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.
Lochal Library by Civic Architects hosts co-working spaces, conference rooms, education spaces and a large city hall thrive in a former locomotive hangar in the Netherlands.
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.
From a distance, the Potemkin Theatre looks like a colorful abstract home… “But there is more than it meets the eye,” explain at Maich Swift Architects.