WAF 2016 Highlights

Insight21. November 2016
By: John Hill
All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects, unless noted otherwise
World-Architects was a media partner for the ninth World Architecture Festival that took place last week at Arena Berlin – the first time back in Europe after four years in Singapore. Here we present a handful of highlights from the three-day program of awards, seminars, tours, and other events.
All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design opens tomorrow at The Jewish Museum in New York. Billed as "the first U.S. exhibition devoted to [the] visionary French designer and architect," the show is notable as well for its technological design by the architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R).
Fiona Shipwright

Book Review: Housing Cairo

Insight12. October 2016
By: Fiona Shipwright
All images courtesy of Ruby Press
Housing Cairo: The Informal Response, edited by Marc Angélil and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, was published earlier this year by Berlin-based publisher Ruby Press. Recently it won a DAM Architectural Award 2016. According to the publisher, the book "illuminates the architecture of informality and its mechanisms of production through a series of theoretical essays and architectural design proposals." Here we present freelance writer and editor Fiona Shipwright's review of the book.
Interview with IDA14's Karsten Schmidt

An Inside View of Hotels

Insight 3. October 2016
By: John Hill
Lobby of Boutique Hotel Marktgasse (Photo: Studio Roth&Maerchy)
Earlier this year World-Architects met with Zurich-based interior designer Karsten Schmidt, an expert in the world of hospitality. We got a tour of one of his recent projects, the Marktgasse Hotel Zurich*, and sat down at the hotel's cafe, Delish, to talk about what is happening today in regards to the design of hotels.

Growing a New Society

Insight22. September 2016
By: Katinka Corts
The Footbridge, Ferdinand Ludwig and Oliver Storz, 2005 (Photo: C. Moro)
Baubotanik, “Living Plant Construction,” is an artificial word – composed of the German words “Bau” (construction) and “Botanik” (botany) – and a method of constructing living buildings with living plants. We spoke with Ferdinand Ludwig, who has applied himself to building with plants for more than ten years and has done research into this field at Stuttgart University since 2007.

WTC at 15

Insight 9. September 2016
By: John Hill
The most recent rendering of the WTC site shows the four office towers, the memorial, the museum, the transportation hub, and the just unveiled PAC. (Rendering: DBOX)
Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. To track progress on the rebuilding efforts, we present 15 pieces – built and in-progress – on the 16-acre site.

The Pro-Brexit Architect

Insight15. August 2016
By: Oliver Pohlisch
Government-funded: the Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics by Zaha Hadid Architects (Photograph: George Rex / Wikimedia Commons)
Great Britain’s architecture scene regrets Brexit. Does that include all architects? No, a single prominent representative of the profession regards the withdrawal from the EU as a great opportunity – for the full development of entrepreneurial creativity.
Denise Scott Brown's contribution to Time-Space-Existence (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
In the third and final segment of our three-part survey of the major components of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, here are a seven of the Collateral Events and Special Projects that World-Architects visited in Venice.

Frustration and Anger over Brexit Vote

Insight27. June 2016
By: Oliver Pohlisch
Britain dashed to the ground? (Photo: Ivan Bandura/Wikimedia Commons)
The shock over the unexpected outcome of the EU Referendum sits deep in the British architecture scene. This can be seen in first reactions from different British offices, which also employ a large number of nationals from other EU countries. Now their future is uncertain.

Studio (Re)Visit: OMA NY

Insight24. June 2016
By: John Hill
"Manus x Machina" Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto)
Three years after a 2013 visit to the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's (OMA) New York office to speak with partner Shohei Shigematsu, World-Architects editor John Hill returned to 180 Varick Street to learn about some new projects and hear about a few nearing completion.