Speculation, more than mere conjecture, is the deliberate formulation of new ideas based on existing knowledge and intelligent projection. In architecture and planning, speculative practice, along with transdisciplinary collaboration and experimentation with new technologies can yield new questions and unconventional yet necessary solutions for 21st century problems.
ARAB CONTEMPORARY is the second chapter in the series “Architecture, Culture and Identity” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. The exhibition takes the visitor to old Yemenite civilizations and new cities like Dubai and new architectural projects that relate to the desert as place. It shows SMAQ’s proposal Ex-Palm for the transformation of Palm [more]
SMAQ wins the urban design competition “Nordseite Neuer Markt” for the city center of Rostock, Germany together with two other teams.
Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau (SMAQ) are invited to speak at the scientific colloquium “The Future of the Modern City” organized by the German Academy for Urban Design and Planning (DASL) in Wolfsburg, Germany in the session “Transformation” about the further development of the ideas and principles of the modern city for the needs and [more]
Sabine Müller presents during the international conference “Cities 2030″ on April 05, 2013 at University of Miami SMAQs “Charter of Dubai – A Manifesto of Critical Urban Tranformation”.
Sabine Müller presents during the international symposium “New Babylon – Architecture and Urbanism after Crisis” at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) SMAQs “Charter of Dubai – A Manifesto of Critical Urban Tranformation”.
Jovis Publishers published SMAQ’s Charter of Dubai as a book. The Charter of Dubai is a manifesto of critical urban transformation. Looking at the man-made peninsula Palm Jumeirah on the coast of Dubai as a case study it subversively encourages the conversion of isolated quarters into a socially and ecologically open urban space. How can [more]
The facade design of the kindergarten in Berlin Hellerdorf that was realized within the context of thermal facade renovations was awarded at the German Facade prize 2012 in the category “Public Buildings” with the 1st prize.
As part of the international open design competition “Depots and Workshops for the State Authority for Culture and Heritage (LAKD) and the State Museum in Schwerin (SMS) in the state capital Schwerin,” buildings were to be designed for the site on John Stelling Road in Schwerin for an „integrated workshop and a depot split into [more]
Sabine Müller is invited speaker at “Design Tactics & the Informalized City” symposium at Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
In the idea and realization competition for the redevelopment of the Ulster meadow and its surrounding areas in the city Geisa in Germany the design of SMAQ in collaboration with Anna Viader was awarded with a runner-up.
“Infrastructural Urbanism – Addressing the In-Between” Architecture and public space are considered the defining design elements of our built environment – but how significant is technical infrastructure? So far, it has played a relatively subordinate role. Infrastructural Urbanism discusses the effects of infrastructure on urban space and their reception by the public. The book presents [more]
In an invited internationally competition SMAQ’s proposal for the facade design for a windtower including a hotel and offices was awarded with a third prize. The windtower ought to become the future icon of the so called Ecocity that is under development in Hamburg-Harburg, Germany.
The city of Magdeburg in Germany is developing a new Science Quarter in order to promote itself as a research, education, and business hub. This development project is currently one of the most important urban planning focus areas in Magdeburg. The aim is to bring existing science and research facilities together in order to develop [more]
Today more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Facing climate change and finite supplies of fossil fuels, therefore, also means facing urban challenges. The exhibition “Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future” presents a host of innovative city planning projects in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The exhibition has been produced [more]
In a selected competition for a multipurpose hall in Iserlohn, Germany SMAQ was awarded with the second prize. The proposed building structures the park site of the Alexanderhöhe in such a way that it formulates together with the existing theatre two squares on different levels. The main spaces of the building – the foyer and [more]
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The exhibition “Concrete Geometries” at Architectural Association (AA) in London presents among others SMAQs Charter of Dubai. The twenty projects in the exhibition investigating how geometric aspects of space such as size, shape or relative position of figures are perceived and influence behavior, not in an abstract but very real sense.
In the international competition for the regeneration of the former railway yard Bayerischer Bahnhof in Leipzig, Germany SMAQ in collaboration Anna Viader received third prize for their proposal. The project develops the site as an intersection where the city meets the “wildernis”.
In the competition for the regeneration of a large section of the former railway yard in Essling, Germany SMAQ in collaboration with HL and Buro Happold received an acknowledgement prize for their sustainable masterplan for the Neue Weststadt.
SMAQ receives second prize for their proposal in a competition for a case study project for family friendly living in the inner city of Regensburg, Germany. The project is part of the initiative for “Experimental Housing”. The competition asked for an urban proposal for an area of 21.500 m² and for the design of 50 [more]
By bringing together artworks and practices that point to overlapping trajectories within the contemporary urban landscape, this year Matrix City exhibition ‘Opportunities of Entanglement’ speaks about ambivalences between entanglement (or even enslavement) and the next playful ‘liberation of mankind’. The exhibition touches upon the shelf life or expiration date of contemporary concepts of the city; [more]
SMAQ is invited by Urban Agriculture Casablanca, a project by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the framework of the research program Future Megacities, to participate in their design research. Participants are asked to generate visionary development concepts and spatial solutions for linking urban-rural development using urban agriculture as a productive green [more]
In the competition for the extension of the research campus of world standing Berlin-Buch, Germany SMAQ received third prize for their proposal Campus+. The project develops spatial and programmatic strategies to support the development of Berlin-Buch to a top research institution. The urban concept for Campus+ is based three principles: 1. Coherent landscapes: the use [more]
Andreas Quednau will give in the lecture, titled “Environments – Umwelten”, in the framework of the lecture series “Jour Fixe” on February 2nd, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.
