INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY DAME ZAHA HADID

DAME ZAHA HADID

1950-2016



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Even after her untimely and unforeseen death in 2016, Dame Zaha Hadid continues to live in her legacy, and because of the immense impact she had, we still feel her presence in the world of architecture and design. As a female in the industry, Hadid’s achievements are as impressive and as monumental as the effect of her buildings; she never allowed to be defined by ethnicity or gender, but solely by her visions.

Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq, where she studied maths before moving to London to study architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She started her practice in 1980.

In 2004, she was the first female to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize since its 1979 inception. Two years in a row, in 2010 and 2011, she was awarded UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize. In 2012 she was honoured by receiving a title of Dame by the Queen for her services in architecture. She is the first and the only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects which was also approved by the Queen.

She was known as the “Queen of the curve” for her fluid and dramatic designs that have provoked both admiration and controversy. She introduced new shapes to modern architecture, shapes that formed new expressions and spoke a new language in architecture.

Her most significant finished projects include the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympics, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in the US, and Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Many of her projects are still under construction, including three Australian projects.

“I don't think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.”
Zaha Hadid

Australian Projects

Grace on Coronation, Brisbane

An ambitious development, Grace on Coronation is the trio of skyscrapers that will span over a 1.5-hectare riverfront site, including 7,300 square metres of public park space, just four kilometres from Brisbane CBD. Three champagne flute- looking towers will altogether accommodate 555 units. The development’s site also accommodates one of Brisbane’s oldest residential buildings dating from the 1860s – a listed single-storey house called Middenbury–which will be preserved as part of the new development.

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Mayfair Residential Tower, Melbourne

A Melbourne project, the Mayfair, is a 19-storey tower that will be located on St Kilda Road, which links the district of St Kilda with the CBD. The proposed luxurious residential tower will replace the former Victoria Police headquarters. Hadid’s recognisable curves create a fluid façade that continues to the interior architecture of the building. The tower will accommodate 158 residences together with a communal roof terrace with two swimming pools overlooking a nearby lake  

 

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Mandarin Oriental, Melbourne

 Another Melbourne project, which will rise at an attractive CBD location, is designed in the form of four stacked blocks. The exterior of the tower will be clad with a filigree facade system that forms a colonnade at ground level. The cladding will also have a sunblocking role. Each block will house a different function, distinguished by three large elevated terraces s. The tower will hold 196 guest suites, and 148 apartments with all the following amenities such are an indoor pool, spas, restaurants and bars. It is expected for the tower to open in 2023 and will be occupied by the Mandarin Oriental hotel group.

 

 

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CATEGORY: CLICK & STYLE

The Subtle Gleam of Gold

The warming nature of gold is alluring and adds gleaming yet soft tone to the room. Gold details make great accents in living rooms and bedrooms, where paired with rich textures enhance the sense of warmth and comfort. When decorating with gold, keep it simple for a clean and refined look. Infuse gold accents subtly throughout the space, allowing a few key details to steal the spotlight

BOYAN SLAT I THE OCEAN CLEANUP

Boyan Slat

The Ocean Clean-Up- The Largest Clean-Up In History

In 2011, at the age of 16, during highschool holidays, Boyan Slat was scuba diving in Greece and was astounded by the amount of plastic in the sea. After digging deeper into the plastic pollution problem, he discovered that there were no serious attempts to fight this issue. The general belief was that the existing situation is unsolvable, and the efforts were put into education, preventing, and not making the problem worse.

But, the thought of cleaning the ocean stuck with Boyan, and he devoted his high school science project to understanding the problem and researching why a clean up was considered impossible. 

 

“When talking about environmental issues in general, a common response is, well that’s a long way off, that’s for our children to worry about.

Hello, here I am.”

