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  • Construction begins on 2018 Serpentine Pavilion

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    Construction is now underway for the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion, which is scheduled to open in June in time for summer outdoor festivities at the Serpentine Galleries in London. Mexican architect Frida Escobedo — who was commissioned to design the 2018 pavilion in February — is working with AECOM, contractor Stage One Creative Services, and the Serpentine Galleries to bring the anticipated installation to life.

    Escobedo's design fuses elements of Mexican domestic architecture and British materials and history, while playfully integrating light, water, and geometry.

    Serpentine Pavilion 2018 Designed by Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Design Rendering, Interior View © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Renderings by Atmósfera.

    The pavilion comprises two rectangular volumes positioned at an angle to form an enclosed courtyard — a common feature of Mexican domestic architecture. The courtyard's axis will be directed to the north, in reference to the Prime Meridian that was est...

  • Are San Francisco skyscrapers prepared for the next big earthquake?

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    San Francisco lives with the certainty that the Big One will come. But the city is also putting up taller and taller buildings clustered closer and closer together because of the state’s severe housing shortage. Now those competing pressures have prompted an anxious rethinking of building regulations. Experts are sending this message: The building code does not protect cities from earthquakes nearly as much as you might think.

    Taking a hard look at San Francisco's building codes, this NY Times piece goes in depth on what it means for city high rises if the next big earthquake hit. From the 1906 earthquake and fire to current seismic safety, concerns revolve around the number of skyscrapers built on liquefaction zones and buildings left damaged beyond repair. 

    With cases such as the sinking Millennium Tower and many more high rises planned for the city, San Francisco's seismic risk and building codes are currently being reassessed. The Tall Building Study is the first detailed database of more than 160 high rises, classifying structures by building type. 

  • Society of Architectural Historians presents winning titles of its 2018 Publication + Film and Video Awards

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    The Society of Architectural Historians just wrapped up its 71st Annual International Conference in Saint Paul, MN over the weekend and announced the 2018 winners of the SAH Publication Awards and the SAH Award for Film and Video. 

    The program honors achievements in architectural history, urban history, landscape history, historic preservation scholarship, architectural exhibition catalogs as well as work of film or video on the history of the built environment.

    These are this year's winning publications and film:

    Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award – recognizing the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar

  • An exhibition by artist Olafur Eliasson highlights architecture within the Marciano Art Foundation

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    A new site-specific art exhibition at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles features an installation using the museum's architecture itself as a major aspect of the work. The foundation's founders, Guess brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano, invited artist Olafur Eliasson to create a piece specific to their museum's space. Eliasson's practice as an artist is known to reach outside the gallery into architectural projects and interventions in civic space. The artist's interest in architectural space is clear in his exhibition titled Reality Projector (2018), which features projected light manipulated in relation to the space's existing structure—a method creating a dynamic shadow play.

  • 2018 Korean Pavilion for Venice Biennale explores hidden narrative between modern Korean architecture and the state

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    In response to the 2018 Venice Biennale's “Freespace” theme, the Korean Pavilion exhibition, “Spectres of the State Avant-garde”, sheds light on a hidden narrative  of Korea's paradoxical pursuit of a utopian society through oppressive government policy. 

    Choon Choi, Paradise Lost 100 Days of Ennui, Desire, and Privation, 2018 © Choon Choi.

    Curated by Seongtae Park, founding director of the Junglim Foundation in Seoul, the exhibition is an imagined archive that focuses on the contradictions embedded in the projects designed by the Korea Engineering Consultants Corp (KECC) — a technical consultancy for architecture and civil engineering that the government created in 1963. The KECC dominated Korea's architecture and construction industry, sometimes imitating architectural experiments from the West but mostly following the state's developmental agenda.

    Four KECC projects from the late ’60s, which all served as nation-building propaganda, will be highlighted: the Expo Pavilion for the ...

  • How 'smart glass' at airports boosts alcohol sales

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    The tinted world of tomorrow is coming, and airports—mini-cities of steel, concrete and lots and lots of glass—are interested. In a test last fall, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport outfitted one of its gates with a new type of “smart glass” that can adjust for sunlight exposure. The obvious point is to keep travelers from getting overheated—but the exercise also brought a more lucrative benefit.

