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Steelcase partners MIT Lab to design customized furniture through rapid liquid printing in 10 minutes

WA Contents • April 29, 2017 • 284

Steelcase partners MIT Lab to design customized furniture through rapid liquid printing in 10 minutes

Global US-based furniture brand Steelcase has partnered with MIT's Self-Assembly Lab to design customized furniture through a new 3D printing process - called Rapid Liquid Printing - which gives innovative solutions to create personalisation to the future of furniture, produced in just 10 minutes.

The Rapid Liquid Printing firstly announced at Milano Design Week held between April 4-9, 2017 at Salone del Mobile. According to the researchers from MIT's Self-Assembly Lab, the new technique aims to create multi-complexed surfaces with an enhancing speed, scale and quality on the furniture design, beating the constraints of traditional 3D printing.

3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), has been used for (...)

Aether Architects converted old village house into a local hostel by wrapping with structural lattice

WA Contents • April 29, 2017 • 462

Aether Architects converted old village house into a local hostel by wrapping with structural lattice

Shenzhen-based Aether Architects, led by Zelin Huang, has converted an old village house into a local hostel located in the eastern part of Shenzhen seaside at GuanWu, China. Named as ARTINN, the hostel offers other functional units, including a Café, Art Gallery, Book Bar, a flexi-outdoor rooftop theater space and eight guest rooms for accommodation.

While transforming it into a giant scaffolded work, the architect used cracked and deformed structure walls of the existing house to renovate this hostel, emerged as a particular demand of the client as he was a native villager.

''ARTINN is not only a commercial hostel, but a place that could offer a co-sharing space for both local villagers and visitors,'&a (...)

Foster+Partners revives Apple Dubai Mall with one of the world’s largest kinetic installations

WA Contents • April 29, 2017 • 569

Foster+Partners revives Apple Dubai Mall with one of the world’s largest kinetic installations

Foster+Partners has created one of the world's largest kinetic installation for Apple Dubai Mall, opened to the visitors yesterday. The new installation - located in Dubai Mall - aims to reinvent the traditional introverted idea of mall-based retail as a more outward looking experience that engages with the spectacle of urban life.Foster+Partners' design gives a highly innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates, while also demonstrating Apple’s pioneering ambition to create inspirational civic spaces for all, as stated in the firm's press release.

The kinetic installation consists of 18 wings in total and made of Carbon fibre as it resisting oxidation - it is extremely lightweight – eac (...)

Deadline extended for WA Awards 25th Cycle!

WA Contents • April 28, 2017 • 7439

Deadline extended for WA Awards 25th Cycle!

Since 2006 and for over 20 Cycles, World Architecture Community organises the prestigious and acclaimed WA Awards 10+5+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.

WA Awards 25th Cycle, Deadline: June 16, 2017. WA Awards accepts submissions in 3 distinct categories:

WA Designed Award: Projects that were not built,

WA Realised Award: Projects that are actually built,

WA Student Award: Projects designed by Students,

Evaluation CriteriaNovelty, Originality and Creativity in design that reflect and inspire (...)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan scraps Garden Bridge due to fundraising uncertainties

WA Contents • April 28, 2017 • 507

London Mayor Sadiq Khan scraps Garden Bridge due to fundraising uncertainties

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared his final decision about the most controversial project Garden Bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick. According to The Guardian, Sadiq Khan still sees uncertainties on the fundraising scheme to begin construction.

Earlier this month, Margaret Hodge, a Member of Parliament, submitted an independent report investigating proper management plans over public funds and conducting the procedures about the project. In response to Margaret Hodge's report, Khan responded that ''I have been clear since I became Mayor that I will not spend a penny more of taxpayers' funds, for which I am responsible, on the Garden Bridge. That remains the case.''

After a while later, Rowa (...)

Outstanding women will speak on reSITE 2017 stage in Prague

WA Contents • April 28, 2017 • 434

Outstanding women will speak on reSITE 2017 stage in Prague

reSITE has announced its top speaker lineup for this year's conference featuring a dozen influential female speakers in the world of architecture and city design.

Celebrating its sixth edition this year, reSITE 2017's theme will focus on In/visibleCity at the event, as World Architecture Community previously announced. reSITE 2017 will take place between 22 - 23 June, 2017 in Prague's Forum Karlin, Czech Republic with a series of experts, city leaders, architects and urbanists from all around.

This year's conference has a special emphasis on female architects and leaders to reflect the impacts of women on the future cities, as stated in reSITE's manifesto called #FutureIsFemale.

World Architectu (...)

Architects use more than 900 black plastic seats for a gallery to create easily remembered building

WA Contents • April 28, 2017 • 449

Architects use more than 900 black plastic seats for a gallery to create easily remembered building

A new gallery draws visitors' attention with its dark, bold and extroverted outer skin, comprised of more than 900 black plastic seats. Named Gallery of Furniture, the new showroom -designed by CHYBIK+KRISTOF - may truly be considered one of the most impressive sustainable projects, are carefully transformed from a former car showroom into MY DVA Group's production office.

