Archinect - News 2014-04-23T03:06:17-04:00 The Urban Algae Canopy shows the power of "algaetecture" for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-04-17T19:27:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:51:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here's another look at what to expect at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo</a> in 2015. As part of the Expo's Future Food District project, the Urban Algae Canopy shows the great potential of micro algae organisms for integrative greener, cleaner bio-digital architecture. London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecoLogicStudio</a> designed the pavilion in collaboration with local architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cesare Griffa</a>.</p><p>Full-scale prototypes of the pavilion are currently being previewed at the INTERNI &lsquo;Feeding New Ideas for the City&rsquo; exhibition at Cortile d&rsquo;Onore, University of Milan, Festa del Perdono happening until April 18.</p><p>Once it's fully built, the canopy will be able to produce oxygen equivalent to 4 hectares of woodland and up to 150kg of biomass per day -- 60% of which are natural vegetal proteins.</p><p>Dig into the project details right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The Urban Algae Canopy, based on ecoLogicStudio&rsquo;s six years long research on building integrated bio-digital systems, is presented here with a 1:1 scale prototype of the world&rsquo;s first bio-digital canopy integra...</p> Bernard Tschumi retrospective opens on April 30 at Centre Pompidou, Paris Justine Testado 2014-04-09T20:41:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T21:49:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="729" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Book a trip to the Centre Pompidou in Paris this summer. The Centre is hosting the first major European retrospective of iconic French-Swiss architect and theorist Bernard Tschumi from April 30 to July 28, 2014. Exploring Tschumi's work from 1975 to the present, the exhibition will feature a thematic arrangement of archival documents, films, and around 350 of his never-before-seen sketches, drawings, collages, and models -- all displayed in an installation he designed himself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The exhibition at the Centre Pompidou &mdash; based on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bernard Tschumi</a>&rsquo;s work as an architect, educator, and writer &mdash; explores the making of architecture as a series of arguments, ideas, influences, and responses to the contemporary definition of architecture today."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get more details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> David Chipperfield wins Nobel Center architectural competition Justine Testado 2014-04-09T12:52:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T21:44:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a>'s "Nobelhuset" is the winning design for the new Nobel Center in Stockholm, after a unanimous jury decision. Back in Fall 2013, Chipperfield was one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 famous architects who submitted proposals</a> for the future Nobel Center.</p><p>In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the second stage</a>, the competition narrowed down to three proposals from: Johan Celsing - Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor (Sweden); Gert Wing&aring;rdh - Wing&aring;rdhs Arkitektkontor (Sweden); and of course, David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger - David Chipperfield Architects Berlin (Germany).</p><p>The Nobel Center will be built to become an architectural representation of the Nobel Prize and serve as a space to promote the Prize's ideals of forward thinking and innovation.</p><p>Here's more detail into the winning design:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"According to the statement of the jury, the proposed building has an elegant, timeless and attractive external appearance with a clear identity of its own. The revised fa&ccedil;ade design, with its shimmering vertical brass elements and glass, has a l...</p> LAN chosen to restructure iconic Grand Palais in Paris Justine Testado 2014-03-04T21:48:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Grand Palais is due for a contemporary touch-up from French firm LAN, who recently won the competition to restructure and expand the monument...Looking beyond the museum's Beaux-Arts style, LAN highlights the museum's durability and flexibility in an effort to bring out the building's full potential.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have a glimpse of LAN's winning proposal below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Drawings:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Runner-up proposals by Estudio Lunar for E12 Kosovo and E12 Germany Justine Testado 2014-02-06T12:52:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:20:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here comes our first Europan 12 project of this week -- and it's a double whammy. Rotterdam-based Estudio Lunar scored runner-up for both the Gjilan site in E12 Kosovo (which had no declared winner) and for Regionale 2016 in E12 Germany.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse into the team's proposals</p><p><strong>"Welcome to Urban Wellness!" - E12 Kosovo, Gjilan</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>"Kein Land f&uuml;r alte M&auml;nner" - E12 Germany, Regionale 2016</strong><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find more about both proposals on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Arkitektgruppen Cubus’ 1st-place entry of the Mo i Rana Waterfront competition Justine Testado 2014-02-03T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T15:19:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Norwegian firm Arkitektgruppen Cubus AS from Bergen won first prize for the Mo i Rana Waterfront competition. The competition sought for solutions to link Mo i Rana in Northern Norway to the nearby fjord and railway -- both major transit systems that connect Mo i Rana to neighboring towns and the rest of the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find full details of the project on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Bombelek - joint runner-up entry for E12 Sweden, Kalmar Justine Testado 2014-01-28T14:51:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:09:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our lovely Europan 12 collection is still growing! "Bombelek" is our first project from the Swedish competition. Designed for the Kalmar region by architects Konrad Basan, Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, and Jakub Pudo of BOMP from