Archinect - News 2015-11-25T13:31:17-05:00 Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina Alexander Walter 2015-11-24T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T11:29:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The systematic destruction of Saudi Arabia is under way&mdash;in silence. Historic mosques, tombs, mausoleums, monuments and houses: more than 90% of the old quarters of the holiest cities of Islam has been razed to make room for a new urban landscape of hotels, shopping centres and apartment blocks. [...] Construction works have already transformed Mecca and Medina into cities without a past, dominated by skyscrapers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Built in 1780 and leveled in 2002 for the construction of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel complex, the Ottoman Ajyad Fortress is just one of many historic sites that are being destroyed and replaced by hotel towers, condo skyscrapers and parking lots.&nbsp;</p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More than 50 dead after crane collapses on Mecca's Grand Mosque</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca &mdash; and it's worse than you thought</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></li></ul> Egypt's challenges to build its new capital city Alexander Walter 2015-11-09T17:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:13:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cairo is an unruly urban sprawl that has spun out of control. Now, officials want to build a new capital in the desert -- a potent symbol of President Sisi's regime. But will it ever happen? [...] The old Cairo is an ugly city, an affront to the senses. [...] a city of contradictions, created from the bottom up, even though that had never been the intention. It has been growing wildly since the 1960s -- from 3.5 million back then to 18 million now -- against the will of the country's rulers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Previously in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New "Capital" for Cairo?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Egypt's urban growth threatens Nile farmland</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></li></ul> Rainforest in the desert? This new Dubai tower will have one. Oh, and an artificial beach, too. Alexander Walter 2015-10-13T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:40:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai, the city of superlatives, is set to get a new tower on Sheikh Zayed Road that will have an artificial beach and a rainforest-like landscape development on top of the tower's podium. [...] The project consists of two towers, 47 storeys high with a combined five-storey podium and two basement levels, that will house the facilities. [...] Kieferle &amp; Partner is the architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few images of the two-tower development via ZAS Group's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>, the lead consultant on the project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First design of Burj 2020 unveiled, Dubai's shiny, new supertall tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up</a></li></ul> Private money attracts big-name architects to design new museums in Beirut Alexander Walter 2015-10-09T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T15:05:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A raft of museums, most backed by private money, are springing up in what is, for many, an unlikely cultural hub: Beirut, the capital of Lebanon [...] The design competition launched on 1 October; the architect Zaha Hadid is on the jury along with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones of London's Serpentine Galleries. Salam&eacute;, who founded the A&iuml;shti fashion chain, invested $100m in funding a contemporary art museum, designed by the British architect David Adjaye, in Jal El Dib [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A world divided: mapping border fences globally Nicholas Korody 2015-09-17T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:31:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Europe will soon have more physical barriers on its national borders than it did during the Cold War.&nbsp;This year&rsquo;s refugee crisis, combined with Ukraine's ongoing conflict with Russia, has seen governments plan and construct border walls and security fences across Mediterranean&nbsp;and eastern Europe... Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, 40 countries around the world have built fences against 64 of their neighbours.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Economist takes a look at the world's borders, (mostly) new and old. Of the 40 countries that have built physical border walls since the fall of the Berlin Wall, 30 of those happened after 9/11, and 15 this year alone. Check it out the interactive graphic&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Related coverage:</p><ul><li><a title="Passage: an architectural intervention to span the Mediterranean Sea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passage: an architectural intervention to span the Mediterranean Sea</a></li><li><a title="From asylum seeker to award-winning architect: the story of Perparim Rama" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From asylum seeker to award-winning architect: the story of Perparim Rama</a></li><li><a title="What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> Downtown Jerusalem gets a Libeskind-designed Pyramid Tower Alexander Walter 2015-07-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:39:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new high-rise building called the Freedom Pyramid will change the face of Jerusalem&rsquo;s downtown area. The project, conceived by architects Daniel Libeskind and Yigal Levi, will see a multi-purpose tower comprising commercial shopping and residential units atop the old Eden theater. The idea for a high-rise at this location, adjacent to Mahaneh Yehuda market, first hit headlines in 2011. But a Jerusalem municipal committee only now approved the construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><strong>Correction: </strong>Studio Daniel Libeskind has informed us that the correct project title is "The Pyramid." The incorrect title "Freedom Pyramid" has been the result of an unauthorized press leak.</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Daniel Libeskind</a> also provided us with new renderings of the project as well as some more information about The Pyramid:</p><p><em>The Jerusalem Municipality approves a mixed-use tower designed by Studio Libeskind (New York/Milan/Zurich) in conjunction with local architect Yigal Levi.