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Foster + Partners releases images for soft bud-like observation tower in London

WA Contents • Nov 19, 2018 • 83

Foster + Partners releases images for soft bud-like observation tower in London

Foster + Partners has released images for a soft bud-like tourist observation tower at a site next to 30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Gherkin in London.

Dubbed as The Tulip, the tower is designed as a new public cultural and tourist attraction proposed for the City of London, as the firm has recently submitted its application plans to the Council for planning permission.

The 305,3-metre tower is designed for the J. Safra Group, who is a privately owned banks company under the Safra name and investment holdings in asset based business sectors such as real estate and agribusiness.

If the plans are approved by the Council, construction work on The Tulip is planned to start in 2020 and will be completed for 2025. If comp (...)

The Architectural Review announces shortlist for Emerging Architecture Awards 2018

WA Contents • Nov 19, 2018 • 96

The Architectural Review announces shortlist for Emerging Architecture Awards 2018

The Architectural Review (AR) has announced the 14 shortlisted architects for the 2018 AR Emerging Architecture Awards, including emerging practices from around the world, will have the opportunity to present their projects in person to our judging panel at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam.

Shortlisted architects will have the opportunity to present their projects to the judges, who are all previously commended in the awards: Spanish architect Ángela García de Paredes of Paredes Pedrosa, finalists of the inaugural 1999 AR Emerging Architecture awards; Indian architect Gurjit Singh Matharoo commended in the 2009 edition; and Ronald Rietveld of Dutch practice RAAAF, winners in 2013.

With the AREA awards (...)

SPARK Releases Design For A New Masterplan For Guangzhou Shipyard Facilities

WA Contents • Nov 19, 2018 • 106

SPARK Releases Design For A New Masterplan For Guangzhou Shipyard Facilities

Beijing, London, Singapore and Shanghai-based SPARK Architects has released design for a new masterplan in the Liwan district of Guangzhou. SPARK has won an international competition for a new masterplan, which will be developed by Guangzhou Chuangyard Property Company.

The new development, encompassing a total of 1,254 million square meters, will transfrom one of the most important shipbuilding facilities dating from the 19th century into a dynamic and vibrant mixed-use waterfront destination.

Designed with a central plaza as its main focal point, the master plan is structured with a pedestrian loop linking varying uses across 3 zones: commercial, residential and the riverfront.

Taking cues from the shipbuilding hist (...)

A new video asks what role airports play in urban development

WA Contents • Nov 19, 2018 • 126

A new video asks what role airports play in urban development

PLANE-SITE has released its new video exploring the relationship between the city and its airport developments, captured for a case study of Denver International Airport (DEN) in Colorado.

A new video produced during the AERIAL FUTURES: Constructed Landscapes think tank asks how airports are catalyzing urban development and new modes of mobility. AERIAL FUTURES is a non-profit organization and cultural platform exploring innovation in the architecture of flight, technology, and the broader urban mobility ecosystem.

Video courtesy of PLANE-SITE

Many airports are located far from cities, buffered by hectares of greenfield. This substantial provision of land safeguards for future expansion and protects urban residents fro (...)

Shortlisted teams announced for TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition

WA Contents • Nov 19, 2018 • 229

Shortlisted teams announced for TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition

The 5th Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2019) has announced the shortlisted schemes for TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition entitled "Huts and Habitats".

TAB 2019 Installation Programme is an open two-stage competition which offers emerging architectural talents the opportunity to design and build an experimental wooden structure in the heart of Tallinn, in front of Museum of Estonian Architecture. The program promotes synergy between emerging talents and industry, participants are encouraged to consider new technologies and design strategies in relation to Estonia’s rich history of timber construction.

TAB 2017 Installation by Gilles Retsin. Image © NAARO

TAB 2019 Installation Programme first sta (...)

Winners announced for 2A Continental Architectural Awards 2018

WA Contents • Nov 19, 2018 • 335

Winners announced for 2A Continental Architectural Awards 2018

2A Continental Architectural Awards 2018 (2ACAA 2018) has announced winners, honoring excellence in their work, for projects submitted earlier this year.

The recipients were announced on October 26, 2018, at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where the awards were presented at the International Gala Event.

Organized by 2A Magazine, the prominent event of 2A Continental Architectural Awards for Asia and Europe. The 2A Magazine Awards, this year under the theme of Innovative Contextual Design, which has been held in Barcelona, aim to recognize and praise substantial contributions to today’s architecture celebrating the diversity of cultures, identities, themes, ideas and experiences.

This year, (...)

Arquitectonica designed curvy roof for design laboratory building at Miami School of Architecture

WA Contents • Nov 19, 2018 • 257

Arquitectonica designed curvy roof for design laboratory building at Miami School of Architecture

Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica has completed a one-of-a-kind design laboratory and collaborative space at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Named Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building, the building is dedicated to Thomas P. Murphy Sr., father of the founder of the construction firm Coastal Construction that built the project and the building will officially open on November 29, 2018 at the campus.

The 20,000-square-foot LEED-certified building is the newest addition to the University of Miami School of Architecture, and will serve as collaborative space, including digital fabrication facilities, exhibition areas, and plenty of space for social and public functions.

The project is the late (...)

MVRDV's first US project breaks ground with colorful stack of boxes

WA Contents • Nov 19, 2018 • 265

MVRDV's first US project breaks ground with colorful stack of boxes

MVRDV has unveiled design for its first US project composed of colorful stack of boxes that reflect the vivacious character of the neighbourhood and set a direction for the future development of the area.

Called Radio Tower & Hotel, the 22-storey building has broken ground at 2420 Amsterdam Avenue in the Washington Heights area in Northern Manhattan.

Covering a total of 21,800-square-metre area, the mixed-use project will combine hotel, retail, and office functions in vibrantly stacked blocks and will be the first project of MVRDV realized in the US.

Described as "vertical village", the project is designed according to the strong character of the context. The distinctive massing of the building resolves the projec (...)

WAC appoints Hamidah Ashrafi Fateha As Country Reporter For Bangladesh

WA Contents • Nov 18, 2018 • 511

WAC appoints Hamidah Ashrafi Fateha As Country Reporter For Bangladesh

Hamidah Ashrafi Fateha - BangladeshSince November 17, 2018Hamidah Ashrafi Fateha has been appointed as Bangladesh's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Fateha was graduated from the Department of Architecture of BRAC University (BRACU) in Bangladesh. At the end of 2016, she was the only Bangladeshi delegate selected to attend Fully Funded Harvard Crossroads Summer Program. Previously, Fateha was awarded with Special Recognition Award at the BRACU in Bangladesh for her high standards of discipline and devotion to duties.

She is currently working as an architect in BRAC Institute of Educational Development, BIED. She is working on project creating various types of child friendly spaces, pl (...)

CL3 Architects Limited Built the First Vertical Art Galleries Building in the World

Sophia T • Nov 16, 2018 • 563

CL3 Architects Limited Built the First Vertical Art Galleries Building in the World

Hong Kong based architecture firm CL3 Architects Limited thinks that the term “Form Follows Function” is greatly challenged in the design of commercial buildings in modern cities as the “function” of its tenants becomes generic. However, H Queen’s is unique in breaking this taboo by imagining its occupant early on: situated on the historic Pottinger Street and Queen’s Road Central, this 700 s.m. site with a total built up area of 10,000 s.m. is in the center of Hong Kong’s art district. The redevelopment of the Central Police Station into art and culture complex is just up the street. Therefore, CL3 has imagined the first purpose built vertical art galleries building in the world.

H Queen&rsq (...)