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Young Architects in Latin America at Venice Architecture Biennale

WA Contents • May 22, 2018 • 339

Young Architects in Latin America at Venice Architecture Biennale

The CA’ASI is exhibiting Young Architects in Latin America, one of the 12 official collateral events of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition from May 26th to November 25th, 2018.

Following the success of the New Chinese Architecture in 2010, Young Arab Architects in 2012 and Young Architects in Africa in 2014, the CA’ASI launches the Young Architects in Latin America competition in order to highlight the creativity of Latin American projects, and help a rising generation of young architects achieve worldwide recognition.

On this occasion, the CA’ASI opens its doors to youngarchitects to offer a unique look at La Biennale di Venezia2018 theme Freespace.Laureates and nominees were selected by an inte (...)

Kaira Looro International Competition announces winners for a Cultural Center in Senegal

WA Contents • May 22, 2018 • 350

Kaira Looro International Competition announces winners for a Cultural Center in Senegal

The Kaira Looro International Competition has announced winners for a new Cultural Center in Senegal, which was developed as a tribute to African cultures.

Hundred-years old cultures give birth to Communities, being transmitted through rhymes of those who are narrating it and interpretating tha past through wisdom. Human’s accomplishments are the result of rituals and metamorphosis, bonding the human being to its own roots through dance, history, music, colours, flavours, materials and landscapes. From this concept the participants took inspiration for the design process of a Cultural Center in Sedhiou, Senegal.

“Kaira Looro Competition 2018 - Cultural Center” is the second edition of the International Archi (...)

WA Awards 27th Cycle Winner Posters And Certificates Are Ready To Download

WA Contents • May 22, 2018 • 468

WA Awards 27th Cycle Winner Posters And Certificates Are Ready To Download

World Architecture Community announced WA Awards 27th Cycle Winner Posters and Certificates!

You are invited to Download! We present 33 winner posters and certificates for the 27th Cycle. Please visit your project page to download or preview your high-resolution Winner Posters and visit your winner page from your WA settings to download your Winner Certificates.

Please see WA Awards 27th Cycle Winners!

One Cycle ends and another begins, so if you want to see your projects potentially awarded, the best is to participate. The 28th Cycle of WA Awards is now open for submissions, so hurry up and participate to the WA Awards 28th Cycle now. If you are a Student or an Academic Member of any University, you can send your entr (...)

Book Review: Connecting the Dots by Architect Sanjay Mohe

Pappal Suneja • May 22, 2018 • 729

Book Review: Connecting the Dots by Architect Sanjay Mohe

The New Book, Connecting the Dots authored by Sanjay Mohe, Indian architect and founder partner of Mindspace architects, Bangalore is a collection of drawings of the diverse projects and sketches by him. This book is published by Sanjay Dhingra; Border Books, New Delhi. After 13 years of unique architectural practice, Sanjay Mohe's first monograph has meticulously covered sketches of a wide spectrum of projects, naming a few: NIFT Chennai, JRD Tata Digital Library IISc Bangalore, NSRGIV Center IIM Bangalore, Dr. Reddy’s Leadership Academy Hyderabad and TERI Delhi Atrium etc.

According to the author; Words are ideas, a line has the potential to be an idea. An idea starts with a dot, it becomes a line, and sometimes the decis (...)

WAC appoints Medha Sobti as Country Reporter for India

WA Contents • May 22, 2018 • 1591

WAC appoints Medha Sobti as Country Reporter for India

Medha Sobti - IndiaSince May 16, 2018Medha Sobti has been appointed as India's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Medha Sobti was born in Panchkula, brought up in New Delhi. Sobti is an architect with experience in architectural design, research, writing and communications. She has worked on different scale of projects and has published for various magazines in the architecture domain. She has also been awarded for her contribution in the architectural journalism field. She offers professional consultancy through her own venture Inscribing Architecture. She is a basketball player, an avid reader, an enthusiastic traveler, an amateur photographer. Sobti participates in debates and is organizing (...)

Albanian Pavilion to present Tirana Zero Space at the 16th Venice Biennial of Architecture

Eneida Berisha • May 20, 2018 • 774

Albanian Pavilion to present Tirana Zero Space at the 16th Venice Biennial of Architecture

Only a few days await to the official opening of the Venice Biennial of Architecture and Albania this year will be represented by a project that will catapult in the international stage its capital, Tirana, and an imminent social phenomenon current also today. The Albanian Pavilion for the 16th Venice Biennial is titled Hapesira Zero - Zero Space. The team consists of five Albanian personalities, prominent in the Albanian cultural and architectural scene with a strong critical approach to design, composed of architects: Dorian Tytymce and Florian Pollo - co-founders of Varka Architecture, Jurtin Hajro, founder of commonsense.studio and Enri Leka, founder of Fablab Tirana, and art curator and cofounder of EJAlbum, Elton Koritari.

