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’’We should build things that are unique’’ says Alejandro Aravena

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 448

’’We should build things that are unique’’ says Alejandro Aravena

In this article, Michael Kimmelman from New York Times tells a detailed narrative about Alejandro Aravena's design methodology, personal life and his design principles in which Elemental follows. Kimmelman puts an epic story about Aravena's architecture and life and explores how he has shaped an era by rebuilding a country.

''We don’t think of ourselves as artists,'' he adds. ''Architects like to build things that are unique. But if something is unique it can’t be repeated, so in terms of it serving many people in many places, the value is close to zero''.......Continue Reading

Top image: Aravena at the seafront. Image © Anthony Cotsifas, courtesy of New York T (...)

Studio Gang designs playful and innovative educational campus for the Academy for global citizenship

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 581

Studio Gang designs playful and innovative educational campus for the Academy for global citizenship

Chicago and New York-based architecture practice Studio Gang has unveiled new images of Chicago educational campus for the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), triggering new educational model through independent and collective learning. Studio Gang's proposal removes the boundaries of the traditional educational spaces. Studio Gang's design presents a new, purpose-built 21st-century learning campus that reimagines the concept of “school” as a place. The playful and innovative campus embrace the innate curiosity of children, the natural systems of the world, and the responsibility to make positive change, instilling in students a mindset of sustainability and wellness.

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) w (...)

WAC AT VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 1185

WAC AT VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016

Hello WAC Members!

The world’s biggest architectural exhibition ‘Venice Architecture Biennale 2016’ kicks off later this week. World Architecture Community will be in Venice this week for the press preview of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition and bring you all the news from the two-day special opening.

The opening is taking place at the Arsenale and Giardini in Venice on May 26 - 27, WAC team will provide live coverage on our Instagram and Twitter to share images and info about the most interesting events, meetings and exhibition.

The Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 is curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena and his reformist theme Reporting From The Front will force architects to (...)

Foster+Partners reveals new Apple Union Square in San Francisco

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 820

Foster+Partners reveals new Apple Union Square in San Francisco

Apple will open its new retail store in San Francisco incorporating Apple’s new features and services, designed by world-renowned architecture practice Foster+Partners. New plans of the Apple retail store feature new levels of transparency, openness and civic generosity, which will be a model for future projects worldwide. The design is the result of a close collaboration between Apple’s teams led by Jonathan Ive, chief design officer and Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores and Foster + Partners.

''This is an incredible site on Union Square and a chance to create a new public plaza. We have created the most inspiring and stimulating space imaginable, blurring the inside and outsid (...)

EFFEKT designs ReGreen Villages that create new sustainable eco-system for food and energy production

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 974

EFFEKT designs ReGreen Villages that create new sustainable eco-system for food and energy production

EFFEKT designed new sustainable homes for local communities in Almere, Netherlands, which yields organic food production and energy for self-sustaining urban eco-communities 'ReGen Villages.' ReGen Villages is a tech-integrated real estate development company with the purpose of answering some of the world’s most pressing global challenges – social, financial and above all environmental.

ReGen Villages is engineering and facilitating the development of off-grid, integrated and resilient neighbourhoods that power and feed self-reliant families around the world. ReGen Villages will be presented at the Danish Pavilion during the Venice Biennale.

ReGen stands for regenerative, where the outputs of one system (...)

Hani Rashid Presents Antarctic Biennale in Venice

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 1570

Hani Rashid Presents Antarctic Biennale in Venice

Hani Rashid Presents Antarctic Biennale in Venice focusing on Antarctica: Re-Cyclical. An installation by Studio Hani Rashid at the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna being presented during the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2016. Antarctic Pavilion is located in Fondaco Marcello, San Marco 3415 (Calle dei Garzoni), Venice.

The Antarctic is a powerful place of remarkable beauty and perfection. With global warming and rising sea levels, this precious place will undoubtedly be impacted. Human nature seeks to expand horizons and modes of habitation, and as it becoming increasingly plausible to inhabit these extraordinary landscapes of snow and ice, we must pose serious questions as to how, as architects, (...)

Farshid Moussavi and Architecture Foundation invite you to the British Pavilion in Venice Biennale

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 1301

Farshid Moussavi and Architecture Foundation invite you to the British Pavilion in Venice Biennale

New Architects 3 will be given a launch at the Venice Biennale in the form of a public conversation between four of the architects in the book. Chaired by Architecture Foundation Trustee, Farshid Moussavi, the panel features Baxendale Design Co, Assemble, Orkidstudio & Studio Sam Causer.

