Archinect - News 2016-10-21T11:04:26-04:00 Closer look: Zaha Hadid's new “floating” Port House in Antwerp Justine Testado 2016-09-23T18:07:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T17:04:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="549" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The glistening Port House in Antwerp is Zaha Hadid's latest project to be completed posthumously. But the glass building isn't mere folly. Built atop a disused historic fire station, the striking landmark operates as the new headquarters for the Port of Antwerp, Europe's second largest port.</p><p>ZHA was selected to design the new extension following a competition, in which the main objective was to preserve the original fire station, according to Port of Antwerp president Marc Van Peel. All five shortlisted competitors proposed a new structure above the building, but the Port deemed Zaha's design as &ldquo;the most brilliant&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At 111 meters long and 21 meters high, the new glass extension &ldquo;floats&rdquo; above the old fire station. &ldquo;Like the bow of a ship, the new extension points towards the Scheldt, connecting the building with the river on which Antwerp was founded,&rdquo; ZHA describes.</p><p>The building&nbsp;also shows off a glazed facade of transparent and opaque triangular facets that allow sufficient natural l...</p> Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T17:04:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to an article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> Get Lectured: Syracuse Architecture in Florence, Fall '16 Justine Testado 2016-09-16T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T18:07:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2016</strong></a></p><p>Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall?&nbsp;Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>In addition to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse Architecture</a>'s ongoing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lecture series</a>, their study-abroad studio in Florence will soon feature their own lineup of speakers starting next month. Here they are:</p><p><strong>Oct 6</strong><br><strong>Point Supreme</strong> co-founders Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou from Athens</p><p><strong>Oct 7<br>Curtis Roth</strong>,&nbsp;a Fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart; Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at OSU</p><p><strong>Oct 11<br>Bryony Roberts</strong>,&nbsp;Visiting Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture ...</p> As refugees flood into the country, Germany experiments with new urban-planning strategies Nicholas Korody 2016-08-22T12:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T00:37:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since August of 2015, Germany has become home to more than 1.1 million refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers. This influx has German architects and urban planners asking the question: &ldquo;Do we have a refugee crisis on our hands? Or a housing crisis combined with huge challenges to the ability of cities, job markets, and schools to integrate the newcomers?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>[Doug Saunders]&nbsp;cautions that arrival cities are &ldquo;where the new creative and commercial class will be born, or where the next wave of tension and violence will erupt.&rdquo; The difference, he adds &ldquo;depends on how we approach these districts both organizationally and politically, and, crucially, in terms of physical structures and built form.&rdquo;</em></p><p>For more on the mass migrations transforming Europe, Africa and the Middle East, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographing the 'Jungle' of Calais' refugee camp</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fire breaks out at refugee camp in the Duesseldorf airport</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya moves to shut down Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp</a></li></ul> Olson Kundig will design the Noah's Ark-themed Children's Museum for the Jewish Museum Berlin Justine Testado 2016-08-03T20:25:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:01:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Noah's Ark will be <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brought to life</a> once again in the upcoming Children's Museum on the Jewish Museum Berlin campus. The Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation&nbsp;launched an invite-only international competition this past January wherein participants added their own spin in incorporating the biblical story in their proposals. Late last month, Seattle-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig Architects</a> won the commission. Berlin-based Staab Architekten won second place, while Michael Wallraff ZT GmbH of Vienna received third.</p><p>Authored by Olson Kundig owner and principal Alan Maskin, their team's approach to the concept ultimately won the jury's favor with its playful depiction of the essential themes of the Children's Museum. Visitors both young and old will get to experience the museum as if they were Noah, exploring the space through interactive and imaginative installations that tailor to kids ages 5-12 years old.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;The design by Olson Kundig has the potential to unpack the biblical story in all its relevance, as ...