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The Rome Convention Center narrated by those who have built it

Antonello Magliozzi • Jun 20, 2018 • 366

The Rome Convention Center narrated by those who have built it

Cutting-edge technological expertise, engineering solutions of the highest level and a team of high-profile professionals able to best represent the excellence of Italian genius, shaping inspiration and creativity. These are the foundations on which stands the innovative Rome Convention Center, also known as The Cloud, a work of exceptional technical, architectural and artistic value, but also a work that represents the high complexity of the realization phases and the remarkable peculiarity of the construction activities. Built thanks to the specialized skills of all the stakeholders involved, especially by the construction company that realized it by providing its know-how, a key role has certainly had the technical team that supported th (...)

"Acoustics is often neglected if it’s not prioritised in the early design phases" says Peer Jeppesen

WA Contents • Feb 26, 2018 • 1626

"Unfortunately, acoustics is often neglected if it’s not prioritized in the early design phases," says Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen, Principal Partner and Design Director of Henning Larsen Architects, the world-renowned Danish architecture firm specialising on innovative and large-scaled concert and performance halls in the world.

"Acoustics is an essential part of being comfortable within a space. Creating the right atmosphere applies to all successful architecture projects, which is why acoustics is key," explains Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen.

Harpa concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Image © Nic Lehoux/Henning Larsen

Acoustics is definitely one of the most significant parts of a design process (...)

Exclusive Interview: Architectural historian Olaf Bartels on contemporary Turkish architecture

WA Contents • Nov 24, 2017 • 1462

Exclusive Interview: Architectural historian Olaf Bartels on contemporary Turkish architecture

Architectural historian, journalist and critic has evaluated "professional" contemporary Turkish architecture in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community during the this year's World Architecture Festival.

Olaf Bartels, 58, is an architecture journalist, critic and historian and he studied architecture at the "Hochschule für bildende Künste" Hamburg. He is co-founder of CINEPOLIS für Raum, Architektur und Stadt im Film since 2000.

Besides his teaching activity in Hamburg, Berlin, Braunschweig, Istanbul and Ankara, he has published numerous books and articles in periodical publications including Bauwelt, Baumeister, Deutsche Bauzeitung. His research focuses on modernity in the 19th and 20th c (...)

Exclusive interview: Murat Tabanlioglu on the Ataturk Cultural Center

WA Contents • Nov 22, 2017 • 2032

Exclusive interview: Murat Tabanlioglu on the Ataturk Cultural Center

"The Ataturk Cultural Center is still open-ended project" said Murat Tabanlioglu, founder of Tabanlioglu Architects (TA_) in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community at this year's World Architecture Festival at the Arena Berlin, in Germany.

Murat Tabanlioglu gave a detailed information about the Ataturk Cultural Center for the first time how the project was developed and how the real problem was addressed with interest in the design process. "The project is still too abstract," said the architect in the third episode of the interview series of World Architecture Community.

World Architecture Community has hosted a series of interviews with prominent architects, including Sir Peter Cook and Will Alsop, dur (...)

"It is important to design in the right time and in the right place" says Peter Cook

WA Contents • Nov 17, 2017 • 2963

"It is important to design in the right time and in the right place socially, economically, culturally and politically," emphasized British architect, Professor, writer and founder of Archigram Sir Peter Cook in both during his lecture at this year's World Architecture Festival and in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community.

Addressing a large audience during a lecture at the World Architecture Festival 2017 in the second day of the event, Cook has evaluated many young generation architects, their works and their progressive backgrounds in contemporary architecture scene, passing beyond their creativity and programmable agenda.

"The late Zaha Hadid had a 'tricky relationship' with her practice (...)

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

berrin chatzi chousein • Oct 15, 2017 • 3018

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 (...)

Exclusive: "Most of the public housing is ugly" says Winy Maas

berrin chatzi chousein • Oct 6, 2017 • 3812

Exclusive:

"Most of the public housing is ugly, there is certainly a lack of quality and it emerges from the problematic of design for public housing", according to Dutch architect, urbanist, researcher Prof. Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV and founder of The Why Factory.

"But I am a protector and defender of public housing for many reasons," adds Winy Maas in an exclusive interview with World Architecture Community, while describing many disputable demands of design processes for public housing for diverse communities.

Winy Maas, one of the world's most influential architects and researchers in today's vague urbanism and architecture, is provocative, aggressive, unstoppable and daring just as seen in his buildings completed in (...)

Hélène Frichot on Urban Regeneration with Deleuze and Guattari

David Capener • Sep 7, 2017 • 1831

Hélène Frichot on Urban Regeneration with Deleuze and Guattari

The work of Philosopher Gilles Deleuze and Psychoanalyst Felix Guattari is complex. I’ve been reading them for years and feel that I am still only beginning to scratch the surface of their ideas. But the more I have engaged with their work, the more I have become convinced of the importance of their work for urban theory and architecture.

I recently interviewed Dr Hélène Frichot for an article I am writing. Hélène is an Associate Professor and Docent in the School of Architecture, KTH Stockholm. She is the director of Critical Studies in Architecture, and the Director of Research Studies in the School of Architecture, KTH. Along with Catharina Gabrielsson and Jonathan Metzger she edited the book Dele (...)

’’The current culture in most schools of architecture is unsatisfactory’’ says Schumacher

berrin chatzi chousein • Jan 26, 2017 • 14672

’’The current culture in most schools of architecture is unsatisfactory’’ says Schumacher

Parametricism reloaded! Parametricism is not only shaped for the design phenomenon itself or its sub-constituents we already are familiar with - Parametricism started to reshape itself in every segment of architecture, life, vague urbanism, behaviour modelling, fashion, act of participation, sensual experiences and even in new educational models.

The pioneer and defender of Parametricism Patrik Schumacher, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, gets to the root of the problem of Parametricism and explains why ''Parametricism is the only credible candidate to become the epochal style of the 21st century'' beyond being the most potent movement and avant-garde style, as always stated in his Academic Papers.

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Exclusive Interview with Peter Zellner on the Free School of Architecture

berrin chatzi chousein • Nov 26, 2016 • 3007

Exclusive Interview with Peter Zellner on the Free School of Architecture

Over the past 10 years, architecture did not restructure itself as a political framework, social engagement, or new modes of architecture practice generated as a counter-view, dissemination of the information, and new strategies of collaborative working, but also all these ramifications of the field touched upon architectural education that shapes some modest -regular forms of practicing in which we are very familiar with.

How will our architecture education be shaped in the near future?

How will it adapt itself to the new modes of architectural productions by protecting both 'intellectual ownership' and the 'real politik' of making architecture?

Here's a redux of architecture education as a new (...)