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How the Renaissance Influenced Architecture

After a prolonged period known as the Middle-Ages, a growing desire to both study and mimic nature itself began to emerge, with an inclination to discover and explore the world. Between 1400-1600 A.D. Europe was to witness a significant revival of the fine arts, painting, sculpture, and Architecture. The ‘Renaissance’, meaning ‘rebirth’ in French typically refers to this period of European history, although most closely associated with Italy, countries including England and France went through many of the same cultural changes at varying timescales.

Prior to the dawn of the Renaissance, Europe was dominated by ornate and asymmetrical Gothic Architecture. Devoured by the plague, the continent lost approximately a third of its population, vastly changing society in terms of economic, social and religious effect. Contributing to Europe’s emergence into the Renaissance, the period ushered in a new era of architecture after a phase of Gothic art, with the rise of notions of ‘Humanism’. The idea of attaching much importance to the essence of individualism. The effect of Humanism included the emergence of the individual figure, greater realism and attention to detail, especially in depictions in art.

Wooden Model of Brunelleschis Dome . Image © Antonio QuattroneSanta Maria Novella, Florence . Image Courtesy of Commonists / WikiCommons CC BY-SA 4.0Royal Summer Palace, Prague / Paolo della Stella. Image Courtesy of Øyvind Holmstad / WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican / Principally Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini . Image Courtesy of Alvesgaspar / WikiCommons CC BY-SA 4.0+ 12

2021-2022 Best Emerging Young Architects & Designers in Europe Announced

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design have announced the winners of the "Europe 40 under 40" program for 2021-2022. The selection gathers emerging architectural and design talents spread across Europe from Albania, Austria, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands, and Turkey.

During these challenging times, it is crucial to keep insightful visions alive. Presenting Europe’s most hopeful personalities in the fields of architecture and design is what gives us hope for a better tomorrow”, explains the official brief. Providing an insight into the architectural scene in Europe, the program initiated by The European Centre highlights the next generation of young architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and industrial designers currently under the age of 40, who will impact future living and working environments, cities, and rural areas.

Villa Reden Apartments / Architekt Maciej Franta. Image © Tomasz ZakrzewskiPoint du Jour Apartments / Studio Vincent Eschalier. Image © Axel DahlAround the Net House / MARTINS AFONSO atelier de design + l'atelier miel. Image © Mickaël Martins AfonsoInterpretation Centre of Romanesque / spaceworkers. Image © Sergio Pirrone+ 6

Esch 2022 Celebrates One of Europe’s Most Stunning Industrial Turnarounds

For quaint riverfront views, historical fortifications, and castles, head to Luxembourg. For sky-high remnants of the steel industry, there’s the country’s second largest city, Esch-sur-Alzette. Suffering, until recently, from the 1970’s steel manufacturing exodus, Esch, 10 miles to the northeast of the border of France, is emerging as an unexpected cultural mecca, where industrial infrastructure is being converted en masse into cultural and learning space. This rebirth is being celebrated thanks to a generous flow of cash via its designation as Esch2022: Esch-sur-Alzette European Capital of Culture 2022 (Kaunas, Lithuania and Novi Sad, Serbia, also named European Capital of Cultures this year, share the designation for 2022). For Esch, the title comes with $54.8 million in funds from EU, national, local, and private sources.

Aerlal view of Belval and Cité de Sciences. Image © LE Fonds BelvalMusée National de la Résistance. Image © MNRDHInside Belval's Cité de Sciences. Image © EM LOPEZLu Yang, Electromagnetic Brainology. Part of the exhibition Hacking Identity Dancing Diversity at Belval's Mollerei building. Image + 11

What’s the Matter with American Cities?

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

For frequent travelers to Europe, it is frustrating to see the increasingly different urban conditions on the other side of the Atlantic. In Europe, cities are largely appreciated and embraced, and have turned into high-quality environments for inclusive and sustainable living. Copenhagen’s bike lanes—and, not too far away, Oslo’s car-free downtown—elicit admiring blog posts and articles on this side of the pond at a steady clip. Holland’s pedestrian- and bike-friendly urban designs attract their own share of starry-eyed fans. Berlin is holding a referendum to exclude cars from its inner city, an area larger than Manhattan. In Madrid, the mayor who restricted cars from accessing the city center did lose reelection, but her successor was forced to halt his efforts to rescind those policies by a groundswell of popular fury.

Wein Aspern Development. Image © AG. Schafft Wohnbau QuartiereA tent city in Los Angeles. Image via LA Timesvia Wikimedia CommonsThe city of Calabasas. Image via Wikimedia Commons+ 10

The Graphic Novel as Architectural Narrative: Berlin and Aya

The comic strip, la bande dessinée, the graphic novel. These are all part of a medium with an intrinsic connection to architectural storytelling. It’s a medium that has long been used to fantasise and speculate on possible architectural futures, or in a less spectacular context, used as a device to simply show the perspectival journey through an architectural project. When the comic strip meshes fiction with architectural imagination, however, it’s not only the speculation on future architectural scenarios that takes place. It’s also the recording and the critiquing of the urban conditions of either our contemporary cities or the cities of the past.

