The Old and the New: Glasgow’s Schools of Art

The Old and the New

Glasgow’s Schools of Art

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photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy Steven Holl Architects

by Brian Carter

The competition, organized and administered by Malcolm Reading Consultants under the auspices of the Glasgow School of Art in 2009, focused on the selection of an architect to develop proposals for a new school of art on Renfrew Street to be built directly opposite the 1896 building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. After some initial opposition from Scottish architects, the competition was opened to international participation. Seven practices (1) were reviewed by an eight member selection committee chaired by David MacKay. The committee agreed unanimously to appoint Steven Holl Architects, who worked in collaboration with JM Architects and Arup. (2)

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FUTURE GROUND

Sponsor: New Orleans Redevelopment Authority; Van Alen Institute Type: RFQ Fees: none Language: English Eligibility: Teams must include at least one designer (architect, landscape architect, urban designer, or urban planner) and one member with policy expertise, and are encouraged to include members with expertise in ecology, housing/community development, and/or real estate/ finance. Teams are encouraged

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Mainz City Hall Ideas Competition

Sponsor: City of Mainz, Germany Type: open, ideas, one-stage, EU Fees: none Language: German Eligibility: architects and planners licensed in their country of origin/residence in EU Timetable: 16 September 2014 (10AM) – Site tour 24 September 2014 (1 PM) – Site tour 30 September 2014 – Q&A period ends 7 November 2014 – Deadline for

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DawnTown Competition: Landmark Miami

DawnTown Competition: Landmark Miami

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Imagining a design competition for a Miami landmark raises a common question: “Aren’t Miami and Miami Beach actually one big city?” Since both municipalities have their own local administrative institutions and history, focusing exclusively on Miami would suggest that each entity also has its own unique identity and, therefore, its own iconic symbols. Miami Beach has no such identity problem. Ocean Drive with its art deco architecture has long been a recognizable advertising staple for the community. Moreover, a number of its recent modern buildings—Publix Supermarket by Carlos Zapata and Lincoln Road Parking Garage by Herzog de Meuron—have bolstered the city’s image as a place where cutting edge design takes place.Â

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Realizing a Major Museum Project in Record Time: Finland’s Serlachius Museum Competition

Realizing a Major Museum Project in Record Time

Finland’s Serlachius Museum Competition

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All photos courtesy of the Serlachius Museum
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When the political will and money are there, even a winning competition design can be realized in a reasonable amount of time. By the time all the designs had been submitted to the Serlachius Museum competition in 2011, over 500 entries were received for adjudication. Just three years later, the museum is open for business and built essentially to the original plan (see model). The completed project not only adhered closely to the initial winning scheme by MX_SI Architectural Studio of Barcelona, but also provided an interior rich in detail. The result? The Museum has received high marks from the citizens of Mänttä, and this facility promises to be a regional destination for art lovers, much as the Louisiana Museum on the Danish coast has been, not far from Copenhagen. -Ed

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Zaryadye Park Competition & Interview

The Zaryadye Park Competition

and an Interview with Juror, Ken Smith

by Stanley Collyer

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Winning project by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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Could one imagine a more ideal site for a major urban park? In most cases the site for the future Zaryadye Park in Moscow could only exist in an architect’s dream world. Not only is the site located in the center of Moscow, next door to the Kremlin; it is ringed by buildings reflecting the full spectrum of Russian architecture from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Because of the site’s high visibility, the City decided to stage a limited competition for the site, with the support of the Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design. According to the competition brief, “the aim of the competition is to develop an architectural and landscaping design concept that will form the basis for the creation of a contemporary park with a high quality infrastructure that will be open for the public all year round.”

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