Sunday, January 25, 2015
The World Architecture Festival wrapped up its 2014 contest earlier this month, bestowing awards upon 33 buildings that are making innovative design a priority across the globe. From a community library in China that doubles as a playground to a Danish Maritime Museum to a hyper modern church in Spain, the seventh annual WAF winners are as diverse as there are stunning.
What started as a 400-project short list spanning 50 countries earlier this year, was whittled down to less than a few dozen designs across 27 different categories. In the wake of the massive competition, which took place in Singapore, we are profiling each and every building that received commendation. Behold: A comprehensive look at the year's best architecture -- and a glimpse into the future of design, whether it includes water-balanced and energy efficient imaginings, or buildings known as "bespoke bookends" and "spirals of knowledge."
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Construction for the Summer International Shopping Mall in Zhuhai, China has begun. The project is a mixed-use, 360,000 sqm development is designed by 10 Design and led by partner Gordon Affleck. The client challenged the design to move beyond the “black box” retail model, resulting in the diverse arrangement of forms and spaces of the final design. Follow us after the break for more on this project.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
It has been a full decade since Thom Mayne made a major mark on his home city of Los Angeles. After the architect’s Caltrans District 7 Headquarters opened in downtown L.A. in 2004—a looming, relentlessly gray battleship that helped Mayne win the Pritzker Prize the following year—he pursued prominent commissions around the country and the world, including an academic building in New York for Cooper Union (RECORD, November 2009, page 96), the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas (RECORD, January 2013, page 78) and the Phare Tower on the edge of Paris, which remains unbuilt.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
As an architect, the urban condition has always been of particular interest to my work. I am endlessly fascinated by the city as a site of opportunity for innovation. The city forces its residents to engage with diverse groups, ideas and spaces. This process is sometimes explosive and sometimes gradual, but it is always transformative, producing new subjectivities and modes of interaction. The present moment is no different. The global population explosion, coupled with the most rapid urbanization in recorded history, has fundamentally altered urban life in every region of the world.
Currently, half of the world's population resides in urban areas, and this proportion is expected to rise to 70 percent in the next thirty years. One of the most pressing questions confronting architects and urban planners is how to enable cities to meet the new infrastructural and cultural demands at this critical juncture. To achieve this, I believe it is crucial to contextualize the present moment within a larger historical narrative about the city's enduring and dynamic relationship with density and change.
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