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Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower

Great architecture for a city with limited space. The Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower, designed by Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan, is an alternative building typology that could fit for a city with very limited land resources. At the same time, they are critiquing the current developments of most metropolitan cities: growing rapidly without vision and preparation for our human future.

Most cities still utilize the logic of 19th and 20th century design whereas this traditional urban/architecture logic does not involve consideration of sustainable strategies and socio-cultural interactions in a never-ending world. This carpark becomes a testing field for us to pose out an alternative type of our city but not only a carpark tower.

This carpark tower segregates into five layers and laminate five open air public platforms and dining areas. This kind of mixed-use and hybrid design could enrich the value of this building. The building no longer becomes a city of amenities, but more or less becoming a public precinct for people to live, to enjoy, to rest, and to celebrate.

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The battle for Christo's Over The River project

I love the sketches to Christo's project and the projects itself of course. To realize the following project the team around Christo has been through an incredible battle of 20 years to finally get approval in November last year. The project Over The River  plans for 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels to be suspended high above the Arkansas River along a 42-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado.

Over the River has been on the drawing boards for 20 years now, with over $7 million of Christo’s money invested into it with environmental studies, mock-ups, surveys from the air and wind tests. The project was finally approved by the federal bureau of land management which ows 98% of the river front.


Supporters and opponents gathered at the final public hearings earlier this month fighting for officials to consider their input on the temporary permit. Opponents fear that the $50 million project, entirely paid for by the artist, will disrupt the pristine landscape and cause dangerous traffic within the winding canyon.

Christo’s team has promised ambulances and helicopters on standby incase of an emergency during the exhibition, along with more than 20 Colorado State Troopers enforcing a no-stopping rule.

“We are fearful of impeding our way of life on a day-to-day basis for years to come. We are fearful for the wildlife and sanctuary that we enjoy,” Opponent Thomas Kainz of Howard said. “Most importantly, fearful that we are faced with yet another case where someone with deep pockets and political connections gets their way like some spoiled child. Mr. Christo may see this as some wild juxtaposition between the line of fabric in the surrounding nature over the roaring river, but to me, I see it as a bastardization of the beautifully pristine, quiet countryside that I and many, many others choose to live in.”

If the proposal is approved, construction will begin this Summer and Christo will exhibit Over the River for two consecutive weeks in August, 2014, at the earliest.




Zaha Hadid did it again

In 1998 the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage published an international call for tenders for MAXXI, the new museum of contemporary art on the outskirt’s of Rome’s historic quarter. Among 273 candidates Zaha Hadid Architects convinced the jury yet another time with a spectacular concept to integrate the modern architecture perfectly into the city’s urban structure. The museum opened last Saturday.

More pictures on the NYTimes webpage.

(via NYTimes)



Zaha Hadid Wins Design Comp For Guggenheim Hermitage Museum

When I saw first projects from Zaha Hadid some years ago, I was not sure what to think about it... However, the way she shapes materials and embeds buildings into the environment is really impressing. Now Hadid Architects won the another competition; for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Vilnius.

Zaha Hadid’s silvery building resembling a sub-surface ferry or a space ship is the winning entry in the competition for the design of the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in the ancient city of Vilnius, capital and the largest city of the Republic of Lithuania.


(via TheCoolHunter)