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 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.


Jan 262014

a record-breaking 53 skyscrapers over 200 metres high were completed in Asia in 2013, accounting for three-quarters of the year’s tallest new buildings, according to the latest industry report.
The annual review from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reveals that 74 percent of worldwide skyscraper completions in 2013 were in Asian countries – a 19 percent increase on 2012 – and that the region now contains 45 percent of the tallest buildings in the world.
China accounts for the majority of this total, with 37 skyscrapers of over 200 metres spread across 22 different cities, including the lesser-known locations of Hefei and Xiamen that before this year had never contained buildings of this scale.
South Korea also plays a large role in the statistics with nine 200-metre-plus buildings completed in the last year, eight of which are located within a single complex in the growing city of Goyang.
The overall findings of the report were that worldwide skyscraper construction is back on the rise, in spite of a stall in 2012 that saw the total number of tall buildings fail to increase for the first time in six years, and that 2013 was the second-most successful year ever for skyscraper construction with a total of 73 buildings over 200 metres.
“By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over the past decade,” it reads.
“From 2000 to 2013, the total number of 200-metre-plus buildings in existence increased from 261 to 830 – an astounding 318 percent. From this point of view, we can more confidently estimate that the slight slowdown of 2012 – which recorded 69 completions after 2011’s record 81 – was a ‘blip’, and that 2013 was more representative of the general upward trend.”
The tallest building of the year was the 355-metre JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 completed in Dubai, the city that now also houses the world’s tallest twisted skyscraper, the 307-metre Cayan Tower.
Only one of the 73 buildings over 200 metres was located in north America, while four were in Europe, including Renzo Piano’s The Shard in London and the Mercury City tower in Moscow. None were recorded in Australia, Canada or Saudi Arabia, although construction did begin on the proposed 1000-metre Kingdom Tower in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.


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Jan 262014

The century-old museum was severely damaged by the blast of a car bomb seemingly targeting the city’s police headquarters nearby.
The Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo was reportedly severely damaged Friday in a series of bombings in the Egyptian city area that killed at least six people.
At approximately 6:30 a.m. in the city, the Associated Press reports, a car bomb exploded next to the city’s police headquarters. The blast damaged the nearby museum, reportedly breaking windows, collapsing ceilings, breaking water pipes, and damaging the facade. Some of the museum’s artifacts were also damaged.
The museum’s current building, which was completed in the early 1900s and designed (according toWikipedia) by Alfonso Manescalo, reopened in 2010 following a $10–15 million renovation. Mohammed Ibrahim, Egypt’s minister of antiquities, estimates the repair costs from today’s damage would be double that, according to the Los Angeles Times.
While no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, the bombings occurred one day before the anniversary of the uprising that began on Jan. 25, 2011, and led to the removal of Hosni Mubarak. As AP notes: “The attacks fueled fears of an increasing militant insurgency in retaliation for the military’s July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the subsequent crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.”



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