A Blueprint for Change in the Rockaways
Devising Strategies to Guard Against Another Sandy
by Sharon McHugh
First place entry by White Arkitekter
The devastation wreaked by Super Storm Sandy has awakened communities along the North Atlantic coast to their vulnerability to extreme storm surges and has spawned several competitions intended to address this issue. Foremost among these is the Far Roc Competition (For a Resilient Rockaway), which sought ideas for developing an 80+ acre City-owned site known as Arverne East into a mixed use, mixed income, sustainable and storm resilient community. Besides maintaining a balance between innovation and affordability, participants also had to take into consideration the new physical and regulatory challenges of waterfront development. Although the focus of the competition was on this particular site, it was just as much about developing strategies that could be applied to low-lying and vulnerable regions elsewhere.
SANAA’s Cultural Tour de Force
The Taichung City Cultural Center Competition
by Dan Madryga
Winning entry by SANAA
Taichung could be the next must-visit destination for architects. Over the past few years, the Taichung city government has been holding major international design competitions as a means to dramatically redefine this Taiwanese city for the 21st century. Several intriguing projects have resulted from these efforts: Catherine Mosbach’s innovative master plan for Taichung Gateway Park, and the one-of-a-kind Taiwan Tower by Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto.* The most recent competition for the Taichung City Cultural Center resulted in yet another compelling design, this time by SANAA, and offers another interesting window into the ambitions of Taiwan’s third largest city.
A Library as Ultimate Building Block
The Helsinki Library Competition
by William Morgan
Winning entry by ALA
2017 will mark one hundred years of Finland’s independence from Russia. It says much about the culture of this small but vibrant Nordic country that its official centennial project is not a trade center, a conventional hall, an arena, or a war memorial, but a library. Even better, this most architecturally astute nation has chosen the designers of this new library from an international open competition.
Sponsor: Kinmen County Government, Taiwan
Type: Open, 2-stage, international
Qualifications for Participation: (for Stage One)
1. Any licensed architect of Taiwan (R.O.C.), alone or in joint tender. 2. Any licensed architect (or Firm / Corporation) of foreign country, alone or in joint tender. 3. Joint tender of licensed architects of Taiwan
Type: International, two-stage
Competition launch: Early December
The two stage competition has a fast-track timetable with a launch in December and the winner selected by March 2014. Site preparation is anticipated to begin in October 2014 at the end of the monsoon.
Competition Adviser: Malcolm Reading Consultants, London
The competition, which will
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