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In pictures: Hadid, Kahn and Piano vie for Design of the Year gong

Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho, Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park and Renzo Piano’s Shard skyscraper are among 17 architectural projects shortlisted for the Design Museum’s prestigious Designs of the Year award

Renzo to design Shard's little sisters

Renzo Piano is designing a pair of smaller towers next to his Shard skyscraper at London Bridge

A Grand Opening for Renzo Piano's Controversial Expansion at Ronchamp Chapel

Journalists, officials, and curious locals gathered last week at Le Corbusier’s chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, to celebrate the opening of a quiet new visitors’ center and convent designed by Renzo Piano—a project that incited fierce debate when it was first announced in 2008.

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

Renzo Piano, ENEL Green Power, renewable energy, wind power, wind turbines, dragonflies, biomimicry, design, energy efficiency, Italy

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different approach, however, focusing his efforts on a compact, yet super-efficient wind turbine that anyone can erect in their backyard. Called the “Dragonfly Invisible Wind Turbine” the two-blade design mimics the delicate dragonfly’s ability to float on the slightest of breezes. Based on the physics of dragonfly flight, Piano’s mini-turbine can harvest energy from winds that blow as slow as four miles an hour.

Piano for Oslo - A news report from Oslo

In a spectacular site on the edge of a fjord, Renzo Piano's new building for Norway's contemporary art museum will open to the public in September.

Vote for Building of the Year 2015

Sunday is the lat day to vote for the Building of the Year 2015 at American-Architects. The Building of the Week is a feature I curate for the platform, and for 2015 the theme was overseas buildings by US architects with some of the inverse: buildings in North America by foreign firms. Easier said than done: the criteria made it hard to fill 50 slots, so there are only 36 (37 with a Barcelona project that was put in for the launch of Catalan-Architects). Regardless, its'a solid selection of buildings, with big names (Renzo Piano, Bernard Tschumi, Richard Meier SANAA, David Adjaye) balanced by lesser-known architects (Zoka Zola, Sharon Davis, Biber Architects, SsD) and plenty in between. Below is a screenshot of the buildings in the running; click on the image or here to go vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced online Monday and in the eMagazine that lands in inboxes on Tuesday.

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The New York Times Building

The 52-story Times Company Headquarters, Renzo Piano's first major project in New York City, occupies one of the last sites in the 42nd Street Development Are; a 13-acre district adjoining Times Square designated for redevelopment in the mid-1980s by New York State and City government.

Architectural League of New York Presents 2013 President’s Medal to Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano has been awarded the highest honor of the Architectural League of New York, the President's Medal. The prize is bestowed annually on individuals in recognition of extraordinary body of work in architecture, urbanism, or design.

Book Review: 4 Books on 4 Exhibitions

The year 2013 is a good one for architecture exhibitions, and a few of them are highlighted below through their companion books. Two of the exhibitions are on 20th-century masters, one is on contemporary architecture in a specific region, and one is on an artist who is greatly appreciated by architects. It's close to impossible to attend every architecture exhibition of worth, but these catalogs remind us that their impact extend beyond the short months (or years, depending on if they travel) the shows exist.

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James Turrell: A Retrospective
By Michael Govan, Chrisine Y. Kim
Prestel, 2013
Hardcover, 304 pages

Fans of James Turrell are being treated this year with three major exhibition on the artist: “James Turrell: A Retrospective” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), “James Turrell” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and “James Turrell: The Light Inside” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. To accompany the show at LACMA, curator Michael Govan has put together an impressive catalog with Christine Y. Kim that charts the artist's five-decade-long career and beautifully documents his skyspaces” and other architectural constructions, most notably the ongoing Roden Crater project in Arizona.

In pictures: Tiny crane placed on top of Renzo Piano’s London Shard

A compact mini-crane has been lifted 238 metres to the top of Renzo Piano’s almost complete Shard skyscraper in London