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Archive for January, 2012

RE-THINKING SHANGHAI 2012 – International Design Competition

This design competition is open to all students, architectural professionals, and artists. The aim of the competition is to further and expand a dialog about green thinking in Asia. The competition site is located in Shanghai, China.

Entries will be evaluated upon design merit, quality of sustainable ideas, and the impact proposal will have on Shanghai. The winner of the competition will get 3 months to work in 10 DESIGN’s Hong Kong or Shanghai office to further develop their ideas. An international jury composed of magazine editors, educators, and design professionals will select the winning entry. An exhibit of the winning entries and other notable submissions will be held both in Hong Kong and Shanghai and then at various universities and venues around the world.

Young Arab Architects International Competition

Young Arab Architects

CA’ASI, located in Venice and founded by AS.Architecture-Studio, is designed as a venue open to all those who are fond of architecture, urban planning and art. It functions like a laboratory and makes professional debate available for the general public. On the occasion of the International Architecture Biennale in Venice, CA’ASI opens its doors for young architects and “architectures”, in order to offer an offbeat perspective on the chosen theme of the Biennale or Venice’s relation with architecture.

In 2012, CA’ASI and the Arab World Institute organise a new international architectural competition entitled « Young Arab Architects », following the success of the New Chinese architecture competition in 2010. CA’ASI and the Arab World Institute thus offer this opportunity to another part of the world, by drawing a parallel between young architects in various Arab countries. The Arab World Institute is CA’ASI’s partner for the 2012 edition indeed.

Star Maze Park Groot Vijversburg / by LOLA, Deltavormgroep and Piet Oudolf

LOLA landscape architects, Deltavormgroep en Piet Oudolf have won the commission for the extension of the historical park Groot Vijversburg in the north of The Netherlands with their submission “Star Maze”. For the tender five teams were selected. The other design teams were: B+B in collaboration with Michael van Gessel, OKRA, Hosper en Strootman.

Park Groot Vijversburg is a romantic public park with a growing art collection, located in the north of The Netherlands. The park is broadening its boundaries and is ambitious to become a national destination. The winning landscape design gives a contemporary interpretation to two new park chambers which create a link between the historical park, a post-war recreational area and a nature reserve.

Jameson House in Canada / by Foster + Partners

Jameson House in Canada / by Foster + Partners
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Jameson House is a new 35-storey mixed-use tower in the heart of Vancouver and includes the first residential development to be completed by the practice in North America – completed at the end of last year, already the building is now almost fully occupied. The project combines the restoration of heritage buildings with new construction: the lower level offices and shops knit with the existing streetscape to reinvigorate the downtown neighbourhood, while the apartments above face dramatic views of the bay and create a new landmark on the skyline.

Two New Video-Projection Works / by Quartier des Spectacle Montreal

The Luminous Pathway in the Quartier des Spectacles has taken an important step forward with the illumination of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) design centre and the Grande Bibliothèque belonging to Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). Using new, permanent video-projection devices that make it possible to illuminate entire building façades, these new lighting designs are a testament to the significant creative potential of this ambitious urban-branding project.

With the help of powerful software by Montreal-based developer VYV, the new devices will provide an all-seasons interface between Quartier des Spectacles visitors and the exciting programming presented in this vibrant concentration of cultural venues. By adding these tools to those already available to Luminous Pathway artists, there is now a vast array of new possibilities for collaboration with designers. They will be able to use high-end equipment to present digital works that will, after dark, create outdoor reflections of the exciting cultural activities going on indoors.

Tensai Stand in S. Paulo, Brazil / by A2OFFICE

TENSAI STAND in S. Paulo, Brazil / by A2OFFICE

A temporary construction that was intended to be immaterial, built with light, swift as the design and assembly. An ethereal ceiling (less enlightened than anticipated in the project) has helped to remake the human scale in the exhibition pavilion. A blue track became the continuous background in wall and floor, where three cylinders with expanded light rest, showcasing anchor home appliances and receiving visitors.


SMEC Soccer Centre / by Saucier + Perrotte / Hughes Condon Marler Architects

The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, unveiled the winning project in the architecture competition for the new indoor soccer centre at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC). The jury has chosen the concept developed by Saucier + Perrotte / Hughes Condon Marler Architects from among the four submitted by the finalist firms.


“First of all, I would like to congratulate the winners of this architecture competition, who have demonstrated daring and creativity,” the Mayor said. “This is one more step toward the completion of this long-awaited project, which will provide Montrealers with access to a sports centre that is not only functional but boasts a modern design meeting the highest standards of quality. This public building, a testament to the talent of our local architects, will be incorporated into the SMEC, one of the largest parks in Montréal.”

Europan 11 in Vienna, Austria

The proposal of Dreiecksplatz wins the unanimously voted First Prize for Europan 11 in Vienna, Austria. No runner-ups or honorable mentions were selected for this site.

Located between the Vienna Ring and Vienna Woods, the site embraces the marks of both environment – urban and nature – as a basis for future development. Currently surrounded by houses with a large amount of private green space, what is needed in the site is a generous, quality public space that will invite and sustain diverse groups of community to gather, live and work by. Major forms of transit – bus, tram and bicycle – anchor three corners of the triangle-shaped plaza with an integrated train platform in the middle. Various residential, commercial and social programs both frame and spill out toward the public triangle and support its liveliness. Green space is maximized at all different scales, fostering health, education and social interactions, while each kind of nature – from ‘wild woods’ to herb garden – defines the atmosphere of individual housing zone.