ND School of Architecture awards Manzano Prize

first_imgAustralian-born architect Donald Gray has been named the 2015 recipient of the Rafael Manzano Martos Prize for Classical Architecture and Monument Restoration, an annual award presented by the Notre Dame School of Architecture and the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.According to a Notre Dame press release, Gray is a Spanish citizen and works out of La Alpujarra. Some of his notable architectural work includes the Urbanización La Virginia in Marbella, Spain; Las Lomas del Marbella Club, a city hall in Pitres, Spain; and the Hotel La Tartana in Granada, Spain. According to a separate release from the Notre Dame School of Architecture, his work is generally referenced as the “Marbella architectural ensembles” and has contributed greatly to “the enrichment and recovery of Andalusian architecture.”“Donald Gray began his career at a time when appreciation for traditional building was at one of the lowest points, and he has succeeded in creating new spaces that inspire and celebrate the traditions of how we live together and how we build,” Michael Lykoudis, the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of Architecture, said. “His story is one of heroism as he persevered undaunted by the popular infatuation with the avant-garde and the often castigating eye of the architectural establishment.”According to the press release, the Manzano Prize honors architects “who defend and preserve vernacular architecture and reinforce Spain’s architectural heritage.” Architects “of any nationality, who submit works that respect the landscape and urbanism of Spanish cities, can be candidates for” the prize. The award is named in honor of Rafael Manzano Martos, a Cadiz-born architect who spent his career working towards “the preservation of the architectural and urban heritage of Spain through both the restoration and design of new architecture based on this heritage.”The origins of the Manzano Prize formed in 2010, when Manzano received the Richard H. Driehaus Prize from Notre Dame and met with Driehaus in Chicago. Dreihaus, according to the press release, was named by Barron’s magazine as one of the top 25 influential financiers of the twentieth century. He has been named an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando “in recognition of his work to preserve the Spanish heritage and his outstanding patronage.” He is the eighth recipient of that title and the first U.S. citizen to receive the honor.According to the press release, Gray will receive 50,000 euros in award money and a medal during the prize ceremony, which will take place on Oct. 28 in Madrid. The Manzano prize is known as “the most generous in Spain in terms of its prize money.” Additionally, the prize establishes a two-day seminar to be held at a later time. This year’s seminar, “Architecture and Humanism,” directly addressed architects and encouraged them to use their occupation as a means of enhancing the quality of life for those they serve, a relevant theme in light of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, “Laudato Si.”“The ceremony will be held at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando,” MaryBeth Zachariades, communications program director for Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, said. “The ceremony will include remarks from prize juror and [Notre Dame] alumna Melissa DelVecchio, on behalf of Dean Michael Lykoudis, juror Léon Krier, Richard Driehaus and Donald Gray.”“As a classical architecture school devoted to the idea of humanism, we believe in and teach the enduring values that traditional architecture and urbanism embody,” Lykoudis said. “Mr. Gray has made an extraordinary contribution to the idea of the inseparability of urbanism and architecture. His work embodies the Vitruvian values of beauty, utility and durability — all of which are necessary for the cultivation and sustainability of the built and natural environments.”Tags: Donald Gray, Rafael Manzano Martos Prize, Richard Driehaus, School of Architecture, spanish architecturelast_img read more


