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World Architecture Community is looking for Country Editors for 2017

berrin chatzi chousein • January 17, 2017 • 1000

We are delighted and very excited to announce the Country Editors/Reporters Program World Architecture Community launched as of 2017. We are actively seeking fellow community members from all around the World, to volounteer as the face of their country on World Architecture Community while being the voice of World Architecture Community in their country.The idea is very simple: we call for volunteer community members to join the World Architecture Community’s news team. By enrolling these (...)

Zaha Hadid leaves £70 Million fortune

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 678

Zaha Hadid's asset is severely in the spotlight after her death in March 2016 - the late architect Zaha Hadid has left over £70.8 million estate and Patrik Schumacher, her former deputy, received £500,000 lump sum-the only non-family member named in the will.British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid's fortune details have been obtained from the documents, released by The Architects' Journal and according to the journal, the majority of Hadid's estate is divided into her (...)

Architecture Foundation launched the first pan-London architecture schools database

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 194

Architecture Foundation (AF) has launched the first pan-London architecture schools database, featuring 11 schools, 88 studios with 1 searchable website. The Architecture Foundation has just launched the first comprehensive survey of Part 2 architectural design teaching in London.The site aggregates all 88 MArch and Diploma studios from London's eleven architecture schools into a single searchable database. The AF has developed this free resource with the aim of opening up lines of communic (...)

Tristram Hunt named as new Director of the V&A

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 312

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as New Director of the V&A. Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education.A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Victorian urban history. He is the author of several books, including The English Civil War: At First H (...)

WANTED MORE: World Architecture Community Country Editors/Reporters

WA Contents • January 13, 2017 • 4605

We are delighted and excited to announce World Architecture Community is launching the Country Editors/Reporters program. Please see below more specifics about this program and do not hesitate to apply if you believe to be a good fit as the face of World Architecture Community in your country while being the voice of your Country on World Architecture Community.What is a World Architecture Community Country Editor/Reporter?WAC Country Editors/Reporters have the responsibility of picking, writing (...)

New EU report gives robots ’personhood’ status passed in legal affairs committee

WA Contents • January 13, 2017 • 564

The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of “electronic personhood” to ensure rights and responsibilities for the most capable AI.In a 17-2 vote, with two abstentions, the parliament’s legal affairs committee passed the report, which outlines one possible framework for regulation.''A growing number of areas of our daily lives are increasingly affected b (...)

Maria Balshaw named as New Director of Tate Galleries

WA Contents • January 13, 2017 • 335

Maria Balshaw, the hugely respected leader of Manchester’s galleries and a driving force in the city’s cultural renaissance, is expected to replace Sir Nicholas Serota as director of Tate. The hunt for Serota’s successor, to one of the most powerful jobs in the arts, has been ongoing since it was announced in September he was standing down after almost 30 years.Balshaw has been talked about as a favourite ever since. It is understood she has now been chosen by Tate trustees.... (...)

OMA’s Manchester Factory gets planning approval by City Council

WA Contents • January 13, 2017 • 496

Office For Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has announced that new flagship cultural venue for the North gets planning approval by the City Council. A giant-colonnaded Manchester Factory is the first major public building of OMA in the UK, which is led by project partners Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas.OMA's Factory will be a groundbreaking new venue driven by the extraordinary creative vision and breadth of Manchester’s cultural life. It will form part of the vibrant new St. John&apo (...)

WA Awards 24th Cycle Shortlist is announced and You Have a Role to Play!

WA Contents • January 8, 2017 • 657

World Architecture Awards 24th Cycle Shortlist Announced!The 24th Cycle of World Architecture Community's WA Awards 10+5 is now closed and ready for your ratings and votes. Like for every cycle, we have a great selection with very diverse projects.If you are a Honorary Member or a Winner of a Previous Cycle, you'll notice a VOTE button where you can click to select your preferred projects. The projects with the most votes will be in the first 10 of the WA Awards 10+5.If you a (...)

Rowan Moore points out Interrobang as rising star of 2017

WA Contents • January 6, 2017 • 432

Much of the time, talented young architects are viewed in a particular way – diverting, promising but not really grown up, not to be entrusted with projects of any consequence. Young engineers are treated more seriously, but are assumed to have no creative spark. It is to escape such perceptions, and the limitations they set, that Maria Smith, architect, and Steve Webb and Andy Yates, engineers, have set up Interrobang, a practice dedicated to “hybrid” and “anti-spec (...)

Herzog & de Meuron’s Chelsea Stadium approved by Council planners

WA Contents • January 6, 2017 • 596

Council planners recommended to approve 60,000 seat landmark at meeeting next week. Premier League pacesetters Chelsea are set to get the go-ahead for Herzog & de Meuron-designed plans to redevelop their Stamford Bridge home, just-published council papers reveal.The club submitted proposals to create a new 60,000-seat stadium – upping Stamford Bridge’s current capacity by almost 50% – toHammersmith & Fulham council in November 2015.....Continue ReadingTop image © H (...)

