Archinect - News 2014-10-22T18:40:31-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108561884/life-in-ulaanbaatar-s-tent-city-is-hard-but-mongolians-won-t-give-up-their-gers Life in Ulaanbaatar's tent city is hard – but Mongolians won't give up their gers Alexander Walter 2014-09-09T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T14:10:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79f81f6cbbc0fbf8bc3c4a87348361d1.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though Ulaanbaatar&rsquo;s sprawling informal &lsquo;ger district&rsquo; lacks access to drinking water and sewerage, officials may struggle to coax residents to swap canvas for bricks and mortar</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107634526/norwegian-artists-plan-to-open-art-academy-in-north-korea Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T16:49:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0d50368d32ac7d0b10491dbf11eb21a8.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The North Korean government has approved plans by two Norwegian artists to open an art academy in the country. Henrik Placht and Morten Traavik travelled to North Korea together for the first time in August to flesh out the proposal and to look for potential sponsors. So far they have received financial support from the Prince Claus Fund. [...] &ldquo;One of the reasons for us going to North Korea is that we don&rsquo;t believe in sanctions and the boycott of art,&rdquo; Placht tells The Art Newspaper.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107573506/oma-s-taipei-performing-arts-center-is-topped-out OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center is topped out Justine Testado 2014-08-27T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:12:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/si/sij53wzytnhzhzwq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since OMA won the competition in 2009, the Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan is gradually coming to life with the recent celebration of its topping out ceremony. OMA design team leaders Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, Kris Yao and Willy Yu of KRIS YAO | ARTECH, Taipei city mayor Hau Lung-pin, and other city government representatives took part in the event.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, the Center's three theaters are meant to encourage experimental theater productions, while the Public Loop invites public engagement from both inside and outside the Center.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/02o791j585ags3na.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cduofsvthof8rdck.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xn/xn27ftrb1knpakyu.jpg"></p><p><strong>More photos and details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/omas_taipei_performing_arts_center_is_topped_out/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85005/oma-to-build-taipei-performing-arts-centre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA to Build Taipei Performing Arts Centre</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106557284/rockefeller-foundation-and-usaid-announce-global-resilience-design-challenge Rockefeller Foundation and USAID Announce Global Resilience Design Challenge Alexander Walter 2014-08-14T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:14:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zn/znurvb4odczoj8c9.jpg" width="480" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first feature of the Resilience Partnership will be the launch of a multi-phase resilience design challenge, focused on bringing people and organizations from a diverse set of industries together to collaborate on bold and innovative solutions to the toughest resilience challenges facing the three focus regions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104732245/the-world-s-largest-indoor-arena-by-populous-officially-opens-in-manila-philippines The “world’s largest indoor arena” by Populous officially opens in Manila, Philippines Justine Testado 2014-07-21T21:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:32:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5i/5i0nmfv4ewryr325.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since construction began in 2011, Populous just announced the opening of the Philippine Arena in Manila, Philippines. Commissioned by Iglesia Ni Cristo (the Church of Christ), the structure is described to be the world's largest indoor arena and will be able to accommodate up to 50,000 people. The arena was also designed to host a variety of church gatherings and major entertainment events.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/97dajkzt4kbh7vi1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v0q0nczd1mj5ops6.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55ytyfqtwh6kukpd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ow/owert2wc80vm3i82.jpg"></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_worlds_largest_indoor_arena_by_populous_officially_opens_in_manila_phil/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101164993/as-myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered Alexander Walter 2014-06-05T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85f3badea6fd38ebe93dc36583440db0.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Decades of socialism and military rule kept Myanmar &mdash; or Burma, as it was known &mdash; poor and isolated. There was one upside, though. The economy was so lousy, there was no drive to demolish the big British colonial buildings in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, and replace them with the glass and steel towers that now define much of the skylines in East Asia. [...] remarkable architectural heritage, which has come into the cross hairs of developers trying to cash in on rising land prices.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94289721/graft-penda-s-myrtle-garden-hotel-to-break-ground-in-xiangyang-china Graft & penda’s Myrtle Garden Hotel to break ground in Xiangyang, China Justine Testado 2014-02-24T20:49:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T20:49:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4e0fddj75e6fxo9x.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scenery at The Myrtle Flower Garden in Xiangyang, China will look quite different once the new hillside Myrtle Garden Hotel is built. Designed by graft lab architects and penda as a commission, the wooden haptic-structured hotel is ready to break ground within the next few weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sneak a peek of the new hotel:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbgzg4gdwh2w1edc.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rqggeu6zfuxsc6vb.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9bgei5rwj43yo8cy.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hd1upksjw5r3pow.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7ykimddu1i5k63g.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/graft_pendas_myrtle_garden_hotel_to_break_ground_in_xiangyang_china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for full details.<br><br>You can also click the thumbnails below for more images</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90836061/as-myanmar-opens-up-to-modern-world-historic-buildings-are-at-risk As Myanmar opens up to modern world, historic buildings are at risk Alexander Walter 2014-01-09T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-01-09T14:07:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/9095f4e5f222427ab868f29ff8f2c1a2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hundreds of colonial-era structures have been destroyed in recent years to make way for modern ones like the Centrepoint tower. Completed last year, the glassy 25-story skyscraper looms over a historic block that includes the dilapidated 100-year-old Supreme Court building and City Hall, which, with its white paint and intricately tiered roof, draws easy comparisons to a wedding cake. The condition of many older buildings makes them targets for tear-down.