NORDIC ENCOUNTERS: TRAVELLING IDEAS ABOUT OPEN SPACE DESIGN AND PLANNING

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Second call for abstracts – we invite submissions from both practice and research. Deadline March 17 th to windk@ign.ku.dk
Conference: World in Denmark 2014 Copenhagen 12th -14th June 2014

“Super Danish”, “New Nordic”, and “Scandinavian welfare design” are among numerous seductive names that coin planning and architecture practices from the north these years. Landscape architects and urban designers from Denmark and the other Nordic countries have increasingly become exporters of design solutions to places like Beijing, New York and Christchurch, while Copenhagen repeatedly re­ceives awards for its liveability. However, looking beyond the immediate branding effect, what themes and values, methods and challenges are current in Nordic urban space design and planning in these years?

The issue goes beyond Denmark and the Nordic countries. It concerns what it means to intervene in cities and landscapes in a global era. How do general ideas about improving cities migrate and mutate, synergize and conflict in the encounter with specific contexts? What are the potentials and loss­es of producing traditions – such as the Danish or Nordic – in open space design and planning?

Keynote speakers: Kongjian Yu Turenscape and GSD Harvard (CN). Jan Gehl (DK). Jenny Osuldsen Snøhetta (NO). Belinda Tato Ecosistema Urbano (ES). Moderator: Paola Viganò l’Università Iuav di Venezia (IT).

See call at www.windk.dk . After the conference there will be a call for full papers to be published in Nordisk Arkitekturforskning/Nordic Journal of Architectural Research.

Organized by the Research Group of Landscape Architecture and –Urbanism, University of Copenhagen

Illustration by idamarielebech.dk

Signe Sophie Bøggild
Research Assistant, Art historian, Mag.art., MA

University of Copenhagen
Division of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Research Group of Landscape Architecture and -Urbanism
ssb@ign.ku.dk

International Holcim Awards competition

The 4th International Holcim Awards competition celebrates projects and visions that contribute to a more sustainable built environment and features total prize money of USD 2 million.

The competition is open for projects in architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape and urban design, materials, products and construction technologies that contribute to the five “target issues” for sustainable construction. The competition has two categories with different requirements.

Holcim Awards (main category)

  • Project has reached an advanced stage of design with high probability of execution
  • Execution of the project may not have started before July 1, 2013
  • All authors must be at least 18 years of age (date of birth March 24, 1996 or earlier)

“Next Generation” (young professionals and students category)

  • Visionary projects and bold ideas
  • All authors must be between 18 and 30 years of age (date of birth between July 2, 1982 and March 24, 1996)
  • Execution of the project may not have started before July 1, 2013

Evaluation process

Renowned technical universities lead the independent juries in five regions of the world. They evaluate entries against the “target issues” for sustainable construction.

read more about the five “target issues” for sustainable construction »

2014 AZ Awards for excellence in architecture and design

AZURE Magazine’s AZ AWARDS is an 

international competition recognizing

excellence in design. Entries are juried 

by a multidisciplinary panel of experts.

