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Studio Libeskind unveiled two urban mixed-use buildings for France

WA Contents • March 29, 2017 • 352

Studio Libeskind unveiled two urban mixed-use buildings for France

Daniel Libeskind's firm Studio Libeskind has unveiled two new urban mixed-use buildings for France, which will be added to two cities of France -Toulouse and Nice, presented at MIPIM- the world's largest property event- between 14-17 March in Cannes, France. Two competition winning designs were revealed by Compagnie de Phalsbourg, one of the major players in the commercial real estate market in France and the Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind will revive the heart of the Business District of Toulouse with 150 meter-high Garden Tower while offering a mixed-use Commercial Center connected to Thiers Train Station in Nice, creating a diamond form with crystallised multiple faces.

''With these important proje (...)

Shopping mall paradox: Stefan Al on why shopping malls aren’t dying?

WA Contents • March 29, 2017 • 260

Shopping mall paradox: Stefan Al on why shopping malls aren’t dying?

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Certainly, the Westfield World Trade Center seems to demonstrate that it is not the mall that is declining, but suburbia. The mall, meanwhile, is becoming urban.In fact, a new breed of shopping centre is integrating so seamlessly into its urban surroundings that it can be difficult to draw any line between city and mall whatsoever. London’s Boxpark, Las Vegas’s Downtown Container Park and Miami’s Brickell City Centre are examples of mall-like environments that try to weave into the street life of a city.....Continue Reading

Top image: Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center, NY. Image © Hufton + Crow

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Former Guggenheim Director criticised Frank Gehry-designed museum plans for Abu Dhabi

WA Contents • March 29, 2017 • 232

Former Guggenheim Director criticised Frank Gehry-designed museum plans for Abu Dhabi

Thomas Krens, the former director of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York, has spoken out about the foundation’s controversial plans to build a museum in Abu Dhabi.

He stated on the podcast “In Other Words,” produced by the art advisory firm Art Agency Partners, that the project to establish the cultural complex on Saadiyat Island with five new museums was conceived at a time when “people were far more naive” and that it “could never have happened” today. He added: “The world financial crisis and the Arab Spring has changed the equation radically....it may not be such a good idea these days to have an American museum...with a Jewish name in a country [that doesn’t recognize Israe (...)

ARKxSITE announced winners for Site Dwelling-Salir do Porto competition

WA Contents • March 29, 2017 • 262

ARKxSITE announced winners for Site Dwelling-Salir do Porto competition

ARKxSITE architecture competitions announced winners for Site Dwelling competition in the village of Salir do Porto, Portugal. The competition selected 3 winners from Italy, Spain and Sweden and 7 Honorable Mentions from France, Italy, Portugal, US and Greece.

This international one-stage architecture ideas competition invited all architecture students, young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies (≤ 40 years old) to develop and submit compelling ideas for the design of a Site Dwelling located on the cliff of the bay, in the village of Salir do Porto, Portugal.

Salir do Porto has a number of significant landmarks within a prominent landscape; it is a place of great cultural heritage and hi (...)

RIBA opens new national architecture centre in Liverpool in June 2017

WA Contents • March 29, 2017 • 362

RIBA opens new national architecture centre in Liverpool in June 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has officially announced that it will open a new national architecture centre called ''RIBA North'', on 17 June on the Liverpool Waterfront. New RIBA North, designed by Broadway Malyan, will be a place for everyone to discover more about architecture with exhibitions, talks and tours as well as a café and shop.The main City Gallery will be situated at the heart of RIBA North and will provide a space for visitors to learn more about Liverpool’s past present and future, as well as the processes involved in urban development and the evolution of the built environment.

Image © Edmund Sumner

RIBA North’s City Gallery includes the Digital C (...)

WA Awards 24th Cycle Winner Posters and Certificates are ready to download

WA Contents • March 28, 2017 • 490

WA Awards 24th Cycle Winner Posters and Certificates are ready to download

World Architecture Community announced WA Awards 24th Cycle Winner Posters and Certificates!You are invited to Download! We present 36 winner posters and certificates for the 24th Cycle. Please visit your project page to download or preview your high-resolution poster and visit your winner page from your WA settings to download your winner Certificate. Please see WA Awards 24th Cycle WinnersWe are receiving new submissions for WA Awards 25th Cycle!WA Awards 25th Cycle, Deadline: April 30, 2017

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BIG, Adjaye Associates, Reiulf Ramstad among shortlist for Ross Pavilion design in Edinburgh

WA Contents • March 28, 2017 • 295

BIG, Adjaye Associates, Reiulf Ramstad among shortlist for Ross Pavilion design in Edinburgh

Seven-strong shortlist of architects has been revealed for the first stage of Ross Pavilion design and Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh. Announced by the Ross Development Trust in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants, the competition is searching for an outstanding team of architects, landscape designers, engineers and other specialists for the new circa £25M Ross Pavilion and Gardens project in the heart of Edinburgh.