</p> Inside the MVRDV House, the firm's new family home-style office Justine Testado 2016-07-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:34:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> settled into their new office headquarters inside the remodeled Het Industriegebouw, nestled in the heart of Rotterdam. Now dubbed by the firm as the MVRDV House, the building was originally&nbsp;designed by iconic Dutch architect&nbsp;Hugh Maaskant in 1952.&nbsp;The new 2,400 square-meter interior is modeled like a family home, filled with ample working and gathering spaces that reflect the &ldquo;work hard, play hard&rdquo; balance many firms strive for in their office's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>Now with 140 employees based in Rotterdam,&nbsp;&ldquo;[t]he expanding MVRDV family needed a new house,&rdquo; says MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs.&nbsp;MVRDV's new office has&nbsp;&ldquo;everything that [a] home requires, a living room, a dining room, a sofa for the whole house to sit together,&rdquo; he described.&nbsp;Surrounded by various creative start-ups and design firms, MVRDV believes they fit right in their new neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photos &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>The Family Room serves as the firm's main communal space for social interaction...</p> Daniel Libeskind to design shiny mixed-use building in Vilnius Justine Testado 2016-07-15T21:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T17:59:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel Libeskind is making his mark &mdash; in all its signature jagged, geometric wonder &mdash; throughout the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. In addition to the Modern Art Centre of Vilnius and the Vilnius Beacon sports and wellness center at the Liepkalnis ski resort, Studio Libeskind won the competition to design a new mixed-use building complex on Konstitucijos Avenue 18B. Libeskind's winning scheme is a progression of glassy volumes &mdash; with the tallest tower reaching 18-stories</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get a glimpse of their winning scheme on Bustler.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind turns 70; designs Musical Labyrinth for Frankfurt Opera</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture is a field of repression": Daniel Libeskind on childhood memories, trauma, and architecture</a></p> Provocative architecture debating series Turncoats goes international Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-13T11:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:37:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Debates are rubbish. We've all been there: a panel of similar people with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work - too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Turncoats, a provocative architectural debating society that originated in London last year, has expanded to Scotland, the USA, Canada and Serbia, with more cities in the pipeline. The London originators have turned the premise into a franchise, inviting cities to apply for free and start a Turncoats debate series.&nbsp;The aim is to start confrontational and challenging architectural debate, and make it free for anyone who wants to listen. The premise of a Turncoats debate is the presentation of two opposing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'theatrically provocative opening gambits'</a>, then, in the spirit of its name the opposing parties switch sides.&nbsp;</p><p>I attended <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Rip it Up and Start Again'</a>, held in Glasgow, Scotland last week. In the Turncoats tradition, mobile phones are placed in envelopes to prohibit recording and a 'shot in the dark' of tequila and a Turncoats badge is offered on arrival. The debate was held in an old glue factory, and the panel consisted of industry professionals arguing for and against the architec...</p> Planning approved for redevelopment of Portsmouth Prison Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T10:31:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:48:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portsmouth City Council has given Planning and Listed Building Consent for the repair and redevelopment of the former HMP Kingston in Portsmouth. FCBStudios will now commence the post-planning stages for the 230-unit residential scheme &ndash; a combination of re-modelled existing prison cell wings, chapel and infirmary, and new-build apartment buildings, including a landscape masterplan by Grant Associates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Planning and Listed Building consent has been given for Feilden Clegg Bradley to redevelop former prison in Portsmouth (UK). The first phase is expected to focus on the existing grade-II buildings, early in 2017.