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EXCLUSIVE NEWS: Science City Cairo International Competition Winners Are Announced!

WA Contents • September 7, 2016 • 56170

EXCLUSIVE NEWS: Science City Cairo International Competition Winners Are Announced!

The winners of the Science City International Architectural Competition have been announced by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. This competition was a one-stage open international competition for a comprehensive plan and conceptual design; organized in accordance with the UNESCO regulations for international competitions in architecture and town-planning upheld by the International Union of Architects (UIA).The organization has announced the winners of the Science City International Architectural Competition today and held at the Small Theater of the BA Conference Center, together with the press conference and opening the exhibition for the public till 30 August.The main approach of design of science city was to create a set of buildings and sp (...)

Snøhetta+SANAA win first place for the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest

WA Contents • April 16, 2015 • 27425

Snøhetta+SANAA win first place for the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest

proposal by Snøhetta for the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum;image © Snøhetta

The New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum announced that Snøhetta, with its entry Above the Horizon, has been awarded first place the Liget Budapest Project, an international invited design competition for the design of the museum building of the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum.

The first price is shared with Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates (Sanaa), and the proposals will be further evaluated.

Above the Horizon:view from Napozoret;image © Snøhetta

image © Snøhetta

image © Snøhetta

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Alison Brooks Architects installs a flying smile-shaped arc at London Design Festival

WA Contents • September 17, 2016 • 24801

Alison Brooks Architects installs a flying smile-shaped arc at London Design Festival

The London Design Festival has officially kicked off today. The London Design Festival is a platform for innovative design initiatives, showcasing ideas from more than 300 partners who represent the best of London’s design community and LDF 2016 will be held between 17-25 September, 2016 at Trafalgar Square, London.

One of the striking installations by Alison Brooks Architects is taking part at the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Art in southwest London, where it will be on view until 12 October 2016. AHEC, award-winning firm Alison Brooks Architects, Arup, Merk and the London Design Festival collaborated to create a cross–laminated hardwood installation that can be inhabited and explored, and which (...)

Asif Khan’s MINI Living Forests for London Design Festival explores the possibilities of Third Places

WA Contents • September 17, 2016 • 16573

Asif Khan’s MINI Living Forests for London Design Festival explores the possibilities of Third Places

Asif Khan's new MINI Living green-filled relaxing spaces presented at the London Design Festival 2016 set a new breathtaking environment for individuals, offering locals places to connect create and relax. MINI has teamed up with designer Asif Khan to continue its MINI Living programme and explore new architectural solutions to urban living challenges that kicked off earlier this year at Salone del Mobile in Milan.

While the debut installation explored forms of collaborative living, the follow-up in London addresses the need for a functional and flexible network of ‘third places’ in the urban environment.

“Given the trend of urban densification we need to tap urban potentials in creative ways,” e (...)

The world’s largest aircraft ’Airlander 10’ now prepares to take off

WA Contents • August 14, 2016 • 15672

The world’s largest aircraft ’Airlander 10’ now prepares to take off

The world's largest aircraft 'Airlander 10' has finally completed its hangar tests to take off after the completion of all indoor testing. British company Hybrid Air Vehicles has an innovative Airlander range on hybrid aircraft and produced a new aircraft utilizing new aerospace technology. A bulbous-formed aircraft combines the best of the characteristics of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft, with a significantly lower carbon footprint and operating cost than other forms of air transport.

It can stay airborne for up to five days at a time if manned, and for over 2 weeks unmanned. It will fulfil a wide range of communication, cargo car (...)

An Urban Gondola unveiled for the Chicago Skyline boosting Chicago’s tourism

WA Contents • May 8, 2016 • 15304

An Urban Gondola unveiled for the Chicago Skyline boosting Chicago’s tourism

Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners and Marks Barfield Architects have unveiled new aerial cable car network for the Chicago skyline. The proposed urban gondola will fly on the south bank of the Chicago River. With the proposed cable car network, the skyline will become the iconic center for the renewed focus to increase tourism in Chicago.

Laurence Geller, chairman and CEO of Geller Capital Partners, together with Lou Raizin, founder of Broadway in Chicago teamed up with Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners and Marks Barfield Architects to boost Chicago's tourism in the near future. The cable car will make a loop by transporting passengers from the city's Navy Pier to the Riverwalk and Millennium Park, right by the (...)

Terreform proposes an autonomous and self-sufficient city with New York City (Steady) State project

WA Contents • May 11, 2016 • 14609

Terreform proposes an autonomous and self-sufficient city with New York City (Steady) State project

Vertical farms in mid-town Manhattan to produce food for 30,000 people.

Terreform, New York-based urban research studio and advocacy group led by Michael Sorkin, investigates all detailed parameters of sustainable urbanism contributing to the world's sustainable cities. New York City (Steady) State, is an ongoing research project and a comprehensive investigation into urban self-sufficiency. While centered on New York, the project is intended to raise issues and propose solutions for cities around the world that seek to take radical measures to secure their respiration and autonomy and to achieve a more sustainably democratic polity, founded in the local.