Jurt (...)

WAC appoints Nadeem ul Hasan as Pakistan’s Country Reporter

WA Contents • May 20, 2018 • 1251

WAC appoints Nadeem ul Hasan as Pakistan’s Country Reporter

Nadeem ul Hasan - PakistanSince May 20, 2018Nadeem ul Hasan has been appointed as Pakistan's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Nadeem ul Hasan has designed various buildings and interiors all over Pakistan and abroad and won awards. He is one of those Pakistani architects who practice internationally. The excellence of his design is an intriguing concept unique for every project. His practice follows contemporary lines of architecture with innovative details in reference to the context, making his design statement global yet local.

You can follow Nadeem on Twitter and Facebook.

If you also want to be part of our volunteer reporters and become "the voice of your country on WAC whi (...)

Moksham Design Competition: Old Age Home for Excellence & Growth, Honorable Mention Entry

Pappal Suneja • May 20, 2018 • 512

Moksham Design Competition: Old Age Home for Excellence & Growth, Honorable Mention Entry

This is the synopsis of Moksham Design Competition themed towards healthy living for the elderly by Pappal Suneja & Associates. The team comprises of a trio of young Indians: architect Pappal Suneja, and architecture students Mayank Gupta, and Nalini Sharma. The competition motto emphasized the fact that making life longer cannot be controlled, but making it better can be! And the brief described in the competition brochure stated that “the world stands on the threshold of a stunning demographic transformation: “the global aging”, and it promises to reshape virtually every dimension of the economy and society over the next few decades. This raises a question on the ability of our society to provide a decent standard of (...)

Architectural Journalism Competition Series, India

Pappal Suneja • May 20, 2018 • 2877

Architectural Journalism Competition Series, India

Architectural Journalism Competition Series is an Initiative to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of Inspiration to take up it as a profession in a developing nation like India where it still needs to explore its wings to the fullest potential.

There shall be a total of 10 Series conducted at a regular interval of one month each. Best Publications from all the Series shall be published in the form of a customized book with ISBN No.

Themes for Series 1 to 10 are as follows:

Series 1: "Share an Experience with any Architectural masterpiece"

Monuments and Masterpieces exist everywhere; only their stories remain untold and thus, unheard. Even in India, there are many great works that are being bu (...)

Send Your Entries To WA Awards 28th Cycle Until May 31, 2018

WA Contents • May 19, 2018 • 2453

Send Your Entries To WA Awards 28th Cycle Until May 31, 2018

World Architecture Community has opened the WA Awards 28th Cycle to accept innovative projects from all around to be judged by a panel of star jury, including world-renowned architects, high-profiled academics and top design leaders. All architects and students can send their entries until May 31, 2018.

Since 2006 and for over 25 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.

The Street in India by Sanjay Puri won the WA Award in the (...)

WAC announces Ali Bakshi as Pakistan's Country Reporter

WA Contents • May 19, 2018 • 744

WAC announces Ali Bakshi as Pakistan's Country Reporter

Ali Bakshi - PakistanSince May 18, 2018Ali Bakshi has been appointed as Pakistan's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Ali is a professionally qualified architect with Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from NED-UET and he is currently a Master's student in Architecture with specialization in urban design PART 2 RIBA and ARB accredited degree at Oxford Brookes University. Ali is a member of OXarch society and department representative at Oxford Brookes University. He is also a registered architect at PCATP Pakistan. His thesis "The Talash Center" was published in Archeologist Magazine in 2017. Ali previously worked at the Sustainable City Dubai, the first zero carbon development in Duba (...)

MVRDV transforms Albania's communist-era pyramid into a Culture Center with mega urban staircases

WA Contents • May 19, 2018 • 1623

MVRDV transforms Albania's communist-era pyramid into a Culture Center with mega urban staircases

World-renowned Dutch firm MVRDV has released plans to transform Albania's communist-era pyramid into a new centre for technology, art and culture, featuring mega urban staircases that reach to the peak point.

MVRDV's initial design was presented to the public with the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama, Mayor Erion Veliaj, The Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) and the members of the Municipality of Tirana. Details about the presentation with the history of the Pyramid will be online soon on WAC.

Image © Gent Onuzi

The 11,800-square-metre former communist monument will act as a large multifunctional technology education centre for young people. "This project will completely change the current (...)

