Archinect - News 2016-05-02T21:15:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149940715/germany-announces-new-integration-measures-for-migrants-and-refugees 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56hiwoh7iq98an3h.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/148285398/nobody-thinks-about-the-safety-of-these-women-the-harrowing-experiences-of-female-refugees" target="_blank">"Nobody thinks about the safety of these women": the harrowing experiences of female refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146808835/sweden-plans-mass-expulsion-of-up-to-80-000-refugees" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935242/venice-lagoon-declared-most-endangered-heritage-site-in-europe 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxq778ylp063mavp.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/94810431/how-we-picture-a-city-venice-and-google-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtmu485ho6945r8d.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/146731728/hyperloop-brought-to-you-by-aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop, brought to you by Aecom</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136726928/unpacking-the-hyperloop-s-lofty-promises" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148285398/nobody-thinks-about-the-safety-of-these-women-the-harrowing-experiences-of-female-refugees "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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fyg8064cgepfqa21.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/141016474/sick-people-in-scandinavia-can-check-into-these-patient-hotels-as-hospital-alternatives 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u6/u6g7h3o73vkl6ens.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/134183942/jason-danziger-heals-psychosis-with-design" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/135187854/how-urban-designers-can-better-address-mental-health-in-their-work-according-to-a-new-think-tank" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/134105904/preventing-disease-and-upholding-public-health-through-architecture" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/129348666/construction-kicks-off-for-steven-holl-designed-maggie-s-centre-barts-in-london" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/80607706/michael-graves-vision-making-hospitals-more-fashionable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves' Vision: Making Hospitals More Fashionable</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138509992/canary-wharf-may-be-host-to-western-europe-s-tallest-residential-tower 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nk0rg81i9cm5dgde.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/9343/hok" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dc/dckimkd21vsdvuh4.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136882061/a-world-divided-mapping-border-fences-globally 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3nta91cus4jd3sfs.jpg" 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="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/09/daily-chart-10" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wp/wphyorlrdnd50aky.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/crng85wqws3u7wnr.jpg"><br><br>Related coverage:</p><ul><li><a title="Passage: an architectural intervention to span the Mediterranean Sea" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136357519/passage-an-architectural-intervention-to-span-the-mediterranean-sea" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/136812153/from-asylum-seeker-to-award-winning-architect-the-story-of-perparim-rama" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136357519/passage-an-architectural-intervention-to-span-the-mediterranean-sea 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/sscme3rx2tmnqyp4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last year, the group <a href="http://www.1week1project.org/en/2015/09/01/week-31-passage/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1W1P</a> &ndash; 1Week1Project &ndash; created the memorable speculative project "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116273652/a-memorial-for-the-workers-dying-while-constructing-the-qatar-world-cup-stadium" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nw/nwtpgfnzvih0sx1q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g9/g9g2cp9m0yx2ygpf.jpg"></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees" Nicholas Korody 2015-09-09T18:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T22:36:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83ba14bcc43e045470b5f7ae933e1918.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece Nicholas Korody 2015-07-06T17:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T06:44:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4x/4x1m1qpwqagsbeea.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The dust is yet to settle in Greece, as the pronounced &ldquo;No!&rdquo; of yesterday&rsquo;s referendum reverberates across Europe. The vote marked a clear rejection by the Greek people of enforced austerity as the price for staying in the Eurozone. It also signaled continued confidence in Alexis Tsipras and the Syria government, despite hope from the leaders of Europe&rsquo;s surplus economies for a regime change.&nbsp;</p><p>With reports from Athens detailing a grim scene of shuttered ATM&rsquo;s and closed factories, the country&rsquo;s future remains uncertain.&nbsp;</p><p>Many have compared the current situation to the great depression of the 1930&rsquo;s, and it&rsquo;s clear that no economic sector is immune to its ramifications &ndash; let alone architecture, a field markedly tethered to economic undulations. <strong>Archinect</strong> reached out to a couple of its members to get a pulse on what&rsquo;s happening, as well as what it&rsquo;s been like to live under austerity for nearly a decade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o1/o1uwm5zoedc9dl5o.