The second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition has reached its pinnacle: the top sustainable construction projects out of thousands of submissions from all continents have been selected. THOLChe four winning entries are a river remediation scheme in Morocco, a greenfield university campus in Vietnam, a rural planning strategy in China, and a shelter for day laborers in the USA. A series of prize-handovers will be held at the site of each project to celebrate the winners and their highly-acclaimed examples of sustainable construction.
Almost 5,000 sustainable construction projects and visions from 121 countries entered the five regional Holcim Awards competitions in 2008. Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in each region automatically qualified for the Global Holcim Awards competition in 2009. The global jury was headed by Charles Correa (architect, India) and included Peter Head (structural engineer, UK), Enrique Norten (architect, Mexico/USA), Saskia Sassen (sociologist, USA), Hans-Rudolf Schalcher (civil engineer, Switzerland), and Rolf Soiron (economist, Switzerland).
More images and description of the winning projects, after the break.
The Wolfe Center for the Arts will be the first completed American project for the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta. The new structure is located on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The building design was led by Snøhetta architect Craig Dykers and will feature 93,000 square-feet of space.
Project was recently launched with a unique groundbreaking celebration that featured a 60-piece wind symphony and a architectural model created by the school’s ceramic students. The building is designed to unite a diverse range of art studies into a social facility that encourages interaction between the students and faculty. The architects also wanted to make it a space for the whole school, breaking barriers between people’s different interests.
Seen at designboom. More images after the break.
Architects: Wheeler Kearns Architects
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Construction: Norcon, Inc.
Structure: Thornton Tomasetti
Consulting Engineer: James Carpenter Design Associates
MEP Engineer: IBC Engineering
Interiors: Leslie Jones & Associates
Lighting: Charter Sills
Acoustics: Acoustic Expertise
Landscape Architects: McKay Landscape Architecture, Xavier Vendrell Studio
Photographs: Hedrich Blessing (Steve Hall, Jon Miller, Craig Dugan)
The Goethe-Institut New York marks the opening of its downtown events space with Reinventing Goethe, an ongoing series of lectures and performances by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists, architects and designers.
At 7:30pm on Friday May 1, Milan-based artist Armin Linke returns to New York to join forces with musicians, Giuseppe Ielasi and Renato Rinaldi, to perform live in the Wyoming Building space for the third event in this series. Together, the trio will choreograph sound and images, exploring the relationships between audio and environment, micro and macro scale, blurring fiction and non-fiction.
Reinventing Goethe is co-curated by Joseph Grima, Director of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and by the architects of the new space, ifau + Jesko Fezer.
The event will take place at Goethe-Institut New York Wyoming Building, 5 East 3 rd Street, New York.
The Goethe-Institut New York presents What Is Green Architecture?, a series of conversations, lectures, and events exploring the cutting-edge developments in the field and their impact on contemporary life as well as implications for the future. The series continues with a talk by noted architect Prof. Manfred Hegger, followed by a discussion moderated by Matthias Hollwich.
Manfred Hegger, the recipient of numerous national and international awards, is a professor at the Technical University Darmstadt, Energy Efficient Building Design Unit, and is a founding member/CEO of HHS Planer + Architekten AG in Kassel. He is a member of the Bund Deutscher Achitekten (the German Architects Foundation), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (the German Society for Sustainable Construction), among others, and was the director of the UIA International Work Program for Sustainable Architecture of the Future from 1999-2008. He will also be a featured speaker at the 1st German-American Energy Efficiency Conference on April 28.
Moderator Matthias Hollwich is the cofounder of HollwichKushner, LLC, and has worked in several internationally acclaimed architectural firms and urban design studios. He is currently visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and is co-editor along with Rainer Weissbach of the book Bauhaus: UmBauhaus – Updating Modernism.
The glass tower by Eric Owen Moss Architects is encouraging the re-development of South Central Los Angeles with this project. The building has been in planning since the nineties but was stalled for some years until it was re-designed in 2006 as a single tower.
A rail line installed nearby spurred the redesign. The structure is part of the redevelopment of South Central LA, an area plagued with poverty and violence for many years. The project was originally conceived of with a structural strategy, consisting of curvilinear ribbons wrapping two main volumes.
