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International Competition Open Call: Reviving NPAK

12:24 - 9 April, 2019
International Competition Open Call: Reviving NPAK

By the initiative of the Boghossian Foundation urbanlab (http://www.urbanlab.am) announces an open international architectural competition “Reviving NPAK” (http://npak.urbanlab.am) for all interested individuals and teams.

The purpose of the present architectural competition is to find the best design solutions for the existing building of NPAK located at 1/3 Buzand Street of Yerevan (Armenia), which needs to reflect the aspects of the competition package through contemporary architectural language that is conscious of social and environmental responsibility, the importance for radical technical experimentation and the need to sustain a dialogue with the Centre’s legacy and its traditions.

Call for Entries : Architectural, programming, engineering and planning services framework agreement for the central residual volumes in the La Défense business district

04:51 - 25 February, 2019
Call for Entries : Architectural, programming, engineering and planning services framework agreement for the central residual volumes in the La Défense business district, The ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath the central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures.
The ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath the central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures.

Paris La Défense is seeking to vitalise the ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath its central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures. Located at the heart of La Défense, those spaces are very close to public transport and offer high potential due to their distinctive size and morphology. The aim is to use them to develop a new offering of activities accessible to the public – and see a lively and unusual destination emerge as a result. Paris La Défense, as the urban planner, developer and manager of the business district, is launching a competitive dialogue process. The purpose to this

Spaces of Culture

14:00 - 20 February, 2019
Spaces of Culture

Cultural flagships, from trendy breeding grounds to iconic cultural palaces, form the core of many urban cultural landscapes. Spaces of Culture is about the new construction and redevelopment of cultural buildings in Amsterdam in the period 2000-2016.

In the construction and development of new cultural spaces in the city, the precise location and architecture play a major role in connecting the venue to the changing needs of the public, the makers and the neighbourhood. Using various case studies, Spaces of Culture shows that the cultural sector could benefit from knowledge exchange between urban planners, developers and the world of architecture.

This book

Why Heatherwick Studio's Zeitz MOCAA Is "A Call to Arms" For African Museums

09:30 - 20 June, 2018
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa—or Zeitz MOCAA for short—recently received first place in ArchDaily's Refurbishment in Architecture awards, with its striking design transforming a formerly derelict industrial building into an iconic landmark in South Africa’s oldest working harbor. Developed by the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and designed by Heatherwick Studio, the mixed-use project is now “the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.” To celebrate the award, we sat down with group leader Matthew Cash to discuss the challenges faced during the project, its cultural importance to Africa, and the practice’s interest in refurbishment as a whole.

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 11

Architecture City Guide: 10 Towns in Colombia That Every Architect Must Visit

08:00 - 3 May, 2018
Architecture City Guide: 10 Towns in Colombia That Every Architect Must Visit, Street in Guatape, Antioquia. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], Under License CC BY-SA 2.0
Street in Guatape, Antioquia. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], Under License CC BY-SA 2.0

Calm and silence prevail in many of the municipalities of Colombia, where the ochre colors intermingle with the green of the landscape to preserve the colonial styles that characterize some of the architectural typologies of the place. Small urban centers that hide an incomparable beauty are the main attraction for many tourists who today travel to know these obscure places, where one can go to learn a little of their traditions and their culture, creating an almost perfect adventure, where heritage value becomes a characteristic in common.

That is why we have chosen 10 Colombian towns that highlight both the physical-spatial value and the socio-cultural value.

What Makes a City Livable to You?

09:30 - 28 April, 2018
© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/132839384@N08/17241901246'>Flickr user Hafitz Maulana</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageA music festival in Singapore
© Flickr user Hafitz Maulana licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageA music festival in Singapore

Mercer released their annual list of the Most Livable Cities in the World last month. The list ranks 231 cities based on factors such as crime rates, sanitation, education and health standards, with Vienna at #1 and Baghdad at #231. There’s always some furor over the results, as there ought to be when a city we love does not make the top 20, or when we see a city rank highly but remember that one time we visited and couldn’t wait to leave.

To be clear, Mercer is a global HR consultancy, and their rankings are meant to serve the multinational corporations that are their clients. The list helps with relocation packages and remuneration for their employees. But a company’s first choice on where to send their workers is not always the same place you’d choose to send yourself to.

