The ambition behind NL Architects' proposal for the Taiwan Tower Competition was to create a 300-meter high freestanding tower with sightseeing and recreational functions that will serve as a 'model green building'. By simply combining the two typologies of windmill and observation tower, their design, 'Tower of Power', aspires to change the ‘content’ of the new generation of tourist towers and at the same time, the appearance of future wind energy generators. Instead of being yet another ‘empty’ icon, it actually is a usable object. Other than the required functionality as sightseeing tower and telecommunication base, it is also an environmentally friendly power plant. NL Architects' tower raises questions on how power plants of the future can be turned into objects of beauty.
FORM reader and founding partner of think tank team VIUM, Steven Song, attended the World Achitecture Festival, November 3-5 in Barcelona, Spain. What follows are his ruminations on his experience and his overall takeaway from the event:
From November 3 to November 5, 2010, an international group of architects, urban designers, landscape architects, critics, and students convened at Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB), the venue for the 2010 World Architecture Festival. World Architecture Festival was launched in 2008 as a celebratory conference that features seminars and panel discussions with leading figures in the field of architecture and urban designers, and competition entries of exemplary projects.
While the interesting series of lectures and panel discussions were held at the main seminar room, in the smaller meeting rooms were presentations of shortlisted projects. Each project was presented to, and then critiqued by a group of juries in twenty minute intervals. On the third day, category winning schemes were presented in the main seminar room.
Click after the jump for the list of winning schemes.
Thanks to everyone who came to Seven Grand last week and made our November/December "Designing for the Senses" issue event a success! Thanks to our friends at Aquaovo OVOPUR, Bang & Olufsen Pasadena, and bar architect George Kelly for sharing his design secrets.
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Photographer: Carolina Farias
Design studio Beta Tank designed a chair with moving panels that transform it from a functional furniture object (on which tax is payable at 19%) to an art object (tax payable at 7%). Especially in the current age, where the realms of art and design are continually merging, the object offers a particularly evocative point of view.