AZ Awards 2024: Deadline Extended!
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by Stefan Novakovic
2d ago
The deadline is extended! Submissions to the AZ Awards 2024 are open until 11:59 pm EST on February 28. Be sure to log onto our portal at awards.azuremagazine.com by next Wednesday to complete your entry! Now celebrating its 14th edition, the annual AZ Awards celebrates the best in architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, design and more from around the world. Our jury of 10 architecture and design luminaries will adjudicate the entries. They are: Piero Lissoni, Julia Bargmann, Evan Jerry, Jennifer Keesmaat, Shirley Blumberg, Wanda Dalla Costa, Héctor Esrawe, Alex Holloway, Tosin Oshin ..read more
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In Texas, a Former Post Office Takes a French Turn
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by Stefan Novakovic
2d ago
When the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced the closure of its North Austin Station in 2021, it prompted a public elegy. “I was immediately horrified,” longtime resident Deaton Bednar told Austin Monitor. “It’s a real community, and a big part of that is the post office,” said Bednar, with other community members — from seniors to small business owners — sharing laments ranging from practical daily routines to social ties. Fortunately, the handsome 1967 building didn’t stay empty long. While the USPS’s decision to not renew the lease on the property — situated in central Austin’s Hy ..read more
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Hope Street Signals a Paradigm Shift for the U.K. Justice System
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by Sydney Shilling
1w ago
“There are too many things missing in the justice system for women. One is, in general, the justice system doesn’t focus on women. And the second thing, it isn’t just,” explains Dr. Stephanie Covington, a trauma and addiction specialist and expert advisor for One Small Thing, a U.K. non-profit targeting prison reform. Founded in 2014 by Lady Edwina Grosvenor in response to rising self-harm, suicide and violence in women’s prisons, the organization is on a mission to redesign the current justice system, educate prison residents and staff about the impact of trauma and how to respond to it and i ..read more
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Siamak Hariri Designs a Majestic New Face for Toronto’s ROM
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by Stefan Novakovic
1w ago
From Bloor Street, the unmistakable crystalline form of Daniel Libeskind’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal announces Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to the world. But beneath the angular spectacle of aluminum and glass, the front door beckons visitors into a dispiritingly narrow, dark corridor. The black granite floor is uncomfortably angled, and the dark, wedge-shaped space offers no hint of the cultural splendours within. In a room past the entryway and the iconic yet awkward body of the crystal, however, a media briefing introduced a first look at the museum’s transformative new chapter. Anno ..read more
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A Houston Floral Boutique Embodies Enduring Romance
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by Sydney Shilling
1w ago
Is there anything more romantic than receiving fresh flowers on Valentine’s Day? Bouquets of red roses have become the quintessential symbol of eternal love. And yet, after a week or so, their once lush and vibrant petals wither and fade. Enter Venus et Fleur: Founded in 2015, the company has become beloved for its lavish arrangements of eternity roses that address this very problem  — real flowers that have been carefully preserved to last all year long. Opened just ahead of Valentine’s Day, its Houston flagship, designed by Brooklyn-based retail specialists Ringo Studio, translates the ..read more
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AZ Awards 2024: A Look Back at 13 Years of Design Excellence
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by Azureeditorial
1w ago
When the inaugural cohort of AZ Awards winners was announced in 2011, it marked a watershed for Canadian design. The country’s first international and multi-disciplinary design competition, our nascent annual showcase facilitated a new global conversation. As Azure co-founder Nelda Rodger put it, “The AZ Awards shows the high calibre of Canadian design by pitting it against the best in the world.” Thirteen years — and hundreds of winners — later, our awards program is an established part of the international design landscape, regularly drawing more than 1,000 submissions from over 40 countries ..read more
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In Italy, a Nursery School Woven into the Community
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by Sydney Shilling
2w ago
In many small towns, residents need to make the most of the limited infrastructure they have. On the outskirts of Terlano in South Tyrol, Italy, local firm MoDus Architects has done just that, with its thoughtful renovation and addition to an aging school. Built in the 1990s — and first renovated in the early 2000s — the U-shaped structure comprised a nursery school, a kindergarten and a youth centre, but had been outgrown by the population. Rather than starting from scratch, the township opted to build onto the existing structure, which is now called the Tartan School. Nestled into a buco ..read more
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A Colourful Reno Brings a Bonus Bedroom to an NYC Apartment
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by Eric Mutrie
3w ago
The pandemic had a way of making every home feel just a little bit too small — and an NYC apartment that required a couple’s two sons to share the same bedroom was no exception. While this living arrangement had made sense back when the boys were younger, it started to feel uncomfortably cramped now that they were growing up. But when the family of four’s search for bigger, three-bedroom digs turned up little in their price range, they decided to reconfigure their current abode instead. A view of the pre-reno space. Looking to carve out bonus sleeping quarters — not to mention revamp th ..read more
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In Belgium, Creative Office Design Curates Collaboration
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by Sophie Sobol
1M ago
With the rise of co-working and remote work, in-person office workers are increasingly searching for energizing, communal environments instead of isolated cubicles and rigidly defined spaces. In Kortrijk, Belgium, this sense of flexibility, openness, and comfort is at the heart of an office redesign by Stay Studio and Markland Architects. With true commitment to their concept, the two studios — who both form part of the creative agency Link Lab — have reimagined their own office, which is also shared by sister companies Dencity (an urban planning firm) and residential specialists US Architects ..read more
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Wutopia Lab Reinvents Shanghai Book City For Book Lovers – and Everyone Else
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by Elizabeth Pagliacolo
1M ago
In 2021, Shanghai Book City closed for renovations. The transformation of the prominent institution, built in 1998, coincided with the peak of COVID and social distancing, and amidst a continuing shift in attitudes around reading. Ting Yu, whose firm, Wutopia Lab, was hired for the revamp, blames the latter trend on our increasing addiction to our phones and our extremely online lives in general. His main goal: to create a bookstore sensational enough – and replete with other amenities and activations – to attract readers and non-readers alike. The strategy has worked like a charm. His redesi ..read more
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