10 at Istanbul Modern.
Winners of the BE OPEN Awards 2012
BE OPEN has unveiled the winners of the BE OPEN Awards at 100% Design 2012.
Winners of Parks for the People Competition
Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture and the U.S. National Park Service unveiled the winners of Parks for the People: A Student Competition to Reimagine America's National Parks. Eight student and faculty teams were honored at the competition award ceremony.
Parks for the People Award Ceremony
Parks for the People: A Student Competition to Reimagine America's National Parks award ceremony, reception, and exhibition opening will be held at the AIA Legacy Foundation's Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C.
Hyper Public: Olympic City - Present Past Future
Hyper Public: Olympic City - Present Past Future, the AIANY Global Dialogue Committees' fourth 2012 event, will focus on the London Summer Games with an eye on the legacy of recent Olympics held in Athens & Beijing and plans for the Rio 2016 Games.
Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!
The Community Design Collaborative, in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department and the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 3, is hosting Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!, an exhibition of best practices in Green Stormwater Infrastructure.
Re-thinking Neighbourhood Planning: From Consultation to Collaboration
A new report from ResPublica and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) calls for greater formal recognition of community priorities and requirements in the planning process, which would include social aspirations, environmental values and financial stakes.
Transformation to a Green Economy Through Green Buildings and Resource Efficient Cities
Transformation to a Green Economy through Green Buildings and Resource Efficient Cities: Key Messages from North America is a new report released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Thames Hub Wins Project of the Year at Global Airrail Awards
Foster + Partners' and Halcrow's vision for the Thames Hub - an integrated rail, freight logistics, aviation and energy hub in the Thames Estuary - has been judged 'Project of the Year' in the 2012 Global AirRail Awards.
Design Wayfinder by Design Council Cabe
Design now has an even stronger role to play in the planning system, both in terms of plan making and decision taking.
Van Alen Institute NYSCA Independent Project Grants
Van Alen Institute is calling architecture, design, and historic preservation professionals to apply for fiscal sponsorship for New York State Council on the Arts Independent Project grants.
ONE Prize 2012: Blight to Might
Terreform ONE is now accepting submissions for the 2012 ONE Prize Competition.
Woods Bagot Wins China Southern Airport City Competition
Woods Bagot has won the international competition to design China Southern Airport City, a 988-acre, mixed-use development set on the Liuxi River in Guangzhou, China.
Navy Pier Selects James Corner Field Operations to Lead Pierscape Design Project
James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) has been selected to help reimagine Navy Pier's public spaces, an effort designated as "Pierscape."
AIANY Global Dialogues 2012: Shadow City(s)
The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee will host an event titled Shadow City(s) to examine patterns of peri-urban growth in the Global South that define some of the most prolific urban typologies of the 21st Century; developments in municipalities or adjunct cities on the periphery of traditional/historical centers that share an urban dichotomy between informal settlement vs. formalized development including gated communities, corporate/industrial campuses and significant infrastructural projects.
Urbanized: Out on DVD and Blu-ray
Urbanized, Gary Hustwit's latest feature-length documentary about the design of cities, is now available on DVD.
Creating Safe Places to Live Through Design: Research Helps Police Forces to Influence Future of Housing
Creating Safe Places to Live Through Design, Design Council Cabe research on how the design of modern urban housing developments affects crime, is available to be used by police forces across the country to help influence the layout and design of new proposed neighbourhoods and prevent crime.
Nahid Majid: New Director of Design Council Cabe
Nahid Majid OBE is to be the new Director of Design Council Cabe, the Design Council announced today.
One Prize 2011: Water as the Sixth Borough
One Prize is an annual design and science award to promote green design in cities. One Prize 2011 turned its focus to New York and its waterways, re-imagining recreational space, public transportation, local industry, and native environment in the city.
2nd Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design
The SEED Network launched the 2nd Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design to promote projects that help create socially, economically, and environmentally healthy communities.
Parks for the People Competition Moves to Second Round
The first round of competition in Parks for the People: A Studio Competition to Re-imagine America's National Parks is complete.
OLIN Partner David A. Rubin Designs Lenfest Plaza for Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
David A. Rubin, OLIN partner and recent Rome Prize recipient, has designed Lenfest Plaza for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today
In an age of social unrest, political upheaval, and economic uncertainty, the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York and around the country, has challenged the physical manifestation of the First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly.
Lord Foster Reveals Further Developments for the Proposed Thames Hub
Lord Foster, Visiting Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment, delivered his annual lecture as part of the Humanitas programme at the University of Oxford.
Thames Hub: An Integrated Vision for Britain
Lord Foster has launched proposals for the Thames Hub - An Integrated Vision for Britain. Foster + Partners, Halcrow and Volterra have worked together on a self-funded study to produce a detailed vision for the Thames Hub.
RIBA Urges Architects to Embrace Localism
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has called on architects to use their skills and expertise to help communities make the most of their new planning powers and create exciting and bold visions for the future of their areas.
desigNYC 2012: Call for Nonprofit Projects and Pro Bono Designers
desigNYC, a platform that connects talented designers interested in civic engagement with extraordinary nonprofits serving the public good, announced its 2012 Call for Nonprofit Projects and Pro Bono Designers.
