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Leading Brazilian Architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha receives 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

WA Contents • September 29, 2016 • 154

Leading Brazilian Architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha receives 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

Brazilian leading architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been named as the recipient of the 2017 RIBA Gold Medal for architecture, which is the UK’s highest honour award for architecture given by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Paulo Mendes da Rocha was also awarded with two major awards this year including the Praemium Imperiale prize and the Venice Architecture Biennale Golden Lion, announced earlier this year.

RIBA praised the architect by mentioning as ''Brazil’s most celebrated living architect'' and ''contributing to Brazilian architecture with his notable cultural buildings''-and ''built in his particular Brazilian Brutalist style with exposed concret (...)

New £160 million Cancer Centre opened at Guy’s Hospital designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners

WA Contents • September 29, 2016 • 72

New £160 million Cancer Centre opened at Guy’s Hospital designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners

A new £160 million cancer centre at Guy’s Hospital, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and healthcare specialist architects Stantec, opened on Monday. The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s has been designed around the needs of patients and staff with an aim to unify world-class cancer treatments and research in an uplifting, non-institutional and clinically efficient healthcare setting.

The Centre brings together most cancer treatment under one roof – previously cancer care was provided in 13 different locations in eight different buildings on the St Thomas’ and Guy’s sites.

Aerial view of the Cancer Centre at Guy's. Image © Morley von Sternberg

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The international community of the WAF will meet up in Berlin to share ideas+celebrate Architecture

WA Contents • September 29, 2016 • 86

The international community of the WAF will meet up in Berlin to share ideas+celebrate Architecture

This year's World Architecture Festival is bigger and better than ever before. WAF has selected a few highlights from each day to help plan your visit, including inspirational talks and finalist presentations, exciting parties and social events, architectural tours of Berlin and details of the many events taking place across the Festival Hall!The annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) is taking place this year at the Berlin Arena, between 16-18 November, and World Architecture Community is an official media partner for the event. This year’s seminar theme is “Housing for everyone”.

From left to right: CAZA, Costa Rica Congress Hall, San Jose, Costa Rica-CKK "Jordanki", Torun, Poland by Menis Arquitectos at WA (...)

Grace Farms celebrates its 1st anniversary with special programme between October 8-15

WA Contents • September 28, 2016 • 461

Grace Farms celebrates its 1st anniversary with special programme between October 8-15

Grace Farms, a new cultural and community center with five programmatic initiatives in New Canaan, Connecticut, now celebrates its 1st anniversary with special programme between October 8-15, 2016. Owned and operated by Grace Farms Foundation and designed by Japanese architecture practice SANAA, the new cultural and community center dedicated to nature, arts, justice, community, and faith offers a wide range of activities for the celebration of Grace Farms' anniversary titled “Possibilities Are Endless,” - will include a public artwork opening and Foundation benefit, highlighting the breadth of Grace Farms’ programming over the past year.Grace Farms, the River building. Image © Dean Kaufman

On October 8, G (...)

Les Cours Mont-Royal presents the largest permanent exhibit of Barbie dolls in the world

WA Contents • September 28, 2016 • 355

Les Cours Mont-Royal presents the largest permanent exhibit of Barbie dolls in the world

Barbie Expo, the largest permanent exhibit of Barbie dolls in the world, opened at Les Cours Mont-Royal, Montreal, Canada. For this exposition, this is not Barbie the way you remember her. This is haute couture on display, a gathering of the world’s most elite designers.

A major new exhibition in the history of fashion is about to be unveiled. One of the best-loved dolls of all time, Les Cours Mont-Royal is launching Barbie Expo in the heart of downtown Montreal. The expansive 5,000 square feet Barbie Expo at Les Cours Mont-Royal features over 1,000 unique fascinating & one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls on display, wearing styles that represent every trend and generation. Who else but Barbie could embody the evolution of fashion (...)

Richard Meier&Partners unveils new apartments and headquarters filled with natural light in Hamburg

WA Contents • September 28, 2016 • 220

Richard Meier&Partners unveils new apartments and headquarters filled with natural light in Hamburg

New white-coated, light-looking and elegance apartments and headquarters of Engel & Völkers will embrace the city residents looking to the Hamburg's Elbe River. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners, the mixed-use building is the most recent development in Hamburg’s HafenCity and it will combine the new Engel & Völkers headquarters, luxury condominiums, and rental apartments.

Behind the project stands a joint venture between the renowned property developer Quantum Immobilien AG and Engel & Völkers AG named Quartier am Strandkai GmbH & Co. KG. The exclusive “Strandhaus by Richard Meier” condominiums have been conceived of as a 16- storey residential tower with its own separate (...)

