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How Anukruti’s Playgrounds Transformed Lives in Indian Schools and Slums

Varun Kumar • December 12, 2017 • 16

How Anukruti’s Playgrounds Transformed Lives in Indian Schools and Slums

"Nearly two-thirds of parents say there is no place for their children to play within walking distance of home," says Charles Montgomery, Happy City-Transforming Our Lives Trough Urban Design.

Anukruti means small creative spaces in Hindi. Driven by the belief that every child deserves safe and healthy play spaces, lead- Architect Martina Spies and her team have now built nine playgrounds, called "Urban Flowers", with local art and handicraft in Mumbai and Chennai.

The craze for hyperactive games among kids is no less in India. The most sought after time of the day is after school for the real action-outdoor games with neighborhood friends. But in many cases children take up unsafe places to play. Most fun part of this activit (...)

Top 10 Architecture Books Of 2017

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 682

Top 10 Architecture Books Of 2017

As we approach to 2018, we have rounded up the best architectural books of 2017 for our readers. Picked up from WAC Books, World Architecture Community's selection does not necessarily follows the same form of architectural production in similar lines, but lists a diverse selection of books with different social and political discourses in different categories.

Yayoi Kusama's illustrative children's book Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!, OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf's Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession, examining the complex relationships of professional practice, and Philip Jodidio's Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air, exploring 50 of the most beautiful, inventive, and en (...)

Paul Cocksedge designs 33-metre-long twisted canopy to be erected in Oman's Botanic Garden

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 224

Paul Cocksedge designs 33-metre-long twisted canopy to be erected in Oman's Botanic Garden

London industrial designer Paul Cocksedge has proposed a twisted garden canopy to be erected in one of the world's largest botanical gardens in Oman, designed by Grimshaw.

Paul Cocksedge, co-founder of Paul Cocksedge Studio, is now working with global engineering firm Arup to build this 33-metre-long steel canopy in Oman's largest and innovative botanical gardens - the canopy is derived from the sun's path across the sky.

The convoluted canopy will be designed by using planetary data collected from the garden and it has a distorted version of eight figure that is shaped by the sun's changing position across the course of a year.

Seemeingly carried over only two steel columns, the curl-formed canopy is d (...)

Grimshaw unveils first images for world's largest botanic garden in Oman

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 315

Grimshaw unveils first images for world's largest botanic garden in Oman

Grimshaw, in collaboration with Arup and Haley Sharpe Design, has released first images for the Oman Botanic Graden, which is designed to be the world's largest and innovative botanic garden in Muscat, Oman.

The new design scheme, including high-tech engineering, landscape design and atypical architecture, covers a 420 (4,200,000 square meters) hectares area in total - the Oman Botanic Garden is set to be the largest of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula and one of the largest in the world.

The garden will conserve and celebrate Oman's botanic diversity within two biomes and surrounding external habitats, containing the country's most endangered and endemic flora.

The large-scale masterplan is situated at th (...)

Luigi Rosselli Architects' Book House features shifted concrete slabs overlooking Sydney harbour

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 187

Luigi Rosselli Architects' Book House features shifted concrete slabs overlooking Sydney harbour

Luigi Rosselli Architects has completed a private house for a calligrapher and his wife on the northern side of Sydney’s harbour, comprised of a series of shifted concrete slabs.

Named The Books House, the three-storey private residence takes cues from the concept of "stacked boxes" proposed by the client and the ledges and shelves of Sydney-Hawkesbury sandstone outcrops. This region's surfaces on the steep escarpments of the northern side of Sydney Harbour includes the block of land owned by the calligrapher and the business woman.

Image © Justin Alexander

"A Calligrapher handed three books to his wife, she placed them in a random stack on the table… "We want The Books House", explained the busine (...)

Foster + Partners wins competition to extend Marseille Airport with 22-metre-high glazed hall

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 430

Foster + Partners wins competition to extend Marseille Airport with 22-metre-high glazed hall

Foster + Partners has won a competition to extend Marseille Provence Airport with a 22-metre-high glazed hall, which is conceived to serve up to 12 million passengers per year (excluding the MP2 terminal), with future-proofing the development until 2046.

The design will connect the "missing piece" of the 1992 extension by Richard Rogers with the original 1960s building by Fernand Pouillon. Phase I of the project will create a new "Coeur" - literally, heart in French - that rationalises arrival and departure sequences within a single building, creating an intuitive progression through the terminal for passengers.

The Coeur is a 22-metre-high glazed hall whose structural expression addresses to the original building of Pouillon, (...)

