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Call for applications to Norman Foster Foundation's Robotics Atelier in Madrid

WA Contents • Aug 23, 2019 • 2051

Call for applications to Norman Foster Foundation's Robotics Atelier in Madrid

The Norman Foster Foundation has announced the open call for submissions to award ten scholarships for students to take part in the third edition of the Norman Foster Foundation Robotics Atelier, with the support of the Rolex Institute. Application deadline is September 8, 2019, 24:00 CEST (Madrid time).

How will robots influence the future of design processes and the built environment?The Robotics Atelier 2019 will take place in Madrid, Spain, from 4 – 8 November 2019. As usual, the Atelier will gather a team of ten granted scholars drawn from diverse backgrounds of architecture, arts and humanities, computational design and digital fabrication that will explore new opportunities combining emerging technologies and experiment (...)

JKMM Architects brings black wooden sauna pavilion to Burning Man Festival 2019

WA Contents • Aug 23, 2019 • 785

JKMM Architects brings black wooden sauna pavilion to Burning Man Festival 2019

Helsinki-based architecture firm JKMM Architects has designed a circular sauna pavilion to be installed at the 2019 Burning Man Festival which will kick off from the 25th of August till the 2nd of September.

The architects will bring a traditional Finnish ritual into the Nevada Desert - the more heat and sweating will connect people with detoxing and cooling over a shared experience.

The festival is held once a year and brings tens of thousands of people together in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all new installations are placed and fired by designers at the end of the festival. (...)

Mariana Pestana named as curator of Istanbul Design Biennial 2020

WA Contents • Aug 23, 2019 • 784

Mariana Pestana named as curator of Istanbul Design Biennial 2020

London-based, Portuguese architect and curator Mariana Pestana has been named as the curator of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial, which will be held between 26 September – 8 November 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Biennial has been taking place since 2012, aiming to bring together a diverse cross section of design ideas once every two years, exploring a wide range of fields concerning design.

The 5th edition of Istanbul Design Biennial will be curated by Mariana Pestana, who is the third woman architect curating the Istanbul Design Biennial, after Beatriz Colomina with Mark Wigley for the 3rd edition of Istanbul Design Biennial and Zoë Ryan for the 2nd (...)

Continuation Studio converts old farmhouse into a boutique hotel dressed with ancient wood

WA Contents • Aug 23, 2019 • 928

Continuation Studio converts old farmhouse into a boutique hotel dressed with ancient wood

Chinese architecture firm Continuation Studio has converted an old farmhouse into a boutique hotel in Taihuyuan, Lin'an, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Called Yule Mountain Resort, the 1,100-square-metre hotel offers a serene atmosphere in a lush green among the forest.

Yule Mountain Resort is located by Taihuyuan Creek, surrounded by a provincial highway and mountain slopes. The site is nearly 3 metres higher than the highway, where direct access to the site is available through a set of steps.

Several wooden corridors are laid along in-between. The main building on the site was formerly of 4-storey and antique style with 30 rooms. The owner hoped to reduce the amount of rooms and enhance the spatial experience for guests&r (...)

WARchitect built a borderless wooden residence on rooftop in Bangkok

WA Contents • Aug 23, 2019 • 826

WARchitect built a borderless wooden residence on rooftop in Bangkok

A borderless wooden residence is placed atop of a five-storey apartment in Bangkok, Thailand to create a unique place overlooking the cityscape. Designed by WARchitect, the new residence, named The Skyscape, is located in Jatujak district of Bangkok and presents a private atmosphere featuring only front facade.

In the past, the rooftop was only used to keep water tanks, leaving a lot of empty space. The owner, therefore, wished to build a small house there for his own use. The rooftop location is an interestingly unique context that sets this project apart from other housing designs. Instead of a normal ground, this house has a concrete courtyard.

Trees are replaced with vertical lines of tall buildings in the Lat Phrao distr (...)

