China has plans in the works to develop the largest city worldwide. The proposed ‘Turn the Pearl River Delta Into One’ master plan will merge nine cities creating a metropolis with a population of approximately 42 million people.
Integrating what is considered as China’s manufacturing heartland, public services including transportation infrastructure and healthcare would be unified allowing all residents within the river delta to utilize the resources.
Parramatta City Council is officially on the hunt for the boldest, most innovative and creative thinkers to present their vision for an iconic site along the scenic Parramatta River foreshore as part of an international ideas competition, ‘Ideas on Edge’. Prize money of $50,000 is on offer for a commercially viable idea for the site located at a prime position on the edge of Parramatta River, with the competition open to people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world.
The site covers 2.2Ha and is located between Lennox and Bernie Banton bridges. It is connected to transport, shopping facilities and Parramatta’s thriving dining precinct, ‘Eat Street’’. Potential uses for the site could include multi-functional facilities such as conference, performance, cultural, artistic, retail, commercial, entertainment and residential.
The competition winner will be awarded $50,000, but there is also $10,000 up for grabs for the best artistic submission, $5,000 for the best student entry and $5,000 for a ‘highly commended’ submission. The competition will close on Wednesday 11 May 2011 at midday. Entry to the competition is free. For more information about the Ideas on Edge competition visit Council’s website at www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/blogspace/ideas-on-edge.
Boston based research and design firm, PRAUD, shared with us the West End Museum which is a community-based museum in Boston dedicated to documenting the history of the West End of Boston. The museum especially captures the immigrant era which dates approximately from 1880 to the West Ends destruction by eminent domain in 1958. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The new Ames Hotel is Rockwell Group’s first hotel project in Boston. The boutique hotel occupies the historic Ames Building, a historic office building which was built in the late 19th century, and was the tallest building in Boston when it was completed. The hotel sits along the Washington Mall at One Court Street and is located on the edge of the Financial District, the Downtown Crossing shopping district and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Architect: Rockwell Group
Location: One Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Project Area: 70,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Rockwell Group
“Environmental issues such as sustainability, the protection of resources or reducing emissions have long been the focus of politics, industry and the economy. High time, then, to examine their role in the world of architecture more closely.
The recycling, and with it the re-introduction of materials into the cycle of matter takes place in different forms in the construction industry. The projects presented in the magazine range from the recycling of entire building components (e.g. from concrete), to the use of waste products (e.g. wood) and demolition waste (e.g. stone) or even the completely invisible use of recycling materials like façade panels made from old glass.
In the »Discussion« section, chemist M. Braungart describes the principle of »cradle to cradle«, which questions ecological efficiency and calls instead for intelligent design. He believes that products must be designed so that instead of becoming waste at the end of their lifetime, they can be used to create new things. He shows how this can be done in architecture with several already completed examples.”
Further information, photos, plus the full table of contents after the break.
The AIAS 2011 West Quad Conference ‘Architecture in the Networked City’ raises the question of how a new generation of architects, planners, and designers can explore networked possibilities for the urban environment. Hosted by the New School of Design April 14th-17th, the conference’s three key note speakers include, Chris Genik Dean of NSAD and principle and co-founder of Daly Genik, Miles Kemp founder and president of Variate Labs, and Geoff Manaugh author of BLDGBLOG.
Architects: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Design team: Marlies Rohmer, Floris Hund (collaborating architect), Michiel van Pelt (project coordinator), Arjan van Ruyven, Pepijn Nolet, Marc de Vries
Client: University of Utrecht, Utrecht
Project area: 18,600 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2008
Photographs: Scagliola en Brakkee, Rene de Wit, AkzoNobel
Olson Kundig Architects shared with us that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has honored two of the firm’s projects with 2011 National AIA Housing Awards. Located in Seattle, Washington, Art Stable and 1111 E. Pike, which have both been featured on ArchDaily, have received awards in the Multifamily Living category, and are among the eighteen projects recognized nationwide.
The AIA’s Housing Awards Program was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Parks and open space define many of Denver’s great neighborhoods. The Stapleton Development (Denver’s old airport) is devoting nearly 30% of its 4,700 acres to parks and open-space. Semple Brown Design’s project team was an original member of the master planning for Stapleton’s open spaces and parks. This project has evolved into designing a variety of pavilions, buildings, trellises, and shade structures. These projects include what will eventually be five (5) public pool houses. They will be key features in public parks currently being developed throughout the new Stapleton Neighborhood. This project is the second of the 5 pool houses.
Architect: Semple Brown Design, P.C.
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Consultant: Reese Engineering
General Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Structural Engineer: The McGlamery Structural Group
Project Area: 2,760 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Ron Pollard
Architecture for Humanity’s Japan reconstruction efforts are being assisted by youth in 15 different countries. In the wake of the Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami Students Rebuild and Do Something.org have organized worldwide participation of young people to support their Japanese peers by making paper cranes.
The Bezos Family Foundation has pledged to make a $2 donation to Architecture for Humanity for every crane made. After 100,000 cranes are submitted they will be turned into a woven art installation, a symbolic gift from students around the world to their Japanese counterparts.
Here are the details on how to get involved:
- Make a paper crane ‐ view a how‐to video: (youtube.com/watch?v=Ux1ECrNDZl4)
- Turn your crane into dollars for reconstruction by mailing it to Students Rebuild.
1700 7th Avenue
STE 116 # 145
Seattle, WA 98101
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a pre‐paid-shipping label for large boxes (50 cranes or more, please).
STAV Architects shared with is their competition entry for The Umm el-Fahem Museum of Contemporary Art which was awarded third place. Planted in its surroundings, the building grows from the side of the mountain, looking towards the Wadi on its border. It refrains from overtaking the Wadi, posed on one of its banks and watches it to the opposite pine planted bank, watching the city from afar to spread into the urban topography of Wadi Ara, Israel. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Nandinee Phookan Architects
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
General Contractor: Giovannitti, LLC
Structural Engineer: Pennmax Engineering
MEP Engineer: Clifford Dias Engineering
Stair Manufacturer: Product and design metalwork
Project area: 3,700 sq. ft.
Project year: 2008 – 2010
Photographs: Tom Judge Photography
To greet visitors in the months before its official opening later this year, Evergreen Brick Works commissioned a temporary Welcome Hut for the 12-acre community environmental centre. Designed by Levitt Goodman Architects, this 96 sqf hut is provides an immediate node for visitors and to support the Evergreen’s mission to showcase for green design and environmentally sustainable initiatives.
Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects
Location: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Canada
Project Team: Janna Levitt (Partner-in-Charge), Katrina Touw (Project Architect)
Project Size: 96 sqf
Project Area: 2010
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.