</em></p><p><em>Located adjacent to the Mahane Yehuda market, commonly known as &ldquo;The Shuk&rdquo;, in the heart of the city, the 105-meter, 26-story complex entitled The Pyramid will feature 200 apartments, a boutique hotel, a public plaza lined with shops, and a roof-top observatory and restaurant that will provide sweeping views of the ancient city.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;The Pyramid mediates between ancient traditions and myths, while providing a 21st century reinterpretation of that great form,&rdquo; said architect Daniel Libeskind. &ldquo;The design complements the context...</em></p> The young woman who designed Tehran's new popular bridge Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T20:38:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leila Araghian was 26 when she came up with Tabiat bridge. Five years on, the 270-metre structure is a reality, despite sanctions, garnering awards and paving the way for a new, more avant garde generation of Iranian designers [...] Tabiat (&ldquo;nature&rdquo;) bridge, the largest of its kind in Iran, was architect Leila Araghian&rsquo;s first project. She designed it five years ago while a student, winning a local competition for a plan to connect two parks separated by a highway in north Tehran.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Israel okays plan of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-01T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:31:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I had doubts about accepting this project. I didn&rsquo;t want to become a pawn for politicians, but the residents gave me a mandate. The public understood that it could act collectively in order to improve its situation - Architect</p></em><br /><br /><p>Project's architect <a href=";_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senan Abdelkader&nbsp;</a>is well known to NY Times a few years back via Nicolai Ouroussoff.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>A distinct aesthetic language from Senan Abdelkader: an apartment building in an Arab neighborhood near Bethlehem.</em></p><p><em><img alt="" src=""></em></p><p><em>An apartment building, designed by Senan Abdelkader, in an Arab neighborhood near Bethlehem</em></p><p>Let's just say this is not another maneuver by Netanyahu government to ease off the international pressure on Israeli-Palestinian relations.</p> Dubai unveils plans for its flashy Museum of the Future Alexander Walter 2015-03-06T14:20:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T14:29:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai continues to treat city planning like a simulation game with the cheats turned on, unveiling its latest architectural wonder: the&nbsp;Museum of the Future.&nbsp;The building is set to open in 2017, and while we're not quite sure how to describe its shape (a lopsided torus? An aerodynamic donut?) it serves an interesting dual purpose as both museum and research lab.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A return to regional style or just gimmicky? Dubai unveils 'Aladdin City' Alexander Walter 2015-02-12T15:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:25:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction work on 'Aladdin City', a project inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad, will start next year, Dubai Municipality chief told Emirates 24|7. [...] The project, which was announced in April 2014, will have three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450 metres on Dubai Creek. The total cost has not been revealed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt? Alexander Walter 2015-01-27T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:31:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is this the promising future of Giza 2030? What is the status of Giza 2030 after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011? Would it be a curse or a blessing if I were from Giza? And my message to the current Egyptian regime is this: if this is the future of Egyptian cities, please leave the situation as it is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></p> Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T19:59:00-05:00 >2015-07-09T20:58:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Egypt is in the throes of a severe housing shortage [...]. But one thing the country has an abundance of is lonesome desert, and developers are turning there to construct immense projects that stick out in the emptiness like skyscrapers on Mars. London-based photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro has a yen for the monumental [...] naturally he was interested in the colossal structures rising on the outskirts of Egyptian cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Oliver Wainwright takes a closer look at Beirut's downtown redevelopment Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T19:04:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two decades after civil war blew the Lebanese capital to rubble, the city centre boasts immaculately rebuilt streets lined with Gucci and Prada stores &ndash; but the whole place is strangely deserted [...] the resulting place feels less souk than Duty Free airport lounge. It is a monotonous world of more swanky high street brands, from Burberry to Tag Heuer, staffed by idle shop assistants awaiting the promised customer footfall that has yet to arrive.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran Archinect 2014-12-11T13:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:17:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For centuries, the spatial layout of house design in Iran reflected the patriarchal structure of the society through the rigid segregation between the andaruni and biruni, private and public space. [...] Modern architecture is also considered erotic because, unlike the spatially introverted pre-modern architecture of Iran, it faces outward with windows that shamelessly offer strangers a peek at the buildings&rsquo; private parts.