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Archive for September, 2007

The Haymarket Redevelopment by Richard Murphy Architects

Haymarket, Edinburgh

The planning application of the Haymarket Redevelopment was submitted to Edinburgh City Council by Richard Murphy Architects in early September 2007. As mentioned by www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk, this Haymarket Redevelopment projects consists of three parts: master-planning the entire site, designing the exterior of three office buildings, and designing a five star hotels. And the most notable features of the projects is the construction of stand alone monument-like five star hotel.

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Foster + Partner Designed the New FC Barcelona Stadium

Nou Camp Stadium

As mentioned by dezeen.com, the new design of Camp Nou stadium has been unveiled by FC Barcelona, and the design has been made by Foster + Partners. The new stadium will has 10,000 more seats and interestingly decorated with multi-colored tiles (see pictures). Just like the Allianz Arena stadium, the exterior facade of Camp Nou stadium will change itself between day and night as well as between non-match days and match days, thank to the use of Animated Lighting Effect.

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Penang Global City Center Malaysia

Penang Global City Center

Asymtote Architecture has announced a large development project located in northern Malaysia: Penang Global City Center (PGCC) recently. The project covers 400,000 sq. m. of retail complex, 100,000 sq. m. of conventionm center, 75,000 sq. m. of Penang Performing Arts Center (PenPAC), 70,000 sq. m. of condomonium, 50,000 sq. m. of Hotel and Service Apartments, 25,000 sq. m. of offices, 1,500 sq. m. of Observatory, and 190,000 sq. m. of parking. As reported by dezeen.com, this project was unveiled last week by Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

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The Competition “Urban Redevelopment of University Hospital of Santa Chiara” Won by David Chipperfield Architects

University Hospital of Santa Chiara

The international competition for the urban redevelopment of the University Hospital of Santa Chiara, Pisa, Italy has named the winner. And the winner is the David Chipperfield Architects (do not confuse with the magician, David Copperfield). According to Chipperfield news page, the competition was won in collaboration with Alberto Izzo & Partners srl.

The site of the project is part of UNESCO World Heritage which is located in the center of Pisa’s old town. The project covers the development of a consistent plan for the urban redevelopment, and the urban, landscaping and architectural enhancement of the area.

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London Design Festival 2007

london design week

Launched on 17 September, the London Design Festival 2007 will close on Tuesday, 25 September 2007. Many top architects and designers has been joining the festival including Zaha Hadid, Nadja Swarovski and many more.

Back on 17 September during the Opening Reception, Zaha Hadid awarded the Festival’s first Design Medal by Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. According to Ben Evans, Directors of the the LDG, “the evening was a great launch for the 2007 Festival which promises to be the most diverse and innovative Festival so far.”

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AMD Open Architecture Challange

Open Architecture Network

The OAN (Open Architecture Network) just launched an Open Architecture Challenge sponsored by AMD (Advance Micro Devices). This international challenge is a wide open until January 15th, 2008. The competition challenging you to design a sustainable multi-purpose technology facility for under-served communities.

The main purpose of he AMD Open Architecture Challenge is helping enable affordable internet access to 50% of the world by 2015. According to the challenge page, currently less than 20% of the world’s 6 billion people have access to the educational, social and economic opportunities created by the internet. As an architect, you can help by designing a sustainable multi-purpose technology facility, for more information please visit the challenge page.

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9 Winners of Aga Khan Award 2007

University of Technology Petronas
(Photo by Foster + Partners, Courtesy the Aga Khan Award for Architecture)

The Aga Khan Award 2007 Winners has been announced early this month and 9 winners has been named including University of Technology Petronas (photo above), Rehabilitation of the Walled City of Nicosia, Samir Kassir Square, Rehabilitation of the City of Shibam, Central Market, Koudougou, Restoration of the Amiriya Complex, Moulmein Rise Residential Tower, Royal Netherlands Embassy, and School in Rudrapur.

Just to remind you, the Award is presented in three year cycles since 1977. It first was initiated by His Highness the Aga Khan aimed to recognize how architecture and the built environment impact Muslim sociaties. As reported by Achitectural Record, according to the jurors for the 2004 – 2007 cycle, “Many of the projects occupied the problematic terrain between traditional homes and diasporic movements, recognizing that Muslim realities have come to be rooted in historical and social circumstances beyond their usual ‘national’ or traditional settings.”

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WOHA Receives The 2007 Aga Khan Award For Architecture

Moulmein Rise Residential Tower

From the Press Release:

“WOHA’s Moulmein Rise Residential Tower is the first project in Singapore to receive the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The jury’s citation stated “ In a field where attractive gestures on the facade are valued more than spatial quality, the design is an alternative that takes into account the climate, spatial relations, site restrictions and the realities of everyday life. The architects have been able to transform the various constraints into didactic design guidelines, and have responded to them, giving specific answers to each of these constraints. In this sense, they have been able to put forth a product that is different from what is normally found in the real estate market…Moulmein Rise is a design that could be regarded more as a design approach than solely a form.”

About the Moulmein Rise Residential Tower (www.wohadesigns.com)

“This high rise residential project was designed in 1999. 50 apartments are provided in a slim tower 28 storeys tall. The design examined the high-rise building as an urban object and as envelope. To create a more interesting facade, yet giving functional advantages to the units, 3 facade types were developed that mixed and matched modular functional elements – full height windows, planters and bay windows. These were combined in a random order to produce a visually complex urban object.”

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