World Architecture Festival 2016 Winners

World Building of the Year 2016:
Robert Konieczny- KWK Promes, National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy, Szczecin, Poland

INSIDE World Interior of the Year Winner 2016

AN Design, Black Cant System – Heike fashion brand concept store, Hangzhou, China

Future Project of the Year Winner 2016

Hayball, South Melbourne Primary School, Melbourne, Australia

Landscape of the Year Winner 2016

Isthmus, Kopupaka Reserve, Auckland, New Zealand

Small Project of the Year Winner 2016

The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture, ZCB Bamboo Pavilion, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong

International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture Winner

Global Winner – Daylight in Buildings
Redistribution of Light
by Kwang Hoon Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon and Yu Min Park, Republic of Korea

Global Winner – Daylight Investigations
Light for the Blind
by Jiafeng Li, Chenlu Wang, Guiding Yao, Jiebei Yang, Lushan Ao,  Xiaoqi Chen and Jiawen Li, China

WAF Student Charrette Winner

School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Re-Envisioning The Silk Route In The Weaving of Heritage of Chanderi

Arcaid Images Photography Winner:

Photographer: Matt Emmett
Covered Reservoir, Finsbury Park, London
East London Water Works 1868

British Architects Ridicule Government Plans for 14 New “Garden Villages”

British Architects Ridicule Government Plans for 14 New "Garden Villages", Houses in Hardwick "Garden City," a suburb of Chepstow in Wales, that was built in the early 20th century. Image © <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1038431'>Geograph user Ruth Sharville</a> licensed under <a href='http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Houses in Hardwick “Garden City,” a suburb of Chepstow in Wales, that was built in the early 20th century. Image © Geograph user Ruth Sharville licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Yesterday, the UK Government announced plans for 3 new garden towns and 14 new “garden villages” across England, expanding a plan that already includes 7 previously announced garden towns. Explaining the concept of the garden villages, the Department for Communities and Local Government described settlements of 1,500 to 10,000 homes, saying that together the 14 locations have the potential to deliver 48,000 new houses. In order to expedite the creation of these new settlements, the government has set aside a fund of £6 million (US$7.4 million), which housebuilders will be permitted to use in order to accelerate development at the sites.

However, the architectural community in the UK has mocked the proposals and the government’s use of language, highlighting what appears to be a poor understanding of Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities concept. Many have also pointed out that the plans are relatively meager in a country that, by many estimates, is falling hundreds of thousands of new homes short of the number needed every year.

Today we’re announcing 14 garden villages & 3 garden towns to help provide the new homes we desperately need https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-ever-garden-villages-named-with-government-support 

@GavinBarwellMP We had New Towns. Then Ecotowns, didn’t work. Garden Cities, ditto. Now Garden Towns & Villages. What next?

Speaking with ArchDaily, Charles Holland—co-founder of Ordinary Architecture and a former member of FAT—said: “I think the idea of new villages is a very interesting and important one which I have been researching at the University of Brighton. As part of an answer to the current housing crisis, I think new villages offer a plausible model that could reflect changing work patterns and the role of digital culture. This could facilitate a sort of reverse modernity or rural futurism—a migration from urban to rural.”

However, regarding the UK government’s announcement, Holland was less positive: “As for the ‘garden’ bit, well that seems like a lazy, unthreatening way to evoke places like Letchworth minus the radical model of communal land ownership that was an essential part of Ebeneezer Howard’s original vision.”

Garden Villages = shite suburbia that happens to be built on public land

The garden prefix will not gussy up the same inadequate housing policy, served up in smaller and more lukewarm portions every year

Others were also pointed out how the original socialist intentions of the Garden City movement were at odds with the government’s plans, with writer Gillian Darley referring to an article from 2012 which criticized a previous misuse of the term by the government:

Here we go again … a reminder blog: http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2012/03/29/gillian-darley/looking-backward/  via @LRB

Photo published for Gillian Darley: Garden Cities

Gillian Darley: Garden Cities

David Cameron has been playing fast and loose with the term ‘Garden City’, almost as if he didn’t know that its origins lie in Victorian utopian socialism. The First Garden City (that is, Letchworth)…

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Contemporary kitchen / polymer / island / matte VANITY TOP

Contemporary kitchen / polymer / island / matte VANITY TOP Euromobil spa

Characteristics

  • Style:

    contemporary

  • Material…:

    polymer

  • Configuration:

    island

  • Other characteristics:

    matte, lacquered

Description

An innovative kitchen style, simple restaurant, enhanced by lightweight volumes and the severity of the forms. Original and very nice, where to move, cook and store becomes really simple: visual design purity is given by shapes and highly rational work areas.

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