Zaha Hadid Designs “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower in Macau

28 Mar 2014
by Karissa Rosenfield

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for Macau’s premier leisure and entertainment destination known as “City of Dreams.” Perceived as a single “sculptural element” united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure, the “simple volume” was extruded from its rectangular site as two towers connected at the podium and roof levels, with two organically-shaped bridges punctuating the tower’s center external void. This central void is then celebrated by a 40-meter tall, “grandiose atrium” that greets visitors as they enter the hotel. read more

Futuristic family home by Gonzallo Vaillo Martinez based on biogenetic forms

Deezeen Magazine
March 24, 2014

Conceptual design for a family home by postgraduate architecture student Gonzalo Vaíllo Martínez features a fluid structural frame, a skeletal staircase and a skin incorporating blinds that open and close like gills.

Starting with the standard functional spaces required by a single family residence, Vaíllo Martínez based the form of the house on scientific advances in fields such as microcellular systems and biogenetics. “Everyone has in mind what the standards of a normal house are today,” Vaíllo Martínez told Dezeen. “They are the principles established in Modernism, where spaces were separated by function and the aim was how to relate these spaces to one other and the surroundings.” read more

Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts


Do you know someone who deserves a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts?

You could help determine who is a 2015 laureate by submitting a nomination or by encouraging an eligible nominator to do so (see “Am I eligible to nominate” to see who can be a nominator). Since 1999, the Canada Council has honoured over 100 extraordinary men and women with its national awards – the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

Nomination deadline: June 1, 2014

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walking Tours
Join in for informative and entertaining walks through Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods with guides Maurice Guibord, John Atkin and others. VHF will also be hosting several special events and limited engagement walking tours throughout the season, so be sure to check their website to ensure you don’t miss out! All walking tours are 10am – 12pm and are typically run on Fridays and Saturdays. To view details on each tour and information on how to register, please visit the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s website.

Most tours are 2.0 Non-Core LUs, with few exceptions.