Most important architecture news of February 2016

1. 2016 Venice Biennale: full list of participants revealed


© Venice Biennale

The Director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, Alejandro Aravena, revealed more details about this year`s edition. Alongside announcing the proposal and invited teams for the central exhibition, titled “Reporting from the front”, the Biennale announced the full list of participants in the 62 national pavilions. See the full list on

2. Winners of the 2016 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards


Winners of the Building of the year Award winners, © Archdaily

The list of the winners represent a great diversity,from Pritzker Prize winners to small small and young practices. Every project has a unique and interesting story. Discover all of them on

3. Final winners of 2016 Woman in Architecture awards announced

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via Woman in Architecture

Woman in Architecture awards is an annual program supported by the Architectural Review in the UK that seeks to recognize the contribution of female architects to the profession. The winners of the 2016 edition are the Mexican architect Gabriela Etchegaray with the Moira Gemmil Prize for Emerging Architecture, Jeanne Gang with the Architect of the year award, Odile Decq with Jane Drew Prize and Julia Payton-Jones with Ada Louise Huxtable Prize. The ARchitectural Review has also released the results of the fifth Woman in Architecture survey. One out of five woman responding to the survey would not encourage a woman to start a career in architecture. Learn more about the survey results on


Retractable “scale” pen designed by Shigeru Ban, © ACME Studio

4. Shigeru Ban designs retractable “scale” penShigeru Ban has designed for ACME Studio a retractable and refillable “scale” pen that was inspired by the architect`s ruler. The aluminium pen, designed to fit comfortably into your hand, serves as a fully functional architect`s scale outfitted with a ballpoint pen that retracts with a simple twist of the pen`s two halves. You can purchase your own from

5. Non ARchitecture: new competition platform


“Sleeping – Alternative design for hotels” competition, © Non Architecture

Non Architecture is a new competition platform focused on finding innovative approaches. It consists in a series of nine competitions organised in a time frame of three years. The first one is titled “Sleeping-Alternative” design for hotels. For more information visit

6. Sou Fujimoto designs “forest of light installation” for Milan design week


“forest of light” installation for Milan design week, designed by Sou Fujimoto for COS

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has designed this year`s Milan design week installation for fashion brand Cos. “People meander through this forest, as if lured by the charm of the light. Light and people interact with one another, its existence defining the transition of the other.” Items of furniture placed under the lights will offer visitors places to stop and sit.

7. Santiago Calatrava`s World Trade Center transit terminal to open

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World Trade Center transit terminal by Santiago Calatrava, ©Michael Muraz

After 12 long years and a series of construction headaches, Santiago Calatrava`s $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub has finally opened to the public. Once widely regarded as a symbol of hope for post 9/11 New York, the project`s budget and security-related revisions gradually soured the opinions of the public. Read more on

8.Lisbon Architecture Triennale announces 14 associated projects


© MH Trienal de Lisboa

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale has announced the list of 14 Associated Projects that will be included in the upcoming 4th edition, The Form of Form. The projects were selected from 73 proposals, 29 of which were from international participants. “These 14 events will expand the main program and present captivating ideas on venues that highlight the diversity of Lisbon’s landscape,” noted chief curator André Tavares. Read more on

9. Herzog & de Meuron` Oxford University building official opening announced


Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, Herzog & de Meuron, Photography © Iwan Baan

Faculty, students and staff of the Blavatnik School of Government moved into the new building last December, and it has been in use since then. The official opening is planned for Spring 2016. “Developed from the inside, the heart of the building, the forum, cuts through the school as a vertical space connecting all the levels and programs together. Central to a school of government is the idea of openness, communication and transparency; the central forum takes this principle literally by stitching all levels together.”. Read more on

10. 3NTA February Rotating Editor: Porto


Porto – 3NTA February Rotating Editor © 3NTA



Author: Ramona Deaconu