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Toronto Takes Top Spot in Metropolis Magazine's Livable Cities Ranking

08:00 - 14 August, 2015
Toronto Takes Top Spot in Metropolis Magazine's Livable Cities Ranking, First Place in the Metropolis list of world's most liveable cities: Toronto. Image © Flickr CC user Robert (username: mamonello)
First Place in the Metropolis list of world's most liveable cities: Toronto. Image © Flickr CC user Robert (username: mamonello)

How do you compare cities? It's difficult to collapse millions of individual subjective experiences into a single method of comparison, but one popular technique used in recent years has been to judge a city's "livability." But what does this word actually mean? In their 2015 ranking of the world's most livable cities, Metropolis Magazine has gathered together a group of experts on city planning, urban life, tourism and architecture to break down "livability" into the categories they think matter and draw upon Metropolis' considerable urban coverage to produce one of the most thorough attempts to rank world series yet attempted. Find out the results after the break.

19 Sunset Place / ipli architects

03:00 - 10 August, 2015
19 Sunset Place / ipli architects, © Jeremy San
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Yip Yuen Hong
  • Design Team

    Matthew See , Koh Kai Li, Thanyaphat Sukhonthatam.
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

3 Lermit Road / ipli architects

22:00 - 6 August, 2015
3 Lermit Road / ipli architects, © Jeremy San
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Yip Yuen Hong
  • Design Team

    Tay Yew, Lin Hui Ying
  • Main Contractor

    QS Builders
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

9 Leedon Park / ipli architects

03:00 - 5 August, 2015
9 Leedon Park / ipli architects, © Jeremy San
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House at Neil Road / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

20:00 - 25 July, 2015
House at Neil Road  / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd, © See Chee Keong
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CTBUH Announces Winners of its 2015 Urban Habitat Competition

14:00 - 23 July, 2015
CTBUH Announces Winners of its 2015 Urban Habitat Competition, PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall
PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the winner and finalists of its 2015 Urban Habitat Award. Launched in 2014, the Urban Habitat Award recognizes the contributions of tall buildings to the urban realm. The winners this year were chosen for influencing their environment and cultural context intelligently, adding social sustainability to their immediate site and wider context. See all of the finalists and the winner after the break.

WAF Announces 2015 Festival Theme

16:00 - 22 July, 2015
WAF Announces 2015 Festival Theme

The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s largest architectural festival and awards event held annually in Singapore, has announced the theme of this year's program: 50:50. The theme is inspired by Singapore’s upcoming 50th anniversary as an independent country, and will look back on how architecture and urbanism have changed during the last 50 years, as well as forward on what may change or stay the same in the next 50 years to come.

House at Poh Huat Road / Envelope Architects

22:00 - 15 July, 2015
House at Poh Huat Road / Envelope Architects, Courtesy of Envelope Architects
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Chin Kean Kok
  • Interior

    The Design Practice Pte Ltd
  • Area

    361.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Envelope Architects

The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines

09:30 - 8 July, 2015
The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines, Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y
Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y

Emporis, a German company that collects and distributes information on construction and the built environment, has released a ranking of the world’s 100 most visually impactful skylines, using statistical analysis to address a topic often made frustratingly subjective by civic pride. 

To create the rankings, Emporis used data from its archives to determine the number of high-rise buildings in the cities it studied, and applied a points system that gave each building a numerical value determined by the number of floors it has. To standardize their ranking process, the points system ignores spires and other ornament, and does not include television or antenna towers, masts, bridges, or similar architecture. 

Of the top 10 most impactful skylines, seven are in Asia, while North and South America combined have the other three. Notably, cities filled with rich architectural history fail to make the list, or fall surprisingly low in the rankings; London is number 44, Paris is ranked 66, and Rome does not make the cut. 

To see the top ten skylines, read on after the break, and click here to see Emporis' complete list.

AA Visiting School: Singapore Workshop

05:00 - 5 July, 2015
AA Visiting School: Singapore Workshop, Singapore - Impermanence
Singapore - Impermanence

In a fast-paced and ever expanding city, looking at time as measure and inspiration will be this year's challenge. The workshop will investigate novel techniques of design for a crucial architectural and urban condition: time.

100PP Office Building / Ministry of Design

20:00 - 27 June, 2015
100PP Office Building / Ministry of Design, Courtesy of Ministry of Design
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  • Architects

  • Location

    100 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118518
  • Design Team

    Ministry of Design: Colin Seah, David Tan, Jeremiah Abueva, Zsombor Baktay, Don Castaneda, Charissa Ho, Norberto Olegario, Ruth Chong, Arnel Anoneuvo
  • Area

    12600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ministry of Design

Christ Methodist Church / K2LD Architects

22:00 - 24 June, 2015
Christ Methodist Church  / K2LD Architects, © Patrick Bingham Hall
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Al-Ansar Mosque / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

20:00 - 15 June, 2015
Al-Ansar Mosque / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd, © Bai Jiwen
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OMA Among 5 Shortlisted for Singapore Rail Corridor

12:25 - 3 June, 2015
OMA Among 5 Shortlisted for Singapore Rail Corridor, Singapore Rail Corridor. Image Courtesy of OMA
Singapore Rail Corridor. Image Courtesy of OMA

MVRDV, OMA and DP Architects are among five shortlisted teams competing to design the Singapore Rail Corridor. Spanning the island south to north, from the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to the Woodlands Checkpoint, the corridor is the site of Singapore’s previous rail link to Malaysia. With this competition, the Singapore government hopes to develop a feasible plan to transform the 24 kilometer stretch into a public greenway that connects four important urban nodes: Buona Vista, the Bukit Timah Railway Station area, the former Bukit Timah Fire Station, and Kranji. 

“The expanse of the corridor running through the centre of the entire country presents an unprecedented opportunity to develop a new typology of landscape with transformative effects for the country as a whole. This is a project that has the potential to improve quality of life for generations to come," says OMA Partner Michael Kokora. 

64 teams responded to the government's call for ideas, and now only five have been selected to move onto the competition's second stage. These five teams are...

Far Sight House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

17:00 - 31 May, 2015
Far Sight House / Wallflower Architecture + Design , © Marc Tey Photography
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CREATE / Perkins+Will

15:00 - 29 May, 2015
CREATE / Perkins+Will, © Tim Griffith
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CREATE - Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise / Perkins+Will

03:00 - 29 May, 2015
CREATE - Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise / Perkins+Will, © Tim Griffith
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7 Jalan Remis / Aamer Architects

20:00 - 28 May, 2015
7 Jalan Remis / Aamer Architects, © Sanjay Kewlani
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