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Studio Libeskind Wins Competitions for 2 New Projects in France

16:40 - 22 March, 2017
Studio Libeskind Wins Competitions for 2 New Projects in France, Images by Luxigon and Studio Libeskind
Images by Luxigon and Studio Libeskind

Studio Libeskind has won competitions for two new mixed-use projects in France, the firm announced at the MIPIM world property market conference this past week in Cannes. The first project comprises a retail, conference and transportation center for the city of Nice, while the second will see the firm complete a 150-meter-tall skyscraper in Toulouse.

Dominique Perrault Proposes "Island Monument" Plan For the Île de la Cité in Paris

09:30 - 14 March, 2017
Dominique Perrault Proposes "Island Monument" Plan For the Île de la Cité in Paris, © Dominique Perrault Architecture / ADAGP
© Dominique Perrault Architecture / ADAGP

One of two islands in the Parisian Seine, the Île de la Cité is largely known to tourists as little more than the location of such popular destinations as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sainte Chapelle—a fate that belies the island's 2000-year history as the center of Paris. However, now there are plans underway to restore the whole island to its former importance: under Philippe Bélaval, the French Centre for National Monuments has selected Dominique Perrault Architecture to design a 25-year masterplan, titled Mission Île de la Cité, to bring back the island’s relevance as something more than a dissonant collection of tourist destinations.

Jean Nouvel, Foster + Partners Among 7 Architects to Design Towers for Paris' La Défense District

12:00 - 1 March, 2017
Jean Nouvel, Foster + Partners Among 7 Architects to Design Towers for Paris' La Défense District, Courtesy of Paris La Défense
Courtesy of Paris La Défense

The La Défense district of Paris has announced the proposal of seven new skyscrapers by top architects including Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Foster + Partners and Christian de Portzamparc in an attempt to lure business to the city during a time of economic upheaval in the European markets.

5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

08:15 - 15 February, 2017
5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

Five European projects have been selected as finalists for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from a shortlist of 40 projects, the five finalists were lauded by the jury for their ability to “respond to the concerns of today’s European society.”

Tip-Box Balances Vertigo and Nature in Montpellier’s Mountains

06:00 - 13 February, 2017
Tip-Box Balances Vertigo and Nature in Montpellier’s Mountains , © Christophe Benichou
© Christophe Benichou

Have you ever felt yourself teetering on the edge of insanity? Or how about being this close to your tipping point? No? Well, it seems that architect Christophe Benichou has, and the result is a cubic small scale structure balancing upon the precipice of Pic-Saint-Loup.

Watch the Construction of Roland Garros' New Tennis Stadiums in These Animations

16:15 - 8 February, 2017
Watch the Construction of Roland Garros' New Tennis Stadiums in These Animations, Court Philippe Chatrier. Image © FFT / Architects: ACD Girardet and Associates / Daniel Vaniche and Associates / Perspective: 3dfabrique
Court Philippe Chatrier. Image © FFT / Architects: ACD Girardet and Associates / Daniel Vaniche and Associates / Perspective: 3dfabrique

Stade du Roland Garros, home of one of tennis’ four grand slam tournaments, the French Open, has revealed animations of the two new stadia planned for the historic park grounds. The renovations will include a $400 million redesign of the event’s main stadium and a brand new greenhouse-inspired court, the first of its kind at a major tournament.

ANSKA Unveils Floating Platform Design for Paris Olympics

08:00 - 28 January, 2017
ANSKA Unveils Floating Platform Design for Paris Olympics , © ANSKA
© ANSKA

ANSKA has unveiled Spots, a series of temporary floating platforms to host micro-events for the Paris Olympic Games of 2024. Intended as an alternative to classic river typologies like barges or heavy structures, Spots are modular systems that can easily be assembled or disassembled, allowing them to become durable programmatic solutions.

The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built

04:00 - 24 January, 2017
The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built, Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco
Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco

As long as there have been buildings mankind has sought to construct its way to the heavens. From stone pyramids to steel skyscrapers, successive generations of designers have devised ever more innovative ways to push the vertical boundaries of architecture. Whether stone or steel, however, each attempt to reach unprecedented heights has represented a vast undertaking in terms of both materials and labor – and the more complex the project, the greater the chance for things to go awry.

How to Change Cities With Culture: 10 Tips Using UNESCO

08:00 - 23 January, 2017
How to Change Cities With Culture: 10 Tips Using UNESCO, "The Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Photo: ru.wikipedia.org". Image Courtesy of Strelka Magazine
"The Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Photo: ru.wikipedia.org". Image Courtesy of Strelka Magazine

This article, written by Svetlana Kondratyeva and translated by Olga Baltsatu for Strelka Magazine, examines the most interesting cases of the role of culture in sustainable urban development based on the UNESCO report.

Pompidou Centre to Receive $110 Million Facelift for its 40th Anniversary

12:00 - 19 January, 2017
Pompidou Centre to Receive $110 Million Facelift for its 40th Anniversary, © Pixabay user 139904. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain
© Pixabay user 139904. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

Reviled by Parisians for its shocking inside-out appearance when it first opened in 1977, the Centre Pompidou has reached its 40th birthday, and as a gift, is set to receive to 2-year, $110 million renovation that will preserve the unique structure for years to come.

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