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Xinyang masterplan by Word with SWA Group

Masterplan for a district of Doha, Qatar by mossessian and partners.

This is the centerpiece of Phase 1B of developer Dohaland’s $5.5 billion  ‘Musheireb’ development. mossessian & partners is one of four practices working on Phase 1B of the Musheireb scheme, a 35 hectare project that aims to revive, regenerate and conserve the historical downtown of ’s capital city. Due for completion in 2016, the mixed-use scheme will offer residential, commercial, retail and leisure facilities through creation of over 100 buildings. The judges of the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards applauded the scheme for the significant attempt to create “a contemporary vernacular architecture in the Gulf. Public space is combined with extensive shading and its scale relates to everyday life”.

and their design for Al Barahat Square in within that masterplan

As shade is the first priority in comfort cooling, the design incorporates sheer density with tall narrow streets.  The street scape is very much part of the mossessian scheme: sculpting the void – carving the space between buildings – is as important as designing the buildings themselves.  Deep roof overhangs and decorative screens layer the buildings and create shade throughout the year.  The thermal mass of the building envelope is used as a heat sink to balance the region’s severe temperature fluctuations. This combination of strategies works together to create an ecosystem that offers a high level of thermal comfort in an energy efficient and therefore sustainable way.

It is a fairly nice design and human scaled. Although the chandeliers in the shaded arcades are a little odd.

Central Toronto Waterfront by West 8 and DTAH


The Toronto waterfront did not have consistent elements linking the various parts of the waterfront together, so the objective of the project is to address that fact by creating a consistent and legible image for the Central Waterfront, in both architectural and functional terms.

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Lantern Pavilion by AWP/Atelier Oslo

An interesting public space in Norway. A god sense of enclosure and openness at the same time.

Lantern Pavilion / AWP/Atelier Oslo © Jonas Adolfsen

Built to showcase innovative wood architecture.

intent was to design a new square and a sculptural object in  in pedestrian districtaiming at revitalizing the area, and creating a place where many different activities could take place: a meeting point, markets, informal music concerts and other happenings. Since the site is visible from afar, and from the railway separating two distinct areas of the city it was essential to create an object that could be experienced from distance and reveal the square.

“Living Landscape” d3 Housing Tomorrow Competition by STUDIOMARCOVERMEULEN

This design did not win the competition.

Living Landscape 1.0 is the first design in a series. Its roots lay within traditional Dutch housing which has a back-to-back orientation with a density of approximately 36 dwellings per hectare. What sets Living Landscape 1.0 apart is the that the dwelling are situated front to back. The density of the Dutch housing is maintained. The orientation was shifted to provide optimal orientation towards the sun for all of the dwellings in the proposal.

"Living Landscape" d3 Housing Tomorrow Competition / STUDIOMARCOVERMEULEN diagram 01

A new Tower in Shenzhen

Guosen Securities Tower / Massimiliano + Doriana Fuksas

From Italian architects, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, who designed Shenzhen’s new airport terminal under construction.

The proposal was awarded first prized for the competition to design’s  , and, typical of the  pair, the schematic design carries a strong presence with the shear mass of the volume broken down into a more manageable scale thanks to the three-dimensional voids.  The  tower will be the first ecological tall building to be built in .

2011 Skyscraper Competition Winners

The winning design

The award seeks to discover young talent, whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments. The first place was awarded to Atelier CMJN (Julien Combes, Gaël Brulé) from France for their ‘LO2P Recycling Skyscraper’ in New Delhi, India. The project is designed as a large-scale wind turbine that filters polluted air with a series of particle collector membranes, elevated greenhouses, and mineralization baths. More images and descriptions of winning entries after the break

Among the honorable mentions there are “waterscrapers” that clean oil spills and desalinate sea water, inverted skyscrapers for a floating Olympic villa, recycling towers, research skyscrapers that harvest lightning power, vertical cemeteries and amusement parks, sports skyscrapers, fish farms, and “living mountains” for desert climates. Other proposals use the latest building technologies and parametric design to configure environmentally conscious self-sufficient buildings.


From World Architecture News.

The cities of Flins and Les Mureaux, located North West of Paris, along the Seine river, will host the new Formula 1 French Grand Prix, a competition won by the team WILMOTTE & ASSOCIÉS SA and APEX in February 2009.

The circuit will integrate itself on a site which currently houses agricultural land, urban spaces and car factories. The Formula 1 circuit is set out on a sensitive natural site and has had to incorporate the highest environmental standards respecting the surrounding environment –fauna, flora and inhabitants alike. Moreover, the whole infrastructure system was designed in perfect harmony with the existing drinking water reservoirs and acoustic barriers and ‘Automatic noise monitoring systems’ have been introduced.

The circuit, which is 4.5km long, will function clockwise with a 1km straight-line, 11 right corners and 4 left ones. This project also houses conference and exhibition halls. The site can accommodate 120,000 spectators. Its main access will be made by train with a dedicated high-speed station. For each Grand Prix, Renault will offer extra parking spaces around the circuit.

To attract and identify the best teams to design a large building complex on a reclaimed harbor at the western edge of Helsinki’s central business district. It is envisaged that the competition will lead to a design commission.

The Low2No competition is a three part competition:

  1. design a strategy or model of the dynamics that support the architecture
  2. design an indicator of sustainability by which the competition proposal and future projects can be measured
  3. design a vision for the project that will ease the heavy lifting of systemic change

In their proposals, teams should declare the best ingredients for sustainable development, and illustrate how they will be mixed over time. The goal: to achieve a low carbon building complex and urban district that will transition to a no carbon complex as the energy context improves.

More than a design, we are looking for a credible strategic framework for change, and the principals upon which the framework was built.

Our competition is designed to seek approaches for four central objectives applied at the scale of a city block:

  1. energy efficiency
  2. low/no carbon emissions
  3. high architectural, spatial and social value
  4. sustainable materials and methods

22 April R FQ submittal due
06 May Selection of best qualified teams announced
Week of 11 May Competition brief available at our website
01-03 June Selected teams in Helsinki for 2-3 day competition introduction & workshop
01 July Competition proposals due
01 September Winning team announced
September Selected teams return to Helsinki for a “next steps” workshop

Results were announced a few weeks ago and no one won, only third prize given. Some of the commentors do not seem to like the designs either.

A full gallery can be found here (although in the Croatian language) at the architects’ association of Split.