 

Boyan Slat

Boyan Slat has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and is the youngest-ever recipient of the UN’s highest environmental accolade; Champion of the Earth. (theoceancleanup.com)
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There are five major plastic accumulation zones known as garbage patches, or gyres, where ocean currents converge. The largest among them is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or North Pacific Gyre, discovered in 1987. The vast majority of plastic waste accumulated in these patches will resolve into tiny particles over decades, which will then be impossible to clean up and will end up eaten by fish and birds. Studies show that plastic has become a part of a food chain in the biggest habitat on the planet, the oceans. 

 After a year of experimenting,  Boyan came up with the idea to develop a passive concentration system. His idea was to employ the ocean currents as the driving force behind concentrating and catching the plastic. Instead of going after the plastic, we could make plastic to come to us.

Slat’s proposed solution consisted of 100 km of static floating filters, which act as a barrier to collect waste where the collection process is driven only by natural forces, wind and currents. All the previous solutions involved vessels and nets, which are uneconomical and environmentally unsafe in the long run. He estimated that Ocean Clean up would be 33 times less expensive than standard cleanup methods, and 7,900 times faster. Full-scale deployment would remove 50% of the North Pacific gyre debris in 5 years.


The Ted Talk

After graduating high school, he was invited to present his initial idea at a TEDx conference in 2012.

At first, it seemed that the idea went unnoticed. At the time, Boyan had just started studying Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft, continuing to work on his project alongside. Then in March 2013, his TEDx talk and the idea went viral. In a couple of days, the idea raised enough funds to allow The Ocean Cleanup to recruit an initial team- and The Ocean Cleanup project took off.

In 2014, Boyan founded the crowdfunding campaign, and with the support of over 38,000 funders from 160 countries, The Ocean Clean Up raised over 2 million USD in 100 days. This money allowed for commencing the engineering process as well as a series of expeditions. 

Another important milestone in 2014, was introducing the Feasibility Study– the 528-page study, which took a voluntary team of up to 100 scientists and engineers one year to complete.

The feasibility study examined the physical properties of plastic pollution; technical feasibility in terms of fluid dynamics, structural engineering and operations; and described the preliminary testing that had been performed. The research indicated that The Ocean Cleanup Array is a feasible and viable method to remove large amounts of plastic pollution from the major accumulation zone in the north Pacific sub-tropical gyre, commonly known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

 

In 2015, HM King Harald of Norway awarded Boyan the maritime industry’s Young Entrepreneur Award. Foreign Policy included Boyan in their 2015 list of Global Thinkers, Forbes included him in their 30 under 30 edition in 2016, and Reader’s Digest chose him as the European of the Year in 2017. Boyan is a member of the Thiel Fellowship.

The Ocean Cleanup has been recognized as one of the Designs of the Year by the London Design Museum, is the recipient of the 2015 INDEX: Award, won Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation by Design award, and has been chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 25 best inventions of 2015.

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In May 2017, The Ocean CleanUp revealed an improvement in their design that will enable the largest clean up in history to start extracting the plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the year, two years ahead of plan. The first cleanup system will be deployed mid-2018, after which the process will be monitored and accessed.

Please visit https://www.theoceancleanup.com to discover more about this incredible initiative, its milestones, and progress.

 

ARCHITECTURE | BJARKE INGELS

Bjarke Ingels

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He is just in the early forties, and he already owns the status of one of the most inventive architects of today, leaving a remarkable imprint on the world’s greatest building site, The New York City. To put this into perspective, Frank Gehry, was 78 when his first New York project was completed.

His company Bjarke Ingels Group, known as BIG, founded in 2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark, now works from two offices, one in Copenhagen, and one in New York, employs around 400 people and runs projects all over the world. Despite the fact, that Bjarke himself could not register as an architect in the U.S., as his education,  from both Barcelona’s Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura and the Royal Danish Academy of fine arts in Copenhagen, was not acknowledged by authorities, his is redesigning New York’s skyline, thanks to BIG’s partners.

