Oslo plans to make its city center free from cars in four years

Köpcentret Oslo City (Jenny Andersson, News Øresund / Flickr)

Köpcentret Oslo City (Jenny Andersson, News Øresund / Flickr)

Norway currently boasts three World Rally Championship drivers (second only to France), all of considerable pedigree, yet its capital city of Oslo is planning to remove cars for good. Along with the proposal to ban cars is the plan to build 37 miles worth of bike lanes by 2019 and a new system for handicap bus services and delivery vehicles.

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Santiago Calatrava awarded 2015 European Prize for Architecture

Architecture, Awards, International
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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The World Trade Center Transportation Hub. (courtesy Queen Sofia Spanish Institute)

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub by Calatrava (Courtesy Queen Sofia Spanish Institute)

The Chicago Athenaeum  and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies have revealed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava as the 2015 winner of the European Prize for Architecture. Read More

Seeking Refuge: Thinking differently about architectural solutions to the European refugee crisis

Architecture, International
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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While project "Fill the Gap" is currently just a proposal, the students of Hannover's Leibniz University will be converting the roof of their building into a roof garden.

While project “Fill the Gap” is currently just a proposal, the students of Hannover’s Leibniz University will be converting the roof of their building into a roof garden. (Courtesy Deutsche Welle)

In a recently published article by NextCity, German students at Leibnitz University in Hannover have taken a different approach to the standard shantytown-tent communities often considered for refugee accommodation. Instead, they are proposing long-term solutions.

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An architect from Vancouver wants to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper over a roadway in Paris

Baobab in Paris. (Courtesy Michael Green Architecture)

Baobab in Paris. (Courtesy Michael Green Architecture)

Back in March, AN wrote about Rüdiger Lainer and Partners’ plan to construct a wood skyscraper in Vienna. The so-called HoHo project would rise 276 feet and be about three-quarters wood. Now, Vancouver-based architect Michael Green, whose eponymous firm is behind “the tallest mass timber building in the United States” has proposed a timber tower for Paris that would be 10 stories taller—making it the tallest such structure on earth. That is, if it gets built.

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Architects in Vienna plan to build this skyscraper out of wood

The tower will rise 276 feet. (Courtesy Rüdiger Lainer and Partner via The Guardian)

The tower will rise 276 feet. (Courtesy Rüdiger Lainer and Partner via The Guardian)

Last year, AN‘s Midwest Editor Chris Bentley reported on the advances being made in wood construction and how we were on the verge of seeing tall timber towers sprout up around the world. The AEC community has been talking about building high-rise structures with wood for years, but there obviously hasn’t been a major revolution with the building type just yet—the tallest modern wood building doesn’t even top 100 feet. Well, that record is about to be shattered by a new tower in Vienna that could usher in a new era of high-rise development.

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Check out these five finalists named in the Mies van der Rohe Awards

Architecture, Awards, International
Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Philarmonic Hall Szczecin. (Simon Menges)

Philarmonic Hall Szczecin. (Simon Menges)

Five projects have been short-listed in the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture—Mies van der Rohe Award. Over the next few weeks, jury members will visit each of the five buildings and a winner will be announced on May 8th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. You can take a look at the five finalists below.

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London expected to break ground on massive “cycle superhighway”

(Courtesy Greater London Authority)

(Courtesy Greater London Authority)

London is ready to one-up its bike-friendly European neighbors by building the longest, continuous protected cycleway on the continent. Mayor Boris Johnson has been emphatically endorsing the plan that would create two “superhighways” of bi-directional, curb protected bike lanes. The longer of the two paths would run 18 miles, past some of London’s most iconic sites.

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MVRDV’s twisting tower in Vienna looks like it might snap in half

MVRDV's "TURM MIT TAILLE." (Courtesy MVRDV)

MVRDV’s “TURM MIT TAILLE.” (Courtesy MVRDV)

MVRDV, the Dutch firm known for dreaming up dramatic designs, has stayed true to form with its latest project: a 360-foot-tall twisting tower in Vienna. The structure appears like a standard-issue modern glass tower that has been grabbed at its top and then violently twisted. The result—ten rotating, slightly cantilevering floor plates—creates what the architects describe as a “curving waist.” The tower is said to have an “elegant, hourglass figure,” but appears more like a top-heavy structure ready to snap.

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Tired of the noisy Autobahn, Hamburg to kick off major highway-capping project

The capped highway. (Courtesy hochtief solutions)

The capped highway. (Courtesy hochtief solutions)

The city of Hamburg is kicking off a massive effort to bury and cap two miles of a highway that cuts right through town. Fast Company reported that the $800 million project will create 60 new acres of green space which include “open meadows, woods, bike paths, community gardens, and tree-lined squares.” Capping the highway will also create space for about 2000 new homes, according to city officials.

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2014 European Solar Decathlon Announces Winners

Rhome-for-Dencity-house (Courtesy Solar Decathlon Europe/jflakes.com)

Rhome-for-Dencity-house (Courtesy Solar Decathlon Europe/jflakes.com)

The 2014 European Solar Decathlon has come to an end, and the international student competition to design cutting edge solar houses has produced a winner: Team Rhome of Universitá Degli Studi di Roma TRE. Their house, called Rhome for denCity, received a mark of 840.63 out of 1,000 maximum points, edging out the runner-up proposals by a slim margin.

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Such Great Heights: CTBUH names world’s best tall buildings

One Central Park (Richard Braddish)

One Central Park (Richard Braddish)

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the nonprofit arbiter on tall building design, has named its 2014 picks for best tall buildings. Among the winners are a twisting tower in Dubai, Portland’s greenest retrofit, and a veritable jungle of a high-rise.

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BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel: A Quirky Vintage Indoor Camper Park

International
Friday, October 11, 2013
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BASECAMP BONN YOUNG HOSTEL. (COURTESEY BONN YOUNG HOSTEL)

Germans have taken on a unique approach to hospitality. This past August, hotelier Michael Schloesser introduced an innovative type of lodging two miles from the city center of Bonn. By converting an old storage facility into an indoor campground, Schloesser has created what he calls the world’s first camping trailer hotel: BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel. Inside the warehouse, numerous trailers, vintage vans, sleeping cars and motorhomes are arranged to create a typical campground setup.

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