Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 7

by | 13. Feb 2014


By Christopher William Reeves

Another working week has shot by. So as you gear up for the weekends activities we bring you a snippet of architectural going ons! This week includes the Design Museum award nominations, Frank Lloyds MoMa exhibition, a possible new highline and an insightful video from Thom Mayne in New York. Enjoy folks!

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Iwan-Baan-sq.jpgcopyright NLE Makoko Floating School, Nigeria

Design of the Year 2014 Shortlist Released

76 items are represented in this years (biannual) design awards of which 14 are architectural wonders. The nominations include The Turbulences FRAC Centre by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects, Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects and Makoko Floating School by NLE Architects. Other categories for nomination include product, furniture, fashion, graphics, digital and transport. Keep an eye out later in the year for the results, oh… and you can see the nominations at the London exhibition held from the 26th of March until the 26th of August, just get yourselfs to 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD, United Kingdom.

Read the arcspace feature on Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha-Hadid-Architects-Heydar-Aliyev-Center-9-Photo-by-Hufton-Crow.JPGHeydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects copyright Hofton Crow

This Week’s Exhibition


Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal

February 1-June 1, 2014

Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

MOMA 11 West 53 Street  New York, NY 10019

Architects and Urban Planners alike will be drawn to the new exhibition at MoMa featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s extensive archive. With drawings, films and large scale architectural models, the exhibition focuses on Wright’s work throughout the 1920s and 30s whereby new forms of skyscraper and larger plans for American Urbanisation were developed. A huge 12-foot by 12-foot model of such plans welcomes visitors; the original model once toured America, whilst various skyscraper experiments and Wrights persuit for the vertical city are also on show. The exhibition may feature past designs but in todays world these ideas of density vs dispersal remain highly relevant. Worth checking out if your in the area we think!


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52fbc539e8e44e1589000004_winning-submissions-envision-gateway-for-abandoned-railway-in-queens_1.jpgENYA Prize ($5000): The Queensway Steps / Carrie Wibert of Paris, France

Elevating the Public Realm Competition Revealed

With the success fo Manhatten’s High Line maybe cities have been looking into the advantages of converting disused city infrastructure into liveable urban spaces. New York is at it again, this time in Queens. This week saw the Emerging New York Architects Association (ENYA) announce the winners of its design ideas competition, titled QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The task was to propose designs for the transformation of an abandoned railway in central Queens into a liveable, vibrant and user friendly urban greenway. Designs had to incorporate an elevated viaduct section of the line of which an International entry list of 120 applicants had a crack at. Here are the winners.

ENYA Prize ($5000): The Queensway Steps / Carrie Wibert of Paris, France (pictured above)

52fbc532e8e44e1589000003_winning-submissions-envision-gateway-for-abandoned-railway-in-queens_2.jpg2nd Prize ($2500): Queens Billboard / Nikolay Martynov of Basel, Switzerland

3rd Prize ($1000): Make It! Grow It! / Song Deng and René Biberstein of Toronto, Canada

52fbc51fe8e44e5482000001_winning-submissions-envision-gateway-for-abandoned-railway-in-queens_4.jpgStudent Prize ($1000): Ebb & Flow / Jessica Shoemaker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


Friday Fun

Fun has been in short supply this week, so we will revert to learning something useful!! Learning is fun right? Here’s a video from our friends at Louisiana featuring Thom Mayne, Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner in 2005. He talks about a more recent building of his in New York: 41 Cooper Square.

Read the arcspace feature on Thom Mayne’s 41 Cooper Street

8 minutes of insights into the process of design and build of this unique form. Have fun learning!

Thom Mayne Video 

/via Louisiana Channel