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Exclusive Interview with Iranian Aga Khan Award Winners Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi

Javad Eiraji • Aug 20, 2018 • 589

Exclusive Interview with Iranian Aga Khan Award Winners Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi

Due to complete the new project "Contemporary Architecture of Iran After Islamic Revolution" by World Architecture Community Country Reporter Dr. Javad Eiraji and according to the research theory of the book, 30 top contemporary buildings of this period and 30 top contemporary architects of this country have been selected as research case studies.

The main goal of the project is to look for the position of meaning in contemporary architecture of Iran and because of these factors and theories the case studies have been selected and by each interview we will come to the main bases and design process of contemporary architecture of Iran.

The summary of the mentioned interviews will be shared and published by the World Architectur (...)

Nina Maritz Architects completes shipwreck-themed timber cabins for travelers in Namibia

WA Contents • Aug 20, 2018 • 481

Nina Maritz Architects completes shipwreck-themed timber cabins for travelers in Namibia

Namibian architecture firm Nina Maritz Architects has completed new shipwreck-themed timber cabins on the beach in the Skeleton Coast National Park of Namibia for travelers and tourists as a new destination.

The studio assembled the wooden cabins on site from pre-manufactured panels to reduce construction footprint in sensitive desert environment.

The Shipwreck Lodges are located only 45 km away from Möwe Bay. The 10 shipwreck-shaped chalets are nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean where the cold Benguela current provides guests with a refreshing breeze.

Image © Denzel Bezuidenhoudt

The luxury cabins, now can be booked on Shipwreck Lodge Namibia, are prepared according to needs (...)

New drone video shows Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee Museum almost complete in Scotland

WA Contents • Aug 20, 2018 • 978

New drone video shows Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee Museum almost complete in Scotland

New images and drone video have been released for Kengo Kuma-designed V&A Dundee Museum, as the building is almost complete and set to open on September 15, 2018 in Dundee.

The V&A Dundee Museum announced that the opening of the museum will mark Scotland with a free two-day festival of design, music and performance on Friday 14 September and Saturday 15 September.

Video courtesy of V&A Dundee

The name of the building pays homage to Dundee, design and the city’s spirit of discovery. The festival will take place against the backdrop of the of the new V&A Dundee building in the city’s waterfront park, Slessor Gardens.

The V&A Dundee will be Scotland’s first national museum of d (...)

Architectural Short Story Writing Competition Series, India

Pappal Suneja • Aug 20, 2018 • 513

Architectural Short Story Writing Competition Series, India

Architectural Short Story Writing Competition Series is the fourth Initiative of Architectural Journalism Organization to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and to write about Architectural Journey and Experience in a fictional perspective. (Word Limit for the story shall be 500-2000 words).

Themes for Series 1 and 2 are as follows:

Series 1.0: "Architectural Travelogue"

During travel, it is innate to meet people native to a place. Who could be better to know a place, the virtues and the demerits of a place than the people who inhabit it?! There is a vast amount of knowledge that can be extracted from those people itself, about the comforts and discomforts that the place has (...)

APROP temporary homes: Barcelona’s response to gentrification

Jeancyn Alforque • Aug 20, 2018 • 429

APROP temporary homes: Barcelona’s response to gentrification

Access to safe, secure, habitable and affordable home, free from forced eviction is a fundamental human right. However, in the midst of economic obstacles such as unemployment and job insecurity alongside factors that put upward stress on commodity prices including rent, this fundamental right deems a challenge. In addition, as cities continue to grow, the demand for housing grow similarly. With this trend, it has become more difficult to secure access to housing. Consequently, those who are unable to do so are pushed away by higher income households or by outsiders, increasing the risks of gentrification and exclusion. Currently, Barcelona has a social rental housing (HPO) stock of about 70,000 flats or approximately 10% of the total housi (...)

Architectural Poem Writing Competition Announces Winning Verses for Series 1 & 2 In India

Pappal Suneja • Aug 20, 2018 • 1139

Architectural Poem Writing Competition Announces Winning Verses for Series 1 & 2 In India

Architectural Poem Writing Competition, India: Series 1 was themed as "An Architect’s Life"

Concept brief was described in the competition as: “Touching infinity is indeed the travesty of nature. That our minds have such ability has made architects reach this point. Skyscrapers seem touching the sky; architecture has been brought to such a level, and we have to take it higher than this. This evolution is the result of our needs and wants. Art is huge while time is short. We have brought ourselves to this level, and we still have to raise our levels and build many more structures that are not only beautiful but also provide utmost comfort to its inhabitants without compromising the respect for Mother Nature”.

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Kapsimalis Architects completes cave-like summer residence on the outskirts of Pyrgos

WA Contents • Aug 17, 2018 • 1123

Kapsimalis Architects completes cave-like summer residence on the outskirts of Pyrgos

Santorini-based architecture firm Kapsimalis Architects has completed a cave-like summer residence on the outskirts of the traditional village of Pyrgos in Santorini.

Situated on a gentle sloping plot surrounded by vineyards, the multipartite residence overlooks the southwest part of the island and the Aegean sea.

Called House in Pyrgos, the 300-square-metre house is derived from the subtraction of mass so that they can gat a conceivable solid form.

The house is seemingly designed as one volume, but the structure is divided into different small volumes that function as a different program. Thus, it formed a solid and rocky appearance, pretending like an old monolithic house obtained from the existing landscape.
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Justice Stephen Breyer named as new Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury

WA Contents • Aug 17, 2018 • 674

Justice Stephen Breyer named as new Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury

Justice Stephen Breyer has been named as the new Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury, following the retirement of the most recent Chair, Glenn Murcutt, announced by Tom Pritzker, the current president of The Hyatt Foundation.

Breyer will lead a seven-member jury panel for this prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, the prize is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor and this year will mark the 41st year of the accolade.

Despite not being a graduate of architecture, Stephen Breyer become an important figure in advising in the design and construction industry, with Judge Douglas Woodlock.

He worked closely with Harry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the firm behind the project the Jo (...)

WAF's Inaugural Water Research Prize goes to students from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru

WA Contents • Aug 17, 2018 • 689

WAF's Inaugural Water Research Prize goes to students from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru

World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the 2018 winner of its inaugural Water Research Prize, an innovative, community led water management system, designed by a team of students from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) which captures, stores, and treats rainwater and inserts it into pre-existing water networks.

The winner will receive a £10,000 prize from Grohe, the world's leading supplier of sanitary fittings, to support further research. The PUCP team beat a shortlist of 12 projects drawn from over 60 entries who were assessed by a panel of experts including Judge Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands.

Each entrant was asked to identify a new cha (...)

PLANE—SITE releases video interviews with curators of French, German, US and Nordic Pavilions

WA Contents • Aug 17, 2018 • 562

PLANE—SITE releases video interviews with curators of French, German, US and Nordic Pavilions

PLANE—SITE, a global video channel agency, has released exclusive videos with curators of the US, French, Nordic and German Pavilions for those who have not visited yet at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by the Irish duo Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara under the title of Freespace.

Developed in collaboration with archipinion, four video-interviews, exploring the major pavilions, have been unveiled as mini-series in order to capture the essence of the pavilion and their themes with the curators.

At the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, the US Pavilion explores "Dimensions Of Citizenship", while the French Pavilion investigating "Infinity Places" to emphasise the inventive processes that genera (...)