The 6,000-square-meter Canada Pavilion, among the biggest at the site, will feature an exhibition themed “The Living City: Inclusive, Sustainable, Creative.” It is expected to welcome up to 5.5 million people or 30,000 visitors per day during the six-month Expo period.
The pavilion will be anchored by an open public place and surrounded by three large structures. The square will be a performing area, where visitors can watch the performances of Cirque du Soleil before checking out the pavilion, said Gregson.
The overall budget for the Canadian pavilion will be 45 million Canadian dollars (US$43.57 million), she added. Canada has also given environmental protection consideration into the pavilion. Part of the pavilion’s exterior walls will be covered by a special kind of greenery and rainwater will be collected by a drainage system for use inside the pavilion.
Cirque du Soleil created the concept design for the Pavillion and will also create public performances, organize cultural programs and develop strategic corporate alliances for the pavillion.
Seen at archtracker. More images after the break.
Gensler Architects finalist entry for the Open Architecture Challenge included an interesting video, on which we can see an important part of the project that is often unnoticed on publications: the community.
Check out all the finalists here.
In this era of change, how do architects remain inventive, agile and break boundaries? Submit your project to the 2009 AIA Seattle Honor Awards. Jurors include: Nigel Dancey, RIBA Foster + Partners, London, Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, Rios Clementi Hale, Los Angeles, and Teddy Cruz, eStudio Cruz, San Diego.
All entries are available online prior to the awards presentation. Awarded projects will be featured in an upcoming feature in Forum, AIA Seattle’s quarterly magazine. For more information, visit the official website.
By doing so, they care about the sustainability of both buildings.
You can see more images (some of them are in Spanish) and the architect’s description after the break.
The Museum of Modern Art presents Bauhaus 1919 -1933: Workshops for Modernity from November 8, 2009, to January 18, 2010. The Bauhaus school in Germany -the most famous and influential school of avant-garde art in the twentieth century – brought together artists, architects, and designers in an extraordinary conversation about the nature of art in the modern age. Aiming to rethink the very form of contemporary life, the students and faculty of the Bauhaus made the school the venue for a dazzling array of experiments in the visual arts that had a transformative effect on the 1920s and 1930s and profoundly shaped our contemporary visual world.
The exhibition brings together over 400 works that reflect the extraordinarily broad range of the school ‘s productions,including industrial design, furniture, architecture, graphics, photography, textiles, ceramics, theater and costume design, painting, and sculpture. It includes works by famous faculty members and well-known students including Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Lucia Moholy, Lilly Reich, Oskar Schlemmer, and Gunta Stölzl, as well as less well-known, but equally innovative, artists.
More information here.
Each year, Wallpaper* Magazine bring us a list of 30 emerging practices around the world. This year, they decided to ask each of the 30 practices to create their ideal model home.
Can’t Park? Reduced parking availability and rising parking costs? Browsing aisle after aisle, fighting over the same parking spot? Got a ticket? Little aesthetic attractiveness of urban parking lots? As much as people love to drive, all good things must come to an end: Parking.
Designboom and Nissan Motor Company are looking for YOUR artwork that illustrate your perception within the theme ‘Think outside the parking box’. Challenge conventional urban parking! playful enhanced parking technology, robotic facilities, safety, dynamic services, green parking … creative solutions that address urban parking problems, statements of objections, creative-innovative-and-hilarious ideas in form of videos, art- design objects and illustrations can be submitted.
Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. is currently the third largest Japanese car manufacturer. Two years ago Nissan launched Qashqai, a new breed of vehicle for the urban world. It is the first model to be styled by Nissan Design Europe in London and pioneered the crossover category in Europe. Qashqai is now Nissan’s best selling model. You are asked to include the ‘Qashqai’ or part of it (rear-view mirrors, grills, wheels, wheel caps,…) in your artwork. Application registration will be accepted from now until September 27th, 2009.
More information and registration here.
UNStudio’s design has won a competition to build a 21,000 square meter dance theatre in the historic centre of St. Petersburg, Russia. The new complex houses the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, headed by choreographer Boris Eifman.
Seen at designboom. Architect’s description and more images after the break.
Our friends from 100 Planos Arquitectura, a Portuguese firm, shared with us their latest project, Flower Power. Here’s the architect’s description:
The objective of this project was to create a structure model, multipliable, capable of creating ephemeral spaces or buildings. The need for a small pavilion at the Vila do Conde’s museum’s garden, where children and adults can have a rest and stop for some time during a visit to the museum, was the ideal starting point for exploring this idea of multiplication.
The basic module is a “flower” of 1.00 m diameter and 0.50 m high, with four petals, constructed of polycarbonate with plates of 5mm and pvc pipe ø 0,10 m. Assembling several modules with different heights we designed a waving horizontal surface, which suspended, creates a covered area.
Here and there the “flowers” go down to the ground and become a pillars, walls or partitions. We decided to call it “flower power”. It is a pavilion / building / structure, shading, under which you may rest, dance, read, sleep, or simply admire the sky cut by translucent flowers.
More images after the break.
A tender notice was issued on behalf of airport owner BAA via the procurement body AirportSmart this week. Released as an open competition, the tender is divided into three lots: masterplan and lead design, civil engineering, and airport facilities planning.
The contract could be awarded to one organisation, or three, a source close to the project said. Among the architects expected to throw their hats into the ring include Foster + Partners, Pascall and Watson, and 3DReid – which has already drawn up masterplans for Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stanstead airports.