IMPORTANT DATES

→ Deadline for submissions Friday, February 21, 2014
→ Finalists will be notified in April 2014
→ People’s Choice voting takes place in April 2014
→ Winners will be featured in the AZ Awards annual on newsstands in June 2014
GUIDELINES
→ Entries must be submitted and received via the online entry system by 12 midnight EST on February 21, 2014.
→ All images must be jpg format, 300 dpi resolution and no larger than a 8.5″x 11″ print size.
→ Project descriptions and images must NOT contain the name or logo of the designer, architect, firm, company, client or manufacturer.
ELIGIBILITY
→ Designers and design firms from all disciplines
→ Architects, landscape architects and architectural firms
→ Post-secondary students enrolled in design and architecture programs in 2013
→ Clients and manufacturers
→ Projects must be completed by December 31, 2013
→ Products must be prototyped or in production
→ Concepts must have been developed or presented for the first time in 2013
JUDGING CRITERIA
→ Is the design contemporary, visually and intellectually stimulating, forward looking, socially relevant and technically innovative?
→ Does the design have a beneficial social and ecological impact? i.e., is the design sustainable, socially responsible, environmentally friendly; does it possess a long life span, contain recycled materials, can it be recycled?
→ Does the design have the ability to uplift spirits, generate curiosity or simply delight?
GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
→ All information and requested materials must be provided or the submission will be disqualified without notice or return of payment.
→ Works are excluded from the competition if their presentation would infringe a right. The entrant authorizes AZURE Publishing Inc. to publish the submission in the print edition of AZURE Magazine, on azuremagazine.com, and any websites affiliated with the AZ Awards competition. The submission may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for editorial and promotional purposes.
→ No refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
→ Submissions become the property of AZURE.
CATEGORIES
DESIGN
Furniture – residential furniture, office and contract furniture, garden furniture
Furniture systems – office systems, kitchen and bath furniture systems, storage systems
Lighting – indoor and outdoor fixtures, lighting systems, lighting installations
Interior products – wall and floor coverings, housewares, fixtures and fittings, textiles, window coverings, appliances, flooring
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings – single-family, multi-unit, new builds, renovations and additions
Commercial and institutional buildings – over 1,000 square metres/under 1,000 square metres
Landscapes – public and private landscapes
Temporary and demonstration – installations, exhibit designs, presentation centres/model suites, theatre sets and displays
INTERIORS
Residential Interiors
Commercial and Institutional Interiors
CONCEPTS
Unbuilt Competition Entries – Projects previously entered for competition
Concepts and Prototypes – Other concepts and/or prototypes not previously entered for competition

A+ AWARD
Student Work – any industrial design product, architectural structure, interior space or unbuilt/unrealized concept developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2013. Winners will receive a $5000 cash prize sponsored by TD Bank Group.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
All finalists are eligible to receive the People’s Choice Award, decided by the general public. Voting will take place during the month of April 2014, on azuremagazine.com.
FEES
→ $150 per entry
→ $30 for A+ student award submissions
Each entry includes a 1-year digital subscription to AZURE
Magazine valued at $25.95 CAD.
Full payment must be received by the submission deadline. Entries submitted without the appropriate submission fee will not be eligible for judging. Payments are only accepted online.
SUBMISSION SPECS
→ All images must be jpg format, 300 dpi resolution and no larger than a 8.5″ x 11″ print size.
→ Project descriptions and images must NOT contain the name or logo of the designer, architect, firm, company, client or manufacturer.
→ Works are excluded from the competition if their presentation would infringe a right. The entrant authorizes AZURE Publishing Inc. to publish the submission in the print edition of AZURE Magazine, on azuremagazine.com, and any websites affiliated with the AZ Awards competition. The submission may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for editorial and promotional purposes.
DESIGN
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 5 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process. (pdf only)
ARCHITECTURE
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, location, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 8 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
INTERIORS
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, location, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 8 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
CONCEPTS
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 8 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
Substituting drawings/renderings in place of photographs can be made in this category as long as the total number of files does not exceed thirteen.
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
A+ AWARD
→ Project description: no more than 500 words including objectives and how they were met, design challenges, social and environmental impact (pdf only)
→ Images: up to 5 photographs and up to 5 drawings/renderings (jpg only)
→ Project specs: no more than 300 words including dimensions, materials, fabrication techniques, manufacturing process (pdf only)
CONTACT
For general info: azure@azureonline.com
For technical issues: azawards@adbeast.com

For more about last year’s competition and awards presentation, a couple of blogs have been included for your review:

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) announces World Interiors Day 2014 theme “Design Matters”, to take place Saturday, May 31, 2014

World Interiors Day is an annual event spearheaded by IFI and designed to spotlight Interior Architecture/Design. The event actively engages professionals, national organizations, design enthusiasts and the general public to explore creativity, imagination, vision and passion in relation to the role of Interiors in society, culture and our future built environments.
This year’s theme “Design Matters” promotes the role that design serves as a medium for positive change. Design constitutes to life quality with its pervasiveness and serves the human good though creativity and innovation.
The month of May plays host to events highlighting the merits of the Interiors profession and the impact on the quality of life and the built environment. Events are planned by individuals and hosted all over the world, linked by a common theme chosen each year to reflect the values of not only IFI but the industry as a whole.

