Moscow Urban Forum 2016: Fast-Growing Megacities - Technologies for Dynamic Development

02:30 - 17 May, 2016
Moscow Urban Forum 2016: Fast-Growing Megacities - Technologies for Dynamic Development

Since its first version in 2011, the Moscow Urban Forum has become an important international platform devoted to the development of megacities, and improvement of the quality of life of urban residents in the world, Moscow and Russia. Over the years, it has developed into a major international project that brings together the people who come up with ideas to improve the quality of urban space, and the people who implement these ideas: mayors, politicians, urbanists, and architects from all over the world.

The topic of the 2016 Forum is "Fast-Growing Megacities: Technologies for Dynamic Development." Why is it so important to discuss growth and development of megacities at this time? What are the rules that determine their existence?

Community Primary School for Girls / Orkidstudio

02:00 - 17 May, 2016
Community Primary School for Girls / Orkidstudio, © Peter Dibdin
© Peter Dibdin

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Renovation of Wuzhen Beizha Silk Factory / DCA

22:00 - 16 May, 2016
Renovation of Wuzhen Beizha Silk Factory / DCA, © Ai Qing & Wu Qingshan -  CreatAR Images
© Ai Qing & Wu Qingshan - CreatAR Images
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuzhen, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Chen Qiang, Fu Na, Chen Jianru, Jade Zheng
  • Design Team

    Zhou Mingxu, Dai Xinggang, Feng Xuepeng, Tang Qing, Wu Haiyue, Shan Bingliang
  • Area

    8502.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Ai Qing & Wu Qingshan -  CreatAR Images © Ai Qing & Wu Qingshan -  CreatAR Images Before © Ai Qing & Wu Qingshan -  CreatAR Images +24

Module Grid House / Tetsuo Yamaji Architects

20:00 - 16 May, 2016
Module Grid House  / Tetsuo Yamaji Architects, © Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa

© Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa +22

Baan Kanom Chan / Anonym

19:00 - 16 May, 2016
Baan Kanom Chan / Anonym, © Chaovarith Poonphol
© Chaovarith Poonphol
  • Architects

  • Location

    Soi Chan 37, Khwaeng Thung Wat Don, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
  • Project Team

    Phongphat Ueasangkhomset, Suteenart Chantarajiraporn, Parnduangjai Roojnawate
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Chaovarith Poonphol  © Chaovarith Poonphol  © Chaovarith Poonphol  © Chaovarith Poonphol  +23

Devil's Corner / Cumulus Studio

17:00 - 16 May, 2016
Devil's Corner  / Cumulus Studio, © Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne
  • Architects

    Cumulus Studio (Peter Walker, Liz Walsh, Andrew Geeves, Fiona McMullen, Todd Henderson)
  • Location

    Sherbourne Rd, Apslawn TAS 7190, Australia
  • Area

    572.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne +22

Louis Kahn's Yale Center for British Art Reopens After Restoration

16:20 - 16 May, 2016
Louis Kahn's Yale Center for British Art Reopens After Restoration, Yale Center for British Art, Library Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole
Yale Center for British Art, Library Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole

Louis Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art has reopened to the public after a multi-year restoration project led by Knight Architecture, LLC. The building, which began construction in 1969 and was completed after Kahn’s death in 1977, was designed to house Paul Mellon’s gift of British art to Yale University. According to the museum, “this was the most complex building conservation work undertaken at the Center to date, comprising the entire structure, from roof to basement. It renews the Center’s public galleries, internal systems, spaces, and amenities, and has provided an opportunity to reimagine and reinstall the Center’s renowned collections of more than five centuries of British art—the largest outside of the United Kingdom.”

Yale Center for British Art, fourth  oor, Turner Bay following rein- stallation. Image © Richard Caspole Yale Center for British Art, fourth  oor, Long Gallery following reinstallation. Image © Michael Marsland Yale Center for British Art, Library Court following reinstallation. Image © Richard Caspole Yale Center for British Art, exterior view (spring). Image © Richard Caspole +20

MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam

15:01 - 16 May, 2016
MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam, The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

A little over a month since Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV announced a new temporary urban structure—a 180-step staircase, 29 meters tall and 57 meters long—for the heart of city of Rotterdam, the project has been officially opened. Those who ascend the staircase will find a temporary observation deck looking over Rotterdam Centraal, a rooftop bar, and the temporary reopening of the Kriterion cinema that was last active in the 1960s.

Nursery School in Zubieta Extension / Estudio Urgari

15:00 - 16 May, 2016
Nursery School in Zubieta Extension / Estudio Urgari, © Jorge Allende
© Jorge Allende
  • Architects

  • Location

    20170 Zubieta, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Patxi Gastaminza, Jose Javier Uranga, Itziar Modrego, Jesús Etxeberria
  • Area

    331.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende +16

Minus5 Architects & Studio Mr. White Propose "Art Facade" for the Burj Khalifa

14:10 - 16 May, 2016

The Burj Kahlifa has been the world’s tallest building since 2009, and last year the Dubai-based supertall broke another record by implementing the world's largest LED-illuminated facade. Building on these accomplishments, Minus5 Architects in collaboration with Studio Mr. White, has proposed using LED technology to create scale silhouettes of architectural monuments from around the world on the facade, including the Empire State Building, Beijing's CCTV Tower, London's Shard, Toronto's CN Tower, Taipei 101, the Petronas Towers, and others.  

