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Urban Intervention: The Latest Architecture and News

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces Winners of its First Commission, the DAF Open Call

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) and the Danish Arts Foundation (DAF) have selected Soil Lab as the winning project of a DAF Open Call for a major new commission in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. Responding to the biennial’s 2021 edition theme The Available City, led by Artistic Director David Brown, the proposal, chosen to represent Denmark at the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial, was imagined by an international design team that includes Eibhlín Ní Chathasaigh (Dublin), James Albert Martin (Dublin), Anne Dorthe Vester (Copenhagen), Maria Bruun (Copenhagen) and Chicago residents.

Local Collective Imagines Seating Made from Clay for London's Railway Station

Local Collective has designed a seating made of clay for the London Festival of Architecture and Network Rail. Unveiled at London Bridge Station, the urban furniture is a result of a “competition organized by the LFA and Network Rail to create public installations that celebrate London’s shared spaces and connect people with playful encounters”.

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6 Small Scale Projects with Large Social Impact

The field of architecture has the potential to influence human relations in countless ways through the built space. In small-scale projects, in particular, the challenges of tackling the dialogue between the space and the individual are combined with the task of conveying ideas to inspire people to explore the use of these minimal spaces. 

Center for Women in Masai Village / C-re-aid. image: © Laia GarcíaTea, Chocolate, Coffee Pavilion / knitknot architecture. Image: © Josema Cutillas100 Classrooms for Refugee Children / Emergency Architecture & Human Rights. Image: © Martina RubinoThe Green Embassy / Steffen Impgaard. Image: © Kirstine Mengel+ 7

Camille Walala Unveils Public Urban Interventions in London

"Les Jumeaux" or The Twins is a new large-scale public urban intervention by French artist and designer Camille Walala in White City, West London. The project encompasses two pedestrian crossings and seven striking murals, created with geometric patterns and primary colors, Walala’s signature style. Moreover, Camille Walala also unveiled this month her East London intervention, a giant work of art aiming to breathe new life into the street and boost the local economy, entitled "Walala Parade".

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Living in Community: 13 Projects That Promote Shared Spaces

Due to population growth and an increase in urban density and real estate prices, architects and urban planners have been pursuing alternatives for new spatial configurations for settling and housing in the cities. The multiplication of shared housing and workspaces is an example of how the field of architecture is adapting to new ways of living in society. 

TransBorda Intervention / Estúdio Chão. Image: © Renato MangolinSinergia Cowork Palermo / Emilio Magnone + Marcos Guiponi. Image: © Marcos GuiponiThree Generation House / BETA office for architecture and the city. Image: © Ossip van DuivenbodeCo-working utopic_US Conde de Casal / Izaskun Chinchilla Architects. Image: © Imagen subliminal+ 14

Urban Space as a Canvas for Civilian Expression

Intervención realizada por el colectivo "Por un habitar digno" [@porunhabitardigno_]. Image © Arquitecto Tomás Bravo [@tmbravo.scl]Black Lives Matter (Charlotte). Image © Office of Congresswoman Alma S. Adams [Wikimedia] bajo dominio públicoFrom Park to Parking (Banksy 2010). Image © Amg foto [Flickr] bajo licencia CC BY-ND 2.0Intervención realizada por el colectivo "Por un habitar digno" [@porunhabitardigno_]. Image © Arquitecto Tomás Bravo [@tmbravo.scl]+ 6

When urban spaces become the medium for expression, protest, criticism, and defiance, the audience is limitless. Pedestrians and bystanders of all ages and ideologies become spectators of demonstrations that walk the line between art and activism and transform the city's streets, walls, and sidewalks into canvases for diffusing ideas on a massive scale. Banksy once said that "a wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with." This call to arms has rung true for many as they take to the streets in a bid to make themselves heard. 

Conexidade Installation / Estúdio Chão

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  • Arquitetos: Estúdio Chão
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  20500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

BIG Designs Toyota Woven City, the World’s First Urban Incubator

BIG unveiled its latest intervention, the Toyota Woven City, the company's first venture in Japan. Nestled at the foothills of Mt. Fuji, the project, in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, is the world’s first urban incubator pushing forward the development and progress of mobility.

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TransBorda Intervention / Estúdio Chão

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Adjaye Associates+ Daniel Boyd Team Up to Design the New Sydney Plaza

The City of Sydney has chosen Adjaye Associates and contemporary Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd to design a new public square, plaza building, and public artwork. The project attempts to uncover the lost history of the site, reconcile cultures and define identities.

Massive River Development Plan Hopes to Rejuvenate India's Relationship to the Ganges

Delhi-based firm Morphogenesis has recently unveiled a proposal for a project that will rehabilitate and develop the ghats (a flight of steps leading down to a river) and crematoriums along a 210-kilometer stretch of the Ganges, India’s longest river. The project, titled “A River in Need,” is part of the larger National Mission of Clean Ganga (NMCG), an undertaking of the Indian Government’s Ministry of Water Resources which was formed in 2011 with twin objectives: to ensure effective abatement of the river’s pollution and to conserve and rejuvenate it.

Sectional Organization of Program. Image Courtesy of MorphogenesisTypical Ghat on Normal Water Level. Image Courtesy of MorphogenesisCrematorium Layout. Image Courtesy of MorphogenesisSmart Columns to Create Shaded Space. Image Courtesy of Morphogenesis+ 23