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    INTERNATIONAL SNAPSHOT: Housing fights homelessness; Drawing competition; Socialist brutalism

    Stephanie Stefanovic

    Let's take a look at some of the world's latest innovations in architecture and design.

    New apartments seek to fight chronic homelessness in California

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    Photography by Iwan Baan

    A new residential complex designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture will serve as permanent supportive housing for its formerly homeless tenants. The project was funded by Skid Row Housing Trust, a developer and property manager that provides housing for disadvantaged people. This is the fourth residential building Michael Maltzan Architecture has designed for the developer. 

    “The building’s arching form stretches the length of the site, creating a sheltered courtyard with tiered terraces above that including open-air outdoor corridors and an expansive ground-level landscape zone. The low points of the mass touch down at both the front and back of the site, ensuring a strong volumetric relationship with the smaller scale single-family residences behind the property and the larger commercial facades running along the boulevard. 

    “Inviting and light-filled spaces throughout the building form a network of healthy community connections that support residents within the building and build social connections to the city beyond.” - Michael Maltzan Architecture

    Entries open for World Architecture Festival Drawing Prize

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    Memento Mori: A Peckham Hospice Care Home by Jerome Xin Hao Ng, created whilst studying at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UK - also the Hybrid Category Winner. Image: World Architecture Festival

    Launched in 2017, the World Architecture Festival Drawing Prize was started as a way celebrate and showcase the art and skill of architectural drawing. 

    Entries are welcomed from architects, designers and students from around the world, in three categories: hand-drawn, digital and hybrid. The winners and shortlist will be announced in October, and will be on display at an exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London from 17 October – 18 November. 

    Each category winner will receive a delegate pass and two nights in a hotel for the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam in November 2018. They will be invited to participate in an event on the festival stage at the conference, and receive tickets to the Gala Dinner. Entries close on 7 September. 

    MoMA to exhibit brutalist architecture of socialist Yugoslavia

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    The Ilinden Building (or Makedonium) in Kruševo, Macedonia. Photography by Flyfifer Photography

    The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York will open an exhibition called Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980. The exhibition will include more than 400 drawings, models, photographs and film reels that will be shown to an international audience for the first time. 

    “Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist ‘social condensers’—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself.” - MoMA

    The exhibition will feature works by many of the region’s leading architects, and explore large-scale urbanization, technological experimentation and its application in everyday life, consumerism, monuments and memorialization, and the global reach of Yugoslav architecture. 

    The exhibition will run from July 15, 2018 – January 13, 2019. 

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