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Punjab State War Heroes’ Memorial And Museum, Amritsar is Now Fully Operational

SARBJIT BAHGA • March 27, 2017 • 250

Punjab State War Heroes’ Memorial And Museum, Amritsar is Now Fully Operational

First of its kind in India, the Punjab State War Heroes' Memorial and Museum at Amritsar is now fully operational and draws large number of visitors daily. Built at the cost of Rs 130 crore (20 million USD), the memorial-museum was inaugurated in October 2016, by the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal. Some works related to interior furnishing of exhibit galleries which were pending at that time have now been completed.

The Punjab State War Heroes' Memorial and Museum is located on a plot of about three hectares abutting Amritsar - Attari Road on the outskirts of the holy city of Amritsar. Its location on the National Highway-1, and that too only 18 kms away from Indo-Pak International border makes it a prom (...)

Cairo University named in the Global University Rankings For Architecture

yasmin el.sodany • March 27, 2017 • 71

Cairo University named in the Global University Rankings For Architecture

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) competent education company annually publishes a special classification with 800 universities around the world, and it is also classified according to subject (specialized).

Earlier this month, it published category for Architecture/Built Environment and The Department of Architecture - University of Cairo enters to the list as 151-200 on the level of The Departments of Architecture all over the world Architecture Department - Cairo University in QS.2017 (by subject). This arrangement is for the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering Cairo University in this version is the first of Arab and African, it is one of the oldest departments of existing in the faculty.

Architecture between the ba (...)

Mona Hassan captures Egyptian Village Festival Houses composed of colourful paintings by 40 artists

yasmin el.sodany • March 27, 2017 • 38

Mona Hassan captures Egyptian Village Festival Houses composed of colourful paintings by 40 artists

The goal was to take some pictures of the boats on the shore of the lake, but the journey has included many images of artistic treasure, was captured by 40 artists from 14 countries. The Egyptian photographer Mona Hassan captures these images in a simple village of Kafr El-Sheikh in Egypt.

She was on her way to take some pictures of the boats, which stands on the shores of famous Lake Borollos on the way to the lake, she began to discover technical drawings in bright colours on the wall of simple homes there. On this trip, she decided to keep track of this mystery behind those drawings and discover step after step.

''While I watched paintings on the walls of the houses, I was amazed. As my study of Fine Arts I found (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils design for a supertall mixed-use skyscraper in New York

WA Contents • March 25, 2017 • 965

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils design for a supertall mixed-use skyscraper in New York

A 1,400 foot-tall (427 meter) emblematic skyscraper designed by Zaha Hadid Architects will be added to other supertall structures in midtown Manhattan, which will be developed by Kushner Companies-a company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser and married to his daughter Ivanka Trump.

ZHA's supertall mixed-use tower is located at 666 Fifth Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street and the plans will be transformed from 1950s existing building by stripping its steel core from top-down and adding 40 additional floors above its height.

The $12 billion plans are based on a big deal between Kushner Companies and Anbang Insurance Group announced earlier this month as Bloom (...)

WA Awards Open For Entries For The 25th Cycle

WA Contents • March 25, 2017 • 3799

WA Awards Open For Entries For The 25th Cycle

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 25th Cycle, Deadline: April 30, 2017. WA Awards accepts submissions in 3 distinct categories:

WA Designed Award: Projects that were not built,

WA Realised Award: Projects that are actually built,

WA Student Award: Projects designed by Students,

Evaluation CriteriaNovelty, Originality and Creativity in design that reflect and inspire (...)

Oiio envisions the world’s longest building with The Big Bend for New York

WA Contents • March 24, 2017 • 1640

Oiio envisions the world’s longest building with The Big Bend for New York

New York and Athens-based architecture studio Oiio has envisioned a new arc-shaped tower criticising the latest super-skyscraper boom in the heart of Manhattan. Oiio's new proposal features the slimmest structure and numerous gridded large windows placed on this arc-formed skyscraper.

Named The Big Bend, the speculative scheme is located in the Manhattan's 57th street where a number of super tall structures are rising nearby or on the same street -such as Christian de Portzamparc's One57, SHoP Architects' 111 West 57th Street, Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue and Jean Nouvel's 53W53.

The Big Bend reaches at 4,000 feet (1,22 kilometres) in total, which completes itself by starting with one f (...)

Winners announced for Blue Clay Country Spa competition

WA Contents • March 24, 2017 • 411

Winners announced for Blue Clay Country Spa competition

Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions has announced winners for the Blue Clay Country Spa competition. Judges have selected the winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa architecture competition, in which students and professionals were invited to contemplate the economic, cultural and architectural implications of inhabiting non-urban territory, through an ecotourist facility in Latvia.

The winning submissions were chosen as they established social collectivity through circulation and parti. The first prize winners were Joao Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, Joao Tavares, Paulo Dias from Portugal, who successfully reprogrammed a spatial archetype, the hortus conclusus, or walled garden. The project’s circular promenade unites each funct (...)