</p> Sweden tightens its refugee policy, introduces new restrictions for asylum seekers Nicholas Korody 2016-06-21T13:52:00-04:00 >2016-06-21T16:16:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sweden, once one of the most welcoming countries for refugees, on Tuesday introduced tough new restrictions on asylum seekers, including rules that would limit the number of people granted permanent residency and make it more difficult for parents to reunite with their children. The government said the legislation... was necessary to prevent the country from becoming overstretched by the surge of migration to Europe that began last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As more and more refugees flood into Europe from the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere, once-welcoming countries are increasingly tightening their borders. For more on this, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Germany announces new integration measures for migrants and refugees</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">A world divided: mapping border fences globally</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid transforms Zurich gallery in homage to artist Kurt Schwitters Justine Testado 2016-06-17T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T13:08:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Upon first glance, the &ldquo;Kurt Schwitters: Merz&rdquo; exhibition is an enticing haven of artistic talent. The retrospective opened earlier this week at the Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich. An exhibition involving Zaha Hadid is sure to be a visual treat, whether it's her work that is on display or if she designed an exhibition's setup. Hadid's design for this particular the late architect's homage to Kurt Schwitters' famous Merzbau.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See more photos of the exhibition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's repertoire is a stunning display in Venice's Palazzo Franchetti</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the late Dame Zaha Hadid's final designs will be built in West Chelsea</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the Zaha Hadid-designed $50 million High Line penthouse</a></p> The new IKEA Museum will open its doors on June 30 Justine Testado 2016-06-14T19:13:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T23:52:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although the gargantuan stores of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> can already be public museums themselves, the Swedish retailer is preparing for the official opening of the IKEA Museum on June 30 in their&nbsp;&Auml;lmhult stomping grounds. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Originally expected</a> to open last fall, the&nbsp;7,000 square-meter museum will showcase the company's history and widespread influence that spans more than 70 years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The four levels of the museum will show off iconic furniture pieces like the KLIPPAN sofa and the BILLY bookcase, some 20,000 objects from the IKEA archives, a rotating temporary exhibition area, and a gift shop. And since this is the IKEA Museum, there will be a 170-seat restaurant simply called The Kitchen (or K&ouml;ket) &mdash; which will most likely serve <em>those</em> infamous IKEA meatballs, but &ldquo;with a new modern take&rdquo;!&nbsp;</p><p>The museum will also have a new educational department called The&nbsp;IKEA Museum School Programme that will offer guided tours (in Swedish, English, and German) and workshops related to topics on&nbsp;entrepreneurship, technolo...</p> Last chance to submit your World Architecture Festival 2016 entries! Archinect 2016-06-08T12:57:00-04:00 >2016-06-15T00:52:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Only a few days left to submit your work to the anticipated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival 2016</a>! Entries are due <strong>this Friday, June 10</strong>.</p><p>After four successful years in Singapore, WAF is making its way back to Europe in Berlin. The festival will take place on November 16-18 inside the Arena Berlin, which was previously used as Franz Ahrens&rsquo; historic former bus depot.</p><p>WAF and the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors (its co-located and just-as-popular sister event) are expected to attract more than 2,000 leading architects and designers worldwide for three days full of conference programs, awards, exhibitions, and fringe events. The World Architecture Festival competition is unique in that it everyone has a chance to win. Attendees will get to witness live presentations and critiques from talented architects and designers who come from all around the globe.</p><p>Set in the historically and architecturally rich German capital, the World Architecture Festival 2016 is expanding its fringe program, with...</p> Sweden's king voices disapproval of Chipperfield's Nobel Center design Justine Testado 2016-06-03T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-06-07T04:47:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[King Carl XVI Gustav] said the sprawling brass-clad structure, designed by the British architect David Chipperfield to house the Nobel Foundation and host its prestigious annual prize ceremony, would dominate Stockholm&rsquo;s celebrated 19th-century waterfront... &lsquo;The size of the building is determined by what is necessary for a Nobel Centre. It&rsquo;s not exploiting the value of the land or something &ndash; it&rsquo;s not a developer building, an office building or a hotel...&rsquo; [Chipperfield said.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>King Carl XVI Gustav isn't favorable toward Chipperfield's dominating design plan for the Nobel Center, which inevitably has sparked opposition. But, supporters of the project beg to differ.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield wins Nobel Center architectural competition</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nobel Center competition shortlists three teams to move on to stage two</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleven renowned architects present proposals for Stockholm&rsquo;s future Nobel Center</a></p> Watch live: Rem Koolhaas is moderating a 12-hour marathon of interviews on the future of Europe Nicholas Korody 2016-06-01T12:34:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:59:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Forum on European Culture, an initiative of DutchCulture and De Balie, is hosting "1 Night, 12 Hours, 100 Questions," a marathon of interviews centered around the question: What is Europe?