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q8/q8n1gq2nid1gqzjl.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The future of architecture in Greece if the economic crisis is not handled,&rdquo; wrote C...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127129058/philharmonic-hall-of-szczecin-scoops-up-the-2015-mies-van-der-rohe-award Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin scoops up the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award Justine Testado 2015-05-11T18:47:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:32:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xi4eu1z3sqfntfmp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During a ceremony recently held at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, the European Commission and the Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe officially announced the Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin as the 2015 recipient of the&nbsp;biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award. The 2015 edition first rounded up <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116210253/the-european-mies-van-der-rohe-award-rounds-up-420-nominated-projects-for-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">420 projects</a> down to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120447466/the-2015-mies-van-der-rohe-award-shortlists-40-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">40</a>. Then, the jury selected <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121599686/the-five-2015-mies-van-der-rohe-award-finalists-are-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five finalists</a> to compete for the high-ranking &euro;60,000 award.</p><p>Completed in 2014 after three years, the Philharmonic Hall replaced the former WWII-era Konzerthaus in Szczecin, Poland. Barcelona-based firm <a href="http://barozziveiga.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barozzi / Veiga</a> designed the 3.800 m&sup2; geometric structure with a symphony hall that accommodates 1,000 spectators, a chamber music hall for 200 spectators, a multifunctional exhibition + conference space, and a wide foyer that's spacious enough for also hosting events. To add to that, the hall received a nomination in the Design Museum's popular <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121215975/get-a-glimpse-of-the-designs-of-the-year-2015-architecture-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Designs of the Year</a>.</p><p>Read more about the building...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122837421/renzo-piano-the-future-of-european-architecture-lies-in-the-suburbs Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-13T20:48:00-04:00 >2015-03-17T14:13:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f6320bbd593a0376bb6170e8e1b03510.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1960s and '70s, like many of his contemporaries, Piano was involved in the battle to revive forlorn and decaying historic centers of cities. Now he's fighting to save their often desolate outskirts. Unlike the suburbs of U.S. cities, which are often well off, the suburbs of many European cities tend to be the poorest parts of the metropolitan area. [...] Piano believes "the suburbs are the place where energy is in the city &mdash; in the good, in the bad."</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/121599686/the-five-2015-mies-van-der-rohe-award-finalists-are-revealed The five 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award finalists are revealed Justine Testado 2015-02-25T18:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:22:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfy7mf1td7ppanj5.jpg" width="514" height="629" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116210253/the-european-mies-van-der-rohe-award-rounds-up-420-nominated-projects-for-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">420</a> to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120447466/the-2015-mies-van-der-rohe-award-shortlists-40-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">40</a> and now the final five. The European Commission and the Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe announced the finalists of the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award today in London. Initiated in 1987, the biennial &euro;60,000 prize is one of the highest-ranking prizes in European architecture for projects less than 2 years old.</p><p>The award highlights recent projects that best represent the prize's mission to foster design and technological innovation as well as noteworthy contributions from architects across the continent. Previous <a href="http://www.miesarch.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=23&amp;Itemid=36&amp;lang=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grand-prize winners</a> include familiar names like David Chipperfield Architects, SN&Oslash;HETTA, Zaha Hadid, OMA, Nicholas Grimshaw, Peter Zumthor, Dominique Perrault, Foster + Partners, &Aacute;lvaro Siza Vieira, and Henning Larsen Architects.</p><p>The five contenders are:</p><p>&darr; <strong>Ravensburg Art Museum</strong> <strong>in Ravensburg, Germany by Lederer Ragnarsd&oacute;ttir Oei</strong><br>Authors: Arno Lederer IC), J&oacute;runn Ragnarsd&oacute;ttir, and Marc Oei (DE)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2djibe5sdglipu7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/ms7lpa1bxmq8zlgi.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong>Danish Maritime Museum</strong> <strong>i...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120447466/the-2015-mies-van-der-rohe-award-shortlists-40-projects The 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award shortlists 40 projects Justine Testado 2015-02-10T20:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmu35zhf8c7wbb3k.