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Human-scaled Primary School by CEBRA features pitched roofs with irregularly-arranged windows

WA Contents • October 16, 2017 • 21

Human-scaled Primary School by CEBRA features pitched roofs with irregularly-arranged windows

Danish architecture office CEBRA has completed a primary school near Aarhus in Denmark, featuring steep pitched roofs and a series of irregularly-arranged windows that act as a landscape element within the nature. Named Skovbakken, developed as the biggest investment in a new building in Odder Municipality, the school follows human scale principles with recognisable motives such as pitched roofs - and supports modern education and teaching. Inspired by the local context, the school houses 650 students in total.

CEBRA's new building replaces an existing school and is in its scale, its architectonic expression and in its materials inspired by its surroundings: the neighbourhood and the public forest.

"The school is designe (...)

Know Your City TV launches in Kenya showcasing the youth’s take of daily life

Momoh Kakulatombo • October 16, 2017 • 12

Know Your City TV launches in Kenya showcasing the youth’s take of daily life

Someone once said, the thing about life is that it is so daily. Many people might agree, and answer, "take a step back and look again!". This is just what the youth of Kenya have done.

Beginning with an initiative started in June 2017, 20 young residents from Mukuru slum were recruited, equipped and trained in the ways of new media to creatively direct Know Your City TV (KYC TV). KYC TV is the newly-launched Kenyan outlet producing and showcasing their work to the world.

Image © Nairobi Studio

Muungano Alliance is the organization working on the ground with tenants as strategic facilitators of the development process, along with other long-term projects. Muungano is a Swahili word meaning "unity". The Alliance pro (...)

Entry deadline extended to the World Architecture Community Awards 26th Cycle

WA Contents • October 16, 2017 • 471

Entry deadline extended to the World Architecture Community Awards 26th Cycle

We have given you extra time to submit your entries for the World Architecture Community Awards 26th Cycle - all entries must now be submitted by Sunday, October 22, 2017. This gives you an extra one week to send your submissions and be in with the chance of winning this prestigious WA Awards to become globally recognised.Since 2006 and for over 20 Cycles, World Architecture Community organises the prestigious and acclaimed WA Awards 10+5+X. The aim of the WA Community Awards is to highlight and recognise remarkable projects that might otherwise remain unnoticed by the international public, yet have the potential to inspire exciting questions about contemporary architectural discourse. WA Awards 26th Cycle, Deadline extended to October 22, (...)

Grimshaw Architects unveils plans for Tirana Central Park

Eneida Berisha • October 16, 2017 • 34

Grimshaw Architects unveils plans for Tirana Central Park

On September 12th, the Mayor of the Tirana, Erion Veliaj, and Grimshaw Architects presented the design of the Central Park, as part of the Tirana Master Plan. The plan of the extension of the new boulevard, designed by Grimshaw Architects, forms a link between the existing boulevard and the two large rivers of Tirana, Lana River and Tirana River.

The project, comprising an area of 15 square meters, will create a series of "urban living rooms" - a reflection of the Mediterranean outdoor culture of Tirana - to connect to the new network of public spaces in the Albanian capital, and it will be the largest park of the city, about 6 times larger than Rinia Park. The river park comprises a 7km stretch of greenery including a lido and beac (...)

"Premio de Arquitectura Española" 2017 awarded jointly to Mansilla y Tuñón and Francisco Mangado

Michael Swords • October 16, 2017 • 10

One of the most prestigious prizes in the Spanish architectural calendar, the "Premio de Arquitectura Española", has been awarded jointly for the Museum Of Royal Collections in Madrid by Mansilla y Tuñón and the Congress Center and Hotel in Palma de Mallorca by Francisco Mangado. It is only the third time in the history of the award that the prize has been shared.

The biennial prize, ran by the Council of architects of Spain (Cscae), aims to "Gain public awareness for the quality of Spanish works of architecture realized in Spain." It is the second time Mansilla y Tuñón have received the prize, having previously attained the award in 2003 for the city auditorium in León. Notable past winners (...)

48H Open House Barcelona to take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd October

Michael Swords • October 16, 2017 • 12

48H Open House Barcelona to take place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd October

Continuing the series of Architecture festivals that take place in major European cities throughout october, the 8th edition of 48H Open House Barcelona will be held on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of October. During the event, more than 200 spaces will open their doors to the public, with free guided tours and activities.

