Winners of design awards – Strait Times

Strait Times reports

“LOCAL architectural firm, Woha, is on a roll. Its founding directors, Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell were named winners of this year’s President’s Design Award on Monday night.

The award, now in its third year, recognises Singapore designers’ ability to develop innovative designs that have contributed to Singapore’s economy, environment and culture.

The winning works will be on display at The Urban Redevelopment Authority Centre from Dec 3 to Feb 28.”

[SOURCE: The Strait Times – Winners of design awards].

ARUP wins ACEA Project of the Year for Beijing Watercube

Engineering and design firm Arup has again triumphed with its work on the National Aquatic Centre, aka the Water Cube. For two years running Arup has received the ACEA’s top prize, with the Water Cube announced as Project of the Year at the 2008 Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA) Awards for Excellence.

[SOURCE: ARUP – Water Cube wins ACEA Project of the Year]

Joe Brown compares West Kowloon to Saadiyat Island – EDAW

EDAW reports

“Last week in Hong Kong for the MIPIM Asia Exhibition and Conference, EDAW CEO Joe Brown, FASLA, offered insight on Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District project. The project has been part of an ongoing effort by the Hong Kong government to inject vigor into the city’s legendary waterfront by creating a world-class collection of the best cultural facilities. Looking to the increasing competition of other regional hubs such as Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing, the Hong Kong community has, since 1996, been discussing the cultural district as a key opportunity in solidifying the city-state’s aspiration of being “Asia’s World City.” The district would sit right on Victoria Harbor on a prime, but now derelict, site measuring 40 hectares.

After a lengthy tendering process, the Hong Kong government eventually appointed a local developer consortium to implement an ambitious scheme proposed by the architects, Foster and Partners. The plan as it was has since been canceled and mired in a cloud of doubt. This year, the government has convened a new authority to manage and implement a new plan for the area; a new tender has yet to be issued but is expected soon.

There are many parallels between the West Kowloon project and Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, where EDAW has been leading the urban design and public realm design as lead consultant. Saadiyat, like West Kowloon, has at its core a signature, waterfront cultural district that aims to transform a relatively business-oriented city into a high-art destination. Saadiyat will feature institutions such as the Guggenheim and the Louvre. West Kowloon, like Saadiyat, sits on a barren waterfront and would need bold architecture that addresses the rest of the city to be truly transformational. With this in mind, Mr. Brown was able to share EDAW’s work on Saadiyat to the Hong Kong community through several avenues.

Saadiyat Island Cultural District.

In an interview with the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, Asia’s leading English daily newspaper, Mr. Brown encouraged Hong Kong to focus on the quality of the art and programs that would be on offer. The Hong Kong Economic Times, a leading Chinese-language newspaper akin to The Wall Street Journal or Financial Times, profiled EDAW’s work at Saadiyat in a full-page article last week citing the project as inspiration for Hong Kong to emulate. Mr. Brown was also interviewed on RTHK, Hong Kong’s public radio station.”

[SOURCE: EDAW – Joe Brown compares West Kowloon to Saadiyat Island].

Sydney Opera House designer dies at 90

“Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House, has died at the age of 90”

“Utzon was famous for the design of the impressionist Opera House, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site last year, but he also designed the National Assembly of Kuwait and several prominent buildings in his native Denmark.”

[SOURCE: Reuters & Xinhua – Sydney Opera House designer dies at 90]

Winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award 2008 announced

Professor Andrew MacMillan and Professor Isi Metzstein have been named as joint winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education.

[SOURCE: RIBA – Winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award 2008 announced].

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