Saturday, December 29, 2007
posted by andre.arq at 9:08 PM

This competition is sponsored by the IFLA and directed by the Stichting IFLA 2008 (Stichting IFLA 2008 is the acting foundation of the Dutch Society of Landscape Architects - NVTL;

Throughout the world climate change is affecting the conditions of nature and local weather. Most people experience these changes as an imbalance between nature and the human environment. This IFLA student competition seeks to stimulate the discussion about the specific contribution of landscape and urban planning and design to realize a new balance between nature and the human environment.

Climate change and its impact on nature and weather conditions is a world-wide phenomenon, but in each region the impact is different. Especially where it concerns changes in water quantities and qualities. What could be the new inspirational ways of planning, new ways of designing flow systems (of water, transport, energy, materials, information, etc.) and designing new spatial environments, that would create new environmental conditions? Are concepts such as ?utopia?, ?autarchy? or ?cradle to cradle? still valuable?

You are invited- to name the (local, regional) problem in nature or the human environment that you are most intrigued with, and to link the problem to a specific site/region.- to invent a new, innovating and inspirational solution for the problem and site. Your ideas should include one or more of the following concepts: utopia, autarchy, paradise, sustainability, self-sufficiency.- to present plans and designs, that reflect your ideas. You are free to use a variety of graphic methods to present your ideas. Part of the challenge is to graphically communicate your work as effectively as possible. Scales are free.- to add a brief (max.350 words) written summary of the project, including project context, ideas and issues addressed and main features.

- An inconvenient truth (film, Al Gore, 2006)
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (film, Hayao Miyazaki, 1984)
- Cradle to Cradle Design (McDonough, Braungart, 2002)
- Masdar City; green utopia in the desert (design Foster + Partners, Abu Dhabi?s Future Energy Company, 2007)
- Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained (poems by John Milton, 1665/1671)
- Rubaiyat (poetry by Omar Khayyam, 11/12th century)

Both individual and group submissions will be accepted, and each student or group is permitted only one entry. Broad interdisciplinary submissions are welcomed, however, a landscape architecture student must lead the team.

The jury consists of three to five members from the IFLA and the dutch NVTL.The competition?s criteria are:- Submission of project conform the assignment- Clear presentation of the chosen problem- Inspirational and innovating ideas- Interesting planning and design- Consistency of the designing process

The 1st place award of $3500 will be awarded by the landscape architecture firm HAN GROUP KOREA, the 2d place award (the Zvi Miller Prize) of $2500 by IFLA and the 3d place award of $1000 by the host association.

Entries must take the form of four (4) board PDF (Portable Document Format) files which when printed at 100% size would be 45X90 cm, not larger than a total of 50 megabytes. These PDF?s may be sent in one of (2) ways: -as submittals to a web-based drop box linked to the IFLA World Congress website. The four board PDF?s shall not identify names, faculty sponsors or schools of teams. Please enclose a fifth PDF file identifying the names of the project team, faculty sponsors and schools of teams, or -as a CD-Rom with a separate PDF file identifying names, faculty sponsors or school of teams.

CLOSING DATE OF SUBMISSIONS: the 1ste of May 2008.You may find more information in due time on the website of the IFLA World Congress
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
posted by massimiliano de leo at 1:01 PM

Mecanoo architecten wins Taiwan's most prestigious project

Friday March 23rd the Governor of Kaohsiung announced that Mecanoo architecten has won the design competition for the new National Performing Arts Center in Kaohsiung. At 100,000 m2 the National Performing Arts Centre is to become the largest theatre complex in Taiwan. The theatre complex will be located in the Wei-Wu-Ying Metropolitan Park and features a concert hall, an opera house, a theatre, a black box with a total of 5,800 seats and an open-air theatre suitable for thousands of visitors. The surrounding 65 ha park is part of the design brief. Francine Houben, director of Mecanoo architecten, presented the winning competition design to an international jury of architects, theatre specialists and impresarios. Mecanoo’s design was unanimously selected because of the building’s strength in expression, the integration of the complex with the park, efficient logistical planning, advanced theatre design and facility techniques and the building design’s response to the subtropical climate of the city of Kaohsiung. The building costs for the theatre complex are € 200 million, the budget of the park is not yet known. Building construction will start at the beginning of 2009, in 2012 it will be completed.

