A+U 540: OMA – Recent Works

September 2015 issue of a+u is focused on OMA, architectural office led by Rem Koolhaas. Featuring 14 recent works, including 7 in-progress works.

In recent years, increasing number of projects that OMA takes on involve preservation or renovation of historic architecture. Fondazione Prada and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, both completed this year, convert modern heritage into museums where the visitors experience spatial diversity brought about by the harmony and friction of old and new.

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JA98 SUMMER 2015: Landscape in Japanese Architecture 2015

JA98 Summer 2015 is focused on the works by eight leading landscape designers in Japan. The projects vary from residences to public buildings to a whole village.

Featured works include: Landscape Design of Villa Ushiroyama, Daishinji main hall of a Buddhist temple reconstruction, Kinki University Headquarters Campus Renewal Design, and A Landscape Planning and Design for Relocated Settlement in Itsuki Village.

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A City Symbol Loved by Residents

by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2014

In October 2014, the Final Screening for the 49th Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition was held in Tokyo. This year’s theme was “A City Symbol Loved by Residents” which sought ideas for an urban symbol that not only has functionality and rationality but is fostered by the city’s people. Seven selected teams gave a presentation in front of the jury. “RE-SYMBOL” by Li Siqi (China) and Chen Xiaoting (The Netherlands) was selected as the winning proposal. The competition for 2015 is now open for entries until August 3, 2015.

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Flux: Encoding the Logic of Design

Interview with Nicholas Chim and Michelle Kaufman (Co-founders of Flux)

A digital version of the November edition of a+u, Data-Driven Cities, is now available via our online store. It includes numerous essays and interviews with leading innovators in the field of technology and urban design, including new writing by Carlo Ratti (MIT), Dan Hill (City of Sound), and Alastair Parvin (Wikihouse). We were granted an exclusive interview with the co-founders of Flux, a San Francisco startup born out of  Google[x], the semi-secret facility run by Google dedicated to making major technological advancements.

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Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture

by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2013

In October 2013, the Final Screening for the 48th Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition was held in Tokyo. The theme for this year’s competition was “Bringing the Urban Environment into Architecture”, focusing on how architecture can contribute to the urban surroundings. Seven selected teams gave a presentation in front of the jury. As a result, URBAN RADIO CARAVAN by Ken Akatsuka and Gaku Inoue (Japan) was chosen as the winning entry.

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Preview: JA93 Spring 2014 "Kazuo Shinohara”

Preview from JA

Spring 2014 issue of JA (Japan Architect) is a monograph on works by Kazuo Shinohara. The issue covers all 55 works, from 1956 on, with photographs and drawings from the first publication. The project descriptions are by Shinohara.

Sneak preview after the break.

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Crux Pavilion

by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen – with whom we recently created an A+U monograph – have completed their intervention at KAIROS Pavilion – designed by architects João Quintela and Tim Simon – in Lisbon, Portugal. A pair of timber pieces – composed of two columns supporting a beam – are positioned perpendicular to each other and intended to “unveil the hidden asymmetry of the existing pavilion”.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s work will be exhibited through August 4th, 2013.

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