Babyn Yar Ukrainian Memorial Competition

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1st Prize Entry by querkraft architekten (Image © querkraft architekten)

 

 

Memorials to commemorate atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II have taken many forms. Holocaust museums such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. by Pei Cobb Freed or the Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind, all endeavor to paint a broad picture, including narratives covering most of the major events and sites. Former concentration camps such as Auschwitz, Dachau, Theresienstadt and Buchenwald have been frequent tour destinations. In the case of Buchenwald, the local city of Weimar has placed pictures of “Witnesses” throughout the downtown area as a reminder of the Nazi legacy.

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A Cultural Cluster as Community Asset in Detroit

DIA Plaza: Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Connection Competition

 

Aerial view – winning entry by DSQ (image © DSQ)

 

The Space Between Buildings

 

Detroit’s Dia Plaza competition is hardly unique in initiating a search for urbanistic solutions to a cultural cluster. Vienna, Berlin, Mesa, Fort Worth, Chicago’s Millennium Park and Paris’ Parc

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A New City University Takes Shape

MK:U’s Forward Looking Model Explored in Detail

Winning entry by Hopkins Architects (© Malcolm Reading Consultants / Hopkins Architects)

 

Milton Keynes, known simply as MK, represented one of the more significant results of the UK’s “new town” programs from the 1950s and 60s. Situated almost equidistant between Oxford and Cambridge, and within easy

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Chicago Disruptive Housing

Winning entry by Greg Tamborino

 

If cities in the U.S. are anticipating funding from government entities to solve a dire need for affordable housing, they should be prepared for a long wait. The national government, a traditional source of funds for such projects, has shown little if no interest in the issue, and

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A New “Smart City” as Education Hub

Winning entry by Hopkins Architects with Prior + Partners (© Malcolm Reading Consultants / Hopkins Architects)

 

In an ambitious plan to facilitate hi-tech research and development, the MK:U competition was launched in January 2019 to seek a masterplan for a new university. The site of the new university at MK is located at

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Transforming Buffalo’s DL & W Rail Corridor

 

 

 

Reconstituting an Abandoned Rail Line

 

 

Aerial view: courtesy WNYC

 

The Rails to Trails program, which gained momentum after the1984 Federal Land Banking Law—supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy—has seen over 24,000 miles of trails established where rail lines once existed. Some sites were strictly urban, while others, sometimes

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Spreebogen Takes a Final Lap

Plans for the Final Expansion of Schultes’ Federal Chancellery Building

Aerial view with new addition at bottom of site (Image © Schultes Frank Architekten)

 

The reunification of Germany in 1989 not only had a great impact on the lives of many Germans, especially those living in the former DDR, but together with

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Miremont-le-Cret, Geneva

The Renovation of a City Landmark

 

Photo: ©yandre Prises de vues du 9 10 2015

 

The renovation of Miremont-le-Cret in 2012 was unusual in that the project was the subject of a competition. Designed in 1953 by a local architect, Marc-Joseph Saugey, this building had long been landmarked as one

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A Paean to its Founders in Weimar

 

New Bauhaus Museum Commemorates an Anniversary

 

2012 COMPETITIONS Annual with Weimar Bauhaus Competition WInner Design Image: ©Heike Hanada

As projected, the Weimar Bauhaus Museum, one of two new Bauhaus museums scheduled to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Germany, has opened its doors

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2018/2019 Steedman Fellowship: Infrastructure

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Winner: “Collective Clutter,” installation view, Princeton University. (Photo: Courtesy of Lily Zhang)

 

 

When one thinks of infrastructure, it’s usually about roads, rails, bridges, airports, canals, pipelines, and any- and everything about getting from one place to another. But leave it to the Steedman competition to stimulate designers to view things from a different point of view.

 

In the 2016/17 Steedman competition, won by Pedro Pitarch of Spain, the winner explored the theme, “Adaptation,” and convinced the jury with his proposal, Disguised Metropolitanisms: Unveiling the Masquerade of Urban Domesticity. Pitarch’s point of departure? “There has been a migration from the right of property to the right of access and use,” argued Pedro Pitarch. “Spaces are no longer used according to their architectural program, but according to their protocols, their accessibility, and their possibilities of empowerment.”

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