The new design remains very similar with the same ribbon theme, but as a single volume. as the area’s only high-rise, office tenants will enjoy wide, open views of the city. a train stop sits directly outside the building, but car parking was also a main concern for the architects. The aforementioned ribbon scheme provides the building’s structure, making each floor completely open. The ribbons are made from steel tubes filled with concrete. Each floor was the same flexible plan but comes in three distinct heights of 13, 16 and 24 feet, to offer further flexibility.
Seen at designboom. More images after the break.
The Mohawk Group, along with Interior Design Magazine and IIDA, is hosting a number of FREE workshops designed to help displaced designers and architects get back to the drawing board and back to work.
If this is for you, register today here. If you have a friend in need, pass this along!
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Events are from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. and designed to host 150 participants.
Seen at Bustler.
Did you know that there are 48 million children under 13 in the US? Well, the new National Children´s Museum is for all of them, inspiring them to care about and improve the world. The design, by renowed architects Pelli Clarke was unveiled a couple of days ago, and includes over 150,000 sqf to house permanent exhibitions by three prominent design firms – Amaze Design, Roto Studios, and Aldrich Pears.
After the break, more images and the green features of this LEED-certified project.
As one of the runners for the design and curatorial aspects of a pavilion during the past Venice Biennale, I was very intrigued on how each country will address the theme proposed by Betsky, as “Architecture Beyond Building” is such a powerful call, specially in times when architecture is being able to address problems beyond its traditional scope, after being apart for quite some time.
But sadly, most of the exhibitions were the total opposite. After seeing the pavilions, but most important, what was being exhibited at the pavilions, I think that the answers went on the opposite direction. On the -pessimistic- words of Amanda Baillieu “The Venice Biennale has become reflection of the state architecture is in”… a biennale by architects and for architects, with 0 relation to our society.
But among this panorama, there were a few exhibitions that were up to “architecture beyond building”. One of them was Into the Open: Positioning Practice, the US exhibition curated by William Menking, Aaron Levy, and Andrew Sturm. They selected 16 practices which are working very close to communities, creating new work in response to contemporary social conditions, expanding the conception of architectural practice. People who are answering the question we always ask on our interviews (“What is -or should be- the role of the architect in contemporary society?”) from a unique perspective.
And after this, the curators successfully raise the question: need the end product be a building? More importantly, they ask: need the end be a product?
This questions try to be answered on a video produced by SMAC, highlighting the work of Teddy Cruz, Laura Kurgen, and Rural Studio:
Cruz’s project, Radicalizing the Local: 60 Linear Miles of Transborder Urban Conflict maps the collision between wealth and poverty, the formal and informal city and many other disparities apparent along the 60 miles north and south of the Mexican border at Tijuana and San Diego. Kurgan organizes city data on poverty, infrastructure, criminal activity and prison displacement to ask: what if more resources were spent on investment in housing and infrastructure rather than sending people to prison? Rural Studio’s Animal Shelter is a project carried out by students earning their degrees by assisting the structural development of Hale County, Alabama.
Currently, the New School for Design is hosting the exhibition Into the Open: Positioning Practice until May 1st. You can see more info about that on our previous feature.
Architects: LOHA Architects
Location: West Hollywood, California, USA
Principal in Charge: Lorcan O’Herlihy
Project Team: Pierre De Angelis (PM), David Thompson, Franka Diehnelt
Client: Habitat Group Los Angeles, LLC
Contractor: Archetype, Inc.
Structure Engineer: Brian L. Cochran and Associate
Landscape: Katie Spitz & Associates
Program: 19 apartments
Project year: 2007
Constructed Area: 4,924 sqm
A couple of weeks ago, we featured the six finalists for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Finally, the Smithsonian Institute chose the team lead by Tanzanian-born, London-based architect David Adjaye.
The team that created the winning design also includes the Freelon Group, David Brody Bond and SmithGroup. When accepting the commission, Adjaye said, “Throughout the history of African-American struggle and celebration, there are these moments of praise,” he said. “It’s for us a deeply spiritual and powerful culture.” The museum will cost $500 million and is expected to open on the National Mall in 2015.
Seen at The New York Times. More images after the break.
Los Angeles is often portrayed as the example of the car-friendly city. The traditional image of the town is an endless pattern of single family dwellings, interconnected by traffic-clogged freeways, where transit is undeveloped and the air is choked with smog.
However, Los Angeles is changing. The city’s Transport Authority has planned in the last years a series of measures aiming to improve quality of life through improving transit and walking and providing alternative to car commuting.