The first quarter of a new year has architect and design teams everywhere busy with entering their previous year projects for awards and recognition. Not surprisingly then, the month of February sees a host of activity in this space. In this issue, we have worked to showcase some of the most interesting works that have been awarded this year, others that have been acknowledged for their focus and implementation of concepts and ideas that are futuristic in nature.
From awe-inspiring structures like the Harbin Opera House in Northern China to a seemingly simple yet thoughtfully designed dormitory for trainee medicos in rural Rwanda, the issue covers a vast span of ideas and concepts.
The concepts that have been trending with leading architects the past year include: floating architecture, linked towers, robotic arms, 3D printed architecture, crowd funded architecture, Timber Buildings, Handmade Bricks, refugee accommodation, recycling of ocean plastic, to name but a few.
The Makoko Floating School for students of Lagos, Nigeria designed by NLE Architects, with sponsoring from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Heinrich Boell Foundation from Germany.
During the year, Interedge has reviewed some of these themes extensively, others we have touched upon. New technologies have been opening up new avenues for architects and designers to experiment with new construction materials, innovative processes and methods. But a quick review of the projects showcased in the following pages will reveal that at the heart of all the action in the world of architecture is that innate desire to look into and create the future.
The projects today are not just experiments for the mere sake of experimenting with new materials or technologies. Each project seeks to offer a unique immersive / tactile experience to the users of a given space, giving a whole new level of meaning to structure, form, function and material. Whether these are standalone buildings in the middle of rural areas or they are landmark iconic structures in new cities or old communities, architects everywhere are expressing themselves in definitive voices.