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Pavilion Days in Korça: First International Architecture Symposium in Albania

Eneida Berisha • July 27, 2017 • 2027

Pavilion Days in Korça: First International Architecture Symposium in Albania

The 8th symposium of sculpture in Korça, held annually, brought forth a Symposium of Architecture - the first of its kind in Albania, in a unique collaboration between architects and sculptors. This year’s 12-days event, from the 15th to the 22nd of July - curated by architect Jurtin Hajro, sculptor Genti Tavanxhiu, and advisor Blerina Mali - was supported by the Municipality of Korca, the Ministry of Culture, and The Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania.

Image © Municipality of Korça

Korça, with its continuous trials in establishing and promoting sculpture as a successful form of public art, and with initiatives in regenerating public spaces through architecture, was the perfect host for the d (...)

Architecture Fringe 2017- Infrastructure: New and different voices in the structure of anything

Dr Hatice Ozhisar • July 27, 2017 • 189

Architecture Fringe 2017- Infrastructure: New and different voices in the structure of anything

Architecture Fringe 2017 has ended up after many workshops, events and projects with almost 260 independent contributors. "While the concept of 'infra' aimed to introduce new and different voices, together with the theme 'the structure' can be anything such a discipline, people and physical place," said Andy Summers in the welcoming speech of the closing lecture.

About 260 independent contributors developed projects Architecture Fringe 2017: Infrastructure that took place between 1-23 July in Scotland, pointed by Andy Summers before introducing the first presenter Sam Jacob.

Sam Jacob, creator:

Sam Jacob’s opening talk has addressed "the problem of being architect" and "How To Be A Modern Arch (...)

Police Memorial, Jammu: A Sculptural Tribute To The Brave Martyrs

SARBJIT BAHGA • July 26, 2017 • 471

Police Memorial, Jammu: A Sculptural Tribute To The Brave Martyrs

Jammu and Kashmir - a northern state of India is facing an acute problem of militancy for the last many years. The State Police Force has been fighting this insurgency in close association with Indian army and other security forces. In the process of combating the menace, number of brave soldiers laid down their lives.

The state government thus decided build a martyrs' memorial to commemorate the supreme sacrifice made by the hundreds of brave hearts. Police Memorial, Jammu is indeed a befitting tribute to the valiant police personnel who attained martyrdom while protecting the lives and properties of people, and territorial integrity of the country.

Photo courtesy of Prashant Minti

The Memorial is located in a bu (...)

Mystic life of Louis Kahn reviewed by Paul Goldberger

WA Contents • July 24, 2017 • 961

Mystic life of Louis Kahn reviewed by Paul Goldberger

A 416-page new biography examining Louis Kahn's life and career - titled "You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn" - was written by Wendy Lesser and published in March, 2017 - of course, this was not the first biography written about one of the great master builders of the 20th century Louis Kahn, previously, Carter Wiseman had already wrote up the first in-depth biographical study of the master architect titled "Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style: A Life in Architecture", was published in 2007.

Architecture critic, Paul Goldberger, unsurprisingly, doesn't compare two biographies in his latest elaborated essay, published in The Nation. In his must-read analysis, Goldberger reveals the "real mystic" life of the architect, (...)

Play Architecture plays grand for the SIAA’s Artistes Recreation Center in India

Varun Kumar • July 24, 2017 • 1980

Play Architecture plays grand for the SIAA’s Artistes Recreation Center in India

Play Architecture’s proposal for the South Indian Artiste’s Association (SIAA) will be the first of its kind artistes’ recreation center to be built in the city of Chennai. The design culminates the efforts of Tamil Film artistes to uphold the rich history and culture of Tamil Cinema and will stand as a milestone in SIAA’s career.

The SIAA is a union for film, television and stage actors in Tamil Nadu. Since its inception in 1952 as a charitable trust fund, the union has been pensioning retired artists, voicing support for artists in controversies. In the early 1950s, film studios of the South Indian Languages-Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu-were based in Chennai.

After functioning as the South In (...)

An Art Museum veiled by pleated aluminium panels creates mysticism between inside and outside

WA Contents • July 22, 2017 • 1064

An Art Museum veiled by pleated aluminium panels creates mysticism between inside and outside

Countless foldable aluminium panels wrap a circular art museum's facade to create a different aura between inside and outside, which makes difficult to understand the exact function of the building. This stylish and contemporary-looking art museum - named Eight tenths Garden - is located within a historic garden of Shanghai, which was previously used as a sales centre.

A client, the Shanghai's famous enamel factory’s last manager, commissioned Wutopia Lab to design a micro-cultural complex, housing his exclusive collection of enamels and some additional functions such as coffee shop, a library, offices, bed and breakfasts, as well as a restaurant, study rooms and chess rooms. This micro cultural complex was also desi (...)