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/88239866/kaohsiung-port-terminal-by-reiser-umemoto-in-more-detail Kaohsiung Port Terminal by Reiser + Umemoto in more detail Justine Testado 2013-12-07T02:44:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T14:15:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y5/y5q8lx0wapk16gjn.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In our last update, Reiser + Umemoto celebrated the groundbreaking of the Kaohsiung Port Terminal in Kaohsiung, Taiwan this past November. Although there aren't any construction photos in the meantime, you can get a better look of the yet-to-be-built terminal with plenty of awesome images we recently received from the firm.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1bsrqepv8d32lsb7.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/em/emfifozv9q35pdfe.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1u/1uye68m6raoh5fkl.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erw07x7e8hq7cs68.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oyxe85wcvocev6z3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> For more, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/kaohsiung_port_terminal_by_reiser_umemoto_in_more_detail/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of Reiser + Umemoto.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87395137/grimshaw-completes-the-nature-inspired-ecorium-their-first-project-in-asia Grimshaw completes the nature-inspired Ecorium, their first project in Asia Justine Testado 2013-11-25T20:14:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jr/jr6uvm9jxizutl6l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> recently announced the completion of the Ecorium at the National Ecology Center in Seocheon, South Korea -- making this the firm's first project in Asia.</p> <p> The newly built ecological educational and research center gives visitors a first-hand experience to learn about the Earth's ecosystems all in one place.</p> <p> Below are more details on the project:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qc100pa9b7xl97w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "The project, which was secured through a turnkey design and build competition hosted by Korea&rsquo;s Ministry of the Environment, uses nature as an immersive teaching tool to showcase the world&rsquo;s diverse ecosystems. Grimshaw&rsquo;s New York studio was appointed by Samsung Construction and worked alongside Samoo Architects and Engineers.</p> <p> The project concept is inspired by the form of an oxbow lake, an aquatic body created by the evolving erosion of a meandering river. The masterplan guides the visitor flow through a series of botanical gardens and into Ecorium."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qh/qh4gxwe7mmyd7us2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Visitors travel through five biomes, seeing, hearing...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72374655/winners-of-borderless-designing-future-asean-borders Winners of Borderless: Designing Future ASEAN Borders Alexander Walter 2013-05-02T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:51:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cp/cpo21lvs1arrlu5y.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Winning design schemes have just been announced in the international competition Borderless: Designing Future ASEAN Borders. The competition brings attention to the spaces along the borders of the 10 members of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with the aim of improving their existing conditions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68787711/bartlett-blogger-chris-hildrey-shares-his-recent-travels-with-a-video Bartlett blogger, Chris Hildrey, shares his recent travels with a video Archinect 2013-03-04T11:33:00-05:00 >2013-03-09T23:02:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3078e57aabc39fc96013603a1045ef0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I went travelling through Japan, China, Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia with my girlfriend. Since getting back to the UK I've condensed some of the video footage from that time into a 5 and a half minute video.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53711995/do-western-architects-disrespect-eastern-architecture Do western architects disrespect eastern architecture? Archinect 2012-07-17T19:21:00-04:00 >2012-07-19T14:31:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6ef8e2919b6fb047e8050f0d77982d45.jpg" width="350" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seung, who is the third Korean architect ever selected and the only one to get invited twice, says he hesitated to participate in the Biennale. This is because of the 64 star architects invited, there were only two from Asia: Seung and Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima. &ldquo;I thought the European architecture world doesn&rsquo;t respect Asian architecture. After hesitating, I decided to go and discuss Asian architectural values that aren&rsquo;t found in Western architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/30803465/regional-holcim-awards-2011-for-asia-pacific Regional Holcim Awards 2011 for Asia Pacific Alexander Walter 2011-12-13T14:50:28-05:00 >2011-12-13T14:56:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/valukqy66wbqq4px.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following the regional Holcim Awards for sustainable construction projects for Latin America, Europe, Africa Middle East, and North America, winners of the Asia Pacific Awards have recently been announced, bringing the regional phase of the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition to a close. A total of USD 300,000 was presented to twelve groundbreaking projects at a ceremony in Singapore.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> </p> http://archinect.com/news/article/4276297/korean-prime-minister-s-official-residence-by-praud-sunghyun-architects Korean Prime Minister’s Official Residence by PRAUD + Sunghyun Architects Alexander Walter 2011-04-26T18:12:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T14:36:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u6/u6ul6lowi47k8ufy.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boston-based research and design firm PRAUD have shared with us their competition entry for the Prime Minister's Official Residence of Korea. The proposal for this structure in Sejong Special Autonomous City right outside of Seoul was a collaboration with Sunghyun Architects, landscape architects were Lee Yoon-joo and Park Kyung-ui. The entry did not manage to win a prize, but we think it is worth sharing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85005/oma-to-build-taipei-performing-arts-centre OMA to Build Taipei Performing Arts Centre Alexander Walter 2009-01-27T13:19:00-05:00 >2014-08-27T20:58:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i3i6icro6wyhy7e6.jpg" width="514" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been awarded the first prize in the design competition to build the Taipei Performing Arts Centre. The design, led by OMA partners Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, was selected from over 135 entries from 24 countries by an international jury.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107573506/oma-s-taipei-performing-arts-center-is-topped-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA&rsquo;s Taipei Performing Arts Center is topped out</a></p>