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Emerging Architecture

Palladio on Tour

Royal Gold Medal & Fellowships Dinner 2011

Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands

Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture 2011

Dedalo Minosse International Prize-8th edition

SIBBESBORG: Competition for Sustainable Community Development

WAN Awards: Residential Buildings

Roca International Design Contest Jump the gap

COP 16: Sustainable architecture 


Emerging Architecture


Atelier Ryo Abe
Shima Kitchen Teshima, Kagawa, Japan
© Osamu Nakamura

Until 26 February 2011
Florence Hall

The 12th Architectural Review Awards for  Emerging Architecture presents an inspiring range of projects from around the world, including a rooftop restaurant in London, a public swimming pool in Spain, and a temple in India.

This leading awards programme for architects and designers under 45 gives a surprising and fascinating snapshot of architecture’s emerging generation.






Palladio on Tour

Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey
Extended until 30 January
The National Building Museum, Washington, DC

After an extremely successful run at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, (which drew 50,000 people to the show over the summer) the RIBA’s exhibition Palladio and his legacy: A Transatlantic Journey will be extending its stay at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., until the 30 January 2011. A touring exhibition that brings together 31 of the RIBA’s rare drawings by Andrea Palladio, it explores the development of Palladio’s design sensibility and his profound influence on architecture in America.

Drawings range from early studies and sketches to presentation drawings of villas and other commissioned works and include preliminary designs for Palladio’s ground-breaking architectural text I Quattro Libri dell’ Architettura. The exhibition also highlights Palladio’s enormous impact on the architecture of the United States.

An RIBA Trust exhibition, in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, and presented in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the National Building Museum. Support of the traveling exhibition is provided by the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust and Regione del Veneto, among others. Support for the presentation of the exhibition at the National Building Museum is provided by Federazione Veneta BCC, among many others. 

After the exhibition closes it will move to Notre Dame University, Indiana in June and July.

In the intervening period a small number of Palladio drawings from the exhibtion will be on display at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 24 February – 22 May.  

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Royal Gold Medal & Fellowships Dinner 2011


Sir David Chipperfield
Museum of Modern Literature, Germany
© Christian Richters

Awards Dinner, 66 Portland Place
Thursday 10 February, 17.45

Join Sir David Chipperfield CBE, winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2007 for the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany, as he is presented with the Royal Gold Medal 2011. David is one of the world’s greatest living architects and has a portfolio of work that is truly international in influence. His architecture is one of calm rational elegance and he is a craftsman of delightful spaces and beautifully detailed buildings.

The evening also includes the presentation of the Honorary and International Fellowships 2011.

Booking is essential
Tickets: £150 (incl. VAT). Tables are laid for 10 guests. For further information email or call 020 7307 3778. 


Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands

24 February – 3 May
RIBA, Gallery 1 & 2

A pioneer of European Modern architecture, Adolf Loos (1870-1933) is best known for projects realized in Vienna, including the Goldmann & Salatsch building, the Café Museum, and the Karntner (American) Bar.

This exhibition presents Loos’ lesser known, but still highly influential work in his Moravian birthplace of Brno, and in the Bohemian cities of Pilsen and Prague. Here Loos worked mainly on domestic projects such as the Villa Müller, alongside other private residences, the interiors of which he utilised to advise clients on learning to dwell.
The exhibition also highlights the rich interiors of his buildings, featuring drawings, models, original furniture and glass, never before seen in Britain.

Organised in partnership with the City of Prague Museum and generously supported by the Czech Centre London and The Austrian Cultural Forum. 

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Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture 2011

The Time of Renovation

The 9th Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture, to be awarded in June 2011, will reward notable renovations carried out in Europe during the past five years.
During the 20th century, a tabula rasa town planning policy often prevailed and existing buildings no longer suitable for their original use were sacrificed regardless of what they represented for local people.

Today, and this will be even more so in the future, a very large part of architecture concerns the renovation of existing buildings that are often given a new use. Factories, workshops, covered markets, warehouses, barracks and various public and private, secular and religious, abandoned or escheated buildings are restored to life and are appreciated all the more for being a part of the collective memory and history or a town or neighbourhood of which they are often structuring elements.

The 2011 Prize will seek to reward projects that are part of a process of urban renaissance, which highlight the pre-existing patrimony, improve the quality of life in neighbourhoods and favour mixity.

The prize money is €30,000, made available to the jury by the prize founder, the architect Philippe Rotthier.

The prize-winning and mentioned projects will be presented in a catalogue and exhibited in October 2011 at the Brussels Architecture Museum, the inauguration of which will be simultaneous with the prize-giving ceremony.

Prize procedures

Applications must be sent to the Fondation pour l’Architecture before 30 April 2011, the postmark serving as proof. Entry is free of charge.
Address : Fondation pour l’Architecture
c/o Bertille Amaudric
55 rue de l’Ermitage
1050 Brussels
Contact: Bertille Amaudric
Tel : 0032/(0)2.642.24.80 - Fax : 0032/(0)2.642.24.82

For application details please visit the website

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Dedalo Minosse International Prize-8th edition

The subscriptions at Dedalo Minosse International Prize, promoted by ALA-Assoarchitetti, have been opened on 11 October 2010 and will close on 31 January 2011.

