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Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will design new Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Denmark

berrin chatzi chousein • April 29, 2016 • 1385

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will design new Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Denmark

Kengo Kuma & Associates will design an innovative and fascinating Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark. Kengo Kuma & Associates won the 1st prize for the international competition to design the H.C. Andersen’s House of Fairy Tales in Odense in collaboration with Cornelius+Vöge Aps (Associate Architects), MASU Planning (Landscape Architects) and Eduard Troelsgård Engineers.

According to Museum Odense's annoucement, If everything goes as planned, Kengo Kuma will open both the Olympic stadium in Tokyo and the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense in 2020. The City of Odense finally revealed the plans for the future Hans Christian Andersen's presence in Odense on the 211th anniversary of t (...)

MVRDV and COBE opened ’gold-studded’ rock museum in Denmark

WA Contents • April 29, 2016 • 331

MVRDV and COBE opened ’gold-studded’ rock museum in Denmark

Ragnarock, MVRDV and COBE's museum of pop, rock and youth culture opened today.

MVRDV and COBE’s new rock music museum opened to the public in Roskilde, Denmark by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark today. The museum, with its striking gold studded façade and daring cantilevered auditorium, has opened its doors to offer visitors a fully immersive rock experience. The 3.100m2 Ragnarock acts as the gateway, and flagship building, for a larger 11.000m2 regeneration of the existing cement factories which will later be transformed into a district of rock music.Ragnarock, MVRDV and COBE’s museum of pop, rock and youth culture in Roskilde, Denmark, stands as an architectural embodiment of rock music which hopes to inspi (...)

Four Finalists for Pershing Square Design in Los Angeles Announced!

WA Contents • April 29, 2016 • 270

Four Finalists for Pershing Square Design in Los Angeles Announced!

the proposal by Agence Ter and Team

Pershing Square Design Finalists are competing for new visions at ''Reimagine The Heart Of Los Angeles.'' Pershing Square, the public park that covers an entire city block adjacent to LA’s Historic Core, Jewelry District, Bunker Hill and Civic Center, as well as a major transit station, has seen multiple incarnations, the most recent an overhaul dating back to the early 1990s. In September 2015, Councilmember Huizar spurred the creation of Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership to overhaul and re-envision the five-acre park that emerged from the Councilmember’s broad vision for a revitalized Downtown LA.the four finalists have been developing their proposals (...)

LACMA Museum receives $75-million donation and moves forward

WA Contents • April 29, 2016 • 142

LACMA Museum receives $75-million donation and moves forward

It once seemed like a herculean, if not insurmountable, challenge – raising $600 million or more for an ambitious modernist building to serve as the new home for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Skeptics abounded when plans were first announced three years ago. But momentum now seems to be shifting in LACMA's favor with the announcement this week of two major donations that will push the fundraising campaign near the halfway point. .....Continue Reading

Renderings of LACMA's new building over Wilshire Boulevard. Image courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner.

plan of LACMA. Image courtesy of Curbed.

plan of LACMA. Image courtesy of Curbed.

Top Image courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumth (...)

Kentucky students speak in defense of older dorms

WA Contents • April 29, 2016 • 203

Kentucky students speak in defense of older dorms

Female residents socialize in a shared traditional room at Totem Park, UBC. Image via Vancouver Housing, UBC.

In recent years UK has built and opened several residence halls that offer numerous amenities and new equipment. However, with the rise of these innovative areas, traditional-style dorms, characterized by shared bathrooms and two or more students living with one another in a single space, are becoming less frequent on campus, and will soon be discontinued altogether.

Natalie Jehn, psychology freshman and current resident of Blanding IV, said living in a traditional-style dorm is important, especially for first-year students, because the living arrangements allow for greater communication between residents that may not (...)

KAAN Architecten designs new Tilburg University building

WA Contents • April 29, 2016 • 1134

KAAN Architecten designs new Tilburg University building

Main entrance of Tilburg University Building

KAAN Architecten and VORM will be building a large new campus building at the University of Tilburg. With the Education and Self-Study Centre (OZC), comprising a floor area of 11,000 square meters, the university aims to provide better facilities for students and therefore further increase the quality of education. Works will be complete by the autumn of 2017.

The design of the OZC by KAAN Architecten has a square shape and is relatively low, like several other buildings on the campus. This ensures a good fit within the surroundings and among the trees. Yet it also differs significantly from the square central university building, the Cobbenhagen, formerly the Catholic Economics Co (...)