And these rankings, calculated as they are, also vary depending on who’s calculating. Monocle publishes their own list, as does The Economist, so the editors at ArchDaily decided to throw our hat in as well. Here we discuss what we think makes cities livable, and what we’d hope to see more of in the future.

Hangzhou Normal University / WSP ARCHITECTS

22:00 - 19 April, 2018
Hangzhou Normal University / WSP ARCHITECTS, Hangzhou Normal University Central Plaza. Image © RUIJING Photography
Hangzhou Normal University Central Plaza. Image © RUIJING Photography

Light View. Image © RUIJING Photography Hangzhou Normal University Under the Blue Sky. Image © RUIJING Photography Shifted platform Gives a Variety of Scenarios. Image © RUIJING Photography Hangzhou Normal University Under the Blue Sky. Image © RUIJING Photography + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cangqian Street, Yuhang Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Gang Wu, Ling Chen
  • Design Team

    Keming Qu, Lubo Sui, Nan Song, Li Qin, Fang Lu, Liangcai Zhou
  • Area

    161426.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Somali Architecture Students Digitally Preserve Their Country's Heritage—Before It's Too Late

09:30 - 14 April, 2018
via Somali Architecture
via Somali Architecture

Since the start of civil war in 1991, the political and architectural landscapes of the East African country of Somalia have been unstable. While the country’s urban centers, such as the capital city Mogadishu, boast a diverse fabric of historic mosques, citadels, and monuments alongside modernist civic structures, the decades of conflict have resulted in the destruction of many important structures. And, while the fighting has substantially subsided in recent years, the future of the country's architectural heritage is still far from secure.

In response, Somali architecture students from across the UK, Italy, and the United States have banded together to form Somali Architecture, an ongoing research project archiving and digitally "rebuilding" iconic structures through 3D models. Their goal is “to preserve the identity and authenticity” of Somalia through its architecture—both existing and destroyed. “We want each iconic building of the past to be reinterpreted for a more coherent future,” they say.

See below for a selection of the structures Somali Architecture has uncovered and re-constructed so far.

Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Center of Fudan University / W&R GROUP

22:00 - 23 February, 2018
Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Center of Fudan University / W&R GROUP, © Yijie Hu
© Yijie Hu

© Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu + 56

  • Architect firm

  • Location

    220 Handan Rd, WuJiaoChang, Yangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Jinwei Xu
  • Project Team

    Micron Architecture Office of W&R Group
  • Project pre Design Team

    Zhao Lifeng, Cao Xu, Wang Hongjie
  • Area

    1338.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge: The Next Parkway

19:30 - 29 August, 2017
2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge: The Next Parkway, Design for Philadelphia's iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway by Paul Crét and Jacques Gréber, 1917
Design for Philadelphia's iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway by Paul Crét and Jacques Gréber, 1917

The 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge | $5,000 First Prize

This international urban design competition for university students is now open for registration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia's iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Center / Architecture + Design seeks creative concepts for what a new 'Parkway' could be in a dense and developed 21st-century city, connecting neighborhoods with nearby natural and cultural resources.

Sweco's Kulturkorgen Offers Gothenburg a Basket of Culture

08:00 - 14 May, 2017
Sweco's Kulturkorgen Offers Gothenburg a Basket of Culture, The Kulturkorgen emerges as an outcrop from the hills of Gothenburg. Image Courtesy of Sweco
The Kulturkorgen emerges as an outcrop from the hills of Gothenburg. Image Courtesy of Sweco

Growing like an outcrop amongst the hills of Gothenburg, the Kulturkorgen by Swedish firm Sweco Architects offers the public an opportunity to watch, engage, and perform. The scheme is a result of an architectural competition for a new Culture House in the city, run in collaboration with Architects Sweden. The winning proposal, who’s name translates to ‘Basket of Culture’, acts as both a building and a square – a social arena where flexible interior spaces act in tandem with a generous public green landscape for recreation and gathering.

