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Archive for May, 2013

Le Comptoir de Fruit et Légumes / by Kotaro HORIUCHI

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This Project is a renovation for a SPA, Kaatsu and beauty salon located in the center of Nagoya, Japan. We insert the space to provide drinks being always aware of health and beauty, such as fruit and organic vegetables.
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20 Projects Shortlisted for US$ 1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Lisbon, 30 April 2013 — The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today by the Master Jury. The 20 nominees for the US$ 1 million prize range from a modern high rise apartment block to a bridge. Shortlisted projects are located in Afghanistan, Austria, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Palestine, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The shortlist includes:
1. Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Herat, Afghanistan
2. Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria
3. Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper, Gaoligong Mountain, China
4. Rehabilitation of Nagaur Fort, Nagaur, Rajasthan, India
5. Mbaru Niang, Wae Rebo Village, Flores Island, Indonesia
6. Apartment No.1, Mahallat, Iran
7. Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar, Tabriz, Iran
8. Reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp, Tripoli, Lebanon
9. Hassan II Bridge, Rabat, Morocco
10. Mohammed VI Soccer Academy, Salé, Morocco
11. Preservation of Sacred and Collective Oasis, Guelmim Region, Morocco
12. Revival of Birzeit’s Historic Centre, Birzeit, Palestine
13. Girubuntu Primary School, Kigali, Rwanda
14. Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, Limpopo, South Africa
15. Post-Tsunami Rehabilitation of Kirinda Houses, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
16. Hospitals in Sudan, Khartoum and Nyala, Sudan
17. Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, Damascus, Syria
18. Kantana Film and Animation Institute, Nakhon Prathom, Thailand
19. The Met, Bangkok, Thailand
20. Thula Fort Restoration, Thula, Yemen

Farrokh Derakhshani, the Director of the Award, remarked: “The Master Jury, which includes some of the most prominent architects of our time, made interesting choices this year. For example, they chose schools in Afghanistan and Syria, but they also chose a hospital in Sudan, a high rise in Bangkok and the reconstruction of a refugee camp in Lebanon. In many ways, the choices reflect a central preoccupation of the Award: the impact of buildings and public spaces on the quality of life. Now this seems fairly mainstream, but we must remember that the Aga Khan Award has been talking about “human scale” and “sustainability” since 1977.”
The Award’s mandate is different from that of many other architecture prizes: it selects projects — from innovative mud and bamboo schools to state of the art “green” high-rises — that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life. Since the Award was launched 36 years ago, over 100 projects have received the award and more than 7,500 building projects have been documented.

The shortlisted projects are now being technically reviewed by a select group of architects, urban planners and engineers. The reviews, which emphasise both the impact on the quality of life and architectural excellence, will be submitted in June to the Master Jury for closer evaluation. Five to six finalists will then be selected and announced at a ceremony to be held in Lisbon in September 2013

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Superskyscrapers Competition – VERTICAL FARM & BOTANICAL GARDENS SKYSCRAPER – SEOUL

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PROJECT:
The program challenges participants to design a NEW Urban Vertical Farm and Botanical Gardens Skyscraper in Seoul City that takes into today’s ever-increasing urban growth, consumption in populated cities.

The design should be visually and aesthetically engaging and investigates the possibilities for urban Vertical farming communities and maximise the positive impact of Vertical Farming and be an acceptable addition to the Seoul City Skyline.

It should also respond directly to the issue of space and population density in Seoul city. And also address the social, environmental, cultural and economic issues and concerns of the ever-increasing urban growth.
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COMPETITION: Athletics Stadium, BRASILIA

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CHALLENGE:
The program for this international ideas competition challenges participants to design a new Athletics Stadium for hosting local, national and international athletics sports events in Brasilia.

The new Athletics Stadium should create an exciting and visually strong structure at the Brasilia considering the architecturally the position of the city of Brasilia.

ELIGIBILITY:
· Architects
· Architecture Graduates
· Architecture Students
· Team (Architects, Architecture Graduates, Architecture Students )
· Inter-Disciplinary Teams (engineers, designers in-conjunction with an architect).

Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group up to 4 members (architects, architecture graduates or architecture students etc) aged 18 or over at the time of registration. Registration and participation in the competition implies an immediate acceptance by entrants of all terms & conditions governing the site and competition.
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COMPETITION: Biennale Pavilion, VENICE

VENICE

CHALLENGE:
The program for this international ideas competition challenges participants to design a temporary Floating Pavilion for the Biennale in Venice to serve as a showcase space or Architectural piece in its own right.

The temporary floating Pavilion should create an exciting and visually strong structure that is fit for the Biennale in Venice.

ELIGIBILITY:
· Architects
· Architecture Graduates
· Architecture Students
· Team (Architects, Architecture Graduates, Architecture Students )
· Inter-Disciplinary Teams (engineers, designers in-conjunction with an architect).

Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group up to 4 members (architects, architecture graduates or architecture students etc) aged 18 or over at the time of registration. Registration and participation in the competition implies an immediate acceptance by entrants of all terms & conditions governing the site and competition.
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COMPETITION: Contemporary Bridge, BERLIN

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CHALLENGE:
The program for this international ideas competition challenges participants to design a new Contemporary Bridge to carry pedestrians over the River Spree in Berlin. The new footbridge should create a new Icon or landmark in Berlin, considering that there are a number of existing examples of great bridge forms in this area of the city and its proposed position between two well-known bridges – the Schilling Bridge (Schillingbrucke) and the Oberbaum Bridge (Oberbaumbrucke).

ELIGIBILITY:
· Architects
· Architecture Graduates
· Architecture Students
· Team (Architects, Architecture Graduates, Architecture Students )
· Inter-Disciplinary Teams (engineers, designers in-conjunction with an architect).

Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group up to 4 members (architects, architecture graduates or architecture students etc) aged 18 or over at the time of registration. Registration and participation in the competition implies an immediate acceptance by entrants of all terms & conditions governing the site and competition.
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Groupe Scolaire Pasteur / by R2K Architectes

Groupe Scolaire Pasteur / by R2K Architectes © Jussi Tiainen

The building is located in Limeil-Brevannes, near Paris. It consists of three preschools and of two elementary schools. As the method of commissioning was used so called “conception-construction” system, where the competition teams propose both all plans and the construction on fixed price. Beside schools, an apartment building of social housing of 46 flats was included to the competition program. Time for the competition was one month. The decision for the winner was made in April 2011 and the inauguration of the building was held 18 months later. The construction of the apartment building starts in next April.
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Architecture Whispers in Paris / by Matteo Cainer Architects

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The event is called ‘Architecture Whispers’ and it is a series of intimate multidisciplinary and cross-cultural conversations between emerging, established and visionary international architects. They take place in the Silencio Club in Paris, an exclusive venue for writers, directors and musicians, established by American filmmaker, visual artist and musician David Lynch.
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