Architects identify “sustainability” as the most important change in the future of their profession. Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning is a practical, comprehensive guide to design and plan a built environment compatible with the region’s economic, social, and ecological patterns.
In this book, Daniel Williams challenges professionals to rethink architecture and to see their projects not as objects but as critical, connected pieces of the whole, essential to human health as well as to regional economy and ecology. Comprehensive in scope, Sustainable Design answers key questions such as:
- How do I begin thinking and designing ecologically
- What is the difference between “green design” and “sustainable design”?
- What are some examples of effective change I can make that will have the most impact for the least cost?
Written for architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers, public officials, and change agent professionals, this important resource defines the issues of sustainable design, illustrates conceptual and case studies, and provides support for continued learning in this increasingly central focus of architects’ and urban planners’ work.
Williams’s book features winning projects from the first decade of the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten award program.
Author: Daniel E. Williams
Foreword by David W. Orr
Foreword by Donald Watson, FAIA
CHAPTER ONE: The Ecological Model
Ecology as a Model
The Value of Land
Thinking as a System: Connectivity, Not Fragmentation
CHAPTER TWO: Sustainable Design
Where Do We Want to Go?
Green Design versus Sustainable Design
Place-Based Energy and Resources
Principles for Designing Sustainably
Where to Start?
CHAPTER THREE: Regional Design
Evolving from Nonrenewables
Another Weak Link: The Power Grid
The Regional Design
Water: A Common Denominator
Make No Small Plans
The Regional Design Process
Regional Case Studies
CHAPTER FOUR: Sustainable Urban and Community Design
A Matter of Place
Principles for Sustainable Communities
Regional Ecology and Biourbanism
Sustainable Urban and Community Case Studies
CHAPTER FIVE: Architectural Design
The Site: Challenges and Opportunities
Site Design and Environmental Analysis
Evolving a Sustainable Design Practice
Sustainable Design and Existing Buildings
Sustainable Interior Architecture
CHAPTER SIX: The AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Program
1997 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
1998 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
1999 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
2000 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
2001 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
2002 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
2003 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
2004 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
2005 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
2006 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects
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Our friends from FARO Architecten sent us their latest project, a new building school completed in Netherlands. The Koningin Beatrix- en Prinses Marijke school in The Hague was officially opened by a member of the cabinet minister Rouvoet.
In the heart of the Schilderswijk in The Hague, a new school has arisen at the site of the previous school building that had to be demolished. The new building houses two elementary schools, each with 16 classrooms, nursery schools and gymnasiums.
Architect’s description and more images after the break.
Our friend Donaldas Trainauskas sent us his latest project, Pašilaičiai Parish Church inthe city of Vilnius, Lithuania. Trainauskas worked with architect Darius Baliukevicius in the design of the church.
Modern Vilnius presents itself as the city of two contrasting parts standing for two different worlds: a famous historical part, the Old Town protected by UNESCO, with its exceptional aura of dozens of churches and various cultural sights, created through centuries, and the other – residential/sleeping districts, mainly built during the Soviet years. The latter was deprived of any sacred spaces thus formed a huge urban area of emptiness.
Full architect’s description and more images, after the break.
Our friend Rob Ley sent us info on their latest installation, Reef, which we’ll be checking out next week. Reef, an installation by Los Angeles Designers Rob Ley (Urbana) and Joshua G. Stein (Radical Craft) is currently on view at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. This kinetic sculptural installation takes advantage of new Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) technology to create a responsive environment.
For more information, go to Reef official website.
The editors at suckerPUNCH are sponsoring an open international design competition. Perfectly situated but notoriously maligned, the Gowanus Canal borders the vibrant Brooklyn neighborhoods of Red Hook, Park Slope, and Carroll Gardens. As a result of heavy industrial pollution, the canal took on an iridescent purple sheen gaining it the nickname “Lavender Lake.”
Most industry abandoned the area in the late 1950′s leaving the polluted canal lined with derelict warehouses and scrap heaps. At the end of several dead end streets, the canal also became a popular dumping ground for illicit waste and bodies. The last few years has seen renewed interest in reviving the area and dredging the canal as the bordering neighborhoods have filled and now bustle with activity. Gowanus has seen a rise in action over the past twelve months with the opening of bars, music venues, outdoor event spaces, and artists studios.
As the EPA and New York City wrestle over whether or not Gowanus will be designated as a superfund site, this competition proposes a new artists factory for the “public place” site. The proposal will be designed to both foster creative production and attract visitors to the factory and neighborhood. The factory will contain private/shared art studios, a storefront gallery/bar, analog/digital shops, and live/work spaces for rotating artists in residence.
For complete site conditions, awards, requirements, schedule and fees, check the competition’s offical website.
ASAE (Annual Symposium for Architecture and Education), is an annual two-day seminar at the School of Architecture, Lund University in Lund, Sweden. It celebrates the beginning of the academic year. The aim is to keep an annual ongoing discussion about international education programs and architectural education strategies.
ASAE promotes encounters between different schools of architecture in Europe, America and other countries, taking into consideration the objectives of the School of Architecture in Lund: Architectural Design, Experiment and Construction . ASAE is meant to be a public event and the ambition is to also engage local and international architects, teachers, students, politicians etc. in an open discussion about architecture and design.
Right now, the Board of Education for the School of Architecture in Lund, Sweden, together with guest Professor Sir Peter Cook, are preparing for this year’s ASAE – Annual Symposium for Architecture and Education. It is a public event which will take place September 4th and 5th 2009.