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MVRDV’s green-infilled urban corridor Tainan Axis breaks ground

WA Contents • June 28, 2017 • 162

MVRDV’s green-infilled urban corridor Tainan Axis breaks ground

Construction work has started on MVRDV's new urban green corridor called "Tainan Axis" in downtown Tainan, Taiwan. The groundbreaking ceremony was held with the Mayor of Tainan, William Lai, together with the Urban Development Bureau of Tainan City, the Urbanists Collaborative and LLJ Architects yesterday.

The Tainan Axis will transform the former site of the China-Town Mall into a green corridor with public interventions along Haian Road. MVRDV won the competition in 2015 together with an interdisciplinary team of experts including local firm The Urbanist Collaborative, LLJ Architects, Progressive Environmental, Urban Sculptor Planning & Designing Consultants, THI Consultants and MEP engineers Songsing.

The transform (...)

X+Living creates undulating walls and colourful interior for Chengdu Zhongshuge bookstore in China

WA Contents • June 28, 2017 • 278

X+Living creates undulating walls and colourful interior for Chengdu Zhongshuge bookstore in China

Endless sinuous structural walls and colourful interior dominate the newly-completed Chengdu Zhongshuge bookstore designed by Chinese architecture firm X+Living. Inspired by a memorable culture of Chengdu, Zhongshuge bookstore - labeled as valuing culture - is conceived as an interior city filled with full of cultural charm.

The project is located in Chengdu Tianfu Avenue and situated on the fourth floor of the Yintai Center. The visitors see the Zhongshuge label - text curtain wall at first glance. In order to integrate better with this charming city, Shu culture is embodied in the text curtain wall.

The bookstore features different places to discover with different material and spatial qualities including children area with (...)

AIA NY Chapter presents a film and lecture on "100 Women Architects" on June 28

WA Contents • June 27, 2017 • 416

AIA NY Chapter presents a film and lecture on

A new film and lecture will explore "100 Women Architects" working in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright - this special film will be screened at the Center for Architecture in New York on June 28th at 6 p.m. Titled as "100 Women Architects in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright", the film will explore the traces of remarkable careers of six women architects as well as Frank Lloyd Wright's long history of working with women in his studio.

Produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and written and directed by Beverly Willis, FAIA, the film focuses on six female architects including Marion Mahony Griffin, Isabel Roberts, Lois Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber.

Dr. Anna Rubbo will also be in (...)

Francis Kéré’s tree-inspired Serpentine Pavilion opened in London’s Kensington Gardens

WA Contents • June 27, 2017 • 394

Francis Kéré’s tree-inspired Serpentine Pavilion opened in London’s Kensington Gardens

Burkinese architect Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion for 2017 has been opened to the public in London's Kensington Gardens - this year's pavilion features a rounded space positioned around a small-central courtyard and the structure is surrounded by indigo-blue walls, made of a series of triangular modules. Socially minded architect Diébédo Francis Kéré is the seventeenth but the first African architect being selected to design the annual Serpentine gallery pavilion. Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, was selected by Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel with advisors David Adjaye (...)

"Border walls are erected as a physical manifestation" says Teddy Cruz

WA Contents • June 27, 2017 • 400

After long debates and triggering sessions on 'In/visible City' at the reSITE 2017 last week, Teddy Cruz's presentation on "border walls" tackled the problems of infrastructure and communities in a wider scale by making radical propositions on our city borders - which marked the festival on the 2nd day of the conference program.

Teddy Cruz, Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California and co-founder of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, evaluated several conflicts that took place in the city borders within social and political context during his impressive presentation at the reSITE 2017.

Prof. Teddy Cruz directs his studio with Fonna Forman - Professor (...)

Caroline Bos presents UNStudio’s Network Infrastructure at reSITE 2017

WA Contents • June 23, 2017 • 801

Caroline Bos presents UNStudio’s Network Infrastructure at reSITE 2017

reSITE 2017's today's sessions have started with the world-renowned woman urbanist Caroline Bos' lecture presenting UNStudio's focus and works on a network infrastructure. Caroline Bos, Art Historian and co-founder of UNStudio, has presented UNStudio's networking design strategy with several illustrations, analytic tools and new mediums over the studio's recent projects completed in different cities of the world including Arnhem Central Station in Netherlands, Mercedez-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany and Raffles City in Hangzhou, China - which nears completion.

UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Bos' presentation showed how t (...)

"Use in buildings is very creative thing and can be developed by many people" says Kazuyo Sejima

WA Contents • June 22, 2017 • 887

"Use in buildings is very creative thing and can be developed by many other people; this can be a basic element of infrastructure," said acclaimed Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima, founder of SANAA.

Kazuyo Sejima is one of hotly-anticipated speakers at reSITE 2017 and the world-renowned woman architect has made an impressive presentation regarding her well-known projects starting from Japan, Switzerland to Budapest. Sejima's presentation has mostly revealed how she uses deeper meanings of contextual parameters of design in various phases using local participants as "an active connector".

