An ambitious concept for a Middle East-based media headquarters would automatically erect a giant sunshade when necessary. Developed by REX, an award-winning New York-based architecture firm, the concept would house “two sister Middle Eastern media companies” in a pair of towers.
REX’s brief for the towers was simple: propose two elegant structures that make reference to traditional Arabic architecture. At first glance, the dual towers certainly look attractive, but are fairly conventional in their exterior design. Each would house studios in their basements, a large common space over the first few storys, and news, broadcast, and general office facilities above. However, REX’s proposal fits enormous retractable sunshades within the structures which overlap to create a 700-foot tall and wide curtain, shielding workers from direct sunlight.
These shades resemble giant parasols, 12-sided umbrellas with concave edges and a light curve to their spines. The system has been designed to reference traditional Arabic architecture on a grand scale; when interlocked, the shading structure looks like a giant example of Mashrabiya panelling, a type of intricate latticework commonly found adorning windows.
The shades would be installed on both the eastern and western facades of the towers, but only one side of the buildings would be shaded at any given time. At the correct point in the day, determined by the sun’s position, a 60-second transformation would see one side’s shades retract while the others open.

On the towers’ eastern facade, LEDs would be integrated into sunshades, which would be centrally controlled to form a giant “television screen” across both buildings. This screen would broadcast the companies’ content to the entire city.
The client for REX’s bold plans remains confidential, as does the buildings’ potential location and cost. The architecture firm was invited by the unknown corporations to create the new headquarters as part of a competition open to numerous firms. Enlarge The Image

An ambitious concept for a Middle East-based media headquarters would automatically erect a giant sunshade when necessary. Developed by REX, an award-winning New York-based architecture firm, the concept would house “two sister Middle Eastern media companies” in a pair of towers.

REX’s brief for the towers was simple: propose two elegant structures that make reference to traditional Arabic architecture. At first glance, the dual towers certainly look attractive, but are fairly conventional in their exterior design. Each would house studios in their basements, a large common space over the first few storys, and news, broadcast, and general office facilities above. However, REX’s proposal fits enormous retractable sunshades within the structures which overlap to create a 700-foot tall and wide curtain, shielding workers from direct sunlight.

These shades resemble giant parasols, 12-sided umbrellas with concave edges and a light curve to their spines. The system has been designed to reference traditional Arabic architecture on a grand scale; when interlocked, the shading structure looks like a giant example of Mashrabiya panelling, a type of intricate latticework commonly found adorning windows.

The shades would be installed on both the eastern and western facades of the towers, but only one side of the buildings would be shaded at any given time. At the correct point in the day, determined by the sun’s position, a 60-second transformation would see one side’s shades retract while the others open.

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On the towers’ eastern facade, LEDs would be integrated into sunshades, which would be centrally controlled to form a giant “television screen” across both buildings. This screen would broadcast the companies’ content to the entire city.

The client for REX’s bold plans remains confidential, as does the buildings’ potential location and cost. The architecture firm was invited by the unknown corporations to create the new headquarters as part of a competition open to numerous firms.


Desire, like the atom, is explosive with creative force.

— Paul Vernon Buser


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Nagaoka City Hall Aore Kengo Kuma and Associates

"With the growth of cities and their scale, public buildings of 20th Century were likely to be driven away to the suburbs, often as isolated concrete boxes in parking lots. We wanted to reverse this flow with Nagaoka Aore. We moved the city hall back to the center of the town and revived a real “heart of town,” which is located in a walking distance from anywhere, working along with people’s everyday life. This is exactly like the city hall historically nurtured in Europe, and embodies the idea of compact city in the environment-oriented age. We adopted the traditional method of “tataki,” and “nakadoma,” which is to function as a meeting point for the community, is no longer the mere concrete box – the space is gently surrounded by placid structure, finished with wood and solar panels."

(Source: archatlas)


Amateur and professional photographers from Romania and from abroad can submit their photos in 3 of Photo Romania Festival’s different competitions.

