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January 19 2011


OMA Developing a New Vision for Transit Authority in Hong Kong

© OMA - Chu Hai College in Hong Kong

Earlier today it was announced that OMA teamed with AMO have been commissioned to develop a new vision, Railway Vision 2020, for Hong Kong’s MTR, urban transit authority. Together they will produce new branding and identity, site analysis, sustainability research, and usage patterns studies. OMA will also be designing two prototype stations that will eventually span the entire transit network in Hong Kong. The prototype stations are expected to open before 2014.

The Railway Vision 2020 plan will be a collaborative effort between OMA (architecture) + AMO (design and research) with Stanford University, the City University of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong.

This recent commission is a continuation of OMA’s ongoing success in Hong Kong.  OMA unveiled their master plan design for the West Kowloon Cultural District in late August, and produced the winning design earlier last year for the new campus of Chu Hai College in Hong Kong.

For the complete press release click here.

August 18 2010


Roadmap 2050: A pathway to decarbonize the United States power grid / AMO

As we told you a few months ago, AMO (the think-tank inside OMA) played an important role on Roadmap 2050, an initiative by the European Climate Foundation which looks to chart a policy roadmap for the next 5-10 years based on the European leaders’ commitment to an 80-95% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.

Based on this plan, AMO presents “Roadmap 2050: A pathway to decarbonize the United States power grid”. While ranked #1 based on the GDP, the US is ranked #61 in energy performance. As we see on the above video, an inefficient energy grid undermines any efforts to improve this, and local production of energy could be the answer.

This initiative is presented at the GE Ecoimagination Challenge, a $200 million call to action for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators, and students to share their best ideas and come together to take on one of the world’s toughest challenges – building the next-generation power grid to meet the needs of the 21st century.

You can vote for this idea (and even discuss it with AMO on the comments), see others or even submit your own.

May 18 2010


Strelka Institute / OMA + AMO

Strelka Construction Site © Strelka

It was just announced that OMA + AMO  will collaborate with Strelka, a postgraduate school for media, architecture and design in Moscow.  The new school is launching an educational program where a select group of students will work intensely and innovatively on a series of themes aimed to reshape Russia’s current role in the world.  In an attempt to raise the ambition of the creative industries in Russia, the institute will challenge students with a variety of projects.  The students will guided by the expertise of both Russian and international creative leaders.

More about the collaboration after the break.

View from Roof Platform © Strelka

The president of Strelka, Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper, explained, “The scale of challenges facing Russia requires a new generation of architects and designers to deal with them. We are delighted to collaborate with AMO and Rem Koolhaas, who have talent, will and experience on a level required by the task.”

To aid Strelka, OMA + AMO will provide the framework for these creative investigations.  Koolhaas has continued to be interested in Russia and will now play a vital role in shaping the next generation of architects, “I’m fascinated that my longstanding interest in Russia can now take the form of an involvement in education…”

Hallway under construction © Strelka

Lecture Hall under construction © Strelka

April 13 2010


Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe.

AMO is a design and research studio inside OMA, a think tank operating on the boundaries of architecture: media, politics, sociology, sustainability, technology, fashion, curating, publishing and graphic design. Some of their works include the barcode flag for the EU and a study for Wired magazine.

And while OMA covers sustainable strategies on a building or master plan scale, AMO is approaching it on en European scale as one of the five consultants conducting technical, economic and policy analyses for Roadmap 2050, an initiative by the European Climate Foundation which looks to chart a policy roadmap for the next 5-10 years based on the European leaders’ commitment to an 80-95% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. You can download a brief of Roadmap 2050 in PDF.

Roadmap 2050 © AMO

Roadmap 2050 © AMO

The goal is to achieve a 2% energy efficiency saving per year in order to meet this goal, with power and vehicle transportation being the most important areas.

Through the complete integration and synchronization of the EU’s energy infrastructure, Europe can take maximum advantage of its geographical diversity. The report’s findings show that by 2050, the simultaneous presence of various renewable energy sources within the EU can create a complementary system of energy provision ensuring energy security for future generations.

AMO’s work focuses on the production of a graphic narrative which conceptualizes and visualizes the geographic, political, and cultural implications of the integrated, decarbonized European power sector.

On their study you can find an interesting approach to a diverse european energy grid, including energy trade and the use of new non-traditional sources.

Eneropa © AMO

Eneropa © AMO

The image of “Eneropa” appears as a new continent based on its energy production: Biomassburg, Geothermalia, Solaria, the Tidal States… are part of this new territory. Other branding concepts are introduced on the study, creating a tangible image of this ambitious plan, which reminds the powerful (yet simple) idea behind the barcode flag.

You can download the full study in PDF format at the Roadmap 2050 website.

More after the break:

Energy source © AMO

Energy source © AMO

Power grid 2050 © AMO

Power grid 2050 © AMO

Solar / wind energy © AMO

Solar / wind energy © AMO

Decarbonized grid power distribution © AMO

Decarbonized grid power distribution © AMO

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