Patrik Schumacher on the Greg Lynn Show

WA Contents • September 28, 2016 • 258

Patrik Schumacher on the Greg Lynn Show

Canadian Centre For Architecture (CCA) has kicked off new LIVE talk-show series with Greg Lynn in Montreal. Greg Lynn is the curator of CCA's one of the latest exhibitions Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention, which will be on view until October 16, 2016 in the main galleries.

It’s Greg Lynn, in conversation with architects of seminal digital projects included in the exhibition Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention. In this episode, Greg talks to Patrik Schumacher. Conversation has been a big part of the CCA’s Archaeology of the Digital program. Greg Lynn has spoken with the architects of projects produced from the late 1980s through the 2000s to develop an archaeological reading of (...)

Call for entries to European Prize of Architecture Philippe Rotthier 2017

WA Contents • September 28, 2016 • 132

Call for entries to European Prize of Architecture Philippe Rotthier 2017

The 11th European Prize of Architecture Philippe Rotthier 2017 in collaboration with CIVA Foundation will award new architecture, urban projects, and developments closely linked to water and its uses. This year's theme for this session is the relationship between Water, architecture and the town.This year's theme could, for example, be the highlighting of existing or new constructions (mills, reservoirs, dockyards, warehouses, engineering works), the creation of new neighbourhoods or improvements in which water is a notable feature, the reopening of urban canals and improvement of quaysides and banks, or exemplary and original projects for recovering and reusing rainwater and runoff water. A special prize will be awarded to one or (...)

Professor Sharon Baurley steps down as Head of Royal College of Art Design Products

WA Contents • September 28, 2016 • 300

Professor Sharon Baurley steps down as Head of Royal College of Art Design Products

Professor Sharon Baurley, Head of the Design Products programme of the Royal College of Art (RCA) steps down from the department after three years. ''Sharon Baurle has always been at the forefront of design education during her tenureship of a programme at the RCA,'' mentioned in post at the university.Professor Baurley started to work with the College in January 2014 and during her three-year leadership, she has applied her design, materials, engineering electronics and computer science experience to redirecting the Design Products (DP) programme towards a real-world agenda around ‘Creativity for Purpose’, building a new team, establishing a network of external partners and experts that expose students to co (...)

Carlo Ratti transforms Germany’s former American military site into a progressive commune life

WA Contents • September 28, 2016 • 307

Carlo Ratti transforms Germany’s former American military site into a progressive commune life

International design and innovation firm Carlo Ratti Associati has unveiled a plan to re-design a former American military village in Germany, transforming it into a 21st-century commune dedicated to the ideals of the sharing economy.

The scenario for the repurposing of Patrick Henry Village, on the outskirts of Heidelberg, aims to establish a center for co-living, co-working and co-making, driven by a vision of cooperation and inclusiveness. Infill communal space

The project was elaborated within the framework of the Internationale Bauausstellung, or IBA, an initiative that, since the early 20th century, has promoted avant-garde architecture ideas in Germany. The newly-started IBA in Heidelberg focuses on the theme of knowle (...)

WA Pro Members get 10% off on WAF 2016 Tickets

WA Contents • September 28, 2016 • 1767

WA Pro Members get 10% off on WAF 2016 Tickets

World Architecture Community, in collaboration with WAF, offers to its Professional Members 10% discounted tickets over regular festival prices during registration! All you have to do is to upgrade your World Architecture Community membership to Professional by visiting your Settings page before October 31, 2016 and send us an email to get your promo code for your WAF registration!

The annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) is taking place this year at the Berlin Arena, between 16-18 November, and World Architecture Community is an official media partner for the event. WAF features keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures, and provides a unique opportunity to sit alongside and to network with the judges of m (...)

Deture Culsign designed a sustainable treehouse suite shaped with bamboo materials in Mexico

WA Contents • September 28, 2016 • 486

Deture Culsign designed a sustainable treehouse suite shaped with bamboo materials in Mexico

Deture Culsign designed a new eco-friendly treehouse suite in Mexico by using bamboo and local materials, which offers a new eco-home for travellers from all around. Located in Playa Icacos, one of the most famous beaches in Southern Mexico, this minimalist but aesthetically designed and functioned modern suite was completed only in 6 months from the initial design of the project.

Stroll the one-mile beach of this 12-key 200 acre eco-resort, and what draws your gaze is an elliptical shaped bamboo wrapped platform hovering somewhere between the canopy of palms above and green shrubbery below. This perch is the beachfront bedroom of the 65 square-meter (700sf) bi-level treehouse suite.