</p><p>Moderated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a> alongside&nbsp;political theorist Luuk van Middelaar and De Balie&rsquo;s director Yoeri Albrecht, the form of the event, a part of the larger initiative #ReCreatingEurope, is inspired by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hans Ulrich Obrist</a>'s marathons held annually at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries</a>. It's happening now.</p><p>The fate of the European Union, and the pan-European project in general, has never been so uncertain. Tensions are rising on the continent as an influx of refugees and the fallout from nearly a decade of austerity politics contribute to growing nationalist movements.&nbsp;In a few weeks, Britain will have a referendum to determine whether or not to stay within the Union. This context will likely background the 24-hour marathon.</p><p>The roster of interviewees includes:&nbsp;Inne Olders, Ingo Niermann, Joeri Jansen, Piet...</p> Win Arquitectura Viva's 2016 Spain Yearbook monograph! Justine Testado 2016-05-31T13:18:00-04:00 >2016-06-13T21:01:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arquitectura Viva</a>'s 2016 Spain Yearbook is a visual throwback of the last 12 months in Spanish architecture, revisiting 24 top-notch buildings that were all completed in the country over the last year.&nbsp;Recently released by&nbsp;Arquitectura Viva &mdash; who previously published monographs on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> &mdash; the&nbsp;book &ldquo;confirms the good health of Spanish architecture&rdquo; in spite of the country's ongoing construction sector crisis, AV describes.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks to Arquitectura Viva, Archinect is giving away two copies of the 2016 Spain Yearbook to our lucky readers! Keep reading for more about the monograph, and how to enter the giveaway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Projects designed by both established and emerging firms&nbsp;made the cut in this year's edition, including:&nbsp;Nieto &amp; Sobejano, Josep Llu&iacute;s Mateo, Francisco Mangado, Rafael Mone,&nbsp;V&iacute;ctor L&oacute;pez Cotelo, and Carlos Ferrater. Readers can learn more about the works of young practices who are based throughout the country, like BaKpak of Sevilla, the C&aacute;ceres offic...</p> Zaha Hadid's repertoire is a stunning display in Venice's Palazzo Franchetti Justine Testado 2016-05-27T21:06:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:30:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The opulence of Venice's 16th-century Palazzo Franchetti is as memorable as the designs of a particular Zaha Hadid. A can't-be-missed retrospective honoring the late architect's four-decade career opened to the public today, just in time for the hoards of visitors venturing out to the nearby 2016 Venice Biennale.&nbsp;Organized by the Fondazione Berengo cultural institution, this Zaha Hadid retrospective is an abridged showcase of Hadid's pioneering works that made her a designer and artist who was always ahead of her time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition features a range of Hadid's completed, under-construction, in progress, and unbuilt projects &mdash; from her early paintings and drawings to models of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA</a>'s buildings that are due for completion later this year.&nbsp;</p><p>A separate room will display three projects that are meant to symbolize milestones in Hadid's career: the Weil am Rhein-based&nbsp;Vitra Fire Station (completed 1993), ZHA's first completed project; the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (...</p> Overwhelmed by Venice Biennale events? Try these suggestions for starters Justine Testado 2016-05-27T15:47:00-04:00 >2016-06-10T05:16:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Without a doubt, there will be plenty to see in and around the Venice Biennale. Planning on attending and not so sure where to start? For the next few months, Bustler will share our recommendations of national exhibition pavilions and related events that you shouldn't miss. Have a look at our first list that you can use as a starting point for your visit(s). Happy Biennale-ing!</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't miss out on an exhibition featuring Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, a nearby Zaha Hadid retrospective, and the national pavilions from Great Britain, the Republic of Korea, The Philippines, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more</a>.</p><p>You can also keep track of Archinect's ongoing Venice Biennale coverage in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">News</a>.</p> Olafur Eliasson's 'Green Light' responds to the refugee crisis in Europe Ellen Hancock 2016-05-17T11:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Green Light is an artistic workshops that responds to the current situation in Europe, in which countless refugees are caught up in legal and political limbo. Together with TBA21 in Vienna, Olafur Eliasson has invited people from different backgrounds &ndash; refugees and locals &ndash; to take part in exchanges at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TBA21-Augarten</a> through a playful, creative process.