Farshid Moussavi and the Architecture Foundation invite you to an event at the British Pavilion celebrating the publication of New Architects 3, the definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up in the last decade. The book highlights many designers actively reinventing the model of contemporary practice to better effect change through architecture ­– from cross-subsiding design with other ventures, to establishing ch (...)

MAD’s first residential project ’UNIC’ will dominate Paris with its curvaceous form

WA Contents • May 21, 2016 • 3479

MAD’s first residential project ’UNIC’ will dominate Paris with its curvaceous form

MAD unveils its first residential project to be constructed in Europe. MAD's new undulated Parisian housing is located in Clichy-Batignolles, a newly developed neighborhood in Paris, UNIC is next to Martin Luther King Park and a courthouse designed by Renzo Piano, which is currently under construction. MAD won the project through an international design competition in collaboration with local French architects Accueil - Biecher Architectes. UNIC is expected to be completed in 2018.MAD's UNIC creates a contrast in the existing context with its organic form.

The residential project consists of 13 floors in total, the building’s upper floors boast panoramic views of the surrounding city and the Eiffel Tower. The building (...)

Studio KO unveiled plans for Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech

WA Contents • May 21, 2016 • 790

Studio KO unveiled plans for Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech

Two museums entirely dedicated to French designer Yves Saint Laurent’s work and life to open in Paris and Marrakech in autumn 2017. Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent ensures, first and foremost, the conservation of the designer’s 40 years of creativity (1962-2002). Its collection comprises five thousand haute couture garments and fifteen thousand accessories, as well as thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs, and objects.

To this day, this collection has no equivalent in the international haute couture milieu. A real pioneer, Yves Saint Laurent is the only designer of his generation who decided to systematically archive his work since the creation of his couture house in 1961. From original (...)

At the borders migration can be photographed. In cities it can be solved. #reSITE2016

WA Contents • May 20, 2016 • 1209

At the borders migration can be photographed. In cities it can be solved. #reSITE2016

reSITE 2016 Cities in Migration

June 16-17, 2016Forum Karlín, Pernerova 53, Prague 8, Czech RepublicClick here for more information and registration.

Globally renowned sociologist and professor at Columbia university Saskia Sassen, the New York-based architect designing microunit housing for young people and small families, Mimi Hoang, and Ursula Struppe, the Director of Vienna Municipal Department for Integration and Diversity: these are three of many extraordinary women that will come to reSITE 2016: Cities in Migration to speak about how cities can utilize the potential posed by migration for sustainable urban development.

NYC Planning Commissioner, Carl Weisbrod, will talk about NYC’s path to greener s (...)

Richard Meier Changes His Palette for New Tower in New York

WA Contents • May 20, 2016 • 1800

Richard Meier Changes His Palette for New Tower in New York

[....] ''White is the most wonderful color,” he said. “Within it you can see all the colors of the rainbow''.

But an old friend, and a special commission, have gotten the architect to change his stripes. Mr. Meier has designed a black building.

At East 39th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, developer Sheldon Solow will be unveiling a 42-story, 556-unit residential building. It will be Mr. Meier’s tallest in the city and his first since his trio of apartment towers on West Street were completed in 2004.......Continue Reading

A rendering, center, in black, of a 42-story, 556-unit residential building on Manhattan’s East Side designed by architect Richard Meier for developer (...)

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

WA Contents • May 20, 2016 • 1066

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Office For Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) completed new residential blocks in London in collaboration with Allies & Morrison. Two studio's design seeks to save the building by re-injecting life into the modernist monument while retaining its distinctive copper roof and parabolic form. New residential accommodation integrates into the existing fabric of the site, regenerating the western end of Kensington High Street.

Image © Sebastian Van Damme

The original building, by Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall and Partners, completed in 1962, marks the transition from British Empire to Commonwealth and is regarded by English Heritage, the UK government's statutory adviser on the historic environment, as an importa (...)

Lucas Museum may be moved to San Francisco’s Treasure Island

WA Contents • May 20, 2016 • 558

Lucas Museum may be moved to San Francisco’s Treasure Island

Areal view of Lucas Museum looks like a percolating sculture, melting into nature.

