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Strelka Institute Crowd-Sources Urban Design Ideas with "What Moscow Wants" Campaign

01:00 - 12 January, 2014
The Cultural Navigator. Image Courtesy of CITIZENSTUDIO bureau
The Cultural Navigator. Image Courtesy of CITIZENSTUDIO bureau

Among the biggest challenges facing city planners is to implement plans which are not just needed, but also popular. In a bid to address this common problem of democratic city design, the Strelka Institute developed What Moscow Wants, an online platform designed to crowdsource ideas for the development of Moscow.

What Moscow Wants consists of a three-step process: residents first propose ideas on the website (ranging from the prosaic suggestion of a standardized city-wide parking bollard, to the outlandish idea of an underwater museum in the Moscow River); next, local architectural practices chose suggestions which they felt they could contribute a solution to and posted their proposals to the website; finally, the most popular choices were presented by the architects at the Moscow Urban Forum from the 5-7th of December.

Read on after the break to see a selection of the most popular projects

Playground with a Meandering Path. Image Courtesy of Megabudka bureau Bridge City. Image Courtesy of Sergey Shkepu, Denis Varan Playbox. Image Courtesy of Buromoscow bureau Reconstruction of Novyy Arbat. Image Courtesy of Darya Onohova +28

An All-Nighter at the Bauhaus

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
An All-Nighter at the Bauhaus, The Residential block at the Bauhaus is now open for visitors. Image © Thomas Lewandovski
The Residential block at the Bauhaus is now open for visitors. Image © Thomas Lewandovski

Recently, the Bauhaus Foundation has opened the residential block of the famous building, offering tourists the chance to spend a night. Seizing the opportunity, Olly Wainwright reports on what it feels like to stay - finding it to be a "primordial soup of originals and copies, and copied originals", from Albers to Ikea, and coming to the conclusion that it may now be missing the party atmosphere it was once famous for. But at only €35 a night, he hopes the chance to stay will "attract crowds of architecture and design students, to reinfect the pristine white shell with the spirited energy it needs." You can read the full article here.

Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree, © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject
© Sumedh Prasad / Orproject

Orproject, a London-based architecture practice, completed a room-sized, nature-inspired canopy titled, 'Vana,' for the India Design Forum exhibited in The Brick House in New Delhi.

Read what the architects' had to say after the break...

© Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject +12

Intercity Bus Terminal / José Luis Rodríguez Gil

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +14

32 Fadura Dwellings / Erredeeme

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
32 Fadura Dwellings / Erredeeme, © Francisco Berreteaga
© Francisco Berreteaga

© Francisco Berreteaga © Francisco Berreteaga © Francisco Berreteaga © Francisco Berreteaga +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Getxo, Biscay, Spain
  • Client

    Fadura Sociedad Cooperativa Limitada
  • Project Area

    5400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Quarry House / Marina Rubina

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
Quarry House / Marina Rubina, © Halkin Mason Photography
© Halkin Mason Photography

© Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography © Halkin Mason Photography +14

Techno-Prisme Storage Depot / Brisac Gonzalez

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
Techno-Prisme Storage Depot / Brisac Gonzalez, Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez
Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez

Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aurillac, France
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Brisac Gonzalez

Garenne Colombes Cultural Center / Richard + Schoeller Architectes

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
Garenne Colombes Cultural Center / Richard + Schoeller Architectes, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Emmanuelle Blanc © Emmanuelle Blanc © Emmanuelle Blanc +30

WXCA's Winning Entry / Baltic Sea Park Competition

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
WXCA's Winning Entry / Baltic Sea Park Competition, Courtesy of WXCA
Courtesy of WXCA

The Baltic Sea Art Park, designed by Warsaw based design studio WXCA, proposes a series of common exhibition spaces in downtown Pärnu, Estonia, on the edge of the Pärnu River. Folk art and professional work from artists of the Baltic Sea nations will be exhibited in a collection of floating pavilions. With nine countries being invited to exhibit, including Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Finland (with autonomous Aland), Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden, the "floating piazza" is intended to act as "a platform for exchange of the Baltic Sea culture that enables integration and interaction between all Baltic countries and their artistic heritage."