A generous public square contains seating, stages, and play areas. Image Courtesy of Sweco Interior functions are organised around a central atrium. Image Courtesy of Sweco The facade is a rich blend of timber, colour and pattern. Image Courtesy of Sweco The Kulturkorgen emerges as an outcrop from the hills of Gothenburg. Image Courtesy of Sweco + 13

8 Models of Memorial Architecture from Different Cultures

09:30 - 5 May, 2017
8 Models of Memorial Architecture from Different Cultures

In most architecture projects, the input of the end user of the space is an important consideration; but what if those users are no longer living? Memorial architecture for the dead is a uniquely emotional type of design and often reveals much about a certain culture or group of people. Especially in the case of ancient tombs, archaeologists can learn about past societies’ customs and beliefs by examining their burial spaces. The personal nature of funerary spaces and monuments conveys a sense of importance and gravity to viewers and visitors, even centuries after the memorials were created.

The list of 3D models that follow, supplied by our friends at Sketchfab, explores memorial spaces and artifacts that span both space and time, representing a variety of cultures and civilizations.

Call for Submissions: Artists Residency SPOT 13

17:30 - 19 January, 2017
Call for Submissions: Artists Residency SPOT 13, Poster SPOT 13
Poster SPOT 13

The artist residency SPOT 13 offers the opportunity to artists from all the world to access the artistic and cultural scene in Cartagena, known by its human heritage (UNESCO) and main cultural and touristic district of Colombia. Cartagena has been the center of Colombian tourism and represents one of the main Colombian cultural heritage from colonial Spanish times.

The Seventh Sense - Powering the Creative Economy

16:48 - 26 October, 2016
The Seventh Sense - Powering the Creative Economy , Nuqat's 7th Annual Conference 2016 - The Seventh Sense
Nuqat's 7th Annual Conference 2016 - The Seventh Sense

As part of their commitment to enriching the Arab society through identifying and resolving cultural and creative development issues in the region, Nuqat will be launching their 7th annual conference in Kuwait – themed ‘The Seventh Sense – Powering the Creative Economy.'

SND Cultural & Sports Centre / Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd.

20:00 - 24 October, 2016
SND Cultural & Sports Centre / Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd. , © CHEN Hao
© CHEN Hao

© CHEN Hao © CHEN Hao © Arch-Exist © Arch-Exist + 29

  • Architects

    Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd.
  • Location

    Suzhou New District, Jiangsu Province, China  
  • Category

  • Architectural Design

    Huang Xiangming, Han Jian, Chen Yan, Zhou Xin, Bai Yu, Xiao Fei, Wang Xiaoyang, Lv Xiaoyu, Zeng Zhe, Feng Bo, Lu Yi, Liu Yang, Bi Zehao, Liu Pei, Yuan Jiani, Du Peng, Ni Ziyu, Ma Lina, Li Xinmeng, Zhang Jiangwei
  • Area

    170000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Call for Entries: How To Architecture!

10:15 - 25 April, 2016
Call for Entries: How To Architecture!, HOW TO ARCHITECTURE!
HOW TO ARCHITECTURE!

How To Architecture! is a design competition which invites students to reflect on contemporary culture and to do it with architecture. Leafing through headlines, lists, captions, zooming in and out of feeds, bold fonts, and articles made of images: we participate in the age of the listicle. Culture flashes before us—an extension of ourselves: the superabundant reel. As the cycle of consumption whirs on, architecture still stands. What does architecture say; how does it feed you? Tell us what you think! Tell us

Call For Submissions: [TRANS-] lation

06:40 - 12 January, 2016
Call For Submissions: [TRANS-] lation

ABOUT :: [TRANS-] is a critically-reviewed academic journal published in print and online, inviting expressions of interest for submitting works of design, writing, or multi-media on the topic of design process and design communication for Vol. No. 2 to be published in May 2016.

TOPIC ::
In the second volume, [TRANS-] will explore the topic of [TRANS-]lation.
In a largely results-based society, how do designers evaluate process? How can a more thorough assessment of the translation that occurs during creative activities make us better communicators and collaborators with end users, consultants, clients, and all others we affect through design?

ELIGIBILITY ::
[TRANS-] accepts submissions from

What Urbanists Can Learn From Low-Income Neighborhoods

00:00 - 19 July, 2014
What Urbanists Can Learn From Low-Income Neighborhoods, Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

"For the most part, the way urbanists view black neighborhoods (and other low-income neighborhoods and communities of color) are as problems that need to be fixed. At the heart of what I want to say is what can we as urbanists learn from these neighborhoods?" So asks Sara Zewde, a landscape architecture student at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and this year's Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholar, in a fascinating profile on Metropolis Magazine. Read more about Zewde and her work here.