Remise Bludenz, 2010. All utopias are depressing, because they leave no room for chance, for difference, for the “miscellaneous”. Everything has been set in order and order reigns. Behind every utopia there is always some great taxonomic design: a place for each thing and each thing in its place. (Georges Perec, Species of Spaces [more]
Invited by Arqpoli Sabine Müller will give a talk is in the context of the lecture series “Sense Recession: What comes next?” at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the main amphitheater.
SMAQ wins in collaboration with HL landscape architects the 1st prize in the international competition for the re-design of Magdeburg’s historical port. The goal is to restructure the former trade port into a so called Science Port as a destination for innovative businesses and a place for knowledge transfer. The project for the Magdeburg Science [more]
The fourth edition of the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (IABR) with the theme “Open City – Designing Coexistence”, curated by Kees Christiaanse, presents SMAQ´s manifesto “The Charta of Dubai” and its application: “X-Palm” as part of the exhibition REFUGE, sub-curated by Philipp Misselwitz and Can Altay, at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi).
Andreas Quednau, SMAQ’s co-founder and principal, has been appointed the new Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. The post was previously hold by Matthias Sauerbruch and prior to that by David Chipperfield. Andreas will commence his role at the Academy in September 2009.
SMAQ received the forth prize for their proposal in a competition for multigenerational houses and a kindergarten located in Königsbrunn, southern Germany. The project develops a new typology of living apart and together at the same time across generations.
SMAQ in collaboration with HL Landschaftsarchitekts receives a second prize in the international urban design competition for their “innovative” proposal for the re-development of Krückau-Vormstegen. The former industrial area Krückau-Vormstegen is situated in direct proximity to the historical city centre of Elmshorn, a small town close to Hamburg, Germany.
SMAQ receives prestigious Architectural Review Award for Emerging Architecture 2008 (commended).
In the competition for the Landesgartenschau (state garden exhibition) to be held in Löbau in the year 2012 SMAQ receives a third prize for the design done in collaboration with HL Landschaftsarchitekten and Kamel Louafi (both Berlin).
SMAQ receives prestigious Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction. November 12 the winners of the Holcim Awards from across region Africa Middle East were announced at a ceremony in Marrakech. Almost 5000 projects from 90 countries were entered in the second Holcim Awards competition. Submissions from Africa Middle East were evaluated by an independent jury hosted [more]
GLASHAUS_10, a series by the German Center for Architecture DAZ in Berlin, is presenting SMAQ and their work in a solo exhibition with the title Environment – Umwelten.
Two of SMAQ’s projects are featured at the Venice Biennale, 11th International Architecture Exhibition Out There – Architecture Beyond Building curated by Aaron Betsky. The Cosy Chair designed for Droog Desing is on show in the S1NGLETOWN Exhibition curated by Droog and KesselsKramer from September 14th to November 23rd 2008. The project Cumulus for Oslo, [more]
The masterplan for Paramount Xeritown, a 60 hectares site in Dubai, was officially presented at the international property investment and development exhibition Cityscape in Abu Dhabi. The sustainable mixed-use development is planed for 7000 inhabitants.
During the Salone del Mobile 2008 in Milan SMAQ’s Cosy Chair designed for Droog Design is on display at the Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta. A touch of Green In the footsteps of scientific researchers and opinion leaders, designers and manufacturers are also claiming sustainability. Droog has always focused on the mental or human side of product [more]
In the framework of the exhibition “Post-it City. Occasional Urbanities” the CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona presents SMAQ’s project “Call me now!” that explores alternatives uses of the mobile phone and its consequences in the capitals Brazzaville and Kinshasa in the Republic and the D.R. Congo. Post-it City looks at different overlapping [more]
SMAQ wins the Europan 9 competition for a site located in Oslo, Norway. The project “Culmulus” takes on the challenge of diversifying social structure along with the sustainability imperative. “Cumulus” is an urban strategy that conceives public spaces as related to the environmental dynamics of northern living. The proposal for a mixed-used development (re)binds the [more]
The DAM (Deutsches Architekturmuseum) in Frankfurt is presenting the exhibition Shrinking Cities: Nine Urban Ideas. Besides more than 20 other projects by contemporay architects it feature SMAQ’s project Schkreutz. City Map. 1st Edition. Shrinking Cities: Nine Urban Ideas In the 1990s, more than a quarter of the world’s big cities shrank, and their number continues [more]
Hosted by the Environments, Ecology and Sustainability (EES) Research Cluster of the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London Andreas Quednau will talk about “… and other environments”.