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kazuyo Sejima, 60, designed many museum and cultural buildings around the world and most of her bui (...)

"All projects need to be considered in multiple ways" says Kathryn Gustafson

WA Contents • June 22, 2017 • 604

reSITE 2017 has started today with a particular theme "In/visible City" exploring different parameters of infrastructure for many city players. One of first sessions of the reSITE has focused on the designing of a sustainable landscape in a wider scale, which has been presented by Kathryn Gustafson, founder of Gustafson & Portman.

Seattle and London-based studio Gustafson Porter + Bowman is an award-winning landscape architecture practice which has received public acclaim for creating authentically engaging spaces within a global portfolio.

The acclaimed studio is a well-known studio with its global landscape projects including the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), in Washington, DC - desi (...)

WA Awards 25th Cycle Shortlist Ready for Your Rates & Votes

WA Contents • June 22, 2017 • 1058

WA Awards 25th Cycle Shortlist Ready for Your Rates & Votes



About three times a year, World Architecture Community organises the WA Awards to recognise and highlight some of the great projects of our fellow community members.We are honoured to announce and present yet another amazing selection of projects for our 25th World Architecture Community Awards 10+5+X. We are delighted that projects from as many as 29 countries were submitted this cycle, more specifically from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. What a great mix!Furthermore, the project (...)

OMA unveils performative design for Australia’s MPavilion 2017

WA Contents • June 20, 2017 • 1143

OMA unveils performative design for Australia’s MPavilion 2017

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA have unveiled their performative installation for Australia's MPavilion 2017, commissioned by The Naomi Milgrom Foundation - the temporary structure will be erected in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens between October 3, 2017 - February 4, 2018. Inspired by ancient amphitheaters, OMA's pavilion will trigger public debates, design workshops, music and arts events with its dynamic and performative design, removing the boundaries between inside and outside and between audience and performer.

Video by MPavilion

The MPavilion - composed of different fragmented pieces to act in different ways - features both static and dynamic elements, allowing for multiple configurations in (...)

Foster + Partners renovates existing Ourense FFCC Station in Spain with modular canopies

WA Contents • June 20, 2017 • 908

Foster + Partners renovates existing Ourense FFCC Station in Spain with modular canopies

Foster + Partners and Juan Cabanelas have unveiled designs for its renovation and extension project for the Ourense FFCC Station in Galicia, Spain. The team's proposal introduces an integrated design bringing together high-speed rail and bus stations in a major urban intervention.

The proposed scheme will open pedestrian links between the districts on either side of the tracks, and create a vibrant new public plaza for the city. The new design of the Ourense Intermodal Station is conceived to create key infrastructure for the future development of the city, while also providing it a new social focus.

"The existing railway line is being upgraded to accommodate high speed rail links in the region, and the design of the ne (...)

WE Architecture unveils its competition entry for Trygfondens Familyhouse for Denmark

WA Contents • June 19, 2017 • 842

WE Architecture unveils its competition entry for Trygfondens Familyhouse for Denmark

WE Architecture, Skala Arkitekter and BOGL Landscape have unveiled their competition entry for a new family house in Hammel, Denmark. Called "Tryghedsfondens familyhouse", the project was developed as a house designed for families whose children suffer from brain damage and are hospitalized at Hammel Neurocenter.

The family house is designed for people going through very difficult periods in their lives. A child's accident affects the entire family, and the family house must therefore meet a wide range of needs.

"It is our vision to create a beautiful and peaceful house where aesthetics and healing architecture meet – a haven for distressed families who find themselves in an extremely vulnerable position. The devel (...)

The world’s most influential architects and tours of Prague’s underground at reSITE 2017

WA Contents • June 19, 2017 • 1073

The world’s most influential architects and tours of Prague’s underground at reSITE 2017

reSITE, one of the world's most dynamic and propelling festivals, finally kicks off this week with the most prestigious architects, mayors, city leaders, urbanists, economists and investors exploring this year's theme under the title of "In/visible City". reSITE 2017 will be held between 22 - 23 June, 2017 in Prague's Forum Karlin, Czech Republic and you can still buy your festival tickets today before the conference prices rising - register to the event from here.

For its sixth edition, reSITE is preparing a 360-degree custom podium to showcase 54 of the world's leading architects, investors, mayors, economists, and chiefs of transportation, water and waste management companies. They will explore infrastructure (...)

CVDB architects and Tiago Filipe Santos combine an old railway station with Mora Megalithic Museum

Hugo Ferraz • June 19, 2017 • 698

CVDB architects and Tiago Filipe Santos combine an old railway station with Mora Megalithic Museum

The Megalithic Museum by CVDB architects and Tiago Filipe Santos in Mora, Portugal presents a clean and pure design emerging from an old railway station. The museum provides a new use and introduces new valences with new buildings to meet the needs of the program. This old railway station is well representative of the old train stations that marked Portugal for decades and are part of its cultural heritage.

