Slowly but surely western influences are gathering ground in third world countries. It is important when trying to maintain the cultures of these countries that these influences from outside are integrated into existing structures with caution. Western modern-day architects have been active in this field from all over the world for years , Has their way of thinking changed over time or do they still rely on neocolonial views, modifying them for a continent like Africa?
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | TwentyEleven | Kibera Kenya | Chris Idema & Reinier Simons
The entries for the World Architecture Festival 2012 Awards have been short listed. The festival this year has moved to Singapore and it shows in the projects short listed for 2012 awards with many projects situated in Asia. This is especially true of the Landscape categories with only 2 of 9 projects in the short list for Landscape Projects – Completed designs – urban being situated outside the Asia-Pacific region. It is also interesting to see that no projects were short listed in the categories of Landscape Projects – Completed designs – rural and Future Projects – Landscape. Looking through the short lists for the architecture and urban planning categories there is a large number of Asia-Pacific projects whether this is due to the festival location in 2012 or that a large number of projects have been undertaken in the region due to the stronger economy in comparison with the rest of the world. Congratulations to all those short listed.
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The existing Town of Kansas pedestrian bridge in Kansas City, Missouri received some enhancements to the positive experience it currently enjoys. Kansas City as we know it today originated as the “Town of Kansas” when Lewis and Clark first stopped here while traversing the Missouri River and is the beginning of the cities Main Street.
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OLIN has designed the surrounding campus and healing gardens for the newly constructed hospital tower and research building of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s most prominent pediatric health care and research institutes, and has just completed the largest pediatric expansion project in U.S. history, adding 2.1 million square feet of clinical and research space. A dedication ceremony will take place on June 11, 2012. The new facility will open to the public on June 20, 2012, and is expected to welcome at least one million patient visits in its first year.
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