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Out of a competitive pool of 420 projects that were nominated <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116210253/the-european-mies-van-der-rohe-award-rounds-up-420-nominated-projects-for-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in December</a>, 40 of them were shortlisted for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award. The biennial&nbsp;&euro;60,000 prize was initiated by the European Commission and the Barcelona City Hall&nbsp;in 1987 and is considered to be the highest-ranking award in contemporary European architecture.</p><p>The selected projects, which must have been completed within the last two years, are regarded as models of architectural and technological innovation in European architecture. The awards program also acknowledges the significant contributions and the evolving creative process of present-day architects working throughout the continent.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rd/rd5lxae3laaelv90.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5s/5stpo8za43i49q8h.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>Danish Maritime Museum in Helsing&oslash;r, Denmark by BIG</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q0/q0ygj0a2bzm87t4m.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>Marseille Vieux Port in Marseille, France by Foster + Partners</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gm/gm3b4z5x6p5pkhb2.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>De Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by OMA</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hz/hzuwnz1txh6mevtm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>Everyman Theatre in Liverpoo...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116591270/don-t-forget-to-register-for-yac-s-rome-community-ring-competition Don't forget to register for YAC's Rome Community Ring competition Justine Testado 2014-12-22T18:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:40:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wo8t7cgqb2eyt70.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Late registration began today for Young Architects Competitions' <a href="http://www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome Community Ring</a>. If you want a chance to win, make sure to register by <strong>January 19, 2015</strong> and submit your entries by <strong>January 26</strong>, <strong>2015</strong>.</p><p>Students and professionals are encouraged to share their ideas on how to revive one of Rome's historical treasures, the 19th-century <a href="http://progettoforti.wix.com/progettoforti#!forte-portuense/c10ut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forte Portuense</a>, into a new cultural space for public recreation. Proposed designs must also include room for potential urban development. Built between 1877 to late 1881, Forte Portuense is one of several military fortresses and has remained preserved since military authorities abandoned the site in 1967.</p><p>Winners and cash prizes totaling &euro;15,000 will be awarded when the competition ends in March 2015. An awards ceremony and exhibition will follow.</p><p>For more important competition details, click <a href="http://www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previous YAC competitions:</p><p><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_of_the_wine_culture_centre_competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wine Culture Centre</a></p><p><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_for_post-quake_visions_revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Quake Visions</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116210253/the-european-mies-van-der-rohe-award-rounds-up-420-nominated-projects-for-2015 The European Mies van der Rohe Award rounds up 420 nominated projects for 2015 Justine Testado 2014-12-17T19:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T20:25:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zzbahmf7yl6z6qj.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A total of 420 projects across Europe were nominated to compete for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, regarded as the highest-ranking prize in European architecture for projects less than 2 years old. The biennial&nbsp;&euro;60,000 prize was initiated in 1987 by the European Commission and the Barcelona City Hall to highlight recent projects that are exemplary of the prize's mission to foster design and technological innovation as well as noteworthy contributions from architects across the continent. The prize also gives an outlook of the evolving creative process of present-day architects working in Europe.</p><p>With 420 nominees, perhaps it's still too early to predict which projects will get shortlisted and then become finalists by the end of January 2015.</p><p>A few of the 2015 nominees include:</p><p>Spots - a conversion of former transformation stations in Ko&scaron;ice, Slovakia by Architektonick&eacute; &scaron;t&uacute;dio Atrium</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v5/v5hzyari3ir5a10b.jpg"></p><p>Hideg House in K&#337;szeg, Hungary by B&eacute;res Architect...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113652533/towards-biology-tells-the-metaphysical-tale-of-ricardo-bofill-s-la-f-brica "Towards Biology" tells the metaphysical tale of Ricardo Bofill's La Fábrica Justine Testado 2014-11-14T15:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:54:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v0g4eisskm9ik910.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura collaborated with <a href="http://www.onionlab.