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Yoav Messer Architects wins Ariel Sharon National Park bridge competition
On the outskirts of Tel Aviv in Israel lies an outstanding environmental programme. Hiriya was once a gigantic waste site which appears from afar as a flat-topped mountain, following decades of
continuous landfill. At the height of activity as a local dumping ground, Hiriya was receiving 3,000 tonnes
of waste every single day and topping out at 60m in height; the site contained 16 million cb m of household waste. The Dan Municipal Sanitation Association has initiated a scheme to rejuvenate the 450,000 sq m mound by establishing a series of recycling centres at its base and blending the transformed mass into a neighbouring national park. Sold as a 'green lung', the re-imagined Hiriya mountain is to be a key feature of the Ariel Sharon Park and a design competition to create a gateway bridge to connect this converted waste dump with an access road has been won by Israeli practice Yoav Messer Architects. To keep in line with the wider regeneration plans for the area, Yoav Messer Architects has suggested using discarded shipping containers as the key building... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Nouvelle Cathédrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
An international design competition to stabilise and transform the Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti has been won by Puerto Rican architecture firm SCF Arquitectos. Hosted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port au Prince, Faith &... Read more
2 Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, United States
As a warm-up to the much-anticipated opening of its new home designed by architect Shigeru Ban, the Aspen Art Museum has mounted an exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Morgan Fisher, the centerpiece of which is a new painting installation based on temporary structures the artist has created, which are inspired... Read more
3 Kuntsevo Plaza, Moscow, Russia
Kuntsevo is a thriving area of Moscow which has historically been a haven for creative types, including realist painter Vasily Perov and novelist and playwright Ivan Turgenev. This hum of creative energy was the starting point for a new mixed-use project in the district by the US-based Jerde Partnership. Due to open in spring 2014, Kuntsevo Plaza is an... Read more
4 Urban Coffee Farm, Melbourne, Australia
Coffee has become a valuable part of the day-to-day life of the global population. From office workers to single mothers, teachers to factory workers, everyone has their favourite style of coffee. Over the last 10 years, the Australian coffee market has skyrocketed, with more than one billion cups of coffee consumed in cafes, restaurants... Read more
5 Sinkhole appears in Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China
A large sinkhole has appeared next to the construction site of an underground rail station in Guangzhou, Southern China. The hole appeared in the ground next to the boundary of the construction site on the afternoon of Monday 28 January and has since swallowed three buildings which were... Read more
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Stéphane Malka Architecture makes sweet music in Black Rock Desert
Every year in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada there is a festival for the senses. Burning Man is an annual event that looks to stimulate the minds and bodies of its attendees through complete freedom of expression. In 1997, veteran Burning Man artist Larnie Fox said: "There is a yet unnamed art movement that may prove to be of significance, and Burning Man is close to its centre. It often manifests itself as circus, ritual, and spectacle...

It is a rejection of spoon-fed corporate culture and an affirmation of the homemade, the idiosyncratic, the personal. It is profoundly democratic. It is radically inclusive, it is a difficult challenge, and it is beckoning."

Each year the area is flooded with festival-goers and transforms a bare and arid patch of desert into a temporary city of approximately 52,000 people. Currency is often replaced by 'gifting' (the practice of giving a present for goods and services instead of cash) and attracts a deluge of creative individuals. The result is an extraordinary blossoming of installations and artistic expressions with temporary shelters and interactive artworks.

During the 2012 festival, Paris-based design studio Stephane Malka Architecture created an engaging architectural installation called Loopcamp which was erected in the centre of a semicircular cluster of revellers called the Playa. Stephane Malka Architecture's Loopcamp comprised a series of recycled paper tubes over an area of approximately 80 sq m, orientated to face into the frequent gusts of wind that sweep the Black Rock Desert. The effect was that of a giant set of pan pipes which burst into life when the wind passed over their hollow tubular forms.

Stephane Malka Architecture explains: "Loopcamp is settled on the Playa, where the central zone of the urban circle is completely open to the desert. Disc-shaped city, round temple, and circular tubes; the trinity of city, building, and material is gathered around the loop to welcome the sandstorms. Orientated to face the direction of major winds, the shelter is composed of recycled paper tubes, slightly bevelled in order to create sounds triggered by air pressure.

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Sydney Metroblog: Living Spaces
Architectural spaces in art
€1bn grant for research into graphene
creates need for €71m research facility
There are many different types of Aboriginal artworks. But not many have inspired us to see them as 'architectural spaces' as much as the collection of 'Living Water' at National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). "Aboriginal people from across the Western Desert use the term 'living water' to describe water sources, including rock holes and soakage waters
A new €71m (£61m) research and incubator facility for graphene at the University of Manchester, UK, has been given planning consent. Designed by Jestico + Whiles, the 7,600 sq m National Graphene Institute is scheduled to open in 2015 and will include a 1,500 sq m research lab. Offering almost unlimited potential for uses from IT to medicine to energy,
that are fed by underground springs. The path of these springs was created by the ancestral beings of the tjukurrpa (dreaming) as they themselves journeyed underground, their entry into the earth often marking the site of current day water sources. 'Living water' is revered also because it does not seem to be affected by the harsh conditions above the ground that the people themselves have to endure." The above excerpt from the exhibit description mentions about underground spaces being inspiration for these... Read more graphene is the world's strongest and thinnest material. Composed of a single layer of carbon atoms, it is stronger than diamond, has the same flexibility as rubber and conducts better than copper. Suggested uses for the material have included flexible touchscreens, lighting within walls and enhanced batteries. The five-storey building will house two clean rooms together with laser, optical, metrology and chemical laboratories, a seminar room and offices. An important element of the design includes... Read more
Coming next week...
Did our experts vote East or West
on the future location of London's airport hub?
Tonight (Tuesday, 5 February 2012) World Architecture News and World Cities Network will be hosting a critical event at the Royal Geographical Society in London which will see over 100 top experts in architecture, aviation and infrastructure come together to debate the future of the UK's international transport system. Over the last year or so, design firms have released proposals which they believe will provide a more fluid transport network into, out of and around the United Kingdom.

While London is at the heart of the debate and the majority of the proposals have either suggested revisions to existing airports in the city or construction of new hubs on its outskirts, East or West? will also consider the wider impact of alterations to the UK's travel network through projects such as High Speed Two (HS2), a rail link that will run from London to the West Midlands.

Issues to be addressed will include: timescale; Heathrow's 76,000 jobs; noise pollution over West London; air pollution over central London; transport links; HS2; effects on wildlife in Thames Estuary; and which solution best improves the resilience of the UK's urban infrastructure.

We have an expert panel of speakers with a range of backgrounds and specialities that will present their proposals and take questions from an audience of stakeholders and AEC professionals. The audience will then be asked to cast their anonymous votes for the East (Thames Estuary), West (redevelopment of existing aviation facilities) or an alternative scheme such as Grimshaw's London Hub City. The keynote address from Aviation Advisor to the Mayor of London, Daniel Moylan, the presentation of proposals and the following debate will be filmed for next week's issue of News Review with results of the anonymous vote.

Panel members (east on right, west on left). Clockwise from top right: Huw Thomas, Foster and Partners; Bridget Rosewell, Testrad; Ian Mulcahey, Gensler; Richard Gammon, HOK Architects; Corin Taylor, Institute of Directors; Frank Wingate, London Business West.
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