This Helsinki’s new South Harbor proposal, designed by Macyauski Research & Design, is envisioned as the iconic gateway into the heart of the city that serves its tourists and travelers aesthetically and effectively. Its strong urban connection between the waterfront and the city has been simplified to efficiently activate Helsinki’s South Harbor. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Given the particular nature of the program described in the competition brief, the proposal for the Istanbul Disaster Center by DRA&U… focuses on the realization of a visually striking building that also represents a challenge to traditional architecture and engineering.
Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building Proposal / Alan Cheung Kwok-lun and Sam Hau Sum-ming
Architectural designers Alan Cheung Kwok-lun and Sam Hau Sum-ming… from Hong Kong have designed a conceptual passenger terminal building for the International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building, in an attempt to link
Architects: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Shirogane Minato ward Tokyo, Japan
Date of Completion: 2011
Site Area: 73.37 sqm
Total Floor Area: 215.93sqm/1F(38.30sqm), 2F(70.48sqm), 3F(65.15sqm), 4F(34.42sqm), PH(7.58sqm)
Structure Engineers: Masaki Structure Laboratory, Kenta Masaki
Facility Engineers: Shimada Architects, Zenei Shimada
Construction: Maekawa Construction
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was selected as one of the runner-up candidates for TIMES 2011 Person of the Year Award. Ai Weiwei is known in the architecture world for his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, serving as the artistic consultant for the Beijing National Stadium, otherwise known as the Bird’s Nest stadium.
Ai Weiwei is well-known for his political activism, being openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights. Following his arrest in Beijing earlier this year, Weiwei was detained and interrogated for over two months without any official charges. He was then fined $2.4 million for back taxes and penalties, which he believes to have been politically motivated.
When TIME journalists Hannah Beech and Austin Ramzy asked Weiwei about what motivated him to merge the Internet with political activism, he credited his involvement with architecture.
“I got involved with architecture. To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.”
Read the entire TIME article and full interview with Ai Weiwei here.
The last part of our Brazilian day, commemorating the 104th birthday of the renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and the launch of ArchDaily Brasil: An exclusive interview with Mr Niemeyer himself.
- How did you start your office?
My office in Copacabana -the only one that I have- was opened and organized to meet, since the early 50s, the ever growing demands.The last 13 years I have been the only architect here “at work”; the initial stage of the projects is done by me, up to the basic project, and then I trust its development by other architecture offices, specially the ones directed by my colleague and friends Jair Valera and my dear granddaughter, Ana Elisa.
- For you, what is Architecture?
In my opinion, architecture is invention. And under this prism is how I do my projects, always searching for beautiful, expressive, different and surprising solutions.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Client: Medical Faculty in Hradec Kralove
Design Team: Michal Juha, Jan Topinka in co-operation with Roman Repa and Edita Mojzisova
Project Manager: Danica Havlikova
Cost: EUR 3 900 000
Total volume: 11,170 m3
Built up area: 1,060 sqm
Total useful area: 2,070 sqm
Photographs: Filip Šlapal
MIMA started with the intention of planning a dwelling that responds directly to the lifestyle of nowadays’ societies. How can architecture adapt to the quick life changes and ambitions of a well informed and increasingly exigent society? MIMA architects researched for years to design a fast produced, flexible, light and cheap yet good quality product, wrapped up with a pleasant clean design.
Since the day we started ArchDaily back in 2008, we have stuck to our mission to become a hub of opportunities for architects, and to improve the profession by making architectural knowledge available to architects around the world.
To help keep you architecturally inspired, a passionate team of architects works hard every day to bring our readers from around the world the latest news, projects and any information that is relevant to the architecture world. Working on a global scale has required that we focus on broader aspects of the architectural world. While this has its obvious advantages, it can neglect one of the most important elements an architect has to deal on a daily basis: context.
We know that local issues and national contingencies have more weight over projects than global trends. While the Internet turned us into global citizens, it is now a tool that allows us to connect with the local in an unprecedented way. And at ArchDaily we wanted to provide our readers with the local information that is relevant to them.
We decided to start with Brazil, the cradle of one of the most powerful movements in architecture. The works by the Brazilian modern masters can be resumed into powerful structures with humble details, a constant that is now seen among the new generation of talented architects, who respect that tradition but are still able to innovate and give identity to Brazilian architecture. The country is also facing an unprecedented growth, and will host two of the largest events in the coming years, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de janeiro, posing several challenges for architects and urbanists. In this context the local architecture scene has developed interesting projects in different scales, from where several lessons can be learned.
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Charlie Rose discusses the story of the New York City High Line with Amanda Burden, director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Diane von Furstenberg, High Line contributor, Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line and Joshua David, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line.
Click here to watch the video on the Charlie Rose website.
It began on December 17th, 2010, when 26-year-old street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi drenched himself in paint thinner and lit a match in front of the provincial-capital building in Tunisia. Mannoubia Bouazizi stated, “My son set himself on fire for dignity.” Her 16-year-old daughter added, “In Tunisia, dignity is more important than bread.”
All over the world, the protestors of 2011 have stood-up for fairness and freedom. “Do-it-yourself democratic politics became globalized, and a real live protest went massively viral.” Authoritarian acts of violence and forceful evictions from “public” squares further exposed what the protestors were fighting for. In effort to honor the individuals who have made the greatest impact on our world during these past twelve months, TIME has named the 2011 person of the year as “The Protester”.
As part of the Little Tokyo Design Week event in Los Angeles this past July, deegan day design of Los Angeles and Open A of Japan curated an exhibition of 40 houses from Japan and California called Tokyo/LA Houses. The…