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Rand Elliott Architects design Oklahoma Contemporary's New Building

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Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is relocating to a new building in the downtown area, designed by Rand Elliott Architects, a native firm of the city. This exhibition and educational center, originally a community-oriented arts center founded in 1989, will be open to everyone and free of charge, in order to facilitate the public access for art and education.

Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts

As retail moves evermore online, vacant storefronts have become ubiquitous sights in American cities and towns. Often located in formerly prime downtown real estate, the darkened windows have a knock-on effect, sapping urban vibrancy and sometimes falling into disrepair. Discourse surrounding the predicament of dead malls and traditional retail space is ongoing, but a one-size fits-all solution clearly isn't the answer here.

Calligraphy workshop at 11 First Street. Photo by Mustafa Hameed.. Image © Spaceus Storefront performance. Photo by Ellen Shakespear.. Image © Spaceus Harvard Square storefront workspace. Photo by Stephanie Lee.. Image © Spaceus Zine-making marathon at Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus + 10

Shanghai Vanke Qichen Community Center / Shenzhen Huahui Design

Open Space at the Entrance. Image © Chao Zhang
Open Space at the Entrance. Image © Chao Zhang

Aerial view of the south side. Image © Chao Zhang Street Corner Courtyard and Grey Space. Image © Chao Zhang Outdoor Corridor. Image © Chao Zhang Foyer. Image © Chao Zhang + 28

Shanghai, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Shenzhen Huahui Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Dongziguan Villagers' Activity Center / gad · line+ studio

Dongziguan Villagers' Activity Center / gad · line+ studio © Yilong Zhao Dongziguan Villagers' Activity Center / gad · line+ studio © Yilong Zhao + 36

Hangzhou, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project gad · line+ studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Brown Sugar Factory / DnA

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 34

Lishui, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So

Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo
Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo

Travel seven hours by car in a Southwest direction from Shanghai and you will arrive in Songyang County. The name is unfamiliar to many Chinese people, and even more foreign to those living abroad. The county consists of about 400 villages, from Shicang to Damushan.

Here, undulating lush green terraces hug the sides of Songyin river valley, itself the one serpentine movement uniting the lands. Follow the river and you will see: here, a Brown Sugar Factory; there, a Bamboo Theatre; and on the other side, a stone Hakka Museum built recently but laid by methods so old, even the town masons had to learn these ways for the first time, as if they were modern methods, as if they were revolutionary.

And maybe they are. Songyang County, otherwise known as the “Last Hidden Land in Jiangnan,” may look like a traditional Chinese painting with craggy rock faces, rice fields and tea plantations, but it has also become a model example of rural renaissance. Beijing architect Xu Tiantian, of the firm DnA_Design and Architecture, has spent years surveying the villages of Songyang, talking to local County officials and residents, and coming up with what she calls “architectural acupunctures.”

Brown Sugar Factory. Image © Wang Ziling Teahouse, Damushan Tea Valley. Image © Chen Hao Teahouse, Damushan Tea Valley. Image © Jiang Xiaodong Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Han Dan Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Wang Ziling Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Wang Ziling Wang Jing Memorial Hall. Image © Wang Ziling + 70

Art Jameel Announces New Multidisciplinary Art Center in Saudi Arabia

Thanks to Art Jameel, a Middle Eastern non-profit arts organization, a new arts district is taking shape in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Since the crowning of Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has shifted focus from oil to arts and technology. The new multidisciplinary art center, named Hayy, is a 17,000 square meter step in the right direction.

COBE Designs New Visitor Center And LERVIG Brewery For Stavanger

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.

“Vertical Landscapes” to Promote Cultural Exchange and Religious Coexistence for New York’s Muslim Community

New York based Büro Koray Duman Architects are collaborating with the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) to design a cultural center prototype, named Cordoba House, in order to facilitate the total integration of American Muslims, without compromising their religious identities. The center will be the first Muslim sponsored multi-faith community center in New York City, aiming to help promote “progressive change, inter-religious coexistence, and cultural exchange”.

Highlighting the necessity of such a project, the design team explain: “There are approximately 800,000 Muslims living in NYC. A majority of the gathering places for Muslims are Mosques that focuses on Religion as Practice, which does not leave enough room for developing Religion as Culture.”

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Adjaye Associates to Design New Public Library and Civic Centre in Florida

Adjaye Associates have announced the design of a new 50,000 square foot library and event center in Winter Park, Florida, which will serve as a new civic hub and will compliment the nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The $30 million building also includes an 8,500 square foot civic center, combining as a manifestation of the city’s aspirations for library services.

“Winter Park’s vision for this project truly embraces the continued evolution of the library in the 21st century,” said Sir David Adjaye. “With a diverse program that recognizes it as a critical piece of cultural infrastructure, this will be a dynamic space for shared education, recreation, and interaction.”

Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects Design Beekeeping and Honey Extraction Center for Tanzania

New York-based Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects, in collaboration with Follow the Honey, National Beekeeping Supplies, and Nyuki Safari Company, have revealed designs for the Mizengo Pinda Asali & Nyuki Sanctuary in Dodoma, Tanzania. The grassroots-supported facility will provide a centralized hub for honey extraction, processing, and public sales, in addition to education for local villages on sustainable farming methods and resource management. The centre is set to become a bustling new community hive for Dodoma, and is envisioned as a case study of "how community-based resource management can stimulate return for all stakeholders and offer a means of economic independence to residents of rural communities."