La primadonna. A Zaha Hadid la Royal Golden Medal 2016

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Non poteva che essere l’inglese di origine irachena Zaha Hadid la prima donna a ricevere la Royal Gold Medal, riconoscimento di alto profilo che viene conferito annualmente all’architetto che si è distinto per ingegno e valore. Hadid è brava e potente (ha più di 200 architetti che lavorano per lei) e le sue curve morbide la rendono inconfondibile. Prima di lei, dal 1848, solo uomini. Ogni nome risveglia una storia a suo modo epica: Viollet-le-Duc (1864), Berlage (1932), Frank Lloyd Wright (1941), Alvar Aalto (1957), Mies van der Rohe (1959), Pier Luigi Nervi (1960). E in anni più recenti tutti i più grandi dell’architettura: Foster, Isozaki, Niemeyer, Siza, Koolhaas, Gehry, Nouvel, Piano.Read More

I vincitori della quarta edizione dei Global Holcim Awards 2015

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La giuria di esperti internazionali guidata da Mohsen Mostafavi, Preside della Graduate School of Design (GSD) presso Harvard University, USA ha selezionato i vincitori tra i 15 progetti che sono stati premiati nelle cinque competizioni regionali del 2014. I vincitori della quarta edizione del concorso sono stati designati il 20 Aprile, i trofei e il premio di 350,000 dollari vanno a progetti situati in Colombia, Sri Lanka e USA.Read More

Saranno premiati il prossimo 20 aprile i vincitori degli Holcim Awards a livello mondiale.

La giuria, guidata da Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University) sta decidendo tra una rosa di 15 progetti, a loro volta già vincitori dei premi Gold, Silver e Bronze degli Holcim Awards 2014 relativi alle cinque macroaree mondiali.

I partecipanti, provenienti da ogni parte del globo, interpretano in modo diverso l’attuale grammatica della sostenibilità nel campo dell’architettura e della costruzione.

In giuria sono Marc Angélil, Senior Dean of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Alejandro Aravena, Principal of Elemental (Chile), Maria Atkinson, Founding Director of the Australian Green Building Council (Australia), Meisa Batayneh Maani, Principal of maisam architects and engineers (Jordan), Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF International (Ecuador), Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (USA), Matthias Schuler, Principal of Transsolar(Germany) and Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Board of the Holcim Foundation (Switzerland).

Di seguito sono riportati alcuni dei progetti candidati al premio.

Anthropic Park / Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation, Saline Joniche, Italy | Liquid city: Instead of a predesigned urban tissue, a controlled growth process is proposed. The initial grid of gardens is the support of the urban, which will develop in time through small-scale gradual appropriations. The result will be a liquid city that works as a complete urban configuration in all stages of consolidation, satisfying the current societal needs, but is also able to adapt itself to any contextual change or future necessities.

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Project entry 2014 Europe – The Commons: Participatory urban neighborhood, Vienna, Austria

 

 

Articulated Site / Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia | The project provides public space for leisure and vitality.

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Project entry 2014 Latin America – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

 

Incremental Construction / Low-cost modular housing scheme, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | The SICU prototype is a compact double-story unit comprised of a prefabricated concrete lower structure and lightweight eucalyptus frames for the upper floor. After all parts have been prefabricated, the building was constructed in ten days by 35 students from three countries and now stands erect in a typical neighborhood of Addis Ababa, serving to demonstrate an alternative housing approach and to prompt further discussions between policy makers, industry and academia.

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Project entry 2014 Africa Middle East – Incremental Construction: Low-cost modular housing scheme, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Children’s House / Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico | Kokokali is a compound word derived from the Nahuatl kokone (children) and kali (house). Kokokali, the Children’s House, achieves an emotional connection between the educational space, its community and its users.

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Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

 

Eco-Techno Park / Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey

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Project entry 2014 Africa Middle East – Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey

 

Hy-Fi / Zero carbon emissions compostable structure, New York | Hy-Fi is a new paradigm for design and manufacturing, with almost zero waste, zero embodied energy, and zero carbon emissions. It is a compostable structure that offers a new vision for society’s approach to physical objects and the built environment.

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Project entry 2014 North America – Hy-Fi: Zero carbon emissions compostable structure, New York, NY

 

Poreform / Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas | Las Vegas loses 74,000 megaliters of rainfall to the shallow aquifer per year in the form of urban runoff, the result of frequent major flooding. At the same time, the city is spending precious energy pumping water uphill from Lake Mead to the newest suburbs, and from the deeper principal aquifer to offset what is lost to runoff. Downtown floods because all detention basins are located in the suburbs. We propose a system of smaller basins for the dense downtown to encourage strategic growth.

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Project entry 2014 North America – Poreform: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas, NV, USA

 

Rebuild by Design / Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York | How can the mandate of large-scale protective infrastructure with meaningful community engagement be obtained? How can the requirements of a “Robert Moses” hard infrastructure combined with the local community-driven sensitivity of Jane Jacobs be manifest? BIG U contains a protective ribbon: 21 km of flood protection tailored to each neighborhood and the community it serves.

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Project entry 2014 North America – Rebuild by Design: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York, NY, USA

 

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The Number 6

The Number 6 è il palazzo barocco a due passi da Piazza San Carlo che il Gruppo Building di Piero Boffa ha trasformato in un condominio contemporaneo all’avanguardia. Il progetto è stato concepito per restituire all’antico Palazzo Valperga Galleani di Canelli di Barbaresco la vocazione intrinseca di dimora prestigiosa ed “edificio da reddito” nobiliare, che durante i secoli XVII e XVIII dettò le trasformazioni più significative ancora oggi leggibili e recuperabili come facies architettonica dell’intera area.

The Number 6 coniuga gli spazi storici, protetti dalla Soprintendenza ai Beni Architettonici e Culturali del Piemonte, con l’arte pubblica delle installazioni dell’artista Richi Ferrero, elementi scultorei e ambientazioni fruibili dalla cittadinanza e inserite come opere ospiti nelle ultime due edizioni della rassegna Luci d’Artista. La riqualificazione ha riguardato una superficie complessiva di circa 6.500 mq comprendente lo stabile di 5 piani più due piani ammezzati. Ospita 36 appartamenti, 36 box auto interrati, una moderna Beauty & SPA a servizio dei condomini (sauna, bagno turco e doccia emozionale) e una palestra attrezzata con tecnologia Technogym.

 

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