Revitalisation of the historical centre of Tønsberg, Norway

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The city of Tønsberg is situated on the south coast of Norway and has a long history of habitation, religion and fisheries. The prosess of revitalising the historical centre was inspired by nature and culture – the old and the new. When using the piazza the experience should be that of a comprehensive scale, reflecting the history and at the same time, give a contemporary feeling.
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THE WHITE ROOMS by architect Pierre Thibault at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens

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The White Rooms | Image credit: Atelier Pierre Thibault

The experimental and ephemeral projects of Pierre Thibault and his Atelier are a key component of his architectural practice, from the most discreet installation in the landscape to multidisciplinary artistic performances. His exploration will continue from May 30 to September 28, 2015 at Les Jardins de Métis with an exhibition Les Chambres blanches / The White Rooms where his latest work will be on view.

” Building is one of the most important acts of any society because it has a defining impact on the landscape, modifying the relationship we have with it, our way of seeing, understanding and living in it. ” Pierre Thibault

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Farrell Review makes recommendations for UK Architecture and the Built Environment

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The Farrell Review, a UK industry-wide review of architecture and the built environment, led by Sir Terry Farrell and commissioned by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, was recently published. The findings have been compiled into a report with 60 recommendations with an emphasis on proactive rather than reactive planning system that needs to be revolutionise to include PLACE (Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Conservation and Engineering) reviews of existing places. The review also calls for urban rooms in towns and cities providing a forum for residents to understand and debate the past, present and future of the place.

The Farrell Review also calls for a reform in architectural training and for architecture and the built environment to be taught as early as possible in schools with alternative routes into architecture to be provide through apprenticeships. Other recommendations include an International Festival of Architecture  to be held annually in London to champion the Britain’s considerable strength in architecture, and its success as an export industry.

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FLEXSTREET | Salt Lake City USA | ATLAS Lab & Scott Allen

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Today, SLC’s existing cultural cores are disconnected from the city’s major corridors and public realm, making it difficult to decipher a recognizable downtown core identity. The system of open spaces and streets that encompass 6970 need to reveal the multiple layers of both current uses, projected development and cultural events while editing the numerous urban configurations that obstruct the flow and flux of urban life. Transforming Main Street as a critical active open space corridor and State Street as a safe and sustainable transit street will create a vibrant downtown core.

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WKCD Art Pavilion Design Competition

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (“WKCDA”) announced today details of the design competition for the Arts Pavilion (“the Pavilion”) in the West Kowloon Cultural District (“WKCD”) and launched an open invitation to register for participating in the single stage design competition.

The Pavilion aims to provide an exhibition and event space for artists, designers, organisations and other parties planning to stage independent small-scale exhibitions and events on the WKCD site. In the run-up to the completion of the M+, a future museum for 20th and 21st century visual culture, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, in late 2017, the Pavilion will also serve as the museum’s primary site for its exhibitions, to further extend the museum’s mission into the Park and public sphere. The Pavilion is planned to be completed in 2015.
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