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Over the course of the three-month project, which ends&nbsp;5 June,&nbsp;participants put together&nbsp;<em>Green light</em>&nbsp;lamp modules designed by Olafur Eliasson on two days of the week and take part in&nbsp;practical workshops and language courses on two other days. During that time, TBA21 is also hosting a multifaceted programme of shared learning that features workshops, seminars, performances, screenings, lectures, and artistic interventions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>&ldquo;Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of Vienna. I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges a...</em></p> Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful intervention Justine Testado 2016-05-13T20:18:00-04:00 >2016-05-15T21:58:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to in situ artist Daniel Buren, the white glassy curved sails of the Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris have received a generous splash of vibrant color &mdash; or 13 colors, to be exact...Developed in collaboration with Frank Gehry, Buren's temporary piece, titled &ldquo;The Observatory of Light&ldquo;, made its official debut this past Wednesday. It took 29 nights over a period of five weeks to apply the dyed filters and white 8.7 cm-wide strips throughout the building's 3,528 glass panes.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Read more about Buren's intervention <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> COBE + MVRDV's rockin’ new Ragnarock Museum opens to the public Justine Testado 2016-05-03T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:28:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nestled within an industrial patch of warehouses in the Danish city of Roskilde stands the golden-studded, newly inaugurated Ragnarock, a museum where rock, pop, and youth culture are housed under one roof. COBE and MVRDV joined forces to design the new museum, which is part of the larger ROCKmagneten masterplan that the architects won in 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to Bustler</a> for more details.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ROCKmagneten: MVRDV and COBE Win Danish Rock Museum Competition in Roskilde</a></p> Germany announces new integration measures for migrants and refugees Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T13:08:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Germany has announced new legal measures requiring migrants and refugees to integrate into society in return for being allowed to live and work in the country. Under the coalition government&rsquo;s measures, announced on Thursday morning, asylum seekers face cuts to support if they reject mandatory integration measures such as language classes or lessons in German laws or cultural basics.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"According to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the aim of Germany&rsquo;s first ever integration law is to make it easier for asylum seekers to gain access to the German labour market, with the government promising 100,000 new 'working opportunities', expected to include low-paid workfare jobs."</em></p><p>For more on the refugee crisis currently engulfing Europe and the Middle East, take a look at these past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">"Nobody thinks about the safety of these women": the harrowing experiences of female refugees</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li></ul> Venice Lagoon declared most endangered heritage site in Europe Alexander Walter 2016-03-17T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T15:37:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Venice Lagoon is the most endangered heritage site in Europe, declared the pan-European heritage organisation Europa Nostra at an event today [...]. Rising sea levels, swelling number of tourists, large cruise ships in the lagoon, the erosion of the sea bed, dredging deeper channels and the lack of an agreed management plan for Venice has created a perfect storm of threats to the city&rsquo;s preservation. &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps</a></li></ul> Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes Alexander Walter 2016-03-11T13:23:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:40:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a joint statement yesterday the Playa Vista, California-based Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HTT) and the Slovak Republic&rsquo;s economy minister held out the future vision of the Hyperloop whisking passengers at 760 mph between Vienna in Austria, Budapest in Hungary and the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. A Bratislava-to-Vienna route would take just 8 minutes at full speed, while a Bratislava-to-Budapest route would take 10 minutes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hyperloop previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop, brought to you by Aecom</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li></ul> "Nobody thinks about the safety of these women": the harrowing experiences of female refugees Nicholas Korody 2016-02-16T17:42:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T17:42:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amnesty International and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, recently presented reports on the vulnerable position of women refugees and the dangers they face.&nbsp; Europe is failing to provide basic protection for them, the Amnesty report stated. This problem is now all the more critical because the percentage of women among the refugees who travel through Europe has risen dramatically.