Emina Čamdžić appointed as WAC's Bosnia And Herzegovina Reporter

WA Contents • May 19, 2018 • 732

Emina Čamdžić appointed as WAC's Bosnia And Herzegovina Reporter

Emina Čamdžić - Bosnia And HerzegovinaSince May 17, 2018Emina Čamdžić has been appointed as Bosnia And Herzegovina's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program.Emina Čamdžić is a multidisciplinary architect based in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has studied Architecture and Spatial Planning at University Sarajevo, and attended visiting schools in Enschede, Istanbul, and AA London.Emina’s work focuses on innovative, energy-efficient and resilient projects, conceptual designs and artistic ideas. As an architect, Emina has worked in Bosnian-Herzegovian and international architectural studios, was an occasional guest lecturer, such as at the UEL, KKH workshop and has had her projects exhibited at: (...)

Golden Temple, Amritsar: Magnificent and Divine Footprint of Sikh Architecture

Pappal Suneja • May 19, 2018 • 821

Golden Temple, Amritsar: Magnificent and Divine Footprint of Sikh Architecture

India is a vast country with rich past and glorious heritage, witnessing a blend of cultures from all over the world. Many great civilizations dwelled and survived; great rulers ruled and revered saints worshiped here. The great history of our country with deep-rooted legacy is replete with milestones and footprints of the creators of history, and all of this shines brightly in our lives. India has much to boast about, and most of all, its magnificent architectural heritage.

One such building that has an enchanting mark in all minds is The Golden Temple. The Golden Temple, also referred to as ‘Sachkhand’, ‘abode of God’, is a marvel of excellence that bejewels the sparkling legacy of the Indian architecture. L (...)

New York City's Times Square has taken over by a design “happening”

Elif Merve Unsal • May 18, 2018 • 1693

New York City's Times Square has taken over by a design “happening”

"Like NYC, Times Square is constantly changing and churning, and to both respond to and shape that churn we've wanted to tap the best design talent in New York City. A focal point for the challenge of that changing environment is Times Square's public spaces, where we want design that is both distinctive and functional and different from that which has come before," Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, said in a statement.

Times square has always been full of costumed characters beckon to tourist crowd under the pulsing lights of towering digital billboards and for the last 6 years, its caretaker — the Times Square Alliance —has been using the famous plaza as a ground for NYCxDesign Pavilions. NYC (...)

WAC announces Pappal Suneja as Country Reporter for India

berrin chatzi chousein • May 18, 2018 • 1959

WAC announces Pappal Suneja as Country Reporter for India

Pappal Suneja - IndiaSince December 13, 2017Pappal Suneja has been appointed as India's Country Reporter, as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters program. Pappal is a great entrepreneur in digital journalism, specifically, he is moving quite ambitiously to take journalism out of the borders that he lives in. Pappal has a special focus on writing about local competitions, events, conferences and new initiatives regarding to Indian local architecture. His most popular article Architectural Journalism Competition Series, India has reached over 2,660 views at the time of this article. Pappal Suneja has recently published a book entitled "Exploration of Architectural Journalism in India". After graduating from Guru Nanak Dev. Univ (...)

Open House Prague Livens the City Up

Elis Mutlu • May 18, 2018 • 403

Open House Prague Livens the City Up

Open House Prague is the name of a non-profit organization as well as a significant cultural event, that opens otherwise usually inaccessible buildings and areas with significant architectural qualities to the public. This year the festival celebrates its fourth edition, and it takes place on May 18-19, 2018. Moreover, it is free of charge for everyone. It mainly contributes connecting people of different generations, education, incomes and professions around the idea that an active participation of citizens in the public space what livens up and opens the city, and connects architects & city experts with the general public.

About the Organizers

It is organized by a small team of architecture enthusiasts, mostly women, w (...)

Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces: A New Book For Fostering Health With Built Environments

Ayla Gunerhan Adakli • May 18, 2018 • 466

Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces: A New Book For Fostering Health With Built Environments

The design and planning of the built environment have profound and lasting impacts on health. There is a new book for the ones who are interested in moving health and design agenda forward. It is called "Healthy Environments, Healing Spaces" and consists of a collection of essays. The book has a salutogenic (health-promoting) focus, and it addresses a timely and crucial question, “How can we design, plan, and sustain built environments that foster health and healing?" The book discusses a range of contemporary issues such as health equity, biophilic cities, healthcare facility design, environmental health, aging in place, and food systems planning. It is organized in four parts and contains twelve essays. The first part of the book in (...)

