Last year, we told you about the party pavilion designed by students at SCI-Arc for the Coachella Music Festival. This year, Crimson Collective – a Los Angeles-based consortium of creative artists, architects, and designers – have unveiled their project “Ascension”, based on the Japanese legend of a Thousand Cranes (or Zenbazuru) for the inauguration of the 2010 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, April 16th through April 18th.
Universally accepted as a symbol of grace, wisdom, peace, and prosperity, Ascension is a 150-ft wide, 45-ft giant white origami crane crafted from soaring planes of white fabric and a modular aluminum and tension wire skeleton. Physically, the giant creature will serve as a living art installation; a beacon, a shelter, and a destination for visitors. Metaphorically, the giant crane carries a universal message of peace meant to be for and from the over 100,000 attendees at the annual 3-day music festival.
More images, a video and description after the break.
NBBJ, in collaboration and partnership with CCDI, have designed the Hangzhou Sports Park: A vibrant, pedestrian-centric sports and recreation development located in the midst of Hangzhou’s new urban environment. Situated on the Qian Tang riverfront opposite of the new Central Business District, and encompassing a site of approximately 400,000 square meters, the sports park is seen as an opportunity for creating picturesque and sustainable public spaces that are often elusive in the newly constructed urbanism of China. This new place making will be accomplished while intelligently balancing the long-term commercial viability of the sports development.
See more images and architect’s description after the break.
Every now and then, we find some crazy ideas around the web. What about this one? Christian Bay – Jørgensen, owner of Bay Arch, has an idea to turn the famous Hollywood Sign into an hotel. This could solve the money/land issues that have been sorrounding the sign lately. The plan calls for the famous letters to be enlarged to double the size, building them out from the back, allowing guests to stay inside the Hollywood sign itself.
Seen at Slashfilm. More images after the break.
The Maribor Municipality (Slovenia) and the jury members under the auspices of the International Association of Architects announced the winners and award holders of the open international competition for the new UGM / Maribor Art Gallery. The Competition Committee received over 200 attractive entries from around the world proposing solutions for the new, 14,000m2 UGM including 8,000 m2 of gallery premises, a Children’s Museum, an Architectural Centre and a Creative Industry Centre, museum library and retail.
See the winners and honourable mentions after the break.
For years, Northern Virginia’s Four Mile Run has functioned as a flood control channel and a border between the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. More recently, growing community interest in revitalizing and celebrating the Run has resulted in the Four Mile Run Restoration Master Plan. The plan outlines a broad range of ambitious, feasible goals to restore the ecology of the Run while re-establishing it as a cherished park space and a means of stitching together communities.
The winning team was chosen based on the strength of their professional skills and the potential for their conceptual design to become an icon for the Four Mile Run and its surrounding community.
Seen at Bustler. See the winners after the break.
ModeLab will be conducting a Parametric Design Workshop in New York City, April 24/25. This workshop will engage the conceptual and technical domain of parametric design by introducing participants to systemic processes capable of registering and responding to a range of diverse ecologic criteria.
Emphasis will be placed on workflows that utilize constraint-based design, associative modeling techniques, and environmental influencers to discover novel and inventive design solutions. For more information and details, click here.
The eminent juries convened for the AIA New York Chapter’s Design Awards announced the thirty-four winning projects at a symposium on March 1 evening at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.
The thirty-four selected projects and the architecture firms behind them – many of whom were on hand for the event – represented exceptional work by AIA New York members in four categories: interiors, architecture, unbuilt work, and new for 2010, urban design. Each winning project, granted either an “honor” or “merit” award, was chosen for its exemplary originality. The criteria used by the juries included design quality, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness and technique. Jurors included San Diego professor Teddy Cruz and Los Angeles luminary Craig Hodgetts, FAIA, and Canadian architects Brigette Shim, Hon. FAIA, and Gilles Saucier. There were 425 entries in four categories, including close to two hundred submissions in the architecture category alone.
Complete list of winners after the break.
RomeCityVision is an ideas competition, which challenges architects, engineers, designers, students and creatives individuals to develop visionary urban proposals with the intention of stimulating and supporting the contemporary city, in this case Rome. Through innovative ideas and methodologies which can improve the connection between the historical, present, and future city. CITYVISION aims to foster a critical evolution of architectural historiography.
As parametric modeling software and parametric thinking become fully integrated into architectural design, the next phase of digital innovation will come from entirely new techniques and technologies.
Cloud computing, directable simulation, self-modeling buildings, and personal supercomputing will suggest new ways to think and to design. In this panel, experts from research and industry will demo and discuss these innovations, exploring how we might be designing architecture ten years from now.
Post Parametric 2 is the second in a series of events that aim to question, broaden, and re-frame the way we think about computing and design.
Jonathan Cohen (Senior Research Scientist, NVIDIA)
Eitan Grinspun (Director of Computer Graphics Group and Associate Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University)
Hod Lipson (Associate Professor of Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering and Computing and Information Science, Cornell University)
Miko Matsumura (VP and Chief Strategist, Software AG)
Makai Smith (Product Manager, GenerativeComponents, Bentley Systems)
Moderated by David Benjamin (GSAPP and The Living) and Michael Reed (Columbia Computer Science and Blue Sky Studios)
MONU magazine on urbanism is continuously looking for interesting contributions. The current open call for submissions for MONU #13 is on the topic of “Most Valuable Urbanism” and closes by the end of May 2010.
This new issue of MONU aims to critically analyse the established ranking lists and their criteria that are primarily being used by internationally operating companies to determine where they will open offices or plants and how much they should pay the employees. MONU #13 seeks to reflect on established quality criteria such as safety, education, hygiene, recreation, political-economic stability, and public transportation. What might be other criteria and to what kind of rankings would those other criteria eventually lead? Should a city such as Vienna really be our role model and ultimate urban prototype?
This call for submissions for MONU #13 invites critical papers, affiliated projects, intelligent art works, relevant photography and analytical infographics on the topic of “Most Valuable Urbanism”. Just like MONU #12, this new issue will also feature a Rotterdam related part that invites proposals from Rotterdam-based contributors and for Rotterdam located projects in particular. Abstracts and ideas of 300 to 500 words, and images and illustrations in colour and in low resolution, should be sent to email@example.com by the end of May 2010. MONU #13 will be published in the summer of 2010.
Brazilian architects Bruno Conde, Filipe Gebrim Doria, Filipe Lima Romeiro, and Lucas Bittar were awarded with the first prize for the design of the Santa Catarina’s Public Library Refurbishment (National Architecture Competition).
More images and architect’s description after the break.
Driving timber design into the new decade, the inaugural Intergrain Timber Vision Awards launches on 19 April 2010, inviting architects, landscapers and designers nationwide to showcase their visionary use of timber in residential and commercial design projects.
From 19 April to 30 June 2010, Australia’s architects, landscapers and designers can enter their project in one of four categories in the Intergrain Timber Vision Awards by visiting www.intergrain.com.au/awards.
For more information, terms, and conditions, visit the official website.
Last year we featured the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion for World Expo 2010, designed by Atelier Feichang Jianzhu. Now, we bring you the latest update with pictures of the actual pavilion. Shanghai is around the corner and you check the latest updates on other pavilions right here.
More images after the break.