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Hello Wood: The Latest Architecture and News

KOSMOS Architects Design a Wall That Unites Rather Than Divides for HelloWood 2016

Cross-continental architecture practice KOSMOS Architects have revealed the full design intent for their HelloWood 2016 installation. The wooden structure, dubbed "Thread," subverts the conventional notion of the wall as a divider of space, reinventing it as a new zone of inclusivism and human engagement. Their entire design and construction process was guided by Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, leading to a structure that brings people together and fulfills them in different ways, level by level.

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Hello Wood 2013: Step Closer!

Back for its fourth year, the creative camp Hello Wood was held last month in Hungary, set in the countryside north of Lake Balaton. At Hello Wood, 120 young designers and architects worked with leading experts to create installations which approach issues of society and community in architecture, ideas encompassed by this year's motto "Step Closer!" Twelve teams had one week to create these installations using timber as their primary material, with the projects being judged and a winner awarded at the end of the week.

Read on to find out about the installations, and which one was judged the winner, after the break

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HelloWood 2012: Social Architecture in Hungary

HelloWood 2012: Landscape Architecture Workshop © Márk Péter Vargha
HelloWood 2012: Landscape Architecture Workshop © Márk Péter Vargha

HelloWood - a creative, professional and social program with a message that mobilizes more and more young people – was organized for the 3rd year by MOMElinedesignworks, together with its new partner Reflekt social architecture studio. The week-long creative camp included 200 Hungarian and international students who worked together to realize social and cultural spaces for eight north-eastern Hungarian communities. The social mission of the project was showcased at Sziget, Europe’s Best Major Festival. Cameron Sinclair, the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, commended HelloWood’s inspirational initiative for aspiring to social change with thoughtful design for marginalized communities.

Join us after the break for details on some of the projects.