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Collection Meters Look to Help Curb LA's Homelessness Epidemic With Spare Change

14:00 - 18 February, 2018
Collection Meters Look to Help Curb LA's Homelessness Epidemic With Spare Change , The Downtown Los Angeles meters will resemble those installed in Pasadena. Image via Curbed LA
The Downtown Los Angeles meters will resemble those installed in Pasadena. Image via Curbed LA

Homelessness is a pressing issue faced by many cities across the globe. But, could the logistics of parking potentially assist in alleviating this epidemic by supporting community-based initiatives?

In Los Angeles County, where an estimated 58,000 people are homeless, city and county officials recently released six meters designed in collaboration between community advocacy organization the Flintridge Centre and the office of City Council member Jose Huizar to collect charitable contributions as opposed to parking fairs.

Run, Jump, Hide and Slide on ELEMENTAL's Newly Designed Urban Children's Game

06:00 - 18 January, 2018
Run, Jump, Hide and Slide on ELEMENTAL's Newly Designed Urban Children's Game, La Serpentina en el Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, Chile. Image Cortesía de ELEMENTAL
La Serpentina en el Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, Chile. Image Cortesía de ELEMENTAL

A new children’s urban playground has captured the attention and energy of children of all ages in the center of Valparaíso’s Cultural Park (Chile). The metallic structure is 40 meters long and has a colorful undulating path where children can run, jump, hide and slide.

La Serpentina is one of the public space projects designed by ELEMENTAL (Alejandro Aravena). It was built for Somos Choapa in Chile and is currently in Valparaíso as part of the XX Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism of Chile.

La Serpentina follows a similar design to the equipment at the Bicentenary Children’s Park (2012) in Santiago. La Serpentina is one of two interventions entered by Somos Choapa in the Biennial. The second project is a prototype with a series of touch screens installed in the main area of the Cultural Park of Valparaíso, accounting for over 100 concrete initiatives of the project.

Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018

08:00 - 26 December, 2017
Richard Meier & Partners International Projects To Look For In 2018, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners

The new year is almost here, and Richard Meier & Partners has four international projects that will be coming to fruition. These new multi-use building designs play with light, transparency, and volume as well as respond to their varying urban context. 

COBE Designs New Visitor Center And LERVIG Brewery For Stavanger

14:00 - 24 December, 2017
COBE Designs New Visitor Center And LERVIG Brewery For Stavanger, Courtesy of COBE
Courtesy of COBE

Soon the people of Stavanger, Norway will get to see the LERVIG beer brewing process at the new 11,000 square meter visitor center and brewery designed by Danish architects COBE. An iconic focal point on what was once an industrial pier, the building will offer many new amenities to central Stavanger. The brewery will be encircled by public spaces such as a harbour bath and Norway’s first west-coast ‘street-food’ market, complete with a green roof above. From these periphery spaces, guests will be able to view the brew tanks and fermentation process happening in the heart of the building.

Visionary Master Plan Wins Smart City Prize At World Architecture Festival

16:00 - 9 December, 2017
Visionary Master Plan Wins Smart City Prize At World Architecture Festival, via SHAU Architects
via SHAU Architects

Due to rapid population and economic growth, Indonesia is facing issues such as land subsidence and rising sea levels. To combat these problems and more, SHAU Architects created a master plan for the Jakarta Jaya Foundation focused on large-scale land reclamation to integrate green space. By addressing impending challenges, SHAU Architects proposal, Jakarta Jaya: the Green Manhattan, won a Smart Cities prize at the World Architecture Festival 2017. 

Design Competition and Intervention at Viña Lanciano - Concéntrico 04

14:28 - 4 December, 2017
Design Competition and Intervention at Viña Lanciano - Concéntrico 04, Picnic installation, TAKK architects - Concéntrico 03
Picnic installation, TAKK architects - Concéntrico 03

Concéntrico 04, the International Architecture and Design Festival in Logroño, arose with the intention of prompting reflection on the city through proposals in architecture and design. The latest edition will be held from 27 April to 1 May 2018.

