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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Functionality to the Forefront

  National Library of Korea Data Preservation Center Competition   Winning entry – Timeless Corridor’ of Shinhan Architects & Engineers Co., Ltd. (principal, Kim Sanghoon) and D&B architecture design group (principal, Cho Doyeun)   Retrofitting existing buildings is nothing new. The abandonment of old factory structures, especially in the northeast of the U.S., has been occurring at a rapid pace ...
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The Rural Countryside as Classroom

  Countryside Dilemmas – New Rural Planning   1st Place – ©Tianjin University Team   Planning used to be at the bottom of Chinese students’ lists of design priorities. One western architect, whose firm was at the forefront in the design and implementation of numerous planning projects in China, surmised that planning was an area that received little attention in ...
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Reimagining the Thompson Center

  Public Pool  Image: ©Perkins&Will     The Chicago Architecture Club Shines the Spotlight on Another Endangered Landmark   What do Bertrad Goldberg and Helmut Jahn have in common? Besides having high-profile buildings threatened by demolition, both served as subject matter for two competitions sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Club (CAC)—raising public consciousness about their impending fate. They both produced ...
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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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