BIG’s first completed and most compelling New York project is a tetrahedral residential building, a compound of a typical Manhattan skyscraper and the European perimeter block, enclosing a large rectangular courtyard. VIA 57 WEST is shaped around the courtyard in a way to allow views of the Hudson River from mostly all apartments, and its striking silhouette has an immense impact on New York’s skyline.  VIA 57 WEST is listed in Metropolis Magazine’s ‘Best Architecture Projects of the 21st Century

Via 57 West, New York (Source: arhdaily.com)

BIG’s other New York projects include a 65 -storey office tower named Spiral, a part of Hudson Yards apartment development on Manhattan’s West side distinguished by planted terraces spiraling and cascading the glass skyscraper and extending green areas of the High Lane Park.

76 11 Avenue,  or Eleven, consists of two mixed-use twisting towers situated in Chelsea neighbourhood and when completed will join an impressive crowd, as the developments in this area carry signatures of Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano, and Jean Nouvel.

The second tallest tower in the Two World Trade Center is inspired by a stack of staggered boxes. Bjarke Ingels Group ousted the original architect of this project, Foster+ Partners.

Just some of BIG’s other significant work includes Google campus in California, Lego House in Denmark, and Singapore’s tallest building  (collaboration with Carlo Ratti Associates) that will feature vertical gardens and an indoor oasis. 

Two Worlds Trade Center, New York (Source:dezeen.com)
Via 57 West, New York (Source:theplanbmagazine.com)


Hedonistic Sustainability

Ingels is a visionary and a nonconformist; he insists on pursuing the uphill route of his visions. Driven by curiosity, he finds the incitement in the perplexity of dealing with the clashing forces and digs deeper to discover new solutions to old questions.

Always emphasising sustainable development and sociological concepts in his designs, he likes to point out that the purpose of his work is not the architecture itself, but the quality of life achieved with the architecture as the platform. The goal is the architecture that is inviting, responds to people’s needs,  inspire them, and allow them to evolve.

Ingels advocates hedonistic sustainability, the term that explains the quality of life that is improved by sustainable development, instead of being partly sacrificed with it.

 One of the best examples of hedonistic sustainability is BIG’s power plant project in Copenhagen that generates energy from waste and doubles as a ski slope and a recreation park.

 

Ski Slope Power Plant, Copenhagen, Denmark (Source:facebook.com/BIG)

BIG & JPE Design Studio in the Competition for Adelaide Contemporary

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Bjarke Ingels Group and Adelaide’s JPE Design Studio are one of the six shortlisted teams with architect’s lead in the International Competition for Adelaide Contemporary; a new landmark on Adelaide’s historical North Terrace Boulevard. Adelaide Contemporary will combine a contemporary art gallery with a public

sculpture park and meeting place. The initiative will be a focus for the city’s cultural energies and create an accessible community meeting place, integrating art, education, nature and people.

We are looking forward to seeing the winner of the competition in early June (2018), hoping too see BIG’s first project in Australia.

Lego house, Billund, Denmark (Source:designboom.com)

CLICK&STYLE CONCEPT BOARD | OUTDOOR LIVING

Australian Equivalent of Hygge

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In 2017, Denmark took the title of the happiest country in the world. According to Meik Wiking from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and the author of the bestseller “The Little Book of Hygee; The Danish Way to Live Well”, there is a strong link between happiness and Hygge (hoo-gah) in Denmark.

“Danes are the happiest people in Europe, but they are also the ones who meet most often with their friends and family and feel the calmest and most peaceful. Therefore, it is with good reason that we see a growing interest in Hygge. Journalists are touring Denmark searching for Hygge; in the UK, a college is now teaching Danish Hygge; and around the world hygge bakeries, shops and cafes are popping up”’.

Hygge doesn’t directly translate to English, but it can be explained as wellbeing, comfort, togetherness, warmth. Hygge is particularly practised during the winter season when deprived of sun rays and natural daylight; Danes turn to the cosiness of their homes and enjoy the company of family and friends. They invest in the atmosphere rather than in things and celebrate the simple pleasures in life; like having hot cocoa by the candlelight or a relaxing movie night with friends.
Although the winter season naturally provides the most hyggelig (hygge-like) moments, Danes enjoy Hygge all year round. Backyard dinner parties, bonfires on the beach or outdoor movie nights are just some hyggelig summer activities.

