AALU IN THE FIELD WORKSHOP IN TOTTENHAM HALE 2013 These are some of the results from a 7 day workshop of AA Landscape Urbanism students in Tottenham Hale, London, working on visions for the entire regeneration area and its connections to the Lea Valley and the Walthamstow reservoirs. The workshop was collaboration with Arup and the Haringey Council. Special Thanks to all the AALU cohort and Ignacio Lopez Buson and Costanza Maricardo for the help with the work. Equally we would like to thank Elad Eisenstein and Malcolm Smith from Arup for their comments and collaboration on the overall organisation of the event.
Interview with Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban 24 March 2014 | By Jeremy Melvin This year’s Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban is renowned both for his innovative work with paper and deep humanitarian concerns. He discusses moving beyond Japanese architecture and why he thinks it is ‘too early to win the Pritzker’ You have reached the limit of your complimentary access to The Architectural Review website for today. To read this article and get free access to more stories and essays please register for a free account below.
projects / City C New theatre square with Agora Theatre by Architect Ben van Berkel New shopping center The Promesse New shopping center The Promesse New shopping center The Promesse New public square in front of City Hall The character of the city centre of Lelystad has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. The centre will be clearly defined by a ‘green ribbon’ of proud trees. A large extension of shops, leisure, horeca, offices and houses will make the central area into a lively city centre. Lelystad was build in the late 1960’s and inherited the ideals of modernist urban planning.
Infrastructure Barking Riverside Bay East, Gardens by the Bay CityLife Park Shoreline Walk Valencia Parque Central Rietveld Landscape - Trusted Subcultures N A P - Trusted Subcultures 'New Amsterdam Park (N A P) - Trusted Subcultures' is a cross-disciplinary research project initiated by RAAAF. It investigates the way in which philosophy, cognitive science and architectural design can jointly contribute to the city’s social fabric and a well-functioning public domain. It is funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in the form of a “Veni” grant awarded to Erik Rietveld (Harvard University).
J Mayer H designs Berlin shopping centre with skydiving and surfing News: German studio J Mayer H has won a competition to design a shopping centre near Berlin's Alexanderplatz where shoppers will be able to indulge in skydiving or surfing. Located between Alexanderstrasse and Voltairestrasse, the new Volt Berlin concept store will be targeted towards "adventurous visitors" and will accommodate a department store, a hotel and restaurants, as well as a variety of "experiential offerings". J Mayer H's design is for a modular structure where different activities are contained within clusters of boxes. "The experience cluster is a fusion concept combining a multi-brand store, various experiential offerings, events, and a hotel, and is directed towards adventurous visitors with a focus on a smart urban lifestyle," said the studio in a statement.
Telling Big Stories from Big Data Infographics have never been more popular thanks to social media and sites like visual.ly. But popular and credible do not always go hand in hand, and the majority of contemporary data graphics are actually big on graphics, but small on data. There are really two different kinds of visuals that are considered infographics. The first use minimal means to express maximal data. These are actual data visualizations. The other are really just graphic designs — the aesthetic arrangement of factoids from diverse sources. a f a s i a: PKMN Paradise Lost PKMN [pacman] Architectures . photos: © Javier de Paz The “Universal Grid” suggested by Superstudio in the early seventies, it wasn’t able to give us back to the Paradise Lost praised by John Milton, where an idyllic naked Adam and Eve took a walk below treetops. An energetic and informative orthogonal grid in competition with the multidirectional cloud protecting the jewish people pilgrimage through the desert and turning their tents into useless devices, a new “life without objects”.
Landscape and Urban Design For Bats And Biodiversity Landscape and urban design for bats and biodiversity by Kelly Gunnell with contributions from Gary Grant and Dr Carol Williams. While designing landscapes, we often focus only on making the space beautiful, and when it comes to making it also practical, we only think about human users of the designed space. We often forget that our work has immense influence over the environment and the organisms that live in it. Some of the animals are more dependent on the specific conditions than others; bats certainly belong to the first group. The comprehensive handbook on Landscape and urban design for bats and biodiversity by Kelly Gunnell, published by the Bat Conservation Trust, helps all the people responsible for designing our landscapes to make sure they are arranged according to the needs of those rare, magnificent creatures.
The Clouds Pavilion: An Uninvited Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale [Please insert GIF header: An uninvited pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale Commissioned by Reality Cues // Curated by @Archistophanes and @Antiquides CALL FOR ENTRIES: It’s Venice Biennale time and Reality Cues is getting in the spirit by creating a participatory exhibit in response to Rem Koolhaas’ curatorial theme Fundamentals. Rem hypothesizes that ‘national identity has been sacrificed on the altar of modernity’ and asks participating countries to analyze their respective histories over the past 100 years as they confronted an increasingly fluid global landscape. Schulberg playground, Wiesbaden Germany, Annabau, 2011 - Playscapes For a playground situated in the city center, architects Annabau designed a continuous climbing structure that winds through existing trees. Twists and height changes of its frame not only increase the play interest, but also respond to the site; creating entrance frames into the interior, space for additional play eqipment like swings, and lookouts that complement the architecture of the center city. I’m impressed by the way this single structure offers play challenges for all ages. Annabau wisely chose to consider the net separately from the frame; at places the frame rises while the net falls into large, loose spaces.
Holcim Africa Middle East Holcim Awards Gold 2014, Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey. Authors: Onat Öktem and Zeynep Öktem, ONZ Architects, Ankara, Turkey Holcim Awards Gold 2014, Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey. Authors: Onat Öktem and Zeynep Öktem, ONZ Architects, Ankara, Turkey Holcim Awards Gold 2014, Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey. Authors: Onat Öktem and Zeynep Öktem, ONZ Architects, Ankara, Turkey Holcim Awards Gold 2014, Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey.
Wind Map – a visualization to make Tufte proud Edward Tufte is a noted proponent of designing data rich visualizations. His books, including the seminal The Visual Display of Quantitative Information have influenced countless designers and engineers. When I first saw Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg’s Wind map project via Michael Kleber’s Google+ post, I immediately became entranced with it. After studying it for some time, I feel that the designers must have been intimately familiar with Tufte’s work.