Mexican Library Recognized as One of The Best in the World

Nora Vasconcelos • May 17, 2018 • 1179

Mexican Library Recognized as One of The Best in the World

The Tecnológico de Monterrey new Main Library has been recognized as "The Best Academic Library in the World" - over 30,000 sq. ft category - during the Library Interior Design Awards 2018.The building, located in the city of Monterrey, in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, was recognized by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Library Association (ALA), both of them organizers of the biennial event that recognizes achievements in library interior design aesthetics, creativity, and function.The design of the library was developed by the following international firms: Sasaki Associates Inc, GLR Arquitectos, RDLP Arquitectos and Convirtus.

Inside the six-story building, the students find (...)

Clare Cousins named as the 79th Australian Institute of Architects National President

Liz Foo • May 17, 2018 • 386

Clare Cousins named as the 79th Australian Institute of Architects National President

Effective 16 May 2018, Clare Cousins of Clare Cousins Architects officially takes on the role of 79th National Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) President replacing Richard Kirk, who becomes Immediate Past President. A strong advocate for gender equity in architecture through avenues such as Parlour, Clare epitomises a successful modern-day woman within the architectural and construction context of Australia and beyond, alongside many other women.

"Architects are ideally placed to help deliver solutions to challenges around housing affordability, without compromising on amenity. We want to work with government to implement here in Australia housing models from around the world that could play a vital role in providing more app (...)

Pavilion of Turkey releases details for "The Shift" at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

WA Contents • May 17, 2018 • 565

Pavilion of Turkey releases details for

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) has released details for the Pavilion of Turkey curated by Kerem Piker, the founder of Kerem Piker Architecture (KPM). The Turkey Pavilion will exhibit "The Shift" at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, taking place from May 26 to November 25 2018 at the Arsenale and the Giardini. This year's theme will explore "Freespace" curated by Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

Piker's theme, The Shift/Vardiya, follows an atypical architectural discourse compared to other installations or projects that are set to be exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Kerem Piker, curator of the Shift at the Pavilion of Turkey for the 2018 Venice Archite (...)

Doshi​​​’s First Detailed Public Lecture Held in Toronto After His Pritzker Prize Announcement

Medha Sobti • May 17, 2018 • 992

Doshi​​​’s First Detailed Public Lecture Held in Toronto After His Pritzker Prize Announcement

Balkrishna Doshi, who became the first ever Indian winner of the architecture fraternity’s most prestigious award earlier this year, presented Pritzker Prize Laureate Lecture entitled "Paths Uncharted" on Wednesday 16th May at 6:30 pm ET. The event was hosted by The University of Toronto’s John H.Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, at the school's new home, in the Daniels Building at One Spading Crescent. The lecture was one of the first events at the new building and marked the 40th anniversary of the Pritzker Prize. 2018 will also be the first year that the award was presented in Canada.

He expressed his humble gratitude by beginning the lecture with "In what way can I express my thanks and gratit (...)

Herzog & de Meuron creates naked concrete interior for Prada's Resort 2019 show in New York

WA Contents • May 17, 2018 • 773

Herzog & de Meuron creates naked concrete interior for Prada's Resort 2019 show in New York

Herzog & de Meuron has created a naked concrete interior mixed with red panels and lighting system for the Prada Resort 2019 fashion show in New York.

The show, held on May 4, 2018 on the seventh floor of the Prada Headquarters, was presented in a specially-designed venue by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron. The venue was opened to the New York Prada world for the first time, which is unknown to everybody so far. The space

The space is situated on the seventh floor of the Prada Headquarters, which was transformed from the former piano factory. It is the first project realised by Herzog & de Meuron for Prada in 2000. Offering ideal spaces on the ground floor, on the upper floors and ultimately on the rooftop, the stu (...)

BIG built its first tiny cabin in New York in crystal-like shape

WA Contents • May 17, 2018 • 1573

BIG built its first tiny cabin in New York in crystal-like shape

Bjarke Ingels Group, in collaboration with Søren Rose Studio, has completed its first tiny house in upstate New York, featuring angular walls, pitched roof, high-ceiling allowing maximum daylight and mountainous view, and customisable interior.

Named A45, this tiny home, soaring 13 ft height (3,96 meters), was developed for KLEIN, a company develops a series of tiny home concepts that will be developed by leading architects from around the globe and experts in automation, water consumption and solar power to ensure a beautiful, fully reliable and self-powered home in many parts of the world.

BIG's first design for tiny home follows an atypical home concept that allows users a customizable interior with a specific t (...)