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Community Center: The Latest Architecture and News

Farshid Moussavi Architecture Reveals Design for Houston Ismaili Centre

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Courtesy of Farshid Moussavi Architects

Farshid Moussavi Architecture has recently revealed the design for the Ismaili Center in Houston, a project dedicated to cultural exchanges and civic outreach. An ambassadorial building for the largest Ismaili Muslim community in the United States, the new building will host educational, cultural and social events, while also providing a space for contemplation and prayer. The design showcases a contemporary image while reinterpreting traditional Persian elements, thus establishing a dialogue between tradition and modern architecture.

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The Incredible Opportunity of Community Schoolyards

A new report from The Trust for Public Land (TPL) makes a compelling case for transforming underperforming, paved public schoolyards into green oases for the entire community. While the benefits for schools and their educational communities are clear, TPL sees an opportunity to open up these facilities to surrounding neighborhoods after school hours, on weekends, and when school is out. If all 90,000 public schools in the country had a “community schoolyard,” more communities could tackle the persistent park equity issue — in which too few communities, particularly undeserved ones, enjoy access to nearby high-quality public green spaces. TPL argues that opening up all schoolyards, essentially turning them into part-time all-access community hubs, would “put a park within a 10-minute walk of nearly 20 million people — solving the problem of outdoor access for one-fifth of the nation’s 100 million people who don’t currently have a park close to home.”

BOGDAN & VAN BROECK and BC ARCHITECTS & STUDIES Design Centre for Drug Users in Brussels

© BOGDAN & VAN BROECK and BC ARCHITECTS & STUDIES
© BOGDAN & VAN BROECK and BC ARCHITECTS & STUDIES

The two Belgian practices BOGDAN & VAN BROECK and BC Architects & Studies are currently designing a care centre for drug users in Brussels, which would provide this vulnerable group with a safe and welcoming environment accessible 24/7. Featuring temporary residencies and community spaces, the building neighbouring the city’s port functions as a contemporary version of an inn, bringing a domestic character to an underwise sterile institutional program.

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Henning Larsen Designs Active Community Hub as their First London Project

Located in the heart of Westminster, a short distance away from the Buckingham Palace, Henning Larsen are building a community hub that reimagines traditional office and commercial spaces. 105 Victoria Street will be the architecture firm's first ever project in London, providing visitors with an urban plaza that enables an active and social working environment both indoors and outdoors. The project is being developed by BentallGreenOak and is designed in collaboration with Adamson Associates Architects and KPF.

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Participatory Architecture: Community Involvement in Project Development

Naidi Community Hall / CAUKIN Studio. Photo: © Katie EdwardsKindergarten Zimbabwe / Studio Anna Heringer. Photo: © Margarethe HolzerMultiprogram Ship, Vertical System of Sports and Cultural Platforms / Alejandro Haiek / LAB PRO FAB. Photo: © Julio Cesar MesaUVA El Paraiso / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín. Photo: © Alejandro Arango+ 39

When designing community spaces, the architectural concept can easily clash with the user's experience. Therefore, engaging the community and future users in the project development and design process is a way of adding different perspectives to the architect's vision towards a more intelligent architecture.

The Slovenian Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Explores the Social Infrastructure of Local Cooperative Centres

Slovenia's contribution to the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale explores interior public spaces as vital social infrastructure through the lens of the local cooperative centre typology. Titled "The Common in Community", the exhibition curated by Blaž Babnik Romaniuk, Martina Malešič, Rastko Pečar and Asta Vrečko details the architectural spaces of social interaction built after WWII in rural and suburban Slovenia, which continue to serve their purpose as local community centres to this day.

Cooperative centre in Srednja Dobrava. Image © Jana JocifCooperative centre in Ribno . Image © Jana JocifCooperative centre in Dobrunje. Image © Jana JocifCooperative centre in Vnanje Gorice. Image © Jana Jocif+ 8

Foster + Partners Imagines an Innovation and Community Center in the Swiss Alps

Foster + Partners has revealed images of InnHub La Punt, a new center for innovation in the heart of the Engadin valley, in the Swiss Alps. The 6,000-square-metre project, set for completion in 2022, is comprised of a 3-story building encompassing work and seminar spaces, sports facilities, retail shops, and a restaurant. Based on the idea of the ‘third place’, the intervention creates a space for collaboration and creativity.

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A Look into Vietnamese Vernacular Construction: 1+1>2 Architect’s Rural Community Houses

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This year the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been looking at tourism as a way to create jobs and opportunities in rural areas under the banner of Tourism and Rural Development.

Rural based Architecture and traditional edifices play an important role in showcasing local heritage building and craftsmanship. It can also offer jobs and prospects outside of big cities particularly for the communities that might otherwise be left behind. 

KPF Receives Planning Consent to Transform Former Chelsea Police Station into Social and Community Facility

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has just received planning consent for Lucan Place in Chelsea, a mixed-use project that provides new homes, nursery, and specialist educational accommodation. The project, a redevelopment of the site of the former Chelsea Police Station, will generate a total of 31 new homes, as well as social and community functions.

Community Centers for Displaced Populations

© Thomas NocetoIntegrated Community Center. Image © Rizvi HassanCourtesy of Laura Katharina Strähle & Ellen RouwendalNaidi Community Hall. Image © Katie Edwards+ 16

Through the past few months, the importance of community interaction and mental well-being has been felt by all. Yet, the need for a support system and constant reassurance has been a recurrent issue for much longer for forcibly displaced populations. Adding to the current health fears these communities, estimated at nearly 70.8 million ( 25.9 refugees only) around the world, struggle with traumas, mental health issues and have much difficulty in adapting to temporary or permanent foreign settings.

OMA to Create a New Retail Experience in Melbourne's Countryside

OMA is designing a 10,000-square-metre shopping center integrated with community spaces in Melbourne, Australia. Entitled the Wollert Neighborhood Centre, the project is located in Wollert, Whittlesea, one of Victoria’s fastest-growing regions, in the suburbs of Melbourne.

The Bamboo Hat Porch in Village / Rural Culture D-R-C

Hat corridor. Image © Gang Xiang
Hat corridor. Image © Gang Xiang

Gathering. Image © Gang XiangBamboo hat. Image © Gang XiangView from the village. Image © Gang XiangVillage gate. Image © Gang Xiang+ 17

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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 © SpaceusStorefront performance. Photo by Ellen Shakespear.. Image © SpaceusHarvard Square storefront workspace. Photo by Stephanie Lee.. Image © SpaceusZine-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 ZhangStreet Corner Courtyard and Grey Space. Image © Chao ZhangOutdoor Corridor. Image © Chao ZhangFoyer. Image © Chao Zhang+ 28

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4277
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Flat Group, Lopo Art ceramics, Nantong New Space Curtain Wall Material Manufaturing

Dongziguan Villagers' Activity Center / gad · line+ studio

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

  • Architects: gad·line+ studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  686
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 富阳中泰钢结构有限公司
  • Professionals: Greentown Akin