New Building for Nursery and Kindergarten in Zaldibar / Hiribarren-Gonzalez + Estudio Urgari

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
New Building for Nursery and Kindergarten in Zaldibar / Hiribarren-Gonzalez  + Estudio Urgari, Courtesy of Egoin
Courtesy of Egoin

Courtesy of Egoin Courtesy of Egoin Courtesy of Egoin Courtesy of Egoin +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Autonomía, 48250 Zaldibar, Biscay, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Tony Hiribarren y María del Mar González Dueñas
  • Design Team

    HIRIBARREN-GONZALEZ (Tony Hiribarren y María del Mar González Dueñas arquitectos) URGARI (Patxi Gastaminza e Itziar Modrego arquitectos)
  • Project Area

    663.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Egoin

The Tale of Sydney's Urban Sellout

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
The Tale of Sydney's Urban Sellout, Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression. Image © Barangaroo Delivery Authority
Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression. Image © Barangaroo Delivery Authority

A recent, well-written article for The Guardian chronicles the story of Sydney's East Darling Harbour (also known as 'Barangaroo'), from the city's optimism in 2003 to the relative disappointment of today. David Shoebridge, a New South Wales Greens MP and the party's planning spokesperson, recounts the series of compromises and sellouts that have turned what was meant to be a "prime public space" into - to add insult to injury - the site for a casino.You can read this cautionary tale in full here.

Open Letters / Harvard Graduate School of Design

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
Open Letters / Harvard Graduate School of Design, Courtesy of Open Letters
Courtesy of Open Letters

Launched in September 2013 by students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Open Letters is a print experiment that tests the epistolary form as a device for generating conversations about architecture and design. The project stems from an earnest curiosity about what people have to say to each other about architecture, landscapes, cities, ideas, history, practice, experience and learning. 

New issues are released every other Friday, each presenting one open letter, i.e. a letter addressed to a particular party, but intended for publication, about any topic relating to the design disciplines. Past correspondents have written to mentors, chairs, trees, mystical creatures, those in need of advice and to NCARB. All issues can be read online.

House Between Oak Trees / Murado & Elvira Arquitectos

01:00 - 11 January, 2014
House Between Oak Trees  / Murado & Elvira Arquitectos, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carretera Valverde, 06010 Badajoz, Spain
  • Architect In Charge

    Murado & Elvira Arquitectos, Juan Elvira, Clara Murado
  • Collaborator

    Tomás Gil (cálculo estructural)
  • Project Area

    172.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photography

The Portland Problem: $95 Million for a Hated Building?

00:00 - 10 January, 2014
The Portland Problem: $95 Million for a Hated Building?, The Portland Building in 1982. Image © Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons
The Portland Building in 1982. Image © Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

In a provocative article, The Atlantic Cities explores the dilemma which Portland currently finds itself in: the Michael Graves-designed Portland Building, one of the most important examples of early postmodernism, requires renovation work to the tune of $95 million; unfortunately, most residents of Portland "really, really hate" the building - as they have since it was constructed in 1983. Should the city spend so much money renovating a building which is unpopular, dysfunctional and poorly built just because of its cultural significance? Read the original article for more.

Aula Medica / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Aula Medica / Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, © Tord-Rikard Söderström
© Tord-Rikard Söderström

© Patrik Lindell © Patrik Lindell © Patrik Lindell © Tord-Rikard Söderström +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Solnavägen 7, Karolinska Institutet, 171 65 Solna, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Gert Wingårdh and Jonas Edblad
  • Contributors Construction Documents

    Andreas Henriksson (Project Architect), Birgitta Stenvaller, Guisli Benito, Ronja Saxberg, Viktoria Wallin, Johan Wegbrant, Per Odebäck, Kjell Nord, Ingrid Alerås, Nils Korth, Maria Olausson, Anna Palm
  • Area

    13700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

l'Ecole Jean Jaures / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons + Art’ur architectes

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
l'Ecole Jean Jaures / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons + Art’ur architectes, Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons
Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons

Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Courtesy of Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons +15

Abrante Lookout / Jose Luis Bermejo Martín

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Abrante Lookout / Jose Luis Bermejo Martín, Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín
Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín

Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Agulo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Project Area

    243.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Courtesy of José Luis Bermejo Martín

17 VPO Dwellings / Màrius Quintana Creus

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
17 VPO Dwellings / Màrius Quintana Creus, © Marc Torra
© Marc Torra

© Marc Torra © Marc Torra © Marc Torra © Marc Torra +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avinguda el Castell, 2, 08570 Torelló, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architect

    Màrius Quintana Creus
  • Collaborators

    Manel Fernández, Joan González Gou.
  • Budget

    2.081.725,51 €
  • Project Area

    2487.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Marc Torra