A Challenging Site for Calgary’s New Library: Snøhetta Tops Four Firms in Invited Competition

A Challenging Site for Calgary’s New Library

Snøhetta Tops Four Firms in Invited Competition

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Winning design by Snøhetta (image courtesy Calgary Public Library)

The site of Calgary’s new public library will occupy part of a city block, directly across from the City Hall. One might assume that a project of this size would have deserved a more spacious, flexible site. However, the location the library here was regarded as an important urban statement, not just for downtown Calgary, but also for the East Village neighborhood. That the intended site was also home to a trolley line was not enough to cause the City to abandon this strategy. According to the client, “The location of the new library, adjacent to City Hall, will strengthen the fabric of community life by weaving East Village, the original heart of Calgary, back into the story of Centre City. From this prime location, the library will not only serve Calgary’s growing population but also the 140,000+ workers and students who travel downtown every day.”

Locating a main library in the center of a metropolitan area, regardless of the density issue, is a logical solution. The location of the new Grande Bibliothèque by Patkau Architects in Montreal’s downtown is a great example of what a major public institution can do for a neighborhood. In that case, a nearby Metro line has made the library easily accessible to most of the city’s inhabitants. It can be assumed that the same will hold true for Calgary.

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Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition

Sponsor: London Borough of Wandsworth

Type: Expressions of Interest

Location: London

Languages: English

Eligiblity:ÂÂ The competition is open to multi-disciplinary design teams from across the globe.ÂÂ It should be noted that the Jury Panel will be looking for capacity WITHIN THE TEAM to deliver the project.ÂÂ Where appropriate this may require a collaborative approach; for

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Passages Competition – Transitional Spaces for the 21st Century

Sponsor: Institute Pour la Ville

Type: Open, international, ideas

Location: Shanghai, China

Languages: Chinese, English

Eligiblity:ÂÂ The competition is directed at young professionals working in the architectural and urban domain under 40 years of age and with a degree. Each team can be inter-disciplinary (composed of architects, urban-planners, landscapers, experts, researchers, artists..) but must include

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Planetary Urbanism – Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design

Sponsor: ARCH+ Journal; Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Type: Open, international, ideas

Location: Germany

Languages: English, German

Eligiblity: The competition is intended for:• Designers from the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, graphic, product and media design, statistics, cartography, photography, film and the visual arts• Scientists from the fields of art and cultural

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Winner announced for Mumbai City Museum Competition

An international team led by Steven Holl has won the Mumbai City Museum North Wing DesignCompetition. The Mumbai City Museum, also known as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, is one ofIndia’s leading cultural institutions and is in the process of creating a dynamic new identity foritself as a cultural hub in Mumbai.

Eight teams

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Adaptive Reuse of a Hospital Site: The Royal Adelaide Hospital Competition

Adaptive Reuse of a Hospital Site

The Royal Adelaide Hospital Competition

view of plaza from gardens
Winning entry by SLASH + Phillips with Pilkington Architects

As a building type, hospitals have an unfortunate propensity toward early obsolesce and therefore are often the target of adaptive reuse, if not total demolition. This has been the case in Adelaide, Australia, where the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is being replaced by a brand new structure, to be dedicated in 2016. Faced with this impending change, the South Australian Government decided to initiate a “design led engagement process to explore possibilities for the current RAH site.” A significant element in this process included an international open ideas design competition, and the focus of this competition was “to create an iconic place within the Greater Riverbank Precinct of Adelaide.

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