The results of the Eighth European Prize for Urban Public Space

This year, 274 projects from 30 European countries presented for the Prize. The jury formed by Ms. Carme Ribas as President and representative of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Mr. Matevz Celik (Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubjana), Ms. Juulia Kauste (Suomen Rakennustaiteen Museo, Helsinki), Ms. Sarah Mineko Ichioka (The Architecture Foundation), Mr. Francis Rambert (Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris), Ms. Katharina Ritter (Architekturzentrum, Wien) and Mr. Peter Cachola Schmal (Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt) met on 3 and 4 April at the CCCB and decided to award the following projects:

Prize ex aequo: 

• Redevelopment of the Old Port (Aménagement urbain du centre ville, incluant la semi pietonisation du vieux-port), Marseille [France], 2013

• The Braided Valley (El Valle Trenzado), Elx [Spain], 2013

Special mentions: 

• Baana Pedestrian and Bicycle Corridor (Jalankulun ja pyöräilhyn Baana), Helsinki [Finland], 2012

• Rainham Marshes, London [United Kingdom], 2014

• La Lira Theatre Public Domain (Espai públic Teatre La Lira), Ripoll [Spain], 2012

• Islamic Cemetery (Islamischer Friedhof) Altach [Austria], 2012

For further information, please visit the Public Space website 

The Architects’ Council of Europe signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Africa Union of Architects

PRESS RELEASE – 04/2014

On the occasion of its General Assembly, which took place on 24 April 2014 in Padova (Italy), the Architects Council of Europe signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Africa Union of Architects, represented by its President, Mr Tokunbo Omisore.

Having regard to the long standing ties that exist between them, and convinced that a reinforced cooperation will help to consolidate actions and efforts towards addressing mutual concerns and interests pertaining to architecture, architectural education, research, professional mobility, environmental issues, professional development and professional practice, the two organisations agreed:

1. To rationalise the resources of the Parties in pertinent activities at all levels;
2. To reinforce the capacity for action of the Parties towards third parties;
3. To explore opportunities for joint positions and/or joint actions of the Parties towards third parties;
4. To cooperate in lobbying activities, if and when appropriate;
5. To invite and encourage reciprocal representation at their respective working bodies;
6. To share information of mutual interest;
7. And finally, to undertake to establish and concretely define a closer cooperation at political, technical and working levels. Both Organisations commit themselves to preparing a Mutual Recognition Agreement that will set the rules for their respective members to practise on the two continents.

Read the complete text of the Memorandum of Understanding on the ACE website.

 


T. Omisore, AUA President, and L. Lazzari, ACE President

 

Green Summit 2014: Green Development / Green Business

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Green Summit 2014: uni.li/greensummit
Green Development: Region der Zukunft: 6. Juni 2014
Green Business: Unternehmen von Heute: 7. Juni 2014


Unser Doppelsymposium widmet sich zwei Themen: der “Region der Zukunft” in einem breit zugänglichen, öffentlichen Forum über nachhaltige regionale Raumentwicklung; und dem Thema “Business von Heute”, einem B2B-Ereignis für Unternehmen, Nutzer, Investoren und Medien aktiv in nachhaltigen Produkten und Dienstleistungen, unter der Schirmherrschaft des EU Alpine Space Programms. Am Abend des 06. Juni wird das Resultat des diesjährigen Z
urich Klimapreises vorgestellt, und die Ausschreibung für die nächste Runde angekündigt.

6. Juni 2014     Region der Zukunft: neue Raumentwicklungsmodelle für unsere Region

                         Abendprogramm: Zurich Klimaprreis
7. Juni 2014    Business von Heute: neue Netzwerke für Unternehmer, Investoren, Käufer und Medien 

                        Frühzeitig anmelden, beschränkter Raum …. 
Eintritt frei, Simultanübersetzung

English
Our twin symposium is focused on two critical themes: the “Region of Tomorrow” in a public forum aimed at sustainable and responsible regional development and the topic Theme “Business of Today”, a networking event for entrepreneurs, investors, users and media representatives active in sustainable products and services, under the patronage of the EU Alpine Space Program. On the evening of 6 June 2014 the Zurich Climate Price will be presented.