Poland, the proposal won a shared runner-up prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have a glimpse of their proposal here:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more about it on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> “Inverse Boulevard” - Special Mention entry for Europan 12 Germany, Mannheim Justine Testado 2014-01-14T20:30:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T20:30:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Inverse Boulevard" by Kawahara Krause Architects is our first entry from Europan 12 Germany for the Mannheim competition site. The Hamburg-based firm received a Special Mention for their proposal, which is based on creating a boulevard that will better connect Mannheim's north and south areas -- and retain their distinct personalities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a little preview to their proposal:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> You can find more details at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> “En Pointe” runner-up entry by The Open Workshop + Lorena Del Rio Architects for E12 Austria, Kagran Justine Testado 2014-01-10T17:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-10T17:29:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After submitting "En Pointe" to the Europan 12 Austria competition, The Open Workshop + Lorena Del Rio Architects team placed as a Runner-Up in a three-way tie for the Kagran site (In other words, a "Winner" title wasn't given.) "En Pointe" uses the arcade concept and hybrid, multi-functional spaces to improve Kagran's connectivity and potentially enhance the city at an architectural and urban level.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a preview of their project:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br> You can also click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see other Europan 12 entries.</p> Joint runner-up entry “COMPLETE SCHIEDAM” connects history and industry in Europan Netherlands Justine Testado 2014-01-06T19:23:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T19:33:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our next Europan 12 proposal comes from the Netherlands competition for the Schiedam site. As one of two runner-ups, "COMPLETE SCHIEDAM" by Team BASIC CITY A+U / Felixx was designed to connect the historic core and industrial zones of Schiedam, reinventing the city's identity over time.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Find more proposal details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> “OPEN” - winning entry by Ramon Bernabe Simo + Tomas Labanc for Amstetten in Europan 12 Austria Justine Testado 2014-01-06T18:53:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T19:33:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="223" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shanghai-based architects Ramon Bernabe Simo and Tomas Labanc collaborated to create "OPEN", the winning entry for the Amstetten site in the Europan 12 Austria competition. As suggested by its name, their team's proposal is a response to improve connectivity, livability, and "opening up" the city to leave room for potential urban expansion.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Take a peek at their proposal:<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><em>Renderings by</em></p> Office Jarrik Ouburg + laura alvarez architecture wins second-prize for Ås in Europan Norway Justine Testado 2013-12-27T15:19:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T13:18:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects Jarrik Ouburg and Laura Alvarez sent us their "Hortus conclusus" scheme in the recently concluded E12 of the Europan Norway competition. This year's theme focused on the future development of three Oslo-region municipalities projected to grow within the next 25 years: B&aelig;rum, Asker, and &Aring;s. Alvarez's and Ouburg's collaborative entry won second prize in the &Aring;s category.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The municipality of &Aring;s, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and the architects will discuss the proposal in early 2014 to develop a new and more detailed masterplan of the specific site.<br><br> Here's a glimpse of the proposal:<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> COBE and Transform's Maritime Museum and Exploratorium celebrates grand opening in Porsgrunn Justine Testado 2013-12-13T20:23:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T20:18:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> After winning first prize in a 2009 competition, Danish firms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COBE</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transform</a> collaborated once again to design the new Maritime Museum and Exploratorium, which opened its doors to the public today in the Porsgrunn Harbor in Norway.<br><br> Incorporating Porsgrunn's industrial surroundings in its design, the new museum was built to become a contemporary landmark and bring more attention to the river, long considered as the town's "backside."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> The new museum has already gained some recognition even before today's grand opening. Just last month, it received the Porsgrunn Municipality&rsquo;s building practice prize 2013 (&ldquo;Byggeskikkpris&rdquo;).</p> <p> Here's more info on the museum's design:<br><br> "The new museum will tell the story of the town&rsquo;s dock yard industry and its maritime history, which has employed thousands of people from the whole region. In addition, the attractive location of the museum right on the riverside opens up an important process for the city concerning the future extensive urban ren...</p> Bramberger [architects] wins competition for the High Tech Campus in Villach, Austria Justine Testado 2013-12-09T19:51:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T17:19:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bramberger [architects] from Graz, Austria had the winning scheme to design the High Tech Campus in Villach, Austria. Bramberger's clear-cut scheme integrates office and educational facilities with green space that will eventually connect with surrounding buildings to create a fully functioning campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The project is in the planning phase, with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2014. Completion is expected in summer 2015.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Find out more at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of Bramberger [architects].