Entrerrios Educational Park / Laboratorio de Arquitectura y Paisaje

11:00 - 16 July, 2015

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Competition Results: "Filling Station(s)"

04:00 - 6 July, 2015
Winning Entry: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Winning Entry: Nu Oil / Felix Yang and Thomas Noussis. Image Courtesy of Combo Competitions

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 +19

Uramita Educational Park / FP arquitectura

13:00 - 22 June, 2015
© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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

06:00 - 15 June, 2015
UVA Moscú. Image © EPM Group
UVA Moscú. Image © EPM Group

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

14:00 - 30 May, 2015
Courtesy of Colombian Society of Architects
Courtesy of Colombian Society of Architects

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

20:00 - 28 May, 2015
© Sergio Gómez
© Sergio Gómez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Project Area

    61000.0 m2
  • Photographs

    Sergio Gómez

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez +24

La Enseñanza School Auditorium / OPUS + MEJÍA

13:00 - 26 May, 2015
© Sergio Gómez
© Sergio Gómez
  • Architects

  • 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 +21

Spectra Building / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

14:00 - 21 April, 2015
© Santiago Robayo
© Santiago Robayo

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3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability

07:00 - 21 April, 2015
Courtesy of Holcim Foundation
Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

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 +19

Silletas Park / Juan Felipe Uribe de Bedout

14:00 - 3 April, 2015
© Juan Ricardo Ramírez P
© Juan Ricardo Ramírez P
  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Elena, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Coordinator

    Gerardo Olave Triana
  • Design Team

    Gerardo Olave Triana, Álvaro Criollo López, Andrés Castro Amaya
  • Project Area

    92600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Juan Ricardo Ramírez P © Juan Ricardo Ramírez P © Juan Ricardo Ramírez P © Juan Ricardo Ramírez P +41

Yotoco Music School / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

14:00 - 25 March, 2015
© Santiago Robayo - Ministry of Culture
© Santiago Robayo - Ministry of Culture
  • Architects

  • 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

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House of Memory and Community Space / Taller Sintesis + Angélica Gaviria

12:00 - 17 March, 2015
© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango +23

RSHP Unveils Plans for Two Tower Development in Bogotá

14:37 - 12 March, 2015
© RSHP
© RSHP

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

14:00 - 24 February, 2015
© Santiago Pinyol
© Santiago Pinyol

© Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol © Santiago Pinyol +28

House on the Lake / De La Carrera - Cavanzo Arquitectura

01:00 - 10 February, 2015
© Luis Alberto Mariño
© Luis Alberto Mariño
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sesquile, Cundinamarca, Colombia
  • Architect in Charge

    Fernando de La Carrera, Alejandro Cavanzo
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Luis Alberto Mariño

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Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s)

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Courtesy of Combo Competitions
Courtesy of Combo Competitions

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?

Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Center / Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 January, 2015

Camilo Mora Carrasquilla School / FP Oficina de Arquitectura

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura
Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura
  • Architects

  • 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

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