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Thames Hub proposal to Airports Commission by Foster + Partners

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Foster + Partners

The Thames Hub Airport is a bold and deliverable vision, not just to maintain the UK’s global aviation hub status, but to significantly enhance that status. The airport will be a sustainable economic resource, which will reinforce London’s position as the world’s global city, transform the Thames Gateway and help to secure prosperity for people and businesses across the UK by enabling them to connect and trade with a rapidly changing world. Open in the next decade and privately funded in a way that ensures it is globally competitive, the airport will provide jobs and improve people’s quality of life, enhance the natural environment and help to reduce Britain’s carbon footprint. This is a vision that must be embraced for the sake of future generations.

Image Courtesy © dbox_Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Strategic Context

This vision for the Thames Hub Airport has been developed within the context of the long-term challenges that the UK needs to address. The population is growing rapidly and is expected to reach 70 million by 2026, with the number of households projected to rise 27% by 2033.2,3 Much of that growth will be in the South East, with London expected to accommodate over one million extra people, predominantly to the east of the capital – an area in desperate need of regeneration. To achieve the level of economic growth needed to provide enough jobs, the UK must rebalance its economy, both geographically, in redressing the North-South divide, and by sector, in augmenting its lead in services with growth in high value manufacturing.

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4 To support this rebalancing, there is a need to develop 21st century, high quality and sustainable transport and energy networks across the UK, as part of a wider strategy to decarbonise the economy. As other countries rapidly develop competing hub airports, served increasingly by long range aircraft, they pose a real threat to the UK’s global aviation hub status and as a nation we have to properly address the country’s long-term aviation requirements.

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The Government’s Aviation Policy Framework recognizes the need for a significant increase in airport capacity, as long as the resultant level of carbon emissions remains within domestic and international climate change targets. 5 Delivering such an increase in capacity would provide the international connectivity, particularly to fast-growing emerging economies, for passengers and goods that the UK needs over the long term to compete in the global race to facilitate trade, encourage inward investment and secure more jobs.

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Existing Situation

Heathrow Airport is the UK’s only hub airport and for over half a century it has led the development of global aviation outside North America. It has given the UK a competitive advantage that it needs to maintain.

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The case for more hub capacity has been looked at since the late 1960s, but its provision has been thwarted by the lack of a political consensus. Heathrow is now full and cannot be expanded on the scale required, due to its location, the predominant South Westerly winds and the scale of surrounding urban development, as any expansion would continue to inflict unacceptable levels of aircraft noise on Londoners.

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The lack of spare capacity at the airport limits opportunities to connect with emerging economies, as well as having a significant negative impact on the passenger experience. Major delays are routinely built into aircraft arrival and departure schedules, with consequent increases in noise, carbon emissions and pollutants. When incidents occur at the airport, the lack of resilience has serious knock-on impacts for passengers and freight. 6 The lack of capacity also means that Heathrow has the world’s highest airline charges, has less air traffic movements (ATMs) and serves fewer destinations than Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt. 7 All are severe restrictions on Britain’s ability to compete.

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UK regional passengers, who already suffer from poor public transport access to Heathrow, have seen reductions in domestic air services to and from Heathrow. As a result, they are increasingly flying to competitor European and Middle Eastern hubs rather than using Heathrow, resulting in longer end-to-end journey times and higher carbon emissions.

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Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners

Image Courtesy © Foster + Partners


Museum of the Bavarian history in Regensburg, Germany by Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio & Dietmar Koering

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio

The initialignitionfor the design of the Museum of the Bavarian history is a seamless integration into the UNESCO World Heritage site, the old town of Regensburg. Derived from the existing roofscape the building references to history and the existence. In order to create a haptic integration, the facade is classic and modern at the same time, made out of bright, whitewashed bricks. The existing lane structure is assimilated and continued to the river Danube.

Image Courtesy © Simon Takasaki & Dietmar Köring

  • Architects: Simon Takasaki Architecture + Research Studio & Dietmar Koering
  • Project: Museum of the Bavarian history
  • Location: Regensburg, Germany
  • Photography: Simon Takasaki & Dietmar Köring
  • Status: Competition
  • Area: 10.000 m²
  • Designer: Simon Takasaki & Dietmar Köring
  • Country of designer: Germany
  • Client: Ministry of Building Regensburg

