MVRDV Clad Flexible, Mixed-Use Munich Building in Giant German Slang Words

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MVRDV has unveiled the design of an adaptable building to be located at the center of Munich’s Knödelplatz square adorned with 5-meter-tall (16-foot-tall) German internet slang words as a homage to the neighborhood’s graffiti culture. To be known as WERK12, the building will house flexible entertainment, restaurants, office space and a multi-story fitness center within a highly transparent envelope, allowing the building to become a vertical extension of the plaza.

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The building is sited on a formerly industrial site in the emerging Werksviertel district, and its design draws inspiration from that character. A concrete framework allows its interior spaces to remain open and flexible, dotted with individual architectural pieces housing different program.

All five floors feature generous ceiling heights of 5 meters (16 feet), each broken up by a mezzanine level housing fitness rooms, classrooms and lounges. Departing from the plaza, the main

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Modernist Architect Albert C. Lender Dies at Age 93

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Architect Albert C. Ledner, known for his unorthodox style that subverted the seriousness of the Modernist period, has passed away at the age of 93 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Beginning as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, Ledner went on to have his own successful career designing buildings mainly in New York and New Orleans, where he completed more than 40 projects. He also completed a series of futuristic buildings and meeting halls around the country for the National Maritime Union, including what were perhaps his most famous buildings, the wavy O'Toole Building and the porthole-dotted National Maritime Building (renovated into a hotel by Handel Architects in 2011) in New York.

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In New Orleans,

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Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2017

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Architect Magazine has unveiled the 2017 edition of the “Architect 50,” their list of the 50 best architecture firms in the United States. The 2017 rankings are based on scores from three categories: business, design and sustainability. This year saw more entrants than ever before, with several first-time entrants making notable impressions, including the number 1 ranked design firm, WORKac. Topping the overall list was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), who also ranked in the top 10 in both design and sustainability.

See the top 10 from each category after the break.

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Overall

  1. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
  2. ZGF Architects
  3. Perkins+Will
  4. NADAAA
  5. EYP
  6. HDR
  7. WRNS Studio
  8. Payette
  9. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture 
  10. Kirksey Architecture 
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  1. WORKac
  2. NADAAA
  3. Marlon Blackwell Architects
  4. John Ronan Architects
  5. Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
  6. Skidmore,
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WeWork to Become Primary Tenant of James Stirling’s No 1 Poultry After Renovations

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After being saved from a major renovation that would have eliminated its iconic Postmodern facade, James Stirling’s No 1 Poultry building is now receiving a gentler retrofit that will upgrade its spaces to house 110,000-square-feet of contemporary office space. 

Fitting right in with the update, coworking giant WeWork has now been announced as the building’s first tenant, and the company has revealed some details of how the building will work for its users.

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Renderings released with the announcement show lush plantings in the building’s interior courtyard space and a sleek new entry. Led by local architecture firm BuckeyGrayYeoman, plans also include reopening the grand staircase, which is believed to have been inspired by the Vatican City’s Scala Regia, a new reception area, and underground bike storage.

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William Kaven Architecture Reveals Proposal for Portland’s Tallest Building

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William / Kaven and Kaven + Co. have unveiled plans for a bridged mixed-use skyscraper development that, if built, would become the tallest building in Portland, Oregon.

The project would replace the city’s soon-to-be-demolished USPS headquarters with a new 5-million-square-foot development consisting of multiple high-rise buildings containing facilities for retail, office, residential and a hotel.

The plan is organized around two central skyscrapers, the taller of which would top out at over 970 feet – more than foot feet taller than the city’s current tallest building, the Wells Fargo Center. The two skyscrapers would be linked at 680 feet high by a 236-foot-long glass-walled bridge housing a skygarden and offering unparallelled views of the city and the surrounding landscape.

Buildings would be built to the highest sustainability and energy efficiency standards, utilizing the latest heat pump technology as well as solar-panel-integrated curtain walls.

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William Kaven Architecture Reveals Proposal for Portland’s Tallest Building

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William / Kaven and Kaven + Co. have unveiled plans for a bridged mixed-use skyscraper development that, if built, would become the tallest building in Portland, Oregon.

The project would replace the city’s soon-to-be-demolished USPS headquarters with a new 5-million-square-foot development consisting of multiple high-rise buildings containing facilities for retail, office, residential and a hotel.

The plan is organized around two central skyscrapers, the taller of which would top out at over 970 feet – more than foot feet taller than the city’s current tallest building, the Wells Fargo Center. The two skyscrapers would be linked at 680 feet high by a 236-foot-long glass-walled bridge housing a skygarden and offering unparallelled views of the city and the surrounding landscape.

