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ADEPT envisions Largest Urban Development in Budapest for 30 years

WA Contents • January 20, 2017 • 93

ADEPT envisions Largest Urban Development in Budapest for 30 years

The local municipal authorities recently approved the ambitious design for the 'Budapart' neighbourhood, the largest singular urban development in Budapest for almost 30 years.

ADEPT won the commission to design the new urban area with a masterplan based on a distorted grid structure with references to both historic and modern parts of the city. Construction of the first buildings have already started in the 43 ha mixed-use neighbourhood, where built property will count approximately 600,000 square-meters.

Overview. Image © ADEPT

Located on the bank of the Danube River, the ’Budapart’ masterplan aims to create a green and human scaled neighbourhood rather than just another new modern developm (...)

Z4Z4’s Tobogan House creates cinematic diversity of domestic life with white circular steel boxes

WA Contents • January 19, 2017 • 267

Z4Z4’s Tobogan House creates cinematic diversity of domestic life with white circular steel boxes

A group of jointing steel boxes search for new ways of living for domestic life by creating diversity, material articulation and new generic on the southern slope of Aravaca, Spain designed by Spanish architecture firm Z4Z4.

''A family was looking for a new home able to represent their trips around the globe, their desire to live in a garden and to embody the cinematic diversity of domestic life. The result is the design of two different houses on the same plot,'' said the architects.

The Tobogan House is a generic three-storey house on a southern slope. The project juxtaposes two houses and a void that houses a car park, an entrance and two staircases, working as a thermal regulator and constructing a tra (...)

Farshid Moussavi will curate Architecture Gallery of RA’s Summer Exhibition

WA Contents • January 19, 2017 • 389

Farshid Moussavi will curate Architecture Gallery of RA’s Summer Exhibition

Architect and Professor Farshid Moussavi, founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA), will the Architecture Gallery of Royal Academy of Arts' Summer Exhibition, which will be held between 13 June-20 August 2017 at the Main Galleries, Burlington House, London.

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition, held since 1979, is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.

The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually, with 12,000 entries received in the 2016 show. Farshid M (...)

X+Living completes Zhongshuge book store made of zebra crossings and white circular tubes

WA Contents • January 19, 2017 • 414

X+Living  completes Zhongshuge book store made of zebra crossings and white circular tubes

Chinese design firm X+Living has completed its new book store in Shanghai, made of zebra crossings and white circular tubes -embedded onto walls to showcase books in an elegant way.

Zhongshuge books store is located at the end of the 4th floor of Réel Mall which takes place at such a street corner filled with traveling and short stay-is located at the centre of Shanghai - Jing’an district.

''Background of a busy city is always the randomly standing neon lights. Hurried pedestrians cross the street from one side to the other, from one block to another block by passing through the street. When viewing from above, you could see people come and go, the streets are crowded with pedestrians and vehicles, only (...)

Architects react to President-elect Trump on Climate Change in an open letter

WA Contents • January 19, 2017 • 1506

Architects react to President-elect Trump on Climate Change in an open letter

American Architects make an urgent call for President-elect Donald Trump to take an immediate action on climate change in an open letter, signed by more than 250 American International Architecture firms on Monday.

Released by the Architects Advocate, Deborah Berke Partners, Snøhetta, Brooks + Scarpa, Circle West Architects and Fletcher Studio are among the signers to the open letter, which reminds architects' deep commitment to 'creating healthy, productive, and safe communities for all.'

In the letter, 229 Architecture firms, 24 Landscape Architecture firms, 21 Design + Consulting Industry Firms and 2 Organizations request some major points; the first is investment in renewable energy sources, the secon (...)

Snøhetta adds a soaring mirrored- cabin to Treehotel in Sweden

WA Contents • January 18, 2017 • 596

Snøhetta adds a soaring mirrored- cabin to Treehotel in Sweden

Snøhetta has completed its 7th room -a soaring mirrored-cabin in the tall pine forest of Northern Sweden, where the tricolored tree trunks stretch up to the soaring crowns, a new addition to the renowned Treehotel has opened.

Hovering ten meters above the ground within the tree canopy, the Snøhetta-designed 7th room provides its guests with a breathtaking view of the Lapland treetops and the Lule River. With focus on the surrounding nature, the design features large windows, a netted terrace suspended above the forest floor, and a tree stretching up through the cabin. The boundaries between indoors and outdoors are blurred, making the cabin part of the forest.

The 7th room experience begins when approaching the (...)

Awards season opened: What do architecture awards mean for architects?

WA Contents • January 18, 2017 • 335

Awards season opened: What do architecture awards mean for architects?

