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Bar Street of Quanzhou / HYHW Architects

  • Architects: HYHW Architects
  • Location: Quanzhou, Fujian, China
  • Design Team: HYHW, ECOLAND Planning and Design Corp.
  • Client: Wanda Group
  • Area: 63000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Shu He Photography

© Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography

Slant Competition 2013: 'Evoking Memories'

Slant is inviting contestants to participate in this year's competition, themed 'Evoking Memories'which calls for a design for a show garden which, if selected will become part of SlantFest, their new on-line garden festival for summer 2013. Open to any global location of your choice, you may choose to represent a memory of a place or event, childhood memories, or opt to commemorate or to celebrate a person or persons, even a nation. It’s up to you to decide, and your inspiration could be either well known, or perhaps just personal to you. The deadline for submissions is May 20. For  more information, please visit here.

BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant Breaks Ground, Breaks Schemas

There are many things that set BIG’s latest project, Amager Bakke, apart. The plant, which broke ground yesterday, will be the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. It will be the tallest and biggest building in Copenhagen. It will house Denmark’s first ski-slope (on the roof of the plant, no less). It will emit its CO2 emissions - not as a continuous stream of smoke, oh no - but in sudden, bursting smoke rings. 

However, the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy Plant is far more than the sum of its rather remarkable features. As an urban “destination in itself” and a landmark in environmental design, it’s one of the most radical representations of architecture as a means of public engagement of our time. And, what’s more, it’s a signal that BIG has finally reached maturity, truly coming into its own as a firm.

Read more about BIG’s remarkable Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant, after the break....

Buckminster Fuller Challenge: 2013 Search for Solutions Launched

Calling all students, architects, designers, artists, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs!

Development Banks of the Meurthe / Atelier Cite Architecture

  • Architects: Atelier Cite Architecture
  • Location: 9 Rue Alphonse Adam, 88110 Raon-l'Étape, France
  • Landscape: ARPAE
  • Light Designer: Scene Publique (Agathe Argod)
  • Structure: Groupe Alto
  • Hydraulic: SINBIO
  • Area: 20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

'Frank Gehry At Work' Exhibition

On display at Leslie Feely Fine Art in New York from April 11 to June 30, 2013, the Frank Gehry At Work exhibition features a selection of over 30 diverse process models by Gehry, which are drawn from significant constructions and concepts of the architect’s prolific career. These organic forms, which consist of a wide array of materials, stand as testament to Gehry’s tactile approach, enhancing our perception of this sculptural architect and his work,  illuminating the subtleties of Gehry’s thought—and working—process. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Pablo Castro Lecture: Hexameter

As part of Cornell University's Rome 2013 Lecture Series, Pablo Castro, founder of OBRA Architects will be delivering the 'Hexameter' lecture this Thursday, March 7th, at the Palazzo Lazzaroni in Rome at 6:00pm. A 2012 Rome prize winner, Castro's design direction at OBRA has produced a body of award-winning projects including four AIANY Design Awards and two Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards. He is also a 2006 NYFA Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures and a 2003 Society of Architectural Historians de Montëquin Senior Fellow, which are just some of the many awards received. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Human.Kind Advertising / PPS Architects

  • Architects: PPS Architects
  • Location: 259 Jan Smuts Ave, Dunkeld, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Lizl Sheridan

© Lizl Sheridan © Lizl Sheridan © Lizl Sheridan © Lizl Sheridan

Nature Centre Hindsgavl / AART architechts

© Adam Mork © Adam Mork © Adam Mork © Adam Mork

McAllen Main Library / Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle

  • Architects: Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle
  • Location: 4001 North 23rd Street, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Jack Poling
  • Design Team: Leanne Larson, Steven Rothe, Jessica Harner
  • Area: 125000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer

Mark Magazine #42

What better place to explore inventive homes and innovative architects than a country with a housing crisis? Mark #42 head to Poland, where theylook at an architecture scene in transition, checking in on a 152 cm wide house by Centrala and a drive-in home by Robert Konieczny. Elsewhere, Shintaro Fujiwara and Yoshio Muro discuss the challenges of the Japanese architect, and we visit ‘weird Austin’ to discover a house by Bercy Chen that literally emerges from the bush.

Rooms / Ando Corporation

  • Architects: ANDO Corporation
  • Location: Wakayama, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Yoshiaki Nagasaka
  • General Contractors: ANDO Corporation
  • Area: 288.22 sqm
  • Photographs: Kimikazu Tomizawa

© Kimikazu Tomizawa © Kimikazu Tomizawa © Kimikazu Tomizawa © Kimikazu Tomizawa

Ramat Gan House 2 / Pitsou Kedem Architects

  • Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
  • Location: Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Design Team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
  • Site Area: 500 m2
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron

Relocation of the City Center of Kiruna Winning Proposal / White Architects

White Architects has just been selected as the winner of the competition to relocate the City Center of Kiruna, located in the north of Sweden. Their proposal, titled “Kiruna 4-ever”, creates a sustainable vision for the long-term expansion of the city eastwards. It allows for the further development and broadening of Kiruna’s mix of cultures and diverse population by creating a welcoming and global city, unique in its placement within the arctic landscape. The proposal strives to create a destination of great dignity, attractive venues and fantastic living environments. More images and architects' description after the break.

India's Evolution vs. China's Revolution

This article, by Austin Williams, originally appeared in The Asian Age as "India, China: Talk of the Town." Williams is the co-author of Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs and director of the Future Cities Project. He teaches architecture and urban studies at XJTL University in Suzhou, China. Email him at

As an architect living in Suzhou, just outside Shanghai, I have become blasé about the skyline being transformed before my very eyes. The classic view of Shanghai’s towering waterfront may not represent great architecture, but it’s impressive all the same… and constantly improving. In most cities across China it is the same story: high-speed construction activity, modernisation, transformation and skyscrapers everywhere. There is a palpable sense of opportunity pending — what the émigrés to America must have felt when arriving in New York 100 years ago. 

While many Western commentators point to the failures (the accidents, the pollution and the corruption) with an unremitting Schadenfreude, China marches on. Where else can you watch a modern city grow and change in real time? Where else, indeed? 

Read more of Austin Williams' account of the different kinds of urban development happening in China and India, after the break...

Autodesk Milano Offices / Goring & Straja Architects

  • Architects: Goring & Straja Architects
  • Location: Via Tortona 37, Milan, Italy
  • Design Team: André Straja, Giacomo Sicuro, Simone Marchiorato, Stefan Davidovici, Camilla Guerritore, Elisa Mori, Naohisa Hosoo, John North
  • Project Manager: Jones Lang Lasalle
  • Area: 850.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly