International Organization for Migration HQ

We are all under one roof – our proposal for the new International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Headquarters stems from a vision of creating a humane, enabling environment for all humanity under one roof – our planet Earth. And our hope is that the role of IOM as a leading organisation in this process is… Continue reading International Organization for Migration HQ

African Water Cities Book

African Water Cities presents research on how African cities by waterfronts deal with two of the most significant trends of our time: urbanization and a changing climate. On the African continent, the impact of climate change is now the day-to-day reality. Coastal and waterfront cities in particular experience loss and damage due to significant increases… Continue reading African Water Cities Book

Atelier LUMA Masterclass

In the wake of a rising global interest for resilient cities and water management issues related to human habitat, and building on “Jean Prouvé, the better days” exhibition, atelier LUMA initiates a masterclass on floodproof and demountable architecture and self construction. The masterclass will investigate this global concern on a local level in a 6-day… Continue reading Atelier LUMA Masterclass

Makoko Floating System – MFS™

Makoko Floating System – MFS™ – is a simple way to build on water by hand. It is a prefabricated, modular, floating A-frame, sustainable timber structure that can be locally produced, assembled and disassembled, quickly and manually for developments on water, in advanced or developing regions around the world. Since 2011 NLÉ has been researching… Continue reading Makoko Floating System – MFS™

Platform – Roskilde Festival

Platform is a dynamic structure that can be transformed from a closed blackout box into an open event space through simple reconfiguration of its moveable walls, entirely by hand. Platform offers a wide degree of flexibility for a variety of formats of events – accommodating a small, intimate group of people with a single performer… Continue reading Platform – Roskilde Festival

DE NIEUWE MEERSTAD

The Nieuwe Meer is envisioned as a new centre for healthy, diverse and ecological city development in Amsterdam. In the next 30 years, Amsterdam is predicted to shift its development focus to the South Side, towards the economic belt spanning between Schiphol and the Bijlmer. The Nieuwe Meer sits strategically within this belt and also… Continue reading DE NIEUWE MEERSTAD

Fashion Cities Africa II

Fashion Cities Africa unfolds the dazzling diversity of the fashion scene in four major African cities: Casablanca (Morocco), Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya) and Lagos (Nigeria). The concept aims to create an immersive backdrop composed of city- and fashion fabrics made with perforated timber panels and city blocks. A critical, contemporary and dynamic fusion of… Continue reading Fashion Cities Africa II

De Nieuwe Meerstad

The Nieuwe Meer is envisioned as a new centre for healthy, diverse and ecological city development in Amsterdam. In the next 30 years, Amsterdam is predicted to shift its development focus to the South Side, towards the economic belt spanning between Schiphol and the Bijlmer. The Nieuwe Meer sits strategically within this belt and also… Continue reading De Nieuwe Meerstad

MFS III – Minne Floating School

MFS III – ‘Minne Floating School’ is NLÉ’s third prototype and second iteration of the Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria – an innovative structure developed to address the challenges and opportunities of urbanisation and climate change, particularly in coastal African cities. Following Makoko Floating School (MFS I) built in 2013 and MFS II in… Continue reading MFS III – Minne Floating School

Fashion Cities Africa

Fashion Cities Africa unfolds the dazzling diversity of the fashion scene in four major African cities: Casablanca (Morocco), Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya) and Lagos (Nigeria). The concept inverts the traditional relationship of observer and the observed in a typical exhibition. The main visitor circulation on the raised catwalk gives visitors a unique perspective, while… Continue reading Fashion Cities Africa

Waterfront Atlas Exhibition

WATERFRONT Atlas is a collaborative knowledge platform that brings the local intelligence of aquatic communities like Makoko, Lagos to the world at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia curated by Alejandro Aravena. It aims to identify, gather and cultivate the intelligence of communities and cities by water with a motivation to… Continue reading Waterfront Atlas Exhibition

MFS II

MFS II is an improved iteration of the Makoko Floating School structure, adapted for easy prefabrication, rapid assembly and a wide range of uses. Just as the first prototype sourced local intelligence from the Makoko waterfront community, MFS II has been designed to suit local conditions and a wider waterfront population. MFS II was assembled… Continue reading MFS II