Buildings would be built to the highest sustainability and energy efficiency standards, utilizing the latest heat pump technology as well as solar-panel-integrated curtain walls.

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New Photos and Renderings Show OMA’s “Park Grove” Miami Towers as It Races Toward Completion

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New construction photos capture the progress of OMA’s Miami development, “Park Grove,” as the project’s details and finish begin to emerge.

Located next to the twisting towers of BIG’s recently completed “Grove at Grand Bay,” OMA’s trio of towers will consist of 1,000,000 square feet of luxury residential spaces with panoramic views of Florida’s Biscayne Bay.

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Over 50,000 square feet of the project is dedicated to amenity space, including a 28-seat private screening room, a restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz, an outdoor amphitheater, wine tasting rooms and a rooftop pool with private cabanas. 

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See the Incredibly Complex Louvre Abu Dhabi Constructed Over 8 Years in This Timelapse

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With its massive, intricate roof and man-made pools and canals, Ateliers Jean Nouvel's astonishingly complex Louvre Abu Dhabi was a project 10-years in the making before finally debuting to the public earlier this month. But even if the project missed it's original completion date, it certainly wasn't for lack of trying – and that's proven in this new video timelapse from EarthCam. The video captures the 8-year-long construction process from groundbreaking to completion, showing the museum as it came together from a variety of perspectives, including how the roof was assembled in mid-air before being gently lowered into place, and the enormous effort of earth moving to build the unique site. Check out the video below.

Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens To The Public Following a Decade in Development

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PRODUCE Workshop’s “Fabricwood” Named World’s Best Interior of 2017

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Overall & Display Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival Overall & Display Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival PRODUCE Workshop's flexible plywood "Shop-in-Shop" interior for Herman Miller at the XTRA flagship store in Singapore has been named the world's best interior of 2017 at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, which took place alongside the 2017 World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The overall winner was selected from a list of 9 nine category winners announced over the first two days of the event, which themselves were selected from a shortlist of 78 projects.  Dubbed "Fabricwood" by its designers, the winning space comprises a 20-meter arched structure constructed of plywood panels modeled to give the appearance of fabric. The installation was also the winner of the Display category. Last year's top honors were awarded to Hangzhou AN Interior's Black Cant System. Read on to see all of the category winners.

CATEGORY WINNERS

Display &
Overall & Display Winner: Fabricwood; Singapore / PRODUCE Workshop. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Creative Re-use Winner and Overall Highly Commended: The Garage: Beijing B+ Automobile Service Center; Beijing, China / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Bars & Restaurants Winner: Big Small Coffee and Guestroom; Beijing, China / Office AIO. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Civic, Culture & Transport Winner: Mary Rose Museum; Portsmouth, United Kingdom / Perkins+Will. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Health & Education Winner: Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal; Montréal, Canada / CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s . Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Hotels Winner: Ir-On Hotel; Bangkok, Thailand / Hypothesis. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Offices Winner: Airbnb European Headquarters; Dublin, Ireland / Heneghan Peng Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Residential Winner - Sponsored by Miele: Cleveland Rooftop; Sydney, Australia / SJB. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Retail Winner: ROU by T HAM Concept Store; Taipei, Taiwan / WZWX Architecture Group. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
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Terrence Zhang Wins Arcaid Award for World’s Best Building Image 2017

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Terrence Zhang has been named the winner of the 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photographer of the Year Award for his "striking image" of the Swimming Pool at the New Campus of Tianjin University in China, designed Atelier Li Xinggang. Announced on the final day of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin, the image was lauded for its ability to capture the shafts of sunlight entering through the clerestory and interacting with the water.

"The image is framed beautifully by the curved ceiling arches of the structure’s roof," commented WAF.

Zhang will be presented with a $3,000 prize at the 'Building Images' exhibition at Sto Werkstatt, London in February, where all of the shortlisted images will be displayed.

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Guangming Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project Wins World Building of the Year 2017

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The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Kunming University of Science and Technology’s Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project in Guangming Village has been named the World Building of the Year for 2017 at the finale gala of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin.

The project becomes the 10th to hold the title of World Building of the Year. Last year, the award was given to Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy.

Due to the "high standard of category winners presented in the first two days of WAF", the super jury has also awarded a Director’s Special Award to Superlofts Houthaven in Amsterdam by Marc Koehler Architects.

Winners of the year's Future Project, Landscape, Small Project, Iran Special

Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project in Guangming Village / The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Kunming University of Science and Technology. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Superlofts Houthaven; Amsterdam, Netherlands / Marc Koehler Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Sydney Fish Markets; Sydney, Australia / Allen Jack + Cottier Architects   . Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Streetlight Tagpuro; Tacloban, Philippines / Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
The Recovered Archaeological Landscape of Chengtoushan; Lixian County, China / Turenscape. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Pars Hospital; Rasht, Iran / New Wave Architecture. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel; Fitzroy Crossing, Australia / Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
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Tesla Unveils Electric Cargo Truck that Could Change the Future of Shipping

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At last night’s keynote address, Tesla unveiled the company’s first electric-powered large cargo vehicle, the Tesla Semi, providing a first look at how the shipping industry of the future could operate.