This competition proposes the creation of a temporary architectural intervention at Viña Lanciano at Bodegas LAN. This intervention will form part of other installations and the pavilion, all of which will be set up in different locations throughout the city’s historic downtown.

The convocation encompasses both the design of the intervention and its subsequent construction and disassembly by the winning team.

Contemporary Concert Halls Have Become Multi-Functional Catalysts for Urban Change

09:30 - 3 December, 2017
Contemporary Concert Halls Have Become Multi-Functional Catalysts for Urban Change, Left and bottom-right: Harpa Concert Hall, image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects; top-right: Philharmonie de Paris, image © Danica O Kus
Left and bottom-right: Harpa Concert Hall, image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects; top-right: Philharmonie de Paris, image © Danica O Kus

In their video series for the November 2017 World Architecture Festival, PLANE—SITE delves into contemporary concert hall design. The four films highlight major themes in today’s musical architecture through an interactive, multimedia panel. Using Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Wroclaw’s National Forum of Music, and the Philharmonie de Paris as examples, the videos show how contemporary concert halls are more technological and multifunctional than ever before, demonstrating how architecture redefines the modern-day musical performance experience.

The series acted as a starting point for a conversation between the WAF audience and panelists, moderated by PLANE—SITE’s Andres Ramirez. Panelists included Michel Cova of dUCKS scéno, Tateo Nakajima of Arup, and Jacob Kurek of Henning Larsen.

Playful Animation Tells the Story of Humankind’s Quest for a Perfect City

08:00 - 18 November, 2017

Cities are universes in themselves; furiously spawning, spewing, hissing through time and space. They are cudgeled, raked, plastered, worshipped, fought over, set on fire; they are slippery wombs that cradle wars, victories, blood and brilliant storms. The built environment has always been indicative of its inhabitants’ fears, desires, and ideals. As such, it is one of the earliest, most powerful forms of human expression. For World Cities Day 2017, the new BBC Designed section of the BBC Culture website commissioned motion graphics designer Al Boardman to create The Perfect City, an animated video covering a brief history of humankind’s quest for the "ideal" and the "perfect" in urban design. With a voiceover and script by renowned architecture critic and writer Jonathan Glancey, the video is a remarkable 2-minute overview of some prominent examples in city planning, both old and new, successful and unsuccessful.

Design Competition and Intervention in San Bartolomé Plaza - Concéntrico 04

07:59 - 10 November, 2017
Design Competition and Intervention in San Bartolomé Plaza - Concéntrico 04, Open call / Concéntrico 04,  the International Architecture and Design Festival in Logroño
Open call / Concéntrico 04, the International Architecture and Design Festival in Logroño

Concéntrico 04, the International Architecture and Design Festival in Logroño, arose with the intention of prompting reflection on the city through proposals in architecture and design. The latest edition will be held from 27 April to 1 May 2018.

This competition proposes the creation of a temporary architectural intervention at San Bartolomé Plaza. This intervention will form part of other installations and the pavilion, all of which will be set up in different locations throughout the city’s historic downtown.

The convocation encompasses both the design of the intervention and its subsequent construction and disassembly by the winning team.

The Festival is organised by

Livability in the New American City

16:35 - 31 October, 2017
Livability in the New American City, Shop Meet Thrive
Shop Meet Thrive

Cities around the world are growing at an unprecedented rate, and for the first time in recent history represent the preferred place for people to live. Urbanization has historically aided millions in escaping hardship through increased employment opportunities, better education and healthcare, large-scale public investments, and access to improved infrastructure and services. The city has been the ideal for heightened livability for people worldwide.

Reimagine the New York State Canal System

09:15 - 31 October, 2017

The New York Power Authority and the New York State Canal Corporation launched a competition seeking ideas to shape the future of the New York State Canal System, a 524-mile network composed of the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and the Champlain Canal. Selected ideas will be awarded a total of $2.5 million toward their implementation.

Warsaw Selects WXCA as Winner for Riverfront Masterplan

06:00 - 27 October, 2017
Warsaw Selects WXCA as Winner for Riverfront Masterplan

In Warsaw, Poland architecture firm WXCA wins the masterplan proposal for a stretch of riverfront along the Vistula River. The Vistula River Boulevards are among the most frequented public spaces in the city, and gaining popularity as entertainment and cultural offerings become available. WXCA’s winning design for Kahla Square aims to resolve the disconnect between the river banks and to provide amenities to support waterfront activities.