The new furniture showroom, occupying the 550 square meters area on site, is located on the outskirts of a housing estate in Brno-Vinohrady, Czech Republic. The studio concerted a single-storey building of a poor aesthetic quality into a building with a new, easily remembered façade composed of more than 900 black plastic seats.

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KAAN Architecten transformed Hague’s historic building B30 housing five unique users

WA Contents • April 27, 2017 • 451

KAAN Architecten transformed Hague’s historic building B30 housing five unique users

Rotterdam and Brazil-based KAAN Architecten unveiled new images of B30, a transformed historical building in The Hague housing five unique users. Named B30 - Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 has been designed by KAAN Architecten as the entry of an international competition (Public Private Partnership - PPP) launched by the Central Government Real Estate Agency, won in 2014 by a consortium led by Facilicom with Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, Deerns, Pieters Bouwtechniek, RebelGroup, and KAAN Architecten.

The building houses under the same roof five unique users: the independent planning bureaus (CPB, SCP, PBL), the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) and the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA).

Image © Kari (...)

This 2,4-metre trumpet-flower-shaped sinkhole sustains rain fall cycles of Chinese old village

WA Contents • April 27, 2017 • 531

This 2,4-metre trumpet-flower-shaped sinkhole sustains rain fall cycles of Chinese old village

V Studio has built a giant sinkhole in the historic village of Yubulu Zhai - is a natural village of Qingshuihe town, Xingyi city, Southwest Guizhou Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou, China - to sustain cyclic process of rain falls and to strengthen the geological characteristics of the field. The old village is an ''untouched paradise' in Southwest Guizhou Autonomous Prefecture which is 20 kilometers away from Xingyi down town.

The area takes place where Yubulu Zhai belongs to a typical Karst landscape. The village is built around the sinkhole whose relative fall reaches 610 meters, after it was built.

''The sinkhole is a trumpet-flower-shaped landscape element, and numerous century-old buildings are pe (...)

Beyonce launched scholarships to support young women in creative arts, literature and African studies

WA Contents • April 27, 2017 • 437

Beyonce launched scholarships to support young women in creative arts, literature and African studies

American pop singer, song writer and actress has launched four scholarships to support young women studying in Creative Arts, Music, Literature, or African-American studies.

Titled as ''Formation Scholars'', the new scholarship program has been announced in Beyonce's website, also marking the one-year anniversary of Lemonade - the sixth solo visual album of Beyonce - released last year.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, 35, will fund four formation scholars (college or graduate students) for the 2017-2018 academic year to encourage and support young women ''who are unfraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident," as her statement notes.

The parti (...)

Mies van der Rohe Award announced lecture series for 5 finalists in 4 cities

WA Contents • April 27, 2017 • 642

Mies van der Rohe Award announced lecture series for 5 finalists in 4 cities

Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 has announced lecture series for the 5 authors of the 5 finalist works, which will be presented in 4 cities open to the public. The lectures will take place between April 29th and May 1st in different cities around Europe.

5 finalists, competing for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2017, will present their works to the international jury including Stephen Bates, Gonçalo Byrne, Peter Cachola Schmal, Pelin Dervis, Dominique Jakob, Juulia Kauste and Malgorzata Omilanowska in five lectures open to the public.

Denmark’s Kannikegården Culture and Religious Centre by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, Ely Court in UK by Alison Brooks Arc (...)

He Jingtang designed petal-shaped arches for Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center in China

WA Contents • April 27, 2017 • 583

He Jingtang designed petal-shaped arches for Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center in China

Academician of China Engineering Academy He Jingtang reinterpreted the concept of traditional mosque with new materials and technologies by creating petal-shaped arches and petalous shells for the dome of the Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center in China. Specializing on cultural architecture, the architect was commissioned to design an iconic Cultural Center by the local government to introduce Dachang’s particular culture and enhance the soft power of the city.

Encompassing a total of 35,000 square meters area, the national palace is thus endowed with multiple functions, serving not only as the recreation center of the city, but the essential cultural site for the introduction of local religion and history as well.

'& (...)

New images revealed for Domino Sugar Factory’s 11-acre park in Brooklyn

WA Contents • April 26, 2017 • 613

New images revealed for Domino Sugar Factory’s 11-acre park in Brooklyn

Two Trees management, real estate developer of the project, has revealed new images for Domino Sugar Factory’s 11-acre park, designed by James Corner Field Operations. The 11-acre (4.5 hectares) park is developed as part of a large redevelopment plan, which measures three-million-square-foot area in total for the Williamsburg development.

The Domino Park is planned to be opened to the public in summer 2018, announced by Two Trees. Six acres of parkland is the core part of redevelopment plan and it will revive the waterfront streched along the East River in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg and it proposes easier access to waterfront with a new esplanade.

The major transformation includes the preservation of the (...)

I.M. Pei at 100 today! National Gallery of Art revisits his legacy with a public talk today

WA Contents • April 26, 2017 • 919

I.M. Pei at 100 today! National Gallery of Art revisits his legacy with a public talk today

I.M. Pei's 100th birthday today! In celebration of the 100th birthday of Chinese-American legendary architect, the National Gallery of Art will host a public talk today at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Literally known as Ieoh Ming Pei, the legendary modernist architect was born in April 26, 1917 in Guangzhou, China and commonly recognized with his strict geometries, playing with squares, circles, triangles in an harmonized form and variation of style.

