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COVID Classroom by Murray Legge Architecture Creates a Safer Education Environment for Kids

Mert Kansu • Jan 24, 2021 • 451

COVID Classroom by Murray Legge Architecture Creates a Safer Education Environment for Kids

As many schools struggle around the world, Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School also faced challenges of providing a safe education environment for the students. Deciding to take their large portion of their classes outdoors, they worked with Murray Legge Architecture to design an outdoor classroom that could be built swiftly, affordably to be ready for students coming for the Fall 2020 school year. The Texan sun, making many outdoor spaces challenging to spend time, was the biggest concern for the school.

The structure composed mainly of wood 2x4 members cost less than $6000 USD and took a week to construct. The wood members are secured to the ground using threaded pile anchors, which can be easily removed if the school wishes to t (...)

Reimagine, Rebuild, Renew: A $51 Billion Redevelopment Plan For Manhattan's Midtown West is Unveiled

Elif Merve Unsal • Jan 23, 2021 • 785

Reimagine, Rebuild, Renew: A $51 Billion Redevelopment Plan For Manhattan's Midtown West is Unveiled

"I sit in the office and live in the home occupied at one time by FDR. Part of Roosevelt's genius was that he understood that it was not the buildings and programs themselves that actually turned around the economy, it was the people," Governor Cuomo said. "Building new projects enhances day-to-day life. Seeing progress lifts peoples' spirits. And building with bricks and mortar also builds public optimism and confidence."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York last week delivered his 2021 State of the State address. The Governor's 2021 agenda "Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew" features a suite of initiatives to not only begin reopening New York as the state continues its work to defeat the COVID-19 virus, but also investing bi (...)

Calling Workshop Proposals: "Architectural Journalism & Critical Appreciation"

Pappal Suneja • Jan 22, 2021 • 12862

Calling Workshop Proposals:

In order to spread awareness about the Subject of Architectural Journalism & Critical Appreciation in India, this initiative of conducting architectural journalism workshops was started by the curator-architect Pappal Suneja in November 2016. By far, 25+ workshops on varied themes ranging from Creative Writing, Critical Appreciation of a Structure, Review Paper & Technical Writing for Beginners, Bauhaus Pedagogy, Thesis & Dissertation Writing etc. have been conducted by the architect in diverse architecture colleges across the globe.

If you want a workshop to be conducted in your Architecture or Design College, you can contact the curator at [email protected] The program can be customized on the basis of requir (...)

A New Book titled Dr. SS Bhatti: Biographical Conversations authored by Sarbjit Bahga launched

Pappal Suneja • Jan 22, 2021 • 769

A New Book titled Dr. SS Bhatti: Biographical Conversations authored by Sarbjit Bahga launched

A new book titled, "DR SS BHATTI: Biographical Conversations" has been launched recently. It has been authored by Sarbjit Bahga, a Chandigarh-based architect, and published by White Falcon Publishing, Chandigarh. Foreword to the book has been written by Islamabad-based architect Jahangir SM Khan, Immediate Past President of ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council Asia).

Indian architect based in Chandigarh, Surinder Bahga of Saakar Foundation has reviewed this book as follows :

DR SS BHATTI: Biographical Conversations is a unique biographical book written in the form of an extended interview. Dr SS Bhatti (born, 1938) is a former Principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture and a very versatile professional. He holds three (...)

Heatherwick Studio's Vessel on New York’s Hudson Yards closed after third suicide

WA Contents • Jan 22, 2021 • 1485

Heatherwick Studio's Vessel on New York’s Hudson Yards closed after third suicide

Heatherwick Studio's 150-foot (46 meters) structure, The Vessel, on New York’s Hudson Yards has been temporarily closed after a 21-year-old man reportedly jumped from the structure.

The New York Times reported that on Monday morning, January 11, a 21-year-old man named Franklin Washington jumped from the Vessel, it was the third death by suicide since the Vessel's opening in 2019.

After this tragic news, a spokesman for Related Companies, who is the developer of Hudson Yards, told the New York Times that the Vessel was temporarily closed and it was not clear that when the structure would reopen.

