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David Chipperfield accuses the RIBA of failing "to safeguard the professional conditions" for Brexit

WA Contents • Apr 26, 2018 • 72

David Chipperfield accuses the RIBA of failing

British architect David Chipperfield has published a letter to the profession environment, making urgent call to raise a voice towards the changing conditions with Brexit.

Published on David Chipperfield Architects' website, the architect, one of the most vocal members of the profession on Brexit, has also accused the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) of failing "to safeguard the professional conditions" for Brexit.

"Despite this, the profession – and the RIBA in particular – has hardly stuck its head above the parapet. Apart from a recent survey of attitudes to our post-Brexit future and a few platitudes asking for reassurance, there has been little reaction from the RIBA, which is surprising give (...)

MAD reinterprets traditional wooden chairs with fluid geometry for Sawaya & Moroni

WA Contents • Apr 26, 2018 • 74

MAD reinterprets traditional wooden chairs with fluid geometry for Sawaya & Moroni

MAD Architects has revealed its new design for a Milano-based furniture design company Sawaya & Moroni, the armchair was presented during Milan Design Week for the first time.

Called "Gu" Chair, MAD's design reinterprets the traditional wooden armchair with fluid form, featuring curved and smooth edges shaped around circular window.

Taking cues from skeletal structures (“gu” translates to “bones” in Chinese), the design’s joints create a network of sinuous forms – similar to that of connective fibrous tissue.

Each surface of the chair fuses into one another, forming elegant seams that mutate from something natural into something more futuristic, making it seem more like a gr (...)

BIG designs "twisting towers" not to block each other's views in New York's High Line

WA Contents • Apr 26, 2018 • 109

BIG designs

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled new images of a pair of twisting towers that are currently rising in New York's High Line. Located at 76 11th Avenue between 17th Street and 18th Street, the new towers are comprised of a twisted form sitting on a massive but semi-transparent base, which are gently designed not to block each other's views along the High Line.

Named The XI, the towers - also literally known as The Eleventh, are currently under construction on site and their exoskeleton already took shape on project site. The XI is planned to complete in 2019.

Developed by HFZ Capital Group, the tower on the West side will have 36 floors and reach approximately 400 feet (121 (...)

Call for registrations to "MateraLab" 3-day workshop in Sassi District, Italy

WA Contents • Apr 26, 2018 • 99

Call for registrations to

STaRT, in collaboration with the INSTAURA platform, organises a three-day worksop called "MateraLab" in Sassi District, the ancient heart of the city of Matera, Italy. The workshop will discuss methods and potentials for the insertion of contemporary architecture in historical contexts.

The three-day meeting will be held between 27 and 29 July, 2018, a period in which debates, guided tours and project experiences will characterize the duration of the entire event.

The workshop is open to all students of the Faculties of Architecture, Archeology, Engineering, Design, all the Schools related to Cultural Heritage and Landscape. Undergraduates and graduates without age limits can also participate. Everything is thought to make cu (...)

Architectural Ideas Competition: #PragueCall for a new Ebraic Museum design

WA Contents • Apr 26, 2018 • 95

Architectural Ideas Competition: #PragueCall for a new Ebraic Museum design

ArchiContest, platform for research about the architecture, is calling for submissions to design a new Ebraic Museum, a new contemporary architecure in one of most old european capital. The competition is open to architects and engineers, students and professionals from all over the world who can participate in single or group form.

Theme & Location

Prague is a city with many myths and innumerable legends but it is also a place with a strong historical cultural ferment. The Jewish quarter represents the soul of the city, for many centuries it has been the place where the persecuted people took refuge. The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town and the Dancing House along the banks of the Vltava River are some of the most recog (...)

Studio Gang releases plans for its first rippled condo tower in Brooklyn

WA Contents • Apr 26, 2018 • 103

Studio Gang releases plans for its first rippled condo tower in Brooklyn

US architecture firm Studio Gang has released plans for a new luxury residential tower for Brooklyn, featuring a wavy facade with protruding windows to enlarge indoor spaces for residents. It will be the first project of the firm built in Brooklyn.

Dubbed as 11 Hoyt, the 51-storey tower will include over 480 apartments and 55,000-square-feet (5,109-square-metre) of indoor and outdoor amenity space. Centrally located in the heart of Brooklyn, the development borders both downtown Brooklyn and brownstone Brooklyn along Hoyt Street and Livingston Street, and will offer significant outdoor space for residents.

The new luxury condominium will be built at the site of a former car park, which is the one side of large plot. Envisione (...)

