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SoixanteDixSept: When Rossellini filmed the Centre Pompidou exhibition

WA Contents • February 24, 2017 • 257

SoixanteDixSept: When Rossellini filmed the Centre Pompidou exhibition

La Ferme du Buisson's Art Centre will present Roberto Rossellini's last film SoixanteDixSept (SeventySeven): When Rossellini filmed the Centre Pompidou dedicated to the opening of the Centre Pompidou in 1977.

In 1977, Roberto Rossellini devoted his last film to the opening of the Centre Pompidou, as personal testimony to the advent of a new artistic, architectural and cultural modernity. Now, after forty years of neglect, his film has resurfaced. The Italian director approached the museum in a way nobody else ever has, catching spectators' stunned amazement on the spot.

This extraordinary adventure is revealed by hitherto unshown archives from the film's producer Jacques Grandclaude and Marie Auvity' (...)

Antonio Costa Lima designs continuous inner gallery in Portugese house to overcome windowless façade

WA Contents • February 24, 2017 • 109

Antonio Costa Lima designs continuous inner gallery in Portugese house to overcome windowless façade

A continuous rounded inner gallery creates a free movement and fully glassed façade looking at the inner courtyard of this Portugese house in Estoril, designed by Portugese office Antonio Costa Lima Arquitectos.

The house is located in a strictly defined plot of Estoril, Portugal and situated within dense Portugese houses, carry the classical characteristic of the town.

The basic design approach for this house is to overcome a windowless façade surrounded by city houses and narrow streets. The architect designed an ascetic movement from the land which seeks light and views of the valley on the east and the sea to the south.

''The idea of the house comes from a personal meaning transmitted by th (...)

NASA discovers habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system

WA Contents • February 24, 2017 • 263

NASA discovers habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope marks a new discovery for the most Earth-sized planets found in the habitable zone of a single star, called Trappist-1 and celebrates its new discovery with a retro- style poster. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water–key to life as we know it–under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.

''This discovery could be a s (...)

Hong Kong Pixel Homes architecture competition launched

WA Contents • February 24, 2017 • 111

Hong Kong Pixel Homes architecture competition launched

Bee Breeders Architecture Compeititons has announced new competition to fill Hong Kong's vacant pixel-sized spots of the land with designs for creative, yet feasible, residential buildings that could work to alleviate the city's affordable housing crisis.

Hong Kong Pixel Homes competition is live now with a total prize fund of US $6,000. With a total prize fund of US $6,000, the Hong Kong Pixel Home architecture competition is now calling for submissions with the final registration deadline of April 26.

Hong Kong is one of the most expensive and densely populated cities on Earth. With over 7 million people living on an island just 1,102 square km in size, where the population is constantly struggling for space. Like (...)

Shigeru Ban to present his first Australian project at SCAF with two new installations

WA Contents • February 24, 2017 • 211

Shigeru Ban to present his first Australian project at SCAF with two new installations

Pritzker Prize winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban will present his first Australian project at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) with two new installations, which will be presented at the foundation's Garden and Gallery space from March 25 until July 1, 2017. Presented within the scope of the Foundation's decade-long program, Shigeru Ban’s installations also represent the final project to be presented by SCAF before the Foundation evolves into a centre for the exchange of ideas on contemporary culture.

SCAF’s exhibition will shine a spotlight on Japanese architect Ban’s pioneering and resourceful designs and importantly his dedication to humanitarian efforts around the world.

Shige (...)

Archhive - Architecture in Virtual Reality winners announced

WA Contents • February 23, 2017 • 594

Archhive - Architecture in Virtual Reality winners announced

Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions has announced the winners for Archhive - Architecture in Virtual Reality competition. The winners have been selected for the ''Archhive - Architecture in Virtual Reality'' architecture competition, with teams from the France, Slovakia and Colombia.

The selected projects showed versatility and adaptability and each have the potential to become iconic virtual reality landmarks in themselves.

Participants were tasked with designing a virtual exhibition space that would showcase the work of Bee Breeders architecture competition winners as known Archhive and Vividly software would allow for this digital space to be created and exist online for visitors to explore. The firs (...)

Harvard GSD announces the 2017 Richard Rogers Fellows

WA Contents • February 23, 2017 • 408

Harvard GSD announces the 2017 Richard Rogers Fellows

Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced the 2017 Richard Rogers Fellows for residency program for architectural and urban research at the Wimbledon House in London. The 2017 Richard Rogers Fellowship winners have been named as Namik Mackic, Maik Novotny, Jose Castillo, Saidee Springall, Shantel Blakely, and Dirk van den Heuvel.

Announced in November 2016, the Richard Rogers Fellowship is a new residency program hosted at the Wimbledon House, the landmarked residence designed by acclaimed architect Lord Richard Rogers for his parents in the late 1960s.