MAD's Martian Collection displayed at Gallery ALL for DesignMiami/2017

WA Contents • December 11, 2017 • 252

MAD's Martian Collection displayed at Gallery ALL for DesignMiami/2017

Gallery ALL has presented MAD's MAD Martian Collection during DesignMiami/2017, which has ended up yesterday. Designed by Ma Yansong, founder and principal partner of MAD Architects, the contoured forms of the furniture pieces recall elements of natural, albeit foreign, extra-terrestrial environments.

The collection comprises seven pieces and is finished in a fluid, highly reflective metallic skin that suggests the inherent ability of the designs to respond to their changing environments, while expressing a nostalgia for utility and human culture. They represent an exercise in interpreting MAD’s "Shanshui City" philosophy in the context of a science fiction narrative.

The MAD Martian Collection is part of an ongoing (...)

Nominations For NDTV-Design & Architecture Awards 2017 Are Open Till 20th December

SARBJIT BAHGA • December 11, 2017 • 485

Nominations For NDTV-Design & Architecture Awards 2017 Are Open Till 20th December

Nominations for the fifth edition of the NDTV Design & Architecture Awards 2017, in partnership with Grohe, Europe’s largest and the world's leading premium single-brand manufacturer and supplier of sanitary fittings, are now open till 20th December 2017.

These highly coveted awards focuses on the complexities of building project from a design, aesthetic, sustainability and conservation perspective, as well as a strong sense of purpose. The awards takes a collective view of the results confidentially selected after rigorous assessment by the Jury comprising of eminent architects & interior designers.

Awards Categories:

Here are the categories for the Design & Architecture Awards 2017:

1. Ar (...)

Pape Bird Observation Tower winners announced for Latvia's Pape Nature Park

WA Contents • December 8, 2017 • 439

Pape Bird Observation Tower winners announced for Latvia's Pape Nature Park

Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions have announced winners for the Pape Bird Observation Tower competition, is the first of a series to be organised by Bee Breeders in collaboration with the support of Pasaules Dabas Fonds, Latvia's leading nature conservation fund. The competition selected the winning projects from Spain, USA, France.

"Winning participants submitted designs for a new bird observation station and were selected based their functionality, as well as their sensitivity to the environment, and their potential to serve as a landmark," stated the competition.Berta Risueño and Manuel Pareja from Spain received the 1st place prize for their designs reminiscent of a bird’s nest and a jewel box, whose use of (...)

Shigeru Ban wins 2017 Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice

WA Contents • December 8, 2017 • 972

Shigeru Ban wins 2017 Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice

Acclaimed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been named as the winner of the 2017 Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for "social justice", Ban will be the first Japanese architect winning this prestigious prize so far.

The prize was established by the Harmony Foundation in 2005 to honor individuals and organisations who aim to promote peace, harmony and social justice.

Socially minded architect Shigeru Ban was recognised for his activities in disaster areas in many parts of the world. Ban was described as a "disaster relief" architect, whose many projects included to quickly set up temporary structures in disaster-hit areas.

Aspen Art Museum in USA. Image © Michael Moran / OTTO

The award is describ (...)

PLP Architecture opens its new office in Japan

WA Contents • December 8, 2017 • 901

PLP Architecture opens its new office in Japan

London-based PLP Architecture has opened its new office in the Shibuya area of Tokyo, Japan to expand abroad and set up close collaborations on local projects in Japan. The image sent in a press release by the PLP shows a feasibility study in Tokyo.

For the past eight years, PLP Architecture has have been praised for the world most sustainable, smart and well-being centred design and worked with leading developers in countries like China, Australia, and Russia, as well as in Europe and the Middle East.

Completed projects include The Edge in Amsterdam which was quoted "the smartest building in the world" by Bloomberg and Sky Central in London which won "2017 The Best of the Best award" from BCO (British Council for Offices) fo (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects' shopping complex made of engineered bamboo creates louvered surfaces

WA Contents • December 8, 2017 • 947

Zaha Hadid Architects' shopping complex made of engineered bamboo creates louvered surfaces

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed a new shopping complex in the city of Milan, located at the ground floor of a 44-storey ZHA-desinged Generali Tower.

Developed as a 366,000-square-metre masterplan, CityLife redevelopment project is conceived to be one of the main projects of this kind in Europe - the plans also involve the world-renowned architects' projects, including Arata Isozaki, Daniel Libeskind, Andrea Maffei, alongside Zaha Hadid Architects.

Named CityLife Shopping District, the project is located above Tre Torri station on the M5 line of Milan’s Metro network, which connects a new public park to indoor and outdoor piazzas, food hall, restaurants, cafes, shops and cinema as well as facilities for health a (...)