SHL Architects + Architectus will design The iconic State Library of Victoria Vision 2020

WA Contents • April 28, 2016 • 329

SHL Architects + Architectus will design The iconic State Library of Victoria Vision 2020

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Architectus selected to design the $83.1 million State Library of Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment in Melbourne, Australia. The iconic State Library of Victoria has selected the team of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus to design a significant redevelopment project that will transform the State Library of Victoria to meet the current and future needs of the community. Established in 1854, the public Library is Australia's oldest and busiest, attracting 1.8 million visitors and 3.3 million online users each year.

Created as 'the people’s university' – a place of learning and discovery for all Victorians - the library is leading the preservation of the state's herit (...)

Talk: Beatriz Colomina, "What Kind of Architect Reads Playboy? 1953-1979 / May 5, 2016

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 419

Talk: Beatriz Colomina,

What Kind of Architect Reads Playboy?

1953–1979

Beatriz Colomina

May 05, 2016 @6pm, at the Graham Foundation

Please join the event for a talk on May 5 by Beatriz Colomina, Graham grantee and curator of the exhibition, Playboy Architecture, 1953–1979, opening at the Elmhurst Art Museum on May 7, which will be on view until August 28, 2016.Sex, architecture and design were inextricably intertwined in the pages of Playboy magazine from the very beginning. Architecture was not simply featured in the magazine but was its very mechanism. The sexual fantasies and the architectural fantasies were inseparable. Architecture turned out to be more seductive than the playmates. It became the ultimate playmate.
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Foster+Partners opened New Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Manchester

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 340

Foster+Partners opened New Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Manchester

Foster+Partners opened the new Maggie’s Cancer Centre in his home town Manchester today, with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall – the president of Maggie’s. During her tour of the building, Her Royal Highness was introduced to the rationale behind the design by Lord Foster, who was born and raised in Manchester and is a cancer survivor.

The new centre will further the charity’s aim to provide free practical, emotional and social support to cancer patients across the UK. The project is located across Britain and abroad, Maggie’s Centres are conceived to provide a welcoming ‘home away from home’ – a place of refuge where people affected by cancer can find emotional and practical support.

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International Competition: Master Plan & Architectural Design of the Science City in Giza, Egypt

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 400

International Competition: Master Plan & Architectural Design of the Science City in Giza, Egypt

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt is launching a single phase, open, international competition for a “Master Plan and Conceptual Design of the Science City,” to be located in 6th of October City near Cairo. The principle missions of the future Science City will be the dissemination of scientific knowledge, the promotion of science for development and the support of scientific education and research. The winning project should represent the evolving nature of science through a campus of several buildings to be implemented gradually, one at a time. The UIA has endorsed this competition, the regulations for which conform to the UNESCO-UIA regulations for international competitions in architecture and town-planning.

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Australia Annual Conference Of Australian Architects: How Soon Is Now?

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 291

Australia Annual Conference Of Australian Architects: How Soon Is Now?

The next conference of the Institute of Australian Architects on the theme ‘How soon is now’ will take place in Adelaide, Australia from 28 to 30 April 2016. Rather than turning systematically toward the future or toward the past, the conference demonstrates how today’s projects outline the new operational models for architecture in tomorrow’s world. The organizers define the great questions of the debate as follows: “From our own examination of the current climate of architectural discourse and the discussions that have evolved so far with many of the speakers, the conference has defined four key themes: Building Resilience, Transforming Populations, Creating Equity and Advocating Futures. These themes capture (...)

RAIC named La SHED Architecture as recipient of 2016 Emerging Architectural Practice Award

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 295

RAIC named La SHED Architecture as recipient of 2016 Emerging Architectural Practice Award

La SHED Architecture team, Montreal, Canada

A Montreal firm that designs fresh, contemporary houses inspired by the informal qualities of Montreal’s residential lanes is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Architectural Practice Award given by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).La SHED Architecture, a nine-person office, was founded in 2011 by Renée Mailhot, MRAIC, Sébastien Parent and Yannick Laurin. The trio graduated in 2008 from the University of Montreal, where they met. Their work includes free-standing houses and house additions in tight urban contexts as well as small commercial projects and vacation properties.

“This is a recently created firm that has developed a coherent and (...)

