Architecture News

WA Contents • Apr 2, 2021 • 31

“Architecture is a powerful tool that can make incredible things. It has a lot of transformative power,” according to Nicolás Palacios, who is currently working in Emergency Architecture & Human Rights (EAHR), a non-profit organisation founded in 2015 and based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Tools can also be used to reproduce or perpetuate hegemonic positions. I think, sometimes, we have to be critical about the practices that we take.”

“I believe that architecture, for example, modernism had a very strong message behind, but it works as a cautionary tale to tell us what happens when we don’t resend the grassroots of the people who are inhabiting the cities,” says Nicolás Palacios.

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Emina Camdzic • Apr 2, 2021 • 131

Shifting Architecture Design to Knowledge

When it comes to education on sustainability in architecture and climate change, it’s necessary both for business owners and the architecture society and a demand for mandatory knowledge within membership in the architecture society. Professional education in the field of sustainability, environmental issues and climate change must show that architects are able to actually design buildings that deliver sustainable outcome, as the RIBA mentions in their sustainability plans in the “Education and Professional Development Framework”. Such can be part of the university education, professional development and energy efficiency for architects as well as some type of business owners. The number of high quality architecture projects that need t (…)

Flora Jing Lin Ng • Apr 2, 2021 • 1183

Schmidt Hammer Lassen designs NIO House at West Lake in Hangzhou

Cars and architecture have long had a symbiotic relationship; which is to no one’s surprise that many of the 20th century pioneering modernist architects had a fascination of cars; Wright saw automobiles as a vehicle for recreation, while Le Corbusier famously steered his architecture towards industrialisation, pursuing after utility, precision and speed. With their form following function, cars can be seen as an embodiment of sculpture, architecture and mechanics using the most modern materials.

The NIO House at Hangzhou today is one of the first and most popular NIO spaces, designed by Danish Architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen in 2018, taking on an unconventional route of the automobile industry. The concept behind NIO h (…)

WA Contents • Apr 1, 2021 • 426

The 11th International Architecture Competition by Jacques Rougerie Foundation is open for entries

Passion and boldness are the key words of the 11th International Architecture Competition of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation – Institut de France.

The call for projects is now open until September 15, 2021.

When and how will we be able to live under the sea?

What kind of architectural proposals will meet the challenges of the sea level rise?

How will we manage a human centered space exploration?

The international community of young architects, engineers, designers, students or professionals is invited to imagine visionary architectural projects, addressing the great challenges of humanity. Biomimetic, bio-inspired the projects will put together form, function and environment and will place humans at the h (…)

WA Contents • Apr 1, 2021 • 447

Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective will be on view from 23 April to 15 August in Berlin

Yayoi Kusama, one of the world’s most important contemporary artists, will open a retrospective at Berlin’s Gropius Bau in Germany, the exhibition will take place from 23 April to 15 August 2021 at Gropius Bau Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Called Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective, Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition will offer an overview of the key periods in her oeuvre, which spans more than 70 years, and feature a number of current works as well as a newly realised Infinity Mirror Room.

The retrospective will focus primarily on tracing the development of Kusama’s creative output from her early paintings and accumulative sculptures to her immersive environments, as well exploring her lesser-known artistic activity in Germany and Eu (…)

WA Contents • Apr 1, 2021 • 310

Fuorisalone presents its digital edition between April 12-18, 2021

Fuorisalone has presented a project for 2021 that includes a new communication platform and the promotion of an event distributed over two editions, in April and September 2021.Fuorisalone will hold its digital editions between April 12-18, 2021 and its second edition from September 5 to 10 – Fuorisalone Design Week Edition.

In traditional way, Fuorisalone was taking place in conjunction with the Salone del Mobile, a global furniture fair. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Salone Del Mobile furniture fair was postponed to September – from September 5th to 10th, 2021.

Take part in Fuorisalone Design Guide and participate in a multi-channel communication system active all year round. The digital edition of the e (…)

WA Contents • Apr 1, 2021 • 464

Modernism Week 2021 will be held between April 8-18 in Palm Springs, California

The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area.

Modernism Week 2021 will take place from April 8, 2021 to April 18, 2021 across Palm Springs, Palm Springs, California.

Modernism Week 2021 offers a series of guided tours to its visitors for Palm Spings’ most outstanding mid-century buildings, including a tour to Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” estate, a historic walk to Sunnylands Center & Gardens, a tour of famed architect John Lautner’s Iconic 1947 Living Units at The Lautner Compound (…)

WA Contents • Apr 1, 2021 • 443

Nairobi Design Week 2021 will be held between April 3-10 online

This year Nairobi Design Week is all about you: the communities; creatives; and mentors who inspire us, so let’s learn, build and play… “Together”!.The online event will be held between April 3-10, 2021.

30 creatives share their stories, communities from around the world send their messages, exciting collaborations launch, and many others showcase their work on, all to a NuNairobi soundtrack of ‘Nairobi Yetu’ by Blocka Beats.

Tune in to the NDW2021 Premiere at 6pm EAT on Saturday 3rd March 2021 for a packed out, high-energy show. Meet the creatives for an EatDesignRepeat Launch Party Live stream at 6pm EAT on Saturday 10th March 2021.

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WA Contents • Apr 1, 2021 • 736

Frank Gehry-restored Philadelphia Museum of Art will open to public on May 7

Frank Gehry’s major renovation on the Philadelphia Museum of Art will open to the public on May 7, 2021, the museum announced on its website.

Called the Core Project, the first phase of the renovation and expansion in the interiors was completed in September 2019, some segments of the museum were opened in the years between 2017-2019, including a new cafe and restaurant, the historic North Entrance and a new North Lobby, a main store, espresso bar, education studios, and a restored section of the stunning Vaulted Walkway.

Gehry was commissioned to envision a masterplan to enhance the visitor experience in 2006 and construction work started on Frank Gehry’s Philadelphia Museum of Art renovation in 2017.

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WA Contents • Apr 1, 2021 • 680

Kengo Kuma creates monolithic Kadokawa Culture Museum made of granite façade in Japan

Kengo Kuma’s firm Kengo Kuma & Associates, with Kajima Design, has completed the Kadokawa Culture Museum that features a missive granite façade in Tokorozawa, Japan.

The museum, located about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of central Tokyo, was realized as part of a larger masterplan called “Tokorozawa Sakura Town”, a cultural complex housing museums, offices, a hotel, eateries.

The project site also includes an anime-focused hotel, an indoor pavilion for various kinds of events and a book store. The Kadokawa Culture Museum was opened to the public on November 6, 2020.

The total floors, encompassing approximately 12,000 square meters, fuses together a library, an art museum, and a natural history museum.(…)