SMAQ’s folly BAD(bath) – water folly on the dock was selected from an international competition with some other twenty designs for building in Heijplaat, Rotterdam. During the FollyDOCK Expo it is open for public viewing. FollyDOCK Expo is part of Rotterdam 2007 City of Architecture. FollyDOCK is an international competition for artists, designers and architects. [more]
Among others the exhibition Searching for an Ideal Urbanity at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart is presenting the project Call me now! by SMAQ supported by From/To Europe that is based on the research of moblie phones in Brazzaville and Kinshasa. When the French philosopher Henri Lefebvre criticized urbanism as an authoritarian and immediately-antiquated controlling [more]
Génération Europan recalls 20 years of Europan competitions, which since its creation made emerge on the European scene young talents in the fields of architecture and the urban design. In the course of the eight sessions, 430 sites were proposed with the reflexion of approximately 40.000 young designers gathered in 15.000 teams. The juries of [more]
As part of the lecture series 2006-07 of the postgraduate program “Digital Tectonics” at the Institute d’arquitectura avancada de Catalunya (IAAC) in Barcelona, Spain Sabine Müller represents SMAQ in a lecture titled ‘The BATH Project’.
SMAQ receives for the project BATH a second prize in the Environmental Tectonics Competition that was sponsored by the Architectural Association (London) and the Environments, Ecology and Sustainability Research Cluster as an open one-stage international competition in search of innovative ideas, design projects, new techniques and research initiatives that highlight insights into contemporary directions of [more]
The Shedhalle in Zurich is presenting SMAQ’s research Mobile Kinshasa as part of the exhibtion From/To Europe #3 Roaming Around – Digital Devide, Regional Codes, Copy/South & the Question of Access.
June 24th, 2006 bathing season started. BAD (bath) is now open to the public to take a bath in the Solitude palace gardens in Stuttgart, Germany. Just bring your towel and enjoy. BAD (bath) is an architectural folly, a usable sculpture. It is based on a 1,000-meter long garden hose, which, connected to a hydrant, [more]
Lars Müller Publishers and the Jan van Eyck Academie just published the book “BRAKIN, Brazaville – Kinshasa, Visualizing the Visible”. It is an urban research on the two cities of Brazaville and Kinshasa by Agency, Tina Clausmeyer, Wim Cuyvers, Dirk Pauwels, SMAQ and Kristien Van den Brande. A group of researchers investigated the public spheres [more]
In an international competition with 398 entries SMAQ’s project “Water Folly on the Dock” was selected as one of the eleven best entries. The exhibition FollyDOCK in the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) in Rotterdam presents SMAQ’s project with 44 other selected entries. Exhibition: June 24 – September 24, 2006 Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays [more]
During the XII Congreso Internacional De Arquitectura at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla Mexico Andreas Quednau will lecture about ‘Trajectories of Usage’.
During the SFT Architecture Congress 2006 in Münster, Germany Andreas Quednau represents SMAQ in a lecture titled ‘Infrastructural Facades’.
SMAQ wins second prize in the eighth edition of Europan with the project L.A.R.S. for Bergen, Norway. The topic of EUROPAN 8 was ‘European Urbanity and Strategic Projects’. After winning EUROPAN 6 in Burgos, Spain and receiving a second prize in Bern, Switzerland (EUROPAN 5) and Krems, Austria (EUROPAN 7) this is SMAQ’s fourth winning [more]
The second Shrinking Cities exhibition “Shrinking Cities – Intervention” in the Gallery for Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany and the related book “Shrinking Cities, Volume 2: Interventions” both feature SMAQ’s project “Schkreutz. City Map. 1st Edition” commissioned by the Bauhaus Dessau.
The ABC Architectuurcentrum in Haarlem, Netherlands is presenting the exhibition “Creative immigration in NL – Typical NL architecture by NO NL architects”. The exhibition includes, amongst others, four of SMAQ’s projects and related products. The exposition shows a selection of design professionals in Holland: architects and graphic designers. None of them has from origin a [more]
The installation “Suburban Living Room” thematizes, in the context of the Weissenhof housing development (Mies van der Rohe) inStuttgart, the change of living towards an intersection of infrastructure and the leisure landscape. Whereas modernity was striving for the opening of the interior to the exterior, the ideal of suburban living today, in an age that [more]
The Salon Blauraum in Hamburg, Germany is presenting SMAQ’s exhibition “Architectures for the Infrastructural Leisure Landscape”. The three projects presented are architectural maneuvers that develop strategies of embracement, negotiation and adaptation to activate, take advantage and authenticate the contemporary landscape. The exhibition is supported by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. What [more]
SMAQ together with Casanova Hernandez Architects are invited to present their work on Monday the 24th of January in the Salon Rotterdam at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi). The evening will be moderated by the director of the NAi, Aaron Betzky.