    A Cornell-led study at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport found that implementing a new type of electrochromatic 'smart glass' at one of its gates not only led to cooler, more pleasant surface temperatures in the waiting area, but the tinted glass, and the resulting dimmer light in the neighboring bars and restaurants, also resulted in increased alcohol sales—by as much as 80%.

    More airports have announced plans to upgrade their lounges and terminals with 'smart glass.'

  • All built for under £250,000, here are the winners of the 2018 AJ Small Projects Awards

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    For 23 years, the annual AJ Small Projects awards have been honoring the best schemes from around the U.K., all built for under £250,000. From home extensions and restaurants to offices and shops, the awards shed a much-deserved spotlight on smaller-scale projects. Often overlooked, this scale of design forms the core practice for many architects, as well as some more off-grid projects that allow practitioners to innovate and experiment.

  • Cranbrook receives Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House as donation

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    Cranbrook, known worldwide as an architectural set piece, is getting a new gem in its diadem — a Frank Lloyd Wright house. The house was built in 1950 by Sara and Melvyn Maxwell Smith. The donation came from the Towbes Foundation. “The Smith family always said they didn’t want this to just pass to another set of homeowners,” said Gregory Wittkopp, director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. “The phrase they used was they wanted it to be ‘an educational resource.’ ”

    The donation by the Towbes Foundation was a gift "that other design schools would kill for," The Detroit News reports and tells the legendary tale of A. Alfred Taubman donating a substantial portion of the windows to the cash-strapped Smith family to get the FLW-designed house finished before the winter of 1949.

  • This week's picks for LA architecture and design events

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    Planning ahead for another busy week in Los Angeles? Bustler put together a snappy list of architecture and design events happening around town. This week, join the Association for Women in Architecture + Design for their 2018 Symposium and Scholarship Awards; check out SCI-Arc's student Spring Show 2018; or visit Olafur Eliasson's mesmerizing “Reality projector” at the Marciano Art Foundation. Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations.

  • Vote now for your favorite AZ Awards 2018 finalists!

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    Azure Magazine's annual AZ Awards has just released their list of finalists. The competition offers architects, designers, manufacturers, and students across the globe a chance at getting their best work internationally recognized.

    This year's AZ Awards saw a total of 997 entries submitted, the highest number of in the program’s eight years. 64 finalists have been chosen by the jury comprised of Claire Weisz, founding partner at WXY; Megan Torza, partner at DTAH; lighting and furniture designer Michael Anastassiades; Michel Rojkind, founder of Rojkind Arquitectos; and Allen Chan, co-founder of DesignAgency.

    The finalist winners will be announced at the 2018 AZ Awards Gala, to be held at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works on Friday, June 22. This year's Guest of Honor is Winy Maas from MVRDV. In the meantime, the public has been invited vote for their favorite project in all 19 categories through the People’s Choice portal. 

    Check out some of this year's finalists and vote now!

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  • Founded by Painter-turned-Architect Shane Neufeld, L/AND/A Blurs the Lines Between Art and Architecture

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    L/AND/A (short for Light and Air Architecture), is an Brooklyn-based practice run by Shane Neufeld. An artist, writer, and an architect, Neufeld studied painting and literature before getting his Master's from the Yale School of Architecture. Founded in 2017, L/AND/A was Neufeld's opportunity to explore the intersections between the worlds of art and architecture. For this week's Small Studio Snapshot, we talk with him about the relationship between the two and his transition from one into the other.

  • This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events

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    Wondering what architecture and design events are happening around New York City? Bustler rounded up a snappy list of event recommendations worth checking out. This week's picks include: a book talk about The Design of Childhood with design critic Alexandra Lange; the “Baneful Medicine” lecture and discussion; the “Productive Hybrids: Design III, Urban Housing in San Juan” exhibition; and the IABSE's 2018 Future of Design conference. Read on for our latest weekly event recommendations.

  • Celebrate Earth Day with the latest in green architecture from 2018

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    In honor of Earth Day today, we look at the latest in sustainable architecture revealed in 2018 so far. Working with our natural environment, upcoming green projects range from sculptural electric charging stations to the world's largest single-domed tropical greenhouse. Our future is being shaped by new technologies such as a machine to recycle demolition waste, progress in nuclear fusion power, and mass timber building techniques. 

