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Issue 468
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SkyCycle takes you above the streets and houses...
WAN speaks to Foster + Partners' Huw Thomas after the firm, together with landscape firm Exterior Architects and transportation consultant Space Syntax, unveiled the expanded proposal for SkyCycle, 220km of
car-free cycle points above existing train lines.The proposed network would follow existing suburban
rail services, providing routes which can be accessed at over 200 entrance points and connected to the street via ramps and hydraulic platforms. Almost six million people live within the catchment area of the proposed network, half of whom live and work within 10 minutes of an entrance. Each route can accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour and will improve journey times by up to 29 minutes, Foster + Partners says. With the capital's transport network already at capacity and with population growth to set to grow 12% over the next decade, the congested city faces a growing challenge. "The environmental and health benefits of cycling notwithstanding, the bicycle is a more efficient use of London's limited space - we believe there is a pressing need for... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Bridge as sustainable multi-storey car park, Moena, Italy
The architects' design proposal, which combines a bridge and a multi-storey car park in a single sustainable building, enabled it to scoop second prize in the international competition of ideas for a car park in the mountainous region of Moena in Italy. The competition was launched by the Municipal Administration of Moena, a popular... Read more
2 Jellyfish House, Marbella, Spain
The Jellyfish House's neighbouring building block its view onto the nearby Mediterranean Sea, so the architects chose to cantilever the house's pool from its roof so that the beach and the sea can always been seen when sunbathing and swimming. The 650 sq m house, which was completed last year, is organised around two paths - a 'fast' and... Read more
3 Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom
Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL) has unveiled plans for the new £10 million building at Durham University in the UK which will house the world-renowned Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics. The world-renowned architect was chosen to design the building, which will be located... Read more
4 Redevelopment of the former Panhard car factory in Porte d'Ivry, Paris, France
AREP has redeveloped the former Panhard car factory in Porte d'Ivry, Paris, applying exciting design choices to work with the city's existing heritage. The Panhard and Levassor workshops were partially demolished in 1967 to create the Olympiades district. They are the last remnants of a thriving industrial... Read more
5 Redesign and expansion of MoMA, New York, United States
MoMA director Glenn Lowry has confirmed that the 13-year-old American Folk Art museum, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects and celebrated by many as a daring work of art with its sculptural beaten copper exterior, is to be razed to the ground to make way for MoMA's expansion. "The plans... Read more
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Architects react to demolition for MoMA expansion
As we all now know, MoMA has decided to tear down Tod Williams + Billie Tsein's American Folk Art Museum, a building widely acknowledged for its exceptional craft and its folded Tombasil skin, which, among its many accolades, received the RIBA's World Architecture magazine's 'Best Building in the World' award in 2002. As the American correspondent for World Architecture News, I remember well the stiff competition there was for this
award and the resounding unanimity on the jury's part to premiate the building the top spot. The building bested 300 entrants from 45 countries including buildings by Toyo Ito, Richard Rogers, and Dominique Perrault, and was chosen for the top prize by a jury that included Peter Wilson of Bolles + Wilson, Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT, Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre, and John Patkau of Patkau Architects. In addition to scooping the Best Building in the World Award, the building also won in the categories of Best North American Building and Best Public/Cultural Building.

Whilst jurors don't always get it right, clearly this trio of honours given on a world stage says something special about the building. Kieran Long, the Deputy Editor of World Architecture and now Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Critic for the Evening Standard, declared the Folk Art Museum "New York's best building since Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim." World Architecture's editor Naomi Stungo questioned whether good architecture could be built in New York, especially after 9/11 which had just marked its first anniversary, and concluded that whilst "it is not easy to push for inspirational architecture in such a charged setting"...Williams and Tsien did just that.

I, like many in our community, am deeply saddened that MoMA has elected to raze this jewel-box-of-a building to make way for a 40,000 sq ft expansion designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

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Cushman & Wakefield consortium win 'Park Russia' development masterplan competition SOM Airport - Bombay
international airport opens
The Cushman & Wakefield consortium announced on Monday that it has been selected as the winner of the contest organised by the Russia Geographic Society and Moscow Region Government for the Masterplan and Business Strategy for the development of Park Russia. Park Russia is an ambitious tourism and cultural project on over 1,000 hectares and 30 km south of Moscow near Domodedovo airport. Park Russia is "a uniquely Russian leisure park
Mumbai is all set to get its new, large and opulent international terminal which will be inaugurated next week on Friday by India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh. GVK, India's leading conglomerate that runs Mumbai International Airport, took on the consortium project to build a new terminal to expand the congested and poorly functioning facility in 2007. After six
responding to Russian consumer desires for imaginative leisure and cultural development and creating a major new destination for the rapidly growing Russian visitor economy - it will be a credible comparator to Singapore's Gardens by the Bay and eventually to the Parks at Orlando, Florida," said project leader Richard Tibbott of Cushman & Wakefield Russia. The consortium's winning proposals... Read more years it is ready to open one of the largest terminals in the world, beating Singapore's Changi and the UK's Heathrow in size, with its capacity to handle 40 million passengers each year. The airport is designed by New York's Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). GVK's managing director Gunupati Venkata Krishna Reddy wanted something Indian which could handle double the capacity efficiently and seamlessly ... Read more
Bade Stageberg Cox wins NYRP
EDGE/ucation Pavilion Design Competition
The New York Restoration Project recently announced that architecture firm Bade Stageberg Cox (BSC) had won its EDGEucation Pavilion Design Competition to create a state-of-the-art flood-resistant outdoor recreation and learning centre at Sherman Creek Park on the Harlem River shoreline in New York.

With sustainable design and layout and porous building materials that complement the natural environment, BSC's winning vision, entitled Edge Portals, outfits the flood plain with permeable landscaping and learning stations. NYRP educators will expand programming with interactive curriculum that encompasses ecological field study with local youth. The Pavilion will increase access to the waterfront, promote environmental stewardship and education and revive recreational rowing, once vibrant in this part of the Harlem River.

The Pavilion's site, currently known as the "Former Boat Club Site," is a flood plain zone frequently inundated by storms and tides. BSC's winning design incorporates flooding as an integral part of the life cycle of the architecture. It consists of two buildings, an open classroom and a boat storage building, situated along the site's newly constructed shoreline. The layout places the buildings on twin peninsulas at the water's edge and orients the structures towards the water, creating a direct connection with the river.

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