Making an urban space feel more welcoming is easy to achieve by putting a “colorful” idea into practice. Today we would like to introduce you to the Rainbow Bridge (found on Fubiz), an unusual elevated pedestrian walkway located in Magong, Penghu County, Taiwan. By simply adding a thin neon band to the massive construction, a wonderful visual effect is achieved. The colors of the rainbow are reflected on the water during night time, creating a fantastic atmosphere. Moreover, the bridge becomes visible from far away, adding a fairytale-like mood in the neighboring regions as well. Reaching out to playful personalities, this original lighting installation could be the answer to livening up dull places. However, in a crowded and over-lit city, it may seem a bit exaggerated. All in all, we like the idea and are looking forward to your comments regarding this intriguing project in Taiwan. Would you go for a late bike ride, knowing that this bridge would be waiting for you around the corner?
after five years of hosting the world architecture festival (WAF) in barcelona, spain the event is heading to a new destination, singapore, from october 3rd-5th, 2012 in celebration of this anniversary.
featuring a comprehensive mix of architectural styles, from british colonial civic buildings to art deco office blocks, the southeast asian country’s rich building heritage is beginning to be recognized on a broader global scale.this year’s festival will be hosted within the acclaimed marina bay sands resort designed by moshe safdie, whose firm won an WAF award in 2010. (see designboom’s coverage of moshe safdie’s marina bay sands completed and during the construction phase)the festival will include a programme of exhibitions, keynote addresses, presentations and seminars delivered by the international line-up of participants. the largest architectural awards programme in the world, the WAF awards will once again be a focal highlight of the event. in the past entrants have ranged from smaller, local practices to renowned global architectural firms. all of the entrants compete as equals, presenting their projects on a global stage in an interactive format, live in front of an international judging panel and festival delegates.
this year’s jury includes: ben van berkel, UNstudio; jürgen mayer h., j. mayer h architecture design research; mok wei wei, W architects; kongjian yu, turenscape; marcio kogan, studio mk27; kerry hill, kerry hill architects; tang guan bee, tangguanbee architects; edouard francois, maison d’architecture edouard francois; ivan harbour, rogers stirk harbour + partners; ole scheeren, buro ole scheeren; richard hassell and wong mun summ,WOHA; sanjay puri, sanjay puri architects and birgit lohmann, editor-in-chief of designboom.
paul finch, WAF programme director said: ‘since our inaugural festival in 2008, WAF has evolved into a truly global event, annually attracting thousands of architects and designers from across the world. following four fantastic years in barcelona we feel the time is right to move the festival to a new location, and where better to celebrate our fifth birthday than at moshe safdie’s award winning marina bay sands in singapore. the festival represents an exclusive forum for the architectural community to showcase projects, debate and discuss current trends and learn from some of the world’s most inspirational designers. this year’s jury features some of the industry’s leading minds and most-respected thinkers, who are each individually at the very forefront of their respective fields. we’re looking forward to seeing the quality of this panel matched by the creativity and ingenuity of the projects that they will be judging.’
for details on the award’s entry conditions and how to apply go to: http://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/entry_conditions.cfm
for conference rates and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/visitor_costs.cfm
WAF building of the year 2010 ‘
WAF building of the year 2009 ‘mapungubwe interpretation center’ by peter rich architects, limpopo, south africa image © peter rich architects
a winning design has been chosen from studio a+i for the new york city ‘AIDS memorial’ at st. vincent’s hospital park, a triangular plot with a dense grove of trees. the project is an inviting open space where people can contemplate and mourn at a circular reflecting pool. an assembly of steel tube structures is defined by the shape of the site, creating triangular planes which fold down to anchor to the ground at three specific points. trough beams provide lateral support while housing the planters that will feed the green screen covering the entire surface area of the construct. small painted tubes line the interior adding a third layer of support and narratives are engraved into circular pavers on the floor to share and learn about the epidemic.
The thirteenth annual International Architecture Biennale , with pavilions from 55 participating nations. This year’s theme, set by curator David Chipperfield, is ‘Common Ground,’ and Canada’s national pavilion will compliment it greatly.
Winniped-based 5468796 Architecture in conjunction with University of Manitoba professor Jae Sung Chon have formed Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO), the curating agency for the pavilion, which will feature 18 works from architects and students under 45. The theme, ‘Migrating Landscapes,’ will examine issues surrounding globalization and immigration, specifically in the context of architecture. It seeks to answer the question: how does design cross cultural, social, and political borders?
To investigate this new world of mobile people and dreams, MLO created a abstract grid from rectangular extrusions of various types of wooden pieces. In the words of MLO, “the landscape is envisioned as a grid mosaic – an abstraction of the physical [configuration], social [relationship], economic [size] and political [hierarchy] conditions that form Canada’s pluralistic cultural identity.” The projects, winners of a 2011 national competition, are then placed within this landscape, nestling into it but not being overwhelmed by the larger composition
what will be the theme of the canadian pavilion at this year’s venice architecture biennale?
‘canada’s entry to the 13th international architecture exhibition – la biennale di venezia is migrating landscapes. as more and more people move around the globe, the issue of im/migration is more important than ever. in spite of humanity’s increased mobility, many countries are becoming less open to new im/migrants, with canada remaining a notable exception. migrating landscapes poses questions about contemporary architecture as it is practiced cross-culturally and negotiated across political and social borders.’
Proof that modern residences can be both imposing and comfortable, the Black & Red Residence rises in Jose Ignacio, Punta del este, Uruguay. Its 340 square meters of bold interior spaces were designed to make the life of a family with kids Continue reading
Ferrari World is a stunning theme park located 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi, on Yas Island, in United Arab Emirates. When seeing this project of immense proportions, I immediately thought that it has to be in Dubai, but here’s a country Continue reading