Video by 48h BCN

The city of Barcelona is famous for its glut of beautiful buildings and pleasant public spaces. Those who have visited the city will be familiar with the city's best known buildings, with works by Gaudi or Jujol having become part of the image of the city. However, many of the cities' most interesting spaces are inaccessible, or even unknown to the general public. The "48H Op (...)

Exclusive: Walls, "the ugliest version of racism and exclusionary citizenship" says Fonna Forman

berrin chatzi chousein • October 15, 2017 • 43

Exclusive: Walls,

New urban strategies should look at the dynamics of small scale-neighborhoods, their structural alterations and their new ways of constructing patterns, which impose new political and economic policies; American political theorist Fonna Forman told in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community within the scope of this year's reSITE Conference in Prague.

Forman stated that "the best, and most equitable, way to encourage density in a city, is not through 'new urbanist' strategies and form-based code that displace or hinder emergent dynamics, but through imaginative urban policy that supports small-scale adaptation, retrofit and neighborhood-led development."

Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political T (...)

MVRDV and Alexandra Kehagyoglou create continuous green texture for Taipei lecture hall

WA Contents • October 13, 2017 • 47

MVRDV and Alexandra Kehagyoglou create continuous green texture for Taipei lecture hall

A flowing green landscape wraps the interior of Taipei's new lecture hall, creating an atmosphere that makes it difficult to distinguish between walls and floors. Designed by MVRDV in collaboration with Argentinian textile artist Alexandra Kehayoglou, the space itself acts as "a wall-covering artwork" that transforms the interior into a green dream by using recycled threads.

Commissioned by Jut Group, the 240-square-metre lecture hall, accommodating up to 176 guests, is located at the head office of the group in Taipei, Taiwan. The design concept presents itself as a new continuous green carpeted landscape, which uses MVRDV and The Why Factory’s research methods to create the potential of future transformable environments. (...)

Bee Breeders announced Sydney Affordable Housing competition to tackle housing affordability

WA Contents • October 13, 2017 • 26

Bee Breeders announced Sydney Affordable Housing competition to tackle housing affordability

Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions has announced a new competition to tackle housing affordability in Australia’s biggest and busiest metropolitan city Sydney. Organized in collaboration with the Sydney Build Expo, the Sydney Affordable Housing architecture competition asks participants to develop a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Sydney, which can be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and is minimal in its use of land and materials.

Revealed as having one of the lowest supplies of affordable house in the world, coming in second to Hong Kong, Sydney property remains unattainable for most of the young population. Working with limited resources participants are challenged to create sol (...)

ZHA to take part in a public exhibition for UK Pet Charity with its "cocoon-like kennel"

WA Contents • October 13, 2017 • 31

ZHA to take part in a public exhibition for UK Pet Charity with its

Zaha Hadid Architects designed "a cocoon-like kennel" for UK's Pet Charity - BowWow Haus London, which re-homes and cares for more than 40,000 sick, injured and homeless pets each year. Zaha Hadid Architects are among 80 architects who support this community-based creative engagement.

The public exhibition - called BowWow Haus London - will feature over 80 kennels designed and built by architects, artists, and designers from around the world and it is expected to go on display at iconic London venues in early 2018. Remaining on display until they are sold at the gala auction in May to raise money to benefit the thousands of animals Blue Cross helps annually.

Featuring unique dog kennels in a public exhibition, the projec (...)

OMA selected to expand SANAA’s New Museum in New York city

WA Contents • October 13, 2017 • 39

OMA selected to expand SANAA’s New Museum in New York city

OMA New York has been selected to design an extension of New Museum, designed by Japanese architecture firm SANAA in 2007. The design of new expansion will double the Museum’s footprint on the Bowery, providing an additional 50,000 square feet (4,645 square meters) for additional galleries, improved public circulation, and flexible space for the institution’s continued exploration of new platforms and programs.

The design of the new building, taking place as adjacent property at 231 Bowery, will be led by Rem Koolhaas and OMA New York partner Shohei Shigematsu. The New Museum purchased the property in 2008 and the expansion plan was first announced in May 2016.

Announced by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Directo (...)

Shanghai waterfront gets an upgrade with Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio’s new Bund Finance

WA Contents • October 12, 2017 • 46

Shanghai waterfront gets an upgrade with Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio’s new Bund Finance

Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio-designed mixed-use development the Bund Finance Centre is set to get an upgrade in Shanghai's waterfront - the team will design two 180-metre landmark towers, located in the south of the site. Occupying a prominent site on the Bund, the buildings are situated at the 'end point' of Shanghai's most famous street.

Developed by two acclaimed international studios, the 420,000-square metre master plan features a highly permeable layout for pedestrians, with the design conceived as a point of connection between the old town and the new financial district.