Lord Richard and Lady Ruth Rogers generously gifted the house to Harvard GSD to create the program, an international platform that will bring together experts and (...)

Foster+Partners’ giant Apple Park opens to employees in April

WA Contents • February 23, 2017 • 691

Foster+Partners’ giant Apple Park opens to employees in April

American multinational high-tech company Apple today announced that Foster+Partners-designed giant Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. Plus, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater.

The company will take employees - more than 12,000 people -over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the worl (...)

Construction Begins On Mughal Museum Near Taj Mahal, Designed By David Chipperfield Architects

SARBJIT BAHGA • February 23, 2017 • 1571

Construction Begins On Mughal Museum Near Taj Mahal, Designed By David Chipperfield Architects

A Mughal Museum near Taj Mahal, Agra, designed by David Chipperfield Architects and Studio Archohm will be realized soon. The construction work of this prestigious project is in full swings. The museum is being built on a plot of 25,000 square metres (2.5 hectares) located 1.3 km away from the eastern gate of Taj Mahal - a UNESCO World Heritage site in Agra. Conceived by the Uttar Pradesh government, the project is expected to complete by the end of 2017 at a cost Rs 140 Crores (21 million US dollars).

The museum with a built-up area of 20,000 square metres, will showcase the history and culture of the Mughals who ruled over northern India for over three centuries. It will accommodate about 5200 square metres of permanent and tempora (...)

A closer look into the controversial Palace Museum of Hong Kong

Ka Ki Lee • February 23, 2017 • 390

A closer look into the controversial Palace Museum of Hong Kong

Protest in front of a giant poster of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. The banner reads, ''Mama, I'm hungry but I can't eat'', taken from a student hunger strike in Beijing in 1989. The long-delayed West Kowloon district (WKD) development in Hong Kong has arouse political discussion due to the interference of Chinese government on the secretly-planned Palace museum, which was not publicly consulted before the appointment of architect Rocco Yim Sen-Kee. After years of public consultations followed by amendments and delays in the WKD development, in December 2016 the Chinese government surprised the Hong Kong citizens with the secret-planned Hong Kong Palace Museum (HK Palace Museum).

Hong Kong Chief Secretary (...)

Lebanese Architect Awards announced- 10 prizes awarded in the presence of the UIA

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 800

Lebanese Architect Awards announced- 10 prizes awarded in the presence of the UIA

Lebanese Architect Awards announced in Beyrouth, 10 prizes awarded in the presence of the International Union of Architects (UIA). UIA Treasurer Fabian Llisterri and former (2011-2014) UIA Secretary General Michel Barmaki were present at the Biel Exhibition Center in Beirut for the opening of the Lebanese Architect Awards Festival on Thursday 16 February 2017.

Mr. Barmaki represented the UIA on the 9-member jury that examined 36 internationally celebrated projects created over the past 10 years by Lebanese architecture firms based both in Lebanon and abroad.The Festival was a truly cosmopolitan event, a celebration of Lebanese achievement in the field of architecture throughout the world. Organized as a platform for the exchange of (...)

’’A Legacy of Mies and King’’ screening in Washington DC with Q&A Mecanoo’s Francine Houben

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 313

’’A Legacy of Mies and King’’ screening in Washington DC with Q&A Mecanoo’s Francine Houben

Mecanoo has announced that this documentary film ''A Legacy of Mies and King'' will have it US premiere screening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday March 1, 2017. The film deals with the modernisation of Washington DC’s central library, which was designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and named after Martin Luther King, Jr.The film follows architect Francine Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library of the future. Francine delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library, and participates in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk. During her quest, both the (...)

Join Stadslab’s new Masterclass: Tbilisi Courtyards

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 303

Join Stadslab’s new Masterclass: Tbilisi Courtyards

The next Stadslab Masterclass (May 17-21, 2017) will be in Tbilisi, capital city of Georgia. Application deadline is April 1.The 4 day program - co-organized by the Tbilisi Urban Experiments Group - will focus on the typical courtyards that can be found in the city. These intimate semi-public spaces were originally planned as urban gardens, but have been densified over the years. The houses in the courtyards are often still the wooden architecture, typical for the southern Caucasian Region, but most are in a degraded condition. These micro-neighborhoods are very interesting in terms of their social role. The Master Class wil aim to develop strategies for social and spatial design to rejuvenate these courtyards and rethink their role in the (...)

Dominique Perrault renovated Paris’ prismatic towers with crystallized facades

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 609

Dominique Perrault renovated Paris’ prismatic towers with crystallized facades

Dominique Perrault Architecture renovated and extended Paris' modernist prismatic towers with crystallized facades, creating new urban morphology in the centre of Paris.