The Outdoor Bliss

In contrast to cold Scandinavian countries, Australia enjoys plenty of sunshine, and is home to the most amazing landscapes. Australian lifestyle is free-spirited and easy-going; Australians don’t take their home for granted and consider themselves extremely lucky. Like the Danes, Aussies, as well, love spending time in the company of friends and family, they enjoy good humor, laid-back gatherings and friendly atmosphere.
With Sydney and Melbourne who year after year are battling over the title of the world’s most liveable city, Australia is persistently scoring high in international quality of life and happiness surveys. Furthermore, Australia was named the world’s happiest nation by the OECD for three years in a row, starting 2013. So, it looks like Australians have a lot in common with the Danes. Only, Australians don’t have a unique word to articulate their wellbeing.

But what could be the Australian equivalent of Hygge?

One thing is sure, if we would look for those special moments of happiness in Australia, the indoors are not a place to start. It’s more likely that the path would take us to the backyards and in the gardens; it would take us along the beaches, to the lakes and river shores. We could hear loud murmurs of joy in the shades of trees in the parks, under the gazebos at the beaches, and in the hypnotising sound of the ocean.
Outdoor living is Australia’s state of mind; it’s the fount of the simplest daily joys and the greatest and wildest adventures. There is a feeling that anyone living in Australia would recognize; a feeling of deep appreciation for the amazing surroundings and the unique atmosphere about it.
It does not surprise then, that blurring the line between indoors and outdoors is the imperative and favorite design statement in Australia.

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Over the last few years, Denmark positioned itself as one of the happiest countries in the world. To the people of Denmark, there is a strong link between happiness and the single word that communicates so much -“Hygge”.

According to Meik Wiking from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen whose book “The Little Book of Hygee; The Danish Way to Live Well”, was among 2017’s world bestsellers.

“Danes are the happiest people in Europe according to the European Social Survey, but they are also the ones who meet most often with their friends and family and feel the calmest and most peaceful. Therefore, it is with good reason that we see a growing interest in hygge. Journalists are touring Denmark searching for Hygge; in the UK, a college is now teaching Danish Hygge; and around the world hygge bakeries, shops and cafes are popping up”’.

Hygge (hoo-ga) doesn’t directly translate to English, but it can be explained as comfort, togetherness, warmth. Hygge is particularly practised during the winter season when deprived of sun rays, and natural daylight Danes turn to the cosiness of their homes in the company of family and friends. They invest in the atmosphere rather than in things and celebrate simple pleasures in life; like having hot cocoa by the candlelight or a relaxing movie night with friends.

Although the winter season naturally provides the most hyggelig (hygge-like) moments, Danes enjoy hygge all year round. Backyard dinner parties, bonfires on the beach or outdoor movie nights are just some hyggelig summer activities.

Outdoor Bliss   

In contrast to cold Scandinavia, Australia enjoys plenty of sunshine and it is, home to most amazing landscapes. Australian lifestyle is free-spirited and easy going, and Australians don’t take their home for granted and consider themselves extremly lucky.  Like Danes, Aussies, as well, love spending time in the company of friends and family, they enjoy the humour, relaxed conversations and friendly atmosphere. And like in Denmark, the best things in life in Australia are free, too.

With Sydney and Melbourne who year after year are battling over the title of the world’s most liveable city, Australia is persistently scoring high in international quality of life and happiness surveys. Furthermore, Australia was named the world’s happiest nation by the OECD for three years in a row, starting 2013. So, it looks like Danes are not that much happier than Australians. The only difference is that Australians don’t have the word to describe it (yet).

But what could be Australian equal for Hygge?

One thing is certain if we were to go looking for those special moments of happiness in Australia, the indoors are not a place to start. It’s more likely that the path would take us to the backyards or by the pools; it would take us along the beaches, to the lakes and river shores. We could hear loud murmurs of joy in the shades of trees in the parks, under the gazebos at the beaches and in the hypnotising sound of the ocean.