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Onionlab</a> from Barcelona to create a video-audio installation titled "Towards Biology" as part of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101261428/ricardo-bofill-s-time-space-existence-exhibition-on-la-fabrica-for-the-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Time Space Existence" exhibition</a> at the soon-to-conclude <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/230035/venice-biennale-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale 2014</a> in Italy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gk5hpc6rcczqgyf2.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition explores going beyond the physical existence of La F&aacute;brica&nbsp;-- the repurposed cement factory in Barcelona that has served as the Taller de Arquitectura's creative headquarters and Ricardo Bofill's private residence since the mid-1970s -- and reimagines it in different contexts, specifically in Venice.</p><p>In "Towards Biology", the rotunda-shaped screen draws in viewers to listen and watch a poetic narrative about La F&aacute;brica, which symbolizes the fundamentals of Taller de Arquitectura and the firm's approaches to architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/et77o050r53ost3g.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0v94zd2d46fny4x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/gl6q6wyh9k2kclnx.jpg"></p><p><strong>Scroll further down to watch the installation in English or Italian.</strong></p><p>Project credits:</p><p>Produced by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Onionlab<br>Technical direction: Onionlab<br>Technical Engineering: Lloc Audiovisu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113049453/the-architect-of-the-year-awards-2014-shortlist The Architect of the Year Awards 2014 shortlist Justine Testado 2014-11-06T18:23:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T18:31:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/26/26usqjj754zkofah.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2014 shortlist for the Architect of the Year Awards is out. Established in the UK back in 2004 and organized by BD, the awards celebrate top-notch architectural works in 13 categories. This also includes the Young Architect of the Year Award that is open to young architects practicing in the European Union for 12 years or less. Category winners will be revealed during a fancy evening awards ceremony at The Brewery in London on December 2.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's industrial chic galore with this year's batch. Here's a few of the shortlisted projects.</p><p>&darr; Sports &amp; Leisure Architect of the Year nominee: LA Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/bugacfrz5crg6t6p.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;&darr; Interiors Architect of the Year nominee: Spacelab</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2vd08cozpmp5okf.jpg"></p><p>&darr; Housing Architect of the Year nominee: Proctor and Matthews</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cw/cwdc7j72edq3wkj9.jpg"></p><p>&darr; Refurbishment Architect of the Year nominee: Haworth Tompkins<br>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111493176/haworth-tompkins-everyman-theatre-wins-the-riba-stirling-prize-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haworth Tompkins&rsquo; Everyman Theatre wins the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0wd7390l53k3adw5.jpg"></p><p>&darr; Public Building Architect of the Year nominee: Ryder Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70ex7eqpo2bfzu3d.jpg"></p><p>&darr; Education Architect of the Year nominee: Design Engine</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ua/uahclarkvld4tygp.jpg"></p><p>&darr; Young Architect of the Year nominee: MXSI</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0pihks5hf920es8.jpg"></p><p>You can find plenty more of the shortlisted projects over at <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_architect_of_the_year_awards_2014_shortlist/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112585338/new-c-city-museum-district-breaks-ground-in-the-netherlands New "C-City" museum district breaks ground in The Netherlands Justine Testado 2014-11-01T12:03:00-04:00 >2015-06-05T15:49:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9hulc3g02zgteegf.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Continium.&nbsp;Cube. Columbus. What sounds like characters in a comic book series is really the three defining components in "C-City", a new museum district located at the entrance into the Dutch-German border town of Kerkrade. Designed by Rotterdam-based <a href="http://www.shifta.nl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shift Architecture Urbanism</a>, the &euro;20.5 million project recently broke ground and is currently scheduled to open by the end of 2015.</p><p>C-City will bring technology, science, and design in one integrated museum district. Next to the existing Discovery Centre Continium will be the C-Square, a sunken-square space for&nbsp; student labs, restaurants, and other public amenities. C-Square will also serve as an underground pathway landscape that connects all of C-City's facilities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ar/arj0xcg6t7gf6i54.jpg"></p><p>The Continium will also be joined by the Cube and Columbus buildings. The Cube will house The Netherland's first design museum whereas Columbus was designed as an inverse planetarium theater &mdash; making it the first building of its kind in Europe. In addition to the museum gall...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109659675/barcelona-wins-grand-prize-in-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-for-europe Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-23T21:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:55:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h06qi83l4dfs7qjq.