Employing the same sleek forms that define their roadster and sedan models, the Tesla Semi is designed “specifically around the driver,” with ergonomically-designed stairs for easier entry and exit, full standing height interior, and a centrally-position driver’s seat for optimal visibility. Touchscreen displays will provide the driver with heads-up navigation and data monitoring, while a blind spot protection will increase driver awareness on the road.

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The Semi was also lauded as “the safest truck ever,” thanks to features such as  Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning, event recording, and Tesla’s “Enhanced Autopilot” system.

"It's not like any truck that you've ever driven,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the

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Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle Unveil $317 Million Masterplan for the New York Public Library’s Main Branch

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The New York Public Library has revealed plans for the transformation of their iconic main branch on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Led by Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle, the $317 million masterplan will increase accessibility to the library as well as increase public space for research, exhibitions and educational programs by 20%.

“For over a century, the Schwarzman Building has been a beacon of open access to information and a tireless preservationist of the world’s knowledge,” said New York Public Library President Tony Marx. “We have a responsibility to preserve its architectural wonder and its role as an important civic space, while also preparing it for the future, and another century

The new Lenox and Astor Room will house books and artwork bequeathed to the library by Brooke Astor, a longtime benefactor. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle
The new 40th Street entrance will lead to the Center for Research and Learning, where students will be able to work with materials from the library’s collections. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle
The renovation at the Public Library will include new exhibition spaces, like this one planned for an area currently used as the gift shop. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle
The connection between the Mid-Manhattan Library, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and Bryant Park is an important aspect of the campus plan. Image © Mecanoo Architecten
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Spotlight: Rem Koolhaas

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With the extensive list of acclaimed alumni of his firm, OMA, it is not a stretch to call Rem Koolhaas (born 17 November 1944) the godfather of contemporary architecture. Equal parts theorist and designer, over his 40-year career Koolhaas has revolutionized the way architects look at program and interaction of space, and today continues to design buildings that push the capabilities of architecture to new places.

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Remment Koolhaas was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. At the age of eight, Koolhaas’ father was given a position running a cultural program in Jakarta, Indonesia and subsequently moved his family to Asia. The family returned to Amsterdam three years later, where Koolhaas would later 

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World Architecture Festival Reveals Day 2 Category Winners of their 2017 Awards

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Day 2 of the 2017 World Architecture Festival is now complete, and with it, 14 more projects have been announced as category winners of the event’s 2017 awards.

The world’s largest architectural award program, the WAF Awards year saw its biggest year yet, with a total of 924 entries received from projects located in 68 countries across the world. The finalist projects will be selected live at the festival by a Super Jury made up of jury chair Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects; Nathalie de Vries, Director & Co-founder of MVRDV; Ian Ritchie, Founder of Ian Ritchie Architects; and Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects.

Check out the Day 1 winners here, the full shortlist here, and see the Day 2 winners after the break.

Completed Projects

Category: Health

Winner:

Health Winner: Westbury Clinic; Johannesburg, South Africa / Ntsika Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Higher Education and Research Winner: Maersk Tower; Copenhagen, Denmark / CF Møller Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Hotel and Leisure Winner: Vegetable Trellis; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / Cong Sinh Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Mixed Use Winner: Westminster Bridge Road; London, United Kingdom / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Religion Winner: Bushey Cemetery; Bushey, United Kingdom / Waugh Thistleton Architects . Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Shopping Winner: Victoria Gate; Leeds, UK / ACME. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Transport Winner: Transformation Chemnitz Central Station; Chemnitz, Germany / Grüntuch Ernst Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Villa Winner: Bach with Two Roofs; Golden Bay, New Zealand / Irving Smith Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Future, Commercial Mixed-Use Winner: Battersea Power Station Phase 2; London, United Kingdom / WilkinsonEyre. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Future, Education Winner: Aga Khan Academy; Dhaka, Bangladesh / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and SHATOTTO Architecture. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Future, Culture Winner: Kulturkorgen - A Basket Full of Culture; Gothenburg, Sweden / Sweco Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Future, House  Winner: Queenstown House; Queenstown, New Zealand / Monk Mackenzie Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Future, Masterplanning Winner: Sydney Fish Markets; Sydney, Australia / Allen Jack + Cottier Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Future, Residential Winner: Göksu Residences; Istanbul, Turkey / EAA Emre Arolat Architecture. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
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2017 World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Award Winners

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The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the Day 1 category winners of their 2017 awards slate. Winners selected among 32 categories over the first two days of the conference will then continue on to compete for the title of the World Building of the Year 2017 to be announced on the final day of the event on Friday.

