Feb 152014
ancient cupboard

The walled city of Lahore authority found an ancient  cupboard some weeks ago during the excavation of the outer walls of Wazir Khan Mosque. On Friday, WCLA held a public opening of the cupboard found in wazir khan mosque.

The ancient cupboard appears to be hundred years old. And now this is the property of WACLA. The authorities had been trying to open the cupboard since they found it.

Shakoor Allah Khan (agha khan cultural service Pakistan), Ayaaz Ahmad (Auqaaf manager), Muhammad Majid Khan (Lahore Museum), Malik Maqsood (archaeology deputy director), Rashid Ahmed (Akbari Gate Police Station sub-inspector), Abdul Ghafoor Zuberi (Auqaaf additional secretary), Rashid Ahmed (Akbari Gate Police Station sub-inspector), Mohammad Abbas (Wazir Khan Mosque Chowk president) and Farooq (Wazir Khan Mosque Bazaar president) were present along with some media persons on the opening of cupboard.

The ancient cupboard contained cash and financial records of a shop belonging to a certain Ismail, who was the owner of a shop in the Wazir Khan Mosque.
The documents are from 1939 –1950.

ancient cupboard

Feb 132014
Cathedrals of Culture

Cathedrals of Culture   – finding the soul behind the bricks and mortar

Imagine architects in films and the picture that most easily rises to thoughts is of Gary Cooper as the Frank Lloyd Wright. Some documentaries apart the Architecture is largely ignored by film-makers. To rectify this German director Wim Wenders has announced his new project “Cathedrals of Culture” that premieres today at the Berlin film festival. Robert Redford is the co-director.

Wenders describe his project as “the soul of buildings,” exploring what these buildings “would say to us if they could talk.” Almost Six directors contributed to the movie “Cathedrals of Culture”, each one of them chose a building that means something special to them.

There are some similarities between the work of film directors and that of architects. Wender believes that architects and film-makers have the same obsession with “a sense of place”. To realize their visions Both need small armies of collaborators. Both must deal with sometimes awkward and intrusive patrons. Still, Wenders thinks,”certain diffidence” is required from film-makers when they compare themselves to architects.

“Buildings are very factual, after all, and they really govern and condition people’s lives. Films sometimes form people’s imagination and dreams, but don’t have such an abrupt impact on their reality.

Cathedrals of Culture


Feb 112014
student architecture

Students of Architecture at Auburn University’s Rural Studio have already garnered national attention for their innovative home designs that cost just $20,000 to build.

Now, they’re is winning global accolades for their extensive work designing and building civic facilities for poor communities in Alabama’s Black Belt.
After constructing rural Newbern’s first civic building in more than 110 years, Rural Studio students continued their work, building the Newbern Town Hall in 2010-11.

Built of native cypress wood from an Alabama swamp, the town hall is “a celebration of the material,” says the studio’s executive director, Andrew Freear.

And the rustic design has not gone unnoticed by the global architecture community.

It was voted 2014 Public Architecture Building of the Year by readers of ArchDaily, the most visited news site for the international architecture community.

The ArchDaily ranking included 3,500 projects in 14 categories from around the globe.

Another Rural Studio project, the Safe House Museum in Greensboro, won third place in public voting for World-architects eMagazine Building of the Year American-Architects 2013.

Rural Studio students of Architecture restored the museum’s two existing “shotgun houses,” linked them structurally and added a space for an art gallery. The museum’s shotgun houses are part of the state’s civil rights history.

In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. sought refuge from the Klu Klux Klan in one of the museum’s “shotgun houses.”

Students of architecture working on the museum project were Chris Currie, Cassandra Kellogg and Candace Rimes. Those working on the town hall project were Brett Bowers, David Frazier, Mallory Garrett and Zane Morgan.

Other Rural Studio projects include economical homes for low-income homeowners, public parks, a skate park, sports fields, gardens and the Newbern Library, still under construction.

Founded more than two decades ago, the Rural Studio is meant to provide students of architecture real-world experience and serve as an outreach program for Auburn University’s school of architecture.

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Feb 052014
architecture & design film festival

Architecture & Design film festival will held in Los Angles for the very first time in its 5 year history. The event will set for 12-16 March 2014, Hosted by Los Angles theater center with the schedule showing 30 feature length and short films alongside Q&As, panel discussions and reception events.

Architecture & Design Film Festival Founder and Director Kyle Bergman comments: “Los Angeles’ blend of architecture and passion for film make it a natural fit for the Architecture & Design Film Festival. There is no other city in the world with this rich combination. Our plan is to make LA a permanent part of the festival circuit that now includes New York and Chicago, expanding our scope from coast to coast.

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Feb 042014
frank gehry

In an invited competition for a 300-unit residential tower in Berlin, Frank Gehry & Partners has been selected over David Chipperfield, Adjaye Associates and seven other practices. The winning proposal, deemed “the most compelling” by jury for its rotating stacks of sculptural, stone-clad cubes that rise up to 150 meters, is expected to be Berlin’s tallest skyscraper and Germany’s tallest residential tower.

“Frank Gehry’s design is strong in visual expression and introduces an unusually eccentric, new pattern for this location. Nevertheless, the façade radiates agreeable tranquility. In addition, the design blends well with the neighborhood and conveys all aspects of metropolitan living,” commented Regula Lüscher, Senate Building Director.
The majority of the Hines-developed, 500,000 square foot structure will be dedicated to a mixture of apartments and penthouses, however a portion of the tower will be used as a hotel.
This will be Frank Gehry’s third project with the real estate giant, as the pair also collaborated on the Hines’ DZ Bank in Berlin and the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
Frank Gehry’s design is currently on view alongside the competition’s second and third place proposal, by Kleihues + Kleihues Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH and Barkow Leibinger Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, in a public exhibit at the annex to the Lichthof at Köllnischer Park 3, 10179 Berlin, through February 12, 2014.


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