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One passes Phase 1 with full sistems tests in Nevada Desert

WA Contents • July 21, 2017 • 2197

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One passes Phase 1 with full sistems tests in Nevada Desert

Hyperloop One, the world’s first new mode of transportation, has announced that it has successfully completed the Phase 1 with full sistems tests in the Nevada Desert where the company also has unveiled the first prototype of Hyperloop One Pod. Hyperloop One, founded and developed by South African-born Canadian-American business magnate and investor Elon Musk in 2014, was developed to change the mode of transportation at high-speeds through low-pressure tubes by using new type of moving vehicles.

The Phase 1 test is the only first stage of a multi-phase program and was privately conducted on May 12, 2017 at the company's test track, "DevLoop," in the Nevada Desert. In its first test, the vehicle coasted above the first por (...)

RPBW completes sail-roofed art gallery in the heart of grapevines of France

WA Contents • July 21, 2017 • 1808

RPBW completes sail-roofed art gallery in the heart of grapevines of France

Renzo Piano's studio Renzo Piano Workshop (RPBW) has completed a new photography and sculpture gallery in the heart of the grapevines of the prestigious Château La Coste realm in France.

The new art gallery was designed to house both displaying art and preserving wine within an elongated structure, partly buried in a 6-metre deep valley in the earth to fully incorporate the building into the vineyard.

Named Château La Coste Art Gallery, the 285-square-metre pavilion is differentiated with its white and light roof structure, highlighted with sail fastened pieces - made of metal arches.

When you look from the top, it can easily be perceived that this roof structure mimics the graphical layout of the gra (...)

Jenny Sabin Studio’s cellular Lumen fabric wraps MoMA PS1’s courtyard in NY

WA Contents • July 21, 2017 • 895

Jenny Sabin Studio’s cellular Lumen fabric wraps MoMA PS1’s courtyard in NY

A web-like cellular canopy designed by Ithaca-based Jenny Sabin wraps the courtyard of MoMA PS1’s courtyard in Long Island City, New York - the robotically knitted fabric was designed by Jenny Sabin Studio as part of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2017 annual Young Architects Program.

Sabin's photoluminescent textile - called Lumen - is still on view until September 4 within the courtyard of MoMA PS1 to experience light, shadow and colour spontaneously over the course of the day.

Lumen was made of over 1 million yards of digitally knitted fiber and its large-scale cellular canopies feature 250 hanging tubular structures, 100 robotically woven recycled spool stools, and a misting system that responds (...)

Shigeru Ban signs agreement to design new homes for thousands of refugees in Kenya

WA Contents • July 21, 2017 • 1212

Shigeru Ban signs agreement to design new homes for thousands of refugees in Kenya

Socially minded Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, has signed a new agreement to design new homes for thousands of refugees in Kenya. Ban's new shelters will be designed by being used locally available and eco-friendly materials without any need of little technical supervision or construction techniques. This is the first time UN-Habitat will focus specifically on refugee housing in Kenya.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has officially begun his collaborative efforts with UN-Habitat to design up to 20,000 new homes for refugees, in the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement in Kenya - which hosts a population of 183,000 individuals by June 2015.

Paper Log House in Cebu, Philippines, 2014. Image courtesy of Shigeru Ban A (...)

Heatherwick Studio’s historic grain silo complex set to open in September in Cape Town

WA Contents • July 20, 2017 • 1180

Heatherwick Studio’s historic grain silo complex set to open in September in Cape Town

London-based Heatherwick Studio's hotly-anticipated historic grain silo complex - including The Silo Hotel and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) - will open to the public on Cape Town's V&A waterfront on September 22, 2017. The first part of the renovation, consisting of The Silo hotel, was completed in May 2017 and opened to use for customers.

The Silo hotel - called The Royal Portfolio hotel was built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). A magical hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.

The second (...)

2017 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced for the UK’s best new building

WA Contents • July 20, 2017 • 960

2017 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced for the UK’s best new building

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced six strong projects competing for the this year's RIBA Stirling Prize, including a skilful subterranean extension of a much-loved British institution for the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre and an exquisite new photography studio in west London designed for Juergen Teller.The six shortlisted buildings will now go head-to-head for architecture’s highest accolade, to be awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Tuesday 31 October 2017.The 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist comprises other strong projects listing a slender brick-clad and wicker-balconied development of six apartments in east London - Barrett’s Grove, th (...)

Jan Boelen named as curator of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial

WA Contents • July 20, 2017 • 773

Jan Boelen named as curator of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) have announced that Belgian designer and academician Jan Boelen has been appointed as the artistic curator of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, which will be held from 22 September to 4 November 2018.

Jan Boelen is currently the founder and artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Belgium, artistic director of experimental laboratory Atelier LUMA in France, and head of the Social Design masters programme at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Jan Boelen, 50, will become the fourth artistic director of the Istanbul Design Biennial - will be a showcase for innovative design that takes place in the Turkish capital every two years.His appointment was made (...)

Louis Kahn’s Point Counterpoint II may be saved in NY’s Hutton Brickyards

WA Contents • July 20, 2017 • 899

Louis Kahn’s Point Counterpoint II may be saved in NY’s Hutton Brickyards

Last week, World Architecture Community reported that the famous American-Chinese cellist Yo-Yo Ma sent an open letter to the New York Review of Books to save Louis I. Kahn's 41-year-old giant floating concert hall from scrap.

The famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma invited the readers of the magazine and Robert Austin Boudreau and his wife Kathleen (owners of the boat) to join the conversation to find a new home for the Point Counterpoint II and he gave an email through the magazine to discuss alternative places where would be transformed.

Yo-Yo Ma wrote that "at a time when our national conversation is so often focused on division, we can ill afford to condemn to the scrap heap such a vibrant ambassador for our national unity, so I (...)

WAC Professional Members get 10% off on WAF 2017 tickets

WA Contents • July 19, 2017 • 1599

WAC Professional Members get 10% off on WAF 2017 tickets

The World Architecture Festival (WAF), celebrating its significant tenth anniversary year, is collaborating with World Architecture Community to create a global impact on the WAF's Awards programme and various keynote sessions, talks, conferences and live critics realized in front of an international judging panel of industry experts. The annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) is taking place this year at the Berlin Arena, between 15-17 November, and World Architecture Community is an official media partner for the event.

In this context, World Architecture Community, in collaboration with WAF, offers to its Professional Members 10% discounted tickets over regular festival prices during registration! All you have to do is to u (...)

Winy Maas named as supervisor for Floriade 2022, Almere

WA Contents • July 19, 2017 • 1115

Winy Maas named as supervisor for Floriade 2022, Almere

MVRDV has announced that Winy Maas has been appointed as Supervisor for Floriade 2022 in Almere to advise on the development of the master plan, including "detailing of the planting plan for the arboretum, definition of design and development principles as 'plot passports', and incorporation of the World Expo program and facilities."

Commissioned by the municipality of Almere, Maas' role will comprise all landscape designs, real estate projects and public artworks for the Floriade area. In his comprehensive agenda, Maas will set objective rules, strategical plans and design parameters to guarantee maximum quality, with the ambition to bring together the best practices and state of the art solutions for the Floriade are (...)

VTN Architects designs pop-up green facade for Bamboo House in a narrow site of Vietnam

WA Contents • July 19, 2017 • 1080

VTN Architects designs pop-up green facade for Bamboo House in a narrow site of Vietnam

A four-storey residential building expresses itself with green-filled pop-up facade in a narrow site of Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam - designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, is a world-renowned Vietnamese architecture firm popular with its concept of "House for Trees". VTN Architects' this special concept produces a series of prototypical housing design that targets to provide green space within high density neighborhood in Vietnam.

Called Bamboo House, this private building is located in a narrow alley named "Hem" and all these alleys allow architects to design only a 2-3m wide, similar, narrow, and long buildings running along both it's sides, resembling a ravine.

The limitations of the site impose same forms, and their (...)

MAD unveils images for Faraday Future’s sci-fi-looking campus on Mare Island

WA Contents • July 19, 2017 • 1433

MAD unveils images for Faraday Future’s sci-fi-looking campus on Mare Island

MAD Architects has unveiled images for a new campus design for an electric car brand Faraday Future (FF), which is located in Northern California adjacent to the Napa River, where the city recently positioned it as a "zero-emission base in California."

Located at a former navy site on Mare Island, which recently announced its production of "the world’s fastest-accelerating electric car", FF's new sci-fi inspired campus will support not only FF’s research, development, and manufacture, but also is re-designed to support ongoing public programming and ecological restoration along the Napa’s banks.

Dubbed as "FF Zeus Campus", the entire campus will cover an area of approximately 130,000 square meters, of wh (...)

Harvard GSD unveils restored version of Wimbledon House in London

WA Contents • July 18, 2017 • 1369

Harvard GSD unveils restored version of Wimbledon House in London

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has unveiled the restored version of Richard Rogers’ Wimbledon House in London, formerly known as "Wimbledon House" or also known as "22 Parkside".

22 Parkside has now reopened as the Harvard GSD's primary residence and London venue for the Richard Rogers Fellowship. The house was first built by acclaimed British architect Richard Rogers in 1968 as a home for his parents and a blueprint for industrialised housing. Then, the house was gifted to Harvard GSD in 2015 by Lord Rogers and his wife Ruth Rogers to ensure the Heritage-listed property’s continued use as a residence, and to provide a unique research opportunity for future generations of professionals and scholars - fro (...)

BIG completes four-channelled "invisible museum" hidden in Denmark’s dune landscape

WA Contents • July 18, 2017 • 1170

BIG has completed an "invisible museum" embedded in the dune landscape, which counters a WWII bunker of the Atlantikwall along the westcoast of Denmark. Called Tirpitz, the new sanctuary hidden in the sand acts as a gentle counterbalance to the dramatic war history of the site in Blavand on the west coast of Denmark.

The 2,800-square-metre museum transforms and expands a historic German WWII bunker into a groundbreaking cultural complex, comprising four exhibitions within a single structure, seamlessly embedded into the landscape.

Video by Varde Kommune Officiel

Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Upon arrival, visitors will first see the bunker until they approach through the heart-lined pathways and find the walls (...)