CCP Pavilion / + República Portátil

13:00 - 16 May, 2016
CCP Pavilion  /  + República Portátil, © Gino Zavala Bianchi
© Gino Zavala Bianchi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaza de la Independencia - Bernardo O'Higgins 630, Concepción, Concepción, Región del Bío Bío, Chile
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Gino Zavala Bianchi © Gino Zavala Bianchi © Gino Zavala Bianchi © Gino Zavala Bianchi +37

Foster + Partners' Oceanwide Center Receives San Francisco Planning Commission Approval

12:10 - 16 May, 2016
Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners, in collaboration with Heller Manus Architects, has received permission from the San Francisco Planning Commission for Oceanwide Center. The 2.3 million square foot (215,000 square meter) development is part of the Transbay development plan, to provide increased density to the city’s South of Market district (SOMA). The plan calls for two buildings, the 605-foot Mission Street Tower, with a hotel and residences, and an 850-foot office and residential tower along First Street. In addition, the project creates new public spaces and pedestrian connections at the base of the towers, simultaneously restoring and revitalizing two historic buildings on the site.

Courtesy of dbox & Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners +7

SMF-TU. Social Medical Facility / BAarqs

11:00 - 16 May, 2016
SMF-TU. Social Medical Facility  / BAarqs, Courtesy of BAarqs
Courtesy of BAarqs
  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Toscas, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Design Team

    Guillermo Banchini, Ezequiel Manasseri, Marcos Dana, Bruno Bolognesi
  • Project Leaders

    Guillermo Banchini, Ezequiel Manasseri
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of BAarqs

Courtesy of BAarqs Courtesy of BAarqs Courtesy of BAarqs Courtesy of BAarqs +29

"An Alignment of Missions": Why MIT Will Be a Major Player in the 2016 Venice Biennale

10:10 - 16 May, 2016
"An Alignment of Missions": Why MIT Will Be a Major Player in the 2016 Venice Biennale, Brussels Foodmet. A large, mixed-use market building in the immigrant neighborhood of Anderlect, Belgium by ORG Permanent Modernity. The ORG project team includes MIT professor and ORG partner, Alexander D’Hooghe, and MIT alumnus Kobi Rutherberg. Image Courtesy of Filip Dujardin
Brussels Foodmet. A large, mixed-use market building in the immigrant neighborhood of Anderlect, Belgium by ORG Permanent Modernity. The ORG project team includes MIT professor and ORG partner, Alexander D’Hooghe, and MIT alumnus Kobi Rutherberg. Image Courtesy of Filip Dujardin

This interview was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "MIT on the Frontier: An Interview with Hashim Sarkis."

At this year's Biennale, "Reporting from the Front," MIT will have an unusually widespread presence. Ten full-time and visiting faculty, six alumni, and a handful of other MIT-affiliates (many invited by curator Alejandro Aravena himself) will contribute to over 15 installations, including "Rwanda Droneport," a full-scale earthen masonry shell designed by Norman Foster, which will serve as a small airport for drones delivering supplies to inaccessible areas of Rwanda, and "Courtyard House Plug-In," a prefabricated building system designed to be inserted into Beijing's dilapidated courtyard houses. To discuss MIT's significance on the architectural stage today, we spoke with the Dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, Hashim Sarkis, who, it was recently announced, will also serve on the Biennale jury.

House in Llano Grande / Plan B Arquitectos

09:00 - 16 May, 2016
House in Llano Grande  / Plan B Arquitectos, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango +31

Green Academy: Call for Entries

08:30 - 16 May, 2016
Green Academy: Call for Entries

  • Cash prizes: 20.000 €
  • Subject: open architectural competition
  • Target: Designers, Architects, Students, Professionals
  • Location: Marzabotto (Bologna, Italy)

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WXY Releases Plans for 50 Acre Public Space Stretch in Brooklyn

08:00 - 16 May, 2016
WXY Releases Plans for 50 Acre Public Space Stretch in Brooklyn, Courtesy of WXY
Courtesy of WXY

Design firm WXY architecture + urban design has released plans for a reconnection of nearly 50 acres of public space between downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Called The Brooklyn Strand, the project seeks to create a more appealing and accessible waterfront, while transforming the quality of public space in the area.

Aedas Designs Private Island Residences and Retreat for Malaysia

06:00 - 16 May, 2016
Aedas Designs Private Island Residences and Retreat for Malaysia, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled their design for the new Tebrau Waterfront Residences, located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The new two million square-meter waterfront community will combine villas and high-rise residential towers with a variety of commercial programs and a hotel.