Heatherwick Studio unveils design for "a planted wavy pergola" in central Tokyo

WA Contents • Aug 23, 2019 • 1548

Heatherwick Studio unveils design for

Heatherwick Studio has unveiled plans for a new mixed-use development in Tokyo, Japan, which aims to create "a city-within-a-city full of greenery" in the Toranomon-Azabudai district. The project will Heatherwick Studio's first project to be built in Japan.

Commissioned by Mori Building Company, Heatherwick Studio will create a new public realm and many low-rise structures, landscaping and retail within the Minato ward of Tokyo - which will encompass a total of 6,000-square-metre area. Construction has already begun on site and is expected to complete in March 2023.

The overall design program will include offices, residences, a hotel, an international school, retail shops, restaurants and cultural facilities which will b (...)

Development of old historic districts of Cairo goes inline with the administrative capital

Asmaa Kamaly • Aug 23, 2019 • 210

Development of old historic districts of Cairo goes inline with the administrative capital

A development plan for Cairo is currently in the making, said Egyptian prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, according to Egypt Independent. The plan tackles specially areas like sur al Azbakiya, Khedive Cairo, Islamic Cairo, the Nile Corniche besides the ancient aqueduct to revitalize the old grand image of Cairo as soon as possible.

Madbouly stated that the relocation to the new administrative capital intends not to relocate the capital of Egypt and Cairo will still exist, however all the administrative work and state apparatus will be relocated to the new capital.

He further discerned that the strategic new administrative capital is expected to minimize the load on Cairo itself and offer a great prospect accordingly to validate (...)

Heliopolis district in Cairo to be an open museums

Asmaa Kamaly • Aug 23, 2019 • 223

Heliopolis district in Cairo to be an open museums

A collaboration between Cairo Heritage Preservation General Administration and Heliopolis district was made by Riham Arram, general manager of Cairo Heritage Preservation General Administration to renovate the facades of heritage buildings with schemes to convert numerous buildings into open museums.

There are around 700 heritage buildings within Heliopolis. A project will add a significant value to the district itself, Brigadier Ahmed Anwar, President of Heliopolis referred to the importance of the project. He added that the real renovation challenge is the inappropriate appearance of the buildings surrounded by some of the restored buildings.

Heliopolis, the Baron Palace. Image via Wikipedia

Additionally, Anwar mentio (...)

MAT Office designed "big toy-like" flexible pavilion with forest-like pillars in Suzhou, China

WA Contents • Aug 22, 2019 • 500

MAT Office designed

Beijing-based architecture practice MAT Office built a pavilion by using and reorganizing the basic elements of traditional architecture through a contemporary, artistic design approach.

The pavilion aims to trigger the possibility of rethinking the connection between "tradition and the future" in Taohuawu, Gusu District, Suzhou, China.

Called Beyond the Wind Pavilion, the 160-square-metre temporary pavilion was built for the 2018 Suzhou International Design Week which was held in Gusu district. MAT team was commissioned to design a pavilion for this event, as one of the most important public space in the design week. The pavilion undertakes information release, cultural salon and other public activities during the design wee (...)

The Museum of Ice Cream opens its first permanent location in New York

WA Contents • Aug 22, 2019 • 994

The Museum of Ice Cream opens its first permanent location in New York

The Museum of Ice Cream (MIC) will open its first permanent location in New York, after it launched its first location in San Francisco in 2016. The Museum of Ice Cream, founded by Manish Vora and Maryellis Bunn, is an experience-first brand fueled by the power of imagination and connection. The MIC was launched with its parent company Figure8. According to a press release, Figure8 raised a $40 million series a round of funding last week, and the MIC has acquired a site to open its first permanent location in New York, reported the Fast Company in an exclusive interview with the founders. The Museum of Ice Cream has also extended to a retail collection at Target, a makeup collaboration with Sephora, and, yes, actual ice cream, according to (...)