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Foster+Partners to renovate Madrid's former Plaza Colón building with diagrid façade

WA Contents • Jun 21, 2018 • 14

Foster+Partners to renovate Madrid's former Plaza Colón building with diagrid façade

Norman Foster's firm Foster+Partners has unveiled design to renovate Madrid's former Plaza Colón building with boxy and diagram façade that makes the building a new iconic landmark to reflect the prestige and importance of the site.

Located at the heart of the city, the former building is taking place at one of the most major intersections in Madrid, the project will completely transform and revitalise the existing structure to emphasise the historical significance of the site. The building is developed as a key part of the long-term vision for the development of Madrid.

The building is situated on the junction of Madrid´s main north-south artery, Paseo de la Castellana, with Génova Street, t (...)

Pavilion of Turkey creates interactive space to discuss the notion of Venice Architecture Biennale

WA Contents • Jun 21, 2018 • 86

Pavilion of Turkey creates interactive space to discuss the notion of Venice Architecture Biennale

The Pavilion of Turkey has hanged a series of wavy curtains to provide an interactive space to discuss the notion of Biennale for cross-cultural dialogues at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by the Irish duo Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara under the title of Freespace.

Similar to the Pavilion of UK, the Pavilion of Turkey embraces "nothingness" in the exhibition space where it creates a strong base to explore the essence of the Biennale, with active participation process that is stimulated with "creative encounters, collaborative production and cultural exchange across borders."

Titled The Shift/Vardiya, the Pavilion is curated by Kerem Piker, the founder of Kerem Piker Architecture (KPM), and co-curat (...)

WAC appoints Farzam Kharvari as Country Reporter for Iran

WA Contents • Jun 20, 2018 • 328

WAC appoints Farzam Kharvari as Country Reporter for Iran

Farzam Kharvari - IranSince February 8, 2018Farzam Kharvari has been appointed as Iran's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Farzam received his Bachelor's Degree from the Islamic Azad University of Hamadan and he is a Master's student at the University of Kurdistan. His research articles "Definition And Recognition Of Required Factors For Smartening Cities In Developing Countries" and "A Study Of The Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies: The Case Of Two Studies" published in the International Journal of Urban Management And Sustainability as a co-author and corresponding author.Farzam is an architect who has been writing on different topics in architecture. Recently, he has been publ (...)

Morphosis unveils its striped design for Orange County Museum of Art in California

WA Contents • Jun 19, 2018 • 1355

Morphosis unveils its striped design for Orange County Museum of Art in California

Los Angeles and New York-based firm Morphosis has unveiled its striped design for the new home of the Orange County Museum of Art in California, the fragmented and striped building will be redesigned with an open and engaging urban presence at 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, California.

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)’s new home will build on the museum’s history of community enrichment and presentation of thought-provoking works of art across a wide range of mediums, by artists of diverse backgrounds. OCMA has closed its former Newport Beach location on June 17, following a celebrated 41-year history at its current location.

The 4,831-square-metre design scheme will be redeveloped by Morphosis, the gl (...)

Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys built sculptural petals to increase active participation in the region

WA Contents • Jun 19, 2018 • 456

Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys built sculptural petals to increase active participation in the region

Lake|Flato Architects and Matsys Design built sculptural concrete pavilions and an education centre to understand different ecotypes of the South Texas region and the function of the San Antonio River watershed, as well as providing a dynamic park for various types of activities.

Named Confluence Park, the 900-ft2 area is composed of the main BHP Pavilion and the multi-purpose Estella Avery Education Center, which can work like "a living laboratory" that allows visitors to understand the region's local climate.

The park is located at the confluence of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, the idea of confluence is ingrained in every aspect— from big gestures like the landform of the park. Throughout the park, (...)

US Pavilion Investigates Dimensions of Citizenship via Installations At The Venice Biennale

Dr Hatice Ozhisar • Jun 19, 2018 • 238

US Pavilion Investigates Dimensions of Citizenship via Installations At The Venice Biennale

The Pavilion of US explores seven spatial scales as; Citizen, Civitas, Region, Nation, Globe, Network, and Cosmos at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which are telescoping from body to city to heavens and addressing the questions on "Citizenship" positioned as a critical global topic.The exhibition, titled "The Dimensions of Citizenship", is inviting architects and designers to envision what it means a citizen today, which it is said that on the occasion when the expansion of the United States-Mexico border wall looms over more nuanced discourses on national citizenship.

Curated by Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger with associate curator Iker Gil, the Pavilion presents commissioned installations by architects, landscape archit (...)

Renowned artist Christo completes his playful floating platform "The London Mastaba" in Hyde Park

WA Contents • Jun 19, 2018 • 418

Renowned artist Christo completes his playful floating platform

World-renowned Bulgarian artist Christo has completed his playful temporary floating platform in the Serpentine Lake of London, in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries.

Called The London Mastaba, the temporary sculpture has been opened to the public today and will be on view until 23 September 2018 in the Serpentine Lake.

The London Mastaba is the first major outdoor public work by Christo in the UK, and it coincides with an exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries of Christo and his late wife Jeanne–Claude’s work, which opens 19 June and continues until 9 September 2018.

Christo had shared his preliminary sketches about the installation earlier in April and the platform shows that it was designed exac (...)

Metu Department of Architecture completes spring 2017-2018 final juries with graduation show

WA Contents • Jun 19, 2018 • 402

Metu Department of Architecture completes spring 2017-2018 final juries with graduation show

METU's Department of Architecture wrapped up a fertile academic year with finals, reviews, studio critics of undergraduate studios and the annual graduation show, showing the best student works from METU's diverse and international student body at the Faculty of Architecture.

The 4th Year final juries were held on May 21-22, 2018 at the Faculty of Architecture with studio instructors, faculty members and guest members outside of the Faculty of Architecture.

Group 1: "Next To Masters: Centro di Architettura Bologna", led by Prof. Ayşen Savaş, Arzu Gönenç Sorguç, Onat Öktem, Tolga Hazan and Sezin Sarıca

Group 1: "Next To Masters: Centro di Architettura Bologna", led by Prof. Ayşen Savaş, (...)

Entry Deadline Extended To The World Architecture Community Awards 28th Cycle

WA Contents • Jun 18, 2018 • 2176

Entry Deadline Extended To The World Architecture Community Awards 28th Cycle

We have given you extra time to submit your entries for the World Architecture Community Awards 28th Cycle - all entries must now be submitted by Thursday, June 21, 2018. This gives you an extra three weeks to send your submissions and be in with the chance of winning this prestigious WA Awards to get globally recognised.

Since 2006 and for over 25 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 27th Cycle Winners in posters(...)

Norman Foster Foundation launches its first annual On Cities Workshop in Madrid

WA Contents • Jun 18, 2018 • 594

Norman Foster Foundation launches its first annual On Cities Workshop in Madrid

The Norman Foster Foundation has launched its annual On Cities Workshop with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies. The 2018 On Cities Workshop will explore the premise that emerging urban innovations can create more livable, entrepreneurial communities and dramatically reduce resources consumed by cities, in a week-long event hosted in the Madrid headquarters of the Norman Foster Foundation.

A distinguished group of specialists will engage with ten selected students from ten universities around the world sharing a common interest in the subject. This year’s workshop mentor is Kent Larson, Director of MIT Media Lab City Science Group and Initiative, with the participation of Beatriz Colomina, Luis Cueto, Norman Foster, Anupa (...)