Types of activities can include:
Work with your Local Government to proclaim the last Saturday in May as World Interiors Day. At the same time have your city adopt the Interiors Declaration to honor this important day. With the issuance of these proclamations, it is also an opportunity to showcase the progressive approach to design and economic development that your city government takes through the concurrent adoption/proclamation of the IFI Interiors Declaration.
Open door programs allow Interior Architects/ Designers to showcase interiors usually not open to the public. Walking tours can be created by combining several of these open door programs.
Open your practice and invite the public into a professional space to see how Interior Architects/Designers work and the environments in which they design
Free student practice day provides students the opportunity to work in design studios for a day and learn the practice of interior design.
Exhibitions and art events in cooperation with local museums and institutions to curate relate to this year’s theme or interior design in general.
Lectures, talks, discussions by Interior Architects/ Designers at schools, public libraries or other institutions will focus on the importance of our living environment.
Kid’s activities for the next generation! Work with educators to engage children in a range of creative, practical or fun experiences that raise their awareness of people and the spaces that surround them.
For more information, contact secretary@ifiworld.org or visit IFI online or contact the national association of interior architects/designers in your country.

TORRE DAVID – Informal Vertical Communities

ETH Zurich Department of Architecture and Urban Design / Zurich
Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner, Urban-Think Tank / Caracas
 
Location:Aedes am Pfefferberg, Studio, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Exhibition dates: July 12 – August 29, 2013
Opening: Friday, July 12, 2013, 6:30 PM
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 AM – 6:30 PM, Sat/Sun, 1 – 5 PM
 
The exhibition “TORRE DAVID – Informal Vertical Communities” is an adaptation and evolution of the installation on Torre David that was presented at the 2012 Biennale di Venezia, where it was awarded the Golden Lion. At Aedes Berlin, the Torre David project will be presented in an extended format and will include new research on the intersection between verticality and informal communities.
 
Torre David is a 45-story office building in Caracas, Venezuela. As one of South America’s tallest skyscrapers, it is unique in its lack of elevators. Almost completed, it was abandoned following the death of its developer and the collapse of the Venezuelan economy in 1994. Today, it is a squat of more than 750 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous occupation that some call a vertical slum.
 
Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner, professors at ETH Zurich, along with their research and design teams at Urban-Think Tank, the photographer Iwan Baan, and the SuAT Group, spent a year and a half studying the physical and social organization of this ruin-turned-home. Where some only see a failed development project, they have conceived of it as a laboratory for the study of the informal. With the support of the Schindler Group, the research team also explored innovative design solutions to address new modes of vertical mobility. Building upon this work, this exhibition presents novel proposals on how existing structures in today’s cities, such as parking garages, can be retrofitted and transformed to meet urgent needs such as a lack of housing and recreational space.
 
The exhibition lays out a vision for practical, sustainable interventions in Torre David and similar informal settlements around the world. It argues that the future of urban development lies in collaboration among architects, private enterprise, and the global population of slum-dwellers. Brillembourg and Klumpner issue a call to arms to fellow architects: to see in the informal settlements of the world a potential for innovation and experimentation, with the goal of using design in the service of a more equitable and sustainable future.
 
Working in the global context of informality, Brillembourg and Klumpner focus on developing strategies to transform cities into more productive and inclusive environments, and on training a new generation of designers to improve cities in the 21st century. Since 2010 they have held the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich. They are also co-principals of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to delivering innovative yet practical solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and artists.
 
A catalog for the exhibition will be available. The accompanying book, Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities, is published by Lars Müller Publishers, photos by Iwan Baan.
 
Speaking at the opening will be:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Dr. Paul Friedli, Schindler Management AG
Prof. Alfredo Brillembourg, ETH Zurich
Prof. Hubert Klumpner, ETH Zurich
 
Visual materials on the exhibition areavailable fromMoritz Nalbach: mn@aedes-arc.de
 
This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of:
The Schindler Group, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich
 
Many thanks to our Aedes cooperation additional partners for their generous support and collaboration:
Zumtobel, carpet concept, Axor hansgrohe