National Gallery of Art East building 4th Street facade. Image courtesy of National Gallery of ArtI.M. Pei designed the National Gallery of Art East Building by harmonizing with architect John Russell Pope's neoclassical West Building, which opened in (...)

Neo Bankside residents filled a claim against Tate Modern for disrupting their privacy

WA Contents • April 26, 2017 • 1032

Neo Bankside residents filled a claim against Tate Modern for disrupting their privacy

Residents of Neo Bankside towers is taking Tate Modern to court as its viewing platform recently designed by Herzog & de Meuron disrupting their privacy. Neo Bankside towers designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and is just located across the Tate Modern's viewing gallery, and now becomes a disputable property case showing that how an art may interfere with daily life.

Five residents of Neo Bankside apartments have already filled a claim against the museum to shut down its viewing gallery. Oliver Wainwright from The Guardian written a fascinating piece about this case in detail and briefly touched upon London's real estate market.

Good walls make good neighbours – but not, it seems, when they are mad (...)

For Sale: Aamby Valley City In Maharashtra Worth $6bn To Be Auctioned

SARBJIT BAHGA • April 26, 2017 • 726

For Sale: Aamby Valley City In Maharashtra Worth $6bn To Be Auctioned

Spectacular Aamby Valley City developed by Sahara India Pariwar in Pune district of Maharashtra state in India will be auctioned soon as per The Supreme Court's recent verdict. The court has ordered that the Sahara Group's luxurious 4300-hectare Aamby Valley City be auctioned as the group's chief Subrata Roy has failed to deposit Rs 5092 crore (789 million USD) with market regulator - the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to refund investors. The city is valued Rs 39000 crore (6 billion USD), according to a local source NDTV.

Photo courtesy booking.com

Developed in a picturesque valley of Sahyadri mountain range, the Aamby Valley City is located 23 km from Lonavala and 87 km from Pune. The township i (...)

BBGK Architekci designed 12-metre-high stained concrete wall to narrate victims for Katyn Museum

WA Contents • April 25, 2017 • 556

BBGK Architekci designed 12-metre-high stained concrete wall to narrate victims for Katyn Museum

A Polish architecture practice BBGK Architekci created this impressive stained concrete wall to make a story of Polish victims, who were brutally murdered by the Soviet Secret Police during the World War II. The Katyn Museum becomes an embodied structure of the fearful Polish history - the memorial museum is commemorated to thousands of Polish military officers, state officials and other victims murdered in the World War II.

BBGK Architekci's Katyn Museum is also on the shortlist of the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award, which will be announced on 26 May, 2017 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona during the award ceremony.

The architects defined the museum as ''a painful episode of Polish history'&apo (...)

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

WA Contents • April 25, 2017 • 622

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee propose moveable city for New York’s abandoned air-right spaces

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee of Atelier L proposed a moveable-grided structure called ''Instant City: Living Air-Right'', considering New York's abandoned air-right spaces of existing buildings.

Envisioning a particular response to the lack of home ownership in New York City, the architects designed white-coloured lattice, which can be filled with new living space, be a terrace, shelter, a park or added more floors on top of each other.

''In New York, more than 75% of residents rent rather than own. In response to this increasing, a 'Instant City' is proposing new affordable housing design combined with public programs in order to not only provide sufficient living spaces but also (...)

When architects designed their own homes, they display personal ambitions

WA Contents • April 25, 2017 • 741

When architects designed their own homes, they display personal ambitions

In this piece, CNN Style's editor looked closer at architects' their own houses by showing how their ambitions, personal beliefs and ideas are embodied in the form and context. This piece is actually extracted from a book titled ''Architects' Homes" by Bethany Patch, published by the Images Publishing Group, is out now.

The above image is the personal home of the non-conformist Austrian architect Günther Domenig. The Domenig Steinhaus house, located at Lake Ossiach, Austria, is conceived as one of his iconic houses in modern architecture. The house is composed of the transformation of regional landscape elements and the architect built this home in 30 years.

Architects use the design of their own (...)

London mayor Sadiq Khan to create ’naked homes’ responding London housing crisis

WA Contents • April 24, 2017 • 970

London mayor Sadiq Khan to create ’naked homes’ responding London housing crisis

London mayor Sadiq Khan will embrace new type of housings responding London housing cirisis very soon, which will be tested in 22 apartments on three sites of London. The houses will be designed as 'naked-homes', without partition walls, flooring and wall finishes, only including a very much-needed part of the kitchen and bathroom -sink, basic plumbing etc..The purpose of this scheme is to reduce the cost of housing from £580,000 to £150,000 or max. £340,000.

Sadiq Khan adds weight to scheme to construct spartan apartments that will sell for up to 40% less than usual new-builds.

Who needs internal walls or a fitted kitchen anyway?

As house prices soar ever further out of reach, London’ (...)