UIA Rio 2020 The IAB Presents The Official Logo Of The 2020 UIA Congress In Rio

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 301

UIA Rio 2020 The IAB Presents The Official Logo Of The 2020 UIA Congress In Rio

Glaucio Campelo, designer based in Rio, has won the competition for the design of the event’s logo. The Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) has just revealed the logo for the 27th World Congress of Architects, UIA 2020 RIO. The symbol proposed by Glaucio Campelo, of UniDESIGN, Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with designer and professor PUC-RIO Suzana Valadares Fonseca, was chosen from among 48 other participants in a competition launched for the logo.

With the theme, “All Worlds. One World. Architecture in the 21st Century,” the congress will take place in Rio in July 2020.

Top Image courtesy of UIA

> via uia.archi

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Call For Papers & Design Works: UIA Seoul 2017

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 282

Call For Papers & Design Works: UIA Seoul 2017

The 26th World Congress of the International Union of Architects, UIA Seoul 2017, will take place at the COEX Centre and at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul in Korea, from 3 to 10 September 2017.The Academic Programme of the Congress has planned to emphasize research and architectural design in the form of presentations and discussions of theoretical research as well as of projects and realisations on the Congress’ theme: “The Soul of the City.” Three sub-themes can be developed: City and Culture, City and Future, City and Nature. Proposals on other themes, different from the aforementioned are welcome on the condition that they relate to the main theme of the Congress: ''The Soul Of The City.''

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MVRDV design Netherlands Pavilion at Bogotá Book Fair, made up of reuse materials

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 341

MVRDV design Netherlands Pavilion at Bogotá Book Fair, made up of reuse materials

Last week the International Book Fair of Bogotá (FILBO) opened its doors to the public, unveiling MVRDV’s design for the Hola Holanda exhibition. The Netherlands are this year’s partner country and as such MVRDV designed an exhibition that showcases and celebrates Dutch design and literature.

Rather than creating a one-time setup with the consequent waste of resources, MVRDV designed a modular system of crates to create a village of pavilions that will be reused as libraries in neighborhoods around Bogota. In this way the lifetime of the pavilion is extended and the spirit of the Book Fair is kept alive. The fair is open until May 2nd and was opened by Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands.

Image © Pun (...)

A Rural Agora for Bir Sallah designed by Philippe Barriere

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 501

A Rural Agora for Bir Sallah designed by Philippe Barriere

Philippe Barriere, the principal of Philippe Barrière Collective (PB+Co), designed a rural mixed-use development in Bir Sallah (El Hencha), Tunisia. Barriere's design approach is based on local materiality and traditional models of construction, combined with parametric design and digital manufacturing. The architect is always looking for new methods of architectural production /reproduction, which mostly highlights 'hybrid architecture' in his architecture. Barriere's projects are not characterized only by the project's aesthetic qualities, but also referred to its progressive cultural and economical development.

front view with flat gardens

Cultural and Educational Development Center based on socia (...)

“Voices and Visions of St. Louis”: Past, Present and Future / Conversations on Urban Design

WA Contents • April 26, 2016 • 438

“Voices and Visions of St. Louis”: Past, Present and Future / Conversations on Urban Design

“You can’t change history, but I do think [urban] planning has a lot to offer with respect to charting a different future,” the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Diane Davis told the Harvard Gazette ahead of recent conference 'Voices and Visions of St. Louis: Past, Present, Future', held Wednesday, March 30 through Friday, April 1 at the GSD. Taking St. Louis as an entry point to questions of social justice and the American city, the conference gathered nearly two dozen participants to deconstruct the planning and design decisions that have marked the city’s contested history.

Participants also imagined design and design-informed approaches that might undo the damage, framing a multi-year, tran (...)

Paul Eis reimagines Berlin’s buildings with coloured-extensions challenging to the reality

WA Contents • April 26, 2016 • 989

Paul Eis reimagines Berlin’s buildings with coloured-extensions challenging to the reality

Oval, Hamburg by Ingenhoven Architekten

Paul Eis, a Berlin-based architecture photographer, redesigned the facades of Berlin's and Hamburg's buildings with new coloured overlays. Paul Eis shares dozens of colorful versions of Berlin's contemporary architecture on his Instagram page, challenging to the real nude structures. All created images by Eis are the new phenomenon of creating art in an unclassical way, which means deconstruct and reform modern architecture through today's new aestheticism.

Marco Polo Tower in HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany by Behnisch Architekten

Paul Eis' visuals are formed by colourful stripped or wavy lines as well as giving a sense of depth in many parts of buildings like ba (...)