Areal drone view. Image © Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio

Inspired by this urban context, two lan (...)

Winners announced for Creative Community Hub to design an urban catalyst in Adelaide

WA Contents • October 12, 2017 • 27

Winners announced for Creative Community Hub to design an urban catalyst in Adelaide

Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions has announced winners for its Adelaide Creative Community Hub competition, seeking to receive innovative proposals on the design of an urban catalyst for Adelaide. The participants had an option of designing either a temporary pavilion or fixed landmark within the recently-redeveloped Victoria Square, a well-used public park.

The Adelaide Creative Community Hub architecture competition looked to answer the question, what power does architecture have to foster and inspire creativity within an urban environment?

Collaborating with the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, Bee Breeders’ highly distinguished jury of professional architects and urban planners searched for (...)

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos completes opaque guest pavilion within a natural garden of Valencia

WA Contents • October 12, 2017 • 25

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos completes opaque guest pavilion within a natural garden of Valencia

Spanish architecture studio Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has completed a guest pavilion in Valencia, Spain - the one-storey all-white pavilion creates a minimum intervention within a natural garden of Valencia. The 70-square-metre guest pavilion was designed as an autonomous architecture conceived as an extension of a project that Fran Silvestre Arquitectos had developed in the studio. The human scale of the pavilion makes it a comfortable space where to experience living in a garden.

Video by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos is known with its minimalist and all-white coloured exteriors and forms that impose clearness, freshness and simplicity in an aesthetic and characterised way. The studio’s new pav (...)

Diller Scofidio + Renfro selected to design a "world-class concert hall" in London

WA Contents • October 11, 2017 • 37

Diller Scofidio + Renfro selected to design a

The City of London Corporation has announced that New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) will design "a world-class concert hall" for the London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, which is known as the Centre for Music London.

Defeating top international offices in the shortlist including Gehry Partners -LLP, AL_A, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Foster+Partners and Snøhetta, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been selected to lead the project with UK-based architecture firm Sheppard Robson. The new concert hall, which is being led by the Barbican - a world-class arts and learning organisation, will be a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra directed by Sir Simon Rattle, Music (...)

Gui Mattos created open plan for this concrete house to become a part of dense rainforest in Brazil

WA Contents • October 10, 2017 • 66

Gui Mattos created open plan for this concrete house to become a part of dense rainforest in Brazil

This sandwich-looking concrete private residence's four facades are kept completely open to become a part of the dense and rich rainforest vegetation in Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil. The single-storey house designed by the Brazilian architecture practice Gui Mattos are closed by floor-to-ceiling glazing, while creating cozy and private atmosphere within this plenty of vegetation.

Called Itamabuca House, the 450-square-metre house is situated at Itamambuca beach in Ubatuba of São Paulo - the house is very close to the seashore and surrounded by a dense and rich rainforest vegetation, the site pointed towards a simple conceptual insight.

According to the architects, the owners of the house wanted this house to (...)

OMA unveils its "Janus-faced" proposal for the renovation Of Paris’ Montparnasse Tower

WA Contents • October 10, 2017 • 118

OMA unveils its

Rem Koolhaas' firm OMA has unveiled its competition proposal to redesign Paris’ Montparnasse Tower, which was recently won by Nouvelle AOM. OMA's enigmatic tower - called TM2 - aims to address to "the redundancy of towers", which emerges as a new "perplexing issue", as the firm describes.

Image © OMA

Embracing more contemporary working conditions, facilities and spaces to extend the offer of its public attractions, OMA's TM2 appears within the city context as a "Janus-faced icon" overlooking the historic Eiffel Tower - is intentionally set as a golden concrete dilemma, while injecting the current technological and esthetic repertoire for the creation of architectural meaning.

Image © OMA (...)

Louvre cancels Atelier Van Lieshout’s "Domestikator" as they find it "sexually explicit"

WA Contents • October 10, 2017 • 120

Louvre cancels Atelier Van Lieshout’s

The Louvre Museum has cancelled to exhibit the Atelier van Lieshout's installation "Domestikator" as it explicitly evokes a "sexual content". The Atelier van Lieshout's art work was set to be displayed on October 19 in the Louvre’s Tuileries Gardens as part of Hors les Murs, a public art program organized by the Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC), but the Musée du Louvre cancelled to install the art piece at the last minute, according to New York Times newspaper.

"This is something that should not happen," Joep van Lieshout, the founder of the Atelier van Lieshout, said in a telephone interview, says the article oof New York Times. "A museum should be an open place for communication. The task of the museum and the p (...)