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed the winners of its first European edition of the Mayors Challenge. More than 150 top cities from 28 European nations entered the competition, which asked participants to send their most innovative ideas that address Europe's timely pressing issues like unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, aging, and improving government efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation and &euro;5 million to help implement their proposal,&nbsp;<strong>Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging,</strong> a digital and community "trust network" for each of its at-risk elderly residents.</p><p>Innovation prizes of &euro;1 million were also given to the following cities:</p><ul><li><strong>Athens, Greece</strong>: Synathina, a Public Platform for Engaged Citizens</li><li><strong>Kirklees, in Yorkshire, United Kingdom</strong>: Kirklees Shares</li><li><strong>Stockholm, Sweden</strong>:<strong> </strong>Biochar - for a Better City Ecosystem</li><li><strong>Warsaw, Poland</strong>: Virtual Warsaw - Urban Information System for the Visually Impaired</li></ul><p>In addition to prize money, each winning city will receive technical assistance, expert coaching, and a trophy specially designed by renowned artist <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/72244607/studio-olafur-eliasson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p><p>Michael Bloomberg congratulated Barcelona via a surprise phone call from Paris in the video below.</p><p>Learn more about the winning ideas on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/barcelona_wins_grand_prize_in_bloomberg_philanthropies_mayors_challenge_for/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108508046/winners-of-the-regional-holcim-awards-2014-for-europe Winners of the regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-09T12:54:00-04:00 >2014-09-25T12:27:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c9ksm8szktx6q95i.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The announcements of the regional winners for the Holcim Awards 2014 have begun -- with the first set of winners coming from the Holcim Awards for Europe. During a recent ceremony in Moscow, 12 projects from throughout the continent were recognized as top examples of sustainable construction that illustrate the evolving state of sustainable construction and address challenges in the building and construction industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a couple of the winning projects:</p><p>(Pictured above): <strong>Holcim Awards Gold 2014:<em> Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation, Saline Joniche, Italy</em></strong><br>Main Authors: Francisco Leiva - Grupo aranea, Alicante, Spain; Marco Scarpinato - AutonomeForme, Palermo, Italy<br>Further Authors: Marta Garc&iacute;a Chico - Grupo aranea, Alicante, Spain; Lucia Pierro - AutonomeForme, Palermo, Italy</p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Silver 2014: <em>Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France</em></strong><br>Main Authors: Gilles Delalex - Muoto, Paris, France; Yves Moreau - Muoto, Paris, France; Thomas Wessel-Cessieux - Muoto, Paris, France</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvkj1vovg7j7n72i.jpg"></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Bronze 2014:</strong><em><strong> The Commons: Participatory urban neighborhood, Vienna, Austria</strong></em><br>Main Authors: Enrique Arenas Laorga - Arenas Basabe Palacios arquitectos, Madrid, Spain; Luis Basabe Montalvo - Arenas Basabe Palacios arquitectos, Madrid, Spain; Luis Palacios Labrador - Arenas Basabe Palacios arquitectos, Madrid, Spain<br>Further Authors: Andreas K&auml;fer - Traffix Verkehrs...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105036124/jahn-s-post-tower-wins-the-ctbuh-10-year-award JAHN’S Post Tower wins the CTBUH 10 Year Award Justine Testado 2014-07-25T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:32:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pw5hlj6ad4s385cb.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat gave their 10 Year Award to JAHN's Post Tower out of seven finalists. The award recognizes a tall building that has best proven successful performance in various criteria over a timespan of at least 10 years since the building's completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Located in Bonn, Germany, the 163-meter Post Tower office building made itself known as one of the world&rsquo;s lowest energy-consuming tall buildings and a predecessor to sustainable tower design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x9/x9tnsi1tc8lxau3x.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/jahns_post_tower_wins_the_ctbuh_10_year_award/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104958157/rotch-scholar-christopher-karlson-publishes-yearlong-research-on-european-performing-arts-based-architecture Rotch Scholar Christopher Karlson publishes yearlong research on European performing arts-based architecture Justine Testado 2014-07-24T20:41:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T09:40:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l6hhfwn75s1ew8e7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After Christopher Karlson <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/3342770/christopher-karlson-wins-rotch-travelling-scholarship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the coveted Rotch Travelling Scholarship</a> in 2011, he was required to document his research as images, drawings, and text to be submitted as a compilation report to the Rotch Trustees. Now, that report is finally available to the public as a print-on-demand book.</p><p>The 363-page document shows Karlson's yearlong journey to 35 European performance arts landmarks as an exploration of commercialized culture in the 'post-Bilbao' period (1997 to the present).</p><p>More details on Karlson's research right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hb/hbr9x7sc7443xh7z.jpg"></p><p>"<strong>Research Brief: </strong>A total of 35 examples of performing-arts-based architecture - spanning almost 240 years of civic metamorphosis - was observed in 28 autonomous cities using Europe&rsquo;s crowded and competitive urban network as a point of reference and comparative analysis."