Abhay Wadhwa was recently named a 2014 Honoree by the Society of Indio-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA). The 34th Annual Gala was held at the Grand Hyatt, Grand Central Station, in New York City. Among the special guests was Honorable Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay the Consulate General if India, New York and the Honorable Bill De Blasio the Mayor of New York City.
This year’s title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” has been awarded to One Central Park, in Sydney, Australia. The award, presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), was chosen after a year long selection process across 88 entries in four regions. Senior representatives of each of these four winners presented at the CTBUH Awards Symposium on November 6th at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and the winner was announced at the Awards Dinner following the Symposium.
One Central Park by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, utilizes sustainable technology in unusual ways for a tall building. Its design is particularly unique among buildings in its category for the ways in which it makes sustainable technology immediately visible and identifiable. “If we do all these sustainable things and no one can see them, do they really exist? The choices we make for a sustainable future cannot be made in the future. They must be made today,” said Bertram Beissel, Partner, Ateliers Jean Nouvel during the winning project presentation.
The fourteenth Serpentine Pavilion has opened in London’s Hyde park, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić. The temporary building occupies a 514 square meter footprint, positioned outside the entrance of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The semi-translucent, cylindrical structure is perched on large quarry stones, envisioned as a flexible and multi-purpose social space that also houses a public café.
The Serpentine Pavilion is open to the public between Thursday, 26th June 2014, and Sunday, 19th October 2014.
We have been sharing information on diverse topics with you via social media over the past few years. You would also have noticed that I have not written too much over the past 12 months. Strangely, it coincides with how long it has been since I regularly went to the gym. Both events have severe connects with workload and deadlines for the most part, and some part with lacking self-discipline to visit social media. This has been my localized prescription to avoiding the contagion on social media. Please understand- I am not saying this is the only way to manage your time on social media.
On AWA Anecdotes- we have been blessed with many great collaborations around the world (22 countries and counting), with many talented designers. We have always felt that geographical localization of knowledge and operations was critical in building evocative spaces, while embracing an international zeitgeist. However, not only are the cultures and climates different between these contexts, lighting technologies are going through a tectonic shift- together, these aspects make our professional life very exciting, given that we work in many parts of the world, we have observed amazing moments of beauty and serendipity in working on these projects and learnt from our collaboration, while making value additions to the projects.
The experiences are diverse, and what better way to enjoy them again than to share them with our friends online via anecdotes. We welcome a dialog and your candid opinions on the stories that we share. Please stay tuned for more blogs on this topic.
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