</em></p> Winner of Changing The Face 2013 to revamp Warsaw’s saw-toothed Rotunda Justine Testado 2013-12-09T19:07:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:19:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bart&#322;omiej Gowin and Krzysztof Siuta of Krakow-based GowinSiuta Studio were the first-prize winners of the 2013 Changing The Face competition. Architects were invited to send their proposals to redesign central Warsaw's Rotunda, a landmark and popular meeting space that houses Central Europe's largest bank, PKO Bank Polski.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more details.</p> Get Lectured: TU Delft Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-11-11T15:46:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T16:07:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="719" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a><br><br> Here on Archinect we recently launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. (<strong>UPDATE:</strong> We've begun adding international schools!) Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> Today's featured poster comes from the <strong>The Berlage Center</strong>, a post-graduate department of the <strong>Delft University of Technology</strong> in The Netherlands.</p> <p> A little history: The Berlage Center was established after the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam closed in 2012 when all funding ceased for post-academic institutions in The Netherlands. The Institute's deans included one of its founders Herman Hertzberger, Wiel Arets (1995), and Alejandro Zaera-Polo (2002). Since 2012, the Berlage Center continues to operate as a research, discussion and cultural platform for architectural, urban, and landscape issues.</p> <p> <em>Want...</em></p> Chinese Architect Ma Yansong Brings Green Futurism to Europe Archinect 2013-08-28T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T08:04:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the last decade, avant-garde European architects have helped reshape Beijing's skyline. [...] But now, a Chinese architect is reversing the trend. Rising star Ma Yansong has won a string of European architectural contests that will bring his experimental designs, which meld cutting-edge technology with an animist's awe of nature, to capitals on the Continent.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ma Yansong has been on Archinect's radar for quite some time&mdash;click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read our 2006 <em>UpStarts</em> interview with him and his Beijing-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD office</a>.</p> The Architecture of Photography - Conversation with Simona Rota croixe 2012-07-30T15:04:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T10:19:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>From the eroded optimism of the heroic building-monuments in east-Europe, to the monochromatic banality of housing developments in the Canary Islands, the photographs of Simona Rota appear to be talking to us about the aspirations and shortcomings of architecture in both its megalomaniac and its quotidian streams.<br> Often lacking human presence, the photographs tell a tale of evaporated intentions, and failed dreams, making through the images a visual statement about the power of humanity to create, alter, and transform our environment.</strong></p> <p> <strong>Images of architecture about topics that transcend architecture, projects like Ostalgia, Instant Village, and Placelessness take us to a personal journey through some of the faces of modernity in Europe, while revealing simultaneously the seducing beauty of its ugliness, and the vulnerability of its invincible architectures.<br> We are drawn towards the fantastic journey of an upcoming visual story teller that equally dazzles us with an image of the ...</strong></p> European Prize for Urban Public Space 2012 Announces Joint Winners Alexander Walter 2012-04-30T17:58:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T13:27:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Jury of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2012, chaired by Spanish architect Josep Llin&agrave;s, has announced two joint First Prize winners [...]. The European Prize for Urban Public Space is an award created by the CCCB in 2000 to acknowledge and encourage the creation and recovery of public spaces in European cities, and to highlight urbanistic interventions that promote the public dimension of urban space and its role in social integration.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can US communities learn from this European suburban retrofit? Archinect 2012-02-22T15:15:59-05:00 >2012-02-26T14:33:47-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2008, the substantially updated town center of Plessis-Robinson, a suburb of Paris, was named &ldquo;the best urban neighborhood built in the last 25 years&rdquo; by the European Architecture Foundation. A composite of six connected districts ranging in size from 5.6 to 59 acres, the revitalization comprises public buildings, retail, market-rate and subsidized affordable housing, parks, schools, gardens, sports facilities, and a hospital. Construction was begun in 1990 and took a decade to complete.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Regional Holcim Awards 2011 for Europe Alexander Walter 2011-10-10T15:24:07-04:00 >2011-10-10T15:31:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just last week, we published the winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2011 for Latin America. Here are now also the winners of the 3rd International Regional Holcim Awards for sustainable construction projects and visions from across Europe that were recently presented at a ceremony in Milan.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Living Architecture in Europe Alexander Walter 2011-08-11T18:41:37-04:00 >2011-08-15T04:35:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Europe continues to battle economic and environmental gloom and doom, nations across the continent are re-evaluating how to build the cities of tomorrow with tight budgets and green mindsets. "We are at a key moment, where we as architects must become activists. We must innovate and help to find new solutions for how people can live well and do well," says Enric Ruiz-Geli, founding principal of Cloud9 architects in Barcelona.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> RIBA Award Winners 2011 Announced Alexander Walter 2011-05-20T20:11:09-04:00 >2011-05-21T14:28:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, we published the RIBA International Award Winners for 2011. Today, we also have the winners of the 2011 RIBA Awards, recently announced by the Royal Institute of British Architects. These awards for architectural excellence will be presented to 97 buildings in the UK and Europe (89 in the UK and 8 in the rest of the EU).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>