From Berlin by Jason Lutes. Image Courtesy of Drawn & QuarterlyFrom Berlin by Jason Lutes. Image Courtesy of Drawn & QuarterlyFrom Berlin by Jason Lutes. Image Courtesy of Drawn & QuarterlyFrom Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, translated by Helge Dasche. Image Courtesy of Drawn & Quarterly+ 14

Berlin Citizens Propose World's Largest Car-Free Area in the German Capital

Volksentscheid Berlin Autofrei (People’s Decision for Auto-Free Berlin), has proposed a plan to limit cars within Berlin's Ringbahn, a long circle route around the inner city, making it the world's largest car-free area once approved. The citizen-initiative is aimed mostly at banning the use of private cars in central Berlin, with the exception of emergency vehicles, garbage trucks, taxis, delivery vehicles, and residents with limited mobility, who would all be given special access permits.

via Shutterstock user Victoria Rayvia Shutterstock user bepsyS-Bahn Ring . Image Courtesy of S-Bahn Berlinvia Volksentscheid Berlin Autofrei+ 5

Modern Andorra: Architecture Between the Pyrenees

Wedged between France and Spain, Andorra is the sixth smallest nation in Europe. Less than 500 square kilometers in area, the landlocked microstate can be found in the eastern Pyrenees on the Iberian Peninsula. Today, new architecture is being built between Andorra’s rugged mountains and three narrow valleys that combine to form its Gran Valira river.

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From Spain to Denmark: New European Bauhaus 2021 Announces 20 Awarded Projects

The European Commission's New European Bauhaus has announced the winners of the 2021 edition at the Ateliers des Tanneurs in Brussels, Belgium.

According to the organization, the main objectives have been to recognize current achievements and help the younger generation to continue developing emerging concepts and ideas that illustrate three values: sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion. Accordingly, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has stated that "these projects give a lot of hope for our fight against climate change and the European Green Deal."

Mies van der Rohe Foundation, the European Commission, and the Irish Pavilion Exhibit European Architecture as Caregiver at the Expo 2020 Dubai

Fundació Mies van der Rohe, the European Commission, and the Irish Pavilion have inaugurated an exhibition titled “Transformation Strategies: European Architecture as Caregiver” which highlights the European Union's participation in Expo 2020 Dubai and showcases its contribution to tackling global challenges in line with the main themes of the event. The exhibition opened to the public on November 2nd at the Irish Pavilion in the Expo's Jubilee Avenue, and will be on display until the end of 2021.

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Prague: A Window to the World

Few cities combine history and contemporary culture like Prague. The so-called "Mother of all Cities" was spared from widespread destruction during World War II, and as a result, its diverse architecture dates back over a millennium. As a political, cultural and economic center of Europe, the city has become a significant metropolis balancing both its past and future as one of the world's most beautiful cities.

© Alex Shoots Buildings© Ondřej Bouška© Ester Havlová© BoysPlayNice+ 13

From Open Methods to Fostering Dialogue: 5 Emerging Practices in Europe

Five emerging architecture studio profiles from Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Austria, the UK, and Slovakia have been chosen by New Generations, a European platform that analyses the most innovative emerging practices at the European level, providing a new space for the exchange of knowledge and confrontation, theory, and production. Since 2013, New Generations has involved more than 300 practices in a diverse program of cultural activities, such as festivals, exhibitions, open calls, video interviews, workshops, and experimental formats.

The 2022 Edition of the EU Mies van der Rohe Award Reveals Final List of Works Competing

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the second list of 85 works competing for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary ArchitectureMies van der Rohe Award. Joining the batch of first nominations announced in February 2021, the full list comprises now of 532 competing works for the EU Mies Award 2022. The shortlist of 40 will be announced in January 2022, the winners in April 2022, and the Award ceremony will take place in May 2022.

Kirkkonummi Library (Fyyri) - Finland ©Tuomas Uusheimo. Image Courtesy of EU Mies AwardHarbor Building Belgium ©Karin Borghouts. Image Courtesy of EU Mies AwardPatio of the Faculty of Fine Arts Spain ©Jesús Granada. Image Courtesy of EU Mies AwardAlbania - VIlla Mara ©Genti Onuzi. Image Courtesy of EU Mies Award+ 10

Future-Proofing Cities Against Climate Change

Recent extreme weather events and the acceleration of climate change, paired with decarbonization efforts that are not on track, make climate-related disruption unavoidable for urban environments, raising the issue of climate-risk adaptation. Moving past what can be done to prevent climate change, there is a strong imperative to develop strategies to prepare urban environments to cope with inevitable challenges such as sea-level rise, floods, water scarcity or extreme heat. The following discusses how cities can build resilience and adapt to undergoing and expected future climate threats.

Bryggervangen and Sankt Kjeld’s Square in Copenhagen. Image © SLAThe Oasys by Mask Architects. Image Courtesy of Genc Design StudioLinear park regenerates Mexico City's historic Grand Canal. Image © Onnis LuquQunli Stormwater Wetland Park In  Chinaby Turenscape. Image Courtesy of Turenscape+ 7