As per usual, Zaha Hadid has been making headlines this week, starting with the release of her newly constructed Galaxy SOHO project in central Beijing and followed by an outpour of recognition within the world of architecture for her 62nd Halloween birthday. Well now, the Dame is making waves in an entirely different territory, as Glamour Magazine has announced Hadid as the “Woman of the Year 2012”.
The magazine centered around fashion, beauty and gossip, has labeled the first female Pritzker Prize laureate as “The Lady Gaga of Architecture”. Glamour praised Hadid’s tenacious demeanor that allowed her to succeed in a “man’s job” and become “one of the most accomplished architects on earth”.
Read Glamour’s complete tribute here.
A few days ago we had the chance to attend the Audi Urban Future Awards, where 5 young and innovative practices presented their visions on the future of mobility for five of the world’s most intense urban regions: Boston/Washington Area (USA), Mumbai (India), Sao Paulo (Brasil), Istanbul (Turkey) and the Pearl River Delta region (China).
The Audi Urban Future Award went to Höweler + Yoon and their proposal for BosWash, a new mega region that connects commuters and center through a new intelligent infrastructure, a project that Audi has committed to push forward.
These regions deal with the most important issues that cities are facing in the urban era: the dilemma between density and sprawl, opportunities, transportation, long term versus fast growth, energy, infrastructure, and as we have seen in the last days, the natural environment.
In the following videos we will see the thorough diagnostics of the cities presented by the architects, along with a short description of their projects. Their proposals will be featured in a following article.
Istanbul, Mumbai, Perl River Delta and Sao Paulo after the break:
Architects: VAV Architects
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Architects: Pablo Bolinches Vidal, Darragh Breathnach, Daria Leikina
Collaborators: Veniyana Lemonidi, Matteo Goldoni, Jonathan Russell, Nicholas Dunlop, Tati Leonteva, Alexandra Polyakova, Tereza Scheibova, Anna Podrouzkova, Libor Mládek, David Buhagiar, Aulon Harizaj, Jim Walsh
Area: 7 sqm
Photographs: VAV Architects, Jonathan Russell
Marc Newson is one of the most accomplished industrial designers of our time. A self-confessed control freak, Newson’s innovative perspective has been applied to everything from cutlery to spaceships. He regularly lends his skills to brands such as Nike, Ford and Qantas. His numerous international accolades include receiving a CBE for services to design and being appointed “Royal Designer for Industry” in the UK. Examples of his work are housed in most major permanent museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and one of his earliest pieces, The Lockheed Lounge, holds the record for the world’s highest price paid for a piece of furniture. A complete catalogue of his works to date has also recently been released by Taschen books. Married to the prominent fashion editor and stylist, Charlotte Stockdale, Newson’s family life has had a profound influence on his attitude to design. Though he compares our current design climate to the industrial revolution he also seems nostalgic, lamenting both his daughter’s affinity for the iPad and the fact that the future is simply not as optimistic as he imagined.
The Architects in Missions (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2012 architecture competition with the topic, “Shengsi Islands: Renewing China’s Traditional Village Lifestyle.” Participants were challenged in guiding the island villages toward a diversified economy through sustainable tourism development.…
It’s not often that a project requires you to bulk up on your haggling skills.
Then again, it’s not often that a project requires you to re-invent the African Mud Hut either. But that was exactly the task presented to Karolina and Wayne Switzer, participants of the Nka Foundation’s “10×10 Shelter Challenge” to design and build a 10 by 10 feet shelter deep in the heart of Ghana.
The pair, who just completed their project this month, were dependent upon the local community to make the shelter a reality, and had to learn early on how to communicate with the locals – not just to negotiate prices for materials and labor, but to overcome the local stigma associated with mud architecture (usually only used by the very poor).
The result was a contemporary, durable shelter built with a construction method inspired by local tradition: the pounding of the fufu root, a diet staple for the community, which uncannily paralleled the pounding of fresh soil into the forms. Hence the local’s name for the structure: “Obruni fufu” (white man’s fufu).
If you’re interested in getting involved in the 10×10 Challenge (open to students and graduates of design, architecture, art, or engineering, until October 2013), check out the Nka Foundation’s website, www.nkafoundation.org, or email at email@example.com
Full description of the project, after the break….
Architects: Arcadian Architecture＋Design
Location: Chung-li City, Taiwan
Architect In Charge: Alex Yu
Design Team: Jerry Chang, Kobe Lin, Ru-Hsien Huang, Cheng-hui Lo, Chiao-wen Lo, Hanawa Ho, Tzi-Jui Chiang
Interior Designer : Rich Honour Design Group / Ren’e Li
Client: Hai Hau Constructions
Area: 530 sqm
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng
vGHcompany… shared with us their competition entry for Mobilicity Tirana, which won an honorable mention. Their project outlines a utopia, which is based on the man who fell into one’s own trap: the notion of time. The rings showing the
The proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library competition, designed by École Architects and AAKAA…, consists of a massive cubic construction, in stark contrast with the surrounding cityscape. The singularity and unexpected nature of this landmark building is legible
Architects: bureau SLA
Location: Hengstdijk, The Netherlands
Design Team: Peter van Assche, Hiske van der Meer, Gonçalo Moreira, Charlotte Vermaning, Justyna Osiecka
Contractor: Van Kerckhoven Bouw, Kloosterzande
Structural Engineer: Sineth Engineering, Schiphol
Sustainability: Sunraytec, Woerden
Client: Metta Vihara
Area: 465 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of bureau SLA
Designed by Mateo Arquitectura…, the purpose of the Leipzig Freedom and Unity Memorial is to commemorate the “Peaceful Revolution” of 1989 that made Leipzig a decisive place for the fall of the Berlin wall with the construction of this
Architects: Ector Hoogstad Architecten
Location: De Wielen, De Veken, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Design Team: Joost Ector, Max Pape, Chris Arts, Ralph Sijstermans, Ridwan Tehupelasury, Kees Bongers, Hetty Mommersteeg, Arja Hoogstad, Gijs Weijnen, Victor Braat, Wesley de Bruijn, Ralph Noordhoek, Sabine Alders and Damion Schwarzkachel
Area: 26,912 sqm
Photographs: Norbert van Onna, Bart van Overbeeeke, Petra Appelhof