In the wake of the Hamas massacre in southern Israel on October 7, Israel declared war on the Gaza-based terroristic organisation. The country immediately sieged Gaza City, cutting out water, fuel and electricity – and then bombed so-called strategic targets where Hamas militants could have hidden, but also entire residential neighbourhoods, hospitals, schools, markets, and religious buildings. So far, 9.500 Palestinians have been killed.
Passage Insolites 2023 festival: anamorphic paintings, minuscule mouse-scale businesses interiors, googly eyes on buildings, and more. We have selected five urban and architectural installations in the Canadian city.
Marcus Byrne’s graffiti architectures capture the beauty in the decay with the art project When life imitates art. Through AI, the Australia-based Irish graphic designer, digital artist, and visual storyteller celebrates the spray can as a democratic tool for freedom of expression.
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced the design of THE LINE, a 170 km-long metropolis composed of only two parallel mirrored skyscrapers and connected by cutting-edge sustainable technology.
A shock-pink block party structure for communal gathering and an architectural-scale urban painting revive a vacant lot in Bell Park, Chicago.
Upside-down cars turned into planters, buried libraries and a monumental arch of gilded baguettes. Passages Insolites 2021 takes over Quebec City with serendipitous urban installations by local and international artists.
Adam Nathaniel Furman has created ‘Proud Little Pyamid,’ a giant psychedelic installation in the heart of Kings Cross.
Carnival 2021: Oscar Niemeyer’s Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro has been transformed into a Covid-Drome and works as a vaccine drive through, Venice empty streets offer locals a chance to reflect on ‘overtourism’ while New Orleans residents, orphan of the traditional Mardi Gras parade, have transformed their houses into floats.
Inspired by terracotta temples found in the Indian state of West Bengal, the Gallery House community centre “is a humane gesture of giving back to the local community, without disrupting the privacy and security of inner functions.”
Verdant balconies and green canyons define Jean Nouvel’s biophilic high-rise AQUARELA apartment complex near Quito, aiming to combine sustainability with social justice.
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced THE LINE, a 170km urban belt of hyper-connected future communities, without cars and roads and built around nature. Breaking ground in the first half of 2021, the smart city is a direct response to some of the most pressing challenges such as legacy infrastructure, pollution, traffic, and human congestion.
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.
Drawing on the origins of the Christmas tree tradition, Sam Jacob Studio has completed THE ELECTRIC NEMETON, an urban installation playing with geometry, colour and light.
Seven pillars and safely distanced public seatings compose Hozan Zangana’s ‘Fata Morgana’ centripetal installation in the heart of Dubai where people can safely cross each other’s paths according to Middle Eastern construction techniques.
The BIODIVERCITY masterplan for Penang south islands aims to become a sustainable destination where cultural, ecological and economic growth is secured and where people and nature co-exist in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.
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.
The Courbes residential and commercial project welcomes to the city of Colombe, France, with a concert of ondulating balconies.
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.
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.
The Quzhou Sports Campus and public park by MAD Architects in China features a stadium, a pool and other buildings, all hidden in gentle green slopes.
Mashad CEO Headquarters consists into a concrete cube smoothly carved by a giant arch sheltering volumetric communal spaces.
“In the globalized world, we architects are only asked to amaze. My advice to younger generations is not to distance from your roots.” Said late architect and urbanist Vittorio Gregotti known for important projects in Milan and across the world.
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.
Italian firm MoDusArchitects has completed TreeHugger an eye-catching concrete building for the Touring Information Office in the city of Bressanone, Italy. The structure raises its body on tiptoe embracing an ancient tree.
While scientists, doctors, and nurses form the first line of defense, architects and designers can contribute to find solutions with design thinking.
China is facing a progressive isolation disrupting travel and business due to the Corona virus outbreak. Some of the country’s international events like DesignShanghai have being canceled, multinationals like Apple and Ikea shut the their stores, the stock exchange goes on a rollercoaster and major production plants stop, pausing whole supply chains on a global scale.
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
Developed as a new civic space as well, OPPO headquarters by Zaha Hadid Achitects comprise four interconnected skyscrapers filled with natural lights.
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.
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.