First winners announced at World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008

Civic – Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, China, by Buro II

Culture – Oslo Opera House in Norway by Snøhetta

Energy, Waste and Recycling – Landscape restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump “La Vall d’en Joan”, Spain, by Batlle & Roig Architects

Health – Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes et la prévention des mutilations génitales féminines ‘G.Kambou’, Burkina Faso, by FAREstudio

Holiday – Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Canada (pictured) , by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects

Housing – Mountain Dwellings, Denmark , by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Learning – Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy, by Grafton Architects

Nature – Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, United States of America, by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

read more @ the SOURCE: World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008.

Foster + Partners selected as architects for New Central Library in The New York Public Library’s historic Fifth Avenue building

The new central library will serve users of all ages and will feature expansive new reading rooms with open shelf circulating collections overlooking Bryant Park. After nearly 40 years in which it has served exclusively as a research library, the historic building will feature extensive circulating collections, including those moved from the nearby Mid-Manhattan Branch.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners.

Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points – AIA

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2008 — Following three consecutive months of signs of greater stability in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell precipitously, dropping more than six points. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI rating was 41.4, down sharply from the 47.6 mark in August (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.0. This is also the first time in 2008 that the institutional sector has fallen below the 50 mark.

read more @ the SOURCE: AIA.org – Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points.

U.S. Architects Hard Hit by Financial Crisis – Architectural Record

The plunging financial markets this month, followed by unprecedented responses from the federal government, have left many Americans bracing for a deep recession. In the architecture profession, however, the downturn has already arrived, according to a key measure of the market for architectural services.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Architectural Record – Architects Hard Hit by Financial Crisis

First Shopping Center by World-Renowned Architect Daniel Libeskind Opens

Westside Shopping and LeisureCentre, an exciting new development designed by famed architect Daniel Libeskind, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, October 8. What many
years ago seemed a visionary, perhaps even utopian, concept for a new city district of Bern has finally become a reality. In addition to the 55 shops,10 restaurants and bars, hotel, multiplex cinema, fun bath with wellness and fitness center and senior residency, this mixed-use program radically reinvents the concept of shopping, entertainment and living. With its impressive location above the A1 highway, its direct connection to the tram
and the BERNMOBIL transport network, Westside is a meeting place for the whole greater region of Bern and provides a striking gateway to the city.

SOURCE: Studio Daniel Libeskind – Westside: First Shopping Center by World-Renowned Architect Daniel Libeskind Opens
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