openDemocracy is running a debate about architecture and participation, in response to an exciting new project by Lift, the London International Festival of Theatre. Lift's architecture competition invited designs for its New Parliament in London, UK , a transportable meeting and performance space, and a public vote (closing on June 30th) is now in progress to choose the team who will develop the building.
Experts, cultural practitioners, and interested readers are invited to talk about the spaces and environments where they choose to meet and create. The debate has already started, and will take place over this week and next.
The main objective of this competition is the urban definition of the main corridors indicated on the Urban Destination Master Plan. Is about a series of destinations characterized by the capacity of establish a special relation between citizenship and the time experienced in the city: a sporting destination, a cultural destination and other slow destination.
10th June 06 -early morning flight out of Montserrat. Driving around the island as it sheds it twilight veil. The clatter of the brass band is obvious from the Queen's birthday parade. Waiting for the flight to board the new Chief Minister of the island rolls up with misses in tow, black SUV and a sole police outrider. This is no where odd, but within this sleepy island context it is almost unheard of. He walks around and to make stranger he's able to refer to everyone he walks past by name. One has to love the island life.
In Antigua, the girl at the front desk remarks that all I seem to do when I'm here is shop. You hear that Rem? Fancy a Caribbean Guide to Shopping? Bag juice, sweetie and coconut Vender and all? Now watching history unfold, another Caribbean nation's inaugural match at the World Cup Finals - go soca warriors (oddly the commentator says "soccer-warriors" instead). If this match draws we will celebrate, if T'dad win stay tune for the worlds biggest bacchanal (as we speak they have drawn with Sweden)
Damien Hirst's work in progress, compared with his epic works that teetered on the lines of sensitivity - a shark in formaldehyde, will on completion be the most expensive work of art....ever. Comprised of a human skull, cast in platinum and encased entirely in diamonds - some 8,500 in all. Once complete it will likely cost between £8m and £10m.
Competition Objectives: This competition has been created to develop new award winning designs for bamboo buildings, raise awareness of the use of certified structural bamboo for building code approved structures, and introduce architects, designers and builders to working with bamboo as a structural material.
Building Design Categories: There are design categories for different types of bamboo buildings, and winners will be chosen in each design category.
Registration: Open to architects, builders, designers, students anywhere in the world. Registration deadline is December 31, 2006.
The architects designed in Bahamas, a cube sheltered by a large, inverted-umbrella-style roof to celebrate the beauty of the environment,to shade & cool the interior on hot days and also as a rain-collecting dish.
Frank Harmon Architects is a small NC based architectural practice focused on sustainable design that is responsive to particular climates and settings, yet creating tactile and relaxed works.
The Architecture Foundation and Lift invite participants to suggest inspiring, innovative yet realistic designs for open international competition to design the Lift New Parliament, a transportable meeting and performance space, which will open at the Lift Festival in June 2008. Once open, it will travel throughout London, nationally and internationally.
The competition is an open anonymous competition, following which a shortlist of 4 teams will make presentations to participants from east London boroughs, and be interviewed by members of the jury and advisory group in early July. There will also be a public vote on the short-listed entries online from 24-30 June.