Located in a natural setting, like a pavilion in the woods, the building is both introverted and extroverted: each space has a relationship either to the internal courtyard or to the surrounding woodland and greenery, while certain moments provide views of Glasgow beyond. With a flat roof and floor levels that respond to the natural topography, the rooms vary in height, with the more intimate areas programmed for private uses such as counselling, and more open and spacious zones for communal use. More than any other space, the internal courtyard provides a place of sanctuary and respite.
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Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opens today at the New Museum in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing “empire” of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember.
Around 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation. “Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos,” OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas says. “We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like.”
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The Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently selected City Park designed by Foster + Partners as the preferred option for the development of the future arts and culture hub.
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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has revealed the 3 conceptual plan options for the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) on Friday at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The three master plan options were undertaken as Stage 2 of the Public Engagement for the arrangement of arts and cultural facilities as well as various other land uses, including commercial, retail, hotel, residential and public open space.
The three Conceptual Plan Options revealed are:
- City Park – prepared by Foster + Partners, led by Lord Norman Foster;
- Cultural Connect: Key to Sustained Vitality – prepared by Rocco Design Architects Limited, led by Mr Rocco Yim; and
- Project for a New Dimension – prepared by Office for Metropolitan Architecture, led by Mr Rem Koolhaas.
Public comment on the Options is open until 21 November 2010.
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Field Operations Model
James Corner’s Field Operations has won the International Urban Design Competition for Qianhai area, within Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China. The design divides the 18.04 square kilometre(approx. 7 sq .miles) area into easily manageable districts with unique architectural typologies and functions. Field Operations won the competition due to intensive compact and diverse design that follows the principles of sustainability, and encircling the city’s most important one of the resources – water. The design is envisioned as a “coastal water-town” that focuses on eco-innovation whilst simultaneously creating a diverse waterfront urban environment which continues through the entire 18 square km area.
The area is to be the 2nd CBD/CAD in Shenzhen with Futian District being the 1st. Qianhai will play an important role in development of the Pearl River Delta. The new CBD will located along Metro Line 1 & 5 and the new high speed and inter-city railway lines and expressway links between Hong Kong, Shenzhen & Guangzhou. Also within Qianhai where 3.7 square kilometres will be developed by joint-venture between Shenzhen and Hong Kong governments as a Service Park similar to the Suzhou-Singapore Development in Suzhou. The new city is envisioned to be the next Sydney , Hong Kong and Vancouver.
2nd Prize was won by BLAU Architecture & Urbanism and 3rd prize went to OMA
BLAU Master Plan (2nd Prize)
OMA (3rd Prize)
Sixty-two companies worldwide had submitted designs to Shenzhen’s urban planning commission since it launched an international design competition Dec. 31. Eight finalists with two backups were chosen including:
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