The National Performing Arts Center will become the new icon of the city of Kaohsiung, the largest harbour city of Taiwan and one of the largest harbour cities in the world with 1.5 million inhabitants. By building the Performing Arts Center, the city will symbolize its evolution from a harbour city to a modern cultural city. An important source of inspiration for Mecanoo’s building design were the existing centuries-old banyan trees on location. The banyan tree is one of the world’s largest trees. The crown of the Banyan tree can grow so wide that according to legend, Alexander the Great took shelter underneath it with his entire army. Mecanoo’s building complex is 200 metres wide and 160 metres deep. Because of the openings in the roof, the passageways and open spaces, an almost porous building is created in which interior and exterior blur. The partially grass and plant covered roof creates natural and efficient building cooling in the subtropical climate. The large roof also provides an informal public space where the city residents can stroll, practice Tai Chi, mediate or just relax. Inspired by old Greek theatre, an open-air theatre was designed on the roof complex at the point where the roof dips to the ground. The surrounding park in turn becomes a stage.

Zaha Hadid from London won second prize. Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama Amorphe from Tokyo, Japan became third. In total 43 international architects entered the competition.

Programme: Theatre complex of 100,000 m2 with a concert hall of 2,300 seats, an opera house with 2,000 seats, a theatre hall with 1000 seats, an experimental Black Box with 500 seats, an open-air theatre and park design for 65 ha. Design: 2007. Client: Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan. Architect: Mecanoo architecten, Delft. Acoustic advisor: Xu Acoustique, Paris. Theatre advisor: Theateradvies, Amsterdam. Structural engineer: Arup, Amsterdam. Local architect: Hsing-Hua Lo Architects and Associates, Taipei. Building cost: € 200 million, excluding park.

(text and images from Mecanoo architecten)

I thank my dear friend Lukas Drasnar for the reporting about M.A.
Lukas worked in the study mecanoo one year ago.

posted by massimiliano de leo at 12:07 PM

I want to dedicate a post to my great friend designer
Lorenzo Maffiodo:
He created an interesting project: trick project!
Lorenzo, good luck for your dream!

more info at :
trick project blog
posted by massimiliano de leo at 11:53 AM

Thursday, December 20, 2007
posted by massimiliano de leo at 4:09 PM

Dear friends!
Our friend Davide Del Giudice will graduate saturday!
It will be a wonderful day ..

Saturday, 22 December (am)
Castello del valentino
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
posted by andre.arq at 1:05 AM

Last month took place in an abandoned supermarket in Fortaleza, Brazil, the 3rd edition of deVERcidade Project, a local exposition of contemporary photography and visual art. This year the exposition host works from artists all over the country, sharing their experiences, and their view about their city. The name of exposition plays with different meanings of different words in Portuguese language, such VER (view) and cidade (city) putting everything together to create "deVERcidade" that could be understood as "diversidade" (diversity) or "de ver cidade" (of seeing the city). This year there were different free of charge events happening at the same time of the exposition, such as workshops, artist meetings, concerts, book release, book & coffee shop and social and visual inclusion.

List of artists:Alex Costa, Alexandre Veras e Milenna Travassos, Ângela Moraes, Anna Gardennya Linard, Annádia Leite, Beatriz Furtado, Beatriz Sabóia, Beatriz Pontes, Ben-Hur, Lima de Oliveira, Bia Fiúza, Camila Feliz da Silva, Carlinhos Alcântara, Celso Oliveira, Chico Gadelha, Chico Gomes, Chico Monteiro, Diogo Braga, Elaine Castro, Evelin Lima, Elian Machado, Francesca Nocivelli, Fabrício Fava, Fátima Rocha Perini, Fernando Jorge da Cunha Silva, Frederico Teixeira, Fill, Seu Alves Sapateiro, Gilvan Fausto de Sousa Filho, Gina Emanuela, Gustavo Pellizzon, Giovanni Santos, Henrique Torres, Igor Câmara, Danilo Cavalcante, Jardel Kennedy P. Soares, José Guedes, José Guilherme Gama, Júlia Braga, Julyana Mourão Monte, Karen Anne Costa Pedregal, Lia de Paula, Marcus Vale, Natalia Kataoka, Nelson Bezerra, Nicolas Gondim, Nivando Bezerra, Nívia Uchôa, Patrícia Araújo, Paulo Gutemberg, Rafaela Nunes Eleutério, Raimundo Ferreira Filho, Rubens Venâncio, Salomão Santana, Sérgio Carvalho, Sheila Oliveira, Thiago Gaspar, Titus Rield, Ulisses Narciso, Wilton Matos, Zé Albano, Zé Tarcísio.

Groups: Clica Maravilha, Fortaleza Na Lata, Gota de Luz, Grupo Nume, Grupo Ácido.