Each of the finalist teams is led by an architect, and the seven-strong names listed below:

-Adjaye Associates (UK)-BIG/Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark)-Flanagan Lawrence (UK)-Page \ Park Architects (UK)-Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (Norway)-wHY (USA)-William Matthews (...)

Melbourne tower to become Australia’s first residential building constructed above a rail line

Sarath Ranaweera • March 28, 2017 • 286

Melbourne tower to become Australia’s first residential building constructed above a rail line

A residential building tower to be built over an active railway line, the first of its kind in Australia. It was unveiled recently by a Melbourne developer SMA Projects. This proposal located in 24 Chapel Street, in the Melbourne suburb of Windsor, is designed by JCB Architects, Aspect Studios and SJB Planning.

Project initiated by developer SMA Projects as a collaborative work with the Victoria Government-owned enterprise that owns and manages most of the Victoria’s rail and tram lines and accompanying infrastructure.

This iconic 15-storey tall building would contain 45 apartments clad in a diagonal grid exoskeleton structure. According to JCB Architects, the diagrid references elements of rail infrastructure, like gant (...)

World Architecture Community is looking for Country Editors for 2017

berrin chatzi chousein • March 27, 2017 • 4517

World Architecture Community is looking for Country Editors for 2017

We are delighted and very excited to announce the Country Editors/Reporters Program World Architecture Community launched as of 2017. We are actively seeking fellow community members from all around the World, to volounteer as the face of their country on World Architecture Community while being the voice of World Architecture Community in their country.

The idea is very simple: we call for volunteer community members to join the World Architecture Community’s news team. By enrolling these community members scattered around the globe and interested in sharing their countries’ architecture news, we are now expanding our ability to share exclusive and local news, which we trust will be a great addition and benefit to our Co (...)

Punjab State War Heroes’ Memorial And Museum, Amritsar is Now Fully Operational

SARBJIT BAHGA • March 27, 2017 • 947

Punjab State War Heroes’ Memorial And Museum, Amritsar is Now Fully Operational

First of its kind in India, the Punjab State War Heroes' Memorial and Museum at Amritsar is now fully operational and draws large number of visitors daily. Built at the cost of Rs 130 crore (20 million USD), the memorial-museum was inaugurated in October 2016, by the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal. Some works related to interior furnishing of exhibit galleries which were pending at that time have now been completed.

The Punjab State War Heroes' Memorial and Museum is located on a plot of about three hectares abutting Amritsar - Attari Road on the outskirts of the holy city of Amritsar. Its location on the National Highway-1, and that too only 18 kms away from Indo-Pak International border makes it a prom (...)

Cairo University named in the Global University Rankings For Architecture

yasmin el.sodany • March 27, 2017 • 496

Cairo University named in the Global University Rankings For Architecture

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) competent education company annually publishes a special classification with 800 universities around the world, and it is also classified according to subject (specialized).

Earlier this month, it published category for Architecture/Built Environment and The Department of Architecture - University of Cairo enters to the list as 151-200 on the level of The Departments of Architecture all over the world Architecture Department - Cairo University in QS.2017 (by subject). This arrangement is for the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering Cairo University in this version is the first of Arab and African, it is one of the oldest departments of existing in the faculty.

Architecture between the ba (...)

Mona Hassan captures Egyptian Village Festival Houses composed of colourful paintings by 40 artists

yasmin el.sodany • March 27, 2017 • 129

Mona Hassan captures Egyptian Village Festival Houses composed of colourful paintings by 40 artists

The goal was to take some pictures of the boats on the shore of the lake, but the journey has included many images of artistic treasure, was captured by 40 artists from 14 countries. The Egyptian photographer Mona Hassan captures these images in a simple village of Kafr El-Sheikh in Egypt.

She was on her way to take some pictures of the boats, which stands on the shores of famous Lake Borollos on the way to the lake, she began to discover technical drawings in bright colours on the wall of simple homes there. On this trip, she decided to keep track of this mystery behind those drawings and discover step after step.

''While I watched paintings on the walls of the houses, I was amazed. As my study of Fine Arts I found (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils design for a supertall mixed-use skyscraper in New York

WA Contents • March 25, 2017 • 1413

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils design for a supertall mixed-use skyscraper in New York

A 1,400 foot-tall (427 meter) emblematic skyscraper designed by Zaha Hadid Architects will be added to other supertall structures in midtown Manhattan, which will be developed by Kushner Companies-a company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser and married to his daughter Ivanka Trump.

ZHA's supertall mixed-use tower is located at 666 Fifth Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street and the plans will be transformed from 1950s existing building by stripping its steel core from top-down and adding 40 additional floors above its height.

The $12 billion plans are based on a big deal between Kushner Companies and Anbang Insurance Group announced earlier this month as Bloom (...)

