Most important architecture news of April 2016

1.World Architecture Festival announces judges for 2016


© World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival, the largest international gatherings of architects, has announced its judges for 2016. This years`s festival will be held between 16-18 November at Arena Berlin in Germany. Find out more on

2. Bjarke Ingels named one of TIME`s 100 most influential people


Bjarke Ingels, © DAC/Jacob Galtt

Bjarke Ingels has been named one of TIME`s 100 Most Influential People in the magazine`s annual list of ground-breakers in five categories: Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders and Icons. For the complete list visit

3.US architecture school bans styrene as model making material


© Madeleine Underwood, Student Life

By next fall, the architecture students of Washington University in St.Louis will no longer be allowed to use styrene on their projects. The university`s newspaper, Student Life reports that the commonly used white plastic material was deemed in 2014 by the National Research Council`s National Toxicology program “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Find out more on

4. Society of architectural historians announces 2016 Publication award recipients


© Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) has announced the winners of the 2016 Publication Awards and SAH Award for Film & Video as part of their annual International Conference Awards ceremony in Pasadena, California. Learn more about the winning publications on

5. Bree Breeders announces winners of Charlie Hebdo portable pavilion competition


1st prize exterior view, © Bee Breeders

International architecture competition organizers Bree Breeders have announced the three winners and honourable mentions of their competition to design a Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavillion. Intended to be a travelling exhibition of the work of the French Magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” participants were asked to “support and promote” principles of free speech in their design. Read more on

6. LEAF International honors Santiago Calatrava with lifetime achievement award


Santiago Calatrava, @ LEAF International

LEAF International (Leading European Architecture Forum) has announced Santiago Calatrava as the recipient of its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Recognized by a panel of industry experts around the world, he has been selected for his “unique vision and ability to transform cities through impactful design” Read more on

7. Zaha Hadid architects to carry on without its founder


Zaha Hadid, © Virgile Simon Bertrand

Zaha Hadid Architects has announced it will continue to practice without its late founder and figurehead, who died suddenly last month.Read more on

8. MVRDV to install a 180-step urban staircase outside Rotterdam`s Central Station


The staircase on Stationplein, Rotterdam, Image @ Frank van Dam/MVRDV

According to MVRDV, the structure will “follow in the city’s tradition of celebrating reconstruction milestones” and, as such, the scaffolding system used to construct the staircase will be “a nod” to the 75th anniversary of the rebuilding of the city following World War II. Read more on

9. Moleskin synchronizes analog and digital sketching with their “smart writing set”


© Moleskine

Smart Writing Set allows you to write with the tools you love – pen and paper– and smoothly digitizes your notes making it fast and simple to edit, store and share them on your phone or laptop. Read more on


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Author: Ramona Deaconu