New York City [Steady] Stae linear production towers.

Terref (...)

Book - A World History of Architecture {2nd edition}

Selin Cinar • November 28, 2008 • 13386

The Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius declared firmitas, utilitas and venustas - firmness, commodity and delight - to be the three essential attributes of architecture. These qualities are brilliantly explored in this book, which uniquely comprises a detailed survey of Western architecture, including Pre-Columbian America, and an introduction to architecture from the Middle East, India, Russia, China and Japan. The text encourages readers to examine closely the pragmatic, innovative and aesthetic attributes of buildings, and to imagine how these would have been praised or criticized by contemporary observers. Artistic, economic, environmental, political, social and technological contexts are discussed so as to determine the extent to w (...)

Designing Urban Design Towards A Holistic Perspective Symposium announces programme

WA Contents • October 1, 2016 • 12561

Designing Urban Design Towards A Holistic Perspective Symposium announces programme

International Symposium on Urban Design

Designing Urban Design Towards A Holistic Perspective

4-5 October, 2016

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

METU Faculty of Architecture will host an international urban design symposium exploring multi-layered doctrines and perspectives of urban design processes on a global scale. METUDSYMP announced the detailed programme of the symposium- can be downloaded from here.

War and peace, segregation and integration, individuality and collectivity, control and emergence; within the current period of human history, almost all fundamental conditions of civilisation take place in the same domain, the city.

Therefore, as the most prominent artefact of h (...)

Dame Zaha Hadid cuts off live BBC’s interview and gives a journalism lesson

WA Contents • September 25, 2015 • 12085

Dame Zaha Hadid cuts off live BBC’s interview and gives a journalism lesson

Zaha Hadid, image © AFP

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced yesterday that the globally-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid will receive the 2016 Royal Gold Medal, the first woman to be awarded the prestigious honour in her own right- thereupon, BBC invited Zaha Hadid to the show to mark this announcement but it turned into another tragedy that points out an important issue on journalism. Zaha Hadid cut off BBC Radio 4’s programme mid-interview after presenter Sarah Montague claimed 1,200 migrant workers had died building Hadid’s World Cup stadium in Qatar.

Montague showed a 2013 report by the International Trade Union Confederation, which included the claim that over 1,000 migrant w (...)

WA Awards 23rd Cycle Deadline: July 31, 2016

WA Contents • July 31, 2016 • 11862

WA Awards 23rd Cycle Deadline: July 31, 2016

Since 2008 and for over 20 Cycles, World Architecture Community organises the prestigious and acclaimed WA Awards 20+10+X. The aim of the WA Community Awards is to highlight and recognise remarkable projects that might otherwise remain unnoticed by the international public, yet have the potential to inspire exciting questions about contemporary architectural discourse.Now, after seven years and thousands of participating projects from all around the Globe, time has come for us to re-think the WA Awards to better reflect both participants profiles and participating projects.

WA Awards 23rd Cycle, Extended Deadline: July 31, 2016

WA Awards accepts submissions in 3 distinct categories:

WA Designed Award: Projects that were (...)

Explore Höweler + Yoon’s mountainous design for Empathy Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020

WA Contents • August 23, 2016 • 11775

Explore Höweler + Yoon’s mountainous design for Empathy Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020

An internationally recognized architecture and design studio Höweler + Yoon's mountainous structure Empathy Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020 presents a giant cave-like building with its amorphous terraces.

The Empathy Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020 was designed to be a Living Lab for the ongoing study of Empathy, where guests act simultaneously as researchers, participants, and performers. The immersive, interactive experience was created by Tod Machover and the Opera of the Future Group of the MIT Media Lab.

Positioned adjacent to the main circular plaza on one of two large parks, the building would occupy one of the most prominent sites at the Expo. The building includes a 300-person capacity exhibition gallery on the g (...)

The Perfect Drawing: 8 Sensational Sections That Raise The Bar For Architectural Representation

WA Contents • March 8, 2014 • 11732

The Perfect Drawing: 8 Sensational Sections That Raise The Bar For Architectural Representation

by Angry Architect

Next month marks 20 years since the demolition of Kowloon’s infamous Walled City. If one architectural positive came from this web of urban anarchy, it is that it was documented with extraordinary accuracy, utilizing one of the great modes of architectural representation: the cross section.

This extraordinarily complex slice through Hong Kong’s ungoverned, unplanned architectural oddity—a makeshift home for thousands of Chinese refugees following World War II—has to go down as one of the most jaw-dropping architectural drawings produced in the last century. A Japanese team meticulously surveyed the anarchic maze of walls, floors, and roofs—layer upon unregulated layer—befo (...)