2nd Annual Cultural Middle East Conference to be held from 31 October - 2 November 2017 in Dubai

WA Contents • October 10, 2017 • 68

2nd Annual Cultural Middle East Conference to be held from 31 October - 2 November 2017 in Dubai

International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC), the global organization company of International Conferences, Online Communities, Summits & Workshops for industry leaders in every key industry, will held the 2nd Annual Cultural Middle East Conference from 31 October - 2 November 2017 at the Meydan Hotel, Dubai, UAE.

The 2nd Annual Cultural Tourism Middle East conference will address the latest developments and strategies to boost tourism in the Middle East through culture, heritage, arts and festivals. The Middle East is investing heavily in cultural tourism in an effort to economically diversify away from oil reliance.

As a result, Middle Eastern governments and tourism authorities are beginning to understand the i (...)

Takaharu Tezuka’s Fuji Kindergarten forms continuous space for children without extra equipment

WA Contents • October 9, 2017 • 27

Takaharu Tezuka’s Fuji Kindergarten forms continuous space for children without extra equipment

Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka designed a circle-shaped kindergarden that the children could keep running, never knowing when to stop. The emblematic structure allows children free and continuous space to play on its roof, inner garden and in the interior without needed any extra play equipment.

Named Fuji Kindergarten, Takaharu Tezuka's firm Tezuka Architects was also named as the winner of this year's Moriyama RAIC International Prize by The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) - the project was praised for its "rareness" in complete set of geometry and "utter simplicity and unfettered logic magically transcend the normal experience of learning."

Fuji Kindergarten, located in Tokyo, Japan and opened i (...)

Construction work starts on Canada’s tallest skyscraper by Foster + Partners

WA Contents • October 9, 2017 • 45

Construction work starts on Canada’s tallest skyscraper by Foster + Partners

Construction work has officially begun on 'The One' designed by Foster + Partners, which will become Canada's tallest skyscraper and the second tallest man-made structure after Toronto’s CN Tower. The 85-storey (306 metre) structure rises in the heart of Toronto - is exactly situated at the border of downtown and the fashionable Yorkville neighbourhood.

The One will bridge the two zones, inspired by its context, the neighbourhood quality of Yorkville, the commercial boulevard of Bloor Street and the local heritage character of Yonge Street.

Inspired by the historic 19th century brick structures within the city context, the skyscraper reveals itself as a bold and characterised development with its highly a (...)

3XN releases new images and construction photos of Olympic House in Switzerland

WA Contents • October 9, 2017 • 80

3XN releases new images and construction photos of Olympic House in Switzerland

Danish architecture firm 3XN has released new visuals along with a set of construction photos showing the process of the new home of the International Olympic Committee. Called Olympic House, the newly released photographs show the circular staircase, which echoes the Olympic rings, as well as sinuous façade structure rising at the construction site in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 2014, 3XN won the competition to design IOC’s new headquarters. The HQ building is designed around three key values/objectives: movement, flexibility and sustainability. Its interior is designed with as few structural constraints as possible, and has a eight-meter column free zone from the façade into the building.

A transparent dou (...)

Architecture competitions by Archasm are India’s own International Creative Forum

Varun Kumar • October 9, 2017 • 29

Architecture competitions by Archasm are India’s own International Creative Forum

Archasm is an ideas competition enterprise by three Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) alumni. With its eighth competition in play, Archasm is witnessing over an average of 300 entrants from world over, with commendable creative responses to each design brief.

Recent debates on ideas competitions being worth the Architect’s time and energy or not allude to engaging with other worthwhile activities. But such competitions have their perks among young folks in design. Regardless of winning or not, students and fresh graduates will find competitions benefiting to participate in and season themselves.

One may argue that open competitions aren’t challenging as briefs set the target list. But for young minds in desi (...)

Book review: Landscape Architecture in India – A Reader

SARBJIT BAHGA • October 9, 2017 • 50

Book review: Landscape Architecture in India – A Reader

Landscape Architecture in India – A Reader is a voluminous treatise produced by a joint effort of more than two dozen professionals from diverse fields. It brings together knowledge about the meaning and scope of landscape architecture in Indian subcontinent. It seeks to introduce landscape architecture to students and future professionals in spatial design disciplines and to disseminate knowledge about the subject in a regionally specific manner.

The book demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of the subject where many interests and disciplines – of environmental science, art, anthropology, history, engineering and design – all have an important role in the creative process.

The book is structured in fiv (...)