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Issue 435
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OMA and Bjarke Ingels Group release Convention Center site plans
Two of the most highly sought-after architecture practices in the industry are going head-to-head in a competition for the masterplanning of the 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center site. OMA (Netherlands)
and Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark) are the final two contenders in the high profile design competition
and have recently released visualisations of their concepts. The competition challenged entrants to modernise and expand the aging convention centre at Miami Beach, incorporating a new hotel and private developments into a vacant expanse currently occupied by an asphalt parking lot. The Miami Beach Convention Center was built in 1957 and has undergone several renovations and expansion projects over the last decades. It currently operates out of four rooms, each of which holds approximately 12,000 people. A panel of experts are due to decide between the two masterplans in early June, but in the interest research, we'd like to know which of the two designs strikes a chord with WAN readers. Do let us know in our 'Your Comments' section. OMA with Tishman, UIA, MVVA... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv, Israel
The small country of Israel is showing no shortage of innovation when it comes to green building design. Already a leader in the fields of medicine and high technologies, Israel will soon demonstrate its leadership in environmental and sustainable design with the completion later this year of the country's... Read more
2 Rijeka Diving Tower, Rijeka, Croatia
This angular new diving tower built in 2012 for the Rijeka Olympic centre has 5 diving boards placed at different heights designed according to FINA rules. The architectural approach taken by studio zoppini associati was to create a cutting-edge facility which is perfectly integrated into the beautiful green landscape of the area adjoining... Read more
3 Ny Anstalt, Nuuk, Greenland
As part of a Danish design team, schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the competition to design the correctional facility Ny Anstalt in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. The winning design for the 8,000 sq m facility was submitted by a team including Rambøll as full service contractor, architects Friis & Moltke and landscape architects Møller & Grønborg... Read more
4 King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
A high-profile competition for the design of the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has been won by a team including Zaha Hadid Architects, Buro Happold, Davis Langdon and NewTecnic. The group's concept was selected from a shortlist of four and a deadline of... Read more
5 Bryghusprojektet, Copenhagen, Denmark
OMA have begun construction on a new mixed-use scheme on Copenhagen waterfront entitled Bryghusprojektet. The volume will house the headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre and create a missing link between the city centre, the waterfront and the culturally rich Slotsholmen district. The project is due to complete in early 2017... Read more
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Infrastructure: Catalyst for development?
Infrastructure has always been the oxygen of development. It's no coincidence that most of the world's cities straddle rivers, once the sites of early settlements. More recently, infrastructure has been playing catch up, forever increasing capacity to service the sustained influx of 21st century city dwellers. However a groundbreaking development in Vauxhall, London, sees infrastructure taking the lead and triggering one of the largest
redevelopments in Europe.

A developer's agenda is not the same as a city leader's but their world's are inextricably linked. A new tower for example will inevitably increase loading on the existing infrastructure but on the other hand, when completed and full of tax paying residents, will generate significant revenue for the city coffers.

The Nine Elms scheme is rare example of what can be done when the visions come together. But is Nine Elms really that different? To get a true perspective, we need to examine some other areas of London.

London Bridge Tower (The Shard) South of the Thames is currently in the limelight, providing an excellent example as a fully integrated development. I am reluctant to use the hackneyed term joined up thinking, but until someone comes up with a better one, this project is the epitome of this notion. It has been hailed as a vertical city and in this respect, it works, being forged in the sky above an existing major hub. The tower's hinterland, including the already vibrant Borough Market is set for a total transformation of its community.

Further north in the city, the current largest development in Europe, Kings Cross covering 67 acres, whilst not being vertical is strategically centered on the St Pancras International/Kings Cross transport hub which connects London to the UK's North and Midlands and to mainland Europe via Eurostar and the Channel Tunnel.

Crossrail, London's East/West metro line currently under construction is now stimulating property values across the capital. The long awaited project has been on the cards for decades, but now that the four giant boring machines are creating 100m/day of tunnel each, so property bubbles are emerging around each station on the line.

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International experts in daylighting
gather in Copenhagen for Velux event
First images surface of Sou
Fujimoto's 2013 Serpentine Pavilion
Last week, over 300 architects, technologists, engineers, academics and journalists from around the world flew into Copenhagen for the fifth VELUX Daylight Symposium. Hosted by the daylight specialists, the two-day event boasted a high calibre of expert speakers from Arup Director Peter Head CBE to James R Benya, PE, FIES, FIALD. Over the next few weeks we will publishing a series of articles in News Review focused on daylighting, drawing
On 8 June the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion will officially open to the public and scores of eager Londoners and international travellers will rush to explore the temporary structure, as has been the case for the last twelve years. Each year the Serpentine Gallery selects one architect who is yet to complete a building in the UK and invites them to create a temporary structure in London's Kensington Gardens. The pavilion is often snapped
from points made during the symposium. It goes without saying that sunlight has a demonstrable positive effect on our concentration, mental health and general wellbeing. Students are taught this, architects practice it, but there are a number of new technological discoveries presented at the symposium that may impact the way you approach your next project.... Read more up by the rich and famous following its summer stint. This year's 'chosen one' is Sou Fujimoto who, at 41, is the youngest ever architect to design a Serpentine Pavilion. His semi-transparent pavilion will be a delicate latticework through which visitors will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the park while engaging in social events or enjoying... Read more
Proposals sought for British Pavilion at 14th
International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
The British Council today launched an open call for exhibition proposals for the British Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. The Biennale will take place from 7 June to 23 November 2014. The title of the 2014 Biennale is 'Fundamentals' and overall Director Rem Koolhaas has called on national pavilions to respond to the theme 'Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014'. Reflecting the aim of creating a major exhibition-research project, Koolhaas is keen to introduce a degree of coordination
and coherence among the national pavilions.

This open call invites proposals for an exhibition in the British Pavilion that responds to the theme 'Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014'. This should be taken as the starting point for proposals that will explore the theme by investigating an aspect of British architecture during in this era.

Architecture in the Twentieth century was shaped by powerful social, economic and political forces (for Koolhaas's full statement see Architects and ideas travelled around the world more than ever before; and radical new ideas in art, culture and design sought to break with the past. We are particularly interested in proposals that examine how British architecture adapted to the condition of modernity.

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