Shohei Shigematsu (OMA) and Bjarke Ingels - On Generations

Shohei Shigematsu, partner in charge of OMA's operations in the Americas, talks to his former OMA colleague Bjarke Ingels

Madrid Rio Project

 (Pete Carr)
Photo by Pete Carr

The Madrid Río project originated when the section of the M-30 ring road running parallel to the Manzanares River was moved underground, resulting in an area of parkland 10 kilometres long. The river bank has thus become an integral part of the city centre, and now offers Madrilenians and visitors an area surrounded by vegetation and filled with wide a range of sports, leisure and cultural facilities. The redeveloped area covers 649 hectares in six districts: Moncloa-Aravaca, Centro, Arganzuela, Latina, Carabanchel and Usera. The Madrid Río project will create a large area of environmental, sporting, leisure and cultural interest.

The restoration process has affected the course of the river itself, both banks and nearby streets. Now that the area has been freed from traffic coming from the M-30, Madrid residents and visitors to the city can once again start enjoying the Manzanares. Moreover, the project has meant removing an obstacle which has separated the districts from the centre and south-east of the city for so long. To achieve this, 17 new walkways have been built, among them the Matadero and Invernadero walkways, whose arches are decorated with mosaics by Daniel Canogar, the Puente del Principado de Andorra bridge, and the bridge designed by Dominique Perrault, which crosses over the new Arganzuela Park and links Paseo de Yeserías with Avenida del Manzanares. Some of these walkways are destined to become new landmarks in the city. Other existing pedestrian bridges have also been rehabilitated, including the Puente de Segovia bridge, which has recovered the splendour of Juan de Herrera's 16th-century design, and the old dams have been transformed into walkways.


From a small fishing village that hardly anyone had ever heard of to a position as the dazzling capital of the Danish Empire and to its current position as one of the world's most talked about as well as sung of cities is a colourful history.

Copenhagen, in those days called "Havn", meaning the harbour, was of little strategic or political importance. Most of the people in "Havn" earned their daily bread by fishing for the plentiful herring in the Øresund. In the next two centuries fishing and trading turned the small fishing village into a flourishing town. And in 1343 King Valdemar Atterdag made Copenhagen the capital of Denmark - today the seat of the government and the hometown of the Danish royal family.

Copenhagen of today is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe and the second largest city in Scandinavia. With 1.1 million inhabitants in the Greater Copenhagen area (and more than 1,8 million when other close municipalites incounted), the city definitely holds the position as The Glittering Capital of this part of the world.
Copenhagen is one of the world's leading destinations for international conferences and congresses. Since the Øresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen opened in 2000, the two cities offer more than 22.000 hotel beds. Scandinavia's largest conference centre, the Bella Center in the outskirts of the city, is well known for its international fairs and other arrangements. 

SANAA - The New Museum, New York

This is how architectural review should look like in 2012 - slick, qucik, pop and with a lot of great music!
Just like this one from Great Spaces  on SANAA'a the New Museum.

The New Museum, founded as the New Museum of Contemporary Art by Marcia Tucker in 1977, is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to presenting contemporary art from around the world. On December 1, 2007, the New Museum opened its first freestanding, dedicated building at 235 Bowery.

The building, designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA with Gensler, New York, serving as executive Architect, is expressed as a series of six asymmetrically stacked aluminum-clad rectilinear boxes shifted off-axis around a central steel core. Sejima + Nishizawa's inspiration came from the traditional set-backs exhibited by some of the city's earlier skyscrapers.

The facade is shrouded in 3,270 square meters of expanded aluminum, originally developed in the United Kingdom as a means of reinforcing roads. It was the first time this medium has been employed in the United States. The basement of the New Museum features a 188-seat theater.

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UN Studio - The New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion, New York

The New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion is a gift from the Netherlands to New York in honour of 400 years of friendship. The project was conceived by the Battery Conservancy to create an extraordinary 'outdoor living room' for spontaneous and scheduled activities, public markets, seating and shade, and a gleaming white, state-of-the-art pavilion for visitor information and delicious locally grown gourmet food. UNStudio's design creates a 5,000 square-foot, carefully programmed space located within Peter Minuit Plaza. This highly sculptural pavilion stands as a gateway to the park and waterfront, with an expressive, undulating roofline and curving walls; a compact building with the authority of a major landmark, evoking a flower opening to its surroundings.

 Today the park is the largest and most dynamic public place in Lower Manhattan. The New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion is made possible by a grant from the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to The Battery Conservancy and was developed in collaboration with the Parks Department and the Department of Transportation. The pavilion was designed by UNStudio, with Handel Architects LLP (New York) serving as associate architect. The Peter Minuit Plaza forms a rare park/transit meeting ground and defines a new era in public space design and construction. It weaves together trees, gardens, art, sculpture, food, and information with ferries, subways, buses, bikes, and pedestrians and forms an iconic, recognizable spot for residents and visitors alike. The new pavilion forms the centerpiece of the plaza.

UN Studio

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

The official video about Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful tourist attractions in Germany. On the 1.300 m² large layout, far more than a thousand trains, aircrafts, cars and ships move about. A wonder of the world in miniature. Please, find more information on

Bjarke Ingels on The Next List.

Bjarke Ingels on Sanjay Gupta's CNN The Next List.


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