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Call for Submissions: Hart Howerton 2018 Travel Fellowship Program

13:00 - 20 October, 2017
Call for Submissions: Hart Howerton 2018 Travel Fellowship Program, Global Design Firm, Hart Howerton Announces 2018 Travel Fellowship Program
Global Design Firm, Hart Howerton Announces 2018 Travel Fellowship Program

Global design firm, Hart Howerton, is now accepting applications for its 2018 Travel Fellowship Program. Open to undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or urban design, Hart Howerton’s Fellowship program offers students the advantages of professional office experience, collaborative interdisciplinary design and global travel and research. Fellows receive a competitive salary during their internship and a generous stipend for housing assistance along with living and travel support.

ISU Talks: 5 Future Cities

12:02 - 17 October, 2017
ISU Talks: 5 Future Cities, ISU Talks FUTURE CITIES - ISU 2017
ISU Talks FUTURE CITIES - ISU 2017

The fast spread of digital technologies in our daily life is generating inevitable transformations in our society. Digital ubiquity is changing the way we perceive and interact with the urban realm. The digitalization of analysis, planning and design processes creates the opportunity to decode the complex dynamics of current challenges of cities.

Call for Submissions: 2018 Fitch Funding

17:32 - 13 October, 2017
Call for Submissions: 2018 Fitch Funding, Featured work of Fellows past and present (clockwise from top left): Kress Fellow Tim Frank (2015), Blinder Awardee Rebecca Ward (2014), and Fitch Fellow Paul Kapp (2017).
Featured work of Fellows past and present (clockwise from top left): Kress Fellow Tim Frank (2015), Blinder Awardee Rebecca Ward (2014), and Fitch Fellow Paul Kapp (2017).

Since 1989, the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation has been in the vanguard of historic preservation practice and theory. The mission of the Fitch Foundation is to support professionals in the field of historic preservation, and to achieve this we provide mid-career grants to those working in preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, materials conservation, decorative arts, architectural design and history, and allied fields.

Chouteau Greenway International Design Competition

17:30 - 13 October, 2017
Chouteau Greenway International Design Competition, Chouteau Greenway International Design Competition
Chouteau Greenway International Design Competition

Great Rivers Greenway is leading a major public-private partnership to establish the conceptual plan for the Chouteau Greenway in St. Louis through this design competition. The goal of the project is to connect the areas of Washington University and Forest Park to Downtown and the Gateway Arch and Mississippi Riverfront. With spurs north and south and many other destinations along the way, the greenway will connect area neighborhoods, employment centers, parks, transit, and dozens of cultural and educational institutions.

Fredericia, Denmark Embellished by EASA 2017 Student Installations

06:00 - 3 October, 2017

In the summer of 2017, Fredericia, Denmark was touched by EASA [European Architecture Students Assembly]. The largest network of architecture students in Europe, EASA is a diverse community where the common language is architecture. The theme for EASA 2017 was: Hospitality - Finding the Framework. Hospitality was the foundation for the 30 different projects the groups of students worked on for two weeks.

The EASA community includes 500 students representing over 40 countries and 200 different architecture schools. Run by students, for students, EASA had an organizing board of 12 international architecture students this year who were chosen by EASA.

© Kononchenko Alexandra © Kononchenko Alexandra © Kononchenko Alexandra © Kononchenko Alexandra + 15

Moscow’s New Pathless Park by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Artificially Creates Microclimates

16:00 - 30 September, 2017
Moscow’s New Pathless Park by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Artificially Creates Microclimates, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

As part of the series of new urban developments sprawling up in MoscowZaryadye Park is the latest to open this month in a bid to improve the city’s green space.  Commissioned by Moscow Chief Architect, Sergey Kuznetsov, an international consortium led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates and Citymakers has designed this new public space that encourages integration and celebrates the amplitude of regions across Russia by artificially emulating each of their climates: the steppe, the forest, the wetlands and the tundra.