A Modern Concert Hall for Prague

  Vltava Philharmonic Hall Design Competition   View to Concert Hall from bridge ©BIG   Classical music is still part of a vibrant musical scene in Prague, with at least four principal venues hosting concerts, ballet and opera. As a modern European city, the only missing venue from these choices is a state of the art concert hall. Other European ...
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A Tribute to Veterans on the Wisconsin Prairie

  The Cold War Veterans Memorial Competition   Rendering: Oyler Wu Collaborative/Courtesy Pritzker Military Museum & Library   The Pritzker family is no stranger to good architecture; so it should come as no surprise that a project launched by the Pritzker Military Archives, including a competition for a Cold War Veterans Memorial in Wisconsin, would embrace this approach. Other major ...
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The Architect of GSA’s Finest Hour

  Edward A. Feiner, FAIA (1947-2022)     Nothing is a boon to architecture more than a knowledgeable patron. And one of the foremost “patrons” of architecture in modern societies is government—at its various levels. Our federal government’s role in this is carried out mainly by the General Services Administration (GSA), which oversees the design and construction of most ...
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Ottawa Parliamentary Precinct’s Block 2

  A Quest for that Elusive Connective Formula   First Place: Pedestrian perspective from Parliament – Zeidler Architecture in association with David Chipperfield Architects   How do you find a common thread that can connect an eclectic collection of buildings, visually as well as physically, all located within a one-block site, located just across from Canada’s Parliament building in Ottawa. ...
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Infrastructure Hub as Urban Revitalization Catalyst

  Vilnius Railway Station and Public Square Competition   Vilnius Station competition Image: ©Zaha Hadid Architects     Aerial view of Vilnius railway station (2021)    In European cities, recent history has seen their central railway stations become the subject of upgrades, or totally new projects, many of them springing up in Eastern Europe. In most cases, the focus on this phenomena occurred ...
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Belgrade Philharmonic Concert Hall Competition

  AL_A Prevails over a Star-studded Cast     After over a year of planning, the choice of a site, and the establishment of criteria for the staging an international competition for a new concert hall, the process recently culminated in the choice of an architect for the design of the new Philharmonic in Belgrade, Serbia. Once a rather ...
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Gyo Obata: How a Broad Horizon Paid Dividends

  Gyo Obata  Photo: courtesy HOK   If there are milestones in the world of architecture, the passing of Gyo Obata certainly marked one. Obata, along with Cesar Pelli, Richard Rogers and Helmut Jahn, belonged to a group of designers that had strong international connections, sometimes based on family histories. A second generation American born to a Japanese ...
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High Density in a Green Environment

  Geneva Suburban Project as Urban Housing Model     ©Bauen+Wohnen   An article, Trois tourettes et un jardin (Three Turrets and a Garden) by Swiss landscape architect, Valérie Hoffmeyer, in Werk, Bauen + Wohnen, is another recent example highlighting the value of green space in the design of mid-rise residential buildings. At a time when developers endeavor to maximize their ...
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Taipei’s New Music Center as 24/7 Destination

  From RUR’s Competition Winning Design to Final Realization   RUR Taipei Pop Music Center performance hall view with artwork ©Philip Colbert     Whether large or small, design competition or straight commission, projects from design phase to realization can stretch over extended periods of time. It was no different with Taipei’s Pop Music Center, which took over ten years from ...
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Richard Rogers: Purveyor of the High-Tech Message

  Richard Rogers (1933-2021)   Image ©faber & faber     Could you imagine that a person who is anything but adept at drawing, and also dyslexic, would become one of the world’s great architects? Meet Richard Rogers, who was full of ideas, but engaged collaborators to fully realize them. One might even assume that Rogers choice of architecture as a ...
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