2019 Best Architecture. Zaha Hadid Architects’ giant starfish-shaped airport in Beijing and Thomas Heatherwick’s architectural sculpture in New York, but also a former locomotive hangar turned into an indoor urban plaza and an inclusive LGBT Center in L.A. are among our favourite architectures of the year.
Digital technologies are shaping the way we read the news as well as the spaces where the news are written. Rem Koolhaas’ OMA has almost completed the media campus for the publishing company Axel Springer; the building reflects the sector’s print-digital transition and aims to “absorb the question marks of the digital future”.
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York that started the gay movement we looked into the LGBT urbanization process and how hate crime, far right populisms, real estate and dating apps threaten gay bars and rainbow districts that marked cities’ history from San Francisco to Berlin.
Germany Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2018 features a black wall which unfolds as visitors walk in. The Unbuilding Walls exhibition responds to current debates on protectionism and explores the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon. On show how Berlin’s former border zone was transformed into culturally vibrant spaces and how people deal with ‘infamous’ border walls across the globe.
World Architecture Festival shortlisted 343 projects in 58 countries for the 2016 Award that will be unveiled in Berlin in this November.
WHITEvoid interactive art and design studio set an installation featuring 8.000 glowing balloons that will trace the former Berlin wall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its fall.