Mecanoo's porous Performing Art Centre is set to open in October in Taiwan

WA Contents • Apr 25, 2018 • 388

Mecanoo's porous Performing Art Centre is set to open in October in Taiwan

Mecanoo-designed the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts is set to open in October this year in Taiwan, which will be the world's largest performing arts centre hidden under one roof.

Named Weiwuying, the porous-formed cultural complex will feature five separate state of the art performance spaces, covering a surface area of 35 acres (141,000 square meters). The building will also include a spectacular 116-acre (470,000-square-metre) subtropical park in the heart of Kaohsiung, making it the world’s largest performing arts centre under one roof.

The city of Kaohsiung, known with its almost 3 million population, is located in the south of Taiwan, once a major international harbour, is now a modern, diverse city wit (...)

Francesca Cuoghi appointed as Italy’s Country Reporter

berrin chatzi chousein • Apr 25, 2018 • 343

Francesca Cuoghi appointed as Italy’s Country Reporter

Francesca Cuoghi - ItalySince November 3, 2017Francesca Cuoghi has been appointed as Italy's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Francesca has a flowing writing style and her tone for writing is very clear, well-presented and target-based. She knows how to present a story very well. She loves to write on some specific projects that interest her; renovation projects, traditional Italian houses, transformation of industrial spaces are only a few of them. Francesca also loves to highlight traditional Italian architecture through new contemporary projects. Francesca's most popular article The Country House Between Tradition And Contemporary has reached over 4,078 views at the time of this articl (...)

Studio Saxe completes terraced boutique hotel on a steep hillside in Costa Rica

WA Contents • Apr 25, 2018 • 375

Studio Saxe completes terraced boutique hotel on a steep hillside in Costa Rica

Costa Rica and London-based architecture firm Studio Saxe has completed a terraced boutique hotel on a steep hillside in Costa Rica. The new hotel complex is situated by stepping down with elongated roofs over a steep hillside, overlooking the ocean.

Called Mint Santa Theresa, the new hotel, encompassing a total of 660-square-metre area, blends a European design aesthetic with Costa Rican craftsmanship – created to ensure that guests can commune with nature, each other and local people.

"The Swedish owners fell in love with Santa Theresa as a surfing paradise, as well as its burgeoning yoga community. Inspired by Greek architecture, minimalism and Scandinavian design, they commissioned Studio Saxe who have developed a r (...)

Michael Sorkin on neighborhoods, gentrification, "smart" cities, and more in new podcast discussion

WA Contents • Apr 25, 2018 • 232

Michael Sorkin on neighborhoods, gentrification,

The Midnight Charette, a weekly podcast featuring New York architectural designers Bruce Mar and Emma Pascal who share their stories and thoughts about design, people and more, has released its new podcast with American architect, urban theorist, educator and writer Michael Sorkin. In the 52nd episode, the interview opens an in-depth discussion on urbanism, teaching design, gentrification, "smart" cities, the development and preservation of New York City and city transportation.

Michael Sorkin is the founder of Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform - The Center for Advanced Urban Research. Sorkin is currently working as the Director of the Masters of Urban Design Program at the City University of New York. He has authored numerous boo (...)

How Many Indian Architecture And Design Schools Are On Social Media?

Varun Kumar • Apr 25, 2018 • 258

How Many Indian Architecture And Design Schools Are On Social Media?

As of January 2016, there are 423 Indian Architecture Schools. Of them, there are less than 30 schools active on social media.

Apart from cons like the Facebook data leaks, social media helps establish a presence with convenience-no personal websites needed; more people connect on social media; businesses happen on social media; and their visibility keeps increasing.

Beyond this, social media sets new trends in lifestyle and design. All creative fields have many well curated, informative and inspiring profiles, which reflect on the user’s genuine discourse at what they do-photography, design, travel and what not.

Some among the limelight like Harvard GSD, Columbia GSAPP and AA London have engaging profiles with (...)

Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences recaptured in new photographs by Gauvin Lapetoule

WA Contents • Apr 24, 2018 • 867

Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences recaptured in new photographs by Gauvin Lapetoule

French photographer Gauvin Lapetoule has captured Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain - the newly-released images elegantly capture the whole cultural complex and its details showing how it explodes in night.

Calatrava's cultural complex, opened in the architect's hometown in 2005, is comprised of three major buildings, as part of a linear composition: The Opera House at the western end of the site, the Planetarium/IMAX Theater (Hemispheric Theater) and the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum at the eastern end. Another structure, known as L'Umbracle, is a promenade and parking garage, built within an open arcade that is a contemporary reinvention of the winter garden.

Designed a (...)

