Bridge School wins Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Bridge School (c) Aga Khan Award for Architecture / Li Xiaodong

Hanging Bridge (c) Aga Khan Award for Architecture / Li Xiaodong

The “Bridge School” bridges the two parts of the small village of Xiashi that lie on either side of a small creek that runs through the village. The structure is created by two steel trusses that span the creek with the space between them housing the functions of the school. Suspended from the structure and running below it is a pedestrian bridge for the people of the village to use.  more…

Location: Xiashi, Fujian Province, China (Asia)
Architect: Li Xiaodong (Atelier)
Client: Xiashi Village
Completed: 2008
Design: 2008
Site size: 240 m²

This combination school, public library, and pedestrian bridge is simple, beautiful, and beneficial to the community.  It is one of five winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.  See the video on the Aga Khan website.

Photos from Nathan Harger Opening

Nathan Harger's Opening Reception

I found out about this photography exhibit on the ArtCat website.  Nathan Harger does amazing black and white photos of architecture and urban infrastructure.  His photo below of the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island recalls Futurist paintings and Constructivist designs while allowing the object of the amusement ride to be recognizable.  The opening reception is at the Hasted Kraeutler gallery in West Chelsea on Thursday, December 9, at 6:00 pm.

Nathan Harger's Wonder Wheel, Brooklyn, NY 2009

Nathan Harger's Wonder Wheel, Brooklyn, NY 2009