BIG releases new plans for chequerboard-domed sports and music venue in Austin

WA Contents • December 8, 2017 • 830

BIG releases new plans for chequerboard-domed sports and music venue in Austin

Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG has released new plans for a new sports and music venue in Austin, Texas, which will separate the functions of the building under one checkered roofscape. A large 40,000-seat stadium, serving for large soccer and rugby matches, music festivals and other major events, will be placed at its centre.

Called East Austin District, the design scheme will create an entirely new sports and entertainment neighborhood tailored to celebrate world-class sports and cultural experiences under one checkered roofscape.

"Located at the site of Rodeo Austin, the 1.3 million sf East Austin District is a world of worlds for sports fans, music festival-goers and adventurists, capturing the distinct spirit of Austin with (...)

Winners announced for Amber Road Trekking Cabin competition

WA Contents • December 8, 2017 • 733

Winners announced for Amber Road Trekking Cabin competition

Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions have announced winners for the Amber Road Trekking Cabin competition, which selected the winning projects from Denmark, Poland and Australia. The competition sought out ideas for a rest cabin along the Latvian Baltic coast that would make the iconic trekking trail more accessible to visitors.

The selected projects reflected various elements of landscape and natural environment to create economically viable, securable, functional, suitable structures, while considering sensibilities for their environment.

The winning project, LINK by Scott Grbavac, Andreea Cutieru, and Santiago Carlos Peña Fiorda from Denmark, was chosen for its strength as both an architectural and landscape propos (...)

James Stewart Polshek awarded 2018 AIA Gold Medal

WA Contents • December 7, 2017 • 670

James Stewart Polshek awarded 2018 AIA Gold Medal

James Stewart Polshek, FAIA, has been awarded with the AIA's highest annual honour, the 2018 AIA Gold Medal, recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

The Board of Directors and the Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) praised James Stewart Polshek's firm (James Stewart Polshek Architect but currently Ennead Architects) - for its human-centered and inspiring design solutions.

Presented as an educator of an entire generation of design professionals, and a generous creative spirit, the AIA also praised him for creating "a legacy of idealism etched in every facet of his contributions to both society and the profession."

Ne (...)

Call for Entries for the Tenth European Prize for Urban Public Space

WA Contents • December 7, 2017 • 521

Call for Entries for the Tenth European Prize for Urban Public Space

The Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) calls for entries for its tenth edition of the European Prize for Urban Public Space, an honorific biennial competition which, since 2000, has recognised the creation and recovery of public spaces, and presented awards for the best public space interventions carried out in European cities.

Representing the CCCB on this tenth award of the Prize, the president of the International Jury deciding the prize-winning projects carried out in 2016 and 2017 will be Olga Tarrasó, architect and holder of a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, with long experience working with public space projects in several European cities.The other members of the Jury are Peter Chacola S (...)

MVRDV's first project in UAE will feature seven pixelated towers with a central plaza by BIG

WA Contents • December 7, 2017 • 818

MVRDV's first project in UAE will feature seven pixelated towers with a central plaza by BIG

MVRDV has unveiled its first project in the United Arab Emirates that creates a village-like atmosphere with seven pixelated towers and featuring a floating central plaza designed by Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG.

Named Pixel, the 76,000-square-metre residential development will consist of over 15,000-square-metre commercial and retail spaces, as part of an 18-hectare masterplan community development by IMKAN Properties, opposite the Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District. Built in Abu Dhabi's Makers District, the project mixes work, living and various lifestyles around a central pedestrianised plaza.

The mid-rise towers will consist of seven, home to retail, office, co-working and community spaces at lower levels, steppi (...)

34th National Convention Of IIA (NATCON 2017) To Be Held At Bhubaneswar On 7-9 December

SARBJIT BAHGA • December 7, 2017 • 384

34th National Convention Of  IIA (NATCON 2017) To Be Held At Bhubaneswar On 7-9 December

NATCON is the largest annual convention of the Architects in India organized by the Indian Institute of Architects – IIA. This year NATCON will be hosted by IIA - Odisha Chapter in the capital city of Bhubaneswar - A perfect place where Indian architecture has flourished since time immemorial. NATCON - 2017 will be inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of the State, Sh. Naveen Patnaik. The Event will be graced by the presence of the Hon'ble Vice President of India, Shri. Venkaiah Naidu.

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Architectural Footprints Impact on Cities

"Architecture is the footprint we leave behind in the sands of time."This intriguing phrase, over the ages, has proved to be apparently true. ARCHITECTURAL FOOTPRINTS - t (...)