Image © Leonardo Palafox

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Exhibit Columbus presents 2016 Symposium: Foundations and Future, 29 September – 1 October

WA Contents • September 27, 2016 • 298

Exhibit Columbus presents 2016 Symposium: Foundations and Future, 29 September – 1 October

First annual Exhibit Columbus will be held between September 29 through October 1, 2016 in Columbus, Indiana, USA, which is an annual celebration of architecture, art, design and community will build on city’s design history-including the new Miller Prize, and seeks to extend Columbus’s singular legacy honoring the past, while pointing toward the future.

Columbus, Indiana is a small Indiana city with a global reputation for its modernist architecture, art, and landscapes. It is now launching Exhibit Columbus, an ongoing initiative to spark new explorations in architecture, art, design, and community.

With a population of only 45,000 and more than 80 buildings, landscapes, and pieces of public art by internationall (...)

Exclusive Interview: Ayesha Saveri Ghosh on the Columbia GSAPP Visual Resource Collection

berrin chatzi chousein • September 27, 2016 • 741

Exclusive Interview: Ayesha Saveri Ghosh on the Columbia GSAPP Visual Resource Collection

Columbia GSAPP Visual Resource Collection Curator Ayesha Saveri Ghosh describes how the VRC online resource can transform itself into a creative digital tool for students and tells World Architecture Community that this visual collection should not only be seen as a simply-arranged digital library, ''the comprehensive set of images for each project will also hopefully help users to understand them on a deeper level'' as each image details are well-curated and embedded from its original source and ''this allows students to properly cite their sources as well as research further if necessary.''

Ayesha Saveri Ghosh is MArch student at Columbia GSAPP and curator the GSAPP Visual Resources Collectio (...)

This upside down massive metal pavilion is made of recycled steel parts from an old ship by Shinslab

WA Contents • September 27, 2016 • 317

This upside down massive metal pavilion is made of recycled steel parts from an old ship by Shinslab

This giant sculptural pavilion, located at the entrance of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art's (MMCA) courtyard in Seoul, was made of recycled steel parts of an old ship, highlighting recycling purpose to provoke that 'reusing materials' can still be a part of beauty of our time. The pavilion can be visited until October 3, 2016.

Designed by France and Korean based architecture firm Shinslab, Temp’L creates an architectural section of the project is drawn through the process of cutting up the old ship. The Temp’L Pavilion produces an emotional discourse between old and new by attributing new meaning and value through utilitarian process.

Image © Kim Yong-Gwan

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Santiago Calatrava unveils new design for cutting-edge office building in Zurich

WA Contents • September 27, 2016 • 529

Santiago Calatrava unveils new design for cutting-edge office building in Zurich

Spanish/Swiss architect and structural engineer Santiago Calatrava has unveiled new design for office building in Zurich. Commissioned by Swiss insurer AXA, the new office building includes public parking for approximately 1,000 bicycles, and is envisaged to increase connectivity between Calatrava-designed rail station and city.

The project seems as a new chapter of transit-oriented design for the Swiss city. The five-story structure will seamlessly integrate with Stadelhofen Station, the Calatrava-designed transit hub and city landmark, and will increase connectivity throughout the metro area.

''This 21st century office building in the heart of Zurich interplays with the area’s streetscape and adds to its vib (...)

Javier Senosiain’s Amoeba House supported on three legs and painted with gold+copper patina

WA Contents • September 26, 2016 • 328

Javier Senosiain’s Amoeba House supported on three legs and painted with gold+copper patina

Organically-designed private residence in Sao Paulo is swaying on the skirts of Itú, which is an old and historic municipality in the state of São Paulo. Amoeba House is one of the most significant works of Javier Senosiain who is a Mexican architect and celebrated as a key exponent and explorer of so-called organic architecture.

Completed in 2012, the private dwelling complex was designed with a golf course surrounded by the lush vegetation of the area and located at just 120 kilometers away from the city of San Paulo. The land is privileged since it faces to the fairway and has the ideal orientation to the north.

Moreover, some of the requirements of this site are that all buildings should be located as islan (...)

Centre Pompidou celebrates its 40th anniversary with exhibitions and events across 40 French towns

WA Contents • September 26, 2016 • 413

Centre Pompidou celebrates its 40th anniversary with exhibitions and events across 40 French towns

The Pompidou Center celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017 throughout France. To share this celebration with the greatest number, it offers a new program of 50 exhibitions, demonstrations comprised of 15 shows, concerts and performances and events throughout the year.

Exhibitions, shows, concerts and events are presented in 40 French cities, in partnership with a museum, a contemporary art center, a performance stage, a festival, an actor of French cultural and artistic fabric. From late 2016 to early 2018, in forty cities, Grenoble, Lille, via Le Francois, Martinique, Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, Chambord, Cajarc or Nice, an event of a night in an exhibition of six months, proposals combining exhibitions, concerts, theater and dance per (...)