Archinect - News 2014-10-22T01:02:58-04:00 Gdyby Group project shows potential of empty historic Targ Weglowy Square in Gdansk, Poland Justine Testado 2013-10-18T12:33:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T19:01:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="472" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Targ W&#281;glowy Square in Gda&#324;sk, Poland was merely an empty lot before the Gdyby Group (whose name translates to "What if?") in collaboration with City Culture Institute proposed a new public space to revive it. Back in early September, the group installed the numerous cubic box furnishings throughout the lot, where visitors of any age can play, socialize, and relax. Gdyby then gathered public feedback on the project and held an open public discussion about the Square's future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Urban Heroes of Istanbul: It’s About Public Space Nam Henderson 2013-06-11T19:30:00-04:00 >2013-06-12T02:33:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The protest was an effort to save a park by occupying that very park; it was not a symbolic or ideological demonstration like the Occupy Wall Street movements, but a primal struggle between human bodies and bulldozers, that made the political discourse all the more potent...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jesse Honsa</a>, (an architect and urban designer in Istanbul, and is co-founder of OpenUrban), has written a short piece, in which he shares his experience over the last days of the&nbsp;protests in and around Taksim Square.</p> <p> h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">amlblog</a></p> Swiss Architect Takes First Prize at Bab Al Bahrain Competition Alexander Walter 2012-02-20T16:13:00-05:00 >2012-02-21T14:08:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Winners have been announced at the Bab Al Bahrain Open Ideas Competition with the proposal "Pearl Dive" by Swiss architect Lukas Lenherr taking home the $15,000 First Prize. [...] Significance was added to this competition by the recent political events that have taken place across the region, encouraging questions about social representation, public identity, urban integration, sense of place, and historic importance.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>