Urbanism

Taksim Urban Design Competition by Taksim Collective - A Space for the Public

Silviya Masani • Apr 19, 2021 • 1164

Taksim Urban Design Competition by Taksim Collective -  A Space for the Public

Taksim Square is the most significant square in the city of Istanbul and Turkey as a whole. Considering its location, it has been the center of countless historical events making it a landmark of touristic importance. Therefore, its urban transformation throughout its life is no surprise nor are the plans to re-design it. The latest has been an open call competition commissioned by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. A total of 146 projects have been submitted and in September 2020 the top 3 runners were announced. To conclude the winner, a public vote has been conducted for a month and in November 2020 the project designed by Taksim Collective has been chosen as the winner with 86,597 votes.

The urban project has engulfed variou (...)

The release of the interactive virtual experience "Alive in the City of the Dead"

Asmaa Kamaly • Apr 15, 2021 • 1162

The release of the interactive virtual experience

On behalf of the project’s supporters and funders, the announcement was made by ARCHiNOS Architecture declaring the release of the interactive virtual experience "Alive in the City of the Dead" on April 18, 2021.

The website sheds light on an area with extensive tangible and intangible cultural heritage assets in the area recognized as the “Desert of the Mamluks” which hold Muslim cemeteries constructed since the Middle Ages.

Referred to, in some foreign sources as "the City of the Dead", the neighborhood has been evolved along with the city expansion. The neighborhood has been recognized as both a cemetery area and a residential neighborhood. A prominent living community has been included within its boundari (...)

The approval of LE 140 B allocated for New urban communities’ budget during 2021-2022

Asmaa Kamaly • Mar 23, 2021 • 663

The approval of LE 140 B allocated for New urban communities’ budget during 2021-2022

The New Urban Communities Authority budget project for the fiscal year 2021/2022 has been approved by the Board of Directors of the New Urban Communities Authority with an amount of LE 140 billion.The Head of the authority, Minister of Housing Assem Al-Gazzar stated that during the next fiscal year 2021/2022, to finish expenditure from this budget will, complete and start the implementation of hundreds of thousands of housing units of all varieties in the new settlements.

He elaborated that the budget is dedicated to carrying out several projects, primarily entail the delivery of numerous facilities and projects to the new administrative capital, funding a number of development projects that are being realized in the numerous governo (...)

Egypt to construct Cairo Eye, the largest wheel in Africa

Asmaa Kamaly • Jan 25, 2021 • 2551

Egypt to construct Cairo Eye, the largest wheel in Africa

An announcement made by Hawai for Tourism and Investment for the launching of the Cairo Eye project. Cairo Eye is the name of the first observation wheel in Cairo and the largest wheel in the African continent. The location of Cairo Eye is to overlook the Nile River in the heart of Cairo approximately to the key Egyptian touristic sightseeing and destinations, standing at 120 meters high.

The project is determined to launch in 2022 aligning with Egypt’s vision 2030 and the government’s strategic cross-sector development plan. The project is to be an iconic landmark of modern Cairo and the succeeding touristic destination.

A statement made by Mr. Ahmed Metwally, Chairman of Hawai for Tourism and Investment indicatin (...)

The Domain of Sustainable Urban Development: Practitioners, Agendas and Frontiers in the Global South

Tarun Bhasin • Jul 22, 2020 • 2491

The Domain of Sustainable Urban Development: Practitioners, Agendas and Frontiers in the Global South

The Mandate

In 2015, the United Nations declared a mandate to all national governments and people across the globe to make cities and human settlements, inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Underlying this mandate are three conversations: addressing issues of peace and conflict, effects of Climate Change, and the growing problem of inequality. Today, the theme and questions of Urban Design underpin, how, these conversations are shaped by urbanization, governance, and planning of all new and old cities. (2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects | Latest Major Publications - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2014)

By 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to double, making ur (...)

Urban Design's Reckoning: From Clientelism to Deliberate Action

Tarun Bhasin • Jul 4, 2020 • 2079

Urban Design's Reckoning: From Clientelism to Deliberate Action

How Urban Design Practice Relates To Spatial Justice And Its Embedded Dimensions

Allowing Each Individual To Pursue His/Her Ambitions Will Lead To Social Benefits, Which Adam Smith In The Wealth Of Nations Also Termed As The 'Invisible Hand.' The Statement Drew From His Observations On How Capital, Labour, The Act Of Production, And Consumption Had Mostly Behaved Historically. The Statement In Isolation Made Sense For The Longest Time. (Rasmussen, 2016).

Image Credit: Warsaw, after World War II, was reconstructed by reimagining its 18th Century paintings from the time period of the First Industrial Revolution, since its urban fabric structurally remained the same, The Guardian

The act of production is dependent (...)

Developing our cities of tomorrow

Antonello Magliozzi • Jul 1, 2020 • 4027

Developing our cities of tomorrow

“Small, tactical interventions at the neighborhood scale have the potential to make a big impact” says Foster + Partner team in a recent report on “reimagining Our Cities post-Covid-19”. They “broadly sketch three strategies for helping London survive Covid-19 and thrive in its wake” with: garden streets, active mobility and high streets reimagined. Bruno Moser, Theo Malzieu, Paula Petkova, part of the F+P Urban Design team, see new challenges and opportunities for policy makers, designers, innovators and contractors, especially now in the pandemic era with an acceleration of commitment. An opportunity for a "global green new deal" such as that of the Reinventing Cities competition, with an initiative alr (...)

Yosuke Hayano of MAD on connecting nature to architecture at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 20, 2019 • 4600

Yosuke Hayano of MAD on connecting nature to architecture at reSITE 2019

reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world, has started its second day with the lecture of Yosuke Hayano, principal partner in MAD Architects in China.

Hayano has delivered a keynote and been in conversation with reSITE’s guest curator Greg Lindsay. In a 30-min talk Hayano highlighted that how the studio connects nature to architecture in a natural way as much as possible. Hayano also highlighted that they are trying to create an "emotional" connection through architecture in every project. reSITE is taking place from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin,Czech Republic and its 2019 theme is REGENERATE, the annual conference explores the essential questions on environment (...)

"Our aim first is to solve a problem" says Thomas Heatherwick at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 9381

"Our aim first is to solve a problem then try to come to end with a meaningful intervention," said Thomas Heatherwick, founder and design director of Heatherwick Studio.

Heatherwick has delivered a special keynote at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world.

In a 30-min keynote, Heatherwick explained how he is designing his projects by combining art and architecture to give them artistic attitude that pushes the boundaries of the briefs requested by his clients.

reSITE’s theme for 2019 is REGENERATE, exploring the essential questions on environmentally policies to create resilient infrastructure, while the conference also discusses how smart techn (...)

“Cities should be a part of food consumption” says Chris Precht at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 8810

“Cities should be a part of food consumption” says Chris Precht at reSITE 2019

“Cities should be a part of food consumption", said Chris Precht, co-founder of architectural studios Precht and Penda, at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world and reSITE’s this year’s theme is REGENERATE.

reSITE has started its provoking discussions with welcoming keynotes by international well-known figures, including Ravi Naidoo, Bianca Wylie – after a welcoming address by Martin Barry, founder & chairman of reSITE. The conference is taking place from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin, Czech Republic.

Chris Precht, known for his use of natural materials with a low carbon footprint, addressed the issue of nature (...)