AWP, Paris

AWP - founded by Alessandra Cianchetta, Marc Armengaud and Matthias Armengaud in 2003 - is an award winning interdisciplinary office for territorial reconfiguration and design. The Paris based practice delivers architecture and urban projects in differing contexts and scales, from large scale strategic plans to buildings, landscapes, interiors exhibitions and publications. They all share the same values and visions: hospitality, beauty, an innovative dialectic between form and function, symbol and use; and a strong dynamic between architecture and place. Current projects include a 85,000 sqm housing and mixed-use sector project in Lausanne; a 70,000 sqm public space adjoining the Grande Arche de la Défense, including a unique series of new buildings; the master plan of Paris’ CBD; and Poissy Galore, a sequence of public buildings and follies set in a park by the Seine. AWP's work is regularly presented at venues worldwide such as Maxxi, Cité de l’Architecture and MoMA .

www.awp.fr

feld72, Wien

feld72 - founded in 2002 - is an experimental architectural collective, based in Vienna, comprising Anne Catherine Fleith, Michael Obrist, Mario Paintner, Richard Scheich and Peter Zoderer. Bucking the conventional idea of architecture, the practice subverts the paradigm of conventional design with work that seeks to re-examine the potentialities of space within social situations. Within every aspect of their work they foster a culture of experimentation, researching and developing new strategies for clients who are tired of the usual urban clichés. There is no break between the theoretical and experimental. Their responses vary from object related planning (from design to large scale buildings) to urban investigations, masterplans and interventions. This methodology has won them a number of awards. Recently, they were among the ten finalists for the Chernikhov Prize awarded to the world's most innovative architects under the age of 44.

www.feld72.at

KCAP. Rotterdam & Zürich

Han van den Born, Kees Christiaanse, Ruurd Gietema, Irma van Oort, Ute Schneider

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KCAP Architects&Planners is a Dutch office for architecture and urban design, based in Rotterdam, Zurich and Shanghai. The practice - founded by Kees Christiaanse in 1989 - prides itself on its integrated working methodology, a multidisciplinary and simultaneous engagement in themes, program, typology and context. KCAP’s central philosophy is a commitment to creating public spaces that enliven and rejuvenate inner-city areas. International recognition has been achieved with projects such as HafenCity in Hamburg [DE]; the Perm Strategic Masterplan [RU]; the London Legacy Framework [UK]; NEO Brussels [BE]; OZ Nature Urbaine Montpellier [FR]; Europaallee Zurich [CH]; and the Creative Gateway masterplan in Shenzhen. In addition, the Dutch projects Wijnhaveneiland and the Red Apple in Rotterdam and GWL district in Amsterdam have been widely acclaimed by professionals and public alike.

www.kcap.eu

Lola Landscape Architects, Rotterdam

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LOLA Landscape Architects - founded in 2006 by Peter Veenstra, Eric-Jan Pleijster and Cees van der Veeken - delivers progressive landscape architecture for a wide range of public and private sector clients. The Rotterdam based practice frequently works in collaboration with architects, artists and other disciplines. Embracing an optimistic and conceptual approach, as well as a fascination for new spatial phenomena, LOLA sees its mission as being the transformation of lost and forgotten landscapes into rich, vivid and beautiful places. This approach has won them multiple design awards, including European Portugal, the Rotterdam Maaskant Award and the Delta Water Award. This approach has won them multiple design awards, including European Portugal, the Rotterdam Maaskant Award and the Delta Water Award.

www.lolaweb.nl

Magma Architecture, Berlin

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magma architecture - founded in 2003 by Martin Ostermann and Lena Kleinheinz - is an award-winning, multidisciplinary practice operating at the interface between architecture, design and communication. The practice specializes in creating visionary landmark buildings, spectacular temporary structures, such as the shooting arenas for the London 2012 Olympics, and expressive interiors. Central to their design philosophy is the use of complex geometric forms to generate a spatial dynamic, which they feel better articulates the heterogeneity of our cities and global culture. They seek to be part of a new paradigm within architecture, one that is expressionistic, rooted in non-linear form making, and facilitated by new materiality and cutting edge technologies.

www.magmaarchitecture.com

 

Urbed, Manchester & London

URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) does what its name suggests: they specialise in urban design and sustainability in an urban context. The work is rooted in the principles of the urban renaissance. They believe in the importance of creating and sustaining lively, prosperous towns and cities by focusing new development within existing settlements and creating attractive, mixed-use, walkable and socially mixed urban neighbourhoods. The practice works across the UK, from its bases in Manchester and London, for public and private sector clients. Recent work has ranged from town centre strategies to planning applications for large mixed-use masterplans, from University estate strategies to urban design guidance. URBED’s work is united by its core values of urbanism, community, environmental sustainability and design.

www.urbed.coop

 

Superpool, Istanbul

Superpool was founded in Istanbul in 2006 by Selva Gürdoğan and Gregers Tang Thomsen. They met at Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 2003, where they worked until establishing Superpool. In 2012, the practice was one of the five architectural offices that were selected to develop a vision on future urban mobility for the Audi Urban Future Award 2012, an international architecture competition that focuses on specific mobility scenarios in major metropolitan regions. Mapping Istanbul is another key project: commissioned by Garanti Gallery, this book comprises nearly a hundred maps and information graphics that provide a valuable resource for architects, planners and policy-makers involved in developing the city's future. Currently, the practice is engaged in TailorCrete, a European Commission funded research programme for incorporating robotics into concrete construction technology. Most recently, the duo has taken on directing Studio-X Istanbul, which is part of the global network of “urban laboratories” founded by Columbia University.

www.superpool.org

Thomas Sieverts & S.K.T., Bonn

Thomas Sieverts & S.K.T. develop a range of sustainable, contextually well-researched architecture and urban design projects for a diverse range of private and public sector clients. Thomas Sieverts is also the author of Zwischenstadt (1997; first published in English in 2000 as Cities without Cities: An interpretation of the Zwischenstadt), a book which addresses the decentralization of the compact historical European city and examines the new form of urbanity which has spread across the world best summarised as the urbanised landscape or the landscaped city. Sieverts calls this the Zwischenstadt, or "in-between city", the space that exists between old historical city centres and the open countryside, a mix of the natural and man–made. In historical terms, the Zwischenstadt is a newcomer, an interim stage in the transition to an uncertain future.

www.skt-umbaukultur.eu