In this fascinating piece, Ben Willis from Common Edge highlights very intrinsic values of Architecture Awards that the architectural juries need to point out in details. Willis' piece proposes a concrete framework of evaluation of the Architecture Awards, focusing on their scope and real purpose-beyond the building's aesthetic discourse and mostly being 'celebrity architects' in the global media via many Awards.

Awards season is here: the Oscars, the Grammys, the Golden Globes. Unlike the entertainment industry, architecture awards have a very nebulous timeframe, appearing in a consistently intermittent fashion, like rain showers in the Pacific Northwest. The AIA awards, the RIBA prizes, the Pritzker, the Driehau (...)

MIPIM unveils its main theme for 2017

WA Contents • January 18, 2017 • 388

MIPIM unveils its main theme for 2017

MIPIM, the world's leading property market, has unveiled its main theme for 2017 and the world's real estate market will discuss 'A New Deal for Real Estate' between 14-17 March, 2017 at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.

The Real Estate New Deal will basically focus on the major issue and will ask: how will the real estate generate new sources of growth?. But, what does it mean for the real estate market?

The theme is developed to address the impact of the geo-political and economic challenges facing the real estate industry and create new sources of growth, and stakeholders need to adapt and rethink their strategies by collaborating with new players and creating new forms of business. MIPIM confere (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils ZHA’s competition entry for Berlin’s Nationalgalerie extension

WA Contents • January 18, 2017 • 506

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils ZHA’s competition entry for Berlin’s Nationalgalerie extension

A competition for the Neue Nationalgalerie-Museum of the 20th Century at the Berlin Cultural Forum ended up in late October 2016 and Herzog&de Meuron won the competition to design the Museum of the 20th Century at the Berlin's Kulturforum. Zaha Hadid Architects was one of the participants of the competition and ZHA has unveiled its design proposal to the public, suggesting rib patterning in a coherent geometric structural detailing.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ proposal for the new Museum of 20th Century Art in Berlin addresses the importance of such a prestigious site by recognizing the distinct features of its existing surrounding context. The proposal achieves an architectural expression that creates a coherent dialogue (...)

AIA Honor Awards 2017 recognize excellence in architecture, interior, and regional&urban design

WA Contents • January 18, 2017 • 3404

AIA Honor Awards 2017 recognize excellence in architecture, interior, and regional&urban design

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2017 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from roughly 700 submissions, 23 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architect 2017 in Orlando.The 2017 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture jury includes: Mark Reddington, FAIA (Chair), LMN Architects; Gregory P. Baker, AIA, HNTB Architecture; David Cordaro, AIAS Representative; Leslie K. Elkins, FAIA, Leslie K. Elkins Architect; Timothy J. Johnson, AIA, NBBJ; William Q. Sabatini, FAIA, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini; Adrian D. Smith, FAIA, Adrian Smi (...)

Herzog & de Meuron’s grid-geared Feltrinelli Porta Volta opened in Milan

berrin chatzi chousein • January 17, 2017 • 287

Herzog & de Meuron’s grid-geared Feltrinelli Porta Volta opened in Milan

A geared looking form, numerous grided glazing facade rises between Milan's historic buildings with an elongated and figurative roof, which can bee seen as a very modern intervention in the city's Porta Volta district. Designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the new office building, encompassing 15,797 square-metre total site area, stretches out at site like a sharp knife both horizontal level and vertical level.

Named Feltrinelli Porta Volta, the building includes offices, cafeteria, book store, reading room and underground archive offered by the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli -a foundation created a particular space to researchers and interested public to study documents from the historical collection.

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World Architecture Community is looking for Country Editors for 2017

berrin chatzi chousein • January 17, 2017 • 1146

World Architecture Community is looking for Country Editors for 2017

We are delighted and very excited to announce the Country Editors/Reporters Program World Architecture Community launched as of 2017. We are actively seeking fellow community members from all around the World, to volounteer as the face of their country on World Architecture Community while being the voice of World Architecture Community in their country.

The idea is very simple: we call for volunteer community members to join the World Architecture Community’s news team. By enrolling these community members scattered around the globe and interested in sharing their countries’ architecture news, we are now expanding our ability to share exclusive and local news, which we trust will be a great addition and benefit to our Co (...)

Atelier Alter converts old storage space into a stone archive using thousands of 10cm stone cubes

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 583

Atelier Alter converts old storage space into a stone archive using thousands of 10cm stone cubes

China-based architecture firm Atelier Alter has completed new stone archive in Beijing, made of thousands of 10cm stone cubes on the façade- cut directly from left over dimension stones in the quarry. Conceived as a rehabilitation project, the studio converts an old storage space into a stone archive to showcase the diversities of stone craft and to create a space for architects to contemplate their designs with stone.