Strong shortlist announced for University College Dublin’s Future Campus competition

WA Contents • Apr 24, 2018 • 415

Strong shortlist announced for University College Dublin’s Future Campus competition

Strong shortlist for University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition has been announced by the Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC). The six shortlisted teams include Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Steven Holl Architects, Studio Libeskind and UNStudio.

The teams were unanimously by a selection panel that was chaired by the competition jury chair Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of University College Dublin. The MRC noted that the first stage of the competition attracted 98 teams from 28 countries.

The shortlist was expanded from the expected five to six in recognition of the outstanding response from the international design community. The finalist (...)

Roberto Rossi completes a fully rotating house in Italian countryside

WA Contents • Apr 24, 2018 • 1772

Roberto Rossi completes a fully rotating house in Italian countryside

A 360 degrees rotating private residence was built on a peak plot of Rimini to catch the wild nature of the city from every viewpoint. Designed by Roberto Rossi, the house was envisioned as an experimental project to set a toolkit for zero-energy balance.

Named Casa Ruotante, the 150-square-metre house was constructed by Italian contractor ProTek with zero-energy budget. The octagonal-formed private residence is accomplished using clean energy production and by reducing the loss of energy by using natural techniques and materials.

Following an usual plan geometry, its envelope spins around a single, main central pillar in order to follow the solar path during the day.

"The residential unit adopts geothermic sources com (...)

Carlo Ratti Associati built garden pavilion for four seasons at Milan Design Week

WA Contents • Apr 24, 2018 • 412

Carlo Ratti Associati built garden pavilion for four seasons at Milan Design Week

CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati has built a garden pavilion for four seasons, which is being presented at Milan Design Week. Called Living Nature, the pavilion uses energy flow controls to allow spring, summer, autumn and winter to coexist under the same roof. The pavilion is still on view in Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s main square until April 25, 2018.

Image © Salone del Mobile

The Living Nature pavilion, which stems from a concept by CRA and Studio Römer, makes use of an innovative energy management system for climate control, with green spaces curated by Patrick Blanc and Flavio Pollano. The project embodies the values of Salone del Mobile’s 2018 Manifesto, exploring a new relationship between nature and desi (...)

The world's First Prefabricated Polyethylene House in Iran

Farzam Kharvari • Apr 24, 2018 • 297

The world's First Prefabricated Polyethylene House in Iran

After constructing the world’s biggest polyethylene boat, Iranian engineers have built the world’s first prefabricated polyethylene-house in Urmia, Iran. The engineers used “Rotational Molding” technology to achieve the prefabricated polyethylene house. The house is using cavity wall insulation technique to reduce heat loss by filling the airspace with polyurethane foam.

Inside the real scale hemisphere house

The complete process, including research, design, and implementation, was carried out in Urmia. The team used simulation modeling to assess their models. Eventually, the project has successfully passed thermal, cooling, earthquake, and storm resistance-tests.

Inside the real scale hemisphere (...)

Architecture Competition: MARSCEPTION 2018

WA Contents • Apr 23, 2018 • 1446

Architecture Competition: MARSCEPTION 2018

Volume Zero, an international platform for showcasing works of upcoming designers, has announced a new competition called Marsception. The competition invites architects, designers, students, teachers, engineers, artists, visionaries, and everyone who believe in this unseen future and a possibility of utopian future. All participants are expected to create a self-sustaining living space for the initial habitants, a group of five researchers, of the Red Planet.

Design

Since the start of time, we humans have been captivated by the mystical nature of other celestial bodies surrounding our Planet Earth. This fascination has been translated to works of astronomy, astrology, architecture and many other studies from making a simple t (...)

Labics built an installation that insists on reversing the point of view in Milan

WA Contents • Apr 23, 2018 • 607

Labics built an installation that insists on reversing the point of view in Milan

Rome-based architecture and urban planning practice Labics has built a triangular-mirrored sculpture that insists on reversing the point of view at Milan Design Week, which has concluded yesterday.

Titled Visionair, the installation was designed as part of the House-in-motion exhibition produced by "Interni" for Fuorisalone 2018, promoted by Elica and Fondazione Ermanno Casoli and curated by Marcello Smarrelli. The artwork is still on view till 28 April, 2018 inside the Ca' Granda via Festa del Perdono 7 in Milan.

The giant mirrored installation is envisioned as a prototype, this work continues the research of the architecture studio on the theme of the relationship between space and structure.