A spokeswoman for San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin confirmed that the city and museum representatives are in early discussions about a site on Treasure Island, a destination in San Francisco Bay famous for a naval base. Los Angeles is also trying to stay in the game, with Mayor Eric Garcetti saying that Lucas' project would find a good home in the heart of the movie industry.

The museum "will inspire creativity wherever it lands, and we would welcome it in Los Angeles," said Garcetti in a statement Monday......Continue Reading

Top image © MAD Architects

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Discuss your projects with Christoph Ingenhoven, Louisa Hutton and Ole Scheeren in WAF 2016

WA Contents • May 20, 2016 • 686

Discuss your projects with Christoph Ingenhoven, Louisa Hutton and Ole Scheeren in WAF 2016

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced this year's events and prestigious jury members to discuss your projects with world-renowned architects. This year, WAF 2016 will take place at the Arena Berlin in Germany between 16-18 November, 2016. Present to, interact with and receive live feedback from WAF international jurors at this year's event in Berlin. The WAF awards are the only global awards programme where finalists get to exchange and discuss their work with jurors face to face.

World Architecture Festival now celebrates its ninth edition and after following four successful years in Singapore, the festival now embraces Europe and this year's event will be held in Arena Berlin, which is Franz Ahrens&rsq (...)

Mecanoo releases new regeneration plans of Thamesmead for London

WA Contents • May 20, 2016 • 647

Mecanoo releases new regeneration plans of Thamesmead for London

Mecanoo Architecten and Proctor and Matthews Architects, alongside landscape architects Turkington Martin, developed a master plan in south east London with over 1,500 housing units within the scope of new regeneration plans submitted by London housing association Peabody. Mecanoo's plan will deliver a coherent community with affordable homes, new jobs, and around 10,000 square metres of commercial, retail and leisure space, at close travel distance to the City of London.

Detailed proposals have also been unveiled for a new civic quarter as the first development phase of the masterplan. This will contain 525 homes alongside community, retail and leisure facilities around a public square, shifting perceptions of Thamesmead throug (...)

Harvard GSD announces Anna Puigjaner the winner of the 2016 Wheelwright Prize

WA Contents • May 19, 2016 • 1177

Harvard GSD announces Anna Puigjaner the winner of the 2016 Wheelwright Prize

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) named Barcelona architect Anna Puigjaner the winner of the 2016 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship aimed at fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design. Puigjaner is a graduate of the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona-Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BArch 2004, MArch 2008, and Ph.D. 2014). In 2005, she cofounded MAIO Studio with partners Maria Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, and Guillermo López.

MAIO operates as a collaborative studio and has completed several projects, spanning exhibition design, furniture, interiors, public spaces, urban planning, and architecture. In summer 2016, the firm will compl (...)

Chiharu Shiota’s ’Trace of Memory’ reenacts the memories of the house with webs of yarn in Pittsburgh

WA Contents • May 19, 2016 • 1234

Chiharu Shiota’s ’Trace of Memory’ reenacts the memories of the house with webs of yarn in Pittsburgh

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota created an installation in the Pittsburgh's 19th-century row house attributing to the lives of the house’s former occupants. Shiota's temporal installation opened in September 2013 as the inaugural project in the Mattress Factory museum’s fifth property acquisition and now is about to end on May 22, 2016. Playing off the history of 516 Sampsonia Way, Chiharu Shiota explores the relationship between waking life and memories through hauntingly beautiful installations that incorporate everyday objects like books, suitcases and beds encased in webs of yarn.

Stretched in multi-layers in a gallery space, Shiota weaves disorienting cocoons of black yarn that reflect the artist’s des (...)

Most-awaited robotic fabrication Elytra Filament Pavilion is on view at the V&A Museum

WA Contents • May 19, 2016 • 948

Most-awaited robotic fabrication Elytra Filament Pavilion is on view at the V&A Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) finally presents the most-awaited robotic fabrication created by experimental German architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer. The temporal robotic installation will be on view until Sunday, 6 November 2016 at the V&A Museum.

The pavilion explores the impact and multiple ways of emerging robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making. Achim Menges and Jan Knippers are leaders of research institutes at the University of Stuttgart that are pioneering the integration of biomimicry, robotic fabrication and new materials research in architecture. This temporary installation derives from their ongoing (...)