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8v8kpq7tav4xtva.jpg"></p><p>"The intention is to investigate the results of such completed projects that all encounter distinctive urban scales, cultural settings, and political footing - with focus on engagement in urban re...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104708119/behind-the-scenes-at-bloomberg-s-ideas-camp-for-cities Behind the Scenes at Bloomberg’s Ideas Camp for Cities Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:29:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d236ebbb44fd6df1cadedb6c1fc39c8f.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Serious money is in play in the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; &ldquo;Mayors&rsquo; Challenge&rdquo; for cities competing to show they have come up with promising innovations to cope with 21st-century challenges. &ldquo;It was a big surprise to hear we&rsquo;d share our ideas with competitors,&rdquo; says Gomes. &ldquo;But it works brilliantly. It&rsquo;s exactly what you need&mdash;everyone sharing and trying to help each other. It&rsquo;s crazy, but it works.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102860203/how-the-bloomberg-mayors-challenge-is-being-received-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104422375/italian-team-wins-first-place-at-the-solar-decathlon-europe-2014 Italian team wins first place at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 Justine Testado 2014-07-17T20:32:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:09:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvwe7tylh6f0ut8w.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The top three winners of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 were recently announced during the awards ceremony this past weekend in Versailles, France. For two years, the 20 student teams worked to build a full-scale, fully functioning solar-powered house.</p></em><br /><br /><p>(Pictured above) <strong>1st Place/Overall: </strong>"Rhome for Dencity" by Team Rhome (Universit&aacute; Degli Studi di Roma TRE)</p><p><strong>2nd Place:</strong> "Phil&eacute;as" by Atlantic Challenge (Nantes, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/7240nedqzdse327u.jpg"></p><p><strong>3rd Place:</strong> "A Home with a Skin" by Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-loger (TU Delft, The Netherlands)<br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94365163/saving-face-pr-t-loger-designs-solar-powered-skin-to-preserve-dutch-row-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(Previously on Archinect)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rcjzocsjqyv4ikja.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/italian_team_wins_first_place_at_the_solar_decathlon_europe_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102860203/how-the-bloomberg-mayors-challenge-is-being-received-in-europe How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe Alexander Walter 2014-06-27T13:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7ab3dc51f84367a352fa7ba9276a1da8.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can a U.S. organization really tell Europe how to run its cities better? [...] Following a successful inaugural challenge last year, the city innovation contest crossed the Atlantic in 2014, winnowing down European applicant cities to a shortlist of 21*, all of whom attended a two-day Ideas Camp staged in Berlin earlier this month. [...] A European organization could not realistically offer anything as substantial as &euro;9 million in prize money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102324994/analyzing-modernism-with-a-multi-faceted-view-in-the-2014-spanish-pavilion-at-the-venice-biennale Analyzing modernism with a multi-faceted view in the 2014 Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2014-06-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-06-20T18:54:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2beq7050cu950wk0.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Spanish pavilion "Interior" at the 2014 Venice Biennale conveys its multi-layered concept with an enticing labyrinth-like design. Visitors can formulate their own experience as they walk through the open maze, which is "guided" by large images of contemporary and traditional Spanish architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The pavilion is set up as an interactive exploration of Spanish modernism throughout the last century, mixed in with other main points like the influence of digital technology, or comparing traditional Spanish architecture with the contemporary. <a href="http://sio2arch.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sio2 Arch</a> (formerly <a href="http://archinect.com/f451arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F451arquitectura</a>) designed the exhibition, which was curated by I&ntilde;aki Abalos, Lluis Ortega, Enrique Encabo, and Inmaculada El Maluenda.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/htgya0wwch06y7tc.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h5/h5dzi4c5tvsv1woh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ds/dsr0qklhglgx4zyz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rgfu93wws6d7jbnk.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ji/jiuwoucocnmwxu53.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcmw6bw98n249nxj.jpg"></p><p>More photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/analyzing_modernism_with_a_multi-faceted_view_in_the_2014_spanish_pavilion_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99716164/europe-will-let-its-citizens-edit-google-search-results-for-their-names Europe will let its citizens edit Google search results for their names Archinect 2014-05-13T17:05:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:58:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f513jpmxakj69ps.