6. June 2014    Region of Tomorrow: new development strategies for our region

                         Evening Program: Zurich Climate Prize
7. June 2014    Business of Today: new networks for entrepreneurs, investors, users and media 

                         
Early booking requested, limited space …. Entry free, simultaneous translation

Contact:
Universität Liechtenstein
Institut für Architektur und Raumentwicklung
Fürst-Franz-Josef-Strasse, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Telefon +423 265 11 11, Direkt +423 265 11 38
kirsten.steinhofer@uni.li
www.uni.li

3rd LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum

The third LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum will take place from 25th – 28th May 2014 in Sarajevo and is hosted by the Faculty of Forestry, University of Sarajevo under the theme Sarajevo – Unity in Diversity
Cultures, meanings and landscapes in transition.

What makes the LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum different from other European landscape events is the focus on interdisciplinary dialogue, debate and discourse. It provides a unique opportunity to interact creatively with colleagues from a range of landscape disciplines in informal workshop and field visit settings.

A joint ISBN publication will result from the meeting, to which all participants will contribute.

Target Groups

The Forum aims to provide a discussion platform for a wide range of landscape issues at a European and global level. Target groups include

  • researchers and practitioners from landscape architecture and related disciplines (including architecture, arts, geography, agricultural sciences, dendrology, economics, environmental psychology, forestry, hydrology and water management, IT, archeology, ecology, regional planning, social anthropology, sociology, tourism, urban design, etc.),
  • academics and educators involved in teaching and research from many different disciplinary perspectives,
  • members of public institutions or authorities and NGOs,
  • doctorate and masters students from landscape architecture and related disciplines

The LE:NOTRE Institute and our hosts at the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Sarajevo look forward to welcoming you at the 3rd LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum in Sarajevo.

The registration deadline is May 2nd 2014!

For more information visit the LE:NOTRE Institute Landscape Forum 2014 web site.

La lettre des Victoires du Paysage

Parce que 9 français sur 10 considèrent le végétal comme essentiel pour leur équilibre quotidien, que ce soit chez eux, au travail ou dans les lieux publics ; depuis 2008, les Victoires du Paysage ont à coeur de valoriser les démarches paysagères des entreprises et des promoteurs immobiliers.  En 3 éditions, 12 entreprises ou promoteurs immobiliers tels que Vinci Immobilier Résidentiel, Nexity Foncier Conseil, Novotel, Banque Populaire Occitane, Société des Bains de Mer…ont été récompensés pour des aménagements paysagers remarquables. Offrir à des salariés un cadre de travail de qualité, donner vie et qualité à un éco-quartier, donner de nouvelles perspectives à un hôtel devenu hôtel de luxe grâce au paysage, transformer un domaine en l’adaptant à ses nouvelles fonctions touristiques, etc… tel est le pari gagné de ces entreprises !
De plus en plus d’entreprises et de promoteurs immobiliers prennent en considération le végétal et intègrent dans leurs projets une véritable démarche paysagère, mais beaucoup reste encore à faire ! Parmi les lieux manquants le plus cruellement de vert sont cités les centres commerciaux (86%), les lieux de travail (65%) et les lieux d’habitation (50%).
Ce mois-ci, la Lettre des Victoires du Paysage va s’attacher à montrer que le végétal est indispensable et indissociable des projets d’aménagements de ces maîtres d’ouvrages privés.
 
Vous souhaitez rejoindre le prestigieux palmarès des Victoires en valorisant un projet d’aménagement remarquable améliorant le cadre de vie ? Inscrivez-vous sans tarder, avant le 15 juin 2014, sur www.lesvictoiresdupaysage.com.
 