Dyv-Net Dynamic vertical networks in Tai Po, Hong Kong by JAPA architects

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: JAPA architects 

Since 2000, China’s cities have expanded at an average rate of 10% annually. Although China’s agricultural output is the largest in the world, only about 15% of its total land area can be cultivated. China’s arable land, which represents 10% of the total arable land in the world, supports over 20% of the world’s population. Of this approximately 1.4 million square kilometers of arable land, only about 1.2% (116,580 square kilometers) permanently supports crops and 525,800 square kilometers are irrigated. The land is divided into approximately 200 million households, with an average land allocation of just 0.65 hectares (1.6 acres)

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  • Architects: JAPA architects
  • Project: Dyv-Net Dynamic vertical networks
  • Location: Tai Po, Hong
  • Awards: Citation in the FuturArc Prize 2013
  • Author: JAPA, Javier Ponce Architects, Barcelona-Guatemala
  • The Site: Tai Po District, Hong Kong & other potential cities
  • Strategic rethink of the Asian City: China’s limited space for farming
  • Software used: Rhino, 3ds max and Photoshop

Gottshalden in zurich, Switzerland by Rossetti + Wyss Architekten

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Rossetti + Wyss Architekten 

The house in Gottshalden is located on a plateau over the Lake Zurich. It is set in green surroundings with a high quality of life, dominated by agriculturaluse. The volume exhibits a unified design, with a reduced, sharp-angled timber facade. The furniture-like wooden skin defines both walls and rooftops, covering the exterior in a single material, unbroken. The various geometries lend the structure plasticity, while the windows flush with the exterior, are emphasized with lighter-colored reveals.

Image Courtesy © Jürg Zimmermann

  • Architects: Rossetti + Wyss Architekten
  • Project: Gottshalden
  • Location: zurich, Switzerland
  • Photography: Jürg Zimmermann
  • Year of completion: 2012
  • Netto surface area: 320 m2
  • Site area: 2’300 m2
  • Project leader: Claudio Sticca
  • Supporting structure: Dr. Lüchinger+MeyerBauingenieure AG, Zürich Switzerland
  • Electro planning: ZürcherElektroplanungen AG, St. Gallen Switzerland
  • Heating and ventilation planning: Geiger AG, WädenswilSwitzerland
  • Building physics: BWS Bauphysik AG, Winterthur Switzerland
  • Execution: October 2010, May 2012
  • Software used: Topcad

Urban Hybrid Housing Winning Proposal in Emmen, Switzerland by MVRDV

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: MVRDV

(Emmen, Date) The city of Emmen has announced that investment corporation Senn BPM AG together with MVRDV are the winners of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block with 95 homes of16 different types. The urban hybrid development combines characteristics of city dwelling – central location, privacy, underground parking – with the characteristics of suburban life: gardens, multilevel living and a neighbourhood community. Construction is envisioned to start in2015.

Image Courtesy © MVRDV

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Urban Hybrid Housing Winning Proposal
  • Location: Emmen, Switzerland

11-11 CLUB in Beyoğlu, İstanbul by Uras X Dilekci Architects

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Uras X Dilekci Architects


URASXDİLEKCİ is focused on high creativity,research, future building systems and continuous practice. We have vast experience inresidential, office, retail, urban, mixed use and entertainment projects.

Image Courtesy © Emre Başak

  • Architects: Uras X Dilekci Architects
  • Project: 11-11 CLUB
  • Location: Beyoğlu, İstanbul
  • Photography: Emre Başak
  • Lead Architect: Uras X Dilekci Architects
  • Client: Tangun Gencel, Mithatcan Özer, Orçun Göçgün
  • Project Area: 300 m2

The Winners of NEXT LANDMARK 2013 have been announced by Floornature

Sunday, July 21st, 2013


NEXT LANDMARK 2013, the second edition of the international contest organised by architecture and design portal, Floornature for new millennium graduates has ended on a real high note.  For the first time, Floornature announced the winners in a live streaming event, which starred all the contest judges.

Extensive participation on the wave of the first edition, with projects submitted from all over the world and lost of fine quality ideas; the 2013 edition of Next Landmark is confirmed as a privileged observatory of young creativity in the area of architecture.

For the first time, the 3 winning projects and the 6 special mentions were announced in a live streaming even conducted by anchor-architect, Pietro Polidori with the participation of all the big names on the judging panel:  Julien De Smedt (JDS Architects), Esteban Suàrez (BNKR Arquitectura), Luca Molinari (architect, historian and critic of architecture), Aldo Colonetti (editor-in-chief of Ottagono), Angelo Maggi (architect and professor at IUAV and IUSVE), Federica Minozzi (CEO of Floornature) and Paolo Schianchi (architect and editor-in-chief of Floornature). Guest of honour for the evening was “activist” architect from Bangladesh, Rafiq Azam, who participated to present the world premiere of the video-interview with Floornature.