Napp Studio designs a monumental brick-shelved archive with infused lightbulbs

WA Contents • January 6, 2017 • 570

Newfound Architecture Project and Product (NAPP) Studio has designed a giant walkable-brick wall featuring millions of biblical and religious texts. Titled 'Archive of Light', the mega-wall is dedicated to numerous stories of prayers and answers.''The Bricks are books written with text of living stories of the everyday reality, yet, a reality with Hope. Hope is the most significant spiritual grain we rely on when facing the sometime harsh life, it provides us strength and wil (...)

A tree can live in this house designed by Aibek Almasov

WA Contents • January 4, 2017 • 2235

Designer Aibek Almasov has envisioned new tree-house concept for any place where there are plenty of trees. This is not a typical tree-house put on the trees that we are very familiar, this fully-glass cylindrical structure protects a tree within the building itself without needing any cut the trees.The building is a cylindrical, four-glass space with a tree in the center. White winding staircase allows visitors to climb to its top. Almasov combines the capabilities of modern industrial design a (...)

London mayor Sadiq Khan halts purchases for Heatherwick-designed London buses

WA Contents • January 3, 2017 • 846

Sadiq Khan has dumped the “Boris bus”, a key part of the now foreign secretary’s legacy as London mayor, because it is too expensive to produce. The new generation of red double-decker Routemasters, with folding doors that allow passengers to hop on and off, was introduced by Johnson in 2012, to great fanfare.Designer Thomas Heatherwick was credited with giving the new Routemaster a modern “London look”.......Continue ReadingTop image: London Bus designed by Heather (...)

Watch these 7 cities closely for a growing market in 2017

WA Contents • January 3, 2017 • 707

When international property markets change, they change fast. A swift seismic or systematic shift will see cities that previously couldn’t move for investment opportunities dry up in a matter of months. And markets that most people would not have dipped the tip of their little toe into a year ago will suddenly become the next big thingWhen it comes to buying property, identifying growth markets early is the best route to a good deal. The trick is knowing where to look and, crucially, when (...)

David Adjaye receives knighthood for 2017 as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

WA Contents • January 2, 2017 • 946

Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates, receives the Knight Bachelor award as part of the Queen's biannual honours programme after 'his contributions to architecture and design across the United Kingdom'.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced 76 awards for Britons in recognition of exceptional service to Britain overseas. The Diplomatic Service and Overseas New Year 2017 Honours List recognises extraordinary people in a range (...)

WA Awards open for your entries for the 24th Cycle Deadline Extended: December 31, 2016

WA Contents • December 30, 2016 • 8408

Since 2006 and for over 20 Cycles, World Architecture Community organises the prestigious and acclaimed WA Awards 10+5+X. The aim of the WA Community Awards is to highlight and recognise remarkable projects that might otherwise remain unnoticed by the international public, yet have the potential to inspire exciting questions about contemporary architectural discourse.WA Awards 24th Cycle, Extended Deadline: December 31, 2016.WA Awards accepts submissions in 3 distinct categories:WA Designed Awar (...)

Christmas Cards 2017 From Top Designers

WA Contents • December 28, 2016 • 2816

We have received countless greeting cards from designers, architects, schools, institutions, galleries, museums, PR offices and see a bunch of Christmas Cards from our favourites-which are all dynamic, cheerful, elegant, exclusive, well-designed and inviting.Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the World Architecture Community team!Reiulf Ramstad ArchitectsThe ElbphilharmonieBjarke Ingels GroupSnøhettaTabanlıoğlu ArchitectsThe joy in architecture comes from the collective experience of (...)

Garden Bridge charity warns ’’further delays could abandon the project’’

WA Contents • December 28, 2016 • 640

The charity behind the proposed garden bridge across the Thames in London has warned that any more hold-ups to the controversial and much-delayed project could see it having to be scrapped altogether.While the Garden Bridge Trust insists it remains confident the tree and plant-filled pedestrian crossing will be built, it has conceded that the delays have affected fundraising and that any more significant obstacles could prove terminal.It was ultimately up to the charity’s trustees, who inc (...)

Architecture Foundation announced the 2017 Architecture on Stage Programme

WA Contents • December 27, 2016 • 741

The Architecture Foundation and the Barbican has announced that the Pritzker Prize winning architect, Ryue Nishizawa will headline the 2017 Architecture on Stage programme. In conjunction with the exhibition The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945, architect Ryue Nishizawa will talk about the work of both his own office and that of SANAA, the office he shares with Kazuyo Sejima. The youngest architect to win the Pritzker Prize, Nishizawa’s practice ranges from major art m (...)