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AD Classics: Suzhou Museum / I.M. Pei + Pei Partnership Architects

© Chenxing Mi © Chenxing Mi

As one of the latest built works of acclaimed Pritzker architect I.M. Pei, Suzhou Museum was built in the heart of his hometown, Suzhou, China. As one of the last surviving modernists, the architect strove to bring together both his modernist sensibilities as well as the Suzhou vernacular. Sited on the northeast section of the historic quarter of Suzhou, the museum is adjacent to the landmarked Zhong Wang Fu, a complex of 19th-century historical residences, and the Garden of the Humble Administrator, a 16th-century garden listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. [1]

Images in this article were captured in 2016 by Rome-based photographer, Chenxing Mi. Read the full article after the break.

gmp Wins Competition for Science Complex in Suzhou, China

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By 2020, an innovation campus with offices and laboratories for young companies in the high-tech field will be developed in Suzhou, the eastern Chinese metropolis. The total of 330,000 square meters of gross floor area is provided in five building clusters of different sizes, which are arranged offset from each other around a park and lake landscape. In the spring of 2018, the design by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) and WES landscape architects won first prize in the competition for the project. 

Concurso Internacional de Ideas “Solar de Samaniego, Paisaje Integrado”

Bodegas Solar de Samaniego ha convocado un concurso internacional cuyo objetivo es integrar la bodega en el paisaje natural y cultural de Rioja Alavesa y continuar la labor de mantenimiento de su legado histórico y su patrimonio bodeguero. Con la iniciativa, que se pone en marcha con el asesoramiento y la colaboración de la Cátedra UNESCO Paisajes culturales y Patrimonio de la UPV, se realizará una intervención en la fachada y el exterior de sus instalaciones, que datan de la década de 1970 y se encuentran ubicadas a los pies de la villa medieval de Laguardia.

Un jurado internacional de máximo prestigio en el ámbito académico, paisajístico, artístico y cultural será el encargado de evaluar y escoger el proyecto final entre los presentados por una selección de universidades y escuelas de paisajismo, arquitectura y diseño invitadas.

Architecture City Guide: 10 Towns in Colombia That Every Architect Must Visit

Street in Guatape, Antioquia. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], Under License CC BY-SA 2.0 Street in Guatape, Antioquia. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], Under License CC BY-SA 2.0

Calm and silence prevail in many of the municipalities of Colombia, where the ochre colors intermingle with the green of the landscape to preserve the colonial styles that characterize some of the architectural typologies of the place. Small urban centers that hide an incomparable beauty are the main attraction for many tourists who today travel to know these obscure places, where one can go to learn a little of their traditions and their culture, creating an almost perfect adventure, where heritage value becomes a characteristic in common.

That is why we have chosen 10 Colombian towns that highlight both the physical-spatial value and the socio-cultural value.

1. Barichara / Santander 

Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2018 Publication Award Recipients

Courtesy of Society of Architectural Historians Courtesy of Society of Architectural Historians

Get ready to add to your reading and watch lists because the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) just announced the 2018 award recipients for the SAH Publication, Film and Video Awards. Winners received their awards at SAH’s 71st Annual International Conference awards ceremony on April 20th in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The list of SAH Award recipients represents some of the best media in architectural, urban, and landscape history, as well as historic preservation scholarship and architectural exhibition catalogs. Nominations for the 2019 awards will be accepted by SAH on June 1st of this year. 

See the list of this year's SAH Award recipients below.

Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award

For nearly 70 years, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award has acclaimed one of the most scholarly works of architectural history published by a North American scholar. 


© H.Lin Ho © H.Lin Ho
  • Architects: DRTAN LM Architect
  • Location: 11, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka, Malaysia
  • Project Team: Tan Loke Mun, Tiong Kian Boon, Alvin Tham Yee Weng, Tan Yen Xie
  • Collaboration: SLT Architects
  • Contractor: TKK Jaya Enterprise
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: H.Lin Ho
© H.Lin Ho © H.Lin Ho

Text description provided by the architects. Nomaps is a flash-packer hostel re-crafted from an old double storey pre-war shop-house situated in the heart of Malacca’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dorte Mandrup to Design Her Third UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea Project

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Denmark-based architect Dorte Mandrup has won her third UNESCO World Heritage Center project, with her design of the Trilateral Wadden Sea World Heritage Partnership Centre. The project was the winner in a contest to design a new headquarters for the Centre, an organization that aims to protect the Wadden Sea and is jointly run by DenmarkGermany, and the Netherlands.

Manhattan of the Desert

Honorable Mention
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Estelle Filliat, Charlotte Ferreux, Duc Truong, Elias Vogel


Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. The armed conflicts raging for several months are deteriorating an already critical situation. In addition to causing terrible human suffering, these attacks are destroying Yemen’s unique cultural heritage, which is the repository of people’s identity. Yemen has architectural masterpieces. Shibam is probably the most emblematic example of them. The 16th-century Walled City of Shibam remains the oldest metropolis in the world to use vertical construction, this construction is called « tower houses». The mud-brick high-rises, which stretch up to seven stories high, were constructed from the fertile soil surrounding the city. One of Unesco’s experts, Jacques Heyman, stresses the urgency of the situation : «Today almost nothing has been done to stop the ruin of this city, which is accelerating. If Shibalm is not restored immediately there won’t be much left to restore in 10 years’ time ». It seemed essential to put a spotlight on this threatened city. We must reverse the situation !