Next Landmark 2013 was an all-women edition, with two women winning first prize for the First Work and Research categories, Shoko Murakaji from Japan and the Russian, Nataly Abramova respectively. The first prize for the new Photography section went to the very young photographer and designer, Hugo Soo fromCanada.

Here are all the winning projects and special mentions of Next Landmark 2013.

Winner: Shoko Murakaji, Japan, Villa921
Special mention: Giorgi Khmaladze, Georgia, Fuel Station and McDonald’s in Batumi
Special mention: Michiya Tsukano, Japan, House T

Winner: Nataly Abramova, Russia, Contemporary Art Center: from collecting to creation
Special mention: Aries Cheng, Hong Kong, Healing & Transformation: The “No Man’s Land”
Special mention: Gabrielle Phillips, Australia, Antarctic Connections

Winner: Hugo Soo, Canada, Relationship between time, architecture and human emotions
Special mention: Pedro Gabriel, Portugal, “House of the Histories” in Cascais
Special mention: Marco Fogarolo, Italy, Suburban

The winners of the First Work and Photography categories receive a trip for two to Helsinki, for 3 nights, during Helsinki Design Week, and the winner of the Research category will receive a 3-month internship at BNKR, Mexico City. All the winning projects and special mentions for each category will also be displayed in the contest Exhibition held at SpazioFMG in Milan from 2nd to 11th October 2013.

See all the projects by the winners and finalists at


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Plein Soleil in Paris, France by rh+ architecture

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: rh+ architecture

Location in the site

The situation of the plot at number 16 rue Riquet is exceptional: largely visible from the corner of Avenue de Flandre, it is very close to the Bassin de la Villette and has a length of 36 meters of frontage facing south with a depth varying from 18 to 22 meters. The building at the corner of Avenue de Flandre constructed at right angles as well as the small buildings with adjoining ground floors gives to the western corner of the plot a very valuable “faubourg” touch. On the other side of the same street, the large gable of number 14 allows the new building to be built upon. The whole of these characteristics bear a rich urban potential. Our project aims at making the most of it in the setting up and design of the new building

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: rh+ architecture
  • Project: Plein Soleil
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Luc Boegly
  • Size: 2 760 m2
  • Completion: 2012

World Architecture Festival Awards 2013 shortlist announced

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Shortlist of 302 projects highlights the global strength of architecture and design Organisers see big increase in entries from Europe and North America

Singapore, July 3, 2013 – A giraffe house in New Zealand, a monastery in Taiwan, a treehouse in the USA and a research station in Antarctica are among the 302 projects that have today been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013 – the world’s biggest architectural awards programme.

Taking place at this year’s sixth annual World Architecture Festival, the WAF Awards 2013 have attracted entries from almost 50 countries. The festival’s organisers, i2i Events Group, saw projects submitted from as far afield as New Zealand and Denmark, via Mexico and Azerbaijan. The geographic spread of entries in the shortlist is further complemented by the variety of projects, from The National Arboretum in Australia, to a media centre in Kazakhstan and an opera house in South Korea.

Diamond House – Alan Tay

This year’s festival is being held in Singapore for the second time, and whilst the organisers have again seen huge interest in entries from South East Asia, entries from Europe and North America have increased by almost 40% and 14% respectively.

Buildings designed by global architects such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects feature among projects by smaller, local practices. Practices will compete across 29 individual award categories, spanning completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects, presenting their shortlisted designs live to international judging panels and festival delegates.

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: ‘Following such strong competition at last year’s awards, expectations were understandably high for the WAF Awards 2013, and the entries did not disappoint. From the subtle to the spectacular, from a four room house to an 80 storey tower, the sheer quality and diversity reflected in the array of projects shortlisted today demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the event. All eyes are now on the festival’s venue, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where the architects will battle to win their individual categories, with the victorious projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year award.”

Heydar Aliyev Centre – Zaha Hadid Architects

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event. Building on last year’s successful relocation from Barcelona to Singapore, the festival will once again take place at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands resort. The event is being held in association with Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA)’s festival of ideas about the city, Archifest.

World Architecture Festival is collocated with INSIDE World Festival of Interiors INSIDE celebrates the world’s finest interiors of the last year and also has at its heart a live international awards programme.

