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Tod Williams And Billie Tsien Announced As Laureates Of 2019 Praemium Imperiale

Varun Kumar • Sep 20, 2019 • 126

Tod Williams And Billie Tsien Announced As Laureates Of 2019 Praemium Imperiale

Architects Tod Williams & Billie Tsien from the United States of America (USA) have been announced as laureates of 2019 Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture.

The names of the five Praemium Imperiale Laureates were announced on September 17, 2019, by The Japan Art Association (JAA) and Lord Patten of Barnes, Praemium Imperiale’s International Advisor in the United Kingdom.

Cranbrook Natatorium, Michigan, USA.

The other recipients awarded are Anne-Sophie Mutter for Music, William Kentridge for Painting, Bando Tamasaburo for Theatre/Film and Mona Hatoum for Sculpture. Each Laureate receives an honorarium of 15 million Yen (USD 138915). The awards will be presented by His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi, Ho (...)

Flower Store Design By Rina Lovko Studio Refurbishes A Warehouse With Rustic Aesthetics

Varun Kumar • Sep 20, 2019 • 199

Flower Store Design By Rina Lovko Studio Refurbishes A Warehouse With Rustic Aesthetics

The client Dicentra briefed Rina Lovko Studio for constructing two florist refrigerators in the warehouse room, in addition to converting it into a retail space. The warehouse was a soviet era construction, held by Dicentra.The first is a fridge showcase with cut flowers for retail. The second is closed for cut and potted plants wholesale. The hall needed a reception for managers, a workplace for florists, utility rooms with a kitchen, and a shared toilet for guests and staff.The warehouse was similar to a hangar with 300 meters of open space without partitions. Previously, it was a Soviet era workshop on the left bank of Kiev.

“A limited budget, large area and tight deadlines posed challenging conditions which demanded non-sta (...)

"Our aim first is to solve a problem" says Thomas Heatherwick at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 427

"Our aim first is to solve a problem then try to come to end with a meaningful intervention," said Thomas Heatherwick, founder and design director of Heatherwick Studio.

Heatherwick has delivered a special keynote at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world.

In a 30-min keynote, Heatherwick explained how he is designing his projects by combining art and architecture to give them artistic attitude that pushes the boundaries of the briefs requested by his clients.

reSITE’s theme for 2019 is REGENERATE, exploring the essential questions on environmentally policies to create resilient infrastructure, while the conference also discusses how smart techn (...)

The Twist Museum By BIG Connects Art To Nature

Varun Kumar • Sep 19, 2019 • 631

The Twist Museum By BIG Connects Art To Nature

The Twist Museum by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) opens in Norway, bridging art and nature across the Randselva River, in the Kistefos Sculpture Park of Jevnaker Municipality. The project was the winning entry in the competition by Kistefos Museum.

Traversing the winding Randselva, The Twist is an inhabitable bridge torqued at its center, forming a new journey and art piece within the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway.

Kistefos’ new 1,000 m2 contemporary art institution doubles as infrastructure to connect two forested riverbanks, completing the cultural route through northern Europe’s largest sculpture park. The Twist was inaugurated with Her Majesty Queen Sonja, His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Denmark (...)

“Cities should be a part of food consumption” says Chris Precht at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 332

“Cities should be a part of food consumption” says Chris Precht at reSITE 2019

“Cities should be a part of food consumption", said Chris Precht, co-founder of architectural studios Precht and Penda, at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world and reSITE’s this year’s theme is REGENERATE.

reSITE has started its provoking discussions with welcoming keynotes by international well-known figures, including Ravi Naidoo, Bianca Wylie – after a welcoming address by Martin Barry, founder & chairman of reSITE. The conference is taking place from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin, Czech Republic.

Chris Precht, known for his use of natural materials with a low carbon footprint, addressed the issue of nature (...)

How smart cities contribute our future cities in advanced urbanism? Discusses Bianca Wylie at reSITE

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 332

How smart cities contribute our future cities in advanced urbanism? Discusses Bianca Wylie at reSITE

The contribution of smart cities and smart technologies to our future cities is one of the main topics and urgent issues for urban regeneration that has been discussed at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world.

reSITE has started today with its triggering theme REGENERATE from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin, Czech Republic.

Bianca Wylie, as one of the prominent speakers of the event, has delivered a keynote on “smart cities”. Wylie's lecture addressed the most important questions: are “smart cities” really about building better cities, or different aims completely?

Bianca Wylie highlighted that "truth is m (...)

"Design Indaba is trying to create a better world through creativity and impact" says Ravi Naidoo

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 301

Ravi Naidoo, founder and managing director of Interactive Africa and Design Indaba, has delivered a keynote in the first day of reSITE for this year’s theme REGENERATE.

Interactive Africa is a Cape Town-based company that combines marketing, project management, logistic prowess and creative production to work on projects that promote South Africa.

Design Indaba, a creation of Interactive Africa, is an online publication with an annual festival and social impact, Do Tank that inspires and empowers people to create a better future through design and creativity.

"Creativity is the ultimate renewable source of energy," said Ravi Naidoo.

"What’s design for?

Is it in service for people?

Give (...)

Volunteer Architects Help Communities Recover From Disasters

Mert Kansu • Sep 19, 2019 • 362

Volunteer Architects Help Communities Recover From Disasters

In 2005 Katrina has devastated Louisiana, specifically New Orleans. In 2017, Hurricane Maria and Harvey destroyed hundreds of settlements in Puerto Rico and Texas. In summer of 2019 Hurricane Dorian has hit the Bahamas and “leveled” large towns. While the recovery efforts are on its way for the islands, people are eager to get back to their homes, and every day people have to stay in temporary homes or camps put emotional pressure on the victims and economic pressure on the local and federal government. Due to this nature of the disaster recovery process and to create communities that can bounce back faster from natural disasters, AIA is now creating a partnership with CalOES (California Governor’s Office of Emergency Serv (...)

Zav Architects designs cultural centre derived from stepped urban platform and domed structures

WA Contents • Sep 18, 2019 • 1895

Zav Architects designs cultural centre derived from stepped urban platform and domed structures

Two domed structures are connected with a stepped urban platform to form a public space that serves for the people of Hormuz Island in Iran. Tehran-based architecture studio Zav Architects has built a cultural centre that includes a tense construction strategies in the Hormuz Island, then the architects developed their own participatory construction process to build this structure and make it more meaningful.

The building, named The Rong Cultural Centre, contains a tourist information space, café, a bike rental shop, event management center. The 300-square-metre building is situated on the island of Hormuz where people cared about "Hormoz Red Soil" and many local materials to protect their island’s natural resources.
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Earthy-toned twin houses by Extrastudio appear to emerge from the ground on a steep slope in Sesimbra

WA Contents • Sep 18, 2019 • 1726

Earthy-toned twin houses by Extrastudio appear to emerge from the ground on a steep slope in Sesimbra

Large floating pergolas define a pair of twin houses situated on a steep slope in Sesimbra, Portugal. Designed by Portuguese architecture practice Extrastudio, the twin houses were transformed from the 1960s house into a new holiday home to meet demands of two sisters and their families to come together in summer.

Covering a total of 250-square-metre area, the houses look like as if they mimic the natural environment where they were placed in. The architects specifically chose the earthy-toned color platte to disappear the house in this natural surrounding.

The project is located in Sesimbra, a small fishing village 30km south of Lisbon, on a large, sloping site 600m from the sea, which extends from the village to the castle (...)