The total prize sum is over 1.200 Euros
For before the 4th edition of the Photo Romania Festival – “the most important photography festival in Eastern Europe” according to The Telegraph – the organizers have set up three different competitions for photo enthusiasts, with a total prize sum of over 1.200 Euros.
The first of these competitions is Photo Romania Award. It is addressed to amateur and professional photographers from around the world. Using the Photo Romania Award App, photographers can submit a photo on the Photo Romania Festival Facebook page for one of the three sections of the contest: “Photojournalism”, “Black and White”, and “Journey Photography”.
The submitting period is from the 26th of March till the 16th of May 2014. After the submitting has ended, the jury will choose a winner. The prize consists of a 500 Euro voucher for an online photo equipment store.
Based on the number of likes given by the public during the submitting period, there will be another winner photo, called “Viral Photo of the Year”, the prize for this will be a 300 Euro voucher. The announcing of the winners will be done on the 25th of May.
Romanian amateur photographers with a collection of 15 to 20 photos on a specific theme, who want to exhibit said collection during Photo Romania Festival, can register for the Expo-Debut Competition. The registrations will start on the 1st of April and will last till the 30th of April, on the Festival’s Facebook page. On the 1st of May the jury will decide the winner. The exhibition of the winner of the contest will take place on the 23rd of May, and the cost of the printing, transport, and accommodation of the winner will be provided by the organizers.
The third competition – Head to Head – is addressed to a number of 16 Romanian amateur or professional photographers. The photographers can register for the competition beginning from the 14th of April until the 16th of May, and during the festival (16th of May – 25th of May) they will undergo three distinct competition stages.
On the 1st stage, photographers will be split in 8 teams composed of 2 photographers each. Each team will receive 2 themes. For each theme, each contestant will have to shoot a photo in a 12-hour interval from the receiving of the theme. The jury will analyze all the photos and will choose 6 participants to qualify in the second stage of the competition.
The same mechanism will be applied again for the last 2 stages of the contest so that in the 4th stage there are only 2 contestants left. They will receive 5 themes and be given 48 hours to submit their photos. The jury will appoint the winner on the 25th of May. The prize will be a 200 Euro voucher for an online photo equipment shop.
The jury for all 3 competitions will be made out of Sebastian Vaida, Radu Salcudean, Horatiu Curutiu, and Sebastian Magnani.
Also, this is the last week for the 20% early bird discount for the Photo Romania Academy photography workshops.
More info on: photoromaniafestival.ro/en and on facebook.com/PhotoRomaniaFestival
About Photo Romania Festival: The festival’s first edition was held in 2010, and since then it has brought photography in the spotlight of Romanian culture, succeeding in just 4 years to put Cluj-Napoca in a world-wide network of photography festivals. Along complex photography events, the festival has managed to unveil the first photography museum in Romania that starting 2015 will have a permanent headquarters.Last year’s Photo Romania Festival meant 40 exhibitions, 5 national firsts, 1.500 printed photos, 500 photographers from 15 countries, and 70.000 participants.
The festival is organized by Photo Romania Association and produced by Fapte, an agency that also organizes The Career Fair and Jazz in the Park. Communication partner for Photo Romania Festival is Vitrina Advertising.
Contact:
Constantin CovaliuProject ManagerT: 0040 723 181 628E: covaliu@fapte.org
Radu NeagPR ManagerT: 0040 733 082 103E: radu@fapte.org Enlarge The Image
    • Amateur and professional photographers from Romania and from abroad can submit their photos in 3 of Photo Romania Festival’s different competitions.
  • The total prize sum is over 1.200 Euros

For before the 4th edition of the Photo Romania Festival – “the most important photography festival in Eastern Europe” according to The Telegraph – the organizers have set up three different competitions for photo enthusiasts, with a total prize sum of over 1.200 Euros.

The first of these competitions is Photo Romania Award. It is addressed to amateur and professional photographers from around the world. Using the Photo Romania Award App, photographers can submit a photo on the Photo Romania Festival Facebook page for one of the three sections of the contest: “Photojournalism”, “Black and White”, and “Journey Photography”.

The submitting period is from the 26th of March till the 16th of May 2014. After the submitting has ended, the jury will choose a winner. The prize consists of a 500 Euro voucher for an online photo equipment store.

Based on the number of likes given by the public during the submitting period, there will be another winner photo, called “Viral Photo of the Year”, the prize for this will be a 300 Euro voucher. The announcing of the winners will be done on the 25th of May.

Romanian amateur photographers with a collection of 15 to 20 photos on a specific theme, who want to exhibit said collection during Photo Romania Festival, can register for the Expo-Debut Competition. The registrations will start on the 1st of April and will last till the 30th of April, on the Festival’s Facebook page. On the 1st of May the jury will decide the winner. The exhibition of the winner of the contest will take place on the 23rd of May, and the cost of the printing, transport, and accommodation of the winner will be provided by the organizers.