L’Avenue Shanghai – Leigh & Orange

For a full breakdown of the WAF Awards shortlist, please visit:
For more information visit:
Twitter: @worldarchfest

Notes to editors

About WAF
World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the largest annual festival and live awards programme for the global architecture community.
It will take place at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore between 2nd – 4th October 2013.

WAF has three central pillars of activity:

  • A wide-ranging conference programme, featuring keynote lectures, dozens of expert-led talks and seminars from thought-leading architects and designers from across the globe.
  •  The world’s largest annual awards programme in which practices from around the world compete across 29 award categories for global recognition. Architects of every shortlisted project are invited to attend the festival to give a live presentation to a panel of judges, asserting their case for why their project should win. The winners of each category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building of the Year award, presided over by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, with the presentation of the award being the culmination of WAF 2013. This year’s super jury includes Ken Yeang – Llewelyn Davies Yeang; Patrick Bellew – Atelier Ten; Jeanne Gang – Studio Gang Architects; Dietmar Eberle – Baumschlager Eberle and Ken Tadashi Oshima -University of Washington.
  • Three festival halls where all award entries are displayed in a unique awards gallery and where sponsors and suppliers can interact with delegates, make new contacts and showcase their services and products.

As well as this the festival plays host to an international, live student charrette; parties and receptions in some of Singapore’s most exciting locations; exclusive tours to Singapore’s most recent architectural sites of interest and a celebratory gala dinner and awards ceremony.

WAF has welcomed over 10,000 attendees to date, including 1,900 in 2012. The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, itself a previous WAF Award winner, is WAF’s home for the second year running, having been held in Barcelona for four years previously, providing the perfect backdrop to this truly global architectural extravaganza.

WAF Awards Programme
The WAF Awards are the global industry benchmark for excellence. Entries were welcomed in 29 categories, spanning completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects.
Individual Categories:
Completed Buildings:

  • Civic and community
  • Culture
  • Display
  • Health
  • Higher education/research
  • Hotel/leisure
  • House
  • Housing
  • New and Old
  • Office
  • Production/energy/recycling
  • Schools
  • Shopping
  • Sport
  • Transport
  • Villa

Landscape Projects:

  • Completed designs – rural and urban

Future Projects:

  • Commercial mixed-use
  • Competition entries
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Experimental
  • Health
  • House
  • Infrastructure
  • Leisure-led development
  • Masterplanning
  • Office
  • Residential

About WAF’s organisers – i2i Events Group
i2i Events Group delivers world-class exhibitions and large scale events in key sectors including home and gift, fashion, retail, healthcare, energy, environment, education, technology and media. Its portfolio of world-wide events includes World Retail Congress, RWM, Spring Fair, Naidex, BVE, Bett and Pure London. It prides itself on opening up possibilities for its customers and each year brings more than 250,000 decision makers together to network, source, test, buy and sell brilliant products, services, ideas and solutions. The company is headed up by Mark Shashoua who joined EMAP as Group MD of EMAP Connect in November 2011 and became CEO of i2i Events Group in March 2012. i2i Events Group is powered by Top Right Group, formerly known as Emap International Ltd.

About Archifest 2013
Archifest 2013, A Festival of Ideas About The City is Singapore’s annual architecture festival organised by Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA). Running from 27 September 2013 to 13 October 2013, the festival returns with a brand new theme – Small is Beautiful. Through the lens of the theme, Archifest 2013 will use the city as a laboratory and frame Singapore as an urban ecosystem beyond singular architectural projects. It will explore and celebrate projects, design studios, communities and ideas that might be small by choice and circumstance but are large in ambition and impact.

Festival highlights include Archifest Pavilion Competition Design, Archifest Forum, SIA Award Dinner, School of Urban Ideas, Architours and Fringe.

For more information, visit 

PINC Pavilion in Porto, Portugal by Clínica de Arquitectura

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source: Clínica de Arquitectura

PINC  Pole for the Creative Industries of Park of Science and Technology, University of Porto – quickly became a space of great dynamism of Porto. A recognized centre for the creation and production of events and contacts.

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Delmar

  • Architects: Clínica de Arquitectura
  • Project: PINC Pavilion
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Photography: Alexandre Delmar
  • Client: UPTEC
  • Contractor: SHIFT Empreitadas
  • Work conclusion: December of 2012
  • Function: Pantry and formation room
  • Landscaping: Maria Luís Gonçalves
  • Coordination: SWark
  • Contractor: SHIFT Empreitadas
  • Area: 70m²
  • Software used: Autocad 2010
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