Transforming Buffalo’s DL & W Rail Corridor

  Reconstituting an Abandoned Rail Line    Aerial view: courtesy WNYC   The Rails to Trails program, which gained momentum after the1984 Federal Land Banking Law—supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy—has seen over 24,000 miles of trails established where rail lines once existed. Some sites were strictly urban, while others, sometimes over 100 miles in length, were primarily rural, while others combined ... Read more...

Spreebogen Takes a Final Lap

Plans for the Final Expansion of Schultes’ Federal Chancellery Building Aerial view with new addition at bottom of site (Image © Schultes Frank Architekten)   The reunification of Germany in 1989 not only had a great impact on the lives of many Germans, especially those living in the former DDR, but together with the decision to move the nation’s ... Read more...

Miremont-le-Cret, Geneva

The Renovation of a City Landmark     The renovation of Miremont-le-Cret n 2012 was unusual in that the project was the subject of a competition. This building had long been landmarked as one of Geneva’s most significant modern accomplishments, designed in 1953 by a local architect, Marc-Joseph Saugey. The building’s design is remarkable in how it fits ... Read more...

EU TUMO Convergence Center for Engineering and Applied Science

Type: International Design Competition Location: Yerevan, Armenia RfQ, Expressions of Interest with shortlist of three (3) finalists Fee: none Budget: €25M Language: English Compensation: The three shortlisted teams will each receive a stipend of €20,000. In addition the sponsor will also cover travel and lodging expenses for two key members of each team for a site visit and a two-day workshop. Timetable: 23 ... Read more...

A Paean to its Founders in Weimar

  New Bauhaus Museum Commemorates an Anniversary   2012 COMPETITIONS Annual with Weimar Bauhaus Competition WInner Design  Image: ©Heike Hanada As projected, the Weimar Bauhaus Museum, one of two new Bauhaus museums scheduled to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Germany, has opened its doors in Weimar. The new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, ... Read more...

2018/2019 Steedman Fellowship: Infrastructure


Winner: “Collective Clutter,” installation view, Princeton University. (Photo: Courtesy of Lily Zhang)

 

 

When one thinks of infrastructure, it’s usually about roads, rails, bridges, airports, canals, pipelines, and any- and everything about getting from one place to another. But leave it to the Steedman competition to stimulate designers to view things from a different point of view.

 

In the 2016/17 Steedman competition, won by Pedro Pitarch of Spain, the winner explored the theme, “Adaptation,” and convinced the jury with his proposal, Disguised Metropolitanisms: Unveiling the Masquerade of Urban Domesticity. Pitarch’s point of departure? “There has been a migration from the right of property to the right of access and use,” argued Pedro Pitarch. “Spaces are no longer used according to their architectural program, but according to their protocols, their accessibility, and their possibilities of empowerment.”

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Rise in the City: An Affordable Housing Competition in Lesotho

Wining entry “Creating Spaces” by Tanmoy Dey (all images courtesy RISE)   The Rise in the City Housing Competition in the African country of Lesotho presented many similarities with student competitions that have occurred over the past decades, the main link being the presence of mentors as advisers to the team(s) who were designing the entries. One ... Read more...

Chengdu’s Natural History Museum Competition

    Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCP) in collaboration with China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Corp Ltd. has prevailed over a strong field to win the competition for a Natural History Museum in Chengdu, China. The other finalists included Zaha Hadid Architects, Sutherland Hussey Harris, Nihon Sekkei, Valode & Pistre, and FUKSAS.      Although the project’s ... Read more...

School as Civic Hub

Prague’s LOŠBATES School Competition   First prize entry © Pelletier de Fontenay / Valerio Sartori (image courtesy CCEA MOBA)   Sponsored by LOŠBATES, an administrative entity established by four adjacent municipalities on the outskirts of Prague, this competition for a primary and secondary school, won by the Canadian firm, Pelletier de Fontenay with Valerio Sartori from Switzerland, drew 108 ... Read more...

Russian Open Competition for Alternative Layout Design in Standard Housing

1st category prize entry by AKVS (Image courtesy STRELKA-KB, © AKVS Architecture)     Of all the nations that had been part of the Soviet Bloc after World War II, only the Russian Federation itself has lagged behind most of its neighbors in the design and construction of affordable housing. During that post-Cold War period, housing construction in ... Read more...