    Scroll down and get inspired to further harmonize our built and natural environments:

    Social housing goes green with another urban forest designed by Stefano Boeri

    Charging in Style: Danish firm COBE is rethinking fueling stations

    Signum Architecture designs sustainably minded Napa Valley winery and office

    The case for a semi-permeable architecture

    Biocylcer wants to recycle construction waste into new building materials

    Largest timber-constructed office building in the nation planned for Newark’s waterfront

    The Solar Decathlon Competition Showcases Cut...

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #175

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    On the lookout for a new job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our FacebookEmployer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:

    1. Airbnb Samara (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Architecture and Design Manager

    Photo: Edward Caruso.

    2. Blaze Makoid Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Designer (0-7 years)

    Photo: Joshua McHugh.

    3. Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Architecture Intern

    Photo: Dustin Aksland.

    4. BULLI (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Photo: BULLI.

    5. Haley Donovan, LLC (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Photo: Haley Donovan, LLC.

    Keep track of Employer of the Day by following Archinect's FacebookTwitterPinterest, the Archinect Job...

  • 2018 RAMSA Travel Fellowship awarded to Harvard GSD student Wilson Harkhono

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    Today, Robert A.M. Stern Architects announced Wilson Harkhono — a Master of Architecture candidate at Harvard GSD — as the 2018 RAMSA Travel Fellowship recipient for his proposal, “Rooted Future: Resurfacing Lost Identity”. Awarded by RAMSA's partners since 2013, the $10,000 prize distinguishes architectural research that reflects the firm's own focus on “investigations of the perpetuation of tradition through invention”. The prize is open to graduate students in their penultimate year attending any of the 19 participating architecture schools in the U.S. and Canada.

    The prize will fund Harkhono's travels to Indonesia, where he'll catalog and analyze the highly characteristic architectural style of traditional Rumah Adat homes. "[T]he idea of revolution to all aspects of Indonesian life, producing 'modern' buildings to align Indonesia closer to Western countries, exacerbated the decline of Rumah Adat,” Harkhono writes in his proposal. “This proposal seeks to resurface the roots of Ru...

  • KHNP Convention Center by H Architecture

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    The 8,666-m2 building embodies what Gyeongju was, is and envisioned to be, drawing inspirations from the local natural and historical heritage.

    In acclamation of Gyeongju’s rich history spanning from B.C. 57 to A.D. 935 as the capital of the Shilla dynasty of ancient Korean history, H’s design reflects on the culture and tradition that is an integral part of the city. As an intelligent response to preserve the city’s values, and also to promote a vision of the future, H sought diverse sustainability measures proposing an “pioneering” green building of the region. For instance, careful building placement and façade orientation optimizes daylight harvesting and natural ventilation, while green walls and water curtains scattered throughout the center reduce energy consumption.

    The majority of the overall center is devoted for the conference halls of various sizes to accommodate manifold events, yet other indoor/outdoor spaces serving retail, cultural and leisure programs are deli...

  • CCIB - Barcelona Conference Centre by Mateo Arquitectura

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    Built in 2004, the Barcelona International Convention Centre consists of a large hall (15.000 m2, 80m of structural lighting) that can be divided and a block for associated services that looks out to sea. The hall is both structure and abstraction; the exterior block talks to the sea and the sky. The structure is a musical score of reference. The climate, the light (and opposite, shade) and sound (and its opposite, silence) have shaped the plot. The flows (of people and of fluids that are all similar), the masses and the architecture that appears (and frequently) disappears amid them.


  • Bjarke Ingels reveals news renderings of twisting High Line condo ahead of May sales launch

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    Ahead of the May 7th sales launch, Bjarke Ingels and developer HFZ Capital have released several new renderings of the Eleventh, or the XI as it’s been branded. The West Chelsea hotel/condo project is notable not only for being Ingels’ first NYC condo project but for its asymmetrical, twisting silhouette. And in the new renderings, we’re able to get a better look at the pair of towers and their skybridge, along with, for the first time, the central courtyard and an apartment interior.

    Renderings via Dbox for HFZ Capital Group

    Renderings via Dbox for HFZ Capital Group

    Renderings via Dbox for HFZ Capital Group
  • Cross-Talk #5: 'Radical Candor'; Some Thoughts on Criticism from the Archinect Sessions Podcast

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    The role of Archinect’s series Cross-Talk is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity—if there can be one. Cross-Talk attempts—if to only say that it did—to allow text the freedom that the image has accepted and embraced. Cross-Talk attempts to force the no, to contradict itself, to anger, to please and then anger again, if only to force a stance, to pull out the position of the self, of the discipline and of the hour as a means to begin and maintain conversations moving forward. 

  • How a small, conservative Texas town became a key player in the renewable energy revolution

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    Georgetown (pop. 67,000) last year became the largest city in the United States to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Previously, the largest U.S. city fully powered by renewables was Burlington, Vermont (pop. 42,000), home to Senator Bernie Sanders, the jam band Phish and the original Ben & Jerry’s. Georgetown’s feat is all the more dramatic because it demolishes the notion that sustainability is synonymous with socialism and GMO-free ice cream.

    In his piece for Smithsonian Magazine, Dan Solomon tells the story of Georgetown, TX's green energy transformation and its unexpected champion, Republican mayor Dale Ross—who is now friends with Al Gore and was even featured in his An Inconvenient Sequel documentary.

  • Mecanoo's Kaohsiung Center for the Arts to open in October

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    Eleven years in the making, the Mecanoo-designed Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan is now scheduled to open this October. Located on a former military training base in the newly landscaped Weiwuying Park, the Center comprises of five separate performance spaces, covering a surface area of 35 acres (141,000 sq.m). The Center for the Arts will complete Taiwan's National Performing Arts Center trio of buildings, the other two being Taipei's National Theater and Concert Hall and the National Taichung Theater.

  • UNStudio and Swiss furniture brand USM join forces in Milan to explore the boundaries between work and domesticity

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    "Work rules our lives today more than ever," says the design team behind Homework, an installation at Milan Design Week's furniture focused event, the 2018 Salone del Mobile, that explores the historically shifting boundaries between private and public spaces.

    © USM

    © USM

    In 2012, a study by a bed manufacturer found that 80% of young New York City professionals work from bed regularly. As technology increasingly invades our home life, the way we occupy domestic interiors has greatly shifted with the potential for work to be exported virtually anywhere. Many of the most profound revisions to the architecture of daily life have occurred through the blurring of these spaces and how they change the ways in which we inhabit them.

    USM, a Swiss manufacturer that specializes in modular furniture, is exploring what this might mean for them. Enlisting the help of UNStudio, the team created a theatrical installation that envisions the changes taking place within the world of work.

    © USM

    In their...

  • The biometric identities of buildings

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    [...] iPhoto confused a human friend of mine – I’ll call him Mike – with a building called the Great Mosque of Cordoba. [...] Rather than viewing this as a failure, I realized I had found a new insight: Just as people’s faces have features that can be recognized by algorithms, so do buildings. That began my effort to perform facial recognition on buildings – or, more formally, “architectural biometrics.” Buildings, like people, may just have biometric identities too.

    Peter Christensen, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester, elaborates on his research with 'facial recognition' on buildings to unlock architectural secrets.

  • Our weekly wrap-up of new design competitions worth checking out

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    We get it. It can get a little overwhelming keeping up with the dozens of new architecture competitions launching worldwide on any given week — let alone having to stay on top of the multiple deadlines for each and every one. That's why Bustler is here to help! At the end of every week, we'll share a quick selection of our newest design competition submissions that we think are worth a look, as well as some ongoing ones you might have missed the first time. Check out our latest competition recommendations below.

    Have a new design competition that you want to submit? Send it directly to Bustler for review here.

  • "Epicenter", in rural Utah, wants to be the next art & architecture destination

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    Architecture isn’t just looking at a building. It’s looking at how the city is shaped, and then thinking about, what can we do as citizens to make it a better place to live through architecture and design?

    via PBS | News Hour

    Jefffrey Brown reports from Green River, Utah. Small, with a population that "hovers at" 950, a nonprofit called Epicenter aims to use use art and architecture to bring new energy, life and economic development. There is even a "stationary" taco truck.

