In recent decades, Southeast Asia has become a vibrant laboratory of high-density urbanism with places such as Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong packing more people into taller buildings on smaller parcels of land.
EcoArchitecture: The Work of Ken Yeang, by Sara Hart. John Wiley & Sons, 2011, 272 pages, $75. WOHA: Selected Projects, Volume 1, by Patrick Bingham-Hall. Pesaro Publishing, 2011, 280 pages, $65. In the present environment of instant communications and global architectural practices, the swirl of influences between East and West is as dynamic and complex as the trade winds that blow between continents. This pair of publications, EcoArchitecture, The Work of Ken Yeang, by Sara Hart, and WOHA: Selected Projects Volume 1, by Patrick Bingham-Hall, captures the complexity and promise of this moment. WOHA: Selected Projects, Volume 1, by Patrick
Touted as singapore’s first Urban entertainment complex, the recently completed iluma project by WOHA takes a radically different approach to the kind of lighting found elsewhere in the Asian city-state, using a media facade designed to mesh artistic creativity and commercial interests in a developing arts and heritage district.
A tectonic shift took place among winners at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF), as projects from developing countries accounted for a significantly larger percent of the honors than they had in the past. In 2008, the festival’s first year, only four of the 17 category winners came from the developing world—hailing from China, Burkina Faso, Croatia, and Chile. This year, eight of the 15 winners in the categories for built work and five of the 10 for future projects came from nations with developing economies. These countries were: China (two winners), Mexico (two), Croatia (two), India, Thailand, South Africa,
This Friday, November 14, the City of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and its partners DekaBank and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, will announce the winner of the 2008 International Highrise Award at a ceremony in Frankfurt. The prize of 50,000 euros and a sculpture by artist Thomas Demand are awarded every two years to a project completed within that period.