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In a similar fashion as the leading international sporting events, the Olympic Games that alternate with the Summer and Winter Games, the architecture world has its own version embodied in the Venice Architecture Biennale . As with the Summer Game, it occurs during the summer in the northern hemisphere. The success of the architecture section in the art-centered Venice Biennale led to the establishment of its 1st International Architecture Exhibition, “The presence of the Past” directed by Paolo Portoghesi in 1980. This also paved the way to a subsequent Winter Game version by way of the Chicago Architecture Biennial inaugurated around the...
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What would you do if you found yourself with an abandoned airport on 1000 acres of formerly beautiful land surrounded on three sides by a fjord---AND it's on the outskirts of a city which also happens to have a housing shortage? If you're the city of Oslo, Norway, you might determine to sell off parcels of the perimeter land for housing and mixed-use development and return the remaining runways, airport facilities and land to its former beauty with some humor and water fun for extra measure. We'll visit Nansen Park, designed by Norwegian landscape architecture firm Bjørbekk & Lindheim, as part of the Oslo segment of the "Locally Grown" Conference in...
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COD members who attend the Norway conference in June will be treated to an in-person overview of current work there but for those who can't wait, or who can't attend, one of the best resources online is Architecture Norway, the NAL's (the Norwegian version of the AIA) website for the English version of their publication Arkitektur N. Ingerid Helsing Almaas, the journal's editor-in-chief, is scheduled to present to the COD conference in the Hedmark Museum, designed by Sverre Fehn. The online site reviews projects in and from Norway, including photographs and drawings by architects, landscape architects and interior architects. There are also many interviews...
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We'll be visiting the Rundeskogen housing designed by Helen & Hard on the Stavanger segment of COD's upcoming Norway conference in June. COD Chair Jim Childress says, "It makes you look at everything differently afterwards. They're pushing the boun daries of design by sticking a building up in the air so the residents in the buildings behind them can still see to the fjord beyond. Applause to the developer for the courage to do that." http://www.helenhard.no/projects/rundeskogen ​ ​ Photos by Ann Thompson
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This past May, the Committee on Design's Spring Conference in New York featured many outstanding tours, including the first two segments of the High Line. The third and final segment of the elevated greenway has recently opened, linking 22 blocks on the lower west side of Manhattan from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street near the new projects at Hudson Yards. Catch up on this new section of greenway which expands the reach of this enormously popular "park" and is having a very positive impact on it's contiguous neighborhoods in an article from Sharon McHugh in the October 7 issue of WAN News Review. New York's third and final section...
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Take a moment to enjoy an article on COD's Big Cities | Big Ideas Conference in New York from the recent issue of YAF's Connection magazine. The article contains interviews of attendees including Chicago's Linda Just, AIA, COD Emerging Professionals Chair Andy King, AIA and a fantastic quote from Sacramento architect Peter Saucerman, AIA describing an experience from the first COD conference he attended. Thank you to Wyatt Frantom, AIA and Ian Merker, AIA for putting the article together. Click on the link to see the article: http://network.aia.org/viewdocument/?DocumentKey=90025dbe-dec9-436a-b893-784e996a38be
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