The third competition – Head to Head – is addressed to a number of 16 Romanian amateur or professional photographers. The photographers can register for the competition beginning from the 14th of April until the 16th of May, and during the festival (16th of May – 25th of May) they will undergo three distinct competition stages.

On the 1st stage, photographers will be split in 8 teams composed of 2 photographers each. Each team will receive 2 themes. For each theme, each contestant will have to shoot a photo in a 12-hour interval from the receiving of the theme. The jury will analyze all the photos and will choose 6 participants to qualify in the second stage of the competition.

The same mechanism will be applied again for the last 2 stages of the contest so that in the 4th stage there are only 2 contestants left. They will receive 5 themes and be given 48 hours to submit their photos. The jury will appoint the winner on the 25th of May. The prize will be a 200 Euro voucher for an online photo equipment shop.

The jury for all 3 competitions will be made out of Sebastian Vaida, Radu Salcudean, Horatiu Curutiu, and Sebastian Magnani.

Also, this is the last week for the 20% early bird discount for the Photo Romania Academy photography workshops.

More info on: photoromaniafestival.ro/en and on facebook.com/PhotoRomaniaFestival

About Photo Romania Festival: The festival’s first edition was held in 2010, and since then it has brought photography in the spotlight of Romanian culture, succeeding in just 4 years to put Cluj-Napoca in a world-wide network of photography festivals. Along complex photography events, the festival has managed to unveil the first photography museum in Romania that starting 2015 will have a permanent headquarters.
Last year’s Photo Romania Festival meant 40 exhibitions, 5 national firsts, 1.500 printed photos, 500 photographers from 15 countries, and 70.000 participants.

The festival is organized by Photo Romania Association and produced by Fapte, an agency that also organizes The Career Fair and Jazz in the Park. Communication partner for Photo Romania Festival is Vitrina Advertising.

Contact:

Constantin Covaliu
Project Manager
T: 0040 723 181 628
E: covaliu@fapte.org

Radu Neag
PR Manager
T: 0040 733 082 103
E: radu@fapte.org


10.) Library: A fantasy amongst all Spartans is to get railed against some of the finest works of literature mankind has produced (or magazines about bugs). Be cautious of the basement, which is the silent floor. It’s a no-go down there unless you’re a mute or have super weird silent-sex. Stick to the busier floors where your moans and groans will go unnoticed by nerds babbling about hacking Desrire2Learn. 
9.) Basement of the International Center: The perfect place to dabble your dick in some international flavors. You’re bound to run into hundreds of bilingual beauties here. If you’re skilled in speaking the language of love you just might find someone looking to fit in a quickie downstairs. 
8.) The Visitor Information Center: Driving down Service Road, you may barely notice this hidden gem, which makes it an ideal location to get your funk on. Make sure you turn on the large neon “open” sign to let passing visitors know you’re open for business. If visitors actually stop by for information, throw copies of The Black Sheep at them and say it’s all they need to know.
7.) Planetarium: Get ready to be fingerblasted (or launch your rocket) into another dimension in this spacey wonderland. Dimly lit and quiet, Abrams Planetarium is not only romantic, but an excellent place to fornicate without any outsiders realizing what kind of sick twisted shit you’re actually doing. Warning: they do shows for kids there, so make sure to note the schedule so you don’t end up a sex offender. 
6.) Vet Med Center: Make like a dog and fuck freely as an animal would. Vet Med is a place where it’s acceptable to feed your animalistic desires and feel no shame. Of course doggy-style is the go-to here, but don’t discount froggy-style, monkey-style, or wounded-bird-style. Make sure your moans and groans mimic those of a large mammal so as to remain unnoticed.  
5.) Beaumont Tower: The place for a bang unlike any other. The scenic view from atop the tower gives off a nostalgic feeling as if you were once Quasimodo looking to romance your Esmeralda. If you are able to find a way to make it up to the top of the tower without getting caught by PACE you deserve to bust a nut in this monument. Bonus points for playing a tune while you smash the poon.  
4.) Baker Woodlot: There’s a chance you might get murdered in this vacant, spooky wood…lot but that’s part of what makes it so sexually arousing! Acres upon acres of free fuck space, this open area is a wonderful place to keep in mind as the spring approaches. When the flowers are in bloom and the grass is green, your spring will be sprung in no time. 
3.) Broad Art Museum: Anything goes at the Art Museum. If you’re really feeling ambitious, make your sexcapade into a public exhibit. There’s bound to be some artsy-fartsy onlooker that will tune in and take it seriously. Maybe throw in some paint on your nipples and shout random, sexual phrases like “clitoral freedom” and “desire like wildfire!” It’s all about expressing yourself here. 
2.) Beal Botanical Garden: Once the weather warms, find your lover and make like Adam and Eve in this serene setting. Exotic plants galore, Beal Botanical Garden is the perfect place to spill your seed. Don’t eat anything that might be poisonous, though. You want to live to fuck another day. 
1.) Spartan Stadium: The Holy Grail of all places to shag. Rose Bowl Champions have stepped on these glorious grounds and it is only fitting that, as a fellow Spartan, you christen them while you destroy the sex like it was a B1G foe. You may not have a championship under your belt but you’ll feel like one if you can conquer this challenge. Enlarge The Image