WA Awards Open For Entries For The 25th Cycle

WA Contents • March 25, 2017 • 3984

WA Awards Open For Entries For The 25th Cycle

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 25th Cycle, Deadline: April 30, 2017. WA Awards accepts submissions in 3 distinct categories:

WA Designed Award: Projects that were not built,

WA Realised Award: Projects that are actually built,

WA Student Award: Projects designed by Students,

Evaluation CriteriaNovelty, Originality and Creativity in design that reflect and inspire (...)

Oiio envisions the world’s longest building with The Big Bend for New York

WA Contents • March 24, 2017 • 2061

Oiio envisions the world’s longest building with The Big Bend for New York

New York and Athens-based architecture studio Oiio has envisioned a new arc-shaped tower criticising the latest super-skyscraper boom in the heart of Manhattan. Oiio's new proposal features the slimmest structure and numerous gridded large windows placed on this arc-formed skyscraper.

Named The Big Bend, the speculative scheme is located in the Manhattan's 57th street where a number of super tall structures are rising nearby or on the same street -such as Christian de Portzamparc's One57, SHoP Architects' 111 West 57th Street, Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue and Jean Nouvel's 53W53.

The Big Bend reaches at 4,000 feet (1,22 kilometres) in total, which completes itself by starting with one f (...)

Winners announced for Blue Clay Country Spa competition

WA Contents • March 24, 2017 • 540

Winners announced for Blue Clay Country Spa competition

Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions has announced winners for the Blue Clay Country Spa competition. Judges have selected the winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa architecture competition, in which students and professionals were invited to contemplate the economic, cultural and architectural implications of inhabiting non-urban territory, through an ecotourist facility in Latvia.

The winning submissions were chosen as they established social collectivity through circulation and parti. The first prize winners were Joao Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, Joao Tavares, Paulo Dias from Portugal, who successfully reprogrammed a spatial archetype, the hortus conclusus, or walled garden. The project’s circular promenade unites each funct (...)

MVRDV densifies Netherland’s Hague city with tetris-looking residential towers

WA Contents • March 24, 2017 • 805

MVRDV densifies Netherland’s Hague city with tetris-looking residential towers

MVDRV has unveiled its latest residential development for Netrherland's Hague city, offering over 500 apartments with a tetris-looking form. Developed in collaboration with Provast, the 61,800 square-metre residential project is located in the Hague’s CBD between the National Library and a motorway that will be covered in the vicinity of Central Station.

Named Grotius Towers, the project reacts to the typical 'The Hague tower', with a focus on the realisation of high quality housing, a subtle façade, with 'soft' landing on the street, and a 'crown' with large outdoor spaces.

The Hague is the only large city in the Netherlands located next to the sea offering residents access to (...)

AIA issues statement responding Donald Trump’s massive cuts for the Fiscal Year 2018

WA Contents • March 24, 2017 • 573

AIA issues statement responding Donald Trump’s massive cuts for the Fiscal Year 2018

Last week, President Donald Trump's Administration released a budget plan for the 2018 Fiscal Year, including massive cuts on arts, science and some federal programs assisting the poor community.

Trump's first budget named ''America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again'' offers some radical shifts for government's spending on defence by rising to $54 billion for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force even though the budget plan does not make a clear explanation where the new $54 billion would go, according to Washington Post.

Besides that, Trump's new budget eliminates several federal programs serving to low-income American families or other minorities. The Low-Incom (...)

Boogertman + Partners Architects Designed Wangari Muta Mathai House in Kenya celebrating a Heroine

Momoh Kakulatombo • March 24, 2017 • 1788

Boogertman + Partners Architects Designed Wangari Muta Mathai House in Kenya celebrating a Heroine

Stepping into the image above, the visitors may perhaps feel embraced by the East African expression of nature. In the abundance of the indigenous grasses and trees in varying shades of green, the massive ring floats sturdy upon the rising and falling landscape in the rendering. This monolithic, but subtle building designed by Boogertman + Partners Architects, a multi-locational architecture company, and also well-known with their recent projects in Kenya.

In October 2016, the Wangari Muta Mathai House was selected as the winner of last year’s World Architecture Festival in the Future buildings: Culture category. The project is set to be completed in four years time. It is located approximately 10 km from the Central Business D (...)

CHYBIK+KRISTOF wins competition to design new Administrative Centre for the Czech Forestry Commission

WA Contents • March 23, 2017 • 720

CHYBIK+KRISTOF wins competition to design new Administrative Centre for the Czech Forestry Commission

CHYBIK+KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers has won a competition to design the new administrative centre of the Czech Forestry Commission in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, which will become natural and the artificial mingle with wooden-framed lattices.

The proposal will be developed with other architecture studios including K4, Ivo Stolek, Jan Stolek, Tomas Babka and the breathe.earth.collective. The winning proposal is a two-storey building on the edge of an existing forest, that uses wood extensively as construction material – as requested within the competition.

The concept is based on incorporating the forest landscape into a five-finger building to create new relations between the inside office (...)