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"All the women interviewed for the Amnesty report said that they felt unsafe and threatened during the various stages of their journey. Women are at greater risk of becoming victims of violence, robbery and extortion...&nbsp;There is also the threat of rape and sexual assault by smugglers, security guards, policemen and fellow refugees. Some smugglers try to coerce the women into having sex with them in exchange for a shorter waiting time or a lower price for the crossing."</em></p><p>Alongside first-hand accounts by female refugees, the article describes some of the particular struggles women face, in addition to those experienced by their male counterparts. Women are expected to care for their children along the difficult sea and land routes from Syria to Europe.</p><p>Many refugee facilities don't have separate bathroom facilities for each gender, and the risk of sexual assault runs high.&nbsp;Some women have taken to sleeping outside of the camps, without any shelter, if its seems safer than risking sleepin...</p> Sick people in Scandinavia can check into these "patient hotels" as hospital alternatives Justine Testado 2015-11-13T15:37:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:42:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the last few years, we&rsquo;ve all finally admitted that hospitals are depressing, sometimes toxic places...[But] what if the solution is to redesign the building itself?...Since the late 1980&rsquo;s, hotels&mdash;not hospitals&mdash;specifically designed for sick people have been popping up throughout Scandinavia. In [some countries,] a patient&rsquo;s stay is free, covered by national insurance...Accommodations at patient hotels resemble most traditional 3-star hotel properties.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about health-related design on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design</a></p><p><a title="How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank</a></p><p><a title="Preventing disease and upholding public health through architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preventing disease and upholding public health through architecture</a></p><p><a title="Construction kicks off for Steven Holl-designed Maggie's Centre Barts in London" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction kicks off for Steven Holl-designed Maggie's Centre Barts in London</a></p><p><a title="Michael Graves' Vision: Making Hospitals More Fashionable" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves' Vision: Making Hospitals More Fashionable</a></p> Canary Wharf may be host to western Europe's tallest residential tower Julia Ingalls 2015-10-09T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T21:28:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="577" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developer Greenland Group has submitted plans for a 67-storey tower that would provide 869 new homes on West India Quay. If approved, the building will be western Europe&rsquo;s tallest residential building at 241m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a>, the yet-to-be-approved tower would feature a west wing of affordable units, retail on the ground floor, and according to the rendering below, an incredible amount of sunshine:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 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> Passage: an architectural intervention to span the Mediterranean Sea Nicholas Korody 2015-09-10T17:53:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T18:38:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last year, the group <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1W1P</a> &ndash; 1Week1Project &ndash; created the memorable speculative project "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Qatar World Cup Memorial</a>," a "scalable building that raises awareness about the number of workers who died during the construction of the stadiums for the 2022&nbsp;World&nbsp;Cup&nbsp;in Qatar."</p><p>Now, the collaborative duo of&nbsp;Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux are back with another provocative project &ndash; this one just as timely, and a little closer to home for the French architects. Entitled "Passage," the project envisions a megastructure-like intervention that spans the Mediterranean, bridging the northern and southern shores and, in the process, the geopolitical and economic borders that distinguish them.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Crossing the Mediterranean is one of the most perilous journeys for the migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe," they state in the project brief. With reference to Operation Triton, the border security operation led by Frontext (the EU's joint border agency), 1W1P invokes the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe ...</p> Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees" Nicholas Korody 2015-09-09T18:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T22:36:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A German group which matchmakes citizens willing to share their homes with refugees said it had been overwhelmed by offers of support, with plans in the works for similar schemes in other European countries. The Berlin-based Refugees Welcome, which has been described as an &ldquo;Airbnb for refugees&rdquo;, has helped people fleeing from Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria. More than 780 Germans have signed up to the Refugees Welcome website...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>