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    Cityscape 2005 Awards

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    The ostensible objective is to provide a leisure park for families with children. But the park will also educate visitors about the laws of nature. Large overhead structures will change in response to sun, wind, and other factors of the local climate and thereby create more comfortable microclimates below. The jury believes the park will "greatly add to the public realm of Dubai while minimizing use of nonrenewable energy."

    Also receiving environmental tribute is the Ministry of Tourism in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, designed by Mario Cucinella Architects. This proposed project will combine ideas taken from contemporary climatic design and traditional Middle Eastern art and architecture. The design is pierced by a series of atria, gardens, and towers that bring fresh air and daylight down into the building's ground floor.

    These hidden gardens, protected by a strong street-facing facade, are oases for the office workers, producing a tempered microclimate while minimizing use of nonrenewable energy in very hot climates.

    Also designed by Mario Cucinella Architects (with the Politecninco of Milano) to respond visibly to the local climate is the Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy-Efficient Building (SIEEB) at Tsinghua University in Beijing. This is a cooperative project of the Ministry for Environment and Territory of the Republic of Italy and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China.

    SIEEB is regarded as a platform to develop the bilateral long-term cooperation in the environment and energy fields, and the building is also a model showcase for demonstrating the potential for CO2 emission reduction in Chinese buildings.

    The SIEBB building shape derives from an analysis of the site and of the specific climatic conditions of Beijing. It optimizes solar energy absorption in winter and sun protection in summer. It was generated through a series of computer simulations of performance in relation to form, orientation, envelope, and technological systems.

    The other projects receiving awards are, for community design, "Tetrahedron" in Astana, Kazakhstan, designed by Tabanlioglu Architecture & Consulting; for Islamic Architecture, Al Hasani Madrasa & Mosque in Old Damascus, Syria, by Wael Samhouri Architects; for master planning, Dubai Light Rail Project in Dubai, UAE, by Weston Williamson Architects; for residential, Vineyard House in Victoria, Australia, by John Wardle Pty. Ltd., Doha Gardens in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, by Nabil Gholam Architecture & Planning, and Gilstead Brooks in Gilstead, Singapore, by Woha Design Pte. Ltd.; and for commercial/ mixed use, a corporate office in Bangalore, India, by Mathew & Ghosh Architects and Doha Souks, Doha, Qatar, by Nabil Gholam Architecture & Planning.

    The judges for the Cityscape 2005 Architectural Review Awards were Peter Davey OBE, editorial director of Architectural Review; Fatih Rifki, dean of architecture at the American University of Sharjah, UAE; Ken Yeang, architect with TR Hamzah and Young, Malaysia; Raj Rewal, architect from India; and Suha Ozkan, secretary general of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Switzerland.

     

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    A Cityscape 2005 award went to Istanbul Modern, the city's first museum of contemporary art, designed by Tabanlioglu Architecture and Consulting.
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    Cafe of the Istanbul Modern.
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    One of the Cityscape 2005 awards went to the proposed Acropolis Universe Resort in Dubai, by Behnisch Architekten. Overhead structures in this theme park modify the microclimate below.
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    Sun and wind are blocked and filtered as needed at the proposed Acropolis Universe Resort.
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    The Ministry of Tourism proposed for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Mario Cucinella Architects combines ideas from contemporary climatic design and traditional Middle Eastern architecture.
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    The Ministry of Tourism proposed for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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    Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy-Efficient Building (SIEEB), at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
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    SIEEB's form responds to sun position and climate conditions throughout the year.
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    Tetrahedron in Astana, Kazakhstan, designed by Tabanlioglu Architecture & Consulting. The metal facades change color according to the time of day and season.
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    Inside Tetrahedron is a social and cultural center with conference facilities, a museum, library, university, retail outlets, restaurant, and cafes.
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