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P/A Awards 2015

Headlines27. February 2015
By: John Hill
Image: ARCHITECT magazine
Five of the six winning projects in this year's Progressive Architecture Awards were designed by World-Architects member firms.
Ernesto Pereira


Works27. February 2015
By: Ernesto Pereira
Mindelo, Vila do Conde Porto, Portugal - 2014
Photo: João Morgado
"Simply ... the SilverWoodHouse ... any attempt to adjectives falls short of the final experience of contemplation ... congratulations and thanks Ernesto." These were the words of my clients Rui and Marisa when asked about SilverWoodHouse.

A Frenchman Filming Japan

Film26. February 2015
By: John Hill
SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama by Kengo Kuma - 2014 (Photo: Screenshot)
Vincent Hecht, an architect and filmmaker from France who is based in Tokyo, has been lovingly documenting architecture in Japan for a few years. Here we present four of his short films on buildings by Fujimoto, Ishigami, Kuma and Sejima.
Photo: The current Googleplex in Mountain View as seen via Google Street View
The New York Times is reporting that Google has hired the offices of Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels for a proposed new headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Stadiums of the Year

Headlines25. February 2015
By: John Hill
First Place in Jury Vote: Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium (Photo: SBP)
Stadium Database has announced the winners of its 2014 Stadium of the Year contest, this year inaugurating a special Jury Vote in addition to the usual Public Vote.

Portlandia Skewers Microhouses

Film25. February 2015
By: John Hill
Photo: Screenshot
Any subject is fodder for Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's sketch comedy show Portlandia. In this 90-second clip they portray a couple living in a Microhouse in a Microcommunity.
All photographs courtesy of EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award
At a press conference in London today, the five finalists were announced for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.
Green Dot High School, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
The American Institute of Architects California Council has given Lawrence Scarpa, principal of Santa Monica's Brooks + Scarpa Architects, its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The University of Hong Kong, Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin

THE PINCH, Library and Community Center

Works24. February 2015
By: The University of Hong Kong, Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin
Shuanghe Village Yunnan, China - 2014
Photo: Ottevaere/Lin (All photographs courtesy of v2com)
THE PINCH is a library and community center in Shuanghe Village, Yunnan Province, China. The project is part of a government led reconstruction effort after an earthquake in September 2012.
Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

La Comédie de Béthune

Works24. February 2015
By: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Bethune, France - 2014
Photo: Luc Boegly
In 1994, the agency Manuelle Gautrand Architecture won the competition for the construction of the National Drama Theater, "La Comédie de Béthune."