Artists to launch mobile Slum Museum in Dharavi, Mumbai’s million-strong slum

Dharavi Streets. (Courtesy M M Flickr)

Dharavi Streets. (Courtesy M M Flickr)

Dharavi, a slum in the heart of Mumbai, is home to approximately one million people, making it one of the largest slums in the world. Next month, Dharavi will house the first slum museum, Design Museum Dharavi. The museum will open February 2016, “creating a place where makers can find potential clients, teach workshops to the rest of the community and take their own practice one step further,” the museum page says.

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LAN Architecture’s Euravenir Tower fills the open last site in OMA’s Euralille master plan

Euravenir Tower. (Courtesy LAN, Julien Lanoo)

Euravenir Tower. (Courtesy LAN, Julien Lanoo)

In 1989, OMA was commissioned by Euralille to masterplan 8,611,100 square feet of urban activities in the urban quarter of Lille, France. Approximately 27 years later, the last free parcel of Phase One is filled. The project, Euravenir Tower, was designed by Paris-based architecture firm, LAN Architecture, at the foot of Avenue Le Corbusier.

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Synthesis Design + Architecture’s sophisticated addition to one of the world’s largest malls

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Facade at dusk, by Polar Factory, courtesy Synthesis Design + Architecture

Facade at dusk, by Polar Factory, courtesy Synthesis Design + Architecture

The facade and roof serve as a the graphic identity for the 20,000 sq. ft. building while acting as a veil which reveals and conceals views.

The Groove provides an extension to CentralWorld, the third largest mall in the world. At 6,000,000 sq. ft., the mall is comprised of three towers: an office tower, a lifestyle tower (including a gym, dentist and doctors offices, schools, etc.), and a hotel tower. The main shopping center includes four department stores and a convention center. Sited at an existing entry plaza to the office tower, which feeds an underground parking garage, the project came to Synthesis’ office with several structural design constraints. The weight of the addition was limited, causing the design team to incorporate a specific steel frame with a grid coordinated to the bay spacing of the parking garage immediately below grade. Alvin Huang, Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design, says this helped save time at the start of the design process. At 20,000 sq. ft., the project, jokes Huang, is “the punctuation on the paragraph.”
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Chicago’s Willis Tower falls off top ten list of tallest buildings in world

Chicago in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

The former tallest building in the world, now 11th, the Willis Tower in Chicago. (Monika Thorpe/Flickr)

The Willis Tower (formerly known as, and still referred to by locals as, the Sears Tower) has been bumped from the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) top ten tallest buildings in the world list with the completion of the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.

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Pritzker Jury: Pathway to The Stars?

2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

What does it mean when the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Prize—Chile’s Alejandro Aravena—just came off the jury of the very same award? He was on the jury from 2009 to 2015 and all the jurors from 2015 (The Lord Palumbo (Chair), Alejandro Aravena, Stephen Breyer, Yung Ho Chang, Kristin Feireiss, Glenn Murcutt, Richard Rogers, Benedetta Tagliabue, and Ratan N. Tata) were on the 2016 jury—except Aravena?  Two past winners were on the jury prior to receiving the award, but won 5 years after departing. Shigeru Ban served from 2006-9 and won in 2014. While Fukihiko Maki was a juror from 1985-88 and won in 93.

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Winners Unveiled for Toronto’s Second Annual Winter Stations Design Competition

International, Other
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Floating Ropes by MUDO

Floating Ropes by MUDO

Four winners and three student winners were selected to design art installations along Toronto’s beaches this winter. The concept behind the Winter Stations Design Competition is to enliven typically deserted beaches during the winter with whimsical structures.
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A giant 3D printer will replicate an ancient temple destroyed by ISIS

International, News, Preservation
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer. (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

Replicas of the entrance arch of the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, will be recreated using a giant 3D printer for World Heritage Week in London and New York. Read More

Alejandro Aravena of ELEMENTAL Wins 2016 Pritzker Prize

Architecture, Awards, International, Newsletter
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

Alejandro Aravena of ELEMENTAL is having a banner year. The Chilean architect—and director of the upcoming 2016 Venice Biennale—has been named the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize. He is best known for his socially-minded approach to architecture—namely housing and disaster relief. Aravena has a number of completed projects that range from “chairs” for sitting on the ground (commissioned by Vitra) to a master plan for Santiago, Chile in the aftermath of a 2010 magnitude 8.8 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

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What’s happening with that giant golden statue of Mao in China?

International, News, Other
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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(Buster&Bubby / Flickr)

(Buster&Bubby / Flickr)

This month, a 120-foot-tall statue of former Communist Party leader Mao Zedong in the village of Zhushigang, Henan province, was completed. The steel-and-concrete statue sat, somewhat incongruously, in the middle of a field. Days later, the statue was torn down. What happened? Read More

Architects turn to the sea with real proposals for subaquatic living

FLOATING CITY BY AT DESIGN. (COURTESY AT DESIGN)

FLOATING CITY BY AT DESIGN. (COURTESY AT DESIGN)

Sub-aquatic colonization is as alien as inhabiting Mars, yet both topics trend in the design world. Some designers believe residing in the deep sea would resolve crises over food, energy, water, and carbon dioxide. Here are six proposals for subaquatic cities, some of which are being realized, despite resembling post-apocalyptic films.

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Downtown Toronto tower gets rooftop hockey rink

International, Other, Skyscrapers
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Molson Hockey Rink

Molson’s maple leaf logo adorns the newly finished half-scale ice rink on the roof of a 32-story tower in downtown Toronto. (Courtesy Molson Canadian)

Molson Coors, the Canada-based beer brewing company has completed the construction of an hockey rink on top of a 32-story building in downtown Toronto as part of their #anythingforhockey campaign.

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New Delhi and Milan scale back on automobile usage to combat runaway air pollution

Smoggy New Delhi (Stephan Rebernik / Flickr)

Smoggy New Delhi (Stephan Rebernik / Flickr)

New Delhi has taken emergency measures to deal with the particularly thick and noxious air that has covered India’s capital city this winter. For the first two weeks of the New Year, the city has enacted an odd-even rule, which stipulates that even-numbered license plates be allowed on the roads only on even-numbered dates, and odd-numbered license plates only on odd-numbered dates.

And others are following suit.

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