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09 October 2018
Issue 710
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Shining a light on MPavilion 2018
Exclusive drone footage shows off the MPavilion 2018, designed by Barcelona-based architect and educator Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, which has opened in the Queen Victoria Gardens in
Melbourne, Australia. Internationally influential for her community-focused philosophy of design, Carme
Pinós’s MPavilion marks the first public work in Australia by a female Spanish architect. Initiated and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from the City of Melbourne, Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and ANZ, MPavilion 2018 is the fifth in an ongoing series of annual architect-designed summer pavilions for Melbourne. The pavilion this year celebrates building communities and women in leadership, and heralds a free four-month program of events from 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019, featuring over 500 Australian and international guests and collaborators. MPavilion 2018 was officially opened by MPavilion founder Naomi Milgrom AO, architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós and the City of Melbourne’s Councillor Rohan Leppert... read more
Top stories this week
1 Istanbul’s futuristic tower begins to rise
Istanbul’s Çamlica TV and Radio Tower seeks a sense of motion and rhythm within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions around Istanbul. Those architectural formations combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry, whose innovative concept allows inhabitable spaces to be attached to the whole of the tower’s core. The project hopes to symbolize the growth of the megacity of Istanbul. The... read more
2 ‘Farrell Centre’ set for Newcastle
Over the past 60 years, Sir Terry Farrell has achieved a glittering and award-winning career as a world famous and prolific architect, planner and urban designer. His life has exemplified architectural development in the last 50 years; after he left Newcastle University he partnered Nick Grimshaw and carried out seminal “Hi-Tech” buildings; he then pioneered and later popularised “Post Modernism” in architecture in the 1980s, a movement... read more
3 Building a house around a tree
International design and innovation office CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati has unveiled the Greenary, a renovated farmhouse designed around a 10-metre-high (32-feet-high) Ficus growing within the main living area. Living quarters encircle the tree’s leafy branches up to the top. The Greenary will be built in the countryside close to Parma, Northern Italy as a private residence. It is the first step of the master plan for Mutti the leading... read more
4 Focusing on architectural photography
The Architectural Photography Awards 2018, sponsored by Sto and Dornbracht, has revealed its 20 shortlisted photographs. The Architectural Photography Awards highlights the expertise of architectural photography and aims to focus on the skill and creativity of the photographer. Introducing two new categories - Mobile and Portfolio to the original Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place and Buildings in Use categories ... read more
5 Making waves at Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) has released new renderings of its $2.5 billion master plan to create 10,000 additional jobs, which would bring the total number of jobs at the Yard to 30,000. To achieve these goals, the plan comprises development of 5.1 million square feet of vertical manufacturing space unlike any in the country, further solidifying the mission-based nonprofit Yard as a national urban... read more
Lighting up The Black Sea coast The boroughs are back in town…
NKY has recently completed a comprehensive refurbishment for On Foods Business Center building located in Kabakmeydani, Trabzon, in northern Turkey. The Project, which is situated in one of the most important intersection points in Trabzon, aims at completely transforming and revitalizing the existing structure in order to create a new symbolic cornerstone that reflects the prestige and importance of the building. The design approach is paramount and is an integral part of the long-term architectural vision of the city and its development. The building was selected together with other 36 works by world-renowned architects and invited for the international exhibition in the 2010 Istanbul Cultural Capital events (“Istanbul: History, Culture, Architecture... read more
We are approaching the end of 2018 and London’s housing targets have been missed again. The pressure to deliver more homes has been rising relentlessly for years now, something had to give. Last week it did. Even with all the modern construction techniques we have at our disposal today, all the money washing around the capital, we haven’t been able to deliver homes at anywhere near the rate we did in the 1930s. So what’s was different then? We talk to a panel of experts for their response to last week’s announcement that the borrowing cap placed on London’s 33 boroughs, effectively stopping them building, has been lifted. This game-changing move will have dramatic and far reaching consequences for the whole supply chain. Featuring... listen here
Forging a new
link in Norway
Conran and Partners
get on stream in Maidenhead
UK infrastructure specialist Knight Architects, with local architect SAAHA, engineer Degree of Freedom and landscape designer Asplan Viak, have won an international contest for the design of a major new bridge in Drammen, Norway. The design was selected by the City of Drammen in response to their requirements for a pedestrian and highway bridge crossing the Drammenselva, which will help transform the city into an attractive destination for visitors, businesses and residents. New City Bridge is a direct response to the local constraints. With the electrified rail tracks on the south side requiring maximum headroom, and a street-level connection at the north shore, the bridge elevation confidently rises from the Bragernes Torg... read more
Planning approval has been granted in principle for York Road, a scheme designed by leading architectural practice Conran and Partners for a new active hub and residential quarter in Maidenhead. The committee report stated how the proposed development - which marks the first phase of plans to revitalise the town centre - “would contribute to the regeneration and revitalisation of Maidenhead Town Centre” and provide an “enhanced town centre environment with improved connectivity, accessibility and legibility.” York Road is part of a wider regeneration proposal from the Maidenhead Development Partnership – a joint venture between the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Countryside Properties – to redevelop... read more
Most read story of the month
In the footsteps of the Pharaohs
In 2003, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture launched an international competition to create a world leading, iconic museum on a prestigious site overlooking the Pyramids of Giza. The winning design needed to be monumental in scale and ambitious in scope, setting the highest standard for the development of a future oriented heritage complex on this historic site while harmonizing well with the ancient splendour of the Pyramids. Heneghan Peng Architects responded to the brief with an intellectual concept that replicates the scale of vision and mathematical precision that define The Pyramids, within a modern building. BuroHappold Engineering worked in joint venture with Heneghan Peng from the competition stages of this project, delivering integrated building services, building environmental design, IT, fire, security and acoustic strategies to support the successful delivery of one of the world’s most magnificent contemporary museums. Cairo based Shaker Group were also involved with the project sharing their knowledge of local working practices, and assisting with the production of construction documentation. As well as achieving a visually splendid building that can hold its own against the backdrop of the mighty Pyramids, the client wanted the museum to stand as a symbol of successful sustainable design for Egypt. A passive approach to building environmental design was adopted which achieved an internal environment that is conducive to both visitor comfort and the preservation of irreplaceable artefacts. BuroHappold worked closely with Heneghan Peng to... read more
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