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Emerging practices make AR Pop-up shortlist

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Hudson Architects, Studio Emerson and goCstudio are among the 10 practices vying for the award celebrating the world’s best temporary structures

AR Pop-up recognises excellence in pop-up projects from around the world built in the past five years, and carries a £3,000 prize fund for the winning project.

The judging panel included David Kohn of David Kohn Architects and Christine Murray, editor-in-chief of the AJ and The Architectural Review. Murray said the judges began with a lively discussion on ‘what represents excellence in this emerging and popular type of building.’ 

‘We determined that we were looking for a piece of architecture that offered a spatial experience, preferably an experimental one. We also sought a structure that was somehow, through its materiality or sense of humour, aware of its own temporary nature, even celebrating it. We also decided that pop-ups should be theatrical, but not superficially so – it should enter into dialogue with its permanent context and somehow challenge or disrupt it.’ 

Murray said the judges were also seeking a pop-up that had managed to make a wider impact extending beyond its short lifespan. ‘We wanted to feel as though there would be a sense of loss or a lasting imprint when it was gone.’ The winner of AR Pop-up will be announced in late January.

Shortlist in full

  • Red Pavilion in London by Clancy Moore + Steve Larkin + TAKA
  • Catwalk in Rome by Pietro Ruffo and Studio Kami
  • Floating Sauna in Seattle by goCstudio
  • Great Eye in Cley next the Sea by Hudson Architects and Ben Coode Adams
  • One Man Sauna in Bochum by modulorbeat
  • Pavilion in Valparaiso by Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos
  • Pavilion of Reflections in Zurich by Studio Emerson/ETH
  • Refuge in Flanders by Wim Goes Architectuur
  • Restaurant in Winnipeg by OS31
  • Wendy in Queens by Hollwich Kushner

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Happy birthday to The AR!

The Architectural Review, sister title to the AJ, is celebrating its 120th birthday with a special issue. AR120 features rare and unseen archive pieces, plus new writing on architecture by Norman Foster, Patrik Schumacher, Beatriz Colomina, Yvonne Farrell, Gillian Darley, Peter Cook, Jonathan Glancey and Steve Parnell. The cover – featuring a ’new muse for the future of the AR’ – is illustrated by the Mexican creative studio Skinpop.

Click here to buy a copy 

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