NEWS REVIEW
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Issue 414
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Oscar Niemeyer: Brasília and Beyond
Whatever your lifestyle or profession, it is moderately astonishing to keep living and working until the age of 104. But for Oscar Niemeyer, that was just the extraordinary closing act in a career full of daring, joyous,
counter-intuitive activity. He was an acolyte and associate of Le Corbusier, immersed in his austere
modernist approaches, yet Niemeyer's work subverted his principles, with sensuous, alluring curves and a distinctly un-modern preference for aesthetically-appealing form over function. He was also an atheist who built a cathedral, several churches and a mosque. And his lifelong, vocal communism did not stop him creating lavish, arguably boastful government buildings and generous, agreeably bourgeois private residences. This consummate and prolific pragmatism kept Niemeyer in work across nine decades, completing over 500 buildings around the globe in widely differing political and economic climates. However, his reputation will ultimately rest on perceptions of Brasília, the capital built from nothing between 1956 and 1960 to trumpet Brazil's arrival... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Hudson Yards, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
A new mixed use development that will transform a 26 acre rail yards site on Manhattan's Far West Side officially got underway yesterday with the ground breaking of what will be the project's south tower. The 47-storey office building designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox will serve as the global headquarters of luxury goods manufacturer...Read more
2 Youth Centre, JDS Architects
Two years ago, JDS won an invited competition for a youth centre in Lille, which has recently acquired the building permit so work can start in 2013. Over the past twenty years Lille has become a European hub; a destination for business and congress, a great place to study and live and also a tourist destination. It is a city with a turbulent history of... Read more
3 Ulm Synagogue, Kister scheithauer gross
Just last weekend, Kister Scheithauer Gross architects and urban planners (ksg) handed over the synagogue to the Jewish community of Ulm. The synagogue is now been located in the middle of the Weinhof, very close to the former synagogue which was destroyed during Kristallnacht. In 2009, the Israelite Religious Community... Read more
4 IBC Innovation Factory, schmidt hammer lassen architects
Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen have completed their sensitive refurbishment project at the former GORI factory, transforming it into the IBC Innovation Factory. An entirely new institution, the IBC Innovation Factory is a 12,800 sq m education facility with a creative learning environment, the design... Read more
5 Graz Main Station, Zechner & Zechner Zt Gmbh
After two years construction, and with an investment of €90m, the local transport hub at Graz Main Station is to be finished on time and within budget. The area in front of the station has been redesigned with a new projecting roof, called 'Golden Eye' by the locals, marking the centre of the plaza. Architects Zechner & Zechner Zt led the design... Read more
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Terrie Brightman: A Second Life in the South Bronx
Hunts Point Landing in the South Bronx, our latest project, was described by Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times, 'River of Hope in the Bronx' this July. It is the fourth in our 20-project South Bronx Greenway master plan, conceived in 2006 to reclaim portions of the borough's industrial waterfront by transforming brownfields into greenways and park space and providing public access to the river for the first time in 60 years.

The Hunts Point peninsula, loosely bounded by the elevated Bruckner Expressway and ground level rail lines, is a relatively isolated locale. It is laden with massive food distribution operations, oil depots, waste-handling operations, scrap metal dealers, auto salvage yards, a sewage treatment plant, a prison, and a small mixed-use residential community. Our park is located at the former terminus point of Farragut Street at the Long Island Sound, wedged between a food distribution center and a City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) salt shed.

Clearly, the site's constrained size presented considerable design challenges. In addition to these, our Green Team was also faced with an additional quandary-what to do about massive amounts of contaminated soil from a coal gasification plant that used to occupy the site? To meet our goal of restoring the degraded shoreline to a functioning tidal marsh and to treat all of the site's stormwater in a biofiltration pond, we knew we had to excavate it. But the disposal of that much fill would have been very expensive. Trucking, lack of available receiving facilities, and disposal fees would have quickly added up to a large sum.

After weighing multiple options, we decided to submit a request for a Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This course of action was recommended by HDR, Inc., a firm that prepared the Phase II Environmental Site Assessment; they have also continued as our subconsultants for Hunts Point Landing, providing environmental science and engineering services. If we got our BUD, it would allow us to reduce all the material that we'd need to move from the site by giving us permission to move part of it to another site area. Our submission was successful, allowing us to transport the material to the upland portion of the park after 'dewatering' through stockpiling. This resulted in significant savings.

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Christchurch quake collapse
building 'was under-engineered'
Wright or Wrong? Building the work
of architects after they're gone
A full report has been released about the structural inadequacies of the Canterbury Television (CTV) Building which fell in February 2011 after a series of earthquakes struck the town of Christchurch. The first quake was recorded on 4 September 2010 with an aftershock of 4.9Rs following on the 26 December 2010. Another earthquake shook Christchurch
Two projects in New York, Frank Lloyd Wright's Massaro House and Lou Kahn's FDR Memorial, were realized long after their creators died. The former project, the Massaro House, is a vast residence on a private island notable for its dramatic cantilever that extends out over the water. The later, Kahn's FDR Memorial, is a public project in a highly visible
on 22 February 2011 causing the previously-damaged building to crumble, taking the lives of 115 people. Over the months since, an intensive analysis has been undertaken to uncover the root cause of the collapse with findings now openly released to the public. A commission found that the engineer on the project, David Harding, was 'working beyond his competence' and concluded: "The engineering design of the building was deficient in a number of respects. While there were elements of the... Read more location, the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. Despite their obvious differences, both projects raise similar questions as to whether architects should be in the business of resurrecting the unbuilt work of other architects, in this case two masters of 20th century architecture, after they're gone. First, the background on both projects. Kahn's FDR Memorial, also known as Four Freedoms Park, was one of the last buildings Kahn designed before he died in 1974. Conceived in 1973, it was to be the pinnacle... Read more
Populous wins 2018 World Cup
Stadium scheme through WAN
Business Information Service
Populous is one of the world leaders in stadium and arena design with offices in six countries and exceptional architectural schemes the world over. The practice has designed stadia for international events such as the Olympic Games and football World Cup, and is due to break records with its 50,000-seat indoor stadium at Ciudad de Victoria in Manila, Philippines. The latest string to the Populous bow is the Rostov Stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Sixty-four matches will be held during the international
tournament at twelve venues in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don and Yekaterinburg.

WAN's Business Information Service issued a tender for the Rostov Stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup which was picked up by Populous. The design team has now won the competition for this high-profile project. Patricia Fernandez, Communications and Marketing Manager at Populous, explains: "As a global design company, it's crucial that we are kept up to date with accurate tender news which focuses on our industry. WAN's Business Information Service provides this unique service to us on a daily basis."

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