The company said that they will consult with suicide-prevention experts and psychiatrists to prevent potential (...)

CCD converts Luo Xu's individual red brick sculptures into restaurant in China

WA Contents • Jan 22, 2021 • 1361

CCD converts Luo Xu's individual red brick sculptures into restaurant in China

Cheng Chung Design (CCD) has converted Chinese artist Luo Xu's individual red brick sculptures into a restaurant in Dongfengyun town, Mile City, China.

Named 50% Cloud Artists Lounge Restaurant, the 550-square-metre individual buildings entirely follow the design languages of red brick architectural structures designed by Luo Xu while subtly incorporating Art Deco Style to maintain its own unique identity.

The structures look like they float in the sky and seem cloud-like appearance as a whole despite their heaviness through its materiality.

The complex, without a single steel bar or nail, was built on red soil and is completely composed of local red bricks and blends into nature.

"The building looks like a (...)

Andres Alonso Architecture Workshop completes La Inesita houses with tall brick base in Cordoba

WA Contents • Jan 22, 2021 • 1345

Andres Alonso Architecture Workshop completes La Inesita houses with tall brick base in Cordoba

Andres Alonso Architecture Workshop has completed the La Inesita houses with tall brick base in Cordoba, Argentina.

La Inesita housing is a 550-square-metre building, formed by 6 homes, arranged over an 800-square-metre lot, located in a residential neighborhood of Villa Allende City, Cordoba, Argentina.

The city has suffered a densification process which has worried a sector of the population, who sees this development as a threat to the single-family household residences of some neighborhoods and, consequently to the way these were perceived and experienced a few years ago, endangering its identity as a city-town.

Added to this phenomenon, there is a lack of urban planning that takes into account the need of urban sp (...)

3XN and IttenBrechbühl win international competition to design new mixed-use tower in Switzerland

WA Contents • Jan 21, 2021 • 1675

3XN and IttenBrechbühl win international competition to design new mixed-use tower in Switzerland

3XN and Swiss architecture firm IttenBrechbühl have won an international competition to design a 85-metre-tall mixed-use tower on the outskirts of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Called Tilia Tower©, the 37,000-square-metre tower will be developed with the transformation and renovation of two existing buildings for the real estate company Insula SA, part of the Realstone Group.

The Tilia Tower© will be an ambitious and sustainable wooden building that features a rippling facade which give the building a dynamic expression.

The new mixed-use tower will contain apartments, retail, and a hotel programs, as well as co-working, co-making and various public functions such as bars, shops, restaurants, and cafés. (...)

Kate Macintosh and Lesley Lokko win W Awards 2021

WA Contents • Jan 21, 2021 • 1229

Kate Macintosh and Lesley Lokko win W Awards 2021

The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal have announced winners for the 2021 W Awards, formerly known as the Women in Architecture awards.

British architect, known for her pioneering social housing and continued housing activism, Kate Macintosh has been awarded the Jane Drew Prize for Architecture 2021, while Ghanaian-Scottish architect, academic, and novelist, Professor Lesley Lokko has been awarded the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for Contribution to Architecture 2021.The W Awards have also announced the shortlists for the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture and the MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice, the shortlists include Nerea Amorós Elorduy from Rwanda, Cristina Monteiro from United Kingdo (...)

Sou Fujimoto reveals design for the top part of Torch Tower set to become the tallest tower of Japan

WA Contents • Jan 21, 2021 • 1642

Sou Fujimoto reveals design for the top part of Torch Tower set to become the tallest tower of Japan

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto's firm Sou Fujimoto Architects has revealed design for the top part of Torch Tower in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, which is set to become the tallest skyscraper in Japan.

For the project, Fujimoto collaborates with Mitsubishi Estate Company, and Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei, Inc. and he will design the upper part of the tower as part of a wide $4.8 billion masterplan called Tokyo Torch.

Announcing news on his Instagram account, he said the tower will reach at 390 meter (1,280 feet) and will "create the new typology of high-rise building to have a large semi-outdoor Hill-like-Plaza in the middle of the building around the height of 300m."

Fujimoto said that the Torch Tower will act as "a Place fo (...)