MVRDV densifies Netherland’s Hague city with tetris-looking residential towers

WA Contents • March 24, 2017 • 623

MVRDV densifies Netherland’s Hague city with tetris-looking residential towers

MVDRV has unveiled its latest residential development for Netrherland's Hague city, offering over 500 apartments with a tetris-looking form. Developed in collaboration with Provast, the 61,800 square-metre residential project is located in the Hague’s CBD between the National Library and a motorway that will be covered in the vicinity of Central Station.

Named Grotius Towers, the project reacts to the typical 'The Hague tower', with a focus on the realisation of high quality housing, a subtle façade, with 'soft' landing on the street, and a 'crown' with large outdoor spaces.

The Hague is the only large city in the Netherlands located next to the sea offering residents access to (...)

AIA issues statement responding Donald Trump’s massive cuts for the Fiscal Year 2018

WA Contents • March 24, 2017 • 442

AIA issues statement responding Donald Trump’s massive cuts for the Fiscal Year 2018

Last week, President Donald Trump's Administration released a budget plan for the 2018 Fiscal Year, including massive cuts on arts, science and some federal programs assisting the poor community.

Trump's first budget named ''America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again'' offers some radical shifts for government's spending on defence by rising to $54 billion for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force even though the budget plan does not make a clear explanation where the new $54 billion would go, according to Washington Post.

Besides that, Trump's new budget eliminates several federal programs serving to low-income American families or other minorities. The Low-Incom (...)

Boogertman + Partners Architects Designed Wangari Muta Mathai House in Kenya celebrating a Heroine

Momoh Kakulatombo • March 24, 2017 • 1291

Boogertman + Partners Architects Designed Wangari Muta Mathai House in Kenya celebrating a Heroine

Stepping into the image above, the visitors may perhaps feel embraced by the East African expression of nature. In the abundance of the indigenous grasses and trees in varying shades of green, the massive ring floats sturdy upon the rising and falling landscape in the rendering. This monolithic, but subtle building designed by Boogertman + Partners Architects, a multi-locational architecture company, and also well-known with their recent projects in Kenya.

In October 2016, the Wangari Muta Mathai House was selected as the winner of last year’s World Architecture Festival in the Future buildings: Culture category. The project is set to be completed in four years time. It is located approximately 10 km from the Central Business D (...)

CHYBIK+KRISTOF wins competition to design new Administrative Centre for the Czech Forestry Commission

WA Contents • March 23, 2017 • 567

CHYBIK+KRISTOF wins competition to design new Administrative Centre for the Czech Forestry Commission

CHYBIK+KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers has won a competition to design the new administrative centre of the Czech Forestry Commission in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, which will become natural and the artificial mingle with wooden-framed lattices.

The proposal will be developed with other architecture studios including K4, Ivo Stolek, Jan Stolek, Tomas Babka and the breathe.earth.collective. The winning proposal is a two-storey building on the edge of an existing forest, that uses wood extensively as construction material – as requested within the competition.

The concept is based on incorporating the forest landscape into a five-finger building to create new relations between the inside office (...)

24H announced winners for Mythology competition

WA Contents • March 23, 2017 • 1152

24H announced winners for Mythology competition

24H, a competition branch of ideas forward, has announced winners for a theme-based competition ''Mythology.'' Celebrating its 15th edition, the winners selected from India, Romania and Germany with 7 Honorable Mentions featuring other countries: Poland, Italy, Mexico and South Korea.

The competition brief called to design a Temple for Gods. ''We did not want to stick to a simple religious space, the introduction of the 12 Gods of Olympus, are for themselves the program for your Temple. Each one have your own personality and abilities,'' stated in the competition brief. ''The Temple must be the reflex of it.''

Program components focused on localization: Mount Olympus, (...)

Jump Studios creates a social hub with informal layout for Saatchi & Saatchi’s HQ in London

WA Contents • March 23, 2017 • 1808

Jump Studios creates a social hub with informal layout for Saatchi & Saatchi’s HQ in London

A sculptural staircase, a series of swinging hammocks, flexible seatings and a stylish bar are taking part at the Saatchi & Saatchi's new London Headquarters designed by Jump Studios, a Populous company, which is behind the workplace design for Google Campus in London and Madrid. Jump Studios has completed a new London office for Saatchi & Saatchi, the renowned global communications and advertising agency.

Located in the heart of London’s legal district on a large corner site, 40 Chancery Lane will be the new London home for Saatchi & Saatchi, which is part of the Publicis Groupe, meaning the agency will be leaving its offices at 80 Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia after more than 40 years.

Working closely (...)

Call for Entries: CICA Book and Journal Awards 2017

WA Contents • March 22, 2017 • 1925

Call for Entries: CICA Book and Journal Awards 2017

CICA/International Committee of Architectural Critics calls for entries and invites publishers, editors, curators and authors to submit their publications for consideration for the 9th CICA Awards 2017 by 30th March 2017. Award winners will be announced during the UIA XXVI World Congress of Architecture to be held in Seoul from September 3rd to 10th, 2017.

