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Taihu New Town Primary School / MINAX

© Lu Zhigang
© Lu Zhigang
  • Architects: MINAX
  • Location: Wuxi, China
  • Area: 32830.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Lu Zhigang

© Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang

Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013

The first two days of the World Architecture Festival 2013 have been intense. Keynotes by Charles Jencks and Dietmer Eberle, and several other lectures, have filled the auditorium and the festival hall stage, while hundreds of architects watch the live "crits," where firms present their projects in front of the jury and the audience. As a jury for the Health and Future Education categories, I've seen architects from firms from all ranges, sizes and trajectories present their shortlisted projects, a very strong selection of buildings. 

After these two days the winners of each category have been announced, and today the super jury will choose the World Building of the Year, followed by a lecture by Sou Fujimoto. Stay tuned for updates via Twitter!

"From the subtle to the spectacular, from a four room house to an 80 storey tower, the sheer quality and diversity reflected in the array of projects shortlisted today demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the event. All eyes are now on the festival’s venue, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where the architects will battle to win their individual categories, with the victorious projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year award" - Paul Finch, Director of the WAF.

Check out the full list of winners, highly commended entries and the jury's comments:

Steven Holl Architects Tops Out Visual Arts Building for University of Iowa

Update: Steven Holl Architects has announced the topping out of the University of Iowa's Visual Arts Building, a commission they won in a competition in 2010. When complete, the new building will work with their Art Building West, which they completed on the University of Iowa campus in 2006, to provide a dedicated arts space for students. Read on after the break for our coverage of the design reveal from 2013, and for construction photos and up to date renders of the project.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

C&C House / Arias Recalde Taller de arquitectura

© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects: Arias Recalde Taller de arquitectura
  • Location: 18192 Dúdar, Granada, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Luis Gonzalo Arias Recalde
  • Design Team: Cristian Eugen Boz, Juan Miguel Quirosa García, Daniel Moreno García, Abaco ingenieros
  • Area: 257.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda , Courtesy of Arias Recalde Taller de arquitectura

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Libeskind's Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution Abandoned

Following the news in 2010 that Daniel Libeskind was to design a "landmark" building for the UK's University of Essex, it has been announced that the plans have been abandoned. What was known as the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR) "was intended to become the ‘anchor’ to a new Knowledge Gateway research park at the university’s Colchester Wivenhoe Campus". 

House W / HPSA

  • Architects: HPSA
  • Location: 8962 Mitterberg, Austria
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid

Fuentes House / DMP Arquitectura

  • Architects: DMP Arquitectura
  • Location: Naucalpan, Mexico
  • Project Architects: Carlos Díaz Delgado, Carlos Díaz San Pedro
  • Builders: Carlos Díaz Delgado, Carlos Díaz San Pedro
  • Collaborators: Manuel Bernal, Jose Luis Ponce, Alfonso Malagón, Julio Cruz
  • Structural Engineering: Grupo SAI
  • Area: 695.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque

Sou Fujimoto Designs "Structural Waterfall" for Miami

The Miami Design District, an 18 square-block neighborhood between Miami’s downtown and South Beach, has announced that the facade of its new mixed-use retail building will be designed by Sou Fujimoto. The two-floor, 17,000 square foot structure, which will feature "an elongated series of glass fins extending from the rooftop down to the open courtyard," will create unique pedestrian arcades covered by a "structural waterfall."

The Miami Design District, owned by Miami Design District Associates, aims to combine commerce with high-quality design, fashion, art and architecture, and has chosen Fujimoto on the merit of his past award-winning works, from House N in Tokyo, to the Musashino Art University & Library, to - most recently - his design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. 

Adaptive Architecture ACADIA 2013

ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE ACADIA 2013 will present world-leading research in contemporary architectural design. ACADIA 2013 is the 36th annual conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture, presented at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Oct. 24-26 with workshops running Oct. 19-23 and 27. The event includes presentations by international researchers, a series of exhibitions, a suite of publications and specialized workshops on advanced design methods, fabrication and simulation.

Deyang School for Deaf & Intellectually Disabled Children / China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Corp. Ltd

© Liu Yi © Liu Yi © Liu Yi © Liu Yi

Illy / A31 ARCHITECTURE

  • Architects: A31 ARCHITECTURE
  • Location: Paiania, Greece
  • Architect in Charge: Praxitelis Kondylis
  • Design Team: Praxitelis Kondylis, arch, Panagiotis Karras, eng, Chara Lasithiotaki, arch, iRo Papadopoulou, arch.
  • Structural Design: Joanna Seraskeri
  • Mechanical Engineering: Argiris Kayanas
  • Construction: J. SERASKERI CONSTRUCTIONS
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

© Yiannis Hadjiaslanis © Yiannis Hadjiaslanis © Yiannis Hadjiaslanis © Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Stereoscopic House / Pencil Office

  • Architects: Pencil Office
  • Location: Sentosa Island, Singapore
  • Design Firm: Pencil Office
  • Lead Design Consultant: Erik G. L’ Heureux AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Architect of Record: HK HIA & Associates
  • Area: 708.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pencil Office

© Pencil Office © Pencil Office © Pencil Office © Pencil Office

Pavilion Jean Baptiste Clément / Olivier Werner Architecte

  • Architects: Olivier Werner Architecte
  • Location: Brou-sur-Chantereine, France
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Franz Bourgeois

© Franz Bourgeois © Franz Bourgeois © Franz Bourgeois © Franz Bourgeois

Pony Pediatric Dental Clinic / Masahiro Kinoshita - KINO Architects + KAMITOPEN

© Keisuke Miyamoto © Keisuke Miyamoto © Keisuke Miyamoto © Keisuke Miyamoto

London Calling: How to Solve the Housing Crisis

In recent weeks both the national papers and the London Evening Standard have been reporting dramatic increases in the price of houses in the capital. Up 8% in a year they say. This isn’t great. Rents are also rising sharply. Soon, many, particularly young, Londoners will be trapped, unable to rent or buy.  No doubt this is increasingly the case in many big cities. But England is still arguably in a recession, the worst for nearly a century. 

In an attempt to find affordable homes people move further away from their work, especially those on low wages, and spend too much of their salary and their time commuting. The cost of housing affects what we eat, whether we exercise and how much spare time we have. It affects our quality of life.

So, this is not about business or property. It’s more important. This is about home. Home is a refuge. It’s our emotional harbour. In fact it is a human right. As the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states: it is 'the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate ... housing'. 

Can architects help? Yes. As architects, we need to ask what home actually is, and, how it fits into the city. Indeed, the answer is as much anthropological as it is architectural, as it lies in re-thinking the house itself, in creating - not housing - but homes.

Critical Round-Up: Stirling Prize 2013

Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann. Image © Helene Binet, courtesy RIBA
Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann. Image © Helene Binet, courtesy RIBA

Following the news that the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize was been won by Witherford Watson Mann for Astley Castle at a ceremony in London last week, the critical response to the project has been extremely positive. Joseph Rykwert (who recently won the RIBA Gold Medal) said that "Witherford Watson Mann have been gentle surgeons, saving the essential, eliminating the incidental". Check out the critical responses from The Financial Times' Edwin Heathcote, The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright, Building Design's Ellis Woodman, and the Architects' Journal's Rory Olcayto after the break...

Koya No Sumika / mA-style Architects

  • Architects: mA-style Architects
  • Location: Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
  • Area: 778.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura