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Amman, Bogota, and Freetown Among the 15 Winning Cities of the 2021 Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge

January 27, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the 15 winning innovations of its 2021-2022 Global Mayors Challenge. Hailing from six continents, the chosen projects “seek improvements in the areas of economic recovery and inclusive growth, health and well-being, climate and environment, and gender and equality”. The winning cities include Istanbul, Rotterdam, Butuan, and Wellington, and will all receive $1 million and external support to develop their programs.

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5 Architecture and Design Practices Granted with the United States Artists Fellowship

January 26, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

The United States Artist Fellowship Award is an annual grant that recognizes the “most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in all disciplines, at every stage of their career”. Every year, individual artists are anonymously nominated to apply by a diverse group of scholars, critics, producers, and other arts professionals. Among the 63 recipients of 2022, 5 were selected from the fields of architecture and design with the aim of strengthening and enriching the industry and their communities.

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Riverside Settlements and the Timeless Dialogue Between Architecture and Nature

January 26, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Rivers have long been considered as Earth’s arteries, serving as the essence of urban communities as human settlements developed their shelters and crop beds around them. Centuries later, riverside architecture remained vital as these areas expanded beyond residential typologies, and harnessed dynamic mixed-use developments and public functions. As valuable as they may seem though, these landscapes come with the risk of unexpected floods, increased water levels, or complete droughts, which has forced architects to design built environments that are able to respond to these abrupt changes. So how were these settlements built in the past, and how has today’s urban densification and technological advancements influence the way they are built?

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Urban Expansions and Master Plans Tackle the Housing and Climate Crises in New York

January 25, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

New York City is under the threat of several geographical and social crises, most notably the rising sea levels, floods, storm surges, as well as the need for affordable housing. While previous and current New York mayors have announced several action plans to tackle the housing and climate crisis of the city, none of them were able to tackle these issues on a big scale, particularly after the pandemic worsened the situation as many citizens found themselves without a job and unable to pay rent. As a response, world-renowned architects and academics have proposed new urban developments and master plans that provide long term solutions to these crises.

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Sou Fujimoto’s House of Music in Hungary Opens to the Public

January 24, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Sou Fujimoto’s House of Hungarian Music, a contemporary cultural landmark dedicated to music in Budapest’s City Park has officially opened its doors to the public. Considered as one of the most anticipated buildings of the year, the project is nestled within the park’s trees, and is designed as an extension of its natural setting through uninterrupted glass volumes and a perforated roof structure. The museum offers a unique artistic experience combining landscape, architecture, and exhibition design, all dedicated to the creation of music and sound.

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Los Angeles Ends Free Public Transportation Experiment with Plans of Future Reduced-Fare Transits

January 21, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Following California’s Covid-19 health regulations in early 2020, Metro, the Los Angeles public transit agency stopped collecting fares on its busses as a safety precaution measure. However, the company’s decision turned into the United States’ biggest free-transit experiment, as ridership never dipped below 50 percent, even with the stay-at-home orders enforced by the government. Following 22 months of the decision and around 281 million fare-free transits, the company has decided to restart collecting fares, but is planning on using the information gathered throughout these two years to implement future improvements and introduce other free or reduced-fare programs in the city.

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8 Renowned Architects Design Birdhouses to Explore the Relationship between Architecture and Nature

January 20, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Muz Yer, a permanent public exhibition in Rennes, France, has invited 8 internationally-renowned architects to design birdhouses that highlight the relationship between contemporary architecture and nature. Each birdhouse serves as a response to one or more of the 13 bird species designated by the Birds Protection Committee (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux – LPO), and raises awareness of the architectural heritage of Rennes and its urban ecology. The list of exhibitors includes Julien De Smedt Architects, ADEPT, a/LTA, Duncan Lewis, Marion Normand, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Tham & Videgard, and Dominique Perrault Architects & Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost Design.

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Foster + Partners Wins Competition to Design Central Station in Stockholm

January 19, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

An integrated team led by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Marge Arkitekter have won a design competition for the redevelopment of Stockholm’s central station, Sweden’s largest transportation facility. The winning design aims to bring together several modes of transport in an integrated hub, while prioritizing pedestrian circulation and creating a new mixed-use urban district that combines old and new architecture.

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The Rise of the Design Thinking Movement and its Relation to Architecture

January 19, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

‘Innovation’ and ‘design thinking’ could possibly be two of the most extensively-used phrases both online and offline during the past decade. To respond to the global need of “changing the status quo”, established companies, start-ups, and even universities have used this framework to generate novel ways of solving problems and create new products, taking into account their desirability, feasibility, and viability. And with that, a new archetype was conceived: the design thinker, someone who has the creative toolkit to generate something disruptive. So what is the meaning behind design thinking and what is its relationship with architecture?

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Curators of 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale on the Future of the Built Environment in Design and the City Podcast

January 18, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

In this two-part episode of Design and the City – a podcast on how to make cities more livable – reSITE covers the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, exploring the question of “How will we live together”. Part-one looks into the works of the U.S, Nordic, and Luxembourg Pavilion curators, focusing on their use of timber construction as an answer to the exhibition’s theme. Part-two features curator Hashim Sarkis and Greg Lindsay, along with the British and Austrian pavilion curators, as they explore the topic of accessibility.