The City of Masters has announced a competition for a new director

first_imgThe moment it was made new brand strategy The City of Trogir is looking for an expert who will manage the tourist potential of one of the most beautiful coastal cities with more than 100 years of tourism tradition. “Trogir is a jewel with huge tourist opportunities and potential, not in terms of mass but in terms of quality of offer and extension of the season. We have all the prerequisites for that, from the beautiful UNESCO-protected old town that still lives and is not just the scenery, to our three islands, the hinterland, a solid restaurant offer, small family farms…, but all this must and can be better. Whoever is at the head of our Tourist Board will also be in sweet trouble, but they will also have high criteria set for the direction we want to go in the future. Tourism is one of our main industries and we hope to attract and bring a quality person who will know how to capitalize on that potential.”Said Mayor Ante Bilić. At the beginning of December, Trogir recorded 148 thousand arrivals and 611 thousand overnight stays. Compared to last year, growth in both categories is about four percent, but despite the good work of tourism workers so far, the City of Trogir says that growth is not and should not be the only measure. “For a year and a half, we worked on a new branding strategy of the city, which opens up huge opportunities for positioning in the domestic and Mediterranean market. We believe that we need to know how to respond to the needs of modern tourists and provide them with a motive to come at least ten months a year, and with the project of branding the destination we have taken it seriously. I am proud that we were the first in Croatia to start this project so comprehensively, while it is still being talked about at the national level. That is why we want the best and most competent professionals to apply for the top position of our Tourist Board “Said Mayor Bilic. RELATED NEWS: Find out more about the competition as well as the new brand strategy of Trogir in the attachment. In addition to the implementation of the recently presented branding strategy based on old and modern Trogir masters, through the creation of new content and offers and through quality communication and promotion on modern channels, the new director will work on developing a brand store whose opening is planned for 2020. , which Trogir will also have as the first city in Croatia. “We hope that candidates for this job will show knowledge of the concept of ambitious projects we have embarked on, a good level of marketing and digital knowledge and that their enthusiasm will follow our plans and desires. Yes, we want hardworking, creative and energetic people because they are very much needed in the public sector as well. I invite everyone who meets the conditions of the tender and is seen in the projects we have launched to contact us”Concluded Bilic. Side dish: Competition for a new director of the Trogir Tourist Board The tender was published in the Official Gazette according to clearly defined criteria that apply to all tourist boards, and lasts until 28.12.2019. The Tourist Board of the City of Trogir has announced a competition for a new director.  The city of Trogir presented a new branding strategylast_img read more


Stunning transformation of beach shack into two new homes

first_imgThe ground floor of Lot 2 features urban polished concrete floors.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago It’s built over three levels.The ground floor has maintained its beach-home heritage with modern flourishes such as streamline stone and timber benchtops. “It’s come up a treat while still maintaining its character,” Mr Glennon said.“For example, the original entry was on the side and there were a heap of breezeway blocks. We knocked it down and kept the breezeway blocks and now they form part of the front fence.” Bricks in other parts of the home were recycled during the redesign and the old laundry window is now the bedroom window. Lots 1 and 2/34 Leyte Ave, Palm Beach are on the market for offers over $999,00 and $1.15 million.TO a passer-by, it was an old brick home surrounded by empty space.To local residential developer Danny Glennon, it was an opportunity.“The original beach home that was on there was the typical yellow brick house that was standard throughout Palm Beach, but we didn’t want to lose the character of that,” said vendor Mr Glennon who bought the property in late 2016 and began work six months later. Lot 1 features a new extension added on to the existing classic house.Instead, Mr Glennon renovated and crafted the old house into the modern day and built a brand new house in the backyard.“We built residential along with a complete renovation, it was a combination of both,” he said.“You see duplexes around but we wanted to create homes rather than units.”Lot 1, which is on the market for offers over $999,000 is the renovated home — a master bedroom and parents’ retreat were added and the interior underwent a complete overhaul. The property features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas. Lot 2 is a brand new build. Both lots are central.“It was designed for multi-generational living. I think children are staying at home more and more these days, so it was the most important design aspect,” he said. “We were passionate about creating something special in and around Palm Beach and Currumbin.”The properties can be purchased and accessed separately and there are two car spaces available for each home. The home is designed for multi-generational living.“Both have high-end finishing and European appliances,” Mr Glennon said.“I’m very proud of how they turned out. One is retro and one has an urban feel.”Mr Glennon and his wife lived in Lot 2 (pictured) for four months while their own home was being renovated.That property, which is listed for $1.15 million, features four bedrooms and three bathrooms over three levels. last_img read more