Move over, Jesus: skateboarders convert a historic Spanish church into a “temple of urban art”

Art, Interiors, International
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Santa Barbara Church, before and after (Courtesy Red Bull Media)

Santa Barbara Church, before and after (Courtesy Red Bull Media)

The Spanish Church of Santa Barbara, designed by Asturian architect Manuel del Busto in 1912, faced severe deterioration from years of abandonment, until Church Brigade skate collective slid in. The collective’s transformation, Kaos Temple, is a skate park completely immersed in geometric street art.

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CannonDesign to deliver new hospital to l’Université de Montreal

Architecture, International, Other
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Currently under construction, the Centre Hospitalier de Montreal (CHUM) will be one of the largest medical complexes in North America. (Courtesy CannonDesign)

It has been 30 years since Montreal has built a new hospital. CannonDesign in association with Montreal based NEUF Architect(e)s, and l’Université de Montreal aim to amend that situation with a new three tower hospital complex.

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Planned as a hotel, Zaha Hadid’s first project in South America is now a luxury residence

Architecture, International, News
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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ZAHA'S CASA ATLANTICA. (COURTESY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS)

Zaha’s Casa Atlantica (Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Zaha Hadid, with Arup and Mello Affonso Engineering, is executing her first project in South America. Casa Atlantica is a luxury residential building in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro.

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To reduce their carbon footprint, four European cities introduce drastic traffic regulation plans

MADRID TRAFFIC. (DAVIDE ZANCHETTIN // FLICKR)

Traffic in Madrid. (Davide Zanchettin / Flickr)

Amidst the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, numerous cities announced questionably large goals to reduce carbon emissions. However, Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Madrid, have backed their goals with concrete plans for extreme traffic regulation, ranging from a car-free city center in Oslo to free public transportation in Madrid.

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KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten to Design New Shenzhen Art Museum

International
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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(Courtesy KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten)

(Courtesy KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten)

German studio KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten was selected last month in an international competition to design the new Shenzhen Art Museum and Library complex. The winning scheme was chosen over submissions by world-renowned firms including OMA, Mecanoo and Steven Holl.

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See how a pipe organ played by waves transformed Zadar’s concrete shoreline into a popular public space

SEA ORGAN (LINSSIMATO FLICKR)

Sea Organ (linssimato / Flickr)

During World War II, Allied bombing almost entirely destroyed Zadar, Croatia, 3,000-year-old city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Redevelopment introduced a long, concrete shoreline—unpopulated and uninviting, until 2005, when Croatian architect Nikola Bašić installed Sea Organ.

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SPARK’s “Home Farm” Typology Addresses Food Security and a Rapidly Aging Population in Singapore

Architecture, International
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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(Courtesy SPARK)

(Courtesy SPARK)

SPARK’s recent conceptual project in Singapore is a bold interpretation of the city-state’s vision to be a “city in a garden.” Aptly called “Home Farm,” the project addresses Singapore’s rapidly aging population, proposing a combination of high-density senior housing and vertical urban farming.

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Kengo Kuma claims commission for Tokyo Olympic Stadium as Hadid fumes

Architecture, International, News
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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Proposal from "B" (Courtesy Japan Sports Council)

(Courtesy Kengo Kuma)

At last, design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium has finally been decided with Kengo Kuma‘s winning commission. The Japanese firm fought off a plan by Toyo Ito to claim the prize. Zaha Hadid, however, was less than complimentary of the decision.

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Mark it Six: Zaha Hadid unveils another skyscraper in Australia, this time in Melbourne

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Zaha Hadid is designing another skyscraper in Australia. Following designs for a trio of towers in Brisbane and a pair of towers in Gold Coast, the London-based architect has just submitted plans for another tower, this time in Melbourne.

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Taipei activates space below a rail viaduct with 1,000 twinkling balloons

PROMENADE UNDER 220. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

PROMENADE UNDER 220. (COURTESY CITY YEAST)

In November, Taipei was overtaken by a giant anemone lurking beneath a rail viaduct. One thousand six-foot-tall, cylindrical balloons wobbled under the city’s Shilin Metro Station. The 650-foot-long, inflatable, public art installation, Walking in the Balloons, was built for the Shilin Light Festival. City Yeast, a Taipei-based design firm, executed the project.

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Renzo Piano wraps up construction of the Energy Canopy at Athens’ enormous Cultural Center

SNFCC Energy Canopy (Yiorgis Yerolymbos)

SNFCC Energy Canopy (Yiorgis Yerolymbos)

For years, Renzo Piano has been working to complete his design for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Greece. Not, the cultural group behind the project has announced that a key component of the Visitor’s Center, the energy canopy, is now complete.

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Norman Foster: The quality of infrastructure determines the quality of our lives

Atlanta, left, and Hong Kong, right, were counterpoints in the conference's discussions.

Atlanta, left, and Hong Kong, right, were counterpoints in the conference’s discussions. (Jeremy Taylor / Chris Lee / Flickr; Montage by AN)

This month, the London School of Economics (LSE) hosted its 10th annual UrbanCities debates, a forum where world leaders in the field of urbanism come together to discuss their views on the subject and its relative disciplines (mainly architecture). This year AN caught up with Design Museum curator Deyan Sujic, Norman Foster, and Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, among others for the debate.

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