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Twelve winners for the regional Holcim Awards 2014, Africa + Middle East Justine Testado 2014-10-20T21:14:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T21:15:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East regional competition were recognized in a recent awards ceremony in Beirut, making it the fourth installment of the 2014 global awards program. The Africa Middle East competition focused on multi-disciplinary design solutions for building social and environmenal resilience...The winning projects will be implemented in nine countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, and Morocco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out a selection of the Africa - Middle East winners:</p><p><strong>HOLCIM AWARDS GOLD 2014 - <em>Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub</em>, Ankara, Turkey</strong><br>AUTHOR: Onat &Ouml;ktem and Zeynep &Ouml;ktem, ONZ Architects, Ankara, Turkey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HOLCIM AWARDS SILVER 2014 - <em>Evergreen City: Urban pine forest rehabilitation</em>, Beirut, Lebanon</strong><br>MAIN AUTHOR: Ra&euml;d Abillama, Ra&euml;d Abillama Architects, Metn, Lebanon<br>FURTHER AUTHORS: Sawsan Bou Fakhreddine, Associaton for Forests Development &amp; Conservation, Jdeideh, Lebanon; Youssef Abillama, Maintenance Management Group, Antelias, Lebanon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HOLCIM AWARDS BRONZE 2014 - </strong><em><strong>Incremental Construction: Low-cost modular housing scheme</strong></em><strong>, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia</strong><br>MAIN AUTHORr: Dirk Donath, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany<br>FURTHER AUTHOR: Brook Haileselassie, Asgedom Berhe, Helawie Sewnet and Sarah Yusuf, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building, Construction &amp; City Development (EiABC), Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Peter Dissel, Afro-European Engineers, Addis Ab...</p> In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T21:21:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a breezy summer afternoon here in the newly renovated Sanayeh Garden, children are climbing the monkey bars, pedaling on bikes and kicking a ball by the huge water fountain in the park&rsquo;s center. [...] While this would be an ordinary scene in Paris, New York or Singapore, it&rsquo;s practically a new invention for today&rsquo;s residents of Beirut. Functional public parks have been virtually nonexistent here for decades.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The British countryside family who are designing entire cities in Iraq Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:13:21-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The cities we&rsquo;re working on were neglected by Saddam Hussein, so they have little basic infrastructure,&rdquo; says Elliot Hartley, 36, a director of Garsdale Design. But why can&rsquo;t Iraqis redesign their own cities? &ldquo;There has been a massive brain drain of professionals from Iraq over the years, and a lack of investment in local government planning departments, which means that the skills aren&rsquo;t there &ndash; yet,&rdquo; [...]. More improbably yet, only one member of the family firm [...] has set foot in Iraq.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> US museums provide emergency support for Syria Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:19:13-04:00 <img src="" width="484" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>US museums are teaming up with the Syrian Interim Government&rsquo;s Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian museum collections and stem the loss of cultural heritage amid the country&rsquo;s ongoing civil war. Late last month, experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Pennsylvania Museum&rsquo;s Penn Cultural Heritage Center quietly organised a three-day training session for curators, heritage experts and civilians in an undisclosed location outside of Syria.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winning ideas announced for the Hormuz Bridge International Competition Justine Testado 2014-02-24T17:50:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:01:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The results are out for the Gulf Architecture Biennial's Hormuz Bridge International Competition. The open ideas competition invited entrants to propose designs for a bridge or other connective structure to link both sides of the Hormuz Strait in the Persian Gulf. Three winners and four honorable mentions were awarded. Eighteen additional entries will be included in the first volume of Gulf Architecture Biennial and publically displayed.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>First Prize: XXXXXX02 or The Frozen Leviathan by Matteo Mannini</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Second Prize:&nbsp; A CITY FOR THE STRAIT: The Hormuz Federation by Edourad Champalle</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Third Prize: Backbone of Strait of Hormuz by Chien Bang Wong</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Honorable Mention: Global Security Pipeline by Nick Axel</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Honorable Mention: Jeser El Amwaj by Dhaval Gadani, Louis Peragallo, Christian Pereda</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Honorable Mention: Rail Reef by Triple O Studio</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Honorable Mention: Moses Highway by Andriy Vyshnevskyi, Vitaliy Kozlov, Bogdan Krutsko, Orest Galan</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Learn more about each proposal on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Egypt’s street artists now risk even more Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T15:22:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:27:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As more journalists are being arrested in Egypt, artists are under threat as well. [...] Political slogans and portraits of people who have died since the January 25 revolution are painted over by the government and replaced immediately by artists. The walls of Mohamed Mahmoud Street leading to Tahrir Square are layers of colorful murals over asymmetrical blotches of white paint. And despite its attempt to silence, the dictatorial white ironically makes a great primer for many of the artworks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Arab Women in Architecture Film FarahTell 2014-02-06T12:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T10:22:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This 56-minute documentary film features interviews with nineteen Arab architects from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia. It explores the subject of the practice of architecture by Arab women architects and features stories on their experiences, challenges, and achievements. In order to facilitate viewing, the film is divided into six sequels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The film was first screened during the Award's sixth cycle ceremony, which took place on January 7, 2014 at the German Jordanian University's Othman Bdeir House for Architecture and Design in Amman, Jordan.</p> Is Dubai the future of cities? Archinect 2013-12-09T20:39:00-05:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="737" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To its critics&mdash;and even many of its fans&mdash;&ldquo;culture&rdquo; and &ldquo;Dubai&rdquo; barely belong in the same sentence. The city is perhaps the world&rsquo;s most extreme example of a business-first, built-from-the-sand boomtown. But Shoufani and her fellow Poeticians have become a prime exhibit in a debate that has broken out with renewed vigor in the Arab world and among urban theorists worldwide...