Tianjin International Airport
China is rapidly becoming a very sought-after tourist destination and the government is investing in the construction of new airports to open up all regions of the country and to improve both communications and trade. Currently there are over 40 airports at various stages of construction and in a few years when these are complete China will have several airports able to compete as major hubs in Asia.
Tianjin is located in Northern China along the west coast of the Bohai Gulf, looking out to Shandong and Liaoning, bordered by Beijing 120 kilometres (75 mi) to the northwest, and except for the east, is surrounded on all sides by Hebei. Tianjin’s prosperity proved a lure for Western trading nations. In 1856 British and French troops used the boarding of a British ship by Chinese troops in search of pirates as an excuse to attack the forts guarding the Haihe River. The defeated Chinese were forced to sign the 1858 Treaty of Tianjin, which opened the port to foreign trade and to the sale of opium. Other European nations and Japan followed, establishing distinctive independent concessions on the riverside areas, each with a distinctive architectural style -- variously English Victorian, Italian Roman style streets, French chateaux styles, and German Bavarian villas.
Tianjin became a center of urban modernization and internationalism in the early years of the 20th century. Hotels like the Astor received famous guests such as Herbert Hoover and Sun Yat-sen, and one of China’s first lifts was installed there in 1924. Meanwhile, heavy silting of the Haihe River led to construction of a new port at Tanggu, 50 km downriver, as Tianjin lost its character as a major port city. The 1976 Tangshan earthquake caused extensive damage to the city, and it was closed to foreign visitors until repairs were completed. The establishment of the Tianjin Economic and Development Area was a major spur to investment and economic revitalization.
AWR - Architecture Workshop in Rome proposes the design of a new air terminal that can increase the reception capacity of the old airport. The design process must be observed especially by climatic and environmental aspects of the area to explore issues related to sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of such works.
Arch. Cristiano Lippa - Italy-Japan
Cristiano Lippa is an architect researching on issues concerning the perception of architectural and urban space in relation with tectonic structures. He has graduated at the University of Roma Tre in 2004 with a thesis called “Archaeological Underground Museum in Piazza di Porta Maggiore in Rome”, winning project of the XV International Symposium of Urban Culture at the University of Camerino in Italy. He has worked in architectural competitions and projects, earning recognitions and prices. He has collaborated in several research programs at the Department of Architecture of University La Sapienza of Rome where he has graduated PhD in 2008 with a dissertation called “Oku and the Japanese Sense of Space”. From 2012 he is a Post-Doc Fellow in Kengo Kuma Laboratory of University of Tokyo and Chief editor of Transcripts journal.
Arch. Federico Scaroni - Italy-Japan
Federico Scaroni is an Italian architect and PhD who has been working as Senior Researcher in the Architecture Department of The University of Tokyo. Winner of PhD and PostDoc fellowships in Sapienza, University of Rome and The University of Tokyo, his researches are mostly focused in the study of the reconnection between historic and contemporary urban texture and its comparison between two situations as different as Rome and Tokyo.
Lecturer in the Japanese Universities Keio (2005) Tokyo (2010), Hosei (2010) and the Italian Universities of Rome (2007), Venice and Florence (2012), since 2005 he also founded an office of architecture in Rome, currently called COD09.
Arch. Paolo Rossi - Italy
Paolo Rossi studied architecture at La Sapienza University of Rome. He has been a senior architect for n!studio international Italian firm based in Rome leader in exhibition and Museum design, he has worked through all design stages. With n!studio was involved in international competitions and several exibithion such as the Musee Archeologique De La Breche Et De La Noye, The New Museo degli Innocenti in Florence, Xi’an Western Market Museum and Uneternal City section of the 11th International architecture exhibition in Venice. Early 2010 He joined the London office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he has been involved in the design of several international projects inSwitzerland, Turkey and UK. From 2012 he is Project Manager of 3TI_LAB in Rome.
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This competition is closed for other registration, the Deadline was: 2013-02-16