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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

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Walker Warner Architects Honored by AIA San Francisco for Quintessa Pavilions

The thoughtfully designed wine tasting pavilions are sustainably built and one with nature.

San Francisco, United States, 2017-07-05 – Walker Warner Architects has been awarded a coveted Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects San Francisco (AIA SF) chapter for the newly completed Quintessa Pavilions in Napa Valley, Calif. The firm designed the original Quintessa Estate Winery in 2003. Walker Warner Architects’ portfolio of estate projects and custom residences in the Western United States and Hawaii showcases simple elegance and sensitivity to the environment.
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World Architecture Community Awards Winners Announced!

World Architecture Community is proud to announce the Winners of the 24th Cycle of the World Architecture Community Awards 10+5. Again, we had a great list of projects from all over the globe, spanning from Lithuania to India, from Brazil to Oman, from Iran to the United States, overall from 17 different countries.

10+5 projects were selected by the votes of our jury composed of Honorary Members and Winners of earlier cycles (10) and by the rates of World Architecture Community Members (5), in each of the 3 categories, namely Realised, Designed and Student.

You may now consult all of the awarded projects at the World Architecture Community WA Awards Winners section. Three of these winners are listed below, but make sure to review all of the winners.

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Bamboo Art Pavilion / by Akasha

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Bamboo is very common in Vietnam and other tropical countries as well. Bamboo is free self-element by mean of anti- manipulation processing, but difficult of construction. In Vietnam our local great masters had knowed and transfered a best simple detail of connecting them together by only a short bamboo sticks.
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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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The Iceberg Wins The MIPIM 2013 Award

The Iceberg Wins The Mipim 2013 Award

CANNES – The residential apartment complex “The Iceberg” in Århus, Denmark designed by JDS Architects, Cebra, SeARCH and Louis Paillard wins the Mipim award for “Best Residential Project”. The award ceremony was held last Thursday, 14 March, in the main auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
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KKE Architects’ Riverside Centre wins AJ Retrofit Awards 2012

The Riverside, a higher educational building designed by KKE Architects for the University of Worcester, has won the Higher Education Building category of the AJ Retrofit Awards 2012.

The awards, created by the Architects’ Journal (‘the voice of architecture in Britain’), recognise the vision of clients and the skill of architects in re-purposing existing buildings to create cost-effective schemes with low energy usage and reduced carbon emissions. The innovative Riverside building, which appears purpose-built, but was in fact created from a former car dealership with associated workshops, has achieved a C energy performance rating (EPR): a significant achievement for a refurbishment and especially one created on a tight budget. At a total project cost of £2.3m, the scheme cost approximately half what it would have cost to build from scratch (at a £1000 per sq m rather than £2000 per sq m for a new scheme).

Martin Mayfield of award sponsors Arup commented on the ‘Higher Education Buildings’ category: “Universities and colleges must not only rationalise their estates, but improve their performance in response to the changing agenda on carbon, teaching, research and finance. Reducing carbon emissions while using more energy demands a strategic, long-term approach to estates management.” He also said of the winning and finalist projects “It’s inspiring to see the innovative ways in which these projects are dealing with these issues.”
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WAF 2012 Winner ‘Retail’ : The Xtra-Herman Miller shop in shop in Singapore / by P.A.C

The Xtra-Herman Miller shop in shop in Singapore, designed by P.A.C, has won the shopping award. The judges said it was ‘a successful expression of the HermanMiller brand, combining natural materials (wood) with desgin and new technology. The contouring of the ceiling which becomes a wall successfully creates a sereie of warm spaces and a comfortable environment.’
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WAF 2012 Winner ‘Production Energy and Recycling’ : The SonyCorporation’s building in Osaki, Japan / by Nikken Sekkei

The SonyCorporation’s building in Osaki, Japan, designed by Nikken Sekkei, has won the production, factory and recycling category. The judges said it was: ‘an exemplary well-resolved high-rise industrial building with considerable environmental innovation’. They were impressed by the use of traditional materials for modern purposes. Read more about the project.The judges highly commended the Hexagon/ Aron R&D Centre in Tokai-city, Japan, designed by Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates. It was, they said, ‘a very well-executed scheme with much innovation and detail quality’.
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