 

International Contest of Ideas

MASTER PLAN OF INTERVENTIONS WITHIN THE REVITALIZATION PROCESS FRAMEWORK OF THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN OF THE CITY OF ASUNCIÓN

The Municipality of Asunción, the Ministry of Public Works and Communications, the National Secretariat of Culture, the National Administration of Navigation and Ports, the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress convene teams or professional service companies  related to urban discipline, national as well as international, to THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEST OF IDEAS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MASTER PLAN OF INTERVATIONS IN THE FRAMEWORK PROCESS OF REVITALIZATION OF THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN OF THE CITY OF ASUNCIÓN, capital of the Republic of Paraguay.

The international contest of ideas counts with the technical advice, the organization and management from the School of Architects of Paraguay/Regional Capital through the Inter-institutional cooperation agreement subscribed in Asunción, on January, 2014.

The proposals will be received from Monday, July 14 until Saturday, July 19, 2014, between 9:00 and 12:00 hrs. local time in Asunción, at the headquarters of the Ballario House, located in la Manzana de la Rivera, O´Leary Street and El Paraguayo Independiente, Asunción.

The registration of the proposal submission will close at 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 19, 2014, not being able to accept any proposal that is submitted after the established time and date.

It is hereby established to award contract of US$ 100,000 (One hundred thousand US. dollars) for the winner of the contest; the amount of US$ 8,000 (Eight thousand US. dollars) for the second, and US$ 6,000 (Six thousand US dollars) for the third finalist, and honorable mentions for the 4th and 5th place. The proposals will be evaluated by members of the jury, as set forth in the request for proposal.

The contest seeks to obtain the best proposals to serve as guidance in order for Asuncion to recover its coastal city vocation, revitalized with new population living in the historic downtown area, with productive economic options as in the cultural area as well as in technology, tourism, and others, to make it sustainable, environmentally friendly and respectful of its historic legacy.

Registration takes place in the website of the contest www.colegiodearquitectos.org.py and/or www.asuncioncentrohistorico.com and it is open until June 23, 2014. The request for proposal and additional information are available on-line.

The official language of the contest is Spanish.

Information: info@colegiodearquitectos.org.py

Colegio de Arquitectos del Paraguay—Regional Capital
San José 233, Asunción
Phone (595 21 206 804)

 

 

Concurso Arquideas – Nature Observatory of Amazonia (NOA) Sudamérica

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Arquideas es una comunidad de estudiantes y jóvenes profesionales del mundo de la arquitectura y el diseño.

Arquideas tiene como principal objetivo difundir el talento y la creatividad de estos jóvenes y contribuir así al acercamiento entre los ámbitos académico y profesional de la arquitectura y el diseño.

Arquideas, a través de sus concursos, pretende fomentar la participación de este colectivo en el debate arquitectónico actual, generando una selección de propuestas de calidad que aporten soluciones a las diferentes problemáticas planteadas en el enunciado de sus concursos.

Los participantes tienen así la posibilidad de mostrar sus propuestas a la sociedad, a la vez que se familiarizan con un procedimiento cada vez más habitual para poder acceder a los encargos profesionales más atractivos del panorama internacional.

Arquideas expondrá los trabajos presentados a cada concurso en su plataforma web y difundirá los premiados en revistas de arquitectura de alcance internacional, así como…

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New Moscow – Новая Москва

Urban Development by International Competitions 2012-2014

Place: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Berlin
Exhibition dates: 31 May – 5 July 2014
Opening: Friday 30 May 2014, 6:30

A new series of international architecture competitions is characterising a clear change in the current urban planning strategy of Moscow. The initiator of these developments is the incumbent chief architect of the Russian capital, Sergey Kuznetsov. Together with his team, he has breathed new life into Moscow’s urban development since taking office in mid 2012. The exhibition New Moscow – Новая Москва presents two international competitions – from the fields of landscape planning (1st prize Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York) and cultural building (1st prize Heneghan Peng, Dublin) – and through these demonstrates the great gains for the city’s urban planning that are being drawn from this open, global approach.