The Prize is unique among international awards programs for honouring the client's role in the design process. The prize recognizes the contribution of the client's vision, openess, flexibility, and commitment to good design. After just seventh editions, the Dedalo Minosse Prize for Commisioning a Building has already become one of the most important architectural awards in the world.

The enrolment is free. Rules and entry forms are available on the Dedalominosse website.

Any private or public client, its architects, buildings firms, the companies supplying the works and materials, or anyone else involved in the building processing is entitled to enter the competition. The works must have been completed between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2010.

The Jury will dedicate special attention to those works that have been taken into account the following issues:

  • social and economic sustainability
  • works inspired by Design for All
  • use of the natural light
  • sustainable use of territory and resources
  • enhancement and conservation of the environment
  • the landscape and the architectural heritage
  • use of innovative technologies and materials
  • valorisation of traditions and local languages.

Provisional agenda:

  • enrolment: 11 October 2010 – 31st of January 2011
  • award ceremony: 24 June 2011
  • opening of awarded works: 24 June 2011

For more information contact:
Premio Dedalo Minosse Organizing Office
tel and fax: +39 (0)444 235476

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SIBBESBORG: Competition for Sustainable Community Development

During 2011, the municipality of Sipoo, near Helsinki, is to host an international competition for sustainable community development, in co-operation with Aalto University Department of Architecture, Finnish Association of Architects, RYM Ltd and the OSKE Centre of Expertise.
The competition is supported by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, through its sustainable community programme.

Its location next to the Finnish capital provides Sipoo with an excellent opportunity to plan and create new and sustainable urban structures. The competition aims to examine how Soderkulla and Sipoonlahti areas could be developed in accordance with both locally and globally sustainable objectives, now and in the future. It is hoped that the experience gained through the competition will help to develop new and advanced concepts for future urban areas.

The competition will open in February/March 2011 and will conclude at the end of the year.
For further information:


WAN Awards: Residential Buildings

The International Union of Architects announces the launch of the WAN Awards session
devoted to residential buildings.

This sector includes two categories: multi-occupancy housing and single family houses.
The 2010 WAN residential award honors apartment blocks, housing estates and other
multi-occupancy units, refurbishments and conversions, completed during the last three
years (on or after 1 January 2007). The 2010 House of the Year will be awarded for a
single-family house completed during this calendar year.

The deadline for submission is 31 December 2010.

Olufemi Majekodunmi, UIA Past President, will represent the Union on the jury for this
session of the awards.

Via UIA a reduction of 20% on the registration fee is offered to new participants by using the following code at the time of registration: UIADI

This is the last of the six bi-monthly 2010 ‘Excellence in Design’ series. Each session of this
Awards programme is devoted to a different sector: education, healthcare, civic,
commercial and residential buildings.

The WAN Awards are organized by World Architecture News, the on-line international
architecture review, UIA media partner.

For more information visit the WAN website.

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Roca International Design Contest Jump the gap

Roca, leader in the bathroom business worldwide, and BCD, Barcelona Design Centre, are launching the 4th edition of the Roca International Design Contest Jump the gap. The objective is therefore to jump the gap and design today, while focussing on tomorrow, to concentrate on the search of conceptually innovative products.

The Roca International Design Contest Jump the gap seeks to receive innovative product proposals within the bathroom area.

The winning project will receive a prize valued in 5.000 euro and will be presented by Roca during the 100% Design London in 2011. An ambitious PR campaign will help promote the winning project and the author or authors.

As in the previous editions, the competition is open to designers and architects, as well as design and architecture students. Participants must be under 35. This 4th edition is open worldwide and allows online registration and submission of projects through the  Jump the gap website.

Free registration
Deadline for registration (online): 31/01/2011
Deadline for submission of projects (on line): 29/04/2011
Awarding ceremony: September 2011 (100% Design London) 

COP 16: Sustainable architecture 

The International Union of Architects was once again very present at the United Nations
Climate Change Conference that opened in Cancun, Mexico, on 29 November 2010.

Louise Cox, UIA President, accompanied by UIA Vice-Presidents Mauricio Rivero Borrell,
Patricia Emmett, Albert Dubler and Kazuo Iwamura, led a delegation of architects who
expressed the profession’s will to contribute to the respect of the global environment
through sustainable architecture.

Over two hundred architects gathered to walk through the 'Climate Change Village', a
space for dialogue open to non governmental organisations, after which Louise Cox
officially signed the Cancun Communication, on behalf of the UIA and the architects of
the world.

This text, directed towards government authorities, is part of the Sustainable by Design
Strategy launched by the UIA in Copenhagen, in December 2009, on the occasion of the
previous United Nations Conference, COP 15.

A two-day forum, organised by the Federation of Architects’ Colleges of the Republic of
Mexico (FCARM) brought together international experts and eminent UIA personalities
including Sara Topelson de Grinberg and Vassilis Sgoutas, UIA Past Presidents, Young-
Jip Choi, President of the UIA Korean Section, Nikos Fintikakis, Director of the UIA
Renewable Energies Work Programme and Fanuel Motsepe, President of the UIA South
African Section.

Climate change is a reality, its negative effects on weather events have been felt since the end of the last century and the beginning of this 21st century and at least in the short and medium term these will not change, on the contrary, they will get more complicated. On this occasion the architects of the world within the UIA, felt the need to again take a position within the international community to express their points of view and commitments for action.

More information on UIA’s participation at Cop 16.