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Lebanese Architect Awards announced- 10 prizes awarded in the presence of the UIA

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 478

Lebanese Architect Awards announced- 10 prizes awarded in the presence of the UIA

Lebanese Architect Awards announced in Beyrouth, 10 prizes awarded in the presence of the International Union of Architects (UIA). UIA Treasurer Fabian Llisterri and former (2011-2014) UIA Secretary General Michel Barmaki were present at the Biel Exhibition Center in Beirut for the opening of the Lebanese Architect Awards Festival on Thursday 16 February 2017.

Mr. Barmaki represented the UIA on the 9-member jury that examined 36 internationally celebrated projects created over the past 10 years by Lebanese architecture firms based both in Lebanon and abroad.The Festival was a truly cosmopolitan event, a celebration of Lebanese achievement in the field of architecture throughout the world. Organized as a platform for the exchange of (...)

’’A Legacy of Mies and King’’ screening in Washington DC with Q&A Mecanoo’s Francine Houben

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 167

’’A Legacy of Mies and King’’ screening in Washington DC with Q&A Mecanoo’s Francine Houben

Mecanoo has announced that this documentary film ''A Legacy of Mies and King'' will have it US premiere screening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday March 1, 2017. The film deals with the modernisation of Washington DC’s central library, which was designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and named after Martin Luther King, Jr.The film follows architect Francine Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library of the future. Francine delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library, and participates in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk. During her quest, both the (...)

Join Stadslab’s new Masterclass: Tbilisi Courtyards

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 155

Join Stadslab’s new Masterclass: Tbilisi Courtyards

The next Stadslab Masterclass (May 17-21, 2017) will be in Tbilisi, capital city of Georgia. Application deadline is April 1.The 4 day program - co-organized by the Tbilisi Urban Experiments Group - will focus on the typical courtyards that can be found in the city. These intimate semi-public spaces were originally planned as urban gardens, but have been densified over the years. The houses in the courtyards are often still the wooden architecture, typical for the southern Caucasian Region, but most are in a degraded condition. These micro-neighborhoods are very interesting in terms of their social role. The Master Class wil aim to develop strategies for social and spatial design to rejuvenate these courtyards and rethink their role in the (...)

Dominique Perrault renovated Paris’ prismatic towers with crystallized facades

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 258

Dominique Perrault renovated Paris’ prismatic towers with crystallized facades

Dominique Perrault Architecture renovated and extended Paris' modernist prismatic towers with crystallized facades, creating new urban morphology in the centre of Paris.

The Pont de Sèvres Towers, renamed after the renovation as Citylights, were originally built in 1975 by architects Badani and Roux-Dorlut. The prism-shaped towers represented the era’s architectural modernity, they stood high and dense in the midst of a barren urban territory.

Image © Andre Morin/ Dominique Perrault Architecture /ADAGPDominique Perrault Architecture turned the sense of ''isolation'' into an asset by re-structuring and extending these towers to elevate their socio-economic values in an urban level. < (...)

Kengo Kuma converts old Chinese building into an office and cafe’s place

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 428

Kengo Kuma converts old Chinese building into an office and cafe’s place

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's studio Kengo Kuma & Associates has converted old Chinese traditional building into an office and cafe’s place with extruded aluminium screen.

Named Beijing Qianmen, the site is located in a walking distance of 5 minutes from Beijing’s landmarks, close to Tian’anmen Square and Chang’an Avenue.

Kuma's studio renovated the building by adding mixed programs in this historic area called Qianmen East. It used to be a district in which classical Qing/Ming-styled courtyard houses concentrated. However, with the explosive growth of population in big cities, these houses began to be occupied by people who were strangers to each other.

The historical Siheyuan (...)

AIA officially shares its ’’deep concerns’’ on Trump’s travel restrictions

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 274

AIA officially shares its ’’deep concerns’’ on Trump’s travel restrictions

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has expressed its ''deep concerns'' on Donald Trump's 'unfair' travel ban for disrupting ''fairness and equity'' and creating ''profoundly negative business impact'' on construction industry -which may affect not only ''specific countries or regions'' but broad factors, including religion, states the AIA.

Regarding to Trump's travel restrictions, the AIA has declared its own 7 principles on immigration to promote free movement, plus to show the statistics of collaboration with foreign countries for the construction industry, recorded so far.

''Beyond the essential consideratio (...)

RMJM adds new vertical village to Istanbul skyline highlighted with black-framed fragmented facade

WA Contents • February 22, 2017 • 766

RMJM adds new vertical village to Istanbul skyline highlighted with black-framed fragmented facade

RMJM Istanbul designs a new high-rise development with black-framed fragmented facade in Istanbul, responding to the city's challenging context-and the new tower sets a new standard of living in the area and merges the site with its urban surroundings. Named G Tower, the 3rd of an existing 2-tower development, G-Tower’s masterplan draws inspiration and addresses the unique context and culture of modern Istanbul.