The world’s largest architectural award program, the WAF Awards year saw its biggest year yet, with a total of 924 entries received from projects located in 68 countries across the world. The finalist projects will be selected live at the festival by a Super Jury made up of jury chair Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of ArchitectsNathalie de Vries, Director & Co-founder of MVRDV; Ian Ritchie, Founder of Ian Ritchie Architects; and Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects.

Streetlight Tagpuro by Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Suzhou Chapel, Suzhou, China. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Alison Brooks Architects, The Smile. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, Insect Hotel, El Masnou, Barcelona, Spain. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Marc Koehler Architects, Superlofts Houthaven. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Peter Salter Associates, Walmer Yard, London, United Kingdom. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Heneghan Peng Architects, The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, New Shanghai Theatre, Shanghai, China. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Binh House. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Finding Rainbows, Tokyo, Japan. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction and demonstration project of Guangming Village. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
studioMilou, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Nikken Sekkei, Co Op Kyosai Plaza. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, EY Centre, 200 George Street, Sydney, Australia. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects, The Farm of 38-30. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Andrew Burges Architects, East Sydney Early Learning Centre. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
HKS, U.S. Bank Stadium. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Bodrum Loft by Tabanlioglu Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Hypothesis, Krahm Restaurant, Chiang Rai, Thailand. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
New Cyprus Archaeological Museum by Pilbrow & Partners. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Sweco Architects , Öresund City – a new European metropolis by 2030, Malmö, Sweden. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Desa Semesta by Magi Design Studio. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Boogertman + Partners Architects/Geyser Hahn Architects, New Sight Eye Clinic, Quesso, Shanga, Republic of Congo. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Sharjah Observatory, Mleiha National Park by 3deluxe Transdisciplinary Design. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Viettel Offsite Studio by Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Pilbrow & Partners, The Market Building, Wood Wharf, London, United Kingdom. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Consulate and Permanent Mission to the United Nations by Hill West Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Belatchew Arkitekter, Ethiopian Church, Stockholm, Sweden. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
The Bridge by Sanjay Puri Architects. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Create Planning Vision for Charlotte Science Center

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Adjaye Associates Reveals Design of Winter Park Library and Events Center in Florida

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Adjaye Associates has revealed the design of the latest building, a new public library and events center located in the city of Winter Park, Florida, as the project has been granted unanimous approval from the city commission.

The $30 million project will replace existing, dated library and civic center structures with a series of three red-hued pavilions described by the architects as a “micro-village.” Each pavilion will house a different program element, but will share a common formal language including structural arches inspired by local fauna and the region’s vernacular architecture, vaulted roof lines, and sweeping windows. These elements will allow natural light to penetrate deep into the buildings and create a sense of a unified local civic center.

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“Our goal is to create a vibrant community village that engages the beauty of the park, maximizes social interactive spaces

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Buro Ole Scheeren Unveils Skyscraper Complex in Ho Chi Minh City Featuring Public “Sky Forest”

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Büro Ole Scheeren has revealed the design of a landmark new development for Ho Chi Minh City that will feature three skyscrapers rising from a mountainous landscape of vegetated terraces and vibrant public spaces. To be known as “Empire City,” the development aims to embody “a symbiotic vision of nature and living” within the space of Vietnam’s capital city.

Sky Forest and Cultivated Terraces. Empire City by Ole Scheeren. Image © Buro Ole Scheeren Sky Forest and Cultivated Terraces. Empire City by Ole Scheeren. Image © Buro Ole Scheeren

Located on a central peninsula of the Saigon River, the mixed-use complex will be an integrated environment containing spaces for living, working and enjoying culture and entertainment. From the terraced podium, three towers will rise, including the iconic central Empire 88 Tower that will reach a height of 333 meters (1,093 feet). The tower will contain a variety of program types itself,

Cultivated Terraces. Empire City by Ole Scheeren. Image © Buro Ole Scheeren
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Bill Gates Purchases 25,000 Acres of Land for Smart City in Arizona

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An investment firm run by Microsoft founder Bill Gates has paid $80 million for 25,000 acres of Arizona desert to serve as the site of a new “smart city.” To be known as Belmont, the city will be made up of 80,000 residences, as well offices, retail spaces and civic amenities such as schools and police stations. The city will serve as a test ground for the latest in logistical and infrastructural technologies.

"Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs," Belmont Partners, the Arizona real state investment company involved in the deal, said in a statement.

Located about 45 minutes west of Phoenix in an area

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