Prepare your portfolios—entries are now being accepted for a competition to identify the best new buildings around the globe. Organizers of the World Architecture Festival, held for the first time last fall, have announced that this year’s event will take place in Barcelona, from November 4 to 6. The main component of the festival is an international awards program judged by notable architects, writers, and editors. Among the big-name jurors this year are Kengo Kuma, Peter Cook, Will Alsop, Rafael Viñoly, and Lee Polisano. Photo ' Jens Lindhe/courtesy World Architecture Festival The 2008 winner in the housing category was Mountain
The official exhibition from the U.S. pavilion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale has arrived in the States—and it’s proving to be more relevant than ever. Although it was originally intended to serve as a showcase of American design for a foreign audience, this time the exhibition is being presented as an example, and even a call to arms, for those at home.
UNStudio, the Amsterdam-based architecture firm headed by Ben van Berkel, is embarking on its second project in New York City. In late January, the Battery Conservancy announced that the firm will design a new public square and pavilion for Battery Park, located in the southern tip of Manhattan. Named the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, the project is scheduled to be completed this fall. Images courtesy Battery Conservancy UNStudio is designing a new public square and pavilion for Battery Park, located in the southern tip of Manhattan. During a recent interview, van Berkel described the recent announcement as “special news”
At least one New York rooftop is about to get a lot more productive. This spring students from Parsons The New School for Design will put the finishing touches on bronXscape, an urban rooftop garden and outdoor kitchen in the Bronx for young adults transitioning out of foster care. Completed under The Design Workshop, the school’s elective design-build studio course, the project tops a new building run by the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, a nonprofit organization that will provide low-income housing and education for 46 residents.
At a time when many projects are getting shelved, work is now under way on the Songdo International Business District, a self-sufficient city on the outskirts of Incheon, South Korea. Image courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox Master planned by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Gale International and Posco E&C, the 1,500-acre financial district will include 50 million square feet of office space, 30 million square feet of residential, 10 million square feet for retail, and five million square feet for hotels. Green space will account for another 10 million square feet. “It’s a fully fledged city and has every function
With work drying up and layoffs sweeping the architecture profession, now may be an ideal time to pursue long-delayed personal projects. To help architects and designers take stock of available funding, the Architectural League of New York recently hosted a public forum where arts and cultural organizations presented various grant and fellowship opportunities to a standing-room-only crowd. Below is a summary of the programs that were discussed. The New York State Council on the Arts [nysca.org] offers grants of up to $10,000 to architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, preservationists and academics for a wide variety of projects that “advance the
This fall, Steven Holl Architects won an international competition to design The LM Project, a significant oceanfront development in Copenhagen, Denmark. Envisioned as a gateway for arriving ships, Holl’s scheme consists of two mixed-use towers on opposite sides of an entry to the city’s harbor. The towers are connected by a walkway that soars 213 feet above the water, providing clearance for boat traffic. Images courtesy Steven Holl Architects This fall, Steven Holl Architects won an international competition to design The LM Project in Copenhagen, Denmark. Project architect Noah Yaffe says each glass tower has a “distinct architectural expression.” The