Taipei Announced as 2016 World Design Capital

00:00 - 27 November, 2013
OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.
OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.

It’s official: Taipei has been selected as the 2016 World Design Capital (WDC). This doesn’t come by surprise, as back in August they were the only city selected by International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) to move onto the competition’s final round. 

The city campaigned under the slogan “Adaptive City: Design in Motion,” focusing on how design can improve the living standards of their citizens. To strengthen their campaign, officials proposed 20 projects under the “Public Policy by Design” program that intended to strengthen the connection between designers, the public and funders. Over 600 workshops have already been conducted, encouraging collaboration between the city’s top officials and design professionals, and many more are scheduled to take place.

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
Edificio “Walkie Talkie” / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Edificio “Walkie Talkie” / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street (or the "Walkie Talkie") in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the "Death Ray," we've put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world - from the worrying to the downright absurd.

City of Taipei Moves Closer to Becoming 2016 World Design Capital

00:00 - 8 August, 2013
OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.
OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center Set for Completion in 2015.

Taipei has been selected by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) as the only municipality to move on to the next phase in the process towards becoming the 2016 World Design Capital (WDC). The selection committee is expected to conduct an onsite evaluation and comprehensive report prior to releasing an official announcement in September. 

Les Bébés Cupcakery / JC Architecture

01:00 - 3 August, 2013
© Kevin Wu
© Kevin Wu

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Re-born House / DL Design/TL Architects & Associates

01:00 - 3 July, 2013
Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO
Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    Dolly Lin
  • Design Team

    Dolly Lin, Fidi Feng, Jimmy Chen, Rock Chiu, Aki Tang, Chloe Chen, Stephen Strugala
  • Area

    750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of DL Design/TL Architects & Associates/HY KO

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Don Café House / Innarch

01:00 - 13 May, 2013
© Atdhe Mulla
© Atdhe Mulla
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prishtina
  • Realisation

    Innarch – Dekoriti,Prishtine RK
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Atdhe Mulla

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Ippudo Sydney / Koichi Takada Architects

01:00 - 13 May, 2013
© Sharrin Rees
© Sharrin Rees

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Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects

01:00 - 10 May, 2013
©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

©  Iwan Baan © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy +31

Fuyi River Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
Courtesy of Lab Modus
Courtesy of Lab Modus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Project Team

    Kevin Chang (Principal), Jeanne Lin (Designer)
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lab Modus

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CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
© Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei
  • Design Team

    Zhang Lei, Jeffrey Cheng, Wang Wang, Wang Yi
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design & Planning Institute, NJU
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Yao Li

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Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects

01:00 - 19 April, 2013
© Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

    Daipu Architects
  • Location

    Song Zhuang, Mentougou Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Design Team

    Dai Pu, Feng Jing, Liu Yi
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Shu He

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The Lushi Hill Club / Atelier Fronti

01:00 - 17 April, 2013
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Courtesy of Atelier Fronti

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Update: WOHA’s ‘Breathing Architecture’ Exhibition

00:00 - 21 March, 2013
Courtesy of WOHA
Courtesy of WOHA

As an update to last year's post on WOHA's 'Breathing Architecture' exhibition, their work has seen great success in Frankfurt and Taichung. Now on its last leg, it will travel to Taipei and be on display from March 22-May 10 at the "Mobile Museum - SEED project". Reminding us of bold visions of the future, in which plants reclaim nature for themselves, the architects realize the permeation of buildings and landscape, and of interiors and exteriors in projects. WOHA’s tropical architecture is permeable, leafy and interspersed with community spaces, which truly capture the essence of how architecture is breathing. For more information, please visit here. More images can be viewed after the break.

Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

01:00 - 19 March, 2013
© AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui
© AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Design Team

    Nikita Wu
  • JUT Foundation Coordinators

    Lea Yi-Chen Lin, Yi-Ling Hung
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

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Tower of Colony Installation / Groundwork

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Joseph Jiau
© Joseph Jiau

Exhibited at the ‘Next Play: Shifting Ground’ Exhibition in Taipei, the Tower of Colony is the Hong Kong project by Groundwork, which responds to a theme of ‘Displacement’, to transform a one acre site at Huashan, a cultural district at the heart of Taipei City. The architects were interested in how migrants react on a foreign land. By building on the site, they 'colonized’ one acre of grassland from site, therefore colonizing a fragment of Taipei. Hong Kong, a colony by nature, now has its own colony. Their abstraction of the act of colonization can be observed at two scales: The Tower and The Performance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Baisha Wan Beach and Visitor Centre / Wang Weijen Architecture

01:00 - 23 February, 2013
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Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

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Water-Moon Monastery / Artech Architects

01:00 - 11 February, 2013
© Jeffrey Cheng
© Jeffrey Cheng
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kris Yao
  • Design Team

    Hua-Yi Chang、Kuo-Lung Lee、Wen-Li Liu、Jen-Ying Kuo、Yvonne Lee、Chin Tai、Jun-Ren Chou、Yi-Heng Lin、David Chang
  • Area

    8422.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng +32

DNB Bank Headquarters / MVRDV

01:00 - 18 December, 2012
© Jiri Havran
© Jiri Havran

© Jeroen Musch © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran +17