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AMO Partners Up with Volkswagen to Research the Future of Rural Mobility

AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), co-founded by Rem Koolhaas and led by Samir Bantal, has announced a recent research collaboration with Volkswagen. Focused on rural areas and the countryside, the partnership will look into the future of rural mobility, through a first conceptual study on electric tractors.

Courtesy of VolkswagenCourtesy of VolkswagenCourtesy of Volkswagen© Image by Philipp Gladsome, Courtesy VW+ 17

Call for Submissions: N A R R A T I V E S

ABOUT NARRATIVES
/narratives/ publication is an annual print publication with a quarterly digital output, narratives features architectural projects, products, places and people tapping into the contemporary built environment in Ghana and abroad.

/narratives/ present its readers with the platform to contribute their stories and experiences. The publication is both reflective and critical, plotting the shifting and emerging narratives of architecture at the intersection of politics, economics, society, culture and the environment.

WHAT TO SUBMIT
We are looking for essays, musings, interviews, reviews, photo essays, creative criticisms and short videos about:

– a project (from speculative to built projects, and everything in-between)

– a product (from tried

Shinbisum Workshop

Generating new models for participatory development for Ulleung island in South Korea.

The SHINBISUM workshop aims to open an alternative way of thinking about rural development in Ulleung-do and beyond. In a world where participatory practices are becoming the norm, how can the local and international community contribute to shape the future of JangHeung? The residents of Ulleung island, the Korea rural community corporation, Yangji Co., and urbz invite you to imagine with them the future of one of Korea’s most iconic locality. The workshop will produce strategic ideas and design interventions for JangHeung village. If you like to create, ideate, design and build - join us for a 5-day participatory immersion in a place which embodies the struggle of many localities around the world. Like so many other places, Ulleungdo is torn in between urban development and the preservation of their natural environment.

Open Call: HOME•LY | ASA International Ideas Competition 2017

HOME•LY / ASA international ideas competition 2017

Home is the domain of architecture that is most intimate to all of us. Beyond its everyday function as a physical shelter for people and their activities, Home is also an embodiment of family. It is an altar of family values, traditions, rituals as well as memories.

Beam Camp Seeks Big Ideas for 2017 Projects

Summer Youth Program Seeks Proposals for Spectacular Projects
Worldwide call seeks ideas from Engineers, Architects, Designers, Sculptors, Builders, Technologists, Artists and Makers of all kinds

Past Project Images: http://beamcamp.org/projects/
Proposal Submission Info and Form: http://beamcamp.org/2016beamprojectproposal/

Beam Camp, a specialized summer camp for building and collaboration located in Strafford, NH, announces its annual international search to find its 2017 Beam Projects. The large-scale collaborative projects are realized by Beam campers, aged 10-17, and staff at the camp’s 106-acre facility in Strafford, New Hampshire.

Projects are budgeted at $12,500. Winning designers receive a $3,000 honorarium, travel costs, and are invited to visit camp during the project’s production.

Proposals

2A Asia Architecture Award 2016: Innovative Architecture in Asia

2A Magazine is pleased to announce the second annual 2A Asia Architecture Award; 2AAA 2016, which celebrates “Innovative Architecture in Asia”. Accordingly, the Award is for recognition of an individual's or group's substantial contribution to today’s architecture in Asia in terms of contemporary challenges of the field in the region and lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

Where the Real Skyscrapers Are (Hint: North Dakota)

The Burj Khalifa might get all the headlines today, but for nearly half a century before it was built, some of the tallest structures in the world were actually in North Dakota, in the form of TV masts. In this post originally published by re:form on Medium, Casey Tolan investigates the threatened industry that once gave the world some of its most heroic structures.

Name the tallest structures in the world. Maybe flashy skyscrapers in China or the Gulf States come to mind. Or maybe you’re thinking of U.S. icons like One World Trade Center in New York or the Willis Tower in Chicago.

You’re almost certainly not thinking of TV towers. But dozens of nearly anonymous towers around the United States, most in small rural communities, dwarf all but the tallest man-made structures in the world.

© Flickr user Raymond CunninghamThe KVLY-TV Tower in North Dakota. Image © Flickr user Raymond CunninghamThe locations of all 16 2000-foot-plus TV towers in the USA. Image Courtesy of Medium.comThe KVLY-TV Tower in North Dakota. Image © Flickr user Raymond Cunningham+ 8

Video: Mini-Documentary Profiles Artists Who Are Shunning China's Urban Explosion

In 2011, China had more people living in urban areas than rural areas for the first time in its history, and recent government statistics show that around 300 villages disappear per day in China. Yet in the face of rapid urbanization, a “back to land movement” is now also emerging. A new mini-documentary by Sun Yunfan and Leah Thompson, Down to the Countryside, looks at urban residents who, fed up with city life, are looking to revitalize the countryside, while preserving local tradition. The documentary follows Ou Ning, an artist and curator, who moved from Beijing to the village of Bishan, in Anhui province, in 2013. Ning considers himself part of China’s “new rural reconstruction movement,” and the documentary shows his quest to develop the rural economy and bring arts and culture to the countryside.

Learn more about the film on China File and check out an interview with the directors on CityLab.

Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation

When you abandon the countryside in favour of the city, what do you leave behind? In a recent essay for Icon Magazine, OMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas deliberates on the intersection between the two, arguing that "our current obsession with only the city is highly irresponsible because you cannot understand the city without understanding the countryside."