CGBC Releases Groundbreaking Report on the Environmental Impacts of Wastewater Treatment Strategies
Capping two-and-a-half years of extensive water-related research, Cascadia Green Building Council released Clean Water, Healthy Sound, a groundbreaking report that uses Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to examine and compare wastewater management practices in urban areas.
Bishop Review Calls for the Decentralisation of Design Support
England needs a networked system of design support, providing local people with access to built environment expertise and advice, according to the Bishop Review, published today.
MS Design and Urban Ecologies, MA Theories of Urban Practice, and MA Design Studies at Parsons
Parsons The New School for Design has announced three new graduate programs: a Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies, a Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice, and a Master of Arts in Design Studies.
NYC Council Priorities for an Age Friendly NYC
New York City Council Member Jessica Lappin will speak about her accomplishments,priorities and ideas for achieving a more healthful, safe, and sustainable environment in New York City, to better serve not only seniors but people in all age groups.
Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified) returns with the final documentary in his design film trilogy.
Design Council CABE Announces Support to Help Communities
Design Council CABE has announced the fourteen organisations who will receive grants totalling £114,000 to fund their work with local communities in helping them raise the design quality of their area.
Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront
In the fall of 2009, The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 selected five interdisciplinary teams of architects, engineers and landscape designers to propose solutions to the effects of climate change on New York's waterfront.
Urban Design Week 2011
Urban Design Week is a new public festival created to engage New Yorkers in the fascinating and complex issues of the public realm, and to celebrate the streetscapes, sidewalks, and public spaces at the heart of city life.
Urbanology Online: An Interactive Game Exploring Issues of City Life
BMW Guggenheim Lab launched Urbanology, an interactive game that addresses issues that arise when cities grow and inhabitants try to institute lasting change.
Inaki Echeverria Awarded Commissions for Two New High-profile Projects in Mexico
Inaki Echeverria has recently undertaken two new high-profile projects: El Parque Ecologico Lago de Texcoco (Texcoco Lake Ecological Park) located in the basin of Mexico City Valley in the barren area of what was once the Lake of Texcoco and the Papalote Verde Children's Museum in Monterrey, industrial heart of Mexico.
Mapping the Cityscape
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Manhattan Grid, Mapping the Cityscape focuses on the ways in which mapping influences our perception of the environment.
Learning to Provoke: Design and Politics - The Next Phase
Learning to Provoke is the second of seven podium discussions in the 2011 series "Design and Politics: The Next Phase."
Glimpses of New York and Amsterdam in 2040
New York and Amsterdam are exploring their long-term futures. Each city is affected by shifting demographics, changes in climate, energy transitions, and global economic patterns.
Leverage: Strengthening Neighborhoods Through Design
As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Community Design Collaborative is hosting an exhibition titled Leverage: Strengthening Neighborhoods through Design, which highlights projects/programs that exemplify best practices in community design, public interest architecture, and pro bono design.
2011 Rudy Bruner Award Medal Recipients Announced
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has named The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center as its 2011 Gold Medal recipient.
By the City / For the City Design Competition
Over the past month and a half, the Institute for Urban Design (IfUD) collected more than 500 ideas from New Yorkers about how to improve their city's public realm through the crowdsourcing project By the City / For the City.
Call for Submissions for MONU 15: Post-Ideological Urbanism
MONU's new call for submissions invites uncompromising visions, normative thoughts, radical essays, daring criticisms, visionary ideas, society-changing manifestoes, non-conformist concepts, revolutionary projects, captivating photography, meaningful artwork, and breathtaking infographics on the topic of "Post-Ideological Urbanism."
The U.S. Conference of Mayors: Celebrating 25 Years of City Design
Mayors and design and development experts will convene at the Chicago Hilton April 27-29 for a National Summit on City Design to identify challenges, opportunities and funding sources for cities that work well.
AIANY 2011 Design Awards Winners
Yesterday, twelve eminent architects, educators, critics and planners convened at the Center for Architecture to select the winners of the 2011 AIA New York Chapter's Design Awards.
High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC
The High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC stand as a radical act by an enlightened municipality.
Parsons Launches First Undergraduate Urban Design Program in US
As more and more of the global population are living in cities, designing for urban centers has become a challenge that no discipline can tackle alone.
AIA Hong Kong Recognizes Langfang Eco-Smart City Master Plan
AIA Hong Kong has recognized the Langfang Eco-Smart City Master Plan with its 2010 Merit Award for Urban Design.
High Bridge: ENYA International Design Ideas Competition Exhibition
High Bridge is ENYA and AIA New York Chapter's fourth biennial international ideas competition exhibition.
Winners of the Le Taxi Prend Ses Aires! Ideas Competition
Launched last spring, Le Taxi Prend Ses Aires! Ideas Competition was designed to get people thinking about how to improve existing taxi stands in Montreal, keeping both taxi drivers and customers in mind.
Winners of Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition
The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) announced the winners of the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition.
Made in New York
Building on the success of last year's New York Now! subway exhibition, the AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture announced Made in New York at the West 4th Street subway station.
BMW Guggenheim Lab
Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, and Frank-Peter Arndt, Member of the Board of Management, BMW, announced a long-term collaboration that will span six years of program activities, engage people in major cities around the globe, and inspire the creation of forward-looking concepts and designs for urban life.