The Pont de Sèvres Towers, renamed after the renovation as Citylights, were originally built in 1975 by architects Badani and Roux-Dorlut. The prism-shaped towers represented the era’s architectural modernity, they stood high and dense in the midst of a barren urban territory.

Image © Andre Morin/ Dominique Perrault Architecture /ADAGPDominique Perrault Architecture turned the sense of ''isolation'' into an asset by re-structuring and extending these towers to elevate their socio-economic values in an urban level. < (...)

Kengo Kuma converts old Chinese building into an office and cafe’s place

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 965

Kengo Kuma converts old Chinese building into an office and cafe’s place

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's studio Kengo Kuma & Associates has converted old Chinese traditional building into an office and cafe’s place with extruded aluminium screen.

Named Beijing Qianmen, the site is located in a walking distance of 5 minutes from Beijing’s landmarks, close to Tian’anmen Square and Chang’an Avenue.

Kuma's studio renovated the building by adding mixed programs in this historic area called Qianmen East. It used to be a district in which classical Qing/Ming-styled courtyard houses concentrated. However, with the explosive growth of population in big cities, these houses began to be occupied by people who were strangers to each other.

The historical Siheyuan (...)

AIA officially shares its ’’deep concerns’’ on Trump’s travel restrictions

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 497

AIA officially shares its ’’deep concerns’’ on Trump’s travel restrictions

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has expressed its ''deep concerns'' on Donald Trump's 'unfair' travel ban for disrupting ''fairness and equity'' and creating ''profoundly negative business impact'' on construction industry -which may affect not only ''specific countries or regions'' but broad factors, including religion, states the AIA.

Regarding to Trump's travel restrictions, the AIA has declared its own 7 principles on immigration to promote free movement, plus to show the statistics of collaboration with foreign countries for the construction industry, recorded so far.

''Beyond the essential consideratio (...)

RMJM adds new vertical village to Istanbul skyline highlighted with black-framed fragmented facade

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 1191

RMJM adds new vertical village to Istanbul skyline highlighted with black-framed fragmented facade

RMJM Istanbul designs a new high-rise development with black-framed fragmented facade in Istanbul, responding to the city's challenging context-and the new tower sets a new standard of living in the area and merges the site with its urban surroundings. Named G Tower, the 3rd of an existing 2-tower development, G-Tower’s masterplan draws inspiration and addresses the unique context and culture of modern Istanbul.

The development includes residential quarters, common areas and amenities, retail spaces, a ballroom/conference hall, kindergarten, offices and subterranean parking. The project is developed by Mar Yapi.

Encompassing a total of 70,000 square-metre area, the new high-rise is conceived as an urban 'vert (...)

Socially minded architect Francis Kéré to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017

WA Contents • February 21, 2017 • 761

Socially minded architect Francis Kéré to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017

Award-winning and socially minded architect Francis Kéré from Gando, Burkino Faso commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 -selected for responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure inspired by a tree, which brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, Designed by Francis Kéré, Design Render. Interior © Kéré Architecture

Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission (...)

A louver-clad living unit placed atop recessed box in Lebanese house by Nabil Gholam Architects

WA Contents • February 21, 2017 • 877

A louver-clad living unit placed atop recessed box in Lebanese house by Nabil Gholam Architects

This dramatic Lebanese private residence by nabil gholam architects presents variations of materiality of architecture to unfold ''a processional transition from the busy outer world to the serenity of the main garden'' with its views of the mountains beyond.

Named Ay House, located in Yarze, Lebanon, the louver-clad living unit is placed atop recessed horizontal box covered by basalt -which differentiate units from each other.

A 2-story building, encompassing 2,500 square-metre area with basement floor, was designed to overcome family needs and contains a series of bedrooms, bathrooms and family spaces that cantilever over the level below.

Due to the proximity of a road and to maximize the garden (...)

MoMA PS1 2017 YAP winner Jenny Sabin designs knitted fabric made of recycled textiles

WA Contents • February 21, 2017 • 682

MoMA PS1 2017 YAP winner Jenny Sabin designs knitted fabric made of recycled textiles

Ithaca-based architecture design practice Jenny Sabin Studio has been named as the winner of the MoMA PS1 2017 Young Architects Program (YAP) with her robotically knitted fabric, made of recycled textiles, photo-luminescent and solar active yarns. Celebrating its 18th edition this year, the winning design by Jenny E. Sabin will be on view from June 29, 2017 at MoMA PS1 during the summer 2017.

Jenny Sabin selected among this year’s finalists including Ania Jaworska (Chicago), Bureau Spectacular (Los Angeles), Office of III (New York), and SCHAUM/SHIEH (New York).

Video by MoMA

Named Lumen, the architect calls the structure as ''feminine'', Lumen is knitted light, bathing visitors in a responsiv (...)