Erdem Architects unveils design for Obama Presidential Center in Chicago

WA Contents • July 18, 2016 • 11392

Erdem Architects unveils design for Obama Presidential Center in Chicago

Turkey-based architecture firm, Erdem Architects has unveiled its proposal for the Obama Presidential Center, as the firm is among those with the highest votes in surveys. Planned to be built in Chicago, the Obama Presidential Center includes a presidential library, museum, and office and activity space for the Barack Obama Foundation.

Erdem Architects' design advanced to the finals last year and public surveys still continue to decide on the best architectural design. The firm has designed a center at Jackson Park located within golf courses. From a bird's eye view, the center's shape represents U.S. President Barack Obama's name in capital letters.

On the other side, for passers-by, the design is reminis (...)

Vitra Design Museum opened Vitra Schaudepot by Herzog & De Meuron in Germany

WA Contents • June 4, 2016 • 11280

Vitra Design Museum opened Vitra Schaudepot by Herzog & De Meuron in Germany

Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron's new building the 'Vitra Schaudepot' opened on the Vitra Campus on June 3, 2016. The Schaudepot provides the Vitra Design Museum with a venue for presenting key objects from its extensive collection to the public, complemented by a new café and a shop.

In this context, a second entry point to will be created to the Vitra Campus, enhancing its connections to the cities of Basel and Weil am Rhein. See also our latest Video dedicated to 'Vitra Furniture Factory' within the scope of Life&Architecture Series.

Exterior View Vitra Schaudepot, Herzog & de Meuron, 2015. Image © Vitra Design Museum, Julien Lanoo

The collection of the Vitr (...)

OMA’s New Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at MNBAQ will open to the public on June 24

WA Contents • June 23, 2016 • 11263

OMA’s New Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at MNBAQ will open to the public on June 24

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has officially announced that MNBAQ will open its fourt building 'The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion' designed by Office For Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) on June 24, 2016. MNBAQ also presents 3 days of celebrations and free activities you won't want to miss.

MNBAQ is the first museum established by the government of Québec—while drawing together as never before the street life of central Québec City and the landscape of the scenic Parc des Champs-de-Bataille. OMA's new design Increases the museum’s exhibition space by 90 percent, the new 14,900-square-meter pavilion that will provide a spacious and distinctively contemporary (...)

Maki Associates win Amaravati Governmental Complex Concept Design Competition

WA Contents • March 29, 2016 • 11163

Maki Associates win Amaravati Governmental Complex Concept Design Competition

Maki Associates's winner proposal for Amaravati Governmental Complex Concept Design Competition

Andra Pradesh, a large and thriving region of India with more than fifty million population allotted a land of five kilometers square (5km by 1km) for its new capital complex. The project has all urban land use amenities and three important buildings of symbolic nature. These are the High Courts of Justice, the Parliament and the Secreteriat.

Three notable international architecture and urban design firms with international repute were invited to present concept proposals for this historical venture.

These were:

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners led by Lord Richard Rogers



Vastu Shilpa Foundation led (...)

Mirage House disappears with a flat roof on the hills of Greece by Kois Associated Architects

WA Contents • July 16, 2016 • 11004

Mirage House disappears with a flat roof on the hills of Greece by Kois Associated Architects

A perfect and pure flat roof covers the hills of Tinos Island of Greece, proposed by Greece-based architecture firm Kois Associated Architects. Called 'Mirage House', the private residence is flawlessly sitting on the slope and creating aesthetic shelter, completing the seaside view with its distinctive duck egg blue colour. Located in the northern side of the Cyclades, Tinos is the third largest island of the island group. Well known as the “Island of Madonna”, Tinos is the greatest center of pilgrimage in Greece.

Within its landscape of rugged, rocky hills lay more than 40 villages, like marble fragments of an ancient statue scattered across the hills. The island is famous for its unspoiled architecture, its (...)

D. BILLY

Selin Cinar • July 14, 2008 • 10636

The majority of my work combines drawing and painting with images and language culled from comic books,instruction manuals, product advertisements, and children’s activity books, to produce semi-narrative scenesfeaturing characters plagued by miscommunication and ennui, engaged in bouts of cartoon violence, andassailed by forces beyond their control.www.dbilly.com/ (...)

Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper Competition Results Announced

WA Contents • March 19, 2014 • 10610

Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper Competition Results Announced

Competition Sponsor: SuperSkyScrapersCompetition Title: Singapore Bamboo SkyscraperCompetition Objective

The objective of this competition is to create an investigation into the design and construction ideas of high-rise or very tall architecture and the dynamic communities within and around them with attention to aesthetics, material, technology, innovation, flexibility, adaptability and sustainability.

The Challenge

The program challenged participants to design a NEW Architect’s Village Bamboo Skyscraper in Singapore city that takes into account the need for a contemporary approach of bamboo construction in such an urban setting and also today’s ever-increasing need for ecological design principles. The de (...)