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dubai chosen for World Expo 2020 with HOK-led master plan Justine Testado 2013-12-05T18:48:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T20:13:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai won the bid to host the World Expo 2020, being the first Middle Eastern city selected in the Expo's 160-year history. HOK, in partnership with Populous and Arup, led the design team that developed the master plan, themed "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future." Their proposal won against those from Brazil, Russia, and Turkey. The 1,082-acre (438-hectare) Expo site is equidistant from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, next to the new Al Maktoum International Airport and near the Jebel Ali Port.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images: HOK</em></p> AGi architects wins in two categories for 2013 Middle East Architect Awards Justine Testado 2013-11-14T19:02:00-05:00 >2013-11-14T19:05:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>AGi architects enjoyed yet another lucky year in the 2013 Middle East Architect Awards recently held in Dubai. In addition to being shortlisted in five categories, the Spanish-Kuwaiti firm won two awards for The Star House and the BBS Pre-School, both in Kuwait. The Star House received Residential Project of the Year &mdash; making it the second year in a row that AGi won in the category &mdash; while the BBS Pre-School was named Institutional &amp; Cultural Project of the Year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut Justine Testado 2013-10-31T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T00:35:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From six finalists to three and finally to one, Morphosis Architects will be designing the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, as announced by The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) earlier this week. Morphosis won against top-name contenders Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam / AECOM. All top three teams advanced to the competition's final round of presentations and interviews. Submitting designs weren't a requirement.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists</a></p> 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners announced Alexander Walter 2013-09-09T19:50:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:02:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The prestigious Aga Khan Awards for Architecture program has announced the 2013 winners at a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal. Established in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to recognize all types of building projects that positively affect today&rsquo;s built environment in communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The five projects selected by the 2013 Master Jury are:</p> <ul><li> Islamic Cemetery in Altach, Austria by Bernardo Bader Architects</li> <li> Revitalization of Birzeit Historic Center in Birzeit, Palestine by Riwaq - Center for Architectural Conservation</li> <li> Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar inTabriz, Iran by ICHTO East Azerbaijan Office</li> <li> Rabat-Sal&eacute; Urban Infrastructure Project in Rabat, Morocco by Marc Mimram Architecture</li> <li> Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan by Studio Tamassociati</li> </ul> Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute? Archinect 2013-08-21T15:20:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:08:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to fill the gap between the broad stroke of policymaking and the reality of life on the ground,&rdquo; says Bar-Sinai, who recently returned to Israel after a yearlong fellowship at Harvard University. &ldquo;Only thinking about these questions from the 30,000 foot high perspective isn&rsquo;t enough.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo</a></p> Hey Middle East: Enough With the Regional Architectural Clichés, Already Orhan Ayyüce 2013-08-18T12:44:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T05:19:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many of these references are to natural phenomena: the wind-blown sand dunes of the desert or the sanctuary of an oasis; others refer to a way of life seemingly passing beyond recall: the dhows used for trade and pearl diving, or the tents of the nomadic Bedouins.</p></em><br /><br /><p> It is like the new expression of Orientalism. Middle East architecture is defined by few limited metaphors by Western architects who are really looking East to fulfill their payroll obligations.</p> The secret to peace in the Middle East, at an architectural expo Archinect 2013-07-26T20:12:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T15:28:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As John Kerry was trying to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority late last week, the "Architactics" exhibition opened at the ZeZeZe Architecture Gallery in Tel Aviv Port. This coincidence provides an injection of realism into what, a week earlier, seemed like a series of interesting mental exercises, but far from the present reality. The aim of the exhibition... is to mobilize tools from the world of design and architecture to help to promote the peace talks.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is based mainly on a territorial problem, and therefore architects must play a central role in finding its solution," says architect Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat, who, together with fellow architect Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, founded Saya in 2006. Since then, they have been working to shape the nature of the diplomatic solution below the media radar, outside the architectural discourse and away from peace organization conferences.</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Architecture Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute?</a></p> 12 Architecture Students Killed in Syrian Mortar Attact Orhan Ayyüce 2013-03-28T13:17:00-04:00 >2013-04-04T16:18:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At least 15 Syrian students were killed on Thursday when rebel mortar bombs landed on the canteen of Damascus University's College of Architecture, state-run media reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Mortar shells landed on the canteen of Damascus University's College of Architecture killed at least 15 students and wounded 30 others on Thursday, state television reported, blaming rebels who have stepped up attacks in the heart of the Syrian capital.</p>