During Kuznetsov’s first year in office, the city initiated no less than twenty international competitions for new planning in the areas of architecture, urban development, infrastructure and traffic planning. A further thirty competition announcements will follow. From the competition submissions, the city aims to draw out diversity and support quality and innovation. The international field of selected participants enables a new culture of exchange that supports the growth of knowledge and ideas through workshops and strategic cooperation. A further significant agency of the new building policy is transparent management and, for the first time, the participation of the city inhabitants in public design consultations and debates.

Both of the competitions presented in the exhibition demonstrate the great potential for development and innovation in Moscow to meet the growing demands of the city residents for cultural and leisure facilities. A further important topic is the extension of the traffic infrastructure of this growing city, which is initiating a radical change in the building policy of the Russian capital.

The first competition shown in the exhibition is for Zaryadye Park. The site is on the banks of the Moskva River, directly east of the Kremlin and Red Square. It encompasses an area of approximately 53,000 m2 in between the two-lane Ulitsa Varvarka on the city side and the six-lane Moskvoretskaya Naberezhnaya along the riverside, with a slope of up to 20 metres. The history of the competition area is closely tied to the history of the city of Moscow, as Zaryadye existed in the 12th century as a settlement within the city fortifications, Kitai-gorod. Relics from past centuries have been preserved on the site up until today, including the English Court from the 16th century, the Snamenski Church and the former residence of the Romanov boyar family, the last dynasty of Russian tsars, from the 17th century.

The two-stage competition for the design of a public park on this site provides for the establishment of a place of national significance. For over fifty years plans for a new green area lay dormant so that, as regards urban development, great importance is attached to the proposal. Its character as an open-air museum, inner city recreation area and a sight of international standing was already defined in the competition brief. From an international pool of applications from 90 offices, an initial selection of six projects was made that included the design teams: MVRDV with Atrium, Anouk Vogel and Arcadis (NL, RUS, CH, USA); Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Hargreaves Associates und Citymakers LLC (USA, USA, RUS); Gustafson Porter with Sauerbruch Hutton and ARUP (UK, GER RUS); TPO Reserve with Maxwan, Buro Happold and Latz + Partner (RUS, NL, UK, GER); Turenscape with AnOtherArchitect (China, GER); and West 8 with Bernaskoni and Buro Happold (NL, RUS, UK). The proposal led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro was awarded first prize at the end of 2013.

The second contribution featured in the exhibition is the competition for a new building for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA). The NCCA was founded in 1994 by the Russian Minister of Culture as the first state-run museum for contemporary art in Moscow. The young institution quickly grew to be a permanent fixture in the Russian cultural sector and was followed by regional branches in St Petersburg and six other Russian cities. After a formative phase of around seven years, the museum acquired the building of a former lighting factory in the city centre, the main building of which was adapted through a constructivist remodelling to fit its new use as an exhibition hall, meeting place and science centre. However the spaces quickly became too small. As part of the city’s urban development redirection, the intention is to construct a new building with an area of 28,300 m2 at Khodynka Field, the partially converted and built-up site of the first Moscow passenger airport, north west of the city centre.

The basis for the new design of the NCCA was formed in summer 2012 by an open, international competition with around 900 submissions, including proposals from the offices of Zaha Hadid/Great Britain, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma/Japan and OMA/The Netherlands. Ten offices qualified for the second stage, coming from locations as diverse as Chile, Russia, Italy, Spain, USA, China and Belgium. Heneghan Peng from Dublin were announced as the winners with an unconventional design in the form of a stack of thirteen rectangular layers, the iconographic character of which is sure to exert an effect well beyond the neighbouring districts.

Speaking at the opening:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, Committee for Architecture and Urban Development in Moscow