The Awards fall into three categories:

Bruno Zevi CICA Book Award 2017: For published books on architectural criticism, theory and history

Pierre Vago CICA Award 2017: For an article of architectural criticism for individual, institutional or society magazines, newspapers and journals

Julius Posener CICA Exhibition Catalogue Award 2017: For a critical text, (...)

Gensler, Nikken Sekkei and SOM will compete to develop new urban settlement at Colombo Port City

WA Contents • March 22, 2017 • 337

Gensler, Nikken Sekkei and SOM will compete to develop new urban settlement at Colombo Port City

3 invited participants will compete for the a competition for the Financial District & The Marina in the Port of Colombo city. CHEC Port City Colombo Limited, a subsidiary of China Harbour Engineering Company, has launched an invited, single stage ideas competition for the longterm development of an innovative urban settlement adjoining the Colombo Fort to the East and Colombo South International Container Harbour to the North.

The competition was launched on 6 March 2017 with the support of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects and the International Union of Architects (UIA). Finnish architect Trevor Harris will represent the UIA on the international jury.The competition is a single-phase procedure with three invited participant (...)

Mid-Manhattan Library will close temporarily due to renovation plans by Mecanoo + Beyer Blinder Belle

WA Contents • March 22, 2017 • 349

Mid-Manhattan Library will close temporarily due to renovation plans by Mecanoo + Beyer Blinder Belle

The New York Public Library announced that its central circulating branch The Mid-Manhattan Library will temporarily close to the public beginning in August. The renovation plans are developed by Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle, the team revealed first images of the project in November last year.The Mid-Manhattan – located at 455 Fifth Avenue in Midtown – is slated to get a long-awaited $200 million renovation that will transform the outdated building into a state-of-the-art library with a dramatic, multi-story wall of bookshelves; a full-floor business library; a full floor dedicated to separate libraries for children and teens; the only free public roof terrace in Midtown; and hundreds of additional seats.

Renovation pl (...)

Shiver me Timbers! Mesmerizing timber architecture around the world

WA Contents • March 22, 2017 • 473

Shiver me Timbers! Mesmerizing timber architecture around the world

The Guardian collected a series of mesmerizing timber architecture photographs from around the world. The collection includes famous architects' projects such as Renzo Piano's Jean-Marie Tjibaou cultural centre, Jörg Stamm's Three mountain, St Henry’s ecumenical art chapel, Turku, Finland, by Sanaksenaho.

From a chunky Russian dacha to Renzo Piano’s evocative turrets in the South Pacific, these inventive buildings celebrate the oldest and most malleable of construction materials. Here are a few of the finest specimens from a new book by designer William Hall – who has written tomes devoted to concrete and brick – that is, appropriately, called Wood.....Continue Reading

Top image: Joh (...)

OMA completes its first UAE project Concrete with poly-carbonate cladding and sprayed façade

WA Contents • March 22, 2017 • 778

OMA completes its first UAE project Concrete with poly-carbonate cladding and sprayed façade

Office For Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has completed its first cultural venue at Alserkal District in the United Arab Emirates with floor-to-ceiling poly-carbonate cladding and full height operable doors, which opens to the courtyard to support outdoor activities. Called Concrete, the project is located in Dubai’s Al Qouz industrial area and Alserkal Avenue was founded in 2007 to promote cultural initiatives in the region.

Since then, it has become Dubai’s most important art hub with twenty-five galleries and art spaces. OMA's Concrete, a new venue, addresses the districts growing need for a centrally located public space which can host a diverse program.

Led by OMA Partner Iyad Alsaka and Kaveh Dabiri- I (...)

Louis Kahn-designed IIM-Ahmedabad invites alumni to support its restoration and conservation

SARBJIT BAHGA • March 21, 2017 • 1010

Louis Kahn-designed IIM-Ahmedabad invites alumni to support its restoration and conservation

Louis Kahn-designed Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) - a 'modern brick wonder' now needs massive restoration and conservation to retain its original glory.

Five-decade old campus has successfully withstood the vagaries of weather and many earthquakes in the past. Thanks to the most versatile material -'brick', to whom Louis Kahn once asked,'' ''What do you want?'' and brick said, ''I want an arch.''

Keeping in view the need for up keeping the campus, IIAM authorities have now invited its alumni and corporates to contribute to the conservation and restoration of its Heritage Campus. Indian architects Somaya and Kalappa Consultants Pvt Ltd have (...)

Awakening in the Mexican Caribbean designed by ARQMOV

Nora Vasconcelos • March 21, 2017 • 1504

Awakening in the Mexican Caribbean designed by ARQMOV

The Caribbean coast, in the Tulum area of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, is set to host ''Awakening'', an eco-tourism complex within a gross floor area of 11,300 square metres. The project, designed by the Mexican firm Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop (ARQMOV) for the Mayan natural area known as Sian Ka’an, includes twelve tents in the form of cocoons, half of them facing the seaside and the other half, the lagoon. This will give the visitors the opportunity to undertake an introspective journey. ''As the name suggests, (it’s) an awakening to a new, regenerated self, whereby the experience of lodging becomes integrated into the natural environment,'' as it states the architectural d (...)