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Christele Harrouk

Content Editor at ArchDaily. Bachelor in Architectural studies - Master in Architecture -Master in Urban Design - Beirut, Lebanon contact: christeleharrouk@archdaily.com

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Leona Lynen Explains How to Fight Gentrification in ReSITE Podcast

Design and the City is a podcast by reSITE, raising questions and proposing solutions for the city of the future. In the fourth episode entitled Fighting Gentrification, Leona Lynen, a city-maker advocating for the collaboration between civil society and administration, talks about the case of Berlin and her new co-operative project.

Goettsch Partners Creates New Central Gathering Hub and Landmark Tower in Guangzhou, China

Goettsch Partners (GP) has unveiled its design for a mixed-use project in Guangzhou, China. The 300,000-square-meter complex entitled Poly 335 Financial Center, scheduled for completion in 2023, features a landmark 335-meter tall tower.

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Germany Tells the Story of the Past in its "2038" Pavilion at the 17th International Venice Biennale

Entitled 2038, the German pavilion looks back from the future to the past, which is, in fact, our modern time. Seeking to provide answers, the pavilion imagines the world in the era of “New Serenity”, and tells the “story of a world in which everything has just about gone well”, an alternative future without war.

Louis Vuitton Opens New Flagship Store in Osaka Designed by Jun Aoki and Peter Marino

The Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji is now open to the public. As a result of a close collaboration between architects Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, the four-floor luxury store is a reflection of the city’s international travel hub status. The very first Louis Vuitton café, entitled Le Café V, created in cooperation with celebrated chef Yosuke Suga, sits atop Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji, as well as Sugalabo V, the chef’s exclusive restaurant.

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Curators Announced for “Space Wars”, the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2020

The National Council for Culture, Art and Letters (NCCAL) has selected curators Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati, and Yousef Awaad, to design the Kuwait Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.

Extraterritorial embassies across three operational landscapes. Image Courtesy of Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati and Yousef Awaad Al-Abdali Embassy party in the farm to table tradition. Image Courtesy of Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati and Yousef Awaad Infrastructure projects intended to connect currently non-existent, future developments are abruptly cut off by a protected archaeological site. Image Courtesy of Google Earth The introduction of a solar farm to maintain oil field operations 1,000x its land area, presents a sustainable alternative process for resource extraction. Image Courtesy of Google Earth + 7

DIALOG Announces Canada's First Zero-Carbon, Mass Timber Higher-Education Building

Centennial College, Ontario's first public college, has collaborated with DIALOG, Smoke Architecture, and EllisDon to design and build the first zero-carbon, mass timber higher-education building in the country. Scheduled for completion in 2023, the new gateway structure will bring together Indigenous and Western cultures in both form and function.

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Yona Friedman, French Architect and Urban Planner Passes Away at 96

Best known for his theory of mobile architecture and his spatial city project, Yona Friedman has passed away at 96, as was announced in his Instagram account this morning. The Hungarian born French architect and theorist was one of the most influential figures of the profession in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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UAE Pavilion Searches for Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Portland Cement

Wael Al Awar from Lebanon and Kenichi Teramoto from Japan, both principals of Dubai based Waiwai designed, have been appointed as the curators for the National Pavilion of the UAE at the 2020 Venice Biennale. Entitled Wetland, the exhibition presents an experimental solution to the critical environmental impact of the construction industry.

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Cooking Sections and AKT II Design Water-less Garden for Cities

Entitled Becoming Xerophile, Cooking Sections and AKT II have developed a zero-water desert garden, part of the first Sharjah Architecture Triennial in UAE, curated by Adrian Lahoud. The installation explores the introduction of desert landscapes in the urban fabric of the city and everyday life.

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Yoko Choy Reflects on Creating New Conversations, Between East and West in ReSITE Podcast

Design and the City is a podcast by reSITE, raising questions and proposing solutions for the city of the future. In the third episode, "When East meets West", Yoko Choy reflects upon bringing together the knowledge and insights of the east and the west and translating them into a common creative language. Joining Choy are curator Beatrice Leanza of Lisbon’s MAAT Museum as well as UK and China-based WallaceLiu founders, Jamie Wallace and Jee Liu.

Contributors Announced for Open! the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2020

The Russian Pavilion has announced its first list of contributors for the 2020 Venice Biennale. Selected after an open call, a new generation of architects will set up a temporary office within the pavilion, from May to November, creating an open workspace to plan the on-going architectural transformation.

Pavel Milyakov live at Berlin Atonal. Image Courtesy of The Russian Pavilion Open! Sketch Identity. Image © KASA Kinoperedvizhka, mobile cinema. Image Courtesy of The Russian Pavilion Open! Sketch Collaboration. Image © KASA + 9

IwamotoScott Selected to Design a New Ivy Tech Building in Columbus, Indiana

Ivy Tech and Cummins have selected IwamotoScott Architecture of San Francisco to create the new Ivy Tech Columbus campus building. The College anticipates breaking ground in 2020 and taking occupancy in 2022.

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Henning Larsen Proposes Urban Transformation in the City Center of Brussels

Henning Larsen has unveiled its vision for Brouck’R, a city block transformation project facing Brussels’ busy Place de Brouckère. Inspired by traditional and contemporary heritage, the proposal generates a 21st-century, vibrant, mixed-use destination in the city center.

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Framlab Imagines Modular Vertical Urban Farms on the Streets of Brooklyn

Framlab, an innovation studio based in Bergen and New York City has created Glasir, a community-based system for urban farming. The proposed modular structure relies on aeroponic growth systems to provide local products.

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Qatar to Create 16 Floating Hotels for the FIFA World Cup 2022

Located on Qetaifan Island North in proximity to Lusail International Stadium, which will host the opening and final games of the FIFA World Cup 2022, ADMARES and Sigge Architects are developing 16 floating hotels to serve tourists and fans that will be visiting Qatar.

MC A Creates Mixed-Use Statement Building with Green Oasis in Tirana, Albania

Mario Cucinella Architects (MC A) has just received the go-ahead for the Ekspozita Building, an urban oasis in the center of Tirana, Albania. Comprising commercial, residential and public amenity spaces, the 93m tall mixed-use statement building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

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Winners of the ArchDaily Building of the Year 2020 Awards

Another year, another successful ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards! With more than 95,000 votes gathered over the past 20 days, the results of the 2020 edition are in! Once more, the award has proved to be the largest architecture prize centered around people’s opinion. Crowdsourced, the most relevant projects of the year were both nominated and selected by our readers.