The development includes residential quarters, common areas and amenities, retail spaces, a ballroom/conference hall, kindergarten, offices and subterranean parking. The project is developed by Mar Yapi.

Encompassing a total of 70,000 square-metre area, the new high-rise is conceived as an urban 'vert (...)

Socially minded architect Francis Kéré to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017

WA Contents • February 21, 2017 • 678

Socially minded architect Francis Kéré to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017

Award-winning and socially minded architect Francis Kéré from Gando, Burkino Faso commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 -selected for responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure inspired by a tree, which brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, Designed by Francis Kéré, Design Render. Interior © Kéré Architecture

Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission (...)

A louver-clad living unit placed atop recessed box in Lebanese house by Nabil Gholam Architects

WA Contents • February 21, 2017 • 797

A louver-clad living unit placed atop recessed box in Lebanese house by Nabil Gholam Architects

This dramatic Lebanese private residence by nabil gholam architects presents variations of materiality of architecture to unfold ''a processional transition from the busy outer world to the serenity of the main garden'' with its views of the mountains beyond.

Named Ay House, located in Yarze, Lebanon, the louver-clad living unit is placed atop recessed horizontal box covered by basalt -which differentiate units from each other.

A 2-story building, encompassing 2,500 square-metre area with basement floor, was designed to overcome family needs and contains a series of bedrooms, bathrooms and family spaces that cantilever over the level below.

Due to the proximity of a road and to maximize the garden (...)

MoMA PS1 2017 YAP winner Jenny Sabin designs knitted fabric made of recycled textiles

WA Contents • February 21, 2017 • 619

MoMA PS1 2017 YAP winner Jenny Sabin designs knitted fabric made of recycled textiles

Ithaca-based architecture design practice Jenny Sabin Studio has been named as the winner of the MoMA PS1 2017 Young Architects Program (YAP) with her robotically knitted fabric, made of recycled textiles, photo-luminescent and solar active yarns. Celebrating its 18th edition this year, the winning design by Jenny E. Sabin will be on view from June 29, 2017 at MoMA PS1 during the summer 2017.

Jenny Sabin selected among this year’s finalists including Ania Jaworska (Chicago), Bureau Spectacular (Los Angeles), Office of III (New York), and SCHAUM/SHIEH (New York).

Video by MoMA

Named Lumen, the architect calls the structure as ''feminine'', Lumen is knitted light, bathing visitors in a responsiv (...)

The Free School of Architecture to re-open applications for 2017

WA Contents • February 21, 2017 • 253

The Free School of Architecture to re-open applications for 2017

Due to an overwhelming number of requests, the Free School of Architecture (FSA) will introduce a stand-by application process for its inaugural 2017 class. Currently FSA anticipates sitting up to 36 students in June and July of this year.

Up to 12 more new spots at the school may be opened up if the Free School of Architecture can confirm a larger venue for classes.

The standby list application process will be announced on March 1st at 12 noon PST via the FSA Website and a Press Release. Stand-by applications will be due on March 30th, 1 month after the initial class of 36 students is announced.

Successful applicants will be contacted 1 week in advance of the announcement to confirm attendance.

The standby appli (...)

24H announced 16th edition of competition: raWar

WA Contents • February 21, 2017 • 385

24H announced 16th edition of competition: raWar

24H, a competition branch of ideas forward, has called for new ideas about its themed-based international competition, titled 'raWar'. The international competition invites all architects, designers, and creative thinkers to develop a new discourse about more radical stories derived from its nature, history and customs. The competition will select 3 winners and 7 Honorable Mentions.

Ideasforward are an experimental platform seeking progressive ideas that reflect on emerging themes. The eco design, sustainable architecture, new materials, concepts and technologies are compelling issues in the societies of the future and the involvement of the whole community is imperative.In an globalization era, where communication was dom (...)

A closer look at New York’s infrastructural systems with this book by Terreform UR

WA Contents • February 21, 2017 • 393

A closer look at New York’s infrastructural systems with this book by Terreform UR

Waterproofing New York was published by Urban Research (UR), the imprint of Terreform, directed by Michael Sorkin. The book investigates alternative urban infrastructural systems to overcome catastrophic results of environmental problems occurred in New York-like many other global cities.

Written by Denise Hoffman Brandt-RLA, is the Director of Landscape Architecture and an Associate Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, and Catherine Seavitt Nordenson-an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the City College of New York and Principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio, the book can be conceived as an ''guiding-handbook'' in order to understand how d (...)

India’s First Floating School Opens On Manipur’s Loktak Lake

SARBJIT BAHGA • February 21, 2017 • 590

India’s First Floating School Opens On Manipur’s Loktak Lake

India's first indigenously-built, floating elementary school opens on country's largest freshwater lake, Loktak in Manipur. The school is a stunning example of "sustainable architecture without architects." It is situated about 50 km from Imphal, at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in the state.

