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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

“Forwarding Dallas”

Urban Re:Vision and the Central Dallas Community Development Corporation announced that “Forwarding Dallas” has been selected as the winning design from Re:Vision Dallas, an international design competition. The challenge, to transform a vacant inner-city block behind City Hall into a carbon-neutral community, drew hundreds of entries from top architecture firms and city planners in 14 countries worldwide.


In Progress: Aquatic Center by Zaha Hadid


2009 SHIFTboston Ideas Competition

2009 SHIFTboston Ideas Competition

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 11, 2009

SHIFTboston is calling on all visionaries to submit his and her most provocative ideas for the City of Boston. Think: WHAT IF this could happen in Boston? SHIFTboston seeks to collect visions that aim to enhance and electrify the urban experience in Boston. We want innovative, radical ideas for new city elements such as: public art, landscape, architecture, urban intervention and transportation. Competitors could explore topics such as: the future city, energy efficiency and ecological urbanism. YOU TELL US.

The honorary recipient will receive a cash prize and present at the SHIFTboston Forum at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on January 14, 2010. The winning entry will be displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway cars and post cards in the Boston Metropolitan area. All eligible entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog and website and will become part of the SHIFTboston Exhibit.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

taichung convention center by MAD Architect

the design is conceived as a continuous weave of architecture and landscape that blurs the boundary between architecture, public space and urban landscape, proposing a futuristic vision based on the east 's naturalistic philosophy. the open courtyards that connect the individual 'mountain' are integrated into a natural sequence of outdoor spaces. like the quest for a harmonic coexistence between people and nature exemplified by forbidden city and ancient chinese gardens, this project seeks greater meaning in its non-material qualities, spaces encircled with the upmost naturalistic spirit. a single tree, a patch of bamboo, or a pond become central figures of the space. this approach to sustainable development is based not on technology, but on traditional philosophy and aesthetics.

taichung convention center by MAD architects
all images courtesy MAD architects