Top 8 urban stories of 2020: Stockholm’s underground art trail, transparent Tokyo public toilets and a sport campus hidden under a green hilly landscape in China.
From shipping containers turned into ICUs to to ‘silent’ architectural photo-essays, functional & safe furnitures and iconic techno clubs reopening as art spaces. We rounded up 10 Covid-19 related architecture and design stories of 2020.
The pandemic has forced us to think hard and get creative to convert our homes from anti-pandemic prisons to friendlier, even productive living spaces. For the RELATED STORIES project, JPAG studio has created colorful billboards placed outside of Beirut apartments and short videos narrating the physical and emotional change each home has undergone.
Brutalism in Trinity College, Temple Bar’s street art trails and a whiskey distillery in a medieval church. Welcome to Dublin! Explore Eileen Gray’s legacy, cross a Santiago Calatrava’s harp-inspired bridge and discover buildings by Daniel Libeskind, Grafton Architects and more…
The transparent public toilets by the Pritzker Prize winner are part of a larger project inviting to literally see through and leave behind the usual cliches of parks loos.
3deluxe’s V-Plaza invites pedestrians, cyclists and skaters to enjoy organically curved levels, oases of tranquility and water features – all surrounded by buildings reinterpreting Lithuania’s architectural heritage.
With the ‘One step at a time’ communication campaign the City of Milan calls on architects and designers to find creative solutions to create social-distancing devices.
The ‘Can Sau – Emergency scenery’ project by unparelld’arquitectes in Catalonia transforms the ruins of a building into a new public space for various cultural activities and social interactions.
Luxury department store Galleria in Gwanggyo dialogues with the nature and architecture of the new South Korean city inviting visitors to engage with architecture and culture as they shop.
For the Stockholm Metro photo essay, young German photographer David Altrath roamed for several nights the empty stations of the “world‘s longest art gallery” in the belly of the Swedish capital.
Milan vs Corona virus – Check our architecture & design blog from the city.
While scientists, doctors, and nurses form the first line of defense, architects and designers can contribute to find solutions with design thinking.
In order to contain the Corona virus outbreak the Chinese government has quarantined the whole city of Wuhan. We look into he most ambitious lockdown in the history of human civilization which turned a vibrant metropolis into a ghost town where silence reigns on empty streets, emergency hospitals are being built in few days and people living in high-rise apartment blocks shout words of encouragement to their neighbours at night
Urban flying taxis, solar-powered compact electric tricycles and Jurassic Park-inspired electric wheelchairs… CES 2020: flying taxis, solar-powered electric tricycles and Jurassic Park-inspired wheelchairs. Archipanic’s Editor in Chief Enrico Zilli picks 5 future mobility innovations debuting in Las Vegas.5 future mobility innovations debuting in Las Vegas.
Toyota Woven City, the sustainable urban development and living laboratory at the foothills of Mount Fuji will bring together sharing-economy, self driving mobility and smart homes in a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
Sergio Sebastiàn has created a 24 metre high Christmas tree made of crystal and metal geometries towering over a blustling motorways in Madrid. The landmark installation juxtaposes the city’s moving flows of light with BauHaus and Expressionism.
Miami Beach is renown for fancy pool parties. The new BENT POOL permanent sculpture is a reminder of the city’s endangered future due to flooding and rising sea level. Located in Pride Park, the monument pays also homage to the LGBT+ historical contribution to Miami cultural fabric.
Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the Leeza Soho Tower in Beijing. The skyscraper contains a mix of shops and offices surrounding a 194.15m-high spiraling atrium.
De StraatMakers collaborative installation, Atelier NL has invited Eindhoven’s residents to collect soil samples in their favourite urban places “to reflect on the unique characteristics of the very place we call home”.
Snøhetta designs ‘The Best Weapon’, a public seating commissioned by the Nobel Peace Center encouraging conversation and social intimacy in the UN Headquarters Plaza.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ Niederhafen River Promenade transform Hamburg’s flood protection barrier into a riverwalk carved with white amphitheatres.
Inflatable plants, stones, and hills populate SKNYPL’s New Korean Garden combining traditional aesthetics with a playful, sustainable and flexible attitude.
An austere and fictitious border fence, a snow globe-turned into monument and an architectural sphere rolling down the alley… Check our favourite installations on show at PASSAGES INSOLITES 2019, Quebec City’s serendipitous urban art trail.
How can architecture support the LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual and Bisexual – community with an inclusive attitude? The new Anita May Rosenstein Campus at the LA LGBT Center in Hollywood features social and housing programs, cultural venues and open spaces open and in dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood.
Manhattan visionary development Hudson Yards has inaugurated VESSEL, the 1 mile-high steel beehive offering unexpected glimpses of New York.
Self driving cars, internet of things, social media and sharing economy. How will the city of tomorrow look like? THE ROAD AHEAD exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum showcases visions ready to make a blast in the very next future.
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center by MAD Architects features mountainous ‘liquid’ towers embracing a village-like mixed-use development. Connecting pathways and green contemplative spaces merge nature with the conveniences of modern day living.
A former chocolate factory promoting photography, a glass industrial plant redeveloped for open air festivals, summer pool parties and concerts and a brewery turned into a design center. 7 must-visit creative epicenters at the helm of Moscow’s Post industrial Renaissance.
In Moscow, architecture lovers can explore the city’s different styles without walking up to the streets. The new Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map guides visitors through some of the most stunning stations such as the baroque-esque Komsomolskaya the Avantgarde Krasnye Vorota and the futuristic Fonzinskaya.
The Victoria & Albert Museum saved a large part of the iconic Robin Hood Gardens from bulldozers and re-assembled it at Venice Biennale 2018 as part of a contested exhibition about the Brutalist building which many have have praised while others have described as “a failed social experiment of inhuman Modernism, not to be funded with public money”.