The Loktak Lake is a 'lifeline of Manipur' and plays important role in the economy of Manipur. It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. The lake is also a source of livelihood for rural fishermen who live in its surrounding areas.

What makes this lake unique are many floating heterogeneous masses of vegetation, soil and organic matter, locally known (...)

Exhibition ’’Mission Île de la Cité’’ opens to public in the center of Paris

Ka Ki Lee • February 20, 2017 • 304

Exhibition ’’Mission Île de la Cité’’ opens to public in the center of Paris

Cité has always been the most iconic and famous place in the city of Paris. Since the 19th century there hasn’t been any large scaled constructions or modifications, in December 2015 French president François Hollande decided to start ''Mission Île de la Cité'' with architect Dominique Perrault and President of Centre des Monuments nationaux Philippe Bélaval in order to study the future directions of Cité in the coming 25 years.

Dominique Perrault and Philippe Bélaval in front of Palais de Justice. Image © Mission d’étude Île de la Cité / W. YonFrom an urban scale it is a big challenge to re-designing Cité, the central isl (...)

Do you want to take Online Architecture Class from Frank Gehry?

WA Contents • February 20, 2017 • 1731

Do you want to take Online Architecture Class from Frank Gehry?

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry never stops when it comes to buildings and architecture. 87 year-old starchitect, a winner of Presidential Medal of Freedom, now starts teaching Online Architecture Class for MasterClass series, which are presented by a San Francisco-based company. You’re right! The starchitect will now take part in virtual environment and will transfer his architecture vision within a new architecture class. Gehry will teach his architectural philosophy using case studies, sketches, and models with 15+ video lessons.

Video by MasterClass

''His vision for what architecture could accomplish went on to reshape our cities’ skylines, and the imaginations of artists and designers around th (...)

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten to design 2017 MPavilion in Melbourne

WA Contents • February 20, 2017 • 595

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten to design 2017 MPavilion in Melbourne

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced that Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA will design the 2017 MPavilion in Melbourne- the fourth annual temporary pavilion will be located in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens- in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct.

Commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation- an organisation set up by businesswoman and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom, MPavilion 2017 will be their first-ever completed Australian architectural commission.

Video by MPavilion

''Rem Koolhaas is one of the world’s most provocative and influential architects. His contribution to the cultural landscape as an urban thinker together with OMA’s multi-disciplinary approa (...)

Morphosis designs memorable and luxurious hotel rooms for 7132 Hotel in Vals

WA Contents • February 20, 2017 • 574

Morphosis designs memorable and luxurious hotel rooms for 7132 Hotel in Vals

Thom Mayne's firm Morphosis has envisioned new hotel room concepts for a hotel called ''7132 Hotel'' in Vals, Switzerland, which is adjacent to the Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals spa-and the architect used the same materiality for the new luxury hotel rooms.

Pritzker-winning architect Thom Mayne is only four of the architects-alongside Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma and Peter Zumthor- contributing designs for the new ''House of Architects'' at the 7132 Hotel in Vals-which is a new luxury retreat located within the deep rise of the Valser valley.

Given only 20 square meters in an existing hotel, Morphosis renovated a series of guest rooms with a given size and structure involved a re-exam (...)

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Katuaq Cultural Centre of Greenland in Nuuk celebrates its 20th anniversary

WA Contents • February 20, 2017 • 380

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Katuaq Cultural Centre of Greenland in Nuuk celebrates its 20th anniversary

Last week, Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Katuaq Cultural Centre of Greenland in Nuuk celebrated its 20th anniversary. When opened in 1997 the building provided for the first time a cultural and artistic meeting place for both locals, the international Inuit community and visitors from all over the world.

Built to last and survive Greenland's unforgiving climate, the cultural centre still stands today as a dynamic meeting point catering for a diversity of activities from concerts, cinema, theatre performances, conferences, exhibitions to public events.

In 1992 Schmidt Hammer Lassen won the international design competition ahead of 226 proposals, with a concept inspired by the dramatic Greenlandic landscape of winding fjor (...)

Renzo Piano Building Workshop unveils design for 555 Howard in San Francisco

WA Contents • February 20, 2017 • 721

Renzo Piano Building Workshop unveils design for 555 Howard in San Francisco

Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has unveiled its high-rise glass tower named ''555 Howard'' for San Francisco developed in collaboration with local architecture firm Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects.Developed Pacific Eagle and SKS Partners, 555 Howard will be the first U.S. tower of Renzo Piano outside of New York.

555 Howard, a mixed-use development, located one block from the $4.7 billion Transbay Transit Center — the largest transportation hub ever to be built on the West Coast. Transbay is home to some of San Francisco’s most exciting skyline altering new development projects and will become the new core of downtown San Francisco.Renzo Piano’s super-clear glass tower features hotel, (...)