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A New Attraction for an Old Airfield
Moscow's New National Center for Contemporary Arts
by Stanley Collyer
A Sign of the Times?
Port of Kinmen Passenger Service Center International Competition
by Stanley Collyer
Times change, and plans for a new Passenger Service Center on Kinmen Island illustrate how architecture can become a symbolic indicator of the recent normalization process between The People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. During an ongoing hostile conflict decades ago, Kinmen, then often referred to as Quemoy, was the occasional target of shelling from the nearby mainland, causing locals to seek shelter on a moment’s notice. A recent atmosphere of détente between the two parties, fuelled by economic cooperation, has resulted in a drastic change in priorities for the small island: it is exchanging its old fortress-like role for that of a tourist attraction and primary sea link to the mainland.
Gearing Up for Louisville’s Centennial Riverboat Festival
Pavilions as Functioning Waterside Attractions
by Stanley Collyer
The Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat in the United States, will be celebrating a century of service in October, 2014. Not only will steamboats from throughout the Mississippi river basin be part of the festivities, a design competition for pavilions, intended to be placed at strategic points along the riverfront, has been organized, and a winner announced.
The Harvard Bridge Lighting Competition
Rosales + Partners, with ARUP, winners of several design competitions for bridges, including the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC (COMPETITIONS, Vol. 9, #3), recently won a lighting competition for the Harvard Bridge in Boston. Historic bridges have occasionally undergone facelifts, and this is no exception. However, the fact that it turned out to be a competition was one.
Interview: Silvio d’Ascia
with Olha Romaniuk
COMPETITIONS: You moved from Italy to France in 1993. What was your decision behind moving and starting your architecture firm in Paris?
Silvio D'Ascia: Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to be an artist and, ever since the first time I went to Paris when I was 12 years old, it was a childhood dream of mine to live in such an artistic city. After receiving my degree in Italy, I came to live in Paris and was supposed to stay only for a few months. This temporary visit turned into an opportunity for me to stay and work in France.
COMPETITIONS: How do you find the architectural scene in France compared to Italy?
SD: The main difference between Italy and France is that in Italy there was not a competition system in place in the 1990s. Every country in Europe looked at France as a place where it was possible for a young architect to participate in and win competitions, as well as be paid for competition participation and have a chance to do research even if the competition fee was not so high. During the first year of my firm in Paris, we participated in 9 public competitions. It was a great opportunity and my main reason behind the decision to stay in Paris.
- Re-Thinking the University of Manitoba’s Campus: Visionary (re)Generation International Competition
- Looking into the Hi-Tech Future: New Campus of the Vietnamese-German University, Ho Chi Minh City
- The "What If" Factor: The Louisville Children’s Museum Competition
- From OMA and BIG to Small
- EDGE/ucation Pavilion Design Competition