High Density Housing in the Suburbs?

  An Ideas Competition in Berlin Seeks Answers   Winning entry perspective Image: ©AllesWirdGut Architekten   Berlin developer HOWOGE recently staged what was regarded as a “planning Laboratory” competition for a model satellite in northwest Berlin. The brief for this invited competition noted that the urban sprawl, which had accompanied the reunification of Germany(and Berlin) in 1989, was low density ...
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Edinburgh’s Ross Pavilion in Danger

  Image: ©wHY Architecture   Earlier this year, an article in the Architects’ Journal described what almost sounded like a death knell for wHY Architecture’s winning competition design for Edinburgh’s Ross Pavilion site. When the competition took place, some observers may have regarded wHY as a wild card, in the company of such high-profile firms as BIG and ...
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A Russian City Sets Its Priorities in the Public Realm

  Astrakhan Looks to Raise Its Quality of Life Index   Aerial view of downtown Astrakhan     Planning competitions with a strong landscape component take many forms, including some for plazas and gateways to major town centers, city neighborhood sites with multi-story housing units, university campus plans and finally, comprehensive city plans—the latter either being for new towns, as in ...
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Hightech Designs as Low- and Mid-Rise Research Models

  Siemens Healthineers Campus, Bengaluru   Aerial View of site, Rendering: ©Eller + Eller Architekten    Siemens new Healthineers campus in Bengaluru, India, is hardly a milestone in the design of major R&D facilities. Although the winning design by Eller + Eller Architekten did include the necessity to go higher than the 2- to 4-story models we often find, whether ...
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A New Meeting Place for Moscovites

  SWA/Balsley Wins Paveletskaya Plaza Landscape Competition   Aerial view at night – courtesy SWA/Balsley 5+ Design   0f the nine railway stations in Moscow, Paveletskaya is the largest and one of the last of those that opened around the turn of the century. Compared to other Moscow stations, Paveletskaya, designed by Alexander Krasovsky and opened in 1900, represented a ...
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One Design to Fit All

  Image Courtesy Network Rail   From Grand Central Station to King’s Cross in London, railway stations have often represented some of the major architectural accomplishments of our times. But those edifices have been primarily located in great cities. In the U.K. there are over 2,000 stations located in medium-sized, small, and rural communities. Most of those are ...
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The Budludzha Monument Project

  Pedestrian perspective   The result of an effort from a professor at the TUM (Technische Universität München) to restore the Budludzha Monument in Bulgaria, located in a remote location on a mountain top in that country, we discovered that it originally was the result of a 1959 design competition won by the young Bulgarian architect, Georgi Stoilov.   “On ...
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Results Announced for the Annual International 2021 Berkeley Undergraduate Prize

Competition sponsor: UC Berkeley Prize Essay Competition and Community service Fellowship Competition Competition type: essay General competition goals: Through distinct competitions – the perennial Essay Competition and various Fellowship Competitions – the international Berkeley Prize competition encourages undergraduate architecture students worldwide to go into their communities for the purpose of thinking and writing about issues central to the understanding of the social art of ...
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A Barn by Herzog de Meuron in Berlin

  A Flawed Plan Leads to Budget Issues   Competition rendering of project looking south to Mies museum ©Herzog de Meuron   Once considered in the forefront of modern architecture in post-WWII Europe, Berlin has had its share of questionable decisions concerning important urban projects in recent history. Beginning with the rebirth of the Berlin Palace (Humboldt Forum) on the ...
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An Urban Icon Emerges

  The Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Competition   Urban Confluence Silicon Valley winner: ©SMAR Architecture Studio   After several stops and starts over an extended period of time, the winner of the Urban Confluence Design Competition was named in early March, 2021. SMAR Architecture Studio’s The Breeze of Innovation, which prevailed over two other shortlisted finalists from the original 963 ...
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