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...

SMÍCHOV ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: An International competition in Prague

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Movies in the Park: Garage Screen Summer Cinema Competition in Moscow

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Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition

  Winning design © Gottlieb Paludan Architects with Strasky, Husty and Partners     The U.K. is no stranger to pedestrian bridge competitions. Both the Salford Pedestrian Bridge competition (2013) and Tintagel Castle Pedestrian Bridge (2014) were commissioned by virtue of a request for qualifications and the shortlisting process. Both were administered by the Royal Institute of British Architects ... Read more...

Kazan’s New Garden City Competition

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A Museum as Entertainment Landscape

  The Taoyuan Museum of Arts Competition   Courtesy: TMOA ©Joe Shih. Architects + Riken Yamamoto and Field Shop   The competition for the Taoyuan Museum of Arts is similar to now what has become the typical invited format for major projects in Taiwan. In this case, 14 architectural teams submitted their qualifications, and four qualified for the second competition ... Read more...

Repository Library as Public-Friendly Asset

  Southern Branch of the National Central Library and National Repository Library, Taiwan   Image: courtesy Taiwan National Central Library ©BAF   The primary reason for establishing a “Southern Branch” of Taiwan’s National Central Library And National Repository Library was logical: the main National Central Library was running out of space to store an increasingly large quantity of physical ... Read more...

Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall Competition

Image courtesy Ministry of Construction and Infrastructure ©Zaha Hadid Architects   Zaha Hadid Architects prevailed over the entries of 47 other firms to win the Sverdlovsk Concert Hall Competition in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Staging this competition in the Urals, in a remote location in European Russia from the centers of power, is testimony that culture can thrive in ... Read more...