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From Combat Architecture to an Italian Basilica

Graduate students at Iowa State University designed concepts for combat outposts (COPs) to house  soldiers that will be deployed in Afghanistan in 2022. Professor Lee Cagley, chair of the school’s interior design department, directed students to create structures that would provide soldiers with physical and emotional safety as a part of a new studio called “In Harm’s Way.” The designs included spaces for lodging, dining, laundry and medical treatment. Scroll through several of the concepts on Dezeen, including one with translucent wall panels to provide “a sense of openness while able to easily withstand a direct hit from a .50 caliber round.”

To celebrate 75 years of rebuilding, the Dutch city of Rotterdam — together with architecture firm MVRDV — created a large staircase connecting two of the city’s central buildings. The 95-foot-tall staircase starts at the entrance to Rotterdam’s Central Railway Station and leads visitors to the observation deck of the Groothandelsgebouw, one of the first buildings constructed after World War II. From the top, visitors can view the vast architecture of the city. According to Fast Co Design, the staircase will be open from May 16 to June 12.

Adding life to China’s infamous “ghost city,” located in Zhengzhou, architecture firm Crossboundaries repurposed an abandoned financial building into an education center for local children. Architects added a brightly colored facade of cantilevered tubes to the adaptive reuse project, which was named Soyoo Joyful Growth Center. According to inhabitat, the interior was gutted to accommodate a “subway system” of tubes that allow children to explore the environment in different ways. The space offers children a variety of areas for activity, including a rooftop running track and playground.

Recreating the past. Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi constructed an interpretation of an early Christian church out of wire mesh in the Archaeological Park of Siponto, Italy. Linking modern art to ancient architecture, the sculpture of Basilica di Siponto allows visitors to  to experience the details of the structure, including columns, domes and statues. On Designboom, curator Simone Pallotta says the work, “summarizes two complementary languages into a single, breathtaking scenery.”

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