Thursday 28 September 2006

ARCASIA Becomes Biggest Gathering of Architects in Asia...

on Thursday 28 September 2006 - 18:31:06 | by admin
From the September 19th to 22nd ARCASIA conference of architects forum and Student Jamboree held at Beijing in different venues.
Architects forum meetings held generally in the Asia Hotel in the center of Beijing. Main events of Students Jamboree were in the Tsinhua University campus.
This ARCASIA meeting has become the largest gathering of architects and architecture students ever held within the Asian member institutes. And the participation from Bangladesh this time was the largest participation from any country ever.
Although the communication problem with the organizers was a major issue at the beginning of the conference. Communicating in English for the Chinese people is always a big trouble. For this reason different teams from different countries faced some silly misunderstandings and mismanagement at the beginning. But the student volunteers tried heart and should to help everyone. From receiving the students and architects to settle them in their accomodation, taking them to conference venue etc. they did all these things responsibly.
Another trouble was food! CSA (Chinese Society of Architects, organizer of the event) could arrange some international cuisine for the delegates. But they threw everyone to buffet of 100% Chinese foods with chop sticks!

In the friendship night, in cultural event competition Bangladesh and China jointly won first, India, Philippines won second. The president of ARCASIA herself hosted and anchored the friendship night on stage in the Summer Palace of Beijing. That was the most enjoyable part of Beijing ARCASIA Jamboree.
Detail news updates with photos are coming soon

Sunday 27 August 2006

Help our Orgho Vottacharjo..

on Sunday 27 August 2006 - 14:47:52 | by admin
One of our friend Orgho vottacharjo, who is now in 2nd year in the department of Architecture in BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology)..... His mother is seriously ill and suffering in cancer. Her breast cancer is now also affecting her brain. An operation is needed immediately. But...

It will take around 20,00,000 Taka ($ 28,572 USD) for her treatment. In this situation it is very tough for their family to manage this big amount within a short time.
We call for economical help from everyone of this community. Let help a friend... save his mom from a certain claw of death.
Orgho is also a part of the global architecture community, he is our brother... his mom is like our mom.... please help them according to your ability.....

Contact Numbers: +8801717765796 or +880185007774
Send monetery help to this bank account:
Account number: 5410 of Pubali bank ltd(Laboratory road branch), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

For any query please call to:
KUSHOL (2:2): +880152385118
RAJIB (2:2):+8801199440 094
BADHON (1:1): +8801716400389
TAKI (1:1): +8801717103626
RIFAT (1:1):+8801916615 66

(archsociety news desk, reported by: aliza)

Monday 14 August 2006

Talks with: Peter Eisenman

on Monday 14 August 2006 - 07:08:44 | by dan

The East Valley Tribune caught up with Eisenman earlier this month. Here is the interview:
East Valley Tribune: Two of your current projects are a cultural center in Spain and a Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Why a football stadium?

Peter Eisenman: First of all I’m a big football fan. I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid. I go to 15 football games a year. I’ve had Giants season tickets since 1957. In fact, one of the reasons I think we were hired to do the project was when they called me in ’97 I told them that I had seen the last championship team play, the ’47 Cardinals. Not only had I seen them play, I named their starting backfield. So I’m a football junkie. I assume doing a stadium for a football junkie is like doing a cathedral for a Catholic.

EVT: What was the most challenging aspect of designing this stadium?

PE: First of all, I think one of the most challenging aspects was trying to find a site. We do what I would call site-specific work. That is, our buildings have a relationship to the site. When we were in the East Valley we were looking to do Native American imagery. When we moved to the West Valley we were doing agricultural imagery. Every time we moved the site, and we had seven different sites, we had to rethink the whole look of the stadium. That was really difficult.

Another thing is that designing a stadium is like designing a hospital. You have to have so many restrooms, you have to have so many points of sale, you have to have so many fire safety (features), escalators, exits, etc. All of that stuff, you have to get it in. The infrastructure, the electrical and mechanical. All of that is part of any project. Then the client says I only have this amount of money and the first thing that gets valueengineered out is not the air conditioning or the heating or the safety, it’s the design. The Bidwills were great, because they fought to keep the design in the project. I have to give them credit for that. So fighting to keep the design intact is one of the hardest things in any project.

EVT: In what ways did you incorporate the Arizona desert into the design?

PE: We wanted to have as much vertical glass as possible so that on every level of the concourse no matter where you were, you could either look through to the other side and out or look through these slots to the buttes. When you’re standing in the slots, you get panoramas of the buttes 360 degrees. That was really important to us to be able to see and to be able to have the light come in through the (translucent) roof. The Arizona light, the color and the texture was really important to us. That’s why we had the reflective skin. The whole idea of these vertical slots was the imagery of a barrel cactus. I was always interested in the formation of these cacti and the barrel cactus has a stadium-like shape. So when we changed from the Native American symbolism to the agricultural symbolism, we went from sort of a coiled snake of the Native sand paintings to the barrel cactus. That was a big shift.

EVT: The incorporation of the exterior views is reminiscent of a baseball stadium opening to mountains or a city skyline.

PE: To do that with an enclosed stadium is difficult. Baseball stadiums are always open to the city in the outfield. You can’t do that necessarily with a football stadium. We wanted to have one end totally glass and open, but it was impossible with the scoreboards and the other requirements we had. On the south end, with the two slots of glass which are bigger than any of the other slots, at one time that was all glass. And at one time that was also moveable glass so that the whole south end of the stadium and the roof opened so you had the sense of a really open stadium. That was our original intent.

EVT: How did the retractable roof and retractable field tray come about?

PE: From the first drawings we made we had a retractable field and a retractable roof. I could show you drawings from 1997 when it was called the Arizona Sports Complex with the Coyotes stadium and a hotel and various other things. We had the retractable roof and the retractable field then. But we didn’t engineer those. The ideas were ours, but the engineers engineered the roof and the engineers engineered the movement of the field.

EVT: So it was a matter of telling the engineers, “All right, we designed this now figure out how to make it work.”

PE: You got it. (chuckle)

EVT: Were there any unique challenges in building a multipurpose building as opposed to a football-only stadium?

PE: The whole thing is like a convention center. Once you roll the field out and put an electric grid on the floor and use the suites for breakout rooms, you have a convention center. They have over 170 events booked this year. The real success of this stadium is that it’s both a great football stadium and a terrific multipurpose facility. It’s going to be an economic engine not only for the Cardinals but also for Glendale. A lot of people are going to want to come out and be there just to be in the facility. It’s become almost a tourist attraction in the Valley. I mean people drive by it. There’s a buzz out there. The lay person gets the sense that there’s something going on there. The fact that the Cardinals sold out their stadium is partly due to renewed interest in the Cardinals and partly, I think, due to the design of the stadium. I mean, I’d like to think that.

EVT: Any chance you’ll be rooting for the Cardinals this year?

PE: I always root for the Cardinals. I’ve been rooting for the Cardinals for eight years and I’m not going to stop. They were really great to us. We’ve done a football stadium and as a football fan that’s very exciting.

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