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The European Court of Justice&nbsp;said Google must remove links in search results when requested by individuals, such as the Spanish man who brought a case against the search engine in order to&nbsp;remove links to a 1998&nbsp;newspaper article about&nbsp;the sale of property to settle his debts.&nbsp;The court said that the &ldquo;initially lawful processing of accurate data&rdquo; could, over time, become &ldquo;inadequate,&rdquo; &ldquo;irrelevant,&rdquo; or &ldquo;excessive&rdquo; in the eyes of the people who feature&nbsp;in the material.</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/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe Justine Testado 2014-05-08T14:58:00-04:00 >2014-05-09T13:42:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/sr4jz2pwux1h5fvl.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twenty-one of what was deemed as the most bold and creative ideas were listed as finalists in the first European edition of the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition. European cities with populations of at least 100,000 residents were invited to submit ideas that address a variety of some of the most common and complex urban issues throughout the continent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the fall, one winner will get the grand prize of &euro;5 million (approx. US$6.9 million) for the most original and transferable idea, and four more cities will receive &euro;1 million (approx. US$1.4 million).</p><p>Below are the finalist cities and a glimpse into the type of issues their ideas address:</p><ol><li><strong>AMSTERDAM, Netherlands</strong> &ndash; Youth Unemployment</li><li><strong>ATHENS, Greece </strong>&ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>BARCELONA, Spain</strong> &ndash; Aging</li><li><strong>BOLOGNA, Italy</strong> &ndash; Youth Unemployment</li><li><strong>BRISTOL, United Kingdom</strong> &ndash; Health/Anti-obesity</li><li><strong>BRNO, Czech Republic</strong> &ndash; Public Safety/Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>CARDIFF, United Kingdom</strong> &ndash; Economic Development</li><li><strong>FLORENCE, Italy</strong> &ndash; Economic Development</li><li><strong>GDANSK, Poland</strong> &ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>KIRKLEES, United Kingdom</strong> - Social Capital</li><li><strong>RAKOW, Poland </strong>&ndash; Transportation</li><li><strong>LISBON, Portugal</strong> &ndash; Energy</li><li><strong>LONDON, United Kingdom</strong> &ndash; Public Health</li><li><strong>MADRID, Spain</strong> &ndash; Energy</li><li><strong>SCHAERBEEK, Belgium</strong> &ndash; Energy</li><li><strong>SOFIA, Bulgaria</strong> &ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>STARA ZAGORA, Bulgaria</strong> &ndash; Economic Development</li><li><strong>STOCKHOLM, Sweden </strong>&ndash; Environment</li><li><strong>THE HAGUE, Netherlands</strong> &ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>WARSAW, Poland </strong>&ndash; Tran...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/99418974/results-of-the-2014-european-prize-for-urban-public-space Results of the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space Justine Testado 2014-05-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T07:06:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hglb8fmjxqsotjfo.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space adds a dose of reality to often romanticized European cities, showing that every city no matter where has its own set of pressing issues. The annual prize recognizes exemplary projects that have transformed and improved public spaces throughout the continent. Starting with a total of 274 projects from 30 European countries, the international jury selected 25 finalists, and finally two joint winners and four special mentions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>(Pictured above) JOINT WINNER: The Braided Valley, </strong>Elx, Spain - 2013<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Francisco Leiva Ivorra, Marta Garc&iacute;a Chico, Pr&oacute;coro del Real Baeza</p><p><strong>JOINT WINNER: Renovation of the Old Port, </strong>Marseille, France - 2013<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Michel Desvigne Paysagiste MDP, Foster + Partners, TANGRAM, INGEROP, AIK AIK&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3vdln7r3j9x0w9x.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: Opening of Rainham Marshes, </strong>London, United Kingdom - 2014<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Peter Beard_LANDROOM | Peter Beard, Alexander Gore, Sabba Khan, Dingle Price, Gregory Ross, Mark Smith, Keita Tajima&nbsp;<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wd0rhymlf6j8jy7d.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: Islamic Cemetery, </strong>Altach, Austria - 2012<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Bernardo Bader Architects&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/falpa4jaqxb4rbhb.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: Baana: pedestrian and bicycle corridor, </strong>Helsinki, Finland 2012<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Helsinki City Planning Department, Helsinki Public Works Department, Loci Landscape Architects Ltd</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcxgyfzgg5xcpir5.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: La Lira Theatre</strong>, Ripoll, Spain - 2012&nbsp;<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes SLP, Joan Puigcorb&eacute;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mrzhx2vkv3e0zy2n.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_of_the_2014_european_prize_for_urban_public_space/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Check out videos of the jurors' comments on each project below.</p>...