The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (HERC) is sponsoring an open, two-stage competition to choose a design for a sculpture commemorating life after the Holocaust.
This sculpture will be uplifting in its celebration of life of the survivors and future generations. The sculpture will be located at a prominent site at Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center located at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
More information on the competition’s official website.
When we featured the first renders of the UK Pavilion back on August, 2009, many readers doubt that Heatherwick Studio’s design could be done (or at least look like the renders). The Shanghai World Expo 2010 has started and the UK Pavilion has become a favorite to many of you. Now you can see the complete projects.
More images, plans and architect’s description after the break.
The Marine Culture and Pop Music Center is an integral part of the major public investment and construction plan by the Kaohsiung City Government. Through the building of an international art and cultural performance venue and a marine culture center, the aim is to establish Kaohsiung as a fulcrum for Asia-Pacific pop music production and performance and an international exchange platform for marine culture.
The central and direct goal of the Project is to create a Marine Culture and Pop Music Center that highlights the unique character of Kaohsiung City while satisfying the needs of the local people, the industries and future trends. This is to be achieved by basing its design and planning on the cultural assets of Kaohsiung, the strengths and conditions of the Project site and the characteristics of the pop music and marine culture industries.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design hosts some great lectures featuring some of the world’s most important architects. Here are some of their May events:
May 3 / Ecological Urbanism Book Launch Reception
May 6 / Jaime Moreno lecture
May 6 / Michael Rock of 2×4, “A Brief History of Screens”
May 7 / Bob Peck, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration, Loeb Fellow ’78, “From the Federal Government and here to help”
May 8 / Palladio Oggi: Palladio and the Present Symposium (*in New York City)
You can find more on each event on the GSD official website, which is constantly adding new events. Every event is free and open to the public.
Santa & Cole, the Spanish Association of Landscape Architects and the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture announce the first Santa & Cole Landscape Architecture Competition, a Europe-wide competition of ideas intended to promote and reward good professional landscape architecture work in Spain, as a new culture which modifies and enriches the surroundings. Held biennially within the framework of the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture, each competition will consider a different sphere of action.
This first competition will reward the landscape architecture intervention in the Valle de Sant Pere, within the Belloch property, situated in the municipality of La Roca del Vallés, Barcelona. For more information, go to the competition’s official website.
Design Against the Elements is a global architectural design competition meant to find a solution to the problems presented by climate change. Spurred by the devastation wreaked in the Philippines by tropical storm Ondoy (Ketsana) and driven by a powerhouse multidisciplinary group of organizations from the private, institutional, and government sectors, the project aims to draw together the most innovative minds in the fields of architecture, design, and urban planning to develop sustainable and disaster-resistant housing for communities in tropical urban settings.
Manuel Márquez, an architect from San Luis de Potosí, Mexico shared with us “The Box Mix”, a two unit apartment building. You can see more images and architect’s description after the break.
The exhibition tracks the process of designing four projects in China from 2003-2009: Nanjing Museum of Art and Architecture, Beijing Linked Hybrid, Shenzhen Horizontal Skyscraper, and Chengdu Sliced Porosity Block.
More information after the break.
One of the most ambitious projects of Risco architects is the concept design for the new towers – Sky Residence II + Sky Businees – located in Luana Sky Center. Two towers with great programmatic diversity, aiming for high urban density and encouragemente of further developments around this so-called Sky Center, the future new town.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
DesCours is a free, public, week-long architecture and art event now in its fourth year, held the second week of December in New Orleans. This event invites internationally renowned architects and artists to create 14 architecture installations within ‘hidden’ locations in the heart of New Orleans, including private courtyards, rooftops, abandoned buildings and walkways, all locations normally unseen, inaccessible or unused by the public.
AIA New Orleans is presenting the event in partnership with the Downtown Development District (DDD), the City of New Orleans, the Louisiana Architecture Foundation and numerous private businesses, organizations, and individuals. AIA New Orleans is proud to present this event free of charge and open to the public.
You can find more information and download the request for proposals details in the official website.
The Saudi Arabia Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010, which starts in two days, is a combine effort of Chinese and Saudi designers. The pavilion has a “moon boat” shape and is surrounded by deserts and seas, just like Saudi Arabia. Along with the 150 date palms that are now planted in the pavilion, it’s main attraction is a huge IMAX screen. The 1,600-square-meter screen is larger than any other cinema screen on earth. Short films will be presented on the screen.
You can see more images and a video after the break.
The Regione Calabria Town planning and Territorial Governance Department are promoting an online international competition for Solar Park South. Proposals must provide design solutions for the Solar Park South in relation to both the values of the local landscape and the application and enhancement of renewable energies. By investigating and studying in detail sustainable solutions, the procedure will considerably impact on the diffusion of a culture of sustainability.
Details on participation, jury, registration and awards on the competition’s official website.
It seems that this week everything is about Shanghai. The World Expo 2010 starts in three days and the pavilions are ready. Yesterday, we featured some amazing photos that Chaz Hutton took at the Expo. Today, David Goss shared with us many more, and even a video inside the UK’s Pavilion. Check them out after the break!Flickr Video
DETAIL is one of my favorite periodic publications in terms of construction inspiration. The reason? It’s packed with highly detailed drawings of contemporary projects.
Each volume features a specific building system (concrete in this case), presented in the form of articles, short reports, new technologies, products, and the most attractive section, recent projects with the mentioned detailed drawings.
For example, in this issue we find an interesting article by Hubertus Adam on the current state of concrete in Switzerland illustrated with photos of Valerio Olgiati projects; and projects such as the Children’s Playhouse by LAN Architecture, the Bus Operation Center by ECDM, or the MAXXI Museum by Zaha Hadid with detailed sections of walls, roofs and more.
This magazine is a good reference material, and even if the projects presented on each issue are very recent, the technical information is timeless.
More info after the break.