Cinema Farhang / Bahram Shirdel
Extended- Call for Submission/ 2A city Architecture Movie Award
The Next 100 Years Project
Abridged Version“It’s the year 2020. It’s the year COVID-19 became a global pandemic. How will it reshape our civilization? With The Next 100 Years Project, we invite you to envision the future.” Unabridged Version “COVID-19. We’re on the front end of this thing. It won’t be days or weeks. It’ll be months or years. When we emerge from this worldwide catastrophe, everything will be different. We decided that we need relief from the harsh reality of this catastrophe. More importantly, we need big, dreamy, hopeful ideas that will help us navigate the future. To do this, we all need to exercise the sum total of our imaginations. That’s why we created this project. With The Next 100 Years Project – Architect Edition, we invite architects to speculate on the built environment after the pandemic. It can be a simple cocktail napkin sketch or an elaborate drawing. It can illustrate the smallest detail or the broadest brush stroke of public or private space. It can be pencil or charcoal or crayon or even watercolor, but it has to be done by hand. We also ask architects to write a 100-word essay that describes their image and their vision for the future. Then the entries will be judged by a panel of experts and the best 100 entries will be selected for a digital book of the project. If selected, your page in the book will feature your image, your essay, your headshot, and a brief bio. It will also include the option to hear you read your essay out loud. There will be no charge to submit an entry. There will be no charge to view and download the digital book when it’s completed. With The Next 100 Years Project, we created an online community project filled with heart to serve the world.”
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Coupland, Texas 78615
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Wasit Natural Reserve Visitor Centre/ Ahmed Al-Ali – Farid Esmaeil
2A Magazine has selected this project for its architectural achievements and professional concepts. Published in 2A Magazine issue# 39 Autumn 2019, First place of 2ACAA 2016, 2A Asia Architecture Award - the category of Urban, Rural Projects- Sharjah
Wasit Natural Reserve Visitor Centre Architects: Ahmed Al-Ali - Farid Esmaeil
Firm: X-Architects Firm Location: UAE Team Members: Mirco Urban, Pariya Manafi, Dana Sheikh, Abdullah Bashir, Waleed Al Mezaini, Christian Geronimo, Brian Abarintos, Eyad Zarafeh, HaiderAl Kalamchi
Wasit Natural Reserve was originally a waste-water and rubbish dump. The rehabilitation process of the damaged eco-system started in 2005, 40,000m2 of rubbish removed, 35,000 trees been re-planted, healing the land from toxic chemicals and conservation of the Unique salt flats and costal sand dunes. After years of efforts to bring the non-migratory birds back to the site, WNR is now home to 350 species of birds, a landing zone for 33,000 migrate birds, and a breathing lung to Sharjah city. A wetland visitor center is established on site to continue protecting the natural environment, educate people on the richness of the wetland ecosystem and provides information about the birds that frequent the area and other wetlands areas of the emirate. The facility became heaven for bird watchers and researchers. The architecture of the center blends with its’ surroundings and uses the existing topography to minimize the visual impact on the natural scene. When visitors arrive, a pathway leads them underground into a linear Gallery. A fully transparent wall allows the visitors to experience the birds’ natural environment and become part of it.
Mehrshahr Villa / Hooman Balazadeh
2A Magazine has selected this project for its architectural achievements and professional concepts. Published in 2A Magazine issue# 39 Autumn 2019, Third place of 2ACAA 2016, 2A Asia Architecture Award - the category of Residential, Mehr Shahr - Iran
Firm: Hooba Design Firm Location: Iran Team Members: Project Manager: Mohsen Kazemianfard / Phase 2: Dariush Ghorbani / 3D illustration: Mona Razavi / Presentation: Parima Jahangard, Atousa Shiran, Pooyeh Nouryan / Structure: Aptus Iran Company / Mechanical & Electrical: Mr Etemadi / Supervisor: Aptus Iran Company / Furniture: Harmony Company
The main criteria was to create spaces that are closely engaged with the surrounding landscape, an uninterrupted connection between the interior and the exterior to form a structure which becomes a part of the site itself. A systematic organization of open and semi-open spaces was used to enhance the presence of nature in the interior spaces. The voids in the stone pattern provide controlled overlook and sunlight penetration. Integration of the voids and solids not only creates a consistent exterior façade, but also provides the interior spaces with a view to the greenery and a lighter feeling of the solid façade at night. Combination of the skylights and the transparent dividers enables sunlight penetration in vertical, horizontal, and diagonal directions.