"The idea behind th (...)

groupDCA awarded for two projects at IIID Design Excellence National Awards 2017-2018

Tanya Khanna • Apr 23, 2018 • 470

groupDCA awarded for two projects at IIID Design Excellence National Awards 2017-2018

Group DCA is an award-winning design consultation firm based out of New Delhi. The DCA Group is spearheaded by Ar. Amit Aurora and Ar. Rahul Bansal. Each project is treated individually with an approach that is most appropriate to the project’s identity, concept, business format, target clientele, code of ethics, context, site location etc. Rather than following current trends, or designing for the short term, the studio believes in sustainable design which is exclusive, well-balanced, contextual and appropriate.

The practice was recently awarded in two categories at the IIID National Awards. While the studio won the first prize in "Leisure & Entertainment Category" for The Townhall in Gurugram; The L'Oreal Training Aca (...)

Peng & Partners Designed a Colorful Office that Seems like a Space Comes out of Mandrian's Painting

Sophia Tao • Apr 21, 2018 • 558

Peng & Partners Designed a Colorful Office that Seems like a Space Comes out of Mandrian's Painting

Peng & Partners from China designed a colorful new headquaters for Centaline Property, which is regarded as the largest property agent in Shenzhen, China. The concept of "boxes" is running through the whole design, trying to change the traditional working atmosphere and create a new and joyful work experience.

The building has 4 floors, 3 of them are offices and one is conference center. "By embedding, subtracting and extruding the boxes, the designer creates and lines up a sequence of positive and negative spaces throughout the whole office, which meet various functions, such as reception, meeting, private working area and etc. Having different and unusual spatial proportion and scale, these boxes convey varied emotions, public (...)

WAC announces Hugo Merino Ferraz as Country Reporter for Portugal

berrin chatzi chousein • Apr 21, 2018 • 1745

WAC announces Hugo Merino Ferraz as Country Reporter for Portugal

Hugo Merino Ferraz - PortugalSince January 31, 2017Hugo Merino Ferraz has been appointed as Portugal's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Hugo always traces new commissions and built projects that are not explored by the mainstream media yet. Ferraz, specifically, focuses on hunting new young architecture offices and their projects to highlight contemporary Portuguese architecture.

"I applied to be a Reporter of WAC, because I’m passionate about architecture and want to contribute to spread Portuguese architecture around the world. I want to be the voice of Portuguese architects in one of the biggest platforms and communities of architecture," told Ferraz World Architecture Commun (...)

KNOCK ON WOOD wins IIID National Design Excellence Award 2017-18 in Product Design Category

Tanya Khanna • Apr 21, 2018 • 444

KNOCK ON WOOD wins IIID National Design Excellence Award 2017-18 in Product Design Category

Based out of New Delhi and Chandigarh, with a focus on craft, customization and bespoke hardwood furniture, Knock on Wood (KNW) voices stories through its designs. Crafting a special line of custom-created furniture that is focused on high quality craftsmanship, fine detail and elegant style, KNW aims to "enhance life and spirit through timeless, responsible design…..total design," said KNW in a statement published in its website.

Whether it is numerous cabinets for a hotel chain or a signature coffee table, that takes centre stage in a living room, KNW's creations are designed to become a part of homes and their stories. Classic or contemporary, sometimes bold, sometimes eccentric, sometimes daring, KNW is always genuine (...)

"Building for a Billion" Competition Entry: A Cost Efficient Architectural Abode for Slum Dwellers

Pappal Suneja • Apr 21, 2018 • 2021

This is synopsis of Building for a Billion, an International Design Competition for Housing Every Indian by Pappal Suneja & Associates. The team comprises of a trio of young Indians architect Pappal Suneja, structural engineer Beena Kumari, and graphic designer Mayank Gupta. The basic ideology behind this proposal is to consider humans as human be it they be belonging to any caste, religion or sect of the society, with a 'helping hand' as a Concept at Stake. Since we as upcoming budding architects feel sensitized towards ailing conditions of slum dwellers in our nation.

New Delhi grew into a modern capital city after India’s independence, with irresistible economic, social and political pull, with all kinds of work (...)

Crogiolo, a place with a glorious past and a brand new cultural present

Francesca Cuoghi • Apr 21, 2018 • 461

Crogiolo, a place with a glorious past and a brand new cultural present

The Crogiolo is a place where past, present and future meet. It provides an historic link with the first industrial site of the ceramic tile industry Marazzi, dating back to the 1930s, where the first tiles were manufactured. The company was founded in 1935 at Sassuolo, in what was to become the top international hub for the creation of state-of-the-art, high-end ceramic tiles, which has grown together with the company over the decades.

In the 1980s the Crogiolo became a brand in its own right and functioned as Marazzi's "experimental" division, hosting architects, artists and potters invited to use the location to experiment with ceramics. A real research centre, a "crucible" (the actual translation of the name "crogiolo") of ne (...)