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Donald Insall Associates converts 19th-century Temperate House into a giant botanical garden

WA Contents • Jul 16, 2018 • 277

Donald Insall Associates converts 19th-century Temperate House into a giant botanical garden

UK-based conservation architecture practice Donald Insall Associates has converted the 19th-century Temperate House into a giant botanical garden in Richmond upon Thames, in southwest of London. The building situated at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew was predicated on a Victorian obsession with the observation and study of the natural world.

Originally designed by Decimus Burton between 1800-1881, the Temperate House is a series of five Grade I Listed pavilions standing prominently on a raised earth mound, aligned on an axis with the Kew Pagoda. It is one of a number of other Decimus Burton projects at Kew that include the Victoria Gate and the majestic Palm House.

After a major five year restoration programme with Donald (...)

Lake Pavilion: Brothers Grimm landscapes?

WA Contents • Jul 16, 2018 • 378

Lake Pavilion: Brothers Grimm landscapes?

The film of the "Lake Pavilion" from the architects DepA, created by Building Pictures, reveals the magical side of the project, and made us think that we enter in one of brothers Grimm Landscapes.

Although this landscapes are not from Germany, they are Portuguese. The project was localized, at the lake from Serralves Park, between July of 2017 and May of 2018, and was made for the exhibition "Live Uncertainty: an exhibition after the 32ndBienal de São Paulo".The magical side of the film is given by the mirrored materiality of the pavilion, which eliminates the barrier between architecture and nature. We found out that it is not perceptible where nature and pavilion begins or ends. The temporary building often seems to thin in (...)

Criticism vs. Populism & Contextual Architecture

Pappal Suneja • Jul 14, 2018 • 352

Criticism vs. Populism & Contextual Architecture

Contextual Architecture is the study of consciousness, deeply connected with what we feel in and around the built environment and landscapes, which are made not just to stand but rather to generate quality spaces. The essence of obligation to truth and loyalty of the building is the discipline of Critical Evaluation of Criticism v/s Populism in Architecture related to Contextual Responses.

“An Architect is too much in love with his creation; indulges in narcissism or self-love, only a contextual critic can bring out a perspective”. 'Wow!' and 'Why?: These are the two expressions which a critic expresses after the construction of a new building.

In today’s time, the most important aspect of conside (...)

EPArquitectos + Estudio Macias Peredo built educational complex made of hexagonal brick modules

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 539

EPArquitectos + Estudio Macias Peredo built educational complex made of hexagonal brick modules

Two Mexican architecture firms EPArquitectos and Estudio Macias Peredo have built a new educational complex, composed of 19 hexagonal modules and built from hollow brick to respond the local climate conditions of Mazatlán in México.

Titled Colegio María Montessori Mazatlán, the 1,100-square-metre complex is located in Mazatlan, a city on the Pacific coast is known with its humid climate and high temperatures around the year, which invited the architects to think an architecture that considers how to respond to the climate and the high degree of salinity of the area.

The architects followed a particular strategy for the school to minimize the heat impact in the classroom - without losing natural ligh (...)

Michael Maltzan installs Star Apartments providing homes for 102 homeless people in LA

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 622

Michael Maltzan installs Star Apartments providing homes for 102 homeless people in LA

LA-based architecture firm Michael Maltzan Architecture has installed giant version of Star Apartments at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which provides an in-depth exploration of the units to reflect what kind of a life is taking place in the buildings since 2014.

Called Star Apartments, the giant models are presented at the Giardini of Venice Biennale to give an overall impression about the scale of the city, the scale of the building and the scale of the individual in the general sense.

Image © Italo Rondinella, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Star Apartments, completed in 2014 in downtown Los Angeles, was designed as a permanent supportive housing project, providing homes for 102 formerly home (...)

Austrian Pavilion presents "Thoughts Form Matter" exploring spatial metaphors at Venice Biennale

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 509

Austrian Pavilion presents

The Pavilion of Austria has installed a wooden framework to explore different spatial metaphors at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Called Thoughts Form Matter, the exhibition is designed as a plea for the power of architecture and as an intellectual analysis of the world and for the freedom to design spaces that are not subject to functional and economic constraints.

Exhibition View with “Sphere 1:50.000“ (LAAC) “Layers of Atmosphere“ (Henke Schreieck) and “Beauty=Function“ (Sagmeister & Walsh). Image © Martin Mischkulnig

At the pavilion, LAAC, Henke Schreieck and Sagmeister & Walsh have created a conceptually and materially complex spatial installation which dr (...)

Vitra Design Museum to present Victor Papanek's first largest retrospective exhibition

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 818

Vitra Design Museum to present Victor Papanek's first largest retrospective exhibition

The Vitra Design Museum will present the first large retrospective focussing on the designer, author, and activist Victor J. Papanek, the exhibition, named "Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design", will open on September 29, 2018 and be on view until March 10, 2019 at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.

Papanek was one of the 20th Century’s most influential pioneers of a socially and ecologically oriented approach to design beginning in the 1960s. His key work, "Design for the Real World" (1971), remains the most widely read book about design ever published. In it, Papanek makes a plea for inclusion, social justice, and sustainability – themes of greater relevance for today’s design than ever before. The exhibition inc (...)

Exclusive: "I don’t want to live in spaceship-like spaces" says David Adjaye

berrin chatzi chousein • Jul 13, 2018 • 623

Exclusive:

"I don't want to live in a silicon chip or a spaceship which is like an iPhone, I want to live in a home which has a 10,000 year history of habitation," said acclaimed Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, the founder and principal of Adjaye Associates.

"So, I'm very interested in the history of human activities, not in the history of computer activities. My buildings look like places that the humans want. It’s very important to me," Adjaye told World Architecture Community in an exclusive interview at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

During the interview, Adjaye shared his vision and straight-forward approach about his design philosophy and the specific trajectory that he followed in his architecture. Adjay (...)

WA Awards 28th Cycle Shortlist Is Announced And You Have A Role To Play!

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 2501

WA Awards 28th Cycle Shortlist Is Announced And You Have A Role To Play!

World Architecture Awards 28th Cycle Shortlist has been announced and you are the jury; it is time to Vote and Rate for WA Awards 28th Cycle. Cast your votes or rates for the World Architecture Community Awards 28th Cycle by July 26th, 2018. Swiss architecture firm Davide Macullo Architects, Turkey-based architecture studio rgg Architects, Indian architect Sanjay Puri and Chinese firm LYCS Architecture are among the 28th Cycle shortlist.

About three times a year, World Architecture Community organises the WA Awards 10+5+X to recognise and highlight some of the great projects of our fellow community members.

We are delighted to announce and present a fantastic selection of projects for our 28th World Architecture Community Awa (...)

29th WA Awards 10+5+X in Now Open for Submissions

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 394

29th WA Awards 10+5+X in Now Open for Submissions

About three times a year, World Architecture Community organises the WA Awards 10+5+X to recognise and highlight some of the great projects of our fellow community members.

The 29th Cycle of WA Awards 10+5+X is now open for submissions. Participation deadline is October 17th, 2018.

Please consult our WA Awards section for further information and in particular the how to participate section.

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