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Serpentine Summer House

With a play on architecture, our design aims to fulfil the simple primary purpose of a Summer House: a space for shelter and relaxation. The design is based on projecting an inverse replica of the historic Queen Caroline’s Temple – a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new architectural language.… Continue reading Serpentine Summer House

Unity in Diversity Conference

Florence is getting ready to host the second edition of Unity in Diversity, the mayors’ summit which gathered mayors from all over the world for the first time in November 2015. Starting from what has now become a platform subscribed by the mayors of over 60 countries, we decided to focus on Cities’ Resilience for… Continue reading Unity in Diversity Conference

Africa Exhibition

This summer’s major exhibition at Louisiana focuses on architecture, art and culture on the African continent. By pinpointing a number of judiciously selected examples from a cultural here and now, the exhibition sheds light on the diversity and complexity of the part of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Through a number of projects spread… Continue reading Africa Exhibition

Vitra: Making Africa

From March 2015, a major exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum sheds new light on contemporary African design. Showcasing the work of over 120 artists and designers, »Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design« illustrates how design accompanies and fuels economic and political changes on the continent. Africa is presented as a hub of… Continue reading Vitra: Making Africa

MoMA: Uneven Growth

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, is inhabited by over 170 million people. Lagos, its commercial capital, is home to about 20 million people, many of whom live in unplanned settlements with little formal infrastructure. Lagos is a paradigmatic mix of traditions, a place where history, culture, and popular wisdom interweave local knowledge… Continue reading MoMA: Uneven Growth

Chicoco Radio

Chicoco Radio is a floating media platform being built with and for the residents of Port Harcourt’s waterfront community in Nigeria. 480,000 people live in waterfront settlements along the creeks that fringe the city. The state government plans to demolish the settlements. Chicoco Radio is the community’s voice and platform. The structure is conceived as… Continue reading Chicoco Radio

AMSTERDAM WEEK VAN DE STAD 2013

“Amsterdam’s first Week van de Stad (Week of the City) took place November 6-10. The Week had a full programme of activities that celebrate the city, but also have it take a closer look at itself. The theme of the first Week van de Stad was ‘Water and the city, Amsterdam as water city’. Amsterdam… Continue reading AMSTERDAM WEEK VAN DE STAD 2013

Designs of the Year 2014

“Now in its seventh year, Designs of the Year gathers together a year of cutting-edge innovation and original talent; showcasing the very best in global Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design. Featuring Kate Moss’s favourite app, a floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, friendly lamp posts, a mobile phone you can build… Continue reading Designs of the Year 2014

22 JULY NATIONAL MEMORIALS

Our proposals for the July 22 Memorial sites are sensitive and responsive interventions within natural and man made environments. They create a multi-dimensional, transformative and twinned experience that embodies the diverse values for the memorial; solidarity, sorrow, love and victory. In doing so, it answers the diverse yet cohesive values and expectations of the Norwegian… Continue reading 22 JULY NATIONAL MEMORIALS

AFROFUTURE MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2013

Forget what you think you know about Africa, the world’s second-largest continent is journeying to new frontiers. Come face to face with this inspiring vision as you adventure with la Rinascente into an Afrofuturist design culture.

ETH INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY, ZÜRICH

The process of suburbanisation seems to be advancing unstoppably. A faceless, anonymous mesh of settlements is spreading itself around the old core cities. Do we really want to continue this destruction of one of our most important resources, the landscape, and of one of our most important cultural achievements, the city? The International Summer Academy Zurich… Continue reading ETH INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY, ZÜRICH

NM ROTHSCHILD BANK

OMA’s design for New Court is the fourth iteration of Rothschild’s London headquarters, all of them built on the increasingly dense and architecturally rich site on St. Swithin’s Lane, a narrow medieval alley in the heart of the City.  

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PICNIC FESTIVAL, AMSTERDAM 2011

PICNIC is a leading European platform for innovation and creativity. We function as an incubator and accelerator for game changing ideas, concepts, products and services. Through our activities, we address the mega trends of our time and explore how to creatively apply technology in order to meet business, social and environmental challenges.

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