Winners of 16th Spanish ceramic tile awards announced

Michael Swords • December 6, 2017 • 467

Winners of 16th Spanish ceramic tile awards announced

The results of the 16th edition of the "Premio cerámica de arquitectura y interiorismo" were announced this Tuesday, 28th November by its organisers, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association, "ASCER", following a judging ceremony presided over by Iñaki Ábalos.The award, which celebrates the important role of ceramics in Spanish architecture, is divided into three categories: architecture, interior design and student projects.

Bodega Mont-Ras by Jorge Vidal and Victor Rahola. Image © José Hevia

First prize in the architecture category was awarded to the project "Bodega Mont-Ras" by Jorge Vidal and Victor Rahola, in which a relationship between the making of a winery and the form (...)

Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design uses Tibetan style with smooth transitions for a new homestay hotel

WA Contents • December 6, 2017 • 518

Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design uses Tibetan style with smooth transitions for a new homestay hotel

China-based design firm Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design has completed a new homestay hotel in an ancient city Shangri-La, Yunnan, China. The 1200-square-metre hotel takes inspiration from the existing architectural elements of Shangri-La - known as the Tibetan style - and the elements of Oriental Zen.

The new hotel, named as Karesansui, is connected to the existing buildings with bridged corridors, which creates a smooth transition and presents the beauty of nature was gradually shown.

The client drew a rough draft by hand, including the elements of Oriental Zen and of the Tibetan style of ancient city Shangri-La, emphasised the lead architect Xu Xujun.

Karesansui is located at No. 46 Cuo Lang, North Gate Street of Duk (...)

Serving Agriculture Through Architecture: Punjab Builds India's First Maize Dryers

SARBJIT BAHGA • December 6, 2017 • 478

Serving Agriculture Through Architecture: Punjab Builds India's First Maize Dryers

Punjab is an agrarian state having paddy and wheat as its main crops. Due to plenty of these food grains, the central and state governments are pursuing the farmers to diversify their crop pattern and adopt maize as one of the major alternative crop. The maize crop in Punjab is presently facing a serious marketing problem due to high percentage of moisture content in the grains.

The moisture percentage in the grains at the time of harvesting season is up to 28% but actual requirement of moisture for proper storage and processing is 14% approximately. This results in low price of the crop. The sun drying during this period is not practically possible because it coincides with the monsoons; moreover sun drying is not uniform.

To (...)

CUN Design converts old factory into a new beauty shop in an industrial site of Beijing

WA Contents • December 6, 2017 • 945

CUN Design converts old factory into a new beauty shop in an industrial site of Beijing

Chinese design firm CUN Design has completed a new beauty shop by using the relics of the existing factory in an industrial site of Beijing in China. Named 751 Fashion Buyer Shop, the highly-industrial-looking building is located in the JiuXianQiao island - which is known as as 'holy island' for old factories.

Situated in the heart of the fashion design square of 751 D-Park Beijing, which is one of the landmarks in the locomotive square, the studio designed this fashion shop by setting on the footprints of industrial relics of this area.

"People agree that the urbanization nowadays is largely a byproduct of industrialization. In the past, you cannot imagine that how to call a city without any factories."

"The (...)

Atelier Tree's new jewelery store in Beijing features golden cloud floating on acrylic boxes

WA Contents • December 6, 2017 • 448

Atelier Tree's new jewelery store in Beijing features golden cloud floating on acrylic boxes

A golden cloud, made of thousands of steel lattice, is floating on countless white boxes, displaying a number of brands' jewelries and special collections of a shocking brand vision of POPPEE in Beijing, China.

Designed by Atelier Tree, the studio takes inspiration from an amazing natural phenomenon - crepuscular rays - called Tyndall effect, which enlightens the logical growth of exhibit racks and becomes the original type of interior illumination design as well.

Architect saves the ground space for landscape, with exhibiting boxes hanging in the air, which makes the whole indoor structure floating. Particularly designed acrylic boxes, accommodating numerous brands' jewelries, are located at different heights within v (...)

Kleinewelt Architekten completes new winery and cultural centre in Russia

WA Contents • December 5, 2017 • 840

Kleinewelt Architekten completes new winery and cultural centre in Russia

Moscow-based architecture and research studio Kleinewelt Architekten has completed a new winery and cultural centre in Krasnodarsky Krai, Russia. Named Gay-Kadzor Winery, the 1,500-square-metre multifunctional complex is located halfway between Anapa and Novorossiysk, the sunniest spot of Russia just 5 km away from the sea.

Apart from being a production facility, the project combines various functions including museum, education, hospitality and entertainment facilities. Designed as a truly innovative project, the traditional wine producers in Spain, France and Italy have long been using modern architecture as an attractor, according to the architects.

"Construction of this type of buildings appealed to Frank Gehry, Norman Fo (...)