Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that we think are worth checking out.
For the week of Oct. 20-24, 2014, check out Recap #32:
Congolese performance and theater group Studios Kabako from Kisangani was announced as the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize. Studios Kabako was established to address the various emotions linked to the aftermath of civil war. The studio has provided its community a safe creative haven of dance, theater, and music through its urban interventions and cultural programs.
In the latest ceremony for the global Holcim Awards 2014, the Africa Middle East regional winners won a total of US$330,000 prize money. This competition particularly focused on multi-disciplinary design solutions for building social and environmenal resilience. (Pictured above: HOLCIM AWARDS GOLD winner: "Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub", Ankara, Turkey by Onat Öktem + Zeynep Öktem of ONZ Architects)
Students from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture in Vietnam won the Student Charrette in the 2014 World Architecture Festival. Themed "Satellite City" this year, the live competition challenged students to design a scheme on the spot for replacing an outdated, ill-positioned airport in a big city with a brand new one in a more ideal location.
Naiji Jiao and Seven Xiru Chen from Canada won Lost Architecture - Envisioning New City Squares. The competition sought design solutions that would both improve the public space and redefine the evolving identity of Tirana's Pyramid Square -- while also acknowledging the landmark's complex political history.
Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition reeled in a whopping 1,715 entries from 77 countries. Although the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation officially launched the competition this past summer, the idea of proposing a new Guggenheim Museum for the city of Helsinki has stirred plenty of debate.
Related: You can check out the ongoing discussion here on Archinect.
In the upcoming 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be" questions the role of design, its relationship to society, and how it can potentially bring change. Opening Nov. 1, the biennial will showcase a designers' exhibition of over 50 projects, along with academic workshops, film screenings, and panels.
Designed by a multidisciplinary team led by SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, "Living Breakwaters" won the high-stakes Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The proposal uses an "Oyster-tecture" eco-intervention concept to help create resiliency for coastal cities.
Álvaro Siza and Herzog & de Meuron won the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) at a highly attended benefit dinner at IIT College of Architecture's S. R. Crown Hall in Chicago. The MCHAP honors what is considered the best built contemporary works in the Americas.
See previous recaps here.