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Urban Expansions and Master Plans Tackle the Housing and Climate Crises in New York

January 25, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

New York City is under the threat of several geographical and social crises, most notably the rising sea levels, floods, storm surges, as well as the need for affordable housing. While previous and current New York mayors have announced several action plans to tackle the housing and climate crisis of the city, none of them were able to tackle these issues on a big scale, particularly after the pandemic worsened the situation as many citizens found themselves without a job and unable to pay rent. As a response, world-renowned architects and academics have proposed new urban developments and master plans that provide long term solutions to these crises.

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Urban Expansions and Master Plans Tackle the Housing and Climate Crises in New York

January 25, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

New York City is under the threat of several geographical and social crises, most notably the rising sea levels, floods, storm surges, as well as the need for affordable housing. While previous and current New York mayors have announced several action plans to tackle the housing and climate crisis of the city, none of them were able to tackle these issues on a big scale, particularly after the pandemic worsened the situation as many citizens found themselves without a job and unable to pay rent. As a response, world-renowned architects and academics have proposed new urban developments and master plans that provide long term solutions to these crises.

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Sou Fujimoto’s House of Music in Hungary Opens to the Public

January 24, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Sou Fujimoto’s House of Hungarian Music, a contemporary cultural landmark dedicated to music in Budapest’s City Park has officially opened its doors to the public. Considered as one of the most anticipated buildings of the year, the project is nestled within the park’s trees, and is designed as an extension of its natural setting through uninterrupted glass volumes and a perforated roof structure. The museum offers a unique artistic experience combining landscape, architecture, and exhibition design, all dedicated to the creation of music and sound.

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Los Angeles Ends Free Public Transportation Experiment with Plans of Future Reduced-Fare Transits

January 21, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Following California’s Covid-19 health regulations in early 2020, Metro, the Los Angeles public transit agency stopped collecting fares on its busses as a safety precaution measure. However, the company’s decision turned into the United States’ biggest free-transit experiment, as ridership never dipped below 50 percent, even with the stay-at-home orders enforced by the government. Following 22 months of the decision and around 281 million fare-free transits, the company has decided to restart collecting fares, but is planning on using the information gathered throughout these two years to implement future improvements and introduce other free or reduced-fare programs in the city.

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8 Renowned Architects Design Birdhouses to Explore the Relationship between Architecture and Nature

January 20, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Muz Yer, a permanent public exhibition in Rennes, France, has invited 8 internationally-renowned architects to design birdhouses that highlight the relationship between contemporary architecture and nature. Each birdhouse serves as a response to one or more of the 13 bird species designated by the Birds Protection Committee (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux – LPO), and raises awareness of the architectural heritage of Rennes and its urban ecology. The list of exhibitors includes Julien De Smedt Architects, ADEPT, a/LTA, Duncan Lewis, Marion Normand, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Tham & Videgard, and Dominique Perrault Architects & Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost Design.

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Foster + Partners Wins Competition to Design Central Station in Stockholm

January 19, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

An integrated team led by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Marge Arkitekter have won a design competition for the redevelopment of Stockholm’s central station, Sweden’s largest transportation facility. The winning design aims to bring together several modes of transport in an integrated hub, while prioritizing pedestrian circulation and creating a new mixed-use urban district that combines old and new architecture.

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The Rise of the Design Thinking Movement and its Relation to Architecture

January 19, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

‘Innovation’ and ‘design thinking’ could possibly be two of the most extensively-used phrases both online and offline during the past decade. To respond to the global need of “changing the status quo”, established companies, start-ups, and even universities have used this framework to generate novel ways of solving problems and create new products, taking into account their desirability, feasibility, and viability. And with that, a new archetype was conceived: the design thinker, someone who has the creative toolkit to generate something disruptive. So what is the meaning behind design thinking and what is its relationship with architecture?

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Curators of 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale on the Future of the Built Environment in Design and the City Podcast

January 18, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

In this two-part episode of Design and the City – a podcast on how to make cities more livable – reSITE covers the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, exploring the question of “How will we live together”. Part-one looks into the works of the U.S, Nordic, and Luxembourg Pavilion curators, focusing on their use of timber construction as an answer to the exhibition’s theme. Part-two features curator Hashim Sarkis and Greg Lindsay, along with the British and Austrian pavilion curators, as they explore the topic of accessibility.

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40 Shortlisted Projects Announced for the EU Mies Award 2022

January 17, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary ArchitectureMies van der Rohe Award. The shortlist featured projects built across 18 different European countries, with Spain, Austria, and France topping the list with 5 entries each. The winners will be announced in April 2022 and the Award ceremony will take place in May 2022.

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Berlin Citizens Propose World’s Largest Car-Free Area in the German Capital

January 17, 2022 Dima Stouhi 0

Volksentscheid Berlin Autofrei (People’s Decision for Auto-Free Berlin), has proposed a plan to limit cars within Berlin’s Ringbahn, a long circle route around the inner city, making it the world’s largest car-free area once approved. The citizen-initiative is aimed mostly at banning the use of private cars in central Berlin, with the exception of emergency vehicles, garbage trucks, taxis, delivery vehicles, and residents with limited mobility, who would all be given special access permits.