10.) Library: A fantasy amongst all Spartans is to get railed against some of the finest works of literature mankind has produced (or magazines about bugs). Be cautious of the basement, which is the silent floor. It’s a no-go down there unless you’re a mute or have super weird silent-sex. Stick to the busier floors where your moans and groans will go unnoticed by nerds babbling about hacking Desrire2Learn. 

9.) Basement of the International Center: The perfect place to dabble your dick in some international flavors. You’re bound to run into hundreds of bilingual beauties here. If you’re skilled in speaking the language of love you just might find someone looking to fit in a quickie downstairs. 

8.) The Visitor Information Center: Driving down Service Road, you may barely notice this hidden gem, which makes it an ideal location to get your funk on. Make sure you turn on the large neon “open” sign to let passing visitors know you’re open for business. If visitors actually stop by for information, throw copies of The Black Sheep at them and say it’s all they need to know.

7.) Planetarium: Get ready to be fingerblasted (or launch your rocket) into another dimension in this spacey wonderland. Dimly lit and quiet, Abrams Planetarium is not only romantic, but an excellent place to fornicate without any outsiders realizing what kind of sick twisted shit you’re actually doing. Warning: they do shows for kids there, so make sure to note the schedule so you don’t end up a sex offender. 

6.) Vet Med Center: Make like a dog and fuck freely as an animal would. Vet Med is a place where it’s acceptable to feed your animalistic desires and feel no shame. Of course doggy-style is the go-to here, but don’t discount froggy-style, monkey-style, or wounded-bird-style. Make sure your moans and groans mimic those of a large mammal so as to remain unnoticed.  

5.) Beaumont Tower: The place for a bang unlike any other. The scenic view from atop the tower gives off a nostalgic feeling as if you were once Quasimodo looking to romance your Esmeralda. If you are able to find a way to make it up to the top of the tower without getting caught by PACE you deserve to bust a nut in this monument. Bonus points for playing a tune while you smash the poon.  

4.) Baker Woodlot: There’s a chance you might get murdered in this vacant, spooky wood…lot but that’s part of what makes it so sexually arousing! Acres upon acres of free fuck space, this open area is a wonderful place to keep in mind as the spring approaches. When the flowers are in bloom and the grass is green, your spring will be sprung in no time. 

3.) Broad Art Museum: Anything goes at the Art Museum. If you’re really feeling ambitious, make your sexcapade into a public exhibit. There’s bound to be some artsy-fartsy onlooker that will tune in and take it seriously. Maybe throw in some paint on your nipples and shout random, sexual phrases like “clitoral freedom” and “desire like wildfire!” It’s all about expressing yourself here. 

2.) Beal Botanical Garden: Once the weather warms, find your lover and make like Adam and Eve in this serene setting. Exotic plants galore, Beal Botanical Garden is the perfect place to spill your seed. Don’t eat anything that might be poisonous, though. You want to live to fuck another day. 

1.) Spartan Stadium: The Holy Grail of all places to shag. Rose Bowl Champions have stepped on these glorious grounds and it is only fitting that, as a fellow Spartan, you christen them while you destroy the sex like it was a B1G foe. You may not have a championship under your belt but you’ll feel like one if you can conquer this challenge.