As the most primitive construction material, stone comes with dignity and authenticity. However, as construction becomes more and more visually dominated, stones are crafted to be light and polished.

''The spirit within stones seems to be lost, as stones are gradually substituted by other super (...)

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara named as Curators of Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 376

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara named as Curators of Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

The Board of Venice Architecture Biennale has announced that Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have been named as Curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in 2018.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, co-founders of Grafton Architects, work and live in Dublin, where they graduated from the School of Architecture of University College. The famous team founded Grafton Architects in 1977 and the audio is famous for their University Buildings across the world including Universita Luigi Bocconi, School of Economics in Milan, Italy, University Campus UTEC Lima, Peru, Université Toulouse, School of Economics in Toulouse, France 1 Capitole, Kingston University London Town House, London.The firm were represented at (...)

Bloom Design converts an old flat into heart of fashion and design for Blue Space Office

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 339

Bloom Design converts an old flat into heart of fashion and design for Blue Space Office

Bloom Design converts an old storey into a new office for Blue Space Office-is a leading fashion brand planning agency in China. Bloom Design creates fashion of simplicity in the interior by using sliding partition walls, open working space and keeping original structure to make a delightful contrast.

The design studio hides the trade area of Blue Space in the central part of Tianhe District of Guangzhou. Bloom Design's design philosophy is shaped by freedom, openness and simplicity for Blue Space. When Bloom Design is commissioned to do the design for this old space, it decides not to cater for popular aesthetics but to look at how to make a difference and how to shape the temperament of fashion of Blue Space.

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h2O competition winners establish symbiotic relationship with water

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 537

h2O competition winners establish symbiotic relationship with water

24H, competition branch of ideasforward, has released 10 winners of the h2O competition which sets an organic relationship with water, climate change and space for the future of next civilizations. Ten-winning proposals were selected from Poland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Russia. 24H celebrates its 14th edition in this competition, which changes its theme in each edition.24H competition is a space where the time limit is used to stimulate your creativity. This competition proposed to give alternative and radical responses in 24H to the social problems, climate changes, humanitarian causes and sociologic problems of the contemporary societies. ''Commitment, perseverance, inspiration and hard work are the necessary bases to develo (...)

Yueqi Jazzy Li photographs Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 830

Yueqi Jazzy Li photographs Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre

Architecture photographer Yueqi Jazzy Li has documented Tadao Ando's latest work Shanghai's Poly Grand Theatre in Jiading district with a series of summer day images, capturing sleeping people, playing kids and natural visitors walking around the theatre.

Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the building is composed of a theatre and a tower, the complex creates a sense of serenity while also achieving a level of theatrical playfulness. Using his signature in-situ concrete, Ando creates a theatre building that offers a number of surprising spatial moments as the rectangular volume is intersected by cylindrical tunnels.

New York-based architect and photographer Yueqi Jazzy Li spent a summer day by walking around (...)

Zaha Hadid leaves £70 Million fortune

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 850

Zaha Hadid leaves £70 Million fortune

Zaha Hadid's asset is severely in the spotlight after her death in March 2016 - the late architect Zaha Hadid has left over £70.8 million estate and Patrik Schumacher, her former deputy, received £500,000 lump sum-the only non-family member named in the will.

British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid's fortune details have been obtained from the documents, released by The Architects' Journal and according to the journal, the majority of Hadid's estate is divided into her four executors, which includes also Patrik Schumacher. The four executors in the list, alongside Schumacher, include Hadid's niece Rana Hadid, artist Brian Clarke and property developer and Peter Palumbo, former Serpentine Gallery Chairm (...)

Architecture Foundation launched the first pan-London architecture schools database

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 301

Architecture Foundation launched the first pan-London architecture schools database

Architecture Foundation (AF) has launched the first pan-London architecture schools database, featuring 11 schools, 88 studios with 1 searchable website. The Architecture Foundation has just launched the first comprehensive survey of Part 2 architectural design teaching in London.The site aggregates all 88 MArch and Diploma studios from London's eleven architecture schools into a single searchable database. The AF has developed this free resource with the aim of opening up lines of communication between students and tutors exploring similar fields of research in different universities. The 88 studio descriptions are tagged with keywords relating to the topics being investigated and the places where projects are being developed. A stude (...)

Tristram Hunt named as new Director of the V&A

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 421

Tristram Hunt named as new Director of the V&A

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as New Director of the V&A. Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education.

A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Victorian urban history. He is the author of several books, including The English Civil War: At First Hand, and most recently Ten Cities That Made An Empire. A regular history broadcaster on BBC and Channel 4, Tristram has made more than a dozen series on subjects including Elgar and Empire, Isaac Newton and the English Civil War.Tristram lect (...)