World Heritage Living Festival 2014 The 2nd World Heritage Festival was held at Udaipur, Rajasthan from March 13-16, 2014. Conducted on the campus of the City Palace, Udaipur, the four-day event scheduled exhibitions, lectures and photography sessions concerning the ‘living heritage’ of Mewar region in Rajasthan along with the cultural evenings representing diverse yet core culture of Rajasthan through performances and concerts. The ambassador of France to India and Embassy of France in India were invited on the inaugural day as chief guests. UNESCO showed active participation by way of imparting a lecture associated to culture. Dr Shikha Jain, Dr Rachna Khare, Ms Yaaminey Mubayi, Ms Vrinda Raje, Dr Ravina Aggrawal, Dr Anjoo Upadhyaya, Ms Mary McCarthy from National Sculpture Factory in Ireland and many more discussed about concerning factors about the heritage of Rajasthan. The event celebrated the festival of Holi with ongoing sessions for the assorted congregation. The festival brought together people from various backgrounds of art, architecture and history, and left an interrogating impression with regard to the idea of ‘living heritage’.
19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire The fourth oldest biennale in the world, the Sydney Biennale, organised the 19 th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire from March 21, 2014 to June 9, 2014, under the decisions of Juliana Engberg. The ongoing event showcases the art works of about 90 most recent and well-known artists from almost 31 countries. The management has included venues such as heritage-listed locations like Cockatoo Island and Carriageworks, along with Pier 2/3, The Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia for different exhibitions and occasions. Free for all, the Biennale is among the largest and most attended events bringing forth the visual arts of Australia. Also, 20 artists have already exhibited their work with 39 other guest artists’ works at the Art Gallery of NSW for a brilliant start of the event that receives a lot of visitors. The MCA will also house works of eminent artists like the Scottish artist Douglas Gordon, the first video artist to win Turner Prize.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Launches a Prize Open to all architects and architectural firms, the prize launched by the Royal Architectural Institute and architect Raymond Moriyama will be among the largest prizes in the history of architectural prizes of amount of $100,000. The Award will be called Moriyama RAIC International Prize. The competition is aimed to raise the stature of the RAIC internationally and also to promote Canada which shall also inspire Canadian architects to aim for creativity and innovation in the architecture of Canada. The RAIC further aims to raise $5 million CAD to create endowment fund for the prize. The winner of the competition will be selected through an open jury; which will be announced, for the first edition, by August 1, 2014. The Award ceremony shall take place on October 11, 2014 at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Three selected students from Canadian schools of architecture will receive scholarship of $5000 through an essay writing competition. Indian Architect & Builder - May 2014
On-site Work for the Arts Resource Centre for LUMA Arles Complex Designed by Frank Gehry Begins After a four year long research and design, the foundation of Arts Resource Centre for LUMA Arles Complex in France was laid in the first week of April after a long delay of the physical manifestation of the project. The Swiss collector Maja Hoffmann’s LUMA Foundations have given 100 million pounds to establish this ambitious project for the betterment of the civic life. The inauguration was a well-directed ceremony. Targeted to be accomplished by 2018, the Centre shall encompass research and reference facilities, workshop and seminar rooms, artist studios and presentation spaces. As a team, their core agenda was to design an environment that would allow artists and thinkers to work in their own way that would not cumber their freedom of expression and a place where the artists can expand their connections and create new projects through interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition to this building, the redevelopment of five industrial buildings will also take place, headed by Selldorf Architects.
The BIG U: BIG’s New York City Vision for Rebuild by Design BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) is a Copenhagen- and New York-based firm comprising of architects, designers, builders and thinkers. BIG along with nine other teams including OMA and WXY, proposed a plan for the New York City Vision for the competition entry organised by Rebuild by Design. The BIG U conceptualises social infrastructure and aims to serve the people with amenities that are important in architecture and its implication on the city state. Stretching from West 57 th Street, South to The Battery and up to East 42 nd Street, the Big U covers 10 continuous miles of low-lying geography that comprises of of an incredibly dense, vibrant, and vulnerable urban state. The proposal emphasises on the social life wherein the main consideration being for developing waterfronts that would shield the city against floods, and landscape design with trees and shrubs to facilitate the users with a better atmosphere. It also includes flood control zones, maritime museum and environmental education centre.
OMA Won the Competition to Design the Axel Springer’s Media Campus in Berlin Rem Koolhaas with Ellen Van Loon, partners-in-charge under the name OMA won a competition to design a new media campus for the Axel Springer Media Group in Berlin. OMA’s concept was considered the best in the competition along with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Buro Ole Scheeren by the jury. The project was developed in collaboration with Chris Carroll from Arup London, Duncan Phillips from RWSI for microclimate consultation, Eckhard Kahle of Kahle Acoustics, Christian Wernicke and Christoph Winter of SMV Bauprojektsteuerung and Emproc GmbH for cost consultation, Peter Stanek for fire safety consultation. The company decided to go from print to all digital. The new building of the campus design complements the existing one, which is divided by the Zimmerstrasse Street, will be situated at one of the prime locations in Berlin. This new campus will consist of open and semi-open spaces for exhibitions, canteens and restaurants, while the building reflects a ‘valley’ through stepped terrace gardens and covered spaces for informal discussions.
Indian Architect & Builder's May 2014 issue.