Located in the center of the village of Mora, the building plays an important role in the requalification of the place. The Museum is part of a clear commitment to the dynamism of the Municipality, together with the Fluviário, and Exhibition and Events Center, to increase the cultural offer of the area and attract more peop (...)

Metu Department of Architecture completes its annual graduation show with provocative exhibition

WA Contents • June 19, 2017 • 673

Metu Department of Architecture completes its annual graduation show with provocative exhibition

Metu - Department of Architecture completed its Spring 2016-17 final reviews for undergraduate programs with the participation of diverse jury members at the end of May. The Department's 2017 end of year show marked the end of academic year with a series of ingenious and thought-provoking model works, which are all on display throughout the Faculty of Architecture Main Hall.

After several dynamic months and seminars, the outcomes of studio works resulted in varied experimentations, inexpugnable utopias, playful model works, artful presentations and provocative mixed-media drawings, highlighting its students' interdisciplinary thinking, global research and investigation on design, technology and harsh criticism within multip (...)

Open House Lisbon 2017

Hugo Ferraz • June 16, 2017 • 408

Open House Lisbon 2017

Inserted in the dynamic of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, the "Intervalo", an action that aims to give continuity and critical space as an echo of the activities of the Triennial, is renewed in this sixth edition of the "Open House Lisbon" with a script for curious and technical looks , of the best that is done and made in architecture in Lisbon, as a "treasure map of the city".

The Open House is an international concept that already includes 35 cities from all over the world and aims to make known, through careful selection, emblematic buildings of each city, authors and their history.

As commissioners of this edition, we have Architects Catarina Almada Negreiros and Rita Almada Negreiros and it will be already, on 23 and (...)

IIT-Kharagpur To Teach Vastu Shastra - An 8,000-Year-Old Indian Architectural Science

SARBJIT BAHGA • June 16, 2017 • 1900

IIT-Kharagpur To Teach Vastu Shastra - An 8,000-Year-Old Indian Architectural Science

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, one of India's top engineering schools, will now teach Vastu Shastra - an ancient Indian architectural science to its architectural students. The IIT-Kharagpur is going to introduce the rudiments to first and second-year students this August, while those pursuing post-graduation in infrastructure will get a detailed grounding on the subject.

IIT-Kharagpur. Photo courtesy Biswarup Ganguly/commons.wikimedia.org

Developed between 6000 BC and 3000BC, Vastu Shastra involves designing buildings by making the best possible use of the geography and location of plot - including the influence of the sun's light and heat, wind directions, the moon's position, and Earth' (...)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault gets $4.4M upgrade to resist against external hazards and climate change

WA Contents • June 15, 2017 • 852

Svalbard Global Seed Vault gets $4.4M upgrade to resist against external hazards and climate change

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, known as the world's largest secure seed storage, is now prepared to get a major upgrade to resist against external hazards and climate change, has been announced by the Norwegian Government. Located in the permafrost, 1300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, the Global Seed Vault was opened by the Norwegian Government in February 2008 and the Vault currently holds more than 930,000 samples, originating from almost every country in the world. The structure, conceived as the world’s unique crop genetic material, houses several seeds inside ranging from unique varieties of major African and Asian food staples such as maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and sorghum to European and South American varieties of (...)

Grenfell Tower fire raises questions over poor fire safety standards in UK

WA Contents • June 15, 2017 • 1364

Grenfell Tower fire raises questions over poor fire safety standards in UK

A devastating fire, breaking out at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower next to Notting Hill, killed 12 people yesterday and sources reported that 79 people were taken to the hospital, up to 600 people are believed to have been inside 120 flats and 18 people are still under critical care. There are still "unknown numbers" of bodies in Grenfell Tower, according to reports.

Architects and construction experts are trying to understand the reason of this devastating fire. Many architects and fire experts consider that it was "a disaster waiting happen" because of the building's poor fire safety materials, as they have been seen in "hundreds of tower blocks across the UK", according to a detailed analysis of architect and fire expert Sam W (...)

Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio wrap Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai with bronze fins

WA Contents • June 14, 2017 • 1385

Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio wrap Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai with bronze fins

Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio have completed new Bund Finance Centre dressed by a bronze-finned facade, which marks the 'end point' of Shanghai's most famous street with dramatic appearance. Berlin-based architecture photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu captured the first images of the building showing the details, materiality and texture quality from inside and outside.

The Bund Finance Centre, jointly designed by two global architecture studios, is a prominent new mixed-use development close to the Shanghai waterfront. Situated on a prominent site on the Bund, the building is only a part of the 420,000-square-metre master plan consisting of eight buildings with premium offices with a boutique hotel, a cultural (...)