  • 10 captivating architectural installations for your Friday inspiration

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    In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.

    (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)

    Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Installations.

    Minima | Maxima in Astana, Kazakhstan by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY; Photo: NAARO

    Lowline in New York, NY by raad studio

    Art Center College of Design, Drawn Out / Light Mass in Pasadena, CA by Darin Johnstone Architects; Photo: Joshua White /

    Framed Conoids in Houston, TX by SMLA; Photo: Paul Hester

    DIGFABMTY 1.0 in Monterrey, Mexico by undergrad students from Tecnologico De Monterrey Campus Monterrey in collaboration with Arquidromo

    Swing Time in Boston, MA by Höweler + Yoon; Photo: John Horner

    Currents in Atlanta, GA by SOFTlab

    2525 Main in Irvine, CA; Ceiling System Designer and Manuf...

  • Benny Chan to receive 2018 Julius Shulman Photography Excellence Award

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    From airplane hangars and warehouses, to aerial shots of building rooftops and X-Ray images, the photographs of L.A.-based art and commercial photographer Benny Chan reveal an unwavering curiosity of how things go together. Most recently, Chan was announced as the 2018 recipient of the honorable Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award.

    Woodbury University's Julius Shulman Institute presents the prestigious award to an early or mid-career artist whose work embodies the legacy of architectural photographer Julius Shulman. It features a notable roster of recipients, including Todd Eberle, Hélène Binet, Grant Mudford, Pedro E. Guererro, Catherine Opie, Richard Barnes, and Iwan Baan.

    Check out some of Benny Chan's work below.

  • Zaha Hadid Architects: a robot will help build the vaults of Lushan Primary School

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    Zaha Hadid Architects just revealed a design proposal for Lushan Primary School, a new learning center for 120 children from 12 local villages in a remote rural area of Jiangxi Province, China. The campus is designed as a network of intersecting barrel and parabolic vaults that accommodate various school, housing, and utility spaces.

    Image courtesy of ZHA.

    From the project description: "The school’s curriculum is a synthesis of Chinese and international academic systems; combining an education in the creative arts with a comprehensive syllabus of STEM subjects that also includes advanced internet-based learning technologies. Visiting teachers and artists will make the school a focus for the community it serves."

    Rendering by VA. Image courtesy of ZHA.

    "Surrounded by mountains as well as the rivers and lakes fed by the Zhelin Reservoir, the school is within an agricultural region that also has a rich tradition in the production of ceramics. [...] The campus includes the school, dormito...

  • AIA COTE distinguishes the 2018 Top Ten Award projects

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    It's already that time again when the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) announces their Top Ten Award-winning projects. Every year, COTE recognizes 10 design projects that integrate design excellence and performance in several key areas. To be eligible for the competition, submitted projects must align with COTE's rigorous criteria for 10 measures related to social, economic, and ecological values.

    Some of this year's winning firms include Perkins+Will, Olson Kundig, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, and KieranTimberlake — whose Ortlieb's Bottling House won the 2018 Top Ten Plus award for exceptional post-occupancy performance data. 

    Check out the 2018 Top Ten recipients below.

  • Balkrishna Doshi on Fortune Magazine 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

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    This year’s Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor, went to India’s Doshi, who has spent the bulk of his 70-year career championing accessible housing, earning the moniker “the architect for the poor.” [...] Underlying all his work is the ideal that all economic classes deserve good housing.

    Fortune Magazine just released its annual list, The World's 50 Greatest Leaders, featuring the visionaries, thinkers, challengers, and influencers who see, understand, and act on today's challenges.

    Besides the expected (philanthropists, CEOs, politicians) and a few deserving unexpected (student activists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and other schools, the #MeToo Movement) selections, one architect represents the profession this year—not with flashy buildings but with a solid body of work and the repeated call for good design and dignified housing for all: Balkrishna Doshi, the 90-year-old Indian architect and recipient of the 2018 Pritzker Prize.

    Also among the honorees is former architect and now mayor of the Indonesian city of Bandung, Ridwan Kamil. Since taking office in 2013, Kamil implemented an array of technology solutions to improve efficiency, reduce traffic congestion, and tackle the challenges of a growing city of 2.5 million.