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Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)"

Filling Station(s), the latest ideas-based challenge organised by Combo Competitions, asked participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which sought to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Third Prize: Fill Up Here / Alex Cox. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions First Prize: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions Second Prize: Modular Filling Station / Mattias Dahlberg, Robin Krasse and Karl Lagerqvist. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

Uramita Educational Park / FP arquitectura

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango

How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín's Infrastructure as Public Space

With a high-density population and a history of internal armed conflict, the city of Medellín in Colombia lacked substantial public space, but had an overwhelming amount of industrial infrastructure in place. But as profiled by The Architectural Review, recently architects and urban planners of the EPM group saw this imbalance as an opportunity, and so in the uninhabited patches of land surrounding over one hundred fenced industrial lots, the UVA or Unidades de Vida Articulada (Units of Articulated Life) program was born. Including initiatives to build public classrooms, launderettes and cafés, the UVA projects were conceived together with the local population through a series of workshops, where every resident was invited to express their vision for the new public square through writing and drawing. Medellín, existing at the convergence of several hills, provides a wide variety of unique landscapes for architects to experiment on - and through the UVA projects, EPM Group demonstrates how architecture can empower a community from the first day of design. Read more about how this project will continue to instigate positive change at The Architectural Review.

Call for Entries in Competition to Design Colombia's National Museum of History

In collaboration with the Colombian Society of Architects, the National Centre for Historical Memory (NCHM) has announced a new international competition to design Colombia's National Museum of Memory. Commemorating decades-long internal conflict in Colombia, the competition is part of a series of initiatives to make reparations to victims of the unrest, and will be the first national museum constructed in the midst of ongoing armed conflict. It is hoped that the museum will bring together mainstream historical accounts and "voices of resistance" to create a cultural landmark that is "restorative, monumental and memorial in nature." On June 1, the organizers will conduct a competition Q&A live stream in Spanish, after which point competition registration will be open until June 19. Entries can be submitted until July 29, with a winner announced on August 13. To read more about the competition and to register, click here.

Plaza de La Libertad Civic Center / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos

  • Architects: OPUS, Toroposada Arquitectos
  • Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Project Area: 61000.0 m2
  • Photographs: Sergio Gómez

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez

La Enseñanza School Auditorium / OPUS + MEJÍA

  • Architects: OPUS + MEJÍA
  • Location: Calle # 18-9, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design Director: Edgar Mejía Escobar, Manuel Jaén Posada, Carlos Andrés Betancur, Carlos David Montoya
  • Coordinator: Santiago López Posada
  • Design Team: Carlos Cano, Juan Sebastián Restrepo, Mario Camargo
  • Area: 2600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sergio Gómez

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez

Spectra Building / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

  • Architects: Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos
  • Location: Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
  • Project Architects: Aldo Marcelo Hurtado, Carlos Hernan Betancourt
  • Project Area: 1400.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Santiago Robayo

© Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo © Santiago Robayo

3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability

Emerging from over 6,000 entries, three winners of the fourth Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been selected. The international competition, occurring every three years, recognizes designs that provide sustainable solutions to local issues faced by communities throughout the world. This year's winning projects addressed sites in Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the United States and will receive monetary prizes ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.

The winning entries were selected from last year's top-prize recipients in the five regional Holcim Awards competitions, a total of 15 proposals (see our previous coverage here). An international jury of industry leaders, led by Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design), determined the winners of the 2015 Global Holcim Awards.

See the winners after the break.

BRONZE: BIG U contains a protective ribbon: 21 km (13 mi) of flood protection tailored to each neighborhood and the community it serves. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation BRONZE: View of BIG U from The Battery in the financial district. Berms are strategically located to protect the infrastructure below and create a protective upland landscape. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation SILVER: The common lobby with its panoramic window. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation BRONZE: The undulating berm in East River Park will rise 15 feet to provide flood protection and connect coast and community. Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

Yotoco Music School / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

  • Architects: Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos
  • Location: Yotoco, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
  • Project Architects: Aldo Marcelo Hurtado, Carlos Hernan Betancourt
  • Project Area: 750.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Santiago Robayo - Ministry of Culture

© Santiago Robayo - Ministry of Culture © Santiago Robayo - Ministry of Culture © Santiago Robayo - Ministry of Culture © Santiago Robayo - Ministry of Culture

RSHP Unveils Plans for Two Tower Development in Bogotá

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled a massive commercial development planned for central Bogotá. The mixed-use project, ATRIO will be comprised of a 200-meter North Tower and 268-meter South Tower that will be connected by a large, open public space that will take up two thirds of the project’s site in the area of Centro Internacional on Avenida El Dorado and Avenida Caracas.

“The clients brief was not only to deliver class office accommodation but also to create a new public space at the heart of the city. The project is a really exciting opportunity to contribute to the resurgence of a civic society in Bogota,” says Simon Smithson, Partner and lead designer at RSHP.

Conolove / Oficina Informal

© Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol

House on the Lake / De La Carrera - Cavanzo Arquitectura

  • Architects: De La Carrera - Cavanzo Arquitectura
  • Location: Sesquile, Cundinamarca, Colombia
  • Architect In Charge: Fernando de La Carrera, Alejandro Cavanzo
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luis Alberto Mariño

© Luis Alberto Mariño © Luis Alberto Mariño © Luis Alberto Mariño © Luis Alberto Mariño

Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s)

Combo Competitions' latest ideas challenge asks participants to "rethink refueling" in a competition which seeks to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and "a bright future." Although the number of vehicles worldwide "surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century." As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Camilo Mora Carrasquilla School / FP Oficina de Arquitectura

  • Architects: FP Oficina de Arquitectura
  • Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Project Architect: Mauricio Montoya
  • Designers: José Puentes, Mauricio Montoya
  • Construction: Consorcio Ménsula Ecco
  • Project Area: 4060.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura, Fundación Argos

© Fundación Argos Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura © Fundación Argos Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura

Ask Arup: How to Build on a Site that is "Pretty Much a Pool"

This article originally appeared on Arup Connect as “Ask Arup: Silty Sand Solutions.”

Architect Juan Esteban Correa Elejalde’s client tasked him with designing an off-the-grid getaway for a rural site near Medellín, Colombia. After completing the initial design concept, Correa Elejalde ordered a soil study of the client’s land.

Unfortunately, the results showed the site to be “pretty much a pool,” he said; the high water table and thick layers of loose soil would provide little capacity to support heavy objects above.

After seeing Arup Connect’s call for engineering-related questions on ArchDaily, he reached out to see if we could offer any insight.