West 8 wins architecture award Rietveldprijs 2009

The design for Papendorp Business Park, West 8 designed together with Wissing Stedebouw en Ruimtelijke Vormgeving, has won the Rietveld Award 2009. For the first time a landscape and urban design project has won the award in stead of a building.

The awards ceremony takes place on the 15th of November 2009. The Rietveld Award is a bi-annual award and aims to stimulate the quality of the built environment of the city of Utrecht.

See for more information: www.rietveldprijs.nl

SOURCE: WEST 8
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Architect Michael Maltzan On Where Cities Are Going – Curbed LA

Adrian Glick Kudler of Curbed LA has written a great post and synopsis of LAPL’s ALOUD The Contemporary City: Urbanism in Flux

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne spoke with beloved local architect Michael Maltzan at the Central Library Tuesday night……
……And this was what Maltzan was getting at the whole discussion–that architecture can’t be about the “large, singular gesture” anymore……

read the full post at the SOURCE: Curbed LA: Architect Michael Maltzan On Where Cities Are Going

Stirling Prize 2009 Shortlist Announced – RIBA

The Shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009 has been announced. The six shortlisted schemes listed below were chosen from a midlist of 22 RIBA Award 2009 winners. The RIBA Stirling Prize 2009 winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009 Dinner on 17 October 2009 at Old Billingsgate, London.

The six buildings competing for this year’s title are:

  • Fuglsang Kunstmuseum , Denmark by Tony Fretton Architects
  • Maggie’s Centre , London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Bodegas Protos , Spain by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Liverpoool One Masterplan , Liverpool by BDP
  • 5 Aldermanbury Square , London by Eric Parry Architects
  • Kentish Town Health Centre , London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

“This year’s shortlist really embodies the wide ranging spirit of the RIBA Stirling Prize: from a winery to health centres, from an art museum in open country to major transformations of dense inner city areas. This is a fascinating set of schemes; the judges have a hard but eagerly anticipated decision to make.”

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum (c) Helene Binet

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum (c) Helene Binet

Maggies Centre (c) Richard Bryant Arcaid.co.uk

Maggies Centre (c) Richard Bryant Arcaid.co.uk

Bodegas Protos (c) Paul Raftery

Bodegas Protos (c) Paul Raftery

Liverpool One Masterplan (c) David Millington

Liverpool One Masterplan (c) David Millington

5 Aldermanbury Square (c)Timothy Soar

5 Aldermanbury Square (c)Timothy Soar

Kentish Town Health Centre (c) Tim Soar

Kentish Town Health Centre (c) Tim Soar

SOURCE: RIBA

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Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out – Los Angeles Times

Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic  for the Los Angeles Times writes

Reporting from Dubai, United Arab Emirates — If a city can be spectacularly quiet, this waterfront city-state has certainly qualified in recent months. Hundreds of abandoned construction cranes languish above Dubai’s gated communities and beach-side developments and, most dramatically, up and down Sheikh Zayed Road, its high-rise spine……………….

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out

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2009 RIBA Award Winners Announced – RIBA

“The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 RIBA Awards. RIBA Awards for architectural excellence will be presented across the country today with 103 buildings in the UK and Europe winning awards (97 in the UK and six in the rest of the EU).

The RIBA Award-winning buildings range from an Observatory at Kielder in Northumberland to the Liverpool One regeneration and retail masterplan, from a private house at Dungeness to Wexford Opera House in South East Ireland. Health centres, notably for Cancer, are well represented here as are retail buildings in their many forms, including John Lewis in Leicester and the Reiss and Monsoon headquarters in London. Seaside buildings and regeneration projects also feature in various guises. The architects whose work has been honoured this year range from small practices to large, international ones. There are also some multiple winners such as Allies and Morrison (4 awards), Hawkins/Brown (3 awards), BDP (3 awards), Niall Mclaughlin Architects (4 awards) and Penoyre & Prasad (3 awards)”

For all the full details of the winning projects and architects go to the
SOURCE: RIBA – 2009 RIBA Award Winners Announced

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