interviews

"Architects can help cities build inclusivity" argues Jeanne Gang

berrin chatzi chousein • Oct 18, 2018 • 1690

Architects can play a role in making cities more inclusive, in part by designing projects that bring together different levels of housing and encourage social connection using multiple strategies, according to Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal of Studio Gang.

Discussing in detail MIRA, her high-rise project in San Francisco, Jeanne Gang emphasizes the importance of providing a mix of housing to help create democratic cities that serve all.

MIRA tower designed by Studio Gang. Image © Binyan

MIRA differs from many traditional towers as it combines market rate and below-market rate units in one building. Especially focusing on the context of San Francisco in this exclusive interview, Gang explains how to design a buil (...)

"Biennial criticizes our current situation, by speculating and creating doubt" says Jan Boelen

berrin chatzi chousein • Oct 10, 2018 • 650

"We are not suggesting an alternative educational model, but by critiquing our current situation, by speculating and creating doubt,we can create an environment in which we can rethink the design field and design education," says Jan Boelen, curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial - which runs from September 22, 2018 to November 4, 2018 in the Beyo─člu District of Istanbul, Turkey. "We are not actively defending or promoting a single design education format or educational system. Rather, we want the biennial to be a place where multiple ideas are shared," Boelen told World Architecture Community in an exclusive interview.

This year, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial is themed as "A School of Schools", interrogating design educatio (...)

We Are Triibe makes IDEA Awards Shortlist 2018

Liz Foo • Sep 20, 2018 • 1068

We Are Triibe makes IDEA Awards Shortlist 2018

This year's Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) continues to be Australia’s largest and one of the most closely followed design awards. Inside magazine started the program in 2003 aimed at celebrating the best interiors and products on offer across 13 categories, to top it off, five Special Awards are also given out each year.

With a steady growth since then, emerging and mature practices and designers have all taken a stab at submitting their select designs with hopes of winning. Last year, the annual awards received the most entries recorded.

We Are Triibe's Shortlisted Entry: AJE Perth. Image © Dion Robeson

"Triibe. Designing spaces and products that we love for the like-minded. We guide peo (...)

EXCLUSIVE: Dubai from Indoor Living to Outdoor Living

Tarkan Selahiye • Sep 13, 2018 • 1464

EXCLUSIVE: Dubai from Indoor Living to Outdoor Living

Many of us have been impressed by the unprecedented growth and innovation in Dubai, in the past decades. Those of us who visited Dubai recently, also had the chance to experience first-hand, some of the most advanced construction, engineering and urban development technologies and techniques in real-life application. Dubai is like an incubator for innovative urban planning and development, as well as a farm of incredible mega-projects.

Dubai which historically was an important port in the Gulf region, and an exporter of pearls and oil, managed to become one of the few “pearls” of the Middle-East. It became a business hub for the region, offering a safe-harbor thanks to its stability, pragmatic approach to cultural and rel (...)

Exclusive Interview with Iranian Aga Khan Award Winners Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi

Javad Eiraji • Aug 20, 2018 • 1962

Exclusive Interview with Iranian Aga Khan Award Winners Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi

Due to complete the new project "Contemporary Architecture of Iran After Islamic Revolution" by World Architecture Community Country Reporter Dr. Javad Eiraji and according to the research theory of the book, 30 top contemporary buildings of this period and 30 top contemporary architects of this country have been selected as research case studies.

The main goal of the project is to look for the position of meaning in contemporary architecture of Iran and because of these factors and theories the case studies have been selected and by each interview we will come to the main bases and design process of contemporary architecture of Iran.

The summary of the mentioned interviews will be shared and published by the World Architectur (...)

Exclusive: "Architects should protect as much space as possible for the public" says Elizabeth Diller

berrin chatzi chousein • Aug 7, 2018 • 3348

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"The role of the architect is to protect as much space as possible for the public. If I had it my way, I would just turn every ground floor of every building over to the public. That would be fantastic in the democratization of space," says New Yorker architect and educator Elizabeth Diller, co-founder of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R).

The issue of publicness is very, very important in every city, according to the acclaimed architect. "We live in a time of privitization with less public space in our cities," Diller told World Architecture Community in an exclusive interview at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Elizabeth Diller founded New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) with her partner Ricardo Scofidio in 1 (...)

An interview with Alireza Taghaboni, The RA Dorfman Award Winner, About their upcoming projects

Farzam Kharvari • Aug 2, 2018 • 3600

An interview with Alireza Taghaboni, The RA Dorfman Award Winner, About their upcoming projects

In this exclusive interview, we talk about the upcoming projects of Alireza Taghaboni's firm, Next Office. The firm won the 2018 Royal Academy Dorfman Award, one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of architecture in 2018. You can read more about it here.

Alireza Taghaboni, the respected representative of the firm, gave a detailed information about the upcoming projects of Next Office. This article covers Guyim Vault House, Sadra Artist Forum, and Sadra Civic Center in detail.

Guyim Vault House, Guyim, Fars province, Iran, (expected to be completed in 2020)

Farzam Kharvari: As we know Guyim Vault House is located in Guyim Village in Fars province of Iran and it is going to be completed in the next two years (...)

Exclusive: "Landscape is the Interception of an Evolutionary Moment of a Society" says Andreas Kipar

Antonello Magliozzi • Jul 27, 2018 • 1641

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"The territory is like a bookcase, a shelving with a plot and a structure. It is up to us to interpret it, insert the thematic books in the right place. When we start a project, we think about the understanding of the territory, the shelving, after which we enter in its various sectors," says Andreas Kipar.

In an exclusive interview, Andreas Kipar, creative director and founder of LAND, professor at the Milan Polytechnic and the University of Naples, talks about his experience, concepts concerning the landscape, the design of space and spatial planning.

Porta Nuova, Milan (Italy), 2006 - 2016. Image © LAND

With a history that has combined more than 60 landscape architects, which has made more than 500 cities greene (...)

"My Book Is A Provocation To Come Up With The Beginnings Of Solutions" says Reinier de Graaf Of OMA

berrin chatzi chousein • Jul 23, 2018 • 2935

"The book is a provocation, and it is intentionally not propositional because the things that I address are not easy to fix and cannot be fixed by one individual or even by one profession alone," says Reinier de Graaf, Partner at OMA, the world-renowned international architecture practice.

Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and writer Reinier de Graaf released his book "Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession" last year and situated himself at the core of a new discussion about social housing and the entangled economic system of the architecture profession today."This is a larger structural problem. I write about the world from the perspective of an architect who tries to build buildings. And (...)

Vernacular Architecture and Salt Industry in Tuzla: Interview with Tijana Veljkovic

Emina Camdzic • Jul 15, 2018 • 1997

Vernacular Architecture and Salt Industry in Tuzla: Interview with Tijana Veljkovic

In this exclusive interview, we are reflecting on the architectural scene from different perspectives and will discuss the latest news on industrial and vernacular architecture in the city of Tuzla in Bosnia- Herzegovina.

The exhibition "House of Northeastern Bosnia" is promoted since year 2015 throughout Bosnia- Herzgovina by the Institute for Protection and Preservation of Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Tuzla Canton. Another valuable project is the "Presentation and affirmation of national monuments of the Tuzla Canton in electronic and other current media" which is implemented this year. Part of this project is the "Production of salt in Tuzla - Industrial heritage", which in 2007 became a national monument and firs (...)