Hightech Designs as Low- and Mid-Rise Research Models

  Siemens Healthineers Campus, Bengaluru   Aerial View of site, Rendering: ©Eller + Eller   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 that the 2- to 4-story models we often find, whether in ...
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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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From Anthropology to Architecture: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Competition

  Image: ©KPMB Architects   Not to be outdone by other Canadian provincial capitals, Halifax has chosen to make its own ambitious museum statement on the city’s waterfront. New museums in Vancouver, BC, Calgary and Fredericton, New Brunswick, the latter two by KPMB Architects, are either in development or already under construction. Saskatoon’s Remai Modern by KPMB and ...
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Modular Wood Construction in the Spotlight: Urban Adaptation Competition

  Image ©Francesco Allaixand Julio Orduña   Recently we are beginning to see a resurgence of wood as a primary building material, not only for detached residential housing, but also for multi-family and commercial urban structures. Masonry, steel, and composite materials are still the bread and butter of the construction industry; but wood may be making serious inroads ...
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Universitätsklinikum Würzburg, Germany

University Clinic, Würzburg, Germany – Neurology / Women’s and Family Clinic Sponsor: Freistaat Bayern (Staatliches Bauamt Würzburg) Administration: , Berlin Type: open, RfQ, limited, anonymous Number of participants in Phase 1: 20 Number of participants in Phase 2: 5-10 Eligibility: Architects residing in countries belonging to EU or WTO Language: German Timetable: 28 January 2021 – RfQ deadline submissions March-May 2021 – Phase 1 ...
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